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 whishing to ride through those famous French Alp 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 biggest mountain chain. We will, then, travel south, through Annecy, Chamonix and Briançon before reaching Cannes after a 4-day ride full of emotion.
The plan for this motorcycle ride: wonderful encounters, sensational cultural and gastronomical discoveries, windy 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 peaceful come to our Lyon Universal Riders agency for the departure: we will take care of the rest!
Meet in Lyon for the departure (0 km - 0 miles...
Without any 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 Saone rivers, the city is packed with history. So 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 agency to take care of the last details of your 6-day trip through the Alps. If needed, a free shuttle service can come and 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 slowly by crossing the Ain county. You will make a first stop in the medieval city of Pérouges, listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France.
Later on, you will ride through the Jura and Bauges mountains, surrounded by the majestic Alps. you will then encounter the Grand Colombier pass, 1,534 meters high, 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 city that has been named the “Venice of the Alps”. You can 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)
That day, you will be exploring the bucolic roads of the Alps. You will travel at the foot of the Aravis Range and then through the Bornes Massif, where you will encounter 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 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 discover 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 go around the Mont-Blanc, heading West to cross the Col des Saisies pass (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, which is said to be 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 the last riding-day, you will begin with the Queyras natural park. This is where you will encounter the notorious Col d'Izoard pass (2,361m), frequently seen in the Tour de France. You will also be able to enjoy the 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, the perfume 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 to go to our Cannes Universal Riders agency and return your rental motorcycle.
You wish to continue your motorcycle journey? Please know that we offer other motorcycle trips and that you can extend your motorcycle rental. Round or one-way trips to other Universal Riders agencies are possible. You will be able to enjoy more memorable moments on the French roads!
However, before you leave, don’t forget to explore Cannes, city of luxury and international 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
- 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.)
- 5 nights in comfortable 3 or 4 star hotels
- 5 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)