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Self Guided Tour

Discover the Gorges du Verdon and Ardèche canyons on a motorcycle

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  • Duration 7 days / 6 nights

  • Level Easy

  • Distance 1,100 km

  • Season Spring, Summer, Fall

  • Temperatures 5 / 30

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Have you always dreamed of exploring the southeastern roads of France on a brand new motorcycle? Discovering another side of the Verdon Canyon, the Alpilles mountains, Avignon and the Ardèche region? Driving a luxury motorcycle and sharing memorable moments with your buddies or your other half?​

Look no further: Universal Riders has prepared the perfect self-guided motorcycle tour from Cannes to Lyon. There is a lot to see on this unforgettable 7-day trip, full of emotions as well as exceptional cultural and gastronomical discoveries! Throughout the journey, you will discover many trivias on the different sites you will visit.

Are you excited to take this trip? Then hurry up, choose your perfect rental motorcycle from a large selection including Indian, Harley Davidson, Triumph and BMW models. Let's meet at our Cannes Universal Riders agency: all you need to do is book your train or plane tickets, we will take care of the rest!​


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  • Day 1
    Meet in Cannes for departure formalities
    Meet in Cannes for departure formalities

    After reaching our Universal Riders agency to check out your motorcycle and take care of the final details regarding the tour, feel free to explore the City of Luxury and international festivals.

    Cannes has indeed many surprises to unveil on the 1st day of this trip. History buffs and old stone enthusiasts should begin with the Suquet neighborhood, the historical medieval center of the city which overlooks the “Old Port”.

    If needed, please feel free to ask for our free shuttle service that can pick you up at the Cannes train station or airport and take you to our agency and the hotel where you will be spending the night.

    Night in Cannes.

  • Day 2
    Cannes – Moustiers-Sainte-Marie (230 km - 14...
    Cannes – Moustiers-Sainte-Marie (230 km - 143 miles)

    First, you will follow the magnificent road that winds between the Estérel mountains and the Mediterranean sea. You will soon reach Fréjus, a city founded by Julius Caesar in 49 BC.

    Then head back inland, in the Var county, toward the Lake of Sainte-Croix. After a well-deserved lunch next to the lake, you will take on the biggest part of the day: the Verdon Canyon, a true natural jewel. From the exquisite Southern ledge and then “Cliff Road” to the North, you will enjoy breathtaking views in what is considered to be Europe’s most beautiful canyon.

    This leg will end at Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, a small village seated at the foot of a cliff. This town is mostly known for its pottery, as well as the star which is said to protect the local residents.

    Night in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.

  • Day 3
    Moustiers-Sainte-Marie – Avignon (215 km - 1...
    Moustiers-Sainte-Marie – Avignon (215 km - 134 miles)

    Head West for this 2nd riding day of the trip: our roadbook will take you to the Luberon and Alpilles natural parks. You will then cross several remarkable towns and villages: Manosque, Gordes, Cavaillon, Mouriès, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Fontvieille…

    You will stop in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the Alpilles’ small capital, where you will discover the ancient site of Glanum and the Estrine Museum. It holds an important collection of Van Gogh paintings. This will also give you a chance to taste some of the local candied fruits, a staple of the Saint-Rémy cuisine.

    You will then head North to Avignon by the end of the afternoon. Famous for its bridge, the “Pont d'Avignon”, as well as for the Palais des Papes (Popes’ Palace) and its renowned theater festival, this city truly worth the stop.

    Night in Avignon.​

  • Day 4
    Avignon – Avignon (220 km - 137 miles)
    Avignon – Avignon (220 km - 137 miles)

    On the day’s agenda: visiting remarkable monuments around the Rhône delta.

    Begin with the Pont du Gard, the highest aqueduct bridge in the world. It was built in the 1st century by the Romans in order to bring water to the city of Nîmes. It is precisely in this 26 century-old city that you will be enjoying your lunch after visiting the Roman Arenas.

    Early in the afternoon, you will travel to the walled city of Aigues Mortes. Later on, you will ride through Camargue, known for its beautiful horses, its bulls and its guardians.

    Finally, before returning to Avignon, take some time to discover Arles, nicknamed “Petite Rome des Gaules” (“the Little Rome of the Gauls”). Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the city has the biggest number of Roman edifices, after Rome itself.

    Night in Avignon.

  • Day 5
    Avignon – Aubenas (220 km - 137 miles)
    Avignon – Aubenas (220 km - 137 miles)

    This morning, you will head to the Mont Ventoux (1,912m): this leg should prove to be a little more athletic! Indeed, climbing this mountain, made famous by the “Tour de France”, can be quite challenging due to the strong Mistral wind. Once at the top, you will be able to enjoy an exceptional 360° view.

    You will then head toward the Ardèche region via winding roads through lavender fields, vineyards and olive-tree plantations. You will make a stop at Saint Martin d’Ardèche for lunch and then drive up to the edge of the Gorges de l’Ardèche, which offers spectacular views.

    Late in the afternoon, you will arrive in Aubenas, a city proudly perched on its rocky promontory.

    Night in Aubenas.

  • Day 6
    Aubenas – Lyon (225 km - 140 miles)
    Aubenas – Lyon (225 km - 140 miles)

    Fifth and last riding-day of this motorcycle tour: you will travel Northeast via a magnificent windy road through the Monts d'Ardèche and Pilat nature parks. The Pilat is a mountain chain located in the Massif Central region. Its highest peak, which you will begin to see in early afternoon, is called Crêt de la Perdrix (1,431 m).

    Further North, from Saint-Martin-en-Haut onward, you will finish the tour via the “Cliff Road” and the Monts du Lyonnais, via the Malval (732 m) and Luère (715 m) passes.

    You will then arrive in Lyon, former capital of the Gauls, by the end of the day. You will be able to enjoy a good night of sleep in a comfortable hotel.

    Night in Lyon.

  • Day 7
    End of Self Guided Tour in Lyon
    End of Self Guided Tour in Lyon

    The time has come to return your rental motorcycle in our Universal Riders agency in Lyon.​

    However, before heading back home, don’t forget to visit this beautiful city, full of historical and cultural sites. Lyon is a very enjoyable city, so there is no reason not to love what is considered to be the French capital of gastronomy. From the Old City to the more modern Confluence neighborhood, discover this multi-faceted city and take advantage of our shuttle service to finally go, once you are ready, to the train station or airport!

    You wish to keep the fun going and continue exploring our beautiful country? You then have two options: you can either rent a motorcycle one-way and return it to another one of our agencies throughout the country, or you can sign up for another motorcycle tour.

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.)
  • 6 nights in comfortable 3 or 4 star hotels
  • 6 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

  • Accessories non included in the contract
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Plane or train tickets
  • Meals and drinks (lunch and dinner)
  • Extra hotel fees (telephone, laundry, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Individual activities
  • Cancellation insurance (optional)
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