100 Ton Gun Run

 

2012
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2013
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An 18 day fully guided tour through Holland, Belgium, France and Spain, to Gibraltar, a little piece of Britain on Spain’s southern coast. Including ferry crossings, support vehicle, all breakfasts and evening meals where specified.

Day 1 15.45 Our adventure begins at the North Shields ferry terminal, near Newcastle Upon Tyne. After boarding, get settled into your cabin, explore the boat & it’s facilities, & meet us later for a welcome meal in the restaurant. Later you can enjoy the on-board entertainment, have a drink in one of the bars, or maybe a little flutter in the casino.

Day 2 After breakfast on the boat, we arrive in Ijmuiden, near Amsterdam, at 09.30. See how the landscape changes as we ride through Holland, Belgium & into France, where we overnight just south of Lille. Enjoy the culinary delights of French cuisine at in this renowned 4* hotel. 213 miles

Day 3 Today we’ll skirt around Paris, missing the rush hour traffic, heading towards Orleans and our hotel, which has been tastefully converted from a former 12th century monastery on the banks of the River Loire. 200 miles

Day 4 Continuing south to warmer climes, passing vineyards in the pretty Charentes countryside, our destination today is an enchanting 17th century converted mill. Relax after your day’s ride, and enjoy a locally produced cognac on the hotel terrace, with the river flowing gently at your feet. 230 miles

Day 5 We’ll need an early start this morning, as we rumble through sleepy little villages towards the foothills of the Pyrenees. Here we will enjoy the long, sweeping bends and mountain roads with fantastic scenery, as we climb to the top and cross the border into Spain. Coming down from the cool, mountain air, we’ll continue on past Pamplona, and spend our first night in Spain in style, in a 15th century medieval castle, in the centre of Olite. 293 miles

Day 6 Our tour continues on scenic roads bathed in sunshine (hopefully!), as we ride to a quaint little town, south of Madrid. The market place in Chinchon once doubled up as the bullring, with shops and restaurants built around it, and it’s easy to imagine the medieval days when the locals would watch the bullfights from the balconies above. Our Parador is a beautifully converted convent, with outdoor pool and gardens, and is within easy walking distance of the many bars and restaurants in the market place. 233 miles

Day 7 Riding down through Spain on quiet, unspoilt roads we’re going to spend tonight in the Sierra de Cazorla mountains. Our beautiful 4* hotel boasts excellent rooms, restaurant and swimming pool, with fantastic views over the surrounding nature reserve. 204 miles

Day 8 We leave for Gibraltar this morning, riding past Granada and descending towards Malaga and the Mediterranean Sea. We’ll be following the coastline, along through Marbella, Puerto Banus, Estepona and La Linea, where we cross the border into Gib. This is probably the only time you’ll ever ride your bike across a working airport runway, just remember to wait for the green light, and look out for low-flying aircraft! 240 miles

Day 9 At last! Time to find the 100 Ton Gun! We’ll have an optional ride around the rock first to orientate those who wish to come, then the rest of the day is yours to spend as you like. Our hotel is in the centre of the town, within walking distance of some of the best duty-free shopping in the med! And don’t forget to visit the trendy shopping and dining area that is Casemates Square, at the end of Main Street.

Day 10 Free day. There’s loads to see and do in Gibraltar and you can choose as much or as little as you like. How about a ride (or taxi) around to Catalan Bay, for a delicious seafood lunch at the beach? Or, you can take a taxi up the rock to see the famous apes, caves and tunnels, or take the ferry across the Med to Tangiers, for a little taste of Morocco!

Day 11 Today we’ll leave Gibraltar and begin our return, heading inland to Ronda, with it’s spectacular gorge, then back on the sweeping mountain roads to Almagro, where our Parador for tonight was once a 16th century convent. I wonder what the nuns would think if they could see their convent today, with all it’s luxury, mod cons and swimming pool! For dinner, take a short walk for tapas in the famous old square, lined with the fine old houses of the Spanish aristocracy. 254 miles

Day 12 Still riding up through central Spain, we are heading along fabulous biking roads to the imposing castle at Siguenza, where we will overnight like royalty in this fantastic setting. 204 miles

Day 13 From the rolling plains of Siguenza, we are heading north-west to the region of Aragon, north of Zaragoza. We spend tonight in our last Parador, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. 161 miles

Day 14 Back to those beautiful mountain roads again, as we ride up into the Pyrenees to cross back into France. We return through the Charentes vineyards to the lovely Moulin du Maine Brun, where another glass of local cognac might just be the order of the day! 287 miles

Day 15 Retracing our steps northwards, but on slightly different routes, we’ll be heading for L’Abbaye on the Loire for another night in this beautiful hotel. 205 miles

Day 16 Leaving the Loire behind, we’ll ride around Paris and across the River Seine. Making our way up towards Lille, and our gastronomic hotel at Douai. 225 miles

Day 17Today we leave France, ride back through Belgium and into Holland, to catch our ferry at Ijmuiden, homeward bound. We’ll all join up for a farewell meal on board, and maybe a couple of beers in the bar, afterwards!

Day 18 After our last splendid breakfast of the holiday, we’ll sadly say our goodbyes, and get ready to disembark at 9am.

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We reserve the right to change this itinerary subject to availability.
All mileages are approximate.

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