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Old 11-10-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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Considering Ireland with CelticRider or an alps tour. Roadrunner Magazine does an alps tour or edelweiss. Celtic rider is self guided.
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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Not in Ride Reports.. Moved to Trip planning and you could check out the RF: Europe forum.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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I get it now, thanks!
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:53 PM   #4
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Considering Ireland with CelticRider or an alps tour. Roadrunner Magazine does an alps tour or edelweiss. Celtic rider is self guided.
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Alps are fantastic. Edelweiss are professional. Ireland is fun. Celtic Rider are a good outfit.

You'll have fun either way but for me, if it's the right time of year, the Alps would win hands down. If you'd prefer to ride self-guided and therefore on your own then maybe Ireland but you can do self-guided in the Alps too.
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:26 AM   #5
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Considering Ireland with CelticRider or an alps tour. Roadrunner Magazine does an alps tour or edelweiss. Celtic rider is self guided.
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Do your own rather than guided stuff.
All it takes is a plane ticket, a rental bike, some maps + travel insurance and you're off.

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Old 11-11-2013, 09:56 AM   #6
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Do it yourself.

Have not done Ireland......did england and Scotland......was awesome......buy alps were much more impressive......Corsica was very cool too.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:57 AM   #7
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Thanks all,

I don't like riding in a group, three or four like minded riders is good but I think a tour group would drive me nuts. I like the idea of a tour laid out such as celtic rider because with limited time I want to hit the best routes. When I'm home I do like to just wander but again I want to get the best I can out of a ten or fifteen day ride. Hard to make the time to do a lot of research for a route.
Corsica is on my short list as well, looks amazing. Thanks for all the input.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:36 PM   #8
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I don't think you can take a rental bike outside of Ireland, unless they have changed their policy's.

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Old 11-14-2013, 03:33 AM   #9
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Done most of the tour companies, one trip alone & a couple with a friend. First time I would go with a tour company, they know all the great little roads. I have gone with Beach's through the Alps a good number of times. Think they are the best. You don't ride in big groups & you can do what you want. He shows 2 or 3 routes for the next day, you pick. If you do go it alone check out his route for the 2 weeks Classic Alps Tour, you can't go wrong !!
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:17 AM   #10
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Done most of the tour companies, one trip alone & a couple with a friend. First time I would go with a tour company, they know all the great little roads. I have gone with Beach's through the Alps a good number of times. Think they are the best. You don't ride in big groups & you can do what you want. He shows 2 or 3 routes for the next day, you pick. If you do go it alone check out his route for the 2 weeks Classic Alps Tour, you can't go wrong !!
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Rob, the owner, is along on each tour, so you know things will go well. They've been in business for more then 40 years. if you choose to ride along with Rob you will go places no other tour group will take you. When you ride with Beach's it''s a very personal experience, they're family owned, not a multi continent operation that uses hired rider as guides.

After my first tour with I was so taken by the experience that I now store my own bike in Germany for summer get-a-ways to the Alps.

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Old 11-16-2013, 05:30 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice on Beaches, gonna check them out. Sounds like what I'm looking for.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #12
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Edelweiss is OK Too

FYI Edelweiss tours won't restrict you to riding with a select group or pace. You can even travel alone . . . if that's your thing. Even when travelling with others along with a guide, you will be free to stretch out. Yo won't be bunched like a bunch of Shriners on parade. Tours have their place. It depends on your individual needs.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:59 AM   #13
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I'm with Glitch - I can ride for 3 weeks on what a 1 week tour costs.

But then, I spent 9 years in Europe (6 in Italy, 3 in Germany) with the USAF between 1968 & 1982, so I'm not quite a rank beginner.

That being said - the Alps are fully populated by people whose major purpose in life is to provide the traveler with a good experience - tourism is king, and motorcyclists are at the top of that heap in the summer (skiers get the winter months).

The only mistake you could make (IMHO) is not to go.
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:57 PM   #14
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The only mistake you could make (IMHO) is not to go.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:51 PM   #15
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Thanks michaelJ and others. Starting to lean that way. The tour prices plus the airfare is putting this out of the budget. I like what you said "only mistake is not going".
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