Exactly as the name suggests, this is a holiday package that allows you to enjoy the mountains from two very different perspectives.
Each tour will take you to some of the best walks and roads that the Pyrenees have to offer.
The pace is relaxed, some days the walks are around 3 hours and the time in the saddle is also around 3 hours. This leaves plenty of time for stops and photo’s, a great lunch and an evening around the dinner table enjoying good food, wine and the company of your fellow guests.
We will mix things up a little with a couple of days of longer walks and a couple of days of more riding. Working this way helps to move efficiently from one area to another as well as to enjoy specific walks that have restaurants high up in the trails where you and your fellow guests can, after a good hike, have a fantastic lunch followed by a steady walk down the mountain afterwards.
We provide you with all of the routes for the motorcycle sections. They are chosen for their beauty and their entertainment value. Direct routes are also available, if required.
We will be there to offer support both on the road and on the hills, including the carriage of walking boots, luggage etc whilst on the bike, allowing you to enjoy the ride.
We are happy for you to use our rucksacks and hiking sticks/poles so there is no need for you to carry too much on your travels. By prior arrangement, we can hire boots out too. These are always fully sanitised and are new or in excellent condition.
Should you wish to buy your own boots whilst out here and do not want to carry them back home we can arrange for them to be donated to charity. You can buy excellent boots that require no breaking in for around 80 Euros.
Whilst you are walking you can relax, knowing that your bike and all of your kit is being looked after at the bottom of the mountain.
We can also arrange motorcycle hire and airport transfers if you wish to fly/ride. This can even include the fantastic, electric Energica Experia, subject to availability. The routes are planned in a way that the Energica can easily manage the tour, usually only requiring a charge overnight at the hotel.
The walks require a reasonable level of fitness but are not technically challenging so no special skills are required.
Accommodation will be half board, we will also include lunch each day at a restaurant or in the form of a quality packed lunch. Wine will be included with evening meals only. No other alcohol is included.
Our goal is to provide you with a fantastic holiday where you get to ride your bike, or hire one of ours, walk on some spectacular walks and enjoy great food and possibly a glass or two of wine in the evenings.
The hikes are well known tourist walks. They are safe, have nearby facilities for parking/changing etc but are still going to offer a challenge. We will be hiking during the working week wherever possible, and also outside of the busiest periods. There may be a few fellow walkers around but we will not be joining a procession.
As with any mountain environment, the weather can be changeable so we will work around this as required. We want you to enjoy rather than to endure!
Appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Temperatures can reach 40 degrees C in July and August and it can still be in the 30’s at the highest of the mountain passes. Being hot is almost as uncomfortable as being cold. We recommend armoured mesh clothing/motorcycle jeans or similar with packable waterproofs for summer tours. For cooler days, a softshell jacket over or under the mesh helps to keep out the wind. Bring warm clothes by all means, we can carry it in the support vehicle but be prepared for the heat too. Having lived here for the last 3 years we have seen most conditions and are happy to advise. French law dictates that both helmets and gloves are CE Marked and worn at all times on the road.
In addition to your normal riding gear you will need walking boots and clothes for walking in. We fully understand that you need to keep luggage to a minimum on your trip so we are here to help carry extra items around.
You are welcome to use our hiking sticks/poles and small rucksacks. Boot hire is available by prior arrangement.
A suggested packing list will be provided upon booking.
We have selected nice hotels, a mix of good 3 and 4 star properties, that all operate to a high standard. Unless specified otherwise, all accommodation will be half board. We will provide lunch at a restaurant or with a quality packed lunch depending on the day’s activity. We are aiming to make the whole process of transfer from walking to riding as easy as possible so wherever possible the accommodation will be next to the walking area.
For those wishing to book a fly ride package we can provide flight transfers, bike hire and we will also provide transport for any pillions wishing to take a break from the bike for the day.
Breakfast and evening meals will be provided. This will include 1 bottle of wine per motorcycle with the evening meal, but will exclude other bar bills. There are usually a variety of lunch options available, often including restaurants high up in the mountains. In cases where there is no food available we will provide a packed lunch.
As with all travel, please monitor the specific requirements for travel between your home country and France/EU. We will be visiting Spain and Andorra as part of this trip. The holiday is an active one and it is recommended for people who already enjoy regular hill walking, or are prepared to start hill walking as part of their preparation. The mountain walks that we will use require no special skill or equipment but will leave you tired and it is the cumulative effect of this that requires a level of “hill fitness’. We will have days where we travel further on the bikes to move from one area to another with no walking and there will also be a complete day off to help with recovery.
There are no specific health requirements for visiting France, but it is a good idea to be up to date on routine vaccinations and to take precautions to stay healthy during your trip.
Since 14 March 2022, the “vaccine pass” has been lifted in France in all areas where it was previously required (cultural and leisure venues, commercial catering, professional trade shows, etc.). Similarly, the COVID certificate is no longer required as of 1 August 2022.
It is recommended that you check the following link as well as any requirements from your home country before visiting France:
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