THE SWISS ALPS
24 Jun - 2 July 2017
Overview & Rough Itinerary
This is the must-do tour for every biker which crosses no less than five countries off of that 'need to visit' list.
Averaging between 150-200 miles per day, this tour is not for the faint-hearted, but your efforts will be duly rewarded with some of the most magnificent stretches of tarmac, the most breathtaking of views and the very coldest of end-of-day beers!
Following an early start in Folkestone, the first day of our tour sees us ride through the Nord-Pas-De-Calais and Champagne regions of France where we will spend our first night. Following a hearty breakfast, we then make our way to the Vosge Mountains where we will spend the next day and a half riding glorious roads that are all too often overlooked, including the Col du Ballon and the Route des Cretes.
We then head into Switzlerland where the Alps become our playgound for the next 3 days. Our tour takes in a number of passes, including the well-known Grimsel, Susten and Furka, and we will also provide suggested routes if any of you would like to break away from the pack for a few hours!
From Switzerland, we travel north and head towards the incredible Black Forest, but not before a photo op at the largest plain waterfall in Europe. Our final few days see us ride through the Ardennes and into the beautiful Belgian city of Ghent, where we will spend the evening in a canal-side pub reflecting on the trip over a nice Chimay, before making our way back to Calais the following morning where we catch the EuroTunnel back home.
We have handpicked a number of fantastic routes through these unspoilt French mountains which should sufficiently whet your appetite for what's still to come throughout the rest of the week.
The Swiss Alps
What's better than a day in the Alps? Three days in the Alps! Thats right, we will spend three days exploring this bikers paradise, riding the kind of twisties you've been dreaming about for ages! Grimsel Pass, Susten Pass, Furka Pass, Nufenen Pass - all included, and more!
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.
8 Nights 3 & 4* accomodation including breakfast. All hotels have been hand selected for their quality.
Full use of hotel leisure facilities.
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!
1 rider, shared room - £905
1 pillion, shared room - £680
1 rider, private room - £1,135
A deposit of £100 secures your place on the tour, with the balance due 45 days prior to the date of departure. We are happy to agree manageable instalments with you, just give us a call or drop us an email to discuss!
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 1,300 miles over a week is hard work and something you may need to prepare for. We will provide tips in our pre-tour pack!