Completely refreshed with several improvements to the ride for this year, we visit two of France’s most beautiful and important UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Rocamadour and Carcassonne. To get there we enjoy stunning scenery on empty roads passing Castles, Gorges and scenic villages.
CARCASSONNE AND THE MILLAU
Fresh from your early morning tunnel crossing from Folkestone, you’ll be heading south through the sweeping French countryside to Reims, the Heart of France and the coronation place for many French Kings before the Revolution. It’s the unofficial capital of the Champagne wine growing Region and many of the champagne houses are headquartered here.
Heading further south, we avoid the main roads wherever possible in favour of the quiet D roads so you can experience real France with its small shuttered villages and towns. Tonight we are staying in Bourges, once the capital of France in the heart of the Aquitaine. Its remarkable half timbered houses and UNESCO listed Cathedral are a sight to see.
From here we will ride further south through the forests and lakes of the tranquil landscape of the Livradois-Forez National Park onto Mende. Built in the Lot valley, surrounded by mountains, this charming small town, is both peaceful and welcoming. Take time to discover its paved side streets lined with old houses, the quaint squares, and the picturesque medieval Notre-Dame bridge.
The following morning we ride southwest passing the famous Millau Bridge, but not before entering the Gorges du Tarn, one of the first specific tourist roads to be built in France and it has remained one of France’s most spectacular touring routes. It is about 53 kilometres long and 400m to 600m deep with tunnels and rocky overhangs along its length.
Our destination is Carcassonne, the fortified City in the department of Aude, in the region of Occitanie. With 3 kilometres of defensive ramparts, the old city of Carcassonne is one of the largest surviving medieval walled cities in Europe, occupied and fortified since before Roman times. We have a day off to explore this enchanting city with its typically French bars, shops, cafés and restaurants. Sample the town’s charms by simply strolling through its streets. Drink in the atmosphere and enjoy the authentically gallic experience.
Leaving Carcassonne, we’ll make our way to Rocamadour the stunning little village clinging to the cliffs above the L’Alzou. Located to the southwest of Padirac in the Causses du Quercy Regional Nature Park, Rocamadour is built on 3 successive levels, climbing 120 meters, it is both a place of legend and history where old stone houses, majestic towers and a castle keep cascade off the cliff into the Alzou Canyon below. The town, constructed of beautiful gold stone and lauzé roofs also houses a number of charming restaurants and quirky boutiques where you can relax and enjoy the charm of this remarkable town. We will spend 2 nights here, so you have the option to spend the day exploring the town or if you prefer to ride out into the surrounding area.
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||1995||2695||2995|
|Including an F800GS, F900GS or F900XR Hire Bike||3045||3745||4045|
|Including an R1300GS, R1250RS or R1250RT Hire Bike||3245||3945||4245|
|Including an S1000XR Hire Bike||3295||3995||4295|
|Including an R1250GS Adventure Hire Bike||3395||4095||4395|
|Including a K1600 Grand America Hire Bike||3445||4145||4445|
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 morning tunnel crossing, followed by a quick ride through northern France. Our hotel sits in the heart of the champagne region
Day 2 Today you'll be heading south through the sweeping french countryside to Bourges with its remarkable half timbered houses and UNESCO listed Cathedral
Day 3 A nice day through central France and the Livradois-Forez National Park to Mende
Day 4 A shorter ride to the fortified City of Carcassonne today punctuated by the tunnels and rocky overhangs of the Gorges du Tarn and the iconic Millau Viaduct
Day 5 A day off today to explore this enchanting city with its typically French bars, shops, cafés and restaurants. Stroll through its streets, drink in the atmosphere and enjoy the authentically gallic experience
Day 6 A relaxing day today to allow plenty of time to arrive in Rocamadour, the stunning little village clinging to the cliffs above the L'Alzou.
Day 7 Another day off to explore Rocamadour's one and only street, a very lively one with its boutiques and restaurants. Then maybe climb the Grand Escalier staircase to the square with its churches and chapels beneath the cliff.
- Breath-taking riding South Western France
- Stunning Gorges and Scenery
- 3 and 4 star hotels throughout
- Ride the Millau Viaduct
- The Gorges du Tarn
- UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites
- Two nights in Rocamadour, the stunning little village clinging to the cliffs above the L’Alzou
- Two nights in the old city of Carcassonne, one of the largest surviving medieval walled cities in Europe
- 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 Rocamadour and Carcassonne (excludes beverages)
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Commemorative Polo Shirt for all riders and passengers
- Overnight Ferry from UK to France
- Eurotunnel from France to UK
- 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