Portugal and the 

  Picos Mountains. 

  • Tour Overview
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary 2018
  • 2019
  • Overview Map
  • What's Included?
  • Prices in GB £
  • Prices in Euro €
  • Prices in US $
  • Previous Tour Gallery
  • Testimonials

Spend two enchanting weeks riding twisty, quiet mountain roads through the rugged landscapes of northern Spain and Portugal. Described by one of our Tour Leader as some of the best riding he had ever enjoyed this tour is a mix of great routes, remarkable scenery and remote mountain locations.

After the overnight ferry from the UK we start by heading straight into the Picos where you will spend two nights in our old stone hotel in a remote mountain village. The second day allows you to enjoy a choice of circular routes through the mountains to savour the empty winding roads of the Picos de Europa. We head west through the Picos and after a night in a Parador we pass the Sierra do Xistral mountains en route to the UNESCO listed Santiago De Compostella. At the end of the Camino de Santiago the shrine of St James has been a place of pilgrimage for Catholics for a thousand years. You have a free day here to wander the old town and explores it charms.

From here you are spending two days criss crossing fantastic routes through the Cantabrian Mountains staying in a Parador and a Portuguese Pousada in the Geres National Park. After these two days enjoying one of the most unspoilt and quieter areas that can be found in Western Europe, we are heading for two nights on a Quinta in the Douro Valley. Our hotel or "Quinta" is at the heart of vineyard nestling on the banks of the Douro River. We have arranged a tour of the vineyard and a small wine tasting for you to enjoy while we are here. A significant wine producing area the Douro Valley is the ideal place to relax, taste some of the local produce and have an easy day. Or of course we have a great ride that you can enjoy winding past vines and vineyards.

With a hotel that was converted from an old Port wine storage warehouse and incorporates features from the original building dated from the XVIII century, a 17C manor house and another Parador still to come as well as more great riding in the Picos once again the tour is far from over. The final three days still have some beautiful venues, demanding roads and great hotels as we cross back to Spain and back through the Picos once more.

It is easy to see why people fall in love with the region. A great mix of twisty riding roads and remote locations to chill out and relive the day over a glass of Rioja or the local Douro. It remains largely undiscovered tucked in its remote corner of Europe. Why not come and discover it with us?

  • Fantastic Mountain Riding twisting and turning through the Picos and Cantabrians
  • Two nights in UNESCO Listed Santiago De Compostela to explore this beautiful and ancient city
  • Ride the UNESCO listed Douro region
  • Two nights in a local Quinta to relax and sample the local wines
  • Chance to spot Cantabrian Brown Bears and Wolves still indigenous to the region
  • Authentic Spanish Paradors and Portuguese Pousadas
  • Two nights in a remote hill town in the Picos with a day to ride out without luggage
  • One night in a 5 star hotel converted from a former Port Store
Date Day Location Mileage About the day
22 July 2018 Sunday Overnight Ferry 0 We have an afternoon ferry departing from Plymouth to Santander, travelling overnight
 
23 July 2018 Monday Cosgaya 150 Climb into the Picos de Europa mountains en route to the small town of Cosgaya
 
24 July 2018 Tuesday Cosgaya 0 / 160 A fantastic day spent riding the Picos and returning for a second night in Cosgaya
 
25 July 2018 Wednesday Corias 175 We head west through the Picos National Park to our Parador for the evening
 
26 July 2018 Thursday Santiago De Compostela 215 Heading further west to Santiago De Compostella we skirt the Sierra do Xistral Mountains
 
27 July 2018 Friday Santiago De Compostela 0 You have a day off the bike here to explore this ancient and fascinating city
 
28 July 2018 Saturday Braganca 250 Lots of great miles today as you wind over mountain roads and cross in to Portugal
 
29 July 2018 Sunday Chaves 130 Ride through Portugal's only national park the Peneda-Geres park for the night in a traditional Pousada
 
30 July 2018 Monday Peso da Regua 155 Riding in the hills above Porto with the ocean almost in sight and then on to our Quinta on the banks of the Douro
 
31 July 2018 Tuesday Peso da Regua 0 / 200 Take a day to relax on the Vineyard, take the tour and enjoy a wine tasting and you can always come out for a ride?
 
1 August 2018 Wednesday Pinhao 195 A fantastic days ride through the Douro Valley past vineyards and on towards our home for the night in a converted Port Store
 
2 August 2018 Thursday O Barco 210 Back into Spain towards the Picos and a night in a 17c Manor House
 
3 August 2018 Friday Cagnas De Onis 250 You head into the twisting turning Picos once again en route to another Parador and our farewell dinner
 
4 August 2018 Saturday Santander 190 Still some great miles to do as we head for our Overnight Ferry to Portsmouth
 
5 August 2018 Sunday Home 0 You are scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth on Sunday evening
Date Day Location Mileage About the day
21 July 2019 Sunday Overnight Ferry 0 We have an afternoon ferry departing from Plymouth to Santander, travelling overnight
 
22 July 2019 Monday Cosgaya 150 Climb into the Picos de Europa mountains en route to the small town of Cosgaya
 
23 July 2019 Tuesday Cosgaya 0 / 160 A fantastic day spent riding the Picos and returning for a second night in Cosgaya
 
24 July 2019 Wednesday Corias 175 We head west through the Picos National Park to our Parador for the evening
 
25 July 2019 Thursday Santiago De Compostela 215 Heading further west to Santiago De Compostella we skirt the Sierra do Xistral Mountains
 
26 July 2019 Friday Santiago De Compostela 0 You have a day off the bike here to explore this ancient and fascinating city
 
27 July 2019 Saturday Braganca 250 Lots of great miles today as you wind over mountain roads and cross in to Portugal
 
28 July 2019 Sunday Chaves 130 Ride through Portugal's only national park the Peneda-Geres park for the night in a traditional Pousada
 
29 July 2019 Monday Peso da Regua 155 Riding in the hills above Porto with the ocean almost in sight and then on to our Quinta on the banks of the Douro
 
30 July 2019 Tuesday Peso da Regua 0 / 200 Take a day to relax on the Vineyard, take the tour and enjoy a wine tasting and you can always come out for a ride?
 
31 July 2019 Wednesday Pinhao 195 A fantastic days ride through the Douro Valley past vineyards and on towards our home for the night in a converted Port Store
 
1 August 2019 Thursday O Barco 210 Back into Spain towards the Picos and a night in a 17c Manor House
 
2 August 2019 Friday Cagnas De Onis 250 You head into the twisting turning Picos once again en route to another Parador and our farewell dinner
 
3 August 2019 Saturday Santander 190 Still some great miles to do as we head for our Overnight Ferry to Portsmouth
 
4 August 2019 Sunday Home 0 You are scheduled to arrive in Portsmouth on Sunday evening

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Whats Included?

  • 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
  • All accommodation as listed in the itinerary in 3 or 4 star hotels, plus Paradors, Pousadas and a Quinta
  • All breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
  • Dinners in Cosgaya on the second night, Corias and Braganca, Chaves and the first night at Regua (excludes beverages)
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting in Peso da Regua
  • Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
  • Overnight ferry from the UK to Spain and back in an inside 2 berth cabin
  • Commemorative Polo Shirt for all riders and passengers
  • Expert advice and support throughout
  • The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator

 

Whats Not Included? 

  • Fuel
  • Lunches
  • Dinners other than those listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not listed as included

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.

Tour Prices in GB£ Solo Rider
   Shared Room   
                              
Solo Rider
Single Room
                              
Rider and
Passenger *
                              
  Riding Your Own Motorcycle                                           £2,795 £3,495 £3,995
  Including an F700GS or F800GT Hire Bike £4,295 £4,995 £5,495
  Including an R1200GS, R1200RS or R1200RT Hire Bike   £4,595 £5,295 £5,795
  Including an awesome new S1000XR Hire Bike           £4,695 £5,395 £5,895

* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

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 as follows:

  • £400 Solo Rider, Shared Room
  • £450 Solo Rider, Single Room
  • £500 Rider and Passenger
  • This option cannot be used in conjunction with a hire bike booking.

    PLEASE NOTE:  If you are booking with a hire bike we include two additional nights accommodation with your tour - One at the start and one at the end of the tour. Please ensure you arrive one day prior to the official start date. This allows you to have a nights rest before picking up your hire bike. You can then familiarise yourself with the bike prior to taking a half day pre tour ride with your Tour Leader to the south coast to catch your ferry. This way you are prepared and ready to enjoy your tour from day one, not spending the first days distracted fiddling with the bike. As it will be late on your return to the UK at the end of the tour you will ride back to the starting hotel to drop the bike off, complete the paperwork and spend the night at the hotel before heading home.

     

    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.

    Tour Prices in €uro Solo Rider
       Shared Room   
                                  
    Solo Rider
    Single Room
                                  
    Rider and
    Passenger *
                                  
      Riding Your Own Motorcycle                                           €2,995 €3,695 €4,395
      Including an F700GS or F800GT Hire Bike €4,695 €5,395 €6,095
      Including an R1200GS, R1200RS or R1200RT Hire Bike   €4,995 €5,695 €6,395
      Including an awesome new S1000XR Hire Bike           €5,195 €5,895 €6,595

    * Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

    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 as follows:

  • €480 Solo Rider, Shared Room
  • €540 Solo Rider, Single Room
  • €600 Rider and Passenger
  • This option cannot be used in conjunction with a hire bike booking.

    PLEASE NOTE:  If you are booking with a hire bike we include two additional nights accommodation with your tour - One at the start and one at the end of the tour. Please ensure you arrive one day prior to the official start date. This allows you to have a nights rest before picking up your hire bike. You can then familiarise yourself with the bike prior to taking a half day pre tour ride with your Tour Leader to the south coast to catch your ferry. This way you are prepared and ready to enjoy your tour from day one, not spending the first days distracted fiddling with the bike. As it will be late on your return to the UK at the end of the tour you will ride back to the starting hotel to drop the bike off, complete the paperwork and spend the night at the hotel before heading home.

    US$ OR EURO PAYMENTS:  Currently our website will only take your 10% deposit payment in GB£ and your credit card company will convert this to your home currency. However your balance payment can be made in either US$ or Euro, directly by bank transfer with no currency conversion. Your balance payment will be 90% of the US$ or Euro Price shown.

    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.

    Tour Prices in US$ Solo Rider
       Shared Room   
                                  
    Solo Rider
    Single Room
                                  
    Rider and
    Passenger *
                                  
      Including an F700GS or F800GT Hire Bike $5,595 $6,395 $7,195
      Including an R1200GS, R1200RS or R1200RT Hire Bike   $5,995 $6,795 $7,595
      Including an awesome new S1000XR Hire Bike           $6,095 $6,895 $7,695

    * Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.

    PLEASE NOTE:  If you are booking with a hire bike we include two additional nights accommodation with your tour - One at the start and one at the end of the tour. Please ensure you arrive one day prior to the official start date. This allows you to have a nights rest before picking up your hire bike. You can then familiarise yourself with the bike prior to taking a half day pre tour ride with your Tour Leader to the south coast to catch your ferry. This way you are prepared and ready to enjoy your tour from day one, not spending the first days distracted fiddling with the bike. As it will be late on your return to the UK at the end of the tour you will ride back to the starting hotel to drop the bike off, complete the paperwork and spend the night at the hotel before heading home.

    US$ OR EURO PAYMENTS:  Currently our website will only take your 10% deposit payment in GB£ and your credit card company will convert this to your home currency. However your balance payment can be made in either US$ or Euro, directly by bank transfer with no currency conversion. Your balance payment will be 90% of the US$ or Euro Price shown.