Our ‘AWAY’ Tours include any of our tours that take us away from base at St Remy for one or more nights.
Our destinations have been specially chosen for the great motorcycling, the most spectacular scenery and the fascinating stories associated with the areas.
Anyone can lead you through beautiful countryside , but not everyone can share it’s history with you!
The run to the Gorges du Verdon is a fascinating ride across some of the most varied scenery to be found anywhere in Provence.Les Gorges du Verdon claims to be the biggest natural canyon formation in Europe and only 150 years ago was virtually unknown.The few locals that knew about it, didn’t boast about it because they thought everywhere had similar scenery.Anyway believe what you will but having ridden the Gorge at least 30 times over 15 years it is still breathtakingly beautiful.
Join us on an exciting three-day tour from our base at St Rémy de Provence as we travel through the villages of Eygalieres, Alleins, Charleval, and Jouques before we pick up the trail of the river Verdon as she winds her way northeast towards the Gorges and the elevated town of Moustiers-Ste-Marie. It is here that we base ourselves for the two nights spent in the Gorges.Moustiers Ste Marie is steeped in history, and renowned for its beautiful faience ceramics and picturesque village.
This is the start point and departure point for the Canyon and by spending two nights here it reduces the packing / unpacking and luggage carrying hassle for the day actually touring the gorge.And the hotel with pool and hot tubs is a great way to finish a day’s ride.Rising next morning to a continental breakfast we hit the trail once again and wind our way up into the Gorge towards Palud where we follow the Route de Cretes.Get to the fifth belvidere and one has arguably the best view of the trip. The view is enhanced by the vultures catching the first thermals of the day before crossing the canyon for lunch. Marvel at the rock climbers showing their daring as they scale hundreds of feet of sheer cliff. Maybe motorcycling isn’t so dangerous after all!After a coffee break in Palud we continue following the river for a while before going across country and entering into Castellane for lunch.For those who want to see the French Resistance or the Citroen car museum in Castellane it can be arranged.The afternoon is spent heading back westward on the smaller but probably more impressive southern route. And if anyone fancies doing a bungee jump that too can be arranged , but don’t count us in!
Passing through Aiguines we again see the glistening quartz blue waters of Lac St Croix, the massive reservoir fed by the waters of the Verdon river.Once back at the hotel you decide : swim, apéros, 40 winks …… Then into the village for dinner after a wash and brush up.Morning day 3 is off to the Valensole plateau.This is the lavendar growing capital of Provence and a must see area in June each year.And finally we cross the river at Manosque and wind our way back via the Grand and Petit Luberon.What’s there not to like?
Corisca is one of the true gems in the Mediterranean crown. A wild rugged island it boasts some of the most beautiful terrain in all of the republic. From stunning white sandy beaches to desolate peaks to lush green valleys, Corisca offers the tourist a rare adventure not possible on the mainland of France.
Marvel at some of the finest mediterranean cuisine and wonderful local wine while reacquainting oneself with nature on an elemental level. Classic Bike Esprit offers you the chance to ride with us as we discover the hidden Corsica far from the tourist centres of Ajaccio and Bastia.
Our tour commences at the port of Marseille as we board the Napolean Bonaparte for a luxurious overnight ferry crossing to l’Ile de Rousse on the northern tip of Corsica.
Cabins are booked for our touring guests for the 11hr cruise through the Mediterranean on a luxury ferry boasting several fine restaurants & bars, excellent relaxation facilities, and a very popular casino! A trip not to be missed.
NB Itinerary may change subject to ferry availability
Please note this trip is unsuitable for inexperienced riders.
For several years now CB Esprit has collaborated with the Moto Club de Senas to join them on their ‘” Drailles du Sud ” tour at the end of June.
Each year the tour takes a different route but the format remains the same: a 5 day excursion through the lesser known roads of Provence, travelling around 200km/ day.
The tour is only open to motorcycles from 1945 to 1975 , so it is complete paradise for the classic enthusiast , as not only do you have some spectacular riding , but you get to drool over an incredible variety of classic machines for 5 whole days!
And if your passenger is not so keen on the bikes no worries, there will be plenty of dazzling views to keep them happy throughout the trip.
Despite being within a larger group , we stick to our tried and tested CB Esprit formula: we stay in our small group throughout the day’s riding, ensuring that no-one gets lost or has problems.
CBEsprit takes all the hardwork and headaches out of classic motorcycling and allows you to enjoy to the maximum riding these fantastic machines in some spectacular scenery. No hours of preparation before departure , or worries about breakdowns on route.All you have to do is decide which steed to take with you on this adventure. And to add to the fun you can even change bikes during the tour.
All accommodation and meals are included in the price , from your arrival the night before the tour through to breakfast the Monday morning after the tour.
Tour normally runs the last Wednesday to Sunday in June but check for dates.
Our 3 day tour of the Parc des Cevennes will take you to the spectacular Millau Bridge, calling by the natural landform of the Cirque de Navacelles and the ancient Pont du Gard.