Day 1 Starting in Plymouth we take the ferry to Santander, aboard you can relax in the comfort of an ensuite cabin, get to know your fellow riders and enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants on board.
Day 2 / 114 miles Scenic ride towards the mountains, lakes and gorges of the region gives you your first taste of the Picos de Europa.
Day 3 / 160 miles Continuing our journey through this biking mecca we wind via little sleepy Spanish towns along smooth ribbons of empty roads and onto our overnight stop on the Pilgrim Trail.
Day 4 / 169 miles From here unspoilt sweeping empty roads lead us through the National park and its scented forests towards the pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela.
Day 5 / Day off to explore this famous cathedral city or we’ll have a rideout planned for those who want more saddle time!
Day 6 / 170 miles Across the quieter, even smoother roads of the high hills of western Galicia we ride past Ourense and cross the border through the Da Peneda-Gerês National Park before heading towards Guimaraes the ancient capital of Portugal. Our Hotel in the nearby town is the perfect spot for us to relax and enjoy our next evening.
Day 7 / 177 miles We leave the ancient capital and journey through the wine growing region of the Duoro valley and onto the blissful roads of the Serra de Estrela national park taking in the mountain and valley views on the way to our hotel in the Cova de Beira Valley where we spend the next 2 nights.
Day 8 / 90 miles Have a well-earned day off enjoying the scenery and local walks or join us on the optional ride out through the national park to the Torre, the highest point in the Serra da Estela mountain range (an indeed mainland Portugal).
Day 9 / 215 miles We cross back into Spain through the Sierra de la Culebra hunting reserve in the foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains, famous as one of the last places you can see an Iberian Wolf in the wild. You can then share you near wolf sighting stories at our next hotel before settling down for dinner!
Day 10 / 195 miles Heading back north we cruise through the ever changing countryside, meet up beside the lake of Riano with its stunning mountains providing the backdrop for our lunch stop. Continuing on north we journey up to our hotel back in the Picos de Europa.
Day 11 / 117 miles Hearty breakfast and then on through the rolling countryside towards Santander to get our overnight ferry for the final leg of the trip home…
Day 12 Arrive home safe and sound and make your friends jealous with your tales of the tour!