Monte Carlo or Bust ! Including the Millau Bridge, Route Napoleon, Gorgeous Gorges of the Lot, Tarn, Verdon & Ardeche
28 April – 6 May 2018
Our view: the South of France is a heaven for motorcyclists who like proper bends. This tour isn’t high mileage but it is very twisty through the Gorges and the Route Napoleon. The riding does require high levels of concentration so it’s not for inexperienced riders. Two nights on the Riviera with a fab swimming pool and a day off the bikes may attract pillions who should be happy to enjoy the views from the back seat! Breathtaking scenery throughout.
See more photos & read the reviews of previous Tours here.
This trip starts and finishes in Le Havre (or other agreed meeting/departure points). We spend our first night in the Loire where we all get to know each other over dinner and drinks in the hotel
The next day we ride on some fantastic sweeping roads through the land of “Millevaches” (a thousand cows!) to our hotel where dinner is included at a local restaurant.
Day three we ride through the Lot gorges to the Millau Bridge (the “Bridge in the Sky”) stopping at the Visitor Centre and the viewing area for photos before riding across the bridge itself. We continue through the Gorges du Tarn to our hotel with a swimming pool close to Uzes in Provence where you have a free night and can explore this town famous for its’ truffles.
We then head to the French Riviera, passing along tree-lined roads, through olive groves to our hotel with a swimming pool. Ideally situated between Nice and Monaco our hotel for two nights has panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.
On our day off it’s “Monte Carlo or Bust!” Take the 10 minute train journey or ride your bike into Monaco. Try your luck at the Casino and see the luxury yachts of the rich and famous. These two nights are at your leisure.
Back on the bikes we leave the Riviera behind and ride up the fabulous Route Napoleon and through the Grand Canyon du Verdon – Europe’s largest gorge. Our hotel tonight is in Orange, just a short stroll from the original Arc de Triomphe. Dinner is again included.
On day 7 we ride through the Gorges de l’Ardeche – the last of our Gorgeous Gorges! The scenery then changes as we move into Vulcania where we stay overnight surrounded by volcanoes.
Heading home, we spend our final night in the Loire valley with our last supper together and the usual light-hearted review of the trip.
This will be a fully escorted motorcycle trip from the moment you arrive at the port of Le Havre and will be run at a moderate pace. The routes have been extensively researched and as we always stop every hour & a half for coffee, lunch or fuel any pillions will not be too long in the saddle. As we use a tried & tested “drop-off” marker system with a tail-end rider there is no need for you to refer to road books or maps.
We will stay in small, independent hotels, all with plenty of character, biker friendly and all centrally located.
A luggage van – included in the price – follows the same route as the tour and is available for you to store jackets & helmets at any of the stops.
Please contact us for more details – remember there are limited places on this motorbike holiday.
Approx riding stats: Total 1600 miles; Average day 210 miles; Longest day 260 miles; Motorway 100 miles.
Price: £995 per person – includes:–
- Nine day fully escorted tour led by experienced British guides – who speak French.
- Hotel accommodation with breakfasts for 8 nights in a shared room with en-suite facilities*
- Evening meals with wine on 4 nights.
- Luggage Van
- Tour Information Pack (to include itinerary, details of hotels, explanation of marker system, contact details etc.)
* Single room supplement £345
Your ferry/tunnel crossing, peages (approx 15 euros), train fare (approx 5 euros) and meals/drinks other than as stated above are not included.
A deposit of £145 per person is payable upon booking with the balance payable 8 weeks before departure.
We need a minimum of 10 guests to run this Tour.
All bookings are subject to BN European Tours Ltd Terms & Conditions.