France seduces with beauty and diversity – it’s regions abundant with natural wonders and iconic landmarks known the world over. From rolling vineyards and epic mountain ranges all the way to sprawling art, architecture and fashion hubs and glitzy, sun drenched playgrounds for the wealthy – France and its islands offer visitors much to discover and experience within its borders. From classic sights to modern monuments France weaves magic into our souls with its breathtaking scenery, changing landscapes, classic roads and culture that is unmistakable.
With all the big hitters lined up, Magellan’s Grand Tour sees the absolute best of what France, Corsica and the Italian island of Sardinia has on offer. Arriving in Calais we travel around the entire country clockwise taking in rural farmlands, famous battlefields and war memorials before heading northeast to the softly rounded Vosges mountains with their distinctive lush forests and lakes. After a play on the sublime roads the mountains harbour, we travel down the eastern border through the snow capped Alps to follow in Napoleon Bonapart’s footsteps on the super dramatic Route Napoleon. In a tour that gets better with each mile, we skirt around one of the finest sights in the whole country in the shape of the mighty Gorge du Verdon with its limestone canyons and beautifully clear turquoise waters, and after a hair raising loop around this natural wonder on more hairpins than you can shake a stick at, we take to the sea to go back in time on the beautiful islands of Corsica and Sardinia. Spending several days on each, you have the choice of many fun things to do and see on or off the bike, before cruising back over to the mainland. Once back on dry land we ride through the heart of France through vast national parks, over or under the almighty Millau Bridge and stay in the classic cathedral city of Chartres.
With the new touring season racing towards us at full speed, why not add France, Corsica and Sardinia to the list of destinations you take your bike to this year! As always, we’ve picked out some of our favourite highlights to seal the deal….