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Italian and Swiss Lakes self guided motorcycle holiday

Italian and Swiss-Lakes self-guided-motorcycle-tour. Explore some of the most beautiful Alpine Lakes... relax, ride and be merry.

The Italian and Swiss-Lakes self-guided-motorcycle-tour takes you to the three most beautiful European Alpine regions. 

This fantastic eleven-day-long journey includes comfortable hotels with safe parking, visits to famous tourist attractions, meandering biking transit routes, exhilarating mountain passes and relaxing days off the bike.

Describing the flawless beauty of the Italian and Swiss lakes can be pretty challenging. Yet, as soon as you arrive, you’ll instantly understand why so many pay annual biking pilgrimage here.

You’ll start immersing in stunning Alpine views, the Mediterranean climate, glorious Italian food and the typical Italian hustle and bustle of the Italian Riviera with Lake Garda. 

However, you must get there before you get a chance to experience the ‘la bella vita’. Your transit route will take you via the Belgian Ardennes and Luxembourg, a section of the iconic B500 – Schwarzwaldhochstraße in the Black Forest and the Col de la Schlucht in the Vosges Mountains. You’ll also take a spin along the Julier Pass, Bernina Pass, Passo Forcola, Passo di Foscagno and Passo dell Ballino. And just before you arrive at Limone Sul Garda, you can have a coffee at the glitzy ski resort of Madonna Di Campiglio. 

Your free day on the beautiful Lago di Garda comes with a few options. While here, you can explore the town. You can go for a boat day trip and visit several other lakeside towns. A cable car ride will take you to the top of Mount Baldo. In addition, another alternative is to see the world-famous Sirmione’s thermal pools. As well as this, you can also explore some of the many other Roman ruins.

From Lake Garda, you’ll be moving on to the “Monte Carlo of Switzerland”, the beautiful city of Lugano. You’ll also continue indulging in this compelling mix of Mediterranean and Alpine culture, Italian food and wine, but this time with a Swiss accent.

Your passage to Lugano is an easy and enjoyable ride over the Passo Campo, Passo Duron, Passo Del Tonale, a half loop around the shores of Lago di Como and a home straight run along the scenic road that tightly hugs Lago Di Lugano.

The best way to explore this fascinating city is to venture into Lugano’s Old Town centre. Find a table in one of many bars and cafés on the square, relax and enjoy the warm Mediterranean sun, palm and olive trees scent, and perhaps a shot or two of limoncello. And do what everyone around here does: eat, chat and enjoy life.

Simplon Pass, several wiggly little mountain roads and a brief ride along the tranquil shores of Lago Maggiore will bring you to the glistening azure waters of Lake Geneve and the Rock & Roll town of Montreux. Here, “you will, you will rock it” and explore its rich musical heritage and trendy café and bar culture. You can also take a stroll along the promenade lined with numerous statues, including the statue of the Queen legend Freddie Mercury, and visit the renowned Queen Museum and the spectacular Chillon Castle. 

You’ll bring this memorable Italian and Swiss-Lakes guided-motorcycle-tour to its conclusion with a glass or two of bubbly at Chalons-En-Champagne, the mini capital of the Champagne region. It is a perfect place to say farewell before returning to the UK.

Please study the tour itinerary below for more day-to-day information about the Italian and Swiss-Lakes self-guided-motorcycle-tour.

For an alternative to the Italian and Swiss-Lakes self-guided-motorcycle-tour, please use this link: Dolomites and Lake Garda self guided motorcycle tour.

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Tour highlights:

When we go:

May to September


Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France

Motorcycle rental:


Day by day tour itinerary

Day 1 – Folkestone to Bastogne (Belgium) (Approx. 218 miles)

Welcome to the start of Italian and Swiss-Lakes self-guided-motorcycle-tour.

A morning channel tunnel crossing will take you under the water to Calais. From there, you’ll be heading towards Belgium. The first half of the route will be on the motorways, giving you more time to ride the beautiful country roads in the afternoon. A great thing about riding through the Belgian Ardennes is you’ll always have breathtaking views. 

The riverside town of Givet is an excellent place to stop for lunch and refreshments and take some nice holiday photos. The town has a lovely square with several cafés and restaurants offering a great selection of traditional specialities. 

From Givet, you’ll continue your pleasant ride through the scenic countryside of Belgium towards your hotel.

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Italian and Swiss Lakes self guided motorcycle holiday