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Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour in France

History and traditions are the keywords for this motorcycle tour. History, traditions, and legends merge to charm you with each of your stops. Alternately, you will succumb to the enchanting atmosphere of the moors of Brittany and the Normandy hedgerows. Enjoy a glass of cider, and some creamy Camembert cheese sitting facing the harbor, watching the old riggings. Then you will cross the Road of Freedom in Ste Mere Eglise and you will walk in the footsteps of the liberators at Omaha Beach. You will be amazed at the sight of Mont St Michel, a Unesco World Heritage site before diving into the history of France at the Puy du Fou Theme Park, awarded World's Best Entertainment Park in 2012. You will visit several chateaux of kings of France on the banks of the Loire Valley. An excellent opportunity to sip some sparkling Vouvray or red Chinon wines and bring back with you a little of the French soul.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (BMW 1200 GS, BMW 700cc, or equivalent)
  • Mileage: 1633 kilometers / 1015 miles
  • Daily rides: 134 - 273 kilometers / 83 - 170 miles
  • Riding gear: not included, please bring your own gear
  • Meals: Breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Tours
  • Visit Normandy landing beaches
  • Ride to the famous Unesco site of Mont St Michel
  • Visit historical Theme Park of Puy du Fou, Castle of Chambord
  • See the pink cliffs of Perros Guirec
  • Admire the Loire Valley castles
  • Motorcycle rental included
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


8 riding days
Airport transfer included: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport)
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay at two and three-star hotels with continental breakfast.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Tours

Today, you arrive in Tours.

Day 2: Tours - Honfleur (273 kilometers / 170 miles)

You will make your way from Tours to Normandy and make a stop at the mythic circuit of the 24-hour race of Le Mans where you will ride an actual portion of the road course. You will pass some typical villages of Normandy, well known for their half-timbered houses, and stop at the Basilica of Lisieux, home of St Teresa. You will arrive for the evening in the 18th-century harbor town of Honfleur.

Day 3: Honfleur - Carentan (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

This will be a D-Day revival day. You will stop at many major sites where this historical event took place, from the English beach of Juno and its famous Pegasus Bridge to the breathtaking beach of Omaha and its heart-rending cemetery. Utah Beach and the Village of Ste Mere Eglise will be your final stop of the day. This was the first village liberated by the 101st Airborne Division.

Day 4: Carentan - St Malo (167 kilometers / 104 miles)

You head through the countryside of Normandy toward the famous Unesco site of Mont St Michel. You will tour and have lunch at this famous monastery and then make your way to the seaside city of St Malo, a fortified town of seamen and corsairs where the discovery of Canada, Jacques Cartier, was born. You are now in the region of Brittany, a Celtic region of tradition and independence.

Day 5: St Malo - Huelgoat (234 kilometers / 145 miles)

After a stop to visit the narrow medieval street of old town Dinan, you will follow the wild coast of Brittany from the Frehel Cape to the pink rock granite coast of Perros-Guirec, then, through the fishing harbor of Morlaix, you will reach the mysterious moorland of the Mont d’Arrée.

Day 6: Huelgoat - Le Croisic (250 kilometers / 155 miles)

Wilderness and tradition are the keywords pf this day of the ride. You enter the heart of Britany and stop in Auray and one of the most beautiful villages of France: Rochefort en Terre. Then through the salted marsh of Guérande, you will reach the seaside resort of Le Croisic.

Day 7: Le Croisic - Le Puy du Fou (168 kilometers / 104 miles)

Few miles today to reach the park of the Puy du Fou for an entertaining day at this historical theme park. This park was named the best park in the word by the Thea Award several times. Here you can relive the major periods in French history from the Roman Empire to the 20th century. Fun and culture are combined for your pleasure.

Day 8: Le Puy du Fou - Chinon (134 kilometers / 83 miles)

Today, the castle of the Loire Valley welcomes you. You will discover some of the most famous medieval castles region: Montreuil Bellay, Brézé, Saumur and of course Chinon overlooked by its impressive fortress.

Day 9: Chinon - Tours (160 kilometers / 100 miles)

On this last day of the tour, you will enjoy the iconic castle of the Loire Valley, Chateau Chambord. This amazing chateau is the most visited castle in France after Versailles. The route will bring you back at Tours by way of some lesser-known, but nevertheless majestic, castles. Farewell dinner in old town Tours will end this great journey.

Day 10: Departure

This is the end of your holiday in France.

Motorcycles available for this tour:

  • Category A: BMW R 1200 RT / BMW LC 1200 GS / BMW LC 1250 GS
  • Category B: BMW F 700 GS / BMW F 750 GS / Moto Guzzi V85TT
  • Category C (quote on request): Yamaha MT07 Tracer / Honda 750 NCX

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

Skill level(s) required for this tour: beginner and intermediate

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

Location

This tour takes place in Brittany and Normandy, France. Starting from Tours, you will head for Honfleur, Carentan, St Malo, Huelgoat, Le Croisic, Le Puy du Fou, Chinon, then back to Tours.

Food

Daily continental breakfast, as well as welcome and farewell dinners, are included in the price.

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

What's included

  • Train transfer from / to Paris Airport and transfer to hotels on arrival and departure
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and insurance
  • A professional bilingual guide on a motorcycle leading the group
  • 9 hotel nights in two and three-star hotels with continental breakfast
  • Entrance tickets to Le Mans Motorsports Museum, Omaha Beach Museum, and the historical theme park of Puy du Fou
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Tour information package with road-book and travel tips

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any other meals not included in the tour
  • Drinks and all personal expenses
  • Fuel, parking, toll
  • Riding equipment (helmet, jackets, gloves)
  • Security deposit for the bike rental (2500 EUR)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) Airport transfer included: Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) No additional charges. 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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