SELF-GUIDED ROUTE NAPOLEON
MOTORCYCLE TOUR FRANCE
Round-topped mountains, lakes and forests make it an idyllic playground for motorcyclists of all ages and all experiences
Our Self-Guided Route Napoleon Motorcycle Tour in France is an incredibly awesome, fun and entertaining motorcycle journey, the 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
This tour is a good starting ground for bigger things to come. Most riders who ride the Route Napoleon Motorcycle Tour go on to book a more adventurous tour with us.
Enjoy 3* hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast each morning and delicious food available each evening in the restaurants. This is a really nice tour with beautiful scenery, amazing roads to enhance and improve your riding skills with support from one of representatives throughout your tour.
Choose when you want to go; best times are from end of June to October
Or why not join us on one of our group tours to the Route Napoleon – see here
|£||2 x riders sharing a twin room – Only £899 pp|
Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – Only £1,450 (total)
Rider with single room – Only £1,395 pp
|Choose your own dates – Best times; Late June to October|
|11 Days touring the Route napoleon in France with some Mountains thrown in for a little bit of fun a lot of awesomeness! The roads on this tour are incredible!|
|Eurotunnel return fare included from Folkestone to Calais with clear and concise instructions on where to meet and how to get through customs etc|
|10 Nights 3* Hotel Accommodation included with a full buffet breakfast included each morning. Some hotels have pools or spas and all have restaurants|
|This is a spectacularly scenic tour of the Rhone Alps and Côte d’Azur, Mountains and countryside flowing through down into the French Riviera|
|You will be accompanied by one of our professional and attentive tour guides who’ll be on hand every step of the way. We also offer free tips and advice on improving riding skills if requested|
|We provide you with daily gps routes for your peace of mind and reference. You will be guided by your tour guide but are free to go on ahead at your own pace|
|Longest day is the transit day from Calais to Nancy – thereafter until the last day the average daily miles is 150 – 200 miles. Longest day 289 miles|
|A full buffet breakfast each morning is included as well as some delicious food available in the restaurants during the evening (lunch & dinner not included)|
A friendly, family run tour company that want to do all it can to make you have an awesome time. 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
IS THIS SUITABLE FOR ME?
This is a road / tarmac based tour and does not have any off road riding. This is not a coach tour on two wheels! As long as you are a confident rider you will be ok. Last year we had two new riders and they coped brilliantly
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 by allowing you to ride on both A roads and motorways.
You’ll be riding through several national parks such as; Scarp Escaut, L’ Avesnois and the Ardennes Valley (time permitting).
Finally arriving at your 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
Mileage: 309 approx
Time: 6hrs not including stops
DAY 2 - METZ - PONTARLIER
From Metz, you head for Nancy and then into the Vosges Mountains just beyond the Lorraine Valley, where you 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.
You 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
You then make your way along the French side of the Swiss border until you arrive in Pontarlier for the night just west of Bern.
Mileage: 248 approx
Time: 5.5 hrs not including stops
DAY 3 - COMBE LAVAL
You 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.
You then head into Grenoble for the evening and stay in your 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.
You 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.
You 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
You continue this fabulous journey south as you head into the Cote D’Azur. 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.
Your journey today takes you 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.
Your destination takes you to the famous Gorge Du Verdon. The area is stunningly beautiful as you will see for yourselves.
You 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. You are free to do as you please.
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
You make our way through the Mercantour National Park today and over the magnificent Col De La Bonette, the views from the top are staggering.
Your 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
You continue heading through the mountains (Parc National De La Vanoise) where you will be riding alongside lakes, twisty roads, hairpin bends and even more mountains. You 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
You’ll head north now, on route you ride through Dijon and onto Reims where you will stay the evening in our last hotel of the tour.
Avoiding 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
You head for your afternoon Eurotunnel departure today. But before you do you’ll 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, hotel availability, traffic, time etc
You choose your own dates! (Ideally between end of June and October)
- Two riders sharing a twin room or double – Only £899.00 each
- Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – Only £1,450 (total)
- Rider with single room – Only £1,395 each
Deposit Payable: 30% – Balance due 8 weeks before departure
Eurotunnel return fare for you (and pillion if applicable)
10 nights hotel accommodation in 3* Hotels (some with spa or pools)
10 x Full buffet breakfast each morning
Virtual Tour Guide at the end of the phone for support
Daily GPS Route Maps & Instructions
Comprehensive Tour Guide Pack
Discount off future tours booked