• 11 full days on the go, including 1 day off, from the great lakes region to the Dolomites, with the Stelvio pass and a bit of Switzerland.
Starts and Ends

in Milan

Rest day

Ortisei

Total mileage

Km 2000 / 1245 mi

Difficulty

Expert

Italy Motorcycle Tour: Northern lakes, Alps and Dolomites, 13 days

11 full days on the go, from the great lakes region to the Dolomites, with the Stelvio pass and a bit of Switzerland .

This motorcycle tour focuses on nature and the discovery of the most beautiful places of the Italian high mountains. We will start from the west with a series of scenic roads overlooking the great northern lakes (where we will stay for two nights) such as Lake Maggiore and Lake Como.We continue our motorcycle tour with the exploration of the spectacular central Alpine arc and its many passes in Italy and Switzerland, where we’ll ride on the highest peaks, such as Bernina and the mythical Stelvio pass with its altitude of 2758 m and 88 hairpin bends.

After this thrilling stretch through the highest and most rugged passes in the Alps, our motorcycle holiday moves along gentler passes and smaller lakes among the magnificent rocky peaks of the Unesco-protected Dolomites, at the east end. This tour is a must for experienced bikers who, beyond sightseeing, are primarily interested in feeling the asphalt under their wheels. All the roads on the tour are paved but often difficult, we’ll reach the altitude of 2760 m, and, predictably, there will be lots of hairpin turns.

This is a motorcycle trip that will put to the test your sense of giddiness and riding skills on mountain roads, between challenging bends and steep slopes! On the other hand, the many lakes, soft landscapes and the awesome cities on the program, such as Verona with its amazing Arena and Juliet and Romeo’s house, will give a romantic  and artistic flavor to this motorcycle tour, that will leave a big smile on your face and an unforgettable experience in your soul.

Main technical characteristics of this exclusive motorcycle tour

When
To enjoy this holiday at best, the Northern lakes, Alps and Dolomites motorcycle tour is scheduled in July, when the days are warmer and longer. We tend to avoid August due to often congested traffic on these narrow roads, riding in a group during the high season.

The tour and the covered area
This is a motorcycle vacation in the nature, basically featuring four different sceneries. It starts immediately among the forests and charming villages on the shores of the great lakes in Piedmont and Lombardy, and continues through the glaciers of the Swiss and Italian highest Alps. Then the motorcycle tour switches to the third environment made of panoramic passes between the cliffs and lakes of the Trentino Dolomites, and finally reaches the last setting further down, among the vineyards of the Veneto countryside,  and around Lake Garda.

Unesco sites along the way
On the route of our motorcycle tour we will explore northern Italy and have the opportunity to visit 6 World Heritage Sites which are: Dolomites, Borromean Islands, Mantua, Milan, the sacred mounts of Varallo and Verona.

Climate and clothing
The climate in the mountains changes rapidly, therefore this motorcycle holiday requires 4-season, comfortable and cool (daily temperature may vary between 10°C and 32°C) technical clothing. Comfortable “normal” shoes, beside the  and a cable with padlock to tie helmet and jacket to the motorcycle are the main things you need to be able to enjoy the visits along the route in comfort. to the fullest A swimsuit will be useful in some hotels.

A typical day ride
Typically, a daily motorcycle ride is of 150-230 km (95-145 miles). The motorcycle tour starts at 9.00 am and includes a stop every hour with activities, always optional, or just for pleasure. The day ends with refueling and arrival at the hotel around 4.30/5.00 pm, to have enough time for self-contained sightseeing or a relaxing poolside aperitif.

Guided motorcycle tour of northern lakes, Alps and Dolomites, package price
Starting from 3,790 euro in a shared double room with accommodation in 4-star charming and classy hotels in central / panoramic locations.

Motorcycle rental
For this motorcycle holiday you can choose here from a large variety of Italian Ducati, Aprilia, Guzzi,  or BMW, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki… models for rent. First come, first served.

Tour Map

Northem lakes Alps Dolomites-tour

 

 

Included/Excluded

  • Subscription fee
  • T-shirt
  • Photos of the tour
  • Assistance, medical and luggage insurance
  • Italian guide leading the way on his own bike
  • Spoken languages: English and French
  • Typical Italian welcome aperitif the first day
  • 12 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 12 buffet breakfasts
  • 7 complete dinners
  • 4 lunches in typical restaurants
  • Motorbike rental - available on request
  • Technical clothing
  • Entrance tickets to sightseeing proposals
  • Unmentioned meals and all drinks
  • Tourist tax and extras in hotels
  • Expenses for the use of the motorcycle
  • All personal expenses
  • Transfer airport / hotel - available on request
  • Anything not expressly included

Tour Plan

Day 01 Meeting in Milan

We meet in the afternoon at our hotel in Milan. We go and pick up the rental bikes, if any.  Right after we’ll have a briefing to give everyone a few simple rules for a greater safety for all. Finally before dinner we’ll begin to build the group through a typical Italian aperitivo.

Included meals: dinner

Day 02 200 km Milan - Lake Maggiore

The tour starts at 9.00 am, heading to Piedmont.  We will climb the Sacred Mount of Varallo (Unesco site) before enjoying lunch together, for which we suggest the local specialty "elephant ear."  After lunch, we continue the journey on winding and scenic roads with spectacular landscapes, including a 360-degree panorama overlooking 3 lakes before arriving on the shores of Lake Maggiore for the night.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 03 160 km Lake Maggiore - Lake Como

Today a spectacular route from Lake Maggiore to Lake Como awaits us, a journey that will take us into Switzerland up to Lake Lugano enjoying one of the most beautiful alpine landscapes ever. We then leave the mountains with a spectacular descent down the shores of Lake Como where we will stop for the night.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 04 230 km Lake Como - Bormio

Today our tour shifts into to the highest Alps. We will skirt the shores of Lake Como to ride our motorcycles over Switzerland's most beautiful passes at an altitude around 2,000 m to finish the day in the neighborhood of the legendary Stelvio pass, that with its 88 hairpin bends is the highest driveway pass in the Alps and therefore in Europe.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 05 150 km Bormio - Bormio

Today we will cover few kilometers, not out of laziness but because it is impossible to go fast on the roads we will travel.  We start with the Stelvio pass, both sides of it, then continue with a loop around a lake near the Austrian border, followed by a hop into Switzerland to cross a fantastic pass, before returning to Italy for lunch in a refuge on the lakeside hut.  We return to Bormio early enough for some well-deserved rest, where we recommend you try the ancient Roman baths known since the 1st century B.C.

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 06 190 km Bormio - Ortisei

Today's motorcycle tour will take us over one of the most beautiful, challenging and beloved passes according to the Italian motorcyclists, to head into Trentino and its Dolomites (Unesco site). Six more passes await us before a change of scenery as we enter the Dolomites where we will stay for two nights.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 07 Ortisei km 0 - Ortisei

Today is a day off. Here are some ideas of things to do:

  • A) Rest at the hotel;
  • B) Trekking in the Dolomites;
  • C) A bicycle tour;
  • D) A treetop adventure.

Our staff will be happy to help you organize any kind of activity.

Included meals: breakfast

Day 08 185 km Ortisei - Cortina d'Ampezzo

After strong sensation for the heart, we move on to pleasure for the eyes. Our itinerary takes us around the Dolomites, where we will take a dozen passes.  After a coffee break on a beautiful lakeshore, we head toward our base for 2 nights, another gem of the Dolomites, the beautiful ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo (neighborhood).

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 9 200 km Cortina d'Ampezzo - Cortina d'Ampezzo

We continue our roaming in the amazing Dolomites, where we will discover its military history.  After a hearty lunch in a mountain refuge on the shores of one of the most fascinating lakes in the area, we will go and see the very symbol of the Dolomites, the famous Three Summits of Lavaredo.  A ride to take your breath away!

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 10 200 km Cortina d'Ampezzo - Trento

We leave the high mountains to go and explore another awesome corner of the Alps: lower Trentino. Like every other day, the landscapes will be enchanting and the roads very tasty!  Fabulous landscapes, like pyramids made of earth, and a series of passes,  only waiting for you to leave some rubber behind. Dinner in a typical tavern in old Trento, which we highly recommend you visiting.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 11 190 km Trento - Lake Garda

We continue our descent from the Dolomites, stopping to visit a fortress on the way.  We leave Trentino, entering into Veneto, where we stop in Verona (Unesco site) to see the famous Arena and Juliet’s house. Then we head for our final destination on Lake Garda, in the area of pretty Sirmione with its medieval castle and Roman baths.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 12 210 km Lake Garda - Milan

It’s unfortunately our last day together on our bikes and we head back to Milan, with beautiful stops to visit a palace and the capital of music, home of Stradivarius. After returning the rented motorcycles we will worthily conclude our motorcycling holiday together with a lavish farewell dinner.

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 13 Farewells in Rome

We say our goodbyes after breakfast. We are at your disposal to organize for you the extension of your holiday in Italy as you wish.

Included meals: breakfast

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