Five Italian regions and obviously … a MotoGP !!
Tuscany above all, a nice slice of Emilia-Romagna, Umbria and the Republic of San Marino and a hint of Marche and Latium: the roads that have inspired our big champions and the Italian legendary culture of motors … enthralling bucolic sceneries dotted with medieval burgs and castles and Apennine passes. Plus a rhapsodizing visit of the Ferrari realm Maranello, a drink in Valentino’s bar and the opportunity to attend a thrilling motorbike race. These are the major features of this fascinating tour for passionates.
Dedicated to lovers of rumbling motors with a red-colored bodywork and to motorcycle races fans, this tour is focused on the roads that have been the playground of Italy’s biggest champions such as Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli, Andrea Dovizioso, Alex de Angelis…
Amid mountains, gorges and rolling hills, past woods and lakes, skirting rivers, vineyards and olive groves, we’ll spend 10 days winding from one fabulous spot to another, including the unique experience of visiting the Ferrari museum in Maranello, a town fully soaked with the soul and spirit of the mythical brand, and an amazing motorcycle museum near Misano. And a sort of laic pilgrimage in the home towns of Valentino Rossi and late Marco Simoncelli with the possibility to buy some gadgets in their original stores, and have a coffee with their friends in their favorite bars.
In both editions the opportunity to attend an important racing event on the rest day: the Italy MotoGP on the Mugello track in May/June or the San Marino MotoGP on the Misano track in September.
Italy and MotoGP motorcycle tour pack
Start /end place
3 – 4 stars
5 in June
9 in Sept.
6 – 8 hours
13 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: Assisi, Florence, Modena, Pisa, Pienza, Rome, San Gimignano, San Marino, Siena, Spoleto, Urbino, Val d’Orcia, Villa d’Este (Tivoli)
Price of this 12-day and 11-night tour:
- from 2,898.00 Euro per person
Italy and MotoGP motorcycle tour program details
A well-balanced tour between a great riding on the enthralling winding Apennine roads and a fascinating touristic itinerary dotted with enchanting places worth the visit… with a juicy cherry on the cake: a special attention for the Italian world of motors and motorcycle racing!
Day 1: Meeting in Rome (Roma)
We muster in the afternoon in our hotel in Rome and go together to pick up the rental bikes. We all meet up before dinner for 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. Then we’ll break the ice and start forging some group spirit over a classic Italian pre-dinner aperitivo.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rome; included meals: D.
Day 2: 220 km
We start our tour heading to Tuscany with a beautiful stretch along Lake Bracciano and the visit of a beautiful dying city before arriving in the enchanting wine countryside Val d’Orcia (Unesco world heritage) and its delightful villages and reach one of the most enchanting ever, the wine capital Montepulciano, for our night stop-over. We have lunch in a typical Tuscan trattoria whereas you can choose your own restaurant for dinner.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Val d’Orcia; included meals: B, L.
Day 3: 140 km
Today’s tour is entirely set in the amazing Val d’Orcia and Val d’Elsa in Tuscany. An enchanting route amid hills and vineyards with lots of most interesting places to see such as the amazing city of Siena where we’ll make a long stop during lunch time in order to let you visit its magnificent cathedral and renaissance palaces. Many medieval villages are also ours to see, exactly as you expect in this extraordinary postcard scenery. Splendid, medieval town Volterra is our final destination.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Volterra; included meals: B, D.
Day 4: 140 km
A marvelous day tour amid the enchanting scenery of vineyards and medieval burgs that is the symbol par excellence of Tuscany. Gliding through the verdant, gently rolling Tuscan Val d’Orcia and Chianti(shire) countryside, we go and visit two world famous pearls, both Unesco World Heritage sites: the enthralling little town of San Gimignano before reaching Florence (Firenze) where we’ll spend two nights. Both lunch and dinner are included today.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Florence; included meals: B, L, D.
Day 5: 0 – 240 km
- May/June: today is the Italy MotoGP day on the Mugello track and all thoses who want so will have the adrenalinic possibility to attend this fantastic event. In alternative, day off in Florence for visits and shopping.
- September: a great ride on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine mountains awaits today together with the visit of two very suggestive, spiritual places hidden in the green of these centenarian forests: a monastery where Saint Francis has spent many years of his life and an hermitage, both permeated with a stilling peaceful atmosphere that will fill up your spirit.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Florence; included meals: B. No main meal is included to leave you completely bound-free on this rest day.
Day 6: 140 km
Two further Unesco World Heritage sites are on our program today. First stop today: Leonardo’s birth town Vinci, then Pisa, with its magnificent Renaissance testimonies. After an accurate visit of Piazza dei Miracoli and the famous Leaning Tower, we skip back into the Middle-Ages in another magnificent town: Lucca.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Lucca; included meals: B, D.
Day 7: 185 km
It’s time for a change of scene, a day dedicated to Italy’s best as regards motors. We cross the Apennines on a pass among the most beloved by bikers and drop in region Emilia-Romagna heading for the Ferrari home town Maranello before gaining Modena (Unesco world heritage). Choice of possible (optional) activities in Maranello among which the visit of the factory and museum or a tour on a rumbling Ferrari. After the rumbling of powerful engines some lyric music and the unique voice of Luciano Pavarotti will delight our ears in his museum-house, and/or what about ravishing our taste buds with a visit to the oldest balsamic vinegar factory in the world? Going out for dinner will be the right opportunity for a stroll in the enchanting historic centre of Modena.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Modena; included meals: B, D.
Day 8: 260 km
Straight ways being totally banned – we’re bikers, aren’t we? – we reach the sea resort Cattolica on the Adriatic via the Apennine mountains, treating ourselves to lots of great bends amid verdant forests. We have chosen our comfortable 3-star hotel for the next 2 nights for it is soaked with adrenaline, the right place to meet famous (Italian) people in the environment of motorcycle racing. Both lunch and dinner are included today.
Overnight in 3-star hotel in Cattolica; included meals: B, L, D.
Day 9: 0 – 180 km
- May/June: a light program in Romagna awaits after yesterday’s heavy duty, taking in two of the most interesting medieval castles of the Malatesta family: the fort that imprisoned the Count of Cagliostro (a famous alchemist, born Giuseppe Balsamo, whose story has been dramatized in several adventure movies) and the little fortified town of Gradara, the setting for the classic love story between Paolo and Francesca immortalized in canto 5 of Dante’s Inferno, part of the great poet’s epic Divine Comedy. Great happy ending of the day, the visit of the most interesting motorcycle museum in Italy.
- September: today is the San Marino MotoGP day on the Misano track and all thoses who want so will have the adrenalinic possibility to attend this fantastic event. In alternative, day off in Cattolica/Riccione with lots of possible activities: beach, shopping, thermal baths. Or just a short ride to see the Republic of San Marino.
This is also the right day for a visit to Tavullia (Valentino Rossi’s home town) and Coriano (where Marco Simoncelli hailed from).
Overnight in 3-star hotel in Cattolica; included meals: B. No main meal is included to leave you completely bound-free on this rest day.
Day 10: 230 km
We start our way back to Rome along a route sprinkled with architectural jewels. We cross the Marche, where we’ll visit the fine town of Urbino (Unesco world heritage site) before entering Umbria where we’ll stop in 3 beautiful and unique places: Assisi, Gubbio and our final destination Spoleto. In a word, a feast for the eyes the whole day! We’ll have a typical Umbran lunch in a nice trattoria on the way while you are free to dine where you fancy in amazing Spoleto.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Spoleto; included meals: B, L.
Day 11: 200 km
More of magnificent Umbrian sites are ours to see during our last day in the saddle. We return to Latium and the capital city. For one last UNESCO World Heritage treat, we visit the beautiful renaissance Villa d’Este before wending our way back to the hotel in Rome where our odyssey began and taking the hire bikes back. A lavish lunch in the capital provides a fitting end to our adventure together.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rome; included meals: B, D.
Day 12: Farewells in Rome
We say our goodbyes after breakfast, leaving you free to go home or explore further the magic of Italy on your own. If you’d like to see more of Italy, let us know, and we can organise a tailor-made extension to your holiday!
Included meals: B.
Italy and MotoGP 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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Tuscany Marche Umbria Latium Rep. of San Marino MotoGP
Two are the guiding themes of this tour: motors, from the most famous brand of dream super cars to powerful racing bikes, and the Apennine mountains as the main location, that we’ll tackle from various angulations.
The Apennine mountains, the chain that crosses central Italy lengthwise. Not as high as the Alps, though the highest peak (called Gran Sasso, 2.912 m above sea level, in region Abruzzi, piece de resistance of another of our tours) is often snow-capped the whole year long, they offer infinite thrilling routes and bewitching sceneries.
The land of St Francis and St Claire, Umbria exudes spirituality and is still an ideal environment for seekers of tranquility and meditative moods. This ambience extends eastward into the Marche, mingling in addition with the joys and typical fragrances of the seaside.
Both regions are covered with swathes of dense woodland and expanses of vines and olive trees. These are lands of strong flavors. Wines, oils, truffles and charcuterie, all of supreme quality, create extraordinary dishes wreathed in aromas, fragrances and personality that permeate our tour amid the natural beauty of the Apennine mountains.
We counterpoint all this with visits to delightful medieval towns in Tuscany, gothic-style jewels in Umbria and the Malatesta castles in Marche and Romagna, gliding through historic centers steeped in otherworldly charm. Not forgetting the gorgeous serpentine roads that lead us to the splendid monasteries and hermitages that arose in the heart of these mountains at the start of the Middle Ages.
With an impressive collection of churches and fine palazzi, Tuscany, Umbria and the Marche also have some high-powered heritage from the Renaissance – for here is where it all began.
In Emilia-Romagna we’ll focus mainly on motors. A land of great motorcycling pedigree, Romagna is home to the Misano Adriatico track, well known to MotoGP aficionados. No trip to the area would be complete without a “pilgrimage” to its heart, at Coriano, hometown of the late Marco Simoncelli (58 Sic), and Tavullia, where Valentino Rossi (46) hails from.
Character-wise, this area is a permanent contrast between the rustic hinterland, whose natural, historical, cultural and gourmet delights span the Apennines, the Montefeltro area (with San Leo) and the panoply of Malatesta castles, and the Adriatic Riviera, with well-equipped beaches, tempting nightspots and famous discos. Whatever you like, you can enjoy it here.
And there is San Marino, a tiny independent enclave within Romagna. San Marino’s history can be traced all the way back to the 3rd century ad, and its proud people have lived it every step of the way. Legend has it that, in ad 257, the stonemason Marino climbed up Monte Titano and founded a small Christian community there, at a time when Roman Emperor Diocletian was persecuting them for their faith.
The first Republic crystallized around Marino in ad 301, and San Marino’s history had begun.
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