8 days
Duration
1600 approx
Miles
Yes
Pillions?
Max 12
Riders
Moderate
Tour pace

Route napoleon Motorcycle Tour 20168 DAY ROUTE NAPOLEON FRANCE MOTORCYCLE TOUR

2018 DATES NOW FULL 

A more progressive route that not only allows you to step up the pace a little but also gives you plenty of time to admire the scenery …

 


The current Route Napoléon, first opened in 1932 and follows the route taken by Napoléon I (Napoléon Bonaparte) in 1815 on his march from Elba to Grenoble. Napoléon had abdicated in April of 1814 and gone to Elba (history). In March of 1815, he began his journey with the intention to overthrow Louis the 18th.

The historical aspect makes this road even better, Napoleon traced the route through the Alps leading to fabulous scenery and views. The Route Napoleon itself begins in Grasse, the route then continues all the way to Grenoble over 150km away, tracing its way through both the Alps Maritimes and the Alps. The Route Napoleon road itself is a fantastic design, with cambered corners and fantastic scenery.

This Escorted Route Napoleon Motorcycle Tour in France is an incredibly awesome, fun and entertaining motorcycle journey, a similar route Napoleon took in 1815 from Elba. This route is stunning and couldn’t be more suitable for bikers than it already is. You will experience a unique route created by Guided Motorbike Tours that captivates some of the most beautiful locations and scenery that so many other tour companies miss

You will be treated to some unique and surprise highlights along the trip that are often overlooked by many tour companies. Breathtaking scenery, Alpine peaks as high as 3000 meters and stunning mountain side roads combined with quality accommodation, some with swimming pools and leisure facilities and a great bunch of people

The Route Napoleon Tour represents great value for money, excellent hotels with high standards and a professional tour guide 24/7. Book today with a low deposit to avoid disappointment

The Cote D’Azur in France is renowned for its picturesque towns and villages and incredible landscape scenery. Much of what we see on this tour is on higher ground, giving you a magnificent view of the surrounding area.

IS THIS SUITABLE FOR ME?
This is a road / tarmac based tour and does not have any off road riding. The tour is lead by a professional tour guide who will allow riders the flexibility to go on ahead or ride at their own pace if they wish as we use a Drop-Off system. This is not a coach tour on two wheels! As long as you are a confident rider you will be just fine. Last year we had two new riders and they coped brilliantly. This is a more progressive tour so for those that want to up the pace, they can!

WHAT ARE THE ROADS LIKE
The roads do allow you to pick a pace due to the very nature of their bends, curves and hairpins. There are sections with tight bends and steep inclines and declines

 

 

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DAY 1 - Champagne Region

Our first day is spent riding through central France into the Champagne region. This evening we shall settle into our Hotel and gives us chance to get to know each other over a beer before enjoying our comfy beds for the evening

Mileage: 320 approx 
Time: 6hrs not including stops

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DAY 2 - Cote D'Azur

Avoiding the motorways for most of the day, we continue south west through the edge of the Vosges Mountains and into Haut-Jura Natural Regional Park alongside Switzerland. Passing through the picturesque towns that hug the Alpine regions on the French and Swiss border, one of them being the delightful town of Annecy in France, just a few miles south of Geneva.
We continue on to Lake Annecy where we shall be resting for the night. An opportunity to see the sun set over the lake weather pending and capture some awesome pictures

Mileage: 298 approx
Time: 6hrs not including stops

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DAY 3 - Route Napoleon - Natioanale 85

The day begins with a ride up into the mountain of Semnoz and into Regional Natural Park of the Bauges. There are lots of twists and turns and hairpin bends to keep you occupied here and the scenery is stunning.
This is what we’ve all been waiting for, not to say that getting here wasn’t any fun, in fact, it is far from it but this is where the thrill and excitement is notched up several bars!
We move onward through Chartreuse Natural Regional Park and Vercors Natural Regional Park where we arrive at Combe Laval

Frequently recognized as the most magnificent road in the French Alps, this road through Combe Laval was constructed between 1861 and 1898 and originally served for the transportation of timber from the Forêt de Lente to St-Jean-en-Royans (France). It’s one of the French balcony roads. We stay in Grenoble tonight

Mileage: 186 miles approx
Time: 5 – 6 hours not including stops

4

DAY 4 - N85 ROUTE

Route napoleon Motorcycle Tour 2016Continuing along the N85 Route Napoleon we head for a town called Embrun today but before…

We head for Gorges du Verdon on the Route Napoleon’s official road. Verdon Gorge truly is Europe’s ‘Grand Canyon’ (it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Grand Canyon du Verdon’) and is stunningly beautiful. The canyon has been carved by the Verdon River, leaving the turquoise river now flowing at the base of high limestone cliffs, and because of its exceptional beauty is now officially listed as one of the ‘Grand Sites of France’.

The Gorges du Verdon are found in central Provence, with the Var department to the south of the gorge and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department to the north. Did you know…

  • The canyon is up to 700 metres deep and between 100 and 1500 metres across.
  • It has taken approximately two million years for the river Verdon to carve the gorges.
  • The Natural Regional Park of the Verdon was created in 1997 to protect the unique environment

We stay the evening in Embrun

Mileage: 150 approx
Time: 5hrs approx not including stops

5

DAY 5 - GORGE Du VERDON

We head for Gorges du Verdon on the Route Napoleon’s official road. Verdon Gorge truly is Europe’s ‘Grand Canyon’ (it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Grand Canyon du Verdon’) and is stunningly beautiful. The canyon has been carved by the Verdon River, leaving the turquoise river now flowing at the base of high limestone cliffs, and because of its exceptional beauty is now officially listed as one of the ‘Grand Sites of France’.

The Gorges du Verdon are found in central Provence, with the Var department to the south of the gorge and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department to the north. Did you know…

The canyon is up to 700 metres deep and between 100 and 1500 metres across.
It has taken approximately two million years for the river Verdon to carve the gorges.
The Natural Regional Park of the Verdon was created in 1997 to protect the unique environment

We stay the night in the heart of the Cote D’Azur

Mileage: 120 approx
Time: 4 – 5 hours not including stops

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DAY 6 - Mercantour National Park

Just when you thought it was all over we head for Mercantour National Park

Stunning mountain ranges that stretch for miles and topped off by a ride up to 3000m to the Le Bonnet. A spectacular ride up and down with views that stretch for miles and miles across the Alpine region

Miles: 164 miles
Time: 5hrs not including stops

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DAY 7 - Avallon

We head back into central France today heading away from the Alps on our journey back home.  The day finishes with a ride through Regional Natural Park of Morvan for our overnight stay in Avallon

Mileage: 298 miles 
Time: 6 hours not including stops

8

DAY 8 - Heading home

We head to Calais to catch our train back to the UK

Miles: 320
Time: 5 hrs

Itinerary may vary/change slightly depending on a number of factors, such as weather, traffic, time etc

DATES 2018 

The following dates are available. Please use the booking form on the right and choose the relevant date which will be highlighted in bold – please ensure you have the correct date at the checkout section

  • TOUR A: 16th – 23rd May 2018 SOLD OUT 
  • TOUR B: 8th – 15th June 2018
  • TOUR C: 14th – 21st August 2018 SOLD OUT 

PRICES FOR 2018

Includes:

  • Eurotunnel return fare for you (and pillion if applicable)
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in 3* Hotels
  • 7 x Full buffet breakfast each morning
  • Friendly experienced Escorted Tour Guide
  • Daily GPS Route Maps & Instructions
  • Comprehensive Tour Guide Pack
  • Free tshirt*
  • Free expert advice on improving riding skills if requested
  1. Single rider sharing a twin roomOnly £949 each
  2. Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – Only £1,699 £1599 (total)
  3. Rider with single roomOnly £1,499 each

All prices include VAT @20%

Route napoleon Motorcycle Tour 2016
Route napoleon Motorcycle Tour 2016

Tour Reviews

4.88 based on 8 reviews
04/11/2016

what an excellent journey, both personally and motorcycling, whoa it was brilliant, that i enjoyed tremendously – tour guides who were considerate and approachable, helpful – with dubious senses of humour were just – words defy me, ok maybe they don’t – you were really great, the riding fantastic, at least i am learning to how to take bloody hairpins, and the adventures of an adventurous pensioner [well part-time pensioner] were thoroughly enjoyable, and the quick bits, wow, yea, cool, very, very enjoyable, then the company , what a wonderful bunch of people – hopefully meet up again, thoroughly enjoyed your company and am in process of booking another trip, recommend? hell yes, endorse, totally, go again,absolutely – a really pleasant and pleasurable experience

Route Napoleon Tour 2017

04/11/2016

Wow what a great tour. Certainly an adventure that I will never forget. As a relatively inexperienced rider I found myself being challenged on many roads & out of my comfort zone on many occasions, however for me that is what made the tour so great as I have learnt so much & loved every single minute of it. The scenery was amazing & roads were great. My thanks to Chris & Snips who looked after us all & ensured we all had a great time. The best thing for me was the great group of like minded individuals I got to spend a week with, it was such a laugh. Overall an amazing tour led by Chris, I will certainly be booking many more.

Route Napoleon Tour 2016

04/11/2016

Best week away on my bike I have ever had Chris & Snips were great tour guides and everyone on the tour was so freindly I don’t think I have laughed so much in year.

Route Napoleon Tour 2016

04/11/2016

I have done a few tours now and this has ranked the best so far. Excellent – challenging at times but that is what an adventure tour is. Good food fantastic new friends! Well done to Chris & Snips, Hope to see you next year. BAZ

Route Napoleon Tour 2016

04/11/2016

Excellent tour guides with superb routes with amazing scenery time is taken to socialise with all the group members during the days and after the days riding. I can highly recommend any holidays run by guided motorbike tours

Route Napoleon Tour 2016

04/11/2016

This was a proper adventure tour with a really high percentage of great roads. The fact that everybody on the tour thoroughly enjoyed themselves with no moaners speaks volumes for the effort that Chris puts in to make his Tours special.
France Route Napoleon Motorcycle Tour
Route Napoleon Tour 2016

17/05/2017

Depsite the weather I had a thoroughly enjoybale trip. A company that are clearly dedicated to customer care!!

07/07/2017

Best motorcycle tour I have ever ridden on. The tour guide is amazing, fun, interacting with customers all day and night, ensuring everyone is looked after and happy, there is nothing mroe they could have done.
Book today, i nearly missed out as these guys are more popular than i relaised

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