An exhilarating escape snaking from the beaches of Normandy to the Côte d’Azur. Swap the beaches of Deauville for the beaches of La Ciotat at the end of a mind-blowing journey...
Dare to live and share the highlights of this fascinating journey, discovering France and its hidden treasures by following a picturesque network of country roads and secret tracks.
Get on your bike and experience a unique adventure!
Escapism does not necessarily mean a remote trek. And it is with pleasure and daring that TrailRando invites you to participate in one of the most fabulous motorcycle adventures of the third millennium, following this journey from the English Channel all the way down to the Mediterranean.
Travelling coast to coast, this exhilarating team ride links Deauville to La Ciotat; north to south, with the rocky coastline in sight…
Is your imagination running wild with stories and legends, mysteries and history? Then you're ready to embark on this epic journey with us. The stage is set: forests, vineyards, fields full of different crops and expanses of green line the route. Tranquil valleys, charming rivers and picturesque villages spread across the landscape…
This compelling trip takes us into a wonderful world of country roads lined with flowers and scented rural routes, lanes with natural perfumes and forest tracks, all open to public traffic…
Tales of men and women also feature in this meandering journey through the peaceful French countryside with all its quirks and hidden gems.
This is the DIAGONAL, a long-distance journey across France!
Your day by day program
Right from the outset, the route takes us deep into the Norman region, chancing delightfully upon places famous for their cheeses; Camembert, Livarot, Pont L’Évêque... Charming half-timbered houses stand on green pastures dotted with cattle. For the first part of the trip we have chosen small roads which wind through glorious terrain with often uneven tracks criss-crossing the region. This allows everyone to slowly get used to the method of navigation.
On paper it looks like a marathon stage. In reality, the miles pass by much quicker than expected on tracks which lead straight to the horizon. While planning this trip and during previous trips, we have made friends with many people who live along the route; Gaston, Jean-Louis, Mireille and Francis to name but a few. Even if the terrain is uncertain, you won't tire of this stage because our little discoveries in this region, such as the old manor in Perche or the abandoned mill in the depths of mysterious Indre-et-Loire, make this a really exciting route.
Forest makes up more of the route. Streaking across a forgotten region, fast-flowing rivers and crystal-clear streams hurtle down every hillside in unison. The route climbs gradually. Emerging from the distant mist, the first foothills of the Massif Central are a sign of the promise of tomorrow...
Against a backdrop of farms built from volcanic rock, the terrain becomes rugged and more magical. Weaving its way between Puy de Sancy (1579 m) and Le Plomb du Cantal (1855 m), the route climbs to the Plateau du Cézallier. Perched on top of a cliff spiked with basalt columns, Charmansac overlooks the nearby Haute-Loire. A thirst-quenching stop at Yvette’s is essential.
Our breath-taking journey passes along heather-covered ridges and through deep valleys. In the crisp air of the Haute-Ardèche, the route slaloms along the ridge line between Mont Gerbier de Jonc (where the Loire river begins) and Mont Mézenc. With bend after bend, this is the longest stage in terms of time spent riding. After the route takes a final dip along the banks of lake Saint-Front, an ancient crater fed by underground springs, the path climbs towards the Plateau du Coiron.
A narrow pathway squeezes between the rocks before descending above the wine-growing area. From there, the view of the Dentelles de Montmirail is simply stunning. Just around the corner, the riders can enjoy a handful of juicy sun-ripened cherries from a small local producer. The route continues under the fragrant pine trees before arriving at the Plateau de Valensole with its intoxicating aroma of lavender. Then our rugged adventure moves on to the slopes of Mont Ventoux.
The song of cicadas accompanies travellers along the final part of the journey. The finish is approaching. Everyone can enjoy the quintessential scene perfumed with the aromas of Provence. And no-one can resist a bite to eat under the olive tree in the square in Tourtour, the village in the sky. Then, a fabulous expanse of blue sea appears between the umbrella pines... The bay of La Ciotat in all its glory...
- La Ciotat
- 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:
- Who can take part?
The route alternates between minor roads, byways, local roads and small tracks which are all open to public traffic. Good physical fitness, strong determination and some off-road experience are all desirable to be able to embark on the Mediterranean Diagonal with complete peace of mind.
The sections of off-road driving are broken up in a way that will not deter beginners but that experienced riders will enjoy...
TWO UP? It could of course be considered, provided that both rider and passenger are fit and have the adequate off-road experience.
- A Trail Rando guide will supervise the team on board their own vehicle.
At the same time, a chase vehicle will transport your luggage between stages every day. They will travel by road with regular meeting points along the route.
They can also pick up a rider and vehicle in the event of breakdown or exhaustion. The team also has a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and is able to lend a hand if required.
- PROGRESS ALONG THE ROUTE
There's a definite feeling of freedom about this trek. And to preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control.
For this reason, and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own journey, we provide an uploadable GPS file with the entire itinerary.
This technology allows you to ride with total independence.
With the wonderful tool that is GPS, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to be carried along by their artistic inspirations, or to stay with their friends, knowing that as a general rule the TrailRando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
What a pleasure it is to follow your own course!
“Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a TrailRando trip.
GPS PROVIDED BY THE ORGANISATION
The route is safely stored stage by stage on the GPS...
At the start of the trip, TrailRando provides everyone with an uploadable GARMIN GPS file with the entire itinerary and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are programmed into the GPS.
The equipment is simple and user-friendly.
The TrailRando representative will be there to show you how to use it or just to assist you.
- Single room supplement : 245€
- Yamaha WR250R : 1190.00€
- Yamaha WR125R : 1090.00€
- • Lodgingo hotels, in twin rooms,o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
Food :o Breakfast, lunch, dinnero from the morning of the first stage to midday of the last stage,• The GPS device with the trip's complete track,• Tourleaders :o Tourleader on his motorcycle,o Support vehicle for luggage transport
- • Transportation :o To and from tour start,o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,• Beverages
- With which motorcycle ?
Ideally any 250 to 600 cm3 trail motorcycle is suitable for this tour.
What kind of tires ?
Mixed tires with knobbies
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.
This tour can be driven with a quad or SSV.