This relaxing, leisurely Ardennes-Moselle-Champagne self-guided motorcycle-tour will take you around three stunningly beautiful biking regions.
You’ll visit two world-renowned wine-growing regions – the Moselle Valley of Germany as well as the Champagne region of France. And you’ll also visit the Ardennes region in Belgium that is steeped in history and culture. This tour is a fusion of charming scenery, delicious cuisine as well as fantastic biking roads.
The Belgian Ardennes is one of the European areas that still remain mostly unspoiled. Nature is rich in flora and fauna with vast forests, green hills as well as fast-flowing rivers. You can ride through picturesque villages and historic towns nestling in the valleys where tradition and folklore still live. Amongst the greenery lies the silent witnesses of the past of the Ardennes. These include the magnificent medieval castles, imposing-looking forts, as well as citadels with cobbled streets and narrow alleys.
The roads in the Ardennes offer something for everyone. They range from relaxing biking routes that allow you to ride and enjoy the scenery to more demanding and challenging twisties. But even more importantly, the car drivers are considerate and courteous towards motorcyclists.
The Moselle Valley, or Mosel in German, is an area of timeless natural beauty that leaves a lasting impression. With its Roman heritage, traditional Germanic cuisine as well as fantastic roads, there is plenty to see and ride here. You’ll be staying in Traben-Trarbach, which is often referred to as the jewel of Moselle Valley. Standing on both banks of the river in its hay days, the town was a world-renowned wine trading centre. You can spend hours exploring the city, marvelling at its architecture or sitting by the river watching the boats pass by.
If you wish to discover more of the valley you can do it on the road as well as water. You can take a ride to Eltz Castle, Cochem, Koblenz, Bernkastel-Kues, as well as any other riverside town. They are all beautiful and unique in their own way. Cochem is one of the most popular cities for bikers in the Moselle Valley. Here you can visit the Cochem Imperial Castle and go for a little walkabout as well as have lunch. Also, there is plenty of motorcycle parking. Alternatively, you can book a riverboat trip that might take you all the way to Switzerland.
For centuries your next destination has been producing some of the world’s best champagne. The Champagne Region of France is a beautiful area that is a magnet for visitors. Fortunately, it has become popular with motorcyclists as well.
There is no denying that champagne has long been a choice of drink for the wealthy and powerful. Often it isn’t easy to truly comprehend the attraction of this bubbly drink. Perhaps the best way to truly appreciate it is to visit some of the region’s champagne houses. This tour will present you with an excellent opportunity to visit one of the most famous champagne-producing houses.
At the magnificent Château de Bligny, you’ll be able to learn more about the champagne tradition in a unique and prestigious setting. You’ll be given a guided tour of the cellars as well as a champagne presentation and, at the end, a tasting session. You’ll be staying in Troyes for two nights, which is one of the most beautiful towns in the region. From here, you’ll have easy access to some of the most enjoyable biking routes in this stunning region. You could easily spend the whole day winding through the chalky hills and lush vineyards and never get bored.
This three-centre self guided motorcycle holiday will give you ample opportunity to explore the breathtaking countryside and ride perfect motorcycling roads. Also, to admire magnificent scenery and enjoy the rich flavour of fine wines and truly delicious regional cuisines.
For more day-to-day information about the Ardennes-Moselle-Champagne self-guided motorcycle-tour, please spend some time studying the tour itinerary below.
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Day by day tour itinerary
Following an earlyish morning Eurotunnel crossing, you’ll start your Ardennes-Moselle-Champagne self-guided motorcycle-tour towards your first destination. Bastogne is a historic town in the Belgian Ardennes and less than ten miles from the Luxembourg border.
To make quicker progress, the first part of your ride will be on motorways. This will allow you to enjoy the afternoon by riding some fabulous country highways and byways.
If you wish, you can start exploring the town as soon as you settle down in your comfortable hotel. It is located only a short distance from the town centre. You’ll find the town centre easily. Just look for a town square with a little tank parked next to the traffic lights. There are also quite a few cafes, bars, and restaurants perfect for sitting down and people-watch.
Bastogne played an important role during WW2 and has several museums as well as memorial centres worth visiting. So, early arrival is recommended if possible.
What our customers say
“Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the holiday. We look forward to booking with you again at some point in the future.”
Becky & Tom Gray
Nottinghamshire, UK, 2011