A glorious and stunning escorted motorcycle tour across 36 magnificent Alpine Passes that flow across Switzerland, France, Italy and Austria. Ideal for experienced riders
The Grand 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!
Do you love riding scenic roads through Alpine forests and over mountain passes? Then this tour is an absolute must for any rider who wants to get the most out of their riding experience. The Grand Alps tour is stuffed full of alpine roads, plenty of twists, turns, hairpins and long sweeping, seemingly endless bends that flow through the magnificent landscapes across the Swiss, Italian and Austrian alpine range.
|Duration||13 nights – 14 days|
|Touring location||France, Swiss Alps, Italian Alps, Austria, Germany|
|Tour type||Escorted Tour|
|Accommodation||Great Quality Hotels|
|Mileage (miles)||Average 200 p/day|
|Total miles for the tour||Approx 2,500|
|Road types (all tarmac)||Motorway, A roads, B roads, mountain passes|
|Suitable for…||Experienced riders|
|Suitable for pillions||Yes|
|Group size||12 riders max|
- Grimsel Pass – Switzerland
- Grosglockner Pass – Austria
- Furkha Pass – Switzerland
- Nuffenen Pass – Switzerland
- St Bernadino Pass – Italy
- Rolo Pass – Italy
- Vosge Mountains – France
- Stelvio Pass – Italy
- Lake Garda (Rest Day) – Italy
and a special treat the day after!
- Germany B500
- and more…
DAY 1 - FOLKESTONE TO FRANCE
Meet and greet and head off to France early morning around 07.00
We will meet at the Euro tunnel in Folkestone and then head off through Belgium using non toll roads to our hotel in the Lorraine Valley North East France. It is a transit day nut means we get to the action a lot quicker. Stops every 90 – 110 miles for fuel/drinks & food
Distance: 276 miles
DAY 2 - TROYES TO VOSGES MOUNTAINS
We ride through the Vosges Mountains and a stop at the Grand Ballon. Our destination hotel is just at the base of the Vosges Mountains
Distance: 204 miles
DAY 3 - SWITZERLAND - THE ALPS
A relaxing day. We head into Switzerland and over Grimsel Pass staying in Fiesch tonight in the Swiss Alps
Distance: 156 miles
DAY 4 - SWITZERLAND - THE ALPS
The passes we head off to today are many, notably, the key ones are, Grimsel (in reverse) then we branch off to ride Susten Pass, Furka Pass, Nuffenen Pass, St Bernardino….
Distance: 204 miles
DAY 5 - ITALIAN ALPS!
Today we make our way through some more mountain passes, Albula Pass (2315m). We finish the day with a ride over the Stelvio Pass and on to our hotel in the Bormio region at the base of Stelvio Pass.
Distance: 126 miles
DAY 6 - Lake Garda
We head for Lake Garda, in northern Italy, which, is known for its crystal clear water. We will be heading to the lake today via a number of passes, finishing off with a ride around the lake to our hotel for the next two nights
Distance: 196 miles
DAY 7 - Rest Day
A day off the bikes to explore the area of Lake Garda – optional self guided ride out gpx file provided
DAY 8 - 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.
Mileage: 160 miles
DAY 9 - 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.
Distance: 183 miles
DAY 10 - AUSTRIA
We head through Austria today on some fantastic roads, passes and scenic routes
Distance: 173 miles
DAY 11 - BLACK FOREST
We make our way through the Black Forest on the B500 and other roads adjacent to it up to Baden Baden
Mileage: 150 miles
DAY 12 - Black Forest to
We head through the farmlands of northern France on our way back to Calais, marking the end of the epic adventure
Mileage: 198 miles
Itinerary may be subject to minor change due to improvements based on feedback and hotel locations as well as other eventualities beyond our control
The Grand Alps Motorcycle Tour is a stunning experience, with amazing scenery, gorgeous vistas that roll on for miles and snow capped peaks provide excellent backdrops on this tour.
Please be mindful that this tour can be challenging for inexperienced riders or riders with pillions. If you have toured before and have gained a reasonable amount of experience and confidence, it wont be a problem at all. As you can appreciate, there are many sharp turns, gradients and high alpine passes and we wouldn’t want you take on something you’re not quite ready for or participate in a tour that you may find too challenging for you
Is this suitable for inexperienced riders?
Not really, you will need to be an experienced or competent rider due to many of the roads having lots of hairpins and switchbacks which can prove challenging for new or inexperienced riders. In addition there are a couple of days with long miles that some inexperienced riders may find challenging
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, bear in mind some sections (such as Stelvio Pass with over 48 tight hairpins) can be a little challenging for cruiser riders, especially if it gets 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 we may experience some rain due to the mountains. It can also get slightly 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 and ensure you have repatriation cover
Can I book on the tour but ride on my own at my own pace?
Yes, of course. Just let the tour guide know and use the routes provided in gpx format for your sat nav
What if I have another question
That’s fine, just email us and we will get back to you usually same day or give us a call