The Isle of Beauty
Starting in Calais we ride through the unmistakable rolling countryside of Northern France to Verdun where we stop to visit the Douaumont memorial and walk around the trenches. The next day sees us in the spectacular Vosges mountains with twisty roads, hairpins and beautiful views where bikers from all over come to play.
From here we head down skirting past Geneva, through Annecy over the Massive des Bauges before finally arriving in Grenoble. From Grenoble we join the famous "Route Napoleon", along the D900 and Luberon which brings us to our base in Manosque. Weather dependant we may also travel along the Routes des Grandes Alpes to really get a taste of the best the region has to offer.
Living in France I know what a great country it is to be a motorcyclist in but every year Sardinia and Corsica knock my socks off. They really are just sublime on two wheels...still need persuading? Well come and join me and I'll show you just what I mean.
The Isle of Beauty
We ride Europe's answer to the Grand Canyon - The Gorges du Verdon, with walls 2,000 feet deep on our way to our overnight ferry from Genoa.
This ferry transports us from Italy to Sardinia, arriving early in the morning and then riding to Alghero with time to explore the beautiful medieval citiy, laze by the beach or explore the surrounding hills. Here we spend two nights and you can join organised rideout to explore the beautiful mountains or you can chill by the pool, or take a boat trip the nearby famous Neptune's cave. The next day we have a twisty ride across this beautiful island to the eastern coast . The following morning we take the ferry to neighbouring Corsica, in effect travelling from Italy to France
In Corsica we enjoy three days relaxing by the beaches and riding the stunning cols before making our way back across to the mainland on the overnight ferry back to France. We then cross the South of the country through the national park of Cevennes with it's pretty valleys and gorges cut by the rivers Jonte and Tarn. We cruise through the lower Pyrenees coming to our overnight stop within striking distance of the Millau Viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world standing at 343 metres.
Riding through the volcanic region of Auvergne we ride a popular Tour de France circuit across the Dordogne. After a good night's sleep we ride North through the ever picturesque rolling hills of France to the wild countryside of La Brenne National park skirting Orleans and the Loire valley. Our final overnight stop comes in Chartres to experience the festival of lights before making our way back home the next day.
Route des Grandes Alpes: This amazing route between Thonon les bains and Nice boasts 18 incredible mountain passes with epic scenery and pretty little villages.
Route Napoleon, one of France’s if not Europe’s finest roads: The route taken by Napoleon in his 1815 retreat from Elba to Grenoble takes us through gorgeous Alpine scenery and sweeping bend after sweeping bend.
Gorges du Verdon: The Gorges du Verdon truly is Europe's Grand Canyon, the views are breath-taking.
Sardinia: Full of charming small fishing ports and beautiful medieval cities. Its biker heaven with warm sunshine and quiet twisty mountains roads aplenty.
White Sandy beaches of Corsica: With over two hundred white sandy beaches Corsica is the perfect venue for some much needed rest and relaxation with little villages to walk through and bars and restaurants looking out over the ocean.
Gorges, Peaks and Passes of the central Corsican mountains: The variety of the terrain in Corsica combined with the beautiful views and steep mountain passes make this region a joy to ride your bike in.
Auvergne: This landlocked region is famous for its Volcanoes and epic scenery, but more importantly it boasts some incredible roads to keep our biker’s hearts happy!
Millau Bridge: The Millau viaduct is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, taller than the Eiffel tower. It's also 2,400M long, only touching the ground in nine places- it's a true feat of engineering.
WW1 War memorial at Verdun and the Douaumont Ossuary: The battle of Verdun claimed the lives of 300,000 soldiers, and the Bishop of the area wished to give them a ‘decent burial’. The Douaumont Ossuary houses a Necropolis which shelters the bodies of 16,142 known French soldiers, and the Ossuary which houses the bones of roughly 130,000 unknown French and German soldiers.
Day 1 271 Miles
From Calais we cross the country and make our way along the beautiful rural roads of northern France to Verdun.
Day 2 240 Miles
Today takes us up into the Vosges Mountains and on to our second overnight stop near the border with Switzerland.
Day 3 168 Miles
Starting with the Jura Mountains and riding down past Geneva, the Massif de Bauges,and on to Grenoble.
Day 4 151 Miles
We ride the "Route Napoleon"along the D900 and Luberon which brings us to our base in Manosque.
Day 5 240 Miles
Ride the Gorge du Verdon, then we make our way to Genoa for our ferry to Sardinia.
Day 6 Explore Day
Arrive in Sardinia and ride to Alghero with plenty of time to explore the medieval city.
Day 7 Explore Days / Rideout Days
Time to chill on the beach or by the pool, visit Neptune's Caves, the Grotte di Alghero or join us on an organised scenic rideout.
Day 8 120 Miles
Scenic day riding around the island to the eastern coast.
Day 9 Explore Days / Ride-out Days
A short ferry hop over to Corsica where we spend four days exploring the island with organised ride-outs, or venture off on your own.
Day 10/11 Explore Days / Ride-out Days
Cruise a selection of rideouts on these two days,or chill by the pool, explore local towns and villages and visit the beautiful beaches of Corsica.
Day 12 100 Miles
We cruise through the Corsican countryside to catch the overnight ferry back to France.
Day 13 120 Miles
We ride through the low hills and national park of Cevennes to our stop near the Millau Viaduct.
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.
Day 15 248 Miles
From Treignac we continue back northwards to the city of Chartres, with its stunning cathedral.
Day 16 212 Miles
Hearty breakfast and then onto the channel tunnel for the final leg of the trip home.
Can I get a different crossing on this trip?
Of course, many of our clients cross by ferry from further north. If you would like to do this and meet the group at the hotel on the first night just let us know in the comments section of your booking form and we will deduct the cost of the Eurotunnel crossing from your booking.
Do I have to share a cabin on the ferries if I book a single room?
All pricing is based on shared cabins on the ferries but a single occupancy cabin upgrade is available for a small supplement. Just let us know in the comments box when you book if you would like us to add this on for you.
What will the weather be like on this tour?
The weather can of course be changeable but in general its warm and sunny along most of this route especially on the islands . A sensible mix of vented kit and waterproofs with some base layers should cover all eventualities. Full kit and packing lists are supplied and we are happy to offer advice on packing for any of the trips.