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post #1 of 8 Old 10-09-14, 12:11 Thread Starter
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Edelweiss Tours- Alps

Has anyone taken one of the Edelweiss Tours in the Alps?
I have booked a tour at their riding academy in the Italian Alps, for next summer. After I learn a few things, I am then renting a motorcycle in Milan and heading to the Stelvio Pass doing a big loop thru the Alps.
I hear and read a lot of good things about Edelweiss, but wanted to hear from some actual people, who have taken one.

This is a write up on the Academy:
http://www.ridermagazine.com/touring...edelweiss.htm/

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I did Stelvio Pass, among other things, in a Mini Cooper a few years back when I was taking a solo trip through Europe. While I was up there taking pictures of the sunset, a group of 5 or 6 luggage equipped bikes fired up and went roaring out of the restaurant parking lot and down the mountain. They were all in a line, apexing each turn one after another. I assumed it was some kind of organized tour group. Right there I swore to myself that, if I ever made it back there, I was going to do that.

As far as touring in the alps goes, I would say that it doesn't matter what kind of tour group you end up with, you're going to have an amazing time. If you are at all serious about doing it, DO IT! If you are just pondering, DO IT! If you are on the fence, DO IT! If you're not sure how much it's going to cost, DO IT! If you are worried abou- DO IT!

Just make sure you have a passport well in advance. It's hard to rush one through. Can take weeks.

Here's some eye candy... DO IT!



















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That is INCREDIBLE! DO IT

underdog! what have you NOT done?

i want to wing suit there! any chance you could rent a bike with a wing suit on and ramp it off a peak and wingsuit down and land back on the bike to sail away to swiss?


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Some nice pics!.... I to have done Stelvio although on a bike, it was a nice ride, although there is far better passes for sportbikes to hit. I think the passes heading up to stelvio and some of the roads we took really made it stellar.
Not to mention my 2004 ZX-10R was such an amazing bike for the trip.

But yes the edelweiss tours are pretty damn good, and the routes are a lifetime experience! To be honest those aluminum box carrying mules (BMW's) are one of the best weapons for those mountain pass roads.

My own little pic.


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Things underdog has not done:

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That is INCREDIBLE! DO IT

underdog! what have you NOT done?
There's all kinds of shit I haven't done. Like have kids or go to college or have any hope of retiring, lol.

Anyway, those pictures are from that trip I was supposed to go on with the first girl in my other story.

For OP, Grossglockner is a good one too but it's a toll road. Fluela Pass is good. Albula Pass is good too. Honestly, compared to the US, anywhere in the alps that looks squiggly is going to be awesome.

If there's any down time or days where you can go off-route, break out the map and get creative.
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Watch out for exchange rates and foreign transaction fees!

Hey, one more thing to add. You may already know this, but I just learned it. Watch out for foreign transaction fees and exchange rates on your credit cards.

To explain. I just booked a motorbike trip in Ireland. I was going to use my Visa to do it but they were going to charge a 3% foreign transaction fee and they were going to use 1.16 dollars per euro instead of the 1.05 that it actually was on the day I wanted to do it. So instead we used my girlfriend's Discover card. No foreign transaction fee and they used the actual exchange rate that shows up on google for that day. Combined it was about $500 cheaper on the Discover card. That's like a week of free hotel rooms!

So there you go, that's how the man will try to screw you.
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Well I am back from my trip to Italy. I rode with Edelwiess for the first week, and while it was a bit pricey, it was well worth it.
The second week I was on my own, but only had the rental bike for 3 days ( 2 1/2 really, but managed to ride the Stelvio Pass, I did it 6 times and it was fantastic.
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