Amalfi Coast and Southern Italy
Motorcycle Tours Italy

6 - 14 April, 2018

Welcome Riders!

This fabulous tour includes 6 riding days and one free day in Matera.

Riding on 2 wheels through the chic Mediterranean towns of Amalfi, Positano & Ravello is unforgettable.
The visions of historical Matera and the witnessing the devastation of Pompei are without words.
The exciting and picturesque coastal road of the Gargano Promontory in Puglia makes this trip almost surreal.
Ride the Italian “coast to coast” from Abruzzo to Lazio through the dramatic back-roads of the Abruzzese Pennines is one of the gem of the trip!

And once the sun has set, pulling off your boots and relaxing in a four star hotel, eating great food, enjoying superb wine, and exploring what the local night-life has to offer.

The tour starts and ends in Roma which allows easy planning to extend your visit to this fabulous city should you want to.

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 you will always remember with a smile. The tour starts and ends in Roma, which allows easy planning to extend your visit to this fabulous city should you want to.

 

Amalfi Coast and Southern Italy in a glance
> Date/s: 6 - 14 April, 2018
> Tour Grading:     
> Total Distance: 1.542 km – 958 miles
> Riding Days: 6
> Riding Hours per day: 6-8
> Longest riding day: 372 Km – 231 miles
> Shortest riding day: 119 Km – 74 miles
> Free Day: Matera
> Support Vehicle: Yes
> 9 days / 8 nights (6 riding days – 1 rest day)
> Day 1 − “Welcome to Roma”
> Day 2 − Roma to Sperlonga (247 Km / 153 miles)
> Day 3 − Sperlonga to Ravello (167 Km / 104 miles)
> Day 4 − Amalfi Coast loop ride (119 Km / 74 miles)
> Day 5 − Ravello to Matera (270 Km / 168 miles)
> Day 6 − Free day in Matera
> Day 7 − Matera to Termoli (372 Km / 231 miles)
> Day 8 − Termoli to Roma (367 Km / 228 miles)
> Day 9 − Departure day

Where We Ride – What We See – What We Hear

Day 1 – “Welcome to Roma!” – (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 Enrico, 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 Enrico gives 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 Roma.

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

Day 2 – Roma to Sperlonga (247 km / 153 miles)
It’s 9.00 am, Sunday morning, the town is still sleeping. This is the perfect time to leave Rome without having to deal with its traffic.

We leave Roma heading east towards Subiaco where we stop to visit the Abbey of Saint Benedict. Back on the bikes we ride the narrow scenic road that brings us to Jenne (passing through many natural tunnels dug into the mountain!), and then to Guarcino, where we stop for our first lunch on the road.

Then, with our batteries re-charged, we are ready… for a great plunge towards the Mediterranean Sea.

We reach Sperlonga just in time to admire the sun setting in the sea while we drink our Italian aperitif to celebrate our first great day on the challenging roads of Southern Italy.
Overnight in Sperlonga.

Highlights: Abbey of Saint Benedict, Ciocaria, Sperlonga.

Day 3 – Sperlonga to Ravello (167 km / 104 miles)
We leave Sperlonga heading South towards Pompei where we stop to visit this famous archaeological site. Pompei is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization, and, like an open book, provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past.

Back on the bikes we head South again to reach the Costiera Amalfitana.
Our overnight is in beautiful Ravello.

Highlights: Visit of Pompei.

Day 4 – Amalfi Coast Loop (119 km / 74 miles)
Today we fall in love with the colors and the fragrances of the Costiera Amalfitana. A day of pure pleasure: riding on the dramatic coastline roads, having lunch on a beautiful terrace facing the sea at Marina di Cantone, shopping in beautiful city of Positano, drinking an aperitif while sitting at the table of a characteristic bar, waiting for the sun to set into the sea. But there is also time to visit the Factory of the Pasta in Gragnano, where they still make Pasta following old traditions…What else?
Overnight again in Ravello.

 

Highlights: Factory of Pasta in Gragnano, Marina di Cantone, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Amalfi.

Day 5 – Ravello to Matera (270 km / 168 miles)
We leave Ravello heading south for the last unforgettable ride on the Costiera Amalfitana that brings us to Vietri sul Mare. Time for a coffee and for the last picture of the Coast, and then we are ready to challenge the winding roads of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento.

We enter Basilicata and a special lunch is waiting for us! We stop at Latteria Salvia (Diary Salvia) for a “cheese tasting”. This is a really an uncommon food experience… You will eat all kinds of cheese that the Salvia family continues to produce using production methods of the old pastoral tradition.

Back on the motorcycles we join the spectacular Strada Statale Appia, which was built by the Romans to arrive at Brindisi, the port from where merchant ships departed to reach Magna Grecia.

Finally we reach Matera, home of the most outstanding, intact example of a Troglodyte (cave dweller) settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem.
Our overnight is in Matera.

Highlights: Amalfi Coast, Cilento National Park, Cheese Tasting, Matera.

Day 6 – Free day in Matera
There is so much to see and do in Matera, so we chose this as our ‘Free’ day, where you can visit the town on your own. There are lots of historic buildings to visit as well as some wonderful shopping, Italian style! For those who prefer to ride, we’ve organized an afternoon ride led by Enrico that leaves from and returns to our hotel.

The Town of Matera
Matera counts about 55.000 inhabitants, is located 400 metres above sea level and is 45 km from the seaside. Much appreciated and renowned for its Sassi districts, the town also boasts other charming and beautiful buildings.
You can visit the Dome, built in the 13th century, in Romanesque style, standing impressive on the Civita hill.

The Sassi
The Sassi district is the ancient heart of the city of Matera.
The Sassi surround the Civita and constitute a city unto itself, completely carved out of the face of the calcareous rock -what is known as tufo stone. The Sassi district is a system made of dwellings carved out of the steep slopes of a deep valley with surprising and unusual features called the ‘Gravina’.
Elegant and multi-faceted buildings are interspersed with underground mazes and cave labyrinths, forming one single stunning landscape….
Overnight is again in Matera.

Highlights: Visit of Matera

Day 7 – Matera to Termoli (372 km / 231 miles)
Today is the last day on the coastline roads of Southern Italy, so it has to be a great day! Before reaching the coast we visit the magnificent Castel del Monte, that was built directly on a rocky bank, in some places cropping out, and is famous for its octagonal shape.

Finally, we ride the stunning roads of the Gargano Promontory, with its dramatic cliffs that plunge into the Adriatic Sea. On the way, we pass through the villages of Vieste and Rodi Garganico.
Our overnight is in Termoli.

Highlights: Castel del Monte, Gargano Promontory, Vieste.

Day 8 – Termoli to Roma (367 / 228 miles)
We leave Termoli heading west towards Roma. This is the “Italian coast to coast” from East to West, that brings us through 3 spectacular regions: Molise, Abruzzo and Lazio. We ride along beautiful mountains roads, till we reach the village of Anversa Degli Abruzzi. It is here that we join the highway that brings us back to Roma.

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 in Roma.

Highlights: Scanno, Abruzzo National Park, 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
€ 3.650 € 4.060 € 6.150
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800 GT - DUCATI SCRAMBLER
€ 3.760 € 4.170 € 6.260
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R
BMW R1200 RS – DUCATI HYPERSTRADA
€ 3.860 € 4.270 € 6.360
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1200 GS ADV - BMW S1000 R
DUCATI MONSTER 1200
€ 3.980 € 4.390 € 6.480
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 XR – DUCATI MULTISTRADA - DUCATI DIAVEL
€ 4.040 € 4.450 € 6.540
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
€ 4.120 € 4.530 € 6.620
Own Motorcycle
€ 2.990 € 3.400 € 5.490

*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability

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Testimonials

Joyce M. “This was a FABulous experience for me. Un. For. Gettable. Thirteen of us on ten bikes saw some ah-MAY-zing scenery (a gazillion Amalfi switchbacks, wonderful coastal views), ate delicious local foods, enjoyed wonderful side tours (Pompeii, Capri, pasta factory, cheese maker) and stayed in some absolutely jaw-dropping boutique hotels.”
Daniel S. “Enrico, I can’t thank you enough for the amazing trip and riding, it has been truly amazing. I am glad you have followed your passion and can enliven people to share your beautiful country on two wheels and the breeze blowing through their soul. I definitely heard the road and will be back for more of you amazing hospitality and great humour. A truly amazing and memorable experience. Thank you isn’t enough, but thank you greatly.”

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 Roma.
  • accomodation: 2 nights including breakfast in 4-star hotel in Roma, and 6 nights including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in the towns where we will stop during the tour.
  • transfer from and to the airport
  • Italian tour leader.
  • courtesy van to pick up and leave the bikes.
  • support van driven by Enrico’s assistant. 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 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 Roma.

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:

  • 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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