Spanish Pyrenees & Costa Brava
Spanish Pyrenees, Costa Brava & Massif Central, France
3 & 4 Star Hotels
150 - 250 miles per day (longest day 340 miles)
Combination of Motorway, A, B and mountain roads
Suitable for Experienced riders who have ridden on the continent before
The mountains of the Spanish Pyrenees and the beaches of the Costa Brava - a perfect combination
This is a 11 night touring holiday through the Spanish Pyrenees to the lovely Costa Brava. There is no mad dash to the beach and back, as we take a leisurely ride through the Spanish Pyrenees to the Costa Bravo. 4 x 2 night stops allow us to enjoy daily ride-outs, relax at a hotel just 200m from the beach and ride the fantastic roads in the volcanic region of the Auvergne including crossing the dramatic Millau Bridge.
We ride along the Spanish side of the Pyrenees, which tends to enjoy the better weather and provides great roads and beautiful views. You will be amazed as you pass down deep river valleys, along mountain ridges and through rock gorges, how every corner brings something new - a castle, a reservoir or a rugged mountain peak. We have done this trip many times before and it represents everything good about biking - superb roads, stunning views and biker-friendly locals.
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 it is your first time abroad, or you just 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 to St.Malo ferry with 2 berth cabin.
- Inward day ferry Caen to Portsmouth.
- 10 Nights' en-suite accommodation at 3&4 star hotels.
- 10 Regional breakfasts.
- 6 Evening meals.
- Full use of the hotels' leisure facilities.
- Garage parking.
- Route notes as appropriate - Gpx waypoints.
- Guided Day tours.
- Services of experienced Tour Guides (Dave & John).
- Meals onboard ferries
- Meals other than indicated
All the accommodation we use on this tour we have stayed at many times before, and has been chosen not only for their qualities, but also location, and being bike friendly. Hotels are to our normal standard, that is of 3 star or better. All bedrooms are en-suite with the facilities you would expect, including TV, telephone and hairdryer. Many also have fridges, balconies, and free Wi-Fi access. Hotel facilities such as fitness rooms, spa, sauna and swimming pools are included, so we suggest you take your swimming gear. Evening meals are included unless indicated otherwise.
In Spain, 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 limited.
The tour itinerary is based on a Portsmouth - St Malo, Caen - Portsmouth crossing (see travel choice)
Monday 30th May: today you make your way to Portsmouth to catch the Brittany Ferries 2015hrs crossing to St.Malo. The evening sailing allows you to travel down on the day, and meet your fellow riders and guides before boarding. Included in your crossing is a en-suite cabin (for two persons), but we leave you to make your own dining arrangements.
Tuesday 31st May (340 miles): the ferry docks at 0815 hrs ensuring we get an early start. Our longest day, but using predominantly motorway and with frequent stops we will arrive at your 3 star hotel in time for a swim in the hotel pool and a drink or two before sitting down to an evening meal. 3 star hotel,Dinner, B&B.
Wednesday 1st June (230 miles): Our first glimpse of the Pyrenees today as we complete our journey across France. Some 275 miles long, the Pyrenees form one of the world’s great mountain chains, stretching from the Catalan Mediterranean in the south, to the Basque Atlantic in the north. Passing through the mountains we enter into Spain, our day finishing at a 3 star hotel in a rural setting offering lovely mountain views. Dinner, B&B.
Thursday 2nd June (free day): The central or Aragonese Pyrenees are the highest, wildest and most spectacular section of the range boasting the peaks of Monte Perido (3355m) and Aneto (3404m) amongst others. Between these are valleys whose inhabitants were so isolated that they had their own distinct traditions and dialects and, indeed, saw no form of motor transport until the late 20th century. Surrounded by three national parks we are not short of places to visit, however, we shall be taking a ride-out to the best known of them all, the Ordesa National Park. Created in 1918 the park is not only known for its spectacular scenery and stunning natural beauty, but being an area rich in woodlands, lakes, waterfalls and abundant wildlife. You would be wrong to think that this area is all about scenery as there are numerous great roads from challenging mountain gorges to fast twisting roads that I know you will enjoy.
Should you fancy a day off the bikes there is a fascinating medieval town close by, or perhaps you would prefer a swim in the hotel pool and a beer or two on the hotel's panoramic terrace. Dinner, B&B.
Friday 3rd June (165 miles):) Our journey continues as we take a leisurely ride eastwards along the Pyrenees through the Tunnel de Vielha and into the Vall d’ Aran. Passing Vielha, the capital of Vall d’ Aran, the road climbs up the Bonaigua Pass(6,800ft) from where you get tremendous views. The rest of the day takes us along what are considered by many to be some of the best roads in the Pyrenees, as we first drop down a series of hairpins to the Olympic village of Sort, before climbing once again to cross the Canto Pass to our next night’s stop in the Cerdanya Valley. Your accommodation for the next two nights' is at a 3 star hotel set in the valley, with fantastic mountain views and great facilities. Your stay includes Dinner, B&B & Garage.
Saturday 4th June (free day): Our second two night stop gives you a free day to explore this unique part of the Pyrenees. Widest and brightest of the Pyrenees valleys, Cerdanya it is said to be shaped like the "handprint of God" and is in area that enjoys over 3000 hours of sunshine per year. Fought over for many years, the Valley was eventually divided between France and Spain in 1659, however inhabitants on both sides of the border consider themselves Catalans.
If you want a peaceful day the hotels boast a fitness centre, spa, sauna, inside and beautiful new outside swimming pool. If even that sounds like hard work, time to relax in the solarium or on the hotel terrace, admiring the stunning mountain views over a glass or two of wine. For those that wish, retail therapy is available in the form of the tax free Principality of Andorra, just a short ride away. The rider is not forgotten, assuming we can stop you going back to ride the roads of yesterday, to the south lay the mountains of the Serra de Cadi offering challenging roads and fantastic mountain scenery. Or why not visit three countries in the day? As you take a circular route through Andorra, France and back into Spain again. Dinner, B&B.
Sunday 5th June (125 miles): Reluctantly we leave the mountains behind, as we pass Ripoll - known as the cradle of Catalonia - eastwards on our journey to the sea. Bypassing the city of Gerona our day ends at your base for the next two nights, a 4 star hotel, just 200m from the beach at a small Costa Brava resort. 4 star hotel, B&B & Garage.
Monday 6th June (free day): With no fixed plans, your time is your own for our stay by the beach. For those wanting to see the sights, Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dali, has a museum showing many of his works. The city of Geronais not far away and boasts a walled city dating back to Roman times, and of course the beautiful city of Barcelona with its cathedral and house "La Pedrera" designed by Gaudi are within easy riding distance. If you do not wander that far, the hotel is situated in one of several small resorts in the area. Its own facilities include two swimming pools, a tennis court, games room, pool table, TV lounge and terrace bar. All bedrooms are en-suite and have TV, internet Wi-Fi, telephone, AC, safe and hairdryers. B&B & Garage.
Your stay includes breakfasts and secure undercover parking, but we leave you to arrange your own evening meals at one of the resorts restaurants.
Tuesday 7th June (295 miles): Today, we must leave Spain behind as we head along the Costa Brava, entering France at Perpignan, before picking up the A75 for our journey northwards. Althought a motorway, this road offers some of the best views of the Auvergne countryside and dramatically crosses the Tarn Gorges by way of the fantastic Millau Bridge. Opened in December 2004, the bridge was designed by the architect Normon Foster and is the tallest vehicular bridge in Europe, with one masts' summit at 343 metres (1,125 ft) - slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 38m (125ft) shorted than the Empire State Building. Leaving the A75 we ride one of our favourite roads through the Auvergne countryside to our next stop, a 3 star hotel complete with secure parking. We leave you to explore and enjoy an evening meal in one of the towns many restaurants. B&B & Garage.
Wednesday 8th June: (free day): A number of options to choose from. If you enjoy Mountain roads, nearby is Col du Pas de Peyrol, highest road pass in the Massif Central (1,585 m). A popular route for the "Tour de France" it provides some exciting riding and stunning views. If you prefer a more leisurely day, within easy riding distance, lies the Dordogne Valley, and the chance to visit France's no.2 tourist attraction - the fantastic medieval cliff-face village of Rocamadour. B&B.
Thursday 9th June (225 miles): More of our favourite D roads today as we take a cross-country route to visit the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. This village was the site of one of the greatest atrocities of the Second World War, when occupying SS troops burned alive the entire population in reprisal for French resistance. Today, the village remains much as it was then, and is well worth a visit. Our final nights stop is at a hotel, complete with swimming pool, overlooking a medieval town in the Loire Valley. Dinner, B&B.
Friday 10th June (195 miles): We complete our tour with a final days ride back to Caen with the opportunity to visit the famous Pegasus Bridge before catching for our late afternoon ferry back to Portsmouth – arriving 2115 hrs.
Travel Choice : The tour itinerary is based on an outward ferry overnight from Portsmouth to St. Malo and an inward daytime ferry from Caen 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 meet and leave the group at the first and last nights hotel. Costs will be reduced accordingly.
Note: the ferry arrives back into Portsmouth at 2115 hrs so those living some distance away may wish to book an overnight stay close by.
Personal Travel including Covid cover and Breakdown Assistance 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. This includes cover for all covid related incidents, either before or during the tour.
|Tour Cost||Portsmouth-St.Malo/Caen- Portsmouth|
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||£1395 each|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||£1505|
|1 bike, 1 person, own room||£1755 (Based on single room & cabin share on ferry)|
|Deposit £100 per person||
|note: all prices based on current Spanish VAT rate which is subject to change|
|Sorry no single occupation rooms remain - but twin room share available for male rider|