Motorcycle road trip France - Trails & Vineyards of the French countryside

Motorcycle road trip France

Trails & Vineyards of the French countryside

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.

Our Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure sets off from Genay and covers 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 Adventure Tour takes us to the heart of the French countryside, which often seems like it was left behind by globalisation. From Beaujolais to Allier, our tour leader guides the way and support is not far behind, ready to lend a helping hand if anyone needs a replacement bike.

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Period July to September
Duration 5 days
Level Intermediate
Tour Leader & Assistance
Accommodation 3-star
From €2,090/pilot
€990/pillion

YOUR MOTORCYCLE TOUR IN FRANCE 5 stages - 500 miles


alexis in front of french castle
D1 / Genay - Château de la Roche - 75 miles

We set off at 9.00 am and head towards Château de la Roche, a restored castle near the Loire. We 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, we head to the Sioule Valley, a tributary of the Allier and a dream come true for bikers. On our way, we cross La Clayette and admire its stunning fourteenth-century castle. We stop for lunch at La Belle Epoque restaurant. It’s perfect for anyone who loves meat and local products. We take our 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. We 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- Genay - 81 miles

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

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