France Discovery motorcycle tour

Date 23 june to 06 july 2017
Destination Normandy to Provence
Category Guided or Self-guided
Duration 15 days 14 nights
Package
Depart date
Day 1 - Tours
Day 1 - Tours

Train transfer to Tours and hotel check-in.
Delivery of the bike and briefing on the tour organization
Dinner in old town Tours.

Day 2 - Tours to Honfleur
Day 2 - Tours to Honfleur

We make our way to Le Mans where we will stop for a visit of the 24 h motorsports museum. There you will see all famous race cars and motorcycles that made the heydays of the 24h race. From there we will cross the Mancelles Alps where we will have lunch. 

Through the small roads of southern Normandy we will follow the road of cheese to its most famous village : Camembert where you will taste a real creamy french cheese. Another stop at the Basilica of Lisieux and we will arrive at the 18th century harbour of Honfleur and have dinner on the historical basin.

Day 3 - Honfleur - Carentan
Day 3 - Honfleur - Carentan

Today we will ride on the footsteps of the liberators on the beaches of D-day. To start with we will follow the coast and ride through the sea resorts home of the Parisian aristocracy in the 19th century, Deauville, Cabourg and from the river Orne and its emblematic Pegasus Bridge we will enter in the landing sector. 

Juno, Sword, Gold, Omaha and Utah, we will ride all of them and stop at Arromanches, for the remains of the artificial harbour, at Colleville US Cemetery where honors will be given to the troops. We will visit the Omaha museum and walk on the beach where thousand of young boys gave their lives from freedom. We will stay in Carentan, in Utah sector. A riding day of rememberance.

Day 4 - Carentan to St Malo
Day 4 - Carentan to St Malo

We will leave Normandy for Brittany, a land of strong tradition and culture. But before that we will climb the steep cobled streets of the Mont St Michel, this 16th century abbey in the middle of the sea. We will finally reach the harbor of St Malo and stay in the citadel. St Malo is knowned to be the home town of Jacque Cartier, the founder of Quebec.

Day 5 - St Malo to Chinon
Day 5 - St Malo to Chinon

To start the day we will walk the old town of Dinan, one of the most preserved medieval town in Brittany. After we sip a coffee we will head towards the Loire valley region. We will stop at Vitré for lunch to admire its fortress. We will reach the banks of the Loire that we will follow till Chinon, another medieval city where we will stay for two nights.

Day 6 - Chinon
Day 6 - Chinon

On this rest day in Chinon you can stay in old town and walk to the castle and market. But those who want to ride may go with us to visit some of the majectic castles of the Loire valley : Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping beauty or Saumur where we will have a wine tasting of Loire valley wine. A short mileage on this day but so much to see...

Day 7 - Chinon to Uzerche
Day 7 - Chinon to Uzerche

We will follow the Vienne river that will lead us to the Limousin region, a very isolated county where all towns and villages are preserved. To start with we will stop for a coffee at l'Angles sur l'Anglin, a village labelled "most beautifull village of France"  we will also pass the St Savin abbey, listed Unesco heritage before we have lunch in Mortemart, another listed village. 
in the afternoon we will visit the martyr town of Oradour sur Glance. This village was slaughtered and burned by the german division Das Reich for no reason. The place has been left untouched for generation to see. An impressive moment.

From there we will enter the hilly county of Corrèze and stay in the medieval town of Uzerche on the river Vézère. 

Day 8 - Uzerche to Sarlat
Day 8 - Uzerche to Sarlat

After a short ride in the Vézère gorges we will visits some of the most famous historical villages in the area : Turenne and its fortress and Collonges la Rouge, knowned as the red city. We will enter the Dordogne valley and follow the river. from there you see some of the most impressive medieval fortresses and castles like Castelnau. A ride in the middle age era.
We will reach the capital of Perigord, Sarlat where we will stay for two nights.

Day 9 - Sarlat
Day 9 - Sarlat

Sarlat and Perigord are considered a a high place in french gastronomy. not only for Foie gras paté but also for all its liquor, duck and goose dishes and a lot of other specialities. Like in Chinon you may stay in Sarlat and enjoy the local market and the small pedestrian streets of the old town or come for a short ride around the valley to see some beautiful villages and castles. The region also offers lots of activities like garden visits, cooking lessons or water excursions.

Day 10 - Sarlat to Figeac
Day 10 - Sarlat to Figeac

Today we will ride few miles as we will spend some time in the town of Rocamadour, this city which is perched on a hilltop, like a town from the Lord of the Ring, is famous for its black virgin and a shrine for pelgrim on the way to Santiago of Compostella. You will be amazed by this charming city. Then we will ride the Quercy plateau to reach Figeac, another stopover on the santiago trail. Figeac is the hometown of Champollion who discovered the Rosetta stone.

Day 11 - Figeac to Millau
Day 11 - Figeac to Millau

Now we enter in the Cévennes region, a wild and remote area in France. We often compare it as the french wild frontier. Landscapes and villages are spectacular. In the morning we will stop at the villages of Conques and Estaing, some of the most authentic middle age villages in France. Then through some magnificent roads we will reach Millau and stop at the feet of its viaduct, the highest in the world.

Day 12 - Millau to Nimes
Day 12 - Millau to Nimes

A awesome day of ride today as you will ride the gorges of the Tarn river and Causses plateau. Some of the greatest landscapes in this region. From the swichbacks of the Malène you will admire the panorama on the Tarn gorges and beyond. Then after a lunch in Ste Enimie, another listed village you will follow the ridge road of the Cévennes until the plain of Western Provence and arrive in the historical and gallo roman town of Nimes.

 

Day 13 - Nimes to Avignon
Day 13 - Nimes to Avignon

We are now in Provence. The first stop of the day will be at the majestic gallo roman bridge of the Pont du Gard. From there we will head south to the village of Baux de Provence, a typical provencal village surrounded by olive trees. Then its time to reach the Unesco city of Avignon. We will have dinner in the old town.

Day 14 - Avignon
Day 14 - Avignon

On this last day of your tour you may decide to wander the old town of Avignon or go for a ride in the eastern high Provence and ride the famous Tour de France pass of Mont Ventoux. On the way back we will also stop at Gordes, another listed village of Provence. We will close that great ride with a farewell dinner in old town Avignon.

Reduction if room shared (Guided France discovery)

in the case of one rider on one bike sharing a room with another rider. This deduction applies on the single price.

-310 € / Adult
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