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Historical Guided Motorcycle Tour in France

This tour is a mesmerizing historical journey. Whilst on this 12-day tour you will stay at the beautiful Caday Rouge and various other quality hotels in France. You will start and end your memorable tour at Caday Rouge and will ride through the fantastic North and South West of France including the regions of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Limousin, Centre - Val de Loire, Pays de la Loire, and the Midi Pyrénées. You will see truly spectacular and breath-taking scenery, monumental, and historic sights that will not fail to impress you as you travel through this fantastic country. This experience is what motorcycling and touring is all about. Pick your place within the group and come and enjoy this unforgettable tour.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (BMWs R1250R, R1250RS, and R1250GS)
  • Mileage: 2,200 kilometers / 1,367 miles
  • Daily rides: approximately 250 kilometers / 155 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 and complimentary arrival meal

Meet the guides

Trevor & Patsy
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  • Starts and ends in Caday Rouge
  • Experience various exciting museum visits
  • Visit Oradour-Sur-Glane village steeped in history
  • Visiting the German fortified U-boat pens at La Rochelle
  • Visit the fabulous Blindes tank museum at Saumur
  • Security of full 24-hour support and advice
  • 11 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


10 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (US$140 per person)
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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-kept tranquil gardens nestling peacefully in the serene countryside on the banks of the river Lot.

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

The saltwater swimming pool is 14 meters long and 6.8 meters wide and one 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.

  • 1st night: Caday Rouge
  • 2nd night: Caday Rouge
  • 3rd night: Caday Rouge
  • 4th night: Caday Rouge
  • 5th night: Caday Rouge
  • 6th night: Limousin Natural Park
  • 7th night: Limoges
  • 8th night: Adagio Hotel Saumur
  • 9th night: La Rochelle
  • 10th night: La Rochelle
  • 11th night: Caday Rouge

Caday Rouge has the right to change the accommodations mentioned below, however, they will guarantee the same quality.


The Second World War was a period when the world was truly at war and everyone was on the front line, from soldiers to civilians. Some of the most beautiful areas of France became the focus of undercover warfare. The French Resistance and British Special Operations Executive Agents were fighting a secret war against the German army and the SS.

Take a tour with Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours through the stunning scenery and beautiful roads visiting moving and unforgettable places associated with the fight. You will visit the museums, memorials and also the poignant Oradour-Sur-Glane, a town whose entire population was wiped out and has stood still in time from that date. You will also indulge yourself in prehistoric, Roman and Medieval history visiting some fascinating sites and medieval Castles for an all-around history tour.

This tour includes six nights bed and breakfast accommodation at Caday Rouge and a further five nights at various locations including the Natural Park Millevasches of Limousin, Limoges, Saumur and La Rochelle. Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours is pleased to offer you a complimentary welcome meal, home-made with local produce.

You will start and end your fabulous journey at Caday Rouge and will ride through North and South West France. There is so much to see whilst riding through this fabulous country. You will be mesmerized by the fantastic scenery, sights, and perfect motorcycling roads France has to offer.

Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours is pleased to offer you a complimentary welcome meal, home-made with local produce. 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 motorcycling enthusiasts this tour is the ultimate all round tour experience.


Day 1: Saturday

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 - 200 kilometers / 124 miles

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

Day 3: Monday - 220 kilometers / 137 miles

After breakfast, continue your journey 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 - 210 kilometers / 131 miles

Today, you will travel into the Dordogne where you'll visit the town of Sarlat first. Then have lunch in the beautiful bastide and fortified medieval town of Domme before returning to Caday Rouge via Chateau de Biron.

Day 5: Wednesday - 100 kilometers / 62 miles

Today, prepare your self to visit Tournon d’Agenais, Penne d’Agenais, and then onto Château Le Stelsia. In the afternoon, you will visit Château de Gavaudun before returning to Caday Rouge.

Day 6: Thursday - 210 kilometers / 131 miles

You'll have an early start as you prepare the motorcycles and head to Brive-la-Gaillarde and Salon-la-Tour to visit a Resistance museum. After lunch, continue North to the natural park of Millevaches in Limousin for your first overnight stay there.

Day 7: Friday - 165 kilometers / 103 miles

Time to explore this beautiful park before heading off to Oradour-sur-Glane, a martyr village fixed in history, before heading off towards Limoges for your second nights’ stay.

Day 8: Saturday - 200 kilometers / 124 miles

Today you will head towards Saumur and visit the famous tank museum ‘Musee des Blindés’. Your overnight stay will be in the beautiful Adagio hotel on the banks of the Loire River.

Day 9: Sunday - 200 kilometers / 124 miles

Today you will head off to the Atlantic Coast to La Rochelle visiting former German barracks and bunkers. You will be staying here for two nights.

Day 10: Monday - 150 kilometers / 93 miles

Today you will be exploring the Atlantic Coastline La Rochelle has to offer to visit ‘Le Bunker de la Rochelle’ and the Islands of Île de Ré or Île d’Oléron. Great days riding before returning to your hotel.

Day 11: Tuesday - 250 kilometers / 155 miles

Head back to Caday Rouge via Bergerac and the Château de Monbazillac for the history of wine-making in Bergerac.

Day 12: Wednesday

Farewell and bon voyage, Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours are sure you have had a fantastic holiday and they would love to see you back here again for another tour.


  • A detailed itinerary is available upon inquiry.
  • CRMT can change the itinerary to suit seasonal opening times as required.
  • For beginner riders, please enquire for dates.

Motorcycle hire and info

If you hire a motorcycle from CRMT: It may only be used during the tour days and whilst with the group. The 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.

Skill levels

This escorted tour is suitable for capable riders who are able to ride the distances stated in the itinerary at a comfortable pace. Please note, you will ride an average of 250 kilometers per day on curvy and challenging roads, totaling approximately 2,200 kilometers for the holiday duration. The tour riding days are relaxed, good fun and very sociable.


  • 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


  • 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


Trevor Gingell

Patsy Gingell


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.


Caday Rouge includes daily breakfast as well as a complimentary arrival meal and also offers picnic lunches and four-course evening meals using local produce. Wines, beers, and soft drinks 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)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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

  • 12 days escorted motorcycle tours in North and South West France
  • 11 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Complimentary welcome meal
  • Security of full 24-hour support and expert advice
  • Free evening transport to restaurants and local entertainment events
  • Use of a fantastic workshop with motorcycle washing facilities and tools
  • Use of swimming pool and tranquil gardens to relax in at Caday Rouge
  • Use of Caday Rouge's barn to keep your motorcycle secure and undercover
  • Service of experienced escorts with vast local and regional knowledge
  • Use of Caday Rouges’ facilities

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)
  • Bike deposit: 600 EUR cash deposit required before using a CRMT motorcycle (refundable)
  • Anything that is not in 'included'
  • Luxury support vehicles to carry your luggage and evening local transportation (options available)
  • Hire of motorcycle safety-wear (options available)
  • Caday Rouge restaurant for evening meals (options available)
  • Local airport and train station transfers (options available)
  • Custom and bespoke tours for group bookings (options available)
  • All CRMT tours are available self-guided (options available)
  • Video highlights of your tour using Go-Pro camera (options available)
  • Indulge in other activities at Caday Rouge Adventure Holidays (options available)
  • Use of a fantastic workshop with motorcycle washing facilities and tools (options available)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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-Libros, Fumel. Travel by train is a great experience and very reliable.

Airport: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport Airport transfer available: Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport (US$140 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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Pricing information 

Two riders who would share one double room would benefit from a special rate. Please inquire mentioning your request!

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 holder, they must have an international driving licence with the relevant sections stamped.

Return of deposit: If for any reason you have to cancel your confirmed booking with Caday Rouge Motorcycle Tours, they will endeavor to rebook your place within the group. If this is successful, we 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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