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A tour to reveal nature at its full expression, traversing roads and passes of the greatest renown, from the majesty of the western Alps highest peaks to the most spectacular lakes and crags landscapes for which the Dolomites have earned the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to put your riding skills to the test in the mountains, amid sharp bends and major climbs and descents, then this is the tour for you.
Your accommodation will be in an en-suite room with buffet breakfast in hand-picked, classy, and charming first-class hotels (4 stars) that will satisfy even the most demanding guests, for it is emphasized to all the aspects that go into making a luxury holiday.
Wherever possible, Italy on Motorbike will choose high-rated hotels with top facilities and excellent food in historic and scenic settings, often in exquisitely beautiful villages offering inviting backdrops for a romantic dinner or evening walk.
The tour is excellent for skilled riders who are more interested in feeling the tarmac beneath their wheels than visiting, with fewer tourist visits but the bonus of a magnificent Alpine backdrop. Mainly set on mountain roads, this tour in the majestic Italian Alps stretches over 11 full days in the saddle on a west-east route from Piedmont across to South Tyrol. It’s a ride through breathtaking high-mountain landscapes and enthralling passes, with the odd raid back into civilization.
This tour is entirely on tarmacked but often highly challenging mountain roads that will reach the altitude of 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) above sea level. There will be many tight bends and hairpins with very narrow and difficult sections of road. But the many beautiful lakes in the program and the last days in a "gentler" context, packed with amazing towns to visit, will conquer your romantic and artistic mood as well.
You will meet up in the afternoon at Italy on Motorbike’s hotel in Milan and pick up the rental bikes. You will all meet up before dinner and get to know each other through a welcome aperitif and a short but important briefing, the time to explain a few simple rules for organizing and synchronizing things, thus ensuring that everyone has a safe holiday that is unforgettable for all the right reasons.
The tour proper begins and, with it, your ramble through Europe’s highest and most extensive mountain range, with its sweeping, majestic landscapes, the Alps. Its highest peaks have one foot in Italy and the other one in France, leader of the pack being Mont Blanc. First, you will head for Piedmont to visit the Sacred Mountain of Varallo and have lunch on a succulent ‘elephant’s ear’ (that’s a breaded cutlet). Suitably fed and watered, you’ll be ready for some exhilarating views, and the roads up to the village of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta don’t disappoint. You will press on over the Mottarone (for a 360 degrees panorama over three lakes) and spend the night on the shore of Lake Maggiore. Dine where you please.
You will rumble on from Lake Maggiore to Lake Como, with a detour into Switzerland to skirt Lake Lugano before returning to the spectacular mountains of Lombardy. You will hop across on the ferry to save time and then motor along the lakeside before tackling the mountains that will see you across the Swiss border. Then, it’s back to Italy to visit Como and marvelous Villa del Balbianello. You will end the day at the tip of the lake.
Today, you are bound for Bormio, in Valtellina, at the foot of the world-renowned Stelvio Pass. As usual, you will take the scenic route, that’s the motorcyclists’ code of honor, along the Lecco branch of Lake Como to reach Bormio from the north via San Moritz in Switzerland, scaling heights of 2,000 meters above sea level. You will chug onto the picturesque duty-free town of Livigno, a shopping paradise, and finally to your hotel in Bormio, where you’ll spend two nights.
Today’s ride packs a bunch of highlights into just 150 kilometers. First up is the mouthwatering Stelvio Pass, the highest road pass in Europe at 2,758 meters, with its breathtaking views and hair-raising hairpins, 40 on the way up, 48 on the way down. You will skirt the Austrian border at Lake Reschen, with its famous submerged bell tower, before crossing into Switzerland and girding your loins for another “succulent” pass. That takes you back to Italy, where you will have lunch in a lakeside refuge. Suitably nourished, you will return to the hotel. To wind down in style, Italy on Motorbike heartily recommends a visit to the Bagni Vecchi, the lovely old Roman thermal baths hewed from the rock looking down on the town and its valley. Dine where you please.
Leaving Lombardy behind, you will embark on a route lined with stupendous scenery and sumptuous mountain passes, bound for the Trentino-Alto Adige region, the Dolomites, and the famous and lovely ski resort of Ortisei. Your route takes in the stunning Gavia Pass, a firm favorite among riders as much for its beauty as for its technical demands, with some pretty tight hairpin bends to look forward to. Now there’s challenge to relish.
After the exploits over the last few days, today is all about relaxing and giving the bikes a rest. Putting your feet up and enjoying the comforts of the hotel sounds like a good plan, but if you fancy something a little more active, here are some ideas:
The staff is on hand to organize whatever you’d like to do with your day.
Today, it’s your camera that will be taking the strain. The Sella and Marmolada massifs await you in the heart of the mountains. If you had only one day in the Dolomites, you’d want it to be this. The scenery here is quite unlike the western ranges, and the ramblings will be rewarded with a succession of the gorgeous landscapes that the Dolomites have to offer. After a lakeside coffee break, you will conclude the day by rolling into another mountain gem, the famous ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
On this tour, every day is spectacular, a feast for the eyes meets pure motoring pleasure. On today’s ride, you will discover a rather special swathe of the Dolomites, exploring the beauty and history of one of their most legendary landscapes. You’ll be visiting two old border towns and their castles, enjoying a traditional lunch in a refuge by one of the area’s most delightful lakes, and admiring the ultimate symbol of the Dolomites, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (the three peaks of Lavaredo) which is simply breathtaking. Dine where you please.
Today, you will weave your way along curvaceous roads and gorgeous passes to the gentler side of the Dolomites in the Trentino “lowlands” (relatively speaking). This ride is every bit as magnificent as the previous days’, as you explore the charming city of Trento with its delightful old centre and the magnificent Buonconsiglio Castle. For dinner, you will eat together in an elegant traditional restaurant in the old quarter.
Your last night at large will be beside a lake again. But before that, an endless feast of twists and turns awaits along a road clawed from the rock by the Austro-Hungarian soldiers during World War I, via one of the most impressive fortifications in the Trentino region. Then, you power into the Veneto, arriving in the splendid Renaissance city of Verona (another UNESCO gem) for a look around its famous Roman arena followed by Juliet’s house of Shakespearean fame. Your final destination for today is Lake Garda, Sirmione, to be exact. This beautiful Roman town with the Grottoes of Catullus and its thermal springs lies at the tip of a finger of land pointing into the lake. You will have lunch on some traditional Veneto food and dinner along the lake is included too.
On the road back to Milan, you will stop to visit marvelous Mantova and its Palazzo Te, the mannerist masterpiece built as Marquis Federico II Gonzaga’s pleasure palace. You will have one last stop to make, in Cremona, the city of Stradivari and world hub of violin making. There is a fine museum and the world’s most famous school of lutherie that dates back centuries which is part of the UNESCO Heritage. Finally, you will roll back into Milan and check-in to your original hotel. After taking the hire bikes back a lavish dinner provides a fitting end to your adventure together.
Italy on Motorbike will say goodbyes after breakfast, leaving you free to go home or explore further the magic of Italy on your own. There are plenty of opportunities to continue your trip that Italy on Motorbike can help you planning!
To ensure the utmost attention to each traveler, as well as the safety of the group, the tour is fully escorted. Specifically, the personnel traveling with the group is:
The technical difficulties of this tour for expert riders will be widely compensated by great emotions for the amazing sceneries and the pleasure of riding on exhilarating bikers’ roads. There will be over 30 passes on the route, king Stelvio obviously, and many more legendary names such as Gavia, Bernina, Falzarego, Tonale, Sella, Pordoi, Giau, and about 15 lakes including Maggiore, Como, Garda, Reschen, and more. There are five UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this tour, which are Milan, Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina, the Dolomites, Mantua, and Verona.
The Alps with their exceptional beauty and majesty are the ideal scenery for a pleasure tour. The variety of landscapes offers new perspectives every few kilometers, passing through beautiful forests to flowered meadows, from green lakes to rocky peaks nearly touching the sky, alternating colors, and materials, thus granting you endless emotions. A ride through the unspoiled nature, where the heartwarming background of the unchanged snow-capped peaks captures you. A pleasure for eyes, mind, and soul that everyone should reward oneself with to recover from daily stress.
Today high mountain resorts offer to the lovers of nature, healthy lifestyle and fresh air, a holiday the which quality is as high as the peaks which surround you. This is because the mountain people know what the real quality of life is and love offering it to their guests. Villages are often enchanting with their charmingly blossomed chalets and the most famous resorts offer one of the best level services, facilities, and shopping in the country. The hotels are very well specialized in pampering you, in the widespread spas, at the table where the food is always plentiful and delicious, in the comfortable, cozy, and relaxing rooms, even in winter for skiers with their bulky clothes.
After two days on Lake Maggiore and Como, Bormio in the Valtellina area is known not only for its ski slopes and its beautiful mountains but also for its thermal baths (of sulfate bicarbonate alkaline earthy water) since the times of the ancient Romans. What a priceless feeling, after a great ride, treating oneself to a dive of over two thousand years in the history, passing from the Roman baths to the caves hosting the ancient springs up to the panoramic outdoor swimming pool overlooking the valley of Bormio, immersed in the water with infinite healing properties that flows out from the mountain at a temperature between 37 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius.
A unique experience out of time for the well-being of body and soul. Just think how few in the world have the opportunities of a treat in a spa built more than 2000 years ago and still working.
The journey continues heading for the magnificent, world famous Dolomites. As the only mountain chain in the world classified as UNESCO World Heritage, the Dolomites are simply breathtaking. Majestic peaks, magnificent sceneries, top quality facilities, and utmost care are only some of the words that best describe this enchanted world that attracts millions of visitors every year, as well in the winter, thanks to its unique skiing area, the largest in Europe, and in the summer.
The last part of the tour touches on gentler heights but not less beloved Italian area, the region of Trentino and Lake Garda district. Enchanting places, great roads, excellent hospitality, the appropriate end of a great journey worth experiencing.
Italy on Motorbike will serve you 12 buffet breakfasts, 4 super lunches in typical restaurants, and 8 super dinners at hotels or external restaurants at walking distance. A typical Italian welcome aperitif will be also included.
Transfer not provided
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Linate Airport (LIN) or Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP). Private airport transport via NCC can be organized upon request for the additional cost.
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