Italian Dolomites and Lake Garda Self-Guided Tour

Where you choose the date and set the pace

Tour Information

The Dolomites and Lake Garda is our new tour. It offers a fantastic blend of Alpine scenery and Italian cuisine.

This is a holiday of two halves. You will ride an exhilarating roller coaster mountain passes. And also you will relax in tranquility of lemon trees and olive growths.

Both base hotels on this tour are four star and biker friendly. They have swimming pools as well as wellness centers. The hotels have excellent restaurants as well. They serve a great selection of traditional regional and national dishes.

You start your journey from Folkestone. For those with longer journeys down South alternative crossing can be arranged.

During the next three days you’ll travel through Luxembourg, Germany as well as Austria. You will have an overnight stop in each country.

Your route from Austria to Italy will take you over the Timmelsjoch high alpine road. 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. It is located in a small enchanting ski resort in the Val Badia region.

You’ll have an opportunity to ride some of the most spectacular mountain passes. These include Passo di Gardena, Passo di Sella, Passo Pordoi as well as Passo di Campolongo. Passo di Costalunga and of course Passo Dello Stelvio also can be included. You might also decide to use some of your free time to have lunch on the shores of crystal clear Lake Misurina.

The nearest large town is Bruneck. It has a wonderful town center and a castle with a museum devoted to the mountain people. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants to sit down and relax.

Alternatively, you may prefer to take a ride to Bolzano. The town has an attractive cathedral as well as a medieval center.  But the jewel in the crown is the fascinating museum. It is also home to Ötzi. He is a copper age man found preserved in a nearby glacier.

Leaving the Dolomites behind you’ll take a short but enjoyable ride. You pass through the famous ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio. It will take you to your next destination on the Lake Garda shores. This is your time to park your bike and 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 anything in Italy, 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. Also explore some of many Roman ruins. Or go on a ferry-hop ride between lakeside villages. For those with sommeliers interests there is also a great variety of vineyards to visit.

A popular ride will take you to the ski resort of Molveno. The town is famed for its crystal clear alpine lake as well as beautiful views. The ride is not too long so there is plenty of time to explore and also have lunch.

If you happen to be here in mid May then you can head to Brescia to see the historic Mille Miglia. Check out the timetable, find a vantage point and watch the motoring history blast by.

In June the Chiaretto wine festival in Bardolino is a must visit event. Enjoy wine tasting and food stalls along the promenade as well as live music and entertainment.

During June and July many of the towns around the lake host regular Jazz festivals and other music events.

Day trips to Verona as well as Venice are highly recommended. However, to avoid riding through city traffic using public transport might be a good idea.


To extend this trip please have a look at Austrian Tyrol  and/or Swiss Alps tour.

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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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

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

Day 5-6

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

Day 7

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

Day 8-9

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

Day 10

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

Day 11

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

Day 12

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

Day 13

Start towards Calais
Crossing to Folkestone



  • 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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