Piemonte, Liguria and Cinque Terre, Aosta Valley … and France
A sumptuous tour amid the Savoia family palaces with their enchanting gardens, the delightful Langhe and Roero (first rural Unesco World Heritage Site) vineyard hills, some exhilarating stretches on the highest mountains, the extraordinary spectacle of mountain sides plummeting to the sea and the many colorful little harbors all along the enchanting seaside.
In Piedmont late Italian kingdom castles and villas, the holy mountains spirituality and the ancient burgs of the Barolo hills. The ex-capital city Turin (Torino) and fascinating Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore. And some days of really challenging riding on the highest passes and deepest canyons of the Alps along the fortified border, with various pleasant digressions in France…
In Liguria the delightful coastal landscapes that characterize this fine territory: the enchanting Cinque Terre Park with its colorful old villages and Portofino.
This is the ideal tour for those who want a short but significant synthesis of the most typically European, elegant and sumptuous Italy, its history and its population, that are reverberated in the cuisines that you will have the opportunity to taste.
Riding with us along the most beloved roads by Ligurian and Piemontese motorcyclists you will discover an often still unknown though really amazing territory, homeland to the most sophisticated Italian cooking (haute cuisine) and to the most prestigious wines in Italy.
Enchanting Italian North-West motorcycle tour pack
Start /end place
3 – 4 stars
6 – 8 hours
6 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: Genoa, Milan, Portovenere and Cinque Terre, Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
Price of this 12-day and 11-night tour:
- from 2,961.00 Euro per person
Enchanting Italian North-West motorcycle tour program details
In harmony with our motorcycle-touring philosophy, we visit the magnificent Italian North-West drinking in its history through a series of enriching tours brimful with motorcycling pleasure, sweeping along superb roads where visual verve and great riding go hand in hand. These are enchanting landscapes teeming with castles, woods and lakes – an Alpine wonderland – infinite vineyards and charming sea sceneries …
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: 220 km
We set off for Liguria, stopping first in Pavia to look around its famous Charterhouse. Then, like the good bikers we are, we take the least direct and most scenic route to a splendid mountain pass in the Apennines, through a national park and on to the historic seaside town of Rapallo. That will be our base for two nights, just down the coast from picturesque Portofino, a destination beloved of the Italian and international jet set.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rapallo; included meals: B, D.
Day 3: 200 km
We spend all day roaming the fabulous Cinque Terre National Park. With its five colorful villages cascading down to the water’s edge in a riot of pastels, the Cinque Terre well deserves its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We focus on the southern part of this enchanting area, along with Porto Venere, taking in the unmissable seafront walk known as the Via dell’Amore (if it reopens in time). Lunch by the sea is included, and you’re free to find your own place later for dinner.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rapallo ; included meals: B, L.
Day 4: 140 km
We press on to Genoa and its historic city centre, visiting Palazzo Rosso before heading for the hills on the road into Piedmont. We emerge in the Langhe and Roero, the first rural area to attain UNESCO World Heritage status, with its marvelous vineyards and castles. Despite being one of Italy’s most beautiful and interesting areas, it is still relatively undiscovered – so enjoy it while you can. This land of the Savoy, Italy’s last ruling royal house, includes the bulk of Piedmont’s renaissance castles and larger border fortresses. And there’s no better place to savor the finest food and wine, for this is home to Italy’s most prestigious wines, from Barolo and Nebbiolo to Barbaresco and Barbera d’Asti. Piedmont is a joy not just for the eyes but also for the palate, with an endless variety of gourmet delicacies and slow-food delights ready to seduce your senses.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Acqui Terme; included meals: B, D.
Day 5: 160 km
Today is all about exploring the beauty and history of the Langhe and Roero, with visits to the area’s most important centres, in Barolo, La Morra and Grinzane Cavour. Tasty lunch in some delightful wine village included, whereas you are free to explore the excellent Piedmont cuisine for dinner in the Italian white truffle capital, Alba.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Alba; included meals: B, L.
Day 6: 165 km
After a last look at the Langhe, we focus on another delightful slice of Piedmont: the Turin area. It is brimming with heritage from its prestigious past as the seat of the Italian royal family, the house of Savoy, and the first capital of Italy, which has been a unified country for jut little more than 150 years. It would be remiss not to explore some of the many fine castles, so we’ll be visiting Stupinigi and the Royal Basilica of Superga.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Turin; included meals: B, L, D.
Day 7: 0 – …km
Today the bikes get a well-earned rest. And so do we. It’s time to slow down and savor the delights of Piedmont, with its fine food, wonderful wines and plenty more. Here are some ideas for what to do:
- Visit Turin and its important Egyptian museum (second only to Cairo’s). The magnificent Parco del Valentino and its castle is also a lovely spot, while the National Automobile Museum, the Mole Antonelliana and the elegant city centre are also not to be missed.
- Take a chauffeur-driven minibus tour of the wineries to taste the wines, cheese, charcuterie, hazelnuts and chocolate, to name just a few of Piedmont’s superb slow-food products.
- Ease your way into a gourmet lunch in a Michelin-starred restaurant … or take a half-day cooking course where you get to eat your own work.
- Since we’re in Italy’s finest white-truffle area, grab the chance to go on a guided truffle hunt in the woods near Alba, in a quest for the most sublimely fragrant underground delicacy that nature has to offer.
Our team is on hand to organize your day. NB: many of the proposed activities need advance booking.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Turin; included meals: B. No main meal is included to leave you completely bound-free on this rest day.
Day 8: 240 km
You needed a day’s rest to be ready for this. For today has the “wow” factor in spades, as we attempt the high Alps on the border between France and Italy. We climb the Piedmont uplands and speed into French Savoie with its lakes and mountain passes, including the perfect Little San Bernardo Pass. And then the cherry on the top: the highest peak in Europe, the majestic Mont Blanc passes by as we head for the popular ski resort of Courmayeur in Val d’Aosta.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Courmayeur; included meals: B, D.
Day 9: 150 km
After the magnificent landscapes rolling and swaying with vineyards, the enchanting little old towns with their castles, regal Turin and all the Savoy palaces, and the imposing high mountains (as much a joy in summer as in winter), you might think that’s all the North-West has to offer. But no. For there are plenty more gems, like Fort Bard, Fenis Castle, and Aosta, a delightful border town founded by the Romans in 25 BC. Our forays for the day conclude near Biella, where we stop for the night.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Biella; included meals: B, D.
Day 10: 150 km
The deliciously sinuous roads of the Biella area bring us in good spirits to the Sacred Mountain of Varallo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), before we roll down into town for lunch. A local speciality awaits: a mouthwatering Milanese cutlet, wiener schnitzel or, as they call it here, an “elephant’s ear”. (That gives you an idea of the size.) We then meander up hill and down dale amid the breathtaking views of Lakes Orta and Maggiore. Finally, we wind onto the banks of Lake Maggiore, to rest for the night. Dine where you please.
Overnight in 4-star hotel on Lake Maggiore; included meals: B, L.
Day 11: 180 km
After passing Lake Orta and crossing Lake Maggiore, we have one last mouthful of bendy roads to get our teeth into. We hop into Switzerland, to Lake Lugano, then return to Italy and splendid Lake Como, whirring past its amazing array of Belle Epoque lakeside villas. Finally, we motor on for another 60 km to reach 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 12: 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.
Enchanting Italian North-West 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 12-day, 11-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
- 11 nights en-suite accommodation and buffet breakfast in hand-picked, well-rated classy and charming first class hotels (mostly 4 stars)
- 7 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
- lunches and dinners unless specifically mentioned and 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/museums/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 490.00 Euro + 0.20/km for the whole tour (10 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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Just over 150 years old, modern Italy is a young nation. Unlike many other countries that have been unified for a long time, it is a multifaceted land made up of often richly disparate regions. This variety is at the heart of its charm; indeed, there are as many Italys to discover as there are Italian regions – if not more. Piedmont, for example, is a magnificent, regal and impressive land of unbounded appeal for the visitor, first of all its grand food and wine culture!ts capital city, Turin, founded by the Romans as Julia Augusta Taurinorum, vaunts over two millennia of history; it was unified Italy’s first capital and, before that, the place where the seeds of the Italian kingdom were sown.
To embellish their dynasty, the House of Savoy had a string of majestic edifices built there from the 13th century onward. They are of such splendor as to make the most famous palaces of the European courts seem almost spartan! Piedmont has lovingly preserved not only the Savoy palaces but also their summer residences, hunting lodges and Alpine border fortifications. It is an immense collection of architectural gems crowned with UNESCO World Heritage status. The most notable include the Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Carignano, Valentino Castle, Villa della Regina (the queen’s villa), the Royal Palace of Venaria, Mandria park and the Borgo Castello, Rivoli Castle, the royal hunting lodge at Stupinigi, Moncalieri Castle, the Royal Castle of Racconigi, Pollenzo Castle, Agliè Castle, Govone Castle, and Valcasotto Castle.
As you can see, Turin and Piedmont are well worth a visit – or several!
But Piedmont is also a synonym for fine wine. From the high mountains, we drop down among the Monferrato and Langhe hills, liberally dotted with farming villages steeped in history and wine culture, home to such world-renowned tipples as Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo. Piedmont has an impressive 45 DOC and 9 DOCG wines plus countless DOP (protected designation of origin) and PAT (traditional regional Italian food) products, with some dreamy meats and cheeses.
And the cuisine will be unforgettable, too. Although it’s hard not to eat well wherever you happen to be in Italy, Piedmont food merits a special mention. Enriched by the cultural and historical cross-fertilization that its proximity to France has always fostered, Piedmont is a hotbed of Italian haute cuisine. No surprises there, for this is a land of great wines, traditional old cheeses, sublime (Alba) truffles and mushrooms, home to events like Slow Food, the Salone del Gusto, and Cheese in the town of Bra. In Piedmont, the contrast between traditional local cooking and Italian haute cuisine is at its keenest.
As regards Liguria, a small coastal strip in the most western part of the country, it is a land of charming seaside villages, of amazing gulfs, of pretty and most authentic little harbours, of delightul natural panoramas as charming and glamorous as the French Riviera which it is the worthy Italian extension of, which the Unesco world heritage site Cinque Terre is probably the finest expression.
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