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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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
Miles: 0 miles
Time: 0 hrs not including stops
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
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
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
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
PRICES FOR 2019
- Single rider sharing a twin room – Only £1195 per rider
- Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – £1699.00 per couple
- Rider with single room – Only £1,499 per rider/room
- 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