napoleon alpine route Motorcycle Touring Holiday

Napoleon Alpine Route

the Alps, France
3 and 4 star rated hotels, dinner, bed and breakfast

A motorcycle tour lasting 9 days (8 nights) with 7 days riding through the most emblematic French & Italian alpine passes offering thousands of different turns, breath-taking landscapes and all this in countries where the 'terroir' is a way of life.

On this guided motorcycle tour you will ride some of the best motorcycle routes in the Alps

Nice Beach Monaco marina Verdon Gorge, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France Approaching Barcelonnette, France Aix le Bains Bonnet Summit Coll de la Bonnet Coll Galibier Izoard Pass Mont Blanc Verdon Gorge from wesr

We have not set dates to repeat this tour at present. If you are interested in this tour please contact us and we shall set a date, alternatively, browse our upcoming tours to see what's new.


Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders

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This 9 day, 8 night tour with 7 days riding begins and ends in Nice, France and travels through the Code d'Azure in the South of France then up into the Apls.

Daily routes are 155 to 200 miles and involve around 6 hours in the saddle each day with stops approximately every 90 minutes.The format is to depart after breakfast and ride about 50 miles then stop for a morning refreshment break, ride another 50 miles and stop for lunch, ride a further 50 miles and stop for an afternoon refreshment break and ride the final 50 miles to reach the hotel wither accommodation is in good quality three and four star hotels booked for dinner, bed and breakfast. A few of the days we stay in the same hotel taking a circuit from that hotel to better explore the area.

The tour passes through many apline towns and villages together with visiting towns it the high altitude regions. Riders will therefore experience some fantastic techniclly challlenging roads whilst visiting interesting towns and historic sites.

Look at this itinerary and discover some of the most interesting motorcycle routes in france

Nice sightseeing

Most will arrival at Nice International Airport and transfer to our 4 star hotel close to the railway station. Those arriving early can enjoy the day or evening exploring Nice.

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Nice, Maritim Alps, Monaco, Mercantour National Park, Isola, Jausier (240km 6 hours riding)

This morning is the moment to meet your ride for this epic alpine adventure. After some safety instructions, you are now riding by the Mediterranean sea, heated by the sun that shines 300 days a year.

The first day is dedicated to the discovery of the Maritimes Alps and its major towns Nice & Monaco.

Nice's nicknamed is "Nice la Belle", which means 'Nice the Beautiful' and has one of the warmest climate around Mediterranean.

After cruising along the sea on the “promenade des Anglais” in Nice and from the Boulevard Albert 1 up toward Place du Casino in Monaco, the famous Formula One Monaco Grand Prix race, you will finally get out the cities to enjoy the quietness and character of Nice's hinterlands's roads.

Passing through the Mercantour National Parc and Sospel, a lovely small town from the 5th century, the group is now riding small winding roads hooked on cliffs in lost valleys toward the Italian border & Isola 2000.

We end the day at the 4 star hotel Villa Morelia in Jausier an unusual neo-Mexican building with modernity, baroque and contemporary styling and set in parkland.

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Jausier to Braincom (190 km 6 hours riding)

We begin the day taking the route south to Coll de la Bonnet which at 2715m it is one of the highest paved roads in the Alps. We literally cross the pass turn around and ride back pass back stopping along the way to take photographs. As we head north we pass back through Jausier as we make our way towards Briancon but deviate first to Mount Dauphin, where the old walled fort is strategically perched on the cliff edge giving superb 360 degree views. We next head into the Queyras Regional Natural Park and in the Chateau-Ville-Vieille commune in the Hautes-Alpes we discover an old fort dominating the village below. Chateau of Queyras in the Guill Valley sits 1377m above sea level and nearby the village St Veran at 2100m is the highest inhabited village in France. Historically this region has been inaccessible and at times of the year parts are largely cut off and this has helped to ensure that many parts are well off the usual tourist trail.

We continue our route north to Braincon passing over the Col d'Izoard which at 2300m is one of the most challenging climbs in the Tour de France. We end the day in at the 4 star Le Parc Hotel in the old fortified town of Braincon; the highest City in France (an altitude of 1,326 metres / 4,350 feet). The city has history predating the Romans who called it Brigantium those interested in a little evening exploration might wish to visit Fort du Janus which sites another 1200m higher up the mountain.

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Brancon to Chamonix (240km 7 hours riding)

Today, the riding gets challenging as we head into Europe's largest natural park, Les Ecrins and end the dat at the foot of Western Europes highest peak, Mont Blanc. The landscapes will be clearly different from previous days with ever higher mountains and more glaciers. After few steps in Italy, a stop at the Col du Mont-Cenis is essential. This pass, whose name means « mountain of ashes » is crowned by the eponymous lake and offers an incredible panorama over the valley of the "Susa"(Italy) and "de l'Arc"(France). You will then pass through the Mont-Blanc tunnel for a tremendous entrance into the Chamonix valley surrounded by the impressive and dominant Mont-Blanc massif where stands the Mont-Blanc who reign at 4,809 meters high.

Visit of the old town of Chamonix and tasting of Haut-Savoyard cheese (option)

Diner & night in Chamonix

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Brancon to Chamonix (240km 7 hours riding)

Today, the riding gets challenging as we head into Europe's largest natural park, Les Ecrins and end the dat at the foot of Western Europes highest peak, Mont Blanc. The landscapes will be clearly different from previous days with ever higher mountains and more glaciers. After few steps in Italy, a stop at the Col du Mont-Cenis is essential. This pass, whose name means « mountain of ashes » is crowned by the eponymous lake and offers an incredible panorama over the valley of the "Susa"(Italy) and "de l'Arc"(France). You will then pass through the Mont-Blanc tunnel for a tremendous entrance into the Chamonix valley surrounded by the impressive and dominant Mont-Blanc massif where stands the Mont-Blanc who reign at 4,809 meters high.

Visit of the old town of Chamonix and tasting of Haut-Savoyard cheese (option)

Diner & night in Chamonix

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Chamonix to Aix Le Bains (170km 4.5 hours)

As you leave Chamonix today, the Mont-Blanc will remain in your rear view mirrors almost all day long. Meaning "closed" in old French, it is nevertheless with open arms that the large hair-pin bends of the Aravis' pass welcome you as you enter the alpine village of La Clusaz in the Kingdom of "Reblochon", it is the ideal day to discover this cheese, which is essential for the preparation of the delicious "Tartiflette".

The "Venice of the Alps" Annecy, awaits you by its lake below the Aravis Valley. You may go for a walking tour of the old town centre and then go back on the road toward Aix-les-Bains.

Rising on the shores of France's largest natural lake of glacial origin, the Bourget Lake, Aix-les-Bains is one of french major thermal towns. You can now take the opportunity of a deserved relaxing evening in a spa.

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Aix le Bains to Ecrins National Park (260km 5 hours)

This morning you leave the banks of Bourget Lake and head south again. After a short break in Valloire, you pass through the most famous passes of the Tour de France, the Galibier and the Lautaret, to reach the alpine village of La Grave with a dreamlike view of the La Meije glacier.

Essential phase, you ride next the famous curves of Alpe d'Huez then you take the direction of the col d'Ornon and Valjouffrey where you sleep in the heart of the French Alps in a local Mountain lodge with a breathtaking view on the Glaciers.

The many turns of this day certainly have whetted your appetite. In Valsenestre you will find quality Alpine local products with a traditional Murçon & ravioles dinner in the restaurantand taste the cheeses produced by hand in the valley (option). Bon appétit !

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Ecrins National Park to Nice (230km 5 hours)

Photo stops will still be numerous today !

You start your last day of riding with the impressive Verdon Gorge. This 50km loop overlooks this canyon carved by the Verdon River. Steep cliffs with nuanced colours, plots of greenery that develop on natural balconies, emerald river, the site of the Gorges du Verdon is unique and rich.

The richness of the Verdon is due to the fact that species are endemic to it, i. e. they only exist on the surface of our planet in the gorges!

You then take the road to Lac-de-Sainte-Croix, the turns naturally follow one another until you return to the hinterland of Nice via the Préalpes d'Azur Regional Nature Park.

You stop on the Croisette in Cannes where the Cannes Movie festival takes place and after a last stop on the Mediterranean coast, on Antibes' beach, it's time to drop off the bike.

You are then transferred to your hotel where you settle in. Then, visit of Nice by foot and, watching the sunset over the Mediterranean, you taste a speciality from Nice: the famous pissaladière. A candied onion pie with anchovies.

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Route Variation

Please note that maps are indicative because it is not always possible to enter all the waypoints and on the day of departure as we need to review our routes based upon the latest traffic and weather information available making changes as and when necessary.

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Motorcycles For Rent in Provence, France, Available on this Tour

Most motorcycles available for hire are obtained directly from local mainstream dealers. We do not have exclusive access to these rental motorbikes and so availability must be confirmed. Prices and terms are set by the dealers who supply the machines.

  • BMW G310GS Rent BMW G310GS

    • Restrictions: Minimum 21 years old. 1 years old "A/A2" Driving License.
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €315
  • BMW F700GS / F750GS Rent BMW F700GS / F750GS

    • Restrictions: Minimum 25 years old. 3 years old an appropriate Driving License
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €658
  • BMW RNineT Rent BMW RNineT

    • The BMW R Nine T Scrambler has 110HP and is a great looking lightweight alternative to the large GS models.
    • Restrictions: Minimum 28 years old. 3 years old an appropriate Driving License
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €763
  • BMW R1200RT / R1250RT Rent BMW R1200RT / R1250RT

    • Restrictions: Minimum 28 years old. 3 years old an appropriate Driving License
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €938
  • BMW R1200GS / R1250GS Rent BMW R1200GS / R1250GS

    • Restrictions: Minimum 28 years old. 3 years old an appropriate Driving License
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €868

Further details

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