Since the beginning, the Grand Europe self-guided motorcycle tour has been our most ‘in demand’ long holiday. This fantastic journey embodies a true spirit of adventure as well as discovery.
This tour will take you through some of the most spectacular scenery of seven different European countries. These include the Champagne region, the Black Forest and Austrian Tyrol, as well as Slovenian lakes. Furthermore, you’ll explore the Croatian coast, venture to the Italian Dolomites and visit the Swiss Alps.
With its fantastic biking roads winding through the lush vineyards, the Champagne Region encapsulates everything great about motorcycle travel. Usually, drinking champagne and riding are not activities that should be done in tandem. However, there is nothing wrong with having a glass or two of bubbly once you park your bike. And there is certainly no better place to celebrate the start of your holiday than Troyes, the French wine capital.
The Black Forest is the land of rolling hills and cuckoo clocks, as well as Black Forest gateau and perfect biking roads. As a matter of fact, Germany is the land where the perfect tarmac comes from. The B500 is perhaps the most iconic and popular biking road in Europe, if not globally. As a bonus, you’ll also be riding through picture-postcard villages and towns and staying in biker friendly hotels.
Many other parts of Europe earn the status of ‘top motorcycling destination’. However, there are not that many that do it as well as your next destination. Austrian Tyrol ticks all the boxes on any biker’s list. But above all, this fantastic region has some of the best biking roads and the most spectacular mountain passes. The scenic Bregenzerwaldstraße, picturesque Gerlos and magnificent Großglockner, as well as enjoyable Arlberg pass, are just to name a few.
Over the years, Slovenia gained a reputation as an unexpected highlight of the tour. However, it has all attributes to be the main highlight of this holiday in its own right. It is the greenest country in Europe and is affectionately referred to as the ‘hidden jewel of the Alps’. Slovenia is also the home to the picturesque Lake Bled as well as one of the most challenging mountain passes. Vrsić Pass has fifty cobbled hairpins, and you’ll have the opportunity to swing it around every single one.
We love Croatia, not only because we come from there. But also because it adds a bit of Slavonic flair and Mediterranean flavour to this tour. Discover the delights of the coastal towns of Rovinj, Porec and Pula. Taste the excellent regional cuisine such as the pršut and olives as well as seafood and outstanding local wines. Ride the scenic ancient Roman highways and byways of the beautiful Istrian peninsula.
Wherever you go in the Dolomites, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and roller coaster mountain passes. But as always, there are those few roads that are slightly more alluring than others. Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella as well as Gardena and Falzarego are just a few iconic passes, but the list goes on. This is literally and metaphorically the highest point of this great tour.
With its serpentine roads and mountain passes, the Swiss Alps are a perfect way to conclude this dream road trip. This journey started with a glass of Champagne in France so let it finish in the same fashion in the majestic Engadin valley. And there is undoubtedly no better place than the glitzy mountain resort – Sankt Moritz.
Please spend some time reading the day by day itinerary to appreciate the magnitude of this fantastic tour fully.
For more day-to-day information, please spend some time studying the below tour itinerary.
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Day by day tour itinerary
After an early morning channel-tunnel crossing, you’ll make your way to the bubbly Champagne Region of France. At Reims, you’ll come off the motorway and continue your journey riding the country back roads.
As you arrive in this area, it will be the right time to start looking for a place to have lunch. Both Épernay and Sézanne are convenient places to stop. The town of Epernay is entirely surrounded by chalky hills and vineyards. Here you can take a walk down the Avenue de Champagne. It is occupied by famous Champagne Houses, so you can see why Epernay competes for the title of ‘Capital of Champagne’.
Sézanne, on the other hand, is entirely the opposite. It is a typical French provincial town with a cobbled square, café, water fountain and a big church in the centre. Nothing much really happens there, but that’s the beauty of it. It is a perfect place to stop for lunch and people watch.
Located in the middle of woodlands, your hotel will welcome you with a comfortable room, gourmet meal, terrace and outdoor swimming pool.
What our customers say
Thank you again for the great experience we had on our Grand European tour. You did a great job making sure everything went perfectly well for us.”
Eva & Don Black
South Carolina, USA, 2019