10 days
Duration
2300
Miles
Yes
Pillions?
Max 12
Riders
Moderate
Tour pace

10 DAY ROUTE NAPOLEON FRANCE
GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR 2019

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 …


HOTELS

3* or above Hotel accommodation is included.

FOOD

Breakfast is included each morning

GUIDED

Fully guided tour &  professional guide

 

DROP-OFF

We use a drop-off system that keeps riders together

GPS MAPS

Daily GPX Map Files for sat navs Included

EUROTUNNEL

Eurotunnel return Fare included

 


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

 

 

1

DAY 1 - CALAIS - METZ

We try to break up the monotony of a transit day today by riding on both A roads and motorways.

We will be riding through several national parks such as;  Scarp Escaut, L’ Avesnois and the Ardennes Valley (time permitting).

We will finally arrive at our destination in Metz and check in to the hotel for the evening

If the weather is very bad, it may be wiser to opt for a more direct route, this can be discussed on the day

Mileage: 309 approx 
Time: 6hrs not including stops

2

DAY 2 - METZ - PONTARLIER

From Metz, we head for Nancy and then into the Vosges Mountains just beyond the Lorraine Valley, where we will ride across the Grand Ballon. There is a stunning panoramic view restaurant on the peak of the mountain with views on a good day of the Alps in the distance.

We will be riding along roads with many twists, hairpins and switchbacks through the Vosges along with some beautiful scenery of the rolling hills and forests

We then make our way along the French side of the Swiss border until we arrive in Pontarlier for the night just west of Bern.

Mileage: 248 approx
Time: 5.5 hrs not including stops

3

DAY 3 - COMBE LAVAL

We begin riding through Geneva in the morning, and in the afternoon….

Spectacularly breathtaking, the 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. The road was carved out here (with the end of the work in 1898), not for the view, but to make the forestry activity profitable.

We then head into Grenoble for the evening and stay in our hotel

Mileage: 265 miles approx
Time: 7 hours not including stops

4

DAY 4 - N85 ROUTE NAPOLEON

The Route Napoléon, one of the world’s best roads to drive according to travel guru’s, runs for 200 miles between the Côte d’Azur and Grenoble, threading through Provence and rising into the western reaches of the Alps. Laffrey, famed for the day Napoléon Bonaparte passed through en route to reclaiming power from Louis XVIII.

We head down the N85 (Route Napoleon) today, stopping here and there to grab coffee, admire the views, have some lunch and take it all in. It can get a bit busy at times which is why today is a shorter day.

We stay in a wonderful hotel tonight, the owners are lovely and full of character, there is also a swimming pool and great food on offer

Mileage: 130 approx
Time: 4 hrs approx not including stops

5

DAY 5 - MERCANTOUR - COTE D'AZUR

We continue this fabulous journey south as we head into the Cote D’Azur. For us, this is probably the most stunning area in all of France. Blockbuster films were produced here as well as having some of the most scenic routes in all of Europe. It is amazing.

Our journey today takes us past some impressive mountain and alpine scenery, including the Mercantour Mountain park and along the way there will be plenty of long sweeping bends and sections that hopefully will take your breath away.

Our destination takes us to the famous Gorge Du Verdon. The area is stunningly beautiful as you will see for yourselves.

We will be staying in tonight’s hotel based in the centre of the Gorge for two nights, this gives you the opportunity to relax, explore the stunning area or go for an explore on your bike of the local surroundings.

Mileage: 150 approx
Time: 5 hours not including stops

6

DAY 6 - REST DAY

Today is a rest day for you and our tour guide. You are free to do as you please. Breakfast is included this morning and dinner would be arranged at your own convenience unless the group collectively arrange something together.

Things to do locally;

  • Lac De Sainte Croix
  • Verdon Canoe
    Canoe down the Gorge!
  • Verdon-e-Bike
    Rent a push bike!
  • Route des Cretes La Palud
    Stunning bridge and scenery
  • Centre Ville
    Visit the town
  • Notre Dame de Beauvoir
    Architecture and history
  • Sentier Blanc-Martel
  • Horse Riding

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Time: 0 hrs not including stops

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DAY 7 - COL DE LA BONETTE

Col de la Bonette is a high mountain pass in the French Alps, near the border with Italy. It is situated within the Mercantour National Park on the border of the departments of Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The road over the col is the seventh highest paved road in the Alps and reaches a high of 2,715 m

We make our way through the Mercantour National Park today and over the magnificent Col De La Bonette, the views from the top are staggering.

Our hotel for the evening is in Cesana Torinese just west of Turin.

Mileage: 199 miles 
Time: 6 hours not including stops

8

DAY 8 - BOURG EN BRESSE

We continue heading through the mountains (Parc National De La Vanoise) where we will be riding alongside lakes, twisty roads, hairpin bends and even more mountains. We will pass Monte Blanc (avoiding the polluted tunnel—not so good on a bike without air con!) past Massif Du Bauges and finally into Bourg en Bresse for the evening, just west of Geneva

It is a spectacular scenic ride today

Miles: 230 approx
Time: 7 hrs without stops

9

DAY 9 - DIJON - REIMS

We head north now, on route we ride through Dijon and onto Reims where we will stay the evening in our last hotel of the tour.

We avoid motorways today, in favour of riding through farmlands and countryside all the way.

Miles: 250 approx
Time: 6 hrs without stops

10

DAY 10 - RETURN TO CALAIS

We head for our afternoon Eurotunnel departure today. But before we do we make a quick stop off at the Reims Grand Prix Circuit for some great photos and a taste of what it was like riding in the Grand Prix many years ago. It’s a lovely nostalgic end to a great tour and there may even be a chance to have a blast up the old racetrack (which is a public road). The spectator stands and pits are still there and maintained by a group of enthusiasts

The circuit Reims-Gueux was a Grand Prix motor racing road course, located in Gueux, 7.5 km west of Reims in the Champagne region of north-eastern France, established in 1926 as the second venue of the Grand Prix de la Marne

Miles: 190 approx
Time: 4 hrs without stops

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

DATES 2019

Saturday 13th July 2019 – Monday 22nd July 2019

PRICES FOR 2019

  1. Single rider sharing a twin room – Only £1195 per rider
  2. Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – £1699.00 per couple
  3. Rider with single room – Only £1,499 per rider/room

Includes:

  • Eurotunnel return fare for you (and pillion if applicable)
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation in 3* Hotels
  • 9 x Full buffet breakfast each morning
  • Friendly experienced Escorted Tour Guide
  • Daily GPS Route Maps & Instructions
  • Comprehensive Tour Guide Pack
  • Free neck tube and key rings
  • Free expert advice on improving riding skills if requested
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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