Switzerland/Bavaria

Day 1 Zurich (Switzerland) to Bassersdorf

Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland and be transferred via the Alpine Cycle Tours mini bus to Bassersdorf in time for our first tour group dinner which is at our expense.

Day 2 Bassersdorf to Oberstaufen (Austria)

Easy day of cycling first off as we head across the Rhine river and into Austria’s renowned Bregenzerwald. Nothing to steep here as we roll up and down smooth hotmix roads through the classic rural countryside of cowbells and rustic farmhouses. Oberstaufen is set at the end of a massive glacial valley on the edge of a high plateau.

Day 3 Oberstaufen to Plansee

Today is similar countryside but the alps start to rear up on both side and the pristine turquoise lakes begin to dot the countryside and make for some fabulous morning tea and lunch spots! The Plansee
is one of these remote lakes and our hotel is right opposite its shores!

Day 4 Plansee to Pertisau

The smooth and quiet country roads continue today and take in some of the remotest and idyllic countryside in Austria. It is a real treat as we ride through thick pine forest and circle turquoise lakes as we make our way toward yet another lakeside destination.

Day 5 Pertisau to Zell am See

Pertisau, on the shores of the Achensee is a holiday and wellness town where Europeans typically go to relax and enjoy themselves. The atmosphere here is particularly special as we again sample some fine food and beverages for dinner. Today though we head toward the Inn Valley and cross it just east of Innsbruck and then turn and head up the Gerlos Pass toward Zell am See. The riding is more challenging today but as always the option of getting on the bus is there if you need it.

Day 6 Zell am See to Cortina d Ampezzo (Italy)

Zell am See is really at the base of one of the most scenic and famous mountain pass roads in Austria, the Grossglockner Hochalpinestrasse. We will ride this pass and enjoy a fabulous decent past Austria’s highest mountain, Grossglockner at 3797metres! We transit from the bottom of the pass near Lienz all the way to Toblach where we mount the treadlies again for a fantastic run into the Dolomites via “The Valley of the Giants” – massive mountains stretching up for almost a kilometre on either side of the road.

Day 7 Cortina d’Ampezzo

Great riding is all around Cortina. On day one we ride up the Passo d Falzareggo and back to Cortina. As Cortina is situated at about 1200 metres and the surrounding passes are at about 2100 a climb is never more than a thousand metres from the bottom. It sounds a lot but by now you have become so much fitter that this is easier than you think and you can do more than you ever thought possible!

Day 8 Cortina d’Ampezzo

The next day sees us ride to the unforgettable Lake Misurina with its unparalleled views of the Marmarole section of the Dolomites. The view as you sip a coffee on the terrace of the cafe looking south over the lake toward these mountains is so spectacular it plays tricks on your eyes!

Day 9 Cortina d Ampezzo to Rabland

We transit out of Cortina in a westerly direction to the top of the Valparola Pass where we mount the bikes and descend through the Val Badia ski region through La Villa Stern and down the gentle and quiet Gaderbach River Valley stopping for lunch near St Lorentzen. We then transit all the way to Rabland through Bolzano and along the rich fruit-growing valley Val Venosta.

Day 10 Rabland to Bergun

We transit out of Cortina in a westerly direction to the top of the Valparola Pass where we mount the bikes and descend through the Val Badia ski region through La Villa Stern and down the gentle and quiet Gaderbach River Valley stopping for lunch near St Lorentzen. We then transit all the way to the top of the Ofenpass where we can view Italy’s highest mountain, The Ortler, at 3905 metres. We continue down the other side toward Zernez, turn left and up the Albula Pass and into Bergun

Day 11 Bergun

Bergun is reputed to be one of the most breathtakingly situated towns in all of Switzerland. We get into Bergun quite early so there is plenty of time to wander round town and see the sights. Bergun has a magic all of its own. Few English-speaking tourists ever come here as it is well off the beaten track but from here we can ride out over the Albula Pass under the massive arch bridges of the famous red train cog railway and up the valley to the Fleula Pass and descend the sweeping bends on the other side of the Fleula, the arcs of which almost do not require braking! It is a unique experience!

Day 12 Bergun to Schaefler

We transit most of the day to the bottom of the cable car we need to get us to get us most of the way to our mountain chateau, Schaefler. A short alpine walk brings us to our mountain chateau which offers us absolutely indescribable views of the Austrian Vorarlbergs, Lake Constance, Bavaria, Liechtenstein and the Swiss Alps!

Day 13 Schaefler to Zurich

The tour is nearly over as we transit back to Zurich for onward connections.