Historic French Great Alps road & Provence Riviera

Dates 17/07 - 27/07/2022
Destination Provence & Riviera
Category Guided or Self-guided
Duration 10 days 10 nights

Mileage :  1910 km / 1187 miles

Tour highlights : Bourget and Annecy lakes, Menton, historic Great Alps road, Verdon's gorges, Vercors mountain, Baronnies provençales, Iseran and Bonette pass, national park of Vanoise and Mercantour, Mont Ventoux, listed villages of Eze and Bonneval sur Arc, Cormet de Roselend, ridge road of Estérel, Cians and Daluis gorges. 

 

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Dates & Prices
Departure date

Day 1 - Evian
Day 1 - Evian

Arrival of participants in Évian and hotel check-in.
Free time in Evian.
Group briefing and welcome dinner

Day 2 - Evian - Bourg St Maurice
Day 2 - Evian - Bourg St Maurice

We start this motorcycle road trip on the historical Great Alps road and leave the shores of the Leman lake. The roads of the Chablais mountain takes us to Cluse in the Aravis but before this we will make a stop at the Reposoir Abbey nested in a small valley. Then this will be the climbing of the Beaufortain mountain range, famous for its cow cheese. You will be amazed by the panorama at the Cormet de Roselend summit and dam that will take us to the descent on Bourg St Maurice.

Day 3 - Bourg St Maurice - Briançon
Day 3 - Bourg St Maurice - Briançon

We set off to conquer the high peaks of the Alps. After a stop to admire the imposing Tignes dam we will begin the ascent to the Iseran pass, the highest road pass in Europe where the view from the Tarentaise belvedere is breathtaking At the foot of the Iseran find one of the most beautiful villages in France: Bonneval sur Arc. We will follow the Maurienne valley in the heart of the Vanoise park. Three more legendary passes will have to be passed :  Télégraphe, Galibier and Lautaret before reaching the citadel of Vauban in Briançon.

Day 4 - Briançon - Menton
Day 4 - Briançon - Menton

Our day begins with the Izoard pass. After Château Queyras and its impressive fortress, we will follow the valley of Queyras and its ledge road. After a break at the Vauban citadel of Mont-Dauphin, we head towards the southern Alps via the Vars pass then teh one of La Bonette. Through the superb roads of the Mercantour region we will reach, through the Turini pass, the pearl of the French Riviera : Menton.

Day 5 - Menton
Day 5 - Menton

A day of riding around Menton to take advantage of its marvelous panoramas and its hilltop villages which abound in the Nice hinterland. We will go to the villages of Ste Agnès then by the panoramic road of the Madonna of Gorbio we will reach those of Peille and Peillon. But it is above all the village of Eze that will offer its most beautiful panorama from the corniche road. Impossible not to cross Monte-Carlo before reaching Menton by the overlook road.

Day 6 - Menton - Gorges du Verdon
Day 6 - Menton - Gorges du Verdon

We will ride on the most beautiful motorcycle roads of the French Riviera, including the famous Corniche road of Estérel. Then it is by the small roads of this moutain rangef that we will reach the Verdon gorges nicknamed the "French Grand Canyon".

Day 7 - Gorges du Verdon - Sisteron
Day 7 - Gorges du Verdon - Sisteron

After we crossed the south rim of the Gorges du Verdon, it is unthinkable for us to leave this region without doing the north rim and the ridge route. After Castellane we will follow the Castillon lake towards the two most beautiful gorges in the southern Alps: those of Cians and Daluis. Now part of the Napoleon historic road this section will take us to the high Provence famous for its lavender fields.

Day 8 - Sisteron - Vaison la Romaine
Day 8 - Sisteron - Vaison la Romaine

We head towardsLubéron region and the hilltop village of Simiane la Rotonde which will lead us to Colorado de Rustrel, these old ocher quarries, now abandoned, which will immerse you in the landscapes of the American West. It will still be necessary to go along the superb gorges of the Nesque to finally climb the south side of the famous Mont Ventoux in the middle of the vineyards of the Côte du Rhone. We will stay near the superb village of Vaison la Romaine, so rich in gallo roman monuments.

Day 9 - Vaison la Romaine - Vercors
Day 9 - Vaison la Romaine - Vercors

We set off on the small roads of the Baronnies Provençales. After a stop in Montbrun les Bains we cross the regional park of Baronnies Provençales. You can admire the many typical villages of the Drôme such as Poët Laval or Grignan. We will reach the Diois region at the foot of the Vercors massif where we will stay after our last ascent of the day via the Rousset pass.

Day 10 - Vercors - Annecy
Day 10 - Vercors - Annecy

The Vercors region is a treat for motorcycling with all its cornice roads such as Combe Laval or the Grand Goulets. After following the gorges of the Bourne we descend from the Vercors to enter the Chartreuse massif. Then we will ride along two of the most beautiful lakes in Savoie: the Bourget lake and the Annecy lake where we will finish this wonderful motorbike road trip on the Grande Route of the Alps and the Provence Côte d'Azur.

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Riding the French Alps on a motorcycle often means choosing which part to do because they are so varied and different. We offer to ride all of it on this motorcycle trip. From Evian to Annecy via Provence and the Drôme Provençale. Those motorcycle roads will take you first over the passes of the historic Great Alps road, this legendary road that connects Thonon to Menton via all the famous passes such as Galibier, Iseran, Bonette, etc. Then, once on the Riviera, you will have plenty of time to stroll through the many hilltop villages of the Nice hinterland such as Ste Agnès, Eze or Peillon, but also through the exclusive Monte Carlo and its luxury hotels. Then through the golden ridge road of Estérel, you will reach High Provence and the impressive Gorges of Verdon. Then after riding to the top of Mont Ventoux you will cross the Provencal Baronnnies of Drôme which will lead you to the Vercors massif and its vertiginous roads. There will only be the Chartreuse massif left to reach the two most beautiful lakes in Savoie : Bourget and Annecy, the end of this motorcycle road trip in the Alps and Provence.

The ideal tour for any rider looking for the perfect motorcycle trip cocktail: sun, winding roads, panoramic passes, steep gorges, authentic villages, varied gastronomy, and corniche roads. A cocktail to savor without moderation.

 

 

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN ÉVIAN
Day 2 ÉVIAN - BOURG ST MAURICE
 (217 km)
Day 3 BOURG ST MAURICE - BRIANÇON (189 km)
Day 4 BRIANÇON - MENTON (285 km )
Day 5 MENTON (loop ride around Menton 77 km)
Day 6 MENTON - GORGES DU VERDON (211 km)
Day 7 GORGES DU VERDON - ST MICHEL OBSERVATOIRE (286 km)
Day 8 ST MICHEL OBSERVATOIRE - VAISON LA ROMAINE(202 km)
Day 9 VAISON LA ROMAINE - VERCORS
 (234 km)
Day 10 VERCORS - ANNECY
 (209 km)

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Rates in guided tour formula (in € PP) :

Motorcycle tour in Auvergne
  *This is the prices category when riders join the tour with their own bikes

Motorcycles / room type
(price per person)

lit single

lit double

lit twin

 moto perso*

€ 1 610

€ 1 190

€ 1 190

BMW R1200RT   BMW R1200GS € 3 370 € 2 580 € 2 990
Moto guzzi V85  BMW F 750 GS

€ 2 670

€ 2 345

€ 2 490

 

The price of this guided motorcycle tour includes :

  • Transfer from / to Geneva aiporot on arrival and departure
  • Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and insurance (with rental formula)
  • A professional bilingual guide on a motorcycle leading the group
  • 10 hotel nights in 3 star hotels with continental breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Information kit and road-book.

Not included in the price of this guided motorcycle tour :

  • Flights to France or Italy
  • Any other meals not included in the tour
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Fuel
  • Riding equipment (helmet, jacket, gloves)

 

Tarifs en formule liberté (en € PP) :

Motos / type de chambre
(prix par personne)

lit single

lit double

lit twin

moto perso *

€ NC

€  NC

€ NC

BMW R1200RT   BMW R1200GS € NC € NC € NC
Moto guzzi V85  BMW F 750 GS

€ NC

€ NC

€ NC

Nos prix de ce voyage moto en liberté comprennent :

  • Moto de location avec assurance et kilométrage illimité (formule avec location)
  • 10 nuits en hôtels 2 et 3 étoiles avec petit déjeuner continental
  • Fichiers GPX pour insertion GPS ou smartphone
  • Kit d'information et road-book.

Nos prix de ce voyage moto en liberté ne comprennent pas :

  • Billets d'avions
  • Tous les autres repas que ceux inclus dans le circuit
  • Boissons et dépenses personnelles
  • Essence
  • Equipement moto (casque, veste, gants)