Motorcycle crossing a road
Viaduct Garabit in France
Road trip start from Vichy
Your itinerary takes you on an intense, 4-day motorcycle ride along scenic, winding, panoramic roads… In short, roads made for bikers! What to expect: the crossing of gorges and plateaus, weaving roads offering superb panoramas and lakes that invite quick stops. You will also discover Auvergnat heritage, a treasure trove of culture… and gastronomy of course! Cheese lovers can stop at Sallers and Ambert.
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Begin with a rugged ride amidst of swirling rivers, the gorges of Sioule or the dizzying viaduct of Fades. Don’t miss the motorcycle museum in Riom , before setting off on a grand tour of the volcanoes of Auvergne, crossing the Chaîne des Puys and Massif du Sancy. Numerous passes await you (check as some close between November and May) before Mont-Dore and its beautiful Lake Pavin. Spend the evening relaxing in the resort and taking advantage of the thermal baths.
Get ready for an intense, dizzying stage as small roads wind between the Chaîne du Sancy and the mountain ridges of Cantal. Lunch in Sallers, one of France’s most beautiful villages, before taking to the winding roads to Aurillac via Col de Légal. Cross the Gorges de la Truyère straddled by the Garabit Viaduct (built by Gustave Eiffel) before reaching Saint-Flour. Visit the historic ancient capital city of Haute Auvergne, founded in the 4th century and blessed with superb architectural heritage.
Trace the footsteps of the Gévaudan Beast, with its dedicated museum in Saugues, and relax along the majestic Naussac Lake. Next, take the winding roads climbing to higher ground and the splendid town of Puy-en-Velay, a famous step of the route to Compostela. Enjoy the roads, long and clear, winding and tight, across plateaus, gorges and pine forests. Stop off at the Basilica of Saint-Julien in Brioude before heading to Ambert. Don’t forget to try the Fourme and chanterelle mushrooms at dinner!
A chain of seemingly endless twists and turns before you reach, the halfway point, the commune of Thiers, a hotbed of cutlery. En route, you’ll pass several places of interest such as Courpière, located at the heart of Lavradois-Forez Natural Park, or Saint-Just-en-Chevaleret, nestled 600 to 900 metres above sea level in the Monts de la Madeleine. Enjoy an evening discovering Vichy’s architectural heritage and thermal baths and end with a stroll through Parc Napoléon and Parc Kennedy.
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