This fantastic guided Austrian Tyrol motorcycle tour is exactly what it says on the tin. It is a journey to the land where the picturesque Austrian Tyrol meets the orchard-dotted Italian Tyrol, the chocolate wrapper- pretty Swiss Alps and the perfectly manicured Bavarian Alps. The best aspect about this holiday is that from the comfort of one hotel, we’ll be able to venture into each of those beautiful biking regions and explore their authentic charms. And as an extra bonus, we’ll also transit via the French Ardennes, the Vosges Mountains, the Champagne region and spend two nights in the beautiful city of Luzern.
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 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.
Usually, where there are towering snow-capped mountains, there are steep green valleys that separate them. Somewhere amongst those rugged peaks, often deep ice-blue glacial lakes, are reflecting their beauty. Almost always along those green valleys, white water rivers run down the mountains, carve their paths through the valleys, and feed into the tranquil lakes. The best of all for us motorcycle travellers, traversing those mountains, passing by those beautiful lakes, tightly hugging the contours of those wild rivers are some of the best biking roads and mountain passes in the Alps.
And our comfortable base hotel in the Austrian Tyrol is located in the midst of all this. From here, on this fantastic 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. Around these parts, authentic Austrian cuisine is coupled with Italian culinary flair resulting in a unique assortment of gastronomic delights. And by the time we are done with riding, it will be just the right time to park the bikes and sample some of those delicious gastronomic delights in one of many traditional stubes/restaurants.
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 opulently decorated out of all King’s castles.
To enrich our destination variety and fulfil the city aspect of our journey, on our return leg, 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 Luzern in Switzerland. Our time in Lucerne might prove to be one of the tour highlights for the city-break lovers amongst us. We can explore this wonderful city and its surroundings on foot, boat, cogwheel railway and cable car.
We’ll bring this memorable 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 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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