Highlights – Ride the famous climbs of the Tour de France – including the Col d’Aubisque, Col de Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin. Stay in the Central Massif volcanic region; Stay within the walls of the medieval town of Rocamadour; Stay in Logrono the capital of Rioja wine.
Sunday 21 – Monday 29 May 2023
Our view: Does what it says on the tin! Ride through the Picos Mountains of Northern Spain and the Pyrenees in France on mountain roads and fast sweepers, go up – and down – a lot! Great roads and fantastic scenery with two days off the bikes makes this a Tour for riders and pillions who are prepared to spend a bit longer in the saddle.
This tour starts at Caen – Ouistreham and finishes at Santander, Spain. It is a fully guided bike trip and will be run at a moderate pace. The routes have been extensively researched and as we use a tried & tested “drop-off” marker system with a tail-end rider there is no need for you to refer to road books or maps.
Upon your arrival we have a pre-tour briefing before setting off on great roads (our old home turf!) before arriving at our 3* hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. Dinner this evening in a local restaurant is included.
The next day we ride down to the Central Massif – the Volcanic region of France. This evening is at your leisure, our 3* hotel is located in a ski resort and there are numerous restaurants in the town.
Day 3 we have lunch on top of the Puy Mary at nearly 6000ft. We then ride into the Dordogne region of France, to Rocamadour, the spectacular town built into a cliffside. We stay here this night and dinner is included.
We then ride to Lourdes where we stay for two nights in a 4* hotel. This is the destination for over 5 million visitors each year, believing its’ sanctuaries to have healing properties. These two nights are also at your leisure. We offer an optional ride-out the next day to the Col d’Aspin and the Col de Tourmalet (2115m) two of the Grade 1 climbs ridden on the Tour de France.
Day six we ride over the Col D’Aubisque and have lunch still in the Pyrénées. We then ride some fabulous sweepers to Logrono, the capital of the Rioja wine region. The evening here is at your leisure and our 3* hotel is ideally placed to enjoy the numerous tapas bars on hand.
On day seven we ride into the Picos mountains with (possibly) a surprise before arriving at our final hotel for two nights. Dinner is included here on both nights. The next day we offer a ride-out around the Picos mountains with lunch at one of the bustling market towns.
The last day we leave the Picos mountains taking a direct route to the port of Santander in time for the 18.00hrs return crossing to the UK – arriving in Plymouth at 15.30 hrs on the Tuesday.
As with all our Tours there is a maximum of fifteen bikes and all routes have been fully researched. As we always stop every hour & a half for coffee, lunch or fuel any pillions will not be too long in the saddle.
We will stay in a mixture of good 2*, 3*, and 4* independent hotels.
Please contact us for more details – remember there are limited places on this motorbike holiday.
Approx riding stats: Total 1500 miles (excluding any ride-outs); longest day 240 miles; motorways 180 miles
Price: £1195** per person – includes:-
- Nine day fully guided tour led by experienced British guides – who speak French (and some Spanish!)
- Hotel accommodation with breakfasts for 8 nights in a shared room with en-suite facilities* (Nights on ferries not included)
- Evening meals with wine on 4 nights
- Luggage van
- Tour Information Pack (to include itinerary, hotels, explanation of marker system, contact details etc.)
Single room supplement £345
** Twin rooms will incur a £50 additional charge per person as you will benefit from a single room on one night
Your ferry crossing, peage (approx 15 euros) and meals / drinks other than as stated above are not included.
A deposit of £295 per person is payable upon booking with the balance payable 8 weeks before departure.
We need a minimum of 12 participants to run this tour.
All bookings are subject to BN European Tours Ltd Terms & Conditions.