My wife and I did 2 weeks on bikes back in fall (Sept, Oct) of 2008. Here's a rough cost break down for two people on two bikes for 16 days (all in 2008 US dollars)
Airfare $1800 roundtrip
rental on 2 bikes for 14 days $4500
Gas for 2 bikes for 14 days (about 3000 km each) $900
food, lodging, passes, etc approx $3800
Based on the advice we got from Globalrider and other on this website we did all out own planning and didn't make any reservations for hotels in advance except for our arrival and return to Munich (due to Oktoberfest). Never any problems with lodging or food.
Included in that amount is a train ride from Padua, Italy to Venice and two days at Oktoberfest in Munich after we returned the bikes.
had we been a little more selective in our lodging choices we probably could have saved some more money.
After we returned the bikes we took a train to Florence and stayed 5 days then a train to Rome for 5 more days. In total for 4 weeks in Europe we spend less than $15,000.
Of course you have to keep in mind that this is based on the fall 2008 exchange rate (approx $1.35 to the Euro) and lots of advanced (8+ months) planning a shopping for bargains.
The important thing to remeber is that you can do it own your own and save a bundle. Just be informed and saty flexiable.
'05 1200GS Big Blue
You really splurged. In comparison, I run about Ôé¼700 for two weeks for food and lodging.
BTW, my friend and his wife who are coming along this summer are renting a Honda CBF 1000 with three hard cases for Ôé¼550 per week. Thats a good rate.
Yes airfare is for two and that's an open jawed flight into Munich and out of Rome. That cost me about $100 more than in and out of Munich. Also my home city is not a major hub so it costs me extra to get to Dallas or Houston first.
The food and hotel (for the two of us) is actually for 18 days since we were in Munich two nights before we left on the bikes and two nights after we returned them.
We didn't skimp on hotels.
'05 1200GS Big Blue
2 weeks for a Honda CBF 1000: Ôé¼1100
14 nights accomodation with breakfast: Ôé¼490
14 dinners: Ôé¼280
14 days gas at 20 liters per day: Ôé¼448
Total: Ôé¼2318 or CA$3361 plus your airfare and non essential extras.
You're about right on.
I too am thinking of spending some time riding in Europe in 2011. My plan is to spend 4 or 5 months travelling around the continent. When I think of buying a new bike, the cost in Europe is far greater than US. For example, a new 1200 RT here is in the $18,000 range, but in Germany or Austria it's $22,000 when you factor in the cost of the EURO (1.36 U.S. as of yesterday).
So, my other thought was to ship my bike over there, pick it up in a port in Germany and then ship it back when I'm ready to come home.
I have traveled in Germany & Austria 3 out of the past 5 years, so I'm comfortable with the roads and lodging options, but I've never traveled by motorcycle there and that's my dream.
Any thoughts on buying vs shipping?
2012 R 1200 RT
MOA-133005, RA32109, IBA #37923
We fly out June 30th to Munich. Will be riding two up. Pickup bike 2 July (GT) from Motogreek. Have made first 3 night reservation in Hinterthal Austria and last three nights in Garmisch Germany. In between we'll plan as we go (probably Dolomites). Plane tickets were high, $1400 each. Bike rental is 1145 Euros. First three nights are 350 euros (half board/ breakfast and dinner), last three nights at a US military resort Edelweiss, will be $450 US (no meals). We'll be on bike for 12 days. This will be our first trip to Europe. Have ordered cell phone from verizon for use in Europe ($15.00 fee plus .99 per minute if/when we use it) We don't plan on coming back with regrets from what we did or didn't do.
I began planning in December. Thought about doing a guided tour but knowing my wife and me, I knew we'd rather go it alone. Another couple is joining us. I sent emails to several rental companies throughout the Alps region and settled on Motogreek because of quick response and location in Munich.
Returned last night from first trip to the Alps . Rented a K1300GT Motogreek in Munich. Wife and I were two-up. Flew from Washington DC into Munich.
1 night Munich
4 nights Simonof Hotel Hinterthal Austria
5 nights Evaldo Hotel Arraba Italy
3 nights Edelweiss Resort Garmisch Germany
All inclusive costs $8k
PS, to the naysayers that say a GT is too big to be enjoyed on the "best roads in the Alps", take a course and ride more. We had no trouble riding two up on a fully loaded (with 49L top case) K1300GT.