This fantastic Swiss-Alps and Austrian-Tyrol guided-motorcycle-tour is exactly what it says on the tin. It is a journey to the lands where the picturesque Austrian Tyrol, the orchard-dotted Italian Tyrol, the chocolate wrapper-pretty Swiss Alps and the perfectly manicured Bavarian Alps meet. The best aspect about this holiday is that from the comfort of our two base hotels, we’ll be able to venture into each of those beautiful biking regions and explore their authentic charms. And as a bonus, we’ll also transit via the French Ardennes, the Vosges Mountains, and the Champagne region.
Our journey of Alpine discovery will start with a relaxing ride across the not-so-Alpine but equally beautiful Ardeness Region of France. From Ardeness, we continue with the Swiss-Alps and Austrian-Tyrol guided-motorcycle-tour. However, there are several beautiful biking regions to cross before getting anywhere near the majestic Alps. We’ll get the first prelude of the stunning mountain landscapes still to come by crossing the breathtaking Vosges Mountains.
From our first base hotel in Austrian Tyrol, on this fantastic Swiss-Alps and Austrian-Tyrol guided-motorcycle-tour, our riding options are endless. Our suggested day trips on the Austrian side of the mountains will include rides over some excellent local biking roads and mountain passes. These include the scenic Bregenzerwaldstraße and Lechtal Straße, the famous Arlberg Pass and Silvretta Pass, the less famous yet exhilarating Piller Pass, Martina Pass and Hahntennjoch Pass. And finally, time permitting, perhaps a spin across the great Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road might be on the cards as well.
Suppose we choose to pay closer attention to Italy and Switzerland. In that case, we’ll be able to scale some of the most notorious former smugglers’ routes but nowadays turned most iconic mountain passes and biking roads. This fantastic ride will take us from the Austrian Tyrol via the serene Oberintal Valley to Italian Südtirol, all the way to the postcard-perfect Engadine Valley in Switzerland and back. The trip includes four legendary mountain passes and ice cream and espresso at the fortified Renesaince town of Glorenza. Our journey will take us over the always-windy Reschen pass, the one-and-only Stelvio pass, the spaghetti-ball-twisty Umbrail pass and the rollercoaster Ofen pass.
On the other hand, if we wake up in the morning and feel more culturally inspired, we might point our front wheels towards Bavaria. This option changes the dynamics of the ride from exhilarating to leisurely, and it also adds an extra holiday dimension to the entire tour. Here, we’ll have a choice of three magnificent castles to visit. They are all different in terms of structure, style, decoration, and the stories behind them.
Neuschwanstein Castle, or the Disney Castle, was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairytale King”. Hohenschwangau Castle is just next door. King Ludwig II’s childhood residence in Bavaria was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. And finally, the Linderhof Palace is only a short ride away. It was modelled on Versailles, and it is the most lavishly decorated out of all King’s castles.
To enrich our destination variety and fulfil even further the Alpine aspect of our journey, from the serenity of the Austrian mountains via the legendary Klausen Pass, we’ll move on to the urban charms of the beautiful lakeside city of Interlaken in Switzerland. From here, we can head towards Lauterbrunnen and visit Trümmelbach waterfalls that tumble and cascade down inside the mountain. Another option is to take a cable car to Schilthorn. The restaurant was one of the locations where some of the iconic scenes from the James Bond 007 film “On Her Majesty’s Secret” were filmed. It overlooks the entire valley and offers the most stunning views of the three highest peaks – Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
If we fancy a ride, the proposed route may shed some light on why the Swiss Alps are a paradise for biking enthusiasts from all over the world. Quite a few big mountain passes can be included in our route. The three passes that work pretty well together are the Grimsel, Furka and Susten. They are almost back-to-back ascents and descents, affording spectacular combinations of well-cambered hairpins, stunning tunnel-bridge-tunnel sections and enjoyably-flowing curves. However, we can also extend the ride and include the legendary Sankt Gotthard pass and a section of the panoramic Sankt Gotthard Strasse.
We’ll bring this memorable Swiss-Alps and Austrian-Tyrol guided-motorcycle-tour to its conclusion with a glass or two of bubbly at the mini capital of the Champagne region. Troyes is one of the most beautiful and visited places in this part of France and a perfect place to say our farewells before returning to the UK.
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Day by day tour itinerary
We’ll start this fantastic Swiss-Alps and Austrian-Tyrol guided-motorcycle-tour with the morning Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. Then 100 or so miles on the motorway through France will get us quickly to Belgium. As we head towards the Ardennes Region, we’ll cross the borders between France and Belgium on several occasions.
Our route will take us through Philippeville, Bouillon and Givet. We can stop at any or all of these towns for lunch or a drink. We usually stop at Givet for a bite to eat and a drink. The town is on the banks of the river Meuse on the French side, not far from the Belgian border. It is a popular biking destination with its bridge over the river, pretty house fronts, hilltop citadel, and fantastic roads all around.
There are several cafés and restaurants by the river, and the parking isn’t a problem. The ride is not that long and demanding, so we should be in our comfortable hotel by mid-afternoon.
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