The Dolomite Mountains and Austrian Alps are without doubt amongst the premium motorcycling regions in Europe. The combination of Ice Age valleys, towering peaks and some of the most exciting motorcycling passes in Europe makes for an unforgettable riding experience.
This tour combines spectacular scenery with challenging roads that will reward you with an incredible motorcycling holiday.
Tour prices are per person
Deposit: £95.00 per person
Sunday 23rd July - Tuesday 1st August 2017
9 Nights - 10 Days
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Euro Tunnel Outbound & Return
9 Nights en-suite accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels
All breakfasts included with accommodation
8 Evening Meals
Detailed Route Plans and Maps
Comprehensive tour manual
GPS coordinates (Garmin Mapsource file)
Detailed Daily itinerary
Guided and supported by Tom & Susan
Daily 170 - 290 (not including ride outs)
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Toll charges & Vignettes
Meals other than specified
Passo di Giau
Passo San Pellegrino
Passo di Falzarego,
Pfalzer and Saar Hunsruck National Parks
The B500 - Black Forest
Day one and following an early morning Euro Tunnel crossing we make a quick transit through the industrial areas of northern France and Belgium. Clear of the motorway system we enjoy some fabulous rural roads as we ride through the Belgium countryside. Our afternoon break is in the beautiful town of Givet. Situated on the River Meuse and overlooked by the Charlemont fortress this small town shows no signs of the many battles which have taken place here over the centuries.
We continue to the town of Bastogne where in the harsh Christmas of 1944 the men of Easy Company (Band of Brothers) held the line around the town against the attacking German forces. Before long we are riding sweeping forest roads as we cross into Luxembourg and onward to our hotel located on the banks of the Mosel River.
Day two: The day starts as we follow the Mosel river to Bernkastle and onward to the Pfalzer and Saar Hunsruck National Park. With almost traffic free roads it is no wonder that this area is one of Germany's best kept biking secrets and a favourite with local bikers. Later in the day we again take to the motorway system to by-pass the cities of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart before arriving at our next overnight stop in a small village in Bavaria.
Day six: Our onward journey now takes us to Austria and the famous Stelvio pass. The Stelvio or the StilfserJoch as it is called in Austria soars to a height of over 2758 metres (9000 feet) and with 48 hairpin bends taking you to the summit this really is a 'must do' for any motorcyclist. We descend from the Stelvio via the Umbrail trail which twists and turns down into Switzerland. Following our descent we re-enter Austria and en-route visit the sunken church at Lake Reschen. The steeple of the 14th century church rises out of the lake after the area was flooded to make an artificial lake in 1950. We continue along the scenic Reschen Pass before arriving at our hotel in time to make use of the heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
Day seven: With so many fantastic passes in the area we really are spoilt for choice but our organised ride-out will ensure you ride the very best. Of course if you prefer to relax or enjoy the mountains at your own pace you are always free to plan your own itinerary. Whatever option you choose you just need to point your bike in any direction and you will be rewarded with a unique riding experience.
Day eight: We leave Austria via the five mile long Pfändertunnel and with the Alps now fading into the distance we continue through the back roads of Germany's Baden-Wurttemberg region to another outstanding biking region, the BlackForest of Germany. A superb night lies ahead at our traditional hotel located in the heart of the Forest.
Day nine: We begin the day by riding a section of the famous B500, reputably one of the best biking roads in Europe. Before long we arrive at the River Rhine and cross the border into the Alsace region of France. Passing through picturesque villages and stunning landscapes we stick to the rural back roads and wind our way through the Belgium countryside before eventually crossing into France. Our hotel tonight is located the beautiful town of Bouillon situated on the French, Belgium border. With the River Semois cutting through its heart and overlooked by the imposing Castle of Godefroy.
Day ten: Our route North takes us through Belgium's biggest single forest before joining the motorway system back for our Euro tunnel crossing to Folkestone.
If you are an experienced rider or it is your first time on the continent this tour would be suitable. The riding as always can be challenging but with plenty of opportunities to ride or relax this tour could be just what you are looking for.
Day three: Our journey now takes us towards Austria over the fantastic Timmelsjoch Pass which rises to 2509 meters. This "secret gap" as it was called joins the impressive glaciers of the Oetz Valley Alps in Austria with the Passeier Valley vineyards of Italy. We arrive in the Dolomites today and for the next three nights enjoy Italian style cooking in a fabulous family owned hotel with indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna.
Day four and you will not want to miss the fantastic ride out we have planned. This includes the brilliant Passo di Giau, Passo di Fedáia, Passo Campalongo, Passo di Falzarego and many more. The Dolomites are amazing and amongst the best places in Europe to ride a motorcycle.
Day five is an official rest day enabling everyone to choose their own itinerary which could be a trip on the cable cars, exploring the local towns, ride even more of the magnificent Dolomites or just relax and enjoy the hotels facilities.