NEW TO TOURING MOTORCYCLE TOUR
This tour is designed and developed exclusively for new riders* and riders who have never travelled abroad before on a motorcycle but have an urge to do so.
Join Guided Motorbike Tours on an exclusive first, as we take a handful of like-minded novice riders on their first journey into Europe on this spectacular mini tour of the Ardennes Valley and surrounding areas
Guided Motorbike Tours Ltd are the first and only Motorcycle Touring company that are offering such a tour that caters for new riders or riders entering Europe for the first time, because we understand how daunting for some, travelling abroad on your bike for the first time can be we have devised an excellent tour to provide you with confidence and support, which, more often than not, leads to more challenging adventures
The aim of this tour is to introduce those who have never ventured into Europe on two wheels at a non progressive pace into the fun world of motorcycle touring, knowing that everyone is on an equal level & that the tour is geared around building confidence & knowledge from crossing the Channel to advice & guidance of what you need & how to use it. You don’t need to be a novice rider to join this tour, it is open to any rider but the pace is more relaxed and the emphasis is on educating riders and providing useful information to break them in gently to touring abroad, not to put them off. Most riders from this tour go on to book more elaborate tours with us soon after
France, Belgium, Luxembourg & Germany (Castles, Natural Parks: Vosges, Ardennes, Lorraine, Avesnois)
Along the way you will
- Learn to ride with confidence and safely
- Learn how to ride in a group and stay safe
- Learn how to use the “Drop-Off System“
- Learn how to navigate with a Sat Nav
- Be offered tips to improve your riding skills
- Be given practical advice on bike maintenance when touring
- Make a bunch of new friends for life
- Have fun during the evenings (Tour guide interacts and socialises with you)
- Be treated with respect and dignity
- Be given full support and guidance
And much more…
You will NOT
- Be riding at a fast or progressive pace
- Be left behind or abandoned intentionally
- Be riding out of your comfort zone
- Expected to ride at a level you are uncomfortable with
You will also receive full support travelling through customs on the Eurotunnel, have your hotels organised for you and you shouldn’t get lost or left behind. Your tour guide will even recommend somewhere to eat each night and will accompany the group at all times!
The tour is based in a number of hotels, this is deliberate to give you a feel of a longer more comprehensive tour, where staying in in one area wouldn’t allow you to explore the country fully
|Multi-Dates||April & October|
DAY 1 - Folkestone to Charleroi (Belgium)
On arrival in France we will depart the train & then take a quick stop for a briefing before heading through France & on into Belgium. We then make our way through the historical battlefields of Belgium as well as a stop off at a beautiful castle before heading for our hotel for the night in the area of Charleroi, which is a Belgian city in the Walloon province of Hainaut. Emphasis of the day will be a gradual ride through France & Belgium getting to grips with the difference in roads & markings as well as adapting to French traffic.
Your tour guide is on hand throughout the day to offer assistance, support and reassurance
DAY 2 - Charleroi (Belgium) to Homburg (Germany)
We start the day heading out of Belgium towards Luxembourg where we aim to stop off at the picturesque Adolphe Bridge, which, has become an unofficial national symbol of sorts, representing Luxembourg’s independence & giving us a chance to put our group riding skills into practice through Luxembourg City.
Now we continue our adventure towards Germany crossing the border over the river Moselle & on to Saarburg where we will pick up the river Sarr & handrail its meandering curves as we head towards our destination for the night at the town of Homburg which is the home of Karlsberg, one of the largest breweries in Germany.
DAY 3 - Homburg (Germany) to Vosges Regional Nature Park (France)
We start the day with the short run to the French border as we head into the Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park which is a protected area of woodland, wetland, farmland and historical sites in the region Grand Est in north eastern France.
From this beautiful region we head towards Strasbourg & onto to the highest region of the tour. Ballons des Vosges Nature Park where we will ride five Col’s (mountain Passes) including Le Grand Ballon Culminating at 1,424 meters, the Grand Ballon overlooks the entire Vosges Massif, offering a breathtaking panoramic view at the heart of the Ballon des Vosges Natural Regional Park & offers some of the best views north of the Alps before we finish our day in the town of Remiremont.
DAY 4 - REST DAY
Time to get off the bike and relax. Learn from your tour guide, ask questions and take a break. In the morning the tour guide will offer tips and advice on improving your riding skills and there will be an optional training ride out in the afternoon for anyone seeking some advanced riding tips through the Vosges Mountains by one of our professionally trained tour guides, a chance to enhance your riding skills and learn from riders who have achieved RoSPA Gold Standard or IAM Observer standard certification. You will each get a one to one session with our guide to assess your riding from behind and provide useful and helpful advice and tips that you can then show off to your riding buddies when you return home
Optional ride out = 100 miles
DAY 5 - Remiremont to Ardennes (France)
Today we make a slightly earlier start as we head northeast through the Lorraine Regional Natural Park consisting of forest & grasslands ponds, wet meadows hosting awesome remarkable flora and fauna.
We then head over the Belgian border where we pick up on the river Semois & head into Ardennes Natural Regional Park before settling for our final night at Charleville-Mézières the administrative centre of the Ardennes, on the banks of the Meuse, and is also famous for its world festival of Puppet Theatres, which makes it the undisputed capital of puppetry.
DAY 6 - Ardennes to Folkestone
Our final day, and we head through the Ardennes extensive forest, rolling hills and ridges formed by the geological features of the Ardennes mountain range & on towards l’Avesnois region as we head toward the channel tunnel where we will pick up the motorway involving a toll so that everyone can get an idea how they work before reaching the Channel Tunnel aiming to be back in Folkestone at 5pm at the latest
- 25th April 2020 (LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE)
- 24th October 2020
Single rider sharing a twin room £699 pp
Rider & Pillion sharing a twin/double room £999 pp
Single rider own room £899 pp
Deposit to secure your booking today: 20% of the tour price
Balance for the tour is due: No later than 8 weeks before departure
Payment methods: You may pay the deposit on credit or debit card. The balance must be paid by bank transfer
Once you have made payment, you will receive an invoice within 7 days, detailing your deposit payment and balance. If you pay in full at the time of the booking you will receive a final invoice settlement within 7 days.
TOUR INFORMATION PACK
You will receive the tour information pack 4 – 8 weeks before departure (once full payment is received) along with the gpx data and full instructions and contact details for your guide for the tour
On all tours it is a condition of booking that you hold valid and adequate breakdown/recovery insurance which includes repatriation of you, your pillion (if applicable) and your motorcycle. We strongly recommend using Holidaysafe as they provide tailored insurance cover specifically for motorcyclists
All prices on our website include VAT @ 20%
Included in the price of the New To Touring Motorcycle tour booking
- Euro tunnel return fare
- 2, 3 or 4* Hotel accommodation
- Buffet breakfast each morning
- Full support from a professional tour guide
- First aid and advanced rider trained tour leader
- Itinerary and detailed instructions / info guide
- Daily GPSxmaps for your Sat Nav or smartphone (for reference only)
- Expert advice
- Tips and guidance to improve confidence and rider skills
- Free GMT bike stickers
- Free Limited Edition Neck Tube
- Travel insurance (see here to get yours through our partner company)
- Repatriation cover / breakdown cover
(speak with your bike insurer as they often include this or can add it to your policy for a small charge)
- Toll fees
- Parking fees
- Entrance fees
- Meals or drinks other than stated
- Room service, premium hotel services or mini bar