After a successful and hugely enjoyable/painful five-day tour across the Swiss and Italian Alps last October, a few friends and myself had been planning on doing another trans-Alp this year. One of our group has just found out he's unlikely to be able to take any time off work until mid-late October, however, meaning that any route in the Alps is likely to be under snow.
I was therefore wondering if anyone on here had any suggestions for other places we might consider? We're looking to cover around 500km over the five days, with as little on-road riding as possible. We're also ideally looking for it to be a tour, rather than being based in the same place for a week, and to be within a day or two's travel from London. (Last year we took the ferry from Dover and drove from Calais to Chur in Switzerland, but we're open to flying if necessary.)
We were maybe thinking that the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain would be worth looking at, but would these also be under snow in late October / early November? Any other suggestions?