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9 Day Napoleon Alpine Route Guided Motorcycle Tour in France
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3 Rue de Belgique, 06000 Nizza, France

French and Italian Alpine Motorcycle Tour France

This motorcycle tour begins and ends in Nice, France and travels through the Code d ‘Azure in the South of France then up into the Alps where you will ride through the most emblematic French and Italian alpine passes presenting thousands of different turns and breath-taking landscapes.

Key information

  • Bike: personal bike or a choice of rentals
  • Mileage: 1,590 kilometers / 989 miles
  • Daily rides: 170 - 250 kilometers / 105 - 155 miles
  • Riding gear: not included
  • Meals: all breakfasts and dinners

Meet the guides

Brian & Benoit
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Nice, France
  • Ride with the impressive Verdon Gorge
  • Experience the Code d ‘Azure in the South of France
  • Visit Europe's largest natural park, Les Ecrins and highest peak, Mont Blanc
  • Discover the Maritimes Alps and its major towns Nice and Monaco
  • Ride through scenic French and Italian alpine passes
  • Enjoy some fantastic technically challenging roads
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:30
Check-out Time:
11:30

The four-star rated hotel on your arrival is close to the railway station and about 15 minutes by taxi from Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport. Other hotels used are all three or four-star rated and will be in Jausiers, Briançon, Chamonix, Aix-les-Bains, Corps, Castelane and then back to Nice. You will stay in private rooms with en-suite (unless specifically booked to share a room).

Accommodations are in good quality three and four star hotels booked for dinner, bed and breakfast. A few of the days, you will stay in the same hotel taking a circuit from that hotel to better explore the area.

Program

Daily routes are 155 to 200 miles with around six hours in the saddle each day plus stops approximately every 90 minutes, making the overall day between hotels for about eight hours.

Typically you will depart after breakfast and ride about 80 kilometers (50 miles) then stop for a morning refreshment break, ride another 80 kilometers (50 miles) and stop for lunch, ride a further 80 kilometers (50 miles) and stop for an afternoon refreshments then a final 80 kilometers (50 miles) to reach the hotel.

The tour passes through many alpine towns and villages in high altitude regions. Riders will therefore experience some fantastic technically challenging roads and visit interesting towns and historic sites.

Itinerary

Day 1: Nice sightseeing

Most of you will arrive at Nice International Airport and be transferred to the four-star hotel close to the railway station. Those arriving early can enjoy the day or evening exploring Nice. Dinner and overnight in Nice.

Day 2: Nice - Maritim Alps - Monaco - Mercantour National Park - Isola - Jausier - 240 kilometers (149 miles / 5 hours' riding)

This morning is the moment to meet your ride for this epic alpine adventure. After some safety instructions, you are now riding by the Mediterranean sea, heated by the sun that shines 300 days a year.

The first day is dedicated to the discovery of the Maritimes Alps and its major towns Nice and Monaco. Nice's nicknamed is “Nice la Belle”, which means 'Nice the Beautiful' and has one of the warmest climates around the Mediterranean.

After cruising along the sea on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice and from the Boulevard Albert 1 up toward Place du Casino in Monaco, the famous Formula One Monaco Grand Prix race, you will finally get out the cities to enjoy the quietness and character of Nice's hinterlands' roads.

Passing through the Mercantour National Parc and Sospel, a lovely small town from the fifth century, the group is now riding small winding roads hooked on cliffs in lost valleys toward the Italian border and Isola 2000.

After a few kilometers in Italy, you're back in France via the Madelene pass, which culminates at almost 2000-meter high and the day ends in the small town of Jausiers. Diner and overnight in Jausiers.

Day 3: Jausier - Briançon - 220 kilometers (137 miles / 4.5 hours' riding)

You are now about to experience what riding in the Alps is all about. The day starts with the Bonette Pass, peaking at 2,800 meters (9,168 feet). It is the highest road in Europe and heaven for marmots! Watch where you put your wheels! These hairpins are twisting between stone-fields and meadows and one of these little furry creatures can appear at any time!

If you ride this road in early season (April / May) you might be surrounded by snow walls of three or four meters high at the top! Before you continue your journey, you visit Mont-Dauphin. Founded in 1693 by Vauban, Mont-Dauphin is a stronghold on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

You are now riding toward Briançon and its fortified old town passing through the lunar landscape of Izoard's pass and along the rocky Guil Valley dominated by the Castle of Chateau-ville-vielle in Queyras valley. Diner and overnight in Briançon.

Day 4: Brancon - Chamonix - 240 kilometers (149 miles / 5.5 hours' riding)

Today, the riding gets challenging as you head into Europe's largest natural park, Les Ecrins and end the day at the foot of Western Europes highest peak, Mont Blanc. The landscapes will be clearly different from previous days with ever higher mountains and more glaciers.

After a few steps in Italy, a stop at the Col du Mont-Cenis is essential. This pass, whose name means "mountain of ashes", is crowned by the eponymous lake and offers an incredible panorama over the valley of the "Susa" (Italy) and "de l'Arc" (France).

You will then pass through the Mont-Blanc tunnel for a tremendous entrance into the Chamonix Valley surrounded by the impressive and dominant Mont-Blanc massif where stands the Mont-Blanc who reigns at 4,809 meters (16,102 feet) high.

Visit of the old town of Chamonix and tasting of Haut-Savoyard cheese (optional). Diner and night in Chamonix.

Day 5: Chamonix - Aix-les-Bains - 170 kilometers (106 miles / 4.5 hours' riding)

As you leave Chamonix today, the Mont-Blanc will remain in your rear view mirrors almost all day long. Meaning "closed" in old French, it is nevertheless with open arms that the large hair-pin bends of the Aravis' pass welcome you as you enter the alpine village of La Clusaz in the Kingdom of "Reblochon", it is the ideal day to discover this cheese, which is essential for the preparation of the delicious "Tartiflette".

The "Venice of the Alps", Annecy, awaits you by its lake below the Aravis Valley. You may go for a walking tour of the old town centre and then go back on the road toward Aix-les-Bains.

Rising on the shores of France's largest natural lake of glacial origin, the Bourget Lake, Aix-les-Bains is one of the French major thermal towns. You can now take the opportunity of a deserved relaxing evening in a spa.

Day 6: Aix-les-Bains - Corps - 250 kilometers (155 miles / 5.5 hours' riding)

This morning, you leave the banks of Bourget Lake and head south again. After a short break in Valloire, you pass through the most famous passes of the Tour de France, the Galibier, and the Lautaret, to reach the alpine village of La Grave with a dreamlike view of the La Meije glacier.

Essential phase, you ride next to the famous curves of Alpe d'Huez then you take the direction of the Col d'Ornon and Corps where you sleep in the heart of the French Alps.

In France, there are a number of hotels, restaurants, and hotel-restaurants, taking advantage of former post offices. They are the witnesses of this ancient system created in 1477 by King Louis XI of France. You are sleeping at one of these historic sites tonight.

The many turns of this day certainly have whetted your appetite. In Corps, you will find quality Alpine local products with a traditional Murçon and ravioli dinners in the restaurant and taste the cheeses produced by hand in the valley (option). Bon appétit! Dinner and overnight in Corps.

Day 7: Corps - Castellane - 230 kilometers (143 miles / 5 hours' riding)

This morning, you will continue your journey south through the small roads of Gap hinterland and the famous Napoleon road. Riding hair-pin bends, small and long curves on a cliff edge, now you know that this is indeed the imperial way of the rider. Like the pilgrims of yesteryear, you will stop at Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, a sanctuary perched at an altitude of 1800 meters (5905 feet).

The huge Serre-Poncon Lake welcomes you next and invites you for a refreshment. By the water, take the opportunity to admire the landscape, the sun shines and the Parc des Écrins faces you, you are in the Hautes-Alpes!

You then continue your journey to Castellane, a frequent biker gathering place where you can enjoy a tasting of local wines (optional) and your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Castellane.

Day 8: Castellane - Nice - 240 kilometers (149 miles / 5 hours' riding)

Photo stops will still be numerous today! You start your last day of riding with the impressive Verdon Gorge. This 50-kilometer (30-mile) loop overlooks this canyon carved by the Verdon River. Steep cliffs with nuanced colors, plots of greenery that develop on natural balconies, emerald river, the site of the Gorges du Verdon is unique and rich.

The richness of the Verdon is due to the fact that species are endemic to it, i. e. they only exist on the surface of the planet in the gorges!

You then take the road to Lac-de-Sainte-Croix, the turns naturally follow one another until you return to the hinterland of Nice via the Préalpes d'Azur Regional Nature Park.

You will stop on the Croisette in Cannes where the Cannes Movie Festival takes place and after a last stop on the Mediterranean coast, on Antibes' beach, it's time to drop off the bike.

You are then transferred to your hotel where you settle in. Then, you will have a visit to Nice by foot and by watching the sunset over the Mediterranean, you taste a specialty from Nice: the famous pissaladière. A candied onion pie with anchovies. Dinner and overnight in Nice.

Day 9: Nice departure

Goodbyes and homeward bound or onward travel. Some might want to stay on and spend more time in the area.

Note:

All riders must have a full motorcycle license though McTours are happy to offer constructive feedback to riders to help them improve their riding.

Skill level required: 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

Guides

Brian Watson

Benoit Giraud

Location

You will begin and end this tour in Nice. In this tour in France, you can be assured that the landscapes will be appealing, you will pass through villages that have hardly changed in centuries, and when you stop there will always be regional French produce to tingle the taste buds.

Food

Included in your package are daily breakfasts and dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

What's included

  • Guided tour services
  • 8 nights accommodation in private double or twin bedded room with en-suite
  • Dinner and breakfast at three and four-star rated hotels
  • Travel from local airport or mainline railway station to hotel and return at the end of your stay

What's not included

  • Motorcycle (McTours can arrange hire from a wide range of motorcycles all newest models)
  • Riding gear (McTours can arrange rental of suitable attire at an added cost)
  • Fuel
  • Flights
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Entrance fees to historic sites and other attractions are not mandatory and the prices is not included

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. McTours will pick you up from the airport

Please do note that riders may arrive at different times McTours cannot guarantee to collect all at the airport, but will do their utmost to collect at the railway station or give explicit directions to the hotel for those who can make their own way there.

Airport: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport Airport transfer included: Nice Côte d'Azur Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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