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12 Day The Perfect Pyrenees and Tour de France Guided Motorcycle Tour

Caday Rouge, Lieu-dit-Cadays, 47500, Saint Vite, France

France Motorcycle Tour

This is a fabulous tour through South West France including the French Pyrenees Mountains, Nouvelle Aquitaine, and Occitanie regions. Whilst on this tour, you will stay at the beautiful Caday Rouge for seven nights and a further four nights in quality hotels throughout these regions. You will also get to enjoy the 2021 Tour de France stages 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 and see this spectacular sporting event on a motorcycle tour. Park anywhere en-route and see the caravan spectacle and race. CRMT is the only motorcycle touring company to offer this fabulous opportunity to see various stages of the Tour de France elite cycling race, on a motorcycle touring holiday.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: personal or rental bike
  • Mileage: 2200 kilometers / 1367 miles
  • Daily rides: approximately 220 kilometers / 136 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent: helmets and protective clothing (in France, protective gloves must be worn at all times whilst riding a motorcycle)
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Meet the guides

Trevor & Patsy
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends at Caday Rouge
  • Visit historic castles and chateaux
  • Explore the Occitanie region and visit Saint Cirq Lapopie
  • Escorted riding through the Pyrenees Mountains, Occitanie and Nouvelle Aquitaine
  • See stages 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 of the Tour de France 2021 Cycle Race
  • Visit the amazing Rocamadour, one of the wonders of this area
  • Explore South West France and the Pyrenees in one tour
  • 11 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (US$139 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

You will stay in Caday Rouge and other accommodations in Lourdes and Arcachon during this tour.

Caday Rouge

Your accommodation at Caday Rouge is a beautiful stone manor house with a 19th-century Quercy stone cottage and barn dating back to 1862. These beautiful buildings are set within two acres of well-maintained tranquil gardens nestling peacefully in the serene countryside on the banks of the River Lot.

There are various terraces around the house, cottage, and the large swimming pool for outside dining and socializing during the summer season.

The saltwater swimming pool is 14 meters long and 6.8 meters wide and 1 meter leading to 2.5 meters deep with a one-meter high ledge all the way around. The pool is heated to a minimum temperature of 25 degrees centigrade between June and September.

The pools large terraces are equipped with parasols, sun loungers, and seating for your comfort, enjoyment, and socializing. These are surrounded by beautiful flowers, herbs, palm trees, and hedges.

No pets are allowed.

Program

This experience is what motorcycling and touring is all about. It provides fabulous pleasures for a delightful and memorable motorcycle holiday you will never forget. Book your place with the group and come and enjoy this unforgettable tour. For all cycling and motorcycling enthusiasts, this tour is the ultimate all-around experience.

Day 1: Saturday - July 10

Arrive and check-in at Caday Rouge, settle in, relax, and socialize by the pool and meet your new companions before your welcome meal.

Day 2: Sunday - July 11 (200 kilometers)

This is the start of your touring adventure and today, head off towards Figeac through the Célé Valley visiting Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and Cahors.

Day 3: Monday - July 12 (220 kilometers)

After breakfast, continue with a visit to the remarkable and historic Rocamadour. After lunch, head south to Château de Beynac before returning to Caday Rouge.

Day 4: Tuesday - July 13 (300 kilometers)

Today, head south to Saint-Gaudens to see Stage 16 of the Tour de France. You will then head west to the magnificent sacred town of Lourdes in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, your base for the next three days.

Day 5: Wednesday - July 14 (150 kilometers)

A relaxing start today before you head south and explore the Pyrenees mountains readying yourselves to see Stage 17 of the Tour de France. You will then return to Lourdes for your second nights’ stay.

Day 6: Thursday - July 15 (200 kilometers)

An early start and head west and deep into the Pyrenees National Parks and mountains enjoying spectacular motorcycling and fabulous scenery. Head back towards Lourdes seeing Stage 18 of the Tour de France en-route.

Day 7: Friday - July 16 (240 kilometers)

Today with the option of seeing Stage 19 of the Tour de France en-route, you will be heading towards Arcachon on the Atlantic coast and in the Landes Forest, where you will visit the amazing Dune de Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe and your fourth overnight stay.

Day 8: Saturday - July 17 (220 kilometers)

An early start as you head back to Caday Rouge through the spectacular region of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Visit the medieval city of Saint-Emilion, known for its fabulous wine. Here, you will see Stage 20 and the individual time-trial of the Tour de France.

Day 9: Sunday - July 18 (150 kilometers)

A relaxing start today as the tour takes you to the stunning villages of Tournon d’Agenais, Penne d’Agenais, Beauville, and Lauzerte taking in some local chateaux and historic castles before returning to Caday Rouge.

Day 10: Monday - July 19 (210 kilometers)

Travel into the Dordogne, where you'll first visit the town of Sarlat. You'll then lunch in the beautiful bastide and fortified medieval town of Domme before returning to Caday Rouge via Chateau de Biron.

Day 11: Tuesday - July 20 (200 kilometers)

Today's visit is to the Château de Monbazillac for the history of wine-making in Bergerac. Return to Caday Rouge via Issigeac and Monflanquin.

Day 12: Wednesday - July 21

Farewell and bon voyage, CRMT hopes you had a fantastic holiday and they would love to see you back again for another tour.

  • CRMT can change the itinerary to suit seasonal opening times as required.
  • CRMT cannot be held responsible for any government COVID restrictions implemented during your stay.

Note

  • Tour days start at 9 a.m. to maximize your day tour enjoyment.
  • CRMT can change the itinerary to suit seasonal opening times as required.
  • If you hire a motorcycle from CRMT it may only be used during the tour days and whilst with the group. CRMT motorcycles are not for private use.
  • If you hire a motorcycle from CRMT, a 600 EUR Excess Damage Deposit is required before any riding takes place. You must provide a copy of your passport, a valid driving license, and an International Driving Permit with the correct endorsements. All original documents must be provided on arrival. If you hire a motorcycle from CRMT the mileage is included within the hire price.
  • If you are using your own motorcycle and a breakdown occurs, CRMT can return your bike to Caday Rouge. CRMT may also be able to assist in repatriating your motorcycle to some regions of Europe. A pre-determined date and cost can be confirmed subject to CRMT’s free time and when their tour season allows them.
  • If you ride a motorcycle in France, you are required to wear a safety helmet with reflective decals and you must wear protective gloves. If you hire a CRMT motorcycle, it is obligatory to fulfill these requirements and laws.

Required skill levels: Intermediate, advanced

This escorted tour is suitable for capable riders who are able to ride the distances stated in the itinerary at a comfortable pace. You will ride approximately 220 kilometers per day totaling 2,200 kilometers for the holiday duration. The tour riding days are good fun and very sociable. Tour days start at 9 a.m. to maximize your days’ tour enjoyment.

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Options available

  • Fly ride holidays
  • BMW motorcycle hire
  • Luxury support vehicles to carry your luggage and evening local transportation
  • Hire of motorcycle safety-wear (in France, protective gloves must be worn at all times whilst riding a motorcycle)
  • Caday Rouge restaurant for evening meals
  • Local airport and train station transfers
  • Custom and bespoke tours for group bookings
  • All CRMT tours are available self-guided
  • Video highlights of your tour using Go-Pro camera
  • Indulge in other activities at Caday Rouge Adventure Holidays
  • Use of a fantastic workshop with motorcycle washing facilities and tools

Guides

Trevor Gingell

Patsy Gingell

Location

Caday Rouge is situated on the river Lot in the Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of South West France between the hamlets of Saint-Vite and Saint-Georges. These villages are on the main national cycle route approximately half-way along the famous Lot Valley and set amongst fruit farms in true rural France with tranquillity to dream for.

Caday Rouge is a five-minute drive to the village of Monsempron-Libos and the town of Fumel, home to the historic Château de Fumel which was built to help defend the Lot Valley during the Hundred Years' War. Although not much remains of the original building, the terraced château gardens have been carefully restored and offers fine views across the Lot Valley.

Caday Rouge is also closely surrounded by villages, towns, and bastides such as Agen, Marmande, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Duras, Nérac, and Monpazier.

The South-West has an abundance of fantastic roads: twisting and winding and turning into stunning views and amazing scenery and countryside. Even to us having been here for many years, the beauty, the views, and the wildlife never cease to make us catch our breath in admiration and wonder.

Historical towns and villages in this region such as Cahors, Sarlat, Domme, Rocamadour, and Monflanquin to name a few are fantastic to visit and stop for coffee or lunch. Châteaux de Bonaguil, de Biron, de Gavaudun, and de Beynac to name just a few are also within easy riding distance and have not only some great history and architecture about them but also some popular café / restaurant's which serve as great pit-stops during a tour.

Food

Caday Rouge includes daily breakfast as well as a complimentary arrival meal. They also offer picnic lunches and evening meals using local produce. All drinks including alcoholic beverages are available on request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat trips at a slower pace but an experience; not to be missed
  • Canoeing or kayaking as this is very popular on the Lot River
  • Cycling as Caday Rouge has bicycles for hire
  • Golf on a number of good standard courses within 30 kilometers and there is also a 9-hole golf course only 10 kilometers away in a most enchanting setting
  • Horse riding or trekking at popular riding stables close by
  • Mountain biking on mountain-bike tracks
  • Painting, a must for any landscape artist with fields full of sunflowers or poppies and blue skies all around; wherever you look, there is a scene ready for painting
  • Relax and take it easy by the pool (open and heated between June and September)
  • Walking tours as Caday Rouge is surrounded by river walkways for your enjoyment
  • Wine tasting in popular wine-growing areas, as Caday Rouge has local and nearby Buzet, Duras, Bergerac, Cahors, Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion, and many others open for tours and tastings

What's included

  • Escorted riding through the picturesque Pyrenees Mountains, Occitanie, and Nouvelle Aquitaine and its Atlantic Coastline
  • Exploration of the Occitanie region, southwest France, and the Pyrenees
  • Visit to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and to the amazing Rocamadour (One of the wonders of this area)
  • See stages 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 of the Tour de France 2021 Cycle Race (Optional)
  • 11 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Service of a professional tour escort
  • 24-hour support and advice
  • A workshop with motorcycle washing facilities and tools
  • Large barn to keep your motorcycle undercover

What's not included

  • Fuel
  • Road tolls
  • Ferry or flights
  • Any entrance fees to attractions
  • Meals other than breakfast and arrival meal
  • Drinks
  • Personal insurance
  • Helmets and protective clothing (available for rent subject to availability)
  • A 600 EUR Excess Damage Deposit is required for all CRMT motorcycle rentals
  • Anything that is not in ‘included’

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (EGC). Transfer from this airport is available upon request. The cost is approximately 100 EUR one way trip with a maximum of four people.

You can also book your flight to arrive at Toulouse - Blagnac Airport (TLS) or Bordeaux - Mérignac Airport (BOD). From these airports, you can take TGV train which links to Agen and a connecting train to Monsempron-Libos, Fumel. Travel by train is a great experience and very reliable.

Airport: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport Airport transfer available: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (US$139 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

Start: Saturday July 10, 2021
End: Wednesday July 21, 2021

Pricing information 

Discounts available for group bookings, the bigger the group the bigger the discount, please enquire for details.

Tour information 

Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours' commitment to you. If you book one of their tours, they guarantee the tour will proceed. There is no minimum number required for any tour to go ahead. For non-European permit holders, they must have an international driving license with the relevant sections stamped.

Return of deposit: If for any reason you have to cancel your confirmed booking with CRMT, they will endeavor to rebook your place within the group. If this is successful, CRMT will refund all your money paid to date. The tour will have to be fully booked for this to take effect.

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