Atlantic Odyssey Tour

OffRoad Portugal - 6 Days Tour

5 Nights
6 Days
1000 Kms
Hard
5 Riding days

Summary

Atlantic Odissey, two strong words that really distinguish this 5 days expedition. The riding is fantastic and there is a moment that you`ll never forget when in a sudden you find your self at the top of the cliff and you have the boundless blue Atlantic Ocean in your eyes. An Odissey indeed because 5 days riding through all terrain means 1 big conquist every day.
For offroad bikers with experience (physical exercise before the tour is highly recommended!). We have millions of short cuts if you get tired and want to go straight to lunch time or the hotel.
This tour is a total of 6 days; your arrival, plus 5 days biking.
From land to sea you`ll have all kinds of tracks through montains, flat lanes, cork trees slalom.
There is the possibility to add an extra night in Lisbon at the end of your tour and include a dinner with a Fado performence (World Music Heritage).
Non-bikers also possible in our rallyraid support vehicle.
Bring your family. We may manage a program that allows everybody to join in the end of the day and at lunch time.

You will experience

1000 km of all kinds of trails through sand, rivers, mountains and valleys, forest, single track, technical and fast flat lanes.
The beauty of “Costa Vicentina” known as the last secret paradise on Europe’s West Coast
Typical style accommodation in awarded Rural Hotels
Medieval villages
Wonderful meals of traditional Portuguese cuisine including fresh fish from the Atlantic Ocean
Wonderful sunsets over the ocean or extenses vineyards
Friendly, welcoming people
Unforgettable memories

 

Day 0

Arriving to Lisbon Airport the transfer will take an hour to Évora. Check in at the hotel and pick up the appropriate equipment; boots, pants, helmets ...
Dinner is scheduled in a nice restaurant inside the ancient walls and you can enjoy a walk by lovely city of Évora, World Heritage by Unesco.

Day 1 .: Évora - Lousal (216 km)

Breakfast at 8.00 and briefing to explain you how to use the GPS, safety rules and other important details about the day stage. Leaving Évora towards north you`ll get wide lanes between fences of the Alentejo farms until you reach the Divor`s dam and a few more kms you`ll see in the top of the hill the XIII century castle of Arraiolos. Soon after we cross Ravasqueira`s vineyards just before we get to Ciborro, a litlle village plantted in the midle of nowhere. Turning southwest on typical tracks of this region you`ll slalow the cork oak trees and cross ahead a sandy bottom river before having lunch in Vendas Novas.
After lunch again wide lanes in sections sometimes sandy but firm. Refueling in Alcácer do Sal, then get in sandy tracks, a section to the try your skills, followed by bumpy tracks until the arrival to Lousal mines. The ruins worth visiting.

Day 2 .: Lousal - Portimão (203 km)

It is the longest stage of the expedition. Connecting Ermidas do Sado for refueling, and then go on sandy and great driving enjoyment tracks. Long bumpy tracks to Cercal and soon after more technical and physically demading tracks on S. Luís Montains, followed by a section of the Rota Vicentina and the visit to "Pego das Pias" where took place the shots for "The House of the Spirits", already close Odemira, our lunch spot.
In the afternoon, more sinuous sections in the mountains heading the Atlantic Ocean with beautifull views over Odeceixe, a piscatory village. Tight sections again on Monchique Montains where you can see a large section of Algarve beaches and a few more kilometers we`ll arrive to the welcomming Golf Resort where we will be staying.

Day 3 .: Portimão - Tavira (194 km)

This is the most technical day of the tour. We begin with the magnificent views over the large expanses of water of the Arade and Funcho Dams as we follow them on a twisty track parallel to the water - sharp turnings left and right!
Today we will cross the entire Algarve from west to east, in the mountains, on very technical and fun tracks twisting through the beautiful forests. Just before lunch we have a tough hill climb but the photos at the end are worth the work! (There is an alternative track for those who don’t fancy doing this section.) We reach our refuel point and then have a well-deserved lunch in a local village restaurant.
In the afternoon a further 90 twisty kilometers in the mountains, on tracks through forests and crossing streams. The last few kms on asphalt to our accommodation in a country house hotel. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 4.: Tavira - Albernoa (183 km)

Time to head north. After breakfast we start the day on winding tracks that appear to have been unused and forgotten for many years.  Some great, fun riding including crossing several river beds. Watch out, rolling rounded stones!  As we move up north we leave the mountains behind and the scenery flattens out.  An awesome track hugging the wide Guadiana river delivers us to Mértola where we will have lunch.
In the afternoon we will visit the "Pulo do Lobo" (jump of the wolf) which is a point where  the wide Guadiana river gets very narrow. It gets its name from an ancient saying that wolves would jump from one side to the other. Beautiful scenery; an ideal place for photos with dramatic fast running water.  We return to wide, fast tracks lined by fences that takes us to Albernoa where we will be stopping this night in a different style of country hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5.: Albernoa - Évora (213 Km)

The stage begins with large fast tracks up to the very little village of Cabeça Gorda. We`ll cross Guadian River close to Serpa and time to drink the mythic fresh beer at "Lebrinha", followed by Pias and Moura, already very close to the Alqueva, the Europe`s biggest articial lake. At Mourão the lunch will be served at "Adega Velha" (Old Cellar) where you`ll have a spontaneous performence  of Alentejo`s rural singuers.
In the afternoon, the mediavel village of Monsaraz with an unforgetable view over the Lake!! Refueling in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Europe`s Wine Capital for one last wavy section near the Monte Novo Dam, as well near Evora, where we return after 5 days.

The Bikes
KTM 450 EXC Fuel Injection
GPS's in all bikes

All Fuel
3rd party insurence for the bikes

Accomodation and meals
5 nights in twin share accomodation at 4 star Hotels or Country Houses
5 Breakfasts
5 dinners
5 lunches
We recomend you to upgrade your booking with last night dinner and accomodation.Take the opportunity to discover the City.

Back up assistence
Support vehicle with mechanic and spare parts
Tour Leader

 

Do not forget
Medical insurance with repatriation (mandatory)
1000€ returnable deposit for bike and gps damages
Driving licence (mandatory)
ID
Money for coffee breaks and personal expenses

Gear
Boots
Knee guards
Enduro Trousers
Chest Protector
Elbow guards
Googles
Gloves
Helmet
Note: For better confort we recomend you to bring your own gear but we can manage these for you for an extra 120€. Enduro Jacket, WaterProff Jacket and enduro shirt are not included on gear rentals

Clothing and other stuff
Lightweight thermal underwear the best option to use over your skin
Sports Socks
Swim wear
Camel Backwith about 1.5 litres (OBLIGATORY)
Waterproof jacket

Medical stuff
Aspirins/paracetamol – some form of pain killer
Anti-inflammatory pills/cream
Lip salve – to avoid chapped lips
Plasters
Sun cream
Rehydration powders.
Energy/glucose tablets

Tranfers to and from Lisbon Airport
We can manage that for you to reduce costs with other riders. Starting at 35€/person (each way) for groups with more than 3 people.

Reservation process

Reservations are made on HorizonAdventures website (www.horizonadventures.pt). Several extras can be added during the booking process, right after the selection of your tour. The optional extras will be displayed in several lines right below the booked tour. We strongly recommend all participants to plan the return flight on the day after the last riding day. For this reason, the last day’s dinner and accommodation is a pre-selected add on. If a participant need to catch the return flight on the same day, he’s free to remove this extra, before closing the bill.

When finalizing the booking the participant will be asked for a first deposit to reserve his bike. A 3,5% handling fee will be added to cover administrative costs.

As soon as we receive the first deposit, the place on the tour will be reserved. This payment is non-refundable in any case, but can be used if the customer wants to relocate to another tour, as long as it’s booked within 12 months after the initial tour date.

Once we receive confirmation of the bank transfer, we will send an email notification confirming your place on the tour. In this email you will find a link to be used to proceed with the second payment (the customer must enter the same importance as on the first deposit). This payment should take place no later than 60 days before the start of the tour.

The remaining payment is due at your arrival, before the start of the event.

Reservations are accepted only after the acceptance of the present Terms & Conditions, by ticking on the related check box.

Payments can be made by Paypal. Contact us for other methods of payment.

Transfer IN / Transfer OUT

We can arrange the transfers from/to the Airport. We will try as much as possible to join more participants booked on the same tour. If you’re interested to share these transfers, please don’t forget to add it on your booking process.

The extra cost included on the Booking extras is calculated for a minimum of 4 persons. If the group to be transferred is less than 4 participants the cost will be higher, and balanced on your arrival (send us an email should you want more details on these over costs).

Cancellations

If a participant book a tour, but for some reason the payment has not been processed, or if only the first payment was done, but the second payment is overdue with less than 60 days prior to the event, HorizonAdventures will not secure the place on the tour, and reserves the right to cancel the reservation and open this place for other participants.

If a participant withdrawal occurs between 60 and 30 days before the start of the tour, HorizonAdventures will return 50% of the amount paid to date by the participant, except the first deposit, which is non-refundable.

If the withdrawal takes place less than 30 days prior to the beginning of the tour, HorizonAdventures will not return any payment to the customer.

HorizonAdventures reserves the right, at any time, to cancel, change the itinerary or interrupt a tour when, for any reason, the safety or comfort of the participants are not guaranteed in countries or regions visited on the tour, including force majeure as riots, floods, earthquakes, etc.

If HorizonAdventures defeat the realization of the tour, all participants will be reimbursed in full amount they have paid.

Specifically on tours “The Big Lake” and “Atlantic Odyssey”, HorizonAdventures reserves the right to change the itinerary of the tour if 30 days prior to the starting date, there are less than 4 riders confirmed. In such case “Atlantic Odyssey” will be replaced by a 3 days tour + 2 days loop, and the “The Big Lake Tour” will be replaced by a 2 days tour + 2 days loop. A loop is when the start & end of the day stage takes place in the same location (in this case Évora). In such case 3 options are available:
1. Accept the itinerary changes,
2. Relocate to the next tour,
3. Quit the participation and get reimbursed on the full amount paid (if the change becomes reality).
In any case, if till the last minute the minimum of 4 riders is achieved, HorizonAdventures will come back to the initial itinerary as described on the website.

Bikes

The bikes included in the tour package are limited to be used exclusively in the scope and course of the tour. It doesn’t include and will not be allowed to use the bike outside the described route, or particular uses on rest days and / or at the end of daily stages.

In some HorizonAdventures tours a spare bike is carried. This bike will be used free of charge if there is a mechanical breakdown. During the tour HorizonAdventures is not obligated to replace a damaged bike due to fall or accident.

Before beginning the tour, the client agrees to pay a deposit of ONE THOUSAND EUROS, to cover any damages caused on the bike, during the event. This amount will be returned in full provided that no damage has occurred.

A final check will be done in the presence of the participant to evaluate any possible damages. If for whatever reason it is not possible to check the bikes at the end of the tour (eg: Urgency to catch return flight), HorizonAdventures will have up to 7 days to advise the participant of those damages, which the participant accept to be charged.

Wheelies are not allowed - If damage is caused as the result of doing a wheelie the client will be responsible for the cost of all damages, independently of the deposit to cover damages.

Safety

The personal and group security is a priority for HorizonAdventures.

The client must hold a full motorbike driving license which must be brought on the tour, and has made known of any endorsements or restrictions made to it by the licensing authorities.

The irresponsibly use of the bike, disregarding the rules of transit or the tour, will not be tolerated and cause the immediate suspension of the pilot, and the bike will be locked.

In the event of an accident involving a third party, in which the participant (driver) is found guilty, in particular for infringing the traffic rules, the participant's responsibility will be the total replacement of the damage caused on the bike, regardless of the initial deposit

All fines, judicial costs, etc., derived from any form of traffic infraction or other, caused by the client during the tour, will be payable by the client.

For all intents and purposes, the client is aware of the current legislation in Portugal and therefore assure, under Article 40, paragraph 2 of Law 5/2007, from January 16th, approving the Basic Law of Physical Activity and Sport, that does not have any contraindications to the practice of various sporting activities, which will be taking place.

The client declare that he has taken note of the program, including the fact that he will mainly engage in driving motorcycles and all risks associated with the practice of this sport, taking any and all liabilities arising from acts performed by him of which result in damages to HorizonAdventures, or others, and accept to be obliged to pay compensation to the affected parties at the precise extent of this damage.

If the client leaves the tour voluntarily before completion of the tour, or is required to do so by HorizonAdventures, (on the grounds that the client’s presence is detrimental to the safety or well-being of the tour or any one person on the tour), then all liability that HorizonAdventures may bear to that client (namely the event insurance) will cease immediately. HorizonAdventures will have no responsibility for repatriation of the participant, or any other expenses which may arise out of such an event.

Insurance Policy

HorizonAdventures has contracted for all its activities a Liability Insurance, mandatory for all Touristic Animation Agents, according to article 27 of Decree-Law No. 108/2009 of May, 15th amended by the Decree-Law No. 95/2013 of July, 19th.

The motorbikes of HorizonAdventures are covered by a Liability Insurance (civil responsibility third party).

HorizonAdventures has a Personal Accident Insurance to cover his clients on any tour. The client is aware of the conditions of the Personal Accident Insurance, inherent to the tour, in particular the conditions and the coverage, according to article 27 of Decree-Law No. 108/2009 of May, 15th assuming responsibility for any damage not covered by its Policy, as well as any expenses that exceed the coverages of that policy, or any disease / pernicious situation that may occur.

Additionally, each participant must book in his country of residence a travel insurance including health care with repatriation to his own country, to be used in the event of an accident or medical emergency. This insurance must explicitly not exclude the bike as means of transport, and has to be valid in all countries included on the tour. The client acknowledges that this specific risk coverage is his solely responsibility.

Room distribution

All tour prices are based on a twin room sharing.

The Single room supplement can be added on the booking process (extra cost). There is a limited number of single rooms which will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. If you are traveling alone but wish to share a twin room, HorizonAdventures will try to find you a roommate in the same situation.

If HorizonAdventures is unable to find a roommate, the last participant to book the tour will have to be charged for single room supplement.

Rules during the tour

In the initial briefing, some basic rules will be communicated to the group. Failure to follow these rules or any other staff indication that could compromise the security of any member of the group will result in immediate suspension of the participant.
GENERAL RULES:
- Do not surpass the Tour Leader;
- Do not leave the GPS track;
- Respect traffic regulations and local speed limits;
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages during riding hours;
- Meet the timetables set out in the daily briefing;
- Comply with the directions and decisions of the Tour Leader.

Tour Changes

Tours are operated on a seasonal basis. If variations in weather conditions that may result in damaged / dangerous road conditions, HorizonAdventures may change the tour itinerary and accommodations. In such case, the route will be adjusted and alternative hotels & restaurants will be used.

Required documents

- Valid passport with expiration date higher than 6 months after the end of the tour.

- Driving license is mandatory for all tours.

- Credit card for online pre-payment authorizations (eg: deposit for bike damages).

- Travel insurance including health care and repatriation to the country of residence.

Photo and video material

Photos and videos produced by HorizonAdventures in any tour are property of HorizonAdventures. The copyright is owned by HorizonAdventures.

With the acceptance of these terms and conditions, HorizonAdventures is authorized to use all this material for advertising and marketing purposes, including images of tours where participants can be recognized. Participants aren’t entitled to any claim against HorizonAdventures due to the use of these materials.

Final considerations

The client will comply strictly with the laws and customs of all countries visited, whether in respect of health, immigration, exchange control, drugs or any other matter.

Any discrepancy that may arise between the client and HorizonAdventures will be dealt with under the jurisdiction of the Company's home country - Portugal.

Read carefully the conditions described above and clarify all of your doubts.

To complete the booking process the client must agree and accept all these terms and conditions by ticking on the related checkbox.