The Alps and Dolomites, when seen through the eyes of a motorcyclist, translate to endless twisty roads with some of the most iconic mountain views in the world. You'll be travelling through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and France following parts of the Tour De France and Giro d'Italia bicycle race routes. You'll taste Bavarian beer close to the castle that inspired Walt Disney before following the Napoleon Route, to reach the Mediterrenaen Sea on the French Riviera, to then re-enter into Italy's Piemonte wine region. The trip is almost void of any highway stretches, favoring scenic and twisty roads, from day one.
Alps & Dolomites – Part 1 - Tour Itinerary
Arrival of the participants to Milan or Bergamo Airport and transfer by minibus / taxi to the hotel Briefing with our tour leader. Dinner and overnight stay.
Shuttle transfer to Eagle Rider Milan for motorcycles pick up and departure for Trento, the gateway for the Dolomites. After a quick first ride to get accustomed to the bikes and riding in the group, we visit the medieval Castle of Brescia before riding alongside Lake Garda, the largest lake in Norther Italy. It's twisty lakeside road crosses a number of picturesque towns and offers gorgeous views. Exiting this area, we enter a valley of vineyards and we get the first glimpses of mountains and castles, as we enter the city of Trento to experience it's unique foods and enjoy a well deserved rest after an eventful first day.
We leave Trento and we enter the Dolomites section of the Alps. In this first day we head for Cortina d'Ampezzo, a gorgeous ski resort often defined as the "pearl of the Dolomites". Plenty of options to stop and take in the views at the top of the mountain passes, while riding through multiple National Parks. It's hard to describe what you'll see in words, but in essence it's exactly how you'd expect it, just better and with great roads!!!
Today we continue our trip in the heart of the Dolomites and cross the Italian and Austrian boarder. Lunch will be had in the highest Motorcycle Museum in the world (great food, killer view) shortly after entering Austria, and we slowly descend on twisty roads towards the very typical Austrian hotel and restaurant where we'll stay for the night.
We start the day heading towards Germany, in the Bavarian region. We go and visit the Neuschweinstein Castle, the creation of the mad King Ludwig II, whose drive to create a perfect castle left us with an awe inspiring architectural wonder, that is the inspiration for the shape of the Dinsey Castle and Bavaria's main attraction. We have lunch and then start a wide turn to start heading back south, leaving Germany behind and entering Switzerland, stopping at the city of Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland and the capital of the Swiss canton of Grisons.
We leave Chur and follow a mountain road that grazes dams and lakes, towards skiing resorts, that in Summer time become the grazing land for hikers and mountain-bikers. The roads are twisty, scenic and sheer riding pleasure. We'll cross from the German to the Italian speaking side of Switzerland, we'll exit the alps and stop at the natural pools of Lavertezzo, before returning on Italian soil at Lake Maggiore, where we'll dine and rest for the day.
Today it's all about lakes: we cross one, to ride along one, to get to another one! We cross lake Maggiore on a ferry to land on it's Lombardy side and take a ride back into Switzerland where we'll ride along the northern shore of Lake Lugano. A relatively short but very beautiful and scenic road that takes us straight to Lake Como where we are greeted by it's villas and views. We ride along it's western shore following the lakeside to ride through Como and then have a stop in Bellagio, the famous town with it's elegant villas and cobble stone streets. From there we make our way back to Eagle Rider Milano to conclude this awesome trip with a proper celebration
Transfer by minibus / taxi to the airport for departure from Italy.