Dolomites, Lakes & Alps

Italy

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Italy

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Dolomites, Lakes & Alps
Italy

Follow in James Bond’s footsteps and ride the finest roads in 6 countries on this truly epic motorcycle tour.

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11 Day Self-Guided Tour

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Follow in James Bond’s footsteps and ride the finest roads in 6 countries.
Ben Spear and Felix Billington.
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The Italian Dolomites with their imposing granite peaks and mountain passes make for some incredible riding, couple this with the B500 in Germany, 5 of the best biking roads in Switzerland, and a balmy stay at Lake Garda you’ve got the recipe for a great tour!
Self Guided Tour
11 days
1900 miles
May to October

Your tour starts with the Eurotunnel to Calais, from here you head to your first night’s stop in Reims before venturing through eastern France and into Germany via the beautiful Vosges mountains. The afternoon’s ride brings you into the Black Forest region and to your hotel in Baden Baden to rest up before taking on one of the most iconic biking roads in Germany.

The B500 is one of the oldest and most well-known roads not only in Germany but across Europe, with bikers from every corner coming year on year to ride the famous twisties it has to offer. You ride this infamous road before venturing down through Bavaria and to your next stop on the border with Austria. The following morning you cross a breathtaking road between Austria and Italy- the Timmelsjoch pass, with huge open vistas and hairpins aplenty it’s sure to blow you away!

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Norway is often the trip people are most suprised by. Just how dramatic the scenery and empty the roads are. Come and join me in August and experience a beautiful country with tremendous twisty roads.

Amazing Alps

After a peaceful night in a small alpine resort you carry on riding through snow capped mountains and twisting your way past the picturesque Lake Idro to make your way down to the largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda, and to your hotel on the shore where we can enjoy a well deserved day off.

Your day off in Lake Garda comes with options in and out of the saddle, there are planned rideouts if you’re still raring to go (including one tracing the steps of several James Bond car chases) or you can also spend the day island hopping on the boats around Lake Garda itself or take to the skies over the lake in the cable car where the views are truly spectacular.

The iconic Stelvio Pass

You then say goodbye to the tranquillity of the Lake and head towards the world famous Stelvio pass, soaring to a height of 9045ft above sea level this dramatic mountain pass was voted as the best driving road in 2008 by Top Gear and still remains a biking bucket list for many. After the excitement of the Stelvio you head down into Switzerland to bed down before getting ready to ride the 5 greatest mountain passes the Swiss have to offer the next day!

Get in touch with your inner James Bond not once but twice as we ride the Susten, Grimsel and Furka pass, immortalised by the car chase in Goldfinger, then tackle the 37 cobbled hairpins on the St Gotthard pass and reach dizzy heights on the Nufenen before relaxing at the hotel in the high Alps. From here you cross back into France riding sections of the Tour de France route, visit the memorial in Verdun and overnight in the Vosges mountains and then the forests of Belgium before journeying back to Calais.

When the moon hits your eye like a big piece of pie ….. That’s a Magellan Italian motorbike tour!

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Tour highlights

The B500 in the German Black Forest: A road that needs no introduction, consistently featured in the top ten biking roads in the world the B500’s twists and turns promise an exhilarating ride.

Timmelsjoch pass: One of the highest mountain passes in the Alps linking Austria and Italy the Timmelsjoch offers some magnificent views and boasts plenty of hairpins.

Lake Garda:  This crystal clear lake in Northern Italy is breathtakingly beautiful. You can take a cable-car up Monte Baldo to see the lush green, rolling Italian countryside or laze by the lake in glorious Italian sunshine.

'Meticulously put together motorcycle tour, ensuring that it all came together perfectly on each of the eleven days. The planning, research, hard work, and lots and lots of effort pre-tour, and during the tour by the guide made my holiday one that I will never forget.'
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The world famous Stelvio pass: At 9045ft above sea level the Stelvio allows for some breathtaking views as well as some tantalising hairpins.

Route des Crêtes in the Vosges Mountains: Running along the border of the Alsace and Lorraine regions of France, it's a true jewel in the mountains, with twisties and curves to get your blood pumping.

Château-Fort de Bouillon overlooking the town and river of Semois: This beautiful town in the centre of Ardennes boasts the Chateau-Fort de Bouillon and is a perfect spot for the final night of our journey.

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The spectacular Timmelsjoch pass

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Tour Map / Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Day 1 191 Miles

You ride straight off the Tunnel to Reims for your first overnight stop.

Day 2 239 Miles

You have lunch in eastern France and then ride into Germany via the beautiful sweeping curves of the Vosges mountains towards your overnight stop at Baden-Baden.

Day 3 221 Miles

You ride the infamous B500 with its smooth tarmac and flowing curves towards Bavaria and your hotel on the Austrian border.

Day 4 188 Miles

You cross through the breath-taking Timmelsjoch pass into Italy and stay in a small alpine resort.

Day 5 100 Miles

You ride the high alps past Lake Idro before tackling some nice twisties down to your hotel on the shores of Lake Garda.

Day 6 Explore Day

A free day by the shores of Lake Garda.

Day 7 225 Miles

You leave the tranquillity of the Lake behind and head to the world famous Stelvio Pass and down into Switzerland to your next hotel stop.

Day 8 125 Miles

Today you ride 5 of the greatest mountain passes in Switzerland.

Day 9 170 Miles

You ride into the Vosges region of France via the acclaimed riding roads of the Route des Crêtes to your overnight stop.

Day 10 205 Miles

Ride along the Route D’Epinal via The Douaumont ossuary WW1 war memorial at Verdun and then onto to your last overnight stop along the river Semois past the majestic Château-Fort de Bouillon.

Day 11 200 Miles

Hearty breakfast and then onto the channel tunnel for the final leg of the trip home…

What's included
Euro Tunnel return trip Folkestone-Calais (if Folkestone isn’t convenient for you other crossing options are available, see common questions below).
10 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels and 5 evening meals (we do this to allow you the flexibility to explore and choose where you eat on some of the evenings).
Excellent breakfast each morning
Full use of all hotels' leisure facilities.
Detailed route plans and maps.
GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom).
Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee / lunch stops.
What's not
Fuel.
Toll charges.
Admission charges.
Occasional hotel parking charges.
Meals and drinks as specified above.
Travel/Breakdown insurance covering repatriation back to the UK

Common questions about this trip

Can I get a different crossing on this trip?

Of course, many of our clients cross by ferry from further north. If you would like to do this and make your own way to the hotel on the first night just let us know in the comments section of your booking form and we will deduct the cost of the Eurotunnel crossing from your booking.

When is the best time of year to do this trip?

June to September as a rule although May and October can work with a dash of luck. This trip crosses a number of high passes and the usual opening times for them are below. Be aware that even in August some of these can close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions. There are always ways round these passes but worth bearing in mind when planning the best dates for your tour. Stelvio: late May to end of October Swiss passes: mid May to October Timmelsjoch: Early June until mid-October

More information
For general information on planning and preparing for motorcycle trips including what to pack please see our Prepare for your trip section.
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