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11 DAYS FROM £1099

Often overlooked in favour of its neighbours further afield, France offers some of the finest scenery and roads available to the motorcyclist in Europe.

This 11 day tour aims to show you some of the best sights this stunning country has to offer. 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 challenging 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 return up north passing over (or under for better views!) the Millau bridge, have a few days to explore the Auvergne National park and its extinct volcanoes before stopping off in the cultural melting pot of Chartres.

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
  • Volcanic region of Auvergne
  • Tallest vehicular bridge in the world, Millau Bridge
  • WW1 War memorial at Verdun
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Back in the day to day routine in the UK it seems like a dream when I think back to my tour, the best scenery, food and roads I have ever experienced on a motorcycle. If I ever had any fears or problems I knew I could come to you at any time and you would bend over backwards to help. The support throughout was excellent and the knowledge that at the end of the day’s riding we would be safely tucked up in a warm bed and have had a hearty dinner meant we could enjoy every minute to the fullest.
Will H

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Self Guided

Motorcycle Tour of France

Grand Tour, Route Napoloen Alps & Volcanoes

11 days

2 Countries

From £1099

Self Guided Tour Itinerary

Day 1 / 259 miles From Calais you cross the country and make your way along the beautiful rural roads of northern France to Verdun and the famous WW1 memorial.

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

Day 3 / 208 miles Your 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 Grenoble.

Day 4 / 151 miles From Grenoble another day of sublime riding joining the famous “Route Napoleon”, along the D900 and Luberon which brings you to your base for the next 2 nights.

Day 5 / 144 miles 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. You can 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. Cruise along the Mediterranean via Cannes (adding in Nice and Monaco if you fancy a longer day in the saddle) before relaxing by the marina with a well deserved drink and some mussels.

Day 7/ 170 miles You’ll 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, your overnight stop is within striking distance of the Millau Viaduct, the tallest vehicular bridge in the world.

Day 8 / 204 miles Today starts by crossing the Millau Viaduct, this takes you up towards the Limousin region on the banks of the Vezere, your base for the next 2 nights.

Day 9 / 168 miles A rideout day taking a loop through the volcanic region of Auverge, popular on the Tour de France circuit. You’ll cross the dordogne and visit the dormant volcano of Puy Mary before a well deserved rest back at base.

Day 10 / 248 miles From Treignac you’ll continue back northwards with a leisurely ride through rural France and the tranquil National Park at La Brenne. Skirt Orleans and the Loire valley to take you to the final evening stop in Chartres.

Day 11 / 212 miles Hearty breakfast and then onto the channel tunnel for the final leg of the trip home…

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french riviera coastline
A winding coastal highway runs through the Riviera in the south of France taking in the fascinating resorts of St Tropez and Cannes. The coastline itself has got some spectacular views, and as you descend into the towns you’ll get a flavour of the glamour that made this place famous”, 10 Best driving destinations
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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).
  • 10 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels 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
  • 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)


  • We require a £295.00 deposit per person at the time of booking. The balance payment is due 10 weeks before the commencement date.
  • Two people – One bike shared room £1099pp
  • One person – One bike shared room £1199pp
  • One person – One bike single room £1399pp
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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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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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