This sixteen day tour takes you through seven European countries – France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy & Switzerland – giving you a window into different cultures. You’ll see an array of scenery including plains, hills, mountains, lakes, rugged coastlines as well as towns and villages full of history – all of which you’d be hard pressed to find alone. A two-night on Lake Bled and a three-night stop on the Adriatic coast at four-star hotels with sea-view rooms. With time off to relax, this is one not to be missed.
This tour will be accompanied by a support van to carry your luggage, so you don’t have to worry about securing it on your bike and riding with it for the duration of the tour.
If you wish to join the tour at a later date or leave early, this is possible providing a minimum of five consecutive nights are booked. Prices will be adjusted accordingly.
Day 1. Saturday June 25. Calais to Sedan (approx. 200 miles)
Leaving Calais we have a short motorway run to get us into the French countryside and to our lunch stop in Cambrai. From here we pick up the route nationale and after stops at La Capelle or Hirson we skirt around Charleville-Meziers before arriving in Sedan. Our first night’s, four-star hotel, was formerly a fortress and dinner with wine is included.
Day 2. Sunday June 26. Sedan to Strasbourg (approx. 190 miles)
Today we head south-east through the countryside, following the course of the river Meuse. Then east towards Pont-a-Mousson which stands on the Moselle River and a stop in the old town square. More minor roads as we make our way across the Lorraine and to our overnight stop just north of Strasbourg. Our four-star hotel is situated away from the busy city centre and overlooks a lake. Dinner with wine is included.
Day 3. Monday June 27. Strasbourg to Bregenz (approx. 160 miles)
As we leave Strasbourg we cross the Rhine into Germany and head to our first stop in Biberac. Now a pretty German town, but once the site of two P.O.W camps, one for officers and one for civilians. Onwards to Tuttingen and Messkirch and through the beautiful hills and countryside to Lake Bodensee and Austria and then to our four-star hotel in Bregenz which stands 100m from the lake. Bregenz itself is famous for its opera festival – set on a massive floating stage and attracting over 200,000 visitors. It was featured heavily in the Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. Tonight you will be free to eat out.
Day 4. Tuesday June 28. Bregenz to Kitzbuhel (approx. 185 miles)
Leaving Bregenz it’s back into the lush, green, rolling German hills, following the Alpenstrasse and climbing to Ruette and a stop at the beautiful Lake Plansee. From here we go via Garmisch and into the scenic lakes and mountains of the Austrian Tyrol. Our stay tonight is in a typical, family run, four-star hotel in the centre of Kitzbuhel, where dinner with wine is included.
Day 5. Wednesday June 29. Kitzbuhel to Lake Bled (approx. 170 miles)
This morning we leave Kitzbuhel and head to our first stop in Mittersill. We then take the 3.2 mile Felbertauerntunnel to Lienz and after a couple more passes take a break in Kranjska Gora, an alpine resort in north-western Slovenia near the mountains and glacial lakes of Triglav National Park. Continuing into Slovenia we make our way to Bled and our four-star hotel which sits overlooking Lake Bled, with views to the castle, Monastery Island, and Julian Alps. Tonight you are free to eat out.
Day 6. Thursday June 30. Day off at Lake Bled
The scenery here is stunning – the lake is surrounded by mountains and there is plenty to do and discover. Explore the castle, hire a rowing boat, take a wine tasting, do a little shopping or just relax, the choice is yours. Tonight you are free to eat out.
Day 7. Friday July 1. Lake Bled to Opatija (approx. 115 miles)
Today we head up to a ski resort in the heavily forested region around Sofja Loka, then continue on country roads through the mountains and gorges until we arrive at the lesser known town of Ziri. After lunch we then cross the border into Croatia and on to Opatija, a fabulous coastal resort on the Adriatic Coast. With views to the neighbouring islands, our four-star hotel is a beautiful Empire-style building, considered to be a local landmark. Each room has sea views and tonight there is a buffet dinner* included or you are free to eat out.
Day 8. Saturday July 2. Day off in Opatija
A day off to explore the town, shop, take a water taxi to a nearby local village or just relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel. A buffet dinner* is included tonight or you are free to eat out.
Day 9. Sunday July 3. Day off in Opatija or a ride to the islands (approx. 100 miles)
Another day off to relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel or, there is a 100 mile, island hoping ride-out route for you to take (this will be un-escorted). This consists of a coastal run down to Bretsova, a 20 minute ferry ride to the island of Cres and a stop in Dragozetici. Crossing the island, you can take another short ferry ride to the Island of Krk and then re-join the mainland via a bridge. From here you can stop in Rijeka, a quaint old coastal town before heading back to Opatija and there is a buffet dinner* again tonight or you are free to eat out.
Day 10. Monday July 4. Opatija to Umag (approx. 80 miles)
Leaving Opatija, we follow the coastline of the Istrian Peninsula to Plomin and then inland to Pazin – once included as part of Mussolini’s fascist state – and known for its’ 12th century castle. From here we head back to the coast and the resort of Porec, continuing along the Adriatic coastline until we arrive in Umag. Our four-star hotel is 1km from the town centre and sits overlooking the sea and a buffet dinner* is included tonight or you are free to eat out.
Day 11. Tuesday July 5. Umag to Oberdrauberg (approx. 190 miles)
Back into Slovenia today with a selection of motorway and main roads to avoid some of the less well maintained roads of central Slovenia. We make another stop in Kranjska Goro before taking the 1,000 metre Wurzen Pass back into Austria, where we take the valley road into Hermagor. Our final stop of the day is in Wesissbriach before we arrive at our three-star hotel for tonight’s stay. This attractive, typically Austrian hotel has been family run since 1803. Dinner with wine is included.
Day 12. Wednesday July 6. Oberdrauberg to Hall in Tirol (approx. 135 miles)
This morning we arrive in Italy as we follow the Pastor Valley in the southern Italian Tyrol via Lienz, Toblach, Brunico and stops along the way. We then head high and over the Brennerpass and then arrive in back Austria. Our three-star hotel is in the small town of Hall in Tirol, on the outskirts of Innsbruck and dinner with wine is included.
Day 13. Thursday July 7. Hall in Tirol to Konstanz (approx. 160 miles)
Westward today and to the ski resort of St. Anton and then to the medieval city of Feldkirch on the Swiss, Lichtenstein border. This city is the most western point in Austria and sits on the River Rhine. From here we cross the border to Switzerland and to the small, rural, historic town of Altstatten. We follow the shoreline of Lake Bodensee into Germany and Konstanz, where the Rhine exits the lake and splits the medieval city in two. Our four-star hotel sits on the River Seerhiem and is a 15 minute walk from the lake and you are free to eat out tonight.
Day 14. Friday July 8. Konstanz to Nancy (approx. 200 miles)
This morning we make our way to Donaueshingen in the Black Forest, where it stands on the confluence of the two sources forming the River Danube. We continue through the southern Black Forest and to our final stop in Germany – the quaint old town of Endingen. From here we cross the Rhine and are back in France. We ride the curves and twists of the High Vosges to Senones where we take our final stop of the day before arriving in Nancy. Tonight’s four-star hotel stands on the edge of a canal and is only a short walk away from the famous Stanlias Square. Considered the most beautiful royal square in Europe and on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the city of Nancy is known all over the world thanks to Place Stanislas. The square has plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants and the nightlife is plentiful so we’ll be free to eat out tonight. At 10.45pm every night during the summer, there is a spectacular sound and light show with projections onto the buildings in the square.
Day 15. Saturday July 9. Nancy to Chamouille (approx. 160 miles)
We leave Nancy and cross the Lorraine region, heading to St. Mihiel where a major WWI battle was fought. We cross the River Meuse and ride cross-country via Chaumont-s-Aire to Reims where we will call in at the H-D dealer (if open!). If time allows we will stop at the old Reims Grand Prix circuit before making our way to our hotel in the Chemin de Dames. Dinner with wine is included tonight for our final night of the tour.
Day 16. Sunday July 10. 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. 2,240
(* Buffet dinners do not include drinks)
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Each of the trips we did with you were fantastic, we met some great new friends and caught up with some old ones as well. The variety of roads and the scenery made each trip unique and rewarding.