Italian & Swiss Alps
Italian and Swiss Alps
4 Star Hotels
200 - 250 miles per day - longest day 320 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 Italian and Swiss Alps
The tour will appeal to experienced riders who have toured on the continent before and enjoy the thrill of riding mountain passes which the Italian and Swiss Alps have in abundance. However, we have chosen two centres that will provide alternatives for others that like to chill out and enjoy a more relaxed pace. The tour has a 2 night stop in Italy and a further 3 night stop in Switzerland, allowing you to unpack and enjoy daily ride-outs. All accommodfation is 4 star with evening meals included.
Our first night will be in the Champagne region before entering the Vosges mountains and riding through Switzerland to the duty free state of Livigno on the Italian-french border.
Our location in Italy has been chosen because it generally enjoys a good climate and is perfect for riding several passes. You may have heard of some already, such as the Gavia (2652M) and on your doorstep, and the one on everyones bucket list, the Stelvio Pass (Stilflersjoch) which climbs to 2757m, and has over 40 hairpin bends. If you want something less demanding, take a ride to the Italian Lakes, Lake Como lies just 70 miles away.
After 2 nights in Italy, we head westwards past the glitz of St.Moritz and over the Furkha and Grimsel passes to a further 3 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. For our stay, we are at a new hotel on the doorstep of the Susten & Gotthard passes a great location for daily ride-outs.
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 you do not wish to navigate, or 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-Zeebrugge 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 - GPX waypoints
- Guided Day tours
- Services of experienced Tour Guides (Dave & John)
- Meals onboard ferries
- Tolls (Vignettes) for Switzerland/Austria
Our accommodation for this tour are all 4 star hotels . After a quick overnight stop in the Champagne region and a further one on the French/German border we pass through Switzerland and arrive at our first base, a 4 star hotel in the Italian town of Livigno. Livigno lies at the southern end of the Stelvio pass and enjoys a favorable climate and duty free status. Your stay includeds evening meals and underground parking.
Your hotel in Switzerland is of 4 star quality, in the popular tourist village of Meiringen. Perhaps better known as the setting for Sir Arthur Conon Doyle's fictional 'Sherlock Holmes' novel it provides a great centre from which to ride out and enjoy the Susten & Gotthard passes. It is also relatively close to Interlaken, to catch the fantastic rack-railway up the Jungfraujoch.
We feel this tour is particularly good value as all accommodation is 4 star and all evening meals are included.
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.
Sunday 12th July: For those using the Northern crossing, you should make your way to Hull to catch the P&O overnight ferry to Zeebrugge. You are able to board early evening, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the onboard facilities. A 4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) is included in your crossing. The ferry will dock approx 9.am the following morning, giving you the full day to make your way to the first night's hotel (260 miles).
Monday 13th July (250 miles): Those using the Southern crossing should arrive in time for a 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 in the Champagne region. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Tuesday 14th July (200 miles): Entering the Vosges Mountains, we get to enjoy some of the great roads favoured by the 'Tour de France' before dropping to the flat fertile plains of the Rhine Valley. A hotel in the Alsace region is our stop tonight. 4 star hotel, Dinner B&B.
Wednesday 15th July (210 miles): Passing through Switzerland, we encounter the first of the many passes you will enjoy on this tour. Our day ends at our hotel in Livigno, which will be our base for the next 2 nights. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B, free garage.
Thursday 16th July (free day): You have a number of options today, as you are at the foot of the Stelvio Pass (2757m), I am sure that is high on your list. If you have a head for heights you can also take a loop over the Gavia pass (2652m), but its not for the faint hearted.... Want a more leisurely ride, then visit the Italian Lakes, Lake Como is just 70 miles away with the beautiful village of Bellagio, known as the 'Pearl of the Lake'. Dinner, B&B
Friday 17th July (170 miles): Time to leave Italy behind, but the fun is far from over, as we re-enter Switzerland via the Bernina Pass, past glitsy St Moritz and 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.
Saturday -Sunday 18-19th July (free days): Meiringen and in particular the Reichenbach Falls are perhaps best known as the setting for Sir Arthur Conon Doyle's fictional 'Sherlock Holmes' novel, however this a great centre for motorcyclists being on the doorstep of more great passes, with a loop ride around the Susten, Gotthard and Nufen passes. A short ride will take you to Interlaken where you can swap bikes for a boat on the beautiful Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Alternatively 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. Especially the Jungfraujoch rack-railway which takes you just below the 3454m peak of the Jungfrau, and is the highest train station in Europe. Dinner, B&B
Monday 20th July (320 miles): Our route today takes us over yet another mountain pass and along Swiss motorways on the shores of Lac Leman, before passing back into France and the smaller Jura mountains. Once in France you can choose to use motorway or enjoy the very best of French provincial N roads, both will take you to our final night’s stop near Troyes. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Tuesday 21st 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 (260 miles) head for Zeebrugge and their overnight ferry.
Wednesday 22nd July : The ferry docks at 0900 hrs, giving us time to have breakfast and bid farewell to our fellow riders before making our way home.
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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. Therefore, where possible, we have arranged the first and last night’s hotel to be within similar riding distance of both Calais & Zeebrugge.
For your increased comfort we have arranged more spacious 4 berth cabins (for 2) on all P&O Hull-Zeebrugge 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 Monday 13th July and return Tuesday 21st 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||Northern Crossing||Southern Eurotunnel crossing (Mon 13th July - Tue 21st July)|
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||£1325 each||£1195 each|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||£1425||£1260|
|1 bike, 1 person, own room||£1760 *||£1595|
|Deposit £100 per person||*(based on single hotel room & cabin share on ferry)|
| note: all prices based on current VAT rates and Euro-GBP rates as of October 2019
|sorry all singles sold out - but have male rider looking to share twin room.|