Most motorcycle travellers don’t think of staying in luxury hotels, but there’s nothing wrong with spoiling yourself with a bit of five-star luxury every now and then.
That’s exactly what Extreme Bike Tours is offering on their South India Tour next February.
The Indian-based company is throwing in a bonus free night in a five-star resort in tropical Goa for bookings made by November 30, 2015.
Riders and pillions who like their comforts can take in the spices, tea plantations, hill stations, tiger reserves and tropical beaches of southern India on the back of a classic Royal Enfield Desert Storm motorbike while staying each night in a lavish, luxury hotel.
Starting on February 6, 2016, the all-inclusive, 11-day ‘Luxury South India Adventure’ will see riders negotiate a breathtaking, 1000km route from Cochin to Goa. In the saddle for between six and eight hours a day, riders will trace some of India’s quietest roads through vast tea plantations and hill stations, past the spectacular palaces and temples of Mysore and to the jungles of Mudumalai National Park where riders will stay in a safari lodge and search for tigers.
The route ends on the tropical, hippy-frequented beaches of Goa with its colourful markets and cocktail bars.
The 11-night Luxury South India Adventure costs A$7261 (US$5083) per rider or A$6649 (US$3791) for pillion passengers, including luxury hotel accommodation each night, all meals on the tour, fuel and motorbike hire and a domestic flight at the end of the tour from Goa back to Cochin. The guided trips are open to licensed motorcyclists as well as pillion passengers riding on a bike or in the support vehicle.
All new bookings made on this tour before November 30, 2015, will also receive a free, extra, one night’s stay with breakfast at the end of the tour at the five-star Grand Hyatt Goa, which boasts tropical gardens and a seaside frontage.
Tours and fares are subject to availability and conditions apply. Prices do not include flights from Australia.
Extreme Bike Tours offers guided trips in India, the Himalayas, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, and from 2016, Cuba.
It is owned by former Englishman and adrenalin junkie, Zander Combe who owns two original 1991 Royal Enfield 500 Bullet with the kick start and gears on the wrong side. One is his original tour bike.
“We’re called Extreme Bike Tours because of the locations we go to, not the way we ride or anything else,” he says. “Anyone who is a confident rider on a licence can come on our tours. It’s about the location rather than riding around trying to kill ourselves.”