Take just over two weeks and you can visit three of the nations that were part of the former Yugoslavia: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia. Still relatively un-explored this quiet corner of Europe so recently ravaged by civil war is now a peaceful and beautiful area.
Italy is a beautiful country, sitting on the Mediterranean, but every year tens of thousands of Italians go to Croatia for their holiday. After this tour you will understand exactly why they do.
Three days riding through France, Belgium and Italy is just the appetiser. But don’t dismiss these days. A night in the Ardennes, riding through the Vosges Mountains, winding over the Grimsell, Furka and San Gottard Passes in the Alps are all packed into the first few days. A blast across Northern Italy takes you to Ancona and your overnight Ferry to Croatia.
An early morning arrival with a night in Split means you have the whole day free to wander the old town and to explore the UNESCO listed heart of this exuberant Dalmatian city. Original built in the 4C Diocletian’s Palace was the retirement home for the Roman Emperor of the same name. From Split you ride the famous Croatian Coast Road to Dubrovnik. You have two nights in the city that dates back to the Roman times. The city wall was largely rebuilt in the 1600’s after an earthquake. You can walk the walls and the labyrinth of narrow streets of this UNESCO listed old town which are lined with bars and cafes. Alternatively ride the cable car for incredible views of this walled city and then have lunch in the harbour – Dubrovnik is enchanting.
From Dubrovnik you ride inland across the border to Sarajevo. A city besieged for three years, reminders of the the 1990’s conflict are all around. Sarajevo is another two night stop so you should take the chance to explore the Barscarsija Bazaar and maybe take a mini-bus tour to the key sites of the Siege of Sarajevo and to the tunnel that was the life line of the city. We have arranged a walking tour of the centre with our local guide who as a 7 to 11 year old boy was trapped here through the siege. But Sarajevo’s history dates back thousands of years – it has been a pivotal point in much of European history. From Sarajevo you are heading back to Croatia, via the iconic and rebuilt Mostar Bridge, regarded as the spiritual as well as actual meeting place of Catholic, Jewish and Muslim cultures.
Enjoy the incredible ride from the mountains heading down to Makarska on the Adriatic coast. Makarska is built around a deep sheltered bay, and backed by the dramatic rocky heights of Mount Biokovo. A traditional holiday resort town we are staying in the bay a short walk from many excellent restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the Adriatic.
Crossing the border you are once again riding through the Dianaric Alps and then through The Plitvice Lakes and Durmitor National Parks staying off the newly built motorways and sticking to the twisties when ever possible. Your last ride in Bosnia and Herzegovina is over the Kupress Pass before a night in the charming town of Bihac on the banks of the river Una. The next day we head for Slovenia and Lake Bled, nestling in the Julian Alps, is a haven for tourists and rowers as the surrounding mountains keep the lake calm and ideal for water sports and visitors alike.
Leaving Slovenia your ride is far from over, You will ride through the southern Alps and the Tyrol with the option to ride over the famous Grossglockner Pass before spending a night in the heart of Bavaria. Bier Kellers and Steins await! This is followed by a night in Colmar where you can see the old town with its cobblestone streets lined with half-timbered medieval buildings. Then it is on through the southern reaches of the Black Forest before the Vosges Mountains and on to Belgium for your farewell dinner.
Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW’s complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.
|Price option||Solo Shared Single Room||Solo Single Room||*Rider and passenger|
|Riding Your Own Motorcycle||3295||4295||4895|
|Including an F800GS, F900GS or F900XR Hire Bike||5080||6080||6680|
|Including an R1300GS, R1250RS or R1250RT Hire Bike||5420||6420||7020|
|Including an S1000XR Hire Bike||5505||6505||7105|
|Including an R1250GS Adventure Hire Bike||5675||6675||7275|
|Including a K1600 Grand America Hire Bike||5760||6760||7360|
PLEASE NOTE: If hiring a bike for this tour the only insurance cover available for the days while riding in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Third Party Only. For the rest of the tour you are covered with a Comprehensive Policy.
HIRE BIKES: If you are booking with a hire bike we will hand your bike over on the afternoon prior to the first tour day. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the bike, make any adjustments, arrange your packing and not waste any time on the first day riding.
Day 1 An early Channel crossing from UK and a your first day riding into the Ardennes for the welcome dinner
Day 2 From the Ardennes it is almost due south to the Col du Bonhomme in the Vosge mountains and Mulhouse
Day 3 Over the Alps riding the Grimsell, Furka and San Gotthard Passes on the way to Varese in the Italian Lakes
Day 4 A motorway blast across Italy, with the chance to stop Valentino Rossi's home village, but don't be late as the ferry waits for no man (or woman)
Day 5 An early arrival in Zadar means a short ride to our hotel close to the old town and the chance to explore Split and Diocletian's Palace
Day 6 An easy and lovely day down the coast road hugging the Adriatic to Dubrovnik, leaving time to visit the old town or ride the cable car
Day 7 You have a day off to explore the marvels of this UNESCO listed city and maybe have dinner in the harbour
- The breath-taking Dalmation Coastline
- The Old Town of Sarajevo, where east and west meet with churches, mosques and synagogues
- A day to explore the UNESCO listed Complex of Split
- Two nights in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Dubrovnik
- A chance to visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Ride the Durmitor National Park
- Guided walking Tour of Sarajevo
- Relax at the seaside in Makarska
- Ride the Grimsell, Furka, San Gotthard and Grossglockner Passes
- Routes through the Tyrol, The Alps and the Vosges Mountains
- The winding quiet roads of Croatia
- Bavarian Hospitality in Garmisch Partenkirchen
- Pre tour pack including tour information, Michelin maps, route notes and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
- Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
- All accommodation as listed in the itinerary in 3 or 4 star hotels
- All breakfasts
- Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
- Dinner one one night in Sarajevo and in Saalsfelden (excludes beverages)
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Channel crossing from the UK to France and back
- Overnight ferry from Ancona Italy to Croatia in an inside cabin
- Dubrovnik Pass giving access to busses, the walls, museums etc
- Guided walking Tour of Sarajevo
- Commemorative Polo Shirt for all riders and passengers
- Expert advice and support throughout
- The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator
- Dinners other than those listed
- Travel Insurance
- Vignettes and road tolls
- Anything not listed as included
- PLEASE NOTE: Please ensure you have adequate insurance cover for your motorcycle when travelling in Bosnia Herzegovina. You will also require a Vignette for Switzerland and Slovenia. Currently the Swiss Vignette is €33 and Slovenia is €7.50. Vignettes can be purchased in advance from www.tolltickets.com as well as other suppliers. The optional Grossglockner High Alpine road is also a toll road and is circa €28.