This luxurious, ten day tour takes you through central France and into Switzerland, visiting well-known wine regions including Loire, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Jura & Neuchatel, as well as riding some of the best minor roads this part of Europe offers.
We will take you to hidden towns and villages – some famous and some less well known, but generally unknown to tourists. You’ll ride through gorges on sweepy minor roads and into the beautiful Swiss Alps and ski resorts, ending each day at first-class accommodation. You’ll have a day off in beautiful Chamonix and an overnight stay in Neuchatel before our return through France.
As with all our tours, a support van will carry your luggage daily and is on hand in case of breakdowns.
Day 1. Friday May 7. Calais to Chateau Thierry (approx. 185 miles)
Once we clear Calais we head to Agincourt where we take a brief stop at the battle site and then continue south via Doullens and a lunch stop in Amiens on the River Somme. We continue via Roye and Noyon and cross the Aisne at Soissons before arriving at the outskirts of Chateau Thierry, where the hotel overlooks the town and the River Marne. Dinner with wine is included tonight.
Day 2. Saturday May 8. Chateau Thierry to Nevers (approx. 185 miles)
Today we head to the Loire region and continue on minor country roads heading south to Coulommiers (famous for its mature, ripe cheese), and then on towards Montereau Fault-Yonne where we cross the Seine River. Continuing south, via Montargis, we arrive at the Loire River, where we follow the course of the river to Sancerre and Pouilly before arriving at our 4-star hotel standing on the banks of the Loire in Nevers. Once again dinner with wine is included.
Day 3. Sunday May 9. Nevers to Macon (approx. 130 miles)
This morning we continue to follow the Loire to Decize and Bourbon-Lancy where we then head east to Charolles and towards Macon in Burgundy via Beaujolais and the tiny back roads and villages of this region. Our 4-star hotel stands on the banks of the Saone River and tonight you are free to eat out and explore the old town.
Day 4. Monday May 10. Macon to Chamonix (approx. 170 miles)
Today crossing the Saone we head to the old town of Chatillon Sur Chalaronne and then head east by country roads to the craggy Jura region and the l’Albarine gorges to Hautville-Lompnes. We then continue towards Frangy in the Haut Savoie. Now onwards towards the French Alps and our home for the next two nights. The 4-star hotel is in the centre of his famous town nestling under Mont Blanc. Tonight you are free to eat out.
Day 5. Tuesday May 11. Day off in Chamonix.
Relax to day and have a wander around Chamonix. You can take a rack & pinion train from the centre of town to the glacier. It takes about twenty minutes to climb the 1,000 metres up to the Montenvers-Mer de Glace attraction. Tonight you are free to eat out again.
Day 6. Wednesday May 12. Chamonix to Neuchatel (approx. 125 miles)
After a day of rest we are off to Switzerland via the col de la Forclaz Mountain pass to our first stop in Switzerland at St. Maurice. Continuing on towards Montreux where we ride up into the lush hills and to Romont and then on to Mirten which stands on Lake Morat. From here we make our way to our a four-star hotel situated in the harbour of Lake Neuchatel and only a two minute walk from the historic centre. Tonight you are free to eat out.
Day 7. Thursday May 13. Neuchatel to Dijon (approx. 135 miles)
We follow the lake before heading up into the mountains and the pass at St. Croix and then back in to France. After a stop we continue towards Salins-les-Bains and Auxonne standing on the Saone and where Napoleon was a lieutenant at the artillery school. Onward to the centre of Dijon and our 5-star hotel for the night. You are free to eat out and explore Dijon’s historic centre.
Day 8. Friday May 14. Dijon to Troyes (approx. 110 miles)
North once more and on more quiet country roads and through small villages such as Moloy, Montmoyen, Leuglay and Essoyes home of the artist Renoir which stands on the banks of the Ource river. We then make our way into Troyes following the River Seine to our 4-star hotel in the historic centre. Tonight you’re free to eat out in the quaint old quarter of town.
Day 9. Saturday May 15. Troyes to Chantilly (approx. 117 miles)
We leave Troyes and head to Mery Sur Seine, standing on the high Seine canal. Then north to Sezanne, Montmirail and onto the town of Meaux which stands on the Marne River and finally to Ermenonville, noted for its’ park. Our 4-star hotel, set amongst trees and landscaping is in St. Firmin, 4 km from Chantilly Castle. Dinner with wine is included on the last night of the tour.
Day 10. Sunday May 16. Chantilly to Calais (approx. 150 miles)
Motorway and main roads today to get you back to Calais in time for a late afternoon crossing back to Dover.
Total tour mileage approx. 1,310
Please ensure you have read our Terms & Conditions
Rider sharing a room
Rider & pillion
Rider, single room
We both wanted to say thank you so much for a great tour. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The hotels, food and weather were all great. However, the main reason for us joining a Brettour is for the riding and that certainly did not disappoint. From day one the scenery was spectacular and the roads good quality