The Alps from west to east: a simply awesome trip!
Alps and Dolomites: 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.
The Alps and Dolomites Tour is the trip par excellence 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 program and the last days in a “gentler” context, packed with amazing towns to visit, will conquer your romantic and artistic mood as well.
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.
Alps and Dolomites motorcycle tour pack
Start /end place
3 – 4 stars
6 – 8 hours
5 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: The Dolomites, Mantoa, Milan, Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina, Verona
Price of this 13-day and 12-night tour:
- from 3,168.00 Euro per person
Alps and Dolomites motorcycle tour program details
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. We’ll have over 30 passes on our route, king Stelvio obviously and many more legendary names such as Gavia, Bernina, Falzarego, Tonale, Sella, Pordoi, Giau … and about 15 lakes: Maggiore, Como, Garda, Reschen, and more…
Day 1: Meeting in Milan (Milano)
We meet up in the afternoon at our hotel in Milan and pick up the rental bikes. We 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.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Milan; included meals: D.
Day 2: 200 km
The tour proper begins and, with it, our 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 in France, leader of the pack being Mont Blanc. First, we head for Piedmont to visit the Sacred Mountain of Varallo and lunch on a succulent “elephant’s ear” (that’s a breaded cutlet). Suitably fed and watered, we’re ready for some exhilarating views, and the roads up to the village of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta don’t disappoint. We press on over the Mottarone (for a 360° panorama over three lakes) and spend the night on the shore of Lake Maggiore. Dine where you please.
Overnight in 4-star hotel on Lake Maggiore; included meals: B, L.
Day 3: 160 km
We 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. We hop across on the ferry to save time and then motor along the lakeside before tackling the mountains that will see us across the Swiss border. Then it’s back into Italy to visit Como and marvellous Villa Balbianello. We end the day at the tip of the lake.
Overnight in 4-star hotel on Lake Como; included meals: B, D.
Day 4: 230 km
Today we are bound for Bormio, in Valtellina, at the foot of the world-renowned Stelvio Pass. As usual, we take the scenic route – that’s the motorcyclists’ code of honour! – along the Lecco branch of Lake Como to reach Bormio from the north via San Moritz in Switzerland, scaling heights of 2000 m asl. We chug on to the picturesque duty-free town of Livigno, a shopping paradise, and finally to our hotel in Bormio, where we’ll spend two nights.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Bormio; included meals: B, D.
Day 5: 150 km
Today’s ride packs a bunch of highlights into just 150 km. First up is the mouthwatering Stelvio Pass, the highest road pass in Europe at 2758 m, with its breathtaking views and hair-raising hairpins: 40 on the way up, 48 on the way down. We skirt the Austrian border at Lake Reschen, with its famous submerged bell tower, before crossing into Switzerland and girding our loins for another “succulent” pass. That takes us back into Italy, where we lunch in a lakeside refuge. Suitably nourished, we return to the hotel: to wind down in style, we heartily recommend a visit to the Bagni Vecchi, the lovely old Roman thermal baths hewn from the rock looking down on the town and its valley. Dine where you please.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Bormio; included meals: B, L.
Day 6: 190 km
Leaving Lombardy behind, we 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. Our route takes in the stunning Gavia Pass, a firm favourite 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!
Overnight in 4-star hotel in area Ortisei; included meals: B, D.
Day 7: 0 – … km
After our 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 our hotel sounds like a good plan, but if you fancy something a little more active, here are some ideas:
- walk the peaks to savour the dreamy Dolomites in all their beauty (with various routes from the challenging vie ferrate, climbing 600 m in 3 hours, to the soft option of a chair lift)
- take a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of the magnificent mountain scenery that has earned UNESCO World Heritage status
- rent a bicycle and explore under your own steam (unguided)
- enjoy a fun adventure course up rock faces and in the treetops …
The staff are on hand to organise whatever you’d like to do with your day.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Ortisei; included meals: B. No main meal is included to leave you completely bound-free on this rest day.
Day 8: 185 km
Today it’s your camera that will be taking the strain. The Sella and Marmolada massifs await us 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 our ramblings will be rewarded with a succession of the most gorgeous landscapes that the Dolomites have to offer. After a lakeside coffee break, we conclude the day by rolling into another mountain gem, the famous ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in area Cortina d’Ampezzo; included meals: B, D.
Day 9: 200 km
On this tour, every day is spectacular: a feast for the eyes meets pure motoring pleasure. On today’s ride, we discover a rather special swathe of the Dolomites, exploring the beauty and history of one of their most legendary landscapes. For we’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). Simply breathtaking! Dine where you please.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in area Cortina d’Ampezzo; included meals: B, L.
Day 10: 200 km
Today we weave our 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 we explore the charming city of Trento with its delightful old centre and the magnificent Buonconsiglio Castle. For dinner we eat together in an elegant traditional restaurant in the old quarter.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Trento; included meals: B, D.
Day 11: 190 km
Our 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 we 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. Our 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. We lunch on some traditional Veneto food and dinner along the laeke is included too.
Overnight in 4-star hotel on Lake Garda; included meals: B, L, D.
Day 12: 200 km
On the road back to Milan, we stop to visit marvellous Mantova and its Palazzo Tè, the mannerist masterpiece built as Marquis Federico II Gonzaga’s pleasure palace. We 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, we roll back into Milan and check in to our original hotel. After taking the hire bikes back a lavish dinner provides a fitting end to our adventure together.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Milan; included meals: B, D.
Day 13: Farewells in Milan
We say our 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 we can help you planning!
Included meals: B.
Alps and Dolomites motorcycle tour pricing details
All our tours are limited editions for a maximum of 12 bike teams.
We guarantee all departures, even with one person only.
Services and staff included in the price vary according to the final total number of participants.
Price in Euro per person for this 13-day, 12-night tour:
Rider in shared double/twin room
Pillion in shared double/twin room
reference price minus 20%
Rider in single room
reference price plus 15%
The above prices refer to a minimum of 3 motorcycles (or bike teams) enrolled by departure time.
In case only 1 or 2 bikes should have enrolled on a tour, then booking is not binding and participants will autonomously decide whether they confirm their participation against payment of a supplement, or they renounce completely free of charge, in which case all sums already paid are entirely refunded.
To ensure the utmost attention to each traveler as well as the safety of the group we proudly offer fully escorted tours only. Specifically, the personnel traveling with the group is:
- with 1 to 4 bikes:
- tour leader on his own motorcycle who opens the motorcycle line
- with 5 to 6 bikes:
- tour leader on his own motorcycle who opens the motorcycle line
- luggage van with chauffeur
- with 7 to 12 bikes:
- tour leader on his own motorcycle who opens the motorcycle line
- rearguard steward on his own motorcycle who brings up the rear
- luggage van with chauffeur
Other services included:
- registration fee, branded tee-shirt, itineraries, pictures of the tour
- assistance, medical and luggage insurance that covers both rider and passenger for all medical expenses in Italy and repatriation assistance costs in case of accident or illness during the tour and luggage theft or loss
- typical Italian welcome aperitif
- 12 nights en-suite accommodation and buffet breakfast in hand-picked, well-rated classy and charming first class hotels (mostly 4 stars)
- 8 super dinners in hotel or external restaurant at walking distance (drinks excluded)
- 4 super lunches in typical restaurants (drinks excluded)
- luggage van (with possibility of transport for 2 passengers) if the final number of participants is 5 bikes or more
- vouchers of value comprised between 200 € and 400 € to be used to buy additional services (fuel, drinks at meals, entrance tickets, further meals, etc) if the final number of participants is 8 bikes or more
The price does not include:
- rental motorcycle – available on request
- not mentioned lunches and dinners, drinks at meals but water
- extras in hotels, room upgrade or suite accommodation – available on request
- fuel, any parking fees while touring, entrance tickets in monuments/natural sites, etc – all visits are always optional
- transfer to the Rome/Milan hotel upon arrival and from the Rome/Milan hotel when departing – available on request
- anything not specified as “included”
ON REQUEST vast choice of motorbikes for hire
FROM 530.00 Euro + 0.20/km for the whole tour (11 days)
on a BMW G650GS with top case + 2 side cases, third liability insurance, transfer hotel/rental point when picking up the motorcycle and transfer rental point/hotel after dropping the motorcycle
ON REQUEST shipment of luggage via express forwarder
(when luggage van is not supplied)
More about the touring area
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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 from beautiful forests to flowered meadows, from green lakes to rocky peaks nearly touching the sky, alternating colors and materials, thus granting us endless emotions. A ride through the unspoilt 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 2 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 sulphate 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 °C and 40 °C.
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!
Our journey continues heading for the magnificent, world famous Dolomites. 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: region Trentino and Lake Garda district. Enchanting places, great roads, excellent hospitality… the appropriate end of a great journey worth experiencing!
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