The AMA Alps Challenge trilogy entered it second stage in 2022 as we shift our focus towards the southwest. While Part I was all about Austria, Italy, and the Dolomites, Part II will show you around Switzerland and introduce you to the French Alps. You’re about to experience some of the world’s most spectacular geography and mountain passes, and some of the best motorcycle riding you can imagine!
The AMA Alps Challenge covers the 40 highest passes of the Alps, and Part II has nine of them in store for you. In addition, there are more than a dozen smaller and lesser-known passes lined up along our route, as well as picturesque little towns, imposing castles, and numerous sights and attractions. You’ll even get to ride with AMA Editorial Director Mitch Boehm and some of the AMA Brass, too.
The Challenge starts in Milan, Italy’s second-largest city. Its two major airports make it easy to reach, and its proximity to the Alps guarantees plenty of riding fun from the start. Still, Milan is worth an extra day or two, so try to arrive a little earlier and enjoy this fabulous city!
From Milan, we head straight into Switzerland (don’t take “straight” literally!) to find the first members of that illustrious “Club of 40”. Around the town of Andermatt, half a dozen major passes with more than 150 hairpin turns are waiting for you and your motorcycle, and in order to really savor each and every one of them we’re going to spend a rest day in picturesque Andermatt.
Then we head to France, to Chamonix, an old and famous resort town located at the foot of spectacular Mont Blanc. We’ll circle around the highest mountain of the Alps and along the way collect two more major passes and a handful of smaller ones, which are just as spectacular to ride.
After one night in Aosta, Italy, we return to Milan.
So come join us on this epic ride and find out why the AMA Alps Challenge Tours are so much fun, and why the Alps are considered to be the world’s number one motorcycle paradise.
From Mitch Boehm, AMA Editorial Director:
"I can’t tell you how much fun we had on the AMA Alps Challenge Tours! With a mix of AMA members from around the country and a handful of my friends (none of whom had ever ridden in the Alps), we had a total blast each and every day, riding the rollercoaster-esque roads, negotiating the many switchback-infested passes, enjoying the amazing geography and history of the region, and of course sampling each day the food and – at night – adult beverages. It was the best Alps trip of my life, and I’ve been on several. So come play with us in 2023, either on the AMA Alps Challenge I, the AMA Alps Challenge II, or the icing on the cake at the AMA Alps Challenge III! You know it´s gonna be epic!"
|Start/Finish:||Milano (Milan) / Varese|
|Nearest airport:||Mailand (MXP)|
|Duration:||9 days vacation, 7 riding days|
|Route:||Total distance: 1324-1712 km, 823-1064 miles
Daily distances: 160-276 km, 99-171 miles
|Accommodations:||comfortable middle-class hotels|
|Highlights:||Milan, a spectacular city full of history, arts, and culture, St. Moritz, where the rich and the beautiful like to spend their holidays, Andermatt, the center of the unofficial “Swiss Motorcycle National Park”, Interlaken and Thun, two picture-perfect historic Swiss towns, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, a historic resort town where sport and fun are omnipresent, Mont Blanc, highest mountain of the Alps, Over 20 spectacular mountain passes|
|Minimum number of participants:||6
Please note paragraph 6.4. a) of our terms and conditions of travel to find out more about the cancellation of tour through Edelweiss Bike Travel when the minimum number of participants is not reached - Terms and Conditions
|DAY 1:||Arrival in Milano (Milan)|
|DAY 2:||Milano (Milan) - Pontresina|
|DAY 3:||Pontresina - Andermatt|
|DAY 5:||Andermatt - Chamonix-Mont-Blanc|
|DAY 7:||Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - Aosta|
|DAY 8:||Aosta - Varese|
|DAY 9:||Departure from Varese|
Price for rider in double room
|BMW G 310 GS|
BMW G 310 R
Honda NC 750 S
Honda NC 750 X
Suzuki V-Strom 650
Yamaha TRACER 7 GT
|BMW F 750 GS (LSP)|
Yamaha Tenere 700
|BMW F 850 GS|
BMW F 900 R
BMW F 900 XR
Ducati Monster 821
Honda CRF 1100 L Africa Twin
KTM 890 Adventure
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT
Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro
Yamaha TRACER 9 GT
|BMW R 1250 GS|
BMW R 1250 GS (LSP)
BMW R 1250 R
BMW S 1000 XR
Harley-Davidson® Pan America Special
KTM 1290 Super Adventure S
Triumph Tiger Explorer
|BMW R 1250 GS Adventure|
BMW R 1250 RT
|Price for passenger in double room||$ 3.630,-|
|Single room supplement||$ 490,-|