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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-Oct-2018, 02:02 PM (793) Thread Starter
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European tours ?

Any feedback about Edelwiess Tours ? They seem to be the biggest but there must be others.
We are planning a European tour next year in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia. 2 up on a 1200GS or RT1200.
Do people bring all their own riding gear from North America ?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-Oct-2018, 08:02 PM (043)
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I have used Ayres Adventures and they are GREAT !!! I know some people that have also used Beach's Motorcycle Adventures and are happy with them as well. Both are North America based company. Ayres has employees based out of Europe that know all the best roads.
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I have used Edelweiss a couple of times, great company as is support, hotels, guides and well maintained bikes, no complaints. The area you are looking at for a tour has excellent riding. Yes, bring your own gear. I used a large travel bag for golf clubs to pack all our gear and boots while helmets were carry on baggage.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 25-Nov-2018, 03:35 PM (899)
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I've looked at the European tour companies, but never can get past the price increase for a passenger. While I could afford to go by myself, adding my wife seems to add an exorbitant amount to the tour price. Often nearly doubles the price. Don't see how they can justify it, since we'd share the bike and the room??? Am I missing something?
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I've looked at the European tour companies, but never can get past the price increase for a passenger. While I could afford to go by myself, adding my wife seems to add an exorbitant amount to the tour price. Often nearly doubles the price. Don't see how they can justify it, since we'd share the bike and the room??? Am I missing something?
I've noticed the same thing, I'd like to know where the additional expense is as well

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I've looked at the European tour companies, but never can get past the price increase for a passenger. While I could afford to go by myself, adding my wife seems to add an exorbitant amount to the tour price. Often nearly doubles the price. Don't see how they can justify it, since we'd share the bike and the room??? Am I missing something?
Are you sure they weren't assuming double occupancy on rooms even for single riders (that is, you ride one-up but share a room with some other guy)? I recall seeing a couple tours that had this assumption buried in fairly small print. Only noticed it when I saw a higher rate for solo rider/single occupancy lodging.

I'm getting interested in a Euro-tour, probably not for a couple years (after the wife retires). Not a GS thing, as for two-upping we'd probably need something like a K16GTL. Somewhere, I saw a reference to special licensing requirements if you're over 65 (which I will be in a matter of weeks). Anybody know anything about that? Just additional paperwork for getting an international driver's permit, or a written/eye test, or what?
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Here's a good example I just took off the Edelweiss web site. Swiss Alps tour, Solo rider, single room, R1200gs=$3910. Add passenger and share the room, price increases by $1500! to a total of $5270! Too rich for my blood. Do they really think an extra passenger is going to eat $1500 worth of meals? I could see $500, but not $1500. The other tour groups are just as bad, if not worse. I've decided to just rent a bike in Germany and take my chances at getting lost...a lot cheaper!
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They know that some guys/gals cant get away for these trips without their significant other.
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Not sure about riding in Croatia or Slovenia, but I've ridden two self-guided motorcycle trips to the Alps. Once two-up and one time solo. Both times on a big GS. Rented both times near Munich. Rode through Southern Germany/Bavaria, Austria, Northern Italy/Dolomites, Swizerland, Liechtenstein, etc. Easy to do on your own after reading one of John Hermann's books...Motorcycle Journeys through the Alps and Beyond. Late May / early June is a good time to go and avoids a lot of the European vacationers in the high season summer months. Early-to-mid September is good too. Highly recommended!
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My biggest problem is that the prices are in US dollars, by the time I do the conversion to AUS dollars it becomes outrageously expensive.
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