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Pyrenees 9 day Motorcycle Tour

Catalonia Spain-Pyrenees France, Spain
3 - 5 star hotels, dinner bed and breakfast

A 9 day, 8 night motorcycle tour of the Spanish and French Pyrenees with 7 days riding mainly on mountain roads of Northern Spain and Southern France.

On this guided motorcycle tour you will ride some of the best motorcycle routes in Catalonia Spain-Pyrenees France

The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a monumental church designed by Gaudi. Work began in 1982 and it is still under construction. The rooftops over Besalu with mountains in the distance Near Coustouges French Pyrenees Pyrenees coll-de-montllobar Spain Coll de Boixols Group Photo Montserrat Monastery

Available tour dates:

Tour 84/134 begins Saturday 19 May 2018 and ends Sunday 27 May 2018
Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders

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We have ridden many roads in the Spanish and French Pyrenees regions in recent years and we have picked out the best twisty mountain roads for this motorcycle tour. We begin and end the tour in Barcelona and cross the Pyrenees to France and back giving riders a superb experience riding the roads of Southern France and Northern Spain.

Each day we visit different places of interest including Cartha Castles, religious sites and many old villages and towns. We take you to these places along relatively quiet backroads with outstanding scenery.

Daily distances differ from some of our other tours because this tour stops in a different town every night and you really want extra time to unpack and relax. The pattern will be the same format as usual riding in 90 minute blocks between each stop give or take 15 minutes.

Look at this itinerary and discover some of the most interesting motorcycle routes in spain

Gava Mar (near Barcelona El Prat Airport)

A thumbnail of the Gaudi house Casa Batllo in BarcelonaGuests will arrive at various times today or earlier and so nothing is formally planned but the 4 star hotel is on the beach front at Gava Mar and so you sit back and relax after travelling or head into Barcelona for sightseeing. There is a lot to see and do in Barcelona and so there will be something to interest everyone.

Selective Barcelona's highlights are shown on the map linkincluding Casa Batllo, La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Mercado de La Boqueria and Montjuïc Castle but there are many more places of interest and far too many to list.

You might wish to wander the streets admiring the architecture by Guidi (such as Casa Batllo pictured left) and others of the Catalan Modernism or you might like to do some shopping or visit the market. Then again you may prefer to relax at the hotel pool or on the beach.

We shall regroup for dinner at our hotel for formal introductions and to discuss the plan for the week ahead.

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Gava Mar to Besalu - circa 225 km (140 miles) 4 hours riding

Thumbnail showing the bridge at Besalu in Cateloina SpainThose hiring bikes will find them ready first think in the morning and so we can depart soon after breakfast heading north through onto some great twisty mountain roads. This first day of riding is a relatively light journey heading north from Barcelona to Besalu. The route we shall take is indirect and traverses varied road types but all in all expect to spend about 4 hours in the saddle. We break for morning coffee at a café close to Massís del Montseny which towers to just over 1700 meters and the route continues twist through the mountains to Les Guilleries park where we stop for lunch. The final stretch takes us through Girona and past the city?s imposing Cathedral en-route to our final stop. We rest for the night at a 3-star hotel in Besalu. It is a quaint old building with many of the bedrooms having mountain views or overlooking the old town bridge. The name Besalu is derived from the Latin Bisuldunum, meaning a fort on a mountain between two rivers. The medieval walls and Romanesque bridge over the Fluvià river help emphasise the fortification that this ancient town commanded.

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Besalu to Llivia - circa 240 km (150 miles) 6 hours riding

Thumbnail of Llivia from the distance with fields in the foreground and mountains in the backdropAs we head north towards the Spanish/French border you will be on steep mountain roads. These roads can be twisty and narrow and so progress is never hasty. Depending upon the progress made we might take a refreshment break at the hamlet of Rocibruna shortly before reaching the border. Otherwise we break at the border (if the café there has re-opened). Regardless of the refreshment break, we shall stop momentarily to admire the panoramic views at the border crossing into France before beginning our descent. We pass through the village of Arles, not to be confused with the town near Parc Camargue, this Arles is a town of about 2,500 population and situated in the southernmost valley of France on the banks of the Tech river. We stop for lunch a little further down river at Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda where there are several nice café?s. As we continue our descent from the Pyrenees we visit Ille-sur-Tet where the rock formation ?Le Orgues?, organ pipe shaped rocks that are quite dramatic. We then hear back towards the Spanish border crossing into the Spanish department of Llivia where our hotel for the night was converted from an old farm building.

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Llivia to Villeneuve d'Olmes - circa 220 km (140 miles) 4 hours riding

Thumbnail showing the Hotel Le Castrum at night looking across the pool to the hotelAs Llivia is a part of Spain within France it is no surprise that we cross the border today as we leave Spain to re-enter France to descend to medieval walled city of Carcassonne where we break for lunch. The ancient fortified city is an interesting place to visit but be prepared to walk because traffic if forbidden in the city and we need to park outside the city walls. We then head back south to the Pyrenees and end the day in a Country House Hotel in Villeneuve d'Olmes near Foix. We should arrive early enough for you to relax by the pool or stretch your legs in the parkland around the hotel or climb the hill to see a ruined Cathar castle; the choice is yours.

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Villeneuve d'Olmes to Pau - circa 300 km (190 miles) 6 hours riding

Thumbnail of St Girons looking across the river to the townSticking to the lesser travelled mountain roads on the French Pyrenees we pass through many charming mountain villages making stops in Saint-Girons (pictured left) named after a fith centuary saint but with more ancient history having considerable Roman connections.

Our next stop is the French Spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon where the rivers L'One and Pique converge.

We pass through Lourdes one of the world's most famous pilgrimage sites but will only stop there on request because our hotel is a 4* spa resort located beside a golf course on the outskirts of Pau a few miles further on.

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Pau to Boltana - circa 190 km (120 miles) 4 hours riding

Thumbnail near French Spanish BorderWe head south from Pau to cross over the back into Spain. The protograph gives an insight to the fantastic scenery you see along this route.

Picking our way through more pretty mountain villages stopping at Broto for lunch.

Later we shall spend time exploring Ainsa which is close to our destination; a 5 star spa hotel resort converted from a former monetary.

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Boltana to Castell de Ciutat - Circa 225km (140 miles) 4 hours riding

The market Square in AinsaWe begin our return journey to the east along high mountain roads. The surface can be a little broken from the harsh winter weather so progress is never quick in these parts. We take a break in Tremp which is a town of about 6000 population but most of the villages we shall pass are small and the area is mainly hill farms. There are so many mountain passes we can take in this region but one of our favourites is the L511, Coll de Boixols to Coll de Nargo, which has good surface and superb views, so, you will want to stop and take pictures. We end the day in a former castle just south of the border with Andorra. Some might want to cross the border to Andorra which is favoured by many for tax free purchases but note that it is not uncommon to be stopped at the border where a tax might be levied others will prefer to stop and enjoy the excellent hotel facilities.

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Castell de Ciutat to Gava Mar - circa 245km (155 miles) 5 hours riding

Thumbnail near Montserrat MonasteryWe end the journey heading to Solsona where much of the old town fortifications remain. The town is about 10k population and makes a pleasant stop.

As we continue south we take our next stop at Montserrat, not to be confused by the Caribbean Island the Christopher Columbus named after this location, this Montserrat is where you will find a Benedictine abbey (pictured right) and the backdrop is a multi-peaked range of mountains.

Our final section of the journey returns us to our hotel at Gava Mar and close to the Airport which is convenient for those with onward travel. You stay for dinner bed and breakfast and depart the following day.

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Route Variation

Please note that maps are indicative because it is not always possible to enter all the waypoints and on the day of departure as we need to review our routes based upon the latest traffic and weather information available making changes as and when necessary.

Currency Euro €

The default currency for this tour is Euro €. Any price given in another currency is indicative and will be checked against exchange rate when paying. Once your tour package has been paid in full the price is locked and will not adjust regardless of what happens to exchange rates.

Pyrenees 9 day Motorcycle Tour from 19/05/18 until 27/05/18

Location: Catalonia Spain-Pyrenees France
Accommodation: 3 - 5 star hotels, dinner bed and breakfast
Tour begins Saturday 19 May 2018 and ends Sunday 27 May 2018
Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders
Motorcycle Hire Available: Yes (Riders can bring their own bike or hire one from the list of available bikes below.)
Typical Motorcycle Hire (all options below): Euro €900
Rider in Double room (single occupancy): Euro €3,495
Rider and Pillion/Guest (sharing double or twin room): Euro €4,395
Two Riders sharing twin room: Euro €5,790 (Euro €2,895 each)
Rent a motorcycle from our range or bikes listed below.

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Motorcycles For Rent in Catalonia Spain, Pyrenees France, Spain, Available on this Tour

Most motorcycles available for hire are obtained directly from local mainstream dealers. We do not have exclusive access to these rental motorbikes and so availability must be confirmed. Prices and terms are set by the dealers who supply the machines.

  • BMW F700GS Rent BMW F700GS

    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €595
  • BMW F800GS Rent BMW F800GS

    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €665
  • BMW F800GS Adventure Rent BMW F800GS Adventure

    • This 85 bhp machine is a reliable and robust companion for unbounded adventure
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess €1500
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €735
  • BMW F800R Rent BMW F800R

    • From the 'Roadster' range, the F 800 R is an extremely capable motorcycle and makes an excellent touring bike.
    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €595
  • BMW K1300GT SE Rent BMW K1300GT SE

    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €735
  • BMW K1600GTLE Rent BMW K1600GTLE

    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €1,050
  • BMW R1200GS Adventure Rent BMW R1200GS Adventure

    • If you have long legs then this is the bike for you with height and tilt-adjustable rider seat. Based on the same versatile overall concept as the R 1200 GS, with spirited twin- cylinder boxer engine and agile chassis, but with enhanced off-road prowess and globetrotting abilities.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess €1500
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €840
  • BMW R1200GS LC Rent BMW R1200GS LC

    • There is no better Enduro bike. BMW created this class with the R 80 GS over 30 years ago and it's gone from strength to strength ever since.
    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €735
  • BMW R1200GS TC Rent BMW R1200GS TC

    • There is no better Enduro bike. BMW created this class with the R 80 GS over 30 years ago and it's gone from strength to strength ever since.
    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €670
  • BMW R1200RT SE Rent BMW R1200RT SE

    • The most accomplished touring motorcycle for many years and it remains the bike of choice for long distance touring.
    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €770
  • BMW S1000XR Rent BMW S1000XR

    • The S100XR is a cross between an enduro and a sports bike with 160bhp.
    • Restrictions: Minimum age 25, minimum experience 1 year, Excess €1500
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €910
  • Honda VFR800 Rent Honda VFR800

    • €1500 security deposit required
    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €560
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XC Rent Triumph Tiger 800 XC

    • €1500 security deposit required
    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €665
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XR Rent Triumph Tiger 800 XR

    • Restrictions: Riders must be over 25 years old and have a full bike licence
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €665

Further details

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