Italy, Alps and Dolomites
9 vacation days/7 riding days
Price: from 750 USD
9 vacation days/7 riding days – From fashionable Milan to the bustling canals of Venice, our Italian adventure takes you on a journey from one famous Italian landmark to another via some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Europe. Some say it’s the journey that matters, not the destination, we say why compromise when you can have both.
Italy was an assortment of warring kingdoms and principalities with their own distinct culture and history until 1861. On our 9 day tour we will sample three of these distinct regions: Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto. Along the way we will get off the beaten track to see mountain passages, lakes and winding roads that drift off into the distance for as far as your eye can see.
At the end of our journey will land in Venice where we highly recommend you stay on for a few days to see the sights, sounds and culinary delights that the world’s most famous port town has to offer.
Characteristic hotels and farmhouses
Minimum Number of Participants: 8
Tour Grading: Moderate with off-road sections
upcoming tour dates
Join one of our upcoming scheduled tours or depart any day with a minimum of 2 people.
- Jun 27, 2020
- English speaking experienced HAMA tour leader on motorbike
- 2 Italian guides/mechanics on motorbikes (Driving instructors of the FMI (Italian Motorcycling Federation)
- Support van. The van carries a tool-kit for small repairs. *
- All overnight stays in a double room, 3–4-star hotel or farmhouse (amazing areas, with excellent Italian dinners), single rooms available on request at a surcharge
- All breakfasts and dinners during the ride
- Picnic lunches during the tour
- Entrance fees to sites and monuments
- Departure/arrival assistance with shuttle transport to and from airport to hotels
- Official team T-Shirt, map, and guide of Tuscany
- Fuel for motorcycles and support vehicles
- Motorcycle shipment from Venice to Milan for rental bikes
- Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage and top case and hard bags if needed (BMW F750GS – smaller and bigger bikes available on request) **(optional, or you can bring your own bike)
- Third party liability insurance for motorcycles
- Comprehensive vehicle insurance for motorcycles with deductible according to the booked motorcycle model***
* You’ll be able to leave your luggage in the van, as well as any souvenirs you pick up along the way. The van also has a couple of seats that passengers may use if they feel they need a little rest from the bikes.
** Security bond is required by the rental company
*** Optional deductible reduction on included motorcycle insurance available on request (recommended)
- Gratuities and tips
- Flights to Milan and from Venice
- Any services not mentioned as included and all items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
The length of the stages may vary depending on weather conditions and the route, but on average it corresponds to about 250 km per day. The route takes place for 70% on paved roads or in good conditions, although often very narrow and steep and with many curves, and about 30% along dirt roads.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MILAN
Arrival in Milan, the style and fashion capital of Europe and then head to the hotel for a tour of the city and an introduction.
DAY 2: MILAN – BORMIO
Today we pick up our motorbikes and head to Lake Lecco where we will sail by quaint lakeside towns such as Mandello del Lario. Later that day we cross over the Swiss border to drive the Maloja Pass, which has an altitude of over 2,000 meters and some of the most spectacular views of the trip.
Next it is on to St Moritz, a mountain resort, before we head back into Italy. After passing through Livigno, we will reach Bormio where we will rest for the night. The town is located in Stelvio National Park, famous for hosting the World Alpine Skiing Championships of 1985 and 2005.
DAY 3: BRENO – MERANO
Today’s journey takes us through the Croce Domini, Maniva and Tremalzo passes. Be warned there are some dirt tracks on this part of the journey but you will be in safe hands with our expert guides who will be sure to instruct you on how to navigate them safely.
Lakes are the primary scenery in this second half of the day as we stop first in Lake Idro which serves as a taster for a stop off at the world famous Lake Garda and its neighbouring town Riva del Garda.
On the final part of the day we drive through Madonna di Cam- piglio, a stunning mountain resort set in a national park, before we reach our destination for today; the ancient town of Merano was a favourite spot of Empress Sisi of Austria.
DAY 4: MERANO – ORTISEI
Onwards from Merano we drive, through the beautiful Val Passiria and the Monte Giovo pass before landing in the charming village of Vipiteno. Rest up here and save your energy as we drive perhaps the most beautiful motorbike route in all of Italy, the Val Sarentina. Our next stop is Bolzano, this is the capital of the region of Trentino – Alto Adige, a comparatively lively and vibrant stop-off which serves as a welcome contrast to some of the more sleepier villages we have seen so far. Finally, after admiring the Alpe di Siusi, the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe, we reach the village of Ortisei where we will rest for the night.
DAY 5: ORTISEI – BELLUNO
The day of the four passes has arrived today as we cross Sella, Pordoi, Campo- longo and Gardena in sequence at about a height of 2,000 metres. They are part of a group known as the Sella mountains, arguably the most stunning of all the mountains in the Dolomites. The next stop is the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, three distinct peaks known as the Little Peak, Big Peak and Western Peak.
After admiring the view it’s onto the small town of Corti- na d’Ampezzo, known as the pearl of the Dolomites, famous for hosting the Winter Olympics in 1956. The town is considering putting in a bid to host the games again in 2026.
We make a stop in Cortina to keep our legs active, walking along the charming streets before we pass through the Municipality of Longarone and make another stop at the infamous Vajont Dam, the site of a landslide in 1963 that destroyed the village and killed 2,000 villagers.
Our overnight stay tonight is the small village of Belluno.
DAY 6: BELLUNO – ASIAGO
Today we reach the Asiago plateau where we will once again tackle a series of dirt tracks, taking care to go at an appropriate pace for everyone. Here we will get to grips with some history as we pass by ruins of forts used in the First World War and survey the scenes of battles between the Austrians and the Italians. We will visit a war museum to give us some background on the atrocities that took place here a century ago.
DAY 7: ASIAGO – VENICE
This morning we will leave our bikes behind to explore the Asiago plateau by foot, taking in more sites from the First World War before leaving the mountains behind us. We will loose altitude quickly as we race towards our final destination, breathtaking Venice. After returning our bikes and transferring to our hotel, there will be time for us to explore the small and narrow streets of the city, known by locals as ‘calli’.
In the evening we will feast on some of the best Italian food that this city has to offer and there will be time to rest and reflect on some of the incredible sights that we have seen on our spectacular journey across Italy.
DAY 8: DEPART FROM VENICE
With our tour at an end, it is time to say goodbye and transfer to the airport unless the magical city of Venice has enticed you into staying longer.
Price per rider: 4,650.00 Euro
Price per pillion: 3,460.00 Euro
Price own bike: 3,635.00 Euro
Single sup: 290.00 Euro
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