BALKANS & DALMATIAN COAST TOUR

This tour is Self-Guided

Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights (TBC)

Prices From: £TBC

This fabulous fourteen-day Guided tour across Europe is for those with a real sense of adventure. We will visit the Balkan states of Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia. Not to mention France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

Our adventure will take us across Northern France, through the Ardennes, over the Rhine into Germany and the Black Forest. After riding through this famous biking region of Germany, we cross the border into Switzerland and onto Italy, we’ll explore the Italian Alps and Dolomites on our journey east to Slovenia. From here we cross into Croatia, after visiting the beautiful Plitvice Lakes we cross the border into Bosnia, travel south to the city of Sarajevo, then onto Mostar and the famous Mostar Bridge. From here it’s onto the Historical city of Dubrovnik, before heading along one of the most unspoilt coastlines in the world, then its back into Slovenia, where we visit the stunning lakeside city of Bled. Our final route home will take us through Austria, Germany and the Vosges Mountains in France, before the last push through the Ardennes and onto Calais.

We have graded this tour – DIFFICULT

TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1: Calais to Pont a Mousson (260 miles)

We will assemble at our designated meeting point in Folkestone Kent. After a short introduction and a quick briefing, we’ll make our way to the Eurotunnel for our crossing to Calais. Once in Calais, we’ll use the motorway for the first 80 miles of our journey to make some headway and onto some more interesting roads. After a quick coffee stop, we will head for the twisty roads of the Ardennes region, passing close to the Belgium border through the French countryside and onto our hotel close to the river in Pont a Mousson.

Day 2: Pont a Mousson to Lake Konstanz (270 miles)

After breakfast, we head for the twisty roads of the northern Vosges Mountains. We’ll cross the Rhine River into the Black Forest, and the Spa town of Baden-Baden, to ride the famous Schwarzwald Hochstrasse. With perfect tarmac surfaces, fast sweeping and hairpin bends and views across the Black Forest a biker surely must have designed it.

From here we’ll visit the Rhine Fall, the largest plane waterfall in Europe, and then on to our hotel.

Day 3: Konstanz to Italy (280 miles)

Today we head into the mountains and it’s not long before you’ll notice a change in terrain as we climb into the Italian Alps, and our first pass of the day, The Stelvio. At over 2700 metres it’s the second highest pass in the Alps, with 50 hairpin bends it will test your riding abilities to the max.

At the top, we’ll stop for a coffee and a hot dog before heading for our next pass, Gavia Pass. This narrow pass has some spectacular views but keep your eyes on the road as the higher parts have no crash barrier. From here we head east via the Tonale Pass and the Mendel Pass towards Bolzano.

Day 4: Italy to Slovenia (230 miles)

After breakfast, we’ll continue our journey east through the Dolomite Mountains, home to some of the most stunning scenery. It’s not long before we’re at our first mountain pass, Costalunga Pass, followed by Pordol Pass and Falzarego Pass. After lunch, we’ll cross the border into Slovenia and on to our hotel for a well-earned beer or glass of wine.

Day 5: Slovenia to Croatia (180 miles)

Today is a relatively short day as we head past Postojna Caves (optional stop) to the Croatian border and on to Plitvicka, once checked in you’ll have the rest of the day to relax or head off to explore Plitvice lakes National park.

The park holds a spectacular array of waterfalls, lakes, forests and a diversity of animals, well worth a visit.

Day 6: Croatia to Sarajevo (250 miles)

After Breakfast we cross the border into Bosnia. Once through the border, we’ll spend the rest of the day exploring what Bosnia has to offer as we make our way down to the City of Sarajevo, our home for the night.

In the 1990’s Sarajevo was besieged and on the edge of annihilation. Today, its restored historic centre is full of welcoming cafes, the antique stone-flagged alleys of Baščaršija give the delightful Old Town core a certain Turkish feel.

Day 7: Sarajevo to Dubrovnik (170 miles)

Today we’ll continue to explore Bosnia stopping at the town of Mostar, here we will stop at one of the most symbolic features of the Balkans, Mostar Bridge. The bridge had stood for 400 years before a bomb brought it down in 1993 during the Bosnian war. It has since been rebuilt and today Mostar is a vibrant town full of charming cobbled streets and quaint shops. Leaving Bosnia behind we’ll make our way to on Dubrovnik and the Croatian Coast.

Day 8 & 9: Rest Days (0 miles)

Over the next two days, you’ll have a chance to relax and explore the war-torn abandoned Hotels or the UNESCO world heritage city of Dubrovnik. A well-preserved example of a late medieval city fortified with a magnificent curtain of walls surrounding its marble streets.

Day 10: Dubrovnik to Trogir (160 miles)

Today we follow the Dalmatian Coast. This stretch of historic coastline is one of the most unspoilt in the world, dotted with over a thousand islands, Roman ruins and medieval towns. The road itself is excellent for motorcycling, with smooth tarmac and a mix of long sweeping bends, flowing S-curves and twisty technical sections, it’s sure to enjoy.

Day 11: Trogia to Bled (310 miles)

After breakfast, we’ll continue along the Dalmatian coast, before heading into the remote Croatian Mountains. We pass through the Paklenica National Park, before heading into the Sjeverni Velebit National Park, home to the largest mountain range in Croatia. Crossing the border into Slovenia and onto our destination of Bled, set amongst the Julian Alps with its glacial Lake, Bled is one of the most picturesque spots.

Day 12: Bled to Germany (320 miles)

Today’s all about mountain pass’s, we’ll travel through Austria into southern Germany. Our route will take us over the Begunjščica mountain ridge. Our climb over the border into Austria will take us via the Loibl Pass the Austrian Tyrol and over the Grossglockner Pass. Although this is a toll road it’s worth every euro, as this famous alpine pass aims to be the most motorcycle friendly in the Alps, from here we cross the border into Germany and on to our hotel for the night.

Day 13: Germany to Pont a Mousson (340 miles)

After breakfast, we head west towards Lake Konstanz and the Black Forest, across the Rhine into France and our hotel. With this being our last night its time for a group meal and a final few laughs before we head for home.

Day 14: Pont a Mousson to Calais (260 miles)

Well, it’s time to head home, we’ll head for the twisty roads of the Ardennes following the French-Belgium border, before joining the motorway for the last push to catch the afternoon Eurotunnel crossing back to the UK.

GUIDED TOUR INFORMATION AND PRICE

Included in the tour price

  • Return Euro tunnel tickets
  • 13 Nights’ accommodation in a good quality hotel
  • Breakfast each morning
  • GPS co-ordinates (Tom Tom / Garmin)

Not included in the tour price

  • Fuel
  • Travel/Breakdown insurance
  • Repatriation back to the UK
  • Parking or toll charges
  • Admission to any tourist sites
  • Meals other than specified
  • Drinks

Insurance

On all our tours it is a condition of booking that you hold valid and adequate breakdown / recovery insurance which includes repatriation of you, your pillion (if applicable) and your motorcycle.

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