If you are looking for a relaxed ride through quintessentially French Loire Valley, dotted with Chateau, then this tour is ideal for you.
LOVELY LOIRE: SHORT BREAK
From the old town of St Malo we are heading south through charming Dinan with its medieval ramparts and half timbered houses on the banks of the Rance before our first night in Angers. Angers sits in the heart of the Loire Valley and is famed for its 75m spires of the gothic Cathedral St Maurice. Did you know it is also home to Cointreau, so your after dinner liqueur is sorted. The following day our route follow the Loire itself. There is a chance to visit Chateau Chenonceaux bridging the river Cher a tributary of the Loire. This incredible castle owes its history to a long list of strong women. It is one of half a dozen fine Chateau en route today as we head for Chartres for the night.
In Chartres we discover a highlight of the tour. Each evening over twenty sites in Chartres are illuminated in a stunning light show each evening. Possibly the most remarkable is the Collegiate Church of Saint Andre. It is a remarkable and moving backdrop to an already beautiful city.
Our final night leaves the bright lights of Chartres behind for the quaint port of Honfleur. Normandy at its unspoiled finest this small port where the Seine meets the see has been painted by Claude Monet and Eugene Boudin. The harbour side is ringed with a jumble of colourful traditional houses jostling for the best view. Almost all house a bar or restaurant now and it is one of te finest places to sit and watch the world go by. Having soaked in Honfleur we head north to our final destination, the Port of Cherbourg where we have an afternoon crossing bringing you back to Portsmouth in the early evening.
Our riding pace is relaxed with mileages averaging just 150 miles per day leaving time to soak up the characteristic French hospitality with long lunches and longer evenings! Alongside the scenic riding, we’ll stay at some superb accommodation typical of the area. Add French food and wine as a reward for a day on the road and you have a winning combination.
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||1595||1895||2195|
|Including an F800GS, F900GS or F900XR Hire Bike||2120||2420||2720|
|Including an R1300GS, R1250RS or R1250RT Hire Bike||2220||2520||2820|
|Including an S1000XR Hire Bike||2245||2545||2845|
|Including an R1250GS Adventure Hire Bike||2295||2595||2895|
|Including a K1600 Grand America Hire Bike||2320||2620||2920|
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 Your Ferry departs Portsmouth for the overnight crossing to St Malo
Day 2 We leave the port and head into Brittany for the beautiful medieval walled town of Angers on the edge of the Loire Valley
Day 3 An easy days ride meandering north of the river to Chartres with its massive Gothic Cathedral to experience Chartres en Lumieres
Day 4 Now we are heading for the coast and our home for the night is the picturesque port painted by Monet and Boudin
Day 5 We ride through the Suisse Normande today on our way North and our ferry home, leaving late afternoon, arriving in Portsmouth early evening.
- UNESCO Listed Chartres Cathedral
- The UNESCO Listed Loire Valley
- Chateau Chenonceau
- Night in heart of Angers
- The medieval town of Dinan
- Chartres en Lumiere
- Riding through the Suisse Normande area
- Enjoy traditional french cuisine
- 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
- All breakfasts
- Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Ferry Crossing 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
- Anything not listed as included