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Adventure on Wheels are providers of bespoke Car, Car & Trailer, Motorcycle training, and  Motorcycle tours at their best throughout Scotland, Ireland, Spain And Morocco

El TAPAS' TOUR

8-Day Tour:

 

A Taste Of Spain

An eight day tour introducing you to a tantalising taste of South Spain

Introduction: Our "El Tapas' Tour" is certainly one of the most varied tour we offer, sampling some of the most scenic and entertaining roads in the south of Spain. The route is packed with rides through breathtaking scenery across mountains, forest, open country and coastline. The theme of this tour is that of a sedate, relaxed nature, Not like our "Spanish Peaks Challenge"!! The riding  is much less demanding, however we do give you a good helping of bends requiring second and first gear riding! This is a great tour for those new to riding abroad, our standard is that your riding skills should be at a safe predictable level, with good scanning, anticipating and planning, riding to a system which is safe and that others can recognise and easily plan for. On this tour we are happy for you to ride Two up but you must be well accomplished at this. Our villas are the finest you will find, with a fully fitted kitchens spacious rooms, heated outdoor pools, hot tub*, games room*, (*subject to villa used) air conditioning units in each room and private secured parking. You can have a spacious room to yourself or share with a friend/partner giving excellent value for money and provides a central base for our various routes. We never have large numbers on any of our tours, and our "El Tapas Tour"  has a maximum of 10 bike places. This is not an off road tour, all the roads we use are tarmac, and mostly traffic free.                              

An Irish Ferry Tale                

Approx 1500 kilometres of tasty riding over five days

 

        

 Dia Uno, El Fly Oot: Hola! Arrangements to travel to Edinburgh Airport will be made in advance. This may be our first meeting as a group, but Tom will have most likely been riding with everyone within the group earlier in the year. We fly from Edinburgh to Alicante Airport. On landing at Alicante we are collected by a member of the BMW Motorent team for the fifteen minute drive to their rental centre and met there by Antonio to finalise rental arrangements. We check out our bikes, all new BMW 650 - 700 - 800 -1200GS models (other models may be available). A fifteen minute taxi drive takes us to our villa "Isabella" (subject to group size and availability) at Cala Merced, a small settlement east of Alicante where we are greeted by the owners Louise and Kal who then show us round the villa's.

Louise and Kal have other villas available should you decide to come back and visit the area another time (ask Tom for more information). The villa's are for self catering groups but an ample food welcome pack previously arranged with Louise will be available for the group's arrival.  During the holiday we take time to do a food shop during a ride out, evenings see us either eating at local restaurants or in the villa's (a catered "Spanish Food Night" is optional). To find out more information on our accommodation please click on our "Villa Isabella" photo above.  

Dia Dos, El Intro: Riding day one. Fresh from our first night in our villa's we return to the BMW rental centre by taxi where Antonio has our bikes lined up, fuelled up and ready to go. Each bike comes well equipped with a decent sized top box should you wish to carry any bits and bobs, heated grips (no need, the temperature is often in the mid 20's!), ESA - Electronic Suspension Adjustment, ABS - Antilock Braking System, ASC - Automatic Stability Control, and RDC - Tyre Pressure Control. We will also meet our local guide Lute, a professional guide and motorcycle instructor for the Spanish Police as well as the Senior advisor to the Spanish Government with matters regarding EU motorcycle directives. His riding and knowledge are second to none.

The first few hours riding is relatively easy allowing us to gain better machine control (on our unfamiliar machines)  After lunch we soon discover what this riding holiday holds for us! Our riding days are mystery tours, only Lute and Tom knows where we are going, but you can bet they will be entertaining and scenic. "Riding Day One" gives us the opportunity to see and plan for each other's riding style. We do not cover a great distance each day, normally around 150 to 300 kilometres, but the riding is by no means boring, the quality is high and at times a little demanding, with refreshment and lunch stops en route. The road surface is tarmac but on several stretches landfalls can add that little bit more of a challenge! We finish the day back at our villa's around 4.30pm and say goodbye to Lute until the following day. 

Dia Tres, El Run-Aboot:  Riding day two. After a refreshing dip in the villa's own heated outdoor pool/hot tub and a group breakfast (self catering) we get ready to ride for Lute's arrival around 9.30am. The area that surrounds our villa is a maze of minor roads and to find the best suited to the group's abilities and demands, requires good local knowledge, Lute is well experienced in gauging a group's and individual's biking abilities and sets the pace accordingly.

 Although many of the roads we use are of a minor classification, they are major coastal and mountain pass routes. Spain has had the benefit of EU funding for its road improvements, with a considerable number of Spanish roads upgraded to a better road surface with good roadside advisory information. March and April is still a very quiet time of year in this area of Spain and is to our advantage, it's unusual to come across any other traffic on the mountain passes.

 Although you are never pushed to keep up a pace that is beyond your skills, some of the days are more demanding than others. Each day ends back at our Villa around 4.30pm with our hot tub and refreshments awaiting us, it's a hard life!

 

 

 

Dia Cuatro, El Biggie: Riding day three. An other day with Lute and it's the longest route of the tour. The day starts around 9.30am with Lute's arrival at our villa's, and will finish around 6.00pm  The hot tub beckons. If the group wishes we have a Spanish Food Night to look forward to later that evening, with a professional Chef provide for us at the Villa.

Dia Cinco, El Ride of clouds: Riding day four. Yet an other great day in store with Lute. A little shorter than day three but you can be sure it will be entertaining ! If we are all up to some tight twisties then he will take us up to some great summit riding !

Dia Seis, El Mixers: Riding day five. This is our last day out on the bikes, and with Lute. We take full advantage of our new route knowledge and try to include individual requests as best we can.

Our local guide Lute Portes, a professional motorcycle instructor for the Spanish Police, guide and advisor to the Spanish Government with matters regarding EU motorcycle directives. His riding and knowledge are second to none. www.escuelademotociclismo.es

Dia Siete, El Site-Seeing: After a refreshing dip in the pool/hot tub and a good breakfast, we ride the bikes back to the BMW rentals centre. The rest of the day is spent as tourists in Alicante, gift shopping and visiting attractions such as "Alicante Castle" and the superb replica of the 18th century Spanish Galleon "Santisima Trinidad" moored in the marina. We return to the villa for refreshments and a meal out.

Dia Ocho, El Fly Hame: Our day starts as usual with a refreshing dip in the heated outdoor pool/hot tub and breakfast at a leisurely pace. Then its all hands on deck to get the villa's back to a clean and tidy condition, ready for the next users. Tom and Louise will have arranged a taxi to Alicante Airport, only a twenty minute drive from the villa's. The flight back to Edinburgh takes about three hours. On arrival at Edinburgh Airport and subject to each group member's home location, a farewell is made until the next tour. Adios amigos!

General Information: The theme of our tours is for a relaxed and unhurried trip, taking in local scenery and points of interest, some of you will be riding two up whilst others are solo. We try to ride at a pace to suit everyone in the group, but appreciate that some may wish to increase the pace more than others, we will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.

Please note: This tour is a great opportunity to develop your riding skills for our "Spanish Peaks Challenge" trip, so we will be happy to advise on how you can improve your riding during your time with us but this advise will only be given on request. We understand that some within the group will appreciate advise and constructive criticism of their riding ability but we ask that you remember that this may not apply to all of whom you ride with during your time with us. 

Although the El Tapas Tour  is a motorcycling holiday, wives, husbands, partners and friends are most welcome and may take full advantage of the villa's and use them for a non- biking holiday at the same time (see below). However any activities and outings must be arranged by the non-bikers themselves, it is not generally the responsibility of Adventure on Wheels to organise the non-biking aspect of this trip, but Tom may be able to advise.

Dining Out: We are always happy to advise on where to dine but prefer us to dine with the whole group. On this tour we have several evening meals at "Restaurante Mim's" www.restaurantemims.com where John the owner looks after us very well.

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Location: South Spain, in the Alicante region, El Campello, Cala Merced.

bulletAccommodation: Our Villa "Isabella" and others close buy
bulletTime of year:  
bullet Saturday 24th till Saturday 31st March, 2018
bullet Saturday 31st March till Saturday 7th April, 2018 
bullet Duration: Eight days, (2 days flying, 5 days riding, 1 day gift shopping.)
bullet Distance:1500 kilometres (riding) approx
bullet Group size: Minimum 3 bikes, (+ Tom and Lute). Overall group size maximum 12 (2x6) on a private tour or open group basis.
bullet Age restriction:
bulletBikers 27 years old
bulletNon bikers 18 years old
bullet Cost: Prices for 2018:
 

5 DAYS RIDING

Self guiding

Riders, non sharing with full bike and guide hire etc.

£1400 Per head

*Ride your own bike

£2100

 

£1200 Per head

*Ride your own bike

£1900

 

Share with a friend/partner. Two Riders sharing a twin/double room with full bike and Guide hire each etc.

£1200 Per head

*Ride your own bike

£1900 Per head

 

£1000 Per head

*Ride your own bike

£1700 Per head

 

Rider and Pillion Passenger sharing a twin/double room with full bike hire etc.

£2000

*Ride your own bike

£2700

 

£1800

*Ride your own bike

£2500

 

Pillion Passenger with own room

£1000 Per head

£1000 Per head

Non bikers

   
Non biker with own room

£800 Per head

£800 Per head

Non bikers sharing a twin/double room

£600 Per head

£600 Per head

bullet What is included in the cost: (full package)
bulletYour flights from Edinburgh to Alicante and return
bulletTravel insurance
bulletBaggage allowance - 1 bag in addition to hand luggage (up to 22kg).
bulletSelected local Spanish transport for the whole group during your tour, ie airport shuttles.
bulletMotorcycle rental = New 2018 Machines BMW G650GS, BMW F700GS, BMW F800GS, BMW R1200GS, Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L, Triumph Tiger 800XC
bulletMotorcycle insurance
bulletMotorcycle breakdown cover
bulletMotorcycle tour guide
bulletPersonal machine control coaching/advise
bulletPrivate villa 
bulletAll bed linen and towels
bulletA large welcome pack of food
bullet* Ride your own bike. We arrange for your machine to be picked up at your house and delivered to our villas, waiting for you're arrival and at the end of your tour we have them returned back to you're home (Note: the removal of bike hire cost is reflected in the total cost)   
bullet What is not included in the cost:
bulletYour Petrol
bulletYour food
bulletPersonal insurance
bulletMedical cover
bulletAny other expenses such as gifts etc
bulletAny additional personal taxis, trams etc
bulletAny car rentals (this can be arranged for you in advance for any none biking group members)
bulletNot ATOL protected
bullet Requirements:
bulletAge restrictions as above
bulletValid passport
bulletLegal motorcycle helmet and protective clothing, though this can be booked in advance at BMW Motorent at extra cost. (riders and pillion passengers only)
bulletEffective Hi-Viz vest (riders and pillion passengers only)
bulletMinimum of 3 years holding an active (3000 high quality miles each year) motorcycle driving licence (riders only)
bulletpillion passengers must have a minimum 50 hrs riding experience with their rider
bullet3000 miles of high quality riding within the past year (riders and pillion passengers only)
bullet Hold a valid credit card. A 2000€ deductible security excess is required for your motorcycle hire (riders and pillion passengers only)   

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The theme of all our tours is for a safe relaxed and unhurried exciting trip, taking in local scenery, points of interest and great twisty roads. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.

 

 Tel: +44(0)1896 822452
 e-mail: info@activitiesinscotland.com