The Swiss and Austrian Alps self guided bike tour combines mountains with dramatic scenery as well as perfect riding roads.
This tour gives you the opportunity to spend more time at each destination. You can explore both areas and also ride some of the local mountain roads and passes with no luggage.
After a short channel crossing you will ride towards your first overnight stop in rural France. Here you will stay in a three star hotel with secure parking, a swimming pool as well as an excellent restaurant.
On this tour you shall ride routes that include the most famous mountain passes. These are Furka, Grimselpass, Susten, Arlberg, Silveretta, Piller and Ressia Passes.
Your first base in Switzerland is in Lauterbrunnen where you stay in a three star hotel. The hotel has en suite rooms, safe bike parking, drying facilities and a restaurant. Lauterbrunen is a popular tourist village close to many shops and restaurants. It also has a train station which makes it an ideal starting point for day trips. You can visit Interlaken as well as join numerous Alpine train journeys.
On your days off you can ride the mountain roads to the local ski resorts. You may also opt to visit the spectacular Trummelbach waterfalls.
If you don’t fancy riding you may take a cable car to the alpine garden on the Schynige Platte and the Jungfrau.
From Lauterbrunen you move onto our next destination at the world’s most glamorous ski resort St Moritz. It is perhaps better known as a ski resort and winter playground for the rich and famous. However, as Summer arrives the whole region transforms into a fantastic biking destination.
Here you will also stay in a three star family run hotel. It is a good base to venture into Italy. You can explore the charming alpine village of Glorenza as well as ride the Ofen, Stelvio, Umbrail, Julier and Fluela mountain passes.
Next you cross into Austria where you’ll stay in a four star hotel. It is run by a husband and wife team who are also keen bikers themselves.
The chalet type hotel is situated overlooking an alpine valley surrounded by a forest. The location is perfect to enjoy the panoramic views over the surrounding mountains and to relax and reflect on the day’s events.
If you prefer you can park your bike and rest for a day or two and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. These include a swimming pool, spa, beauty and massage room as well as a bar.
The secure underground garage contains a bike jet wash and repair facilities if required.
With two further overnight stops, you will return to the UK via the Black Forest and France.
To extend this trip please have a look at Alpine Circle and/or Grand European tour.
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