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Italian Mountains and Lakes, Italian Alps, 2018

Tuesday 10 July - Saturday 21 July 2018 12 Days 3 countries Fully guided, round-trip tour

Summary: This is an amazing tour, seeing the best mountain pass roads and the most wonderful lakes Italy has to offer.  The tour includes riding Stelvio Pass, Gavia Pass, the Col de L´Iseran (the highest pass road in the Alps), riding in the Dolomites and many other great mountain roads.  We ride alongside Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore and Lake Como.  This is a very special tour indeed!

Price For

2018 Price

Two riders sharing a room, price each

£1,995

Single rider in his/her own room

£2,620

Rider and pillion sharing a room

£3,360

Prices include all hotel accommodation (3 and 4 star) and some evening meals. Prices exclude motorcycle rental, should you need it (see RENTALS tab at top of this page).
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If you want to ride a Harley-Davidson on some of the best roads Europe has to offer, set among the spectacular scenery of the Italian Mountains and Lakes, then this tour is for you.

With stunning mountain roads, wonderful villages and the glorious Alps to look at, this is some of the best riding you will ever experience.

The blend of riding great roads, gazing over terrific views of beautiful lakes and the glorious mountains is difficult to beat. The passion of the Italians adds liveliness more to this tour than any other.

Depending on where you are from, you could ride your own bike on the tour, or rent one from nearby Lyon (see ‘Rentals’ tab at the top of this page).

Day One (Tuesday 10 July)

The tour officially starts in Geneva.

You can either 1, make your own way to Geneva on your own bike and meet us there, or 2, ride on your own bike with us from Folkestone, UK, leaving on Monday morning to get to Geneva Tuesday afternoon, or 3, you could fly to Geneva and rent a bike close to there.  We can help with the arrangements for any of those methods if needed (let us know when booking).  For specific information about renting a motorcycle for this tour, see the ‘Rentals’ tab at the top of this page.

However you choose to get to Geneva, you need to be at our hotel, with your bike, late afternoon on day 1 of the tour (Tuesday 10 July 2018) to meet your tour leader.

Day Two (Wednesday 11 July)

As we leave Geneva, after just an hour, we head onto great alpine roads. We start riding spectacular mountain roads today including six mountain passes, the most well known of which are Roseland Pass and the Petit St Bernard Pass both of which are in the French Alps.  We cross the border into Italy before arriving at our hotel.

Day Three (Thursday 12 July)

Another stunning days riding awaits on day 3 and we start by riding along the Aosta Valley, with the mountain ranges comprising Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn to the north. We also ride alongside two of Italy’s beautiful lakes: Maggoirre and Lugano. Lake Maggoirre is the second largest lake in Italy and we take our bikes on the ferry across the lake. We then briefly enter Switzerland and we stay in a hotel close to Lake Lugano.

Day Four (Friday 13 July)

This is an amazing days riding that really encapsulates what riding Italian lakes and mountains is all about. We start the day riding alongside the stunning Lake Como before crossing the border into Switzerland and riding the twisting sweeping turns of Maloja Pass. We ride through famous St Moritz and then ride three fantastic mountain roads: Fuorn Pass, Umbrail Pass and the highlight of the day, the world famous Stelvio Pass which is just back over the border in Italy. At an elevation of 2,757 m (9,045 ft) Stelvio is the second highest pass in the Alps and the views from the top are stunning.

Day Five (Saturday 14 July)

Another amazing days riding is in store today. Equally as stunning as Stelvio is the incredible Gavia Pass which we ride at the start of day 5. For some people, this lesser-known mountain road is their favourite, with steep drop-offs and stunning views. It really does look like another planet in places. Tonale Pass follows, as does the really twisty Mendola Pass. In the afternoon, the tour heads into the Dolomite Mountains and we stop to see the beautiful Karer See (lake) before climbing up into the Dolomites to our hotel with perhaps the best view in the Alps.

Day Six (Sunday 15 July)

We take it relatively easy on day 6 as this is a rest day, but you have the option to ride just 68 miles which are the best biking roads in the Dolomites. These include riding five passes in the Dolomites; Fedáia Pass [6,749 ft], Pordoi Pass [7,346 ft], Gardena Pass [7,008 ft], Campolongo Pass [6,152 ft] and Sella Pass [7,362 ft] which are all set amongst dramatic scenery. It will take your breath away!

Day Seven (Monday 16 July)

We ride away from the Dolomites on day 7 by first riding Pordoi Pass and then alongside the small but very beautiful Lago Di Alleghe. More mountain passes follow, as does Lago Di Caldonazzo but the highlight of the day is riding along the shores of Lake Garda where we stay for the night.

Day Eight (Tuesday 17 July)

There are no mountain passes to ride today, but we ride alongside three stunning Italian lakes. First, we ride the remainder of the west side of Lake Garda, then both the east and west shores of Lago D’Iseo before riding onto the southern parts of Lake Como, where we stay for the night.

Day Nine (Wednesday 18 July)

Today is an easy day as we have just three hours of riding time before arriving in the beautiful city of Turin, where we do some sightseeing.

Day Ten (Thursday 19 July)

Today we return to riding in the mountains – including the highest pass road in the Alps, the Col de L´Iseran. First we ride west on motorway to leave Italy and ride into the French Alps. The more well known passes we ride are the Col du Galibier and the Col du Télégraphe, before tackling the big one, the Col de L´Iseran. At 2,764 metres (9,068 ft), this road is only accessible in the summer months and after riding the road, we ride into the famous ski town of Val-D’Isère.

Day Eleven (Friday 20 July)

The last day of riding on the tour sees us journey back to Geneva, where we stay the night. We ride a very similar route to that on day 2, but in the other direction.  For everyone on the tour, we will stay in a hotel in Geneva tonight.

Day Twelve (Saturday 21 July)

The tour officially ends after breakfast this morning.

For those who rode to Geneva on your own bikes, you will start your journey home this morning.  If you want to ride with us back to Folkestone, we can make separate arrangements with you for that.

For those who rented motorcycles, you can either ride back to the Harley-Davidson dealership in Lyon today, or later depending on your onward travel plans.

 

  • Three and four star accommodation in terrific locations
  • Breakfast every day
  • 2 evening meals
  • Well researched routes to provide you with fantastic roads to ride
  • Experienced tour guide to lead the tour
  • A back marker / sweep
  • Tour1 T-Shirt
  • Comprehensive tour itinerary
  • GPS routes for your sat nav
  • Tips for riding in Europe guide

What’s not included….

  • Getting to / from Geneva. You can either 1, make your own way to Geneva on your own bike and meet us there, or 2, ride on your own bike with us from Folkestone, UK, leaving on Monday morning to get to Geneva Tuesday afternoon, or 3, you could fly to Geneva and rent a bike there. If you want to ride to Geneva (and back) fully supported by the tour leader, back-marker, or maybe both,  let us know and we will make separate arrangements for you. There will be no additional Tour1 charges for this service beyond that of the normal travelling expenses, which you pay yourself.
  • Accomodation before the tour starts, or after it ends
  • Petrol (gas) you use
  • Motorway and other road tolls
  • All other meals and drinks
  • Motorcycle rental, should you need it (we can help arrange this – see RENTALS tab at the top of this page)

Our group sizes normally range from 10 to 14 motorcycles.

Each day, we normally start riding at 8.30am sharp and cover in the region of 150 to 200 miles.  We try to avoid motorways wherever possible and only use these when there is no real alternative.  We take mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks and of course find somewhere for lunch.  Our plan is to normally arrive at that evening’s hotel by around 6pm.

We use good quality hotels – not super luxury and not bottom end, but mid-range – normally 3 and 4-star.

We ride at a pace to suit all of the riders.  We stick to all speed limits in towns, but in rural areas we ride at, let’s call them ‘more appropriate’ speeds.  We generally ride in staggered convoy on straighter roads.

As we have pre-booked hotels and a schedule to stick to, we ride in all weathers.  During any exceptionally inclement weather, we will pull over for short periods.  We could experience a range of different types of weather, so bring waterproofs, just in case.

*Ride Rating

Each of our tours has a difficulty rating and this tour is rated as ‘challenging’. That means this tour is for experienced riders only, with say, a minimum of five years of riding large motorcycles.  You must have ridden on the right-hand side of the road before on many occasions and you must be comfortable with travelling in a group of riders and be able to keep a good pace within that group.  We do not ride very fast, but at the same time, it is better if riders do not go too slowly. The route will include many twisty roads, plus many high mountain roads with many tight hairpin bends / switchbacks.  There will be some sections of road with steep drop-offs at the side and no guardrail.  If you or your pillion are at all uncomfortable at riding at height, then this tour is not for you.  If you are from the USA, please note some of the roads you will be riding are significantly narrower and have tighter bends than in the USA.  All roads are fully paved.  While there is not much motorway riding on the tour, as a guide, the group will be riding at speeds of 75mph+ on motorways.  You must be confident of riding in rain and on wet roads.

Each day’s riding will be around 9 hours, with breaks.  You must be able to ride all day.  If you are at all unsure if your riding ability is good enough for this tour, then you must contact us by telephone to discuss.

The tour officially starts in Geneva.

You can either 1, make your own way to Geneva on your own bike and meet us there, or 2, ride on your own bike with us from Folkestone, UK, leaving on Monday morning to get to Geneva Tuesday afternoon, or 3, you could fly to Geneva and rent a bike close to there.  We can help with the arrangements for any of those methods if needed (let us know when booking).  For specific information about renting a motorcycle for this tour, see the ‘Rentals’ tab at the top of this page.


SOLD OUT Distance: 1,395 miles / 2,245 kilometres Tour Leader: Steve Morrell Difficulty: Challenging (experienced riders only)*.  Please make sure you read the section called ‘Ride rating’ under the Information tab. Highlights: Riding in the Alps - stunning mountain roads - Stelvio Pass - Gavia Pass - the highest pass road in the Alps - The Dolomite Mountains - Beautiful Lakes - Lake Como - Lake Garda
Countries: Italy, France, Switzerland. Tour Start Point: Geneva, Switzerland (or Folkestone, UK). Tour End Point: Geneva, Switzerland (or Folkestone, UK).

Getting to the start point.  The tour officially starts in Geneva. You can either 1, make your own way to Geneva on your own bike and meet us there, or 2, ride on your own bike with us from Folkestone, UK, to get there, or 3, you could fly to Geneva and rent a bike close to there.  We can help with the arrangements for any of those methods if needed.

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Jane and I are so looking forward to riding in the Italian Alps, especially Stelvio Pass and the Dolomites! Peter Page, Maine, USA.