18 DAY EUROPEAN ADVENTURE
Join us on a remarkable adventure through Europe over 18 days. A spectacular tour for experienced riders, which, takes us through the Alps into Italy and then across to Greece. Returning home via the Adriatic coast. A must do for any intrepid motorcyclist and a wonderful adventure experience
We ride from the UK through the Alps, into Italy and then hop onto an overnight ferry to Greece where we explore this beautiful part of the world before heading up the Adriatic Coast through Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia and more.
The success of this tour has been highlighted on many occasions from past experiences touring these regions on previous tours, a magnificent, life changing experience for those involved, so this year we thought we would improve the tour once again and give 14 very lucky riders the opportunity to ride with us on our new and improved tour of Europe’s finest roads and scenic locations, often dismissed by others
We don’t want to give too much away and spoil the excitement but here is a taster of what to expect on the tour. For more details, take a moment to look at the tour itinerary and see for yourself
SOME KEY HIGHLIGHTS
As a group, we will ride through France into the Alps and descend into Italy, making our way casually through some of the most stunning locations and sights before heading off to Greece on our overnight ferry. The tour is suitable for seasoned riders, ideally with experience of longer mile tours.
You will be accompanied by a tour guide at all times but also have the option to ride alone away from the group using the comprehensive route maps we provide for your sat nav.
The tour is entirely hotel based, there are 16 nights of hotel accommodation, 1 x night overnight ferry. All breakfasts are included (except on the ferry) along with the Euro Tunnel return fare and your ferry and cabin costs.
Please ensure you are confident to complete the tour, there are some long days in the saddle, some non maintained roads and often challenging roads. Whilst the tour is tarmac based roads we will encounter the odd track or roadworks forcing us onto a varying degree of surfaces. It is recommended that you have a well serviced, reliable motorcycle and are a confident rider with suitable experience to undertake such a journey.
- Albania – £15
- Macedonia – £50
- Bosnia – £30
- Montenegro – £10
In terms of what bike is suitable, any bike over 500cc would be suitable as long as you’re comfortable with the mileage and the bike
|Average daily riding time 6 hours|
|Average daily riding distance 230 miles|
|Cost: From £2,499 pp|
|Winding Roads with mountain passes|
|Distance overall is approx 4500 miles|
DAY 1 - VOSGES MOUNTAINS
Distance: 360 miles
DAY 2 - GRAND BALLON - GRIMSEL PASS
We have an eventful day today. Our first ride will be through the Vosges Mountains, in particular the Grand Ballon
From here we head into Switzerland. Next up is Grimsel Pass. The Grimsel Pass is a mountain pass in Switzerland, crossing the Bernese Alps at an elevation of 2,164 metres. The pass connects the Haslital, the upper valley of the river Aare, with the upper valley of the Rhône. This magnificent mountain pass, often with snowy peaks throughout the year is spectacular, the roads are smooth, often long and winding with a few hairpins thrown in for peg grinders!
Distance: 221 miles
DAY 3 - SWISS ALPS - PISA (ITALY)
Today we ride through some spectacularly scenic roads in the Swiss Alps which bring us into Italy early morning as we head down onto lake D’Orta. We then ride around Milan and head for Pisa. Now in Italy, we need to jump on the motorway for a while to make up some time. We arrive in Pisa to a comfortable campsite with pool, restaurant, bar etc. That evening we talk a walk (500yrds) to see The Leaning Tower of Pisa, a spectacular sight in the flesh, so to speak and also have dinner in a restaurant just yards from the famous tower. A wonderful experience and worth every mile of the longer day on motorway this afternoon
Distance: 325 miles
DAY 4 - PISA to ROME (Capital City)
You have two options today;
It is recommended that we leave slightly earlier today as traffic in Rome during late afternoon can be challenging!
- Using your own sat nav, you will head onto the motorway for a 215 mile direct ride into Rome, the sat nav will take you directly to the hotel, giving an ETA of around lunchtime, allowing you the chance to look around the city in the afternoon and evening. It is a direct route and approx 4.5 hrs with perhaps one stop for fuel and refreshment at the designated motorway speeds
- Opt for the mostly non-motorway route (far more scenic riding through the Tuscan Countryside with lots of smooth long flowing bends) and arrive in Rome approx dinner time, this leaves less time to explore the hectic city but still plenty of time to have a stroll during the evening after dinner
Distance: 215 miles or 240 miles (slower route)
DAY 5 - ROME to SORRENTO (Amalfi Coast)
We leave Rome just after 08.30 and head south now towards Naples. On route we ride through Parco Naturale Dei Monte Aurunci before taking a ride up the twisty Mount Vesuvio, famously known as the volcano that erupted and devastated the town of Pompeii in 79AD. Having snapped a few photos, we head to Pompeii’s archaeological site, we wont stop to view the site, it is merely a quick stop to show you where it is and how to enter. As you will have a day of rest tomorrow you are free to jump on the train or ride your bike if you wish to view the site (The train takes you from Sorrento, where we will be staying for two nights), to the entrance to Pompeii (about 30-45 mins journey)
Sorrento is a beautiful town and my favourite in Italy, sit in the square cafe and watch the world go by or take a ride on a horse and cart. Sit on the marina with a beer etc. There is lots to do
Distance: 210 miles
DAY 6 - REST DAY IN SORRENTO
Day off to explore the beautiful coastal town of Sorrento, which sits just next to the Amalfi Coast Road. Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square.
The historic centre is a warren of narrow alleys that’s home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister. Stroll through the town, sip coffee or Limoncello (locally made lemon liqueur) in one of the cafe’s or take a short ferry ride to Capri. Capri, is an island in Italy’s Bay of Naples, is famed for its rugged landscape, upscale hotels and shopping, from designer fashions to limoncello and handmade leather sandals. One of its best-known natural sites is the Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where the sea glows electric blue, the result of sunlight passing through an underwater cave. In summer, Capri’s dramatic, cove-studded coastline draws many yachts. You could also head to Pompeii or Naples on the train. There’s plenty to do!!
DAY 7 - AMALFI COAST - BRINDISI FERRY
We head from Sorrento today along the incredibly amazing Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast Road can get busy at times, which is another reason why the tour runs outside the peak season times. Nonetheless, it is an absolute wonderful experience.
The Amalfi Coast is a 50-kilometer stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region. It’s a popular holiday destination, with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored fishing villages. The coastal road between the port city of Salerno and clifftop Sorrento winds past grand villas, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves
From here we head east to Brindisi to catch the late evening ferry, that will take us overnight to Greece. A shared cabin is provided (private cabin if rider and pillion or single rider with private room)
Distance: 247 miles
DAY 8 - PATRAS GREECE - ATHENS
Disembark the ferry and ride to Athens
Distance: 117 miles
DAY 9 - ATHENS REST DAY
Take a day off, explore Athens
DAY 10 - ATHENS - DELPHI RUINS
From Athens, now refreshed from our two night stay. We head along the motorway for a short while to Delphi, which is a town on Mount Parnassus in the south of mainland Greece. It’s the site of the 4th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo, once home to a legendary oracle. This extensive mountainside archaeological complex contains the remains of the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia, as well as an ancient stadium and theater. Delphi Archaeological Museum displays artifacts found among the ruins
From here we head through beautiful countryside to reach our hotel near Igoumenitsa
DAY 11 - MACEDONIA
Another day of riding through beautiful scenery and along some amazing roads as we head northwards to Macedonia. We will be crossing the border today so passports and documents at the ready
DAY 12 - ALBANIA - MONTENEGRO
We ride through Albania into Montenegro, overnight by the sea
DAY 13 - SPLIT
We ride through Bosnia into Split, Croatia today
DAY 14 - SLOVENIA
We ride to Slovenia today along the adriatic coast road. A 70 mile road that resembles a race track alongside the ocean!
DAY 15 - DOLOMITES
First off, we ride through the mountains in western Slovenia and then onto the Dolomites in Italy
DAY 16 - HEADING FOR AUSTRIA
We make our way to Austria today staying on the border of Germany
DAY 17 - FRANCE
Following the Black Forest we head back into France today
DAY 18 - CALAIS
Head for Calais to catch our train back to blighty
- 12th September 2020
- Single rider twin room share: £2499.00
- Rider & pillion (Double or twin room): £3499.00
- Single rider with private room & cabin: £2999.00
- Euro tunnel return
- All hotel accommodation
- Overnight ferry with shared cabin from Italy to Greece
- Full itinerary
- Daily route maps
- Free gifts
- Experienced tour guide
- First aid qualified tour guide
- Basic tools carried by tour guide
- Compilation video
- Compilation photos
- Visas (if required)
- Meals other than stated
- Room service
- Entrance fees
- Travel Insurance
- Green Cards
How much will fuel cost?
We calculate fuel on the basis of £10 per 100 miles, therefore expect to pay approx £500 for fuel for the trip
How much are the customs crossings?
In order to cross border crossings in Bosnia, Montenegro etc, we will need to purchase “Green Cards” (3rd party insurance and it is compulsory even if you have UK insurance cover)
The cost varies between 10 – 50 Euros for each border (Budget an average of £100 for green cards)
Do you hire motorbikes?
No but we do know a company based in south London who may be able to hire you a bike
Are the places on the itinerary safe?
Yes, conflict in the regions where we will be travelling is long subsided and there is no risk of war. Crime is present but less of a risk in the areas we will be riding
If you wish to ask a question please email us