Austrian Alps Self Guided Tour

Where you choose the date and set the pace
Start / Finish in UK

Tour Information

A popular holiday with all new hotels and revamped routes. This is an exciting motorcycle tour that will take you to the heart of the stunning Austrian Alps.

If you are an independent rider who wants a bit more than just a motorcycle riding trip then this holiday will appeal to you.

The choice of great biking roads and passes is endless. With their countless hairpin bends some of the mountain passes will take you to the dizzying heights close to 3000m. These include the Arlberg and Gerlos Pass (Kriml waterfalls) as well as B99. The Nockalm and Maltatal Strasse, Sölk, Tauern and Turrach Pass as well as the most famous ones the Grossglockner and Timmelsjoch.

As well as being fantastic rides both passes present an opportunity to visit two major tourist attractions. And also as an added bonus they both have fantastic restaurants on top.

The high alpine road with its 36 hairpin bends provides one of the most exhilarating rides in Europe. It also leads to the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park ending up at the magnificent Pasterze Glacier. Here you may choose to stop for a well deserved lunch. Judging from the previous experiences the pancakes are always a popular choice.

Timmelsjoch pass, with its tighter hairpins and occasional summer snow fall might require more technical riding approach. The extra effort is worthwhile as it is usually rewarded with a tasty traditional lunch and delicious slice of apple strudel. Also the highest motorcycle museum in Europe is just next door.

However, if you are feeling even more adventurous you can also take a ride to the Julian Alps in Slovenia over the twisty Vrsic mountain pass.

All suggested rides lead directly to the heart of the Austrian Alps. They provide you with wonderful views of snow caped mountain peaks and flowery meadows. Dark green pine forests as well as ice blue mountain lakes.

For the fans of the Sound of Music and Mozart a day trip to Salzburg is a must. Here you can spend time admiring the old town’s baroque architecture. You can visit numerous tourist attractions and also have lunch in one of many elegant squares.

Top things to do here are visits to Mozart’s museum and his former residence. As well as St Peter’s monastery, cemetery and catacombs. While here why not indulge in a slice or two of sacher torte at the famous Sacher Café. Or perhaps have a cup of coffee at the trendy Café Tomaselli. Or even better treat yourself with both.

This region is truly unique and offers a lot of possibilities both for bikers and tourists. From Salzburg you can extend your ride to Hallstatt. The town is situated on the shores of the crystal clear alpine lake and at the foot of the mountain. It is also one of the most photographed places in Austria.

If you wish to add a historic aspect to your holiday take a ride along the scenic alpine roads into Germany. The picturesque town of Berchtesgaden as well as the Eagle’s Nest are both worthwhile a visit.

The mountain lodge was a gift to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday by the town mayor. Also according to the locals, the fireplace was a present from Mussolini. In 1945, allied soldiers added various graffiti to the fireplace and chipped off countless souvenirs as well.

Sometimes before you start heading home make sure you stop at a local stube. Schnitzel and Apple strudel are always popular choices.


To extend this trip please have a look at Italian Dolomites and/or Slovenian Alps tour.

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Tour Itinerary

DayEventApprox Daily Mileage
Day 1

Early morning departure from Folkestone
Combination of motorway and non-motorway roads towards Luxemburg

Day 2

Start towards Black Forest, Germany
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

Day 3

Start towards Tyrol, Austria
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

Day 4

Start towards Salzburg, Austria
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

Day 5

Day off
Optional ride around local mountain roads and passes

120 - 200
Day 6

Day off
Optional ride around local mountain roads and passes

120 - 150
Day 7

Start towards Bavaria, Germany
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

Day 8

Start towards Black Forest, Germany
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.

Day 9

Start towards Luxemburg
Combination of motorway and non-motorway roads

Day 10

Start towards Calais
Crossing to Folkestone



  • Depart and return when it suits you

Tour Hightlights

  • Biker friendly 4**** hotel with leisure facilities
  • Nockalm Strasse
  • B99
  • Berchtesgaden - ‘Hitler’s Nest’
  • Salzburg
  • Gourmet evening meals
  • Picturesque location
  • Sölk Pass
  • Maltatal Strasse
  • Tauern Pass
  • Turrach Pass
  • Grossglockner High Alpine road
  • Julian Alps
  • Vrsic Pass
  • Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj

Tour Pricing

  • Rider and pillion £1,095 pp
  • Solo rider sharing twin room £1,175 pp
  • Solo rider single room £1,395 pp

Price Includes

  • 9 nights b&b accommodation

  • 9 evening meals

  • Return channel crossing

  • GPX routes

  • Trip check list

  • Daily itinerary

  • Suggested tourist attractions

  • Emergency services numbers

Price Excludes

  • Meals other than those specified

  • Admission charges

  • Toll charges (vignette)

  • Petrol

  • Hotel parking

Pre-Trip Checklist

  • Make sure the tyres on your bike are going to last the duration of a trip.
  • Make sure that the bike is serviced for the duration of a trip.
  • Puncture repair kit recommended.
  • A good bike chain is also highly recommended.
  • Chain lubricant.
  • Spare bike keys.
  • Spare battery for the alarm fob (if you have an alarm).
  • Spare bulbs (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare fuses (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare spark plugs (in some countries required by law).
  • Some tools.
  • Some extra bike security device (padlock and chain, disc lock).
  • Torch.
  • Valid passport.
  • Valid riding licence.
  • European breakdown cover recommended.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Green card for European travel.
  • Check if your bike insurance covers (Green Card) all the countries will be passing through (e.g. Eastern Europe).
  • Copy of bike insurance policy.
  • Registration document.
  • E111 obtained from the Post Office (this guarantees you equivalent NHS treatment in EC countries only).
  • High viz vest/jacket.
  • Breathalizer.
  • Waterproofs.
  • Spare set of gloves.
  • Enough clothes to last you for a trip.
  • Some swimming gear.
  • Some casual clothes.
  • Some local currency.
  • A major credit card recommended.
  • Mini first aid kit (in some countries required by law).
  • Some basic pain killers and prescription drugs.
  • Note with your driving licence of any allergies in Latin.
  • Pack everything into plastic bags before putting it into the panniers.

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