For many people, holidays are all about pursuing hobbies. If you’re a British motorbike enthusiast, there are plenty of package tours available throughout the year in the UK and in Europe. Varied in their approaches, they can offer anything from guided tours of some of the best routes around, to social nights out with fellow bikers. Not only can they be an ideal way of structuring your time off around something you enjoy doing, but they offer participants the opportunity to meet like-minded folks.
The freethinking insurance broker Bikesure takes a look at some of its favourite European Bike Tours.
White Rose Tours have been running tours since 1996, initially set up to provided guided tours of the Yorkshire Dales they have since expanded to offer a range of tours across all corners of the United Kingdom and, since 2004, around Europe. The current roster includes locations like the Spanish Pyrenees, the Harz Mountains in Germany, the Austrian Tyrol & Swiss Alps, Italy & Slovenia, Northern Spain & Portugal and Ireland.
RideWithUs tours has been operating for a decade organizes tours in Western and Eastern Europe, the UK and the US. With unrivalled knowledge of Eastern Europe and extensive knowledge of the Western Alps, they aim to offer motorcycle holidays with something for everyone, regardless of experience.
MSL tours offer a range of tours ideal for those with an interest in history as well as biking. 2014 sees a new trip, a three day tour around significant locations of the Battle of the Somme. Alternatively, combine a trip to a classic bike event at the Formula 1 circuit at Spa in Belgium with a visit to the Ruhr Valley to see the site of the events of the Dambusters mission. They also offer more scenic tours in locations such as the Massif Central and Corsica.
Edelweiss bike travel were established in 1980 and since then have created an itinerary of bike tours that cover the world.
Their European tours include a trip inside the Arctic circle to Europe’s northernmost point, Norway’s North Cape, or the Christopher Columbus tour taking in Southern Spain and Portugal as well as the more usual Alpine and Balkan tours. For those looking for the ultimate motorcycle touring experience, Edelweiss offer the world’s first motorcycle world tour.
With decades of riding experience between them, brothers Kingsley and Dominic have been running Horizon motorcycle tours for many years. Each route has been carefully plotted to ensure the very best biking roads in each of the countries they tour in.