France - Massif Central roundtrip
Pavement - Self-Guided

5 days / 4 nights / 5 stages / 850 km
France - Pavement
Motorcycle

price from 995 €
passenger price 995 €

Crossing seven departments (63, 43, 15, 19, 46, 12, 48), this trip takes in some of the country's most beautiful spots.This scintillating getaway twists and turns between the contours of the landscape. Thrilling!
The smell of mud and crunchy leaves flying over the exhaust fills the air as we hit the road on this amazing loop that leads the team right into the heart of France.
This extraordinary journey, which has such an exciting feel to it because of the awesome routes we take, offers its fair share of poignant and picturesque encounters along the way.
Gliding over the heaths, ducking into the pine forest, caressing the flowering moorlands, this high-flying getaway is aimed at motorcycling enthusiasts of all types.
And then there's the more practical side of a large loop, meaning that you return to the point of departure at the end of the trek - an undeniable advantage, logistically speaking.

Map

Your day by day program

1
Day 1 / Stage 1 : Pass of Chemintrand - Allanches : 170 km

Our road immediately soars up over a very long ridge line amid the fragrance of moss, lichen, raspberries and mushrooms.
The route suddenly shifts to Paulhaguet, and the thermometer instantly goes up 7°C along the way! Weaving in and out of the small stone walls, a network of small paths leads towards the Allier Gorges. This stage ends up at the foot of the flower-filled Cézallier.

2
Day 2 / Stage 2 : Allanches - St Privas : 160 km

The plateau we cross during the morning is the fiefdom of Salers and has a rare purity about it. Indifferent to our journey, elegant horned beasts typical of the region munch happily on the grass.
Further on, the trail levels out over the columned volcanic rocks before ducking into the forest. In this region criss-crossed by crystal-clear rivers, magnificent elevated paths cross the landscape to Corrèze.

3
Day 3 / Stage 3 : St Privas- Cransac : 160 km

Among the box trees and ferns, a daring path nosedives over the Lot Valley. Next, it's on to the highly diverse department of Aveyron and the kingdom of sweet chestnuts. In the foothills, a stream hurtles down, frothing, as if to subtly liven up the stage and refresh the troops

4
Day 4 / Stage 4 : Cransac - Aumont Aubrac : 200 km

Passing from one Causse limestone plateau to the next, any number of spectacular panoramic viewpoints overlook the vineyards. The road settles into the red earth above Clairvaux d’Aveyron. Not far from Séverac, a thirst-quenching stop between the old stones of the Taureau spring in Saint Grégoire is a must. Once we pass through St-Laurent d’Olt, clinging onto the rocky ridge, the route shoots off to the Aubrac mountain tops. The speed with which you gain altitude is astonishing! Ferns, heather and blueberries shroud the verges. Here, the route weaves in and out of the granite blocks.

5
Day 5 / Stage 5 : Aumont Aubrac - Col de Chemintrand : 160 km

Following more lofty, slightly sandy trails through the even more mysterious Margeride region covered with broom, we head on to Aubrac. And it is along the resin paths, under the majestic conifers of Puy-de-Dôme, that our French adventure comes to an end.

Calendar

From May to October

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Chemintrand pass
End
  • Chemintrand pass
Accommodation
  • We've sourced some wonderfully charming accommodation for when it's time to rest and relax. As is often the case in the world’s remotest places, you can be sure of a very warm welcome!
    A few examples of accommodation:
    www.camillou.com
    www.aubergedelaxaintrie.fr
Number of people
  • Even if we recommend always riding in pairs, on self-guided tours, this trip can be undertaken on one’s own.
Level of difficulty
  • Who can take part?
    The trip is composed of secondary paved roads and there is no difficulty whatsoever. It is therefore accessible to all drivers and all motorcycles, alone or two-up.
Guide and luggage
  • You wish to be independent and have chosen an unguided tour. There will be no tour leader or chase vehicle and you will chose your own departure dates.
    However, all lodging will be booked and confirmed by us.
    All hotels and restaurants will be waiting for you!
Navigation
  • GPS PROVIDED BY THE ORGANIZATION
    Your GPS-device is set to follow the track.
    Trail Rando provides each driver with one device, in which you will find all useful information, the complete track, hotels, restaurants, gas stations etc...
Options
  • Single room supplement
    If the group is an uneven number, one single supplement will be invoiced to one of you, or split between everybody. : 165€
Included
  • Lodging
         o hotels, in twin rooms,
    If the group is an uneven number, one single supplement will be invoiced to one of you, or split between everybody.
         o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
    Food :
         o Breakfast
         o from the morning of the first stage to midday of the last stage,
    The GPS device with the trip's complete track and handlebar support, the user's manual and a phone briefing for its propper use.
Not included
  • Transportation :
         o To and from tour start,
         o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,
    Lunch, dinners and beverages
Vehicles
  • With which motorcycle ?
    Any road motorcycle is suitable for this trip.
    What kind of tires ?
    Usually the OEM tires are perfect, but any mixed road tires are suitable
    Rental bikes
    If you don't own the adequate motorcycle, we can rent you one. We will surely find somethig suitable.
    To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.
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