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Five countries, two weeks, one motorbike: the ultimate European motorbike trip.

Five countries, two weeks, one motorbike: the ultimate European motorbike trip.

Travelling by motorbike is one of the best ways to see Europe. Check out our stunning itinerary, which offers spectacular scenery, fascinating sights and wonderful touring…  

Daniel Hutson From the Motor team
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Day 1: Munich to Zell am See

How long? Around three hours
How far? 170km
Petrol: approximately £21.40

You’ll see some spectacular scenery as you cover this distance. The city of Munich will become a mere memory as you take in the lakes that surround the town of Rosenheim. 

The route is steep enough to be challenging but satisfying, and the mountains of Kitzbühel provide wonderful views when you’ve completed the climb. Once you’ve arrived in Zell am See, it’s not far to the infamous Eagle’s Nest high up in the Bavarian Hills and now a restaurant.. Have something to eat or drink and enjoy the 360O panorama that offers up some of the most celebrated views in Austria.

Stay at the Hotel Tirolerhof, Zell am See, from around £225 for a double room.

On a budget? Try the youth hostel on Seespitzstrasse, Zell am See, from £36 a night for a one-bed room.

Bike road trip; Munich to Zell am See

Day 2: Zell am See to the Dolomites

How long? Around four-and-a-half hours 
How far? 231km 
Petrol: approximately £29.10 

If you’ve got a head for heights, today’s your day. The ride out of Austria is full of some gorgeous views, and the Grossglockner High Alpine Road has 36 different turns, each with a unique vista.  

You’ll see the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner, and the largest glacier in Europe, the nine km-long Pasterze. Then, it’s onto the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring 18 peaks and some of the world’s most beautiful mountain landscapes.  

Stay at the Stadt Hotel Citta, Bolzano, for around £155 for a double room. 

On a budget? The Hostel L'Ost  Ostello di Grumes costs around £44 for a twin room. 

 

Bike road trip; Zell am See to the Dolomites

Day 3: The Dolomites to Venice

How long? Around five hours
How far? 340km
Petrol: approximately £42.85

Take a day to explore Italy, riding through the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, which boasts fabulous mountain views and enchanted valleys. Then enjoy a late lunch in St Mark’s Square in Venice, one of the iconic moments of European travel.

Stay at Hotel Canal, Venice, for around £289 for a double room.

On a budget? Try the Generator Hostel on Giudecca Island, Venice, with dorm beds from around £34.

Bike road trip; The Dolomites to Venice

Day 4: Venice to Bormio

How long? Around four-and-a-half hours 
How far? 230km 
Petrol: approximately £29.00 

This route takes you to one of the most exciting views in Europe. The Stelvio Pass, at 2,575m above sea level, is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps.  

If you fancy it, you could also go for a spin up Passo Gavia, which isn’t quite as well known, but is just as beautiful. Then it’s downhill to Bormio, famous for its skiing and relaxing hot springs. 

Stay at the Eden Hotel in Bormio, for approximately £151 for a double room. 

On a budget? Try the Ostello Alpino, Bormio, from £86 for a double room. 

bike road trip;  Venice to Bormio

Day 5: Bormio to Andermatt

How long? Around four-and-a-half hours
How far? 270km
Petrol: approximately £34.00

Today it’s off to Switzerland, with a chance to drive through some breathtaking Alpine scenery. Some of the tight bends require serious concentration, but the views more than make up for it. And you can check out Lake Maggiore as you ride past the Italian-speaking resort of Locarno.

Stay at The River House Boutique Hotel in Andermatt, from £132 for a double room.

On a budget? Try the Chalet Stella Alpina in Bedretto, around £32 for a private room.

Bike road trip; Bormio to Andermatt

Day 6: The Andermatt passes

How long? Around three hours
How far? 150km
Petrol: approximately £18.90

Take some time to explore the most spectacular riding spots of the region and visit the thrilling Furka pass – famous for the Aston Martin DB5 car chase in Goldfinger.

When you’ve got your breath back, check out the Rhône Glacier, the longest glacier in the Eastern Alps, or dare yourself to head up the Grimsel, Susten and Klausen passes.

Stay at Hotel Höfli in Altdorf, from £149 for a double room.

On a budget? The Hotel Klausenpasshöhe, between Altdorf and Linthal, has rooms from around £50 a night.

Bike road trip; The Andermatt passes

Day 7: Andermatt to Chamonix

How long? Around four hours 
How far? 353km  
Petrol: approximately £44.50 

Today you’re off to France. On the way you’ll be taking in the Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt and the mighty Matterhorn – Switzerland’s celebrated ‘mountain of mountains’ – as well as enjoying the terrific terrain around the picturesque spa town of Leukerbad. 

Stay at Le Refuge des Aiglons in Chamonix, from £70 for a double room. 

On a budget? Try the Chamonix Lodge Hostel in Chamonix, with prices from £33 a night. 

Bike road trip; Andermatt to Chamonix

Day 8: Chamonix to Briançon

How long? Around three hours 
How far? 210km  
Petrol: approximately £26.45 

After taking in the spectacular Mont Blanc, it’s another day of highs and lows as you travel from the Maurienne Valley to the Col du Télégraphe, a climb of 11.8km, then on to the Col du GalibierEn route, you’ll also be able to explore the majestic, mountainous Vanoise National Park. 

Stay at the Résidence du Temple in Briançon, from £62 for a double room.  

On a budget? Try Les Passagers du gite hostel in Briançon, for around £20 a night. 

Bike road trip; Chamonix to Briançon

Day 9: Briançon to Ecrins National Park

How long? Around two-and-a-half hours
How far? 150km
Petrol: approximately £18.90

Spend a chilled-out day exploring one of France’s most beloved national parks. Take it easy and explore the beautiful woodlands, then rev it up and get close to the Barre des Ecrins, the highest peak in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

Stay at Hotel les Vallois in Vallouise, for around £60 for a double room.

On a budget? Try the Hotel Belledonne, Le Bourg-dʼOisans, for around £47 a night for a double room.

Bike road trip; Briançon to Ecrins National Park

Day 10: Briançon to Aosta

How long? Around three-and-a-half hours 
How far? 270km  
Petrol: approximately £34.03

It’s a day to enjoy nature, as you’ll be riding past some spectacular scenic lakes. You’ll be flanked by mountains as you head along the Grand St Bernard Pass, and on the descent, it’ll become obvious how Interlaken got its name, as it’s sandwiched between the tranquil Lake Thus and Lake Brienz. 

Stay at the Hotel du Lac in Interlaken, for around £162 for a double room.  

On a budget? Try the Jugendherberge Interlaken, for around £32 a night. 

Bike road trip; Briançon to Aosta

Day 11: Aosta to Interlaken

How long? Around three hours
How far? 200km
Petrol: approximately £25.20

Some seriously dramatic vistas are on the cards today as you head back into Italy via the Col de l’Iseran – the highest paved pass in the Alps at 2,764m. Admire the spectacular scenery of Tignes and Val d’Isère, and work up an appetite as you descend back to Aosta in time for dinner.

Stay at the Hotel Milleluci, Aosta, for £178 for a double room.

On a budget? Try the Ostello Il Casello in Verres, for around £48 a night for a double room.

Bike road trip; Aosta to Interlaken

Day 12: Interlaken to Silvrettastrasse

How long? Around two-and-a-half hours
How far? 210km
Petrol: approximately £26.45

Today, you’ll be in among some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe as you travel towards Lichtenstein, taking in the scenery around Lake Lucerne and experiencing some challenging hairpin bends. Visit the famous spa town of Bad Ragaz and take a detour through its famous forest.

Stay at the Hotel Cresta in Tschagguns, from around £136 for a double room.

On a budget? Try the Backpacker Deluxe Hotel Capricorn in Laax, from around £78 a night.

Bike road trip; Interlaken to Silvrettastrasse

Day 13: Silvrettastrasse to Innsbruck

How long? Around two-and-a-half hours
How far? 216km
Petrol: approximately £27.20

As you ride through Austria, you’ll have a chance to get close to the famous Wildspitze, the highest mountain in the Otztal Alps. After a day of tight corners and sharp ascents, you’ll gently descend into Innsbruck, which is magnificently set in the Inn Valley.

Stay at the Hotel Congress Innsbruck, for around £126 for a double room.

On a budget? Try the Hotel Gruberhof, Innsbruck, for around £52 a night.

Bike road trip; Silvrettastrasse to Innsbruck

Day 14: Innsbruck to Munich

How long? Around two-and-a-half hours
How far? 190km
Petrol: approximately £23.95

It might be the final day of the tour, but there are yet more mountains to experience, starting with the Zugspitze, one of the highest mountains in Germany. Check out the breathtaking views of Lake Kochel, before heading back to Munich on the Autobahn.

Stay at the Hotel Metropol Munich, for around £125 for a double room.

On a budget? Try Wombat’s City Hostel Munich, for around £24 a night for a dorm bed.

Bike road trip; Innsbruck to Munich
Petrol costs based on a Honda Gold Wing at 15 km per litre, with an average petrol cost of £1.20 per litre
Accommodation prices correct as of May 2018. Prices subject to change and availability.

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