This is a fantastic short guided motorcycle tour amid the most scenic parts of France – Normandy, Loire and Champagne.
The grass is greener on the other side. Bigger is better. More, surely must mean more and the further we travel, the more exciting it will be. Sometimes we are all guilty as charged for thinking along those lines. So the same applies when choosing our next motorcycle holiday. We all wish to travel to the faraway lands, not recognising what we have on our doorstep.
Just a short crossing from the British Isles Normandy is jam-packed with biking splendour. So much so, that’s sometimes difficult to choose where to begin.
We’ll start our journey with a gentle ride along the rugged coastline. It offers dramatic views as well as opportunities to visit WW2 memorial sites and landing beaches. Our base for the first two nights is in Rouen, the capital of Normandy. The town has a fascinating history shaped by the Romans and Vikings as well as Normans. It is also claimed that Jeanne d’Arc spent her last days in Rouen. But its historical pièce de résistance came much later. The town’s place in the archives was firmly cemented by Rene and Co in the BBC’s comedy series ‘Allo, Allo’.
On our free day, we’ll follow the winding country roads to explore the D-Day landing beaches and WW2 memorial sites. Our ride will take us through the eye-pleasing open countryside and stunning undulating landscapes. We’ll visit the Pegasus Bridge and stop by the Sword Beach. Here some of the hardest battles were fought and won by the British and allied troops.
The self-proclaimed historians amongst us can also spend a day exploring Rouen city centre. We’ll take our time wandering through a maze of narrow cobbled streets lined with timber-framed houses. Here we’ll find several historical museums and the imposing Rouen Cathedral. As it happens, it is also the final resting place of Richard the Lionheart.
Leaving Normandy, once again following the superb traffic-free roads we’ll make our way to the Valley of Kings. The Loire is a land of majestic châteaux as well as medieval towns and bustling markets. And above all, it also produces some of the best wine in the world. Many of the vineyards offer public tours of their estates and cellars as well as tasting.
The Valley of the Kings has been the chosen retreat of the French elite for hundreds of years. The legacy they left behind is the countryside sprinkled with fairy tale châteaux and castles that we can visit. A little bit like Kent in the UK, the Loire Valley is also known as the Garden of France. Therefore if you are a green-fingered biker, this tour might be ‘right up your garden’. From our base hotel in Blois, we’ll be able to visit some of the famous tourist sites. They include meticulously manicured parks, botanical gardens as well as chateaux estates. And of course, in between, we’ll ride some beautiful routes through the tranquil French countryside.
This part of our tour adds a touch of bubbly class to our holiday. And if you like the finer things in life, it might just be a ‘thing to pop your cork’! A visit to the Champagne region is quite different compared to visiting any other wine region across the globe. It produces what may be considered some of the most renowned as well as recognisable wines in the world.
The three most famous cities in the region are Troyes, Reims and Epernay. This is also where some of the most recognisable champagne houses are located. These include Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Ruinart, and Möet and Chandon. While the region may be small, there is plenty to see and roads to ride. Roaming through this tranquil patchwork of vineyards brings a feeling of content and privilege, only us bikers can feel.
For more day-to-day information, please spend some time studying the below tour itinerary.
For an alternative tour, please use this link: Ardennes, Moselle and Champagne
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Day by day tour itinerary
Our tour starts as we cross to France via the Eurotunnel. As it is not a huge mileage day, our GPS should be set to avoid motorways.
The first part of the route will take us along the coastal roads towards the seaside town of Le Touquet. This is a lively little fishing town where the river Canche meets the sea. Le Touquet’s main claim to fame is the annual motocross beach race that brings thousands of bikers to city. This is also an excellent place to stop for a break and stretch our legs a bit.
Keeping the sea to our right, we’ll continue meandering towards another coastal town. In Dieppe, we can visit the medieval Château Musée de Dieppe. The castle is home to a splendid collection of war and naval exhibits as well as paintings, furniture and art. If we are feeling a bit peckish, Dieppe also has many cafes and restaurants to choose from.
For the next two nights, we’ll be staying in a comfortable hotel in Rouen. The hotel is just a short walk away from the town centre, giving us an excellent base to explore.
What our customers say
“We want to thank you for an absolutely fantastic trip. It was by far the best biking tour we’ve done. It was a great pleasure riding with you.”
Dorset, UK, 2016