MOTORCYCLE TOUR - highlight of Provence - Alpes- Côte d’Azur - Cinque Terre
MOTORCYCLE TOUR - highlight of Provence - Alpes- Côte d’Azur - Cinque Terre
1,533 km / 953 mi
21 July 2023 >> 30 July 2023
This motorcycle tour is full of views , pleasant paths and very challenging.
Start in Piedmont region, rich in culture and history. Continues through Liguria Costline to enter in France: Col de Turin and the Gorges of the Verdon. Enough time to explore, Monaco, Cannes and Saint Tropez. Return to Italy crossing Cinque Terre.
Highlight of Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur - Cinque Terre
T.3 Highlight of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azu-Cinque Terre 1533 km/952 miles – 10 days/9 nights
Sharing a double room riding solo
Single room supplement
BMW G650GS – BMW F700GS – BMW F800R MOTO GUZZI V7
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800GT – DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R - BMW R1200RS – DUCATI MONSTER 797 - DUCATI HYPERSTRADA 939 - DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950 – DUCATI SUPERSPORT
BMW R1200GS ADV - BMW R1200RT – BMW S1000XR – DUCATI MONSTER 1200
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 - DUCATI DIAVEL
BMW K1600 GLT - HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODELS: ELECTRA GLIDE - STREET GLIDE
This motorcycle tour will be surprising, due to the variety of views and paths, particularly "pleasant" and very challenging, a delicate harmony in the environment that will allow you to enjoy the streets, perfumes, food and immerse yourself in fabulous scenarios. It will start in the Piedmont region, rich in culture and history, among the most famous for its excellent cuisine, white truffles and especially its excellent wines. In recent years, the wine landscape has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is a marvel to visit on a motorcycle, with its landscapes to photograph with-out forgetting the pleasure of good food. After the surprising curves that take us to Liguria through its narrow streets, we will continue through the Mercantur National Park, we will enter in France, to enjoy some of the best scenic routes in the world, such as the Col de Turin and the Gorges of the Verdon, the "Grand Canyon of Europe", won-derful curves and numerous natural tunnels will take us to the south, from the mountains to the French Riviera. Two days in Nice will give you enough time to explore, Monaco, Cannes, Saint Tropez or just relax and meet some famous character who usually visits this famous area periodical-ly ... the "Costa Azul", one of the most famous stretches of coastline of Europe . On your return to Italy you will visit the beautiful Cinque Terre, the "Paradise of the sea". You will simply love to drive freely in this extraordinary environment of hills, mountains and sea ... all under a blue sky. Have a good trip!
Day 1: Arrival in Milan
Welcome to Milan! An attractive idea is to arrive a few days before to explore this beautiful city, the capital of design and fashion, before leaving for your trip! The first meeting will be at the hotel, you will have some free time to relax or go sightseeing before the security meeting. After the briefing, we will enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional Italian restaurant (regional cuisine of Lombardy).
Day 2: from Milan to Alba 228 km / miles 142
We will leave the city towards Pavia and begin to visit the first hills of the Oltrepo Pavese, a very fa-mous Lombard wine region, with solitary streets immersed in vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. Also known as "Old Piemonte", we are between Emilia, Piemonte and Liguria. After enjoy-ing this relaxing natural environment, we will lean westward to reach the destination, entering Langhe and arriving at one of its most famous centers. The historic center of Alba is medieval with a circular shape: excellent for walking and getting to know its picturesque towers, fortified houses to photograph the great churches, the Duomo and especially San Domenico, one of the most beautiful Romanesque-Gothic monuments in northern Italy. After that, you can feel comfortable and taste the white truffle, for which Alba is very famous…
Highlights: Oltrepo Pavese, Langhe
Day 3: Sunrise Loop km 195 / miles 121
This stage will offer the opportunity to get acquainted with the road system of Liguria, a dense net-work of narrow streets that look for the exit towards the sea, through the impenetrable mountains of this region. A passage in the Colle di Cadibona, also called Bocchetta d'Altare, is absolutely essen-tial, at only 436 meters above sea level, but commonly assumed as a boundary between the Alps and the Apennines, which connects the Savona coast with the Valley of Bormida. We are almost at the end of the day, we will visit the Castle of Falletti, better known as the Castle of Barolo which is located in the center of the village, the ideal place from enjoy a beautiful view, with a view towards the lower Langa and the prestigious Barolo town.
Highlights: Langhe, Monte Giovo, hill Cadibona, Barolo
Day 4: from Alba to Castellane km 292 / miles 181
Today's stage will be long, do not hide to you, so we will try to get to Cuneo to go up to Colle di Tenda in a rather fast way. The destination is beyond the border, in French territory, the Mercantour massif is the last promontory of the southern alpine arch, before this chain abruptly submerges in the Mediterranean Sea. The upper part of the Gelas, with its 3143 meters of altitude, is the highest in the area, it is only 50 km in a straight line from the Mediterranean. A special and extraordinary place, between the sea and the mountains, which gives this national park unique and original characteristics.
Highlights: Col di Tenda, Col de Turini, Mercantour National Park
Day 5: from Castellane to Nice km 207 / miles 129
We will close the day in Nice, on the Cote d'Azur, where we will also enjoy the next day in the morn-ing, the protagonist of the stage will be absolutely the spectacular Gorges of the Verdon, the name of "Grand Canyon of Europe". Its spectacular shape is the result of the erosion of the river Verdon that, during millennia of activity, has made a spectacular passage through the mountains. The bed of the river, with a variable width between a minimum of six and a maximum of 100 meters, penetrates more than 20 kilometers between the steep walls of the mountains, creating differences in height of several hundred meters. A unique opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of this corner of Provence with the possibility of touring it by bicycle: thanks to a series of circular road routes, you will visit these most spectacular places easily accessible, with fun and guaranteed astonishment!
Highlights: Gorge du Verdon.
Day 6: Pleasant, rest km 0 / miles 0
The stretch of coast that goes from Menton to Cannes is one of the most famous in Europe. Sunny beaches overlooking a beautiful turquoise sea, clear and crystal clear, a waterproof mountain behind the coast, where enclaved villages cling to the steep rock, lively nightlife and fashion with its legendary walks, that the stars of cinema and Celebrities have made this stretch of coastline so famous. Definitely an ideal destination for lovers of the sea, sun, beach and nightlife clubs and parties. An ideal place to enjoy a well-deserved day of rest.
Highlights: Côte d'Azur, (Nice, Monte Carlo, Cannes and Saint Tropez)
Day 7: from Nice to Portovenere km 323 / miles 201
The A12 motorway is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular and picturesque in Italy, a very valid alternative to the state road of Aurelia that crosses a large number of more or less large holiday cen-ters, scattered along the Ligurian coast. The vertiginous bridges and the intrepid tunnels represent, undoubtedly, a masterpiece of the national civil engineering that offers the possibility of dominating the ligure landscape from above. We will enter Italy in this way, driving for about 220 km before leav-ing to Sestri Levante and take the direction of Aurelia for the Bracco pass, and then continue on the SP51 road to reach the Cinque Terre.
Highlights: A12 highway, Bracco pass, ss1 Aurelia
Day 8: Portovenere, km of rest 0 / miles 0
The Cinque Terre an essential place on this trip. Formed by old fishing villages, located along one of the most irregular and picturesque stretches of the Italian coast. Each of these towns is character-ized by colorful houses and vineyards that cling to the steep terraces built on the coast. The ports are full of fishing boats and in typical restaurants you can try the seafood specialties, as well as the famous Ligurian seasoning: El Pesto. The Sentiero Azzurro and a bold train, in addition to boat trips, are very valid alternatives to know and enjoy this true corner of paradise.
Highlights: Cinque Terre
Day 9: from Portovenere to Milan km 289 / miles 180
Another day of surprises, and it could not be otherwise, despite being the last driving. To take the ss62, from the Cisa pass to Parma, one of the most spectacular routes of the Ligurian Apennines, we will try to reach Pontremoli, along scenic and desolate roads, narrow, almost non-existent traffic. In Fornovo, when the road heads towards the Padana plain, and the only solution to return seems to be the road, we will find another "small" detour towards Salsomaggiore Terme, for the last dose of curves and panoramas. The road will now be there, in Fidenza, and the arrival in Milan will be very easy.
Highlights: Aurelia, Passo della Cisa, Salsomaggiore Terme, the Fidenza-Milan motorway.
Day 10: Goodbye!
We will say goodbye after breakfast, we wish you enjoy your motorcycle tour through the most beau-tiful destinations in Italy. If you wish, you can spend a few more days in the beautiful city of Milan. Thanks, see you on the next motorcycle tour with HP Motorrad Official Travel!