France's Wild Centre: Cevennes, Ardèche & Auvergne

The "Massif Central", so named because of its central location in the middle of France, is the destination of this fascinating motorcycle tour.

Pricing

Price
per rider in double room incl. half board €1,474.00 $1,639.76 ?
per pillion passenger in double room half board €1,474.00 $1,639.76 ?
Single room (surcharge) €385.00 $428.30 ?

Features

Features
11 x accommodation in 3*** hotels (country category)
11 x extended breakfast or buffet in the hotels
11 x 3-course dinner or buffet in the hotels
12 x guided day tours during the trip
Parking facilities for the motorcycles at the hotels
max. 8-10 motorcycles per group
Commemorative T-shirt
Route plans
Travel security note
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
We do not take over the organization of parking and parking spaces for cars and trailers at the hotels.
Overnight stay in advance

More details

More details
Minimum number of participants: 8 persons
On this tour we have some hotel changes (without luggage transport).
Sufficient tyres are required for the journey!
Any tolls on the French motorways or parking fees are to be paid by the respective traveler.
ATTENTION: Environmental sticker requirement in France: Since the beginning of 2017, an environmental sticker requirement (Crit'Air Vignette) has also been in force for foreign vehicles in some large cities and the surrounding area. The introduction of a low emission zone is also planned for other cities in the near future. Information under the following link: www.crit-air.fr -- We recommend the purchase of an environmental badge (Crit'Air Vignette)! Click here for more information!
We strongly recommend an international, car and health insurance + travel cancellation insurance! (e.g. here favorably over the Hanse-Merkur)
Programme, hotel and route changes are reserved!
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Tour profile:
Total kilometres from/to Saarland: approx. 4,000 km. The kilometre specifications are "approximately kilometres according to our route planning", a deviation is not excluded.
Daily stages on site: approx. 260 - 340 km (except arrival and departure stages)
Road condition: Well asphalted, winding roads, sometimes narrow and very winding with no edges. Many small branch lines with little traffic.
On the outward and return journey to the first and after the last hotel, motorway passages are planned.
Riding skills: The motorcycle should be safely controlled on winding roads. You must be in good physical condition for this tour.
Not suitable for beginners and re-starters!
Climate: Mediterranean temperatures between 25°C - 30°C, in July it can be over 30°C.
Special features: We recommend an individual overnight stay for the outward and possibly also for the return journey. For hotel suggestion see note "Travel prices".
Hotels: During the trip we stay in good 3*** hotels according to country category.
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Optionally available (please specify when booking):
Pre-hotel: A hotel in the Saarbrücken area is reserved for the evening before the event and offers free parking.
Room rates (bed and breakfast):
Single room - arrival from Fr./Sa.: €55,00
Double room - arrival from Fr./Sa.: €90,00
Hotel bills must be paid on site. Further information about the hotel will follow by e-mail.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

For lovers of breathtaking landscapes and for motorcyclists who love bends, this low mountain range is the right choice. The Ardèche and Auvergne, landscapes marked by extinct volcanoes, reservoirs, wild rivers and untouched forests are the hosts of our trip.

A completely different landscape can be seen at the southern end of the Massif Central. The Cévennes, with their deep gorges (Gorges) and rugged plateaus (Causses), offer motorcyclists great riding pleasure. Well-known destinations in the National Park of the Cevennes, such as the Gorges du Tarn, Mont Aigoual and the Cirque de Navacelles are on our program.

Tour schedule:

Individual arrival (e.g. the evening before) to the starting point in Saarland (St. Ingbert). An overnight stay in advance is recommended. Hotel suggestion will be sent by email when booking.

1st day: Arrival in France via Metz, Dijon to Mâcon (approx. 480km)

We start our journey in the Saarland and ride relaxed southwards through Burgundy via Metz, Nancy, Dijon to our starting hotel in Mâcon (mostly motorway). Alternatively, you can join the group on the way (meeting points are arranged in advance) or travel individually to the starting hotel. Welcome, dinner and overnight stay in Mâcon.

2nd day: Tour to the first base hotel in the pilgrimage town of Le Puy-en-Velay (approx. 330km)

Already 10 km from our starting hotel the first curved sections of our today's tour through the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region begin. We first go in a southwestern direction past the Chateau de Chalmazel, where we reach the Loire at Vorey. For quite a while we accompany this river with its fairytale castles and palaces. In the pilgrimage town of Le Puy-en-Velay we reach our first base hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay in Le Puy-en-Velay.

3rd day: Round trip: Monts D'Ardèche Nature Park, Massif du Mézenc (approx. 320km)

On our today's round trip through the northern Ardèche (nature park of the Monts D'Ardèche) we will roam through the Massif du Mézenc, one of the oldest mountains in the world (partly up to 1.700m high, Mont Mézenc 1.753m). Numerous passes like the Col de la Clede (1,384m) or the Col de Mezilhac have to be crossed on today's stage. We rest at the source of the Loire, accompany a stretch of the L'Eyrieux with its extremely curvy course and enjoy the sight of this unique volcanic landscape. Dinner and overnight stay in Le Puy-en-Velay.

4th day: Tour to the Gorges de L'Ardèche (about 340km)

Surely a highlight of this trip is the Gorges de L'Ardèche, it is also called the French Grand Canyon. 32 kilometres of spectacular gorges in the heart of the Ardèche department in the south of France between Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche offer fantastic views and photo opportunities for all lovers of magnificent landscapes. It took more than one hundred million years until the water of the famous Ardèche river dug this deep canyon. The result is simply breathtaking, an immeasurably long succession of limestone cliffs, up to 300m high, towering in the middle of a still untouched and protected nature. Dinner and overnight stay in Le Puy-en-Velay.

5th day: Ride to the second base hotel near Alès (approx. 300km)

Today we leave our accommodation in the Ardeche and move further south, towards the Cévennes mountain range. The landscapes change and merge into vast plateaus (Causses) cut by deep gorges. A winding up and down begins. Roadways cut narrowly into the rock, whose directions are determined by the accompanying river courses, allow us to reach sloping positions like in the Alps. We meet the Loire again and further west we come across the Allier, another lifeline of this region. Along the Naussac reservoir, which invites you to take a coffee break, the route now leads over the first major pass roads. Over the Col du Thort we reach the beautifully located Lac de Villefort, which attracts with a small beach. To our right are the highest peaks of the Mont Lozère massif (Pic de Finiels, 1,699m) and, hidden in the forest, the source of the river Tarn, whose breathtaking gorges are another destination on this trip. Curve after curve the route now crosses numerous passes Col du Pre de la Dame (1,450m), Col de la Croix de Berthel (1,088m) and Col du Serre de Pradel. Once we have reached the small town of Saint Jean du Gard it is only a few kilometres to our second base hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Anduze.

6th day: Tour Gorges du Trevezel, Gorges du Jonte, Mont Aigoual and National Park of the Grands Causses (approx. 260km)

It begins spectacularly with the panoramic Corniche des Cévennes. The Corniche is a panoramic road 53 kilometres long that connects Saint-Jean-du-Gard with the municipality of Florac, which is situated to the north. The panorama road does not lead to a high point, as it is common for pass roads, but over several passes as Col Saint-Pierre or Col de L'Exil. Shortly before Florac at the Col de Solperiere, we descend via a "Route Difficile" to the Gorges du Jonte. For a while we follow the river Jonte which digs itself deeper and deeper into the rocks. The Gorges du Jonte is a new habitat for wild griffon vultures ("Maison des Vautours"), which circle high above our routes. Shortly before the Jonte flows into the Tarn, we turn left onto a small, little-known path and wind our way up to the Grands Causses (plateaus) over numerous serpentines. Towards Millau, the path we have chosen leads us to the Viaduc de Millau and gives us a sensational view of the Viaduc de Millau. At 2460 m, the viaduct is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Another great photo motive on our further tour offers us Cantobre, a rock town. We reach the Mont Aiqoual. The Mont Aigoual is located in the south of the Cevennes and is with 1.567m the highest mountain in the Département Gard and the second highest of the Cevennes. From here we enjoy a fantastic panoramic view over the nature park. Curvy and no less demanding, the route takes you back to the hotel parallel to the Corniche de Cevennes. Dinner and overnight stay in Anduze.

7th day: Gorges de Dourbie, Cirque de Navacelles and Gorges de la Vis (about 310km)

Over the Col de l'Espinas we reach Valleraugue. Here begins one of the most beautiful pass roads of the whole journey. The road is very inviting and brings us to the small ski resort of L'Esperou. Fantastic motorcycle routes come together here in a star shape. We choose the route that leads us down to the river Dourbie. Although the Gorges de la Dourbie is less known than the Gorges du Tarn, it is not less beautiful. The roads run in sometimes dizzying serpentines along the slope of the gorge. The trout-rich, cool whitewater river Dourbie flows mostly narrow and constricted through the valley, while the villages built on the hillside at half height glisten in the sun. In Le Bruel we leave the Dourbie with the destination Gorges de la Vis. The small river Vis has dug into itself in thousands of years into the limestone plateau of the Causses and there were originated some grandiose canyons and cauldrons as the Gorges de la Vis, Cirgue Vissec and Cirque de Navacelles. The Cirque de Navacelles, 400 metres deep, and the Cirque de Vissec are impressive traces of times gone by. In 2011, the valley basin received the distinction of UNESCO as a cultural heritage of humanity. We finish today's demanding tour over numerous small mountain passes and return to our accommodation in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay in Anduze.

8th day: Ride to the 3rd base hotel, nature park Volcans d'Auvergne and Gorges du Tarn (approx. 310km)

We leave the Cevennes in a north-western direction, our next destination is our third base hotel in the Auvergne. Parallel to the famous panoramic road Cornniche des Cévennes, the route first goes over the Col de L'Oumenet to Florac. Westwards over the Col de Pierre Plate we reach Saint-Eminie. Today is dedicated to the world-famous Gorges du Tarn (Tarn Gorge). The most spectacular sections of the route we follow the course of the river, but also on the roads built high above the gorge. A hardly known high trail leads us to a sensational viewpoint, with an unforgettable view into the 400m deep gorge.

Following countless serpentines we descend into the Tarn Gorge, where, following the course of the river, we arrive back in Saint Eminie. On reaching the town of Mende, we leave the Cévennes and enter the Volcans d'Auvergne Nature Park. The next attraction on today's tour is the Viaduc de Garabit, a steel bridge that crosses the Truyere river. The bridge was built in 1880 by Gustave Eiffel (builder of the Eiffel Tower) and was the highest railway bridge in the world for 25 years. Our hotel is directly in sight of the bridge. Dinner and overnight stay in Garabit (Val D'Arcomie).

9th day: Volcanoes and gorges in the Volcans d'Auvergne nature park (approx. 280km)

Today we accompany the river Truyere which is dammed very close to the Barrage de Grandval. Our round past the moated castle Chateau d'Alleuze to the lake Barrage de Sarrans becomes a real orgy of curves and keeps us busy for hours... always along the lakeside. Here condition and riding skills are required. After we have left the reservoir, the highest peaks of the Volcans d'Auvergne nature park are our companions. Over small forest passes we cross the mountain landscapes of the Cezallier. Dinner and overnight stay in Garabit (Val D'Arcomie).

10th day: Tour of the Monts du Cantal, Monts Dore, Cezallier and Massif de Sancy mountain ranges (approx. 310km)

We are going high on our round today. The most spectacular mountain regions, volcanic peaks and mountain ranges of unbelievable beauty are the program. The Puy de Sancy (extinct volcano) located in the Monts Dore is with a height of 1885 m the highest elevation of the French Massif Central. Le Puy Mary, Col de Neronne, Chateau de Val at the dammed up Dordogne, Gorges de la Rhue, Barrage de Vaussair are further stations of today's tour. Dinner and overnight stay in Garabit (Val D'Arcomie).

11th day: Mountain range Monts du Forez and Loire valley back to Mâcon (about 350km)

We leave the Auvergne in a north-easterly direction through the Forez nature park. The mountain range of the Monts du Forez, whose highest point is the Pierre sur Haute (1631m), are always in sight. Finally we reach the Loire Valley again and our journey to the middle of France is unfortunately almost over. In Mâcon we reach our destination and make the last stop of our tour through the Massif Central, a probably unique and diverse natural landscape in Europe. We review the trip again and enjoy the evening at the bar or at the pool. Dinner, farewell and overnight stay in Mâcon.

12th day: From Mâcon via Dijon and Metz back to Germany (approx. 480km)

Today, I'm afraid it's "goodbye." After breakfast, we start our journey back to Saarland (to the hotel in St. Ingbert), either together in a group or individually.