Day 13 - Kaprun to Seefeld
Hissam and Ilara prepare for the last day of riding
the starting procedure ..... unforgettable
A wonderful view over the Krimml Waterfalls, the tallest waterfall in Austria
All the bikes lined up for the Gerlos toll road
A paraglider prepares for takeoff from the Zillertaler Höhenstraße
And just like that he's away!
Luis, what a handsome guy!
Wiliferd and Charlotte enjoy the view over the Sylverstein Dam
Our very last coffee stop
Day 12 - From Bozen to Kaprun
... up to Edelweiss Peak
Arrival in Kaprun
... boys dream museum in Kaprun
Day 11 - Restday ride Bolzano
Wiliferd and Charlotte had their own private tour today, with great views across to the Dolomites
Day 10 - From Livigno to Bolzano
... up to STELVIO
the narrow road to Gavia
Julie and Steve waiting at the Livigno tunnel
The whole team waits to enter the one way tunnel of Livigno
Rainer takes a walk through Glürns, Italy's smallest town!
The Stelvio pass is one of today's main attractions
As most of the time, there are quite a number of people on top of Stelvio
Well done guys!
Julie will try anything to get Marty to smile, including whacking him on the head!
The beautiful Gavia pass
The view over Lago di Santa Giustina
A view to the Dolomites from the top of Mendel Pass
Day 9 - From Lugano to Livigno
The morning briefing - everybody is all eyes and ears
Out first stop today; Lake Como!
Majoja Pass, en route to St Mortiz
Finally a picture of a real living tour guide!
A walk around St Mortiz
St Moritz was the site of the world's first bob sled race
Mayer bought some new cigars
Even Moises was here in spirit!
Glaciers on the way up to Bernina Pass
What a great welcome at our beautiful hotel in Livigno !!
Day 8 - From Aosta to Lugano
The tasty cappuccino gave us all the right kick to swing along the windy Italian backcountry roads
It was fantastic, taking in the relaxed atmosphere of this local place and the people around it
No no... this is not the prison Occasionally you will find bungee jumpers here jumping off this bridge to enjoy...
... this view
Typical Italian cosy restaurant. What was on the menu you're wondering? Tasty pizza, of course
Ron tries to cool down a little after a very warm ride
The ferry ride crossing over Lago Maggiore
Luis cools down with some Italian gelato!
Nice dinner in Lugano
Day 07 - From Briançon to Aosta
Starting out in France this morning ...
... over Col de l'Echelle ...
... crossing into Italy for a quick Espresso ...
We're not sure why Julie opted out for the espresso - it looks like she needed it!
... and back into France over Col de Mont Cenis ...
... to another yummy picnic, cooked by Dieter this time
Yeah, this is one of the "little" Saint Bernards, we met on our way to our tonight's destination Aosta, Italy
Day 06 - Restday Ride Briancon
First coffee stop in the medieval village - Mont Dauphin
Chateau Queras in the background
... Moises on the way to Col de´Izoard
Bikes on Col de'Izoard
Some mean looking clouds loom over the picnic
But where's the picnic place? On the moon?!
Greg rolls in for lunch
Carlos, Wiliferd, Charlotte and Greg arrive
Ron makes easy business of the salmon!
And Rainer just wanted to stay on his bike!
Day 05 - Chamonix to Briancon
Majestic Mont Blanc
Lac de Roselend
... on the way to Col de Madeleine
On top of one of the highest mountain passes in the alps .... Col du Galibier
Day 04 - Andermatt to Chamonix
Some great riding today, but wow did it get hot! The road was hot, the bikes were hot and we were hot to trot. Today we had or first taste of a 'bumpy' mountain road too - we've been spoiled so far on the tour, but Col De La Croix got us all shook up!
Rainer relaxing before the morning breifing
We always knew Dieter was a bird lover
Carlos enjoys some cake from the Schuh Cafe!
Beautiful views across lake Thun
As we headed towards France, the language changed from German to French - thankfully the roads were still as much fun!
All the ducks lined up in a row at Col Du Pillon
Col de la Croix tested our suspension on the way up!
A little art in the middle of the Alps!
Mayer and Ron enjoy the scenery
Switzerland, just beautiful!
The last mountain pass for the day; Forclaz, with a fantastic view into the Sion Valley
Dieter showing us his dance moves!
Day 03 - Restday Ride Andermatt
A fantastic day of rest day riding today; the weather was nice, the roads were nicer and the company was the nicest! We rode over 3 of Switzerland's most famous passes today; Gotthard, Nufenen, Grimsel and Susten! And to top it all off, Angela made a fantastic picnic. What a day!
General Suworow Monument on top of Gotthard Pass
Tremola - the old Gotthard pass
Scenic view on top of Nufenen Pass
The Grimsel Pass
The "Stone" glacier en route to Sustenpass
Angela prepared yummy picnic on top of mountains
the three guides
With all that riding and and all that eating we need to a little break
swiss mountain passes - so lovely
Even James Bond was there -- "Goldfingers" Furka pass
Day 02 - Galtür to Andermatt
The whole group in front of the Silvretta-Stau Lake
on the Silvretta High Alpine Road
Day 01 - Seefeld to Galtür
The first day of riding! We're off!
Luis and Carlos
Don and Vickie
Wiliferd and Charlotte
Dieter, our guide for today!
Greg and Christina
First destination Kühtai
Second pass of the day - Hahntennjoch
Organized departure from lunch stop
The tour through Innsbruck the day before the tour start
Before a tour start, I hear the riders of a tour say how much they were looking forward to coming over to Europe, doing this motorcycle tour of their dreams, and to finally get ready to ride.
Same as we are looking forward to riding a motorcycle in all these beautiful alpine areas each time anew. But, to be honest, I can't deny that the Grand Alps Tour is this one tour among all the Edelweiss Alps tours in the brochure, which makes me hopping around in excitement before the tour start myself, having this itch to finally get started
Starting out of Seefeld in Austria, we will be riding through the Alps during the next 2 weeks, and through countries such as Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy. We sure will have an awesome time
The tourguides Angela, James and Dieter welcome you and are happy to guide you through the GRAND ALPS!
Marty, Julie and Steve decided to take the train down to Innsbruck with tour guide Angela.
Even though it was not a bright and sunny day, we escaped the rain all day long
The "Triumphpforte" before you get closer to the old town of Innsbruck
Approaching the famous "Golden Roof"
The city tower has 133 steps taking you up all the way to the top. the two floors nearest to the ground used to serve as a prison during the 15th century. But the top part was used by the guard to watch the town for potential fires. The last active guard served until 1967.
The "Tirol Panorama" is a museum dedicated mostly to the time of World War I and the period after that. It houses a 360° painting of the fights the famous Andreas Hofer commanded back then.
The deceptively real-looking set of the war at the Bergisel near Innsbruck back then in the early 19th century.
And here he is... South Tyrol's national hero Andreas Hofer
Innsbruck's very impressive ski jump was a real highlight to Marty, Julie and Steve