Motorcycle road trip France - The tracks of Hidden France

Motorcycle road trip France

The tracks of Hidden France

Alex

Alex, Travel designer

He has set up Vintage Rides and has now expanded its presence in thirteen countries. An explorer by heart, he's always looking to discover new adventures around the world.

Starting at Ambérieux d’Azergues, you’ll set off on an adventure on your own motorcycle (with mixed tyres) or a (hired) Royal Enfield Himalayan and cover almost 500 miles, far from the usual tourist trails. You’ll explore France on seldom-used dirt tracks and discover authentic and unusual landscapes across several little-known regions. This motorcycle tour across Puy-de-Dôme takes you to the heart of the French countryside, which often seems like it was left behind by globalisation. From Beaujolais to Allier, your expedition leader will follow closely behind, ready to lend a helping hand if need be.

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Period July to September
Duration 5 days
Level Intermediate
Expedition Leader
Accommodation Comfort
From €1,290/rider
€1990 rider and pillion

YOUR MOTORCYCLE TOUR IN FRANCE 5 stages - 500 miles


alexis in front of french castle
D1 / Ambérieux d’Azergues - Château de la Roche - 75 miles

Meet and greet at 8.30 am. Your expedition leader will give you a quick briefing and provide the routes in GPX format. He’ll also go over some basic safety instructions so you can set off with your group with peace of mind. You will then head towards the castle Château de la Roche on the banks of the Loire. You take the old Tacot railway line that used to serve the villages in south Beaujolais, known as the Land of the Golden Stones.

castle de la roche
D2 / Château de la Roche - St Rémy-De-Blot - 99 miles

This morning, after a bit of a warm up, we enter Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park, famous for its black forests and Druid legends. We take a quick break to unravel the mystery of the “magic rocks”. We cross many “jasseries”, summer pasture farms that are typical in the Monts du Forez region at the world’s end.

ride in forest in france
D3 / St Rémy-De-Blot - Mont St Rigaud region - 93 miles

Today, you head to the Sioule Valley, a tributary of the Allier and a dream come true for bikers. On your way, you cross La Clayette and admire its stunning fourteenth-century castle. With a road book full of recommendations, the hardest part will be choosing which of the area's best restaurants to stop at for your lunch break. All of the options are perfect for anyone who loves meat and local products. After lunch, take your time to wander around.

vineyard beaujolais region france
D4 / Mont St Rigaud region - Wine Route - 93 miles

It wouldn’t be a tour of Beaujolais if we didn’t stop at its vineyards, right? We cross the 10 Beaujolais crus villages: Brouilly, Juliénas, Chiroubles, Morgon, Saint-Amour, etc. You push on east to the Rock of Solutré and the “roof of the Rhône” on forest tracks that were once used by wine merchants.

vineyard beaujolais region france
D5 / Lancié- Ambérieux d’Azergues - 81 miles

You continue on your quest to discover this welcoming land and a trip to Montmelas castle is perfect for that. You make the most of the tracks and trails and stop to chat to the locals we find on our way. You arrive in Ambérieux d'Azergues and spend your last evening together going over the best bits of the trip.

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