5 days
Duration
1600 miles
Miles
All rider abilities
Skill level
Max 15
Riders
Moderate
Tour pace

VOSGES MOUNTAINS AND B500 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


HOTELS

3* or above Hotel accommodation is included.

FOOD

Breakfast is included each morning

ESCORTED

Fully escorted 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

After a couple of days soaking up the hairpin bends, the long sweeping mountain passes and the stunning landscapes, 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

Due to the popularity of this tour we have added more dates for 2018 but places are expected to sell out fast so don’t delay, book today and join us for a fun filled 5 days in Europe

Vosges Mountains France & B500 Motorcycle Tour
Last night in a small town called Bitche, some of the customers even tried Frog legs!

Vosges Mountains France & B500 Motorcycle TourA quick stop at the beginning of the mountains in Vosges  Vosges Mountains France & B500 Motorcycle Tour

Enjoying a tasty dinner in our 3* Hotel in France with Spa and A La Carte restaurantVosges Mountains France & B500 Motorcycle Tour

One of the many stunning mountain lake views across the Vosges Mountains 

 

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DAY 1 - Nancy Region

Meet and greet and head off to Nancy in France (our exact destination will be provided before the tour)
  • 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

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DAY 2 - Vosges Mountains France

Vosges Mountains and Black Forest Motorcycle TourVosges Mountains
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

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DAY 3 - Vosges Mountains 2nd Pass

Vosges Mountains France & B500 Motorcycle TourWho 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

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DAY 4 - B500 in the Black Forest Germany

Vosges Mountains France & B500 Motorcycle Tour
Worlds largest cuckoo clock!!

Today we are on the B500 in Germany, 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

Staying the night in a wonderful hotel for our last night, which, serves fantastic food and you may even like to try some of the more local dishes on the menu, such as frogs legs, snails etc. But if not, there is always a juicy steak, pizza, burger or a succulent salad

Mileage: 230 miles
Riding time: 6 – 7 hours (It will be worth every minute)
Stops: Photo stops, morning coffee break and lunch break. Fuel every 100 miles

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DAY 5 - 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: 360 miles approx
Riding time: 6 hours (motorway tolls) slightly longer if you avoid motorway tolls
Stops: Fuel every 100 miles and short coffee/snack breaks at service stations

DATES 2018 

The following dates are available.

  • TOUR A: 11th – 15th May 2018  SOLD OUT
  • TOUR B: 1st – 5th June 2018  SOLD OUT
  • TOUR C: 2nd – 6th July 2018 SOLD OUT
  • TOUR D: 6th – 10th August 2018 SOLD OUT

2019 dates coming soon!

PRICES FOR 2018

  1. Single rider sharing a twin room – Only £599 each rider
  2. Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – Only £999 (total)
  3. Rider with single room – Only £899 each

INCLUDED

  • 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
  • Roadbook printable option
  • Comprehensive tour guide pack
  • Free Tshirt
  • Free copy of all images and video taken on tour by the guide
  • Free check list

NOT INCLUDED 

  • Toll fees
  • Parking fees (where applicable at hotels)
  • Evening meals or lunch
  • Fuel
  • Repatriation or recovery services
  • Drinks
  • Mini bar usage
  • Room service
  • Insurances
  • Bike hire (we do not hire bikes)
  • 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”!

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

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 8 reviews
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01/11/2016

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

Joe Talbot – Route Napoleon Tour 2016

10/06/2017

Returned to the UK yesterday from what can only be described as the best bike tour I’ve ever been on. This trip is only 5 days but what a magnificent experience through and to the Vosges mountains & summit followed by a lively run on the famous B500 road in Germany. The best roads and scenery but the real pleasure and success of this tour was Chris Seagal as tour guide and the excellent planning and support from his team. Chris is friendly, professional, caring and very funny! He made myself and the rest of the 14 man (1 woman) team relaxed and at ease from the off. A consummate professional ensuring our group of riders with all different levels of riding experience & from different walks of life all felt included and cared for. Great laughs, company, great food (& beer) and great accommodation all made for a trip that will long be remembered. You will be inspired! Congratulations Chris & team a first class job! I’ll be back on another soon! 😉

10/06/2017

Returned to the UK yesterday from what can only be described as the best bike tour I’ve ever been on. This trip is only 5 days but what a magnificent experience through and to the Vosges mountains & summit followed by a lively run on the famous B500 road in Germany. The best roads and scenery but the real pleasure and success of this tour was Chris Seagal as tour guide and the excellent planning and support from his team. Chris is friendly, professional, caring and very funny! He made myself and the rest of the 14 man (1 woman) team relaxed and at ease from the off. A consummate professional ensuring our group of riders with all different levels of riding experience & from different walks of life all felt included and cared for. Great laughs, company, great food (& beer) and great accommodation all made for a trip that will long be remembered. You will be inspired! Congratulations Chris & team a first class job! I’ll be back on another soon!

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10/06/2017

Thanks for a lovely review Alan. Really enjoyed your company and look forward to you accompanying us on many more adventures

13/06/2017

Had the best biking experience ever last week with Chris and the gang on the Vosges tour. I loved every part of the holiday, from the incredible roads and scenery to the camaraderie within the group. Chris and the team have put together the perfect package for a taster of touring around Europe. I will be a regular customer for along time to come.

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13/06/2017

Thank you Steve, we try our best and thank you for helping me out on the tour by being a back marker, you did a fine job. Looking forward to riding with you again, don’t be a stranger and stay in touch!

13/06/2017

Andy Wiseman
Triumph Daytona 650
Came back from Vosges and B500 tour last Friday .Our guild Chris Seagal was just fantastic nothing was too much trouble even teaching me better riding skills when asked.All the roads
we’re just brilliant and the scenery was breathe taking ,can’t wait to go on another tour .I will never need to find another tour operator again no need to look elsewhere.

14/06/2017

great tour. obviously planned in great detail, executed very professionally, and delivered in a friendly and informal manner. would highly recommend ! just one thing……can you organise better weather next time ! :-]

19/05/2018

Just come back from my first ever tour. Snips took us down to the Vosges and B500. All I can really say is thank you. The whole experience was amazing right from the hotels, Snips our fantastic guide and of course the stunning scenery.
Sadly our run down the B500 was spoilt only by the weather. I guess that means I’ll just have to return and do it again.
Many thanks.

20/05/2018

Excellent tour , great roads & plenty of great biking roads!! Already looking at booking again!

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