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Edelweiss: 2011 Triumph Touring Trips

British Motorcycle Touring

Triumph Motorcycles is introducing a worldwide adventure tour program in 2011, utilizing its critically acclaimed new Tiger 800XC.

A range of five adventure tours, ranging from 11 to 16 days, are being offered from June 2011 and will be run in cooperation with Edelweiss Bike Travel, the world’s largest and most respected motorcycle tour company. Triumph has plans to extend the program with an even wider range of itineraries available from 2012.

Three of the tours will start with a look around Triumph’s state-of-the-art factory in Hinckley, in the British Midlands, before taking riders to the iconic Isle of Man, the beautiful Scottish Highlands or on a European tour to Austria for the annual party that is Triumph’s Tridays festival.

Adventurers looking for a Sahara experience can take on the north African Triumph Adventure Tour, while an Asian trip around stunning Thailand is scheduled to take place in December.

With the exception of June’s Tridays tour, which is conducted using the participant’s own motorcycle, Triumph Adventure Tours include use of the Tiger 800XC for the duration of the event. All tours are lead by Edelweiss’ extremely knowledgeable and experienced tour guides and include all accommodation and a fully equipped support van.

Paul Stroud (Triumph’s Director of Sales and Marketing) says: "Following the introduction of the new, go everywhere, Tiger 800XC, the obvious next step was the introduction of Triumph Adventure Tours, allowing customers to experience the motorcycle in it’s natural environment, without having to go through the long and difficult process of researching and planning their own trips.

"We have chosen to partner with Edelweiss as they are the best in the business, having run over 1600 motorcycle tours in over 180 destinations over the past 30 years. Their expertise and local knowledge gives customers the reassurance that the events will be well run with good hotels, exciting roads and a high level of backup.

"Each tour will be led by an Edelweiss tour guide, with another guide following in a support van. It means that participants can get on with what we all love to do on a motorcycle touring holiday – enjoying the ride and the great destinations with a bunch of like-minded people."

Triumph Celtic Tour

The best beaches in Great Britain, wonderful roads through endless rolling green hills in Wales and the legendary Isle of Man on new Triumph Tiger 800 XC’s, what more could you ask for?

DATE: August 21-31, 2011
START/FINISH: Hinckley/Birmingham
DURATION: 11 days vacation, 9 riding days
ROUTE: Total distance 1560 miles (2500 km), daily rides 100-200 miles (160-320 km). We ride on well established roads.
ACCOMMODATION: Comfortable middle-class hotels
REST DAY: Douglas, Isle of Man
SPECIAL FEATURES: Left-hand traffic, some optional side trips on gravel roads HIGHLIGHTS: Guided Tour through the Triumph plant in Hinckley, Stonehenge, Brecon Beacons National Park, Isle of Man, Lake District


Day 2: Hinckley – Lynmouth
Day 3: Lynmouth – Exeter
Day 4: Exeter – Brecon
Day 5: Rest day Brecon
Day 6: Brecon – Cardigan
Day 7: Cardigan – Snowdonia
Day 8: Snowdonia – Douglas, Isle of Man
Day 9: Rest day in Douglas
Day 10: Douglas – Hinckley

Triumph Highlander Tour

The rough beauty of the Highlands with its castles and spectacular single track roads is the perfect playground for you and your Triumph.

DATE: August 10-20, 2011
START/FINISH: Hinckley/Birmingham
DURATION: 11 days vacation, 9 riding days
ROUTE: Total distance 1880 miles (3000 km), daily rides 100-240 miles (160-380 km). We ride on well established roads, sometimes single tracks
ACCOMMODATION: Comfortable middle-class hotels
REST DAY: Inverness SPECIAL FEATURES: Left-hand traffic, some optional side trips on gravel roads.
HIGHLIGHTS: Guided Tour through the Triumph plant in Hinckley, Hadrian ́s Wall, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, Dunnet Head, Balmoral Castle


Day 2: Hinckley – Helmsley
Day 3: Helmsley – Aberfoyle
Day 4: Aberfoyle – Ballachulish
Day 5: Ballachulish – Portree
Day 6: Portree – Inverness
Day 7: Rest day in Inverness
Day 8: Inverness – Banchory
Day 9: Banchory – Otterburn
Day 10: Otterburn – Hinckley

Triday Tour Newchurch

The best way to combine the big Triumph party in Newchurch with a great tour across Europe visiting 7 European countries.

DATE: June 18 – July 01, 2011
START/FINISH: Hinckley/Birmingham
DURATION: 14 days vacation, 12 riding days
ROUTE: Total distance 2250 miles (3600 km), daily rides 160-270 miles (250-430 km). The route takes us through 7 European countries and offers great Alpine roads as well as small backcountry roads in the Ardennes and the Black Forest.
ACCOMMODATION: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses
REST DAY: Newchurch
SPECIAL FEATURES: Visit on the Tridays HIGHLIGHTS: Ardennes, Großglockner High Alpine Road, Triumph Tridays, Black Forest, Heidelberg


Day 2: Hinckley – Dover
Day 3: Dover – La Roche
Day 4: La Roche – Obernai
Day 5: Obernai – Wehr
Day 6: Wehr – Heiterwang
Day 7: Heiterwang – Newchurch
Day 8: Rest day in Newchurch
Day 9: Newchurch – Dornbirn
Day 10: Dornbirn – Moosbrunn
Day 11: Moosbrunn – Nürburg
Day 12: Nürburg – Calais
Day 13: Calais – Hinckley

Triumph Rome-Carthage Tour

From St. Peter ́s dome to the sand dunes of the Sahara dessert. In Rome we start with our new Triumph Tigers 800 XC’s and head south over Sicily to Tunisia. A tour that gives you history, culture and adventure at the same time.

DATE: October 26 – November 10, 2011
DURATION: 16 days vacation, 14 riding days
ROUTE: Total distance: ca. 2600 miles (4200 km), daily rides 125-240 miles (200 – 380 km). We ride on well established roads, sometimes single tracks.
ACCOMMODATION: Comfortable middle-class hotels.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Some long riding days, optional side trips on gravel roads.
HIGHLIGHTS: Pompeii, Volcano Etna, Kairouan, Sahara Dessert, Tunis


Day 2: Rome – Pompeii
Day 3: Pompeii – Castovillari
Day 4: Castovillari – Tropea
Day 5: Tropea – Catania
Day 6: Catania – Palermo (ferry to Tunis)
Day 7: Tunis – Kairouan
Day 8: Kairouan – Gafsa
Day 9: Gafsa – Douz
Day 10: Douz – Tamerza
Day 11: Tamerza – Tabarka
Day 12: Tabarka – Bizerte
Day 13: Bizerte – Tunis
Day 14: Tunis – Departure ferry to Rome
Day 15: Arrival ferry – Rome

For additional information, visit Edelweiss Bike Travel.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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