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A very special trip indeed. As always, I have been working hard to find ways to further improve our annual trip to the Stella Alpina Rally and this year its going to be all the very best, with a good rest, old school, Alpine Holiday/adventure. It will have all the very best from over the years, 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, the plan is to take it a little more relaxed, after all, we are on holiday. But still with some stunning new stuff for the more adventurous amongst you. The trip will include many of the very best and highest mountain passes on route to explore our all time favorite corner of the Alps. This will without doubt be an excellent and enjoyable trip with plenty of new and old places to see, while having time to chat, drink and even get a rest. This whole trip will be a biking Nirvana, doing the best roads and passes while having a little more time for coffee, before we drink, eat and chill in nice hotels. And yes, a chance to do something a little different is planned for the 'brave' and all those who want to swap the bike for something a little higher, something very different. Not one to miss..
The full itinerary will appear below, but due to a number of new digs with limited rooms, 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. Also, it will give me an idea of which crossings to book as these have to be paid well in advance. 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. 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 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 due to limited beds at one Hotel with no alternative I am afraid, so please do not be disappointing or disappointed, book early and know you are on.
Thursday 11th July for Hull departures - 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 Thursday 11th July. 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 no later than 4.30 PM 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. Any taking the Zeebrugge/Hull return need to also be at Zeebrugge docks no later than 4.30 PM on Tuesday 21st July.
Friday 12th July for Dover departures - So for any who have selected the Dover/Calais return option. You are sailing on the TBA... AM P&O boat to Calais on the morning of Friday 12th July. You need to be meeting in the car park just off the roundabout at the bottom of the A2 ramp before TBA..AM so you can all then board together no later than TBA..AM. You will then be off the boat and rolling in in Calais around 9.30/10.00AM 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 split (It is almost exactly 10 miles from the A1 split bill :-)) - Near Rumaucourt and Baralle, it's a BP I think, and well before the A2 split where you will have gone too far. Here, both groups will meet and fuel up around 11 to 11.30 AM local time before then making our way together through France to our first nights digs near Geneva.
Saturday 13th - After a good nights sleep and a good Breakfast, the real fun now starts as we travel down through Geneva and up into the Alps on the best small passes I know. Eventually after some serious altitude we hit Bardo in Italy, for the first of three nights at the Stella.
Monday 15th - After what will most likely be a late night in Briancon, take a relaxed breakfast before a lazy day in the sun or shopping, or more trail and road riding, the call is yours. Relax, or fill your boots in this superb biking location.
Tuesday 16th - After an early breakfast we are back in the saddle and taking in some more altitude. In the morning we will visit a little known Zip Wire with a number of superb wires for all abilities, pussy or mad, it's a stunning way to spend a few hours before we are back on the bikes and over some stunning passes to our next fantastic digs in the Vocours. A very special place in the mountains which includes Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal above the pool.
Wednesday 17th - A day to explore this stunning region and take in some of the many spectacular gorge roads this little known area has to offer. Then back to our wonderful accommodation for another lovely evening meal, drinks and banter.
Thursday 18th - Thursday morning we get on the road after an earlier breakfast to take on some of the higher passes on this trip. A spectacular days riding in my favorite part of the Alps, it just does not get any better than this. We will cross the border between France and Italy a couple of times before eventually ending up near Aiguilles in France for a one night stay.
Friday 19th - Friday is another spectacular day, as we go back into Italy in search of the bus from the end of the Italian Job. Yes, the road made famous by the final scenic in the original Film in this stunning part of Italy before ending up at our last nights digs in Italy for more food, drink and banter.
Saturday 20th - After breakfast we leave Italy on one on the very best biking passes, and for once, we are doing it the right way round. By lunch, we will have started to leave the Alps as we pass Geneva and head back onto the flat lands of France for our last night in France. One last chance to take a dip in the pool, eat some French food and take a couple of drinks while reflecting on the trip.
Sunday 21st - Sunday morning sees myself and the Calais return group away early for the Ferry back to Dover. Any opting to take the overnight boat back to Hull can rise a little later, before taking a nice relaxed ride North (Plan yourself a route, ring me for ideas) from East of Troyes, France to be at the port in Zeebrugge no later than 4.30pm to catch the overnight boat back, arriving in Hull at 8.30am on the morning of Monday 22nd. As always the trip will include your chosen sailing's and your accommodation including 8 breakfasts and two evening meals, + I will provide any information and lead the group as required.
I am sure this will be one of the best and most enjoyable High Alp trips ever, the way it is planned is to gain the very most out of visiting the Stella and Swiss Alps, all in around 12 Days. It is expected to be a little more relaxed than last year 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 are inevitable, but all should be enjoyable and relatively relaxed, while having an fun motorcycle adventure holiday. 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. So, get out your diary and see if you can join us on this fantastic, most excellent adventure. THE STELLA ALPINA 2018 + A MOST EXCELLENT SWISS ADVENTURE (A TRIP NOT TO BE MISSED!)
Don't be disappointed, send your deposit or deposit balance now as this one has very limited numbers and I need to finalise everything soon.
To book your place on The Stella Alpina 2019 + All The Very Best With A Rest (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, + all the stuff from years gone by...