Our Normandy, Loire and Champagne self-guided motorcycle tour is a relaxing holiday abroad.
France is just a stone’s throw from the British Isles. Therefore it is obvious as well as a perfect motorcycle touring destination. This journey combines three beautiful regions of Normandy, Loire and Champagne, into one great trip.
Riding in Northern France, there is no shortage of traffic-free roads and places to see. The rugged coastline offers dramatic views as well as opportunities to visit WW2 memorial sites and landing beaches.
Romans and Vikings gave a strong historical and cultural prominence to this part of the Seine Valley. And when Vikings finally settled and became Normans in the 10th century, Rouen became Normandy’s capital. In more recent times, the city played a pivotal role as the centre of the resistance during WW2. Which was well re-enacted by Rene and Co in the BBC’s comedy series ‘Allo, Allo’.
Rouen may not be as famous as some other French hotspots, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Wander through the town, and you’ll find the oldest working clock in France as well as rows of timber-framed houses. Furthermore, even the very location where Jeanne d’Arc was alleged to have spent her last days.
The Loire Valley is just a half a day comfortable ride from the coast of Normandy. Riding through the Loire Valley in summer is a pure pleasure. Not only are roads nearly empty, but they are also lined with thousands of sunflower fields. The glowing yellow makes the perfect backdrop for a selfie or that special screensaver shot of your bike. This 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’. You should make sure you visit some of the meticulously manicured parks, botanical gardens as well as chateaux estates.
This part of the tour adds a touch of bubbly class to your 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 from visiting any other wine region globally. It produces what may be considered some of the most renowned as well as recognizable 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 recognizable champagne houses are located. These include Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Ruinart, and Möet and Chandon.
While the region may be small, there is plenty to do and see as well as roads to ride. Roaming through this tranquil patchwork of vineyards brings a feeling of content and privilege, only a biker can feel.
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Your Normandy, Loire and Champagne self-guided motorcycle tour starts as you cross to France via the Eurotunnel. As it is not a huge mileage day, your GPS should be set to avoid motorways.
The first part of the route will take you 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 the city. This is also an excellent place to stop for a break and stretch your legs a bit.
Keeping the sea to your right, you’ll continue meandering towards another coastal town. In Dieppe, you 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 you are feeling a bit peckish, Dieppe also has many cafes and restaurants to choose from.
You’ll be staying in a comfortable hotel in the historic town of Rouen. The hotel is just a short walk away from the town centre, giving you an excellent base to explore the Old Town’s nooks and crannies, which features some splendid sites dating back to the 13th century. These include Notre-Dame Cathedral, The Grand Horloge, Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc Church and Saint-Ouen Abbey. You can also choose to wander the narrow cobblestoned streets lined with old timbered houses. The Vieux-Marché (the Old Market) and city square host a good choice of traditional eateries serving specialities made from local produce.
What our customers say
“It was a lovely tour and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. All the other people on the tour were extremely nice. We will certainly do another tour with you.”
Nora & Stew
Dudley, UK, 2017