What happens if I live outside the UK or wish to join a tour at the port or partway through? – No problem! If you are already in Spain, France or Portugal, or wish to fly into Barcelona, we will modify the price in accord to your requirements. We can also help with bike hire just send an email or call us.
Our Fully Guided Tours are led by one or two professional guides, who will stay with you throughout the duration of the tour. We use a simple drop off system explained in the tour pack which enables the group to ride together without anybody getting lost, and also allows every rider to ride at their own pace without holding anybody up, so no pressure to ride faster than you want to. There will be no need to read maps etc. although we do still provide comprehensive GPS data which will allow you to ride separately from the main group should you wish. Because of the lack of traffic and better quality roads many people find riding on the continent far easier than in the UK. There is no better way to gain experience than actually taking the plunge and giving it a try.
Our Escorted tours give you the opportunity to navigate using our comprehensive GPS data, we do not ride as a group or in convoy, there will however be a tour guide in charge of hotel check ins/outs, and who will also be riding the same or similar route each day in case of emergency. What usually happens is the group will break down into smaller groups of 4 or 5 riders and then ride together at a pace that suits them, stopping when and where they choose. Don’t worry if you are coming alone and don’t know anybody else there is always somebody to ride with, you can also ride with the guide if you wish. Nobody has to ride alone, unless they want to of course!
Will I hold everybody up? – No we run tours not races! Whenever there is a group of riders you will inevitably get a wide range of experience and riding abilities no two riders are alike however you do need to be comfortable with the daily mileage. You are encouraged at all times to ride within your own capabilities.
I’m coming on tour by myself, will I fit in ? – Yes absolutely! Everybody is welcome, we get a mixture of small groups 2 or 3 people, couples and solo riders on our tours. One of the main benefits of doing an organised tour is meeting new people and making new friends. As soon as you meet everybody else you instantly have something in common – Motorcycling!
Are women welcome? – Absolutely, it seems that more and more women are riding their own bikes or giving up their pillion seat. In fact we are looking at running ladies only tours, if you are interested or would like to lead a tour please just send us an email.
What do we do in the evenings? – You are free to explore on your own or stay with the group. The evenings play a big part of the tour experience exchanging anecdotal stories and general banter, this is also a good time to get to know your fellow riders better and make new friends.
If I book a shared room who will I share with? – If you book with a friend (in pairs) you will share a room with your friend. If you are booking alone and book a shared room we will try our best to pair you up with somebody compatible.
Motorways – We always try to avoid motorways or toll roads, but sometimes we may need to use larger roads to join up more interesting routes or because of diversions or roadblocks.
Motorcycle – What type of bike do I need ? Simple answer anything you are comfortable on if it can go around corners and is motorway legal! We also recommend it can maintain 70 mph in case we need to use larger roads or motorways. If you are unsure if your bike is suitable please contact us.
Motorbike gear – What do I need to wear ? It is important to layer your clothing for different climates, as our tours go from cool high mountain passes to warm valley lowlands. Unfortunately it sometimes rains, so you will need to pack waterproof’s! or get wet.
– Something to wear in the evening or days off, the trick is to only pack what you need and not over pack.If you are unsure just send an email or ask on our Facebook page.
Maps – Sat nav – Do I need a Sat nav? It’s not essential on our guided tours there will be a tour leader and normally a back marker with the group ( If it’s a self guided or escorted tour then we provide maps and coordinates for you to follow ).
Do I receive any info before the tour ? – Yes, we will send you our comprehensive rider information which includes details of your crossing, meeting point, hotel information including addresses and telephone numbers. You will also receive printable maps & GPS coordinates.
Is my payment safe? – The 1992 Package Travel, Package Holiday and Package Tours Regulations require all holiday organizers to safeguard against insolvency. In accordance with the regulations we will hold all clients monies in trust until such a time as your tour is complete.
Terms & conditions:
If you cancel
All cancellations must be in writing and the following terms apply:
You may transfer your deposit to another tour or transfer your booking to another person. However if less than 8 weeks before departure no refund will be given, if you cancel.
If we cancel
We reserve the right to cancel any tour – however, this would only become necessary in exceptional circumstances. In such an event, we would hope to offer you an alternative. If this were not possible or acceptable, we would issue a full refund. Overland motorcycle Tours will not be held responsible or offer a refund or compensation in any of the following situations: war, riots, civil unrest, terrorism, natural disaster or any unforeseen cancellations due to industrial disputes or weather conditions.
Arrangements for your tour are made months in advance. It is therefore, inevitable that changes can occur. In most cases, these changes will be minor and will not affect your holiday. However, in the event of a major change, we will advise you immediately and you may then (a) continue the tour with the new itinerary, (b) accept an alternative of the same or similar value, or (c) cancel your holiday with a full refund.
We accept responsibility for supplying as near as physically possible a tour package as described. We are unable to control any deficiencies in services due to local conditions, maintenance or industrial dispute.
Advise Overland motorcycle Tours of any illness, infirmity, allergies, and disabilities, health issues of any kind or dietary needs that may affect your touring holiday or riding.
Be a competent rider with a machine that is road legal, mechanically sound and of a type suitable for touring or trail riding or un-surfaced, unsealed roads.
Hold a valid Certificate of Insurance covering machine, rider and pillion.
Have the ability to get yourself and / or bike home in the event of a breakdown, accident or emergency, by having suitable breakdown and recovery insurance with Repatriation cover for rider and pillion.
To ensure your vehicle is secure overnight or when leaving your motorcycle unattended.
For overseas tours you must have the following documents:
Valid UK passport Your Passport must have at least 6 months remaining, by the time you return. (Non-UK Passport holders please check your visa requirements before travel)
European Health Insurance Card can be obtained online or by post from any main Post Office)
European insurance cover for your bike – must include repatriation in the event of an accident or serious breakdown.
Personal Travel Insurance for yourself and pillion (if appropriate). This must include medical cover including any possible repatriation in the event of serious illness or accident. We also recommend you include cancellation cover in the unfortunate event of you being unable to tour due to illness, redundancy, etc.
Please note: Overland motorcycle Tours accept no responsibility for personal injury, loss or damage of belongs or vehicles.
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