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5 Days motorbike tour in the Alps :...
5 Days motorbike tour in the Alps : North to South to the French Riviera.
Ride the highest passes and roads in The Alps !
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At the start of Annemasse and Geneva, route 5 days on a motorcycle.
Drive through the French Alps from north to south and from south to north!
Distance: 288 km
Travel time: 5:37
Distance: 288 km
Travel time: 5:04
Distance: 264 km
Travel time: 4:23
Distance: 268 km
Travel time: 4:33
Distance: 218 km
Travel time: 4:42
Day 1: (see on Google Maps)
Pick up of the rental motorcycle at Annemasse railway station, then towards Bonneville.
Arrived at Bonneville, you take the direction of La Clusaz in the "Gorges des Eveaux".
We cross the Col des Aravis (1486 m), and we go in the direction of Beaufort.
We pass the lake created by the dam of Roselend, and the Cornet de Roselend (1967 m). So it goes in the natural park of Vanoise.
We let Bourg-St-Maurice to our right and continue towards the Barrage de Tignes and Val d'Isère, before climbing the Col de l'Iseran (2764 m).
In the descent, we take a left towards the Col de Mont Cenis (2084 m), and continues along the lake of the same name. It crosses the border between France and Italy.
Arrived at Susa, we go toward south-west to Cesana Torinese for night.
Tourist Office Cesana Torinese
Piazza V. Amedeo 3
10054 Cesana Torinese
Tel: 00 39 12289202
info.cesana @ turismotorino.org
Day 2: (See on Google Maps)
Leaving Cesana Torinese to return to France in the direction of Briançon.
From Briançon direction of the Col d'Izoard (2360 m). We cross and the Natural Park of Queyras, direction Guillestre, the Combe du Queyras.
We continue towards Vars, and we cross the Col de Vars (2109 m)
It then enters the natural park of Mercantour, for the ascent of the Col de la Bonnette (2715 m). At the pass, you can take the road that goes around the Bonnette summit. Culminating at 2802 m is the highest paved road in France and in the Alps.
We continue our descent to the south by St Martin Vésubie.
Heading south-east towards the Turini forest and the famous Col de Turini. This route is taken almost every year by the Monte Carlo Rally, and has many bends and beautiful views over the Mediterranean.
It then descends to the south towards Sospel and Menton, where the days ends, right on the Mediterranean. Attention in season, book early for accommodation.
Menton Tourist Office: www.tourisme-menton.fr, tel: 04 92 41 76 76.
Day 3: (See on Google Maps)
We leave Menton along the coast on the hills towards the west. It bypasses and Monaco, Nice to back down and take the Promenade des Anglais.
It then goes on to Grasse.
It then follows the route Napoleon towards Castellane and Digne-les-Bains.
You can stop at Castellane near the roundabout Marcel Sauvaire place to spend some quality time over lunch or a drink.
A Digne-les-Bains, you can take the D900A left, parallel to the D900 to the site of the Vélodrome, the largest geological reserve in Europe.
The day ends at the lake of Serre-Ponçon in the hotel Chaumettes (booking info: www.hotel-leschaumettes.eu tel: +33 (0) 4 92 44 29 00)
Day 4: (See on Google Maps)
Leaving Savines-le-Lac crossing the Durance, to go to Gap.
Then we continue towards Die by the Col de Cabre (1180 m)
We enter the Vercors regional park, we pass the Col de Rousset (1254 m), then the Col de la Machine and enter Combe Laval, with its tunnels and cliffs.
We then go to the Grenoble region through the gorges of the Bourne.
We cross Grenoble to the north to enter the natural park of Chartreuse.
We stop off at St-Pierre-de-Chartreuse. Tourist Office: www.st-pierre-chartreuse.com, Tel. 04 76 88 62 08.
Day 5: (See on Google Maps)
We start from St Pierre de Chartreuse through the gorge of Guiers-Mort. We then go south towards Les Echelles and then to Lake of Aiguebelette.
It runs along the lake on the east side.
It then continues north then east towards the lake of Bourget that runs from the west.
It goes down a little to the south, skirting Lac du Bourget, before heading east towards the lake of Annecy. It thus circumvents the mountains of the south and Semnoz by the collar of Leschaux.
Then we arrive in St. Jorioz and the lake of Annecy.
We pass the lake on the south and move north along with the Talloires through.
You can stop at Annecy to visit the old town. Parking for motorcycles is regulated, stop at a definite place.
Then we go back north to Cruseilles, or take the direction of Salève, where we will have a view on the left Geneva and Mont Blanc on the right.
It then descends Annemasse.
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