Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Distance 1450 km
Season Spring, Summer, Fall
Temperatures 2 °C / 30 °C
About this tour
Have you always dreamed of crossing the south of France on motorcycle, or discovering the Pyrenees and their famous Tour de France passes? Bordeaux, La Dune du Pilat, Biarritz, le Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Carcassonne, Avignon, Marseille… Are you excited to discover some of the mythical places that compose France’s rich heritage?
Then look no further, thanks to Universal Riders and our self-guided motorcycle tour from Bordeaux to Marseille, you will have the opportunity to roam the most beautiful roads in southwestern France on one of our luxury motorcycles. From June to September, this summer trip will delight history, food and nature lovers, leaving you with the most spectacular memories!
Our local Universal Riders agency in Bordeaux team will be happy to welcome you for this exceptional ride to Marseille. You can then sit back, follow our roadbook and take in all the wonders this 8-day motorcycle trip has to offer.
Meet in Bordeaux for departure formalities
Bordeaux, its reflection pool, wine museum and historical city-center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is waiting for you. It’s no surprise that we chose to begin our self-guided motorcycle tour through the Pyrenees and Camargue in this beautiful city: it is really worth the visit!
So, don’t waste a minute and choose your motorcycle now. Once all the details are taken care of by our Bordeaux team, you will have time to explore the city.
Finally, please know that if you arrive by train or plane, a free Universal Riders shuttle will pick you up and drive you to our offices and your hotel.
Night in Bordeaux.
Bordeaux – Biarritz (245 km - 152 miles)
A first day full of discoveries... Travel toward the South-West of France for a first stop in Arcachon. Following a quick visit of this very popular seaside resort, located South of the Arcachon Bay, you will head to the famous Dune du Pilat, which is Europe’s most massive dune, with a height of 115 meters.
Then, you will travel along the Silver Coast, through the Landes de Gascogne Forest, to discover some of the greatest Atlantic beaches: Biscarosse, Seignosse, Hossegor…
You will arrive in Biarritz in late afternoon. You will then be free to settle at the hotel before roaming in this peaceful city nicknamed “Queen of the Beaches”. Walk through the Old Port and enjoy the locals’ gentle lifestyle.
Night in Biarritz.
Biarritz – Argelès-Gazost (265 km - 165 mil...
For the 2nd day on the road, you will ride through the Basque Country and up the Pyrenees Mountains on roads frequently used by cyclists.
You will travel toward Saint-Jean-de-Luz on the beautiful “Route de la Corniche”, which links Ciboure to Hendaye. The stunning cliffs on the way offer an exceptional view of the Ocean, the Spanish coast and the Rhune mountain.
A brief excursion in Spain is planned in the late morning. You will then travel East toward Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. The itinerary will then take you through several winding roads until you reach the Pyrenees National Park. After a brief detour through the Ossau Valley and the “Vultures Cliff”, you will reach your destination at Argelès-Gazost.
Night at Argelès-Gazost.
Argelès-Gazost – Andorre la Vieille (290 km...
A rather athletic day awaits you on this 4th day of the trip: you will drive through the Pyrenean passes, which were made famous by the Tour de France.
You will travel toward Barèges, where the sinuous Tourmalet road begins. Peaking at 2,115 meters, the notorious Tourmalet pass is one of the highest passes of the Pyrenees. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding area.
You will then be able to admire the Pic du Midi de Bigorre. With 2,865 meters high, the view is truly worth the trip! If you are up to it, you can take the cable car all the way to the top to visit the Observatory.
At the end of the day, you will reach Andorre-la-Vieille, the Principality’s oldest city.
Night in Andorre-la-Vieille.
Andorre – Carcassonne (210 km - 130 miles)
After exploring the Principality of Andorra, it will be time to leave the Pyrenees and to take your motorcycle on the small county roads leading to the North-East.
You will cross a number of charming villages in the Ariège and Aude counties before reaching Carcassonne early in the afternoon. You will then have the rest of the day off, for a well-deserved break, allowing you to explore the city at your leisure.
Listed as a UNESCO National Heritage site, this ancient and well preserved city is full of history and architectural delights that will especially please “old stones” enthusiasts. Surrounded by ancient walls, the Medieval city of Carcassone and its castle will reveal all of their secrets to you!
Night in Carcassonne.
Carcassonne – Aigues-Mortes (180 km - 112 mi...
You will only be traveling for 112 miles (180 km) on this 6th day of our self-guided motorcycle trip from Bordeaux to Marseille.
You will leave Carcassone late in the morning and travel Northeast. You will drive through cities such as Béziers, Agde, Sète and Palavas-les-Flots before reaching another notorious medieval location: Aigues-Mortes.
Located in the Gard county, right next to the beautiful Camargue region, the port and ancient walls of Aigues-Mortes were built between 1240 and 1272 by Louis the 9th (Saint Louis), King of France, who wished to gain direct access to the Mediterranean Sea.
Don’t forget to taste the local delicacy, the “fougasse aigues-mortaise.” This brioche-based pastry can be made salty or sweet and is often part of the 13 Christmas desserts, traditionally served in the Provence region.
Night in Aigues-Mortes.
Aigues-Mortes – Marseille (235 km - 146 mile...
Nature lovers will especially love this last day on the road as we will be exploring 3 major natural parks before reaching Marseille.
Departing from Aigues-Mortes, you will begin by the Camargue park, essentially spread out between the two deltas of the Rhône river and up to Arles.
Heading North, you will then travel along the Rhône and drive through Les-Baux-de-Provence, as well as the archeological site of Glanum, located in the heart of the Alpilles mountains, before arriving in Avignon, “the Popes’ City”, for lunch.
Finally, in the afternoon, you will head East and follow the small roads of the Luberon natural park before heading down to Marseille at the end of the day.
Night in Marseille.
End of Self-Guided Tour in Marseille
Still have a little time left before taking the free shuttle to the airport or the Saint-Charles train station? Then take the opportunity to explore the Mediterranean city and all of its wonders!
If you have not planned to leave Marseille that day, you can ask to extend your rental and travel at your leisure to another one of our agencies located all over France. You could even partake in another motorcycle tour: from Marseille, a number of destinations are offered, such as beautiful Corsica.
The offer includes
- Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage (departure from 2:00pm onwards on the first day, return before 12:00pm on the last day)
- Helmets, both for the pilot and passenger
- Rain suits, both for the pilot and passenger
- 1 security cable
- 1 GPS system, with the entire tour already uploaded
- 1 printed roadbook with suggestions (about remarkable and historic sites, restaurants, cultural spots, etc.)
- 7 nights in comfortable 3 or 4 star hotels
- 7 breakfasts
- 1 comprehensive insurance with "GOLD" coverage
- Roadside assistance in case of flat tire, breakdown or accident (roadside repairs and towing of the motorbike)
- Free shuttle service between the hotel, airport, or train station and our rental location (max. 25 kms)
The offer does not include
- Plane or train tickets
- Meals and drinks (lunch and dinner)
- Extra hotel fees (telephone, laundry, etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- Individual activities
- Cancellation insurance (optional)
- Additional self-guided motorcycle tour on request and subject to availability (optional)