Sure, and they'll be looking out for foreigners in suspicious white vansDrive Taking the van. Went through on the bike back in the mid 90's and never bought a vignette. Took my chance and got away with it but technology has moved on a tad. Ill sit down with Google and my sat nav to leave out toll and motorways and see what comes up.
I did it in a van: a full day from the French coast to the Alps stage. Nice drive. You could make your day up [timewise] there, and take the first three of your days at a more leisurely pace, taking more in. I know a wild-camp site just after that Alps stage, which is where you'd need to be on the 3rd night, up just beneath the southern end of the Jura, high in some vineyards with spectacular views. Its legal & free. The simple rule is its respected. Even camp fires are allowed. This would also give you much more time to navigate through the mountain stages.
A few pictures. If you want the locality I'll PM it over.... I know a wild-camp site just after that Alps stage, which is where you'd need to be on the 3rd night, up just beneath the southern end of the Jura, high in some vineyards with spectacular views. Its legal & free. The simple rule is its respected. Even camp fires are allowed. This would also give you much more time to navigate through the mountain stages.
I'd be interested in the address of the campsite.
As an avid tourer and somebody who does it professionally I can only advise against a predetermined route. My motto operandi is: wake up, get some nosh, check the weather, try to focus on the street map, identify cool passes (if one doesn't know them yet), see where the day's journey could end, check booking.com, write a list for the tank rucksack and off I go by ten at the latest.
The advantages of the above method? a) avoid bad weather b) ride where you fancy and see stuff others don't c) more of an adventure feel
My two cents' worth
Oh, and haven FUN!!!
North Italy the border of Austria. Any reason i cant get google maps to take me along the road between these two points (SS3
Is that a pass that will be shut this time of year or something? I will be gong north to St Anton but not the road google says.
Stelvio pass will be end of September.
There is no Vignette for Italy and the Austrian one is indeed for motorways only as indeed is the Swiss one.
There are, however, one off charges for "special" roads such as the Stelvio (€10), Felberntauern (€10), Nockalm (€10) or Großglockner (€25).
For what it's worth, the Umbrail pass is also fantastic and bingo, you're in Switzerland.
I did the Stelvio in 2015 and never got charged, is it a new thing?