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Spirit of Portugal Tours
New for 2005, through our Portugal partner, we bring you an option to tour at anytime throughout the season (1st April to 15th October). With it's warm climate, open and quiet roadways and as yet untapped tourways, Portugal is the ideal place to tour on a motorcycle.
The Spirit of Portugal tour follows the same format whatever time of year you choose to tour, we maintain a small group format with no more than 4 bikes on each tour (unless booked as a group) this gives a pleasant and friendly atmosphere and allows your host and guide to offer a higher level of service to you.
The touring day will start at 9.30 am and finish back at your hotel by 4.30pm on each day. Firstly this allows for you not to have to rush first thing in the morning, not everyone is good first thing. Finishing late afternoon you have spare time to be independent relax on the beach, go for a spin on your own, or just sit in the sun for a couple of hours before having your dinner the choices are all yours. This adventure is also your holiday an important point that we will not forget.
Average distances covered each day are around 130 miles, some days a little more, the speed is not fast, it is set at the least experienced riders pace on tour and for all to enjoy. If you want to go off by yourself and join the party later in the day say for lunch, then you can do so.
The tour will start on Sunday morning and finish back in Lisbon on Friday lunchtime. Friday afternoon and evening will be yours to explore Lisbon prior to your departure.
Upon arrival on Saturday your guide will present the following to you
Guided tour of your motorcycle, full explanation of the controls, and an opportunity to go for a small ride to settle in to Portuguese roads prior to the full day on Sunday. This small ride is time dependent, but, if feasible, it is very beneficial to the rider, as they may not have ridden a cruiser style bike before and the style of riding is different to other bikes. More importantly, you may not have ridden on the continent and if coming form certain parts of the world, this means the other side of the road. It will also make riders feel at ease with their bike prior to the Sunday ride.
A full pack of information will be provided covering the following -
Detailed maps of each days tour this allows you to see what and where you will be going each day, and if you have a particular place of interest etc that is not covered, bring it to our attention and we will endeavour to include it if possible.
Section on traffic habits, police, speeding, fines, what to wear, insurance details, add hoc costs, food / drink, language, contact numbers
Portugal is a small but varied country, with a total population of only 10 million people, during the week your tour will give you the opportunity to visit the following places
Alcobaca visit the stunning Monastery of Mosteiro de Santa Maria
Viseu home of the Grao Vasco museum, a great town to relax, on the edge of the Serra da Estela mountain range
Caldas da Rainha Visit the market, held every day, see real Portuguese people going about their business, great for a drink
Ride across the Serra da Estrela mountain range, experience amazing climbs and desents ride Portugal's most hair raising road, it drops nearly straight in to Mantegias, covering some 4km of linear distance on 17km of twisting roads with vertical drops on either side, with no barriers. See the shepherds tending their flocks. It is great our favourite.
Obidos visit the famous UNESCO walled town, see the magnificent castle
Oporto Portugals commercial capital and home to the Port wine house. Take a tour of a port wine house, stroll along the river or just sit and relax
Douro valley for over 2000 years man has sculptured the valley sides to make the great vineyards of the port wine makers, follow the river Douro and be amazed at the indescribably beautiful landscape.
Lisbon One of the worlds most romantic cities. Captured in a time warp, but still enjoying 21st century comforts. Set on 7 hills, with the sea at one end, it is truly inspirational. Flavours and influences form North Africa and other ex Portuguese colonies can be seen, felt eaten and enjoyed by all over the city. Please see our separate Lisbon page, and picture gallery.
Rio Maior small market town on route through the vale of Obidos
Many coastal villages / towns such as - Nazare, Salir do Porto, Foz do Arelho, Peniche, Ericeira
Sintra Wedding cake villas poke their candy coloured turrets up over the tree tops, home to the rich and famous - Sintra is a bit of a real life folly must be seen.
Visit the most Westerly point of Europe Cabo da Roca. See the Atlantic at its best from the cliff tops.
The tour will give you the chance to experience a vast array of scenery and roads, from the coastal area North of Lisbon, known as the silver coast, to the Serra da Estrela Mountains and national park, to the magnificent Douro valley. You will visit Portugals highest mountain, at 2000 metres Estrela.
Experience incredible views from mountain roads with amazing switch back lops, climbing up the side of mountains, ride in a landscape that was sculptured by glaciers and see the amazing granite rock formations the size of cars, hanging to the edge of the roads. This is a pure motorcyclist haven.
All the places chosen to visit are varied, and will offer each person something different, whether you are in to history, architecture, the coast, beaches, old villages, cosmopolitan cities or just sitting back and watching life go by it is all here, in some form or another.
If you have been contemplating a motorcycle tour, but have also been thinking about what other kind of people may be there, and asking yourself - can I cope with the varying rides? Is there any chance of some independence? Then you will not be disappointed with this tour this is the perfect touring holiday to get you in to swing of motorcycling in a new country who knows where you will go from here?
Private transfers from Lisbon airport to the hotel. Private taxi back to Lisbon airport at your convenience.
Price List 2005 - Guided Tours
ALL PRICES ARE IN THE EURO CURRENCY:
PRICES FOR TWO PEOPLE SHARING 1 MOTORBIKE
All prices are for double rooms; these may have twin beds in certain hotels.
PRICES FOR 1 PERSON, WITH 1 MOTORBIKE
PRICES FOR 1 RIDER, WITH 1 MOTORBIKE, SHARING A TWIN ROOM WITH ANOTHER RIDER WHO ALSO HAS 1 MOTORBIKE.
The operator reserves the right to change the style and make of motorbike at their discretion.
Petrol for the tour
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