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Motorcycle Tour
Wild Pyrenees

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Motorcycle adventure between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic

Pricing

per rider in shared twin/double room: €2,599.00 $2,815.36 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €2,449.00 $2,652.87 ?
per person single room (surcharge): €649.00 $703.03 ?

Included

11x accommodation in comfortable, typical hotels: accommodation in a double room with bath or shower+toilet, optionally in a single room (surcharge), incl. local taxes ("tourist tax")
11x breakfast or breakfast buffet
7x three-course dinner or dinner buffet in the hotels
2x dinner menu in selected restaurants in Pamplona and Biarritz
12x guided motorcycle tours by our experienced tour guides
Daily detailed tour briefing
Detailed tour book
German speaking city tour in Pamplona
Excursion with 4×4 vehicles in the Pyrenees National Park
Escort vehicle throughout the trip
Luggage transport in the escort vehicle (one suitcase or travel bag per travel participant). For insurance reasons, we do not transport motorcycle suitcases in the escort vehicle.
Check-in service and luggage service in the hotels to the room
All entrance fees
Guarantee certificate according to § 651r BGB for package tours
Parking fees for the motorcycles at the hotel stays
Not included
All services, meals and drinks not listed in the service description
Tolls and freeway fees
Petrol and operating fluids
Travel Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance
Optional overnight stay(s) near meeting point before and after start of trip

More details

Start/End: Meeting point near Loerrach (in the very southwest of the Black Forest)
Duration: 12 days (excl. arrival and departure)
Total distance: approx. 3,660 km
Daily riding distances: approx. 90 km to 500 km (average approx. 305 km)
Route profile: Paved country roads in good to average condition. The route includes mountain roads with many curves and sometimes narrow sections. On the joint outward/return journey to the Pyrenees we also use the freeway in Switzerland and France.
Difficulty rate: Only for very skilled and experienced touring riders - very good cornering technique and secure control of the motorcycle required. Experience and endurance on mountain passes absolutely necessary!
Riding time per day: up to 9 hours incl. lunch/coffee breaks and photo stops
Group size: up to 10 bikes per group (plus guide), maximum 2 groups
Minimum number of participants: 8 people
Support vehicle: Yes, during the entire tour
Additional notes: Increased demands are made on participants and motorcycle. Good equipment and a maintained machine (tire condition, etc.) are essential for this motorcycle trip.
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Good to know:
Individual arrival: Is your route to the meeting point near Loerrach very long? No problem: We will be happy to advise you on planning your individual journey. There is also the possibility that you start or end the motorcycle tour with us from Valence.
Luggage shipping: You can send your luggage, which is to be transported in the escort vehicle, by mail to our company headquarters before the trip. After the trip we will send your luggage back home against payment of the postage costs.
Support in case of vehicle failure: No one can rule out breakdowns. But in the event of a breakdown, our support vehicle will be at your side on this tour so that your motorcycle vacation can continue as quickly as possible. Please note: Support in case of vehicle breakdowns and emergencies can only be guaranteed on the planned route. In case of self-planned route changes or excursions "on your own", the participant himself is responsible.
Travel documents: A valid identity card is sufficient for border crossings on this motorcycle tour.
Protection letter: We recommend a vehicle insurance policy for all motorcycle trips, as it provides useful services in the event of a breakdown, accident or other emergency. The cheapest cover is usually offered by your vehicle insurance provider (often already included in the contract). The various clubs also offer cover letter services, where they are usually included in the annual premium.
Health insurance: We recommend for all international motorcycle tours the conclusion of a separate foreign health insurance with medical repatriation. Our Allianz partner will be happy to provide you with a suitable offer.
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Attention: This tour is not suitable for choppers!
Program, hotel and route changes are reserved.
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Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. Please enquire for language options.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Description

Small, narrow, incredibly winding roads...

... these are the Pyrenees! Wild and majestic they rise where Spain and France meet. Only a few winding mountain passes cross this challenging mountain range. The Pyrenees are known above all for their diversity: Countless striking peaks, two hundred of them over 3,000 meters high, with fertile valleys, shimmering blue mountain lakes and quaint villages in between. Add to this the dwarf state of Andorra, spectacularly nestled in the mountains at an altitude of just under 2,500 meters, or the coastal roads on the Atlantic and Mediterranean - in short, one of the most beautiful regions in Europe - ideal for a great and unforgettable motorcycle touring adventure!

Our motorcycle adventure in the rugged realms of the approximately 430 km long mountain range that separates the Iberian Peninsula in the south from northern Europe offers us a motorcycle paradise par excellence. Even the journey there is packed with highlights: The Ardèche National Park with its breathtaking roads and views, or further south in the Parc National des Cevennes. Here, barren limestone plateaus rise up in direct contrast to hundreds of meters deep gorges.

Then we dive into the eastern French Pyrenees and reach the Spanish side via Andorra. Now we "experience" the most beautiful biker roads of this mountain range, and enjoy day after day riding fun, culture and always a dash of adventure!

For example, in the Pyrenees National Park, where we briefly exchange our motorcycles for 4×4 off-road vehicles to let the rangers show us the unique mountain world. Or in Pamplona, the capital of the province of Navarre, where we learn about the history of the city on a guided tour in German. Of course, the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona, the bullring built in the twenties of the last century, should not be missed. And we continue west to the former fishing village of Biarritz. Since the 19th century the place is a popular seaside resort at the Atlantic, and we also enjoy the advantages of this vacation resort. Again shuttling between borders, the southern French pilgrimage site of Lourdes welcomes us. A visit to the Grotte de Massabielle is almost a must for anyone in the area.

Of course, all these highlights are combined with a spectacular routing that will more than delight all two-wheel fans, because after all, the Pyrenees are an almost endless motorcycle area of superlatives - embedded in a breathtaking panorama.

This motorcycle tour offers every biker who loves curves the best that the Pyrenees have to offer. But beware, this motorcycle tour is only suitable for bikers who already have riding experience in medium and high mountain regions!

Start and end of this 12-day tour is at the meeting point near Loerrach in the southwest of the Black Forest. Our support vehicle will be with you throughout the trip, so you can enjoy maximum riding fun while your luggage is transported - room luggage service included!

Program, hotel and route changes are reserved.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Best of Pyrenees, the first stage south begins!

Our motorcycle tour starts at 08:00 in the Loerrach area.* We pass the Swiss border and cross the Alpine Republic mostly on the highway. Lake Geneva sparkles in the shadow of the Alps between France and Switzerland and invites us to a photo stop.

Further to the southwest, the picturesque landscape of the Chartreuse mountain massif awaits us. This region offers us a varied route until we reach the French department of Isère. Here we ride around its capital Grenoble and take a few more kilometers of freeway to our destination for the day, Valence.

Overnight stay: Valence (France)

Daily mileage: approx. 500 km

*) Tip: If you have a long journey to the southwest of Baden-Wuerttemberg, we can reserve you a room for the night before the tour starts at the meeting point near Loerrach.

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Day 2 - Fun on the curves meets the French way of life

And on we go towards the south. "With us" a firework of curves, which will inspire us the coming tour days constantly anew. In harmony with nature, we will enjoy the rolling curves on the small roads of this fascinating biker region. Of course, the smell of fresh baguette in this original French environment provides pleasure during the one or other break ... we have arrived!

Without a doubt, the rugged karst mountains of the Ardèche foothills and the rugged mountains of the Cevennes in the southeast of the Massif Central are among our highlights of the day today. There we will also encounter the Gorges du Tarn: the Tarn River has carved its way hundreds of meters deep into the Cévennes over thousands of years. The whole region around the southern French town of Millau is characterized by rutted rivers and viaducts...

After all the experiences, an eventful tour day comes to an end in the late afternoon and we enjoy the comforts of our hotel.

Overnight stay: Millau (South of France)

Daily mileage: approx. 320 km

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Day 3 - South of France and the border region with Andorra

Today we start in the southern French municipality of Millau. After only a few kilometers we make our first photo stop at the Millau Viaduct. This well-known structure carries the Autoroute A75 over the Tarn River. At just under 2,500 meters, it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world and measures 343 meters in height - a masterpiece of engineering. After our warm-up, we take a very winding route southwest to Carcassonne. We leave the paradise of curves and take the plain of Carcassonne under our wheels. From here on, we can already feel the Mediterranean influence of this region.

After a short ride, they suddenly appear on the horizon as if from nowhere: The first foothills of the Pyrenees - now we are there! After many adventures on the curves, we arrive in the evening at our hotel in Ax-les-Thermes in the French Pyrenees.

Overnight stay: Ax-les-Thermes (South of France)

Daily mileage: approx. 300 km

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Day 4 - The French Pyrenees and its breathtaking views.

Today's route takes us to the southern French Pyrenees. We can expect many small roads, breathtaking gorges and many highlights of the region. For example, we will take a look at the "solar furnace", a solar power plant in the Pyrenees, which was completed in 1968. From today's perspective, the pilot plant was already far ahead of its time.

We then leave the French Pyrenees in the direction of Andorra and head for the unforgettable Mirador Roc del Quer viewpoint. It guarantees us the best views of the Pyrenees and Andorra - simply sensational!

After this tour day full of impressive landscapes and almost endless curves and bends, our hotel awaits us in La Seu d'Urgell in the north of Catalonia.

Overnight stay: La Seu d'Urgell (Spain/Catalonia)

Daily mileage: approx. 250 km

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Day 5 - Picture book landscapes in the heart of the Pyrenees

Here in the Spanish Pyrenees, the vegetation is drier and more steppe-like than on the French side. The route takes us south again, to the Coll de Jou. The showpiece of this pass is its western side, which is a roller coaster constantly above the 1,000-meter altitude mark. Then we head west, followed by the Coll de Bòixols with 35 km of pure curves and continue on the dream road to the Coll de Faidell. Welcome to the "best" roads of the Pyrenees, where on 180 km the longest straight is at most 400 meters long, and otherwise every curve is immediately followed by the next... a better motorcycle paradise is not easy to find!

In the evening we reach Boltana with unforgettable impressions. Our hotel will provide rest and relaxation for the next two nights.

Overnight stay: Boltana (Spain/Aragon)

Daily mileage: approx. 300 km

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Day 6 - The call of nature at an altitude of over 2000 meters

The day begins spectacularly - today's half-day tour takes us to the mountain community of Torla-Ordesa, to the "Ordesa y Monte Perdido" National Park. Deep gorges and rugged rock formations characterize the highest European limestone mountain range around Monte Perdido. Bearded vultures circle above the valleys and rock faces in an almost cinematic way...

To explore this natural paradise, we leave our motorcycles and become passengers in four-wheel drive buses. The rangers show us the animals and plants of the national park, which was opened in 1918 and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

After this impressive experience we strengthen ourselves in a beautiful mountain restaurant. Now we have the choice to return to the hotel and use the amenities there, or to add a short trip over the Pyrenean ridge in the direction of France. There, a varied route over the Puerto de Cotefablo with magnificent views beckons, and also the Col du Pourtalet with its good 1,700 meters, which was already used by people in the Neolithic Age. At the border village you can buy souvenirs and other things. The view at the border is breathtaking and worth more than one picture.

Overnight stay: Boltana (Spain/Aragon)

Daily riding distance: about 90 km (with optional trip about 180 km)

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Day 7 - Tradition and modernity - Pamplona on the medieval Way of St. James

From Boltana we ride over partly narrow roads of the pre-Pyrenees towards Pamplona. The rugged mountain range offers us great landscape cinema, before we "dive" with a small detour again into the Pyrenees main ridge on the Spanish side.

After countless curves we reach the main station of the medieval Way of St. James: Pamplona, or Iruña, as the city is called in Basque. Here we move into our hotel...

... and off we go for a guided tour of the city! The capital of the historic kingdom of Navarre has lost none of its courtly splendor of bygone times - whether the bullring built in the 1920s or the old town. After experiencing the fascination of this city first hand, we will end the eventful day with dinner in the old town.

Overnight stay: Pamplona (Spain/Navarre)

Daily riding distance: approx. 250 km

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Day 8 - Biarritz: Beach pearl with French flair

We start from Pamplona heading north. Our destination for the day: Biarritz. The big sister of St. Tropez, the imperial seaside resort, sun-drenched and picturesquely situated on the Atlantic coast awaits us. Surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches, beach cafes and blue skies, we let the day fade away. But before that, the riding fun comes first.

We leave the Spanish Pyrenees early and let the constantly changing landscape cast its spell over us as the route continues. Our roadbook leads us over the Col d'Esnazu and the Alto de Urquiaga. Even though both passes are below the 1,000 meter mark, they offer us plenty of riding fun until we reach the French Basque country in the early afternoon and check into our hotel.

Overnight stay: Biarritz (France)

Daily mileage: approx. 150 km

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Day 9 - Almost infinite curve paradise, South of France we come!

We leave the Basque Country and soon we reach the foothills of the French Pyrenees again. Now we follow - how could it be different - the tracks of the Tour of France. Once again we will enjoy the fantastic landscapes in combination with seemingly endless curves and hairpin bends of the passes ahead of us. Representative of this cornering adventure is the Col de Marie-Blanque, which has been included in the Tour de France thirteen times since 1978.

In the late afternoon we will arrive in Lourdes in the southwest of France. Those who wish can visit the world-famous pilgrimage site here since 1858 and soak up the special atmosphere of the place.

Overnight stay: Lourdes (France)

Daily distance: approx. 250 km

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Day 10 - Farewell once again concentrated Pyrenees power

We leave Lourdes in order to go once again into the French Pyrenees in the "full". To do this, we will once again follow in the footsteps of the Tour de France: Right at the beginning of our stage, we will climb the Col Tourmalet. At 2,115 meters, it is the highest asphalt road pass in the French Pyrenees and gives us a foretaste of the route ahead.

In the early afternoon we cross the border between Spain and France and slowly we say goodbye to the "biker's paradise" of the Pyrenees and head back home.

Overnight stay: Carcassonne area

Daily mileage: approx. 250 km

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Day 11 - Highlight at the end of the tour - Gorges de l'Ardèche

Today the route leads us to Carcassonne. The city is famous for its medieval fortress La Cité with its numerous watchtowers. Over a cup of coffee we will have time to soak up this historic atmosphere.

From now on we take the fastest way to the Gorge de Ardèche. Once there, we marvel at the 180 meter lower flowing Ardèche with its rapids - a dizzying sight! This section of the route gives our premium tour a worthy conclusion before we cruise back along the highway towards Valence.

Overnight stay: Valence (France)

Daily mileage: approx. 500 km

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Day 12 - The southern Black Forest awaits us again

Via the highway we now head back in the direction of Loerrach. There our adventure Pyrenees ends in the late afternoon. With many impressions and experiences in our luggage we say goodbye and start our journey home.

Daily mileage: approx. 500 km