Pyrenees Switchback Challenge

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Pyrenees Switchback Challenge is the latest in our Switchback Challenge series, all of which are designed to provide for maximizing the time riding amazing mountain passes while minimizing hotel changes. This 7-day Club Class tour is for experienced riders who are passionate about twisty mountain passes and who want to experience some of the best motorcycling roads in the world.

This Adventure will use two base hotels: the first is in culturally-rich and dynamic Barcelona, known for its architecture, Spanish cuisine, and nightlife. Three nights here is a highlight of this tour and should be especially pleasing to non-riding companions.

The second base hotel is in the small city of La Seu d’Urgell from which we will take daily loops into the Spanish and French Pyrenees. These amazing roads will paint a smile on every rider’s face! There is so much to see in this beautiful part of the world. We will pass through Andorra, one of the smallest countries in the world tucked between Spain and France. A “café au lait” replaces “café con leche” as we cross the border into France to experience the French version of riding in the Pyrenees.

On our last riding day as we return to Barcelona, we will ride along the breathtaking coast of Costa Brava. A fitting end to a fantastic tour!

At a Glance Your Pyrenees Switchback Challenge

Pyrenees Switchback Challenge, Motorcycle Tour in Spain and Portugal, Day 1

Welcome to beautiful, cosmopolitan Barcelona, one of the most dynamic cities in Spain, known for its art and architecture. We will pick you up at the airport to transport you to our first base hotel. Those arriving early can enjoy some of the city sights, perhaps take a stroll down the Ramblas and sample some tapas. In the late afternoon, we will meet for the motorcycle handover, a brief kickoff meeting, and our welcome dinner featuring Spanish cuisine.

Pyrenees Switchback Challenge, Motorcycle Tour in Spain and Portugal, Day 2

On our first riding day, we will do a loop north of Barcelona. We will pass through the pilgrimage city of Manresa with its Basilica de Santa Maria de la Seu. Although we are not yet in the high mountains, the twisty roads will foretell what awaits us in the coming days.

Pyrenees Switchback Challenge, Motorcycle Tour in Spain and Portugal, Day 3

Today we ride to the “sawed mountain” of Montserrat, with the very narrow mountain roads leading to our base hotel for the next three nights.

Pyrenees Switchback Challenge, Motorcycle Tour in Spain and Portugal, Day 4 As we head west, we will experience sinuous roads that lead from the valley, twisting and curling up to the 6500-ft mountain range. We can take shortcuts and add on additional loops to make this day an original and unique experience. Wherever we turn, never-ending twisty mountain roads connect medieval villages like Sort and Tremp, where we can take short breaks before we dive back into this rider’s paradise.

Pyrenees Switchback Challenge, Motorcycle Tour in Spain and Portugal, Day 5

Today we cross the border to Andorra, a tiny and independent principality situated between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. Another pass road takes us into France, where we continue our ride along the northern slopes of the French Pyrenees, until two more pass roads bring us back into Spain. The ride through the Aigüestortes (winding streams) National Park with 8500-ft mountains is a scenic highlight.

Pyrenees Switchback Challenge, Motorcycle Tour in Spain and Portugal, Day 6

As we head east towards the Mediterranean coast we will have a choice to make: ride the tiniest mountain roads or take a faster route that allows time to visit Girona, a popular sightseeing destination with its Cathedral and old fortifications. The afternoon will be dedicated to the famous Costa Brava, a stunning stretch of coastal road. Once back in Barcelona, we will enjoy our final dinner together as we celebrate our spectacular week in the Pyrenees.

Pyrenees Switchback Challenge, Motorcycle Tour in Spain and Portugal, Day 7

After breakfast, we will arrange your transport to the airport for your flight home.

The route is entirely paved but includes some challenging sections, particularly in the mountains and while passing through small towns. The tour is best done by experienced riders.


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  • Includes BMW F700GS
  • Additional charge of $100 for a BMW F800GS
  • Additional charge of $100 for a BMW F800GT
  • Additional charge of $250 for a BMW R1200GS LC
  • Additional charge of $300 for a BMW R1200RT LC
  • Additional charge of $300 for a BMW R1200GS Adv LC
  • Additional charge of $550 for a BMW S1000XR
  • Personal motorcycle: deduct $450 from the rider price.
Standard Inclusions
  • Late model, low mileage motorcycle
  • All accommodations
  • A’ la carte dining
  • One Ayres Adventures professional tour leader
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Luggage handling
  • Comprehensive pre-trip planning and assistance
  • Customized trip booklet with day-by-day itinerary and attractions
  • Two commemorative shirts
  • Adventurer Club travel award credit
Meals
  • All breakfasts
  • 3 dinners

Deposit per person: $800

Single room supplement – $600

2019 Schedule
Date2019 AdventuresLengthPrice(USD)Co-riderNotes
Sep 21 - 27Pyrenees Switchback Challenge7 $3,250$2,200
2020 Schedule
Date2020 AdventuresLengthPrice(USD)Co-riderNotes
Sep 19 - 25Pyrenees Switchback Challenge7 $3,250$2,200
2018-10-25T11:52:47+00:00