Tuscany, Corsica and Sardinia
Motorcycle Tours Italy

1 - 11 September, 2017

Welcome riders!

Between the mountains and the sea! This is the motto of this 9-day riding tour: a perfect combination between the gentle hills of the Tuscan region, the twisty and challenging roads of Corsica, the beautiful roads that run along the slopes of the coast of Sardinia. And there will also be time to lie down on mountain curves that pass through these two astonishing islands in the Mediterranean Sea. One day on the beach, local life, superb food and wine complete this tour created for all riders who love riding the twistys!

This fabulous tour starts and ends in the beautiful, ‘Eternal’ city of Rome.

As our guest, you will be in very capable hands during your days here in Central Italy. Tour Leader Enrico Grassi, Founder of Hear the Road Tours is a native of Rome spent years traveling every corner of the country he is so proud to claim to be his home. Enrico has spent many hours developing the routes to ride, the cities to visit, the sites to see as well as the hotels and food options key to making this kind of an adventure something to remember and cherish.

Tuscany, Corsica and Sardinia in a Glance
> Date/s: 1 - 11 September, 2017
> Tour Grading:     
> Total Distance: 2.049 km – 1.270 miles
> Riding Days: 8
> Riding Hours per day: 6 - 8
> Longest riding day: 307 Km – 190 miles
> Shortest riding day: 175 Km – 109 miles
> Free Day: Tresnuraghes on the beach!
> Support Vehicle: No
> 11 days / 10 nights (8 riding days – 1 free day)
> Day 1 − “Welcome to Rome”
> Day 2 − Rome to Siena (292 Km / 181 miles)
> Day 3 − Siena to Livorno (260 Km / 161 miles)
> Day 4 − Ferry Livorno to Bastia and Bastia to Calvi (175 Km / 109 miles)
> Day 5 − Calvi to Bonifacio (281 Km – 174 miles) Ferry to S. Teresa
> Day 6 − Santa Teresa - Tresnuraghes (288 km / 179 miles)
> Day 7 − Free Day in Tresnuraghes
> Day 8 − Tresnuraghes to Cala Gonone (307 Km / 190 miles)
> Day 9 − Gonone to Cagliari (228 km / 141 miles) Ferry to Civitavecchia
> Day 10 − Civitavecchia to Rome (194 Km / 120 miles)
> Day 11 − Departure day

Where We Ride – What We See – What We Hear

Day 1 – “Welcome to Rome!”
A private car will transfer you from the airport to the hotel where you will find your Hear the Road host Enrico, waiting for you to give you a warm Italian welcome. Enjoy your first day in Rome by visiting the city or just relaxing from the journey. We convene late afternoon in the bar of the hotel for a “meet and greet” with your tour colleagues. Enrico gives you a general briefing of the tour and he will be also very glad to answer to all your questions.

Finally we are ready to go to pick up the bikes and bring them to the hotel garage.One of Enrico’s favorite restaurants is chosen for a fabulous “Welcome Dinner”. During our first dinner together you will learn more about what to expect for the exciting days ahead.Overnight is in Rome.

Highlights: Meet you motorcycles, Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 – Rome to Siena (292 km / 181 miles)
We leave Rome heading North towards Tuscia, an area once inhabited by the Etruscans. Tuscia is home to Italy’s largest hazelnut grove areas, the small nut that Ferrero magically transforms into the famous Nutella spread.

After a short break for your first good Italian coffee on the road in Ronciglione, we ride towards the beautiful coastline roads that run along the shores of Lake Vico and Lake Bolsena, and then the scenic backroads of Val D’Orcia – a UNESCO World Heritage site. We arrive in Radicofani where we stop for lunch. Radicofani is a stunning Orange Flag awarded town (The Orange Flag Award was an idea formed by the Italian Touring Club in 1998 with the aim of promoting tourism in lesser known places in Italy) which surrounds the base of a hill on which the majestic fortress has stood since 973AD.

On the way to Siena we stop to visit Pienza, considered to be the incarnation of a Renaissance utopia and an ideal city. Having obtained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, today it continues to show off to the world its refined and sophisticated Renaissance urban plan: its spaces and perspective onto its 15th-Century “piazze and palazzo” are organized according to the era’s ideals of rationality and humanism.

Back on the bikes we ride the sweeping road that cross the Crete Senesi, famous for its stunning moonscape.
For your first dinner in Siena, you will be pampered by the delicious dinner that Ms. Letizia, proprietor of a lovely 16th century Inn, nestled in the quiet of ancient olive trees has prepared for you to celebrate your first riding day in Italy.
Overnight is in Siena. (The hotel has a swimming pool)

HighlightsTuscia Viterbese, Ronciglione, Val D’Orcia, Radicofani, Pienza, Crete Senesi.

Day 3 – Siena to Livorno  (260 km / 161 miles)
This is a great day, with endless curves, one after the other, on the roads of the Tuscany Academy of the Motorcyclist! In the first part of the morning we ride the back roads that bring us to the Abbey of San Galgano, home of our very own “sword in the rock”.

Back on the bikes we challenge the sweeping road towards Volterra before plunging into the scenic roads of the Colline Metallifere, a little-known, but fascinating part of Tuscany. After a short stop in the beautiful hamlet of Bolgheri we reach the town of Livorno where we spend our second night.
Overnight in Livorno.

HighlightsSan Galgano Abbey, Colline Metallifere, Bolgheri.

Day 4 – Livorno to Calvi (175 km / 109 miles)
In early morning we board the ferry to cross the Mediterranean Sea for a 4 hour ride to Bastia on the NE coast of Corsica.

So, a big thumbs up! Yes, because from Bastia, traveling on the fabulous roads of this rugged island, we head north following the coast line around the thumb of Corsica before heading south to Calvi. Today’s riding is always a most unforgettable motorcycle experience; a perfect mix between coastline roads with their dramatic cliffs, desolate areas like the Desert des Agriates, and twisty mountain roads.
Overnight in Calvi.

HighlightsCap Corse, Nonza, Desert des Agriates, Calvi.

Day 5 – Calvi to Santa Teresa di Gallura (281 Km / 174 miles)
Yes, everything is surreal: You are in Hell, or if you prefer you are in Paradise! The coastline road from Calvi to Cargese is something impossible to describe: narrow, challenging roads, spectacular landscapes with the mountains reflected into the sea. The scenery of Les calanche is simply stunning! And, once we get Cargese, the fun continues! Riding the mountain road to Bonifacio is both breath-taking and scenic…arriving in Bonifacio in plenty of time to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa di Gallura on the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia, ending another day of fabulous riding!
Overnight in Santa Teresa di Gallura.

HighlightsCol de la CroixLes Calanche, Bonifacio.

Day 6 – Santa Teresa di Gallura – Tresnuraghes (288 Km / 179 miles)
We leave Santa Teresa di Gallura heading south challenging the beautiful roads of the Gallura. After a nice coffee break, we’re off to Tempio Pausania, at the foot of Monte Limbara; a charming town famous for its cork products and the production of granite. We ride further before reaching the Roccia dell’Elefante, “The Elephant Rock”; a striking dark trachyte rock sculpted by the wind to resemble an elephant.

After a nice lunch with the Elephant, we are on the bikes once again towards Alghero; an ancient Catalan town on the Mediterranean Sea. After a short visit of the town, we are challenged again by the scenic coastline from Alghero to Bosa. Leaving Bosa we climb up towards Tresnuraghes, our destination for the next 2 nights.
Overnight in Tresnuraghes.

HighlightsTempio Pausania, Charamonti, Elephant Rock, Alghero.

Day 7 – Free day in Tresnuraghes
Relax, relax, relax!!! A whole day at the sea to do what the typical Italian does! Spread out on the beach and swim in the warm water! Or, for those who prefer riding today as well, there are many roads to ride returning easily to Bosa. We definitely don’t want you to lose the riding habit!
Overnight in Tresnuraghes.

HIGHLIGHTSRelax on the beach

Day 8 – Tresnuraghes to Cala Gonone (307 km / 190 miles)
We head south-east towards the rugged yet scenic roads of the Monti del Gennargentu, a vast wild area, crossed by deep gorges and canyons. This land that is totally unspoiled and known to be home to rare species of wildlife.

After a short break in Fonni we get back on the bikes and heading North-East we rech the Gulf of Orosei, completing our “coast to coast” ride of the entire island!
Overnight is in Cala Gonone.

HighlightsBoreneddu, Fonni, Gennargentu National Park, Gulf of Orosei.

Day 9 – Cala Gonone – Cagliari (228 km / 141 miles)
Today it is a short riding day, arriving in Cagliari before 6pm. This allows us plenty of time for taking pictures to immortalize our unforgettable ride on this fabulous Italian Island. For sure we can not miss the beautiful coastal road from Cala Gonone to Villasimius, and, to end the day, WE MUST open the throttle of our motorbikes along the curves of the road that lead us to Caglairi where the ferry to Civitavecchia is waiting for us!
Overnight on the Ferry from Cagliari to Civitavecchia.

HighlightsGulf of Orosei, Villasimius.

Day 10 – Civitavecchia to Rome (218 km / 135 miles)
From Civitavecchia we ride the fantastic climb towards Tolfa. After short stops in Tolfa, just to give you more chances to sip a good Italian Espresso, we reach the volcanic lake of Bracciano.

We stop for lunch at Trevignano Romano before riding the beautiful coastline road around the lake back to Rome. We return the bikes before heading to the hotel to relax momentarily; freshen up for our last dinner together to “Celebrate” your wonderful Italian adventure.
Overnight in Rome.

HighlightsTolfa, Lake Bracciano, Trevignano Romano, Farewell dinner.

Day 11 – Departure day
Time to say ‘Arrivederci’ to your new friends! Pack the bags, collect the souvenirs and cameras in preparation for your trip home. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport per their flight schedule.

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2017 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
€ 3.950 € 4.610 € 6.640
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800 GT - DUCATI SCRAMBLER
€ 4.100 € 4.760 € 6.790
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R
BMW R1200 RS – DUCATI HYPERSTRADA
€ 4.190 € 4.850 € 6.880
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW S1000 XR – BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1200 GS ADV
€ 4.220 € 4.880 € 6.910
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 R – DUCATI MONSTER 1200
DUCATI MULTISTRADA - DUCATI DIAVEL
€ 4.410 € 5.070 € 7.100
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
€ 4.560 € 5.220 € 7.250
Own Motorcycle
€ 3.020 € 3.680 € 5.710

*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability

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Testimonials

Jason J.

“It was very strange to wake up this morning and not get on the bike for a day of riding. The Tuscany, Corsica and Sardinia tour was an incredible experience that I will never forget! Amazing routes, great sightseeing, hotels with incredible views, and excellent food, drink and laughter throughout. Many thanks to our amazing guide and friend, Enrico!”

David K.

“It’s been a month since we toured Tuscany, Corsica and Sardinia with Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours and we’re all still talking about it – sharing pictures and videos to re-live the memory. It was absolutely everything we had hoped for – great accommodation, fine food, some of the most breathtaking countryside in the world to ride through and – above all – a “Bucket List” experience non of us will ever forget. I could not recommend the trip more highly. Well done Enrico.!”

Ken G.

“Terrific overnight accomodatons, great roads, lots of camaraderie with fellow riders and fantastic food each day. I didn’t know what to expect since this was my first guided tour. It turned out to be a no hassle experience. The chase van carrying luggage and expert guides took care of all the details.”

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

Participants

Minimum number of participants: 8
Maximum number of participants: 12

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 us: motorcycle 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 Rome.
  • accomodation: 2 nights including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in Rome, 1 night including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in Siena, 1 night including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in Livorno, 1 night including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in Calvi, 1 night including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in Santa Teresa di Gallura, 2 nights including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in Tresnuraghes, and 1 night including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in Cala Gonone,
  • ferry tickets: Livorno to Bastia, Bonifacio to Santa Teresa di Gallura, Cagliari to Civitavecchia
  • transfer from and to the airport
  • Italian tour leader.
  • courtesy van to pick up and leave the bikes.
  • a detailed Road-book with all the information you’ll need; a map of 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 Rome.

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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