The Italian Alps and Dolomites
Motorcycle Tours Italy

3 - 11 August, 2018

Welcome riders!

Challenging and conquering the Alps and the Dolomites is the dream of every motorcycle rider. Mountain passes such as, The Stelvio, Bernina, Umbrial (In Switzerland), Fedaia and The Giau will be committed to your memory for a very long time; a memory of endless curves, valleys, snow-capped peaks, crystalline lakes, and mountain climbs with fast descents!

Charming alpine villages will be your resting places, where you can recharge your batteries, enjoy delicious local food and wine; while recapping your incredible day’s ride with your friends. Add to this one day ride on Lake Garda and the adventure is complete!

Yes, this is a tour for real motorcycle enthusiasts! You must be able to master switchbacks and very tight bends… especially if you will be sharing this incredible experience with a passenger. These mountains are often very steep and very high… not for those with acrophobia.
 So, start planning and preparing now to challenge 23 Mountain Passes in 7 Thrilling Days! This is a motorcycle tour you will not only remember, but will think about often for a very very long time.

The tour starts and ends in Milano.

Enrico Grassi, Tour Leader and Founder of Hear the Road has spent many hours discovering the riding routes and the extraordinary hospitality to leave you with a Holiday Adventure that will make you AND your friends smile as you share each and every detail. We hope you are smiling right now!

The Italian Alps and Dolomites in a Glance
> Date/s: 3 - 11 August, 2018
> Tour Grading:     
> Total Distance: 1.676 km – 1.042 miles
> Riding Days: 7
> Riding Hours per day: 6 - 8
> Longest riding day: 290 Km – 180 miles
> Shortest riding day: 175 Km – 109 miles
> Free Day: Lake Garda
> Support Vehicle: Yes
> 9 days / 8 nights (7 riding days)
> Day 1 − “Welcome to Milano”
> Day 2 − Milano to Bormio (258 Km / 160 miles)
> Day 3 − Bormio to Bormio - Stelvio Pass Loop Ride - (215 Km / 135 miles)
> Day 4 − Bormio to Canazei (290 Km / 180 miles)
> Day 5 − Canazei to Canazei - Dolomites Loop Ride - (241 Km / 150 miles)
> Day 6 − Canazei to Riva del Garda (256 km / 159 miles)
> Day 7 − Lake Garda Loop Ride (171 km / 106 miles)
> Day 8 − Riva del Garda to Milano (245 Km / 152 miles)
> Day 9 − Departure day

Where We Ride – What We See – What We Hear

Day 1 – “Welcome to Milano!” – (Late morning/early afternoon arrival is recommended.)
A private car will transfer you from the airport to the hotel where you will find your Hear The Road host and guide, waiting to give you a warm Italian welcome.

After you’ve put your luggage in the room and take a good refreshing shower, we convene in the bar of the hotel for a “Meet and Greet” with your tour colleagues. Then we are ready to go to pick up the bikes and bring them to the hotel garage.
Back to the hotel we give you a general briefing of the tour and will be very glad to answer to all your questions.

Finally we are ready to go all together to taste the “Welcome Dinner”, where you’ll learn more about what to expect for the next exciting week.
Overnight is in Milano.

Highlights: Meet your motorcycle, Meet your guide, Meet your fellow riders.

Day 2 – Milano to Bormio (258 km / 160 miles)
Let the adventure begin! After breakfast, we leave Milano heading north and we ride the eastern coastline road of Lake Como.

After a short stop in Bellagio for a lovely Italian Espresso we cross lake Como on the ferry before entering the Engadina Region of the Alps. Maloja Pass and Bernina Pass in Switzerland, Forcola di Livigno, Eira Pass and Foscagno Pass in Italy is our exciting route to Bormio, where we spend the next 2 nights.
Overnight in Bormio.

Highlights: Lake Como, Maloja Pass, Saint Moritz, Bernina Pass, Forcola di Livigno, Eira Pass, Foscagno Pass, Bormio.

Day 3 – Bormio to the Stelvio Pass to Bormio – (215 km / 133 miles)
Today is the day that many motorcyclists dream about their whole life. Yes, today we are going to conquer the Stelvio Pass! Summit: 2.757 mt. / 9,100 Ft.

However, when you’re in the heart of the Alps it is impossible not to challenge all the passes that the mountains offer us. So here we are, ready to ride also the Umbrial, Ofen and Resia Passes.

So, at the end of the day we made a stunning loop that will allow us to tackle the Stelvio from both sides: in the morning we climb up from Bormio and in the afternoon from Prato dello Stelvio where we take the 48 mythical hairpins to reach the summit! It is very much like a giant roller coaster road that will take your breath away!
Our overnight is again in Bormio.

Highlights: Stelvio Pass, Umbrial Pass, Ofenpass, Resia Pass.

Day 4 – Bormio to Canazei (290 km / 180 miles)
We leave Bormio heading south towards Tirano. The morning’s ride includes the Aprica Pass, the Tonale Pass, before entering Trentino Alto Adige where the Lavazè Pass and the Costalunga Pass are waiting for us!
Overnight is in Canazei

Highlights: Aprica Pass, Tonale Pass, Cles, Lavezè Pass, Lake Carezza, Costalunga Pass, Canazei.

 

Day 5 – Canazei to Canazei (The Dolomites loop) (241 / 149 miles)
Next up… The incomparable Dolomites! Spectacular landscapes, roads, mountain passes, and beautiful tiny villages!

The day starts with the ascent to Pordoi Pass where we take the Gondola to Sass Pordoi, the terrace of the Dolomites. The relaxing Gondola ride is over. It will now be a whole day of up and down the roads and passes of the Dolomites. Sella, Gardena, Campolongo, Falzarego, Tre Croci, Giau, Fedaia, these are extraordinary mountain passes that we’ll take on, one after the other, till the end of the day. Mamma mia! What a day it has been.
Overnight is again in Canazei

Highlights: Pordoi Pass, Sass Pordoi, Sella Pass, Gardena Pass, Lake Misurina, Tra Croci Pass, Cortina D’Ampezzo, Giau Pass, Fedaia Pass.

Day 6 – Canazei to Riva del Garda (256 km / 159 miles)
We say goodbye to the Dolomites and heading South, through the marvelous Pale di San Martino, we reach the beautiful mountain village of San Martino di Castrozza. On the way we ride the San Pellegrino, Valles and Rolle Passes. After a nice lunch in Asiago, a village so famous for its traditional cheese, we ride more beautiful mountain roads before arriving at Lake Garda.
Overnight is in Riva del Garda.

Highlights: San Pellegrino Pass, Valles Pass, Rolle Pass, San Martino di Castrozza, Asiago, Pian delle Fugazze, Riva del Garda.

Day 7 – Lake Garda Loop (171 km / 106 miles)
Today we fall in love with the colors and the fragrances of the Lake Garda. A day of pure pleasure: riding on the dramatic coastline roads, having lunch on a beautiful terrace facing the lake, shopping in beautiful village of Sirmione, drinking an aperitif while sitting at the table of a characteristic bar, waiting for the night-life at Riva del Garda.
Overnight is in Riva del Garda.

Highlights: Lake Garda…what else?

Day 8 – Riva del Garda – Milano (276 km / 171 miles)
Today we finish in style! We ride along the coastline scenic roads of three lakes: Garda, Idro and Iseo. And because, we don’t want loose the habit of riding mountain roads, we will also climb the less known Maniva Pass.

At Palazzolo sull’Oglio we will join the highway that brings us back to Milano. After returning the bikes, we arrive back at the hotel in time to freshen up before our final fabulous dinner together celebrating this wonderful Italian motorcycle experience.
Overnight is in Milano.

Highlights: Lake Garda, Lake Idro, Maniva Pass, Lake Iseo, Farewell Dinner.

Day 9 – Departure day
Time to say, “Arrivederci” to our new friends, collect the souvenirs and cameras and pack the bags. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport.

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2018 Prices

* Motorcycle Models Rider in Shared Room Rider in Single Room Couple
Rider in Shared Room Rider in Single Room Couple
Motorcycle Class 1
BMW G650 GS – BMW F700 GS – BMW F800 R
MOTO GUZZI V7
€ 3.700 € 4.220 € 6.180
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800 GT - DUCATI SCRAMBLER
€ 3.800 € 4.320 € 6.280
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R
BMW R1200 RS – DUCATI HYPERSTRADA
€ 3.900 € 4.420 € 6.380
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1200 GS ADV
BMW S1000 R – DUCATI MONSTER 1200
€ 4.020 € 4.540 € 6.500
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 XR – DUCATI MULTISTRADA - DUCATI DIAVEL
€ 4.090 € 4.610 € 6.570
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
€ 4.160 € 4.680 € 6.640
Own Motorcycle
€ 3.020 € 3.540 € 5.500

*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability

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Testimonials

Khalid A.

“My trip with Enrico was so much more than just a fantastic motorcycle trip. He has so much knowledge of the entire country from a riding, foodie and cultural perspective. Thank you so much for making my Italy vacation the greatest vacation I have ever had. Kay and I can’t wait to plan our next trip with “Hear the Road”!”

Kathy & Dave S.

“Our tour guide, Enrico Grassi, was born and raised in Rome. He was always sharing his knowledge of his country and teaching us a few words of the Italian language along the way. He is as Italian as they come and had a sense of humor that kept us all laughing! This was a great group of guys to travel with. They were from all over the world….Singapore, Ukraine (now living in Connecticut), Kuwait, California, and North Carolina.
Split lane riding along with the hairpin turns required a lot of espresso’s and Dave’s many years of experience driving. Our BMW we rented was wonderful. Roads of cobblestone and so narrow made this the thrill of riding like we’ve never experienced! Italian food & wine at beautiful inns and restaurants along the back roads of Italy from Rome to Switzerland and back was a continuous party in our mouths!”

Creation of the tour: Associazione Culturale Hear The Road.
Organization and marketing: Hear The Road srl.

Minimum number of participants: 8

If the minimum number of participants isn’t reached the tour may be cancelled or run with a different format.

What is included:

  • only for those who have decided to rent their bike through usmotorcycle rental with side cases, top case, locks and alarm. (For rented bikes a deposit for damage, theft, and fire, between € 1.500 and € 3.000 is requested, depending on the chosen model)
    WHAT IS THE DAMAGE SECURITY DEPOSIT ? Each motorcycle has a damage deposit. This amount will be frozen on your credit card, but not cashed. The deposit is your maximum liability for theft or damage to the vehicle. Please ensure that you have enough funds to cover  the damage deposit on your cards.
  • the bike rental prices include costs for public-liability insurance and insurance for any road assistance in case of break-down.
  • welcome and farewell dinners in Milano.
  • accomodation: 2 nights including breakfast in 4-star hotel in Milano, and 6 nights including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in the towns where we will stop during the tour.
  • Italian tour leader.
  • courtesy van to pick up and leave the bikes.
  • support van. The van will be carrying a tool-kit for small repairs. You’ll be able to leave your cases (1 suitcase + 1 handbag per person) in the van, as well as any souvenirs you pick up along the way. The van also has a couple of seats that passengers might like to use if they feel they need a little rest from the bikes!
  • a detailed Road-book with all the information you’ll need; a map of Northern Italy; the “Wordless Travel Book”, a courtesy mobile phone with 10 euros of credit and a Hear the Road T-shirt.
  • insurance covering most any medical issue during the trip including, doctors, ambulance, hospital and any appropriate family travel.

What is not included:

  • fuel for your motorcycle.
  • tolls on motorways.
  • entrance fees to museums or other sites.
  • gratuities and tips.
  • all meals except for the welcome and farewell dinners.
  • all beverages.
  • flights to and from Milano.
  • We also suggest that anyone traveling abroad for one of our Tours consider purchasing  “Travel Insurance”. It can take the worry out of the unexpected situations that can arise in any travel plan.

Terms of payment:

  • 800 € Deposit, to be paid, on reserving a place on the tour.
    (The deposit is totally refundable in case we don’t reach the minimum number of participants).
  • Balance, to be paid, 60 days before the starting date when you get confirmation from HEAR THE ROAD.

In case of cancellation:

If you decide to cancel the tour for whatever reason that does not depend on HEAR THE ROAD, these are the penalties that will incur:

  • up to 60 days prior to the starting date, HTR holds the deposit, that you can use for another tour in the same or in the following year;
  • between 59 and 10 days prior to the starting date you lose the deposit. HTR holds the balance that you can use for another tour in the same or in the following year.
  • from 9 days prior to the starting date you lose 50% of the total amount. HTR holds the remaining 50% that you can use for another tour in the same or in the following year.

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