GLOBAL MOTORCYCLE TOURS
17 Millfield Road
Phone: 01257 410686
Mobile: 07731 986502
Global Motorcycle Tours ©
Company No. 05714224
Close your eyes and think of Italy and you will probably picture rolling hills, beautiful hilltop towns and stunning architecture. This is Tuscany. The climate, the people and the wine more than anywhere else are all so typically Italian. It is no coincidence that Ducati, Aprilia and MV motorcycles are all designed and built here.
Add to this the magnificence and splendour of Rome, Pisa, Assisi and Siena, and the serenity of Lake Garda and Lugano and you have a recipe for an unforgettable motorcycle tour. Join us as we travel to some of the most fascinating and exciting areas in Europe.
Tour prices are per person
Deposit: £95.00 per person
Monday 29th May - Sunday 11th June 2017
14 Days - 13Nights
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Euro Tunnel Outbound & Return
13 Nights en-suite accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels
All breakfasts included with accommodation
7 Evening Meals
Detailed Route Plans and Maps
Comprehensive tour manual
GPS coordinates (Garmin Mapsource file)
Detailed Daily itinerary
Guided and supported by Tom & Susan
Daily 156 – 398 (not including ride outs)
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Meals other than specified
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Assisi - Basilica di San Francesco
Siena - Piazza Del Campo
The Vatican City & Sistine Chapel
Day one: Following an early morning Euro Tunnel crossing we take to the motorway system of France. No motorcyclist likes travelling in this way but in order to cover the distance to Southern Italy unfortunately there is no alternative but to take to the motorway system for some of the journey.
Travelling as a larger group for long distances on the motorway can also be tiring and frustrating. Therefore for the first day we would request that everyone either travels alone or within smaller groups. By travelling in this way everyone should be able to pass more quickly through the various toll booths, fill with fuel only when needed and take breaks at their own convenience. Situated on the Alsatian Wine Route our first nights features a spa, swimming pool and, sauna.
Day two: We continue south through the Alsace region of France before crossing the border into Switzerland. Although we are still using the Autoroute system the scenery changes dramatically as we pass serene lakes and towering mountains to our eventual destination on the banks of the spectacular Lake Lugano.
Day Five: Today you are free to explore the magnificent city of Rome. Although you would need more than one trip to explore the many wonders and sights of Rome you will be able to get a true flavour of this historical city within the day. The Vatican City and Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, the Panteon and of course the Colloseum are all within walking distance. Following your days sightseeing you may choose to remain in the City or return to the hotel and dine in the hotel restaurant where the buffet-style dining experience provides an exclusive menu of international flavours.
Day six: Our journey now heads through the Dei Monti Lucretili National Park before entering Umbria which is often called ‘Italy’s green heart’. Umbria is known for its medieval towns and dense forest and of course - fabulous biking roads. Winding our way further north we eventually arrive at our next destination, the hilltop town of Assisi. Our hotel for the next two nights is located within walking distance of the town and includes a spa, heated indoor pool, plus a roof garden with panoramic views of Assisi.
Day seven: Today you are free to join our organised ride out which takes us deeper into the rolling Umbrian countryside or of course you can choose to relax at the hotel or perhaps explore the many sights of Assisi including the Basilica di San Francesco which dominates the towns skyline.
Day eight: Leaving Assisi behind we again take to the long sweeping roads and spectacular scenery which is so typical of this region of Italy. It is no wonder that bikers from all over Europe are drawn here. Passing the small towns of Bevagna, Todi and Orvieto we soon re-enter Tuscany and head for our next overnight stop in the city of Siena. As this is one of the shorter days on the tour we will arrive in plenty of time for you to explore this beautiful historic city. The centre and main attraction in Siena is the Torre del Mangia on the Piazza del Campo. It is here that twice a year the ‘Palio de Siena’ horse race is held. It was against this spectacular backdrop that the opening scenes of the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ were filmed.
Day nine: Today we leave Siena and head for the largest and most spectacular lake in Italy we first have to travel through the Chianti countryside and take the fabulous Sp65 towards Bologne. Ducati motorcycles have their spiritual home in Bologna and the superb Sp65 is used is used by Ducati when testing their latest model. Lake Garda is today’s destination and our hotel is in the small harbour town of Peschiera and is located only a few yards from the Lake. Lake Garda is one of our most favourite places in Europe and why we return here year after year
Day twelve: Today we leave Austria and with the Alps now fading in our mirrors we continue through the back roads of Germany’s Baden-Wurttemberg region to another outstanding biking region, the Black Forest of Germany. Surrounded by scenic Black Forest countryside our traditional hotel features a large spa centre with 10 different saunas and an indoor and outdoor pool.
Day thirteen and we begin the day by riding a section of the famous B500, reputably one of the best biking roads in Europe. Before long we arrive at the River Rhine and cross the border into the Alsace region of France. Our route now turns north as we take to the superb back roads of Luxembourg to our final hotel located in the historic town of Bastogne. It was here in the harsh Christmas of 1944 the men of Easy Company (Band of Brothers) held the line around the town against the attacking German forces.
Day fourteen: Following the Meuse and Semois rivers through the Ardennes national park our route eventually joins the motorways system as we head back to Calais for our Euro tunnel crossing to Folkestone.
If you are an experienced rider or it is your first time on the continent this tour would be suitable.
The riding as always can be challenging but with plenty of opportunities to ride or relax this tour could be just the tour you are looking for.
Day three: Passing Lake Como we finally cross the border into Italy. Leaving the Autoroute system behind we enter Tuscany and head towards the coast. Following lunch in the typically Italian town of Pontremoli our next destination is the town of Pisa and its famous leaning tower. With indoor and outdoor pools a private beach and wellness centre this evenings hotel is the perfect place to unwind and really start to get the feeling of Italy.
Day four: The route becomes a little more challenging but ultimately more enjoyable as we now head for the sweeping roads of the Tuscan countryside. Along the route we stop at the small medieval town of Capodimonte situated on the shores of Lake Bolsena. They say all roads lead to Rome and this one certainly does – eventually. For the next two nights we will be staying in a luxury four star hotel which is located just a short distance from St Peters Square and the Vatican City. For a minimal fee the hotel provides a regular shuttle bus service to the City.
Day ten is another ride or rest day giving you the choice to join our organised ride-out high into the surrounding mountains and to the Bocca Navene Cafe which at 5000 feet offers incredible views over the lake. Or alternatively you can choose to visit the multitude of small villages that lie along the lakes shoreline, catch a boat across the lake or take a trip to Verona which is just a short distance away.
Day eleven and our onward travel now takes us to Austria via the Mendelpass and Gampenpass which rises to over 5000 feet. Although the tour does not include the famous Stelvio pass you can if you prefer make a detour and ride this infamous pass. The Stelvio or the StilfserJoch as it is called in Austria boasts 48 hairpin bends and soars to a height of over 9000 feet. En-route we stop at the sunken church at Lake Reschen. The steeple of the 14th century church rises out of the lake after the area was flooded to make an artificial lake in 1950. We continue along the scenic Reschen Pass before arriving at our hotel with plenty of time to make use of the heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room.