Only available as a private guided tour, where you choose your own dates, as well as the levels of hotels and number of meals included. Ask us for a quote!
Rome and Latium, Naples, Amalfi Coast, volcanos Vesuvius and Etna, Taormina
10 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: the Amalfi Coast, mount Etna, Naples, Piazza Armerina, Pompeii, Rome, the Royal Palace of Caserta, the Noto valley, the Temples valley (Agrigento), Villa d’Este (Tivoli)
last fixed edition: from the 05th till 20th of October 2020
then only for private groups of minimum 5 bikes, at the dates of their choice
The Eternal City and the Roman Castles; Sorrento, Naples and the Amalfi Coast; and a complete tour of beautiful Sicily with the Valley of the Temples and the Etna volcano, its hundreds of Baroque churches and its villages of white stone. A colorful trip to discover the sea, the coastal roads, the classic Roman and Greek civilizations through the archaeological sites of Pompeii and the Magna Graecia, and the extraordinary nature of the most peculiar island in Italy.
|Start / end place||Duration||Riding days||Hotels||Included meals|
|Rest day||Total distance||Min-max /day||Tour /day||Route grading|
13: 1/2 Palermo
|6 – 8 hours||medium|
More about the tour
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A splendid tour amid history, sea, colors and art, ranging between two cultures, the Neapolitan one and the Sicilian one. An unparalleled journey through unique fragrances, flavors and panoramas, on top of which you’ll have the chance to discover two of the most traditional and delicious Italian cuisines that gave life to dishes known in the entire world.
The awesome Amalfi Coast where mountains embrace the sea, with its colorful houses that paint the hills as tableaus and its lovely fishermen villages, represents one of the destinations most appreciated by visitors from all over the world coming to relax and enjoy the charm of the most beautiful, spectacular and typical Italy.
As for sunny Sicily, the biggest island of the Mediterranean sea, it’s an astonishing place. Through the centuries it has endured every kind of invasion: from the Greeks to the Romans, the Arabians and the Normans, who all together made of it what it is now: a place with an incomparable, eclectic culture and a very peculiar allure. With its many architectural styles, its gorgeous landscapes, its strong personality and the amazing sight of the erupting Etna, Sicily is an island like no other.
Tour program details
Day 1: Meeting in Rome (Roma)
We meet 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: 240 km
Today we’re touring southern Lazio. We’ll be meandering through the Colli and Castelli Romani, exploring the volcanic lakes at Nerni and Albano, overlooked by the Pope’s summer residence of Castel Gandolfo. After a stop to admire the view from Rocca Massima, an exhilarating woodland route winds its way towards the Lazio coast, where we spend the night in the gorgeous little seaside town of Sperlonga. Also the gastronomic aspect of the tour starts off lavishly with your first lunch of delicious Lazio cuisine in a typical trattoria, whilst you are free to dine where you like.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Sperlonga; included meals: B, L.
Day 3: 170 km
Just a few miles further on, we come to one of the world’s most romantic areas: the splendid region of Campania. Today’s ride is all about the wonders of the Bay of Naples. And there are quite a few that we’ll savour slowly, from the artistic marvels of the Campi Flegrei – like the Piscina Mirabilis, the spa at Baiae, and the Flavian amphitheatre with its remarkable underground passages – to natural gems like the spa at Agnano Terme and the famous Solfatara, the volcanic crater with its still active lava lake that you can see up close. In the afternoon we visit the legendary archaeological site of Pompei (Unesco heritage site). A unique program all garnished with the colours and traditions of Posillipo and the Vomero area, with spectacular views of Naples and its bay.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Castellammare di Stabia; included meals: B, D.
Day 4: 150 km
This is one amazing day, as we take it slow, to enjoy every nook and cranny of the legendary Amalfi coastline (another UNESCO World Heritage Site), including lunch with a view (and how!) in a traditional Amalfi coast restaurant. Then we venture on up the slopes of Vesuvius along more great biking roads to enjoy spectacular views from the top over Pompei and the entire bay of Naples before reaching our hotel in that incomparable and legendary town.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Naples; included meals: B, L, D.
Day 5: 200 km
It’s time for our first day off, at your disposal to discover the beauties of Naples. You are free until 18h30 (6,30 PM). We leave the bikes in the hotel garage for the whole day to allow you having a relaxed explore around the old centre. Our staff and everyone at the hotel are on hand to help you make the most of your freedom. Here are just a few ideas:
- Spend the day roaming the byways of Naples, the Bourbon capital with its baroque allure, its museums and fortresses, its piazzas and alleys of unforgettable charms
- Go shopping and people-watching among the great Neapolitan public
- Take a break from the heat by investigating the city’s underground catacombs
- A Neapolitan cooking class
- Explore the famous and fabulous islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, true home of the dolce vita.
We meet at the hotel around 19h00 (7 PM) to take our bikes and reach the port where we sail for Sicily at about 8 PM.
Overnight stay on board in double en-suite cabin; included meals: B. Neither dinner, to be taken on board, nor breakfast on the next morning are included.
Day 6: 170 km
After rolling back on to dry land in Palermo early in the morning we make for Monreale for our first breakfast on Sicilian soil. We’ll visit the superb old town (founded by the Normans in the 11th century) and its beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed cathedral.
Then we head for the hills, on the trail of our first piece of ancient Magna Graecia (Great Greece) in this journey. Since a panoramic tour of the beauties of the coast is a must, we climb the eponymous mountain to visit splendid Erice which, besides being a splendid little town in itself, offers an unbeatable view from Zingaro nature reserve all the way to Marsala. We then ride down to the saltworks and their windmills by the sea for an aperitif before reaching our hotel in town.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Marsala; included meals: D.
Day 7: 225 km
We continue your journey along the coast where we will first visit the beautiful Greek archaeological area of Selinunte. From there, on the most beautiful motorcycle routes of the region, winding between olive groves and vineyards we will discover the area of Belice with the surreal landscape of the ghost town of Poggioreale and from there the various sets of the film “Cinéma Paradiso” (Oscar and Golden Globe in 1990 as best foreign film). Last stop of the day, the splendid Valley of the Temples (Unesco heritage) before reaching our hotel in the surroundings of Agrigento.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Agrigento; included meals: B, D.
Day 8: 195 km
Today promises to be another fascinating historical feast. We visit the Villa Romana del Casale, an early 4th century villa and UNESCO site with huge, exceptionally well-preserved mosaics that wouldn’t disgrace an imperial Roman palace, in Piazza Armerina. Then we hit the road again, bound for Val di Noto and its fine UNESCO-listed late-baroque towns (Noto, Scicli, Modica, Catania, Ragusa, Caltagirone, Palazzolo and Militello in Val di Catania). Just why does this area have the finest crop of late-baroque town houses in Europe? Although all these centres had existed since the Middle Ages, they were rebuilt to suit late 17th-century tenets of architecture, decoration and urban design after a catastrophic earthquake reduced them to rubble in 1693. We start in Caltagirone, the hub of the island’s ceramics trade, before pottering up all 130 metres of the Santa Maria del Monte steps and then pushing southwards along roads steeped in Sicilian atmosphere as far as beautiful Ragusa Ibla.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Ragusa; included meals: B, D.
Day 9: 170 km
Today we explore the heart of Val di Noto, in a heady mix of art, cinema, natural beauty, roads hewn from the rock, and even chocolate. We motor through canyons, towns and villages that have set the scene for films like Malena and TV’s Inspector Montalbano. We visit Modica, famed for its chocolate and its 100 churches, Val di Noto (a UNESCO gem) and the town of Noto itself, before thrumming into the charming city of Syracuse (Siracusa, UNESCO again) and its island Ortigia.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Syracuse; included meals: B, L.
Day 10: 170 km
Today will be another day packed with emotions. Etna is a rarity in Europe – an active volcano – and this morning is all about its magnificent yet surreal lunar landscapes, which have earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. We start in the morning with a fantastic ride up and down its slopes on a road considered among the 10 best riders’ road of Italy that will take us to the refuge where you’ll have time enough to climb to the top of the volcano by cablecar. A little expensive excursion, but in our opinion absolutely worth a visit once in a lifetime.
Our roaming today will end in Taormina, that famous town of worldly delights, with its Greek theatre perched above the sea. Lunch in a typical Sicilian restaurant.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Etna area; included meals: B, L, D.
Day 11: 240 km
Back in the saddle, a roller-coaster ride on some classic woodland roads whisks us from the Ionian Sea to the Tyrrhenian, via the beautiful town of Novara di Sicilia, and on the slopes of mount Etna.
We then continue motoring up and down the byways of the Nebrodi Mountains national park before pressing on to see another Sicilian gem: Cefalù. This beautiful town with its magnificent Norman cathedral is our last stop before arriving in the beautiful resort where we will stay for two nights.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in area of Cefalù; included meals: B, D.
Day 12: 0 – … km
Another day of well-earned rest in one of the most beautiful towns in Sicily!
In addition to the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved rest by the marvellous pool, you can visit the fascinating Cefalù at our own pace or enjoy the sun on one of the nearby beaches.
Our staff and everyone at the hotel are on hand to help you enjoy your free day to the full, on or off 2 wheels.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Cefalù; included meals: B. No main meal is included so this rest day is your oyster from early morning until late.
Day 13: 140 km
Get ready for some serious riding in the mountains and by the sea. We’ll be motoring up and down the byways of the Madonie Mountains in the tracks of the historic Targa Florio motor race on our way to Palermo where we’ll leave our motorcycles in a secured parking place for the whole afternoon. After lunch in a friendly traditional restaurant, the afternoon will be dedicated to the visit of the Sicilian main town. In the evening we take the ferry back to Naples.
Overnight on board in double en-suite cabin; included meals: B, L. Neither dinner, to be taken on board, nor breakfast on the next morning are included.
Day 14: 250 km
After disembarking and a swift breakfast in one of Italy’s finest bars-cum-cake shops, we start our journey back to Rome through the hinterland. We pay a visit to Caserta and its sumptuous Royal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built for King Charles of Naples, founder of the Italian branch of the Royal House of Bourbon. He wanted it to rival in opulence the Palace of Versailles in France, and he seems to have succeeded. Our journey continues in the Matese Park up to the enchanting town of Anagni.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Anagni; included meals: B, D.
Day 15: 200 km
Our last full day rounds off the tour in style. We have a biker’s delight of a route for you – all bendy and scenic – with two stand-out stops: the first in Subiaco for the Monastery of St Benedict and St Scholastica’s Abbey, the second in Villa d’Este, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In between, there’s a visit to Castel di Tora and deep-blue Lake Turano to enjoy. In the late afternoon, we return to the hotel in Rome where we began, before 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 16: 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 organize a tailor-made extension to your holiday.
Included meals: B.
Price per person for this 16-day and 15-night tour:
FROM 4,820.00 Euro with your own motorcycle
FROM 5,320.00 Euro with a rental BMW G310GS or F6500GS
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
- return overnight ferry crossing Naples– Palermo for people and bikes
- 2 nights onboard in double en-suite cabin
- 13 nights en-suite accommodation in classy 4-star hotels or prestigious locations picked up for their charms and position, with fantastic buffet breakfasts
- 10 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
- 5 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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