Italian Dolomites and Lake Garda Self-Guided Tour

Where you choose the date and set the pace

Tour Information

‘This tour offers a fantastic blend of Mediterranean and Alpine cuisine, culture and landscapes’
This is a holiday of ‘two halves’ offering a contrast of riding an exhilarating rollercoaster of some of the most famous and challenging mountain passes and relaxing tranquillity of alpine lake surrounded by lemon trees and olive growths.
Both base hotels on this tour are four star and biker friendly with swimming pools, wellness centres, bars, excellent restaurants with a great selection of traditional regional and national dishes, secure covered parking, bike cleaning and maintenance facilities.
You start your journey from Folkestone or for those with longer journeys down South alternative crossing can be arranged.
During the next three days you’ll travel through Luxembourg, Germany and Austria with an overnight stop in each country.
Your route from Austria to Italy will take you over the Timmelsjoch High Alpine Road and with its sixty spectacular bends it guarantees a truly memorable biking experience.
In the Dolomites, you’ll be staying in a traditional alpine style hotel in a small enchanting ski resort situated in tranquil Val Badia region.
You’ll have an opportunity to ride some of the most spectacular mountain passes in the Italian Alps including Passo di Gardena, Passo di Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo di Compolongo, Passo di Castalunga and of course Passo Dello Stelvio. You might also decide to use some of your free time to have a spot of lunch on the shores of crystal clear Lake Misurina.
Leaving Dolomites behind you’ll take a short but enjoyable ride via the famous ski resort of Madona di Campiglio and descend to your next destination on the shores of Lake Garda. This is your time to park your bike, unpack your panniers, jump into your shorts and flip-flops and fully immerse into hustle and bustle of nearby towns of Torbole and Riva Del Garda.
Like the best Italian cuisine, exploring this region should not be rushed. There are many options and alternatives worth considering. You might choose to visit the world-famous Sirmione’s thermal pools, explore some of many Roman ruins or go on a ferry-hop ride between lakeside villages. Then for those with sommeliers interests, there is also a great variety of vineyards to visit.
Day trips to the Romantic city of Verona or historic merchant city of Venice are highly recommended options as well. However, to avoid riding through city traffic using public transport might be a more convenient way to do it.

Tour Itinerary

DayEventApprox Daily Mileage
Day 1

Crossing from Folkestone to Calais
Combination of motorway and non-motorway roads to Walloon Region, Belgium
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

172
Day 2

Start towards Alsace Region, France
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

241
Day 3

Start towards Allgau Region, Germany
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

227
Day 4

Start towards Dolomites, Italy
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads - Timmelsjoch and Jaufen passes weather permitting
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

137
Day 5-6

Free days
Optional day ride around Dolomites famous mountain passes - Campolongo, Pordoi, Sella and Gardena
Evening meals arranged in the hotel

100
Day 7

Start towards Lake Garda, Italy
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

150
Day 8-9

Day 8 and 9
Free days
Optional visit to local tourist attractions
Evening meals arranged in the hotel

100-150
Day 10

Start towards St Moritz, Switzerland
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

200
Day 11

Start towards Black Forest region, Germany
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

220
Day 12

Start towards Champagne region of France
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

250
Day 13

Start towards Calais
Crossing to Folkestone

280

Availability

  • Depart and return when it suits you

Tour Hightlights

  • 3*** and 4**** hotels
  • B500 – Black Forest
  • Ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Ski resort of Arabba
  • Madona di Campiglio
  • Lake Misurina
  • Passo di Gardena
  • Passo di Sella
  • Passo Pordoi
  • Passo di Compolongo
  • Passo di Castalunga
  • Passo dello Stelvio
  • Lake side town of Torbole
  • Lake side town of Riva Del Garda
  • Various ferry day trips
  • Day trip to Venice
  • Day trip to Verona

Tour Pricing

  • Rider and pillion £1,445 pp
  • Solo Rider sharing twin room £1,525 pp
  • Solo rider single room £1,845 pp

Price Includes

  • Return Eurotunnel crossing

  • 12 breakfasts

  • 12 evening meals

  • GPX routes

  • Trip check list

  • Daily itinerary

  • Suggested tourist attractions

  • Emergency services numbers

Price Excludes

  • Petrol

  • Hotel parking

  • Motorway tolls

  • Admission charges

  • Meals other that 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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