VOSGES MOUNTAINS & THE B500
ESCORTED MOTORCYCLE TOUR
Round-topped mountains, lakes and forests make it an idyllic playground for motorcyclists of all ages and all experiences. This 7 day tour is suitable for most riders and pillions as it adopts the “drop off” system, allowing each rider to ride at their own pace or ride independently from the group
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
|Hotels||3* or higher (3 nights same hotel)|
|Distance||Approx 1600 miles|
|Suitable for||Competent riders|
|Roads||Mostly A roads some motorway|
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 - Calais - Troyes
Meet and greet at the Euro Tunnel and head off to Troyes in France (our exact destination will be provided before the tour)
Riding on motorway until we reach Reims we will peel off and head for Troyes on the A roads, passing through villages and small towns.
Mileage: 257 miles
Riding time: 4.5 hours
Stops: every 80 – 100 miles
DAY 2 - Vosges Mountains France
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 section holds it’s own beautiful character
We rest for the evening in the heart of Vosges, where we will be staying for 2 nights, meaning you can ditch your luggage for more freedom.
Mileage: 172 miles
Riding time: 4.5 hours (No Motorway)
Stops: Several stops throughout the day
DAY 3 - Vosges Mountains
The Vosges Mountains for some is overwhelming, the scenery is stunning and the roads are endless twists and turns, with some hairpins thrown in for good measure. We ride the circuit of Vosges today ending back in the same hotel for the evening, where there is fine beer, good food and a swimming pool with Alpine views. What could be better than that?
Mileage: 126 miles
Riding time: 5 hours (No Motorway)
Stops: Photo stops, morning coffee break and lunch break etc
DAY 4 - Let's go to the Black Forest
Today we ride through the Grand Ballon, the highest point in the Vosges Mountains with alpine views. We then ride through Gletscherkessel Park, the roads and scenery hear is stunning and hardly a car in sight, finally descending to a little cafe with a Ducati Outside bolted on the wall!
Then we are heading into the Black Forest in Germany and will 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 tomorrow (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. We stay the night in Triberg in the heart of the Black Forest
Mileage: 154 miles approx
Riding time: 5 hours (No Motorway)
DAY 5 - Black Forest to Bitche
We continue riding through the Black Forest, stopping at the Worlds Largest Cuckoo Clock (see, we know how to spoil you) on and off the B500 until we reach Baden Baden, then we hop over to one of our favourite hotels located in Bitche in the Nord Vosges National Park, with fine French and Italian cuisine, great beer, fabulous staff and great sunset!
Mileage: 120 miles
Riding time: 4 hours (No Motorway)
DAY 6 - Bitche - Verdun - Reims
Reims is our destination today and we head through the Lorraine Valley and pass through Verdun. For anyone who has an interest in World War 2, there is time for a brief stop to see the numerous memorials. Verdun is a small city in northeast France, on the banks of the Meuse river. It’s known as the site of the WWI Battle of Verdun. Verdun’s battlefields are marked by museums and memorials, such as the Douaumont Ossuary, with the remains of more than 100,000 soldiers. Northwest of the city is the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. In the town, the huge Porte Chaussée gate was once part of the city’s medieval walls.
Mileage: 190 miles
Riding time: 5 hours (No Motorway)
DAY 7 - Reims to Calais
Our ride begins with a quick stop at the old Grand Prix Circuit in Reims, a very nostalgic experience seeing all the grandstands sitll in place. From here we head up to Calais on a mix of A roads and motorway. Finally reaching Calais Euro Tunnel where we catch our train back to the UK, arriving in the UK around 17.00hrs
Mileage: 180 miles
Riding time: 4 hours
Stops: Grand Prix Circuit, Fuel/lunch at services
DATES | 2020
- 23rd May 2020
- 18th July 2020
PRICES | 2020
Single rider sharing a twin room – Only £799 pp
Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – Only £1299 (per couple)
Rider with single room – Only £999 pp
- 6 x nights good quality hotel accommodation
- Local city Tax
- 6 x Buffet continental style breakfast
- Euro tunnel return fare from Folkestone to Calais
- Professional tour guide
- GPX Map files for sat navs
- Comprehensive tour guide pack
- Free Neck Tube and Key rings
- Reassurance you are booking with a reputable company
- Any Toll fees
- Parking fees (where applicable at hotels)
- Evening meals or lunch
- Repatriation or recovery services
- Mini bar usage
- Room service
- Bike hire
IS THE TOUR SUITABLE FOR NEW RIDERS?
Whilst a new rider would be fine, please consider that there are some tight bends on this tour. If you are competent and can manage tight turns you will be fine
CAN I RIDE AT MY OWN PACE?
Yes, there are lots of opportunities where you can blast away the cobwebs
IS THIS A GUIDED OR ESCORTED TOUR?
It is an escorted tour, meaning that you have the freedom to follow the route independently or follow the tour guide and stay with him
WHAT ARE THE HOTELS LIKE?
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 WONT 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. If the group as a whole want to stay together we can 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. The alternative is to follow your sat nav, it will lead you along the route we created directly to the hotel
DO I NEED A SAT NAV
Yes, you must be able to find the hotels each day and navigate the route independently as this is an escorted tour not a guide tour, just in case you become detached from the group.
CAN I TAKE A PILLION?
Of course you can
IS THERE DISCOUNT FOR GROUP BOOKINGS?
We believe our prices are competitive as they are, so we may be able to offer a discount depending on the number in the group. Contact us to find out more
WILL I NEED A VIGNETTE?
No, the locations we will be visiting are Germany and France
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. Guided Motorbike Tours Ltd are not responsible for riders receiving speeding offences. You are in control of your bike, not us.
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 unless you have LED lights. 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. You DO need to ensure you have a hi-viz vest on the bike
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, routes etc before you leave