Swiss Splendor

The Swiss Alps at their best!

Magical Switzerland. Here the Alps are still growing! The Swiss network of indescribable roads takes riders to unforgettable vistas of perfectly manicured mountainsides. Yes, they do mow them. It is a perfect place, clean, safe, orderly, and fun. Swiss Splendor is the moniker for this tour because that is exactly what you will discover—unbelievable splendor!

Bavaria, the gateway to the Alps

Everything begins in Munich, an impressive, inviting city with a booming economy. Passing through customs and immigration at the airport is quick and hassle-free. This is a taste of what is to come. Efficiency! The country is clean, the transportation system superb, and the drivers precise. In the summer everything seems to happen outdoors. Bavarians enjoy their meals in outdoor beer gardens, and walk, hike, and motorcycle with a vigor.

Choices are the only rule on the Swiss Splendor itinerary. The free day in Munich is your day. Take a ride in the countryside and get accustomed to your new BMW. Visit bustling Munich and enjoy the museums and activities there. Tip a beer in one of Bavaria’s famous beer-gardens. Or simply put your feet up and adjust your body to a new time zone. It’s your call!

The first “real” day on the road, moving from one place to another, is through an area known as the Allgäu, where towns ooze Medieval history. A few were Roman towns, and it is remarkable to walk streets that have been in use for 2,000 years. A walk through the old town of Kempten, Memmingen, or Kaufbeuren will enchant you, for here history is part of everyday life. Town gates are still the way through fortified walls, medieval buildings are in use, and the locals take no notice.

Austria = altitude!

Crossing the border to Austria coincides with the roads getting twistier and the mountains higher. Fertile fields and expansive farms give way to rugged peaks. The Alps on the western side of Austria are quite vertical, with sharp peaks and narrow valleys.

Stopping at the top of the Furkajoch before arriving in Rankweil, one can see right over Lichtenstein and into Switzerland!

Splendid Switzerland

The Rhone River has cut an huge valley on the Austrian / Swiss border. That is the last piece of flat earth we will see for the balance of the tour. From here on there is no doubt this is a tour not simply through, but over the mountains.

The beauty of Switzerland is best seen from up high, and the Swiss have provided an amazing network of roads to do just that. The roads are well paved and brilliantly engineered. Combined with a BMW motorcycle they take one to remarkable places.

Riding up the Klausen pass is the first exercise in learning to deal with Swiss scenery. It begins with an easy ride down an impressive valley. There are a dozen photo possibilities regardless of where you stop. As the road climbs away from the valley different angles and vistas lure your eyes here, there, and everywhere. The road continues up until you literally pop out into a high Alpine valley surrounded by stunning peaks.

The climb, and the increasing grandeur of the scenery just keeps growing. It gets better as you continue up, and no, this amazing place isn’t the top! The descent is just as impressive. Swiss passes are orgasms for the senses!

South of Interlaken, our home for the next two nights, lies the Eiger. This glacier covered peak rises, seemingly straight up, from the remarkable Lauterbrunnen valley. Take a cable car or cog train to dizzying heights for a better view. Visit a 600 year old castle, take a lake cruise on a paddle wheeler, or ride over Switzerland’s highest pass. Visit Thun, a city that has been inhabited for over 2300 years. There is much to do on our free day!

Many of the most impressive Swiss pass roads are on the itinerary over the next few days. When the adventure is over our bet is that you will not be able to pick a favorite. They are all splendid—hence the tour moniker, Swiss Splendor.

The Engadin is a special place within Switzerland where Romansh culture reigns. This small and unique area features solid, tasteful architecture grouped in quaint, inviting villages, and mountains galore. Rides to and from our overnight in Zuoz are over lightly trafficked mountain passes, away from normal tourist routes. This is another place where "Rob's White Roads" will take you to views tourists simply don't see.

One of the day's routes from Zuoz follows the Inn River, passing through villages that slowly morph from Romansh to Germanic in architecture and mindset.

Another detours through South Tyrol, a beautiful corner of Italy. The Italians build their pass roads a little differently than the Swiss, but still pierce the clouds to give you views found nowhere else in the world.

This is where you find the 2nd highest pass in the Alps, Italy's Stelvio. At the top of the pass kiosks hawk all sort of Stelvio memorabilia. A museum exhibits relics found here after WWI. And riders, sports car drivers, and bicyclists, converge in serious numbers. Each has a tale of the ascent, and new memories to take down with them. As you take a selfie looking over the edge at the hairpins below, you are a member of the club!

Austria's terrific Tyrol

From Switzerland, regardless of the route you take, the destination is the Tyrol. For millennia the roads and villages of the Tyrol were one of the main links between northern and southern Europe. It is a dynamic region with a mix of the Mediterranean "laid back and casual" attitude and the precision of the Germanic people.

Sitting on the veranda of the hotel enjoying a Tyrolian sunset is a moment you will savor. And then it is the last riding day. Already? Let’s make it a good one! Start the day with some of the best roads in Tyrol by riding over the Hahntennjoch. This pass is always impressive, but to ride it first thing in the morning, with the sun at your back and the highlighted scenery all around makes for fitting counterpoint to last night's sunset! Better still is the fact that you have been able to ride all of this before the weekend mobs get there. Having this great pavement and jaw-dropping scenery all to yourself is the icing on the cake!

Before simply putting the Alps in your rearview mirror, take time to be a tourist. Visit “Mad” King Ludwig’s World famous Neuschwanstein castle, walk the gardens in his “home” castle Linderhof, or visit a 930 year old church. And then, finally, take more “Rob roads” north to Munich to wrap up this amazing week of adventure.

Swiss Splendor Details

2018 Date

August 18 ~ 27 Book Now

Begins/ends

Munich, Germany

Tour distance Min / Max

950 miles / your choice

Riding Season

Summer

The Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive Munich, Germany
  • Day 2 - Munich, Free day
  • Day 3 - Rankweil, Austria
  • Day 4 - Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Day 5 - Interlaken, Free day
  • Day 6 - Disentis, Switzerland
  • Day 7 - Zuoz, Switzerland
  • Day 8 - Imst, Austria
  • Day 9 - Munich, Germany
  • Day 10 - Depart for home

Free / rest days

Munich, Interlaken

2018 Price

  • Rider $4,785
  • Sports car driver $4,055
  • Passenger $3,885
  • Single Room $270

Included

  • 9 nights in 3 to 5 star hotels
  • All breakfasts, 8 dinners included
  • includes a variety of a la carte, choice menu, fixed menu, and buffet style dinners.

  • Airport Transfers
  • Guide book
  • detailing daily routing options, points of interest in route.

  • Preprogrammed BMW Navigator V GPS
  • with turn by turn detail of all the daily route suggestions

  • BMW Motorrad Certified Guide on a motorcycle
  • Chase vehicle / driver for your luggage
  • Custom duffel bag
  • embroidered with your name and tour

Pricing notes:

Prices based on shared twin/double room. Single rooms available at extra charge.

Rider price includes the choice of a BMW C650 Sport, C650GT, G650GS, F700GS, F800GS, F800GS Adventure, R1200GS, F800R, R1200R, or F800GT motorcycle with unlimited mileage. Other models are available at additional cost. Find out more about the various models of BMW Motorcycles available for use on a Beach tour.

Sports car Driver price does not include vehicle. Please see the list of convertibles available for use on a Beach tour for details and prices on the automobiles available.


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