16 days
Duration
2500 approx
Miles
Progressive
Tour pace

16 DAY CORSICA & ITALY
MOTORCYCLE TOUR


Welcome to our Corsica & Italy Motorcycle Tour, travelling through France along the Route Napoleon we head for the coast and sail to Corsica to explore this delightful island with some spectacular roads and scenery, returning through Italy to visit Pisa and the Dolomites among many other fabulous locations!

Corsica, a mountainous Mediterranean island, presents a mix of stylish coastal towns, dense forest and craggy peaks (Monte Cinto is the highest). Nearly half the island falls within a park whose hiking trails include the challenging GR 20. Its beaches range from busy Pietracorbara to remote Saleccia and Rondinara. It’s been part of France since 1768, but retains a distinct Italian culture.

QUICK OVERVIEW
We begin the journey through France with our first leg of the tour passing through the Vosges Mountains, a beautiful area of mountainous forest, with many hairpins, twists and turns and of course, some awesome scenery. From here we head South alongside Lake Annecy and follow a section of the Route Napoleon, with some stunning views and spectacular roads thrown in for good measure.

Once at the coast, we catch a ferry (included in the price) overnight to Corsica and spend several days on the island riding some wonderful scenic roads with plenty of twists and turns. We take a rest day in Corsica giving you a chance to explore the area or participate in some water sports, such as jet skiing etc.

After several days of exploring the beautiful island of Corsica we head for Italy on the short ferry ride and stay in Pisa for the night with an opportunity to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. From there we head back home through the Italian mountains for some more treats and surprises

WHATS INCLUDED?

Euro tunnel Return Fayre
Ferry Crossings
14 x Nights in Quality Hotel Included
Shared cabin on ferry (France – Corsica)
Breakfast Included
GPS Maps Provided
Longest Day 350 miles

 

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DAY 1 - TRANSIT DAY

From Calais we head south and arrive in Nancy late afternoon, checking into our hotel you’ll rest before we head for the Vosges Mountains in the morning

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DAY 2 - VOSGES MOUNTAINS

The Vosges Mountains are one of our most popular destinations in France. Just a short ride away are spectacular roads with an abundance of scenery. Beautiful forests and sloping mountainsides combined with hairpin bends, sweeping turns and fast sections of mountainous road make this heaven for some riders as we pass over the Grand Ballon (the highest point at 1,424m) and stay the night in a 3* hotel in the mountains
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DAY 3 - LAKE ANNECY

From the Vosges Mountains we head southwest through Parc Jura Vaudois onto Lake Annecy, one of the most beautiful locations in France situated on the border west of Switzerland. Lake Annecy is a peri alpine lake in Haute-Savoie in France. It is the third largest lake in France, after the Lac du Bourget and Lac de Grand-Lieu. Stunningly picturesque, we stay the evening near to the lake giving you time to explore and capture some pictures for your memories

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DAY 4 - COMBE LAVAL

We head through a couple of mountainous parks today, the first; Massif des Bauges and Chartreuse, as we head for what is likely to be your first breath taking ride of the tour. Combe Laval. Frequently recognised as the most magnificent road in the French Alps, this road through Combe Laval was constructed between 1861 and 1898 and originally served for the transportation of timber from the Forêt de Lente to St-Jean-en-Royans (France). With sheer drops amounting to several hundreds of meters it’s not for the fainthearted but even some of our previous clients who were afraid of heights loved it! It is magnificent and no words can describe the sensation one gets from riding this awesome road.

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DAY 5 - MOUNTAINS!

Today we leave Grenoble and head for Gap. During the journey further south you’ll encounter some impressive mountain ranges and reach heights of 1400m as we pass through some of the route famously taken by Route Napoleon.

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DAY 6 - GORGES DU VERDON

Impressive is an understatement. Gorges Du Verdon is an incredible sight to feast your eyes on. A huge Gorge hundreds of meters deep with a view point, is the highlight of the day. Sit and watch for a while as you take pictures of the hawks flying above and watch below as you can make out small ant like creatures (people) walking around below you. An impressive stop and one that needs a little time to appreciate. From here you head for Toulon where you will catch your ferry for the overnight crossing to Corsica with a cabin included

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DAY 7 - CORSICA

Having been on the overnight ferry we arrive in Ajaccio on the north west coast of Corsica. Our early start means we can head south and begin to explore some of the island in more detail. The island itself is a maze of hairpins, mountains, twisty corners and long sweeping bends. You’ll make your way over to the east, a small seaside town called Porto Vecchio where you will spend the evening in our hotel.
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DAY 8 - REST DAY

Time to relax off the bikes
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DAY 9 - CORTE

We head up into the mountains through Zonza taking numerous twisty roads with hair pins thrown in along with some spectacular scenery. You head through the center of Corsica over the mountain ranges back to the east coast and then back into the mountains to make our way to Corte in the center of Corsica where you will spend the night and enjoy a day off tomorrow to explore this beautiful town, which, was once the capital of Corsica. Rest or take a ride out, or participate in one of the many activities available locally, such as horse riding, river ride, skydiving etc.

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DAY 10 - CALANCHES DE PIANA

You head west and follow the coastal road south-west of Porto towards Piana to discover an almost surreal world of weather-carved pink granite, an other-worldly vista of strangely shaped red figures, often plunging dramatically into the turquoise sea below.

Some of the dramatic rocks plunge towards the sea below, others stand poised high above at altitudes up to 300 metres, all are fascinating and beautiful, with the sea providing a perfect backdrop. Being situated to the west of Corsica. You then head east to Biguglia port

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DAY 11 - PISA ITALY

You have the morning free to wander around the port or go and explore the north east peninsula rock, a coastal route with spectacular views. In the afternoon we board the ferry to Livorno and stay in Pisa

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DAY 12 - REST DAY

Chance to explore Pisa
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DAY 13 - PISA, LAKE GARDA & DOLOMITES

Today we head for Lake Garda, a short stop here and you then make your way into the Dolomites, a spectacular array of mountains with impressive views. You rest here for the night just south of Bolzano Bozen

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DAY 14 - GROSSGLOCKNER PASS AUSTRIA

There is a special treat in store today as we head from the Italian Alps to the Austrian Alps and ride through the Grossglockner Pass. A private toll road (25 Euros) it is considered by many bikers as one of the most incredible roads in the Alps. More details on the Grossglockner pass can be found here

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DAY 15 - BITCHE FRANCE

Heading back from Grossglockner towards Innsbruck, we will stay the night on route to Bitche to break up the journey

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DAY 15 - CALAIS

Make our way north back to Calais for the last leg of your amazing journey and catch the Euro tunnel back into the UK arriving in Folkestone late afternoon

Itinerary subject to modification and changes

DATES

  • 16th August 2020

PRICES

  • Rider sharing a twin with another customer or friend: £2199.00
  • Rider and pillion, Twin or Double room: £2999.00
  • Rider with private room: £2699.00

INCLUDED

  • Euro Tunnel Return
  • 14 x nights hotel and breakfast
  • 1 x night in cabin on board ferry
  • Ferry crossing (France to Corsica)
  • Ferry crossing (Corsica to Italy)
  • Gpx files
  • Itinerary
  • Tour guide

NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals other than stated
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Vignettes
  • Room service
  • Insurance
  • Breakdown cover

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Tour Reviews

4.25 based on 4 reviews
12/06/2017

I enjoyed the tour but would have rated it 5 star if we didnt have to wait 3 hours for the delayed ferry, which made us very late to the hotel on the first day in Corsica. Otherwise all was good thank you

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12/12/2017

Thanks for the feedback Jamie but the ferry delay was out of our control unfortunately. If I could have commandeered another boat I would have! Some may see the delay as a negative but it’s all part of the experience of touring.

01/09/2017

Loved it, really good, great views , lots to see. Well worth themoney

12/10/2017

Superb tour and the information was very informative and helpful. Only critiscm was the daily mileage but then I’m not a seasoned tourer and found it tough on the buttocks!!

12/12/2017

An awesome well laid out and well executed adventure. Would certainly recommened

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