Le Grand Tour Switzerland
France & Italy
[July 19-30]

July 19-30.

The Grand Tour Switzerland Motorcycle Tour will take you across the Alps, through the best that Switzerland has to offer.

For us motorcyclists, it offers a lot. Bucket-list mountain passes, pastoral scenery, the clanging of cowbells, chalets…cheese, and chocolate. You'll marvel at the mountain passes, the serenity, the picture perfect postcard scenery. As a bonus you get a taste of Italy too, the Italian Lakes Como and the Stelvio Pass.



Day 1

Grenoble -> Arrive Chamonix

Distance: 275 KM Time: 7 Date: July 19

Today’s ride takes us to Lake Annecy for a stop in this charming city complete with canal system. From there it’s onto Chamonix and the Mont Blanc.

Day 2

Chamonix -> Arrive Interlaken

Distance: 280KM Time: 7 Date: July 20, 2018

Today’s ride takes us to Interlaken and the Mont Eiger, one of the most emblematic sights in the Swiss Alps. The Eiger is well known in movies and books (The Eiger Sanction) notably for its deadly north face. The north face of the Eiger was one of the last great climbing challenges many thought impossible to summit.

Day 3


Distance: 150 km Time: 2-3 Date: July 21, 2018

Today’s ride takes us to the lovely town of Lucerne. A light day to give you a chance to visit Lucerne and take a little rest.

Day 4


Distance: 250 km Time: 6-7 Date: July 22, 2018

Today’s ride takes us to Zernez over the Fluela pass.

Day 5

Zernez-> Cortina d'Ampezzo

Distance: 300 km Time: 7-8 Date: July 23, 2018

Today’s ride takes us to the Dolomites and Cortina d'Ampezzo. The Dolomites are a spectacular and uniquely beautiful mountain range. The roads and scenery will leave their impression on you forever.

Day 6

Cortina d'Ampezzo-Merano

Distance: 225 km Time: 6 Date: July 24, 2018

Today we will explore the Dolomites and arrive in Merano.

Day 7


Distance: 275 km Time: 6 Date: July 25, 2018

Today you'll ride the iconic Stelvio Pass, all 75 hairpin turns on one of the most famous roads in the world. If you haven't heard of it, the Stelvio is on many riders' bucket lists.

Day 8

Livigno-Arrive Domaso

Distance: 225 km Time: 4.5 Date: July 26, 2018

Today you'll ride the Julier & Majola Pass...if you get up early we can visit St. Moritz. We'll arrive on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.

Day 9

Domaso-> Andermatt

Distance: 280 km Time: 7 Date: July 27, 2018

Today you'll ride the San Bernadino, Splugen Pass, more top shelf iconic mountain roads.

Day 10

Andermatt-Arrive Martigny

Distance: 275 km Time: 7 Date: July 28, 2018

Today you'll ride the Furka & Grimsel Pass, two of the most famous mountain passes in Switzerland. Both draw motorcycle riders and automobile aficionados. These two are truly wonderful roads.

Day 11


Distance: 275 km Time: 6-7 Date: July 29, 2018

Today you'll ride the Saint Bernard Passes and return to France. You might've guessed there's a connection with the dog. Here's where the breed got its name. The little St. Bernard Pass weighs in at 2188m and the Grand St. Bernard Pass at 2469m.

Day 12


Distance: 250 km Time: 6-7 Date: July 30, 2018

Our big finale: riding the Galibier pass, Lautaret Pass, Col d'Ornon and Route Napoleon. These roads have been featured on the Tour de France and are splendid to ride. You'll also ride in the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's tracks as we make our way back to Grenoble. We'll have a sendoff party in the evening and recount our adventures while we plan new ones.

Day 13

Departure Day

July 31, 2018

Bon Voyage & Thank You for riding with us. Safe travels home & see you next year for another epic ride.


BMW f800 GT

Displacement:  798cc Torque:  63Nm /46.5 ft lbs. @5800 rpm
Weight:  213.2 (wet)
Seat Height: Standard:  800mm / 31.5 inches
Low Setting:  N/A
Low Seat Option: N/A
Wheelbase: 1,514mm / 59.6 inches
Options:  ESA electronic suspension, heated grips, luggage & top case.


BMW appears to have got the balance right with the F800GT. It has just the right blend of sport and tourer for a motorcycle of this size and type.
It also makes a sensible proposition for anyone considering taking up motorcycling for the first time and it even has appeal for the more experienced rider who wants a light, but robust sports tourer that will happily eat up the miles in a no nonsense sort of way.
And where this BMW really scores is you’ll have a lot of fun doing that and just getting out there and riding it.

BMW K1200R Sport

Displacement: 1157cc
Torque: 127.00Nm / 93.7 ft lbs. @ 8250 rpm
Weight: 217 kg
Seat Height:
Standard: 820mm / 32.2 inches
Low Setting: N/A
Low Seat Option: N/A
Wheelbase: 1,580mm / 62.2 inches
Options: ESA electronic suspension, heated grips, tank bag


“I had forgotten just how much I’d enjoyed this engine.
I held on, grinning, as 163 horses threatened to wrench my fingers from the handlebars.
My knees dug into the tank’s recess, I knocked the Beemer into sixth and tucked in – this is way too easy.”

BMW K1300 GT

Displacement:  1293cc Torque: 135Nm / 99.6 ft lbs @ 8000 rpm
Weight:  255kg / 562.2 lbs
Seat Height: Standard: 840mm / 33.1 inches
Low Setting:  800mm / 31.5 inches
Low Seat Option:
Wheelbase: 1,572mm / 61.9 inches
Options: ESA suspension, heated grips, heated seats, cruise control, electric windscreen, luggage & topcase


The BMW K1300 GT is a Grand Tourer in the true sense of the words. It manages to combine massive performance with supreme practicality and comfort. There are so many bikes out there that don’t handle and ride as well as the BMW K1300GT that are supposed to be ‘sports-focussed’ bikes it’s simply astounding how easy the BMW K1300GT is to chuck around.

BMW R1200 RT

Displacement: 1170cc Torque: 120Nm / 88.5ft lbs @6000rpm
Weight: 229kg / 504.9lbs
Seat Height:
Standard: 840mm / 33 inches
Low Setting: 820mm / 32.2 inches
Low Seat Option: 780-800mm /30.7 inches
Wheelbase: 1485mm / 58.4 inches
Options: ESA electronic suspension, heated grips & seats, electric windscreen, cruise control, luggage, topcase & tank bag.


“the BMW R 1200 RT has long been sport touring’s standard-bearer. Designed, built and refined in the shadow of the Alps, the RT name is synonymous with tractable power, intuitive handling and first-rate comfort and wind protection. Its trademark air/oil-cooled boxer twin with shaft drive represents 90 years of BMW design tradition, a setup that has proven to be reliable and popular.”
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BMW R1200 RS

YEAR 2015-

Displacement: 1170cc Torque: 125Nm /92 ft lbs. @6500 rpm
Weight: 231kg (wet) 502 lbs
Seat Height: Standard: 820mm / 32.2 inches
Low Setting: 760mm
Low Seat Option: N/A
Wheelbase: 1,514mm / 59.6 inches
Options: ESA electronic suspension, shift assist pro, heated grips, luggage & top case.


“The beauty of this boxer is the feel of immediate torque. After thumbing the starter and feeling the left-to-right rattle that harmonizes into a continuous melody, the R1200RS’ engine presents hefty torque from the first crack of throttle to the maximum 92 ft/lbs at 6500 rpm.” Read the full review here:


Engine size: 1170
Cylinders: 2
hp/kW: 125/ 92
Vehicle weight (kg): 238
Seat height (mm): 850


The result has improved the already class leading GS in almost every aspect. The engine is a measurable step forward right through the rev range yet retains its boxer character. It looks cleaner and neater, is more comfortable and sophisticated and handles better too.
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BMW K1600 GT

Displacement: 1649cc Torque: 175Nm /129 ft lbs. @7750 rpm
Weight: 319kg (wet)
Seat Height:
Standard: 810mm / 31.9 inches
Low Setting: 780mm/30.7 inches
Low Seat Option: N/A
Wheelbase: 1,680mm / 66.1 inches
Options: ESA electronic suspension, heated grips, heated seat, electric windscreen, luggage & top case.


In my opinion, these two bikes are by far the most dynamic and full-featured touring motorcycles ever produced. I have always said, often to the surprise of many, that my dream shed of bikes would certainly include a Gold Wing among its numbers. That dream shed often changes, once upon a time there wasn’t a single BMW in it, but now the K 1600 GT joins its Bavarian brothers the R 1200 GS and K 1300 R in the list of machinery that’s managed to steal my heart since BMW has dramatically upped their game in the past few years.
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BMW K1600B

ENGINE TYPE: Liquid cooled, 4-stroke in-line 6-cylinder engine, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
CAPACITY: 1,649 cc
RATED OUTPUT: 160 hp (118 kW) at 7,750 rpm
MAX. TORQUE: 129 lb-ft (175 Nm) at 5,250 rpm
WET WEIGHT, FULLY FUELED: 741 lbs (336 kg)


The engine in the B is supposedly identical to the ones in the K1600 GT and GTL. So even if the Bagger design brief for most manufacturers is relaxed cruising, this bagger can do that, but it can also propel you from corner to corner on tight, twisty backroads, or fast flowing ones, in a way that will leave most baggers sucking its clean, Euro4 emissions as it disappears over the horizon.
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Engine|Liquid-cooled inline-four
Horsepower|160 hp @ 11,000 rpm
Torque|83.0 lb-ft @ 9,250 rpm
Final Drive|Chain

Clutch|Wet slipper, hydraulic, multiplate
Dry Weight|357 lb.
Wet Weight|228 kg /502 lb.
Seat Height|840mm/33.1 in.
Low Seat Option: 790mm/31.1 in


The S1000XR is an exciting new offering from BMW. The S1000RR Superbike has helped transform the marque from its stodgy, pipes-and-slippers trope to a more robust, high-performance bike brand, and the S1000XR builds on this momentum.
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What’s Included

Motorcycle & Insurance
12 Nights Accommodations
All Breakfasts & 2 Dinners
Secure Luggage Storage
Really Cool Tour Guides
Luggage Van (min 6 participants)

Additional information


Solo, Duo

Preferred Motorcycle:

BMW F800 GT, BMW K1200R Sport, BMW K1300 GT, BMW R1200 RS, BMW R1200 RT, BMW R1200 GS, BMW K1600 GTL, BMW K1600 B, BMW S1000 XR


Shared Room, Private Room

3 reviews for Le Grand Tour Switzerland
France & Italy
[July 19-30]

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike C.

    I recently returned from a trip to Italy and France. I decided I wanted to ride while visiting Europe. After hours of Internet searching for the best places, the best roads and destinations, I came across M2 Motor tours website. I decided to contact them and began talking and planning with the proprietor Mike Owen. I immediately realized I was very fortunate to have contacted Mike. Mike and his right hand man Manu put together and EPIC, WONDERFUL, WORDS CAN NOT DESCRIBE ride that would of been impossible to have experienced on my own. M2 took care of everything, brought me to the best roads, amazing sights, awsome places to stay, incredible food and wine!!! No chain hotels. Only carefully picked perfect accommodations. There knowledge and experience of the many regions they cover is second to none! There kindness and commitment to you having an EXPERIANCE OF A LIFETIME is not something you find easily. They totaly provide for all rider levels and abilities. I was able to have ZERO worries about anything. All I had to do was ride and have FULL ENJOYMENT delivered to me. I was so delighted I found myself yelling out loud at the beautiful sights and the most incredible roads. I can honestly give these guys my highest recommendation! I have ridden the US from Oregon to Key West and can say the experience with M2 is one of the best rides I have done . THIS IS A MUST DO

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Frank G.

    I’d been on some tours that are more like parades with some “experienced” riders really couldn’t handle their bike or the pace. This was not one of them. Every day was a great riding day, we had a lot of laughs, and very good food. No one in the group wanted to do sightseeing stuff, so we spent our time riding instead. I’d say the riding is best in France, then Switzerland, then Italy. This tour was cool since you got a little of each. Now that I’m more familiar with each I know where I want to go back and spend some more time. Kudos to M2 Moto Tours, always easy going and fun to ride with. I wish I had their job.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve C.

    If I could give it more stars I would. This was my second tour with M2. I came back since I liked the first one so much. After gaining European riding experience on the first tour, I enjoyed myself even more this time around. Our group was small and our guide took us to places off the beaten track. We had the roads to ourselves most of the time and we were able to fully explore the capabilities of these bikes in an ideal setting. If you like riding at a good clip on challenging roads, along with a good crew that likes having a good time, you will have a lot of fun on this tour.

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