Austrian Tyrol & Germany

Germany, Austria, Europe

Fantastic scenery and great biking roads in the Austrian Tirol and Germany

Our tours to Austria are always popular and so we have no hesitation in returning again, however, this year we are increasing the tour by one day to give you even more time to enjoy the numerous great ride-outs available in the Austrian Tyrol. Our 4 night base is one which many of you know well and enjoy. Set in the beautiful Kauner valley it is ideally located to reach the Timmelsjoch (2474m), Silvretta (2036m) and the one everyone wants to ride with its 40 hairpin bends, the Stelvio Pass (2765m). After 4 nights in Austria we return via Lake Constance and the Southern Black Forest to spend a night on the scenic Alsace wine route. Our final two nights are spent in Trier, one of the oldest cities in Germany and an ideal centre from which to tour the beautiful Mosel Valley. The tour will especially appeal to those who enjoy the thrill of riding mountain passes, but is also ideal for those who prefer the fast sweeping roads of the beautiful manicured river valleys, which the Austrian Tyrol has in abundance. The second half of the tour is less demanding, but is in one of my favourite parts of Germany, with its scenic riverside roads and Fairy-Tale castles.

Organised by White Rose Tours

Austrian Tyrol & Germany


Itinerary

The tour itinerary is based on a Northern Crossing with the option* to use a Southern crossing which will shorten the tour by two days.

Thursday 17th July: For those using the Northern crossing, you should make your way to Hull to catch the P&O overnight ferry to Zeebrugge. You are able to board early evening, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the great onboard facilities. A 2/4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) is included in your crossing. The ferry will dock approx 9.30am the following morning, giving you the full day to make your way to the first night's hotel (260 miles).

Friday 18th July (250 miles): Those using the Southern crossing should arrive in time for an early morning Eurotunnel crossing for their journey across France. Whichever crossing you have chosen, we will all meet- up and get to know one another at our first night's stop, a 3 star hotel in the Champagne region. The hotel is one we use often, and has en-suite bedrooms, Wi-FI, TV and undercover outside swimming pool. Your stay includes an evening meal.

Saturday 19th July (200 miles): Entering the Vosges Mountains, we get to enjoy some of the roads favoured by the 'Tour de France' before dropping to the flat fertile plains of the Rhein Valley. A 3 star hotel in the Alsace region is our stop tonight.

Sunday 20th July (230 miles): Passing through Switzerland, we enter the Vorarlberg region of Austria before finally arriving at our 4 star hotel in the Austrian Tyrol, which will be our base for the next 3 nights. Your stay includes breakfast and all evening meals.

Monday 21st - Tuesday 22nd July: We have two free days to explore this wonderful part of the world. We will be staying in an area where Switzerland, Italy and Austria all come together, and the mountain passes and lakeside roads offer a tremendous choice of routes to ride, all offering stunning views. If you fancy a day off, this is probably the best biker hotel in Europe, offering some great leisure facilities, including a small indoor swimming pool. The bikes are not forgotten either, with dedicated maintenance and garaging areas.

I am sure everyone will be keen to ride some of the passes in the area. Timmelsjoch (2300m), Silvretta (2036m), but should you want something less energetic, the historic city of Innsbruck is not far away. , where there are numerous historic buildings to visit, or, alternatively, the famous Swarovski Crystal World. You may, instead, prefer a gentle ride through the immaculate Austrian pastures to Fussen in Bavaria. Here you will see the Schloss Neushwanstein, an archetypal fairytale castle that has provided inspiration for countless storybooks, and a certain Disneyland castle.

Wednesday 23rd July (230 miles): Time to leave Austria behind, but the holiday is far from over, as we head westwards for a marvellous day’s ride over the Furkha and Grimsel passes - some of Switzerland's finest - before arriving at our next base in the beautiful mountain village of Grindelwald.

Thursday 24th July (free day): There are lots to see and do around this popular mountain village - our hotel is conveniently situated close to the railway station - so, should you fancy a day off from riding, there is the option to relax, take one of the many trains, and enjoy some of the dramatic, and certainly most memorable, mountain scenery in the whole of Switzerland. Nearby cable cars will whisk you to the mountain tops, where you can enjoy exceptional panoramic views and sip cocktails in the revolving Piz Gloria summit restaurant, featured in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground and are keen to ride, there's the odd Swiss Pass or two to enjoy as well!

Friday 25th July (314 miles): Our chosen route today leaves Grindelwald via yet another mountain pass and along Swiss motorways on the shores of Lac Leman, before passing back into France and the smaller Jura mountains. Apart from the brief use of a motorway to by-pass Dijon, we are able to enjoy the very best of French provincial N roads, which take us to our final night’s stop near Troyes.

Saturday 26th July (260 miles): Today, we say goodbye to our fellow riders as we leave for the ferry port of our choice. Those using the Southern crossing (250 miles) will be at Calais in time for an early afternoon crossing, whilst those on the Northern crossing (260 miles) head for Zeebrugge and their overnight ferry.

Sunday 27th July: The ferry docks at 0830 hrs, giving us time to have breakfast and bid farewell to our fellow riders before making our way home.

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