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 in shared twin/double room||€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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|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 streets 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 uphill in all imaginable curve combinations. Col de la Colombière, Col de la Madeleine, Col du Galibier, Col d'Izoard and all the many other mountain passes with their melodious names leave you with a feeling of
no wishes unfulfilled, since they belong to the most spectacular representatives of their kind. And one of the finest asphalt bands that the Alps have to offer. This promises great enjoyment in the truest sense of the word.
Day 1: Arrival and meeting at the hotel
Day 2: Day tour through the northern Westalpen
From the start 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 3: 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. 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 4: 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 5: Tour around the Grand Canyon you Verdon
Today is dedicated to the Grand Canyon du Verdon. One of the largest canyons 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 have a look around the spectacular panoramic road on the 'north shore' of the canyon: Please take enough time and a big 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 swimming gear! Afterwards maybe the little town of Mustiers or a small (or even big) tour through the heavenly smelling lavender fields? Or enjoy again the endless curves and views around the canyon? Everything is possible here!
Stage for the day: about 100-200 km
Day 6: The "Route des Grandes Alpes"
Today our tour turns unfortunately already back to the north. But... What does "unfortunately" mean? Among other things, 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 today's itinerary. There is no one who is not full and satisfied with the views, curves and passes when he arrives at the hotel in Valloire in the evening to review this day of highlights (in the truest sense of the word).
Stage for the day: about 290 km
Day 7: 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're called. Big names not only for the Tour de France fans. But also for all those who appreciate curves and views. In the evening, the start 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
Day 8: Journey home
(program changes reserved)