Austria and Switzerland
Austrian Tyrol, Swiss Alps
4 Star Hotels
200 - 250 miles per day - longest day 340 miles
Combination of Motorway, A, B and mountain passes
Suitable for Experienced riders who have ridden on the continent before
Fantastic scenery and great biking roads in the Austrian Tirol and the Swiss Alps
We have not done this tour for a few years now, so thought it was time to return. The tour will especially appeal to those who enjoy the thrill of riding mountain passes or fast sweeping roads, both of which the Austrian Tyrol and Swiss Alps have in abundance. The tour has a 3 night stop in Austria and a further 2 night stop in Switzerland, allowing you to unpack and enjoy daily ride-outs.
Our first base will be in the beautiful Kauner valley in the west of Austria, in what’s known as the Tyrol and Vorarlberg provinces. Both these provinces are perhaps better known as excellent winter sports centres, but, come the summer, they are transformed into a biker’s playground, with so many mountain passes to choose from. You may have heard of some already, such as the Timmelsjoch (2474m), Silvretta (2036m), and the one on everyones bucket list, the Stelvio Pass (Stilflersjoch) which climbs to 2765m, and has over 40 hairpin bends.
After 3 nights in Austria, we head westwards and through the wonderful Passes of Switzerland to a further 2 night stop in the Bernese Oberland. Set in the heart of Switzerland, this area is perhaps best known for its grand triple-peaked ridge of Alpine giants - the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau. At some 4000m, these peaks dominate the valley below with its beautiful twin lakes of Thunersee and Brienzersee. We have a new venue for our 2 nights in Switzerland, in the popular town of Meiringen giving us easy access to more of the countries passes.
This is an Escorted Tour which means that although the guide will be with you, you are responsible for doing your own navigation. We provide a Tour Pack which will include a full itinerary, suggested route directions, Gpx waypoints and hotel location. This system suits many people, as it allows them to ride at their own pace and style, either alone or in small groups. However, if it is your first time abroad, or you just prefer, you may ride with the guide, who will act as your escort throughout the tour.
Tour prices are inclusive of the following:
- Return overnight Hull-Rotterdam ferry with 4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) or Eurotunnel crossing (see departure choice)
- 8 Nights en-suite accommodation at 4 star hotels
- 8 Regional breakfasts
- 8 Evening meals
- Full use of the hotels' leisure facilities
- Route notes as appropriate - Garmin routes available
- Guided Day tours
- Services of experienced Tour Guides (Dave & John)
- Meals onboard ferries
- Tolls (Vignettes) for Austria & Switzerland
Our accommodation for this tour will be all 4 star hotels. After a quick overnight stop in the Champagne region and a further one in the Alsace region, we arrive in Austria for a 3 night stay. This hotel is one of a group of Austrian hotels dedicated to looking after Motorcyclists (of which, this is probably the best). Set in the valley, below the snow-capped Kauntertal glacier, its idyllic position offers not only luxury accommodation, but a great centre from which to tour. The hotel has a large ‘Wellness Centre’ consisting of sauna, steam room, gym and small indoor swimming pool. During our stay there, all evening meals are included, as well as afternoon coffee and cake, and a Buffet Breakfast. The hotel has a special bike garage, powerwash and fully-equipped workshop. Being a BMW testride center, for a reasonable fee you are able to take a days test ride on one of the many BMW models within the range.
Your hotel in Switzerland is again of 4 star quality, and is set in the popular tourist village of Meiringen. The hotel’s central position means it is not only close to the village's facilities, but is a perfect location for ride-outs. The village is perhaps best known for its association with the Sherlock Holmes novels and the famous Reichenbach Falls. A few miles away lies the twin lake town of Interlaken, where you can catch the fantastic rack-railway up the Jungfraujoch.
We return via the Vosges mountains for a further night at our base in the Champagne region before heading to the crossing of choice.
The tour itinerary is based on a Northern Crossing with the option* to use a Southern crossing which will shorten the tour by two days.
Thursday 22nd July: For those using the Northern crossing, you should make your way to Hull to catch the P&O overnight ferry to Rotterdam. You are able to board early evening, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the great onboard facilities. A 4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) is included in your crossing. The ferry will dock approx 9.30am the following morning, giving you the full day to make your way to the first night's hotel (330 miles).
Friday 23rd July (250 miles): Those using the Southern crossing should arrive in time for an early morning Eurotunnel crossing for their journey across France. Whichever crossing you have chosen, we will all meet- up and get to know one another at our first night's stop, a 4 star hotel in the Champagne region. The hotel is one we use often, and has en-suite bedrooms, Wi-FI, TV and outside swimming pool. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Saturday 24th July (215 miles): Entering the Vosges Mountains, we get to enjoy some of the roads favoured by the 'Tour de France' before dropping to the flat fertile plains of the Rhein Valley. A hotel in the Alsace region is our stop tonight. 4 star hotel,Dinner B&B
Sunday 17th July (230 miles): Passing through Switzerland, we enter the Vorarlberg region of Austria before finally arriving at our 4 star hotel in the Austrian Tyrol, which will be our base for the next 3 nights. Your stay includes breakfast and all evening meals.
Monday 26th - Tuesday 2th July: We have two free days to explore this wonderful part of the world. We will be staying in an area where Switzerland, Italy and Austria all come together, and the mountain passes and lakeside roads offer a tremendous choice of routes to ride, all offering stunning views. If you fancy a day off, this is probably the best biker hotel in Europe, offering some great leisure facilities, including a small indoor swimming pool. The bikes are not forgotten either, with dedicated maintenance and garaging areas.
I am sure everyone will be keen to ride some of the passes in the area. Timmelsjoch (2300m), Silvretta (2036m), but should you want something less energetic, the historic city of Innsbruck is not far away. , where there are numerous historic buildings to visit, or, alternatively, the famous Swarovski Crystal World. You may, instead, prefer a gentle ride through the immaculate Austrian pastures to Fussen in Bavaria. Here you will see the Schloss Neushwanstein, an archetypal fairytale castle that has provided inspiration for countless storybooks, and a certain Disneyland castle.
Wednesday 28th July (210 miles): Time to leave Austria behind, but the holiday is far from over, as we head westwards for a marvellous day’s ride over the Furkha and Grimsel passes - some of Switzerland's finest - before arriving at our next base in the popular village of Meiringen. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Thursday 29th July (free day): There are lots to see and do around this popular mountain village which is ideal for riding even more of the Swiss passes. Alternatively you can catch one of the many trains - taking you on a journey through some of the most dramatic, and certainly most memorable, mountain scenery in the whole of Switzerland. Visit Jungfraujoch, the highest railway staion in Europe, or maybe take a cable car to the revolving Piz Gloria summit restaurant, featured in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Friday 30th July (314 miles): Our chosen route today leaves the Bernese Oberland region via yet another mountain pass and along Swiss motorways on the shores of Lac Leman, before passing back into France and the smaller Jura mountains. Apart from the brief use of a motorway to by-pass Dijon, we have the option to enjoy the very best of French provincial N roads, taking us to back to our final night’s stop near Troyes. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Saturday 31st July (250-260 miles): Today, we say goodbye to our fellow riders as we leave for the ferry port of our choice. Those using the Southern crossing (250 miles) will be at Calais in time for an early afternoon crossing, whilst those on the Northern crossing (330 miles) head for Rotterdam and their overnight ferry.
Sunday 1st August : The ferry docks at 0900 hrs, giving us time to have breakfast and bid farewell to our fellow riders before making our way home.
With customers from the whole length of the UK and Ireland, we understand that many of our northern clients dislike the ride down to the channel ferry ports – likewise it does not make sense for our many clients from the south to ride north to join a tour at Hull. Unfortunately, due to the closure of the Hull-Zeebrugge route we have had to switch to Hull-Rotterdam, which will increase our first and last days mileage.
For your increased comfort we have arranged more spacious 4 berth cabins (for 2) on all P&O Hull-Rotterdam crossings. Clients using the Southern crossing have the convenience of crossing the channel using the Eurotunnel service.
As always, you may make your own arrangements and we will adjust costs accordingly.
Note: The tour will be 2 nights shorter for those customers using the Eurotunnel and they will depart Friday 23rd July and return Saturday 31st July
Personal Travel & Breakdown Assitance Cover
On all European tours (including Southern 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 (many do not!) .
We also strongly urge you to take out insurance that includes cancellation cover in the event of accident, illness or redundancy when you make your booking. Information on such companies can be found on our insurance page http://www.motorcycletours.co.uk/more/travel-insurance.html
|Tour Cost||Hull ferry||Eurotunnel (Fri 23rd July - Sat 31st Aug|
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||£1410ea||£1220ea|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||£1545||£1290|
|1 bike, 1 person, own room||£1830 *||£1575|
|Deposit £100 per person||*(based on single hotel room & cabin share on ferry)|
1 Double/twin remaining
Note: prices based on new 2021 ferry/tunnel rates