Tour de France motorcycle tour

Date 31st May to 11th june 2018
Destination Normandy to Provence
Category Guided Tours
Duration 11 days 11 nights
Package
Depart date

DATES from 31st to 11th of june 2018

Guided tour with french local guide (bilingual) 


MILEAGE : 2217 km / 1377 miles
AVERAGE MILEAGE/DAY 221 km / 137 miles

RIDING DAYS 12 days / 11 nights
REST DAYS : 1 day on arrival in Chinon/Tours and 1 day in Millau

MAX NBRE OF ENTRY 6 to 12 motorcycles
LEVEL beginner with experience or intermediate

This tour is available with passenger van that follow the same itinerary and various visits and activities.

Day 01 - Tours - Chinon
Day 01 - Tours - Chinon

Arrival in Tours. Motorcycle delivery and transfer to Chinon to join the add-on group.
Rest day for the add-on group

Day 02 - Chinon - Uzerche
Day 02 - Chinon - Uzerche

To start our trip we will follow the Vienne river and stop in l’Angles Sur l’Anglin, a medieval village with lots of charms. Then we will enter the Limousin region and stop at Oradour sur Glane, a place of memory. Here in 1944 a SS division «Das Reich» did massacre the entire village. The place has been left untouched for rememberance.

Day 03 - Uzerche - Sarlat
Day 03 - Uzerche - Sarlat

Short mileage today but this is to give you more time to enjoy 2 of the most beautiful villages of France : Collonges la Rouge (the red city) and Turenne. Then following the river Dordogne you will arrive in Sarlat and enjoy its lively market and medieval old town. This is definitely the place to savour foie gras and the local gastronomy

Day 04 - Sarlat - Millau
Day 04 - Sarlat - Millau

As we go south the landscape will become drier : this the Quercy region. This part of France is one of the most preserved in terms of traditions and villages. We will visit Figeac, hometown of Champollion who discover the Rosetta stone and then in Conques a major stop of the Santiago trail. The millau viaduct, the highest suspended bridge in the world will welcome us as we arrive in town.

Day 05 - Rest day in Millau
Day 05 - Rest day in Millau

Today is a rest day to give you some time to enjoy the pool or just ride around in the beautiful gorges of the Tarn rive or the templars village of the Couvertoirade. There is so much to see and do around than one day won’t be enough. Be prepare to make some choice… This region is one of the most remote and inhabited in France.

Day 06 - Millau - L'Isle sur sorgue
Day 06 - Millau - L'Isle sur sorgue

More gorges and corniche roads to leave the Cevennes region. we leave Languedoc and enter in Provence with one of the most visited bridge and one of the oldest : the Pont du Gard. If time permits we might stop in Avignon and see the impressive palace of popes when Avignon was a papal city. Then we will stay in L’Isle sur la Sorgue a city famous for its antics but also known as the Venice of Provence.

Day 07 - L'Isle sur Sorgue - La Palud sur Verdon
Day 07 - L'Isle sur Sorgue - La Palud sur Verdon

We will start the day by the mythic ascension of the Mount Ventoux from where the view is breathtaking. Then we’ll enjoy the savors of High Provence and uberon. We will stop at Gordes a supended village and at the french Colorado of Rustel once a mine of ocher. Then we will reach the famous gorges of Verdon where we will spend the night. Be prepared for a awesome sunset...

Day 08 - La Palud sur Verdon - Vercors
Day 08 - La Palud sur Verdon - Vercors

To start the day we will ride in the Grand Canyon of the Verdon river, this will be one of the highlight of your trip ! Then we will reach the Vercors mountain, once a high place of french resistance in 1944 but before that we will ride some of the most beautiful roads and gorges of the french southern Alps.
One of the best memorable ride of the trip probably !

Day 09 - Vercors - Le Puy en Velay
Day 09 - Vercors - Le Puy en Velay

After a ride through the tunnels of the Grande Combe we will leave the Vercors mountain for the Rhône valley and its wineyard and climb again the Massif Central on our way to Auvergne. The RN 102 that will take us there is a wonderfull twisty road with impressive scenery. Then you will wander the medievial streets of Le Puy where the pelgrims,on their way to Santiago, starts their journey. If you are courageous enough you may climb the stairs to the virgin.

Day 10 - Le Puy en Velay - Le Mont Dore
Day 10 - Le Puy en Velay - Le Mont Dore

Auvergne is considered as a heaven for motorcyclists in France. Very few trafic and some awesome roads with wild landscapes. And on top of that a rich gastronomy. This day of ride will take us through its highest summits and the day will end in an old spa resort facing the Puy Sancy summit where time has stopped : Le Mont Dore. Enjoy the quietness.

Day 11 - Le Mont Dore - Tours
Day 11 - Le Mont Dore - Tours

For our last day we will leave the volcanoes of Auvergne for the Millevaches plateau, a remote land of marsh and forests. Everything has been left untouched for generation in this region. And then finally we will arrive in the Loire Valley to admire some its most iconic castles : Chenonceau and Amboise. We will end this magical tour with a farewell dinner and celebrate the french gastronomy.

Select if room shared to apply single rate reduction (main tour)

in the case of one rider on one bike sharing room with another rider.

-330 € / Adult
Passenger van seat

In the case of one passenger travelling in passenger van during the tour

250 € / Adult
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