Map of your Motorcycle road trip :
We will meet up in the afternoon at our hotel in Milan and pick up the rental bikes. This well give you a little time to get acquainted with your bike and afterwards we will rejoin for a little session to explain the details of the trip along with a little welcome drink followed by dinner.
Milan - Lake Maggiore
200 Km - 5h of riding
Alps motorcycle tour begins and so too does our ramble through Europe’s highest and most majestic mountain range, the Alps! Its highest peaks have one foot in Italy and the other in France and none stand taller than Mont Blanc. First, we head for Piedmont to visit the Sacred Mountain of Varallo and have lunch on a succulent “elephant’s ear,” the local term for a breaded cutlet.
After a little refueling, we’re ready for some exhilarating views, and the roads up to the village of Orta San Giulio which won’t disappoint. From here, we press on over the Mottarone for a 360° panorama over three lakes and spend the night on the shore of Lake Maggiore.
Lake Maggiore - Lake Como
160 Km - 3h of riding
We rumble on from Lake Maggiore to Lake Como on our twisting Alps Motorcycle Routes with a detour into Switzerland to skirt Lake Lugano before returning to the spectacular mountains of Lombardy. We briefly jump off our bikes and hop across the lake on the ferry to save time and then motor along the lakeside before tackling the mountains that will see us across the Swiss border. After this, it’s back into Italy to visit Como and marvelous Villa Balbianello ending the day at the tip of the lake.
Lake Como - Bormio
230 Km - 5h of riding
Today is the day that begins the Stelvio Pass motorcycle adventure. We will ride a little bit farther as we bound for Bormio, in Valtellina, at the foot of the world-renowned Stelvio Pass. As usual, we will take the scenic route – that’s the motorcyclists’ code of honor! – along the Lecco branch of Lake Como to reach Bormio from the north via San Moritz in Switzerland.
As we wind through the roads, we will eventually scale heights of 2000 meter (over 6,500 feet.) We chug on to the picturesque duty-free town of Livigno, a shopping paradise, and finally ride into our hotel in Bormio, where we’ll spend two nights, but don’t think that means we aren’t still on an adventure.
Today’s ride packs a bunch of highlights into just 150 km. Remember, the above all this is a Stelvio Pass motorcycle adventure and the mouthwatering Stelvio Pass is first up. It is the highest road pass in Europe at 2758 m (9000 feet) with its breathtaking views and thrilling hairpins: 40 on the way up, 48 on the way down!
We skirt the Austrian border at Lake Reschen, with its famous submerged bell tower, before crossing into Switzerland and bracing ourselves for another amazing pass that takes us back into Italy, where we lunch in a lakeside refuge.
Suitably nourished, we return to the hotel to wind down in style. We heartily recommend a visit to the Bagni Vecchi, the lovely old Roman thermal baths carved from rock looking down on the town and its valley. There’s no better way to relax after a day on the bike.
Bormio - Ortisei
190 Km - 4h of riding
Leaving Lombardy behind, we embark on a route lined with stupendous scenery and incredible mountain passes, bound for the Trentino-Alto Adige region, the Dolomites. Here is famous for the lovely ski resort of Ortisei. A must-see anytime of year.
Our Alps motorcycle tour takes us today into the stunning Gavia Pass, a firm favorite among riders as much for its beauty as for its twisting challenges, with some pretty tight hairpin turns to look forward to. Now there’s a challenge to relish!
After our exploits over the last few days, today is all about relaxing and giving our bikes a rest. It’s time to put your feet up and enjoy the comforts of our hotel. But if you do still crave that excitement, then we do have a few ideas for you
You can walk the peaks to savor the dreamy Dolomites in all their beauty. You can hike the various routes from the challenging vie ferrate, climbing 600 m in 3 hours or take the chair lift if you want to save your legs the trouble. Another great option is to take a helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of the magnificent mountain scenery that has earned UNESCO World Heritage status.
You can also trade your motorcycle and rent a bicycle while you explore under the power of your own legs. This is a fun adventure course up that scales rock faces and cruises into the treetops. Whatever you choose to do, the staff is on hand to organize whatever you’d like to do with your day.
Ortisei - Cortina d’Ampezzo
185 Km - 4h of riding
We are back on the road today, but it’s your camera that will be taking the strain on these Alps motorcycle routes. The Sella and Marmolada massifs await us in the heart of the mountains. If you could only have one day in the Dolomites, you’d want it to be this. The scenery here is quite unlike the western ranges, and our ramblings will be rewarded with a succession of the most gorgeous landscapes that the Dolomites have to offer.
After a lakeside coffee break, we will conclude the day by rolling into another mountain gem, the famous ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo and having relaxing evening under the mountain silhouettes.
Cortina d’Ampezzo Regional Exploration
200 Km - 5h of riding
We can do some serious roadwork as our Alp motorcycle tour twists through this area’s beautiful passes. On this tour, every day is spectacular combination: a feast for the eyes meets pure motoring pleasure.
On today’s ride, we discover a rather special swathe of the Dolomites and explore the beauty and history of one of their most legendary landscapes. Along the way, we will be visiting two old border towns and their castles, enjoying a traditional lunch in a refuge by one of the area’s most delightful lakes. The highlight of the day will be admiring the ultimate symbol of the Dolomites: the Tre cime di Lavaredo (the three peaks of Lavaredo). Simply breathtaking!
Cortina d’Ampezzo - Trento
200 Km - 5h of riding
Today we will weave our way along curvaceous roads and gorgeous passes to the gentler side of the Dolomites in the Trentino “lowlands.” This is relatively speaking because they are still quite hilly! This ride is every bit as magnificent as the others’ as we explore the charming city of Trento with its delightful old city center and the magnificent Buonconsiglio Castle and end the day eating dinner an elegant traditional restaurant in the old quarter.
Trento - Lake Garda
190 Km - 5h of riding
Our last night on the road will be beside a lake again. What better place could there be! But before that, an endless feast of twists and turns awaits us along a road clawed from the rock by the Austro-Hungarian soldiers during World War I.
Then we power into the Veneto, arriving in the splendid Renaissance city of Verona (another UNESCO gem) for a look around its famous Roman arena followed by Juliet’s house of Shakespearean fame. Our final destination for today is Lake Garda – Sirmione, to be exact. This beautiful Roman town with the Grottoes of Catullus and its thermal springs lies at the tip of a tiny piece of land pointing into the lake. Here we will experience the best of Veneto cuisine along the splendor of the lake.
Trento - Milan
200 Km - 5h of riding
Now we are on the road back to Milan and we will stop to visit marvelous Mantova and its Palazzo Tè, the masterpiece built as Marquis Federico II Gonzaga’s pleasure palace. But, we have one last stop to make, Cremona, the city of Stradivari and world hub of violin making. There is a fine museum/UNESCO World Heritage site that is the world’s most famous school of instrument making that dates back centuries. Finally, we roll back into Milan and check in to our original hotel where our journey began. After returning our bikes, a lavish dinner provides a fitting end to our adventure together.
Farewell in Milan
We say our goodbyes after breakfast, leaving you free to go home or explore further the magic of Italy on your own. If you wish to continue your trip, there are plenty of opportunities that we can help you plan.