Portugal & Central Spain
Portugal and Central Spain
Paradors, Pousadas & 4 star Hotels
100 - 200 miles per day (longest 240 miles)
Combination of Motorway, A, B and Mountain Roads
Suitable for experienced rider who has ridden on the continent before
Fantastic roads, scenery and excellent accommodation
Portugal and Spain is a firm favourite for us and our customers alike, and we make no apologies for not only repeating it, but extending it to 14 nights. This gives us the opportunity to travel across central Spain and visit Toledo before going further west to visit the historic city of Porto. We have some great roads and scenery for you, where possible we have have purposely kept the daily mileages low so that you can arrive at your hotel in plenty of time to sightsee and enjoy the great facilities.
Our tour starts with an early evening ferry from Portsmouth to St.Malo. Once in France we travel south through the Pyrenees across central Spain to Toledo. Continuing west we enter Portugal via the Serra da Estrela Mountains. A two night stop in the vibrant city of Porto allows us to explore before we return north into Spain and the Picos de Europa.
Our return is on the overnight Bilbao to Portsmouth ferry or you have the option to ride back home across France.
See previous year’s tour pictures on our website gallery.
This is an Escorted Tour which means that although the guide will be with you, you are responsible for doing your own navigation. We provide a Tour Pack which will include a full itinerary, suggested route directions, Gpx waypoints and hotel location. This system suits many people, as it allows them to ride at their own pace and style, either alone or in small groups. However, if you prefer, you may ride with the guide, who will act as your escort throughout the tour.
Tour prices are inclusive of the following
|* Outward Portsmouth - St.Malo . Return Bilbao to Portsmouth ferry with 2 berth outside en-suite cabin|
|*14 Nights' en-suite accommodation at Paradors, Pousadas & 3 star hotel|
|* 5 Evening meals (see note 1)|
|* 11 Regional breakfasts|
|* All parking charges|
|* Full use of the hotels' leisure facilities|
|* Route notes as appropriate - Gpx satnav routes|
|* Guided Day tours|
|* Services of experienced Tour Guides (Dave & John)|
* Meals onboard ferry
* Evening meals as indicated
Those of you who have travelled in Spain and Portugal before will no doubt be aware that the Pardaors and Pousadas offer some of the finest accommodation available. Many of these hotels are converted palaces, castles, convents or monasteries. All 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. All other hotels will be of 4 star quality, maintaining the standards you have come to expect from us.This year we are also including all parking charges.
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. We have purposely not booked dinner some nights, allowing you to enjoy the ambience of the local restaurants and bars.
The tour itinerary is based on Brittany Ferries crossing to France return from Northern Spain (See travel choice)
Monday 13th September: Today we start our tour by catching the evening ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo ferry (2015 hrs departure).
Tuesday14th September (340 miles): an early arrival (0815 hrs) means we get a good start for our journey across France. 3 star hotel, Dinner, B&B
Wednesday 15th September (220 miles): Lunchtime sees us leave France to enter Spain via the Pyrenees. Our stop tonight is in the Aragon region. We take a short walk into the medieval centre to dine out. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Thursday 16th September (312 miles): mixture of roads today as we cross through the Guadalajara region to the historic city of Toledo. We have two nights here to give you the opportunity to explore this ancient city. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Friday 17th September (free day): Your hotel is a short distance from the historic centre. Known as the City of the Three Cultures" for the cultural influences of Christians, Muslims and Jews reflected in its history. It was also the capital from 542 to 725 AD of the ancient Visigoth kingdom, which followed the fall of the Roman Empire. Inside the ancient walls there are numerous places to visit, with the skyline been dominated by the large Cathedral. If you like to ride-out, in the southwest lays the Montes de Toledo now a national park where wild boar, deer and imperial eagles can be spotted. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Saturday 18th September (154 miles): An easy day as we pass through the Sierra de Gredos to our next destination, a small town in Extremadura. You may recognise this town as it was used for scenes from the ‘Game of Thrones. You can relax in the hotel pool before wandering to the central square to take advantage of one of the many restaurants. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Sunday 19th September (182 miles): Our first stop today is the Monfrague NP, famous for its wildlife, especially kites, several types of vultures and eagles. Crossing the river Tajo, we take a cross-country route into Portugal. Our next destination soon comes into view - Serra da Estrela - Portugal’s highest mountain range. Our location for tonight is a beautifully restored Pousada. Sitting in a privileged location on top of the mountains, it offers panoramic views over the Cova da Beira along with modern facilities including an indoor and outdoor pool, spa, gym and sauna. Pousada, Dinner, B&B.
Monday 20th September (175 miles): Descending the mountain range we enter the Douro Valley. This area is perhaps best known by most for its port wine. But as you ride down to the valley bottom nothing quite prepares you for the sight of the hills covered with terraces of vines falling steeply down to the river banks. Evidence of the port industry can be seen all along the valley with all the famous company names - Cockburns, Taylors, Sandeman and others - appearing on large placards on the hillsides.
We follow the river Douro towards the sea and our next destination Porto, the city that gave its name to Portugal. Our destination is a brand new 4 star hotel on the outskirts of the city overlooking the river Douro. This will be our base for the next 2 nights allowing you to unpack and enjoy this vibrant city. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Tuesday 21st September (free day): there is much to see and do around the city of Porto; good public transport also allows you the opportunity to visit other great locations such as Guimaraes and Braga. Tonight you can dine out in the city. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Wednesday 22nd September (150 miles): More great biking roads today as we enter the Serra da Peneda Geres region. If not already done so, there is time to visit Guimaraes and Braga or you can ride on to your next destination where the hotel is a converted 17th century fort situated in its own extensive grounds and a fantastic outdoor pool, making it firm favourite with our guests whenever we visit. An evening meal is included 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B
Thursday 23rd September (166 miles): Some great roads today as we twist and turn our way back into Spain. We end the day in Leon, a city with a fantastic historical and architectural heritage. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the city and dine out, perhaps enjoying tapas in the Barrio Humedo. 4 star hotel, B&B,
Friday 24th September (140 miles): Choice of routes today as we enter the Picos de Europa, one of favourite parts of Spain. We take a 2 night stay at a 3 star family hotel which has become a firm favourite with our customers. The hotel is situated in the centre of the village giving us the opportunity to dine-out in one of the several local restaurants.
Saturday 25th September (free day): Our stay allows us time to explore the wonderful National Park of the Picos de Europa and is ideally placed for riding some fabulous roads through the valleys and mountain ranges of the Pico's. If you want something different, the nearby Fuente De cable car will whisk you to the top of the Picos central massif, where you can enjoy the spectacular views of this dramatic mountain range. Not far away is the beautiful Asturias coastline, or alternatively, a bike-free day, sunbathing by the hotel pool?
Sunday 26th September (155 miles): We enjoy more scenic roads before picking up the motorway to Bilbao for our return on Brittany ferries Cap Finistere. 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 berth outside en-suite cabin (for two persons) is included in the package.
Monday 27th September: We arrive back in Portsmouth at 1415 hrs, from where we make our way home.
Travel Choice : The tour itinerary is based on an outward ferry overnight from Portsmouth to St.Malo and inward ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth. 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.
Prices are based on two people sharing a 4 berth inside or 2 berth outside cabin, should you wish an alternative please advise us asap. These will be subject to availability and priced accordingly.
Personal Travel & Breakdown Assitance Cover
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 when you make your booking. Information on such companies can be found on our insurance page http://www.motorcycletours.co.uk/more/travel-insurance.html
|Tour Cost||Portsmouth-St.Malo out - Caen - Portsmouth in|
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||£1575 each|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||£1735|
|1 bike, 1 person, own room||£2385 *|
|*(based on single hotel room & cabin share on ferry)|
|Deposit £100 per person|
| Last room: Double or twin
| note: all prices based on current VAT rates and Euro-GBP rates as of October 2020