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Italy, Switzerland, Austria Motorcycle Tour

April 2024
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Spend 10 days touring the incredible mountains and lakes on the Italian, Austrian and Swiss borders

This is the tour of a lifetime - taking in the amazing scenery of the Lombardy Mountain Range, the stunning Lake Como, the meandering Alpine roads of Switzerland, the bucket list Stelvio Pass, the Dolomite Mountain Range and as featured by Top Gear, The Grossglockner Pass.

"This is one of my absolute favourite tours! By jumping on the overnight train to Italy, we cut out the majority of the motorway riding, giving us more time to enjoy the fun mountain twisties!"

Life is a Ride Motorcycle Tour Guide - Nick Bee
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Nick Bee
Italy, Switzerland & Austria
19/04/2024 - 28/04/2024
Start location:
Folkestone
From
£2600
£750 deposit
Booking Closed

Tour Highlights

Lake Como
Grossglockner Pass
Lake Garda
The Dolomites
Stelvio Pass

Top Gear defines Italy's Stelvio Pass: "One of the World's greatest roads". The Stelvio Pass (Italian: Passo dello Stelvio) is a mountain pass in northern Italy, at an elevation of 2,757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps.

The original road was built in 1820–25 by the Austrian Empire to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardy with the rest of Austria, covering a climb of 1,871 m (6,138 ft) The engineer and project manager was Carlo Donegani (1775–1845). Since then, the route has changed very little. Its seventy-five hairpin turns, 48 of them on the northern side numbered with stones, are a challenge to motorists. Stirling Moss went off the road here during a vintage car event in the 1990s, with an onboard video of his incident being shown on satellite TV.

Before the end of World War I, it formed the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Italian Kingdom. The Swiss had an outpost and a hotel (which was destroyed) on the Dreisprachenspitze (literally, Three-Language-Peak). During World War I, fierce battles were fought in the ice and snow of the area, with gun fire even crossing the Swiss area at times. The three nations made an agreement not to fire over Swiss territory, which jutted out in between Austria (to the north) and Italy (to the south). Instead they could fire down the pass, as Swiss territory was up and around the peak. After 1919, with the expansion of Italy, the pass lost its strategic importance.

What's Included

Eurostar from Folkestone to Calais and overnight train to Italy (and back again) - Including cabin
9 nights accommodation in good quality hotels (including cabins on overnight train)
Breakfasts each morning in the hotels
Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities
Fully guided tour, supported by an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide!
Welcome pack with guidance to help you prepare for your trip
Route plans and maps
GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom)
Daily itinerary including sights and stop-offs

Not Included

Fuel
Toll charges
Admission charges
Hotel parking charges (where unavoidable)
Meals & drinks other than those specified
Travel and breakdown insurance
Italy, Switzerland & Austria
19/04/2024 - 28/04/2024
Start location:
Folkestone
From
£2600
£750 deposit
Booking Closed

Itinerary / Locations

Day 1
The tour starts by meeting at Dover and boarding the Eurotunnel to Calais. A 3.5 hour ride takes us to Cologne. There we board an overnight train with motorbikes secured. Relax, a drink and dinner and then we have our own group cabin for a good night sleep to arrive at our destination the next morning. Italy here we come.
Day 2
Ride through the stunning Lombardy Mountains arriving at Lake Como, the third largest lake in Italy. We have time to take a leisurely ride around the lake with the dramatic backdrop at the foot of the Alps, weaving through the narrow lakeside towns and charming villages before checking into our hotel.
Day 3
After breakfast we cross the border of Switzerland taking in the miles of unspoilt, tree lined twisty silk roads, before crossing back into Italy to arrive at the stunning Stelvio National Park.
Day 4
Stelvio Pass is one of the most dramatic mountain passes in the Alps, with 48 hairpin bends to navigate. We take a stop at the top for lunch and enjoy the jaw dropping views. After lunch, we head across the tree lined route down to our overnight hotel.
Day 5
The ride will take us through the spectacular Dolomites. Untouched landscapes and some of the most scenic vistas. Heading for Cortina to our hotel it is known as the Pearl of the Dolomites known for its sheer beauty.
Day 6
The tour will take us on through Italy into the Austrian Alps with twisting roads to ride the legendary Grossglockner Pass, as recently featured in Top Gear. It is without a doubt one of the most scenic rides in Europe. The ride will head back to Cortina for our second night.
Day 7
Heading for Lake Garda which is the largest lake in Europe. Enjoy the scenery of the lake as we ride round stopping off for lunch on the lakeside or an ice cream before checking into our hotel.
Day 8
After breakfast our last stop on the tour is the historic and beautiful medieval city of Verona.

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