This may be the closest of Europe’s mountain ranges to the Uk but you will feel a million miles from home.
Whether you are in France, Spain or Andorra you are undoubtedly in the Pyrenees. The towering peaks, stunning gorges and beautiful, twisty, tarmac roads will not let you forget exactly where you are and why you are there.
This is a real celebration of some of the nicest roads that Europe has to offer.
The daily distances covered will “only” be around 200 – 250 km but these are technical, demanding roads, littered with viewpoints, lakes, rivers, pretty market towns and many other distractions all competing for your time.
The riding is at your pace. We provide the route from Breakfast to Dinner, including a great lunch stop too. You can ride alone or with others from the group, just meeting up for the included lunch. We will always be on hand in a support vehicle to carry luggage and to keep things running smoothly.
This is a holiday for both rider and pillion. There will be times when passengers may want a break from the bike, to explore a particular place, or to take part in one of the many tourist activities on offer in the mountains. We can help with this. Transport can be provided and activities arranged. We are flexible and here to help.
Dinner is provided, usually at the evenings hotel, sometimes at a local restaurant. This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers whilst enjoying the local foods that the different regions are so famous for. Dinner will include a bottle of wine per motorbike, the provided lunch does not include alcohol.
During the 6 days (7 nights) of the tour you will stay at a different hotel each night. The use of a support vehicle will allow you to wear the correct clothing for the day ahead’s weather forecast whilst we carry any extra gear with us. Being too hot can be as uncomfortable as being too cold.
There is an optional day of riding in the Bardenas Real Desert on gravel roads. The roads are not particularly challenging but most riders will not want to take passengers for this day. The pillions will be looked after with some time at the previous evening’s hotel Spa followed by a trip to the historic city of Pamplona. The passengers will be reunited with the riders at the end of the day where we have a great hotel booked in the heart of the old city. The motorcycles will, of course, be safely locked away in a secure car park for the evening, allowing you to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
We will meet at the hotel in St Jean de Luz in the afternoon of Monday 7th August. After check-in in there will be a welcome drink and a briefing provided. Dinner is provided at a local restaurant and we will be including a bottle of wine per motorcycle per day throughout the tour to accompany evening meals. No other alcohol is included.
The next morning we begin a 6 day loop that will include some incredible roads. They will be a mix of some very technical mountain roads and some much more flowing, but still twisty sections through mountains, gorges and just beautiful scenery. There are no sections of motorway. The roads will be very entertaining and anybody wishing for a more direct route will be provided with this. We understand that with a pillion the journey has to be comfortable for both of you.
The tour concludes on the morning of the 14th, after the included breakfast. Pamplona is an ideal location to end the adventure as it offers great transport links to Santander, Bilbao, Biarritz etc, as well as to the motorways headin North to the main ferry ports.
Bike hire is available. As this is the peak season options are a little limited but for anybody wishing to fly and ride we may be able to help, please ask.
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 helmets and gloves are CE Marked and worn at all times whilst on public roads.
Each night will be spent in a different hotel. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be provided each day. The evening meal may be at the hotel or a local restaurant within walking distance when this is a better option. Breakfast will be provided each day, usually at the hotel. Lunches will be pre-booked along the daily route and included (excluding alcohol).
For guests using bike hire we can provide flight transfers by arrangement. A support vehicle will be provided throughout the tour and will include the option of carrying any passengers wishing to have a break from riding or during the offroad riding optional trip.
Breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be provided. This will include 1 bottle of wine per motorcycle per evening but will exclude other bar bills.
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.
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