Epic Alps Tour 2018
Swiss, Italian and Austrian Alps (Incl. BMW Motorrad Days 2018)
(Thursday 5th July 2018 – Monday 16th July 2018)
Motorcycling in the Alps is an absolutely mind-blowing experience, and it is something that every motorcyclist needs to do – at least once.
The spectacularly beautiful roads in the Alps make for a motorcyclists dream. It is a surreal experience riding along roads that are bordered with snow at the mountain peaks.
One after another, the twists and turns, the hairpin bends, or switchbacks, as they are known in Europe, the long sweeping bends, the vistas and beautiful scenery that greet you at each lookout point, make for heaven on earth if you are lucky enough to travel these roads, and traverse the mountains and villages by motorcycle.
The Alps are worth a special journey, and if you have ever dreamed of riding in the Alps, – don’t put it off – do it now!
Arrival in Munich (Germany) – 0km
Have some sleep, freshen up and later in the afternoon meet all the participants in the hotel for a beer and a chat. Enjoy dinner in a local beer garden.
Munich (Germany) to Berwang-Rinnen (Austria) – 120km
We meet at the bike rental station where we pack our bikes, have a briefing and then hit the road. It is short distance today to allow you to familiarise yourself with riding on the right hand side of the road. We will pass through the town of Garmish Partenkirchen where the BMW Motorrad Days 2017 event will be taking place.
Our ride takes us a little further to a small village in Austria called Berwang-Rinnen where will stay for the first night. For those wanting to attend BMW Motorrad Days we will arrange a bus to the event where you can enjoy the festivities. This event is fondly known as the Biker Party, and you will see why. We will have an early dinner at the hotel before we depart to the event.
Berwang-Rinnen (Austria) – BMW Motorrad Days Outride
Today you can ride to the event at your leisure and enjoy the festivities of the day at BMW Motorrad Days. You can watch the stunt drivers doing tricks, test ride a bike or simply enjoy walking around the various exhibitions.
Later in the day we will arrange a tour of the hotel in-house brewery where we will sample their delicious brews of beer! This brewery is the highest-altitude brewery in Austria! This will give you insight into the secrets of local beer production and work up an appetite for dinner in the hotel. After dinner enjoy the music in the hay barn.
Berwang-Rinnen (Austria) –Outride – 200 km
For the adventurous you can take a walk over the Highline 179 swing bridge, which extends at an altitude of 114 meters above the Ehrenburg castle and connects the Ehrenburg ruins with Fort Claudia
Berwang-Rinnen (Austria) to Flims (Switzerland) – 280 km
We leave Berwang in Austria and head to Oberalp in Switzerland. Our route takes us over Fernpass towards Imst and Nauders. Entering Italy, we ride over the Reschen pass and then past the Rechensee. The Rechensee is s the largest lake in the province and is famous for the steeple of a submerged 14th-century church.
We cross into Switzerland and ride through the Swiss National Park and Ela Park. Staying in Switzerland we ride over many mountain passes and through ski villages. Tonight we spend the evening in the quaint village of Flims.
Flims (Switzerland) to Obergoms (Switzerland) – 260 km
We leave Flims and go over the Oberalp pass heading towards Andermatt, and do a circular route covering all the twisty passes of the area, namely Susten Pass Furka Pass, Nurene Pass, St Gothhard Pass and Grimmsel Pass.
Our overnight stop is in the Obergoms will be well deserved after many switch backs and mountain passes. Freshen up and enjoy some Swiss hospitality.
Obergoms (Switzerland) to Livigno (Italy) – 350 km
Just in case you did not have enough of the passes yesterday today we will ride some more. We leave and head towards Lugano and Lake Come area via Nufenpass. We ride along the banks of Lake Lugano and Lake Como.
Enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Como whose villages are a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times. Stop at a street side cafe for a café (expresso coffee) and soak up the views. Onwards towards St Moritz and then into Livigno where we will stay for two nights. Enjoy the Italian hospitality and take a walk in the pretty duty free town.
Livigno (Italy) – Rest Day (Outride 170 Km)
We will then ride up Stelvio Pass to the top, stop for coffee, and then down Umbrail pass coming out in Switzerland. Our route takes us towards Zernez thorough the Swiss National Park, through the Swiss tunnel and over the dam wall, entering Livigno from the lake side of town.
Livigno (Italy) to Pocol (Italy) – 280 km
From Bolzano we take a winding route along the river in the shadows of the tall autostrada above us, and then start climbing into the Dolomites.
Once again you will be overcome with the beauty of these various mountain peaks and the hairpin bends and S-bends feel endless.
Pocol (Italy) – Rest Day or 17 Passes in the Dolomites (Outride 300 km)
You can do all 17 or just some of them, it is your choice. Promising the most exciting scenery and bends once again, the Dolomiti as the Italians call it, will take your breath away.
Pocol (Italy) to Mayrhofen (Austria) – 315 km
There are more hairpin bends and switchbacks in store for you today, as we will ride the Austrian High Alpine Road, to the Grossglockner in the afternoon. The morning has us heading out of the Dolomiti and over some very narrow roads and passes, part of the Gia d’Italia cycle route and then over the border of Italy into Austria via Brenner Pass. Once we are in Austria will ride towards Winkerln and then up to the Grossglockner viewpoint.
Enjoy coffee and apfelstrudle in the restaurant at the top and take in the view of the glacier. We will then ride down the Alpine road and exit towards Gerlos. Enjoying the waterfall views and scenery that Gerlos pass has to offer we will descend into the Tyrol valley towards Mayrhofen. Enjoy your evening taking a stroll into the beautiful village or having a beer in the hotel beer garden.
Mayrhofen (Austria) to Munich (Germany) – 180 km
Today is the day we to head back to Munich and part ways with our motorcycles. We will wind our way through the small Austrian villages until we reach the Autobahn and then ride back into Munich.
A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the tour price is payable by end of November 2017.
Included in tour price:
motorcycle hire for 11 days (3000 km)
full luggage system (top case and two side pannier cases)
navigation system with European maps and tour routes
limited insurance excess (150 Euro) in the event of damage
hotel accommodation & buffet breakfast daily
10 dinners included on tour
Excluded from tour price:
toll fees & road taxes
personal travel & medical insurance
drinks & refreshments
2 dinners not included on tour
Epic Alps Tour
Austria | Switzerland | Italy | Germany | Liechtenstein |
5 July – 16 July 2018
- Start / End Munich, Germany
- Total Distance Approximately 3 500 km’s
- Total Time 12 days
- Riding Days 11 (Optional rest days)
- Rest Days 5
- Breakfasts & Dinners 12 Breakfasts & 10 Dinners
- Daily Mileage 250 km’s on average
- Weather Long summer days with possibility of some rain
- Roads & Terrain Tar roads and many tight mountain passes