I am thinking of going, via the Portsmouth /Santander ferry. Would like to hear from others ! Jan Nelder.
Have you checked availability? I found the dates I wanted were all fully booked from Portsmouth to Santander/ Bilbao and a ripoff £400 or so return.
Booked extra holiday and got the Newhaven Dieppe return for £66.50, alot of extra miles but mostly non motorway on some great riding roads down through France, Portugal, Spain and across the Pyrenees.
19-30 May apparently has availability, at £494 total,including basic cabin each way. Nice though France is, I have done it twice in 3 years down that side to near Bordeaux, hence may be prepared for expensive Spain route. Jan.
I have suggested that, if enough of us commit to going, then the club should approach Brittany for a discount like moto piston does for their rallies. If you can get 3bikes and riders in a van that seems to be the cheapest way.
Alternatively, it's possible to ship your bike to Lisbon, and fly from LHR, LGW AND LST to Lisbon.
Any quotes for shipping yet?
I am on the case, as there are a couple of options. As soon as I get a firm offer I'll publish it.
Hi Jan and others
Everyone's situation is different. Retired active couple with bike in a Berlingo. I'm setting off from North Yorkshire on the Sunday morning 17th May. Late evening sailing Portsmouth to Bilbao suits me fine.
Arrives Bilbao early Tuesday morning. Remember, early start, two drivers, Berlingo. Ferries don't sail every day to the Spanish ports.
Around 500 miles Bilbao to Evora. Only 35 miles less from Santander.
Take up booked accommodation in Evora Tuesday night. Easy walk from campsite and just in walled town.
Shakedown, enjoy rally.
Leave Evora Wednesday, overnight somewhere, and catch afternoon ferry Bilbao Thursday 28th afternoon.
Back at Portsmouth Friday afternoon, overnight somewhere and arrive home Saturday.
We are regular users of Brittany ferries and have a CLUB VOYAGE membership. See the Brittany ferry website for these discount details. For members, big discount for the booker, who might be booking for a large party, all with bikes, and travelling together. Other 'friends' travelling later or earlier can get a smaller significant discount on their fares if they quote their 'Friend' and his club voyage number at the time they book.
Our costs for a couple, inclusive of outside cabin, in a Berlingo, £695 on the ferry. It would have been £645 if we had elected fixed non-refundable rather than the flexible option.
Aire B&B at Evora 33 euros a night for a whole town house with balcony overlooking the city and two en-suite double bedrooms.
To me it doesn't make sense to wait for the NOC to negotiate a discount at the campsite. In terms of overall costs and the savings that may be negotiated with campsite, it's small change.
Prices at Brittany Ferries are dynamic. The first bookers will get lower rates than later bookers.
I'm looking forward to my holiday and some lovely rides out round Evora.
Will not be that much cheaper during that period, two in car is more attractive for the price than a sole m/c.
I will be trailing my bike, from Valencia to Evora, arriving a few days before the rally. The rally camp site is not taking bookings, for the duration of the rally (presumably as the site is reserved for the N.O.C.). Several other places nearby are already fully booked, I got the last room, in a small nearby hotel.
Already problems with ferries and accommodation six months before the rally ?
Think I’ll go to the Alps !
Regret to say that it's looking increasingly unlikely for us. Two people, one bike, mixture of ports and they still want £544, with a 50%non refundable deposit.!! Factor in accommodation and rally costs and you're heading towards a ££££ grand!!
I will however, shortly have a result for possible bike haulage to Lisbon...
I belive the regs on trailers change next year under EU law. Might be worth checking.
The INOA rally looks like a cheaper option, just need to borrow a bike though.
No luck with the mass transport option, so I've just booked ferry for myself.
It would still be nice if the NOC could negotiate a discount with Brittany Ferries, which would take the sting out of it,!!
Quite a number of us are going from Plymouth to Santander on the Sunday before as they still have room for bikes. once across the water we are splitting up into smaller groups to meander our way to the Rally. Any others going on this ferry?
We will see you on the boat.
Tony and Marcia Ripley
We are leaving earlier and making a longer holiday of it touring down through Portugal. See you there.
We did try at an early stage to negotiate a discount with Brittany Ferries. they said it was not possible. This may be due to the dates, they would be unlikely to discount if they were confident about selling all avaiilable places at full price. The last time we went to Portugal there were two ferry companies operating the route to Spain. Car ferries are becoming a thing of the past. There are now no ferries to Norway, Sweden or Denmark meaning that we will have to ride from Holland for the rally in Sweden next year.
when and where is the Sweden Rally next year? First I,ve heard of it and was looking at a trip to those parts next year via Eurotunnel.
We are currently planning it to be in May week 21 (27th - 30th May). Possibly in the Degerberga area but this is early days so please do not start booking anything!
I have just booked 19 May overnight Portsmouth / Santander and riding down Thursday and Friday to Evora. Looking forward to good road surfaces, scenery and weather! Jan.
Hello The rally in Sweden 2021 will be in week 32 and the place is Degeberga holiday village a little south of Kristianstad here is a link www.degebergastugby.se Unfortunately, we couldn't have a rally in May we could not have access to the whole cottage village
we had been sharing with other guests here is how far it is to Degeberga from Calais about 745 miles (1200 km) and it is through Denmark and across the Öresund Bridge you can also drive the Travemünde tilt and take a Ferry to Sweden here are ferry lines to Sweden
Thanks Tony,Tim and Bo for all the good info.
Week 32 is August 9th to 15th 2021 and look forward to a final confirmation. Will be a great follow on rally from Evora.
Calais to Lubeck, Puttgarden, Rodby, Roskilde and Degeberga would be my route over 3 days or so and only 760 miles, around 540 miles less than my Evora route from Dieppe.
Meet up with a mate tomorrow who,s doing the Nordcap run next year on his 1200 Bonneville, returning via Helsinki so would be good to meet him there on my way back after the rally if dates can be matched.