Schedule

From
To
Category
Airport
Price
Availability
From 9th April 2021
To16th April 2021
Category Guided Tour
Location Las Palmas
Price€ 2550
7 available

Mountains, jaw dropping coastal scenery, quaint villages, great weather and excellent roads– The Canary Islands are a must do for any motorcyclist

Key Information

Start/Finish Location
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Islands Visited
Gran Canaria, Tenerife & La Gomera
Duration
9 days / 9 nights
Distance
Variable (circa 1,500 - 2,000km)
Riding Difficulty
Easy
Culture Shock
Low
Pillion Supplement
€720
Single Room Supplment
€360

Introduction – The Canary Islands is probably best known as a year-round sun holiday destination and while most visitors tend to stay in resorts along the coast, the Islands offer some of the best motorcycling in Europe. Our Canary Islands tour incorporates the very best of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and the lesser known but spectacular La Gomera Island. Having carried out a reconnaissance tour in March 2019 we’ve picked out the very best motorcycling on the Islands whilst basing ourselves close (but not too close) to popular sun holiday destinations. Each Canary Island is completely different with diverse landscapes including Volcanoes, forests, beaches, sand dunes, rock cliffs, natural swimming pools, waterfalls and oceans.

As we are using the same hotels as our bases for a number of nights at various points throughout the tour there are many advantages including:

  • All luggage can be left at the hotel during the day leaving your motorcycle lighter and more fun to ride
  • Ideal locations for ‘off the bike’ activities incl. spas, hiking, cycling, beaches etc.

With ‘less is more’ being the basis for this particular tour we indulge in the very best the regions have to offer in terms of scenery, cuisine and local hospitality. The tour incorporates some very well-known holiday destinations along with some lesser known hidden gems. If you think there can’t be much biking in the Canaries you’d be very wrong. We have rated the riding difficulty as moderate for this tour as there are lots of narrow mountain roads through the Islands beautiful interiors.

More Information

Days 1 & 2

With Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as our base for the first 3 nights we take in the very best the Island has to offer with 2 different day loops around the island returning to Las Palmas in the evenings. Gran Canaria is known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Its southern beaches include bustling Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico as well as quieter Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín. The islands rural interior is dominated by mountains.

Day 3

Today sees us leaving Gran Canaria by ferry to Tenerife. Travelling south from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the islands capital and joint capital (with Las Palmas) of the Canary Islands along one of Tenerife’s most spectacular roads, the TF-28, also known as the forgotten road. Reaching the south of the Island we take the ferry to today’s destination on the third smallest Island of the Canaries; La Gomera.

Day 4

We spend the day exploring La Gomera island through palm-filled valleys, deep ravines, black sand beaches with crystal-clear waters, luxuriant ancient forests refreshed with babbling streams. A natural paradise and home to many species that have disappeared everywhere else. In the evening we take the ferry back to Tenerife and our base for the next three nights in the shadows of Teide National Park and overlooking Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos.

Days 5, 6 & 7

Strategically located we are in a prime location to explore the best of Tenerife in great detail with spectacular day loops in different directions.

Some highlights include the Teide National Park; the biggest park on the Canary Islands with a unique landscape of craters, volcanoes and rivers of petrified lava, surrounding the impressive silhouette of Teide Volcano that stands at 3,718 m above sea level. Two visitor centres reveal some of the park’s secrets, a bar and restaurant area for refreshment and abundant vantage points to gain a panoramic view of the whole park.

Day 8

Today sees us leaving Tenerife behind but not before one last fantastic ride to the ferry back to Gran Canaria and the finishing point of our tour in Las Palmas

Included:

  • Motorcycle rental
  • B&B accommodation in quality 3-4 star hotels.
  • Half board on all riding days. 
  • Tour guide(s)
  • Detailed route maps / itinerary etc. allowing some self-guiding if preferred.
  • Return ferry to/from Corsica

Not Included

  • Protective motorcycle gear/clothing or helmets
  • Any travel costs to get to the start and from the finish point for the tour.
  • Personal travel, accident and medical insurance (covering matters such as medical expenses, repatriation, cancellation, curtailment, loss or damage to property)
  • Entrance fees to sights and parks, optional local excursions or local activities, (except where stated)
  • Lunches or snacks (except where stated). Any meals whilst on board ferries. Evening meals on rest/optional ride out days.
  • Personal spending money, tips, souvenirs or other extras.
  • Personal documentation (eg visas, passport), vaccinations, personal taxes, border crossing fees, motorcycle documentation
  • Costs of motorcycle repair (parts, labour or other related costs), tyres
  • Fuel, oil & other motorcycle consumables
  • Toll road fees, traffic fines or other charges relating to breach of the law
  • Any other item not specifically included in the price.

Hotels

As with all our guided tours we carefully select very good standard 3 or 4* hotels. Over the years we have built up a vast selection of tried and tested hotels around the world and we select hotels for their character and service rather than just on their star rating.  Hotel standards vary all over the world and a 4* in Africa or South America is not always the same as in Europe. In some more remote locations, we may use equivalent 3* hotels or the best available in the area, which could be a more family run establishment, with local character.

Pre trip we provide you with Tour Specific Information that gives you detailed information about how to prepare and plan your tour, and what to expect when on tour.  These are a few FAQ that many people have. If you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

What riding experience do I need?
Generally speaking we recommend all participants to be experienced tourers in Europe and/or beyond. Obviously, some destinations are easier than others, as classified by our difficulty ratings, and should you have concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. It is your responsibility to ensure your motorcycling skills are up to the requirements for this tour. Obviously advanced riding skills increase enjoyment factor and reduce risk.

Do I have to ride in a group?
No!  We do not make you ride in convoy and we offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. However, we find most people prefer to ride with the group without the need to navigate. We use either the ‘drop off’ or ‘buddy’ systems when group riding (depending on country and complexity of navigation); these are tried and tested systems of group riding and allow riders to ride at their own pace. Full details are provided at pre-trip briefings. Daily departure times are set every evening for the following morning depending on the days route and points of interest. If you prefer to ride on your own, we provide you with a map and route cards with recommendations for lunch or coffee stops and hotel information. We offer a very flexible approach with an emphasis on maximum enjoyment.

Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
Yes. Pillion passengers should be experienced tourers / travellers. 

What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally between 8 – 14 riders (some riders will have passengers). Most riders are from the Ireland, but we do also have overseas riders who may take part.

What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: 

  • Passport and Driving Licence.  Passengers only need their passport.  As a general rule, passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the tour; however, this may be shorter in some European countries. 
  • In addition, you must have valid travel/medical insurance.
  • Visas as required Please ensure that you are fully aware of all passport and visa requirements and that you allow adequate time to obtain them.

What will the weather be like?

Depending on season / time of year we will advise expected weather conditions in the pre-trip information and also suggest the most suitable gear based on our experience. It is imperative that tour participants have suitably adequate gear. Please note our tour calendar is carefully planned taking into account the most suitable seasons / local weather for the destination. However, as much as we would like, we cannot always guarantee the best weather. Particularly considering the un-predictable climates the world has been experiencing.

What about my health when I am abroad?
You need to be physically fit and healthy and also take the necessary health precautions.  It is essential for you to consult your doctor or travel clinic for up-to-date medical travel information prior of travel, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Please ensure that you are fully aware of all official travel advice, local customs, current affairs, travel requirements and medical/travel advice. Please check with your GP regarding recommended inoculations. 

Do I need Travel / Medical Insurance?
It is a condition of you travelling with us that you are adequately insured.  Your insurance policy must cover you for the costs of any medical expenses, medical treatment or repatriation needed, due to injury or illness on this trip, including those that occur whilst motorcycle touring, either as the rider or a passenger.  It is important that your insurance company understands that the main purpose of your trip is motorcycle touring, using your own large capacity cc motorcycle or a rental motorcycle.  Your insurance must cover you for the full duration of the trip and for all countries we travel through.

In addition, we strongly recommend that your insurance policy has cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation and curtailment. We do not refund your deposit simply because you failed to take out insurance in sufficient time. Some travel insurance policies do not cover motorcycle travel over a certain cc or for a prolonged duration.

Minimum Numbers
We require a minimum number of 8 riders on this tour.  If we do not have this number of bookings, then we reserve the right to cancel the tour.

Booking:

  • Overlanders may accept a booking online, via telephone or by email. To confirm a booking a deposit is required – once the deposit is received the booking is confirmed.

Payments & Fees:

  • A deposit is required at time of booking.
  • Guided tours – 50% required at least 60 days prior to the shipment / travel date.
  • All payments must be made in full at least 30 days prior to the shipment / travel date.

Cancellation/Amendments/Refund Policy:

  • Please note that all payments and deposits are non refundable nor transferrable if cancellation accrues within one month before the shipment / tour date.
  • Where possible we will try to accommodate any amendments you wish to make.
  • In the event of curtailment no refunds shall be made.
  • Refunds may be processed via the original method of payment, except for cash transactions where refunds will be provided by cheque.

Gallery