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French Gorges Tour

Discover volcanic mountains, deep gorges and sites of outstanding natural beauty. Travel through France and experience mile after mile of traffic free roads. 
Suitable for all riders from novice to tour veterans. 
This fully guided tour is ideal for couples too ! Prices start from £ 795

Dordogne, Lot, Auvergne

TOUR DATES 2020

20th - 28th June

  

                          





Overview  
We travel on one of our favorite tours to south-west France, still a popular destination for motorcycle holidays with such diverse landscape it offers everything from volcanic mountains,deep gorges, outstanding valleys and picturesque villages & towns. Let us take you on mile after mile of great, traffic free roads and explore one of the best motorcycling regions in Europe. 
We've selected the best routes through these regions making the most of this motorcycle holiday. Fast sweeping bends, tight twisties, high mountain switchbacks and smooth valley runs await you on this sensational tour, coupled with fabulous destinations and outstanding places of natural beauty we believe this tour will be hard to beat. 
Take this tour with us and find out for yourself!



On your free day in the Dordogne you will also have the opportunity to explore the region at your own pace or on one of our organized ride outs with our experienced guide who know's the area very well as he's lived here for the past 5 years.


Itinerary

 Date   Tour Information Mileage 
 Day 1       Calais to your meeting point Loire Valley -

Early start at Folkstone,  travel via Eurotunnel to Calais -  bypass the industrial regions of France using motorway and non-motorway roads to the Loire valley where you will meet your guide and stay at your hotel in Azay-Le-Rideau just south of Tours.

 330 miles
 Day 2       Azay-Le-Rideau to Peyrat Le Chateau -

The true touring starts today travelling cross-country through the Limousin to our family run hotel in Treignac. Along the way you'll have a chance to visit Oradour-sur-Glane
. This village was one of the greatest atrocities of the Second World War, when SS troops burned alive the entire population of the village in reprisal for French resistance.  Today, the village remains much as it was back then and is well worth a visit.

 190 miles
 Day 3       Payrat Le Chateau to Langogne-

From Payrat we cross the upper Dordogne valley enjoying the spectaclar views as we ride the roads in the 
Volcano National Park of the Auvergne. Using the highest pass in the region we ride the roads of Puy Mary, the largest volcano in Europe. From there we drop down into the the Cantal & Haute-Loire regions and reach our overnight stop near Aubenas where we can discuss over a few beers the highlights of the day. Our hotel also has an indoor swimming pool.
 200 miles
 Day 4       Langogne to Millau -

After breakfast we ride the scenic route through the valley of the Ardèche and in particulary a 30km section known as the Ardèche Gorge
 with its limestone cliffs rising up to 300m high and famous for its 60m natural stone arch spanning the river known as Pont d'Arc. Heading south west we ride through the Cèvennes National Park and along the outstanding Tarn Gorge before arriving in Millau.

 190 miles
 Day 5      
Millau to Le Verdier -



The sheer scale of the Millau Viaduct is incredible and after we've had a chance to look under it and ride over it we head north. 
Using the perfect tarmac of Lot Gorge we make our way through the Cantal and Lot departments and into the Dordogne and our home in Le Verdier which will be our base for the next two nights. On our way we can sample some of the excellent roads these regions have to offer and stop off at 
Rocamadour, one of the most stunning sites in France. A medieval village religious sanctuarie and village built into 150m meter high limestone cliffs overlooking the Alzou River Gorge.
In the evening you can explore the beautiful medievil town of Sarlat, dine in one of the great restaurants or just sit outside one of the many bars and relax with a few cool beers or a bottle of the local Bergerac wine.


 215 miles
 Day 6        Free Day- 

Today y
ou have the opportunity to explore the region at your own pace. Our guide who has lived here for several years can advice you on the best places to visit and help you plan your day to make the most of the time you have. Maybe a visit to one of the a local Chateaux like Castelnaud, or the prehistoric cave dwellings of Les Eyzies or a canoe trip along the beautiful Dordogne river. Alternatively you can join an organised ride out showing the outstanding roads and the amazing sites of the Dordogne Valley.
 up to  150 miles
 Day 7       Le Verdier to  Azay-Le-Rideau

We head north on our return leg of our tour, using the roads through the Dordogne, Limousin and Loire regions and stop for lunch at one of the many towns on the way.


 185 miles
 Day 8       Azay-Le-Rideau to Calais

After an exceptional weeks touring we'll be sad to say goodbye and using the autoroutes you'll head off to Calais and catch the early evening Eurotunnel train home.
 330 miles

Routes may vary

Group Size

Minimum group size - 4 Bikes

Maximum group size - 8 Bikes



Tour Highlights

During this tour we visit many spectacular places including:

Puy Mary - Formed part of the largest volcano in Europe at 2700 km2   

Lot Gorge - Outstanding motorcycling road through the valleys of the Lot river

Rocamadour - Rocamadour is one of the most stunning sites in France. A medieval village of  cave dwellings and religious sanctuaries built into 150m meter high limestone cliffs overlooking the Alzou River Gorge.

Millau Viaduct -  Highest bridge in the world spanning the Tarn river designed by  British architect Norman Foster and just 125ft shorter than the Empire State building.

Sarlat le Canèda - One of the best preserved and prettiest medievil towns in France

Chateaux of the Dordogne Valley - Beautiful chateaux, prehistoric cave dwellings and medieval villages

Gorge du Ardèche & Tarn Gorge - Spectacular gorges cut deep through the limestone, both very different, both must be seen

Routes can vary
 

Cost of Tour
france motorcycle tours

  • £ 795 rider in shared room
  • £ 1395 rider in own room
  • £ 1500 rider and pillion sharing  
  • £ 99  deposit
 

Tour includes:

Included in the cost above:

  • Escorted by one of our Tour  Guides
  • Tour Pack including routes
  • Outbound Eurotunnel crossing : Folkstone to Calais
  • Inbound Eurotunnel crossing: Calais to Folkstone
  • 5 nights accommodation in good 2*/3*hotels
  • 2 nights accommodation at our home in the Dordogne
  • All Breakfasts & 2 Evening Meals incl. Drinks
Excluded from the above cost:

  • fuel
  • travel insurance and recovery including repatriation
  • food and drink – except breakfasts and meals stated in itinerary
  • Drinks with evening meals
  • tolls, expenses, etc.
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