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Complete Alps

This is a 12 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 12 days the best of the best in our modest opinion. We could easily make it longer but we really can't make it any shorter than this, unless we break it in sections. For shorter tours look at (Stelvio and Dolomites, Swiss Alps, French Alps)

For 2018 we will make it a 14 day tour, allowing riders that only want to do 7 days to selct which part to do: French and Swiss alps or Stelvio and Dolomites

Dates:

24 Jun - 7 Jul 2017 15 -27 July 2017 23 Jun - 8 Jul 2018 14 - 29 July 2018

Map:

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Day by day:

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!! 

lavanda_950.jpg (286787 byte)Day 1: We start by heading out of Milan on a quiet Sunday morning on the A7. Our first stop will be Barolo in the Langhe area in Piedmont. Barolo and the Langhe area are home to the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines. We will get a glimpse of where they are made. The beauty of these rolling hills and vineyards reflect the excellence of these wines. In the future when you happen to taste these wines, you will certainly remember how beutiful the landscape was. From Barolo we head for Cuneo and then turn west to the first alpine passes. We first tackle the Col de la Lombarde where we cross into France and secondly we take on the Col de la Bonnette with its 2715 meters. We then roll into Barcelonnette for the evening. 

Day 2: We used to do a loop ride to the Gorge du Vedon and back to Castellane but the day was always very long so for this edition we shall make our overnight stop in a small village of Annot just before the Gorge du Daluis. This day is the day to visit the lavender fields of Valensole. With a shorter ride we have more time to explore the Gorge du Verdon, the immense canyon of this region. It is an amazing site 

Day 3: From Annot we start by riding along the chocholate coloured canyon of the Gorge du Daluis. On my first visit it felt like riding through the set of Jurassic park, thakfully without bloodthirsty dinosaurs. Our ride clims to the top of the Col d'Allos which leads us back into Barcelonnette. From here our pass hopping continues over the Col du Vars and the amazing Col d'Izoard. The mountains of this last pass reminds us of the Dolomites and infact the geological making of the rocks is very similar. Two more passes before reaching Valloire for the evening: Col du Lautaret and Col du Galibier. The Galibier is amazingly steep, and when you get to the small car park at the very top it offers amazing 360 views of the surrounding mountains. Our hotel in Valloire includes dinner in the stay so this dinner is on CIMT. 

Day 4: We continue our ride north over Col du Telegraph and then Col de l'Izeran (2770m yes higher than Stelvio) into Val d'Isere. The Col du Petite St Bernard puts us back in Italy at our final destination for the night in Courmayeur at the foothill of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe at 4810m. 

neufenen_950.jpg (174568 byte)Day 5: We start the day with the amazing Skyway ride to the top of Mont Blanc. The new rotating cablecars make for an incredible experience if the day is clear. The view from the top of Europe is breathtaking. From Courmayeur we ride to Aosta and then over the freshly resurfaced Grand St Bernard pass. It's a very nice ride to the top where it is possible to visit the pass museum and Great St Bernard dog kennel. These dogs were used by the monks living at the pass height to rescue pilgrims coming over the pass in winter along the Via Francigena, the pilgrims route that connected Canterbury (GB) to Rome. At the pass height we cross into Switzerland and the ride along the Rhone valley all the way to the first of the BIG SIX passes, the Furkapass. Here We reach Andermatt for our first double night stop. 

Day 6: The BIG SIX await. We start with the Gotthardpass taking the old Tremola section down to Airolo from here we take the Neufenenpass to Gletsch. From there the Grimmselpass to Innertkirchen and from here the Sustenpass to Wassen and then back to Andermatt. This makes it 5 of the big six done! These passes are truly amazing. The road surface is immaculate and the mountain views really soul cleansing. 

Day 7: The last of the BIG SIX takes us out of Andermatt, the Oberalppass. Whilst the Furka runs beside source of the Rhone river, the Oberalppass runs beside the source of the Rhine river. At pass heigh we find a copy of the lighthouse situated in Rotterdam at the mouth of the Rhine. We roll along the Rhine valley all the way to Thusis and then ride the Julierpass into the exclusive ski resort of Sankt Moritz. After a stroll through this town and a taste of excellent Swiss chocholate we head for our next double night stop in Livigno over the Berninapass. 

Day 8: Our loop ride takes us to the Grison mountains behind Sankt Moritz and to the well known town of Davos. We ride the Albulapass and the Fluelapass. At the beginning of the Ofenpass anyone who wants a shorter ride can take the tunnel back to Livigno but the riders who want to keep going can climb to Stelvio on the third access road to it from the Swiss side, the Umbrailpass and back to Livigno over the Passo del Foscagno. 

dolomiti_950.jpg (115525 byte)Day 9: We transfer to the Dolomites but the main dish of the day is STELVIO. We climb from the southwest and descend the 48 switchbacks of the northeast side. We spend some time at the top taking in the mazing views and the hussle and bussle of the happy motorcycle brigade that always fills the pass in summer. Whilst there we should not miss our mid morning saussage snack at Richard's kiosk. Our ride climbs down Stelvio and rolls along the valley to Merano and from here north over the Jaufenpass to Vipiteno to join the SS12 Via del Brennero (Brennerpass). After a short ride south we enter Val Pusteria and then Val Badia reaching the village of Colfosco for our two night Dolomites stop. 

Day 10: We do an incredible ride around the Sella and the Cristallo group of Dolomites. Imperative is the cable car ride at the Pordoi pass. The views from Sass Pordoi are really breathtaking. The view in the header of this tour is from the top overlooking the Marmolada glacier on the 2016 edition. Just amazing! From the Pordoi pass we follow the Staulanza pass till we get on what is proabably the most beautiful pass in the Dolomites, the Passo di Giau. Apart from the ride, the views from the top offer sights towards the Marmolada glacier, the Sella group and the Cristallo group of Dolomites. I don't think any other pass in the Dolomites offers this from the road. Our ride continues to Cortina d'Ampezzo, the exclusive ski resort, and on to the ride around the Cristallo group with a great stop by lake Misurina for coffee. Time to head back to Colfosco, but doing so we still have to ride the Falzarego pass and the Valparola pass. An interesting visit on the last pass is to the WW1 fort which has been covreted into a museum. Here you can witness what went on around these parts in that atrocious time. 

Day 11: We must leave the Dolomites and closer to Milan. Our destination is the top of Lake Garda, but we still have some incredble roads to ride and places to see. We go over the Gardena pass and then aim for the Siusi Alps but just as we get close to Bolzano we take the Nigra pass to the Carezza lake, an incredible alpine lake with crystal clear waters surrounded by pine trees and dolomite spurs. From this lake we switch sides of the Brenner pass and reach the Dolomite group of the Brenta and reach Riva del Garda via the Molveno lake. 

Day 12: After a ride through the incredible Forre (gorges) del Garda we head for Lake Iseo over the Maniva pass and end our day in Milan for the farewell dinner. Your introduction to the alps will be over, but I am sure you will return to dig a little deeper in this endless mountain range. 

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included:

not included

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

entrance fees to any museums or historical sites

13 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, V7, Bonneville, Ducati Scrambler 4690 euro
F800GS, F800GT 4795 euro
R1200GS, R1200R, R1200RS, Africa Twin, Multistrada 950 4920 euro
R1200RT, R1200GSA, S1000XR, Ducati Multistrada 1200 5005 euro
Honda Goldwing GL 1800

5165 euro

passenger supplement +1625 euro single room supplement +395 euro
 

minimum number of participants: 8 bikes
maximum number of participants: 10 bikes

 

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