16 Days Breathtaking Motorcycle Tour Italy and France

  • Venice - Province of Arrezo - San Gimignano - Livorno - Santa Maria Navarrese - Bosa - Bonifacio, Italy; Calvi - Corte - Cinque Terre, France

Overview

BMW Italy Motorcycle Tour

  • 2900-kilometer mileage
  • A visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Riding through Tuscany and Sardinia in Italy
  • Exploring Corsica region in France
  • 15 breakfasts and 11 dinners
  • 15-night accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Spending time in Italy and France for 16 days will leave you enchanted for life. With BMW or your own bike, you will explore the beauty and breathtaking scenery of Tuscany and Sardinia in Italy as well as Corsica in France. Scenic coastal and mountain riding will complete your trip to the great countries in Europe. Accommodations, meals, fuels, and bike rental are included so you just have to pack your bag and ride in the amazing Italy and France!

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 16.

  • 10 riding days
  • English
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During this tour, MotoTrip Tours will provide you with 15 nights' accommodation in a twin or double room at mostly 4-star beautiful hotels or bed and breakfasts. Private single rooms are available at an additional 850 EUR if you wish to have one.

Overview

  • Bike: rental or personal bike
  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Mileage: 2900 kilometers / 1800 miles
  • Daily rides: 160-300 kilometers / 100-200 miles
  • Meals: 15 breakfasts and 11 dinners

Day 1: Venice arrival

Upon your arrival, your guide will welcome you at the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) and you will be transferred to your first hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can do some sightseeing after hotel check-in. Additionally, Venice is a beautiful and charming city so you can do a walk in the city center, take a gondola through the Grand Canal, or simply rest in your room. In the evening, you will enjoy the traditional welcome dinner and you will discuss the routes, bikes, itinerary, and many others.

Day 2: From Venice to Province of Arezzo

After a morning briefing, you will start the day by riding through the delta of Po river and get comfortable on the bike. You will pass Bologna where you can have a great local lunch stop with the famous lasagna or spaghetti ‘alla Bolognese’. Afterward, you will quickly reach the Apennine Mountains and enjoy your first real curves on the tour. From this moment on, the twists and curves will officially start. You will end the day in Province of Arezzo, Tuscany which is surrounded by many small, beautiful medieval towns.

Day 3: From Province of Arezzo to San Gimignano

On the next 3 days, you’ll enjoy Tuscany at its best. You will roll your wheels along the picturesque green hills and valleys as well as visit Tuscany’s hidden gems like Montepulciano, Montalcino, and the famous Chianti region. You will make your way to San Gimignano, a charming little town with rich history and grand medieval architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage protected site.

Day 4: San Gimignano

Walking around the city walls, sipping cappuccinos, and taking in as much of the Italian feeling as possible will be one option for today. You are surrounded by outstanding riding roads, so the second option will be setting off on an afternoon ride and returning around sunset time, which will show you Tuscany at its best atmosphere. Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthplace is also just around the corner. Depending on the season, you could also embark on a truffle hunt, grape harvest, or go foraging for asparagus. There will be plenty of options for sure.

Day 5: From San Gimignano to Livorno

You will have more Tuscany on the menu for today. After visiting Volterra for a morning coffee, you will continue your way towards another amazing attraction on this tour, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Some interesting facts about its construction and the tilt will be presented while walking around the famous Campo dei Miracoli or ‘The Square of Miracles’. Still, you will need to catch your overnight ferry to Sardinia so you will continue towards Livorno after lunch. Staying overnight in the ferry, you will be accommodated at a private luxury cabin with bathroom.

Day 6: From Golfo Aranci to Santa Maria Navarrese

At 6:30, the cabin crew will wake up and even if you turn off all the speakers, you will hear the alarm anyway. You’ll be on Sardinia where the amazing ride awaits. This northern part of the island offers many riding possibilities, so you will head exactly in that direction. Low off-season traffic will make you think you reserved the roads only for yourselves. Across the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei, you will reach Santa Maria Navarrese, a nice little coastal town which will be your destination for the next 2 nights.

Day 7: Santa Maria Navarrese

Only minutes away from all the great riding roads, you will be able to choose to ride, relax on a beautiful nearby beach, scuba diving, and much more. On this day, you will have a true rest day by the beach.

Day 8: From Santa Maria Navarrese to Bosa

Crazy fun twists will get you all the way to Bosa, a colorful town on the other side of the island. Along the way, you will visit Su Nuraxi, the biggest and best preserved Nuraghi (the type of ancient megalithic edifice) on the island which is also one of UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are more than 7000 Nuraghi on the island proving the existence of Nuragic civilization from 1800 to 500 B.C.

Day 9: From Bosa to Bonifacio

You will continue on amazing riding along Sardinia. Your first treat of the day is a ride from Bosa to Alghero, often claimed as the best coastal ride on the island. Then comes Castelsardo, a picturesque historic town dominated by the castle ‘Castello dei Doria’ on top which is worth a stop. You can go for a typical cappuccino and mingle with the locals or make your way to the castle and enjoy the view of the city as well as the surrounding beaches. Last but not least, a ferry ride to Corsica and its famous Bonifacio will be as scenic as it gets.

Day 10: From Bonifacio to Calvi

Today, you will ride all the way to Calvi in the north of Corsica, France. In a mix of coastal and inland riding, you’ll reach the famous Calanche cliffs and the Gulf of Porto which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Furthermore north, your goal for the next 2 nights will be Calvi, a small, typical, and unspoiled town with a true French feel, a home to spectacular sunsets, superb cuisine, and amazing beaches all around.

Day 11: Calvi

Today, you can walk around the citadel, enjoy roaming through the main promenade full of local joints, restaurants, and luxurious yachts, or hit the beach and do some water sports. Everything will be possible. Of course, you will have few riding options ready.

Day 12: From Calvi to Corte

From the coast to the mountains, another outstanding day on the island it will be. What you need to be prepared is a ride to Corte, an atmospheric town in the heart of mountainous Corsica. A few Corsican back roads will get you to Saint Florent, a popular meeting point for many local riders. Once a small fishing port, Saint Florent managed to keep its charm in spite of all modern yachts and sailboats that replaced fishing boats through the years. Roads around represent the very best of Corsica and a few carefully selected ones will get you to Corte with almost no traffic at all.

Day 13: From Corte to Cinque Terre

Today’s highlight will be the Cap Corse, a peninsula on the very north of Corsica. It is only 40 kilometers (25 miles) long and 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide but offers spectacular coastal views and amazing riding. So, after dramatic landscape of Mediterranean Sea fighting the rocky cliffs, you’ll approach the port of Bastia and embark on a 4 hours ferry ride back to Livorno on mainland Italy. Your destination will be another UNESCO World Heritage site, Cinque Terre.

Day 14: Cinque Terre

On your last rest day of this tour, you will spend your time exploring Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare, the 5 wonderful fishing villages that all make Cinque Terre (5 Lands) National Park. Although all are connected by roads on a stretch of only 18 kilometers (11 miles), the best way to explore each is by boat or train ride. Surely, you will have enough time to explore many walking paths on your own, join people for the boat ride, or combine connections by both train and boat.

Day 15: From Cinque Terre to Venice

The Apennine Mountains will be again on your route, so before reaching the mostly flat area around the Po river, you will ride the last twisties and sweepers on this tour. Prior to your return to Venice, you will have a chance to visit either the famous Museo Ferrari which is dedicated to sports cars or the Ducati Museum, both are the iconic Italian brands. You will reach Venice in the afternoon and this will be a mark that this tour has come to an end.

Day 16: Departure

Depending on the departure time, you may have more time to spend, so there will be several choices. Of course, your transfers to the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) will be arranged. MotoTrip Tours really hopes you enjoy the trip, wish you a good flight, and of course, sees you again.

Notes

  • The minimum number of participants is 8 person (5 bikes) and the maximum number of participants is 16 person (8 bikes).
  • Every participant needs a valid motorcycle licence to take part in the tour.

Other bike options:

  • BMW R1200GS Liquid cooled (7150 EUR)
  • BMW R1200GS Adventure Liquid cooled (7550 EUR)
  • BMW R1200RT Liquid cooled (7750 EUR)
  • A visit to Museo Ferrari or Ducati Museum
  • A visit to the biggest and best preserved Nuraghi, Su Nuraxi
  • A visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

This tour will cover a journey from Tuscany to Sardinia in Italy as well as Corsica in France. The charming Tuscan hills, the amazing corners and sweepers of Sardinia, and the dramatic Corsican coast will leave you enchanted for life. Starting and ending in Venice, Italy, the tour will also cover the 5 colorful villages nestled on small inlets on rocky headlands called Cinque Terre, and also cover an exploration to Italian national park and another UNESCO World Heritage site. All 3 regions of this motorbike tour present the very best of what Europe has to offer to motorcycle riders.

The beautiful Tuscany is well known for its almost unnaturally green hills, beautiful vineyards, and many back roads connecting tiny hilltop villages dating from ancient times. There are the famous Chianti wine, typical Tuscan food which is not only pizza and pasta, and extraordinary roads up and down in the region. Meanwhile, Sardinia is known as ‘Costa Smeralda’, a 20 kilometers stretch of surreal beaches, white sand, and crystal clear sea for most of the tourist. However, for the enthusiast rider like you, the region is translated to ‘an island of curves’ with a mix of outstanding riding, UNESCO World Heritage protected sites, and a bit of seaside glamor. From this region, you will make your way around the northern part of the island towards Corsica in France, known as ‘the mountain in the sea’.

On this tour, you will have 15 breakfasts and 11 dinners with water and soft drinks included. Most of the dinners will be at traditional local restaurants.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements 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)
  • A gondola trip through Grand Canal
  • A visit to Castello dei Doria in Castelsardo
  • Exploring Cinque Terre by boat or train
  • Exploring San Gimignano
  • Exploring the center of Venice
  • Scuba diving in Santa Maria Navarrese
  • Watersports in Calvi
  • 15 breakfasts and 11 dinners with water and soft drinks
  • 15 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure from Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
  • All entrances to national and nature parks according to the itinerary
  • All ferry rides according to the itinerary
  • All gasoline or petrol
  • BMW motorcycle rental with hard or lockable case(s)
  • Experienced guide on a motorcycle
  • Photo memories package
  • Support vehicle that carries spare motorcycle, luggage, and oversized purchases which can accommodate up to 2 passengers
  • Tour guidebook with descriptions, maps, and highlighted routes
  • Airfare
  • Lunches
  • Personal spending
  • Things that are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Tools

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). MotoTrip Tours will pick you up from the airport. The transfer is included in the price.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Testimonials

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    "Paul and I had a fantastic holiday. Thank you for sharing your beautiful country with us. We have so many new and unique experiences to share with our family and friends. We will definitely be back!"

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  • Review by Joe from Australia

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