Duration 6 days / 5 nights
Distance 1,050 km
Season Spring, Summer, Fall
Temperatures 4 °C / 30 °C
About this tour
Are you an experienced motorcyclist and a Tour de France enthusiast wishing to ride through those famous French Alps passes on a motorcycle? You wouldn’t be against a short trip to Switzerland?
Then don’t wait any longer to choose your perfect motorcycle from a large selection of brands such as Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph and BMW and follow our self-guided motorcycle tour from Lyon to Cannes. Our roadbook will take you to the heart of the Alps, Europe’s highest mountain range. We will, then, travel South, through Annecy, Chamonix and Briançon before reaching Cannes after a 4-day ride full of emotions.
The plan for this motorcycle ride: wonderful encounters, sensational cultural and gastronomical discoveries, winding mountain roads, hundreds of hairpin turns and tons of unforgettable memories!
Once your trip is booked, all you will have to do is pack your bag and head to our Lyon Universal Riders agency for the departure: we will take care of the rest!Read more
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No doubt, you will be treated as a king in Lyon. The former capital of the Gauls is known for its “bon vivant” spirit.
Located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, the city is packed with history. Take advantage of this first day to discover all the local marvels, from the Old City to the Confluence neighborhood, Place Bellecour, Fourvière, la Part Dieu...
But, before heading out to explore Lyon, make sure to stop at our Universal Riders location to take care of the last details of your 6-day trip through the Alps. If needed, a free shuttle service can come pick you up at the train station or airport and take you to our agency, then your hotel.
Night in Lyon.
Lyon – Annecy (230 km - 143 miles)
This first riding day will begin smoothly by crossing the Ain county. We strongly advise you to make a first stop in the medieval city of Pérouges, listed among France's most beautiful villages.
Later, you will ride through the Jura and Bauges mountains, surrounded by the majestic Alps. You will then encounter the Grand Colombier pass (1,534 m), before navigating the mid-height Semnoz mountain (1,699 m) located right next to Annecy.
Finally, you will reach Annecy in the afternoon, where you will have time to enjoy the “Alpine Venice”. You will be able to walk along the canal and throughout the historical city-center or even go and see the town’s beautiful glacial lake.
Night in Annecy.
Annecy – Chamonix (255 km - 158 miles)
Today, you will be exploring the Alps' most bucolic roads. You will travel to the foot of the Aravis Range and then through the Bornes Range, where you will drive to the Colombière pass (1,613m) and its welcoming farmhouse inn, "Chez Michel".
La Clusaz, le Grand-Bornand, Bonneville, Cluses and the Abondance valley will have no secrets for you and you will already be dreaming of returning to this beautiful region!
Early in the afternoon, you will make a quick trip to Switzerland and enjoy the magnificent views from the Pointe de Bellevue (2,042m) to the Crevasse (1,808m), before reaching Chamonix, where you will have a glimpse at the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) and the Mer de Glace, a nearly 7 km-long glacier.
Night in Chamonix.
Chamonix – Briançon (295 km - 183 miles)
Hold on to your motorcycle, this day will be especially athletic!
You will drive around the Mont-Blanc, heading West to cross the Col des Saisies (1,633 m) and the Cormet de Roselend (1,968 m) before heading toward Bourg-Saint-Maurice and its very popular ski resort, Les Arcs.
You will then head towards Tignes, the Iseran pass (2,764 m) and the Télégraphe pass (1,566 m). There, you should be able to spot Mont Thabor (3,178m) before reaching the impressive Galibier pass (2,642 m).
Later in the afternoon, you will reach Briançon, France’s highest city. Do not miss the city’s citadel, designed by Vauban, and listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Night in Briançon.
Briançon – Cannes (270 km - 168 miles)
For this last riding day, you will begin with the Queyras natural park. There you will drive through the notorious Col d'Izoard pass (2,361m), frequently seen in the Tour de France. You will also be able to enjoy the very rocky landscape, typical of this area, called “Casse Déserte”.
You will then cross the Gorges du Guil as well as the cities of Guillestre, Vars and Jausiers to reach the Mercantour park via the sinuous D64 road and the Col de la Bonette, Europe’s highest pass (2,715 m). Italy will then only be a few kilometers away, to your left!
You will finally drive around the Préalpes d'Azur natural park, heading Southeast and visit Grasse, perfume's capital, before reaching Cannes late in the afternoon.
Night in Cannes.
Arrival in Cannes (0 km - 0 miles)
After a good night of sleep, it will be time for you to head to our Cannes Universal Riders agency and return your rental motorcycle.
You wish to continue this motorcycle journey?
Please know that we offer other motorcycle trips. You can also extend your motorcycle rental. Round or one-way trips to other Universal Riders locations are possible. You will be able to enjoy more memorable moments on France's roads!
However, before you leave, don’t forget to explore Cannes, city of luxury and international movie festivals!
Head to the city-center, and the Suquet hill, its historical neighborhood, to discover all the marvels this town has to offer.
Once you are ready to go, our free shuttle service can drop you off at the airport or train station.
The offer includes
- Free shuttle service between the hotel, airport, or train station and our rental location (max. 25 kms)
- Motorcycle rental (departure from 2:00pm on the first day, return before 12:00pm on the last day)
- 1 GPS system, with the entire tour already uploaded
- 1 printed roadbook with suggestions (about remarkable and historic sites, restaurants, cultural spots, etc.)
- 1 comprehensive insurance with "BRONZE" coverage
- 1 security cable
- Roadside assistance in case of flat tire, breakdown or accident (roadside repairs and towing of the motorbike)
The offer does not include
- Accommodation (optional add-on)
- Comprehensive insurance with "GOLD" coverage (optional add-on)
- Cancellation insurance (optional add-on)
- Additional rental options such as additional luggage for the motorbike, jacket... (optional add-on)
- Accessories non included in the contract
- Plane or train tickets
- Meals and drinks (lunch and dinner)
- Extra hotel fees (telephone, laundry, etc.)
- Travel Insurance
- Individual activities