Italian Alps and Dolomites
Dolomites, Italian Alps
3 & 4 Star Hotels
150 - 250 miles per day - longest day 325 miles
Combination of Motorway, A, B and mountain passes
Suitable for Experienced riders and pillions, ideally who have ridden on the continent before
Fantastic scenery and great biking roads in the Dolomites and Italian Alps
The tour will appeal to experienced riders who enjoy the thrill of riding mountain passes which the Dolomites and Italian Alps have in abundance. However, the tour will will have two main basis which will provide alternatives for those that like a more relaxed pace. The tour has a 3 night stop in the Dolomites and a further 2 night stop in the Italian Alps, allowing you to unpack and enjoy day ride-outs.
Our first night will be on the French-German border which will allow us to quickly cut across Germany to our 4 star hotel on the outskirts of Innsbruck. On departure, you have choices, but the Grossglockner has to be the favourite before passing Cortina to a 3 night stop in the heart of the Dolomites.
On departure we ride the scenic roads of Trentino to our next hotel which is situated in a popular medieval town at the foot of the Stelvio Pass. A two night stop gives us easy access to the local mountain passes, Livigno and even the Italian Lakes. On our return we have the opportunity to ride the Silvretta (2032M) before stopping overnight on the Austrian/Swiss border. A further stop mid France returns us to our chosen UK crossing.
The tour is based on a Hull - Rotterdam crossing with the option to use the Eurotunnel which will shorten the tour by two nights Friday 12th July - Sunday 21st July. (see departure choice)
This is an Escorted Tour which means that although the guide will be with you, you are responsible for doing your own navigation. We provide a Tour Pack which will include a full itinerary, suggested route directions, Gpx waypoints and hotel location. This system suits many people, as it allows them to ride at their own pace and style, either alone or in small groups. However, if you prefer, you may ride with the guide, who will act as your escort throughout the tour.
Tour prices are inclusive of the following:
- Return overnight Hull-Rotterdam ferry with 4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) or Eurotunnel crossing (see departure choice)
- 9 Nights en-suite accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels
- 9 Regional breakfasts
- 6 Evening meals
- Full use of the hotels' leisure facilities
- Route notes as appropriate - GPX waypoints
- Guided Day tours
- Services of experienced Tour Guides (Chris, Dave & John)
- Meals onboard ferries
- Tolls (Vignettes) for Austria
Your hotels for this tour have been chosen for their locations, being motorcycle-friendly, and have either 3 or 4 star ratings. All accommodation is en-suite and includes the facilities you would expect of hotels of this class. Your stay includes use of the hotels' leisure facilities including swimming pools so you may wish to take your swimming gear.
The tour itinerary is based on a Northern Crossing with the option to use a Eurotunnel Crossing which will shorten the tour by two days.
Thursday 11th July: For those using the Northern crossing, you should make your way to Hull to catch the P&O overnight ferry to Rotterdam. You are able to board early evening, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the onboard facilities. A 4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) is included in your crossing. The ferry will dock approx 0815 am the following morning, giving you the full day to make your way to the first night's hotel (295 miles).
Friday 12th July (325 miles): Those using the Eurotunnel crossing should arrive in time for an early morning Eurotunnel crossing for their journey across France. Whichever crossing you have chosen, we will all meet- up and get to know one another at our first night's stop, 3 star hotel on the French/German border. The hotel is one we use often, and has en-suite bedrooms, Wi-Fi, TV and outside swimming pool. 3 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Saturday 13th July (320 miles) : Mainly motorways today but with frequent stops it gets the job done as we cross eastwards across Germany before dropping south into Austria. Our overnight stop is on the outskirts of Innsbruck. 4 star hotel,Dinner, B&B,
Sunday 14th July (200 miles) : Today you get to ride some fabulous roads as we take a cross country route through the Hohe Tauern National Park. There is a choice of routes, with the opportunity to ride the famous Grossglockner pass. Although a toll road, your money is well spent as you enjoy 48 kilometres of high alpine road with 36 bends, and an altitude ascent to 2,504 metres! Enroute you will get to see the highest peak in Austria, the Grossglockner (3,798m) and its glacier, the Pasterze.
Your hotel for the next three nights is set in a small town perhaps best know for its access to the ski slopes, however, during summer it position smack bang in the middle of the Dolomites makes it an ideal tour centre for bikers. Your stay includes full use of the hotels leisure facilities which include swimming pool, 2 saunas, steam bath and gym. 3 star hotel, Dinner, B&B. Garage.
Monday 15th - Tuesday 16th July : free days a three night stay gives you two days to ride the fantastic roads of the Dolomites. The mountains jagged rocks contrasting with the pristine meadows never fail to impress, and its hard to choose between admiring the scenery or enjoying the twisty mountain roads. Our central locaton gives us easy access to all of the Dolomite passes - take a great circular tour Campolongo to Corvara, Passo Gardena, Paso Sella then Pordoi to name a few. Of course there is my favourite Passo Giau which I ride whenever I get the opportunity. If you dont want to ride all day, there is a choice of cable cars to take, including one within walking distance of the hotel. 3 star hotel, Dinner, B&B. Garage.
Wednesday 17th July (142/170 miles) : Today we exchange the dramatic Dolomites for the equally dramatic Italian Alps . Passing south of Bormio we take the Passo Tonale towards Tirano. Got a head for heights? then take a short cut (142miles) over the Gavia Pass (2652M) classified as the 10th highest tarmac pass. Both routes will take you to your hotel for the next 2 nights in the lovely town of Bormio. Your hotel tonight enjoys a central location, so whilst here, we give you the opportunity to dine out at one of the many restaurants in the town. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Thursday 18th July (free day): Your stay includes use of the hotels spa and wellness centre, alternatively Bormio is famous for its warm thermal springs which can be enjoyed at one of three centres. For the rider the attraction of this location is that it sits at the foot of the pass on everyone’s bucket list, the Stelvio Pass which climbs to 2757m, and has over 40 hairpin bends. Have a leisurely ride to the duty free state of Livigno or maybe visit the Italian Lakes, both Lake Como or Lake D'iseo can be visited in the day. 4 star hotel , B&B.
Friday 19th July (145 miles): Again a great choice of routes as we enter Austria. Not a great mileage today, so an ideal opportunity to ride the Silvretta (2032M) pass. Our 4 star hotel tonight is located in a medieval town in the western Austrian state of Vorarlberg, bordering on Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The hotel is one we have used many times and has modern rooms along with indoor swimming pool. Its situation close to the historic town centre means we can wander into the town square where you will find a selection of restuarants. 4 star hotel, B&B.
Saturday 20th July (250 miles) : Continuing westwards we pass the shores of Lake Constance, through the southern Black Forest and over the Vosges Mountains to our final nights stop in the Lorraine region. 3 star Hotel, Dinner, B&B
Sunday 21st July : ( 310/315 miles) Today, we say goodbye to our fellow riders as we leave for the ferry port of our choice. Those using the Eurotunnel (315 miles) will be at Calais in time for a late afternoon crossing, whilst those on the Northern crossing (310 miles) head for Rotterdam and their overnight ferry.
Monday 22nd July : The ferry docks at 0730hrs, giving us time to have breakfast before making our way home.
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With customers from the whole length of the UK and Ireland, we understand that many of our northern clients dislike the ride down to the channel ferry ports – likewise it does not make sense for our many clients from the south to ride north to join a tour at Hull. Therefore, we offer the choice of either a Hull - Rotterdam or Eurotunnel crossing.
For your increased comfort we have arranged more spacious 4 berth cabins (for 2) on all P&O Hull-Zeebrugge crossings. Clients using the Southern crossing have the convenience of crossing the channel using the Eurotunnel service.
As always, you may make your own arrangements and we will adjust costs accordingly.
Note: The tour will be 2 nights shorter for those customers using the Eurotunnel and they will depart Friday 12th July and return Sunday 21st July
Personal Travel & Breakdown Assitance Cover
On all European tours (including Southern Ireland) we require clients to take-out some form of Personal Travel and Accident/Breakdown cover. This is essential for repatriation of yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident or medical emergency. If you have an existing policy you should check that your company would repatriate your bike, even if undamaged, should you be unable to ride it (many do not!)
We also strongly urge you to take out insurance prior to paying your balance that includes cancellation cover in the event of circumstances which may cause you to cancel. Ideally this should also include cover for all Covid related incidents, either before or during the tour.
|Tour Cost||Hull Crossing||Eurotunnel crossing (Friday 12th July Sunday 21st July)|
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||£1325 each||£1250 each|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||£1425||£1350|
|1 bike, 1 person, own room||£1755 *||£1675|
|Deposit £100 per person||*(based on single hotel room & cabin share on ferry)|