FLY / RIDE FROM NICE AIRPORT
We know the city of Nice well, and believe it is the Number 1 place to start and finish your motorcycle trip. Why, you might ask? Nice Airport is the second biggest airport in France, and regular international flights and many low cost airlines fly to Nice. What’s more, Nice is also part of France’s high-speed train network.
The beautiful city of Nice has many treats to offer, and there is much more than just sea, sun and beaches. Enjoy the old town, the harbour and great restaurants. But most importantly, some of Europe’s best motorcycle roads are on the doorstep of Nice.
You can link up to the ETR from Nice, and ride either North or South, or combine it with some of the many other great rides in the region. Below, are some suggestions, from our personal selection of Day Trips plus Extended Trips through France and Europe.
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Take the Route Napoleon to the Grand Canyon of France, Gorges du Verdon. You ride into the canyon and enjoy spectacular views. For the return you take a different route through the Verdon National Park. You ride through typical French villages and then make your way back to Nice. Gorges du Verdon is one of the many great roads on the ETR, and you can ride quite a lot of them, when you start your trip in Nice.
264 km / 165 m / 5 h riding time
The Col de Turini is famous for the Rally Monte Carlo. Start in Nice and take the lower Route des Alpes along the River Tinée. Once you’re up on top of the Col de Turini, why not stop for a quick coffee. Riding down the Col de Turini requires full concentration - one hairpin after the other. Overlooking the Mediterranean, you then blast down the Corniche d’Or past Eze back to Nice, France.
178 km / 112 m / 4 h riding time
Starting from Nice, you head up towards Greolieres. There are plenty of photo opportunities on this route. The road then winds along the turquoise Lake Castillion. Motorcycle riding at its best! But the highlight of this trip is the Gorge Daluis and its bright red rock scenery. The ride back is just as beautiful, so take in the views across the Cians Canyon, and then ride the Route des Grandes Alpes into Nice, France.
244 km / 153 m / 5 h riding time
Are you looking for more than a day trip from Nice, France? Well, why not enjoy an extended motorcycle trip through the Provence and the French Alps. We have prepared a beautiful itinerary for a weeklong trip, where highlights include the Grand Canyon of France, the lavender fields of the Provence, then Avignon, Mont Ventoux, the Vercors National Park, Annecy, Col d’Iseran and the Col de Bonette (highest paved road in Europe). Is this motorcycle trip getting you excited? Want to find out more?
And then there is the island of Corsica. Located just opposite Nice, Corsica is a motorcyclist’s paradise, and many motorcycle articles such as this one, have been written about the amazing motorcycle roads there.
As you can see, Nice is a great departure point for both riding the ETR and for other European motorcycle tours. With this article, we have just scratched the surface of the best European motorcycle roads. There are many more in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.
The good news is, a lot of these motorcycle hotspots are within a couple of day’s ride from Nice Airport. We also have a lot of exciting motorcycle route recommendations for these countries. Just ask!
Motorcycle Rentals France - Alps, Cote Azur and Provence
Rent a motorcycle in South of France. Our BMW, Ducati and Harley Davidson rental motorcycles are the latest models, and serviced to the highest standards. What's more, our rental motorcycles go through a detailed check before each rental. From the tyres, brakes, clutch, engine fluids, chain, electric system to the accessories - our checklists don't leave anything to chance. If the rental motorbike isn't 100% in working order, it won't be rented.
Based in Nice, we can deliver our motorcycles to Nice Airport (€30), Cannes (€90), Menton (no charge), Monaco (€90) and Marseille Airport (€250).
We also offer one-way rentals to Paris (€450) and other cities in France, and other parts of Europe.
To rent our motorcycles, you need to be over 23 years old and have had your motorcycle license for over 2 years. If your motorcycle license is from outside Europe, USA or Australia, our insurance requires an international drivers license.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR RENTAL MOTORCYCLE
When we receive your request, we'll send you a link to where you can book your motorcycle.
Just click on your favourite rental motorcycle and check your pick-up and drop-off dates. Hit “Select Motorcycle” to choose your optional extras. Then review your purchase. Clicking on “Book Motorcycle” completes your reservation. At this point, we charge your credit card with 30% of the rental. The remainder is due at the handover.
INCLUDED IN MOTORBIKE RENTAL:
» Unlimited mileage allowance
» European breakdown cover
» Security lock
» Top and side cases on most models
» Low seat on most models
MOTORBIKE RENTAL EXTRAS:
» Optional GPS (€15 per day)
» Optional extra driver (€10 per day)
» Optional inner bags for top and side cases (€5 per day)