8 Days motorbike in the Alps : Swiss Alps, Dolomites, Italian lakes

From Geneva, 8 days motorbike tour in The Alps.

The Alps from west to east, and the great Italian lakes.

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Day 1: Annemasse - Andermatt

Distance: 290 km

On the road : 5:35

We leave Annemasse to Thonon-les-Bains by Bons-en-Chablais. At Evian, we can make a first stop at the Casino or the lake.

We continue towards the Swiss border to St Gingloph, while the road to the water's edge with beautiful views over Lake Geneva and the Swiss shore.

In Aigle and its vineyards the road becomes twisty, crosses the Col du Pillon (1546 m) and Les Diablerets, on a beautiful road lined with black wooden chalets.

We go to Gstaad with its beautiful town center and luxury shops.

 We arrive in Thun, whose center with its many restaurants and banks is very nice.

It then follows the two lakes of Thun and Brienz, which are situated on either side of Interlaken.

after Meiringen you start to climb the Susten Pass (2259 m), well known by bike riders and it is a beautiful place for shooting commercials.

After the descent we head to Andermatt, where motorcyclists can easily find a place to rest.

 

Day 2: Andermatt - Stelvio Pass, Les Grisons, Alto Adige.

Distance: 300 km
On the road : 5:55

We leave Andermatt towards the Oberalp Pass (2046 m) where we immediately began the first laces.

We continue towards Chur. The main road is not very interesting, so we take a quieter parallel through Innertobel and Obersaxen.

After Chur we go back to the north to avoid the Plessur chain.

Shortly before arriving at Davos, it veers to the southeast through the only national park in Switzerland.

We cross the Fluela pass (2389 m) and dal Fuorn pass (2149 m).

At Santa Maria it heads south towards the Stelvio Pass.

Be careful ! A part of the road is not paved, be cautious and drive slowly!

Once past the Stelvio Pass and its fifty turn downhill, you can stop at one of the hotels on the road to Merano or push there to enjoy this charming little town.

 
Day 3 : Südtyrol, Dolomites

Distance: 190 km

On the road : 3:50

We leave from Merano to the north and take two valleys "Südtyrol", German speaking and Italian.

We pass in the first pass Jaufen (Jaufenpass) or Passo di Monte Giovo (2094 m).

Close to Vipiteno, we go south towards the Passo di Pennes (2214 m), before returning to Bolzano.

From Bolzano, it enters the Dolomites, which offer beautiful scenery, steep and jagged mountains and wild forests.

You can choose your accomodation where you want to take the time to explore the area, which is touristy in summer and winter.

The last miles before Corvara
-in-Badia are beautiful.

RUSADA Garni ** (Bed and Breakfast): www.garnirusada.it Tel: +39 0471 836 020 (in German or English)

 

Day 4: Ride bike in the Dolomites

Distance: 212 km

On the road: 3:49

The route offers a circuit of just over 200 km through the Dolomites and returns to Corvara
-in-Badia, where you can leave your belongings in the room.

You can spend quite a few days in the region to explore other routes, walking, etc ... it is worth the trip. Roads further east towards Tolmezzo are perhaps less interesting.

 

Day 5: Dolomites - Lake Como

Distance: 318 km

 On the road: 5:14

We leave towards Bolzano crossing a few Dolomites, as Passo di Gardena (2137 m), Passo di Sella (2244 m). After you pass Bolzano, the Passo Della Mendola, in good condition, with views over the Dolomites behind you. The descent takes you through vast fields of apple trees.

We continue to Passo del Tonale (1883 m) and then to the Passo di Foppa (or Mortirolo Pass 1852 m). Beware the descent as the road is very narrow and steep: a good control of your motorcycle at low speed is essential.

After Tirano we leave towards the west of Sondrio and then Morbegno, before arriving at Lake Como by the north. We push forward to Gravedona tourist office to find a room for the night.

Tourist office Gravedona http://www.gravedona.it, tel: +39 0344 850 05

 

Day 6: Lake Como - Lake Maggiore - Lake Orta

Distance: 207 km

On the road: 3:50

It runs along Lake Como south to Menaggio. It is possible to take the boat for a walk (or a ride with your bike ) to Bellagio, in the heart of Lake Como.

At Menaggio it turns west and it rises quickly to reach the lake of Lugano (Switzerland), that we will ride along up to the north.

Bypassing the Regional Park of Campo dei Fiori in the south then goes north-east to Lake Maggiore.

Bypassing the major lake in the north, Luino, Locarno and then Verbiana. Shortly after Verbiana we reach Lake Orta and Omegna for the night.

http://www.proloco.omegna.vb.it/turismo.asp tel: +39 32361930

 

Day 7: Lake Orta - Col du Grand St. Bernard (2469 m)

Distance: 262 km

On the road: 5:04

It runs along Lake Orta in the east to the outskirts of Gozzano.

Then it goes to the east, towards Borgosesia, Trivero and Rosazza.

In Rosazza, it heads south towards the sanctuary of the Sacred Mount of Oropa, one of the nine sacred mountain of Piedmont and Lombardy. It passes near Biella and Ivrea.

It goes north to Pont-Saint-Martin, and Verres. You can go straight
joining directly St. Vincent, or take a detour right through Brusson and winding roads between mountains and forests.

We continue to Aosta and the Col du Grand-St-Bernard (2469 m) where you can stop for the night:

Hotel Italia, http://www.gransanbernardo.it tel: +39 0165 780908, email: info@gransanbernardo.it

Day 8: Col du Grand St. Bernard (2469 m) - Annemasse

Distance: 170 km

On the road: 3:20

We descend from the pass through the valley of Entremont to go to Martigny. We can also take a detour through Champex and gorges Durnand (+ 10 km).

After you reach Martigny,  Monthey, and then the Pas de Morgins.

We go down the Abondance valley until about Bonnevaux where we take left to climb the Col du Corbier.

It takes during a few kilometers the Valley Aulps to trn on the left and join the Vallée verte (Green Valley). Back to Annemasse by Lullin, Boëge.

 

Updated: 18/10/12

 

Updated: 10/10/12

 

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