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Guided Group Tour: Alps Moto Explorer

"Alps Moto Explorer" - Guided Motorcycle Tour Through Europe!

"Alps Moto Explorer" - Guided Motorcycle Tour Through Europe!

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For those wanting a one-of-a-kind motorcycle experience that merges history and the majestic beauty of the Alps, our “Alps Moto Explorer” tour is a verifiable must.

On this guided tour you will venture down Passo dello Stelvio, named by Top Gear as the “greatest driving road in the world”, and glide through unforgettable landscapes like the Furka Pass in Switzerland, a panorama beauty utilized in the James Bond Goldfinger film.

This unforgettable Alps tour begins and ends in Munich, Germany, home of the first series production motorcycle, Motorrad by Hildebrand & Wolfmuller. This particular tour is offered only once a year, on the first Sunday in July, to coincide with the world’s largest BMW "Motorcycle Party," the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. We recommend you arrive a few days prior to the trip to capitalize on this event and experience a myriad of test drive on different models, tour the local BMW Museum and Factory, and meet up with a variety of global BMW clubs and organizations from around the world.

From Munich, the Alps Moto Explorer tour is a fifteen-day adventure through Italy, Austria Switzerland, and France before returning back to Germany.

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Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Munich, Germany

Riders Near Pennes Italy

If you’re just coming into town, your guide will arrive at the airport to escort you to the tour’s starting place hotel. Hopefully you're not just arriving in Germany though, as this would mean you've missed the fun at BMW's Motorrad Days just before. Either way, spend your afternoon exploring the city and its delicious local fare. In the evening, the entire group will meet and discuss the upcoming adventure, the routes, bikes, and more over a traditional German dinner.

Day 2: Munchen - Zel am See (Germany - Austria)

Following breakfast, the group will gather for our first debriefing. We’ll begin with a quick discussion of ideal riding techniques, cornering, acceleration and deceleration through the Alps, and more, all to prepare you for the safest and most enjoyable ride. Once we’re done with the technicalities, it’s time to don your boots as we head off to our first European destination: the Krimml Waterfalls just outside Zell am See, Austria. This unique naturescape is Europe’s highest waterfalls with an impressive drop of 1,247 feet. For a more bird’s eye perspective, take the park’s cable car up to the ‘Top of Salzburg.' This unique spot offers panoramic views of the Eastern Alps, Limestone Alps, the Pinzgau mountains, and the Hohe Tauern National park. Once you’ve put away the camera, it’s time to head to our first night out from Munich. For those wishing for a short detour, there’s an optional side-tour to the ‘Eagle’s Nest,' an historic building that now serves as a traditional Austrian restaurant.

Day 3: Zell Am See - Corvara (Austria - Italy)

Italian Passo

Today, we’ll ride along 48 spectacular kilometers of alpine road that winds through the scenic Hohe Tauern National Park. This includes ascensions to elevations as high as 8,215 feet above sea level. Practice your cornering techniques as we glide through these mountain passes. Towards the early afternoon, we’ll stop and enjoy stunning views of the Pasterze glacier before we ride out of Austria and into Northern Italy.

Day 4: Corvara Rest Day (Italy)

Officially a ‘rest day’, we offer this as a unique break from the tour and allow adventure bikers to explore the many mountain passes surrounding the beautiful ski resort of Corvara. Your tour guide will propose a group-designed ride, but feel free to craft your own itinerary. A popular option is a relaxing trip to the nearby Venice (125 miles away) for a cappuccino overlooking the canals.

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Day 5: Corvara - Merano (Italy)

This is a full day of Alps exploration. Today, we’ll wind three incredible high mountain passes that are all above 6,500 feet. We’ll follow the river Torrente along tight curves and through rock tunnels as we climb the Passo Pennes mountain pass, then we’ll sweep our way through the Passo Giovo (Jaufenpass) and the Passo Rombo (Timmelsjoch). This last pass is often called the “secret passage” due to its being much less frequented as travelers tend to opt for the lower Brenner or Rescher Passes. This means less traffic as you enjoy unspoiled panoramic views of the Alps. We’ll end the day at a picturesque alpine resort situated in Merano and enjoy a traditional Italian fare over wine as we discuss the day’s travels.

Day 6: Merano - Lake of Como (Italy)

Paso Stelvio Stilfserjoch Italy

It’s time for the Passo Stelvio, Top Gear’s rated “greatest driving road in the world”. We’ll begin the day with an exciting 48 switchbacks before we take a respite at the picturesque top. Once we’ve finished drinking in the views, it’s another 37 switchbacks to the quaint Passo Gavia. These narrow and less trafficked roads will allow you to enjoy the more natural and wild side of the Dolomites. And at the end of the day, kick your boots off and enjoy another spectacular evening at a resort in Lake of Como.

Day 7: Lago di Como - Briancon (Italy - France)

Following morning coffee overlooking the lake, we’ll make our way out of Italy and into France. Our trip will take us through the first day of phenomenal riding in the French Alps. There’s more switchbacks in store for you as we cross through high mountain passes and into Briancon and delicious French cuisine comprised of fresh croissants, perfectly aged cheese, and some of the world’s best wines.

Day 8: Briancon Rest Day

This is our second break day of the tour. Like the first, you’ll have the option to join a group-proposed ride through nearby high mountain passes, or follow your own riding itinerary. Of course, no one will fault you if you should opt to stay near the hotel and enjoy all of its relaxing amenities.

Entering Italy Alps MotoDay 9: Briancon - Aosta (France to Italy)

Time to say "au revoir, France!" as we wind our way along the high mountain passes of Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier on our way out of the country. We’ll pass through to Italy by way of the incredible Petit Saint Bernard Pass and coast down winding roads to the charming Aosta Valley.

Day 10: Aosta - Andermatt (Italy - Switzerland)

It’ll be an early morning as we make our ascension up to Grand Saint Bernard Pass and travel across the Switzerland border just in time for a lunchtime break of cheese fondue. Depending on the group’s overall itinerary, we can take a side trip to photograph Switzerland’s most famous mountain and national symbol, the Matterhorn, or continue with our high altitude conquests and ride through Nufenenpass and St. Gotthardpass. As the sun begins to set, we’ll make our way to Andermatt, our Alpine resort basecamp for the next two nights.

Day 11: Rest Day Andermatt (Switzerland)

Didn’t get a chance to snap a shot of Matterhorn? Want to explore the exciting Klausen pass? Well, today is your day to explore the surrounding Swiss Alpine roads. For our third and final rest day on the road, the Furka pass, Grimsel pass and Susten mountain passes are your oyster and you can once again either follow a group-led motorcycle tour or choose your own adventure.

Day 12: Andermatt - Livigno (Switzerland - Italy)

Western Austria Curves

At RIDE Adventures, we want to provide you with a unique and unforgettable motorcycle adventure. Which is why on this day we’ll be returning to Italy not by the comfortable low road, but by the exciting and less commercialized high mountain passes. We’ll sneak by St. Moritz, one of Switzerland’s oldest and most prestigious ski resorts, before snaking our way along the Bernina pass and back into Italy.

Day 13: Livigno - Silvretta Strasse (Italy - Austria)

It’s breakfast in Italy, lunch in Liechtenstein, and supper in Austria! Three countries in one day, and we will answer the fun question of just how many Liechsteins can fit into one land mass the size of the United States. After lunch in the country's charming capital city of Vaduz, it's onto Austria and the famed Silvretta Strasse. The Silvretta Strasse has been named by Ultimate Drivers as on of the “Top 10 Roads in the world” for its road surface, conditions, and ultimate scenery, making it an ideal ride for our expansive tour as we exit the Alps and forge our way back to the city of Munich. Today you’ll enjoy long sweeping bends, sheer granite rock roadway borders, and sweeping, near unbelievable mountain sights at every stretch. 

Day 14: Silvretta Strasse - Munich (Austria - Germany)

Alps-Moto-Explorer-Mountains2It’s time to head back to reality, but we’ll make the day linger. Our final road journey will take us along curvy foothills to the flat German valleys around the city. Before we enter Munich, we’ll spend a few miles racing down the German ‘Autobahn’, one of the world’s only public roads without a listed speed limit. And our last side trip will be a walk around the Neuschwanstein Castle, also known as ‘the castle that inspired Walt Disney’s 'Cinderella Castle’. Take off your helmet and enjoy a leisurely walk down this historic site's stunning halls and rooms under our guided tour. After this fairy tale experience, it's back on the road to Munich. Once back in the city, we’ll make our way to the tour’s last hotel for the night where we’ll enjoy a special farewell dinner complete with weissbier and a hearty chat about all of the memorable sights and experiences of the Alpine tour.

Day 15: Flight home

Depending on the time of your departure flight, you may be able to squeeze in a few last minute mini-adventures before packing your bags. A tour guide will be available to arrange your transfer to the airport. Enjoy your flight and we hope to see you again on a new and exciting tour offered by RIDE Adventures!

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