Memories of World War II Tour 2019

Tour Overview

11 days / 10 nights from just £740 per person

based on 2 people sharing a double room

what's included

This tour is a mesmerising historical journey. Whilst on this 11 day tour you will stay at the beautiful Caday Rouge and various other quality hotels in France.

You will start and end your memorable tour at Caday Rouge and will ride through the fantastic North and South West of France including the regions of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Limousin, Centre – Val de Loire, Pays de la Loire and the Midi Pyrenees. You will see truly spectacular and breath-taking scenery, monumental and historic sights which will not fail to impress you as we travel through this fantastic country.

The Second World War was a period when the World was truly at war and everyone was on the front line, from soldiers to civilians. Some of the most beautiful areas of France became the focus of undercover warfare. The French Resistance and British Special Operations Executive Agents were fighting a secret war against the German army and the SS. Take a tour with us through the stunning scenery and beautiful roads visiting moving and unforgettable places associated with the fight. We’ll visit the museums, memorials and also the poignant Oradour-sur-Glane, a town whose entire population was wiped out and has stood still in time from that date. We’ll also visit some fascinating medieval Châteaux and Castles for an all-round history tour.

This tour includes six nights bed and breakfast accommodation at Caday Rouge and a further four nights at various locations including Oradour-sur-Glane, Saumur, Pornichet and Rochefort on the Atlantic coast. We are pleased to offer you a complimentary welcome and farewell meal, home-made with local produce.

This experience is what motorcycling and touring is all about. Pick your place within the group and come and enjoy this unforgettable tour.

skill level

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

This escorted tour is suitable for capable riders who are able to ride the distances stated in the itinerary at a comfortable pace. Please note, we will ride an average of 250 kilometres per day, totalling approximately 2,200 kilometres for the holiday duration. The tour riding days are relaxed, good fun and very sociable.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Starts and ends in Caday Rouge
• Various museum visits
• Visit to Oradour-sur-Glane village seeped in history
• Visit to the largest tank museum in the world at Saumur
• Visiting the German fortified U-boat pens at St. Nazaire
• 10 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
• Luxury support vehicle for the overnight tours
• Security of full 24-hour support and advice
• Service of a professional tour escort
• The ‘Caday Rouge Euro Bar’ which serves wines, beers, coffee and soft drinks at just €1 each!
• Tournon and Penne d’Agenais visits
• Domme, Sarlat and Château des Milandes stops
• Visiting Castles and Châteaux dating back to the 12th Century
• Travelling in the picturesque countryside throughout France
• A workshop with motorcycle washing facilities and tools
• Large barn to keep your motorcycle undercover and secure

ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive and check in at Caday Rouge, settle in, relax and socialise by the pool and meet your new companions before your welcome meal.
Day 2
We venture from the Lot-et-Garonne into the Dordogne, where we firstly visit Sarlat. We then lunch in the beautiful bastide and fortified medieval town of Domme. We then continue to the Château des Milandes for a glimpse of the life of Josephine Baker. Whilst at the château, we have the opportunity to observe a fabulous bird of prey display – 210 kms
Day 3
Load up the support vehicle and trailer and head to Brive-la-Gaillarde and Salon-la-Tour and visit a Resistance museum. After lunch we continue North to Saint-Junien for our first overnight stay at La Boulangeraie- 230 kms
Day 4
We head towards Oradour-sur-Glane, a village fixed in history and then onto Saumur for the evening where we will stay in the beautiful Adagio hotel on the banks of the Loire River on the Saumur island – 235 kms
Day 5
An early start today to visit the famous tank museum, Musee des Blindés , in Saumur. We have a short lunch and then head to Saint Nazaire where the large fortified U-boat pens await you. We then check into the 4* Hotel Sud Bretagne in Pornichet. We may use the support vehicle to visit the war museum ‘Le Grand Blockhaus’ in Batz-sur-Mer, this will depend on time – 200 kms
Day 6
A pleasant start before we head South along the Atlantic coastal road through La Rochelle and onto Rochefort where we will stay at La Charentine, on the river banks of the Charente – 250 kms
Day 7
Heading towards Bergerac for lunch and returning to Caday Rouge through Monpazier, Château de Biron and Monflanquin – 200 kms
Day 8
A relaxing start today and after a fabulous breakfast at Caday Rouge, we will visit Tournon d’Agenais, Penne d’Agenais and then onto Château Le Stelsia for an optional entertaining game of mini-golf. Optional wine tasting in the afternoon travelling in the support vehicle – 120 kms
Day 9
We head to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie and then onto Rocamadour for the afternoon, a real great days riding before heading back to Caday Rouge – 250 kms
Day 10
We head towards Périgueux and onto Château de Hautefort in the Dordogne and then head back to Caday Rouge for your complimentary farewell meal – 280 kms
DAY 11
Farewell and bon voyage, we are sure you have had a fantastic holiday and we would love to see you back here again for another tour

AVAILABLE TOUR DATES for 2019

• Sat 4th May – Tue 14th May Limited Availability
• Sat 29th Jun – Tue 9th July
• Sat 3rd Aug – Tue 13th Aug Limited Availability
• Sat 28th Sep – Tue 8th Oct

Please contact us to request further information or with details of your requirements.

1 person

Private double room
£ 1,340 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider
  • 1 personal
    motorcycle

1 person

Private double room
£ 2,330 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider
  • * Yamaha 700cc or 900cc Tracer

* You can also upgrade the rental bike to a BMW R 1200 GS TE or BMW R 1200 RS SE for just an extra €180

2 people

Private double room
£ 1,480 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider & 1 pillion
  • 1 personal
    motorcycle

2 people

Private double room
£ 1,670 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 riders
  • 2 personal
    motorcycles

2 people

Private double room
£ 2,470 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider & 1 pillion
  • Yamaha 700cc or 900cc Tracer
Popular

2 people

Private double room
£ 2,650 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider & 1 pillion
  • BMW R 1200 GS TE or BMW R 1200 RS SE

1 person

Private double room
£ 1,340 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider
  • 1 personal motorcycle

1 person

Private double room
£ 2,330 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider
  • * Yamaha 700cc or 900cc Tracer

* You can also upgrade the rental bike to a BMW R 1200 GS TE or BMW R 1200 RS SE for just an extra €180

2 people

Private double room
£ 1,480 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider & 1 pillion
  • 1 personal motorcycle

2 people

Private double room
£ 1,670 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 riders
  • 2 personal motorcycles

2 people

Private double room
£ 2,470 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider & 1 pillion
  • Yamaha 700cc or 900cc Tracer
Popular

2 people

Private double room
£ 2,650 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 rider & 1 pillion
  • BMW R 1200 GS TE or BMW R 1200 RS SE

NEW FOR 2019: WE NOW ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS THROUGH WORLDPAY

(PLEASE NOTE A SMALL FEE APPLIES)

ACCOMMODATION

This tour includes six nights bed and breakfast accommodation at Caday Rouge and a further four nights at various locations including Oradour-sur-Glane, Saumur, Pornichet and Rochefort on the Atlantic coast.  We are pleased to offer you a complimentary welcome and farewell meal, home-made with local produce.

Your accommodation at Caday Rouge is a beautiful stone manor house with a 19th-century quercy stone cottage and barn dating back to 1862. These beautiful buildings are set within two acres of well maintained tranquil gardens nestling peacefully in the serene countryside on the banks of the river Lot.

There are various terraces around the house, cottage and the large swimming pool for outside dining and socialising during the summer season.

The saltwater swimming pool is 14 metres long and 6.8 metres wide and 1 metre leading to 2.5 metres deep with a one-metre high ledge all the way around. The pool is heated to a minimum temperature of 25 degrees centigrade between June and September. The pools large terraces are equipped with parasols, sun loungers, and seating for your comfort, enjoyment, and socializing. These are surrounded by beautiful flowers, herbs, palm trees, and hedges. 

FOOD

Caday Rouge includes daily breakfast as well as an arrival and farewell meal and also offers picnic lunches and four-course evening meals using local produce.

Drinks are available from the ‘Euro Bar’ which serves wines, beers, coffee and soft drinks at just €1 each!

No pets are allowed.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

• 11 Days escorted motorcycle tour in South West & North West France
• 10 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
• Complimentary welcome and farewell dinners
• Security of full 24-hour support and expert advice
• Luxury support vehicles
• Free evening transport to restaurants and local entertainment events
• Use of a fantastic workshop with motorcycle washing facilities and tools
• Use of heated swimming pool and tranquil gardens to relax in
• Use of Caday Rouge’s barn to keep your motorcycle secure and undercover
• Service of experienced escorts with vast local and regional knowledge
• Use of Caday Rouges’ facilities

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

• Fuel
• Road tolls
• Ferry or flights
• Any entrance fees to attractions
• Meals other than breakfast and arrival and farewell meals
• Drinks
• Personal insurance
• Helmets and protective clothing (available for rent subject to availability)
• Bike deposit – there is a small deposit required which depends on age and bike rented, please enquire for details
• Anything that is not in ‘included’

Confirmation of Booking

Confirmation of your booking will be sent to you by email subject to providing a valid email address and the required deposit which will secure your booking. We require a 30% deposit to secure your booking. The balance of the payment is to be paid 90 days before your tour begins.

CRMT’s commitment to you: If you book one of our tours, we guarantee the tour will proceed. There is no minimum number required for any CRMT tour to go ahead.

Return of deposit: If for any reason you have to cancel your confirmed booking with CRMT, we will endeavour to rebook your place within the group. If this is successful, we will refund all your money paid to date. The tour will have to be fully booked for this to take effect.

please note

Note 1
If you hire a motorcycle from CRMT it may only be used during the tour days and whilst with the group. Our motorcycles are not for private use.

Note 2
If you hire a motorcycle from CRMT, a damage/excess deposit is required before any riding takes place. You must provide proof of your address and valid ID before riding a rental motorcycle from CRMT or from the local agent. If you hire a motorcycle from CRMT the mileage is included within the hire price.

Note 3

• Spoken Languages: English, French.

• The maximum number of people in the group is 10.

• The maximum number of bikes in the group is 8.

• No minimum number for the tour to proceed.

• Airport & train station transfers available.

Note 4
If you are using your own motorcycle and a breakdown occurs, CRMT can return your bike to Caday Rouge. CRMT may also be able to assist in repatriating your motorcycle to some regions of Europe. A pre-determined date and cost can be confirmed subject to CRMT’s free time and when their tour season allows them.

If you are interested in this tour, please enquire for full details of the itinerary.