The Italian Alps Motorcycle Tour
3 - 11 August, 2018
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|
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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Food / Wine
|* Motorcycle Models|
|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 SUPERSPORT 939
|€ 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|
||€ 3.020||€ 3.540||€ 5.500|
*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability
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“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”!”
“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.