A Coastal Craic
Duration: 1 Week
Dates: 22 - 29 May
This adventure was covered in an article in Adventure Bike Rider magazine, so if you want to get a good feel for the trip, have a look pages 78 - 86:
We have received much feedback and encouragement over the years and one of the things that has come up on several occasions has been a request for a "ladies' adventure". We think this is a brilliant idea - in our experience, women motorcyclists provide a different and fresh dynamic to what has hitherto been a male dominated sport and we have noticed a growing number of women riding bikes for pleasure.
As such, we felt that offering a trip exclusively for lady riders at our lovely old house in France would be the most suitable, not least as we have our wonderful friend, Cathy Robert (pronounced Rob-Air - she is French!) joining our team and she will leading the rides each day. She is a very experienced motorcyclist and has done a great deal of two-wheeled touring in Europe. As a French citizen, she is perfectly placed to lead rides in her home country and, as she has been living in the UK for many years, her English is perfect.
“La Vie Exaltante” literally means 'exhilarating or inspiring life'. This is how we feel when staying at our 12th century French farmhouse with its wonderful views and glorious sunshine, especially whilst enjoying a glass of chilled rosé by the pool…
This ‘adventure’ is a bike trip with a difference! All seven nights of the trip bar one are spent at our beautiful old house in the Tarn et Garonne in south western France and each day there will be a ride to a different part of the region, be it the magnificent Gorges du Tarn or the delightful ancient villages around the area.
One night is spent out in a hotel in the hills in order to give enough time to fully experience the breathtaking landscape of the Cevénnes region. There will be a day off in the middle to laze by the pool or to enjoy a long lunch in a nearby village. We can arrange for you to relax with a little pampering in the shade with one of our local well-being and massage experts (subject to availability).
Each morning we leave after a breakfast of hot coffee and freshly baked croissants and head off on some great roads to see some of the wonderful countryside that surrounds us, stopping off to enjoy lunch or a coffee in one of the many beautiful villages along the way.
There is an incredible number of medieval castles and ‘bastides’ (fortified hill top villages) in the area, dating back from the time when England ruled this part of France, each with their own character and they are very much part of our daily rides.
We will return to the house in the early evening in time to enjoy a cold beer or chilled glass of wine and maybe a swim in the pool, before tucking into a sumptuous dinner cooked by our chef.
This is truly a holiday to cater for all! It incorporates great biking roads with magnificent scenery, the opportunity to relax in wonderful surroundings and enjoy great local cuisine…
We leave in the morning at around 8.30/9.00am and aim to be back home or at our destination by 6.00pm in the evening. This equates to approximately 6 hours in the saddle - we typically ride for an hour and a half before a leg stretch or a coffee with a stop for lunch and another break in the afternoon. We are definitely happy to stop to admire the view and for photo opportunities along the way.
Trip runs from Wednesday pm to Wednesday am and you should aim to arrive at the house from 4pm on the first night.
Based at our lovely old farmhouse near Miramont de Quercy, South West France.
We recommend that you break your journey from Calais or St Malo for your ride down. We can advise on suitable hotels with secure parking.
Daily rides on some great roads to some fabulous landscape & stunning ancient villages.
Back in time for a swim and a drink before dinner!
6 nights spent at the house.
1 night spent in a pretty village in the magnificent mountainous Cévennes National Park.
We can advise on local villages, markets etc for non-riders if required.
Glorious pool area is available in the evening to cool off after a day’s ride…
Minimum: 2 bikes, 2 riders
Maximum: 4 couples (8 bikes)
NB the rooms have double beds with no twin option,
so appropriate for couples only
1 bike, 1 rider, 1 room
1 bike, 1 couple, 1 room
2 bikes, 1 couple, 1 room
£1,375 per person
All accommodation (double room, either en-suite or shared as available)
All meals provided at the house
Dinner on the night in the mountains
Drinks before dinner
Wine or beer with the evening meal
All soft drinks provided at the house
An experienced guide throughout your stay
Some awesome riding!
Ferries/Channel Tunnel crossings
Insurance - we recommend that you take out personal travel insurance before you set off
Any food and drink consumed away from the house (other than as specified above)
All fuel throughout your stay
Bike transport at the beginning and end of the trip
Airport transfers - we can help with this at an extra charge
Bike rental - this can be arranged subject to sufficient notice and availability
Please note that routes and trip details may change due to circumstances beyond our control. We will inform you of this as soon as is practicable.