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Karoo Biking has extended its footprint to continental Europe. The 11 day tour astride top of the range BMW motorcycles starts in Munich, the land of picturesque castles and the Oktoberfest, through Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France. As one of the few accredited BMW Motorcycle tour providers globally, South African based Karoo Biking maintains its impeccably high standards for excellent service and exceptional biking experiences with the launch of its first tour through Europe.

The tour has been scheduled during the South African winter, in the heart of the European summer. Led by the owner of Karoo Biking, a German expat, expect an uniquely European experience including three/ four star accommodation (including stays in genuine castles), authentic local cuisine and a biking experience that only Europe has to offer. From hairpin bends through the lush Alps to heady single lane dirt roads etched into the cliffs of Corsica centuries past, join Karoo Biking for an unbeatable European biking experience.

Price €3,200
incl, hotels, 2x ferries, motorcycle, luggage transport

day 1/11

Arrival in Munich

ca. 0 miles

Welcome to Munich, a major metropolis in Bavaria that has retained its old world charm. On arrival, our shuttle service will transfer you directly to the BMW Motorcycle bike depot to collect your trusted stead for the next 13 days. After a quick introduction to the rules of the road, we’ll head onto the hotel which is in close proximity to all the major sightseeing attractions. After a freshening up, feel free to join us for a city tour of the sights including a market or two and of course a trip to the Hoff Brauhaus for an ice cold Weissen, the traditional white beer of the region. We’ll use the day to ease into the swing of things, after all, you’re on holiday. We’ll wrap the day up with a briefing session of the route and a traditional dinner at one of the numerous local eateries.


day 2/11

Munich - Merano

ca. 250 miles

After a sumptuous breakfast, we head out to leave Munich behind us. We’ll wind our way through the picturesque Alps, round numerous hair-pin bends, past lush green fields and alpine forests through a small section of Austria to arrive at our destination for the evening: Merano. Situated in Italy, close to the border, the ancient Roman city is centuries old. Narrowly cobbled streets open onto a grand promenade which lead to wonderful forests for walking. Well known for its red and white wines, vineyards extend right into town and you’ll also find the Forst Brewery on its outskirts which produces a beer enjoyed by locals throughout Northern Italy. Because the city is based in a basin, we’ll ride over numerous passes to arrive at a Schloss, or castle, where we’ll be spending the night.


day 3/11

Merano - Genova - Bastia

ca. 500 miles

After hearing the city’s ancient clock tower strike nine, we head out for more mountainous riding through the peaks and troughs of the Alps as we descend towards the coastline – heading in a general westerly direction. Our destination is Genova. Many believe that the ancient Ligurian city’s name means “knee” due to its location on the boot-shaped country of Italy. We arrive at the harbour late afternoon to check our bikes onto a ferry, where we’ll be spending the night, heading towards the French island of Corsica, the birthplace Napoleon Bonaparte. The island is based west of Italy, South East of France and North of the Island of Sardinia. Although it is a lot closer to Italy, the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is in fact a French region.


day 4/11

Bastia - Calvi

ca. 130 miles

We arrive early morning at the harbour of town of Bastia, so named due to the fort or bastion built there way back in 1378. After a coffee in the beautiful town square, we head out along the coast, flanked by the aquamarine of the Mediterranean Sea to arrive at the beautiful port town of Calvi. The marina is littered with brightly coloured boats which seem right at home in the splendour of the pine forests which surround the town, framed by rugged mountains. Corsica has exceptionally well-maintained roads and the journey to our destination is reminiscent of the Cape’s very own Baine’s Kloof Pass – riding is easy and exciting with numerous curves and corners. The night will be spent in Calvi as we explore the amazing town’s Citadel – the main part of town established as a military outpost in the 15th century.

 

day 5/11

Calvi - Ajaccio

ca. 110 miles

We’ll head out along the West Coast today, passing through some of the most beautiful part of the island to arrive eventually at Ajaccio, Corsica’s capital, where we will be spending the evening. The birthplace of Napoleon (which is restored today), Ajaccio was established in 1492 and is based on the West side of the island, a mere 390 kms away from Marseilles. We will spend the evening exploring the old city, enjoying the views of the Ajaccio gulf from the Parata edge and taking in the sights.


day 6/11

Ajaccio - Bonifacio - Ajaccio

ca. 180 miles

Today we’ll be taking a round trip to the island’s Southernmost town of Bonifacio. The breathtaking town is based on stark white cliffs with a hidden harbour. The southern coast in the vicinity of Bonifacio is an outcrop of chalk-white limestone, precipitous and sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean. The city of Bonifacio is split into two sections. The vieille ville (old town), and the much photographed la Haute Ville (the Upper city). Bonifacio has maintained a certain temperamental detachment from the rest of Corsica, and is distinctly more Italian than French in atmosphere. The town retains Renaissance features found only here – definitely worth a visit. We return to spend a second night in Ajaccio.


day 7/11

Ajaccio - Bastia - Genova

ca. 350 miles

Today we head back into the mountains by traversing Corsica’s mountain through its centre to arrive again at Bastia. The ride through the mountainous protected park provides riders with enough practice in preparation for the mountains which await us again on the mainland. We arrive late afternoon in time for ferry back to Genova. We once again spend the evening on the ferry where we rest and recuperate after a day in the mountains.


day 8/11

Genova - St. Moritz

ca. 230 miles

The bustling harbour of Genova is only starting to rise when we arrive early morning. We will be exploring a slightly different region of the Alps today as we climb our way some 3000 meters to the exclusive resort town of St Moritz. Based a few kilometres shy of the highest peak in the Eastern Alps, St Mortz is considered one of the oldest resorts in the country and is famed for its skiing and exceptional hiking routes. Also known as the Top of World, the prestigious town has population of 5,600 residents which keep it in pristine condition. We spend the evening here, at the Top of the World, in St Moritz after a day exploring some of the Alps’ most beautiful passes.


day 09/11

St. Moritz - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

ca. 220 miles

After a hearty breakfast, we make our way once again to Germany. Our destination is Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The little village is based on the foothill of the Alps and is famous not only for its ski jumping facilities but also for being the host town of BMW Motorrad Days, the biggest BMW meeting of its kind which hosts some 40,000 BMW motorbiking enthusiasts from all over Europe and indeed the globe, once a year. The brave are invited to sample the local delicacy, schweinshaxen with sauerkraut and a traditional Weissen beer to wash it all down.


day 10/11

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

ca. 100 miles

Today will be spent visiting the 9th BMW Motorrad Days exhibition. Visitors will be impressed with the jam-packed programme including the possibility ride routes on the latest bikes, enjoying the entertainment including stunt shows, browsing the stalls of the latest equipment, accessories and clothing. The evening’s entertainment in the oversized beer tent is well attended by the locals and visitors alike.


day 11/11

Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Munich

ca. 90 miles

Our final day will be spent making our way back to Munich to check in our bikes and prepare for our trip back home. We’ll make is a point to stop at the BMW Welt and Museum on the outskirts o Munich for interested parties. Karoo Biking will gladly make arrangements for those clients who are keen on extending their stay – simply ask and we’ll gladly assist.


€3,200 inc. 8x accommodation at 3 and 4 star hotels
BMW motorcycle, selection from the current line-up
tour guide on motorcycle
2x Corsica ferry, Genova to Bastia and return
luggage transport*
meals: 8x breakfast

*minimum 6 participants required to offer this service

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