The Austrian and Italian Alps at their best!
The Dolomite Domination�"a week of great adventure.
One of two new tours for 2018, the Dolomite Domination is conducted on a sub-set of the Classic Alpine Adventure itinerary, focusing on the Italian Alps.
The Classic itinerary really is the distillation of 45 years of Alpine riding, and is the brilliant motorcycle adventure in the central Alps. But a 2 week tour is longer than many Americans are able to take off work. In answer to that problem we have developed these new tours.
Over 8 riding days, Dolomite Domination moves at a pace that is an excellent balance between the sport of motorcycling and the lure of the countryside. The daily route suggestions allow one to dawdle and enjoy a place, or charge and ride every great road available. Best of all, it only requires a week, plus a Friday and a Monday, away from work.
Everything about the tour is to the standard of the Classic Alpine Adventure�"in other words, excellent!
Reading the tour description you will find a few sections taken directly from the Classic copy. We use the same hotels, ride the same roads, and have the same great adventure�"just a little less of it.
Motorcycles & riders are warmly welcomed:
As the mountains in each of the Alpine countries differ, so do the people. For hundreds of years the inhabitants battled the elements and the land to wrest a living from these mountains. Today, for many of these hardy mountain folk, tourists are their lifeblood and are accommodated with pleasure and perfection! There are mountains, glaciers, gorges, vineyards, waterfalls, hiking trails, picnic spots, gentle curves, switchbacks, tunnels and bridges, fortresses, castles, palaces, lakes, mountain streams, and both breathtaking and restful vistas. Enjoy scenes that could be straight out of Heidi or The Sound of Music. Dream of listening to the sounds of cowbells in mountain pastures; drinking in the landscape of wild flowers and the snow capped mountains; smelling fresh mown hay; tasting mountain grown vegetables and, from the top of a pass, almost touching heaven.
So, dream about magnificent mountain riding on the finest roads in the world, awesome scenery, diet-shattering food, unique shopping opportunities and enough cultural overload to last a lifetime. It’s all there, providing a motorcyclists’ paradise.
Welcome to Bavaria:
Your arrival in Europe is planned to let you catch up with the time lost and be introduced to a new environment. Beginning and ending in Munich, the first day after arrival is a free day, allowing those who wish to ride the opportunity to do so. Or you may choose to spend time in the city of Munich, visiting the Olympic Park, the BMW Museum, maybe lounging in the Englischer Garten, or poking about the old town.
Like each free day on a Beach's tour, rides are suggested for those with a passion for moving! The Bavarian countryside is crisscrossed with lightly trafficked roads. A relaxing ride through the farming villages is the best way to become familiar with your new BMW motorcycle.
The scenery takes an exciting turn as the Alps come into view, dominating the horizon. The twisty roads in the foothills of the Alps only hint at the adventures to come.
Discover the Austrian Alps:
The Alps have been teasing us, adding an unmistakable skyline to the southern horizon during our rides for the past two days. Now it is time to dive into the middle of them and discover what mountain riding is all about!
The mountainsides are dotted with farms and laced with tiny roads connecting them. No one knows these "little white roads" better than Rob Beach, who laid out all the routes for this tour. To follow "Rob's Roads" on a day's ride means miles of local roads. And it means finding yourself in places tourists, and often locals, never see.
The Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse is an iconic mountain pass climbing over 4800 feet to summit at the Edelweißspitze. The views from here are impressive�"your camera will be busy! This is such a special road that it deserves more than a "ride over" it. So we overnight on the pass itself. That means no traffic when you depart the hotel in the morning. Indeed, only with Beach's Motorcycle Adventures do you have the Grossglockner all to yourself!
Surely it can't get better than this! Then comes the beauty of Italy, where striking scenery and exciting riding compete for attention. The Dolomites are simply massive and the pass roads allow up close access to them.
Explore the Dolomites:
Widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world, the intrinsic beauty of the Dolomites derives from a variety of spectacular vertical forms with contrasting horizontal surfaces rising abruptly above more gentle foothills. A great diversity of color is provided by the contrasts between the bare pale-colored rock surfaces and the forests and meadows below. Some of the rock cliffs here rise more than 1,500 m and are among the highest limestone walls found anywhere in the world. The Dolomite Domination follows the Dolomites from east to west, allowing enough time to get to know these mountains and roads well.
Better still, a free day here, right in the middle of the most impressive group of the entire range, means that we wake up to an unforgettable view not once, but twice!
High and Wild. Italy has more to offer!
From the Dolomites we head to Italy's Valtellina region, known to the Romans as "the territory of the Magnificent Land." Pliny the Elder visited and wrote about Bormio 2,000 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci did the same 500 years ago, and now it is our turn! This mountainside destination features thermal baths and a Medieval old town that is still magnificent!
A simple stroll around town gives a sense of its history�"medieval frescoes, ancient carved wooden doors, and rustic fountains that still provide cool, refreshing mountain spring water abound here, all surrounded by the steep, beautiful Alps. Bormio is truly picturesque.
Cross the mighty Stelvio Pass:
Tagged as one of the world's best roads" by the blokes at Top Gear, the Stelvio Pass generates quite a bit of hype. It is an impressive piece of engineering, and the views from the top are quite special. Better still, the summit arrives at the perfect time to stop for coffee and a bit of "wow, I am really here" realization.
Jutting from the middle of the lake near the top of the Reschen pass, a church steeple hints of the village flooded when the lake was damned. Stop and get the photo. It will be another of the "I was there" photos that will amaze your friends.
A herd of highland cattle may be milling around the end of the driveway to our hotel in Imst. Wherever we travel in the Alps we are reminded again and again of the farming that that keeps the countryside pristine.
The last riding day, already? Let's make it a good one! Start the day with some of the best roads in Tyrol�"head over the Hahntennjoch. This pass is always impressive, but to head over it first thing in the morning, with the sun at your back and the highlighted scenery all around makes for a very special ride.
The return trip across the same range, following the road up to Berwang is just, ho-hum, more brilliant Alpine riding. Better still is the fact that you have been able to ride all of this before the weekend mobs get there. Having this great pavement and jaw-dropping scenery all to yourself is the icing on the cake!
Before putting the Alps in your rearview mirror, take time to be a tourist. Visit “Mad” King Ludwig’s World famous Neuschwanstein castle, walk the gardens in his “home” castle Linderhof, or visit a 930 year old church. And then, finally, take more "Rob roads" north to Munich to wrap up this amazing week of adventure.