Recently updated – A more relaxed alternative to our ‘Mountains Alps tour’, giving you time to enjoy the incredible beauty and culture of the region.
ANNECY AND THE ALPS
Riding through northern France we pause overnight in the Champagne capital of France, the City of Reims. Our 4 star hotel located in the heart of the city is just meters away from the many restaurants and a short walk from the Cathedral. We ride south towards the French Swiss boarder to our destination, nestled in a bend in the Daubs river, the Greenest City in France, Besancon. Our hotel, located in the historic centre of the city, overlooked by the 17 Century fortifications and is ideally situated to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. The next two nights we locate ourselves at picturesque Lake Annecy, said to be ‘the Venice of the Alps’. Here, you can opt to take a day away from the saddle to enjoy the laid-back lakeside towns, or you can join our easy-paced ride into the surrounding countryside.
The following two days we’ll have the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur as our base as we dial up the riding thrills to tackle a series of marvellous Alpine roads, including: Col De Madeline, Col de la Croix Fer, Petite St Bernard, and the Col d’Iseran (the highest paved route in the Alps).
Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, is our next stop. This key wine centre, with its rich historical and architectural heritage, is surrounded by well preserved battlements, ramparts and a moat. The ‘Hospices de Beaune’, in the town center, is one of the best preserved renaissance buildings in Europe. The next day finds us heading North, through Champagne country and our final night together enjoying French hospitality, good food and great company. Our final days riding takes us past the City of Laon and the battlefields of the First World War, to our train ride back across the Channel and home.
Our route rides the Doubs, Jura and Alps mountains but each day is carefully planned with mileages from 150 to 225 along with two optional non-riding days, so there is still plenty of time to relax and explore our destinations. This is an easier paced but still exciting alternative to Mountains: Alps.
Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW’s complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.
|Price option||Solo Shared Single Room||Solo Single Room||*Rider and passenger|
|Riding Your Own Motorcycle||2095||2695||2995|
|Including an F800GS, F900GS or F900XR Hire Bike||3040||3640||3940|
|Including an R1300GS, R1250RS or R1250RT Hire Bike||3220||3820||4120|
|Including an S1000XR Hire Bike||3265||3865||4165|
|Including an R1250GS Adventure Hire Bike||3355||3955||4255|
|Including a K1600 Grand America Hire Bike||3400||4000||4300|
HIRE BIKES: If you are booking with a hire bike we will hand your bike over on the afternoon prior to the first tour day. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the bike, make any adjustments, arrange your packing and not waste any time on the first day riding.
Day 1 An early Eurotunnel crossing from UK and a simple ride south. Our hotel sits in the heart of the town.
Day 2 A super days riding through the heart of the Champagne region
Day 3 Our first taste of Alpine roads as we ride through the Jura Mountains to the picturesque town of Annecy
Day 4 A chance to relax and visit the charming town of Annecy with its canals and fast flowing river or join us for a relaxed ride into the surrounding countryside
Day 5 A great days riding through the French/Italian Alps, taking in Little St Bernard, Col de Croix Fer, Col de Madeline and Col de L'Iseran.
Day 6 We have two different ride outs planned for the days in Courmayeur, both packed with Cols and Passes, or you can take the chance to relax in this charming Ski resort town
Day 7 Riding out of the Alps we drop down into the Burgundy wine region to the walled town of Beaune.
- Breath-taking riding of the Alps, Doubs and Jura
- 3 and 4 star hotels throughout
- Some of the best roads and riding in Europe
- A less intense Alpine tour
- Opportunity to ride the iconic Col de l’iseran the highest paved road in the Alps, Col De Madeline, Col de la Croix Fer, Petite St Bernard
- Two night in Annecy
- Two nights in Courmayeur
- Lots of famous passes mixed with some of the less well known and quieter routes
- Expert Riding Guide
- Pre tour pack including tour information, Michelin maps, route notes and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
- Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
- Commemorative polo shirt for all riders and pillions
- Eight nights accommodation as listed in the itinerary in 3 and 4 star hotels
- All breakfasts
- Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
- Dinner on the second night in Courmayeur (excludes beverages)
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Eurotunnel Crossing from UK to France and back
- Expert advice and support throughout
- The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator
- Dinners other than those listed
- Travel Insurance
- Anything not listed as included