The Italian Alps Motorcycle Tour

July 9 - 18, 2020
Exact dates will be known by September 2019

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, 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 30 Mountain Passes in 6 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: July 9 - 18, 2020
> Tour Grading:     
> Total Distance: 1.593 km – 987 miles
> Riding Days: 7
> Riding Hours per day: 6 - 8
> Longest riding day: 299 Km – 185 miles
> Shortest riding day: 142 Km – 88 miles
> Free Day: Lake Garda (Optional)
> Support Vehicle: Yes
> 9 days / 8 nights (7 riding days)
> Day 1 − “Welcome to Milano”
> Day 2 − Milano to Bormio (299 Km / 185 miles)
> Day 3 − Bormio to Bormio - Stelvio Pass Loop Ride - (220 Km / 136 miles)
> Day 4 − Bormio to Canazei (235 Km / 146 miles)
> Day 5 − Canazei to Canazei - Dolomites Loop Ride - (239 Km / 148 miles)
> Day 6 − Canazei to Limone sul Garda (256 km / 159 miles)
> Day 7 − Lake Garda Loop Ride (142 km / 88 miles)
> Day 8 − Limone sul Garda to Milano (202 Km / 125 miles)
> Day 9 − Departure day

Where We Ride – What We See – What We Hear

DAY1: “WELCOME TO MILANO!”

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.
Late morning/early afternoon arrival is recommended.

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 MILANO.

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

DAY2: MILANO TO BORMIO (299 km / 185 miles)

Let the adventure begin! After breakfast, we leave Milano heading north.

We stop in San Pellegrino Terme for our first Italian espresso on the road and then we challenge our first Alpine pass of the trip, The San Marco Pass, that take us to Morbegno.

After lunch we enter the Engadina, a Swiss 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 IS IN BORMIO.

HIGHLIGHTS: San Pellegrino Terme, San Marco Pass Maloja Pass, Saint Moritz, Bernina Pass, Forcola di Livigno, Eira Pass, Foscagno Pass, Bormio.

DAY 3: THE STELVIO NATIONAL PARK LOOP (220 km / 136 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 Trafoi 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!
OVERNIGHT IS IN BORMIO.

HIGHLIGHTS: Stelvio Pass from Bormio, Umbrial Pass, Ofenpass, Resia Pass, Stelvio Pass from Trafoi.

DAY 4: BORMIO TO CANAZEI (235 km / 146 miles)

We start the day challenging the Gavia Pass…which is probably the toughets pass of the tour!

As we are on the top of the Gavia we stop for a short break and then we will be ready to continue our ride. Back on the bikes we plunge into Ponte di Legno where we join the SS42.

Before lunch we ride the Tonale and the Mendola Passes.

And the day is not yet finished! On the way to Canazei we tackle the Lavazè and Costolunga Passes!
OVERNIGHT IS IN CANAZEI.

HIGHLIGHTS: Gavia Pass, Tonale Pass, Mendola Pass, Lavazè Pass, Lake Carezza, Costalunga Pass.

DAY 5: THE DOLOMITES LOOP (239 / 148 miles)

Next up… The incomparable Dolomites! Spectacular landscapes, roads, mountain passes, and beautiful tiny villages!

It will be a whole day of up and down the roads and passes of the Dolomites.

Sella, Gardena, Furcia, Monte Croce, Tre Croci, Giau, and 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 will be!
OVERNIGHT IS IN CANAZEI.

HIGHLIGHTS: Sella Pass, Gardena Pass, Furcia Pass, Monte Croce Pass, Lake Misurina, Tra Croci Pass, Cortina D’Ampezzo, Giau Pass, Fedaia Pass.

DAY 6: CANAZEI TO LIMONE SUL GARDA (256 km / 159 miles)

We say goodbye to the Dolomites and heading South we tackle the the San Pellegrino, Valles and Rolle Passes and then through the marvelous Pale di San Martino, we reach the beautiful mountain village of San Martino di Castrozza.

Back on the bike we reach Marostica, a village so famous for its living chess event which is held in the main square of the town.

After lunch we ride the less-known dramatic road of Pian delle Fugazze, before arriving at Lake Garda.
OVERNIGHT IS IN LIMONE SUL GARDA.

HIGHLIGHTS: San Pellegrino Pass, Valles Pass, Rolle Pass, San Martino di Castrozza, Pian delle Fugazze, Limone sul Garda.

DAY 7: LAKE GARDA LOOP (142 km / 88 miles)

Today we fall in love with the colors and the fragrances of the Lake Garda.

A day of pure pleasure: we ride the scenic roads of Monte Baldo with breathtaking vista on the lake, then we take the ferry for a 20’ crossing of the lake from Garda to Toscolano Maderno, then we have lunch on a beautiful terrace facing the lake, then we challenge the narrow Strada della Forra (The Gorge’s road) to Tremosine! What else?
OVERNIGHT IS IN LIMONE SUL GARDA.

HIGHLIGHTS: Monte Baldo, Lake Garda, Toscolano Maderno, La Strada della Forra, Limone sul Garda.

DAY 8: LIMONE SUL GARDA TO MILANO (202 km / 125 miles)

Today we finish in style! From Lake Garda to lake Ledro, then to Lake Idro then to Lake Iseo. It’s our Lakes route that will approach us a Milano.

At Palazzolo sull’Oglio we will join the highway that take 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 Ledro, Lake Idro, 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.

Roads

    

Landscape

    

Art / History

    

Food / Wine

    

2020 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 F700 GS – BMW F800 R
MOTO GUZZI V7
€ 4.080 € 4.530 € 6.680
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F750 GS - BMW F800 GT - BMW F800 GS
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 - DUCATI MONSTER 797
€ 4.190 € 4.640 € 6.790
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW F850 GS
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950 - DUCATI SUPERSPORT
€ 4.260 € 4.710 € 6.860
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1200 GS –BMW R1250 GS - BMW NINET
BMW R1200R - BMW R1250 R - BMW R1200 RS - BMW R1250 RS
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100
€ 4.300 € 4.750 € 6.900
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW R1200 GS ADV - BMW R1250 GS ADV
BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1250 RT
€ 4.330 € 4.780 € 6.930
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW S1000 XR
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 - DUCATI DIAVEL
€ 4.470 € 4.920 € 7.070
Motorcycle Class 7
BMW K1600 GLT
€ 4.550 € 5.000 € 7.150
Own Motorcycle
€ 3.250 € 3.700 € 5.850

*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.

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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 of € 1.250 is requested)
    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.
  • transfer from and to the airport.
  • 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 with the route well marked; the “Wordless Travel Book”, 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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