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8 Days Motorcycle Tour In Bulgaria, Greece, and Macedonia

Sofia - Plovdiv - Trigrad, Bulgaria; Kavala - Thessaloniki - Meteora area, Greece; Ohrid - Skopje, Macedonia

Motorcycle Tour Bulgaria, Greece, and Macedonia

On this tour, you will experience some of the best sights in Bulgaria, Greece, and Macedonia. These lands are very rich of historical, archaeological, and natural sites. This tour will explain to you the common Balkan heritage, but also the local differences. You will ride on carefully selected roads and stay in recommended three-star hotels. You guide will be highly professional and educated and will share with you all of his knowledge.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (BMW or Honda model)
  • Mileage: 1,950 kilometers / 1,212 miles
  • Daily rides: 180 - 345 kilometers / 112 - 214 miles
  • Riding gear: not included, but can be provided upon request
  • Meals: 7 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
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Sofia Airport
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Accommodation

You will be staying at various three-star hotels across Bulgaria, Greece, and Macedonia. The places you will be staying at include: Plovdiv (first night), and Trigrad (second night) in Bulgaria; Kavala (third night), Thessaloniki (fourth night), and the Meteora area (fifth night) in Greece; and Ohrid (sixth night) and Skopje (seventh night) in Macedonia.

Program

Day 1 - Sofia to Plovdiv, the cultural capital of Europe for 2019 (350 kilometers / 217 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 5 hours

Day 2 - Plovdiv to Trigrad (260 kilometers / 162 miles)

After breakfast, you will keep your course south. You will visit a medieval fortress located on a 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 Byzantine empire.

This place is also an 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 guided visit of those places, you will head toward Trigrad. You will pass through an amazing mountain roads and gorge. You will overnight there, enjoying the local cuisine and traditions.

  • Riding time for the day: approximately 5 hours

Day 3 - Trigrad, Bulgaria to Kavala, Greece (345 kilometers / 214 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 Aqueduct. You will overnight in the town. You can have a great dinner at the marina.

  • Riding time for the day: approximately 5 hours

Day 4 - Kavala to Thessaloniki (260 kilometers / 162 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 guided visit of the historical site.

After this, you will go a bit back and enter Thessaloniki, the second biggest city of 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, 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 Meteora (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

Your main objective for the day will be to reach Meteora, one of the most sacred Christian place with a very unique nature. There are many monastery complexes, situated high on cliffs. The exact date of the establishment of the monasteries is unknown.

By the late 11th and early 12th centuries, a rudimentary monastic state had formed called the Skete of Stagoi and was centered around the still-standing church of Theotokos. By the end of the 12th century, an ascetic community had flocked to Meteora and expanded its size.

You will visit some of the most important monasteries and churches, which despite the history, will give an amazing views. You will overnight in the area.

  • Riding time for the day: approximately 4 hours

Day 6 - Meteora, Greece to Ohrid, Macedonia (292 kilometers / 180 miles)

In the morning, you will start your trip to Macedonia. You will ride on a beautiful road and reach Ohrid, where you will have a guided tour of the historical part of the city. It is the second city of the country, but for sure the most beautiful and preserved. You will ride around the huge Ohrid Lake. In the evening, you will have traditional Balkan dinner in the old part of Ohrid, enjoying the surrounding nature. You will overnight there.

  • Riding time for the day: approximately 5 hours

Day 7 - Ohrid to Skopje (180 kilometers / 112 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 the Balkan reality. Also, the central part is separated in 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 tour (340 kilometers / 211 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 guided visit of 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 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
  • Discover the UNESCO site in Bulgaria, Rila monastery

Guides

Daniel Milushev

Adrian Zlatkov

Ivo Stefanov

Location

This tour will take you through three different countries: Bulgaria, Greece, and Macedonia. Some of the places you will visit include: Sofia, Plovdiv, and Trigrad in Bulgaria; Kavala, Thessaloniki, and Meteora in Greece; as well as Ohrid and Skopje in Macedonia.

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)

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 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.

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