Europe – Indian Summer in the Alps

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Join us on this specially crafted, 8-day Alpine Adventure through the German, Austrian, Italian and Swiss Alps. The itinerary has been developed especially for this unique Ayres Adventures Club Class Tour by two of our native Alpine Tour Leaders who live in Germany and Austria. You’ll be traveling in Claus and Axel’s “back yard” and will experience the best the Alps have to offer.

This tour takes place during Octoberfest. Riders who delay their departure will have the opportunity to participate in this very unique Bavarian tradition. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair with 5 million attendees – Germany’s most famous event.

The Adventure features:

  • The Bavarian Alps
  • The most famous motorcycle pass in all of Europe – The Mighty Stelvio. The pass has more than 40 very sharp hairpin turns on each side and the scenery must be seen to be believed. We’ll stop at the top of the Stelvio for photos and a refreshing hot drink at one of the snack bars or restaurants.
  • The Italian Dolomites.
  • An overnight stay in a rustic, spa hotel in Warth, Austria.
  • The smallest country in the world, Liechtenstein.
  • A stop at the famous King Ludwig Castle as we depart the Alps and arrive back in Munich – the beer capital of Bavaria.

Riders choosing to arrive a little early or who stay after the tour will also have the opportunity to tour the BMW Museum and the BMW automobile factory in Munich. Ayres Adventures can help you plan these visits.

At a Glance Your Indian Summer in the Alps Adventure

Indian Summer in the Alps Motorcycle Tour in the Alps, Europe, Day 1

Welcome to the “beer capital of Germany”! On the official arrival day we will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Walk around and try out one of the famous Bavarian beergardens, before we meet for the motorcycle handover in the later afternoon. Riders arriving early can visit the BMW museum, a close by beer garden or do some sightseeing in downtown Munich. We’ll have a kickoff meeting in the evening, followed by our first dinner together!

Indian Summer in the Alps Motorcycle Tour in the Alps, Europe, Day 2

We leave the city of Munich and shortly after will see a first glimpse of the rising Alps mountains. Crossing the invisible border to Austria we follow rivers and lakeshores as we climb higher through the beautiful Tyrol region – a skiing paradise in the winter, which provides us with some beautiful twisties. We cross over the pass road of the highest mountain in Austria – the Grossglockner.
Our destination for the day lies in the part of Tyrol known as East Tyrol in the charming village of Strassen where we stay in a guest house hundreds of years old. The guest house offers some of the finest cuisine for miles around.

Indian Summer in the Alps Motorcycle Tour in the Alps, Europe, Day 3 Continuing south to the Italian region of South Tyrol you’ll be stunned by the beauty of the Dolomite Mountains. The Dolomites are characterized by rugged cliffs and sharp needle like mountain tops. This area is a Motorcyclists paradise. Countless mountain passes offer endless options for a very special day. Stopping for cappuccinos and Pizza along the way we get a feel for the Italian way of life.
The capital of the state – Bolzano – is our final destination – only a few miles away from the next pass road.

Indian Summer in the Alps Motorcycle Tour in the Alps, Europe, Day 4 Rest Day in Bolzano. This day is designed as a rest day in the city of Bolzano – or Bozen as the German speaking part of the population calls it. The town features museums, café houses and shopping. However, we will offer a ride back into the majestic Dolomites – may it be a half or a full day – the decision is all yours.

Indian Summer in the Alps Motorcycle Tour in the Alps, Europe, Day 5 This wonderful riding day calls for an early start since there are 4 major mountain passes that await us. After some warm up over the Passo di Mendola we get a chance to rest and stroll through the medieval town of Glurns and enjoy some Italian cappuccino. We will need that rest because now we have to conquer the third highest pass in the Alps – the mother road of Passo Stelvio, with 48 switchbacks. At 9045 ft. this is the highest road that one can drive in all of Italy.
The National park “Stilfser Joch” offers breathtaking views and the road is on every motorcyclist’s “to do list”. Two more serious passes before the roads finally swing out towards our final destination – the lovely village of Gravedona on Lago di Como. This beautiful lake is home to many celebrities, including George Clooney.
We end this wonderful day with delicious Italian food on the lake shore.

Indian Summer in the Alps Motorcycle Tour in the Alps, Europe, Day 6 Today we leave Italy and enter Switzerland. It’s an easy start but very soon we’ll see major mountains rise in front of us – Passo Maloja is only the start of another day filled with pure motorcycling fun.Passing through the famous resort town of Saint Moritz we ride through the Engadin region – outstanding beauty awaits us on the next mountain crossings and it is only up to you if you conquer one – two or even three serious pass roads before we cross the border into Liechtenstein – one of the smallest countries in the world.
We are soon back into Austria again and we’ll finish a busy day in the Austrian village of Warth. During the winter this is one of the most posh Ski resorts in the Alps. Now, it is a quiet mountain retreat – perfect for a good night’s rest in our luxury hotel where the only noise that you might hear during the night are cow bells.

Indian Summer in the Alps Motorcycle Tour in the Alps, Europe, Day 7 After some long rides during the last two days we are looking at a more relaxed day as we leave the high mountains behind – but not before we show you some of the most fabulous scenery you’ll ever get a chance to ride through. Cruising along lake shores in the upper Bavarian lake country once more, we have a chance to visit the famous King’s Castles in Bavaria – “Neuschwanstein” or “Linderhof”. Built in the late 19th Century by “mad” King Ludwig of Bavaria, they are a perfect example of the European Romantic style and definitely worth a quick stop. Continuing through the upper Bavarian lake country we will approach Munich in the early afternoon – leaving enough time to visit Munich and enjoy another famous meal and a well deserved cold beer.
Highlights: Castle Neuschwanstein, Castle Linderhof, Lake Kochel, Munich

Indian Summer in the Alps Motorcycle Tour in the Alps, Europe, Day 8

Breakfast and airport transfers. We hope to see you on another Adventure soon.

The route is entirely paved but includes some challenging sections, particularly in the mountains and while passing through small towns. The tour is best done by riders who are experienced with narrow, twisty mountain roads.




Please contact us about low frame and/or low seat options for our bikes.

  • Includes BMW F750GS
  • Additional charge of $150 for a BMW F850GS
  • Additional charge of $150 for a BMW F850GS Adv
  • Additional charge of $500 for a BMW F900XR
  • Additional charge of $650 for a BMW S1000XR
  • Additional charge of $500 for a BMW R1250R
  • Additional charge of $750 for a BMW R1250GS
  • Additional charge of $1,100 for a BMW R1250GS Adv
  • Additional charge of $960 for a BMW R1250RS
  • Additional charge of $1,380 for a BMW R1250RT
  • Personal motorcycle: deduct $750 from the rider price.
Standard Inclusions
  • Late model, low mileage motorcycle
  • All accommodations
  • A’ la carte dining
  • Two Ayres Adventures professional tour leaders
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Luggage handling
  • Comfortable support vehicle for non-riding companions
  • Comprehensive pre-trip planning and assistance
  • Customized trip booklet with day-by-day itinerary and attractions
  • Two commemorative shirts
  • Adventurer Club travel award credit
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 dinners

Deposit per person: $800

Single room supplement – $700

2023 Schedule
Dates2023 AdventuresLengthPrice
September 16 - 23   Indian Summer in the Alps8 days$3,975$2,975Waitlist only
2024 Schedule
Dates2024 AdventuresLengthPrice
September 14 - 21Indian Summer in the Alps8 days$3,975$2,975
Cancellation fee and refunds
More than 60 days50% of deposit
60 days or fewer but more than 45 days100% of deposit
45 days or fewer but more than 30 days50% of full tour payment
30 days or fewer100% of full tour payment

Simply unbeatable every way!

When you combine a custom crafted route with skilled and knowledgable leaders, flawless bikes, excellent meals and superb hotels, mix in a boat load of laughter and superb scenery you have the Ayres recipe. Simply unbeatable every way! I 'm aching for more and I just got home!

Scott's Adventures include:
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Scott Finlay
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A Perfect Combination of Challenge and Luxury

Ayres lived up to its name - the tours have truly been adventures. A perfect combination of challenge and luxury. Our guides selected routes that were both scenic and thrilling. Wonderful hotels and restaurants always completed great days. We are looking forward to our next Ayres Adventure!

Geoff & Lisa's Adventures include:
Indian Summer in the Alps
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Geoff & Lisa Benedict
Hall - Reston, VA

Indian Summer in the Alps tour highly recommended!

Indian Summer in the Alps tour highly recommended. Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and paved road switch back riding. Bike selection, tour guides, accommodations, and evening group meals and comradery are top rate. Thank You for offering and providing a bucket-list experience.

Curtis' Adventures include:
Indian Summer in the Alps

Curtis Farrell
Vail, AZ

This might be the best riding anywhere

This might be the best riding anywhere. Challenging riding with amazing landscapes. The hotels and meals were uniquely Bavarian and top quality.

Brian's Adventures include:
Indian Summer in the Alps

Brian Lawson
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