Embarking on our grand finale after three decades of exploring the hidden gems of Europe, we have chosen to bid farewell with a thrilling adventure through Portugal and Spain, which has been my home for the past decade.
This time, we will revisit some of our favourite towns, scenic villages, and the spectacular roads of the Iberian Peninsula, while also exploring some undiscovered territories that we have yet to see. Some of the most breathtaking scenery can be found in this part of Spain and Portugal and you will ride some of the best roads in Europe. The scenery of the mountains and sleepy villages from the Picos De Europa and across to Baiona on the rugged Atlantic coast is varied and beautiful. We will visit magnificent gorges and mountains, beautiful National park lands and remote unspoilt medieval villages and towns. Much of Northern Spain and Portugal remains unspoiled by the frenetic pace of modern life, with many small sleepy villages appearing to have escaped the passage of time. Accommodation is first class as you stay in ancient castles, palaces, historic buildings and the traditional menus each night are hard to beat – an amazing adventure and a chance to immerse yourself in the true essence of Spain and Portugal.
Offering both a spectacular 17-night journey or an 11-night tour starting and ending in Spain, you have the flexibility of either taking the UK/Spain ferry or creating your own unique route for traveling to and from Spain. Throughout the entire 18 day tour, our lead motorcycle and trusty support van will accompany you, taking care of your luggage and assisting whenever needed. Additionally, we extend the opportunity for you to join this tour earlier or later, providing you stay a minimum of six nights. Prices will be adjusted accordingly, ensuring an all-encompassing experience tailored to your preferences.
Day 1. Saturday, August 31. From Calais to Le Mans - approximately 265 miles.
Our route encompasses a blend of peage toll roads and picturesque main roads, leading us to our first night's stay at a delightful three-star hotel nestled beside the legendary 24-hour Le Mans racetrack, adjacent to the famed Mulsanne straight. Tonight is B&B, so you will be free to eat out.
Day 2. Sunday, September 1. From Le Mans to Angouleme - approximately 200 miles.
Once again, we ride on a mixture of motorways and scenic main roads to reach our three-star hotel located just north of Angouleme. Tonight you will be free to eat out once again.
Day 3. Monday, September 2. From Angouleme to Bayonne - approximately 190 miles.
We navigate along attractive main roads, guiding us to a splendid four-star hotel situated in the heart of the old city within the French Basque country. Nestled beside the Nive River, this area known as petite Bayonne, enchants visitors with its timeless timber-framed residences and narrow streets. This evening, you are free to eat out and sample the delights of the abundant riverside restaurants.
Day 4. Tuesday, September 3. From Bayonne to Argomaniz – approximately 160 miles.
Our route leads us up into the magnificent Pyrenees, where we make our initial stop in the quaint French Basque village of St. Jean Pied de Port, renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France. From here, we journey onwards, via the Roncesvalles Pass at an elevation of 1057m and into Spain, skirting the lively city of Pamplona before reaching Estella. This historic town, located on the banks of the Ega River, is crossed by the iconic Camino De Santiago. Sticking to picturesque minor roads, we proceed to our overnight hotel – a splendid Renaissance palace. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner accompanied by local wine. For those making their own way, this is where you join the tour, so make sure you arrive in time for dinner.
Day 5. Wednesday, September 4. From Argomaniz to Cosgaya – approximately 160 miles.
We circumnavigate the vibrant city of Vitoria and follow the meandering course along the enchanting River Sobran, embarking on a thrilling ascent up the Mazorra Pass en-route to the majestic Picos de Europa mountain range. Along the way, we pause at various awe-inspiring locations, including the Carriones National Park, encompassing the charming town of Cervera. As we descend the mountain, our final destination awaits just outside the picturesque town of Potes. The hotel is located in the heart of the Liebana Valley, in the foothills of the Picos de Europe and was once a small inn. Dinner accompanied by local wine is included tonight.
Day 6. Thursday, September 5. From Potes to Salamanca – approximately 220 miles.
Embark on an extraordinary day, commencing with an exhilarating ascent up and over the majestic San Gloria Pass, towering at an impressive height of 1610m. Revel in the breath-taking panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and countryside that unfold before your eyes. Continuing our route, we navigate the picturesque lake area near Riano and make our way to the renowned wine town of Toro, before ultimately arriving at our splendid accommodation in the enchanting city of Salamanca. Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring grandeur of its main square, the striking beauty of its historic churches, the winding narrow streets, and its venerable university founded back in 1288. Indulge in another delicious dinner accompanied by local wine, as we conclude another unforgettable day at our fabulous four-star hotel, which boasts a magnificent view overlooking the city. Dinner accompanied by local wine is included tonight.
Day 7. Friday, September 6.
Relish a well-deserved day off to explore the wonders of this magnificent ancient city, which stands as one of Spain's most esteemed gems. Conveniently located only a short stroll away from our hotel, you'll have ample time to immerse yourself in its captivating allure. As evening descends, enjoy the freedom to dine at your own leisure, choosing from the countless delightful dining options available.
Day 8. Saturday, September 7. From Salamanca to Chaves – approximately 160 miles.
Embrace a picturesque journey westward from Salamanca, as we venture towards the age-old town of Ledesma, majestically perched on the banks of the river Torres, alongside the huge Almendra reservoir. On our route to the quaint and ancient village of Fermoselle, often considered the balcony of the Douro, we encounter the awesome Bemposta dam, which allows us to cross the canyon and river, and welcoming us to Portugal. Traverse the rugged landscape, passing through Mogadouro and Macedo, before reaching our final destination, an exquisite four-star hotel housed within an historic 17th-century building. Relax over a superb dinner complemented by delightful local wines, as we delight in the charm of our surroundings.
Day 9. Sunday, September 8. From Chaves to Baiona – approximately 125 miles.
North and west this morning as we make our way to the Atlantic Coast before heading back into Spain via the scenic towns of Verin and Celanova, with its meticulously preserved historic centre. Following the magnificent River Minho, we trace its path westward, leading us to our next two-night stay, a remarkable 4-star fortress-like establishment that bridges the gap between medieval charm and stately elegance. From this extraordinary vantage point, you can bask in breath-taking views of the Atlantic coast and the sprawling mountains that extend as far as the eye can see. This evening, you are free to out eat amongst the old-world charm of Baiona's winding streets.
Day 10. Monday, September 9.
Enjoy a leisurely day, whether lounging poolside, marvelling at the imposing castle ramparts, or pay a visit to the replica of Columbus's historic ship docked in the harbour. As the day fades into night, once again, you are free to savour the delights of Baiona's rich gastronomic offerings at your own pace.
Day 11. Tuesday, September 10. Baiona to Alijo – approximately 155 miles.
We start the day with a ride along the breath-taking Atlantic coast road for about 20 miles before venturing back into Portugal by crossing the picturesque river Minho. Our drive continues along charming minor roads, passing through Ponte de Barca and skirting Guimaraes, where we'll make several stops, including the delightful Vila Real. As the day progresses, we arrive at our beautiful hotel, which offers panoramic views of the magnificent Douro River and its enchanting vineyards. The Pousada itself is an elegant stone mansion, named after Englishman, Joseph James Forrester, who arrived in Oporto in 1809 to encourage the production and export of port wine. Forrester received great recognition by the Portuguese for his contribution to the development of the Douro region and its wine production. Prepare to enjoy a delicious dinner and some more local wine tonight.
Day 12. Wednesday, September 11. Alijo to Pueblo de Sanabria – approximately 130 miles.
Embrace the beauty of the countryside as we navigate through enchanting back roads on our way to Vila Pouca. From there, we embark on a scenic journey along winding roads that will take us to the charming town of Braganca, nestled amidst captivating olive groves. As we cross the border into Spain, we make our way to our next destination, the modern Parador in Pueblo de Sanabria. Once again, we'll be treated to a delicious dinner accompanied by tasty local wine.
Day 13. Thursday, September 12. Pueblo de Sanabria to Cervera – approximately 155 miles.
Leaving behind the captivating town of Puebla, our route takes us through Baneza and onto the long, flat roads encircling Leon. The awe-inspiring Picos Mountains gradually come into view, creating a stunning backdrop for our journey. With several memorable stops along the way, we eventually reach our hotel located in the heart of the Carriones Reserve, boasting incredible views of the Ruesga Reservoir and the surrounding mountains. Another delightful dinner with wine awaits us tonight.
Day 14. Friday, September 13. Cervera to Berriar Beach – approximately 125 miles.
Bid farewell to the majestic Picos Mountains as our journey takes us through charming villages and alongside the scenic Ebro reservoir. With charming stops along the route, we then descend towards the coast, passing through the heights of Los Tornos and the delightful town of Ramales before arriving at our beachside hotel in Berriar, just 27 miles east of Santander. Another relaxing evening as we enjoy a tasty dinner accompanied by wine, all while overlooking the spectacular Bay of Biscay.
Day 15. Saturday, September 14. Berriar to St. Jean-de-Luz – approximately 160 miles.
Those returning to catch the ferry or continue on their own way back, will depart this morning. For those remaining, today's route combines the convenience of the motorway with the charm of the main road, leading us to our 3-star hotel just a short walk from the historic centre of the lively beachside town of St. Jean-de-Luz. Tonight, you are free to explore and dine at one of the many delightful restaurants in the area, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this captivating French town.
Day 16. Sunday, September 15. St. Jean-de-Luz to Niort – approximately 250 miles.
Sit back and enjoy a straightforward journey as we take the motorway and main road, heading northwards. Our route takes us through iconic cities such as Bordeaux and Saint before arriving at our four-star city centre hotel, located close to the charming old town of Niort. This evening, once again, you are free to discover and enjoy the local cuisine at your leisure.
Day 17. Monday, September 16. Niort to Evreux – approximately 250 miles.
Our penultimate day takes us mostly along the main roads and motorway towards the final destination of our thrilling adventure. We arrive at a comfortable four-star hotel in Evreux, where our farewell dinner awaits, allowing us to relax and recall the memories of the past 17 days.
Day 18. Tuesday, September 17. Evreux to Calais – approximately 170 miles.
We finish our remarkable journey with a straightforward motorway run to Calais, in time for an afternoon ferry back to Dover. As we go our separate ways, we hope that this tour, along with all the previous ones organised by us, has left you with cherished memories.
Total tour mileage (18 days) approx. 2,875
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