Tour of the Swiss Alps | Motorcycle Tour of Stelvio | Motorcycle
Tour of the Dolomites
Grand Tour of the Alps
7 - 21 July
5 - 19 July
This is an
amazing 14 day Alpine ride. It's really quite complete. We
ride out of Milan to the south west and then run the entire
alpine range from the French Alps, and the lavender fields
of Provence, through Switzerland and its High Passes, back
into Italy for Stelvio and the Dolomites, and finally to
Austria for the Grossglockner. We cover the entire Alpine
mountain range riding all the most important passes from Col
de la Bonnette, to Stelvio, to the Dolomites. We visit the
highest motorcycle museum with 230 classic
motorcycles and 3000sqm worth of space. You get 3 double
nights stays and one 3 night stay in the Dolomites. This
ensures that in the 14 days of riding you can take one or
two days off riding, but still have plenty to do.
Take a look at
our program and join a small group of riders on this amazing
definitively a "bucket list" tour for all of you who have
never ridden in the Alps.
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Read the day by
day info and join us on this amazing ride.
It's a Saturday morning and we head south west towards the south
of France. An early start is advisable to beat the July heat and
the weekend traffic heading for the Ligurian Riviera. A two hour
stint on the highway (160km) will lead us quickly to the
Langhe area. This is where Barolo, Barbaresco and Dolcetto wines
of the finest quality are produced from Nebbiolo grapes. We get
off the highway and take a nice ride around before lunch in
Barolo. The afternoon ride will lead us over the Col de la
Lombarde into France and over Col de la Bonnette reaching 2810 meters above
sea level before arriving in Barcelonnette.
Day 2: This
loop ride takes us to 3 incredible places. We start with the
amazing lavender fields of Valensol, then on to the Gorges du
Verdon and finally the Gorges du Daluis before we return over
Col de la Cayolle back to Barcelonnette. An amazing ride!
Day 3: We
head north over the Col d'Allos and then the truly stunning Col
d'Izoard. We visit Brianšon and the tackle the amazing Col du
Galibier before stopping for the night in Valloire.
Day 4: We
ride through Val d'Isere and over Col de l'Iseran. Yet another
amazing French pass higher than Stelvio at 2770m. The views are amazing
as we descend into Val d'Isere. Our overnight stop is back into
Italy and just below Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe
with 4812 meters above sea level.
Day 5: We
spend the morning literally on Mont Blanc if the weather
permits. We will take the new amazing cable car (skyway)
that in just 20 minutes will take us to Helbronner Peak at 3466m on Mont Blanc. The cable car
rotates as it climbs to give everyone the best possible view. From Courmayeur we then start the ride over the Grand Sankt Bernard
pass into Switzerland and then over the Furka pass as our next stop for
2 nights will be Andermatt.
Having done the Furka pass we need to take care of the other 5
passes of the Big Six. In sequence we shall do Gotthard
(on the old Tremola), Nufenen, Grimsel and Susten passes. The 6th pass,
we shall do exiting Andermatt on the following day. Today it's an amazing pass hopping day.
Day 7: Our
route takes us over the Oberalp pass and south over the Lukmanier
pass into Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland.
After a lunch stop in Bellinzona with a visit to the castle we
regain altitude by crossing the Sankt Bernardino pass. Another
great Swiss pass. We ride through the Via Mala (the "bad road")
and reach the Julier pass which takes us swiftly to Sankt Moritz.
We then cross the Bernina pass and reach our next double night
stop-over in the duty free town of Livigno.
There would be no shame in taking the day off as we're just over
half of the tour and we've now covered many passes. However the possible
loop ride is fairly short but, as ever, beautiful. We ride back to Sankt Moritz.
this famous and luxurious town, and then take on the Albula and
Fluela passes in the stunning Grison mountains. We finally take
a ride up the Ofen pass and catch the tunnel back to Livigno.
Day 9: The
BIG one awaits. It's Stelvio day! You are free to do it as you
wish as long as you end the day in Merano on the other side. We
suggest to tackle it going up the Bormio side (south) down the
Umbrail pass on the Swiss side to Santa Maria and have lunch in Glorenza. Then back
up the 48 switch backs and back down and along the valley to
Merano for a well earned rest and dinner.
Day 10: We
set off to tackle the Italian side of the Passo del Rombo or
Timmelsjoch (German). We'll park on this side of the toll
(avoiding it) and
visit the highest motorcycle museum in Europe. We return
back down the Rombo pass and tackle the Passo del Giovo which will
take us to the Brenner pass (SS12) in Vipiteno. We follow the Brenner
pass all the way nearly to Bressanone. Here we join Val Pusteria
which we follow all the way to Dobbiaco. In Dobbiaco we shall stay 3
nights and enjoy two amazing loops. You'll also get dinner
included for these 3 nights care of the hotel with excellent
local dishes and fresh produce
Day 11: we
ride to Austria and enjoy the private Grossglocknerstrasse. At
the cost of 28 euro per bike you get 50km worth of perfect
mountain roads and the view over this alpine milestone. Another
one for the bucket list.
A full day dedicated to the Dolomites. We start by heading
towards Lake Misurina then pass Cortina d'Ampezzo and ride
the magnificent Passo di Giau. From here we tackle the Passo
Fedaia with a great view of the Marmolada glacier, or what's
left of it. We then take on the Pordoi and Falzarego passes
before returning to Dobbiaco with a short stop in Cortina.
There are two opportunities to catch cable cars on Pordoi
and Falzarego. The views are amazing from the top.
Day 13: We
head back to the Falzarego pass in the opposite direction then
head into Val Badia and take on the other side of the Sella
group by doing the Gardena and Sella passes. We then reach the
legendary Carezza lake. From here we cross the Brenner pass and
reach the Dolomites of Brenta ride along the Molveno lake and
reach our last overnight stop before returning to Milano in Riva
del Garda by Lake Garda.
Day 14: We
run along the west coast of lake Garda and ride the Strada della
Forra, an incredibly tight road carved in the rocks to reach the
Terrazza del Brivido where you get a fantastic view over Lake
Garda. We then ride west to Lake Iseo and join the highway A4
to make good time to return the bikes in Milano.
days motorcycle rental with unlimited km equipped with
side and top cases
fees to any museums or historical sites
nights accommodation with breakfast
apart from water with included dinners
and farewell dinners in
Milan + 3 dinners at the
hotel in Dobbiaco
(except included ones),
lunches and snacks
tour guide on bike at all times
fuel for bike
1 tour guide in support
vehicle for luggage with spare bike
roads (if necessary)
not expressly included
map of Northern Italy (1:400.000)
a double room riding solo
own bike or from other rental
Morini X Cape, Honda NC750X
F750GS, Moto Guzzi V85TT, Moto Guzzi V7,
Africa Twin 1100, Honda NT1100
Ducati MTS V2
R1250RT, Ducati MTS V4
single room supplement
1 person on F750GS in single room= 5.735 euro + 660 euro = 6.395
A couple on an R1250RT sharing a double = 6.040 euro + 3860
euro = 9.900 euro
2 riders riding solo sharing a room:
F750GS = 5.620 euro (no supplement)
R1250GS = 5.945 euro (no supplement)
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