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A very special trip indeed. As always, I have been working very hard to find ways to further improve our annual trip to the Stella Alpina and have come up with a proper, old school, Alpine adventure. It will have all the very best of the old stuff, so don't worry, you will still get the chance to ride all your old favorite passes, including many of the highest and most stunning road passes in the Alps. But for this year we will be venturing much further afield, with lots of new stuff for the more adventurous types amongst you. The trip will include many of the very best and highest mountain passes including the Stelvio on route to explore the stunning Dolomites, as well as a trip right through the Black Forest. This will without doubt be a most excellent and enjoyable trip with plenty of new passes and new places to see. This whole trip will be a biking Nirvana, doing all the best roads and passes while still having a little time for coffee, before we drink, eat and chill in nice hotels. Not one to miss..
The full itinerary will appear below as it develops, but due to the large number of new digs and the complicated new route, I would ask that interested parties put their names down as soon as they can if they want to go and book in quickly to help me with the planning. I will have no choice but to close this trip early as most of the digs must be paid for in advance and I have to confirm numbers well in advance of our trip or let the rooms go before paying. Unfortunately, this will make it almost impossible to squeeze people in at the last minute as has sometimes been the case in the past, so please be aware now that once the places have gone, they have gone and the only chance of coming will be as a replacement for someone already booked who has to cancel, their place will be effectively be sold to you. Clearly this severely limits the possibility of going if you don't book in early. Very strict numbers on this trip I am afraid so please do not be disappointing or disappointed, book early and know you are on.
Wednesday 5th - Ok, so this is for any booking on the overnight boat from Hull ONLY, for the cruise over to the continent on the evening of Wednesday 5th July. Always a good night on the boat and a great time to get to know everybody as our adventure begins. The best and most relaxed way to start any bike trip, even if it is a bit out of your way. We will meet in front of the ferry terminal building at P&O Ferries North Sea Ferries Ltd, Hull Ferry Terminal 2, King George Dock, Hedon Road, Hull, HU9 5PS at 5PM before boarding the overnight ferry. Please fuel up as you come through Hull so we can all hit the road with full tanks. Once we have boarded and made the bikes safe we will grab our rooms and then watch as we set sail for the continent. Always a good night and a good sleep overnight to arrive early in Zeebrugge.
Thursday 6th - Ok, so for any not departing on the overnight boat from Hull on Friday evening and who have selected the Dover/Calais return option. You are sailing on the 07.35 AM P&O boat to Calais on the morning of Thursday 6th July. You need to be meeting in the car park just off the roundabout at the bottom of the A2 ramp before 7AM so you can all then board together at 7.05AM. You will then get off the boat in Calais around 10AM local time. On leaving the port you need to follow the signs for the A26 heading for Saint-Quentin/ Reims. Once on the A26 continue towards Reims until you get to the A1 Paris/Lille split. Stay on the A26 heading for Reims, but pull in at the first petrol stop after the A1 (It is not that far after the A1 split (About 10 miles bill :-)) - Called Rumaucourt Shell, I think, before the A2. Here, both groups will meet and fuel up around 11 AM local time before making our way together through France to our first nights digs in the Jura region of France.
Friday 7th - After Breakfast the real fun starts. We will depart passing through Geneve, then conquer some of the smaller and less well known Alpine passes before rising to some real altitude and dropping into Bardo in Italy for the first of 3 nights, food, drinks, party and sleep.
Saturday 8th - After breakfast it's a day off if you wish. Take in the weekend Market outside the Hotel, go shopping, drinking or chilling in the sun. For those that can't stay off the bike this whole area is Big Trail Bike heaven if you fancy a run out on the roads or even in the lanes and trails.
Sunday 3rd - After breakfast for those that want it is off up the mountain trail on the Stella Alpina Rally. We might get to the top if the snow allows, but it is always good fun trying before an afternoon of chilling.
Monday 4th - After Breakfast the real adventure begins. We are straight into the high passes again, back into France and a run of the highest and best passes France has to offer, then dipping back into Italy before eventually taking a classic high pass over into Switzerland to our next Hotel and some Swiss food, drink and sleep.
Tuesday 5th - After a good Swiss breakfast we really start to rise, up above the glaciers taking in some of the loop of madness as we head east across Switzerland bobbing in and out of Italy before arriving at our next Hotel near Bormio, Italy for some more Italian food, drink and sleep.
Wednesday 6th - Soon after Breakfast we head briefly back up into Switzerland before taking in the stunning Stelvio Pass back down into Italy as we head east for the stunning Dolomite region with time to explore this stunning area before reaching our next hotel near Cortina for a two night stay.
Thursday 7th - A chance to take a relaxed breakfast before exploring the less well known parts of the Dolomites. Or simply take a day off the bike and take in the sights and sounds of the area at your leisure.
Friday 8th - So now, after breakfast we turn back west heading back into the high Alps. We will head out of the Dolomites on a different route then try and take in the Stelvio again so we have done it in both directions. Then we will pick up 'Top Gears' best Alpine road heading back through Switzerland to arrive at our next Hotel near Davos for some more Swiss food, drink and sleep.
Saturday 9th - After breakfast we head down into the Swiss valleys past Zurich heading over into Germany for a stunning blast back through the Black Forest before eventually reaching our last Hotel in France for our final night together on the continent.
Sunday 10th - An early breakfast sees us mile munching then splitiing out of the sun on the road heading North/West back up through France to catch the afternoon ferry over to Dover, or a route further north for those who are taking the night boat back from Zeebrugge to Hull.
As always the trip will include your sailing's and your accommodation including 10 breakfasts + I will provide any information and lead the group as required.
I am sure this will be one of the best and most adventurous High Alp trips ever, the way it is planned is to gain the very most out of visiting the Stella and Dolomites, and all in around 11 Days. It is expected to be a little more adventurous than usual and clearly includes some truly fantastic roads and places, with some great events and nights out thrown in for good measure. That said, some may wish to make this the start of a longer holiday. Therefore, I have no problem with people wishing to return on a different date or joining us at some point on the trip. I will still book your ferry as required and sort out all your digs for the nights you wish to stay with the group, but early notification is required to help with planning.
I believe this European Adventure to be suitable for most, one or two up, both novice and veteran alike. Some longish days in the saddle is inevitable with a trip such as this, but if adventure is what you crave, this should do the trick. It can be tackled on almost any larger cc bike (as long as it is both capable and reliable over longer journeys) and any UN-surfaced sections can easily be avoided. I'm afraid very advanced booking is required and maximum numbers will apply. Now it's time to get out your diary and see if you can join us on this fantastic, most excellent adventure. THE STELLA ALPINA 2017 + A MOST EXCELLENT DOLOMITES ADVENTURE (A TRIP NOT TO BE MISSED!)
Don't be disappointed, send your deposit now as this one has very limited numbers.
To book your place on The Stella Alpina 2017 + A Most Excellent Dolomites Adventure (A TRIP NOT TO BE MISSED!), hit this link, then print off a booking form. Send this along with your remittance ASAP.
Who is going to date & more info hit this link, and all the stuff from years gone by....