Motorcycle Tour
6 Days Bike & Photo in the Douro Valley for advanced riders

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The tour is aimed at photographers with some experience. You should own a camera and be able to operate it in the basics.

Pricing

per rider in shared/double room (the booking of a double room is only available for a booking of two people. All single travellers are asked to choose the single room surcharge or choose to share a twin room with another tour participant) €1,849.00 $2,056.93 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room (pillion passengers cannot book without an accompanying rider) €1,849.00 $2,056.93 ?
per person single room (surcharge) €350.00 $389.36 ?
per person option “Shared Twin Room” (If you as a single rider do not want to pay the single room surcharge, then this option may be suitable for you. You will initially be charged the single room surcharge which will subsequently be refunded or removed from the final invoice if a suitable roommate can be found for you. €350.00 $389.36 ?
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Motorcycle rental - Royal Enfield Himalayan 410 €250.00 $278.11 ?
Motorcycle rental - Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 €250.00 $278.11 ?
Motorcycle rental - BMW F 750 GS €350.00 $389.36 ?
Motorcycle rental - Yamaha Tenere 700 €350.00 $389.36 ?
Motorcycle rental - Honda CRF1000 Africa Twin €350.00 $389.36 ?
Motorcycle rental - BMW R1250 GS €400.00 $444.98 ?

Features

4 guided tours with German tour guide who knows the country. Tour guide speaks also English
Photo workshop in theory and practice
5 overnight stays with rich breakfast in carefully selected accommodations
3 excellent dinners in our accommodations (three-course menu)
On the two evenings in Porto we use the small restaurants of the city with a first-class cuisine (self-pay).
Shuttle service from/ to the airport
Scooter tour in Porto
Souvenir gift
Provision of a rental motorcycle (subject to booking)
Fully comprehensive insurance with 2500.00 Euro deductible
Not included features
Everything that is not specified under services
Flight
Petrol
Meals, drinks (if not mentioned separately in services)
Travel Cancellation Insurance

More details

Total distance: 950 km / 590 km
Daily stages: 150 to 250 km / 93 - 155 miles
Tour start: Porto (Portugal)
End of tour: Porto (Portugal)/ with hotel change
Group size: On our tours we are basically only on the road with one group. Our tour groups are deliberately kept small and limited to 10 motorcycles. The minimum number of participants for this tour is 6 people.
Rental motorcycles: A variety of rental motorcycles are available for this tour. Our local partner has well maintained, as well as technically flawless rental vehicles. The motorcycles are equipped with 2 side cases and top case. On request, they can also be equipped with lowered seats.
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

We'll be happy to show you what you need to do for the various photos, but it's still not a complete fundamentals course. Exposure time, aperture and ISO should be familiar terms. We will schedule daily stops at photographically beautiful locations. The goal is for everyone to take home a little photo documentation at the end of the trip.

To make this happen, we will think about what is important to tell a story with photos. What do I photograph? How do I photograph it? When do I photograph it? Topics like subject choice, framing and light will be in focus. Since light plays a big role, we will also make trips to the sunset and/or sunrise and take a break during the midday sun to evaluate the picture results.

My motorcycle & me

Besides the impressive locations we also want to photograph ourselves. We will give a short introduction to portrait photography and what you can do if you don't like to be photographed yourself or if you have to photograph someone who doesn't like to be photographed. Since motorcyclists like to hide under their helmets when taking photos, we will also do a series of action photos on the move.

Equipment

The principle "Don't take too much with you" applies. Small cameras with fast lenses are ideal. It doesn't matter if the sensor is microfourthirds, APS-C or full frame. As focal lengths are rather suitable wide angle, so everything between 16 and 35 mm, 50 mm would also go. We don't need telephoto lenses, they are too big and too heavy. As an addition, an actioncam, such as a GoPro or a DJI Osmo Action is also good, in which case a gray filter would be helpful so that we can achieve longer exposure times. For participants without an actioncam, we are happy to help out.

Tour itinerary

Day 1

Arrived at the airport in Porto our shuttle to the hotel is waiting for you and from now on the holiday can start. After handing over the rental motorcycles we will explore the old town of Porto, where there are plenty of first-class photo motifs. The evening together will give us the opportunity to get to know the other participants. Patrick and our tour guide will make you curious about the upcoming tours.

Day 2

Along the Duero river and winding side roads we reach our accommodation in the afternoon in the middle of the countless vineyards, which are part of the UNESCO world heritage. Lovely landscapes like in Tuscany or the high mountains of the Maritime Alps - there is a bit of everything and thus enough for a day full of riding fun. Small but nice is the motto here and you can look forward to accommodation that is unique and has a lot to offer.

Day 3

In the morning on perfect curves along numerous hills, the rugged gorges of the river Duero await us from noon on. Experience the unique beauty of the Douro Valley on the Portuguese and Spanish side. Look forward to perfect photo stops with a view, it's all about ups and downs and strong nerves. Grippy asphalt roads lead us today to the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in Portugal and also a ski resort in winter, where we reach our accommodation in the afternoon.

Day 4

After breakfast we will ride again on winding roads through the Serra da Estrela. A short time later we reach the summit of the Torre at an altitude of 1993 m with its breathtaking views of the region. The kilometres of bends wind almost endlessly through this area and most of the time we will be on the road alone. This gives us the perfect opportunity today for the theme of speed in photography. From a first person perspective forward over the handlebars, motorcycle to motorcycle sideways or as we pass, today each of us will be both photographer and model. In the late afternoon we reach the Douro Valley again and not only the view of this wonderful landscape will inspire you, also the incomparable taste of a good port wine is part of it.

Day 5

This will be our last day of touring and today we will ride the countless curvy stretches of the Douro Valley on the other side. We arrive in Porto late noon and will drop off our rental motorcycles. Off the bike, onto the scooter! True to the motto, we will now explore the city of Porto on smaller wheels and free of luggage. There is nothing better than following an insider who guides us through his city and shows us the places where he also likes to stay. We have arrived in a city that never sleeps. We spend the evening in the city of port wine, where countless port wine cellars invite you to tastings.

Day 6

Today we say goodbye to Portugal. Our goal for the trip is that everyone takes home a small photo documentation. We are sure that we all have countless photos in our luggage that tell a story and are connected with wonderful memories.