Trans Alp Express Motorcycle Tour: France Switzerland Austria Italy [Aug 23-Sept 4, 2019]

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Two weeks of sport touring in 4 countries (France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria) including the Alps, Dolomites & Tyrol.

There will be plenty of Alpine passes, such as Galibier, Lautaret, the Mont Blanc, Grossglockner, Furka, Grimsel, the Stelvio, and more. If the Alps aren’t enough to satisfy your craving for thrilling riding, we’ve included the Dolomites for good measure. For the finale, we’ll finish it off in the Vercors mountain range with balcony roads, gorges and a sendoff celebration.



Tour Summary

Total Distance: 3,000 km
Daily Ride Time: 6-9
Skill Level: Advanced
Solo Prices from: € 4,700
Couple Prices From: € 5,300

Tour Schedule

Day 1: Best Alps Motorcycle Tour


Aug 23

Evening meeting, & dinner.

Day 2 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour

Grenoble -> Arrive Briancon

Distance: 275 km Time: 7 Date: Aug 24

We'll get the best Alps motorcycle tour started off correctly with some legendary mountain roads: Alpe d'Huez (3,330m), Galibier Pass (2645m)& Lautaret Pass (2,058m). A challenge for motorcyclists and bigger challenger for our cycling brethren. These roads have repeatedly been featured on the Tour de France. For the evening we'll stay in Briancon, fortified city that kept watch over the border with Italy.

Day 3 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour


Time: 7 Date: Aug 25

Today’s ride takes us into Italy to Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore. You can visit Isola Bella, one of the most beautiful palaces.

Day 4 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour


Distance: 325 km Time: 8 Date: Aug 26

Today’s ride takes us over the Splugen & San Bernadino passes to Domaso on the shores of Lake Como.

Day 5 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour

Domaso-> Arrive Merano

Distance: 300 km Time: 8 Date: Aug 27

Today’s ride takes us to Saint Moritz via the Maloja Pass, then to the mythic Stelvio Pass. 75 hairpin turns on a road voted #1 by "Top Gear". Cross this one off your bucket list.

Day 6


Distance: 300 km Time: 6 Date: Aug 28

Today’s ride takes us around the Dolomites into Austria. The Alps might get a lot more attention, but the Dolomites are magnificent in their own way. Enjoy your ride in this beautiful part of the world.

Day 7 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour

Lienz->Arrive Innsbruck

Distance: 300 km Time: 8 Date: Aug 29

Today’s ride takes us over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road to the Olympic city of Innsbruck. The Grossglockner is the highest road in Austria and highly sought after by riders worldwide. 36 turns on this mythic road reveal splendid views of towering Alpine peaks.

Day 8 Best Alps Motorcycle Tour

Innsbruck>Arrive Chur

Distance: 295 km Time: 7-8 Date: Aug 30

Today we enter Switzerland and cross the Fluela Pass (2,383m).

Day 9


Distance: 295 km Time: 7-8 Date: Aug 31

Today's ride takes over two fantastic passes: Furka & Grimsell. We'll arrive at Interlaken and spend the evening in Thun, a beautiful town on the shores of the lake.

Day 10

Thun->Arrive Annecy

Distance: 295 km Time: 5 Date: Sept 1

Today's ride takes us back over the border and into France. We'll spend the night in Annecy a charming Alpine city with a miniature canal system.

Day 11


Distance: 295 km Time: 6 Date: Sept 2

Today you'll return to Grenoble via the Bauges & Chartreuse mountains.

Day 12


Distance: 295 km Time: 6 Date: Sept 3

For the grand finale, we'll do a ride-out in the Vercors mountains, a perfect way to end a great tour.

Day 13

Departure Day

Sept 4

Thanks for joining us on the TransAlp Express, the best Alps motorcycle tour. Wishing you a bon voyage and we'll see you next year for another one for sure.



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 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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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 R1200 RS, BMW R1200 RT, BMW R1200 GS, BMW S1000 XR, BMW K1600 GTL


Shared Room, Private Room