You will meet your tour guide at the channel tunnel terminal in Folkestone ready to start the Great Escape Tour. You then ride to Meerbusch just over the German border for a good nights rest. After dinner, there will be a briefing of your next 11 day riding adventure. The following morning we ride up into the Hartz Mountains via the Mohne Dam.
Our route then meanders through the beautiful German countryside for an amazing night in Colditz Castle before heading on a guided tour of the Auswitch-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland via the Czech Republic. Your tour then takes you through Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and into Italy where we ride two of the most iconic Italian passes namely the San Boldo and Stelvio. The tour continues through Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and France before heading back to the train home.
Yes that’s 14 countries in 12 days!
2018 Dates & Costs
13th June 24th June
£1,995 – Rider / Single Occupancy
£1,525 – Rider sharing a Twin Room
£2,995 – Rider & Pillion Double Occupancy
We meet in Folkstone at the Eurotunnel for the start of the Great Escape Adventure.
After a short 35 minute crossing we begin our journey along the motorway through France, Belgium, the Netherlands and into Germany to our first hotel.
After a welcoming briefing our guests can choose either to dine in the hotel for the evening or to join the tour guides in taking a short trip across the river for a stroll to a local village eatery, which offers traditional German cuisine, pizza and the tour guide’s old favorite, gyros.
Situated conveniently on the banks of the Rhine, our hotel overlooks a quick and efficient car ferry service (4 Euros per person) for those wishing to explore or dine in the neighbouring village.
We ride into the town of Mohne on the banks of the Mohneesee reservoir, home to the famous dam that was successfully bombed by Guy Gibson and his colleagues with the bouncing bomb during WWII. Today the reservoir is used as a recreational area by both locals and holiday makers alike.
Scheduled arrival is around 1130hrs (just in time for lunch!), where you can treat yourself to a traditional bratwurst/currywurst and pommes (sausage and chips) at a superb, little imbis.
Parking at the dam is at a cost of 1 Euro and if you are in need of a toilet stop, there is a 70 cent charge so please have some small change on you if you want to spend a penny!!
We aim to depart by 1300hrs ready to ride some breathtaking roads boasting beautiful views of the countryside all the way into Goslar.
Meal options here are similar to the first night. There is a restaurant within the hotel or the option to walk down into the town centre where there is a wide variety of places to eat.
The first part of the morning ride sees us climbing and descending the winding roads of the mountains through dense forests and stunning scenery until we reach our first stop at the Sösestausee reservoir.
The rest of the morning ride is equally as spectacular and offers you some early indications of what to expect on the Austrian mountain roads. (Look at it as a practice ride).
Riding into what was once East Germany you will notice a subtle change in the housing and overall feel of the country.
Not so subtle is the location for our well-deserved lunch break, a beautiful inland lake and castle nestled by the side of our route to Leipzig: Sussersee.
The afternoon ride leads us into the town of Colditz where the impressive Colditz Castle stands on the hill, perhaps better known as a POW camp for British WWII officers. It is now a German Youth Hostel and will be our lodging for the third night.
The museum is well worth visiting, where the true ingenuity of the officers who tried to escape is demonstrated and will no doubt amaze you.
We will be parking the bikes in the POW courtyard for the night where you will be given your own key to the main wooden gates of the Castle.
After parking the bikes, it’s a quick shower and a walk down to the town square for our evening meal and a well-deserved beverage.
As it is a hostel as opposed to a hotel, they do ask that you leave your bed stripped and we ask that you are please mindful of this when leaving the room. Towels, although no toiletries, are provided.
Our departure time is 0800hrs ready to begin our journey through some of best riding roads the Czech Republic has to offer, before crossing the border into Poland.
This is a longer day of riding with approximately 374 miles covered. Your reward becomes clear upon arrival at our luxury 5* hotel for the night where we will eat, drink and reminisce on a great day’s ride.
On arrival we will park the bikes and join a fully guided tour of both Auschwitz and Birkenau. The tour will take about 3 hours to complete and is extremely moving as to be expected.
Lunch will be had here before we ride south to tonight’s hotel, where we can reflect on the day.
Today is a stunning ride. You will need to have your passports at the ready as we leave Poland and cross the border back into the Czech Republic briefly before riding south through Slovakia and into Hungary.
A number of the small towns and villages that we ride through still resemble local life as you would imagine it to be back in the day of the East/West divide.
We will be eating at the on-site restaurant tonight where you can expect to get change from a ten pound note for a 12” pizza and a well-deserved beverage.
More border-crossing again today as we ride out of Hungary into Slovenia to experience some of the roads that have been deemed the best the country has to offer.
Our final destination for today is a picturesque harbor on the Croatian coast where we will be sleeping on the water for the night.
After breakfast on the boat, we head north into Slovenia once again for more mountains and windy roads. The sights are spectacular and the riding is fairly challenging. Today is not for the faint-hearted.
We will climb to a point where the tarmac on the mountain roads depletes, leaving us with only the mountain track to ride through the forest, up and over the mountain before reuniting with the tarmac for a spectacular ride to our scheduled lunch stop
This is where we will be met with the tour burger challenge – all will become clear in due course.
We cross into Italy shortly after lunch and head to our hotel near the San Boldo Pass for the night.
We start with a short ride to climb the San Boldo Pass.
Our lunch stop today is at the top of the Stelvio Pass where we will take a well-deserved rest and reflect on the last few hours of riding through what can only be described as a biker’s paradise.
We end the day in Austria with a fabulous ride up to the Kaunertal Glacier and back to our hotel where awaits a four-course meal.
We wake up in the most beautiful setting for breakfast, where the heights of the valley can be seen in all directions.
We then ride out through Austria and Lichtenstein and into Switzerland for the night. Tonight’s hotel is nestled on the side of a mountain with the most spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
Crossing the border into France, we spend the day zigzagging through small French villages as we make our way towards Soissons for our final night of the Great Escape Adventure.
It is a relaxing day where you can decide what to visit and where to ride.
The tour guides will be heading back to Calais where they will board the train back to the UK.
You are welcome to join them if you wish.
- 11 nights of hotel accommodation.
- All group breakfasts (some evening meals).
- Our experienced tour guides will provide daily summaries and inform you of the history of route.
- Meals (other than breakfast or specified meals) and snacks, tips, refreshments and any alcoholic beverages.
- Trip cancellation insurance or personal travel insurance.
- Any tolls (any gratuities are additional).
- Personal souvenirs.
- Shipping of any excess baggage. To or from to your home.
- Any necessary riding gear and or personal effects.
- All fuel and oil for your motorcycle.
- Admission fees to all museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
- Parking fees
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Look guys - I am a 71 year old vicar riding a CB500X and so you you do not need a big powerful bike to enjoy this somewhat challenging adventure. What you do need is a willingness to enjoy tackling a very wide variety of roads and sometimes forest trails. Some days the distances to be covered seemed quite daunting but the scenery and the sheer enjoyment of each days rides was such that the miles passed quite quickly. It was the type of ride where you think ONLY 100 miles to go to the hotel for the night. The routes were superb and we rode some of the best motorcycling roads in each country. Darren was an excellent group leader judging the pace so that the group stayed together. My favourite country visited was Slovenia - the scenery and the roads were stunning, but the other 13 were pretty enjoyable too.