Hautes-Alpes, Millau and the Ardèche
Spectacular scenery, beautiful river gorges and incredible roads!
Two overnight transit hotels make the journey easier.
The Tour starts at Dover where we meet to board our early morning ferry to Calais. Once in France we will make quick progress to our (half board) transit hotel in Reims, with the opportunity to stop in Cambrai for a late lunch along the way. Day Two will be a short enough ride down to Lyon away from the autoroute after Troyes, where we will arrive at our second (B & B) transit hotel, relaxed and in good time to enjoy an evening meal out together.
On Day Three we journey south towards Grenoble where the roads become livelier for the bikes as we head towards our quality, biker friendly (half board) Tour hotel, along the iconic N85 ‘Route de Naploeon’. We will be located in the Hautes-Alpes in the heart of fabulous Dévoluy Massif for two nights, surrounded by forest and meadows with mountainous views and fabulous riding routes to experience on our ride out day. Including the incredible Vercors Regional Park to the north or head south towards the impressive Gorges of Verdon! The hotel boasts a sauna; spa and indoor swimming pool combined with family run hospitality and locally sourced produce on the traditional French menu.
The Tour moves west on Day Five, before arriving in the town of Millau, naturally after riding along the A75 and over the iconic Millau Viaduct! We’ll stay here for two nights (half board) in our independently run, comfortable hotel situated in the town centre. The perfect opportunity to explore part of the Cévennes National Park and Tarn Gorge riding on some of the most incredibly twisty, sweeping, panoramic roads in France!
On Day Seven we head to our third quality family run (half board) Tour hotel for another two nights, situated on the eastern edge of the Monts d’Ardèche National Park in the heart of a medieval village. Here we are perfectly placed to discover the Gorges of the Ardèche River a large and spectacular deep canyon running between Vallon Pont d’Arc and St Martin d’Ardèche. The best views of the Gorge are probably along the D71 and the D73, both narrow spectacular twisty roads with lots of hairpins and breath taking views, so expect some technical and challenging routes to ride! Our accommodation is situated in a charming, tranquil location with a heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and solarium, perfect to unwind after a day on the bikes! With homemade seasonal and traditional cuisine on offer and great hospitality, we will be well rested to begin the journey north to Lyon on Day Nine to our (B&B) transit hotel, meeting for our evening meal out together.
A further (half board) stop in Reims on Day Ten means an additional night to break up our journey. Finally Day Eleven is a comfortable journey back to Calais to board our mid- afternoon crossing to Dover marking the end of our spectacular Tour to the South of France!