Five Countries West

Germany - Austria

Arrival in Munich, visits to local sights, jetlag recovery, then pick up the bikes. You will start with local rides and then ride through one mountain pass, at 1900 m elevation, visit to a castle (extraordinary photo opportunities), and then into Austria. Sample some riding along the autostrasse through  tunnels, over more mountain passes and stay ski resort village.

Switzerland - Liechtenstein

Big travel day and off to an early start. Along a combo of autostrasse and windies into Switzerland, through tiny Liechtenstein, and more Swiss alpine valleys with beautiful scenery. Over the fabulous KlausenPass after lunch.  We stay at the home of William Tell, and then more mountain passes, Grimsel, Furka and Susten and the stunningly beautiful lake at Interlaken all possible. Then another two perfect mountain passes into France.

France

Overnight under the watchful eye of Mount Blanc, and then two days of almost limitless riding options. Fast and flowing curvery - think Snowy Mountains NSW on steroids. The Route des Grandes Alpes is nothing short of a motorcyclists dream. Everything from tight little single lane traffic-less climbs into alpine meadows, to racetrack-like smooth perfection. Very few straight bits. Picturesque Lac d' Annecy, Lac de Roselend and La Vanoise national parks (complete with incredible roads) all in easy reach. Medieval villages and don't forget the French food and wine.

Italy

Climb out of the valley up the Col Du Petit St. Bernard (2188m). Yet another stunning road - endless corners (of course). There is no equivalent in Australian terms. The gain in height is most similar to climbing in an airplane. Descent is racetrack smooth again. We head to the autostrada for a brief blast before the challenges of Italian traffic to round off the day. Overnight we visit typical rural Italian towns, on the edge of the vineyard country. Pizza, pasta, red wine - bella.

Switzerland - Italy

By Day 10, we are heading back to the Alpine passes through Italy and Switzerland. We climb Malojapass (1815m) , with the tightest and most frequent hairpins anywhere, then more sweeping, flowing high Swiss valley riding before yet another up-and-over; the Ofenpass Pass dal Fuorn (2149m). This one is more open radius corners to contrast the tight sharp climb of the Malojapass. We can squeeze in a 3rd pass for the day, the highest in all of Europe; the Stilfser Joch (2757m).

Austria

Back to the favourite country of Alpine Europe, we give our usual three basic riding options - cruise, medium or "go large'". 
Cruise: Jaufenpass (2480m), then onto the A22 autostrasse and a whole afternoon and evening playing tourist.
Medium: As above, but take the historic Brennerpass (1375m). Beautiful old scenery (think 'Sound of Music'), majority of which winds through a stunning river valley. Still plenty of time to play tourist.
Go Large: Take on the Timmelsjoch (2509m), for the riding obsessed.
Beautiful scenery and more chances for photos, some Italian traffic (all part of the experience) and the autostrada.

Germany

No speed limit Autobahn into Germany. We clean the carbon off the top of the motor, and let some adrenaline clear the arteries. Beautiful scenery, albeit a little blurred! There are a few good 'no-autobahn' alternatives if you'd rather another Romantische Straße. Give the bikes back, and overnight in German Bavaria-Bayern. Back to Munich - launching pad for all manner of Europe cities. If you want to continue the ride adventure, extend your bike hire and head out on your own.

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