This is not a mad dash to and from the HOG Rally, but a luxurious, leisurely touring holiday which takes you through central Spain to Jerez and the 24th European HOG Rally. Riding some of the best, traffic-free back roads we’ll lead you each day and, supported by a back-up vehicle which carries your luggage daily, you’ll stay in superior accommodation of three and four star Paradores and hotels. Daily mileages will not exceed 200 miles.
Day 1. Friday 12th June. Portsmouth to Santander. Ferry departs at 5.00pm for the 24 hour crossing and a two-berth cabin is included.
Day 2. Saturday 13th June. Santander to Cervera de Pisguera (approx. 80 miles)
Arriving in Santander at approximately 5.30pm we take a main road route to get you to your first night’s hotel in time for dinner! We stay in the three-star Fuentes Carriones which overlooks a beautiful reservoir and is surrounded by the Picos de Europa Mountains. Dinner with wine is included tonight.
Day 3. Sunday 14th June. Cervera to Zamora (approx. 150 miles)
With stops along the way we take the quiet back roads while enjoying the scenery which is so often missed by tourists and those stuck on the motorways! Tonight’s hotel, in the centre of medieval Zamora, is the four-star Condes de Alba and was formerly a 15th century renaissance palace. The hotel has a swimming pool and dinner with wine is included.
Day 4. Monday 15th June. Zamora to Trujillo (approx. 180 miles)
Once again we follow the quiet, traffic-free back roads as we head west of Salamanca and south via Ledesma, Bejar and Plasencia…all sitting in the shadow of the Gredos Mountains. Tonight we stay in Trujillo which, according to some, is the most attractive town in the province of Extremadura. A classic conquistador place full of towers and castles walls. Our centrally located four-star hotel was formerly a 16th century convent and tonight you will be free to eat out and explore the town.
Day 5. Tuesday 16th June. Trujillo to Seville (approx. 180 miles)
South again today, crossing the Guadiana River at Don Benita, then on to our two-night stay at the four-star Hotel Rabida in the centre of the “must see” city of Seville. Once again the hotel has a swimming pool and tonight you will be free to eat out and start exploring the city.
Day 6. Wednesday 17th June Day off in Seville
Explore this wonderful city with its many sites of historical interest or relax by the pool and re-charge your batteries ready for the ride to the rally tomorrow. Tonight, you will be free to eat out again.
Day 7. Thursday 18th June. Seville to Jerez (approx. 80 miles)
Some more traffic-free roads to reach our four-star hotel, the Hotel Sherry Park in Jerez (only 12 miles from the rally site). The hotel has a swimming pool and is your base for the next three nights while visiting the rally. Tonight dinner with wine is included.
Day 8. Friday 19th June. Day off to visit the rally or explore Jerez. Tonight you are free to eat out.
Day 9. Saturday 20th June. Day off to visit the rally or explore Jerez. Tonight you are free to eat out.
Day 10. Sunday 21st June. Jerez to Zafra (approx. 180 miles)
Today we start our return journey as we take the back roads east of Seville via Carmona to Zafra and the four-star Dukes de Feria hotel. The hotel was once a 15th century castle and dinner with wine, once again await you.
Day 11. Monday 22nd June. Zafra to Jarandilla (approx. 170 miles)
Fabulous roads again as we go via beautiful Guadalupe and Navalmoral until we reach Jarandilla. Tonight’s four-star Carlos V hotel was formerly a 15th century Castle Palace and dinner with wine is included.
Day 12. Tuesday 23rd June. Jarandilla to Tordesillas (approx. 170 miles)
North-east today and past Candeleda, Arenas de San Pedro and Avila on the edge of the Guadarama mountains which surround Madrid. Our hotel tonight, the four-star Casa Solariega Hotel, sits on the outskirts of the town and has a swimming pool. Dinner with wine is included tonight.
Day 13. Wednesday 24th June. Tordesillas to Limpias (approx. 195 miles)
North today via Fromista (a staging point on the Santiago pilgrim route), through the valleys on the edge of the Picos mountain range and then on to the four-star Eguilior Palace Hotel in Limpias. This hotel was once the 20th century summer palace of Alfonso 12th. Dinner with wine awaits us for our final night of the tour.
Day 14. Thursday 25th June. Limpias to Bilbao ferry (approx. 40 miles)
A direct, main road run to catch the 3.30pm ferry back to Portsmouth. This finishes the tour on which you will have ridden more back roads, seen more countryside, villages, towns and views of “real” Spain than most tourists see in a lifetime.
Day 15. Friday 26th June. Arrive Portsmouth mid-afternoon refreshed and ready for your onward journey home.
Total tour mileage approximately 1,425 (not including any mileage while at the rally or on days off)
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We have so enjoyed our first trip with you on the special Harley 110th Anniversary trip to Rome. It was an excellent tour and we can only guess at how much effort and planning had gone into putting it all together. The hotels were great and there was not one uncomfortable bed or a lumpy pillow! What a support team you have, our saviours on a few occasions, so we couldn't thank them enough either. We have chortled at so many funny moments. Very many thanks for a wonderful experience and for getting us there and back safely.