From Milan riding to the rice fields, starting then to climb the first hills. Those hills are famous to produce one of the best Italian wines. They are a Unesco World Heritage site also known as the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont. Up and down to our first big mountains to arrive where the Alps meet the sea. Welcome to the the grand Prix city of Monaco. Leaving the French Riviera behind we will start riding the high alpine roads. Criss crossing between France and Italy. Get ready to ride on the highest mountain pass of the Alps, Col de Iseran with its 2770 meters.
And is not all about riding, do you ever tryed handmade cheese or handmade yougurt ?
Do you know how wine is made ? Yes we will test it all
Check out the tour’s details below.
Please note that this is an indicative route. It is not accurate. The route we offer is way more twisty and fun!
Dates & Prices
2800 km , 4 countries, 4 Historical cities, 1 Unesco World Heritage sites,
- Mediterranean sea coast of France and Italy
- 13 of the best Alps mountain passes
- Italian and French cuisines
- Principality of Monaco
- Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
- Visit to a winery
- Visit to MV Agusta museum
- Infinity authentic alpine villages
- The highest mountain pass of the Alps , Col de Iseran (2770m)
- Infinity amazing viewpoints of Alps
Meeting point at 9.00 am. Tour explanation, riding safety tips sharing. We will get the motorcycles and start from Milan riding out in direction of the French riviera , through the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont, also recognized as a World Heritage site. We will visit a wine cellar and Barolo, a city where the famous “Barolo” wine is produced and we will have our first mountain pass. Our Stop for the night will be in a beautiful Italian village. Please be aware to arrive in Milan at least one day before the tour to allow a good rest before the start. Please book accordingly.
The next day we will ride to one of the smallest and the most densely populated sovereign nations in the world, which is Monaco, the grand Prix city. Having a few laps in the circuit city” our tyres will be warm enough to start our adventure ride. Fully ready to hit the dreamland of every single biker, the Alps. At this moment of the year all the higher pass are open, we will start to climb up and never come back to sea level till the last day of the tour. We will criss-cross between Italian and French mountains doing a clockwise semicircle around the Alps. 13 of the most amazing Alps passes are going to wait for us. On the second day we will ride back to Italy in a very narrow beautiful mountain road and stop in a nice little italian town.
On day number three and four we will ride on 8 mountains passes. We will test real genuine handmade cheese and yogurt and we will ride the highest mountain passes of the Alps., Col de Iseran (2770m).
Be ready for great fun and stunning photos. Beautiful historical villages in Italy and France we will be also on our way.
We will arrive in Val D’Aosta region of Italy with its beautiful typical “valdostana” houses made out of stones and wood in beautiful landscape. Valdostana cousin is know to be delicious and rich of flavours. We will visit a beautiful church with an amazing view on our way back to Piedmont region. On the last day we ride a bit in Swiss before going to visit the MV Agusta museum
- Motorcycle rental (bmw 650 gs or bmw 1200 gs or similar) available other motorcycles including Ducati, Harley Davidsons and so on at higher costs.
- Assistance acquiring necessary documentation and logistics
- All nights accommodation
- Tour guide on motorcycle
- Mv Agusta museum entrance
- Emergency first aid kit equipped
- Our staff is motorcycle mechanical experienced and first aid qualified
- Morning briefings
- Although we do not offer breakfasts, they are included in some hotel bookings
- All services not mentioned and all personal items
Accommodations in our Western Alps tour will vary from hotel in larger cities to bed-and-breakfasts, homestays and farmstays in the villages of the Alps (depending on availability). A farm stay is a working farm that has been adapted to welcome guests as a hotel. The food served in farm stays is homegrown, home-cooked and delicious. Farm stays are often located in rural and beautiful areas. Staying with locals is often the best way immerse yourself into a different culture.
–How many “no riding days” are in the tour ? We will ride all days except the arrival day.
-How many km do we ride daily ? We will ride 90 miles/day (145 km/day) as an average. Obviously some days we will ride more than that and some days we will ride less.
–How much of motorcycle experience do I need ? You don’t need to be a pro rider to travel with us. You should, however, be an experience motorcyclist who is comfortable riding a motorcycle during a city’s rush hours as well as on small mountains roads. This will be a challenging, yet rewarding and definitely an enjoyable experience for you.
–How about riding in Indonesia ? Indonesia is a country with left-hand traffic. There are a lot of two wheel vehicles on the road and driving rules are not exactly followed. Out of the cities and far from Medan roads are not busy and riding becomes very enjoyable. However a defensive riding style is needed as roads are used by everyone including grazing animals. An incredible fact about Indonesia is that there are hardly any road accidents. How is that possible? After extensive riding in Indonesia our understanding is that it is possible because vehicles’ speed on the road is low. So, when in Rome, do as the Romans do and you will be just fine. A full riding tips information will be given at the briefing on the arrival day.
-Why a 250cc dual sport motorcycle ? As it was mentioned above the average speed of an Indonesian driver is pretty low and the maximal motorcycle engine size used by the majority of the local people is only 150cc. Our 250cc motorcycles are able to ride much faster than almost any other vehicle on the road. In any case riding faster than 70-80 km/h is dangerous for two reasons: first because around 80 % of roads run along mountains/hills so it is impossible to go faster, and second – because those are just small local roads, used by everyone include grazing animals. Having a motorcycle that is able to run 140km/h is more than enough. Bigger sized motorcycles in Indonesia are risky to ride and difficult to deal with in the traffic jams. Please bare in mind that those enduro motorcycle are pretty tall from the ground, 895mm. It will not represent a problem for an experienced motorcyclist. Others should be at least 1.73 meters tall in order to be able to ride confidently. If you have never ridden an enduro motorcycle before, do not worry, it is quite simple and easy as the motorcycle weight is only 155 kg.
-What about road conditions ? Almost everywhere in Sumatra the roads are covered by tarmac. The tarmac conditions vary from very good to very poor. Our dual sport motorcycles are capable of riding everywhere without problems. Mostly road conditions are better in Aceh province than in North Sumatra.
-Will there be a support vehicle? Yes in case the group counts at least five riders or in case there are two passengers . Our support vehicle can carry up to 2 motorcycles. It is possible to reserve up to 4 passenger places for the entire trip in the support vehicle. Our support vehicle will carry 1 baggage per person.
–Which bag should i bring ? You should have a waterproof roll bag. Please be aware that your bag should be a good quality one. If you can’t pack all of your belongings in a 60 liters roll bag you are bringing far too much.
–Is it possible to ride 2 up? Yes it is possible, if your companion has an experience of being at the back of an enduro motorcycle. Please note that the total weight of a rider and a passenger should not exceed 140 kg. We will take care of your luggage in case you choose to ride 2 up. The passenger must be at least 12 years old. He/she should be able to place both feet flat on the passenger foot pegs of the motorcycle. Please note that riding 2 up requires more skills from a ride. You may also book a seat in the support vehicle for the passenger if they do not want to ride with you the entire time.
–What about visas ? 169 nations including the citizens of Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Russia and mostly all of the South American countries do not need a visa for Indonesia. You can enter without a visa at Medan airport (Kualanamu International Airport) and stay up to 30 days in Indonesia. However there are two requirements for entering without a visa:
- A valid passport with a minimum validity of at least 6 (six) months
- Return ticket (out of Indonesia) within 30 days from the entrance day
-Which kind of food should I expect ? Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavour. The staple food is rice, for Indonesians if there is no rice means there is no food. Normally rice is served as fried rice mixed with vegetables, egg and chicken or as a side dish with chicken/ meat/ fish. However there are several soups too and some chinese dishes as the noodles, meat balls and spring rolls. Normally foreigners prefer dishes like Nasi Goreng (mixed fried rice), Mie Goreng (mixed fried noodles), Rendang (beef stew cooked in a flavorful sauce), Sate (chicken skewers), Ayam Bakar (grilled chicken ), Ayam Goreng (deep-fried chicken). Indonesians love hot chilly sauce,so get ready to learn fast how to say “tidak pedas” (not spicy)! All-favorite drinks are tea (black and green) and coffee. Fizzy drinks, Coca-cola, Pepsi etc are broadly available. Drinking beer is not a custom in Indonesia, but normally you should be able to order a beer in a hotel. In any case a couple of extra dollars make miracles.
–Which kind of weather should I expect ? As Sumatra has tropical rainforest climate, the temperature here remains relatively hot throughout the year, never less than 18 °C (64 °F). In tropical climates there is often only two seasons: “wet” season and “dry” season. If this was true years ago, deforestation and world climate changes also affect Sumatra nowadays. Now it is hard to predict the weather and we should be surprised if during the tour we will not get wet at least ones. After all why do you think Sumatra is so green ? Good news that normally the rain passes quickly so you can wait under a roof of the numerous coffee shops along the road. Please bring a good quality motorcycle rain gear. Sometimes we will ride at the altitude of around 2000 meters above the sea level where it is usually quite fresh. Please keep that in mind when choosing your motorcycle gear.
-Tell me more about Sumatra and is it safe there ? Sumatra is the sixth-largest island in the world, for example it is bigger than Germany and almost twice the size of the UK. The people of Sumatra are multi-lingual and multi-religious. Most of these groups share many similar traditions and different tongues are closely related. There are over 52 languages spoken but almost everyone speaks Indonesian. English language is becoming more and more popular from year to year. The major religion is Islam, followed by Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.
Indonesia is an example of how people of different beliefs live in peace and harmony close to each other. Indonesian Muslim people are laid back and tolerant. Even in Aceh province which is supposed to be more conservative it is possible to get beers in the hotels. Indonesian people are open, friendly and very interested in foreigners. Most probably you will get asked by someone to make a selfie with you even though you may think that you are not really a “Brad Pitt”. We have never had any experience of pickpocketing, scams or robbery in Sumatra. Actually it feels way safer in Sumatra than in more touristy Bali, Thailand or some other places in southeast Asia.
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