Our Dolomites and Lake Garda self-guided motorcycle tour offers a fantastic blend of stunning scenery, traditional cuisine and great biking roads.
Amore, gastronomia, passione – if there were only three words to describe Italy, perhaps these would be the ones. Italians love to love. Italians are also masters of gastronomy. But above all, Italians have a great passion for motorcycles.
Throughout this magnificent Dolomites and Lake Garda self-guided motorcycle tour, you’ll discover some of Italy’s most stunning landscapes. They will range from green meadows to rugged mountain zeniths and crystal clear lakes to post-card villages.
During the transit days, you’ll travel through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany as well as Austria. As an added bonus, you will also ride over the iconic Timmelsjoch high alpine road and twisty Giovo pass. With their spectacular bends and hairpins, they add a little bit of extra spice to this truly memorable biking experience.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this glorious holiday is it is a journey of two halves. Initially, you’ll ride exhilarating roller-coaster mountain roads of the majestic Pink Mountains. And for the second part, you’ll relax in the tranquillity of Lake Garda, surrounded by lemon trees and olive growths.
Only when you arrive at the Dolomites, it becomes clear why so many bikers succumb to the mountain pass fewer. This journey encompasses some of the most spectacular mountain roads indeed in Europe and even perhaps the world. These include Passo di Gardena, Passo di Sella, Passo Pordoi as well as Passo di Campolongo. Additionally, Passo di Costalunga, Passo Dello Stelvio and lunch on the shores of pristine Lake Misurina can be included too.
Leaving the Alta Badia region behind, you’ll take a short but enjoyable ride to the enchanting Italian Lakeland. This is the region renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and art as well as a passion for food. It is also one of the most popular biking destinations that fervently advocate the motorcycling la Bella Vita.
This is your time to park the bike, unpack your panniers and jump into your shorts and flip flops. And in true Italian fashion, immerse in the hustle and bustle of nearby towns of Torbole and Riva Del Garda. Like anything in Italy, exploring this region should not be rushed with many options and alternatives worth considering.
You might choose to visit the world-famous Sirmione’s thermal pools as well as explore some of the many Roman ruins. Furthermore, you might opt to go on a ferry-hop ride between lakeside villages. And finally, for those with sommeliers interests, there is also a great variety of vineyards to visit.
If you happen to be here in mid-May, 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. Many of the towns around the lake host regular Jazz festivals and other music events during June and July.
Day trips to Verona as well as the lagoon city of Venice are highly recommended. However, to avoid riding through city traffic using public transport might be a good idea.
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Day by day tour itinerary
You will start the fantastic Dolomites and Lake Garda self-guided motorcycle tour with the morning Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. A 100 or so miles on the motorway through France will get you quickly to Belgium. As you head towards the Ardennes Region, you will cross the borders between France and Belgium on several occasions.
Your route will take you through Philippeville, Bouillon and Givet. You can stop at any or all of these towns for lunch or drink. On our guided tours, we usually stop at Givet. It is a charming little riverside town with quite a few cafés and restaurants. As there are always plenty of spaces, parking is not a problem.
The whole ride today is not that long and demanding, so you should be in your hotel by mid-afternoon. The hotel is a converted medieval fort with comfortable rooms, a fantastic restaurant and a welcoming atmosphere.
What our customers say
"We did not want to come home. Thank you ever so much for a great holiday."
Sarah & Don Beal
Exeter, UK, 2017