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SELF GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR OF FRANCE & CORSICA

CORSICA, FRANCE: GRAND TOUR, ALPS, VOLCANOES, ROUTE NAPOLEON, RIVIERA AND THE MILLAU BRIDGE.

     14 DAYS FROM £1595

Often overlooked in favour of its neighbours further afield, France offers some of the finest scenery and roads available to the motorcyclist in Europe while Corsica’s deserted mountain roads and white sandy beaches need to be seen to be believed.

This 14 day tour aims to show you some of the best of both of these. From jaunts into the mountains of the Jura and dramatic alpine passes in the Alps proper you 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 while the French Riviera should satisfy your inner billionaire.

You’ll take the ferry across to Corsica and enjoy three days relaxing by the beaches and riding the stunning cols before making your way back across to the mainland . You’ll then cross the country and 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 and Corsica such perfect destinations for avid bikers.

On a Magellan Self Guided tour we take care of everything, your hotels, routes and crossings are all sorted by us and we are totally flexible on dates, departure points and trip lengths. So why not get in touch today to start your adventure.

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
  • St Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo
  • 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
bikers in the french alps
Another terrific trip, I thought last year’s would take some beating but this year’s in France was truly one to remember. It was completely different from the other trips I’ve taken on the continent, the day to day riding was excellent as always and everything was taken care of to a tee. I hear there’s a trip to China in the offing…..count me in!
Grace B

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Gorge du Verdon ride out day trailer:

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Self Guided

Motorcycle Tour of France & Corsica

Grand Tour, Alps and Volcanoes

14 days

3 Countries

From £1499

Self Guided Motorcycle Tour of France and Corsica: itinerary

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 for the next 2 nights. 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 / Either kick back and relax around town checking out some of the stunning local roads or embark upon an organised ride out to Europe’s answer to the Grand Canyon. The Gorges du Verdon form a truly impressive canyon with walls 2,000 feet high. We spend an entire day riding the curves around the canyon, not only the famous northern side but also the often overlooked and aptly named Corniche Sublime on the southern rim.

Day 6 / 134 miles Today is your chance to indulge your inner billionaire by riding along the coastal roads of the french riviera. We cruise along the Mediterranean via Cannes (adding in Nice and Monaco if you fancy a longer day in the saddle) before catching our overnight ferry to Corsica.

Day 7,8,9 We spend three days on the island 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 10 / 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 11 / 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 12 / 168 miles A rideout day taking a loop through the volcanic region of Auverge, popular on the Tour de France circuit. We cross the dordogne and visit the dormant volcano of Puy Mary before a well deserved rest back at base.

Day 13 / 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 14 / 212 miles Hearty breakfast and then onto the channel tunnel for the final leg of the trip home…

riding along the verdon gorgeverdon gorge cliffs millau bridgealpine view on the self guided motorcycle tour of france and corsica
 corsican mountains
corsican coast
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.
DW.com, Corsica
castle on the lake

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).
    Ferry return France – Corsica
  • 11 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

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 £1595pp

  • One person – One bike shared room £1895pp

  • One person – One bike single room £2295pp

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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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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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