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Motorcycle Tour in France

Auvergne and Cévennes have always been regions highly prized by bikers, thanks to the richness of their natural heritage and the authenticity of their villages. During these two sections of the tour, you will be able to discover the best biking roads, from the most secret to the most ferrous, you will be lead through the natural regions that make up the center of France: Aubrac, the Causses noirs, Quercy, Combrailles, Livradois, and many others. You will visit the most beautiful villages laden with history, where time passes peacefully. In this journey, which runs through the central massif in its entirety, you will succumb to the charm of this region and you will have only one desire: come back for more...

Key Information

  • Terrain: paved roads
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (BMW models)
  • Mileage: 1,531 kilometers / 951 miles
  • Daily rides: 133 - 233 kilometers / 83 - 145 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, jacket, gloves
  • Meals: all breakfasts and 2 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts in Vichy and ends in Le Puy-en-Velay
  • Visit the most beautiful villages laden with history in France
  • Ride through the natural regions such as Aubrac, the Causse Noir, and Quercy
  • Ride from the volcanoes of Auvergne to Occitany to Cévennes and Ardèche
  • See the richness of Auvergne and Cévennes' natural heritage
  • A professional bilingual guide during the tour
  • 9 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in two and three-star hotels during this motorcycle tour.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Vichy

Arrival and hotel check-in. Group briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2: Vichy - Le Mont-Dore (213 km / 132 miles)

You start with the bucolic roads of the Sioule valley that will allow you to join the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park. This day will give you the opportunity to admire the many treasures of Romanesque art, such as Orcival or St. Nectaire, which abounds in this region. After a stop in Murol to admire its castle, you will reach the spa Mont Dore asleep at the foot of Puy de Sancy.

Day 3: Le Mont-Dore - Saint-Flour (190 km / 118 miles)

Nothing like a pass for breakfast, it is also famous for its hill climb. Then, after strolling through the alleys of the village of Besse en Chandesse, you will reach the summit of Puy Mary to admire the panorama on the chains of puys. Without missing a stop in Salers, a typical village known for its tasty cheeses.

Day 4: Saint-Flour - Bozouls (190 km / 118 miles)

Today, you go towards Bozouls.

Day 5: Bozouls - Albi (203 km / 126 miles)

Today, you go towards Albi.

Day 6: Albi - Millau (165 km / 103 miles)

It is through the regional park of Haut Languedoc that you will join the Cévennes and Millau. You can taste the famous Roquefort in the cellars of the same name and admire the beautiful medieval villages of Brousse le Château or Ambialet.

Day 7: Loop ride around Millau (183 km / 114 miles)

Ride in Tours proposes you a loop around Millau to discover the most beautiful roads of Causses as well as the Templar villages like the Couvertoirade to return then by the gorges of the Dourbie and the Jonte.

Day 8: Millau - Les Vans (233 km / 145 miles)

You leave the Cevennes for the Ardèche through the magnificent gorges of Tarn and Mont Lozère, without missing a stop at the village classified of la Garde Guérin to admire the panorama.

Day 9: Les Vans - Le Puy-en-Velay (133 km / 83 miles)

Another day rich in landscapes and classified villages since it is by those of Vogüe and Balazuc that we will begin this stage. Then, through the roads of the upper Ardèche, you go back to Mount Gerbier de Jonc that the bravest can climb before arriving at Puy en Velay.

Day 10: Departure day

The tour is ending today.

Skill levels required for this tour:

Beginner

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

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

Motorcycle

  • Motorcycles available in category A : BMW R 1200 RT / BMW LC 1200 GS / BMW LC 1250 GS
  • Motorcycles available in category B : BMW F 700 GS / BMW F 750 GS / Moto Guzzi V85TT
  • Motorcycles available in category C (quote on request) : Yamaha MT07 Tracer / Honda 750 NCX
  • Can-Am spyder or Ryker (quote on request)

All motorcycles comes with side panniers and top case box. Lower seat and lower frame version available on request.

Location

This tour will take place in France including spa resort of Vichy and Mont-Dore, Puy Mary and Puy de Sancy summits, villages of Salers, Bozouls, Conques and Sainte-Enimie, viaduct of Garabit and Millau, Laguiole Knife Factory, Notre-Dame de Paris in Le Puy-en-Velay, The Castle of Val, valley of Sioule river, Albi Cathedral, Causse Méjean, Gorges du Tarn, and Mont Gerbier de Jonc.

Food

During this tour, you will be having daily continental breakfast, welcome and farewell 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

  • 9 nights in 2 or 3-star hotels with continental breakfast for the entire tour
  • A professional bilingual guide leading the group
  • Motorcycle with insurance and unlimited mileage (formula with rental bike)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Information kit and road-book (paper and GPX format)

What's not included

  • All meals not included in the tour
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Motorcycle and fuel
  • Riding equipment (helmet, jacket, gloves)
  • All visits not included in the package
  • Bike rental deposit - 2,500 EUR (for BMW 1200 GS and YAMAHA 1300 FJR) / 1,500 EUR (for BMW 650 GS and HONDA Deauville 700 NTV)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

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: Monday August 15, 2022
End: Wednesday August 24, 2022

Pricing information

Please note that a single supplement applies if you wish to have your own, private single room:

  • Personal bike: 420 EUR
  • BMW F650GS / BMW F700GS: 700 EUR
  • BMW R1200RT / BMW LC1200GS: 870 EUR
Discounts
  • Discount in shared room (1200cc): Discount on single room rate if one rider on one bike share room with other rider (1200cc category) for complete tour – 290 EUR
  • Discount in shared room (750cc): Discount on single room rate if one rider on one bike share room with other rider for the complete tour (750cc category) – 200 EUR
  • Discount in shared room (with your bike): Discount on single room rate if one rider on one bike share room with other rider (with your bike) for complete tour – 340 EUR

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