If you have never toured before this section should answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions. If you have further queries, please contact us and we will do out best to put your mind at rest.
What is the difference between Guided, Self Guided Tours?
- On Guided Tours you will be led by an experienced guide who will ensure that you visit all the right places and ride some great roads. You will not need maps or road directions. We use a simple "drop off" system, which allows you to ride at your own pace.
- For your convinience all our Guided Tours can be oranised as Self Guided. For details and pricing please contact us.
- Our Self Guided Tours offer you complete flexibility to travel how you want and with whom you want. You will be provided with a comprehensive Tour Pack with all the routes and accommodation details and you will be responsible for your navigation. TomTom and Garmin mapsource routes will be available. For your peace of mind we provide you with a complete pre-tour check list to ensure nothing is forgotten.
I have never been on tour before - will I hold the group up?
No, this is not a race but a tour. There is always a degree of different abilities within a group but no one would expect you to ride any different than at your own pace. We will be enjoying the scenery and roads rather than trying to get our knees down.
How much experience do I need?
There is no better way to gain experience that actually getting on a tour. Many people find riding on the continent a lot easier than in the UK as roads are generally in better condition with less traffic.
How many people can go on a tour?
We don't ride in large groups and generally places are limited to 10 bikes on the Guided Tours. Our team is small and we do take care of who joins us on these expeditions.
What sort of mileage do you do each day?
mileage will depend on what roads we actually ride on a particular day. We cover more miles on motorways than on country roads and whatever the distance we tend to stop approximately every 70 miles (or every 1.5 hour) to refuel or just to have a rest. You will find estimates of daily mileages and totals for each tour.
What happens on Free Days?
The destination on our longer tours is organised in such a way that it allows you to relax for a day if you wish. Alternatively you can take up one of the recommended routes we offer. The time is yours, so its up to you what you get up to.
What documents do I need?
We supply comprehensive checklist in your Tour Pack that will tell you exactly what you will need to take with you.
Do I need to take out Travel/Breakdown insurance.
Breakdown Insurance is never a bad idea, and many insurance companies now include this within your policy. However, on all European tours (including Southern Ireland ) we make it a condition that all our clients take-out some form of Personal Travel and Accident/Breakdown cover. This is essential for repatriation of yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident or medical emergency.
How do we book a tour?
Once you have made your choice, we suggest you ring us to ensure that places are still available. If you then wish to book, we will hold a place for you for 48 hours (to allow time for you to check whether you can get time off work, etc). You should then complete the Booking Form and forward it together with a cheque/Bank Draft for the deposit amount. Upon our receipt of your Booking Form and cheque, you will be sent a Booking Confirmation Invoice showing the remaining tour balance and when it is due. We do not send a balance reminder so please mark the date on your calendar.
Can we pay by Credit card or Paypal?
I am sure you are aware that both these means of payment incur a charge which enevitably is passed onto the customer. Therefore for the present , we prefer to keep your costs as low as possible by only accepting cheques or Bank Transfers.
Can I pay in instalments?
Yes you can. Once the deposit has been paid we can split the remaining payment over the amount of months left prior to the last month before departure. Please speak with us directly about instalment payments.
Is our money safe?
Yes. As a tour operator we comply with the EEC regulation (90/314/EEC) that all payments received will remain in a dedicated account until your tour is complete.
Do you do bike hire?
No, we don’t, but should you wish to come on one of our tours, we will try to put you in contact with an appropriate hire firm. All tour prices are based on you supplying your own motorcycle.
Do you have a limit on the type of motorcycle/scooter you will accept?
We do not accept a motorcycle or scooter less than 500cc, neither do we accept any vehicle that will not do 125 miles to a tank of fuel. On UK tours we can be more flexible and suggest you ring to discuss your request.
Do you have a minimum age for people on tour?
All persons on the tour including pillions must be over 18 years of age.
Do you have a maximum age?
No we do not, everyone is different, and providing they are a competent rider they are welcome. However, we hope that riders will know when the time has come to ‘hang their leathers’ up.
How much money should I take?
With some exceptions, the euro is now the common currency of Europe (including Ireland) making life easier for anyone touring abroad. Credit cards are also readily accepted, especially at fuel stations. If you do run short of currency, there are numerous ATMs although most now charge you for the privilege. So, to answer the question, we suggest you look carefully at the description of what exactly is included on your tour. Every tour includes en-suite accommodation, breakfast, and evening meals. Certain tours are marked as “value tours” which means all evening meals are included leaving you with only lunch, petrol and drinks to budget for. We also give you a rough estimate of the mileage you can expect to cover, which should allow you to estimate your total spend on fuel. Other costs that you will want to budget for are motorway fees, either in the form of tolls or buying a vignette.