Grand Tour of Spain
Whole of Spain including Picos de Europa
Paradors, 3 & 4 star Hotel
150 - 200 miles per day (longest 275 miles)
Combination of Motorway, A, B and Mountain Roads
Only experienced riders/pillions who have ridden on the continent before and are able to navigate independently
Motorcyle tour of Spain - with an extended stay in the Picos de Europa
New tour - This is something I have been planning for some time - a grand tour of Spain. This is not a quick rush to the Costas but a 14 night tour travelling leisurely around Spain riding the best biking roads and enjoying some of the best scenery that Spain has to offer.
To save time, our tour starts with an overnight ferry from Plymouth to Santander (see travel choice). On arrival, we head southwards in a clockwise direction via Cuenca, Cartegena, Andalucia, Extremadura, Castile and into the Picos de Europa. This tour has sensible daily mileages with 3 x two night stops in Cartegna, Granada, and Ronda. All the accommodation will be to our usual standard, and will be mainly 4 star hotels and Paradors.
The tour is 14 nights with the option to stay a further two more nights in the Picos de Europa (always a favourite with our customers). Whether 14 or 16 nights, return is via Brittany ferry from Santander back to Portsmouth.
This is an Escorted Tour which means that although the guide will be with you, you are responsible for doing your own navigation. Customers should be aware that although we have researched the area we have not ridden sections of it. We will as usual provide a Tour Pack which will include a full itinerary, suggested route directions, Gpx waypoints and hotel location, however you should be a competent navigator and be prepared to use your own initiative. If you think this describes you, then we would love you to join us.
Tour prices are inclusive of the following
|* Outward Plymouth - Santander return Santander to Portsmouth ferry with upgraded en-suite cabin|
|* 12 or 14 Nights' en-suite accommodation at Paradors, 3 & 4 star hotel|
|* 9 Evening meals (see note 1)|
|* 13 or 15 Regional breakfasts|
|* Full use of the hotels' leisure facilities|
|* Route notes as appropriate - Gpx satnav routes|
|* Services of experienced Tour Guides (Dave & John)|
* Meals onboard ferry
Accommodation on this tour is to our usual standard and is predominantly 4 star hotels or Paradors. Those of you who have travelled in Spain will no doubt be aware that the Paradors offer some of the finest accommodation available. Many of these hotels are converted palaces, castles, convents or monasteries. All the hotel bedrooms are en-suite with the usual facilities, such as TV, telephone and hairdryer. Many have Air-Conditioning, fridges, balconies, and Wi-Fi access. It would take too long to itemise the entire different hotels' facilities, however items such as fitness rooms, spa, sauna and swimming pools where available, are all included, so we suggest you take your swimming gear.
In some city locations we have just booked B&B on certain nights, giving you the opportunity to dine out at one of the many local restaurants.
We could not visit the Picos De Europa without staying at one of customers favourites, a family run 3 star hotel in a lovely little mountain village. Once again breakfast is included, but we leave you to dine out for the last night at one of the several excellent restaurants offering everything from a simple pizza to huge steaks. If returning on the 24th your stay will be extended by two nights.
Note 1. In Spain and Portugal, it is the normal practice to eat quite late - evening meals will be traditional regional menus and mainly meat-based. Although we will do our best to obtain an alternative, vegetarians should be aware that the choice can be very limited.
The tour itinerary is based on a Brittany Ferries crossing to Northern Spain (See travel choice)
Sunday 9th June: Today we start our tour by catching the mid-afternoon ferry from Plymouth to Santander. Our crossing will be on the 'Pont Aven', Brittany ferries flagship which takes just 20 hours to get to Northern Spain. Once on-board, you can relax and enjoy the facilities provided, which include cinemas, bars, various restaurants and even a swimming pool. To make your crossing more comfortable we have included a 2/4 berth en-suite cabin (for two persons), but we leave you to make your own dining arrangements.
Monday 10th June (200 miles): Our ferry docks in Santander early afternoon, giving us a good start for our journey southwards to our first hotel in the Soria region. 3 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Tuesday 11th June (210 miles): Travelling south we take a cross country route to the historic town of Cuenca. Our hotel is situated in the old town close to the cathedral and famous 'hanging houses'. 4 star hotel, dinner, B&B
Wednesday 12th June (275 miles): Choice of routes today as we wander southwards towards the Medittereanan. There's time to ride some of the roads of the Sierra de Alcaraz before descending to the historic port of Cartagena for the first of your two night stays. An evening meal is included for the first night. 4 star hotel, dinner, B&B.
Thursday 13th June (free day): Your hotel is situated within the historic centre, one of the best locations for visiting the Roman theatre and other countless attractions. If you are up for it, take a drive up to the heights of the Bateria de Castillitos, not for the faint hearted but offering great views. Tonight we leave you to dine out at one of the many restaurants. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Friday 14th June (230 miles): Today we enter Andalusia to ride the scenic roads in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Our route takes us west through chestnut groves, and past quaint white washed villages, all under the shadow of Mulhacen, Spain's highest mountain. Our day finishes at our hotel for the next two nights on the outskirts of Granada. 4star hotel, Dinner,B&B.
Saturday 15th June (free day): I would guess that a visit to the Alhambra Palace will be very much everyone's choice today. However, there should be time to enjoy a ride out on one of the many great biking roads in the area, perhaps to enjoy the view from Pradollano (2100m) and home of Europe's most southerly ski resort. If all that sounds like hard work enjoy the facilities of the hotel as you laze by the pool. 4star hotel, Dinner,B&B.
Sunday 16th June (180 miles): Ronda is our destination today. We go across country past Malaga to pick up the A397 up to Ronda, described by many as one of the best roads in Spain, I reckon this is one we should not miss. Our hotel tonight is situated a short distance from Puente Nuevo. 4star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Monday 17th June (free day) this third two night stop gives you a free day to explore Ronda which is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the Rio Guadalevín through its centre. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo 'new' bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, before taking in the views from the Alameda out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains. If you plan to ride out there are great roads in the Grazalema and Alcorncales national parks and a visit to Gibraltar is possible. 4star hotel, B&B.
Tuesday 18th June (180 miles): Time to leave Andalusia and head north. Bypassing Seville, we get some great roads as we follow the Rio Tinto and through the Sierra de Arecena. Your hotel tonight is a restored 17th century convent complete with spa and outside pool. 4 star hotel, dinner, B&B.
Wednesday 19th June (250 miles): Choices today, as we enter Extemadura, you can take the direct route and visit the ancient town of Merida or a more meandering way through the Sierra de Guadalupe. Merida was founded by the Romans in the 1st century and has a fantastic roman theatre and the longest surviving roman bridge with over 70 spans. Your accommodation tonight is a lovely Parador we have used on several occasions. Parador, dinner, B&B.
Thursday 20th June Saturday (250 miles): Again hard decisions to be made regarding our route do we ride the lovely Jerte valley or enter the Sierra de Gata? The choice is yours, but all routes take us to our next overnight stay at a 4 star Parador we use often. Its heated indoor pool is always a hit with our customers. Parador, Dinner, B&B.
Friday 21st June (180 miles): Today, we leave the open plains of Spain behind, as we enter the Picos de Europa via the popular town of Potes. Our stay is at family run 3 star hotel that is one of our customers favourites. Situated in the centre of the village, we have the opportunity to dine-out in one of excellent local restaurants. 3 star hotel,B&B
Saturday 22nd June (free day): We understand that some customers may have to return to work, so we have secured several bookings on the late afternoon ferry back to Portsmouth (depart 2030 hrs, arrive 1945 hrs Sunday 23rd.) A 2/4 berth en-suite cabin (for two persons) is included in the package. For others there is the option to stay a further 2 nights. 3 star hotel, B&B.
Sunday 23rd June (free day): I am sure this part of Spain is known to many of you, but if not, you will not be disapointed as there is no shortage of roads to ride or places to explore. Once again we dine out at one of local restaurants. 3 star hotel, B&B.
Monday 24th June (90 miles): Having enjoyed the extra days, today we must return, however, as our ferry does not depart till mid-afternoon there is the opportunity to ride more of the Picos Mountains or enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Cantabrian coastline. Our return is on Brittany ferries flagship 'Pont Aven'. With bike stowed, there is time to relax over a drink or two and reflect on the tour's events, before taking advantage of the on-board dining options. A 2/4 berth en-suite cabin (for two persons) is included in the package.
Tuesday 25th June: We arrive back in Portsmouth at 1415 hrs, from where we make our way home.
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Travel Choice : The tour itinerary is based on an outward ferry overnight from Plymouth to Santander and inward ferry from Santander to Portsmouth. These ferries save on overnight stops, fuel costs, and wear and tear on your bike, however, we understand that ferries are not for everyone, so there is the option to make your own arrangements and join and leave the group at the first and last nights hotel. Costs will be reduced accordingly.
For those perhaps having to return to work there is the option to return on the ferry Saturday 22nd June (arriving late Sunday 23rd)
For others you can enjoy two further nights in the Picos returning Monday 24th June (arriving Tuesday 25th June)
Prices are based on two people sharing a 4 berth inside cabins, should you wish an alternative please advise us asap. These will be subject to availability and priced accordingly.
On all European tours (including Southern Ireland) we require clients to take-out some form of Personal Travel and Accident/Breakdown cover. This is essential for repatriation of yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident or medical emergency. If you have an existing policy you should check that your company would repatriate your bike, even if undamaged, should you be unable to ride it (many do not!) .
We also strongly urge you to take out insurance that includes cancellation cover in the event of accident, illness or redundancy prior to departure
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|Tour Cost (each)
|Two persons, one bike, shared room||£1595||£1695|
|One person, one bike, shared room||£1760||£1860|
|One person, one bike, single occupancy||£2325*||£2435*||*(based on single hotel room & cabin share on ferry)|
|Deposit £100 per person|
|note: all prices based on current Spanish VAT rates and Euro-GBP rates as of October 2018|
Sorry tour fully booked - Doubles/Twins available on our Spain & Portugal tour.