AUSTRIA & BLACK FOREST
22 - 30 July 2017
Overview & Rough Itinerary
Austria is an incredibly beautiful country, but often gets overlooked as a bike destination thanks to its Swiss and German neighbours.
We will average between 150-200 miles per day on this tour, so you will need to be bike fit, but your efforts will be duly rewarded with some of the most spectacular views and incredible mountain twisties you'll ever ride!
Following an early start in Folkestone, our first day will see us ride from Calais to Dusseldorf where we catch the overnight Motorail to Vienna. Arriving in the city centre the following morning, we then start making our way west, through the spectacular Austrian countryside. Within a few minutes of leaving the city, you will find yourself surrounded by hills on every side! We will spend the next two days around Bad Aussee where you can swim in the lakes, explore the stunning local areas on two wheels, or simply relax whilst taking in the tranquil surroundings.
From Bad Aussee, we continue west until we reach the magnificent Grossglocker Pass where we will spend the rest of the afternoon. From there, we head onwards towards the Tyrol region where we will spend the next two days riding various mountain passes, including the Jaufenpass, Timmelsjoch Pass, and the Silvretta Pass.
From Tyrol, we travel north and head towards the incredible Black Forest, but not before a photo op at the largest plain waterfall in Europe which will knock your socks off! From the Black Forest, we then start making our back to Calais where we say our goodbyes.
Grossglosckner High Alpine Road
An incredible 48km strip of perfectly constructed tarmac, comprising 36 turns which take you just over 2500m above sea level. You'll be amazed at the microclimates we ride through, seeing sun, cloud, and quite possibly a bit of snow at the very top!
This beautiful lake is surrounded by stunning hills which reflect off of the still emerald water as if it were a mirror. Take a morning dip to awaken your senses, or sit and enjoy how calm and magnificent it is.
The Black Forest
If there is ever a road that you have to ride on your motorbike, its Germany's famous B500! Almost certainly designed by a biker, this amazing stretch of road is littered with incredible bends and hairpins that will leave you grinning from ear to ear!
8 nights / 9 days
1600, averaging 150-200 miles per day
Medium - suited to riders who are confident at negotiating the twisties.
600cc+ and capable of 100 miles to a tank of fuel.
What isn't included?
Return Folkestone/Calais EuroTunnel crossing. Please note that other crossings can be arranged if required, please contact us to discuss.
Overnight motorail from Dusseldorf to Vienna including couchette.
7 Nights 3 & 4* accomodation including breakfast. All hotels have been hand selected for their quality.
Pre-tour pack including a detailed itinerary, GPS coordinates, details & information on particular areas of interest and non-bike additional activities available.
Additional ride-out routes for those that want to break away from the group for a few hours.
The company of a tour guide who will escort you throughout the tour.
Toll road charges.
Travel & Motorcycle Insurance and Breakdown Cover (see below).
Entry and admission charges to sites and/or additional activities, other than where specified.
Food and drink other than where specified.
Parking charges (parking is usually free, but occasionally a small charge is levied by certain hotels).
Any guarantees about the weather!
The Important Stuff
Breakdowns are a sad fact of motorcycle touring and often we can get bikes back up and running between us, but due to the level of mileage and nature of this tour, it is a requirement that you hold European Breakdown Cover so that you can be prompty recovered where required. This is for your benefit, as much as it is for everyone elses.
Travel Insurance inc. Motorcycling
Again, due to the nature of this tour, it is a requirement that you hold suitable travel insurance which covers you for motorcycle riding on the appropriate sized bike.
Stating the obvious here, but riding 1,600 miles over a week is hard work and something you may need to prepare for. We will provide tips in our pre-tour pack!