Friday, 26 August 2016

PUSH YOUR LIMITS OR TOUR THE WORLD?



Through World of BMW you can do everything from grand tours around the new and old worlds to weeks of training your off-road skills before heading off on a hard riding adventure, but which one is right for you? Maybe you’re up for a bit of both, but deciding where to start is always important. Below are just a couple of our favourite adventures and tours that are coming up.



BMW Tours
For those wishing to enjoy the scenery and culture a little more there’s BMW Tours, offering trips everywhere from Itay to Vietnam and ‘el Fin del Mundo’, or ‘The End of the World’. BMW Tours focus on seeing all the country has to offer and soaking up every last bit of culture from the comfort of a BMW. These tours are all about forming memories, making friends and making the most of the roads in front of you at your own pace. Here's just a small sample of the extensive range of tours offered by BMW Tours.






The Grand Tour: Italy – History, culture and awe-inspiring masterpieces





This top to toe tour of Italy starts near Nice. You can either ride to the start or chose to have your bike shipped to the start and fly into Nice where your bike (or a hire bike) will be waiting for you at our hotel in the small town of Carros. This however is merely a starting point, as you ride out the next day straight across the border and along the Ligurian Coast to your Cinque Terre Port for the night. The Cinque Terre or "five lands" are villages nestling on this rugged coastline carefully preserved and now UNESCO listed.

Day two is packed with great riding as we head away from the coast and into the mountains. Your destination for the next two night is Florence, capital of the Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance. It is home to masterpieces of art and architecture including Michelangelo’s “David” at the Galleria dell'Accademia. Your tour includes a walking tour of some of the highlights of the city, leaving time for you to visit the galleries and museums at your leisure.

Form here you head on to the medieval town Of Assisi dominated by two castles as well as being home to the Franciscan order. From Assisi you are heading to one of the many tour highlights - Three nights in Rome.

Too much to see and too much to do, however many days you are in Rome it will not be enough. You have two full days to see the Colosseum, Visit the Vatican, Gaze at the Trevi Fountain, wander the Pantheon, marvel at the Basilicas or stroll the PIazza del Popolo. So much European history has been centred on this city and it remains a captivating place. Another half day walking tour is included here to make sure you get the most from your time in Rome.

Then it is south to the much photographed Sorrento famed for its sea cliffs. The town's steep slopes look out over azure waters to Ischia, Capri and the Bay of Naples. Kick back and relax in Sorrento or hop on one of the regular trains for the 30 minute ride to wander the ruined streets of Pompeii under the menacing shadow of Vesuvius. After two nights in Sorrento you are heading to the heel of Italy and Alberobello with its unique picturesque Trulli houses. Then it is on to Sicily via Tropea on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Take the short ferry to the home of Mount Etna, still one of the most active Volcanos in the world. You have two nights in Sicilly and we recommend a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Temples where the temples of ancient Akragas are sited: the Temples of Juno, Lacinia, Concordia, Hercules, Jupiter, Castor and Pollux and Vulcan.

You leave Sicily by way of Palermo and an overnight ferry to Genoa but not before riding through the infamous village of Corleone. You will arrive quite late in Genoa, but we are staying in the centre so there is still an opportunity to see some of this ancient and bustling town. The following day you are riding back to France and our first hotel to drop the bikes off, enjoy our farewell dinner and try and recall everything that you have packed in to just two weeks. The next morning you are free to arrange airport transfers or start the ride home.

To book your ride, give us a call on 08000 131 282 or book direct at
http://www.motorrad-tours.com/tours/classic-tours/The-Grand-Tour-Italy/




Explore Morocco - Into the beating heart of the Medina
 



Options abound on this trip: ride your own bike to Malaga, have us ship your bike down and fly in to meet it or rent one through us. Once you arrive in Malaga you will be in Africa within 24 hours allowing you to enjoy two full magnificent weeks dedicated to Africa.

A Parador close to Malaga is where you’ll spend your first night and after a welcome dinner, the following morning we ride to the port for your ferry crossing to Africa and the Spanish enclave of Cueta. A night in this tiny state and then it’s a 200 mile ride to the city of Rabat. The capital city it is off the tourist trail and the souks of the Medina cater more for locals than visitors and provide a great insight into this country and its culture.

After an evening here you have two days to explore Marrakech, known as the ‘Red City’. This ancient city is the beating heart of Morocco and its marketplace never sleeps. A free day will allow you to lose yourself bartering in the bustling Medina, visiting the Berber Museum or relax with some Moroccan Whisky - Mint Tea!

Your route from Marrakech is to the Atlantic coast and Essaouria with its bluer than blue fishing fleet and walled sea defences lined with cannon.

After time spent in three of the great cities of Morocco you are heading into the countryside and a night in a remote Riad. The Atlas Mountains are your playground for the next few days with the awe inspiring Tiz n'Test and Tiz n'Ticha Passes snaking their way over 2,000 metres skywards.

More remote locations follow as you visit UNESCO listed Ait Ben Haddou, an ancient Ksar or citadal. If it looks familiar then it may be because it has featured in many films like The Living Dayights, The Mummy, Gladiator and Jesus of Nazareth.

The following day you have the option to ride the famous Dades and Todra Gorges one gravel and one tarmac, or up one and down the other!

It’s then into the Sahara for a night in a Riad next to the dunes. Dinner will be served at a Berber camp in the desert, just a short camel trek away! Heading north you have two nights in the Imperial City of Fes, this iconic city with its winding streets and alleys are a maze. A couple more stops and it’s time to get back on the ferry and begin the voyage home.

Call us up on 08000 131 282 to begin the process or book direct at
http://www.motorrad-tours.com/tours/explorer-tours/explore-morocco/





Off Road Skills Guided Adventures



Off Road Skills, run by Dakar legend Simon Pavey, are best known for their Off Road Skills courses run out of South Wales but they also offer a number of guided off-road riding adventures to put those skills into action or you can rent your own bike and set off into the Welsh wilderness. Get on your bike and head into the wilderness of Wales, Spain or even Australia and push yourself and your riding ability while exploring rarely used areas. It's all about dirt roads and an exciting time on the bike as you follow and learn from the best. If you like off-roading but haven't pushed the adventure boat out, then these are the perfects trips to get you going.



Spanish Adventure - Trail riding with a touch of class

Join Off Road Skills on their Spanish Adventure where high-class hotels are paired with high-class trails.


Nobody said being an adventurer had to mean roughing it. We’ll happily sleep in a bush to get to the best riding spots, just ask Simon Pavey about his Australian escapades. But when epic off-road trails land you right on the doorstep of luxury Parador hotels set in historic castles and the like, well, who would turn down a touch of the high life?

The Spanish Adventure travels between luxury accommodation and the riding terrain changes each day. From woodland trails, to open flowing gravel tracks through to dramatic mountain passes – the variety of riding on this trip is immense. To make the most of the trip, the groups are kept small – there are a few places left for this October’s adventure so book now to avoid disappointment. Epic trails only taste sweeter when they lead to fine food and wine in a castle.

Call World of BMW on 08000 131 282 or book direct at
http://www.offroadskills.com/off-road-adventures/pistes-and-paradors

Bike Rental - Make Your Own Adventure

A brand new BMW and a GPS full of the best rides – the recipe for the perfect weekend.

Off Road Skills in South Wales have a fleet of brand new BMW road rental bikes available and ready to go with a GPS full of the best rides in the region. There’s the R 1200 R, for enjoying the twisties all the way to the beach, the R 1200 GS for those who just can't get enough of the adventure life and an S 1000 XR for those who want to know what a 160hp adventure bike feels like. It feels fast, by the way, really fast!

The hire bikes are the perfect way to explore South Wales; the roads there are something else. From the open, flowing curves of the Black Mountain, to tight, technical local delicacies like the Trecastle Road (Simon Pavey's favourite) or the Heol Senni pass – there are roads and routes for all tastes. To make sure you get to the best spots, we've prepared a GPS full of routes. All that’s left for you to do is pick a favourite lunch stop (don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of recommendations there too).

To book your ride, give us a shout on 08000 131 282 or book direct at
http://www.offroadskills.com/bike-rentals


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