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    Edelweiss vs. Ayres

    Been thinking about taking a tour in Germany and the Alps, and have been researching tours operators. Does anyone who has taken one of these have thoughts, good and bad, about the tour company they used and some suggestions that might help me make a decision.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Edelweiss isn't inexpensive but their service is very good did a motogp tour through the Alps, Dolomites, Bavaria, Czech Republic a few years ago top notch tour. Heard good things about Ayres too I think it's like top rated cruise ships you have to pick about where you want to go not necessarily the line.
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    I've done 4 trips with edelweiss.
    Nothing but GOOD things to say about them. Would recommend them highly!

    Just took a tour with Adriatic Tours, of the Balkans............They did things Edelweiss doesn't do. Like organized tours on rest days and they included drinks with some meals. The Tour guide held and ran a kitty that we all put money into that he used to pay for all the lunches we did together. We also let him order all the food so that we could experience what the local would eat. Worked out real nice, quick check out and we eat some awesome food!

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    Agree with GSJAY, just doo it!!

    BUT give Beach's a look, 42 years , family owned and operated, US company. I have meet at least a dozen people on Beach tours, that did previous tours with Edelweiss, and ALL said that the Beach tour was far superior, to what they experienced with others.

    One guy said he was adverse to any organized tour because a friend on an Edelweiss tour had a horrible experience, they were assigned to a group and had NO freedom, and one morning they were held up by a couple in their group that for some reason did not show up to leave until 10:30 in the morning!! He chose Beach's because of their philosophy of freedom to do, go , stop, and see what YOU want to see, within a highly structured frame and had a wonderful time. My guess is at least 60% of the riders on Beach tours are return customers, I have meet a couple that have done 12+ and one that did 20+ tours!!!

    More freedom if you want it, If you want to follow a guide you have the OWNER, not a hired guide. Better roads, better lodging, more personal attention and a comradery that others lack.

    Also long time MOA supporters, in fact the first magazine was rumored to have been composed on the kitchen table of Bob Beach, the founder, at his Grand Island NY home.

    Give them a call, Rob Beach, or his lovely wife will answer the phones, not some operator.

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    Edelweiss let us do what we wanted as long as you met up at the end of the day at the place you were staying three of us from our group routinely broke off from the rest and on our rest days went riding at our leisure though it wasn't leisurely riding if you know what I mean I cooked a set of tires in the Dolomites on the R1200S I was riding.
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    I've never been assigned to a group or had any restrictions placed upon me when on a Edelweiss Tour.

    We rode both with the group and by our own.
    The ONLY rule I can remember is if you weren't going to be at dinner, please call and let the tour guide know so he didn't come looking for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hexst View Post
    Edelweiss let us do what we wanted as long as you met up at the end of the day at the place you were staying three of us from our group routinely broke off from the rest and on our rest days went riding at our leisure though it wasn't leisurely riding if you know what I mean I cooked a set of tires in the Dolomites on the R1200S I was riding.
    http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index...t-gelato-tour/ I hear you loud and clear hexst about the "rest day", our Edelweiss Tour Guide Manuel Taschner took us out of Levico, Italy on a "rest day" ride around the Lago Garda region that removed any and all "Chicken Strips" and totally cooked our tires! We all rode back to Munich the next day on cords, what a wild and wonderful "rest day" that was! I will never forget it, really!

    That is EBT Tour Guide Manuel Taschner on the far left in the photo, just before we took off on the "racetrack"; if you are wondering about the FJR in the pic, we coordinated this ride with our Friends in the Italian FJR Forum who came up from Milan, Florence and Rome to ride with us. http://fjrforum.it-wire.com/portal.php

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