What's Not Included
Day 1 - Boat to Spain
Plymouth to Santander
Meeting point – Brittany Ferries main terminal We take the overnight mini cruise from Plymouth to Santander on-board the Pont-Aven, which is Brittany Ferries flagship cruise ferry.
The ship boasts a swimming pool, a la carte restaurant, cocktail piano bar and a two storey lounge bar/entertainment area. We book inside 2 berth club cabin on all crossings. If you would like a different cabin then we are happy to try and accommodate but there will be a charge.
Day 2 - Santander to Cantabria
We dock in Santander at lunch time, off the ship and we are straight into the beautiful region of Cantabria.
This area offers nothing but stunning scenery, with its jagged peaks, medieval mountain villages, and emerald green pastures leading to the blue sea and beaches of the Costa Verde.
We end our day with the first glimpse of the Pico’s de Europa and our overnight stay in Potes, where you can enjoy a dip in the pool or a couple of beers on the terrace taking in the stunning views of the mountains and beautiful green countryside that surrounds the hotel.
Day 3 - Cantabria to Asturias
After breakfast we set off north along the Pots and Pans route. So called due to the two towns which lie along the route, Potes on the south and the location of our first hotel, and Panes at the northern tip, which is our first stop of the day.
Next its west straight through the heart of the Picos Mountains, which is just stunning to both view and ride. Mountain passes, river gorges and coast roads all ridden today. Costa Verde with its white sand beaches and deep blue sea is nothing short of breath-taking. Our hotel is situated on the western coast of Asturias close to the Barayo nature reserve. An extensive stretch of pristine golden sandy beaches.
Day 4 - Asturias to Galicia
After a good night’s rest we follow the valle Del Navia out of Asturia and into Galica.
Today its twisty technical sections in the morning but the route from Lugo through Santiago de Compostels is made up of some of the best fast sweepers you will find (think B500 plus), with fantastically smooth tarmac and huge panoramic vistas around every bend.
Finally tonight, we stay in the old town part of Pontevedra, a great place to chill, have a few beers and some tapas while watching the world go by in the old town square.
Day 5 - Pontevedra to Ribadouro
After a great night out in Old town Ponteverdra with much tapas and wine we head south east into Portugal. Crossing the Minho River which makes up the border. Its south all the way cross country through Braga and Guimaraes to our hotel on the banks of the Douro River, a fantastic ride, great road surfaces and not a straight in sight. We arrive early afternoon so it is straight down to the pool and outside bar for some fun in the sun, or use the spa and relax with stunning views in every direction.
Day 6 - Ribadouro to Braganca
Following the river Douro switching from one bank to the other as we leave and weave our way through vineyard after vineyard, what a relaxing day. Its then onto the sweeping twist and turns all the way to Breganca. One of my favourite days.
Day 7 - Braganca to Leon
From the Parque natural de Montesinho heading back into Spain riding the high mountain pass into Ponferrada and onto Leon for the night. Motorcycle touring is about riding, scenery, roads, and people. Sometimes there is nothing more to say about a day, its all in the experience.
Day 8 - Leon to Pechon
After a great night in Leon we make our way back into the Picos today, up past the Dam at Embalse del Porma following the banks of the lakes round to Riano for a lunch break, and a garage with probably the best view in Europe. On to our afternoon and it’s over the mountain top with its brass stag statue, stunning road surface and views for hundreds of miles. We drop down via hairpin bends and fast sweepers tracing the mountain side. Back into Cantabria, to ride the Pots to Pans Route all the way to the coast for the nights rest and more vino and tapas.
Day 9 - Pechon to Santander
Today it is back down into the Picos for 2.5 hrs of play time before heading back up to Santander to catch our afternoon ferry home. Great last days ride to finish the tour off.
We are now in our third year of touring with Freedom Motorcycle Tours and we honestly can not fault them. The pace is right, no one is pushed beyond their limits, the routes are great and the people they attract make it more worthwhile. Within hours everyone knows each other and friendships develop from an early stage to remain even outside of touring. Cant recommend Face and Dee enough and loads more touring to come!!
Gary and Kelly Cooper
I have met and ridden with some of the nicest people that you could ever meet and trust whilst riding your bike. Any tour will only be as good as the people who run them, and Freedom Motorcycles Tours are truly awesome and amazing people.
I have been riding for 40 year and I chose Freedom Motorcycle Tours based on the reviews that I read. I think the bit I liked the most was the hotels. Freedom to me is professionalism and excellence.
Why he chooses Freedom, They’re a great company, cover all aspects of customer requirements. Excellent hosts and basically a great laugh. Couldn’t imagine doing these type of tours with another company. We are one big family, friends all over the UK. Great roads, great people, great company and a massive laugh. Lets you forget about general life and concentrate on biking.
The name says it all, I have done a few trips with FMT all been ace, trust me you have the BIGGEST smile ever an as always Dee an Face will literally move mountains to help you.
I chose Freedom after doing some research online and checking out a few reviews and thought the package looked like the right type of holiday for me - and I was right! The riding was superb through beautiful scenery and the accommodation was excellent. Key factor which (for me) made it a success was the fact that it was well organised but with a laid back relaxed feel. Drop off marker system worked well and lets everyone ride at their own pac…
With FMT you get exactly that FREEDOM! Freedom to enjoy yourself not having to worry about routes, destinations, hotels etc. Its all well planned in a professional but relaxed manner so you can just enjoy the ride and chill out at night and enjoy your holiday. Once you have been on tour with FMT you just come back for more.
For us when we book a tour company we really are putting our trust in the hands of that company and the people that run it. And since our first trip in 2016 through to our last trip at the end of the 2019 season, Face, Dee and Freedom have made sure our tours away are the best they can be.
Matt and Shirley Ilott
I chose Freedom because of the reviews, plus a personal recommendation. My favourite aspect was mixing with a bunch of like minded riders, and knowing you are going to be shown some great roads. This is a great way to tour Europe if you prefer to have it all arranged for you.
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