|Italian Lakes & Swiss Alps Tour
Including: Gorges de l’Ain; Col du Berthiand; “Route des Grands Alps”; Cormet de Roselend; Col de Meraillet; La Rosiere; Petit St Bernard Pass; Maloja Pass; Julier Pass; Lenzerhide Pass; Oberalp Pass; St Gottard Pass; Susten Pass; Col de la Forclaz
Optional: Bernina Express (train ticket included); Bernina Pass; Stelvio Pass; Umbrail Pass; Ofen Pass; Furka Pass; Grimsel Pass; Nufenen Pass
12 – 23 September 2015
Our view: As one of our customers once said “more hairpins than a 40’s hairdo!” and we couldn’t have put it better ourselves. This tour is for experienced riders only – you must be comfortable with really twisty roads and so many hairpins we lost count…the reward though is stunning scenery…you will be blown away by the riding and the sights on this tour. [Please read the important footnote*]
To summarise the tour:-
1st night in France- dinner included
2nd night in France
3rd & 4th nights in same hotel on Lake Maggiore – dinner included 1st night
5th & 6th nights in same hotel by a Glacier in Switzerland – dinner included both nights
7th, 8th & 9th nights in same hotel by a lake in Switzerland – dinner included 1st night
10th night in France
11th night in France – dinner included
The tour starts early morning with the arrival of the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Ouistreham, Caen. We aim to finish back at Caen in time for the late afternoon ferry to Portsmouth. For guests arriving at different ports we shall agree meeting / departure points.
This will be a fully escorted motorbike tour with a luggage van – following the same route as the bikes – included in the price. The routes have been extensively researched and as we stop every hour and a half for coffee, lunch or fuel pillions will not be too long in the saddle. We always use a “second man drop off” marker system with a tail end rider so you will not need to refer to maps or sat-navs and as we limit the number of bikes on the trip to a maximum of 15 no-one is kept waiting too long.
The hotels we have chosen are all independent and rated 3*; many have swimming pools, most have secure private parking. Full details will be provided in the Tour Pack which is sent out approx. 6 weeks before the trip.
Mileage statistics for the tour are as follows:
1st day: 270 miles – incl 30 miles peage
2nd day: 230 miles
3rd day: 230 miles – incl 90 miles peage
4th day: free day
5th day: 120 miles (very twisty)
6th day: free day – optional ride 150 miles
7th day: 160 miles
8th day; free day – optional ride 150 miles
9th day: free day
10th day: 235 miles – incl 85 miles peage
11th day: 260 miles
12th day; 170 miles – incl 30 miles peage
Total: 1675 miles or 1975 with optional rides
PLEASE make sure you have sufficient tyre tread to finish the tour.
In trying to keep the cost of this tour as affordable as possible we shall not be using any motorways in Switzerland so you will not need to purchase a “Vignette” (40 Swiss Francs) and we are not using the Mont Blanc Tunnel (30 euros)
Price: £1395 per person includes:
- 12 days fully escorted tour led by experienced British guides (who speak French)
- Hotel accommodation with breakfasts for 11 nights in a shared room with en-suite facilities*
- Evening meals on 6 nights – 2 in France and 1 in Italy with wine included, 3 in Switzerland but no wine included
- Luggage van
- Tour Information Pack – which includes a detailed itinerary, hotels, explanation of marker system, road signs etc
* Single Room Supplement is £425
Your ferry/tunnel crossing, peages (approx 50 euros per bike), and meals/drinks other than as stated above are not included in the price.
A deposit of £145 per person is payable upon booking with the balance payable 8 weeks before departure.
We need a minimum of 12 guests to run this Tour.
All Terms & Conditions relating to Bike Normandy Tours apply to all bookings
* It is important when considering whether to book on this Tour that you are happy to ride to the speed limits where appropriate to do so – this means 130km/h (approx 85mph) on motorways as all our planning and timings rely on achieving this.