for BMW Motorcycle Club of Ottawa
Germany • Austria • Slovenia • Italy • Switzerland
Sep 3 - 14, 2023
Registration Deadline: March 27, 2023
Duration: 12-day vacation, 10 riding days,
3 optional rest days, 2 travel days
Skill Level: (difficult)
Group Size: 10 – 12 motorcycles
Arrival: Munich, Germany (MUC)
Departure: Munich, Germany (MUC)
Total Distance: 1,400 miles (2,253 km)
Average Daily Mileage: 155 miles (249 km)
Average Temperature: 50-80ºF / 10-27ºC
International Driver's License Required
Highlights: Sightseeing tour through Munich • Salzburg • Ankogel Glacier • Dolomite Mountains • Wine Road of Meran • Stelvio Pass • St. Moritz • and so much more!
Originally organized by RoadRUNNER magazine founder Christian Neuhauser as the ultimate European motorcycle tour, the Five Country Tour is the pinnacle of two-wheel experience. As the name implies, participants enjoy a five-country romp through Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland, which includes riding through the Alps and the Dolomites—motorcycling at its best. The Alpine roads offer abundant curves and various riding challenges and is intended for the advanced rider, earning a desirable 5 out of 5 for required skill level. The tour is a stunning mix of incredible roads, history, scenery, and cuisine, all wrapped around Old World charm and warm hospitality.
The route of this motorcyclist’s dream will take guests on a virtual smorgasbord of curves and sightseeing from the seat of your motorcycle; Munich, Salzburg, several glaciers, the mighty Dolomite mountains, the Wine Road of Meran, the famous Stelvio Pass, and St. Moritz, among many others.
This amazing 12-day, 1,400-mile vacation, which includes 9 full days of riding, with one rest/sightseeing day (and two optional rest days) is limited to 12 motorcycles and always promises to deliver to the consummate enthusiast a true challenge, set against some of the most scenic backdrops in Europe. The daily average of 155 miles is deceptive, as the chosen routes are comprised of demanding roads, perfect for the advanced rider, which will keep things wonderfully entertaining. And with temperatures averaging 50-80˚F/10-27˚C it makes for a comfortable riding environment. Beginning and ending in Munich, plan to arrive a few days early to acclimate to the time change and explore this famous, visually stunning and exciting city.
Naturally, basing in Munich, we offer BMW motorcycles. Multilingual tour guides ensure an ease of travel and sightseeing through the various languages of the five countries visited. Hotels are family-owned middle-class establishments reflecting local color and charm. The Five Country Tour includes airport shuttle, fuel, all breakfasts and dinners, all entrance fees and tolls, a detailed information packet including maps, guidebook and T-shirt, ensuring a memorable travel/riding experience.
The Five Country Tour stands as the gold standard of Blue Rim Tours.
Departure from the U.S. or Canada. You will arrive in Europe on the following day.
Arrival in Munich/Ismaning, Germany
We'll meet in hotel lobby for a welcome and introduction before we pick up motorcycles and head out for short ride to explore Bavaria.
Munich/Ismaning – Tamsweg, Austria
Ride along the German Alpenstrasse to Salzburg. Explore Bayrischzell, pass numerous ski areas, Salzburg, and arrive in Tamsweg.
Tamsweg (optional rest day)
It's a short optional ride that packs a punch. We'll traverse through the Nockberge with views of the Hochalm and Ankogel Glaciers (over 9800 ft), partake in Alpine sliding (depending on weather), explore Bundschuh, warm up on the Nockalmstrasse (52 switchbacks), Turracherhöhe, and Prebersee for an afternoon cake and coffee.
Tamsweg – Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria
Austria – Slovenia – Italy: Three countries and seven pass roads in one day. Explore Katschberghöhe, Liesertal, Villach, Wurzen Pass, Vrsic Pass, Mangart Strasse, Predil Pass, Sella Nevea, Nassfeld Pass, Kötschach-Mauthen.
Kötschach-Mauten – Arabba, Italy
Today we heads straight for the Dolomites for fantastic views from the Passo di Giau plateau of the impressive surrounding mountains. Explore Lesachtal, Toblach, Cortina, Passo di Giau, Passo Fedaia, Passo Pordoi. It's definitely a highlight day.
Arabba (optional rest day)
Go for a hike, rent a mountai nbike, or gear up for a day ride in the heart of the Dolomites.
Arabba – Lagundo, Italy
We'll ride over the traditional passes of the Dolomites in the Sella group and along the wine road to Meran. Explore Passo Falzarego, Passo Valparola, Corvara, Grödnerjoch, Klausen, Brixen, Sterzing, Jaufenpass, and Meran. Dolomites at their best.
Lagundo (optional rest day)
Crossing of four passes including the exciting and famous Stelvio Pass, you'll see why it's such a draw for motorcyclists and others: the view and the very challenging switchbacks! Explore Gampenjoch, Passo Tonale, Ponte di Legno, Passo Gavia, and Bormio.
Lagundo – Serfaus, Austria
As a true test for experienced riders, we'll tackle four more pass roads and stop in the Swiss resort of St. Moritz and southern Tyrol. Explore Martinsbach, Susch, Flüela Pass, Davos, Tiefencastel, Julier Pass, St. Moritz, Ofenpass, Glurns, Reschenpass, Serfaus.
Serfaus – Munich
On our last riding day we'll follow Tyrolian roads and Bavarian lakesides back to Munich. Along the way we'll explore the Pillerhöhe, Hahntennjoch, Plansee, and Walchensee. Late afternoon we'll return the motorcycles.
Flight home from Munich, Germany and arrival back home in U.S. and Canada on the same day.
What Your Tour Includes
Your choice of BMW motorcycle rental including low-deductible insurance
Multilingual tour guide(s)
Accommodations at comfortable, family owned middle-class hotels (10 hotel nights)
All breakfasts and dinners; lunch is not provided
Fuel during the entire trip
Airport shuttle service after tour
All entrance fees and tolls
A detailed tour information package including maps, guide books, and a T-shirt
2023 Prices (per person)
We reserve the right to adjust the rates at any time.
Not Included in the Tour Price
Not included in the tour price are international or other airfare to/from Munich, Germany, personal items, passport, speeding tickets and other fines, lunches, beverages, personal hotel room charges, laundry and dry cleaning, telephone calls, medical and accident insurance, and transportation to and from the airport for early arrivals and late departures.
The hotels are mostly family-owned and -operated and each has wonderful local flavor. They are three and four-star establishments, and all provide breakfast and dinner. You will feel welcome and at home right away. Some hotels have a pool or sauna, so bring your bathing suit, and all provide hair dryers. If you bring any electronic devices, remember that Europe has different voltage (220V) and electrical outlets, so make sure you have the right converters and plugs and that your electronic devices work on both voltages. Casual clothing to wear in the evenings is fine; there’s no need for formal wear.
The group will be between six and 12 riders and will be led by one or two guides.
Roads and Traffic
Note: though riding an average of only 155 miles/249 km may seem easy don’t be deceived. Riding in the Alps and Dolomites on the backroads where the locals ride, you’ll encounter many challenges; the roads are technical, narrow, and curvy. This is not a tour for beginners.
Available motorcycles may be subject to change.
F 750 GS
F 850 GS or GS/A
F 900 R
F 900 XR
R 1250 R
R 1250 GS or GS/A
S 1000 XR
R 1250 RT
Motorcycles are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon availability and are not guaranteed.
Keep in mind that smaller bikes handle much better on alpine roads! Great choices for a carefree, leisurely ride are the F 750 GS, F 850 GS or GS/A, F 900 R or XR and S 1000 XR. They handle very easily on the hairpins and still have enough power to keep up with anybody else on the mountain roads. The R 1250 GS is a good choice for two-up riding. Anything bigger (and heavier) takes away the pleasure of riding in the Alps. You may want to check out these bikes at your local dealer to see which one feels the most comfortable for you.
Tour members will be able to securely store suitcases and any other extra luggage in the first hotel of the trip. The motorcycles we provide for our tours are equipped with a luggage system.
The F 750 GS, F 850 GS or GSA, F 900 R/XR and S 1000 XR will have two side cases, while the R 1250 GS and GSA comes with two side cases and a top case. An electrical socket for GPS is available upon request. You will need to bring your own 12 V accessory Powerlet plug that fits the BMW/Euro-style socket.
The rental motorcycles are not equipped with tankbags. If you bring a tankbag, make sure that it uses straps and not magnets, which won’t work on the BMWs’ tanks.
The deductible for the motorcycle insurance included in your tour package is approximately $700, except R1250RT, S1000XR/RR and R18 the insurance deductible is $1200. The actual amount may vary due to currency fluctuation. This amount is not charged or held to your card as we use an honor system with our guests. In case of minor damage to your motorcycle, an appraisal of the repair cost is made, based on the dealer’s cost, and billed to you with the understanding that you are responsible for up to $700 of damages. In case the cost of any damage to the motorcycle is higher than the deductible, or if the bike is stolen, the full deductible will be due. The insurance company will cover the remainder of the cost. Repair appraisals can take up to 6 months to receive from the dealer.
To ensure that you have the easiest travel experience possible, Blue Rim Tours offers select services for an additional fee. If you are interested in any of the following trip extras, please indicate on your registration form:
Early/late lodging arrangements
Extended motorcycle rental
Deposit and Payment
A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your place on the tour. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and money orders. On June 5, 2023, 50% of the tour price is due. The remaining balance of the tour is due before or on July 24, 2023.
The deadline for reservation is March 27, 2023
If for any reason you need to cancel your trip and do so (in writing) between June 5 and July 24, 2023 you forfeit 50% of the total tour price. July 24, 2023 and after, the total tour price is non-refundable.
Minimum Tour Requirement
We reserve the right to cancel any tour if the number of participants booked does not meet the minimum requirement of 10 riders to operate the trip or due to force majeure. In the unlikely event that this should occur, your payment will be refunded minus the non-refundable registration fee. This fee can be applied to another tour of your choice.
Please make your flight reservations after the registration deadline for the tour.
Trip & Medical Insurance
It is highly recommended that you get trip insurance. Also, check with your health insurance provider about your coverage while traveling overseas. For additional information on trip cancellation insurance, visit www.insuremytrip.com. Please read our helpful blog about travel insurance here.
Temperatures will range between 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit or 10-27 degrees Celsius. The altitude changes during the day’s ride, and the temperature changes accordingly. It can rain and be freezing on the mountain roads, yet be warm when you come down into the valleys. Dress in several layers so you can easily adjust to the weather conditions. In case of heavy rain or other bad weather, we will choose the shortest route to the next hotel, and avoid pass roads wherever possible.