Best of European Alps (Self-Drive)

13 days
Difficulty Level
2700 km

Best of European Alps (Self-Drive)

Experience the adventure of a lifetime on a captivating 13-day Self-Drive tour through the European Alps and the Dolomites, where the magnificence of the roads and landscapes defies description. Travel through awe-inspiring vistas, from the Austrian Alps in the east to the enchanting Dolomites and picturesque Lake Garda in the south, and onward to the majestic Swiss Alps in the west.
This tour is a must for motorcycle enthusiasts seeking the thrill of riding the finest roads while discovering new destinations and connecting with fellow riders. Prepare for changing weather conditions by packing riding gear suitable for both hot days and chilly mornings.
This tour is designed for experienced motorcycle riders who embrace the challenge of navigating winding roads and immersing themselves in the breathtaking scenery of the Alps and the Dolomites, this journey promises an unforgettable adventure on two wheels. Don’t miss the chance to embark on this unforgettable experience.


Motorcycle/Car rental w/unlimited milage
1st choice vehicle model class
Shared room in biker-friendly hotels
Continental breakfast at most hotels
Entrance fees Nat. parks
Welcome meeting
Multi-lingual Tour leader
Transport to rental company
Support van w/ luggage
State min. SLI insurance
Loss damage Waiver
Half-shell helmet
Tour PDF w/route description.
Pictures from the tour
NOT Included
Optional attractions
Vehicle model guarantee
Security deposit for LDW
Food and beverages
LDW Zero & insurance upgrades
Anything not listed in “Included” above



Day 1: Arrival Munich, Germany

After months of eager anticipation, your departure day is finally upon you: Welcome to Munich!


Day 2: Munich - Zell am See, Austria

(Driving day 1: 209km/130 miles)

Begin your day by picking up your bike or car, ready to embark on the epic Best of European Alps Self-Drive Tour.

Bid farewell to Munich as you head south, passing through charming small villages along the way. Take in the picturesque scenery until you reach Reit im Winkl, where you can pause for a delightful lunch break.

Continue your journey southward, traversing beautiful forested areas where you’ll catch your first glimpses of the majestic Alps. Consider making a stop in Kitzbuhel, renowned for its legendary downhill racetrack.

Your final destination for the day is Zell am See, where you can unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures amidst the stunning Alpine landscape.


Day 3: Zell Am See - Lienz, Austria

(Driving day 2: 251 km/112 miles)

Welcome to one of the highlights of this extraordinary tour! Departing from Zell am See, head south towards one of Europe’s most renowned motorcycle routes, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße. This iconic road takes you deep into the heart of Hohe Tauern National Park, leading you towards the towering peak of Großglockner (3798m) and the majestic Pasterze Glacier. Brace yourself for an extraordinary riding experience along this 48 km winding road, featuring 36 exhilarating turns and an elevation difference of 2504 meters. Due to the altitude, temperatures may drop significantly, even during the summer months. Take advantage of several stops along the way to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring scenery of towering mountains and pristine glaciers.

Continuing your journey through the valley via Heiligenblut, you’ll encounter more stunning landscapes and roads. We highly recommend a brief detour across the border into Italy to discover a hidden gem: the Plöcken Pass. This twisting and steep road appears as though it’s cascading down the mountainside, with small tunnels and sections seemingly suspended in the air to accommodate the turns. This unforgettable experience is a true bucket list item for any motorcycle enthusiast. Afterward, follow the picturesque curvy roads along the Italian border before crossing back into Austria and reaching your hotel in Lienz.


Day 4: Lienz - Canazei, Italy

(Driving day 3: 351 km/218 miles)

Bid farewell to Lienz and embark on a journey filled with a delightful mix of leisurely curves and exhilarating hairpin turns as you traverse Passo Stalle, weaving through the stunning landscapes of Dolomiti di Sesto and Dolomiti d’Ampezzo National Parks. The scenery here is untamed and utterly captivating! Take a break in Cortina for lunch, immersing yourself in the charm of the town and preparing for the series of small mountain passes that lie ahead.

Your adventure continues southward, where you’ll encounter Passo Falzarego, offering the option to ascend to the mountaintop via cable car (though this will extend your journey by over 2 hours). Journey through a picturesque valley, filled with ample opportunities for breathtaking photos. Then, brace yourself for a unique experience as you cross Passo Fedaia, driving through a dam and enjoying a close encounter with Mount Marmolada (3,342 m).

As your journey progresses, you’ll traverse a string of mountain passes like pearls on a necklace: Passo Sella, Passo Gardena, Passo Campolongo, and Passo Pordoi. After a day filled with thrilling driving experiences, you’ll finally arrive at your hotel in Canazei, ready to rest and recharge for the adventures that lie ahead.


Day 5: Canazei - Desenzano Del Garda, Italy

(Driving day 4: 266 km/165 miles)

Continue your journey westward, navigating through enchanting twists and turns while soaking in the breathtaking scenery until you reach Birchabruck. From there, make a turn towards Passo Lavaze, passing through the charming towns of Cavalese and Val di Fiemme. Embark on the “milk route,” traversing picturesque winding roads as you make your way to Trento.

Departing from Trento, ascend the mountain road via the quaint village of Norway, immersing yourself in the scenic beauty of the surroundings. Follow the eastern shore of the stunning Lake Garda, enjoying unparalleled views, until you reach Desenzano del Garda and your hotel for the night.


Day 6: Desenzano Del Garda, Italy

(Fun and explorer day)

Desenzano epitomizes the vibrant charm of Lake Garda, offering a versatile and lively vacation experience. Its picturesque harbor, adorned with palm trees, boasts a delightful array of cafes and restaurants, while the narrow streets leading from the beautiful city square are lined with modern shops. The weekly market adds to the city’s allure, drawing locals and visitors alike.

Pebble-covered beaches adorn both sides of the city, inviting strolls and tranquil moments by the water. In the neighboring city of Sirmione, you can delve into history by exploring the caves immortalized by the Roman poet Catullus, or visit the exquisite old church adorned with frescoes. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Scaliger Castle, where captivating stories of conquests and settlements unfold over the centuries.

Lake Garda and its surrounding area, characterized by a mild climate and charming villages against the backdrop of snow-capped Alps peaks, have long captivated travelers seeking respite from northern climates. Here, amidst the breathtaking landscape, visitors immerse themselves in the warmth of southern culture, savoring delectable cuisine and embracing the rich folklore. Discover the largest lake in Italy, where sheer cliff walls adorn the northwest side, while villages with distinctive brick roofs and elegant cypress trees grace the southeastern shore.


Day 7: Desenzano Del Garda - Bolzano, Italy

(Driving day 5: 215 km/133 miles)

Embark on a captivating journey northward along the picturesque west side of Lake Garda, treating yourself to breathtaking scenery at every turn. The roads will offer a delightful variety, from narrow and winding curves to exhilarating high-speed stretches. Traverse through numerous charming villages, each offering its own unique charm, before reaching Madonna di Campiglio, where you can indulge in a delightful lunch break.

Continuing your tour northward, prepare for a thrilling drive along roads that vary dramatically, with high-speed stretches swiftly transitioning into sections with challenging hairpin turns, and back again. It promises to be a day of exhilarating and diverse driving experiences. Your final destination for the day is Bolzano, where you’ll check into your hotel and unwind after a day filled with unforgettable adventures on the road.


Day 8: Bolzano - Livigno, Italy

(Driving day 6: 252 km/156 miles)

Today promises an early start, as there’s an abundance of unforgettable experiences awaiting you. Prepare to once again traverse breathtaking mountain passes, including roads that Top Gear unofficially dubbed the world’s best driving route. Your journey begins amidst varied natural landscapes, with majestic mountains surrounding you, as you ascend via Passo Pennes (Penserjock) and over Passo Giovo (Jaufenstrasse), culminating in the region’s highest peak, Passo Stelvio (Stilfserjock).

At an elevation of 2,757 meters above sea level, Passo Stelvio stands as the second-highest pass in the Alps, surpassed only by the Col de IÍseran in France. Renowned for its 60 hairpin turns winding up the mountainside, this stretch of road is not only spectacular but also steeped in history, having hosted stages of the Giro de Italia.

On this driving day, utmost concentration and composure are essential. Be prepared for fluctuating weather conditions and temperatures, as temperatures can dip below zero, even in the height of summer. While the journey may present challenges, it promises to be an exhilarating and rewarding experience for those ready to embrace the adventure.


Day 9: Livigno - Andermatt, Switzerland

(Driving day 7: 360 km/223 miles)

Prepare for an early start today, as you’ll be covering a longer stretch than usual. Your journey begins in Livigno, Italy, as you cross the border into Switzerland and make your way towards Passo del Bernina. Consider a brief detour to capture some memorable snapshots in the renowned winter sports haven of St. Moritz. Continuing northward, traverse through enchanting forests and picturesque villages before veering off to conquer the Fluela Pass. Upon reaching Davos, take the opportunity to savor a delightful lunch at one of the city’s esteemed restaurants.

Afterward, head southward once more, embarking on a scenic drive along the picturesque San Bernardino Pass, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking landscapes at every turn. Continue your journey northward, crossing over Lukmarierpass before concluding the day’s adventure with a drive over the Oberalpenpass to Andermatt.


Day 10: Andermatt, Switzerland

(Resting day or driving day 8: 261 km/162 miles)

Today offers the opportunity to explore the surrounding passes of Andermatt, traversing warm valleys and high-altitude, chilly mountain passes. It’s advisable to bring warm clothing to combat the cold temperatures. Begin your day by navigating the world-renowned cobbled road of St. Gotthard Pass, though be cautious of slippery roads on the descent from the mountainside.

As you cross the border into Italy, you’ll encounter Passo Della Novena and Nufenenpass, characterized by smoother roads and fewer hairpin turns. Continue your journey to Grimsel Pass, where you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of the road snaking up the mountainside. Next, traverse over Sustenpass before returning to Andermatt for a well-deserved lunch break.

In the afternoon, head westward to Furka Pass before crossing back into Italy to drive Passo Della Novena, Nufenenpass, and St. Gotthard Pass once more. We believe the St. Gotthard Pass offers such a remarkable experience that it’s worth riding in both directions. This marks the last mountain pass of the tour before you return to Andermatt, concluding your unforgettable journey through the breathtaking Alpine landscape.


Day 11: Andermatt - Feldkirch, Austria

(Driving day 9: 226 km/140 miles)

As your journey through Europe’s best mountain passes draws to a close, you’ll embark on the final leg of this incredible tour. Depart from Andermatt and make your way through Schattdorf, where steep mountains tower above you, and Klausenpass, renowned for its abundance of challenging hairpin turns. Traverse through several quaint Swiss villages, soaking in the charm of the countryside, before heading south towards St. Gallen.

From St. Gallen, continue your journey southward towards Liechtenstein, driving through the eastern part of the principality, and onward to Feldkirch. Along the way, you’ll be treated to picturesque landscapes and captivating vistas, marking a fitting end to your unforgettable adventure through Europe’s most spectacular mountain passes.


Day 12: Feldkirch - Munich, Germany

(Driving day 10: 328 km/203 miles)

Today marks the final day of your driving adventure. You’ll conclude your tour with a spectacular ride through numerous quaint villages as you make your way northeast toward Munich. Enjoy the scenic journey past Garmisch-Partenkirchen before arriving in Munich to return your vehicle. It promises to be a memorable end to an incredible journey.


Day 13: Departure Munich - Home travel

Bid farewell to the majestic European Alps, the stunning Dolomites, and the vibrant city of Munich as you head home. Thank you for choosing our Best of European Alps Self-Drive tour. We hope your journey was filled with unforgettable moments, breathtaking landscapes, and the joy of discovery. Safe travels back, and we look forward to welcoming you on another adventure in the future!

Please note: Due to time differences, travelers from Europe will arrive home on the date or day after departing from the US.

Additionally: It’s essential to understand that while our itinerary outlines a comprehensive framework for the tour’s planned activities and experiences, deviations may occur. The beauty of a self-drive tour lies in the personal freedom it offers. You are in control, serving as your own guide. This flexibility allows you to choose whether to stick to our suggested path or venture off into detours that catch your eye. Your adventure is yours to shape, providing an opportunity to make the trip uniquely yours, filled with unexpected discoveries and personal highlights.