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October 15, 2015

Motorbike Grand Tour Italia Bella, 16 days (2)

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Rome and Lazio, Sardinia, Liguria’s Cinque Terre and Tuscany plus 2 incursions in Umbria and Emilia-Romagna: a Grand Tour on the west coast and, offshore, in beautiful isle Sardinia. A journey through the Renaissance, the Middle Ages and the Prehistory dotted with authentic medieval burgs, elegant postcard views, suggestive monasteries, amazing coastal panoramas, delightful hills landscapes and pristine nature … A digest of the best of Italy!

Italy is a mosaic whose single pieces are all in harmony but dissimilar, yet aren’t contrasts the key for an effective mosaic?
This journey is an opportunity to assess by yourself that this is true, since you’ll get in contact with the different realities of 5 among the most interesting Italian regions – plus a small incursion in Emilia- Romagna, just for the pleasure of crossing the splendid Cisa pass.
You will admire many different landscapes, different types of natural environment with a different vegetation, monuments and remains dating back to different ages, different architectural styles that make use of different colors.
You will have the opportunity to taste different cuisines made of different savors and interpreting differently the “art of hosting”. You will meet different people and touch on different ways of life. And so be able to put together an overall picture that will give you an idea of how variegated, rich, faceted and extremely interesting Italy still is today and the lust to come back and continue exploring Italy and many more other spellbinding places of our Bel Paese, hopefully with us, on a motorbike!

In a nutshell  

Start /end place Duration Riding days Hotels Included meals
Rome 16 days
15 nights
14 4 stars
12 changes
13 breakfasts
6 lunches
9 dinners
Rest day Total distance Min-max / day Daily ride Route grading
7: Arbatax
12: Florence
3200 km
2000 miles
160-330 km
100-205 miles
6 – 8 hours Moderate

14 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and TarquiniaGenoaHistoric Centre of Florence , Historic Centre of Rome, Historic Centre of San GimignanoHistoric Centre of SienaHistoric Centre of PienzaMedici Villas and Gardens in TuscanyPiazza del Duomo (Pisa), Portovenere & Cinque TerreSu Nuraxi di BaruminiVal d’OrciaVilla Adriana (Tivoli)Villa d’Este (Tivoli)

Price for this 16-day, 15-night tour: 

  • Rider + pillion in double room, from                                          3,391.50 Euro per person
  • Solo rider in shared double room, from                                      3,990.00 Euro per person
  • Solo rider in single room, from                                                 4,588.50 Euro per person 


  • from October 14th till 29th, 2015

Motorbike hire for the whole tour (14 days), from                             1,270.00 Euro
including unlimited kms, full insurance (with deductible), 3 cases, 1 Nolan helmet

Program details

14 full days in the saddle to explore Italy’s delightful west coast, roaming from Rome to Genoa without missing, far offshore, beautiful island Sardinia, which is a genuine bikers’ paradise.

Day 1: Meeting in Rome (Roma)
We meet up in the afternoon at our hotel in Rome and pick up the rental bikes. We all meet up before dinner and get to know each other through a welcome aperitif and a short but important briefing, the time to explain a few simple rules for organizing and synchronizing things, thus ensuring that everyone has a safe holiday that is unforgettable for all the right reasons. After dinner we propose a panoramic tour of Rome by night on our machines.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rome; included meals: D.

Day 2: 160 km
Our tour begins at 9:00 AM, heading to Civitavecchia, the so-called port of Rome, from which we’ll embark for Sardinia in the evening. It will be very interesting and exciting right from start, amid Lazio’s Etruscan towns and necropolises, via Lakes Bolsena and Bracciano, with a typical lunch in a Lazio trattoria.
Overnight on board in double en-suite cabin; included meals: B, L. Neither dinner, to be taken on the ship, nor breakfast on the next morning are included.

Day 3: 270 km
After docking at Olbia and a quick break in a coffee shop for those who want to have breakfast on terra firma, we start our Sardinian wandering along panoramic coastal roads and exciting mountain routes, looking for lakes and prehistoric remains. Our today coast-to-coast ride leads us to the enchanting Catalan town of Alghero through the moonscape scenery of Valle della Luna, fine town Castelsardo and the prehistoric Giants’ Graves. Don’t miss before/after dinner a stroll to savor the historic center and its charming Spanish-styled lanes.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Alghero; included meals: D.

Day 4: 220 km
Today is about relishing the biking paradise that is Sardinia in all its glory. We take in some classic bikers’ routes with an archeological theme, heading southwards. An itinerary made of exhilarating bikers’ roads, wandering among the many fascinating villages painted with murales, another typical Sardinian feature, like real open-air galleries, and some Roman history.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Guspini; included meals: B, D.

Day 5: 230 km
A full day awaits with visits to two of Sardinia’s most unmissable sights: one of the most important Phoenician-Punic settlements and a cave whose crystalline formations are virtually unique in Europe. There are some great riding roads here, as used by the leading motorbike manufacturers (including Aprilia and BMW) to film their TV adverts and as test routes. Lunch in a typical restaurant. To conclude the day you’ll have the opportunity to visit the enchanting Sardinian main town Cagliari with its bastions, the old castle district, the Poetto beach and nightlife area, its salt-ponds with thousands of pink flamingos, etc …
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Cagliari;  included meals: B, L.

Day 6: 330 km
Yet more classic bikers’ roads with lots of bends and breathtaking coastal scenery lie in wait, with further fascinating remains of ancient civilizations, while heading over to the eastern coast. We visit the most important nuraghe in the world (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). What’s a nuraghe? A construction with more than a hint of mystery about it … you’ll find out more on the spot. Lunch in a typical restaurant and then we have our first encounter with the mountainous landscapes of Gennargentu Park, named after the island’s highest peak.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Arbatax; included meals: B, D.

Day 7: 0 – 240 km
You deserve a rest and may choose among three proposals to decide how to spend this relaxing day:

  • stay in our seaside hotel and enjoy the beach, the pool, the sauna … whatever takes your fancy – 0 km
  • take a boat trip to the Bue Marino Grotto (named after the monk seal or “sea ox”) and have a dip in Sardinia’s three most famous coves, reachable only by water – 10 km
  • marvel at the unique creations by motorcycle-sculptor-cum-engineer Giordano Loi. We then take a guided tour of a Sardinian goldsmith’s studio (with a demonstration of the filigree work at which the islanders excel) – 150 km
  • for real warriors, another splendid motorcycle tour in the hinterland with 2 spectacular lakes in program – 240 km

Overnight in 4-star hotel in Arbatax; included meals: B. Lunch and dine where you please.

Day 8: 280 km
Another superb tour beckons out north-east. What’s better after a relaxed day than a great ride on the mythical Orientale Sarda, stopping at the delightful seaside enclave of Cala Gonone, followed by a typical shepherds’ lunch in the Gennargentu  heights and another fantastic twisty road afterwards, to help you digest, before sailing back to the mainland from Porto Torres.
Overnight on board in double en-suite cabin; included meals: B, L. Neither dinner, to be taken on the ship, nor breakfast on the next morning are included.

Day 9: 230 km
After docking at Genoa (Genova) and a quick break in a coffee shop for those who want to have breakfast on terra firma, we start our strolling along the wonderful Ligurian Riviera, with a must-visit to Portofino, the cradle of Italy’s Dolce Vita and the enchanting Cinque Terre (Unesco World Heritage site) – where we’ll have lunch – with their wonderful colorful villages that have entered the popular imagination through the world of movies, heading for our hotel at the foot of the Apennines.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Pontremoli; included meals: L, D.

Day 10: 280 km
From now on Italy’s green spine, the Apennine chain, becomes our leitmotiv till the end of the tour. We start hands down with the beautiful Cisa pass that takes us for a short jump in Emilia-Romagna before crossing the mountains again at the Abetone pass,  just for the pleasure of riding on thrilling twisty roads snaking amid splendid landscapes , while heading for the splendid fine town Lucca in Tuscany. Lunch in the mountains is included while you’ll be free to choose where to dine in the magic late Middle-Ages atmosphere of Lucca.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Lucca; included meals: B, L.

Day 11: 220 km
First stop today: Pisa, with its magnificent Renaissance testimonies. After an accurate visit of Piazza dei Miracoli (Unesco World Heritage site) and the famous Leaning Tower, we skip back into the Middle-Ages in the most famous, enthralling, medieval little towns of San Gimignano and Volterra (Unesco World Heritage site) and end our tour in magnificent Florence (Firenze).
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Florence; included meals: B, D.

Day 12: 0 – ?? km
Another rest day is well deserved. You may choose to loaf about at the hotel and spend the day on your own as you like. But you will no way remain without options, here following some of our proposals for a unique and fascinating day off the bike:

  • you may decide for a day entirely dedicated to fine town visits on foot: Florence and may be Siena
  • a day dedicated to wine, cheese and cold cuts tastings (obviously not on the bike!!)
  • a one-day cookery class

Lunch and dine where you please.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Florence; included meals: B.

Day 13: 220 km
An enchanting tour amid the most fascinating Tuscan burgs, vineyard hills and woods of Val d’Orcia (Unesco World Heritage site) awaits. On our way a visit to the impressive unroofed Basilica of San Gargano and the beautiful towns of  Pienza and Montepulciano.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Val d’Orcia; included meals: B, D.

Day 14: 180 km
We continue our way southward with a brief incursion in St. Francis and St. Claire’s homeland Umbria with its delightful woods and very many gorgeous fine towns (see tours Amazing Central Italy and Italy and Motors), among which Orvieto is the charming place where we stop over for the night. Other pearls are ours to see on our way, especially  the wine capital Montalcino and the incredible cliff-perched Pitigliano. Pici pasta for lunch on our way …
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Orvieto; included meals: B, L, D.

Day 15: 190 km
Today is the last riding day of this Grand Tour along the northern west-coast and we’ll explore another piece of Lazio, the region Rome belongs to, with a famous “dying town” and some beautiful Roman villas with their delightful gardens. In the late afternoon we finally ride back to our initial hotel in Rome where we drop off the rental bikes. An opulent farewell dinner at the hotel is the only appropriate happy ending we could think of for this great adventure together.
Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rome; included meals: B, D.

Day 16: Farewells in Rome
We say our goodbyes after breakfast, leaving you free to go home or explore further the magic of Italy on your own. There are plenty of opportunities to continue your trip that we can help you planning!
Included meals: B.

Pricing details

Our variable price policy allows us to guarantee all departures.
In case only 1 or 2 crews have enrolled on a tour, with a minimum of 2 people, a supplement applies or participants may renounce completely free of charge.
All tours are limited editions for a maximum of 12 bikes/crews.

Price in Euro per person for this 16-day, 15-night tour: 

from € 3,391.50 with your own bike – € 3,991.50 with rental bike

Included staff:
1 to 4 bikes: tour leader on bike
5 to 6 bikes: tour leader on bike + luggage van
7 to 12 bikes: tour leader on bike + rear tutor on bike + luggage van

The price includes:

  • registration fee, branded tee-shirt, road maps, photo album of the tour
  • assistance, medical and luggage insurance that covers both rider and passenger for all medical expenses in Italy and repatriation assistance costs in case of accident or illness during the tour and luggage theft or loss
  • welcome aperitif
  • overnight ferry crossing Civitavecchia – Olbia for people and bikes
  • overnight ferry crossing Porto Torres – Genova for people and bikes
  • 2 nights onboard in double en-suite cabin
  • 13 nights en-suite accommodation and buffet breakfast in first class hotels
  • 9 dinners in hotel
  • 6 lunches in typical restaurants
  • luggage van (with possibility of transport for 1/2 passengers) for groups of minimum 5 bikes
  • to ensure the utmost attention to each traveler as well as the safety of the group and a good pace, we proudly offer fully escorted tours only. Specifically, each group of up to 6 bikes is captained by a tour leader whereas groups made up of 7 to 12 bikes are always escorted by 2 staff members: a tour leader who opens the convey and a broom biker at its rear end. All our tutors speak English whereas other languages are available on request.

The price does not include:

  • any extra, lunches and dinners unless specifically mentioned
  • room upgrade or suite accommodation – extra charge on request
  • petrol, any parking fees (while touring), entrance fees in museums, natural sites, optional visits
  • transfer to the Rome hotel upon arrival and from the Rome hotel when departing
  • luggage van for groups up to 4 bikes
  • anything not specified in “The price includes”
Additional Info
Country: Italy
Region: Lazio, Sardinia, Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria, Emilia-Romagna
City: Rome, Florence, Genoa, Pisa, Lucca, Montalcino, Orvieto, Alghero, Cagliari, Cinque Terre, San Gimignano
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