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MOTORCYCLE TOUR OF CORSICA, SARDINIA AND FRANCE

 CORSICA, SARDINIA, FRANCE: GRAND TOUR

MAY 17TH – JUNE 1ST 2019     16 DAYS FROM £1999

This tour will be led by Nick Dawson

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Escorted Motorcycle Tour of Sardinia and Corsica: Often overlooked in favour of its neighbours further afield, these islands offer some of the finest scenery and roads available to the motorcyclist in Europe, their deserted mountain roads need to be seen to be believed by even a die hard tourer.

From jaunts into the mountains of the Jura and dramatic alpine passes in the French Alps proper we descend the length of the country riding some of the quietest and most dramatic roads. The Route Napoleon and gorge in Verdon offer a mix of majestic natural beauty and perfect tarmac and fro there we head into Italy for our ferry over to Sardinia.

Sardina is a mix of beautiful old medieval cities and breathtaking landscape. The perfect place to spend a few days in the middle of this trip. We visit the fishing port of Arbatax and the fortified town of Alghero, one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities.

We then take another ferry across to Corsica and enjoy three days relaxing by the beaches and riding the stunning cols before making our way back across to the mainland . Crossing the country we ride up towards the lower Pyrenees, over the tallest vehicular bridge in the world in Millau, glide through national parks and take in the sights and smells of the Auvergne. In all an unforgettable trip containing everything that makes France, Corsica and Sardinia such perfect destinations for avid bikers.

Motorcycle Tour of Sardinia and Corsica, highlights of the tour:

  • French Alps, routes des Grandes Alps and a multitude of glorious mountain passes
  • Route Napoleon, one of France’s if not Europe’s finest roads
  • Gorges du Verdon
  • The fishing port of Arbatax and the fortified town of Alghero, one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities.

  • White Sandy beaches of Corsica
  • Gorges, Peaks and Passes of the central Corsican mountains
  • Volcanic region of Auvergne
  • Tallest vehicular bridge in the world, Millau Bridge
  • WW1 War memorial at Verdun
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Fantastic group, scenery mindblowing, good food and great hotels what more could you want.

Well organised, detailed routes and maps, full itinerary, guide always there to help, nothing is to much trouble.

The list of good points is endless!

Nigel & Yvonne F
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Motorcycle Tour of France and Corsica Itinerary

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Day 1 / 271 miles From Calais we cross the country and make our way along the beautiful rural roads of northern France to Verdun and the famous Douaumont ossuary WW1 war memorial at Verdun, then on to our hotel.

Day 2 / 240 miles Today takes us up into the Vosges Mountains and some truly dramatic scenery before settling in to our second overnight stop near the border with Switzerland.

Day 3 / 168 miles Our first full day in the mountains sees you conquering spectacular alpine roads all day long. Starting with the Jura Moutains and leading down past Geneva, the Massif de Bauges, Chambery and finally into Albertville..

Day 4 / 151 miles From Grenoble another day of sublime riding joining the famous “Route Napoleon”, along the D900 and Luberon which brings us to our base. Weather dependant we may also travel along the Routes des Grandes alps to really get a taste of the best the region has to offer.

Day 5 / 240 miles Ride Europe’s answer to the Grand Canyon. The Gorges du Verdon form a truly impressive canyon with walls 2,000 feet high. We spend the morning riding the curves around the canyon before making our way to Genoa in Italy and our ferry to Sardinia.

Day 6 / Arrive in Arbatax and have the day to explore the charming small fishing port and climb the nearby watchtower built by the Spaniards to protect the territory from the incursion of Arab pirates

Day 7 / 180 miles A twsity ride east to west across the island to fortified town of Alghero, one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities

Day 8 / Time to explore the town, visit Neptunes Caves, the Grotte di Alghero or just relax in the sun.

Day 9/10/11/12 A short afternoon ferry crossing over to Corscia where we spend three further days and you can either join us on organised ride outs along the coastal cliffs, over mountain passes and through granite gorges or relax by the pool and down by the beach before exploring the local towns and villages.

Day 13 / 230 miles Getting off the ferry we have a leisurely cruising morning across the south of the country through the low hills and national park of Cevennes to Millau. Taking in the best and quietest roads in the lower Pyrenees, our overnight stop is within striking distance of the Millau Viaduct, the tallest vehicular bridge in the world.

Day 14 / 204 miles Today starts by visiting the Millau Viaduct, this takes us up towards the Limousin region and the town of Treignac on the banks of the Vezere, our base for the next 2 nights.

Day 15 / 248 miles From Treignac we continue back northwards with a leisurely ride through rural France and the tranquil National Park at La Brenne. We skirt Orleans and the Loire valley to take us to our final evening stop in Chartres where we take in a night time walking tour of the city and its festival of lights.

Day 16 / 212 miles Hearty breakfast and then onto the channel tunnel for the final leg of the trip home…

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I would recommend Magellan to anyone without a second’s hesitation… I had all the usual concerns around how the itinerary would be managed and how we would fare but it’s fair to say that I had absolutely no cause for worry – the experience was incredible in every way! The routes from Magellan opened our eyes to everything the country had to offer, kept us all entertained and expertly took care of all logistical issues. Thanks for everything!
David R
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If you want to experience a French motorcyclist’s paradise, ride around Corsica. The Mediterranean island offers rugged rocky scenery and wooded hills, and to top it all off, glorious sandy beaches to relax on after your tour. Bikers who can handle hairpin curves love the rough asphalt that gives them a great grip on many of the roads, though it can shorten the life of their tires.
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Riviera and Pont de Millau trailer:

What’s included

  • Euro Tunnel return trip Folkestone-Calais (if Folkestone isn’t convenient for you do please get in touch as other crossings can be arranged).
    Ferries Italy – Sardinia, Sardinia – Corsica, Corsica – France

  • 13 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels, 2 nights ferry cabin accommodation and 5 evening meals (We do this to allow you the flexibility to explore and choose where you eat on some of the evenings).

  • Excellent breakfast each morning in the hotels
  • Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities
  • Detailed route plans and maps
  • GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom)
  • Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee / lunch stops
  • Fully guided and supported by an experienced tour guide throughout

  • Professionally edited DVD of the tour

What’s not

  • Fuel (we will provide an estimate in the tour pack)
  • Toll charges
  • Admission charges
  • Occasional hotel parking charges
  • Meals and drinks other than specified above
  • Travel/Breakdown insurance covering repatriation back to the UK (see “before you go” section above)

Cost

  • We require a £295.00 deposit per person at the time of booking (slightly higher than other trips due to additional ferry costs). The balance payment is due 10 weeks before the commencement date.
  • Two people – One bike shared room £1999pp

  • One person – One bike shared room £2299pp

  • One person – One bike single room £2799pp*

  • *based on single hotel room & cabin share on ferries

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Read our latest Corsica trip report below

For more information on what to get prepared before your trip, what insurance to sort as well as the answers to many frequently asked questions see the “before you go” section at the top of the page.

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motorcycle-hire

We frequently arrange motorcycle hire for our touring clients from abroad or those in the UK who don’t currently have their own bike or just fancy a change. We have access to a full range of modern Touring, Sports Touring and Adventure bikes as well as the full current Harley Davidson lineup through our rental partners in the South East.

Depending on provider we can arrange:

  • Airport transfers or Hotel delivery & pickup
  • Luggage storage facilities
  • Clothing, GPS, hard and soft luggage hire
  • Comprehensive breakdown and insurance
  • Unlimited mileage agreements

Let us know which trip takes your fancy, what type of bike you require and we’ll do the rest.

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