||Bike Tours UK - Provisional Tour Dates – Summer 2014
First Draft, written October 2013
Some tours are 100% fixed – eg the TT Races (dates are pre-determined and the ferry tickets are purchased), others may be flexible to within a day or two, depending on how demand comes in.
April 25th to 27th – “Best of Three Tour” (Yorkshire Dales – UK National Parks)
OR – April 24th to 28th – Normandy Landing Beaches – Northern France, with optional route via the WWI trenches in NE France. (I’ve just been here, and the plan is to run a further “mates’ tour” prior to providing official “Bike Tours” trips)
May 16th to 18th - “Best of Three” UK Tour (Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District Nationa Parks)
OR – May 15th to 19th – Tour to Northern France – Dover / Calais, to Vimy Ridge and WWI sites & cemeteries, followed to WWII Normandy landing beaches, returning from Caen to Portsmouth.
May 29th to June 7th – Isle of Man TT Races. Full Race week at the world famous road races. Great sport, great party, lovely island. Return ferry tickets, 9 nights’ accommodation (camping), back up vehicle and close proximity to the circuit with free race viewing. Guide price of £590 * per bike and rider (£100 less for pillion passengers), with 10% discount for returning TT guests. 10 places remain.
June 13th to 22nd – The French Alps (with excursions into Switzerland and Italy). 10 day
(9 night) tour, based in Bourg St Maurice. Hotel, self-catering chalet or camping options, priced from just under £500 depending on accommodation choices. Amazing scenery, fantastic roads (best in the world?), expert local knowledge with fluent French speaking guide (me!). Plus, lots more to do than just biking….. summer skiing for example! My flagship tour.
June 27th to 6th July – The French Alps II. Private tour for 50th Birthday group, subject to final confirmation. Same Alps tour as above, using self-catering “chalets” in Bourg St Maurice.
July 11th to 17th (depending on flights) – Iceland Adventure, Possibly your LAST CHANCE to enjoy this dirt road exploration of Iceland’s interior at an affordable price. Usually a 6 day trip, with 4 days riding. This is adventure biking – i.e. it’s like a mini expedition. The price includes motorcycle rental, guiding, back up vehicle for luggage & rescue, but not flights to Reykjavik. Guide price of £890. Customisable to suit group requirements, and I’m expecting a large take-up by existing Bike Tours guests who don’t want to miss out on the final epic trip. (some off road riding experience or practice advised before departure). This tour can be run anytime between 9th and 21st July – happy to adjust dates to suit the group preference and flight prices. This would be my “Black Desert” tour covering about 600km, with half to two-thirds on gravel roads. However, we may extend this to include Snaefellsness as well.
August 15th to 31st J.C. Group – Private Tour of UK including the Manx Grand Prix (Isle of Man), Guiding and driving support for group of 12 people from USA. 13-16 days.
September 5th to 7th – UK Best of Three Tour. 3 days’ riding on the best roads of 3 UK National Parks (Derbyshire, Yorkshire and the English Lake District)
September 10th to 14th - Northern France – First and Second World War sites and cemeteries. (Depending on which dates were selected in April / May)
September 16th to 25th (approximate dates – depending on return boat crossing and exact itinerary) Western France and the Picos de Europa (Spain). The resurgence of a popular tour I ran up to 2008. The standard tour would involve a Portsmouth to Caen or St Malo outward ferry, ride to the Dordogne region and stay 2 or 3 nights (with an optional river descent), then one night in the Pyrenees close to the Spanish border, finishing off with 3 days in the splendid Picos mountains before taking the long ferry ride back from either Santander or Bilbao back to Portsmouth. This time, I’d like to include a small detour to Oradour-sur-Glane on the way down through France.
I’m totally flexible on the order of these September tours – everything is adaptable until the first few firm bookings come in.
The above Summer Tour Plan – is provisional (apart from the TT , which is already finalised). This is a perfectly workable schedule, but checks need to be made on preferred accommodation, ferries and flights.
Furthermore, if, say a group of 3 or 4 friends want to book, together, on a particular tour – then if they are the first to commit – I’m happy to change the dates or itinerary to suit them, then further riders will fill in with the revised plan accordingly.
Talk to me, 0115 846 2993, email me, or have a snoop around on Facebook – via the Bike Tours UK group page.