France - Mediterranean Diagonal

Pavement - Self-Guided

7 days / 6 nights / 7 stages / 1 650 km

France - Pavement

Last updated: 10/11/2022

price from 1340 €
passenger price 1340 €

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.

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 natural perfumes 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
Day 1 /Stage 1 - Deauville - Bellême : 220 km

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.

Day 2 /Stage 2 - Bellême - Argenton sur Creuse : 240 km

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.

Day 3 / Stage 3 - Argenton sur Creuse - Giat : 220 km

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...

Day 4 / Stage 4 - Giat - Brioude : 250 km

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.

Day 5 /Stage 5 - Brioude - St-Pons : 250 km

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.

Day 6 / Stage 6 - St-Pons - Gréoux-les-Bains : 280 km

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.

Day 7 / Stage 7 - Gréoux-les-Bains - La Ciotat : 190 km

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...


May/June and September/October

Departures for groups formed on request

Technical information
Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Deauville
  • La Ciotat
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 small paved roads and there is no diffuculty whatsoever. It is therefore accessible to all drivers and all motorcycles, alone or two-up.
    Just be aware that the average of 250 km per day requires a good physical condition.
Guide and luggage
  • You wish to be totally independent and have therefore chosen an unguided tour and your own departure dates.
    All lodging is reserved and confirmed by us and they will be waiting for you.
    Your GPS-device is set to follow the track.
    Trail Rando provides each rider with one device in which you will find all useful information, the complete itinerary, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, points of interest, etc...
  • Single room supplement
    If the group is an uneven number, one single supplement will be invoiced to one of you, or split between everybody. : 245€
Rental vehicles
  • Yamaha XT660R : 1260.00€
  • Yamaha XT1200Z : 1470.00€
  • Lodging
         o hotels, in twin rooms,
    If the group is an uneven number, one single room 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 proper use.
Not included
  • Transportation :
         o To and from tour start,
         o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,
    Lunch, dinners and beverages
  • 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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