The group alongside the Douro River in Portugal. Our inaugural tour to this region 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

Lots of posh cars on board – Maseratis…

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

Lambourghinis & Ferraris

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

The ferry was late so we have to ride some motorway

New van – new graphics

Drinks in the hotel bar

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

Roy, Andy B, Ian H, Alan & Julie

Eliza, Heather, Jan & Ian


“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

Loads of tapas…

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 scenery were amazing. Roll on the next trip…”

Ian & Heather Phillips, 5th tour, Kawasaki ZZR1400, Devon

And cider poured in the traditional way

John starts the joke telling

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

Roy struggles with waterproofs!

Horses on the Camino de Santiago

UNESCO town walls

Lunch is tapas

By afternoon coffee stop the sun is shining

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

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

A fabulous indoor pool

A free night in Santiago de Compostella

The stunning Cathedral

Lit up by night

Our hotel by night

We need a volunteer back-marker

Morning coffee stop

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

But has to have a new sticker first!

Picturesque lunch stop

Newlyweds Wendy & Phil

Just what are they up to?

Jen’s in the lead today

Iain’s also on a Street Triple R

Roger on his Suzuki V-Strom 650

Phil on his Triumph Sprint 1050

Rod & Jackie on their BMW R1200GSA

Lovely scenery

Gorgeous scenery in Portugal

6 nights in Portugal

The HUGE pool at our next hotel

Jen with Ian & Heather

Malcolm enjoying a beer!

Drinks before dinner

Iain loves this quinta!

We’ve arranged a surprise…

The group in Portugal with a glass of Mateus Rose!

Dinner is included tonight

John’s up again…

Rod has something to show us!

The next morning we stop at a huge dam

Sea planes arrive collecting water

Morning coffee stop

Brilliant twisty pass

You WILL ride this!

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

Lunch stop

Our next 4* hotel for 2 nights

In the old capital Guimaraes

The UNESCO old town

Lots of restaurants to choose from

Warm enough to dine outside

Next day is a day off…

Many of us take the train to Porto

The “fat controller” collects cash

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


& Phil (thanks Heather!)

The station at Porto

Great architecture

Local transport

We didn’t go in here!!

We head down to the River Douro

Such pretty buildings

Lots of tourist boats

So colourful

We stop for a drink

Lots of buskars

Extreme sports

Interesting market stalls

Take the cable car up

The Cathedral

View from the top

Walk across the bridge

For fab views of the city

Take the cable car down – Phil & Wendy

Lunch by the river

More market stalls

Super Bock bar

All the Porto houses

Young lads jumping off the bridge!

A selection of Porto!

She was really good

Back in Guimaraes, the birthplace of Portugal

Alan & Julie stay in Guimaraes

They visit the Palace

Thanks Julie

Live music tonight

Lovely back streets

Delicious sardines

After dinner drinks

Coffee stop next day

View from the cafe

Other bikes there

Julie & Alan

We stop for a photo opportunity overlooking the Douro River

Plenty of space for us to stop

Hundreds of bikes pass by

We stop for a surprise lunch…

Lovely tapas

With fab views

Then a visit to a Porto producer

We have a guided tour

See the bottling

and labelling

Roy suggests it really should be positioned here!!

Huge barrels


Steam train passes by

Lovely setting

Chilled out pooches

Heather has a new friend

We bought some Porto

For all to have a taste


Drinks in the hotel bar

Beautiful biker babes (but where’s Kari?)

David’s keen to try some

David’s ticket from Guimaraes turns up!

Dinner is included tonight

Our hotel in a remote medieval town

Always a morning briefing

John’s in the lead today

Impromptu coffee stop…

You MUST be happy riding hairpins

There are high-concentration twisties

We stop at a reservoir

More fab views

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

Our next 4* hotel for 2 nights

The next day many choose to go for a ride-out

Fab roads

Ian & Heather, Andy, Gary

Up in the clouds

Great sweepers

Andy, Gary, Alan & Julie

Alan & Julie – Ducati Multistrada

Alan & Julie

In a remote mountain village!

Dead end!

Gary on his Suzuki GSXS1000F

Great roads

Gary then Jan & Eliza

Villages tucked away

Twisties & Hairpins

Andy on his BMW S1000XR

The prettiest village for lunch stop

Jan & Eliza came from Hong Kong!

Fuel stop – cash in the bag!

Alan & Julie

Ian & Heather – Kawasaki ZZR1400

“Big Boy” Andy

Back at the hotel

Andy W & Jen brave the pool

Kari enjoying a G&T

Four BN off-road guys arrive!

John with Eliza


Dinner is included both nights here

Another lovely morning

Fuel & coffee stop

Lunch stop

Ian riding without Heather




Afternoon coffee back in Spain

In wolf country!

The setting for our final hotel

It’s frothy man !!!

Characters strike the bell

Andy has chips!

Dinner is included the last night

More jokes from John

Andy shows Rod…

how to waft a towel for Jackie!!

Rod takes a turn

Phil’s up next

Then Malcolm

Kari takes a turn

Andy’s up again !!

Jan tells a story

We’re treated to the “Penguin” joke!

Guess the vegetable…

So Wendy’s played before!!

We head into the Picos Mountains

We stop for a photo opportunity

Wendy on her CBR 600F

Roy on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

David on his Honda Deauville

Andy W on his Piaggio MP3

Fabulous views

Andy B

Watch out for wildlife

Hello !

Pretty lunch stop

The t-shirt shop is open!

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.

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