The Western Alps are probably the region with the highest pass density worldwide. On the Route des Grandes Alpes heading south, curve after curve follows. Up to the absolute, for once very low lying highlight - the Grand Canyon du Verdon.
|per rider in shared twin/double room||€1,290.00 $1,435.07 ?|
|pillion passenger||€990.00 $1,101.33 ?|
|Single room (surcharge)||€390.00 $433.86 ?|
|7 nights in a double room|
|German-speaking tour guide|
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|Travel cancellation and return transport insurance|
|Total distance: approx. 1800 km|
|Daily stages: 240-360 km|
|Minimum number of participants: 6 riders|
|If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the tour up to 28 days before the tour starts|
|Road condition: endless bends, including many hairpin bends, sometimes very small, narrow roads, sometimes with poor road surfaces|
|Riding skills: The motorcycle should be safely controlled on winding roads, especially in hairpin bends. Mountain experience is essential|
|Climate: In the high mountains it is sometimes sensitively cool even in summer, in the Maritime Alps and Provence the climate is Mediterranean|
|Special features: The coarse French asphalt gives the tyre a lot of wear. Therefore ensure sufficient tread depth|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
Around it, lonely little roads and narrow paths lead into the magnificent landscapes of Haute Provence. There, one is almost alone, while at the beaches of the Côte d'Azur, less than a hundred kilometres further on, the tourist masses crowd in the sand.
From picturesque valleys cut deep into the rock, the route climbs in every conceivable combination of curves. Col de la Colombière, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Galibier, Col d'Izoard and all the many other mountain passes with their illustrious names
no wishes unfulfilled, since they belong to the most spectacular representatives of their kind. And to the finest asphalt bands that the Alps have to offer. This promises great pleasures in the truest sense of the word.
- tour itinerary:
Day 1: Day trip through the northern western Alps
From the starting hotel we first pass the heavy traffic. The many small and smallest passes of the mountains south of Lake Geneva are simply too tempting. At noon and in the afternoon we enjoy the magnificent views over the Lac d'Annecy and a little later over Aix-les-Bains, before the Chartreuse with its unique wooded passes welcomes us at the end of the day.
Stage for the day: about 300 km
Day 2: Through the Vercors
Unknown to us, Vercors is one of the most spectacular areas of the Alps. Deeply incised gorges, spectacular passes, karst plateaus and in between, time and again, truly breathtaking views and vistas. To name but two: the Gorges de la Bourne and the Combe Laval are certainly two of the routes that every Alpine road enthusiast should have enjoyed at least once in his life.
Stage for the day: about 270 km
Day 3: Through the Drôme to the Grand Canyon du Verdon
South of the Vercors is the department of Drôme. After the spectacular views of the Vercors, perhaps a little quieter, but no less beautiful - and no less curvy. Around noon we cross the border to Haute Provence at Sisteron - and it lives up to its name. The vegetation becomes more southern, the air warmer. And the roads? Stay as curvy as they have been all day.
Stage for the day: about 240 km
Day 4: Tour around the Grand Canyon du Verdon
Today is dedicated to the Grand Canyon du Verdon. One of the largest gorges in Europe - and certainly one of the most famous. 21km long and up to 700m deep, the Verdon has carved its bed into the mountains of Haute Provence. In the morning we will start with a sightseeing tour along the spectacular panoramic road on the 'north shore' of the canyon: Please take enough time and a large memory card for the camera - you will need both!
Later on a side trip to the reservoir at the western end - don't forget your bathing suit! Afterwards perhaps the small town of Mustiers or a small (or even large) round through the heavenly smelling lavender fields? Or enjoy the endless curves and views around the canyon again? Anything is possible here!
Stage for the day: about 100-200 km
Day 5: The "Route des Grandes Alpes"
Today our tour turns unfortunately already back to the north. But, uh... what does unfortunately mean? Among others, the Gorges du Dalouis, the Col de la Cayolle, the Col de Vars, the Col d'Izoard and, at the end of the day, the legendary Col du Galibier are on the menu today. There is no one who does not arrive in the evening at the hotel in Valloire full of views, bends and passes to review this day of highlights (in the truest sense of the word).
Stage for the day: about 290 km
Day 6: The best at the end
Our last day on this tour. And it follows on seamlessly from the previous ones. Col du Télégraphe, Col de la Madeleine, Col des Aravis and whatever they are called. Big names not only for the Tour de France fans.
But also for those who appreciate curves and views. In the evening, the starting hotel south of Lake Geneva awaits us again, where we can recapitulate all the experiences of this great tour.
Stage for the day: about 300 km