Day 1 - Arrival in Tours
Pick up at train station in Tours, hôtel check in and group briefing &
welcome dinner in old town Tours.
Day 2 - Tours - Honfleur (Add-on tour)
The Mancelles Alps valley, Lisieux basilica, Le Mans motorsport museum and circuit, Normandy cheeses valley, Honfleur 18th century harbor.
Day 3 - Honfleur - Carentan (Add-on tour)
Sea resort of Deauville, Pegasus bridge, Omaha beach and Colleville cemetery, Utah beach and Ste Mère Eglise, Museum of Omaha beach, Arromanches artificial harbor.
Day 4 - Carentan - St Malo (Add-on tour)
Mont St Michel, Coutances cathedral, St Malo fortified city.
Day 5 - St Malo - Chinon (Add-on tour)
Medieval city of Dinan, Castle of Vitré, Saumur castle, Loire valley banks road, Old town Chinon.
Day 6 - Arrival in Tours / Chinon (rest day)
On this free day you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with your bike and the French trafic. There will be some ride around Tours to see some castles but you will also take some time to recover from your trip before we hit the road for your Tour de France. Add on tour participants will enjoy a rest or riding day in the Loire valley.
Day 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - Millau (rest day)
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 11 - Millau - L'Isle sur la 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 12 - L'Isle sur la Sorgue - 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 Luberon. 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - 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.
The Tour de France is a world wide event that always played a huge role in the promotion of the country, its roads, its monuments, its villages and landscapes. On this tour we will take you on the most emblematic roads and region regulary crossed by this cycling competition. You will discover France in its entire diversity of culture, gastronomy and scenery. From a motorcycle point of view this tour takes the most enjoyable roads of the country but give also the opportunity to visit its historical landmarks and natural wonders. You will be able to say "I’ve accomplish a Tour de France".
Add on tour : Normandy D-Day loop
Day 1 ARRIVAL IN TOURS
Day 2 TOURS - HONFLEUR (280 km / 174 miles)
Day 3 HONFLEUR - STE MERE EGLISE (158 km / 98 miles)
Day 4 STE MERE EGLISE - ST MALO (185 km / 114 miles)
Day 5 ST MALO - TOURS (315 km / 195 miles)
Main tour : Tour de France loop
Day 1 ARRIVAL IN TOURS
Day 2 TOURS - UZERCHE (290 km / 180 miles)
Day 3 UZERCHE - SARLAT (137 km / 85 miles)
Day 4 SARLAT - MILLAU (230 km / 143 miles)
Day 5 MILLAU (rest day)
Day 6 MILLAU - L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE (228 km / 141 miles)
Day 7 L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE - VERDON'S GORGES (235 km / 146 miles)
Day 8 VERDON'S GORGES - VERCORS (268 km / 176 miles)
Day 9 VERCORS - LE PUY EN VELAY (208 km / 129 miles)
Day 10 LE PUY EN VELAY - LE MONT DORE (201 km / 124 miles)
Day 11 LE MONT DORE - TOURS (313 km / 194 miles)
Day 12 DEPARTURE FROM TOURS
DATES from 23rd to 08th of june 2020 Guided tour with french local guide (bilingual)
MILEAGE : 2217 km / 1377 miles or AVERAGE MILEAGE/DAY 221 km / 137 miles
RIDING DAYS 12 days / 11 nights or 17 days / 16 nights with add-on REST DAYS : 1 day in Chinon/Tours and 1 day in Millau
MAX NBRE OF ENTRY 6 to 12 motorcycles LEVEL beginner with experience or intermediate.
Rates of guided tour formula (in € pp) :
The price of this guided motorcycle tour includes :
- Train transfer from/to Paris Airport and transfer to hotels on arrival and departure
- Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and insurance
- A professional bilingual guide on a motorcycle leading the group
- 11 or 16 hotel nights in two and three star hotels with continental breakfast
- Entrance tickets to Le mans Motorsports Museum, Omaha Beach museum and one castle (to be defined on the tour)
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Tour information package with road-book and travel tips
Not included in the price of this guided motorcycle tour :
- Flight tickets
- Any other meals not included in the tour
- Drinks and all personal expenses
- Riding equipment (helmet, jackets, gloves)
Passenger in mini van (Main tour)
price per person for one passenger travelling in mini van during the tour
Tour de France - Discount for room shared (on main tour)
Discount on single room rate for a rider sharing room with other rider (for main tour)
Tour de France - Discount for shared room (main tour and addon tour
Discount on single room rate for one rider sharing room with other rider (main tour and addon tour)