Beautiful motorcycle road in France

Everything you need to know about
travelling in France on a motorcycle

Practical Info

France is no wild west but there might be a couple of details to get familiar with before you hit the road.

Travel documents for travelling in France

Travel documents

US, Canadian and Australian citizens only need a valid passport to travel to France for tourism purposes: no VISA is needed. For other countries, please visit the official visa website for France. Please make sure that your passport's expiration date complies with the laws of your country of origin…
Beautiful summer day in the mountains, France

The weather

In general, France enjoys a temperate climate. The weather is often mild, but big differences can exist between the different regions and seasons. This is something to keep in mind when packing! In metropolitan France, three types of climate coexist. The Mediterranean climate reigns in the better…
What to pack

What to pack

In France, to ride a motorcycle, it is mandatory to wear a safety helmet and a pair of motorcycle gloves. In terms of safety requirements, Europe has its own certification, called ECE 22.05. It is our equivalent of the DOT certification in the US, or the AS/NZS 1698 certification in Australia, for…
European time zone

Time zone

Fun fact : with its 12 standard times, France currently holds the world record for the country with the most time zones, beating even the United States and Russia, which have 11 time zones each. The main part of the country, France métropolitaine, spans only 1 time zone. The remaining 11 time zones…
Beautiful motorcycle road in France, the Alps

Insurance

Travel insurance provides coverage for you (medical-related expenses), your stuff (lost or stolen luggage, for example), and your experiences (last-minute trip cancellation, for example). It is important to note that most regular health insurance plans provide partial or no coverage when traveling…
Euros and dollars

Credit cards & currency

Since January 1st, 2002, the currency in France is the Euro (€), which replaced the French Franc. You will not be able to buy anything with another currency while in France. As far as cash is concerned, Totem Moto Tours recommends getting some Euros from your bank before flying to France, so that…
From the airplane

Getting here & getting about

Totem Moto Tours take care of you as soon as you land in the country. We do not book flights to or from France, for flexibility reasons. Nevertheless, here’s some basic information we would like to share with you. Paris CDG Airport is our main hub. It is a sizable airport with 3 terminals, located…
Mobile phones

Mobile phones

If you want to use your cellphone while in France and don’t want to spend a million dollars in the process, there’s a couple of things you might want to check before you leave your home country! The first thing is to make sure that your phone will work when you get to France. For this to happen…
Traffic regulations in France, motorcycle riding

Traffic regulations

True to their reputation, French people have a hard time making things simple and easy. It is the case for the French language, it is also accurate for traffic regulations. While riding in France is not extremely different from riding in North America or Australia, here are a few basic things you…
French delicacies

Gastronomic pleasures

It’s impossible to talk about France without mentioning its worldwide-renowned cuisine. From the North the South, and everywhere in between, the French are proud of their regional specialties and delicacies. Food is no joke!
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Frequently asked questions

Do I need a VISA to travel to France?

US, Canadian and Australian citizens only need a valid passport to travel to France for tourism purposes: no VISA is needed. For other citizenships, please visit the official visa website for France.

Note that for most countries, the expiration date on your passport must exceed your return travel date by at least three months (six months is recommended). Of course, your passport must have at least one blank page for the entry stamp.

Upon arrival, you may also be asked to provide an onward or return ticket as proof that you will indeed be leaving the country.

For more info about travel documents and driver’s license validity, feel free to check out our dedicated Travel Tip!

How much luggage can I bring?

When on the road, your luggage is stored in the support vehicle and is accessible to you at every break during the day. As much as we like to accommodate all your needs, we unfortunately have limited space in the support vehicle and can allow only one suitcase and one carry-on size bag per person.

For detailed info about our luggage policy, please check out our dedicated Travel Tip!

What kind of riding equipment should I pack?

In France, to ride a motorcycle, it is mandatory to wear a safety helmet and a pair of motorcycle gloves. If you own ECE-certified helmet and gloves, the Totem crew recommends you bring them for the tour, for your own comfort. If you do not own ECE-certified helmet or gloves, Totem Moto will gladly lend you basic ECE-certified equipment for the duration of the trip, for no extra charge.

In Europe, it is also required by law that any road user carries at all times a hi-vis vest. Please note that Totem Moto supply the hi-vis vests, you don’t have to worry about it.

The Totem crew recommends packing your favorite motorcycle jacket and a pair of sturdy boots for the tour. Remember that the riding days will be interspersed with activities and visits that will require you to walk quite a bit. Forget about the flashy, all plastic moto-GP boots, and plan for a pair of sturdy-yet-comfortable everyday boots.

Finally, the Totem crew recommends packing a light rain suit. In case you do not own a rain suit, Totem Moto will gladly lend you one for the duration of the trip, for no extra charge.

For detailed info about European certifications and riding equipment, please check out our dedicated Travel Tip!

Is fuel included on the guided tours?

Yes, it is. To make it easy for you, the fuel for your bike is included, for the duration of the trip.

During the tour, do I have to stick with the pack at all times?

No. If you feel like it, you are welcome to venture off on your own! Every bike comes equipped with a GPS so that you will feel comfortable navigating on your own. Just give a heads-up to your tour guide, and he’ll be happy to suggest alternate itineraries on some sections according to your wishes, as well as rendezvous points to catch up with the rest of the clan.

How old do I have to be to book a tour with Totem Moto?

Totem Moto Tours require all driving participants to be at least 21 years old. For safety reasons, passengers must be at least 10 years old, be able to touch the footrests with their feet flat, and of course, be equipped with adequate safety gear (properly fitting, ECE-certified helmet and gloves).

How much experience is required to take part in a tour?

Although your tour guide is used to adapting to every rider’s skill level, Totem Moto Tours requires all driving participants to have at least 2-years’ experience riding motorcycles. You should be comfortable riding a heavy bike on the highway as well as on switchbacks. If you have any doubt about your experience level and Totem’s guided tours requirements, let’s have a chat about it!

What if I need to cancel my tour after the booking process?

If for some reason, you unfortunately need to cancel your booking, the refundable amount will depend on the cancellation date.

  • Cancellation earlier than 45 days before the tour departure date: 30% of the total package price will be retained by Totem Moto Tours, which corresponds to the deposit amount.
  • Cancellation from 45 to 30 days before the tour departure date: 50% of the total package price will be retained by Totem Moto Tours.
  • Cancellation less than 30 days before the tour departure date: 100% of the total package price will be retained by Totem Moto Tours.

Please refer to our General Terms & Conditions for the detailed policies about booking changes, cancellation and reassignment.

Which bike should I pick if I ride with a passenger?

The touring models are especially suitable for 2-up riding. The Ultra Limited will offer the most comfortable ride for the passenger. Note that Tour-Paks can be installed on the Street Glide® Special and Road Glide® Special models for no additional charge, allowing for extra storage room and more comfortable seating for the passenger.

What kind of information about the tour will I get before I arrive?

Around 40 days before departure, you will receive a Welcome Pack that includes your Totem Moto Tour’s apparel kit & accessories, as well as a hard copy of your Guide Book. The precious Guide Book, which will also be supplied in an electronic version for your convenience, sums up everything you need to know about your trip. From the packing checklist to the cultural memo and the day-to-day itineraries, you will find all the answers to your questions and then some! And if not, we’re just a phone call away!

Do the prices vary according to the motorcycle I choose?

No, they don’t. The cost of the tour covers every bike model.

What kind of insurance should I purchase?

Please note that most regular health insurance plans provide partial or no coverage when traveling abroad. In some cases, credit cards insurance might include coverage for trip cancellation (with limitations) but rarely for medical expenses or evacuation.

The Totem crew strongly suggests you purchase travel insurance coverage at the time of booking. Depending on the plan you choose, your travel insurance can cover medical emergencies, trip cancellation, trip interruption, medical evacuation, and lost, damaged, or stolen luggage.

Most travel insurance will pay medical expenses up to the benefit limit when you face a medical emergency while traveling. When choosing the right plan for your needs, it is important to pay close attention to whether your travel medical insurance is primary or secondary, and also the way it covers pre-existing conditions.

The sooner you purchase your travel insurance plan, the better! The ideal is within days of making your initial trip deposit. There are many benefits to purchasing the plan early, including maximizing the period of cancellation coverage and being eligible for pre-existing condition coverage.

If you want to learn more about travel insurance or start quoting and comparing policies, you can check out this website.

For detailed info about insurance matters, please check out our dedicated Travel Tip!

How does it work?

Quick and easy booking process with secure online payment
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Select your dream tour and click on Book Now
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The Totem crew gets in touch with you
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Confirm your booking
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Become a patched member and hit the road!