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11 DAY ALPS ESCORTED
A glorious and stunning escorted motorcycle tour across 36 magnificent Alpine Passes that flow across Switzerland, France, Italy and Austria. Ideal for experienced riders and pillions of all riding abilities who prefer something more than a coach tour on two wheels!
The Alps motorcycle tour covers some of the most incredible roads in all of Europe. This is a seriously scenic tour with the best views you will find. Our tour takes us into the heart of the Swiss, Italian and Austrian Alps on a journey that is breathtaking from the moment you leave the hotel to the minute you grab hold of that well earned drink at the end of a spectacular day!
We don’t provide cheap budget coach tours on two wheels to our clients! We believe you should have decent hotels and food at the end of a fun day riding
|Duration||10 nights – 11 days|
|Touring location||France, Swiss Alps, Italian Alps, Austria, Germany|
|Tour type||Escorted Tour|
|Accommodation||3 – 4* Quality Hotels (Not Coach Touring Hotels!)|
|Mileage (miles)||Average 200 – 250 p/day (longest 350)|
|Total miles for the tour||Approx 2,500|
|Road types||Motorway, A roads, B roads, mountain passes|
|Suitable for…||Experienced riders|
|Bike Size||Recommended 600cc or above|
|Suitable for pillions||Yes, perfect for pillions|
|Group size||15 riders max|
|Meals included||Breakfast only (Giving you free choice over dinner!)|
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BREAKDOWN & TRAVEL INSURANCE
On all European tours (including Ireland) we require clients to take-out some form of Personal Travel and Accident/Breakdown cover. This is essential for repatriation of yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident or medical emergency. If you have an existing policy you should check that your company would repatriate your bike, even if undamaged, should you be unable to ride it.
We also strongly urge you to take out insurance that includes cancellation cover in the event of an accident, cancellation, illness or redundancy prior to departure. In such instances we recommend HolidaySafe who provide specific motorcycle holiday insurance
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DAY 1 - Calais to Pont A Mousson
We will meet at the Eurotunnel in Folkestone for 07.00 sharp. Having received your Eurotunnel booking reference its a simple case of enter the booking number and meeting just outside the rear of the Burger King building by the terminal (full details provided) We then head through customs together and board the train for around 08.20 arriving in Pont a Mousson for the evening, a pretty little town.
DAY 2 - Grand Ballon - Grimsel Pass!
If you have never been to the Vosges Mountains you’ll be amazed at how incredibly stunning it is and being just under 400 miles from Calais, it makes a very popular destination for bikers from northern Europe.
Twists, turns, hairpins and beautiful roads lined with tall pine trees that open up to a stunning landscape view across mountain ranges are just some of the delights you’ll experience today. Afterwards, we head for Switzerland and our first taste of the incredibly dominating landscapes that will follow over the next few days. We finish the day riding through Grimsel Pass and finally arriving in Fiesch for the evening to spend the night in our traditional Swiss hotel with views out across the Alps.
DAY 3 - Mountain Pases
Wow, what a day we will be having today.
Sussten Pass, another run over Grimsel Pass (in reverse) Furka Pass, Nufenen Pass, San Bernadino Pass, Splugen Pass are just a few of the big name mountain passes we’ll be travelling through on our way to Verceia. Beautiful views and a stunning hotel are on offer at the end of our day riding some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Switzerland. We finish up for the day in the Italian Alps. Set in Verceia on Lake Mezzola. Its pizzeria restaurant La Trela features a wine cellar with over 300 different wines!!
DAY 4 - Tirano
Stelvio Pass in Italy is considered by many bikers one of the “must do roads in all of Europe” with its endless hairpin bends (46) and stunning views to be had we have to agree!
Today we make our way through some more mountain passes, Albula Pass (2315m), Bernina Pass
Passo del Bernina (also called Berninapass) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,328 m (7,638 ft) above the sea level, located in the Bernina Range of the Alps, in the canton of Graubünden (Grisons) in eastern Switzerland.
The road over the pass was built in 1865. It connects the resort town of St. Moritz in the Engadin valley with the Italian-speaking Val Poschiavo, which ends in the Italian town of Tirano in Valtellina. An important attraction on this mountain is the Bernina Express – the highest long-distance railway in the Alps (reaching 2,253m), and it crosses the road on the north side (twice).
We finish the day with a ride over the Stelvio Pass and on to our 3 star hotel just a few kilometres from Bormio at the base of Stelvio Pass.
DAY 5 & 6 - Rest Day in Beautiful Lake Garda
Lake Garda, in northern Italy, is known for its crystal clear water. At the south end, the town of Sirmione is dominated by the Rocca Scaligera, a fortress with harbor views. The nearby Grotte di Catullo archaeological site includes a Roman villa. On the lake’s western shore, in Gardone Riviera, is Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, former home of poet d’Annunzio. The Dolomites frame Riva del Garda, a resort in the north.
There are an abundance of beautiful and stunning roads to be ridden among the hillsides of the lakes if you wish to take a ride out or take a ferry ride across the lake, do some shopping or sit on the shore relaxing and have a paddle. There is plenty to do and the scenery is outstanding. Tremazol Pass is another great option if you prefer to ride your bike.
DAY 7 - Tremosine & Dolomites
Staying in Italy for the morning we make our way out of Lake Garda towards Tremosine, before heading off again towards South Tyrol as we proceed to the Dolomites, this is an amazing area with spectacular scenery and a must see experience. Plenty of usual winding, twisting roads today as well as some longer straights such as Lake Garda to have a good look around. There will be plenty of photo stops today so cameras at the ready! We rest for the evening in our hotel in the heart of the Dolomites.
DAY 8 - Grossglockner Pass
Another treat in store for you today as we head further through the Dolomites and South Tyrol and onto Grossglockner High Alpine Pass, which, is the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria. It connects Bruck in the state of Salzburg with Heiligenblut in Carinthia via Fuscher Törland Hochtor Pass at 2,504 m (8,215 ft). The road is named after the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain. Built as a scenic route, a toll is assessed for passage.
DAY 9 - Germany / B500
We head North West towards Germany and pick up a short section of the famous B500 route as we head then north towards our destination in Baden-Baden sandwiched between Stuttgart and Strasbourg for the evening in the heart of the Black Forest.
We spend the evening relaxing in a traditional German hotel
DAY 10 & 11 - Germany - France
Our last 2 days we head for Luxembourg then onto the Ardennes National Park in Belgium before heading for Calais tomorrow. Our route on day 10 is motorway free so we get so some of the more traditional living and lifestyles of the Europeans away from the tourist attractions. Old stone houses with rickety wooden shutters along with some old cars from the past and traditional horse drawn carts are a delight to see as we make our way through the small towns and villages.
Our last evening is spent near the town of Rochefort. The Quartier Latin is in the peaceful town of Marche-en-Famenne, 25 minutes’ drive from Durbuy. It offers wellness facilities with an indoor pool, an elegant gourmet restaurant and historic features such as an 18th-century Jesuit church. Some of the many facilities in the wellness area include a hammam, sauna and Turkish bath. You can enjoy a range of relaxing treatments including body scrubs, facials and massages. The following morning we head for Calais to return to the UK making it the end of an awesome journey as we bid fair well to our newly found friends and biker companions.
Itinerary may change due to improvements based on feedback and hotel locations as well as other eventualities beyond our control
Is this suitable for inexperienced riders?
No, you will need to be an experienced rider due to many of the roads having lots of hairpins and switchbacks which will can prove challenging for new or inexperienced riders
Will my Harley Davidson, Victory, Indian or similar cruiser style motorcycle be suitable?
Whilst we have had many similar bikes on these tours, it is down to the riders ability more so than the bike. If you are an experienced rider and competent on the bike then you should be fine, however, please bear in mind some sections (such as Stelvio Pass with over 48 hairpins) can be challenging for cruiser riders, especially in the wet
What will the weather be like?
How long is a piece of string! Usually it is mild, sunny with the odd overcast. As it is the Alps you can expect some rain due to the mountains. It can also get chilly higher up we go
Will I need a new set of tyres?
Not necessarily but you must have a set of tyres with tread capable of doing 3,000 miles before you leave, it is also advised to ensure your bike is in fully serviceable condition