Motorcycle Tour of East Balkans

Motorcycle Tour of East Balkans

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Tour Summary

Explore a region of Europe where culture and history go back centuries ago. Ride in some of the most famous routes of the recent times, such as the Transfagarasan or the Transalpina. See landscapes of unique beauty.

Start / Finish

Thessaloniki, with option for Athens that adds 4 days to the tour.

Duration

17 days in total. 12 riding days, 3 rest days and 2 days accounted for your arrival to and departure from Greece.

Distance

Aprox. 3,000 kilometers (~ 1,870 miles). Daily rides range from 160 to 320 kilometers (100 – 200 miles).

Riding hours

A couple of days with 6-8 hours on the saddle (depends on your experience level). Most days with average of 4-6 hours on the saddle.

Accommodation

Selected boutique hotels, mostly 3-stars.

Difficulty

“Advanced” level for most riders. Please read here about how our tours are graded!

Roads

100% paved. A large amount of this tour runs on “challenging” roads: narrow, secondary mountain routes with never-ending corners. Continuous ascending/descending hairpins are often present.

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Attractions !

  • Lake Kerkini in Greece,
  • the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria & Greece,
  • the Carpathian Mountains in Romania,
  • the Pirin National Park in Bulgaria (UNESCO natural reserve)
  • Buzludza monument, Bulgaria
  • Sibiu, Romania
  • Câlnic Citadel, (UNESCO world heritage site), Romania
  • Alba Julia, Romania
  • The Historic Centre of Sighișoara (UNESCO world heritage site), Romania
  • Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
  • Rupel WWII fortress, Greece
  • Amfipolis Lion, Greece
  • Archaeological Site of Philippi (UNESCO world heritage site)

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Roads ! What type of riding should you expect

This tour will take us mostly to mountainous regions and secondary roads, where traffic is often absent. You will ride scenic routes and famous roads such as the Transfagarasan & the Transalpina roads, in Romania! But also roads that are not famous but are nonetheless equally rewarding and fun.

More details coming soon!

Images of roads from this tour coming soon!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Thessaloniki.

We will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. Late in the evening the group will have a welcome dinner and we will also do some briefing and discuss the tour.

Day 2: Thessaloniki city tour

A day to acclimatize after a possibly long flight, offers the chance to to do a guided city tour.

Day 3: Thessaloniki – Pirin national Park (Bulgaria).

Day 4: Pirin – Vratsa

Day 5: Vratsa – Novaci (Romania)

Day 6: Novaci – Sibiu

Day 7: Sibiu rest day, option for local short ride to Sighisoara

Day 8: Sibiu – Pitesti

Day 9 : Pitesti – Castelul Bran and Brasov 

Count Dracula’s place!

Day 10 : Castelul Bran – Bucharest

Day 11: Bucharest – Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria)

Day 12: Veliko Tarnovo – Plovdiv

Day 13: Plovdiv, rest day

Day 14: Plovdiv – Kavala (Greece)

Day 15: Kavala – Ouranoupolis

Day 16: Ouranoupolis – Thessaloniki

Day 17: Fly out.

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2019 Prices

(all prices in euros)Rider, sharing roomPillion passenger
BMW F 700 GS5,0302,900
BMW F 750 GS5,230
BMW R 1200 GS5,680
BMW R 1200 R5,610
Single room supplement775

Booking deposit : 850 euros

Outstanding payment: no later than 45 days prior to tour start.

  • Minimum participation of 4 riders is required. For 3 riders or less, or single private tour, the cost is higher. Please contact us for a quote.
  • For a self-guided tour price quote, please contact us mentioning possible or required dates.

2019 dates

Guaranteed departure:

1 July – 17 July

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What is Included in the price you pay

– 16 nights accommodation (including the day you arrive to Thessaloniki and last night again in that city) and 16 breakfasts
– 5 diners.
– Airport transfers on arrival and departure
– Experienced lead guide on a motorcycle, English speaking.
– Driver and support vehicle for luggage (1 per person) and passengers (2 seats)
– Rental of BMW Motorcycle, with side panniers and top case.
– 3rd party liability insurance
– motorcycle damage and theft coverage with insurance excess (varies per model)

– Tour booklet containing information, maps with routes highlighted, waypoints, coordinates, contacts etc

– All taxes

– Fuel & tolls
– Lunches & snacks during the riding hours & drinks
– Personal daily expenses & tips
– Fees for local museum/site guides (to archeological sites, museums, outdoors activities)
– Entrance fees to archeological sites and museums
– Cost of optional side-activities (rafting etc.)
– Personal travel insurance
– Visas (if required)
– Anything else not described as “included”.

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