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Panoramic France Motorcycle Tour

Experience an exceptional ride punctuated by the ascents (and descents) of the sumptuous passes that made the legend of the Pyrenean mountains; then alpine passes will be complemented by the small cliffs roads of the gorges of Aveyron and Cevennes. From the passes of Tourmalet and Aubisque, landscapes of Basque Country, to the amazing views around Lake Annecy and Lake Geneva, you will get everything that France has to offer on this tour. It's a road trip that you can spell out: panoramic!

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (various models)
  • Total mileage: 3,000 kilometers / 1,865 miles
  • Daily rides: 215 kilometers / 134 miles
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Highlights

  • Ride to the Southern Alps
  • Starts and ends in Marseilles
  • Breathtaking landscapes of Basque Country
  • The guarantee of a 100-percent mountainous ride
  • The view of Lake Annecy and Lake Geneva
  • Passes of Tourmalet and Aubisque
  • 14 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


14 riding days
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various three-star hotels.

Program

Day 1: Marseilles - Les Saintes Maries de la Mer - Montpellier (The Camargue)

Joël, your guide, will welcome you at the airport of Marseille Provence and will take you to the rental point to pick-up your rental motorbike. No mountain pass, no sharp turns in the Camargue but tremendous landscapes, cities of character and above all a timeless atmosphere, out of the world, pure escapism. When heaven and earth merge, happiness is at the end of the road. Overnight close to Béziers.

Day 2: Montpellier - Prades - Andorra (The Catalan Roussillon)

South of Roussillon is still France but already Catalonia. Both close to the sea and to the Pyrenean summits, the region is rich in traditions. The mountain will make you ecstatic! Overnight in Andorra.

Day 3: Andorra - pass of Tourmalet - Tarbes (Pyrenean passes road)

Béarn and Bigorre own the most beautiful passes of the Pyrénées: Tourmalet, Soulor, Aspin, Aubisque. There are so many mythical peaks of the Tour de France that you will be looking forward to face! Extreme ride in perspective. Overnight close to Tarbes.

Day 4: Tarbes - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Biarritz (The Basque Country)

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, one foot in Spain and the other in France, the Basque Country has many facets: mountain, sea, countryside, and city. But it is definitely the mountain part with its passes and turns that will delight you for a whole day. Overnight close to Biarritz.

Day 5: Biarritz - Auch - Montauban (The Gascony)

It is a road trip in the country of Armagnac, foie gras and musketeers such as pictured by Alexandre Dumas. Go for a ride to discover the bastides of the Gers, fortified villages of the Middle Ages. Overnight close to Montauban.

Day 6: Montauban - Villefranche de Rouergue - Millau (Gorges of Aveyron)

Along the course of the Aveyron river and especially in the region of the Gorges, some of the most beautiful villages of France rise in unique sites and landscapes. Add to that winding roads, great gastronomy, you are close to the dream ride! Overnight close to Millau.

Day 7: Millau - Alès - Nyons (The Cevennes)

With their chaotic rocks collection on drylands, their schist and sandstone houses clinging to the cliffs, their forests as far as the eye can see and their deep canyons, the roads of the Cevennes will be the occasion to discover both an extreme nature and a rich cultural heritage. Overnight in Marseille Airport.

Day 8: Nyons - La Chapelle en Vercors - Grenoble (The Gorges of Vercors)

You will discover the Vercors, the largest natural park in the Northern Alps, through its narrow gorges and spectacular cliffs. Prepare to be blown away! Overnight in Grenoble.

Day 9: Grenoble - Aix les Bains - La Clusaz (Lakes of Savoy)

With a myriad of turns and breathtaking landscapes, this ride will offer you superb views of the two largest lakes in this region: Lake Annecy and Lake Geneva. Overnight in La Clusaz.

Day 10: La Clusaz - Megève - Bourg Saint Maurice (Around the Mont Blanc)

France, Switzerland, Italy, it will be a European ride around the sacrosanct Mont Blanc. From Chamonix to the Grand-Saint-Bernard pass, the beginning of the road of the Grand Alps is yours! Overnight in Bourg St. Maurice.

Day 11: Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Modane - Briançon (Grand Alps road - part 1)

You will be taken up into the sky (if the clear weather is on time) during this session with landscapes increasingly grandiose; Iseran pass, Telegraph pass, and Galibier pass. Overnight in Briancon.

Day 12: Briançon - Barcelonnette - Draguignan (Grand Alps road - part 2)

Izoard Pass, Vars Pass, Cayolle Pass, the end of the road of the Southern Alps will never be monotonous. From peaks to peaks, you will eat up the miles and cross on the road birds of prey, marmots, and muflets. Overnight close to Draguignan.

Day 13: Draguignan - Gap (The Route Napoléon)

The wildest part of this mythical route will transport you, from collars to mountain passes, to the splendid Lake of Serre-Ponçon. The mountain will overcome you! Overnight in Gap.

Day 14: Gap - Sault - Marseilles (The Devoluy)

Between the Ecrins National Park and the Vercors range, the Devoluy region will seduce you with its many circuses and natural amphitheaters. You will also discover the new riding sensations on the narrow roads of the rocky passes (those small roads between the cliffs). Overnight close to Marseille Airport.

Note: Riders must be minimum 25 years old and possess a motorcycle license for more than three years.

Bike options

  • Motorcycle Class T (BMW F800 GT / GS / R, HD 883 Sportster, or Indian Scout)
  • Motorcycle Class GT (BMW R1200 GS / RT / RS, Ducati Multistrada, HD Roadking, or Indian Chieftain)
  • Motorcycle Class GT plus (Honda Goldwing, BMW K1600 GT / GTL, or Indian Roadmaster)

Skill level

Advanced

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

Location

This tour will take place in France. The highlights of the tour include Andorre, passes of Tourmalet and Aubisque, landscapes of Basque Country, Gorges of Aveyron and Millau Viaduct, roads around Lake Annecy and Lake Geneva, Mont Blanc, pass of Grand-Saint-Bernard, pass of Izoard, pass of Vars, pass of La Cayolle, and Gorges of Vercors.

Food

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

  • 14 days of motorcycle rental with comprehensive insurance
  • The downloaded itinerary on GPS plus road book on paper
  • Travel companion during the tour
  • All taxes and VAT on services
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • 14 breakfasts

What's not included

  • Return transportation to and from the rental point at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)
  • Meals excluding breakfasts
  • The fuel of the rental motorcycle
  • Anything not explicitly listed under inclusions

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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.
15 days / 14 nights
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Tour information

The maximum group for this tour is nine motorcycles.

 
Pricing information
  • Single rider in a single bedroom on Motorcycle Class T: 4387 EUR
  • Single rider in a single bedroom on Motorcycle Class GT: 4625 EUR
  • Single rider in a single bedroom on Motorcycle Class GT plus: 5095 EUR
Saturday August 7, 2021
(15 days / 14 nights)

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