Duration 8 days / 7 nights
Distance 1,570 km
Season Spring, Summer, Fall
Temperatures 3 °C / 29 °C
About this tour
Alsace and its vineyards, the Vosges mountains and their natural park, the Alps and their winding roads with the most impressive hairpin turns, the fantastic Gorges du Verdon canyon... Thanks to this self-guided motorcycle tour from Strasbourg to Marseille, Universal Riders invites you to discover the most beautiful roads of Eastern and Southern France on a high-end motorcycle.
This 8 days self-guided tour, to plan one way or the other, will also drive you through the beautiful landscapes of the Swiss Jura and have you create many memories, both cultural and gastronomic. Then, open your eyes and take full advantage of the trip: this route is a real "to do" at least once in your life as a biker.
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Discover the beautiful city of Strasbourg
You decided to begin this self guided tour from Strasbourg? Then head to our Universal Riders agency to finalize the last details of the trip.
After meeting your new ride, you'll have time to explore Strasbourg, which historic heart, the Big Isle, has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. At the heart of this neighborhood you may like to admire the magnificent Strasbourg Cathedral, with its 142 meters height.
Fans of timbered houses, do not miss the neighborhood of Petite France, located along the Isle. It will offer a real panorama of the Rhenish Renaissance.
Finally, if required, be aware that a free shuttle can pick you up at the station or the airport.
Overnight in Strasbourg.
Strasbourg - Belfort (240 km - 150 miles)
The tour begins in the vineyards: in the morning you will drive across several towns and villages on the “Route des Vins d'Alsace” like Obernai, Ribeauvillé, Colmar ...
You will also take a little altitude at Mont Sainte-Odile (764 m), where you will discover the Mont Sainte-Odile Abbey, a place of pilgrimage. Another building is also a must for history and architecture lovers: the castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg.This medieval fortress is located on a rocky outcrop between the plains of Alsace and the Regional Natural Park of Ballons des Vosges.
Finally you will ride near the Hohneck (1,363 m), the highest point in the Vosges region. The winding road of the Ballon d'Alsace (D465) will take you to Belfort. Consider visiting this city and its Vauban citadel before a night of well deserved rest.
Overnight in Belfort.
Belfort - Lauterbrunnen (240 km - 150 miles)
Be prepared to discover Switzerland for the third day of this motorcycle trip. Ride to the skies in the Jura Mountains, and drive to nearby Mount Raimeux (1,302 m), located south of Delémont.
Later in the day, you will be able to visit the medieval town of Burgdorf and its impressive castle. For a gourmet break, feel free to enjoy a big piece of the local cheese: emmental, most commonly known as “Swiss Cheese” outside of Europe.
The road continues to the south, to Interlaken located between Brienz and Thun lakes. Then reach Lauterbrunnen where you can, from the Kleine Scheidegg ski resort, take the train to the Jungfraujoch summit (3,471 m). Located between the Jungfrau (4,158 m) and Mönch (4,107 m) peaks, it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding alpine landscape.
Overnight in Lauterbrunnen (Switzerland).
Lauterbrunnen - Chamonix (230 km - 143 miles)
On this fourth day, head west to the canton of Fribourg. You will discover the Castle of Gruyères and its medieval village, one of the most beautiful Swiss villages. Make a stop at a cheese factory to taste a sample of authentic Gruyère Cheese.
Then head south, via the regional park of Gruyère Pays-d'En haut, to reach the city of Aigle. You will be able to visit the castle, which hosts a museum of Vine and Wine, or the Hervé Foundation and its classic car collection.
Later in the day, at the bottom of Mount Arpille (2,085 m), take the Route de la Forclaz and its numerous hairpin turns before crossing the border at Chatelard. You will finally reach Chamonix to enjoy, from the top of the Aiguille du Midi, a breathtaking view of the Mont Blanc and the Mer de Glace.
Overnight in Chamonix.
Chamonix - Briançon (290 km - 180 miles)
Another crazy day to come... To start, go around Mont Blanc on its west side and cross the Col des Saisies (1,633 m) and the Cormet de Roselend (1,968 m). Then continue toward Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Its ski resort, Les Arcs, is popular with skiers.
You will then follow the road to Tignes, the Col de l'Iseran (2,764 m), and Telegraph pass (1,566 m). You will see Mount Tabor (3 178m) before reaching the impressive Col du Galibier (2,642 m).
This will allow you to rally in the late afternoon, the town of Briançon, considered as the highest town in France. Do not miss its Vauban citadel: a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Briançon.
Briançon – Castellane (270 km - 168 miles)
In the morning, head South-East through the winding D902 and cross the Col d'Izoard (2,361 m), before entering the regional park of Queyras. You will ten cross the Gorges du Guil and the towns of Guillestre, Vars, and Jausiers before entering the Mercantour National Park.
After a good dose of switchbacks, you will reach the Col de la Bonette, the highest pass in Europe (2,715 m). The road continues through Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée, and then heads west to a new series of tight turns in the direction of Guillaumes.
From here, you will drive down towards the lake of Castillon. If you wish, you can stop for a swim on one of the beaches of Saint-Julien-de-Verdon.This charming, picturesque Provençal village also deserves to be visited before reaching Castellane.
Overnight in Castellane.
Castellane - Marseille (300 km - 186 miles)
The objective of the final day drive: the Gorges du Verdon, considered one of the most beautiful places in France, offers very unique landscapes.
After many turns, you will get to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. Nestled at the bottom of a rocky cliff, this town is known for its earthenware and its stunning gold star, suspended between two mountains.
Then, you will drive around the Sainte-Croix Lake, and follow the course of Verdon from the Corniche Sublime, cross the Artuby bridge to reach the Balcons de la Mescla and enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Verdon.
Arriving in Combs-sur-Artuby you will head South-West through Le Muy and La Ciotat to reach the Route des Crêtes, overlooking the Mediterranean sea, to Cassis. You will finally arrive in the early evening in Marseille.
Overnight in Marseille.
End of Self-Guided Tour in Marseille
After a good night of sleep, you will bring back your bike to our rental Universal Riders agency in Marseille.
You would love to extend the adventure? What about continuing your motorcycle trip through France or Europe? For this, you can either choose between two options: one way rental or another motorcycle tour!
However, in any case, do not leave the Phocean City without taking a little bit of time to visit! Stop to drink a pastis in the Old Port, stroll through the streets of the Panier, the oldest part of the city, shop on the Cannebière, go take a closer look at the Basilica Notre-Dame-de-la -Garde ... One thing is for sure, Marseille is full of wonders that you can easily discover in one day or a weekend!
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
- 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)
- 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