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Dirt Deluxe Guided Motorcycle Adventure Tour

6 DAYS
FROM $4,535

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70% DIRT

<30% paved

SERVICE LEVEL

Luxury Hotels

A la carte dining

GROUP SIZE

1-8 Motorcycles

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Tour Overview

  • Tour Start / End:  Quito, Ecuador.  Airport Code: UIO
  • Tour Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
  • Time Needed: 7-8 days vacation
  • Riding Days: 6
  • Rest Days: 0
  • Route: 30% asphalt road / 70% dirt or cobblestone roads (approximately)
  • Guided: Travel with an experienced multi-lingual Ecuadorian Resident Guide who knows the route and the people along it
  • All-Inclusive - featuring gourmet cuisine that combines tradition with innovation
  • Accommodations: High End,  Exclusive, Award-Winning Luxury Accommodations
  • Total Distance Covered: approximately 1040 km / 647 miles
  • Total Elevation Gain / Loss 19,658 meters / 64,595 feet
  • Highest Elevation: 4063 meters / 13,300 feet
  • Lowest Elevation: 935 meters / 3068 feet
  • Steepest grade 29.9% (uphill)

The 6-day luxury motorcycle tour crisscrosses the northern Ecuadorian Andes, a part of the country that still feels enigmatic, subtly inaccessible and not saturated with tourists. It's an area known for its pristine wildlife refuges, coffee plantations, timeworn colonial buildings, and therapeutic hot springs.

The route will bring you to a vast variety of climates, cultures, and altitudes.  You'll visit the beautiful cloud forests on the Western Slopes of the Andes, soak in five different unique volcanic hot springs, haggle at the indigenous markets in Otavalo, savor freshly grown coffee from the some of the world's top growers, and revel in the outstanding vistas all along the way.

Each night's accommodations are in carefully selected exclusive, luxury haciendas and wilderness lodges that are as diverse as the terrains you will traverse.  The hospitality of each venue has its particular regional character which is evident in every gesture.

MOTORCYCLE
PRICE FOR
1 RIDER
SINGLE OCCUPANCY

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Yamaha XT250*$4,535

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW G310GS$4,655

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW G310GS (LOWERED)$4,655

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Suzuki DR650*$4,775

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Suzuki DR650 (LOWERED)*$4,775

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

SWM RS 650R*$4,775

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Husqvarna 701 Enduro*$5,075

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F700 GS$5,015

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F750 GS$5,075

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Triumph Tiger 800XCx$5,135

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F800GS$5,135

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F850GS$5,195

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000$5,195

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT$5,195

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Single Room SupplementIf you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!INCLUDEDIf you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!
Price for Passenger in Double RoomIf you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!$1,200If you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!
 2 Bikes / 1 RoomIf you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!
10% OFF
BOTH BIKES
If you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!

* Bikes marked with an asterisk are not configured to take a passenger since they use saddlebags and not panniers for luggage.

All prices are in United States Dollars (USD) - the official currency of the Republic of Ecuador

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Elevation Profile

TIMELINE OVERVIEW

Travel day to Quito

Arrival in Quito

Travel day to Quito

Accommodations: Not included.  We will provide you with a list of recommended hotels in Quito near our shop in the heart of the fashionable La Carolina neighborhood so that you can relax and explore the nearby galleries, museums, and cafés.

Travel day to Quito

1 or 2 days prior to the tour start date

Pre-Tour Registration and Tour of Quito

Arrive a day or two prior to departure to enjoy Quito and we'll provide you with tickets on the Hop-on / Hop - Off bus to enjoy a stress-free day in the capital.  For those who want a little more fun, we can provide you with a selfd-guided tour of Quito on one of our 150cc motorscooters.

Day 1

Quito - Mindo

Distance: 97 km | 60 miles
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Activities: EcoRuta del Quinde, Guapambra Waterfall, Bellavista Cloudforest Bird Lodge, Organic Chocolate Factory
Accommodations: Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Lodge

Day 1

Day 2

Mindo - Otavalo

Distance: 188 km |117 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Cascada de la Piragua, Nangulvi Hot Springs, Coffee Growers, Plaza de los Ponchos
Accommodations: Hacienda Cusin

Day 3

Otavalo - Hacienda La Primavera

Distance: 155 Km / 96 miles 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activities: Traditional Leather Maker, Chachimbiro Hot Springs
Accommodations: Hacienda Primavera Wilderness Ecolodge

Day 3

Day 4

Hacienda La Primavera - Aloburo

Distance: 253 km / 157 miles
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Activities:
Coffee Growers, El Angel National Park, Tufiño Hot Springs  

Accommodations: Tunas and Cabras EcoLodge

Day 5

Aloburo - Papallacta

Distance: 170km | 106 miles 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Laguna Yaguarcocha, Paila Ice Cream Maker, Cheese Maker, Quitsato Equator monument, Oyacachi Hot Spring, Coca-Cayambe National Park
Accommodations: Termas Papallacta Hot Springs Spa & Resort

Day 5

Day 6

Papallacta - Quito

Distance:  150 km | 93 miles
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Activities: Enjoy a relaxed morning at Termas De Papallacta Spa Resort, Lago Muerto Pungo

Return to Quito

Return home

Many international flights leave around midnight from Quito.  If you are catching a flight the same evening as the last day of the tour, you may enjoy VIP access to our "Freedom Riders' Lounge" - complete with a hot shower, jacuzzi, gym, and honor bar before your flight home.

Return to Quito

Tour HighLights

Itinerary

Day 1 - Mindo

Elevation Profile - Day 1

Dirt Bike Deluxe Motorcycle Adventure Tour in Ecuador Cloudforest Mindo

Day 1
 
Quito- Nono Cloudforest Reserve - Mindo
Distance Covered:  78 km / 49 miles

 

Quito_Ecuador_panoramicaYou'll begin this 6-day "Dirt Deluxe" guided tour from our shop in Quito, Ecuador. In 1978, Quito became the first place on the planet to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for having the best-preserved historic center in all of Latin America. Quito is high on the Altiplano Plateau (the highest capital city in the world) in the Andes at 9,350 feet.  We suggest that you arrive a day or two early to experience our magnificent capital city while getting acclimated to high elevation before beginning the tour. Intinan museum on equator on motorcycle adventure tour in ecuador

During the first morning of the tour, you’ll be outfitted with the motorcycle of your choice and given a thorough orientation answering all questions concerning local customs, rules of the road, riding signals, Ecuadorian driver courtesies, and more. 

We head out of Quito, rising in elevation as you climb the Pichincha volcano's foothold, getting spectacular views of the city below. Soon we are on the  "Route of the Hummingbird" or "Ecoruta del Quinde." 
 
1-mindoThis route is famous for its incredible natural beauty. It has won several awards from the Audubon Society for the large number of bird species that can be seen. Although the area is relatively small in size, it is one of the most bio-diverse on the planet, counting thousands of species of butterflies, plus hundreds of different reptilian, amphibian, and bird species - including several types of toucans and hummingbirds.motorcycle on dirt road to mindo ecuador

Once over the pass, your surroundings will go from "urban" to "country" instantly. The sounds of rolling brooks, mooing cows, and chirping birds replace the city's sounds, and green pastures now surround you.  You will descend into the small village of Nono.- a quaint, friendly little place that feels a world away from Quito.   The road is now an unimproved, hard-packed dirt road that will take you deep into the Nono Biological Reserve - one of the most biologically diverse places on the entire planet.

We may stop for a swim in the beautiful Guagrapamba Waterfall, which is just along the route and can be reached after a short hike.

guagrapampa waterfall nono biological reserve mindo dirt bike adventure tourThe ride will continue along these country roads with virtually no traffic, bring you high into the elevations and bring us to the "Virgen de Camino Mirador" overlook.   We will stop here and get some great views of the valleys below.   Then we descend along a rolling river of cold, clear water and into the rainforests for a completely new biological habitat.   You may catch a glimpse of some wild toucans or brightly colored frogs.

Back on the road, the aromas and sounds of the cloud forest you will experience will be something that stays with you long after this ride is over.

We will stop for lunch in the Bellavista Cloudforest Bird Lodge. This lodge has a beautiful restaurant and a pleased staff to share its knowledge of this reserve's wildlife.

We descend onto the Western Slopes of the Andes and through the hamlet of Santa Rosa -  a farming community from Bellavista.   You'll enjoy the scents of the wild orchids and other flowers that line the road here.cloudforest on western slopes of andes in Ecuador dirt deluxe motorcycle adventure tour

Then we rejoin the paved road and turn onto the road that takes you to even lower elevations and into the warm microclimate of the town of Mindo.  This funky, eclectic town offers excellent restaurants, bars, and activities such as zip-wire canopy tours and innertube rides down the white water river.  Other attractions include a butterfly sanctuary, a tarabita (hand-powered cable car over a waterfall), and an orchid garden.

We visit El Quetzalfor a tour that will educate and entertain you.  El Quetzal is an organic chocolate factory, and they provide tours to learn about how cacao is grown, harvested, fermented, and turned into chocolate.  The tour (included) includes a chocolate bar and a tasting of different chocolates.   If you want to learn more about coffee growing, harvesting, processing, roasting, and proper coffee preparation, please ask your tour guide for more information.

cacao beans ecuador motorcycle adventureAfter visiting the town of Mindo, you will ride into the Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Reserve, a private protected area created in 2001 to save and preserve the forest and the diverse ecosystems that are contained within it. It is managed by the Green Mindo Foundation, which is in charge of the conservation and the study of its 420 hectares of pre-montane and montane cloud forest.

The Reserve has one of the largest bird counts of Pichincha's northwestern area, with 328 species of birds. Several mammal species have been found, such as puma, spectacled bear, black howler monkey, capuchin monkey, Andean coati, armadillos, white-tailed and brocket deer, a two-toed sloth, to name just a few. An incredible number of reptile and amphibian species had been spotted, plus an overwhelming number of plant species.  The region's isolation has created one of the most delicate but rich and complex ecosystems known in the Mindo region. cloudforest on western slopes of ecuador for dirt bike motorcycle adventure tour

You will check into your room at the Septimo Paraiso Cloudforest Lodge, winner of the "Cloudforest Hotel of the Year" Award from Luxury Travel Guide.  The lodge features a heated pool, sizeable unheated pool, and jacuzzi, plus a billiards room and fully stocked bar.  We'll enjoy a gourmet, all you can eat Ecuadorian dinner, including fresh juices, soups, and desserts.  You'll want to get the recipes from Ana Lucia - owner and gracious hostess at the Lodge.

Cascada_La_Piragua_-_Google_Chrome_03122016_184350.bmpA private protected area, created in 2001, aimed to save and preserve the forest and the diverse ecosystems contained within it. It is managed by the Green Mindo Foundation, which is in charge of the conservation and the study of its 420 hectares of pre-montane and montane cloud forest.
 
The Reserve has one of the largest bird counts of Pichincha's northwestern area, with 328 species of birds. Several mammal species have been found, such as puma, spectacled bear, black howler monkey, capuchin monkey, Andean coati, armadillos, white-tailed and brocket deer, a two-toed sloth, to name just a few. An incredible number of reptile and amphibian species had been spotted, plus an overwhelming number of plant species. The altitude within the reserve drastically changes from 950 meters to 1650 meters above sea level. Besides, the region's isolation has created one of the most delicate but rich and complex ecosystems known in the Mindo region.a private protected area, created in 2001 to save and preserve the forest and the diverse ecosystems contained within it. It is managed by the Green Mindo Foundation, which is in charge of the conservation and the study of its 420 hectares of pre-montane and montane cloud forest. septimo_paraiso_heated_garden_pool

Day 2 - Otavalo
Day 3 - Hacienda Primavera
Day 4 - Aloburo
Day 5 - Papallacta
Day 6 - Quito

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About Our Offroad Tours

What to Expect

This guided motorcycle adventure tour will start in our offices located in Quito's Carolina neighborhood, the safest and most convenient part of Quito.  We suggest arriving in Quito a day or two early to enjoy the city and get the paperwork out of the way to have a smooth start on Day 1. 

On the morning of our departure, you will receive a detailed and thoughtful presentation on Ecuadorian rules of the road, customs, courtesies, and group riding protocols.  We will provide the adventure motorcycle of your choice, fitted with a waterproof luggage system and a tankbag if you want one. If there are more than five riders on the tour, a support truck will be available to carry your luggage and bring bottled water. The support truck can respond in an emergency and make your ride more comfortable.  If there are fewer than five riders on the tour, we may not provide a support truck, and you will need to carry your gear in the saddlebags or luggage system supplied with your bike.

We have developed this six-day route after several years of riding, research, and testing. Your guide knows the way thoroughly, having ridden it several times before. This tour is a dual-sport route consisting primarily of unpaved, unimproved (not gravel) one-lane dirt roads, chosen for their lack of traffic and outstanding scenery. The Guide will make many stops throughout the day to introduce you to the locals, explain the local history, and show you "hidden gems" that are not common knowledge.

We do not want you to "push your limits" instead, and we want you to be able to lift your head, look around, and enjoy the amazing scenery during the ride. Each night, you will enjoy fine dining and a stay in Ecuador's most comfortable and beautiful lodging.

Upon returning, you will have access to our honor bar, jacuzzi, hot shower, and staff that can assist you with your next destination.

Weather and Temperatures

Weather and temperature ranges in Ecuador are generally the same year-round. You can expect the chance of passing showers in the highlands but rarely a full day of rain.  Chances for a full day of rain are more likely on the western slopes of the Andes in March, April, and early May. This ride will be in elevations between sea level (where temperatures can be around 90 degrees Fahrenheit) to 14,500 feet (where temperatures are in the 30's Fahrenheit). Dressing in layers is recommended.  Please see this article for more information about the weather in Ecuador.  

Accommodations
We will stay in high-end, unique, carefully selected hotels, lodges, and inns throughout the tour. See this page for details, photos, and links to the accommodations provided.  Ecuador Freedom has the right to substitute accommodations of equal quality due to availability and will notify you of these changes.

Packing List and Preparation
Ecuador Freedom will provide you with detailed information to prepare for the ride, including a packing list. No knowledge of Spanish is required - your Guide can speak English and Spanish fluently.  Before you travel, we recommend that you familiarize yourself in advance with these recommended guidebooks and maps.  

Accommodations

Accommodations on this tour
Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and unique character. Below are the accommodations featured on this tour.
Video - How We Select Accommodations

Full Tour Video

Pricing

MOTORCYCLE
PRICE FOR
1 RIDER
SINGLE OCCUPANCY

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Yamaha XT250*$4,535

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW G310GS$4,655

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW G310GS (LOWERED)$4,655

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Suzuki DR650*$4,775

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Suzuki DR650 (LOWERED)*$4,775

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

SWM RS 650R*$4,775

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Husqvarna 701 Enduro*$5,075

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F700 GS$5,015

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F750 GS$5,075

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Triumph Tiger 800XCx$5,135

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F800GS$5,135

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

BMW F850GS$5,195

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000$5,195

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 DCT$5,195

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

This is the standard pricing if you are traveling alone (or traveling with friends but each with a single room). Single occupancy is standard on all of our tours.

Single Room SupplementIf you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!INCLUDEDIf you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!
Price for Passenger in Double RoomIf you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!$1,200If you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!
 2 Bikes / 1 RoomIf you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!
10% OFF
BOTH BIKES
If you and a travel companion wish to ride this tour on two separate bikes and share a double room (1 or 2 beds), take 10% off the prices above for both bikes!

* Bikes marked with an asterisk are not configured to take a passenger since they use saddlebags and not panniers for luggage.

All prices are in United States Dollars (USD) - the official currency of the Republic of Ecuador

Before booking a tour with us, please carefully read our Motorcycle Tour Terms and Conditions.

Our reservation system is automated and accessible through the "Book Now" or "Reserve Online" buttons. The system will take you through a few easy steps to book your tour and any desired extensions.  The system is secure and uses a third party, Ecuadorian payment system called Kushki, that meets all international regulations and security standards. Payment may be made using any major credit card.  Please note that we must collect a government-issued ID number from you when booking due to Ecuadorian banking regulations.  You may use your passport, driver's license, or any other government identification number.

Alternatively, you may request payment through PayPal in the system (click the PayPal logo on checkout). If you prefer to send a wire transfer, please let us know (using the "Ask a Question" button or "Contact" menu item, and we will provide our banking details.

Deposits are refundable minus 10% of the total rental or tour price only if canceled at least 90 days before departure or pickup date. Cancellations are very costly to us as they impede our planning and ability to sell rentals and tours to other customers. Therefore, cancellations for any reason made less than 90 days before the pickup or departure date are not refundable, nor may they be applied to a future rental or tour.

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC:  All reservations through 2021 are completely flexible.  If you have to change the dates for your trip for a Covid-19 related reason, you may do so for any date through December 31, 2021, at no additional charge. Please notify us as soon as possible of any change in your plans.  

To protect yourself from this loss of your deposit, it is up to you to secure travel insurance that covers cancellations due to health problems, civil unrest, acts of God, family tragedies or problems with flight departures, etc.  

We recommend Ripcord Travel Insurance.  They provide very comprehensive travel insurance plus have outstanding repatriation and assistance in an emergency.  To purchase, go to this page.

The balance (second 50%) of your rental or tour is due when you pick up the bike in our office in Quito.   The second 50% can be paid in cash (United States Dollars) or with PayPal or with a credit card.  We accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.  A 100% refundable security deposit using a credit card for the rental motorcycle or 4x4 is also required and is separate from the payment for the tour.  Security deposits are $500 - $2000, depending on the vehicle selected.

What's Included
  • Unlimited Mileage Motorcycle Rental 
  • Knowledgeable, Experienced, Bilingual, Local Resident Guide
  • Saddlebags or hard luggage system
  • Tank bag
  • Luggage storage and locker use while riding
  • Guaranteed departure policy (we go even if only one participant signs up - we do not cancel tours on you!)
  • Support Vehicle (5+ riders)
  • Tour of Quito on doubledecker bus or self-guided scooter tour (arrive a day early or stay a day after )
  • Single occupancy in the luxury hacienda, lodges, and boutique hotels listed on this page.
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Tolls
  • Fuel
  • All entries to parks, activities, and museums listed
  • Pre-tour 25% discount on any high-quality riding gear from Klim
  • Pre-tour packing lists, videos, and travel information
  • Souvenir T-Shirt
  • Souvenir decal
  • VIP access to the Freedom Riders' Lounge™ with hot shower, jacuzzi, gym, and honor bar.

You do NOT have to pull your wallet out on any of our guided tours!

What's Not Included
  • 100% Refundable security deposit to cover any damage to the rental motorcycle
  • Hotel accommodations before and after the tour in Quito
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals not listed
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities

Click on any of the dates above to begin the quick online reservation process. If you don't see a tour date that works for you, please request a new tour date.