18 Days
Duration
5,000+
Miles
Yes
Pillions?
14
Riders
Progressive
Tour pace

18 DAY EUROPEAN ADVENTURE
MOTORCYCLE TOUR

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


HOTELS

Quality Hotels & breakfast included.

REST DAYS

2 x rest days

ESCORTED

Fully escorted tour &  professional guide

 

DISTANCE

4,500 miles (approx) mixed roads

GPS MAPS

Daily GPX Map Files Included

EURO TUNNEL

Euro tunnel & Ferry costs included

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

  • Vosges Mountains
  • Pisa
  • Rome
  • Pompeii
  • Amalfi Coast Road
  • Greece / Athens
  • Montenegro
  • Macedonia Mountain range
  • Bosnia
  • Albania
  • Dolomites
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Vrsic Pass
  • Grosslglockner Pass

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.


On this tour we will have several border crossings to make. The process is simple and often only takes 20 minutes. At the border you will present your passport and for some (Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro) we will need to purchase a compulsory Green Card (3rd party vehicle insurance) to comply with the local laws. The Green Cards vary in price but a guide is below to help you budget.
  • Albania – £15
  • Macedonia – £50
  • Bosnia – £30
  • Montenegro – £10
The tour is suitable for competent experienced riders, ideally suited to riders who have experience of long distance travel due to the mileage and terrain. Whilst the tour is 99.9% tarmac there are some challenging sections, such as on Vrsic Pass where there are tight hairpin bends on an incline, where some have cobbles. The tour is also suitable for pillions where the rider is experienced with riding with a pillion.
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
The tour is fully supported by a professional tour guide who will be with you all day and evening to the lead the group, join in with the evening socialising and generally having fun. The tour does not include a support vehicle (which is reflected in the price), as such, luggage will be carried by each rider. In addition to the excellent admin and office support provided from our office based in Dorset, UK, you will be in perfectly safe and competent hands.
All our tours focus on “adventure”, to give customers a unique experience that combines safety, fun and an entertaining environment in which memories are made. You will make new friends, and more importantly, you will feel part of a team, irrespective of your gender, race or nationality. We believe in treating everyone as equals from the moment we meet to the moment the tour ends. Don’t take our word for it, you can read our reviews from independent websites, for example, Trustpilot.

 

 Scenic Routes
 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

 

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DAY 1 - VOSGES MOUNTAINS

We head south today mostly on motorways all day as we head through the Lorraine National Park, then onto the Vosges Mountains

Distance: 360 miles

2

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

3

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

4

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! 

  1. 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
  2. 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)

5

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

6

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!!

7

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

8

DAY 8 - PATRAS GREECE - ATHENS

Disembark the ferry and ride to Athens

Distance: 117 miles

9

DAY 9 - ATHENS REST DAY

Take a day off, explore Athens

10

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

Distance:330 miles

11

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

Distance:283 miles

12

DAY 12 - ALBANIA - MONTENEGRO

We ride through Albania into Montenegro, overnight by the sea

Distance:298 miles

13

DAY 13 - SPLIT

We ride through Bosnia into Split, Croatia today

Distance:242 miles

14

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!

Distance:299 miles

15

DAY 15 - DOLOMITES

First off, we ride through the mountains in western Slovenia and then onto the Dolomites in Italy

Distance:350 miles

16

DAY 16 - HEADING FOR AUSTRIA

We make our way to Austria today staying on the border of Germany

Distance:350 miles

17

DAY 17 - FRANCE

Following the Black Forest we head back into France today

Distance:350 miles

18

DAY 18 - CALAIS

Head for Calais to catch our train back to blighty

Distance:350 miles

DATES

  • 12th September 2020

TOUR FEES

  • Single rider twin room share: £2499.00
  • Rider & pillion (Double or twin room): £3499.00
  • Single rider with private room & cabin: £2999.00

INCLUDED

  • Euro tunnel return
  • All hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 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

NOT INCLUDED

  • Visas (if required)
  • Tolls
  • Vignettes
  • Fuel
  • Meals other than stated
  • Room service
  • Parking
  • 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

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