Testimonial Portugal & Spain Tour   9 – 18 September 2019

The group alongside the Douro River in Portugal. Our inaugural tour provided brilliant roads, lovely scenery, top hotels and great weather - any mishaps were nothing to do with us!!

The group alongside the Douro River in Portugal. Our inaugural tour provided brilliant roads, lovely scenery, top hotels and great weather – said to be our new “best” tour!!

We start with a briefing on the ferry

We start with a briefing on the ferry

Lots of posh cars on  board

Lots of posh cars on board – Maseratis

We offload our bike & all luggage goes in the van

We offload our bike & all luggage goes in the van

“Hi John & Jen, we decided the Portugal & Spain Tour would be the perfect way to spend our honeymoon as we wanted to go somewhere on our bikes but we didn’t want the hassle and stress of organising everything. The quality of the roads were unbelievable, from tight twisties to the fastest of open roads. Superb hotels in fantastic locations and we had a fabulous time with some lovely like minded people.”
[since booked 2nd tour to Black Forest in 2020]
Wendy Wakenshaw (now Tyzack) 1st tour, CBR600F & Phil Tyzack, 1st tour, Triumph Sprint, Somerset

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Lambourghinis & ferraris

Andy B goes "back-marker" for motorway

Andy B goes “back-marker” for motorway

“Hi John & Jen, we both thoroughly enjoyed the inaugural (that’s for you John!)  Portugal & Spain Tour with a great bunch of like minded people. Thank you all for your company.  The roads and scenery were stunning with a good mix of twisty and long sweeping roads, traffic free in places making for enjoyable riding.  The hotels we stayed in were excellent, no changes required and we sampled some lovely local tapas and regional food along the way. We do appreciate how much effort you both put into researching all the roads, hotels, petrol & coffee stops and sorting out any problems along the way.  It takes all the stress and worry away from us so that we can just enjoy riding our bike. The luggage van is an added bonus, taking a load of weight off the bikes. Some nice planned surprises along the way too. All in all a great tour, a great addition to your portfolio. Thanks for another memorable holiday. Best regards”
Alan & Julie Grieves, 7th tour, Ducati Multistrada, Leicestershire

We have to ride some motorway

We have to ride some motorway

New van  - new graphics

New van – new graphics

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

Jackie, Rod, Phil & Wendy

Jackie, Rod, Phil & Wendy

“Hi John & Jen, I have to say that the Portugal and Spain tour was the best tour I have been on with you. The hotels were wonderfully varied, all of an exceptional standard and in a variety of very different locations. My personal favourite was the Quinta. The roads were some of the best I have ridden on with very grippy surfaces – the only limitation being my ability as a rider. I could honestly not find anything that I could fault, it was fantastic trip with great bunch of people. Now looking forward to planning next year.”
Iain House, 3rd tour, Triumph Street Triple R, Hampshire

Andy W, Gary & Roger

Andy W, Gary & Roger

Roy, Andy B, Ian H, alan & Julie

Roy, Andy B, Ian H, Alan & Julie

Eliza, Heather, Jan & Ian

Eliza, Heather, Jan & Ian

Saddos !

Saddos !

“Hi John & Jen, many thanks to both of you for a fantastic tour to see some amazing scenery and roads in Spain and Portugal, and stay in a great selection of lovely hotels combined with a great bunch of people. Perhaps not obvious to everyone is the amount of research you did before this tour to make it what it was. A first class tour and at a great price as well, I personally hope to return and hope to do this tour again in the future. Keep up the good work, it was a pleasure to meet you both. Fantastic. Kind regards”

[since booked to do the same tour again in 2020!]

Gary Moult, 1st tour, Suzuki GSXS1000F, Cornwall

Dinner is included in a local restaurant

Dinner is included in a local restaurant

Dinner is tapas...

Loads of Tapas…

and lots of Sangria !

with Sangria…

“Hi Jen & John, Ian and I just wanted to say thank you so much for another enjoyable tour, it was great & we had a brilliant time. All the hotels were lovely, so difficult to choose a favourite! The roads / fab scenary were amazing. Roll on the next trip…”
Ian & Heather Phillips, 5th tour, Kawasaki ZZR1400, Devon

With cider poured in the traditional way

And cider poured in the traditional way

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John starts the joke telling

John starts the joke telling

Breakfast area

Breakfast area

 “Hi John & Jen, thanks for a great holiday, I absolutely loved it!”

[since booked to do the same tour again in 2020!]

Roger Gale, 1st tour, Suzuki V-Strom 650, Bedfordshire

Secure garage parking

Secure garage parking

Roy struggles with waterproofs!

Roy struggles with waterproofs!

Horses on the Camino de Santiago

Horses on the Camino de Santiago

UNESCO town walls

UNESCO town walls

Lunch is tapas

Lunch is tapas

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By afternoon coffee stop the sun is shining

By afternoon coffee stop the sun is shining

Malcolm & Kari arrive by car

Their Harley had a puncture so Malcolm & Kari arrive by car

Our next hotel

Our next 4* hotel at the end of the Camino de Santiago

A fabulous swimming pool

A fabulous swimming pool

A free night in Santiago de Compostella

A free night in Santiago de Compostella

The stunning Cathedral

The stunning Cathedral

Lit up by night

Lit up by night

Our hotel by night

Our hotel by night

We need a volunteer back-marker

We need a volunteer back-marker

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

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David rides as "back-marker"

David rides as “back-marker” (thanks Heather)

but has to have a new sticker first!

but has to have a new sticker first!

Picturesque lunch stop

Picturesque lunch stop

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Newlyweds Wendy & Phil

Newlyweds Wendy & Phil

Just what is Phil doing?

Just what is Phil doing?

Jen's in the lead today

Jen’s in the lead today

Iain's also on a Street Triple R

Iain’s also on a Street Triple R

Roger on his V-Strom 650

Roger on his Suzuki V-Strom 650

Phil on his Triumph Sprint 1050

Phil on his Triumph Sprint 1050

Rod & Jackie on their BMW R1200 GSA

Rod & Jackie on their BMW R1200 GSA

Lovely scenery

Lovely scenery

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views in Portugal

6 nights in Portugal

6 nights in Portugal

The huge pool at our next hotel

The huge pool at our next hotel

Jen with Ian & Heather

Jen with Ian & Heather

Malcolm enjoying a beer!

Malcolm enjoying a beer!

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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Iain loves this Quinta!

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We've arranged a surprise...

We’ve arranged a surprise…

The group in Portugal with a glass of Matteus Rose!

The group in Portugal with a glass of Mateus Rose!

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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John's up again...

John’s up again…

Rod has something to show us..!

Rod has something to show us..!

The next morning we stop at a huge dam

The next morning we stop at a huge dam

Next morning we stop at a huge dam

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Sea planes arrive collecting water

Sea planes arrive collecting water

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Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

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Brilliant twisty pass

Brilliant twisty pass

You will ride this

You will ride this

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Just voted one of the top 10 roads in Europe by Ford Motor Co.

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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Our next hotel for two nights

Our next hotel for two nights

The old capital Guimaraes

In the old capital Guimaraes

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The UNESCO old town

The UNESCO old town

Lots of restaurants to choose from

Lots of restaurants to choose from

Warm enough to dine outside

Warm enough to dine outside

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Next day is a day off...

Next day is a day off…

Many of us take the train to Porto

Many of us take the train to Porto

The "fat controller" collects cash

The “fat controller” collects cash

David catches a few zzz's

David catches a few zzz’s (& he wasn’t alone!)

Andy

Andy

and Phil (thanks Heather!)

and Phil (thanks Heather!)

The station at Porto

The station at Porto

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Great architecture

Great architecture

and a castle

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Local transport

Local transport

We didn't go in here !!

We didn’t go in here !!

We head down to the River Douro

We head down to the River Douro

Such pretty buildings

Such pretty buildings

Lots of tourist boats

Lots of tourist boats

Such colourful buildings

So colourful

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We stop for a drink

We stop for a drink

Lots of buskars

Lots of buskars

Extreme sports

Extreme sports

Lots of market stalls

Interesting market stalls

Take a cable car up

Take a cable car up

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The Cathedral

The Cathedral

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View from the top

View from the top

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Walk across the bridge

For fabulous views of the city

For fabulous views of the city

Take the cable car down - Phil & Wendy

Take the cable car down – Phil & Wendy

Lunch by the river

Lunch by the river

More market stalls

More market stalls

Super Bock bar

Super Bock bar

All the Porto Houses

All the Porto Houses

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Young lads jumping off the bridge!

Young lads jumping off the bridge!

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A selection of Porto!

A selection of Porto!

She was really good

She was really good

Back in Guimaraes

Back in Guimaraes – the birthplace of Portugal

Alan & Julie stay in Guimareas

Alan & Julie stay in Guimareas

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They visit the Palace

They visit the Palace

Thanks Julie

Thanks Julie

Live music tonight

Live music tonight

Lovely backstreet restaurants

Lovely backstreet restaurants

Delicious sardines

Delicious sardines

After dinner drinks

After dinner drinks

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Coffee stop next day

Coffee stop next day

View from the cafe

View from the cafe

Other bikes there

Other bikes there

Julie & Alan

Julie & Alan

We stop for a photo opportunity

We stop for a photo opportunity overlooking the Douro River

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Plenty of space for us to stop

Hundreds of bikes pass by

Hundreds of bikes pass by

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We stop for a surprise lunch...

We stop for a surprise lunch…

A tapas lunch...

A tapas lunch…

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With fab views

With fab views

Then a visit to a Port producer

Then a visit to a Porto producer

We have a guided tour

We have a guided tour

See the labeling

See the bottling

and labelling

and labelling

Huge barrels

Huge barrels

Roger suggests "It really should be positioned here..."

Roy suggests “It really should be positioned here…”

Storage

Storage

Steam train passes by

Steam train passes by

A lovely setting

A lovely setting

Chilled out pooches

Chilled out pooches

Heather has a new friend

Heather has a new friend

We bought some Porto

We bought some Porto

For all to have a taste

For all to have a taste

Cheers!

Cheers!

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

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Beautiful biker-babes (where's Kari?)

Beautiful biker-babes (but where’s Kari?)

David samples the Porto

David samples the Porto

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David's ticket from Guimareas turns up!

David’s ticket from Guimareas turns up!

Dinner is included again

Dinner is included again

Our hotel in a remote medieval town

Our hotel in a remote medieval town

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Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

John's in the lead today

John’s in the lead today

Impromptu morning coffee stop

Impromptu morning coffee stop

You MUST be happy riding hairpins

You MUST be happy riding hairpins

There are high concentration twisties

There are high concentration twisties

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

We stop at a reservoir

We stop at a reservoir

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Then we stop at the highest point in Portugal

Then we stop at the highest point in Portugal – over there!

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Our next hotel for two nights

Our next hotel for two nights

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Many go for a ride-out

The next day many go for a ride-out

Fab roads

Fab roads

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Ian & Heather, then Andy & Gary

Ian & Heather, then Andy & Gary

Up in the clouds

Up in the clouds

Great sweepers

Great sweepers

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Andy, Gary then Alan & Julie

Andy, Gary then Alan & Julie

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Alan & Julie on their Ducati Multistrada

Alan & Julie on their Ducati Multistrada

Alan & Julie

Alan & Julie

In a remote mountain village!

In a remote mountain village!

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Gary on his Suzuki GSXS1000F

Gary on his Suzuki GSXS1000F

Great roads

Great roads

Gary then Jan & Eliza

Gary then Jan & Eliza

Villages tucked away

Villages tucked away

Twisties & hairpins

Twisties & hairpins

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Andy B on his BMW S1000XR

Andy B on his BMW S1000XR

The prettiest village for lunch

The prettiest village for a stop

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Jan & Eliza came from Hong kong!

Jan & Eliza came from Hong Kong!

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Fuel stop

Fuel stop – cash in the bag!

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Alan & Julie

Alan & Julie

Ian & Heather - Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Ian & Heather – Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Andy B

Andy B

Back at the hotel

Back at the hotel

Andy W & Jen brave the pool

Andy W & Jen brave the pool

Kari enjoying a G&T

Kari enjoying a G&T

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

Four BN off-road guys arrive!

Four BN off-road guys arrive!

John with Eliza

John with Eliza

Dinner is included both nights here

Dinner is included both nights here

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Another lovely morning

Another lovely morning

Fuel & coffee stop

Fuel & coffee stop

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Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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Ian riding solo without Heather

Ian riding solo without Heather

Phil

Phil

Iain

Iain

Roger

Roger

Afternoon coffee...

Afternoon coffee…back in Spain

In wolf country

Wolf country

The setting for our final hotel

The setting for our final hotel

It's frothy man !!!

It’s frothy man !!!

Characters strike the bell

Characters strike the bell

Andy has chips !!

Andy has chips !!

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

More jokes from John

More jokes from John

Andy shows Rod...

Andy shows Rod…

how to waft a towel for Jackie !!

how to waft a towel for Jackie !!

Rod takes a turn

Rod takes a turn

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Phil's up next

Phil’s up next

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Then Malcolm

Then Malcolm

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Kari's up next

Kari’s up next

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Andy again...

Andy again…

Jan tells a story

Jan tells a story

Then we're treated to the Penguin joke

Then we’re treated to the Penguin joke

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Andy again...

Andy again…

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Guess the vegetable...

Guess the vegetable…

So Wendy's played before !!!

So Wendy’s played before !!!

Hotel has garage parking

Hotel has garage parking

Gary's stopped by the police

Gary’s stopped by the police

At coffee stop we have a whip-round

At coffee stop we have a whip-round

to pay Gary's fine

to pay Gary’s fine

We head into the Pico Mountains

We head into the Picos Mountains

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We stop for a photo opportunity

We stop for a photo opportunity

Wendy on her Honda CBR 600F

Wendy on her Honda CBR 600F

Roy on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

Roy on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

David on his Honda Deauville

David on his Honda Deauville

Andy W on his Piaggio MP3

Andy W on his Piaggio MP3

Fabulous views

Fabulous views

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Andy B

Andy B

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Cute locals

Cute locals

Hello !

Hello !

Pretty lunch stop

Pretty lunch stop

The t-shirt shop is open!

The t-shirt shop is open!

All back to the ferry

All back to the ferry

And that’s all folks! An eventful inaugural tour thanks to the contributions of many of the participants!!! Our planning paid off as we thought the routes with fantastic roads to ride, great hotels, breaks, days off & timings all worked a treat. We hope that a marker moving off, accidents due to rider error, dropped bikes, police fine, Merc shunted up the rear etc…didn’t detract from what was otherwise a great tour!!! Thanks to everyone who took a turn riding as “back-marker” after our designated person had to cancel at the last minute. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.