Italian Dolomites - Self Guided Motorcycle Tour

Where you choose the date and set the pace
Start / Finish in UK

Tour Information

This Italian Dolomites motorcycle tour has it all. After all these years it is still our best seller holiday.

It has excellent biking roads and mountains of outstanding beauty as well as great hotels with traditional food.

With their limestone peaks the Dolomites are the most beautiful part of the Italian Alps.

It is an unspoiled region of lakes, vast forests and Alpine pastures. With its spectacular mountain passes it is one of the most attractive destinations for bikers.

You will start your journey from Folkestone. Your first overnight destination will be in Luxembourg.

During the next two days you will continue through Germany and Austria. You will have an overnight stop in each country.

The Black Forest will be your second overnight stop. Here you will stay in a three star family run hotel. Your host will also treat you with a delicious German supper.

Upon your arrival to Austria you will receive a similar hospitality. The difference being that the hotel star rating and the number of evening meal courses will increase by one.

Your route from Austria will take you over the Timmelsjoch Pass. This is one of the most desirable passes for bike riders. The Motorcycle museum and the restaurant at the top are also worth a visit.

In the Dolomites you will be staying in a small Alpine resort. It is surrounded by fir trees and snow-covered peaks that turn a spectacular pink at sunset. So sit back and enjoy.

While here you will have the opportunity to ride the spectacular mountain passes. These include the famous Sella Ronda as well as Valparola. Also Giau, Falzarego and Passo di Costalunga are great rides too. If you are after ticking the boxes then a longer day ride up the legendary Stelvio pass might appeal to you.

The dramatic peaks that everyone wants to see here is the “Drei Zinnen ”, the “three chimneys”. From your hotel you can take a ride over the Falzarego pass. It ascends to the famous ski resort of Cortina D’Ampezo. Also stop for a coffee at Lake Misurina and still arrive to see the three chimneys within a few hours.

While in the Dolomites there are two museums worth a visit. The first one is the Reinhold Messner Museum in Cibiana di Cadore. It explores the history and development of the Dolomites step by step. And the second one is the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano. Here Ötzi – the Ice Man (a glacier mummy) is exhibited.  It dates from the Copper Age.

As tempting as it may be to keep on riding please take your time to stop and take some photos. There are also plenty of places for coffee breaks and cable car rides.

The return journey will take you through Austrian Tyrol, the Black Forest and the Champagne region.

You might choose to follow our itinerary and visit some or all of the recommended museums and tourist attractions. Or you might opt to focus more on the riding part. Regardless which way you prefer. This tour can be equally enjoyed on and off the bike. It is a very unique motorcycle touring holiday and to fully appreciate it one visit might not be enough!


To extend this trip please have a look at Slovenia, Croatia & Dolomites tour.

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Tour Itinerary

DayEventApprox Daily Mileage
Day 1

Depart Folkestone.
Combination of motorway and non-motorway roads towards the Champagne region of France

Day 2

Start towards the Black Forest region of Germany.
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

Day 3

Start towards Tirol region of Austria
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

Day 4

Start towards Italian Dolomites
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

Day 5,6 and 7

Free days
Optional day ride around Dolomites famous mountain passes

Day 8

Start towards Switzerland
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

Day 9

Start towards the Black Forest region of Germany
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads

Day 10

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

Day 11

Start towards Calais
Afternoon crossing to Folkestone



  • Depart and return when it suits you

Tour Hightlights

  • Passo di Compolongo
  • Passo di Castalunga
  • Passo Pardoi
  • Passo di Sella
  • Passo di Gardena
  • Lake Misurina
  • Bolzano
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Home made traditional meals
  • Village location
  • Family run
  • Biker friendly 4**** hotels with leisure facilities and first class hospitality
  • Passo dello Stelvio

Tour Pricing

  • Rider and pillion £1,195 pp
  • Solo rider sharing twin room £1,255 pp
  • Solo rider single room £1,495 pp

Price Includes

  • Return channel crossing

  • 10 nights b&b accommodation

  • 10 evening meals

  • GPX routes

  • Trip check list

  • Daily itinerary

  • Suggested tourist attractions

  • Emergency services numbers

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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