6 DAY VOSGES MOUNTAINS AND B500
GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR IN FRANCE & GERMANY
Round-topped mountains, lakes and forests make it an idyllic playground for motorcyclists of all ages and all experiences. This tour is suitable for most riders and pillions as it adopts the “drop off” system, allowing each rider to ride at their own pace
After a couple of days soaking up the hairpin bends, the long sweeping mountain passes and the stunning landscapes in the Vosges Mountains, we head for Germany to begin our ascent up the famous B500.
Famously listed as one of the best scenic biking roads in Europe, the B500 is a stunning road that will guarantee to leave a giant grin on every bikers face. Travel with us as we descend into Eastern France and head for the Vosges Mountains on this affordable budget short break French motorcycle tour. Impressive by its grandness, the Vosges Mountains in Eastern France covers a large area of the Alsacian territory.
Enjoy 3* hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast each morning and delicious food available each evening in the restaurants. This is fun filled tour with lots of beautiful scenery, amazing roads to enhance and improve your riding skills with free expert advice from your tour guide and of course the opportunity to experience some of the finest roads only a few hundred miles from Calais.This is an ideal motorcycle tour for both beginners to touring and of course more seasoned bikers wanting to make some new friends, have some fun and enjoy a fantastic few days touring the French Vosges Mountains and the B500. Also ideal if you prefer smaller groups to ride with or like to have a cheeky blast on your own ahead of the group
This tour is a good starting ground for bigger things to come. Most riders who accompany us on the Vosges B500 Mountains Motorcycle Tour go on to book a more adventurous tour with us. You will be well looked after with our attentive and considerate tour guides as well as feel part of a group who all have similar interests and look out for one another
DAY 1 - Nancy Region
- Meet at Eurotunnel Terminal Folkestone J11a off the M20 – Full details given
- Meeting time 07.30 – Train departs 08.20
- Remember clocks go forward one hour when in France!
We head through Belgium, Luxembourg and into France for our first day on this tour, avoiding the tolls and stopping off (time pending) in the Ardennes Valley for lunch. Unfortunately it is a “transit” day, which, means our main purpose is to make up the miles to line us up for the mountains tomorrow.
Mileage: 350 miles
Riding time: 6 hours
Stops: every 100 miles (1 – 1.5hrs) approx or sooner if someone needs to stop
DAY 2 - Vosges Mountains France
After a satisfying night’s rest and recuperation we head for The Vosges Mountains. Vosges, the third most wooded département in France, boasts a stunning natural environment consisting of world-famous thermal springs, waterfalls, mountain lakes, the Vosges mountains, unspoiled flora, rivers and magnificent fir forests. Combine all these beautiful scenic elements and throw in some gorgeous twisty bendy curvy roads and voila, you have the ingredients for a fantastic time with great company, good weather and some of the best riding you will find for miles.
The roads are smooth and there is plenty of them. Every sections holds it’s own beautiful character
We rest for the evening in the heart of Vosges.
Mileage: 180 miles
Riding time: 5 hours
Stops: Several stops throughout the day, Photo stops, morning coffee break and lunch break. Fuel every 100 miles
DAY 3 - Vosges Mountains 2nd Pass
Who wants to see the Grand Ballon?
Just when you thought it was all over we head back into the magical landscape of the Vosges Mountains for another pass. This time we take a different route and stick to the Eastern side of the National Park where we will pass through The Grand Ballon (highest point) and experience some of the higher peaks. Heading back through the park with plenty of thrilling riding and a stop for lunch in the panoramic restaurant for a delicious lunch. We continue our tour and head to Germany where we will stay in a hotel near the border ready for the start of the B500.
Mileage: 190 miles
Riding time: 6 hours
Stops: Photo stops, morning coffee break and lunch break at the Grand Ballon. Fuel every 100 miles
DAY 4 & 5 - B500 in the Black Forest Germany
Today and tomorrow we are in the Black Forest in Germany and ride the B500, some of our customers have described this road as being as close as you can get to the perfect road in every way. Surface, turns, bends, curves, ascents and descents, beautiful landscapes, lakes and stunning villages. The road is predominantly buzzing with motorcyclists most of the year so it is a real thrill through and through. Miles and miles of pure riding bliss on ribbon like tarmac roads.
There will be an opportunity to see the Worlds Largest Cuckoo Clock (we do our best to please!) and of course, sampling the Black Forest Gateau is a must, unless you don’t like cake then you can have some dust instead
Mileage: 180 miles
Riding time: 5 hours
Stops: Photo stops, morning coffee break and lunch break. Fuel every 100 miles
DAY 6 - Calais
We head back to Calais today. There are a couple of options; leave earlier and head up through Luxembourg and Belgium avoiding the tolls (slower bumpier roads) or straight up the motorway (quicker and smoother) which has tolls (approx total cost £25)
Calais is our destination today and we aim to arrive at the Eurotunnel in the afternoon to catch our train back into Folkestone. Check in time is 16.00 hours
If you miss the train, for any reason (we haven’t yet) but if you decide to go your own pace away from the group, you may be able to catch a later train depending on how busy it is without any extra charges but do check first!
Mileage: 290 miles approx
Riding time: 4 hours (motorway tolls) slightly longer if you avoid motorway tolls
Stops: Fuel every 100 miles and short coffee/snack breaks at service stations
TOUR A: Saturday 18th May 2019 – Thursday 23rd May 2019
TOUR B: Saturday 27th July 2019 – Thursday 1st August 2019
PRICES FOR 2019
6 Days including Eurotunnel, Hotels, Breakfast and fully guided
- Single rider sharing a twin room – Only £699 per rider
- Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – Only £1199 (total)
- Rider with single room – Only £999 per rider
Please note. Some shared rooms are large double bed frames with twin mattresses and twin bedding
- 4 x nights 3* or above hotel accommodation
- 4 x Buffet continental style breakfast
- Eurotunnel return fare from Folkestone to Calais
- Professional tour guide
- GPx Map files for sat navs
- Comprehensive tour guide pack
- Free Neck Tube and Keyrings
- Free copy of all images and video taken on tour by the guide
- Free check list
- Toll fees
- Parking fees (where applicable at hotels)
- Evening meals or lunch
- Repatriation or recovery services
- Mini bar usage
- Room service
- Bike hire
- Local tax (usually £2 – 3 per night)
Is this motorcycle tour suitable for inexperienced riders?
Yes, although we would recommend you have at least 12 months riding experience due to some of the tighter bends and hairpins. If you are a novice we do have a tour for that, just search for our “Novice Tour”!
WHAT ARE THE HOTELS LIKE?
The hotels are of good standard and not the usual coach tour style so often seen on other tours. Some hotels may have a spa or swimming pool so bring your bikini!
All hotels are 3* or above and are clean and comfortable. Where a rider is sharing a room with another rider, some hotels may have rooms that are classed as “doubles”, it is a large king or queen size double bed frame with single mattresses and single bedding (this is very typical of German and Austrian hotels and is unavoidable)
I am worried I won’t be able to keep up with the group?
That’s a common concern for most people wanting to go on a tour but you needn’t worry at all. We use a drop-off system, it’s simple and basically works using a team effort. The leader will indicate to the rider behind to wait in a safe place at a junction, so all riders behind can see him/her (marker) then when he/she sees the last rider (tail end charlie) he/she will move off and rejoin the group at the back in front of the last rider. and so it goes on through the group in rotation. It works really well and allows everyone to ride at their own pace without getting lost
Do I need a Sat Nav?
No, but, you must be able to find the hotels each day, just in case you become detached from the group and the tour guide is unable to locate you. This may be due to a breakdown or something. We do advise you have the route on your phone or at least the hotel addresses (we provide these) If you wish, we can supply a printable roadbook if you prefer, if you are not familiar with sat navs
Can I take a pillion?
Of course you can
Do you offer discount for group bookings?
We can, it depends on the number of riders in the group. If you have more than 4 please contact us directly before booking
Will I need a Vignette?
No, the locations we will be visiting in Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and France do not require one
I have heard about Crit’ Air pollution stickers for vehicles, do I need one?
No, these currently only apply to a handful of major cities in France, such as Lyon, Paris, Grenoble…
How much is fuel in France/Germany etc?
It is about the same as UK prices
What speeds do you ride on the motorways?
We stick to the legal limits, usually on the toll motorways this is 130kmph (80mph) and 115kmph (70mph on non toll motorways). We do not speed recklessly on Autobahns. And we respect local villages and towns by adhering to the speed limit. Besides this, France have become very strict on speeding offences this year, they have also spent a lot of money on speed cameras, so be careful
If I get caught speeding what happens?
If you are caught by a mobile patrol you will be fined on the spot and made to pay on average between £50 – 100. If your speed was excessive, your bike will be impounded and you could be arrested. All prosecutions issued in France are now transferred to the UK, so if you lose your license in France it applies in the UK. If you are flashed by a camera, expect to receive a fine in the post from France or a debt collection agency acting on behalf of the French Transportation
In rural areas speed isn’t a big problem, motorways and towns are where they are concentrating their efforts the most, that said, be on the look out. Don’t spoil your fun but if you keep your eyes peeled you should be all good
Do I need to carry a hi-viz vest etc?
Yes, you do not need to carry a breathalyzer anymore but it is recommended. You will also need to carry by law, spare bulbs for the rear light and headlight. The law also says you must have reflective helmet stickers when riding in France. It is very unlikely we will be riding in the dark but it would be wise to take some reflective tape with you in case
Will all this info be provided?
We provide a very detailed and comprehensive tour guide pack with over 20 pages and a list of all the hotels before you leave