Motorcycle Tour - The Silver Route (La Via de la Plata)

Overview

On this tour you ride along an old trade route that dates back to the times of ancient roman emperors. Today it makes up an important trail of great cultural heritage known as Via De La Plata, the Silver Route. Discover the roads into the heart of Spain, full of historic cities, hospitable people and delicious cuisine.

Once a link between the Atlantic coast and the lands of southern Spain, for many centuries The Silver Route was a main communications route from North to South. Originally it served the spread of Roman culture, later, during the Middle Ages, it was used by Arabs and Christians alike. Fascinating cities and palaces built by the Goths, the Romans and not least the Arabs are witnesses to the remarkable past of this primeval region of Spain.

Riding through this magnificent scenery, our route takes us via Ronda to Seville, the capital city of Andalusia. From here we explore the Extremadura region, one of the last miracles of nature in Europe. Besides the fantastic roads winding their way through this impressive and extremely varied landscape, we visit towns immeresed in history and experience amazing wildlife.

The tour offers complete motorcycling pleasure on small quiet roads through stunningly beautiful scenery. The roads throughout the entire route are asphalted. The comfort of a top noch 4* hotel (Paradores, Castles and Convents) awaits you after a day's riding.

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TOURDATES:

2018:

28 Apr - 05 May 2018 Download and add this tour dates to your personal calendar

Start/Finish:  Malaga
Duration: 8 days, 6 days riding
Total distance: Approx. 1,500 km
Tour character: Panoramic roads
Accommodation: Selected 4* hotels
Highlights: Cáceres, Alcocer, Naturpark Monfragüe, Zafra

Tourmap

Daily stages

  • Day 1: Arrival in Malaga
  • Day 2: Malaga - Sierra Morena - Zafra (350 km)
  • Day 3: Zafra - Merida - Trujillo (280 km)
  • Day 4: Trujillo - Caceres - Monfragüe - Plasencia (about 230 km)
  • Day 5: Plasencia - Sierra Gredos - Guadalupe (about 250 km)
  • Day 6: Guadalupe - Cordoba (about 300 km)
  • Day 7: Cordoba – Malaga (about 250 km)
  • Day 8: Return journey

Course of events

Day 1: Arrival in Málaga
Arrival at Málaga airport and transfer to the Hotel. Introductions over dinner with Spanish wine while giving us an opportunity to discuss our tour.

Day 2: Malaga – Zafra
On our first driving day we pass through wild mountainous scenery and the gorges of the Sierra Margarita and the natural wonder of El Torcal, famous for its unusual and unique limestone formations.
We continue following the road to Antequera, one of the most beautiful white villages in Andalusia and pass through Morón de la Frontera. Our route takes us through the Sierra Morena nature reserve. In this diverse mountainous and hilly landscape endless fascinating roads wind through oak forests and pastures, past millions of flowers and magical lakes. Long-sweeping bends and smooth asphalt makes our hearts beat just that little bit faster.

Day 3: Zafra – Sierra Morena – Trujillo
Today we reach Extremadura, a region of Spain where history was written. America‘s conquerors came from Extremadura. Hernán Cortez and Francisco Pizarro brought Inca and Maya gold back to their homeland Spain, thus financing the construction of splendid palaces and impressive churches.
Our tour leads us to a town steeped in history; Trujillo. Trujillo, the birthplace of the famous conqueror Pizarro, is mainly renowned for its beautiful main square, the medieval fort and city walls with seven gates.

Day 4: Trujillo – Cáceres - Plasencia
From Trujillo we go on the town of Cáceres. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and considered by many to be Spain‘s most beautiful city. Indeed, the flair of this city is unique as Cáceres offers an extremely well preserved old town with numerous palaces from the 14th century.
Cáceres is definitely a city we could spend more time in, however, there are still many more fascinating things waiting to be discovered on our tour such as the Parque Natural de Monfragüe.The Monfragüe reserve, protected since 1979, boasts the largest and most representative Mediterranean forests. Impressive breeding colonies of griffon vultures can be seen on the rocky cliffs while the park is also home to peregrine falcons, hawk-eagles and eagle owls.

Day 5: Plasencia - Guadalupe
From our hotel in Plasencia we ride towards the Sierra de Gredos. Here we will find beautiful small mountain roads with impressive views. Continuing our way down to Guadalupe we stop for a moment to visit some old Romans ruins.
In the evening we will spend the night in Guadalupe, which is particularly famous for its „Black Madonna“, the patron saint of all Spanish-speaking countries.

Day 6: Guadalupe – Cordoba
On our way to Córdoba we pass through an area of particularly stunning scenery and crystal-clear lakes. Each of these once man-made lakes captivates through its own unique character. Nevertheless, many magnificent stretches of road and the fascinating Andalusian city of Córdoba still await us. In the 11th century, Córdoba was one of the largest capital cities in Europe and today its cultural heritage epitomizes Andalusia.Córdoba boasts the world-famous Mezquita that originates from the 8th century and, covering an area of 23,000 square metres, it is the third largest mosque in the world.

Day 7: Cordoba – Malaga
We leave Córdoba and head in the direction of Granada, the home of the incomparable Alhambra, the only Moorish palace complex to be preserved in its entirety. We then cross the Sierra Nevada over a stunning mountain pass.
From here the endless winding roads and unique landscape of the Alpujarras await us. Away from the traffic with the Mediterranean Sea in sight we start our descent along the steep winding roads to our starting point of the tour.
Over a farewell dinner we look back at some of the fantastic impressions of the past week.

Day 8: Return journey
Note: We reserve the right to make minor changes to the tour.

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Prices / Services

TOURPRICES

Driver € 1.980 Pillion € 1.880 Single room surcharge € 300

YOUR MOTORCYCLE ON TOUR

Your own bike € 0
BMW F700GS € 570
BMW F800GS F800GS ADV € 630
BMW R1200GS R1200GS ADV € 810
BMW R1200R € 720
BMW R1200RT € 870

OUR SERVICES

Transfer in Andalusia
Rental bike incl. comprehensive insurance
Accommodation in first class 4* Hotels
Breakfast and Dinner
English/Spanish speaking tour guide
Chase vehicle
Information package / Maps
Souvenir

Not included:
Flight, Fuel, Drinks, Snacks

TOURDATES

2018:

28 Apr - 05 May 2018 Download and add this tour dates to your personal calendar

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