Recently revised this NEW Mountains: Pyrenees tour retains the great routes and some of the favourite hotels, but now with slightly lower daily mileages and two, two night stop overs it has a very different feel.
This is a rider’s tour, taking in some of the region’s most challenging and rewarding mountain passes and cols. You’ll be treated to some long, twisty and swooping riding days that will be remembered for a very long time. The Pyrenees may be less famous than the Alps but the riding can be just as good; plus that lack of fame means the roads are quieter. You will get to ride some of the best high roads in the region, including the Col du Tourmalet, Col du Pourtalet, Col du Aspin and Col du Peyresourde. Plus we will be taking some lesser known single track routes that wind their way across the mountains.
You’ll start with an overnight ferry from Plymouth to Santander. An early afternoon arrival means there’s still plenty of time to head east toward the mountains and Vitoria, capital city of the Basque Country. Next day we are heading in to the Pyrenees and across the French border and back for the first of eight times as we enjoy some great roads heading into the Aragon region of Spain. The next two nights are spent in the same remote mountain town, Tramacastilla de Tena at 1,200 metres. A small typical mountain town that dominates the bottom of the valley in which is nestles. The free day means you can take the loop ride we have planned unencumbered by luggage. The Col D’aubisque, Cold Du Tourmalet and Col du Aspin are all en route.
From here we are heading further west crossing the border with France once again but ending our day in a Parador back in Spain. The Col Du Peyresourde and Col Du Portilhon are just two of the passes on todays route. Our Parador is another two night stop over with the chance to take the day to chill and relax or come out and ride more great roads. One of our Tour Directors favourite roads is en route today. Sometimes narrow, always challenging and blessed with great views the route from Col de Nargo to Berga is a firm favourite.
You will get to ride the swooping “Eje Pirenaico” the Axis of the Pyrenees as you start heading back east towards Sabinango. After another day of Pyrenean pleasure, including the Col De la Pierre de St Martin, you are heading for Pamplona, the city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermin festival. Tonight will be your final night before the ferry.
The Pyrenees, some say better than the Alps, some say just different, but definitely quieter with a lot less traffic!
Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW’s complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.
|Price option||Solo Shared Single Room||Solo Single Room||*Rider and passenger|
|Riding Your Own Motorcycle||2295||2795||3295|
|Including an F800GS, F900GS or F900XR Hire Bike||3245||3745||4245|
|Including an R1300GS, R1250RS or R1250RT Hire Bike||3445||3945||4445|
|Including an S1000XR Hire Bike||3495||3995||4495|
|Including an R1250GS Adventure Hire Bike||3595||4095||4595|
If you wish to make your own way to the first night of the tour then at the point of booking you can choose to remove the UK - Spain - UK ferry. The costs saving will be £500. Please Note This option cannot be used in conjunction with a hire bike booking.
HIRE BIKES: If you are booking with a hire bike we will hand your bike over on the afternoon prior to the first tour day. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the bike, make any adjustments, arrange your packing and not waste any time on the first day riding.
Day 1 Your ferry departs from Plymouth late afternoon for an evening sailing to Santander
Day 2 Arriving early afternoon we head east through the Basque Country toward the Pyrenees and our home for the night, Vitoria
Day 3 Heading east and skirting Pamplona we are heading into the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees for the next two nights
Day 4 An action packed day with three famous Col's en route, Aubisque, Tourmalet and Aspin before
Day 5 More miles, More Cols, once again crossing into France only to return to Spain and a Parador for the next two nights
Day 6 In our Founders top five roads this route from Coll de Nargo through Berga to Ripoll is tight and very twisty
Day 7 More great riding as you head west through the Pyrenees national park as you ride the Axis of the Pyrenees, the N260
- Breath-taking riding in the Pyrenees
- Riding the Col du Tourmalet, Col du Pourtalet, Col du Aspin and Col du Peyresourde
- Riding the Coll del Nargo to Berga road, one of our Tour Directors favourite roads
- Some of the best roads and riding in Europe
- Quiet roads and grippy tarmac!
- Ride the N-260 the Axis of the Pyrenees
- Two nights in Spanish Paradors
- Great small hotels in remote locations
- Expert Riding Guide
- Pre tour pack including tour information, Michelin maps, route notes and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
- Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
- Commemorative polo shirt for all riders and pillions
- Nine nights accommodation as listed in the itinerary
- All breakfasts
- Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
- Dinner one night each in Tramacastilla and La Seu D’Urgell (excludes beverages)
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Plymouth to Santander overnight ferry crossing and back including cabins and breakfast
- Expert advice and support throughout
- The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator
- Dinners other than those listed
- Travel Insurance
- Anything not listed as included