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Day 1 - Calais to Alsace Lorraine
The tour group will assemble outside the Eurotunnel Terminal main building, where you will be met by your tour guide. After introductions and a quick briefing we will make our way to the train.
Although the day starts out on some motorways don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. We are only making up some time while we head towards some of the fun twisty roads. Using the motorways we are able to quickly head through France towards the Champagne city of Reims. This is where we will take a break for some lunch and soak in some scenery. Notre-Dame right in our path.
After lunch we head through the plains of the Champagne region heading north towards the Vosges Mountains in the Alsace Lorraine region of France, here stopping overnight.
Day 2 - Alsace Lorraine to Oberwold
After breakfast and the real fun begins. The Vosges Mountains. Hairpins, technically twisty roads and amazing scenery is definitely worth getting out of bed for. Following Route des Crete, past the peaks of Le Hohneck and Le Grand Ballon, reaching heights of 4700 feet, we will enjoy a day every biker dreams of. Fantastic twisty, steep roads through some of the most beautiful panoramic views reaching as far as Jura and the French Alps.
Once out of the Vosges we will cross the border into Switzerland near Basel. We then ride the east shoreline of Lake Zugersee and the stunning Lake Lucerne before arriving at the famous Furka Pass, with a height of some 2436m and stunning snow capped mountain views. It all starts with a single carriageway hairpins opening up towards the top for some of the most spectacular alpine views, with the Grimsel Pass climbing up the rock face out of the valley on our right hand side. After a photo opp at the top we make our way down the south side of the Furka into the valley below and to our hotel for the night.
A cold beer, glass of wine, good food and company awaits us at our second stop, staying overnight amongst the beauty of the alpines. This is what touring the Alps on your motorcycle is all about.
Day 3 - Oberwold to Davos
“Probably the best day of the tour!” We head through 6 of our 13 mountain passes and embark on a day that you will remember forever.
The first of the 6 is the Grimsel Pass, smooth surface, wide turns and not to mention the stunning lake at the top. Next up is the Susten Pass, which is a classic alpine pass, hairpins, fast sweepers and tunnels, awesome fun on a motorcycle! The Gottheard Pass is next, snaking open sided tunnels, hairpins and vista to take your breath away. Our lunch stop for the day is overlooking Airolo, just stunning.
Following lunch we head for the San Bernardino Pass which runs parallel to the Italian Border. Its famous for short and tight hairpins, point and squirt and rhythm building riding. Fantastic fun, if not a little hard work. But wait, there is more! Splugen Pass at 2118m which runs us straight up into our hotel for the next two night. What a day to remember.
Day 4 - Stelvio Pass Ride Out
With the remaining 7 of the 13 passes to cover today, we hope you slept like a baby.
After a great nights entertainment in Switzerland its straight up the Fluela Pass (2383m, and my personal favourite) linking onto the Ofen Pass and into Italy for the world famous Stelvio Pass (2757m), the second highest pass in the Alps and is regarded by many as one of the best riding roads in the world. Over 50 hairpins to negotiate, this will test your riding abilities. After lunch at the summit we make our way down the south side into Bormio and Livigno, both large skiing resorts. Over the Livigno Pass (2315m), Bernina Pass (23287m) into St Moritz and onto the Arbula Pass (2315m).
This is what motorcycle touring dreams are made of.
Day 5 - Switzerland to Germany to France
Heading north today we will pass Lake Walensee and Obersee. These are two of Switzerlands largest lakes. On to the border of Germany and through the Black Forest. Fantastic roads for motorcycling. We ride part of the famous B500 through the heart of the National Park and onto the Feldberg, Germany’s highest mountain. On past Lake Titisee and Schluchsee before heading across the border and back into the Vosges Mountains to ride the Col du Grand Ballon and the Route de Crete to finish the day in style.
Day 6 - Alsace Lorraine to Calais
It is with a heavy heart and a head full of fantastic memories we make our journey home. Heading back through a mixture of motorways and minor roads we make our way through the Champagne and Pas de Calais regions riding the Avenue de Champagne into Epernay for our lunch stop. Then it is the Route du Champagne with its rolling hills filled with vineyards, stopping at the Reims Grand Prix Curcuit at Gueux before hitting the motorway for Calais.
Face is an absolute legend for making sure that everyone is happy with every aspect of the tour and is the perfect host to share a few beers with over a meal. His tolerance of my initial inexperience was a very significant factor in my returning each year along with my gaining confidence.
With FMT you get exactly that FREEDOM! Freedom to enjoy yourself not having to worry about routes, destinations, hotels etc. Its all well planned in a professional but relaxed manner so you can just enjoy the ride and chill out at night and enjoy your holiday. Once you have been on tour with FMT you just come back for more.
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