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French Alps and Provence

24 - 30 June 2017 15 - 21 July 2017
23 - 29 June 2018 14 - 20 July 2018

This is a 5 day motorcycle tour of the French Alps and Provence, a section of the Alps that often gets neglected whilst planning a ride in the Alps. The French Alps, however, offer some incredible riding and amazing scenery. In just 5 days you shall witness one of the highest paved roads in Europe (Bonnette - Izeran), the incredible lavender fields of Haute Provence (see picture above) and take a cable car to the top of the highest mountain in Europe (Mont Blanc). 

Given their geographical location near the Mediterranean sea, these alps are also the first to become accessible to riders in the season and can also be ridden well into September. 



Day by day:

Gorges de DaluisDay 0: your countdown to the tour is over. It's Saturday and you need to be in Milan by 4pm. We shall finalize the paperwork and pick up the bikes from our depot. The welcome dinner starts at 8pm. Let the fun begin!! 

Day 1: We start by heading out of Milan on a quiet Sunday morning on the A7. Our first stop will be Barolo in the Langhe area in Piedmont. Barolo and the Langhe area are home to the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines. We will get a glimpse of where they are made. The beauty of these rolling hills and vineyards reflect the excellence of these wines. In the future when you happen to taste these wines, you will certainly remember how beautiful the landscape was. From Barolo we head for Cuneo and then turn west to the first alpine passes. We first tackle the Col de la Lombarde where we cross into France and secondly we take on the Col de la Bonnette with its 2715 meters. We then roll into Barcelonnette for the evening. 

Gorges de DaluisDay 2: We used to do a loop ride to the Gorge du Vedon and back to Castellane but the day was always very long so for this edition we shall make our overnight stop in a small village of Annot just before the Gorge du Daluis. This day is the day to visit the lavender fields of Valensole. With a shorter ride we have more time to explore the Gorge du Verdon, the immense canyon of this region. It is an amazing site with incredible views over the gorges. 

Day 3: From Annot we start by riding along the chocholate coloured canyon of the Gorge du Daluis. On my first visit it felt like riding through the set of Jurassic park, thankfully without bloodthirsty dinosaurs. Our ride climbs to the top of the Col d'Allos which leads us back into Barcelonnette. From here our pass hopping continues over the Col du Vars and the amazing Col d'Izoard. The mountains of this last pass reminds us of the Dolomites and infact the geological making of the rocks is very similar. Two more passes before reaching Valloire for the evening: Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier. The Galibier is amazingly steep, and when you get to the small car park at the very top it offers amazing 360 views of the surrounding mountains. Our hotel in Valloire includes dinner in the stay so this dinner is on CIMT. Col de la Cayolle - dark stone

Day 4: We continue our ride north over Col du Telegraph and then Col de l'Izeran (2770m yes higher than Stelvio) into Val d'Isere. The Col du Petite St Bernard puts us back in Italy at our final destination for the night in Courmayeur at the foothill of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe at 4810m. 

Day 5: If the clouds permit we visit the summit of Mont Blanc on the Mont Blanc Skyway, the new rotating cable car that will take you to the near top in just under 20 minutes. Once we return to our bikes we head for the Grand Saint Bernard pass, home of the big rescue dogs, and have lunch there. We then return back down on the Italian side and head for another famous ski resort, Breuil-Cervinia on the Italian side of the Matterhorn/Cervino. After the view over this high mountain 4478m, we return to the valley and catch the autostrada back to Milano for the end of the trip. 



Prices in EURO per person:

motorcycle double occupancy passenger
single occupancy supplement
Triumph Bonneville 800
Moto Guzzi V7 Stone
Ducati Scrambler Ikon
2150 835 300
2210 835 300
BMW R1200R
Honda Africa Twin
Ducati Multistrada 950
2265 835 300
BMW R1200GS Adv
Ducati Multistrada 1200
2295 835 300
Honda Goldwing GL1800 2375 835 300

minimum number of participants: 5 motorcycles
maximum number of participants: 8 motorcycles

closing date: 60 days prior to tour commencement


If minimum number of participants isn't reached the tour can be cancelled or run with different format.

Booking fee 10% of total to be paid on reserving a place on the tour.

  Col de la Croix de Fer  Gorge de Daluis - Tete de Femme  Col de la Bonnette - view from the top  


what is included:

1) motorcycle rental of a touring prepared bike with side cases, top case, tank bag, locks and alarm, and tubeless puncture repair kit.

2) 7 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star family run hotels with breakfast and safe parking for the bikes, especially selected for being located in the historical center of each town

3) welcome and farewell dinners in Milan, plus dinner in Valloire

4) Francesco (owner of CIMT) will be your motorcycle guide always on a motorcycle. He will be there as a point of reference and to facilitate things during your trip. You can ride following him or decide to seek your own way. You will always be able to reach him on his mobile phone in case of need or get advice during riding breaks. Think of him as your local source of information and a fellow traveler.

5) maps and road book of the tour.



what is NOT included:

1) fuel for your motorcycle
2) motorway tolls and ferries
3) entrance to museums or other sites
4) gratuities and tips
5) all lunches and dinners except for welcome and farewell dinner
6) beverages with your dinner
7) airport transfers (we will give you all options - including a chauffer driven car if you wish)
8) flights to and from Milan