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A new and exciting expedition for 2019, this luxurious tour has been put together to take you on some of best minor roads in Italy & Switzerland. After months in the planning we will take you to a selection of tourist sites in these two countries – some famous and some less well known. You’ll ride through The Italian Alps, the Dolomites, The Swiss Alps and its ski resorts and on fabulous roads and passes ending each day at first-class accommodation.
Approximately 1,800 miles on some of Europe’s best roads. As usual, a support van is on hand to carry your luggage and assist with any problems.
Day 1. Saturday June 22nd. Calais to Reims (approx. 180 miles)
After an early morning crossing from Dover to Calais we make our way south on a selection of main and back roads to the outskirts of Reims. We stay in a 4-star hotel which has a swimming pool. Dinner with wine is included tonight.
Day 2. Sunday June 23rd. Reims to Besancon (approx. 200 miles)
Our first stop of the day is Vitry Francois, where we pick up the back roads to Langres – with its old towers, gateways and narrow streets. Then onwards to Gray which stands on the river Saone. From here we make our way to Besancon where you are free to eat out in the old centre which is a short walk from the hotel. Home to France's first public museum, Besancon is also the birthplace of Victor Hugo and the Lumière Brothers.
Day 3. Monday June 24th. Besancon to Montreux (approx. 100 miles)
Today we head to Pontarlier and cross the pass at St.Croix and the Swiss border. We stop at Yverdon before picking up the mountain roads and then dropping down to our 4-star hotel on the edge of Lake Lucerne. Montreux, famous for its Jazz festival, is also known as the former home of Freddie Mercury and you can see a statue of him on the lakeside. Tonight you are free to eat out and there’s plenty of choice in this busy town.
Day 4. Tuesday June 25th. Montreux to Lake Como (approx. 195 miles)
Our first pass of the day (weather & conditions permitting) is the Simplon at 2,000m and on to the famous Basilica church at Santa Maria Maggiore. We continue on back roads to Locarno & Lograno where we follow Lake Lugano to Lake Como where we take a ferry to our hotel which stands on the edge of the lake. Dinner with wine is included tonight.
Day 5. Wednesday June 26th. Lake Como. Day off.
Relax at the hotel and around the pool, have a wonder along the lakeside, around the area or take a ferry across to another part of the lake. Tonight you are free to eat out.
Day 6. Thursday June 27th. Lake Como to Verona (approx. 150 miles)
We head south today, along the lake and to the first stop of the day at Lecco. Then on via Brescia and the bottom of Lake Garda to our next two-night stop in Verona. Our 4-star hotel is only 2 miles from the old centre and tonight you are free to eat out.
Day 7. Friday June 28th. Verona. Day off
You have all day to explore this famous city, the setting for two of Shakespeare’s plays - Romeo & Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, there are many historical sites to see as well as the Casa di Giulietta, a Gothic-style 1300s house and museum, with a stone balcony, said to have inspired Shakespeare. Tonight you are free to eat out.
Day 8. Saturday June 29th. Verona to Bolzano (approx. 120 miles)
Now heading north, we follow the edge of Lake Garda and stay on the pretty minor roads as we make our way up to Bolzano – set in the south Tyrol and known as the gateway to the Dolomites and Italian Alps. Our 4-star hotel is set in beautiful gardens and is a short walk away from the historic centre. Dinner with wine is included tonight.
Day 9. Sunday June 30th. Bolzano to Zernez (approx. 110 miles)
This morning we head east via the towns of Merano and Silandro and then towards the Stelvio Pass. At 2, 750m high this is one of Europe’s most famous passes and we’ll run it weather and conditions allowing. Onwards to Zernez situated at the gateway to Switzerland’s biggest national park. Our hotel is at the foot of Mount Baselgia and dinner with wine is included tonight.
Day 10. Monday July 1st. Zernez to Rorschach (approx. 130 miles)
Today we make our way to the world famous ski resort of Davos at 1,500m above sea level and from here to Klosters and then to the spa town of Bad Ragez. Onwards to Muhlehorn which stands on the southern shore of Lake Walensee, then north via St. Gallen and to our next stop in Rorschach. Our 4-star hotel stands on the shore of Lake Constance and dinner with wine is included tonight.
Day 11. Tuesday July 2nd. Rorschach to Mulhouse (approx. 160 miles)
This morning we follow the lakeside to Schaffhausen and from there we follow the Rhine to Bad Sackingen in Germany. From here we make our way to Mulhouse and our centrally located hotel means you are free to eat out tonight.
Day 12. Wednesday July 3rd. Mulhouse to Metz (approx. 160 miles)
First stop of the day is a brief visit to the automobile museum with over 400 vehicles, including the world famous Schlumpf Bugatti Collection, the most prestigious collection in the world. We then have some more twisties, as we head north via two high passes on the Route des Cretes in the Alsace and Vosges regions. Making our way to Metz and our 4-star, centrally located hotel you are free to eat out in the old centre.
Day 13. Thursday July 4th. Metz to Chamouille (approx. 140 miles)
As we leave Metz we cross the Moselle and head to the WWI killing fields of Verdun. We then continue on the quiet back roads via Vouziers, Juniville, Gugincourt, the hills of the Chemin de Dames and your final night’s stay at our lakeside hotel in this lovely region of Picardy. Dinner with wine is included tonight.
Day 14. Friday July 5th. Chamouille to Calais (approx. 150 miles)
Motorway and main roads today to get you back to Calais in time for a late afternoon crossing back to Dover.
Total tour mileage approx. 1,795
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We both wanted to say thank you so much for a great tour. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The hotels, food and weather were all great. However, the main reason for us joining a Brettour is for the riding and that certainly did not disappoint. From day one the scenery was spectacular and the roads good quality