New for 2024, this tour is a relaxed motorcycling celebration of everything that’s great about France. It promises stunning rides, superb gastronomy, and world-famous wine. All this combined with riding days that never exceed 220 miles.
FRENCH RIVIERA AND THE GRAND ALPS
Leaving Calais we have a short auto route blast to take us south to Cambrai before heading off on some rural “D” roads as we head to our first stop – Troyes, famous for it’s half timbered old quarter. Now it is home to a favourite hotel of ours and some super restaurants. From here we are heading south through central france stopping at Puy. This ride avoids 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.
After another night on the road heading south we arrive in Arles on the Riviera. Staying here two nights in the heart of this charming town you have plenty of time to explore the UNESCO listed Roman Amphitheatre. This amazing almost complete monument dominates the centre of the city but is also surrounded by a number of other Romanesque ruins.
From Arles you have a short ride along the coast to Menton where we are two nights in a beautiful seafront hotel on the Cote d’Azur. Menton, known as the ‘Pearl of France’, is a haven just five miles from the harbours and beaches of Monaco. The warm climate lends itself to citrus fruit and the town is famous for its lemons, so why not try a G&T on the balcony with ice and a local slice? Your days here can be spent on or off the bikes. Your 4-star hotel sits on the beach front of this picturesque town. Quieter than some of the more famous Cote d’Azur resorts this beautiful old town nestles around a warm Mediterranean harbour. There is ample time to explore, whether that’s yet more riding on the stunning roads, a glamorous night at the roulette tables in Monaco, enjoying the beaches and pool, the gourmet restaurants or the incredible views from the hotel.
You will be heading up to the famous Route des Grandes Alpes with one mountain pass after another and the stunning Col de l’Iseran, the highest paved mountain road in the Alps. Many people think Alpine riding is the reserve of the Swiss, but these fantastic French Alps roads will convince anyone there is more to the Alps than Switzerland. Challenging twisty routes abound!Your route home takes in more great riding as we climb back into the mountains heading for the shores of Lac Leman bordering Switzerland. The following day we continue north into the Vosge Mountains and then through France and to the Belgian Ardennes as you head for a final night in Sedan. You are staying the Chateau Fort Sedan, which as the title suggests is a converted fort and now 4-star hotel. You can enjoy our farewell dinner in the dining room in the old part of the fort before heading back towards Calais the following day.
A mix of a relaxing Riviera break and spectacular and rewarding mountain riding this tour has broad appeal.
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||2395||3295||3795|
|Including an F800GS, F900GS or F900XR Hire Bike||3550||4450||4950|
|Including an R1300GS, R1250RS or R1250RT Hire Bike||3770||4670||5170|
|Including an S1000XR Hire Bike||3825||4725||5225|
|Including an R1250GS Adventure Hire Bike||3935||4835||5335|
|Including a K1600 Grand America Hire Bike||3990||4890||5390|
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 A quick autoroute section takes us first to Cambria where we head off the main roads via fortress town of Laon to Troyes with its remarkable half timbered houses
Day 2 Today we are riding through the Masif Central with its dormant Volcanos
Day 3 A slightly shorter day today as we head for the centre of Arles where we are spending two nights
Day 4 A free day to explore the incredible UNESCO listed Amphitheatre of Arles and the other Roman ruins around the town
Day 5 Heading west we are en route to some truly relaxing days on the French Riviera.
Day 6 A free day to relax, take a day trip to Monaco, or just sit back and and sip a gin and tonic with a famous Menton Lemon
Day 7 Ride some spectacular passes as we continue on the Route des Grandes Alpes and then relax in this Spa town nestled between Lake and Mountains
- Two nights in Arles
- Two nights in Menton
- UNESCO Listed Arles Amphitheatre
- The old timbered building of Troyes old quarter
- Ride the iconic Col d’Iseran the highest paved road in the Alps
- Ride the Grande Route de Alpes
- Ride the Grande Route de Alpes
- Easier mileages mixed and relaxed days on the Riviera
- 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
- All accommodation as listed in the itinerary in 3 or 4 star hotels
- All breakfasts
- Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
- One dinner one night in Menton and in Valloire (excludes beverages)
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Eurotunnel from the UK to France and back
- Commemorative Polo Shirt for all riders and passengers
- Expert advice and support throughout
- The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator
- Dinners other than those listed
- Travel Insurance
- Swiss Motorway Vignette – Required for suggested routes
- Anything not listed as included