Alternatively, this can be run as a private guided tour, in which case you choose your own dates, as well as the levels of hotels and number of meals included. Ask us for a quote!
Portofino and the Five Lands, Tuscany, a touch of Umbria
10 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: Florence, Lucca, Milan, Cinque Terre Park and Portovenere, Pienza, Pisa, Rome, San Gimignano, Siena, Val d'Orcia
from the 12th to the 19th of August 2019
Milan – Rome: is only 3 hours away with the high-speed train, 6 and a half hours on the motorway (depending on the traffic) or … a week of fun and wonder on a motorbike, riding through a string of bewitching land, mountains, sea and windy hills… This trip begins with the discovery of the elegant Liguria and its magnificent bays, followed by zigzagging through the legendary Tuscany, then a touch of Umbria to discover Orvieto and finally the poetry of Lazio through to Rome. And like any trip in Italy it will also be a journey back in time, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, between fishing and medieval villages, regional culture and cuisines with ancient flavours and timeless fragrances, immersed in picture perfect landscapes.
|Start / end place||Duration||Riding days||Hotels||Included meals|
|Milan / Rome||8 days|
|Rest day||Total distance||Min-max /day||Tour /day||Route grading|
|Half a day in Florence||1150 km|
|6 – 8 hours||easy|
More about the tour
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Birth place of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany is unique and spectacular. It has an extraordinary artistic heritage: villas that belonged to the Medici family, perfectly preserved medieval villages (like San Gimignano, Volterra, Montalcino and many others …) and villages defying all the rules of gravity, like Pitigliano, and still important remains of more distant times, like the Etruscan and Roman civilisations, which gives it a unique mix of history and picture perfect scenery.
It almost seems like time has stood still in the many medieval villages that, like antique jewels, still give this region the atmosphere and artistic beauty of a bygone era.
Each palace, cathedral or church bear the mark of the extraordinary talents of a great artist of the Middle Ages or the Renaissance!
The rich artistic heritage, is concentrated in the more important cities like Florence (but also Siena, Pisa, Lucca and many more), but is also spread throughout the region, making Tuscany an indisputable and unavoidable tourist area . When it comes to landscapes and nature, whether it be the Peaks of Siena, Val d’Orcia, Garfagnana, Chianti or Maremma, beauty is everywhere.
Nature here has many facets, from the elegant Tuscan coastline to the unparalleled spectacle of the Apuan Alps, but the most evocative landscapes of the region are, in our opinion, the ones that harmoniously blend the beauty of nature, in the background, with the works of man: a medieval rampart, a small country church or an impressive monastery.
Tour program details
Day 1: Meeting in Milan (Milano)
We meet in the afternoon in our hotel in Milan and go together to pick up the rental bikes, if there are any. We then all meet up before dinner for a typical Italian aperitivo, where we will have a short but important briefing, to share a few simple rules for a good synchronisation between the participants, thus ensuring a safe holiday that is unforgettable for all the right reasons.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Milan; included meals: D.
Day 2: 260 km
We start our journey westbound, straight towards the Mediterranean sea. However it won’t be straight, as we’ll start turning, going up and down, with an exciting ride through the Apennines, to arrive at the famous Ligurian Riviera, where we will arrive in Portofino, favourite stronghold of the international jet set since the 60’s. From there, we will carry on our journey along the magnificent coastal roads of the occidental Riviera, until our hotel, found at the entrance of the park of the Cinque Terre.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Sestri Levante; included meals: B,D.
Day 3: 200 km
A wonderful day awaits. We start by exploring the superb park of the Cinque Terre (UNESCO world heritage site) with Portovenere, from there, a beautiful ride in the Apuan Alps, to go down into one of the most beautiful towns of Tuscany, Lucca, classed on the UNESCO world heritage site. An itinerary only made for your riding pleasure, on beautiful motorcycle roads in the middle of an amazing landscape. Lunch en route in a typical trattoria, while you will be free to explore the beautiful old town of Lucca, where good restaurants, for an exquisite and romantic meal, are everywhere.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Lucca; included meals: B, L.
Day 4: 110 km
2 UNESCO world heritage sites for today, riding the Tuscan hilly roads. First stop: Pisa and its magnificent Renaissance testimony. Then a complete visit of the Piazza dei Miracoli, with its impressive cathedral (il Duomo), its Baptistry and its famous leaning tower. We carry on our way on beautiful winding roads for the most sumptuous, romantic and fascinating Italian cities: Florence (Firenze, UNESCO world heritage site), where you will have half a day of freedom to visit it.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Florence: included meals: B
Day 5: 180 km
Another beautiful day amid hills with their superb vineyards and medieval villages, symbols of Tuscany. It’s the super valley of the Chianti that we will ride through first, having fun on our steeds on a big figure of eight in between vineyards. We will then jump back in time, in the middle ages, in the charming little towns of San Gimignano, the town of 100 towers listed as a UNESCO world heritage site for its totally unique and enchanting aspect, and Volterra, which was an important Roman town in its days and the Etruscan capital before that. Finally, we cross the verdant Val d’Elsa, to reach an other Tuscan jewels, Sienna (Unesco world heritage site), where you absolutely have to go and see the famous Palio square and most of all the magnificent cathedral.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Sienna; included meals: B, L, D.
Day 6: 215 km
We continue with our discovery of Tuscany on the gentle mythical hills of the Valley of Orcia, which beauty has earned it a UNESCO world heritage site classification, where we will make a stop in the very pretty town of Pienza, masterpiece of the Renaissance, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, followed by another enchanting village, the wine capital Montepulciano, where we will have a wine tasting in a historical cave. We leave the Val d’Orcia for a beautiful road across hills and woodlands, which will take us through to a road dug in the rock by the Etruscans, then onto a small, marvellous village, built on top of a cliff, before reaching Orvieto, pearl of Umbria, where we will spend the night. A change of clothes and straight for an unmissable and extraordinary experience with the visit of subterranean Orvieto. For dinner, the best places are around the cathedral.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Orvieto; included meals: B, L.
Day 7: 160 km
A spectacular dying town, in a lunar landscape, a beautiful lake and the superb medieval quarter of San Pellegrino, will be on our Latium itinerary today on our way to Rome, where we return the rental motorcycles in late afternoon. What best way to end our adventure but with a sumptuous farewell dinner, in a typical Roman trattoria. Unlike most of the other European capitals, Rome has its own cuisine, a cuisine of the people, poor and simple, but rich in taste and personality, and very much loved by all Italians. It’s also the worthy conclusion of our gastronomic journey that you will have experienced with us, in parallel with the one on two wheels.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rome; included meals: B, D.
Day 8: 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. There are plenty more to do and see in our beautiful country, we would be happy to help you plan your ongoing journey!
Included meals: B.
Price per person for this 8-day and 7-night tour:
FROM 2,025.00 Euro with your own motorcycle
FROM 2,300.00 Euro with a rental BMW G310GS
Prices for minimum 3 motorcycles signed up by departure time. Yet we guarantee all departures, even for one person only.
All our Top Class tours are limited editions for a maximum of 6 bikes to guarantee a major pleasure in riding as well as the safety of the group. An Italian Tour Leader (who speaks English and French) will accompany you all along this TOP CLASS journey, thus granting you the carefreeness of a real holiday. Specifically, the personnel traveling with the group is:
- with even just 1 bike: tour leader on his own motorcycle who leads up the way
- with min. 5 bikes: luggage van
- with min. 7 bikes up to max.12: a second steward on his own motorcycle who brings up the rear
The price includes:
- registration fees, branded tee-shirt, pictures and videos of the tour
- basic assistance, medical and luggage insurance that covers both rider and passenger
- typical Italian welcome aperitif
- luggage van, with possibility to carry up to 2 passengers, with minimum 5 bikes
- 7 nights en-suite accommodation in classy 4-star hotels or prestigious locations picked up for their charms and position, with fantastic buffet breakfasts
- 4 delicious dinners the which menu is specifically chosen to guide you through a voyage into the the authentic Italian cuisine, in hotel or external restaurant at walking distance
- 3 super lunches in typical restaurants or trattoria renowned for their local specialties
The price does not include:
- motorcycle operation costs
- lunches and dinners unless specifically mentioned and drinks at meals but water
- extras in hotels
- entrance tickets in monuments/museums/natural sites, etc – all visits are always optional
- transfer to the first hotel upon arrival and from the last hotel when departing – offer on request
- anything not specified in “The price includes”
ON REQUEST vast choice of motorbikes for hire of brands Ducati, BMW, Harley Davidson, Moto Guzzi, etc … with top case + 2 side cases
ON REQUEST shipment of luggage via express forwarder
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