Swiss and Austrian Alps Self Guided Tour

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

Tour Information

The Swiss and Austrian Alps self guided bike tour combines mountains with dramatic scenery and perfect riding roads.

This tour gives you opportunity to spend more time at each destination. You can explore both areas and also ride 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, swimming pool and 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 Lauterbrunen 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 to Interlaken as well as 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 Pllate and the Jungfrau.

From Lauterbrunen you move on to 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 bar.

The secure underground garage contains a bike jet wash and repair facilities if required. The hotel is also an official BMW testing center. For a nominal fee it is possible to hire a brand new BMW motorcycle for the day.

With two further overnight stops, you will return to the UK via the Black Forest and France.

Tour Itinerary

DayEventApprox Daily Mileage
Day 1

Early morning departure from Folkestone
Combination of motorway and non-motorway roads towards the Champagne region of France

260
Day 2

09.00am start towards Interlaken, Switzerland
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.

260
Day 3

Day off – Lauterbrunnen
Optional – visit to local tourist attractions, cable car ride

Day 4

09.00am start towards St Moritz, Switzerland
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.
Mountain passes included – Grimselpass, Furkass, Oberalppass and Julierpass

174
Day 5

09.00am start towards Austrian Tyrol
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

100
Day 6

Day off
Optional – visit to local tourist attractions

Day 7

09.00am start towards Black Forest, Germany
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

195
Day 8

09.00am start towards Champagne region of France
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

250
Day 9

09.00am start towards Calais
17.20 crossing to Folkestone

252

Tour Hightlights

  • 3*** and 4**** hotels with leisure facilities
  • Furka mountain pass
  • Grimsel mountain pass
  • Susten mountain pass
  • Arlberg mountain pass
  • Silveretta mountain pass
  • Piller mountain pass
  • Ressia mountain pass
  • Weissseespitze Glacier
  • Swiss panoramic train journeys
  • Ski resort of Grindewald
  • Ski resort of Wengen
  • Trummelbach waterfalls
  • Medieval town of Glorenza
  • Stelvio mountain pass
  • Umbrail mountain pass

Tour Pricing

  • Rider and pillion £1045 pp
  • Solo rider sharing twin room £1095 pp
  • Solo rider single room £1245

Price Includes

  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • 8 nights b&b accommodation

  • 6 evening meals

  • Route pack for each day

Price Excludes

  • Hotel parking

  • Petrol

  • Toll charges (vignette)

  • Admission charges

  • Meals other than those specified

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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