Our Italian Dolomites self guided motorcycle tour has it all. It has excellent biking roads and mountains of outstanding beauty as well as great hotels with traditional food. After all these years it is still our best selling holiday.
If we are to use the musical analogy to describe this self guided tour, then Swan Lake would be the most appropriate one. With each passing mile, with each mountain pass, with each twist of the throttle, as this journey grows, it becomes more and more beautiful.
This is a region of vast forests and green pastures as well as flowery meadows and rugged mountain peaks. With its spectacular mountain passes, very few would argue that the Dolomites are the most alluring motorcycling destination in Europe.
The fascination with the Dolomites steams from the mixture of dreamlike nature, welcoming hospitality and exhilarating biking roads. While here, you’ll have the opportunity to ride some of the most spectacular mountain passes. These include the famous Sella Ronda as well as Valparola. Also Giau, Croce and Passo di Costalunga are great rides too. If you are after ticking the boxes, a more extended day ride up the legendary Stelvio pass will not disappoint.
The ‘Drei Zinnen’ or the three chimneys is by far the most iconic and most photographed image in the Dolomites. However, it also appears to be one of the most popular day trips amongst our clients as well. It includes a visit to the glamorous ski resort of Cortina D’Ampezzo and a ride over the breathtaking Falzarego pass. Furthermore, as a sweet reward for your efforts, you can treat yourself to a slice of cake by Lake Misurina.
South Tyrol is also renowned for its superb hospitality, and your host in Corvara takes exceptional pride in it. The town and your hotel are nestled in the tranquil valley surrounded by the panoramic mountain scenery. The hotel is tastefully decorated in typically Alpine style but with all modern amenities as well as luxury rooms. Its own traditional restaurant serves delicious Tyrolean cuisine with typically Italian theatrical flair. Each evening the master chef will treat you with perfectly formed delights straight from mama’s own recipe book.
Besides motorcycling, the Dolomites contain much cultural interest, from the historic town of Bolzano to the Reinhold Messner Mountain Museum and the Marmolada War Museum. However, perhaps the most famous tourist attraction is Otzi, the ‘Ice Man’. The copper age mummy became a top local celebrity and now lies in a museum in Bolzano.
It would be easy but certainly not fair to dedicate this tour’s soul stardom only to the Dolomites. Your transit journey starts with a gentle ride through the rolling hills of the Champagne region of France. It continues via the Black Forest and an exhilarating ride along the legendary B500. You will announce your arrival to Italy by a roller coaster ride over the magnificent Timmelsjoch Pass. Finally, you’ll return via the glitzy ski resort of Sankt Moritz and the picturesque countryside of Luxembourg.
You might choose to follow our suggested itinerary and visit some or all of the recommended museums and tourist attractions. Or you might opt to focus more on the mountain passes and riding part. Regardless of which way you prefer, this tour can be equally enjoyed on as well as off the bike. It is a very unique motorcycle touring holiday, and to fully appreciate it, one visit might not be enough!
For more day-to-day information, please spend some time studying the below tour itinerary.
To extend this tour, please use this link: Dolomites and Lake Garda
If you require a motorcycle rental, please use this link.
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Day by day tour itinerary
This fantastic tour will start as you board a morning EuroTunnel across the Channel to France. From here to Reims, you’ll make your way by using the perfect French motorway system.
A gentle ride through the Champagne Region will take you to your hotel that sits in the middle of an ancient Forêt D’Orient. Today’s journey is not demanding, so you can take it at a leisurely pace and stop as often as you wish. The first few comfort breaks, fuel and coffee stops are usually at the motorway petrol stations. Once when you get on rural roads, keep an eye out for whatever might be open. Both Épernay and Sézanne are convenient places to stop en route.
On our guided tours, we usually stop at Sézanne. It is easy to park and has a charming town square with a café and friendly atmosphere. It also has a cash point right next door, which proved to be handy on quite a few occasions.
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