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Day 1 - Meeting point - Brittany Ferries Portsmouth
Over night crossing from Portsmouth to Caen. We book inside two berth cabins on both crossings. If you would like a different cabin then we are happy to try and accommodate where possible.
Day 2 - Caen to Niort
We dock in Caen at 6.45am so its an early start to the day as we head south using only D and N class roads down the western coast of France. Fast flowing, smooth tarmac through forest and rolling hills flicking the bike from left to right, the day just fly's by.
Day 3 - Niort to Lourdes
Todays the day we get our first views of the Pyrenees but for the first 1.5 hrs we pop onto the motorway and head straight for Bordeaux and stop for a coffee. Then its through the beautiful tall tree lines forest roads of the Parc Naturel Regional des Landes de Gas Cogne, Pau, and onto the famous town of Lourdes and a visit to the sanctuaries Notre-Dame de Lourdes which is a short walk from the hotel.
Day 4 - Lourdes to Foix
After a relaxing night in Lourdes we leave the hotel refreshed and ready to ride east, keeping to the French side of the Pyrenees. Its a stunning days ride, sweeping bends, short tunnels and super smooth tarmac to enjoy as we wind our way through valleys and over the high passes with spectacular views of the Pyrenees.
Day 5 - Foix to Carcassonne
Today is a shorter day once again staying on the French side heading east towards the Mediterranean Coast, with the route full of super twisty roads, high passes and stunning views. Our hotel tonight is situated just 50 yards below the gates into the Medieval Town and has a swimming pool, so we aim to get there early afternoon to make the most of the day.
Day 6 - Carcassonne to Andorra
After a great evening in the Medieval old town its time to say goodbye to France as we head south over four Cols, cross into Spain and pick up the legendary N260 which winds its way through the valleys and over the passes of the high Pyrenees affording some spectacular views. We finish the day crossing into Andorra for our nights stay.
Day 7 - Andorra to Jaca
Leaving Andorra we head south to pick up the outstanding N260 once again, following it for most of the day. It may sound a bit of a dull day but believe me its anything but, super smooth, fast flowing with amazing vistas at every turn. You will be back!
Day 8 - Jaca to Vitoria
Today its 3.5 hrs of pure Pyrenees heaven. We head south to ride the north bank of Embalse de La Pena, before heading west and visiting Embalse de Yesa. From here we take our leave of the Pyrenees and for an hour of beautiful flat land riding on the Spanish planes south of Pamplona, up into the forests and rolling hills of the Parc Natural de Izkiz and into the historic old town of Vitoria and our hotel for the night. Fantastic old town with a great atmosphere for our last night in Spain.
Day 9 - Vitoria to Bilbao
Early start this morning, just one hour riding into Bilbao to catch the 10.30am ferry to Portsmouth home.
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