France, Italy & Alps Motorcycle Tours
Our beloved old continent of Europe is a motorcycle tourism paradise. However, it is not the same everywhere; there is much variation in the kind of adventure you’ll have based on the geography of your location.
The vast majority of mountain ranges—and, therefore, the most tempting motorcycle routes–are in the south of Europe. With the Iberian Peninsula as the main bastion for mountainous riding, the other best motorcycle routes are to be found in the south of France and in the north of Italy. Although the Alps throughout Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and southern Germany are appealing, it is only advisable to travel them on a motorcycle in the summer from a purely weather-related perspective.
By that same token, the weather is another key factor in what makes a motorcycle trip through southern Europe such an incredible experience. The south of France and the north of Italy have a wide range of months in which you can travel by motorcycle in comfort and safety. In fact, from early spring to late fall, there are a total of eight to nine months in which we can travel here by motorcycle.
A motorcycle adventure through this region is a gift for the senses. And the fair weather also means that we can repeat the same route in different seasons and be greeted by a totally new experience in a changed landscape.
Between the explosion of greenery and wild flowers in spring and the chromatic ecstasy of autumn, the most difficult decision you have to make is when to go.
For any other questions, we’ve answered the most frequent of them below for your convenience.
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France, Italy & Alps Motorcycle Tours FAQ
What are the best motorcycle routes in Europe?
According to our experience and knowledge, we’ve divided them into four blocks, each with their own respective areas:
1. Alps: Dolomites, Maritime Alps, Swiss Alps
2. South of France: Provence, Massif Central, Languedoc, Pyrenees, Côte d'Azur
3. Central / North Italy: Tuscany, Piedmont, Ligurian Riviera, Apennines
4. Islands of Sardinia and Corsica: Gennargentu Natural Park, Corse Natural Park
What are the best motorcycle routes in the Alps?
What are the best motorcycle routes in the south of France?
Southern France is a must-see in every motorcycle lover’s lifetime. From the Eastern Pyrenees, towering Alpes-Maritimes, and iconic Montblanc to the incredible roads of the Massif Central with all its spectacular gorges and canyons, the possibilities when riding in Southern France are endless. Throw in the otherworldly natural beauty and mouth-watering cuisine in such famed locations as Provence, and this is a trip you’ll be talking about for years to come.
What are the best motorcycle routes in Provence?
The impressive cliffs of the Grand Canyon du Verdon give way to aromatic fields of lavender and imposing mountain passes in the foothills of the Maritime Alps, as well as bucolic vineyards. Come experience it for yourself and discover why we say that Provence never disappoints!
What are the best motorcycle routes in central and northern Italy?
What is the best motorcycle route in Tuscany?
What is the best motorcycle route in Corsica?
What is the best motorcycle route in Sardinia?
Is it possible to combine the islands of Corsica and Sardinia in a single motorcycle trip?
Sardinia is accessible by boat from Spain, Italy, and France. Corsica, on the other hand, is accessible only from Italy and France. In order to combine the two islands into one trip, we cross the Strait of Bonifacio via a small ferry. The trip takes just under an hour, and connects Bonifacio to Santa Teresa de Gallura, and vice versa.
10. Differences between touring Corsica and Sardinia by motorcycle.
Sardinia is less mountainous, and those mountains it does have are lower. However, it covers a larger territory, which means less arduous motorcycle routes. There are also highways here that cross the island from end-to-end, acting as a safety net in case any road is closed or we need to quickly get somewhere.
Corsica, on the other hand, is wilder and full of ancient routes. The roads are much more twisty, requiring a slower and more careful pace. Although the level of asphalt is generally good, it does not reach the same level of excellence of that found on Sardinia.
The landscapes in Corsica are spectacular, with high-altitude mountains along the coastline and lush forests that will take your breath away. You’ll also find the people and gastronomy here marked by island character.
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Why is an organized motorcycle tour of Corsica and Sardinia worth it?
There are so many reasons to take an organized motorcycle trip in Europe! But we’ll try to keep this blog a reasonable length by listing only our top four.
Knowing that you are in the hands of a seasoned, professional team that takes care of every last detail allows you to relax and focus all your energy on enjoying your vacation to the fullest.
All routes are designed by local professionals who know the terrain, in partnership with the guides who will ride with you and know all the history, culture, cuisine, traditions, and more. This allows you to experience these locations as authentically and comprehensively as possibly.
Avoid mistakes that, no matter how small, can spoil a day-- or even an entire trip! We’ve already done all of the hard work for you. For example, we know the best times to visit all the major attractions without a crowd, the restaurants with the best value for your money, when the standard eating times are for each location, etc.
Making the most of time:
With the knowledge and experience of our full team behind you, you’re free to make the most of your trip. From development to organization to execution, we’ll take care of every step. Use your time to do what really matters—relax and enjoy!
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