Veneto and the Treasures of the Italian North-East

Trentino, Veneto, Friuli and the Dolomites


 

An amazing journey that comprises from the Palladian natural beauties and glories of the ancient Maritime Republic of Venice to the magnificence of the (Unesco World Heritage Site) Dolomites with their heart-moving lakes and breathtaking peaks.

 

ItalyOnMotorbike’s mission is to help you getting to know the real Italy, from the inside. So we also take you off the beaten track, away from the tourist hordes thronging the usual sites, some of which are a little overrated. With us, you’ll experience Italy’s great cultural, historical and natural heritage, its unspoiled corners and authentic gems, all well worth discovering and exploring.

 

A great example of this is the north-east, namely the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions. It is one of those areas that manages to be both overcrowded in parts – with prime sites like Venice, Verona and the Dolomites – and unjustly overlooked in others, with superficially less appealing destinations, like Padua, Vicenza, Palladio’s villas, Cividale del Friuli, Udine and Aquileia … although they are actually magnificent: all are UNESCO world heritage sites – did you know that this area arguably has Italy’s greatest wealth of cultural heritage?
We’ll see all the above mentioned places in this tour!!

 

  • The Treasures of the Italian North-East motorcycle tour pack

    Start /end place

    Duration

    Riding days

    Hotels

    Included meals

    Milan

    12 days
    11 nights

    10

     3 – 4 stars
    9 hotels

    11 breakfasts
    4 lunches
    7 dinners

    Rest day

    Total distance

    Min-max /day

    Tour /day

    Route grading

     8: Padua

    2000 km
    1250 mi.

    110-290 km
    70-180 mi.

    6 – 8 hours

    intermediate

    9 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: Aquileia, Cividale del Friuli, Mantova, Milan, Padua, The Dolomites, Venice and its Lagoon, Verona, Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto

     

    Price of this 12-day and 11-night tour:

    • from 2,898.00 Euro per person
    Inclusive of beautiful 4-star accommodation and one super meal per day.
     

     

  • The Treasures of the Italian North-East motorcycle tour program details

    A sublime scenic route with some superb attractions to visit – Italy at its best. With a hint of melancholy but bags of romance, elegance and sophistication, north-eastern Italy is a land that grabs your heart. As well breathtaking mountains sceneries, unique, magnificent historical cities and amazing natural sites, that are all Unesco world heritage, are ideally combined in this itinerary to offer you an unforgettable, magic holiday in the Italian North-East.

    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: 265 km (85 km of which on the motorway)
    We begin in style with perhaps the most demanding and certainly the longest day in the saddle of this tour. After an 85-km burst on the motorway to break clear of Milan, the tour begins in earnest amid magnificent mountain scenery, as we skirt some of eastern Italy’s largest lakes. We follow roads chiselled from the rock, spinning along amid breathtaking views, bound for the beautiful city of Trento. For dinner we eat together in a gorgeous traditional restaurant at the heart of the old quarter.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Trento; included meals: B, D.

    Day 3: 215 km
    A rewarding day in the Dolomites awaits, on a route packed with the tasty high mountain passes that bikers love, with sumptuous scenery like the Marmolada and Tofane massifs. Segonzano and its “Pyramids” is an enchanting area. And you’ll love the exquisite mountain villages adorning the scenery, like the ski resorts of Canazei and Cortina d’Ampezzo in the South Tyrol.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in area Cortina d’Ampezzo; included meals: B, D.

    Day 4: 215 km
    We continue eastwards through the fairy-tale Dolomite landscapes of Veneto and Friuli. But first, still in the breathtaking South Tyrol, we’ll take you to see the unique landscape of the majestic “Tre cime di Lavaredo” (the three peaks of Lavaredo), the icon of the Dolomites. A traditional lunch awaits in a gorgeous mountain refuge. But the tarmac keeps beckoning, and we wind through more of these marvellous mountains in the afternoon, ending the day in Friuli.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in area Tarvisio; included meals: B, L, D.

    Day 5: 195 km
    We’re at Italy’s eastern end, so it’s time to head south. To bring you the best biking roads around, we nip over into Slovenia to find the quietest and prettiest route down through the Dolomites. We soon scoot back into Italy, where our billet for the night will be in the alluring coastal city of Trieste. Its grandiose Mitteleuropean style is a typical feature of the great central European capitals of the 19th century. We have lunch on the hoof; for dinner, you’re free to choose any restaurant you like on Trieste’s beautiful waterfront.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Trieste; included meals: B, L.

    Day 6: 130 km
    Today’s ride may be light on mileage but it’s crammed with A-list sights. We start as we mean to go on, with a tour of romantic Miramare Castle before moving on to two more UNESCO World Heritage sites: the ruins of Aquileia, the 4th most important city in the Roman Empire, followed by the splendid town of Cividale del Friuli, which dates back to the 15th century. Our final destination for the day – the regional capital, Udine – is yet another historic gem; we recommend a good walk after dinner to explore its beautiful piazzas, loggias and Austro-Hungarian-style cafés.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Udine; included meals: B, D.

    Day 7: 240 km
    Today is a rollercoaster of mountains, plains and sumptuous bendy roads. Our route takes us from the Dolomites of Trentino and Friuli to the Veneto plains. We tour some fine motoring country strewn with lovely lakes, stopping at the Vajont dam, scene of the tragic disaster of 1963, and continuing to the sublime city of Pavia (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Steeped in art and culture, Pavia offers a wealth of monuments and must-see sights. Highlights include the famous Basilica of St Anthony, the elegant university (one of Italy’s oldest), the Scrovegni Chapel, Piazza delle Erbe, and the botanic garden, another on the UNESCO list.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Padua;  included meals: B, D.

    Day 8: 0 -… km
    After a week on the move, it’s time for a rest. Here are some ideas for a great bike-free day:

    • Have a lie-in, then explore Padua on foot; it’s well worth it.
    • You could pamper yourself in a spa – there are plenty to choose from, but Montegrotto is particularly well known.
    • You could take a mini cruise on the River Brenta, which always makes a good day out.
    • But if you’ve never been, our top tip has to be Venice; it’s just 20 minutes away by train.

    The staff are on hand to organize whatever you’d like to do with your day.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Padua;  included meals: B. No main meal is included to leave you completely bound-free on this rest day.

    Day 9: 120 km
    We ease back into the swing of things with a relatively short ride today. We are in the heart of the fabulous Veneto; it’s Italy’s most visited region, and you’re about to see why! After breakfast, we start with a visit to Villa della Regina, one of Palladio’s finest creations and another UNESCO highlight on our itinerary, before taking a memorable tour of the magnificent Euganean hills and along the Brenta, punctuated with the villas of the Veneto nobility. Lunch en route is included, and you’re free to find your own place in Padua for dinner.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Padua;  included meals: B, L.

    Day 10: 180 km
    Continuing in our usual vein with a blend of superb biking roads and fascinating visits, today we start with one of Palladio’s most famous villas: the Rotonda, near Vicenza. Fortified by a traditional lunch in the Asiago high plateau, we head through the beautiful Lessini mountains bound for another highlight of the Veneto: magnificent Verona. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the beautiful city centre, celebrated for its Roman arena and Juliet’s house, before we press on to the fine mediaeval town of Sirmione on Lake Garda, where we hang up our boots for the day. Then choose your own restaurant and treat yourself to a relaxing dinner by one of Italy’s most famous lakes!
    Overnight in 4-star hotel on Lake Garda;  included meals: B, L.

    Day 11: 210 km
    On the road back to Milan, we stop to visit marvelous 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 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.

  • The Treasures of the Italian North-East 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
    (reference price)

    3,220.00

    Pillion in shared double/twin room
    reference price minus 20%

    € 2,576.00

    Rider in single room
    reference price plus 15%

    € 3,703.00

    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.


    Included staff:

    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
    All our staff speaks English.


    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)

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    Veneto, Dolomites

    Dolomites

    Veneto, Dolomites

    Veneto

    With the so vast range of art works and natural wonders that Veneto shelters, a week would normally be enough only to see one or two cities, but that isn’t what motorbike holidays are about at all. That’s why we’ve conjured up a tour for you that presents a fine selection of the different kinds of attraction for a good overview of this fascinating land. We cannot cover it all in depth, but we can show you more than enough to make you want to return and explore further.
    [singlepic id=492 w=320 h=240 float=right]We stroll back to ancient Rome among the ruins of Aquileia (the Empire’s fourth most important city) with its polychrome mosaics. Cividale, with its cathedral and Lombard Oratory of Santa Maria in Valle, a masterpiece to rival the very best of any era, brings the 15th century vividly to life.

    Then Verona and its world-famous Arena and Juliet’s house, Padova and its university and Palazzo delle Erbe, and the Brenta area with its Palladian villas all offer a heady mix of mediaeval and Renaissance flavors, restraint and opulence.

    Venice, the Magnificent Serenissima, needs no introduction. It might well be the best-known Italian city in the world.

    So far, we’ve mentioned only the World Heritage Sites. And yet there are so many other tremendous cultural destinations: Trieste with its Habsburg air, San Daniele and its rural culture and renowned prosciutto, and Bassano del Grappa with Palladio’s Ponte Vecchio bridge all make an appearance along the way.

    See it all from the stunning perspective of the fantastic mountain roads up in the Friulian and Veneto Dolomites, the Colli Euganei and the Monti Lessini … you’ll be licking your lips under your helmet!

  • Udine, Veneto, Dolomites

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