SELF-GUIDED MINI ALPS
An amazing 10 days of riding through some of the finest Alpine passes in Switzerland, Italy and Austrian Alps. This is a tour full of magnificent scenery and some of the best roads in all of Europe.
10 day mini lakes and mountains tour of the Swiss, Italian and Austrian Alps. Including dozens of Mountains Passes!
Due to popular demand, we have listened to our customers and produced a shorter but nonetheless, thrilling, exciting, fun and a visually incredible motorcycle tour through the Alps of Switzerland, Italy and Austria. This tour is the shorter version of our 14 day Alps tour
Our Mini 10 day Alps motorcycle tour is a slightly shorter version of our full length 14 day Alps Motorcycle Tour. The tour covers some of the most popular and incredible famous biker alpine passes. This is a seriously scenic tour with snow peaked mountains, crystal clear lakes and impressive mountain landscapes with plenty of hairpins, long sweeping bends, switchbacks and alpine roads that will impress, no matter how many times you may have seen it!
|Duration||9 nights – 10 days|
|Mileage (miles)||Average 200 – 250 p/day (longest 360)|
|Total miles for the tour||Approx 2,000|
|Road types||Motorway, A roads, B roads, mountain passes|
|Pace||Ride at your own pace|
|Suitable for pillions||Yes|
|Group size||Ride solo or add some friends!|
You will need to purchase a Vignette (Swiss Toll Sticker) at the border (don’t worry, you tour pack will explain all this) and will cost £35 for this tour
In Austria you will also need to purchase a Vignette at a cost of approximately £7
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 you and your bike, even if undamaged, should you be unable to ride it.
|Fun Factor||Awesome scenery and plenty of twisties|
DAY 1 - Calais to Ardennes Valley
Distance: 170 miles approx
DAY 2 - VOSGES MOUNTAINS - ALPS
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, albeit briefly as you are heading for the Alps.
Distance: 225 miles approx
DAY 3 - SWISS ALPS
Distance: 225 miles approx
DAY 4 - LOTS OF MOUNTAIN PASSES!
Wow, what a day you’ll be having today.
Susten Pass, Furka Pass, Nufenen Pass, San Bernadino Pass, Splugen Pass are just a few of the big name mountain passes you’ll be travelling through on your way to Verceia. Beautiful views and a stunning hotel are on offer at the end of your day riding some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Switzerland.
Distance: 233 miles approx
DAY 5 - STELVIO PASS
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 you have to agree!
Today you make your 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).
Finish the day with a ride over the Stelvio Pass and on to your 3 star hotel just a few kilometres from Bormio at the base of Stelvio Pass
Distance: 174 miles
DAY 6 - REST DAY - OPTIONAL
DAY 7 - DOLOMITES ITALY
Staying in Italy, you make your way out of Bormio and off to the Dolomites (Bolzano)
You will be riding over Gardena Pass, Rollepass, San Pellegrino and others to name but a few. It is a slightly longer day due to the roads being taken at a more cautious pace due to the tight bends but it will be worth it when you get to sit down with a beer and plenty of smiles, buzzing from the days riding having witnessed some stunning scenery and ridden some of the most awesome roads
Distance: 158 miles
DAY 8 - BRENNER PASS - RHINE FALLS
From here you continue northwards to Rhine Falls in Switzerland, on the border of Germany where you will rest for the evening. You’ll get chance to see the magnificent waterfalls before heading to the hotel for a well deserved beer and some grub!
Distance: 290 miles approx
DAY 9 - REIMS - VIA BLACK FOREST & VOSGES MOUNTAINS
You continue on your way heading northwest as you ride across the Black Forest and then into the Vosges Mountains again on route to Reims, where we shall be staying the night in this spectacular city. Reims is a city in northeastern France’s Grand Est region. It’s the unofficial capital of the Champagne wine-growing region, and many of the champagne houses headquartered there offer tastings and cellar tours. For more than 1,000 years, French kings were crowned at its Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims. This grand cathedral is known for its stained-glass windows and Gothic carved portals, including the Smiling Angel
Distance: 300 miles
DAY 10 - CALAIS
There is time in the morning to have a walk around Reims if you wish, and depart the city and head to Calais for your 170 miles run to the Eurotunnel to catch your afternoon train back to Britain
Distance: 170 miles
Itinerary, times and mileage may change slightly from the above
Departure dates available between 13th June 2020 & End of October 2020
It is not possible to ride the Alps outside of these dates due to snowfall and pass closures
PRICES FOR SELF-GUIDED MINI ALPS TOUR 2020
Departure times between mid July and 1st week of September are higher priced due to the holiday season
PRICES FOR 15th JULY – 7th SEPTEMBER (PEAK SEASON)
2 x riders sharing a twin or double room – £1099 per rider
Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – £1999
Single rider with single room – £1799
PRICES OUTSIDE OF THE DATES ABOVE
2 x riders sharing a twin or double room – £899 per rider
Rider & Pillion sharing a double or twin room – £1699
Single rider with single room – £1599
- Euro tunnel return fares
- Good quality hotels
- Breakfast each morning
- Daily GPS Route Maps for reference/guide
- Full Itinerary
- Comprehensive Tour Guide Pack (Info)
- Trusted, established and reputable company with support and backup from start to finish
- Tour leader
- Meals other than stated
- Room Service
- Entry Fees
- Parking fees
- Room service or mini bar
Is the Mini Alps Motorcycle Tour suitable for new or experienced riders?
Due to the nature of some of the mountain passes (tight bends, hairpins and switchbacks), new or inexperienced riders may find it a little challenging in places. However, we all have to start somewhere, so if you are a competent rider you may fine
Do I need a Sat Nav?
I have special dietary needs, can you cater for this?
Yes, of course. Just let us know in advance and we will inform the hotels for you
Do you offer a discount for more than two riders booking at the same time?
Yes, we do offer a discount for more than two riders booking on the same tour. Please send us an email or give us a call for details as the discount is dependent on the number of riders in the group.
How much will fuel cost?
It is difficult to say. If you rag your bike throughout the tour the fuel costs will be considerable more. It also depends on the bike, a sports bike will use more fuel than an adventure bike for example. We usually base fuel costs as follows – £1 per 10 miles, therefore on a 2,000 mile tour, you’d expect to pay on average £200 in fuel.
Is there secure parking at night?
Most hotels have either a secure compound, underground car park or secure area for you to park. We have never had a bike stolen on our tours.
Have any other questions?
Give us a call (0330 111 0112) or send us an email, we’re a friendly bunch and are happy to offer our time to explain anything you are unsure of.