Wether its the bikes, the excitement, the people, the challenge, the freedom or something else entirely, there are reasons for riding.
The key word for Europe is diversity. It consists of sometimes miniature countries, that each consist themselves of different regions, cultures and people. In Europe, the landscape in places just a couple of kilometres apart can be completely, different, and cultural history manifests itself everywhere.
There are many languages in Europe, almost every country has its own, and many countries even have several languages. Belgium for instance has Dutch, French, and German, the Netherlands has Dutch and Friesian, Spain has Spanish, Catalan and Basque, Switzerland has German, French, Italian and Rumantsch, etc.
On top of that, you cannot simply assume that everybody speaks English. Sure, in many countries at least young people will speak English, but you will meet many people who don’t speak or understand English at all!
Alps, when you are a motorbike rider, you should of course not miss the alps. They are steep and majestic, and will never fail to please you. They are vast as well; its impossible to see them all of them unless you ride for a year or so, could be tempting though!
There are six alps countries: Germany, Switzerland, France (sharing the highest peaks), Italy (with the beautiful Dolomites), Austria, Germany and Slovenia. A good introduction into the Alps is the Route des Grandes Alps, from the lake of Geneva to the Mediterranean, in the French Alps.
I have found this motorbike tour
Provence Self-Guided Tour (8 days)
Discover the Provence at your own pace on a BMW, Ducati or Harley Davidson.
If you prefer “riding your own ride”, then this motorbike tour gives you everything you need. They will take care of the organisation in France including accommodation, dinners, rental motorcycle, maps, road book, GPS and local support.
The scenic motorcycle roads of the Provence and French Riviera are on your doorstep.
This is what they will offer you
Friday – Pick-up from Nice Airport and transfer to your 4-star hotel. Tour briefing and overnight in Nice.
Saturday – Lower French Alpes
Get to know your bike riding along the Route des Alpes through the twisting roads of the magnificent Daluis Canyon and Cians Canyon. Overnight in Nice.
Sunday – Saint Tropez
Cruise along the coast to Saint Tropez. Continue along the French Riviera and enjoy the beautiful Massif des Maures. Overnight in Le Castellet, home to the famous racetrack Paul Ricard.
Monday – Route des Cretes & Free time
A well deserved day of rest. Enjoy lounging at the hotel pool or go for a short ride along the scenic Route des Cretes via La Ciotat. Overnight in Le Castellet.
Tuesday – Luberon National Park
Ride along colourful lavender fields and countless vineyards. One scenic turn after the other makes this an unforgettable motorcycle experience. Overnight in Carpentras.
Wednesday – Mont Ventoux and Wine-tasting
From the heart of the Provence you ride up the Mont Ventoux. After a good day’s ride, you enjoy a wine-tasting session in the evening. Overnight in Carpentras.
Thursday – Grand Canyon of France
Enjoy the beautiful Lake Sainte Croix and ride through the Grand Canyon of France (Gorge du Verdon). Then take the Route Napoleon for your descent into Nice. Overnight in Nice.
Friday – Goodbye and transfer to Nice Airport
Ciao for now. Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Nice Airport.
They say that the tour Grading is Intermediate: 4h to 5h of daily riding time covering up to 300km/190mi of curvy roads per day
Rental motorcycle including side cases for 7 days
Road book, map and GPS with scenic roads of the Riviera and Provence
3 nights including breakfast and dinner at the 4-star Hotel Mercure in Nice
2 nights including breakfast and dinner at the 3-star Grand Prix Hotel in Le Castellet 2 nights including breakfast and dinner at the Auberge du Vin in Carpentras
Wine tasting session at the Auberge du Vin in Carpentras
Airport transfers between Nice and Nice Airport
Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. Its reputation for glamour is enhanced by an equal reputation for top-end scandal. The clearest-possible light spangles the Mediterranean to create a setting for sybarites, and shadows for well-dressed decadence. The inauguration, in autumn 2013, of the brand new Promenade du Paillon – 30 acres of park running from the city centre to the sea – indicates that it has the imagination and drive to fulfill its ambitions. This is a glorious, and playful, slice of urban greensward. And it’s bewitching at pretty much any time of year.
Where to go
The key sight – is the glorious curve of the Bay of Angels, miles of the loveliest urban sea-front in Europe, fringed by the celebrated Promenade des Anglais. You could spend an entire trip just wandering along here. But you’ll also need to see Nice old town, where the real Niçois re-colonise their city, hosting the south’s finest flower market on the Cours Saleya.
It should really be in Italy
Nice has only been part of France since 1860, when Italy reluctantly gave her up to repay France for helping defend itself from the Austrians. The Mayor’s office likes to say that ‘Nice chose France’, but the truth is that the famous ‘vote’ was rigged: there were no ‘non’ ballots printed! This mixed heritage gives Nice its fabulous melange of French and Italian, as seen in its architecture, colours, cuisine and lifestyle.
So what ever you decide to do, just enjoy life! See you there.