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Best of Europe BOE1302

Friday, June 21, 2013 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

The Best of Europe BOE1302 is over

As all good things come to an end, also this tour finished! It was a pleasure to meet all of you and we had a great time together, thanks for coming and see you hopefully soon again! Ciao!

Hunt, Christian, Frank, Joe, Gary, Lynne, Todd, Jeannine, Ross, David, Donna, Michael, Mike,

Norm, Michelle, Lisa, Christina, Becky.

Your tour guides: Gottfried, Jens and Domenico

DAY 7: Warth - Erding

After a good night in the Alps, we were ready for the last riding day... unfortunately in Erding we had to say goodbye to our bikes! But also today there were a lot of things to see and we enjoyed a lot of curves! After a first stop at the lake Plansee, some of us chose to see Neuschwanstein Castle and some to go straight to Linderhof. These castles are both in southern Bavaria, and both were built by the king Ludwig II in the 19th century.

Plansee

Donna and Mike

Joe

Swans in Linderhof

Donna, Joe, Gary, Mike, David, Christian and Domenico (Australia, Canada, USA and Italy) in Linderhof

Linderhof, the castle

We met Beth and Irish, two motorcyclists from California that are travelling all around Europe and are heading south, they want to reach south Africa! Good luck to them!

Level Crossing in Bavaria... don't worry, the guide will wait for you!

DAY 6: Schaffhausen - Warth

Today we left Schaffhausen and passed close to the lake Constance, a big lake where 3 countries meet! Its shorelines lie in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. After a coffee break by the lake we headed into the alps and reached the Säntis, the highest mountain in this region of switzerland and then we finaly reached Austria, where we reached our destination after two narrow pass roads, the Furkajoch and the Hochtannbergpass.

Break by the Lake Constance

Mike under the Säntis peak

Gary, Joe and Donna

Gary and Joe

David

Toddy and Lynne

Destination reached also today!

DAY 5: Ribeauville - Schaffhausen

The theme of today was "Black Forest Cake & Cuckoo clock"!  And, when we arrived in Schaffhausen, we also went to see the famous Rhyne waterfalls!

morning briefing in Ribeauville

Jens with his group on mount Kandel

Hunt & Chris on top of mount Kandel

David with his BMW F800R

Donna and Michele, high visibility!

Lynne & Todd

Norm and phantom Michelle

Gary and Joseph, the crazy canadians!

Chris taking a picture of the great blackforest cake!

Frank, Lisa, Michelle, Norm and Jeannine

Jens, Lynn, Todd, Becky and Michael

Cuckoo Gary

Cuckaa Michelle

Gottfried's group leaving Hexenlochmuehle

At the Rhyne Waterfall

Michele, Davide e Goffredo

The Rhyne Waterfall

DAY 4: Ribeauville, rest day

Everybody could wake up a bit later today and, since it was rest day, only a few brave riders chose to go for a ride. Some choose a long ride on the mountains and some a shorter one to go visit the Koenigsburg castle, a very nice castle overlooking the Rhine valley. During the morning, Gottfried had time to prepare a very tasty picnic with a lot of local food... and the party started when the bikes returned to the hotel!

Christian was the first to be ready!

Ribeauville, ready to go!

riding through the centre of Ribeauville

this town is full of flowers!

The castle of Koenigsburg

Inside the castle

Jeannine, Ross, Michael and Rebecca during the visit at the castle

View from the castle

another great view from the bastion

Gottfried preparing the picnic

Lynn and Jeannine

Todd

Gary is socializing

DAY 3: Heidelberg - Ribeauville

One of the most famous rides of Germany, the "Schwarzwaldhochstrasse" (high road of the Black Forest) is waiting for us, before we cross the Rhine valley and we head to the beautiful reagion of Alsace in France, where we will stay for 2 nights in Ribeauville. After breakfast a rain shower suggests us to wear the rain gear and we start worrying a bit, but after a few minutes the rain stops and does not come back again!!!

First coffee break in the Black Forest

The Mummelsee

Also the cups lean over in the black forest!

entering France

Two natives curious about all these foreigners arriving today

Ribeauville

storks, one of the symbols of this region

And finally dinner!

DAY 2: Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Heidelberg

Today after a quick look at the weather forecast we already realized that it would have been another great riding day and so it was! We visited the beautiful monastery of Schoental and we also enjoyed a picnic on the way with some russian "neighbours" that came to grill right next to our tables and also offered us some of their specialties!

First picture stop: Langenburg

Norm and his Electra Glide

Parking inside the monastery

David

Christina, Hunt and Joseph

Everybody paying attention during the guided visit, congratulations guys!!!

inside the church

Picnic is ready, thank you Jens!

our neighbours...

... and their gifts!

Hello, my name is Michelle!

view from Hirschhorn castle over the Neckar river

We are in Heidelberg! What a nice town!

DAY 1: Erding - Rothenburg ob der Tauber 

The Best of Europe tour was welcomed very warmly in Erding! The temperature yesterday was up to around 35 degrees celsius (almost 100F)! But today fortunately, after a "providential" thunderstorm in the night, the temperature and the weather were ideal to start riding! Bavaria is very nice in this season, and our guests from USA, Canada and Australia seemed to be really impatient to ride this morning! They were not disappointed and they all came to Rothenburg with a big smile on their faces!

Briefing!

Ready to go!

Maibaum in Bavaria

An old farmer was so nice to take a picture of us (the first of his life!)

Frank & Lisa enjoying coffee

Donna and Michael with a great Caffelatte

Jeanine and Ross laughing about the funny spoon

Lisa and Jeanine having a great salad

Lisa and Frank... always connected!!!

Rothenburg, is this a fairytale?

Rothenburg miny houses

It was a very pleasant riding day, now it's dinner time!

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Donna
Friday, October 11, 2013 at 18:56

Pics from the trip:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102143550273792539769/albums/5933490649071721153
Donna
Friday, October 11, 2013 at 15:19

What a fantastic tour! Our three tour guides were all great guys - patient, funny and highly competent. A great group of people to travel with too - good fun on and off the road! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would love to do another one sooner rather than later! I'm really happy with the overall Edelweiss experience and would recommend it to any bike and adventure loving rider. Where to next....!?!
Hunt
Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 20:37

Additional photos:
Day 1
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52751619@N06/sets/72157634412541754/
Day 2
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52751619@N06/sets/72157634408088151/
Day 3
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52751619@N06/sets/72157634408474769/
Day 4
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52751619@N06/sets/72157634413145184/
Day 5
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52751619@N06/sets/72157634413166888/
Day 6
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52751619@N06/sets/72157634413178804/
Day 7
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52751619@N06/sets/72157634413188552/
Hunt
Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 20:31

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52751619@N06/sets/72157634412541754/
Day one
Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 20:30

Some additional photos... Day 1
Lynne McDonald
Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 09:19

Absolutely fantastic tour with 3 of the best guides around. Can't praise Jens, Gottfried and Dominco enough.We got to see some amazing scenery and sights while riding the best back roads there are with the best group of people too. We could only have found them with our beaut guides. Thanks everyone. The memories will stay with us forever
Don and Anne-Marie
Friday, June 28, 2013 at 01:06

Great to see Jens and Gottfried are back together. Had a great time with them on the same tour two years ago!
John B
Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 13:57

Hi Lisa and Frank,
It looks like you're having the trip of a lifetime! Enjoy! The sights look amazing! Hope you can show off you beautiful singing voice, Lisa.
Catchyaontheflipside, John
Felicity Todd
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 14:29

Hi Dad!
Looks like you and Lynn are having an awesome time! I can't wait to see all of your pictures and hear all your stories!
Love you,
Fliss.
Viktoria
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 17:25

Hi Lisa & Frank,
enjoy your tour!
sending you a hug from the office
Viktoria
Frank
Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 18:07

All's well that ends well! Thanks Viktoria: we'll talk again when we get home. Frank
Viktoria
Monday, July 1, 2013 at 08:33

Hi Lisa & Frank,
ok, let's talk when you are back home.
Have a safe trip back home, hugs, Viktoria

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