The Heritage Tour, a guided motorcycle tour in France

Heritage Tour

Join the clan in its quest for origins and ride through a lively and colorful patchwork of regions, each with a unique cultural identity.

What's included ?
Included

Transportation from/to Paris (high-speed train and private bus shuttle)

All overnight stays in hand-picked boutique hotels and comfortable B&Bs (12 nights)

All breakfasts (12)

Three dinners and two lunches

Luggage transportation

Late model motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage & GPS

Fuel

Third-party liability insurance

Vehicle insurance

An experienced English & French speaking tour guide on a motorcycle

Support vehicle for roadside comfort during breaks and technical assistance

All parking fees, entrance fees and activities

The Totem Moto Tours Welcome Pack, including a detailed roadbook and the clan’s apparel

Not Included

Travel insurance & travel cancellation insurance (see Totem Moto Tours’ advice regarding travel insurance here)

All or part of the deductible fee in case of motorcycle damage

Transportation from/to your country of origin to/from Paris

The meals not listed as included

The riding gear (see Totem Moto Tours advises as to what to pack)

All personal expenses and all the expenses not mentioned as included

Tour specs
Tour specs
Maximum group size
x 5 bikes x 10 people + crew
Route difficulty

With an average of 115 miles and around 4 hours on the bike per day, the Heritage Tour goes at a relaxed pace. In the morning, the start time is rarely scheduled before 9 am. The itinerary is fairly easy, the roads taken are wide and paved all the way.

Comfort

In terms of accommodations, we only select premium 3* or 4* boutique hotels & authentic, comfortable Bed & Breakfasts. For the best riding experience possible, our support vehicle will carry your luggage, which will be available to you at every break during the day.

Cultural immersion

Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley are culturally unique regions with strong regional identities. Through the many visits and activities included in the tour, you will become to know and love the area, and get acquainted with the locals.

Scenery

The northwestern part of France might not be as hilly as the southeast, but it certainly is not lacking in typical landscapes and gorgeous panoramas. On the agenda: winding backroads through the vineyards, low rolling hills in the Monts d’Arrée and Alpes Mancelles and many seaside roads along the coasts of Normandy and Brittany.

Duration
11 riding days
Distance
1200 miles
Distance
2000 km
Solo Rider Price

Price for one rider, including motorcycle rental, accommodation, fuel, activities, and everything specified in the What's included tab. Prices include tax.

8,990 US$
Solo Rider Price

Price for one rider, including motorcycle rental, accommodation, fuel, activities, and everything specified in the What's included tab. Prices include tax.

7 370 €
Passenger Price

Price for one pillion passenger, including accommodation, activities, and everything specified in the What's included tab. Prices include tax.

2,395 US$
Passenger Price

Price for one pillion passenger, including accommodation, activities, and everything specified in the What's included tab. Prices include tax.

1 965 €

The Heritage Tour takes you on an unforgettable journey across Brittany, Normandy and the Loire Valley.

Description

As a member of the clan, you’ll embark on a journey towards world-class architectural marvels and towns and villages filled with history. You’ll ride along the ocean across protected seascapes and get familiar with Brittany and the Bretons, an independent, strong-willed people. In Carnac, you’ll explore ancient, unsung legends and in Normandy, reflect on and honor contemporary heroism.

Becoming one with your mount, you’ll get lost on gorgeous winding backroads, bucolic scenic byways and off-the-beaten-path picture-perfect side roads.

Sounds a bit mystical? It sure is. Get ready for a communion with the country, its culture, and its people.

Highlights

D-Day landing sites and memorials

Castles of the Loire Valley

Mont-Saint-Michel UNESCO World Heritage Site

Myths and legends of Brittany

Gorgeous riding through France’s countryside and coast

Totem Moto Tours Signature Activities

Heritage Tour day-per-day

Day 0

Arrival in the Loire Valley

Hop in the TGV (high-speed train) and travel from Paris, where you landed, to the city of Tours, right in the center of the Loire Valley. From the train station, a private bus shuttle will take you to a memorable first night accommodation. Take some time to settle in and meet the rest of the clan at the welcome dinner.

The city of Amboise, in the Loire Valley, France.
Day 1

Castles of the Loire Valley

Get acquainted with your bike while following the Loire River at a leisurely pace. Visit the castle of Chambord, a Renaissance jewel, and enjoy a boat ride under the arched bridge of the stunning castle of Chenonceau. You’ll then go through the historic city of Azay-le-Rideau and stop for the night in vineyard-surrounded Chinon.

The fairy tale castle of Chenonceau spans the Cher river.
Day 2

Following the river

Ride along the Loire river on the beautiful levee road. Cross authentic riverside stone villages and stop for lunch at the foot of the imposing fortifications of Angers’ castle. Reach Nantes, the historical capital of Brittany, mid-afternoon and take a peek at its artistic industrial workshops inspired by Jules Verne.

The Elephant, a symbol of the city of Nantes, France.
Day 3

The gateway to Brittany

After stopping in Saint-Nazaire’s shipyard for a fascinating and unique visit, you’ll zip through the 4,200-acre salt marshes of Guérande. Explore the narrow streets of the picturesque medieval town of Rochefort-en-Terre and enjoy some beautiful backroad riding in the afternoon. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink watching boats enter the port of 2,000 years-old Vannes.

Vannes, a fascinating city on the Gulf of Morbihan, France.
Day 4

Myths and legends of Carnac

Uncover the mysteries behind the megaliths alignments dating back 5,000 years in Carnac. Then, walk in the footsteps of post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin in the colorful artists-filled village of Pont-Aven. The 13th-century walled town of Concarneau will immerse you in medieval atmosphere. At the end of the day, park your bike in the center of the thriving city of Quimper, which will be our base camp for 2 nights.

The Kercado megalithic alignments in Carnac, France.
Day 5

Taking it easy in Quimper

The clan needs a rest. You can either take part in the Totem Poker Run, our exclusive scavenger hunt, scouting the area and discovering the local landmarks at your own pace. Or take a day off the bike and explore one of Brittany’s loveliest old quarters, a dramatic Gothic cathedral and numerous excellent shops and museums.

The Gothic cathedral of Quimper, France.
Day 6

Crossing the Finistère from South to North

Leave Quimper behind and step into a land of legends and Celtic myths riding towards western Brittany’s ancient mountain range, the Monts d’Arrée. Venture into the fairytale forest of Huelgoat and descend into the unnervingly narrow Devil’s Grotto, if you dare. Later on, ride along one of Brittany’s most amazing stretches of coastline, the Pink Granite Coast, and check out its iconic lighthouse, Men Ruz.

The unique colors of the Pink Granite Coast, France.
Day 7

Setting course towards the city of pirates

Watch the early-morning light play on the  facade of the 13th-century Beauport Abbaye and indulge in oyster tasting on the beach before riding by the sea towards the historic port city of Saint-Malo. There, learn everything about its rich history of piracy, the extensive damage it sustained during WWII, its walled city full of privateers’ dwellings and cobblestone streets.

Saint-Malo, the city of piracy, France.
Day 8

Raid on Mont-Saint-Michel

Experience one of France’s most emblematic locations, a rocky outcrop rising from the sea, bristling with medieval constructions and topped by a towering abbey. Be prepared to be catapulted back to the Middle Ages while wandering its narrow alleys and parapet walks. This is a place for contemplation.

The Mont-Saint-Michel, France.
Day 9

Remembering D-Day’s heroes

Ride along the sites of the largest seaborne invasion in history: Utah Beach, Sainte-Mère-Église, Pointe du Hoc, where many fought and lost their lives for freedom. Keep on riding by the sea and honor the fallen of Operation Overlord while visiting the Normandy American Cemetery and the Longues-sur-Mer battery. Watch unique archival footage of the Battle of Normandy at the impressive Arromanches 360° Circular Cinema.

The Utah Beach Memorial, Normandy, France.
Day 10

The rolling hills of Swiss Normandy

Spend the morning at your own pace in the historic center of Bayeux, an attractive town full of 13th-century buildings and home to the world-famous embroidery, the Bayeux Tapestry. After lunch, get ready for some good ol’ motorcycle fun on the winding roads of Swiss Normandy.

The rolling hills of Swiss Normandy, France.
Day 11

Legends of Le Mans

In the morning, take on the rolling hills and wooded landscapes of the Alpes Mancelles, and stop for lunch in the well-preserved old town of Le Mans. Pretend to be Steve McQueen as you ride on actual portions of the 24 Hours’ circuit, the famous endurance sports car race. Reach Tours at the end of the afternoon, and share a festive dinner in the city’s oldest square.

The world-famous 24 Hours' circuit.
Day 12

Back to Paris

It’s time for the clan to split and for every brave to pursue his own quest. A comfortable TGV takes you back to Paris or straight to the airport, depending on your travel plans.

Time to say goodbye.

Activities included
in this tour

Castles of the Loire Valley
Guided tour of WWII landing sites
Explore Mont Saint-Michel
Visit of cellars & wine tasting
Totem moto tours poker run
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