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 are a firm favourite with us and our customers alike, and we make no apologies for not only repeating it, but extending it to 12 nights. This gives us the opportunity to go further west to visit the historic city of Porto and Guimaraes before returning to Spain via Extremadura to visit Toldeo. We have some great roads for you, but have purposely kept the mileage down in order that you can arrive at your hotel in plenty of time to sightsee and enjoy the great facilities.
Our tour starts with an late afternoon overnight ferry from Plymouth to Santander. After a brief stop on the southern borders of Picos de Europa we head southwest to ride one of our favourite biking roads to an overnight stop in the Trás-os-Montes region of Portugal.
On departure we continue westwards to the vibrant city of Porto. A three night stop here gives us the opportunity to explore the city along with the historic towns of Guimaraes and Braga. On departure we take a cross country route to an old favourite, the Serra da Estrela Mountains. Perhaps not as dramatic as the Alps, but the highest in Portugal offering stunning scenery, and traffic free roads..
More fantastic roads as we ride Southeast through the Monfrague NP for a one night stop in the Extremadura region of Spain. A 2 night stop in Toledo is next, before passing the walled city of Avilha to enter the Castilla Y Leon region. Our final day takes us north to catch our afternoon ferry from Bilbao back to Portsmouth.
The combination of traffic free roads that endlessly twist and turn across landscapes that seem to go on for ever, and fantastic accommodation in the form of Spanish Paradors and Portuguese Pousadas make this one tour that books up quickly.
See previous years 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 Plymouth - Santander return Bilbao to Portsmouth ferry with upgraded en-suite cabin|
|*10 Nights' en-suite accommodation at Paradors, Pousadas & 3 star hotel|
|* 6 Evening meals (see note 1)|
|* 10 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 a Brittany Ferries crossing to Northern Spain (See travel choice)
Sunday 13th September: Today we start our tour by catching the ferry from Plymouth to Santander (1645 hrs departure). Our crossing will be on the 'Pont Aven', Brittany ferries flagship which takes just 20 hours to get to Northern Spain. Once onboard, 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 14th September (80-150 miles): on arrival (1245 hrs) we will ride through the Picos de Europa to our hotel, which is a Parador offering fantastic views across the Fuentes Carrionas Nature Reserve. Parador,Dinner, B&B
Tuesday 15th September (250 miles): We turn southwestwards into what was once the most remote region of Portugal -Trás-os-Montes (literally “Behind the Mountains - a bike friendly road takes us to a 1 night stop in the Serra Peneda-Geres NP. The hotel is a converted 17th century fort situated in its own extensive grounds and is a great hit with our guests whenever we visit it. A fantastic pool awaits and an evening meal is included 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B
Wednesday 16th September (150 miles): More great biking roads today as we continue our journey through the Serra da Peneda Geres region. Turning south we head to 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 3 nights allowing you to unpack and enjoy this vibrant city. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Thursday 17- Friday 18th September (free days: there is much to see and do around the city of Porto, good public transport also allows you a couple of days off the bike to visit other great locations such as Guimaraes and Braga. If you prefer to ride there's plenty of great riding roads in the area. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Saturday 19th September (175 miles): we start the day we a ride along the soft rolling hills of the Duoro Valley. This area is perhaps best known by most as the home of port wine, but as you ride down the river valley, 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.Climbing from the river valley our next destination 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.
Sunday 20th September (160 miles): Descending down from the 'Star Mountains' we take a cross-country route crossing the River Tajo and into Spain to enjoy the roads of the Extremadura region. Tonight we stay at a hotel on the square of a lovely little town - don't be surprised if you recognise it, as it was a location used for 'Game of Thrones'. You can enjoy a dip in the hotel pool before taking an evening meal at one of the central square restaurants. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Monday 21st September (175 miles): Some lovely roads as we pass through the Sierra de Guadalupe to our next destination, 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.
Tuesday 22nd 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 Visigothic 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. To the southwest lie the Montes de Toledo now a national park where wild boar, deer and imperial eagles can be spotted. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Wednesday 23rd September (240 miles): We take a scenic road through the Sierra de Gredos before turning northwards to pass the walled city of Avila and Segovia to a final nights stay in the Castilla Y Leon region, a lovely Parador overlooking the River Duero is our destination. Parador, Dinner, B&B.
Thursday 24th 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.
Friday 25th September: 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 Bilbao 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.
Prices are based on two people sharing a 4 berth inside / 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||Plymouth out - 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|
|Sorry this tour is now cancelled - it will be re-run in 2021.|
| note: all prices based on current VAT rates and Euro-GBP rates as of October 2019