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8 Day Guided Motorcycle Tour In Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, and Kosovo

Sofia - Plovdiv - Trigrad, Bulgaria; Kavala - Thessaloniki, Greece; Prizren, Kosovo; Ohrid - Skopje, Macedonia

Guided Balkan Motorcycle Tour

With this tour, you will experience some of the best from Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, and Kosovo. It is very rich in historical, archaeological and natural sites. It will make you understand the complexity and the delicacy of the region. You will learn a lot about all the conflicts and turbulences in this relatively small area, but which is having such an intense and long history. Except for the ancient periods, you will cover one of the most controversial and dramatic modern history periods - the collapse of Yugoslavia. Your adventure will be guided by highly educated and professional guides.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (BMW or Honda model)
  • Mileage: 1,600 kilometers / 994 miles
  • Daily rides: 150 - 290 kilometers / 93 - 180 miles / 3 - 5 hours
  • Riding gear: not included, but can be provided upon request
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts

Meet the guides

Daniel, Adrian, & Ivo
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Sofia
  • Pass through amazing mountain roads and gorge
  • Ride on one of the most popular scenic motor road in Bulgaria
  • Guided walking tour of Plovdiv, Europe's cultural capital for 2019
  • Spend a night in Thessaloniki, famous for its nightlife atmosphere
  • Ride on beautiful roads towards Greece and Macedonia
  • Guided tours of Ohrid and Skopje, Macedonia
  • Guided visit of Prizren, Kosovo
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport
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Accommodation

You will be staying at various three-star hotels.

Program

Day 1 - Sofia to Plovdiv, the cultural capital of Europe for 2019 (230 kilometers / 143 miles)

You will start your tour on one of the most popular scenic motor road in Bulgaria. It is right next to Central Balkan mountain. After a couple of hours, you will reach your first stop, where you will have a guided visit of ancient "Diocletianopolis". The town is still an active spa resort with well preserved Roman remains, where you will have your lunch.

Your final destination is Plovdiv, the cultural capital of Europe for 2019, where you will overnight. After checking in the hotel, you will have guided walking tour of the historical part of the oldest cities in Europe. Heritage from all periods is preserved around the cobblestone streets.

The main highlights you will visit are: Revival period wealthy houses, Roman Theater, early 20th century pharmacy, medieval remains and fortifications, Roman stadium, 14th century beautiful mosque, and many more. For the evening, Bultrips Ltd recommends an area called "The Trap"; full of bars, restaurants, and craft shops.

  • Riding time for the day: approximately 4 hours

Day 2 - Plovdiv to Trigrad (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

After breakfast, you will keep your course south. You will visit a medieval fortress located on the top of a cliff, giving a nice view of the area. Then, go visit the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria: Bachkovo monastery. It was established in the 11th century by Georgian, very close to the Imperial power of the Byzantine empire.

This place is also important for the history of the Jewish community in Bulgaria, because the main figures, responsible for saving them during the Second World War are buried there. After a guided visit of those places, you will head toward Trigrad. You will pass through amazing mountain roads and gorge. You will overnight there, enjoying the local cuisine and traditions.

  • Riding time for the day: approximately 4 hours

Day 3 - Trigrad, Bulgaria to Kavala, Greece (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

After breakfast, you will continue towards Greece on a nice mountain roads. You will avoid highways as much as you can for a better experience. You will pass through many Greek villages. Your final destination is the city of Kavala. It has a fortress on the seaside and one of the best preserved Roman Aqueducts. You will overnight in the town. You can have a great dinner at the marina.

  • Riding time for the day: approximately 3 hours

Day 4 - Kavala to Thessaloniki (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

In the morning, you will start your journey west. Your first visit will be in the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. The tomb is very close to Pela, the capital of the Macedonian dynasty and it is part of a big ancient necropolis. You will have a guided visit to the historical site.

After this, you will go a bit back and enter Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in Greece. You will check in a hotel there, leave the bikes, and enjoy the city’s center. The main highlights are The white tower, the Roman terms, the Roman arch, the Medieval town, and a big, rich archaeological museum.

  • Note: Thessaloniki is famous for its nightlife
  • Riding time for the day: approximately 4 hours

Day 5 - Thessaloniki to Ohrid, Macedonia (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

After breakfast, you will start your trip to North Macedonia. You will ride to the most beautiful area of the country - the Ohrid Lake. You will enjoy the beautiful nature on the way. Your final destination for the day is the city of Ohrid. It is very important historical city for the Bulgarians and also for the people of Macedonia. This is the place wherein the 10th Century the Cyrillic was invented. You will hear about more historical periods and events while you are walking in the historical part of the city and enjoying the traditional cuisine.

  • Overnight in Ohrid
  • Riding time for the day: approximately 4 hours

Day 6 - Ohrid, Macedonia to Prizren, Kosovo (290 kilometers / 180 miles)

In the morning, you will start your trip to your next country in the schedule - Kosovo. This territory is still heavily disputed and center of tension between Serbia and the Albanian population. It is dramatic aftermath of the collapse of Yugoslavia. You will ride through a very beautiful mountain road. Your destination is Prizren. It is the second biggest city but historically the most important and beautiful.

It will take you around 2 hours to reach Prizren. You will leave the bikes and start your historical walk by visiting the top of the city - the fortress from where you will have a stunning view of the whole region. Then, you will walk through the cobblestone streets with buildings from the Ottoman period and nice authentic bazaars.

  • Overnight in Prizren
  • Riding time for the day: approximately 5 hours

Day 7 - Prizren, Kosovo to Skopje, Macedonia (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

After breakfast, you will start your journey to the capital of Macedonia: Skopje. Before you get there, you will stop at one of the most beautiful natural parks in Europe: Matka. You will spend some time there. Also, if you like, you can rent a small boat and enjoy nature. You can reach a cave and some medieval Bulgarian monasteries.

After that, you will ride to the city of Skopje and have a guided walk in the historical center. It is a unique place, which will give you an interesting conception of Balkan reality. Also, the central part is separated into two parts: the old and the modern. The old is very oriental and has the typical "suk".

  • Overnight in the city
  • Riding time for the day: approximately 3 hours

Day 8 - Skopje, Macedonia to Sofia, Bulgaria | end of the tour (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

This is the last day of your guided tour. In the morning, you will start your return journey to Sofia. On the way, you will stop at one UNESCO site in Bulgaria, Rila monastery, the biggest on the Balkan Peninsula. It is still an active one and monks are still living there. The history of the place could be tracked in the 10th century. You will have a guided visit to the complex. Your lunch will be there.

After that, you will ride to Sofia. You will return the rented bikes and check in the hotel. If your flight is on that day, Bultrips Ltd will transfer you to the airport directly. If you depart the next day, airport transfer is also included.

  • Riding time for the day: approximately 5 hours

Motorcycle models:

  • BMW F800 R
  • BMW R1150 RT
  • Honda GoldWing 1800

Skill level required for this tour: Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

Guided tours:

  • If the time allows, you will have a guided walk in Sofia’s city center
  • Tour of ancient "Diocletianopolis"
  • Guided walking tour of the historical part of the oldest cities in Europe
  • Visit a medieval fortress
  • See the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria: Bachkovo monastery
  • Excursion to the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great
  • Visit some of the most important monasteries and churches in Meteora
  • Guided tour of Ohrid
  • Stop at one of the most beautiful natural parks in Europe: Matka
  • Guided walk in the historical center of Skopje
  • Guided visit of Prizren, Kosovo
  • Discover UNESCO monastery - Osogovo in Macedonia

Guides

Daniel Milushev

Adrian Zlatkov

Ivo Stefanov

Location

This tour will take you through four different countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, and Kosovo.

Food

Your package will include seven breakfasts and one welcome dinner on the first day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Guided visits of places mentioned under the itinerary
  • English speaking educated biker guides
  • Entrance fees
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Airport transfers from and to Sofia Airport (SOF)
  • Medical insurance

What's not included

  • Support vehicle (120 EUR per day)
  • Night on day 8
  • Lunches and dinners

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bultrips Ltd will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Sofia Airport Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Special discount

There will be an applicable 20% discount for the May tours (May 2 -10 and 12 - 20) for the groups of 2 pax and more. Please inquire for more info.

Tour information

Bultrips' attention to their customers is very personal and the guides and itinerary are flexible and could be adjusted to the needs of the participants. The guides are medically checked for Coronavirus and Bultrips Ltd guarantees for the safety of hotels used during the tour.

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