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5 DAY FIRST TIME RIDING IN EUROPE MOTORCYCLE TOUR
This tour is designed and developed exclusively for new riders* and riders who have never travelled abroad before on a motorcycle but have an urge to do so.
We will be on hand to assist you with everything from sorting out your Eurotunnel booking, hotels and even provide you with some expert riding tips, advice and information. All you have to do is turn up!
|Distance||Approx 150 – 200 miles per day|
|Open to||Riders on 300cc or above motorcycles|
|Accommodation||2, 3 or 4 star|
|Professional Tour Guide||Advanced Rider / First Aid Qualified|
|Rider Skills||Any rider|
Join GMT on an exclusive first, as we take a handful of like-minded novice riders on their first journey into Europe on this spectacular mini tour of the Ardennes Valley and surrounding areas
Guided Motorbike Tours Ltd are the only Motorcycle Touring company that are offering such a tour, because we understand how daunting for some, travelling abroad on your bike for the first time can be.
The aim of this tour is to introduce those who have never ventured into Europe on two wheels at a non progressive pace into the fun world of touring, knowing that everyone is on an equal level & that the tour is geared around building confidence & knowledge from crossing the Channel to advice & guidance of what you need & how to use it. You don’t need to be a novice rider to join this tour, it is open to any rider but the pace is more relaxed and the emphasis is on educating riders and providing useful information to break them in gently to touring abroad
France, Belgium, Luxembourg & Germany (Castles, Natural Parks: Vosges, Ardennes, Lorraine, Avesnois)
Along the way you will
- Learn to ride with confidence and safely
- Learn how to ride in a group and stay safe
- Learn how to use the “Drop-Off System“
- Learn how to navigate with Sat Navs and Maps
- Be offered tips to improve your riding skills
- Be given practical advice on bike maintenance when touring
- Make a bunch of new friends for life
- Have fun during the evenings (Tour guide does not bugger off!)
- Be treated with respect and dignity
- Be given full support and guidance
And much more…
You will NOT
- Be riding at a fast or progressive pace
- Be left behind or abandoned at a petrol station
- Be riding out of your comfort zone
- Expected to ride at a level you are uncomfortable with
You will also receive full support travelling through customs on the Eurotunnel, have your hotels organised and you wont get lost or left behind. Your tour guide will even recommend somewhere to eat each night and will accompany the group at all times!
* Riders ideally will have at minimum of 6 -12 months (or 3,000 miles) riding experience
We work in association with Holiday Safe to provide our riders with a sensible and affordable solution to reliable Motorcycle Specific holiday insurance cover from £22
DAY 1 - Folkestone STOP 24 Services to Charleroi (Belgium)
On arrival in France we will depart the train & then take a brief stop for a briefing before heading through France & on into Belgium. We then make our way through the historical battlefields of Belgium as well as a stop off at a beautiful castle before heading for our hotel for the night in the area of Charleroi, which is a Belgian city in the Walloon province of Hainaut. Emphasis of the day will be a gradual ride through France & Belgium getting to grips with the difference in roads & markings.
Your tour guide is on hand throughout the day to offer assistance, support and reassurance
161 miles 4.5 hours riding less stops.
DAY 2 - Charleroi (Belgium) to Homburg (Germany)
We start the day heading out of Belgium towards Luxemburg where we aim to stop off at the picturesque Adolphe Bridge, which, has become an unofficial national symbol of sorts, representing Luxembourg’s independence & giving us a chance to put our group riding skills into practice through Luxembourg City.
Now we continue our adventure towards Germany crossing the border over the river Moselle & on to Saarburg where we will pick up the river Sarr & handrail its meandering curves as we head towards our destination for the night at the town of Homburg which is the home of Karlsberg, one of the largest breweries in Germany.
203 miles 5 hours 10 mins riding less stops.
DAY 3 - Homburg (Germany) to Vosges Regional Nature Park (France)
We start the day with the short run to the French border as we head into the Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park which is a protected area of woodland, wetland, farmland and historical sites in the region Grand Est in north eastern France.
From this beautiful region we head towards Strasbourg & onto to the highest region of the tour. Ballons des Vosges Nature Park where we will ride five Col’s (mountain Passes) including Le Grand Ballon Culminating at 1,424 meters, the Grand Ballon overlooks the entire Vosges Massif, offering a breathtaking panoramic view at the heart of the Ballon des Vosges Natural Regional Park & offers some of the best views north of the Alps before we finish our day in the town of Remiremont.
205 miles 5 hours 15 mins riding less stops.
DAY 4 - Remiremont to Ardennes (France)
Today we make a slightly earlier start as we head northeast through the Lorraine Regional Natural Park consisting of forest & grasslands ponds, wet meadows hosting awesome remarkable flora and fauna.
We then head over the Belgian border where we pick up on the river Semois & head into Ardennes Natural Regional Park before settling for our final night at Charleville-Mézières the administrative centre of the Ardennes, on the banks of the Meuse, and is also famous for its world festival of Puppet Theatres, which makes it the undisputed capital of puppetry.
232 miles 6.5 hours riding less stops
DAY 5 - Ardennes to Folkestone
Our final we head through the Ardennes extensive forest, rough terrain, rolling hills and ridges formed by the geological features of the Ardennes mountain range & on towards l’Avesnois region as we head toward the channel tunnel where we will pick up the motorway involving a toll so that everyone can get an idea how they work before reaching the Channel Tunnel aiming to be back in Folkestone at 5pm at the latest
180 miles 5 hours riding less stops
Departs on: 20th April 2019
Returns on: 25th April 2019
Prices includes; 24/7 assistance and support from your tour guide, full admin assistance and support, hotel accommodation, Euro-tunnel return booking, breakfast and advanced riding tuition as well as information and advice throughout the tour
Single Rider Sharing a Twin Room – ONLY
£799.00 £699.00 (Limited time offer)
Rider & Pillion Sharing a Twin/Double – ONLY £1299.00
Single Rider Private Room – ONLY £1099.00
Included in the price of the tour booking for this tour is;
- Eurotunnel return fare
- 2, 3 or 4* Hotel accommodation
- Breakfast each morning
- Full support from a professional tour guide
- First aid and advanced rider trained tour leader
- On board comprehensive first aid kit and repair tools
- Itinerary and detailed instructions / info guide
- Daily GPS maps for your Sat Nav or smartphone
- Expert advice
- Tips and guidance to improve confidence and rider skills
- Free GMT bike stickers
- Free Limited Edition Neck Tube
- Free video compilation of the tour
- Free use of images taken and shared by the tour guide of the tour
- Travel insurance (see here to get yours through our partner company)
- Repatriation cover / breakdown cover (speak with your bike insurer as they often include this or can add it to your policy for a small charge)
- Toll fees
- Parking fees
- Entrance fees
- Meals or drinks other than stated
- Room service or mini bar