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15 Day Volcano Country Guided Motorcycle Tour in Tuscany and Sicily, Italy
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(No availability) 15 Day Volcano Country Guided Motorcycle Tour in Tuscany and Sicily, Italy

Florence - Spoleto - Rocca Calascio - Pompeii - Maratea - San Giovanni in Fiore - Scilla - Milazzo - Palermo

Volcano Country Motorcycle Tour

You will be riding with experienced tour guides on this journey from Northern to Southern Italy and back. There will be a lot of amazing sights to see and your days will be filled with beautiful scenery all along the way. Take the chance to live through a once in a lifetime experience with ADV Tours!

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Triumph, Ducati)
  • Mileage: 3,100 kilometers / 1,926 miles
  • Daily rides: 180 - 380 kilometers / 112 - 236 miles
  • Riding gear: included: 3 luggage cases as well as a tank bag; helmets are required
  • Meals: all breakfasts and all lunches

Meet the guides

Dejan & Andrej
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Florence
  • Tour guide throughout the tour
  • Climb Mount Vesuvius and Mount Etna
  • Ride the famous Amalfi Coast road and the Targa Florio rally stage
  • Chance to take a photo next to the leaning tower of Pisa
  • Tour spectacular road around Etna
  • 10 nights of accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


11 riding days
Group size: 2-12 participants
Airport transfer included: Franjo Tuđman Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Your accommodation will be at various best-rated mostly 4-star hotels.

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Florence

This day starts with your arrival to Florence and checking into the assigned hotel. After you get settled in, you will be able to transfer all your luggage into the bike’s cases. Your tour guides will present a few basic guidelines about how the trip is going to go. Later in the afternoon, you will get acquainted with your motorcycle for the tour.

Day 2: Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Spoleto (330 kilometers / 205 miles)

Your trip starts in Florence, Tuscany. You'll be riding the famous road through some of Tuscany's most historic cities. Heading south, you will join the Chiantigiana road that crosses the Chianti area. Your first stop, a hilltop town of San Gimignano. It is the epitome of Tuscany, with its Medieval towers still intact. One of the region's top destinations of all time.

As you progress further south, you visit the town of Siena which lies on the border of the Val d'Orcia region. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year. Moving out of Tuscany and into Umbria, you will conclude the first day in Spoleto - a walled hill town and one of the largest cities in southern Umbria.

Day 3: Castelluccio, Amatrice, Campo Imperatore, Rocca Calascio (330 kilometers / 205 miles)

This day starts with a visit to one exceptional little town of Castelluccio. Lying at 1452 meters, Castelluccio is the highest settlement anywhere in the Apennines. It sits near fields of lentils, and during springtime, you get greeted with beautiful fields of red poppies and yellow rapeseed that are just breathtaking. The town was also hit by a catastrophic earthquake that caused severe damage in the Abruzzi region in 2016. You'll be riding through this region which still has not entirely recovered. Your next stop - Campo Imperatore.

Campo Imperatore is a mountain grassland located above Gran Sasso massif, the most extensive plateau of Apennine ridge. Known as "Little Tibet", it is located in Gran Sasso e Monti Della Laga National Park. You will then ride south through medieval hill towns of Castel Del Monte and Santo Stefano di Sessanio as well as the ruin of one of Europe's highest fortresses, Rocca Calascio.

Day 4: Scanno Lake, Matese regional park, Pompeii (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

Your route continues south towards Naples. First on your list for today is Scanno Lake. The Scanno lake is the result of a massive landslide that dammed the Sagittario valley creating the most visited and suggestive lake in Abruzzo. The heart-shaped lake sits between the historical villages Scanno and Villalago on the border of the Abruzzo National Park.

You will ride south, through Matese regional park, all the way to Pompeii. Pompeii was an ancient Roman city that was buried under 4 to 6 meters of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Day 5: Mount Vesuvius - Rest day

This day, you will explore the Mount Vesuvius area. You can climb Mount Vesuvius, explore Pompeii remains or take a ride into Naples.

Day 6 - Amalfi Coast - National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano - Maratea (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

You will wake up early to try and beat the traffic on the famous Amalfi Coastal road as you ride towards Salerno. Moving into the mountains, you will ride on the outskirts of the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano and enjoy the fantastic scenery before descending back to the shoreline.

You will now leave the Catania region and enter Basilicata. You will spend the night in Maratea, a coastal town known for the statue of Christ the Redeemer, a statue of Jesus Christ on the top of the Mountain "St. Biagio".

Day 7 - Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sila National Park, San Giovanni in Fiore (290 kilometers / 180 miles)

Early in the morning, you will take the short ride to the top of the hill near Maratea to gasp at the fantastic views around the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Your route will then lead back into the mountains of the Basilicata region and Calabria.

You will ride south through Sila National Park and conclude your day in a small village of San Giovanni in Fiore. San Giovanni in Fiore is the oldest, largest and most populated village of the Sila and sits at the feet of Monte Nero.

Day 8 - Santa Severina, Catanzaro, Tropea, Scilla (290 kilometers / 180 miles)

Only a short ride away from your starting point lies the city of Santa Severina, a Calabrian town in the province of Crotone, called "the stone ship". The small town rises on a cliff to the center of a vast valley that makes it look like a great stone ship.

You will then continue your journey through Calabria's capital Catanzaro, also known as the "City of the Two Seas". You will now move out of the mountains and ride west towards Tropea, the vacation capital of Calabria.

Tropea is not only fascinating because of the beautiful sea that surrounds it, but also by its old town, rich of ancient lords palaces and that typical architectural style, of 1700, that imprisons among its walls travelers who are captured by typical streets that end in every narrow alley in town. Moving along the coastline, you will conclude the day in an old maritime village of Scilla.

Day 9 - Aspromonte national park, Pentedattilo, Reggio Calabria, Messina, Milazzo (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

You wake up Scilla and continue your journey south through Aspromonte National Park. The area is near the sea and reaches 2,000 meters of height with its many mountain peaks and plateaus of marine sedimentary origins. Here, you will visit an eerie yet picturesque Ghost Town of Pentedattilo. It sits at 250 meters above the sea level, on the Monte Calvario, a mountain whose shapes once resembled that of five fingers (hence the name, from the Greek penta + daktylos, meaning "five fingers").

The town was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1783, which caused the migration of much of the population to the nearby Melito Porto Salvo. The town remained totally uninhabited from the mid-1960 to the 1980s, when it was partially restored and repopulated by volunteers from across Europe. You will then ride west into Calabria's largest city, Reggio Calabria. Here, you will board the ferry to Messina and end your day in the historical town of Milazzo.

Day 10 - Etna (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

This day is all about Mount Etna. Mount Etna is the highest volcano in Europe, and one of the active volcanoes of the world. Its impressive size (more than 3,327 meters high with an average basal diameter of 40 kilometers) overlooks the whole region.

First, you will make a stop at the Alcantara Gorges, an impressive canyon carved in the lava rock. The locals know this place well, as it is a great spot to cool off during the long, hot, Sicilian summers.

You will then ride through the mountain village of Castiglione di Sicilia and tour the spectacular road around Etna. Finally, you will descend down to Catania, which will be your home for the next 2 nights.

Catania was destroyed by catastrophic earthquakes in 1169 and 1693, and several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna, the most violent of which was in 1669. The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy. Its old town, besides being one of the biggest examples of baroque architecture in Italy, is a World Heritage Site, protected by UNESCO.

Day 11 - Rest day in Catania - Etna excursion

On this day you will be presented with many options. You can take an excursion with a 4x4 vehicle. You can hike to the top of Mount Etna. You can drive ATV vehicles around Etna. The choice is yours. You can even have a wine tasting excursion on the foothills of Etna.

There is a cable car at an elevation of about 2000 meters where the road ends, and you can then take a 4x4 vehicle to the top, but it is costly.

Day 12 - Targa Florio - Palermo (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

You will start the day riding north on the borders of Etna National Park and then turn west towards Palermo. You will now be leaving the Catania province and enter Enna. Enna is the heart of Sicily. It is also known as the "lake province". It is a land that embodies all the features making Sicily unique.

As you exit Enna, you will ride along the former racecourse of Targa Florio. Targa Florio was a legendary open road race held in the mountains and picturesque towns surrounding Palermo of Northern Sicily in Italy. The race was created in 1906 by the wealthy pioneer race driver and automobile enthusiast Vincenzo Florio, it was the oldest sports car racing event.

When you reach the end of the racecourse there is a museum dedicated to the Targa Florio which you will visit. You will then ride to Sicily's capital city of Palermo and conclude your day there.

Day 13 - Corleone - Scala Dei Turchi - Valley of Temples (320 kilometers / 199 miles)

On your last day in Sicily, you will make a loop starting and ending in Palermo. You will ride south to Agrigento, stopping first in Corleone, the birthplace of several fictional characters in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather, including the eponymous Vito (Andolini) Corleone. Agrigento is famous for several historical monuments, namely the Valley of Temples.

As you ride towards Agrigento, you will first stop at another one of Agrigento's tourist attractions, Scala Dei Turchi. Scala Dei Turchi is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte. It is formed by marlstone, a sedimentary rock with a characteristic white color.

Next up is the Valley of Temples, one of the main attractions of Sicily. It is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture. The Valley includes remains of seven temples, all in Doric style. You will conclude the day in Palermo where you'll catch the ferry to Sardinia.

Day 14 - Volterra - Pisa - Lucca - Florence (380 kilometers / 236 miles)

Coming off the ferry, you will start your way back north, stopping first at the historic town of Volterra. Volterra is a walled mountaintop town in the Tuscany region of Italy. Its history dates from before the 8th Century BC, and it has substantial structures from the Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval periods.

After that, you will ride into the town of Pisa and see the leaning tower of Pisa. The tower began to lean during construction in the 12th century, due to soft ground which could not adequately support the structure's weight, and it worsened through the completion of construction in the 14th Century. By 1990, the tilt had reached 5.5 degrees.

Sitting about 20 kilometers north of Pisa lies the historic town of Lucca. Lucca is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls. One can walk or cycle on top of the ancient city walls. You will explore the town and finally, return to Florence.

Day 15 - Departure from Florence

On this day, you will repack your luggage and head back to the airport. The journey ends here.

Motorcycle options

Class 1

  • Yamaha Tracer 900 GT
  • BMW F750 GS
  • Suzuki V-Strom 650

Class 2

  • BMW F850GS
  • Honda CRF 1000 Africa Twin
  • Triumph Tiger 800 XCA

Class 3

  • BMW R1250R
  • BMW R1250RT
  • Ducati Multistrada 1260 ENDURO
  • BMW R1250GS
  • BMW R1250GS Adventure

Notice

When renting a motorcycle from ADV TOURS d.o.o. you are obligated to pay a 1,500 EUR security deposit per motorcycle. After you make a reservation you will receive an invoice for the remaining sum which will also include the 1,500 EUR security deposit. You need to pay this invoice no later than 30 days prior to the tour start date. The security deposit is refunded immediately after the motorcycle is returned undamaged.

Skill levels required for this tour: beginner and intermediate

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • Mount Vesuvius Excursion
  • Mount Etna Excursion
  • Targa Florio Museum

Guides

Dejan Dobrotinšek

Andrej Vrečar

Location

This tour will take you from Northern Italy to Southern Italy and back, exploring many amazing cities and immersing in Italian culture and cuisine.

Food

Your package will include all breakfasts and all lunches. You can choose where and when you eat dinner and you can experiment with local food in local restaurants. This adds to the adventure and that is why having dinners included in the hotel is less desirable and therefore not included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • BMW NAVIGATOR VI Navigation System
  • ADV Tours' tour guide throughout the tour
  • Expert advice and support throughout
  • Option to add 1, 2, or 3 vario cases
  • Pre-tour pack, including tour information
  • Transfers from and to Zagreb Airport (ZAG)
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and lunches

What's not included

  • Third-party insurance (with a 1,500 EUR deposit paid 30 days prior to tour)
  • Riding gear (helmet, suit, gloves, shoes)
  • Flights
  • Fuel
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not listed as included
  • Dinners

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zagreb Airport (ZAG). The transfer fee from and to the airport is included.

Airport: Franjo Tuđman Airport Airport transfer included: Franjo Tuđman Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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