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Complete Alps

This is a 14 day Alps Motorcycle Tour covering the most important High Alpine passes. It comprehends all of the passes you really should not miss when riding a motorcycle in the alps. Clearly, it does not exhaust this entire mountain range, but what it does it concentrates in 14 days the best of the best of the Alps, in our modest opinion. We could easily make it longer, but we really can't make it any shorter than this.

Dates: 7 - 22 July 2018

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Day 0: your countdown to the tour is over. It's Saturday and you need to be in Milan by 4pm. We shall finalise the paperwork and pick up the bikes from our depot. The welcome dinner starts at 8pm. Let the fun begin!! 

Day 1: after a quick highway transfer to Cuneo we tackle the first section of the Alps, the Maritime Alps over the Col de la Lombarde (Col = Pass in French) and the magnificent Col de la Bonnette to reach Barcelonnette. The Col de la Bonnette contends to the Italian Stelvio pass and to Col de l'Iseran, the highest road in Europe. The cunning French added a scenic loop road to the pass These two passes offer great riding and stunning scenery as they are part of the French National Park of Mercantour.

Day 2: we leave our luggage at the hotel and ride a loop south of Barcelonnette to the Gorges of the Verdon river, it's a really impressive canyon for size and depth. On the way there we ride through Digne les Bains and witness the famous lavender fields of Provence. On the way back to Barcellonnette we shall witness the Gorges de Dalluis, an amazing valley cut by the river Var.

 Day 3: we leave Barcelonnette and ride to Guillestre along the west bank of Lac (Lake) Serre Ponçon. Just passed Guillestre, we head for an amazing pass: the Col de l'Izoard. It offers an incredible natural spectacle. At the end of this pass the town of meridian clocks, Briançon, offers an interesting break from riding and you'll be able to enjoy a stroll though its historical centre. Our ride reaches the Col de Lautaret and then keeps climbing over the infamous (Tour de France toughest stage) Col de Gallibier to reach the small village of Valloire, our stop for the night. 

Day 4: After we have crossed the Col de l'Iseran, the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps (13 meters more than Stelvio), and ridden through Val d'Isere, we cross the Petit St Bernard into Italy and stop the night in Courmayeur at the foothill of Mont blanc on the italian side. 

Day 5: we have a chance to take the gondola from outside of our hotel to the top of Montblanc. The views from the top of the highest mountain in Europe are amazing and well worth the cost of the ticket. Our ride takes us to Aosta (probably our lunch stop) and then over the over the Grand St Bernard pass. At the Grand St Bernard we visit the hostel at pass height, famous for the big rescue dogs. These generous dogs originate from here and were used in snow storms to find lost travellers. 
We then cross into Switzerland and ride the Rhone river valley all the way to its source, the Rhone glacier by the Furkapass. This will be the last pass of the day and will lead us to Andermatt for our second two night stop over.

Day 6: ("rest day" on the passes) the Swiss call it the "Paessekarusel" because you draw a big circle on the map by hopping from one pass to another, but also because it's like a biker's amusement park! We start with the Gotthard pass, riding parts of the old "tremola" down hill. It is called "tremola" because on parts of it there are still the original cobble stones (tremare = trembling). We then go for the Neufenenpass, the Grimmsellpass and finally the Sustenpass back into Andermatt. Great views and great riding!

neufenen_950.jpg (174568 byte)Day 7: It is our last day of part 1, we return to our starting point in Milan. But before this we ride the 6th of the "big 6", the Oberalppass immediately followed by the Lukmanierpass that takes us back into the Italian speaking area of Switzerland. From Bellinzona we head for Locarno and then cross the border back into Italy at the top of lake Maggiore. We ride its coastlines on our way back to Milan. 

Day 8: it's "arrivederci" to those who are only doing Part 1 and "benvenuti" to those starting Part 2. The route starts by heading north to Lake Como to Bellaggio and then up the eastern coastine of Lake Como to Chiavenna. From here we enter Engadine over the Maloyapass and reach our next double stop over in Livigno over the Bernina pass and the Forcola of Livigno. We will be in Italy, where the food is good, the fuel prices cheap, and a cup of espresso is good and no daylight robbery... Well fuel prices in Livigno are cheap beacuse it's a tax haven : ). 1€/litre can't be bad!

Day 9: The loop ride out of Livigno sees us ride back in Switzerland on the Albulapass the long valley of the Landwasser river to Davos and then over the Fluelapass back ino Engadine. The Ofenpass will take us back to Livigno through a tunnel, or for the more mile munching of you to the Santa Maria pass, to Stelvio, and then back to Livigno over the Foscagno pass

dolomiti_950.jpg (115525 byte)Day 10: we leave Livigno over the Passo del Foscagno and attack the Stelvio pass from the Bormio side. Once we have taken in the altitude and the sites of this magnificent pass, eaten the compulsory bratwurst at the kiosk, we take the staircase (48 switchbacks) down to Prato allo Stelvio, head for Merano and then on to Vipiteno over the Jaufenpass. A short easy run down the Brennerpass and Val Pusteria to reach Val Badia, will take us to the heart of the Dolomites and to our triple night stopover in the small village of Colfosco at the foothill of the Passo Gardena.

  Day 11: Our first loop ride takes us to Cortina d'Ampezzo on the Veneto side of the Dolomites. After a short visit to this exclusive resort, we head for the Tre Cime di Lavaredo along the private toll road for the best views. Fascinating are the WW1 fortifications built into the side of the mountains. 

Day 12: the loop takes us south to the Pale di San Martino and more exceptional pass riding in this stunning area of the Alps. 

Day 13: we say goodbye to the Dolomites and head south. We reach the Brenta Group through the Val d'Ega with a short stop at the Carezza lake. Use the Passo della Mendola to reach Val di Non and lake Molveno, with it's spectacular alpine lake colours. We finally reach Riva del Garda on Lake Garda for our penultimate stop.

Day 14: it's saturday our tour brings us back to Milan over some minor Italian alpine passes. We still ride lake Idro and lake Iseo before catching the A4 in Bergamo which will rapidly take us back to home base. Time to say Arrivederci with the CIMT farewelll dinner!

Day 15: you are free to fly home or reach your next destination.

 

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included:

not included

14 days motorcycle rental with unlimited km equipped with side and top cases

entrance fees to any museums or historical sites

15 nights accommodation with breakfast

beverages apart from water with included dinners

welcome and farewell dinners in Milan

dinners, lunches and snacks

1 tour guide on bike at all times

fuel for bike
1 tour guide in support vehicle for luggage with spare bike toll roads (if necessary)

1 tour handbook

anything not expressly included

1 map of Northern Italy (1:400.000)

 

motorcycles

sharing a double room riding solo

F700GS, G650GS 4880 euro
F800GS, F800GT, Scrambler 800, V7 Stone 4995 euro
R1200GS, R1200R, R1200RS, Multistrada 950 5145 euro
R1200RT, R1200GSA, S1000XR, Ducati Multistrada 1200/1260 5285 euro
Honda Goldwing GL 1800

5425 euro

passenger supplement +2740 euro single room supplement +425 euro
 

minimum number of participants: 8 people
maximum number of participants: 12 people

 

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