Massif Central, Provence & French Alps
3 & 4 Star Hotels
250- 275 miles ( longest day 295 miles)
Combination of Motorway, A, B and Mountain Roads
Suitable for Experienced riders who have ridden on the continent before
Great roads as we head south to Provence and the Grand Alps.
NEW TOUR: This tour will especially appeal to those who like the challenge of mountain roads, however, as usual for those that like a more relaxed pace, we have alternative routes.
Having used the crossing of our choice, we stop briefly in the Champagne region before taking a cross-country route into the Massif Central. Heading east we ride the Route Napoleon to our base for three nights in Provence. Two days to relax and enjoy the area before we turn northwards to ride some of the roads of the 'Grande Alpes'. We return via Annecy to our original hotel in the Champagne region.
Riders should be aware that there may be some long days and technical mountain passes, so we would suggest this tour is more suitable for experienced riders and pillions with previous tour experience.
This is an Escorted Tour which means that although the guide will be with you, you are responsible for doing your own navigation. We provide a Tour Pack which will include a full itinerary, suggested route directions, Gpx waypoints and hotel location. This system suits many people, as it allows them to ride at their own pace and style, either alone or in small groups. However, if it is your first time abroad, or you just prefer, you may ride with the guide, who will act as your escort throughout the tour.
Tour prices are inclusive of the following:
- Return Hull - Zeebrugge with en-suite cabin or Eurotunnel crossing
- 7 Nights' en-suite accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotel
- 7 Regional breakfasts
- 3 Evening meals
- Full use of the hotels' leisure facilities
- Route notes as appropriate - Gpx waypoints
- Guided Day tours
- Services of experienced Tour Guides (Dave & John)
- Meals onboard ferries
- Garage fees
Your hotels for this tour are a mixture of modern and traditional hotels. They have been chosen for their locations and being motorcycle-friendly, and have either 3 or 4 star ratings. All accommodation is en-suite and includes the facilities you would expect of hotels of this class. Your stay includes use of the hotels' leisure facilities including swimming pools so you may wish to take your swimming gear.
Some evening meals have been included, however, we give you the freedom to eat out on several occasions.
The tour itinerary is based on a Northern crossing with the option* to use a Southern crossing which will shorten the tour by two days. (see departure choice)
Monday 12th August: For those using the Northern crossing, you should make your way to Hull to catch the P&O overnight ferry to Zeebrugge. You are able to board early evening, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the great on-board facilities. A 4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) is included in your crossing. The ferry will dock approx. 9.30am the following morning, giving you the full day to make your way to the first night's hotel (260 miles).
Tuesday 13th August: (250 miles) Those using the Southern crossing should arrive in time for a morning Eurotunnel crossing for their journey across France. Whichever crossing you have chosen, we will all meet- up and get to know one another at our first night's stop, a hotel we use often in the Champagne region. On arrival, you can relax and enjoy a swim in the hotel’s pool before sitting down to dinner. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Wednesday 14th August: (290 miles) One of our longest days, but some great cross country roads as we first past through the wine region of Burgundy to ride across the Massif Central. Covering one fifth of France this area is a geologist’s delight with volcanic puys (plugs) and deep river gorges. Our overnight stay has such a puy, complete with a 12th century cathedral on its top and is a popular starting point for the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail. The hotel is in the middle of town so we leave you to eat out at one of the many restaurants. 3 star hotel B&B.
Thursday 15th August: (245 miles) We continue through the Ardeche region to ride some roads favoured by the 'Tour de France'. I found these many years ago and so are looking forward to seeing if they are as good as I remembered. Dropping into the Rhone valley we pick up the famous N85, known by many as the 'Route Napoleon' it is much favoured by bikers due to its fast twisty bends. The route takes us all the way to our base for the next 3 nights in Castellane. We have included dinner tonight but leave you free to dine where you wish for the following two evenings.3 star hotel, dinner, B&B
Friday 16th - Saturday 17th August: (free days) Your time is your own to spend as you wish. If you fancy a paddle, to the south is the Mediterranean and the Cote d'Azur. To the west is the Verdon Gorge. Considered by many as one of most beautiful in Europe, it has scenic roads that take you so high that you are above the Vultures that soar on the thermals. For the rider there is the chance to ride some of the roads that form the 'Grande Alpes'. Some 684km long the alpine route runs from Mediterranean to Lake Geneva and offers some of the most spectacular passes in the French Alps including the Col de la Bonette (2,802 m (9,193 ft) with access to the highest paved through road in Europe. If you fancy a day off, the hotel offers a lovely outside area complete with swimming pool. 3 star hotel, B&B
Sunday 18th August (235 miles): Choice of routes today depending upon your preference, but there are some great roads to ride as we head north along the Grande Alpes before turning to our overnight stop in the lovely town of Annecy. The hotel has no dining room, but the old town with its cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-coloured houses is just a short walk away. 3 star hotel, B&B.
Monday 19th August (264 miles): Again a choice of routes, as we pass Geneve and the smaller Jura mountains. Apart from the brief use of a motorway to by-pass Dijon, we are able to enjoy the very best of French provincial N roads, which return us to our first night’s hotel near Troyes. 4star hotel, Dinner,B&B
Tuesday 20th August: Today, we say goodbye to our fellow riders as we leave for the ferry port of our choice. Those using the Southern crossing (250 miles) will be at Calais in time for an early afternoon crossing, whilst those on the Northern crossing (260 miles) head for Zeebrugge and their overnight ferry.
Wednesday 21st August:The ferry docks at 0900 hrs, giving us time to have breakfast and bid farewell to our fellow riders before making our way home.
With customers from the whole length of the UK and Ireland, we understand that many of our northern clients dislike the ride down to the channel ferry ports – likewise it does not make sense for our many clients from the south to ride north to join a tour at Hull. Therefore, where possible, we have arranged the first and last night’s hotel to be within similar riding distance of both Calais & Zeebrugge. For your increased comfort we have arranged more spacious 2 berth cabins on all P&O Hull-Zeebrugge crossings. Clients using the Southern crossing have the convenience of crossing the channel using the Eurotunnel service.
As always, you may make your own arrangements and we will adjust costs accordingly.
The tour will be 2 nights shorter for those customers using the Eurotunnel and they will depart the UK on Tuesday 13th August and return Tuesday 20th August.
Personal Travel & Breakdown Assistance Cover
On all European tours (including Southern Ireland) we require clients to take-out some form of Personal Travel and Accident/Breakdown cover. This is essential for repatriation of yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident or medical emergency. If you have an existing policy you should check that your company would repatriate your bike, even if undamaged, should you be unable to ride it (many do not!) .
We also strongly urge you to take out insurance that includes cancellation cover in the event of accident, illness or redundancy when you make your booking. Information on such companies can be found on our insurance page http://www.motorcycletours.co.uk/more/travel-insurance.html
Tour check List
Thank you for your interest in our tours - we hope you decide to join us. Please feel free to download a PDF of our free Tour check list with a few hints and tips we have picked up over the years. We would be happy to hear from you, should you have any of your own.
|Tour Cost (each)||Hull Crossing||Eurotunnel crossing (Tues 13th Aug - Tues 20th Aug)|
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||£1085||£955|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||£1190||£1025|
|1 bike, 1 person, single occupancy||£1495 *||£1340|
|Deposit £100 per person||*based on single hotel room & cabin share on ferry|
note: all prices based on current VAT rates and Euro-GBP rates as of October 2018