Tuscany Guided Motorcycle Tour

Tour Information

This tour has a real sense of holiday. It includes great biking roads, panoramic views, genuine Tuscan hospitality, regional gastronomy and opportunity to taste some of the finest Italian wines. There is also time to visit some of the most famous historic cities and tourist attractions such as Pisa, Siena, Florence, Lucca and of course the Ducati or Ferrari factory.

This tour is planned in the usual RideWithUs manner with comfortable daily mileages, nice hotels and all breakfasts and evening meals included.

As usual we shall depart from Folkestone to our first overnight stop in a good quality three star hotel in French Ardennes.

The following morning we’ll continue our journey towards the Black Forest in Germany for well deserved traditional evening meal served by our hosts.
The following day we ride on through Black Forest and Austria into Northern Italy where we stay in a comfortable four star hotel.

The next morning we’ll continue our journey towards Tuscany and arrive to the delightful thermal spa town where we stay for the next three nights.
Located in tranquil parkland a short walk from the town centre, our elegant four star Villa style hotel will set the tone for the holiday. The hotel has a swimming pool and leisure facilities, private car park and it’s own restaurant.
Whilst here we’ll have a perfect opportunity to explore the area by taking a ride around the Chianti region or visiting some of Tuscany’s most famous tourist sites such as the birth place of Pinocchio – Lucca, the city of culture, Florence – the city of art, Pisa and it’s famous leaning tower, the romantic city of Siena, the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano and of course the world famous Ducati or Ferrari factory.

Also, not to be forgotten an organized day trip to the traditional Tuscan farm house for a guided tour of olive groves, olive oil production presentation, olive oil tasting followed by authentic Tuscan lunch.
In this land of great food tradition we’ll have an opportunity to taste the dishes made of real Tuscan mountain ingredients such as wild boar, home made pasta, salami, wild mushrooms, chestnuts, truffles, and of course the local olive oil.

From here the journey takes us back to Lake Garda to a family run hotel with a lovely indoor swimming pool and a restaurant with plenty of character.

We continue travelling North on some great roads through Switzerland to our overnight destinations on Lake Constance. From here we cross into France and ride some traffic free roads to our next stop in Asace. The final overnight stop is in the Walloon region of Belgium. Our accommodation is a fours star hotel with a restaurant that serves local specialities.

This year we are departing from our usual afternoon Eurotunnel crossing times. Instead we are booking the crossings for early midday. Since the last nights hotel is about 100 miles from Calais this gives opportunity for most of our clients to ride home on the same day.

Tour Itinerary

DayEventApprox Daily Mileage
Day 1

Midday crossing from Folkestone to Calais.
Ride to French Ardennes, France.
Evening meal with the group in the hotel

170
Day 2

Ride to Haut-Rhin region of France.
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.
Evening meal with the group in the hotel

250
Day 3

Ride to South Tyrol, Italy.
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.
Evening meal with the group in the hotel.

205
Day 4

Ride to Tuscany, Italy.
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.
Evening meal with the group in the hotel

240
Day 5-6

Days off
Optional – visit to local tourist attractions

100
Day 7

Ride to Lake Garda, Italy.
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.
Evening meal with the group in the hotel.

240
Day 8

Ride to Black Forest, Germany.
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.
Evening meal with the group in the hotel

190
Day 9

Ride to Alsace region, France.
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.
Evening meal with the group in the hotel

270
Day 10

Ride to Walloon region of Belgium.
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.
Evening meal with the group in the hotel

250
Day 11

Ride to Calais for midday Eurotunnel crossing

100

Availability

  • Available: 05/07/2020 to 15/07/2020

Tour Hightlights

  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Romantic city of Siena
  • Historic city of Florence
  • Vinci birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Lucca – Pinocchio’s birth place
  • Visit to Ducati or Ferrari factory
  • San Gimignano
  • Glorious Italian food
  • Chianti wine
  • 3*** and 4**** hotels with leisure facilities

Tour Pricing

  • rider and pillion £1,595 pp
  • solo rider sharing twin room £1,645 pp
  • solo rider single room £1,895 pp

Price Includes

  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • 10 nights b&b accommodation

  • 10 evening meals

  • Visit to the Ducati or Ferrari factory

  • Visit and lunch at a Tuscan olive farm

  • Transfer to/from farm

  • Route pack for each day

  • Turn-by-turn guiding

Price Excludes

  • Hotel parking

  • Petrol

  • Toll charges (vignette)

  • Admission charges

  • Meals other than those specified

Pre-Trip Checklist

  • Make sure the tyres on your bike are going to last the duration of a trip.
  • Make sure that the bike is serviced for the duration of a trip.
  • Puncture repair kit recommended.
  • A good bike chain is also highly recommended.
  • Chain lubricant.
  • Spare bike keys.
  • Spare battery for the alarm fob (if you have an alarm).
  • Spare bulbs (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare fuses (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare spark plugs (in some countries required by law).
  • Some tools.
  • Some extra bike security device (padlock and chain, disc lock).
  • Torch.
  • Valid passport.
  • Valid riding licence.
  • European breakdown cover recommended.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Green card for European travel.
  • Check if your bike insurance covers (Green Card) all the countries will be passing through (e.g. Eastern Europe).
  • Copy of bike insurance policy.
  • Registration document.
  • E111 obtained from the Post Office (this guarantees you equivalent NHS treatment in EC countries only).
  • High viz vest/jacket.
  • Breathalizer.
  • Waterproofs.
  • Spare set of gloves.
  • Enough clothes to last you for a trip.
  • Some swimming gear.
  • Some casual clothes.
  • Some local currency.
  • A major credit card recommended.
  • Mini first aid kit (in some countries required by law).
  • Some basic pain killers and prescription drugs.
  • Note with your driving licence of any allergies in Latin.
  • Pack everything into plastic bags before putting it into the panniers.

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