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Motorcycle Tour in Romanian and the Balkan Peninsula

Come and explore the beautiful country of Romania and the extraordinary Balkan Peninsula on two wheels. Visit various cities in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, and Bulgaria. The experience of a lifetime awaits in you in this exciting motorcycle adventure!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (BMW F700 GS / F800 GS / R1250 GS / R1200 GS Adventure / F850 GS)
  • Mileage: 3750 - 5250 kilometers / 2330 - 3262 miles
  • Daily rides: 250 - 350 kilometers / 155 - 217 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet
  • Meals: all breakfasts, 14 dinners, 13 lunches

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Bucharest, Bulgaria
  • Drive along the river and the Almajului Mountains
  • Spend two amazing nights by the beach of the Aegean Sea in Greece
  • Ride the most exciting road: Transalpina Road in the Carpathian Mountains
  • Drive through Sargan-Mokra Gora and along the beach in Croatia
  • Stroll around the pedestrian zone in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Pass the Domogled Mountains
  • 15 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


15 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: Minimum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Henri Coandă International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in four or five-star hotels during this tour.

Program

Day 1: Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest has many historic buildings and monuments, maybe the most impressive of all is the Parliament Palace, which was built during Nicolae Ceaușescu’s communist regime. Nicolae and his wife were executed for committing the crimes of genocide, destruction of the economy and heritage, and embezzlement.

The Parliament is the biggest administrative building in Europe and the second biggest building in the world. Bucharest also has an historic downtown and a pedestrian zone with bars and restaurants.

Day 2: Sibiu, Romania

Your adventure begins today and the road takes you through the Carpathian Mountains, a place full of curves and beautiful landscapes. You will be taken to the famous Transfagarasan Road, a perfect ride for bikers!

You will spend the night in one of Romania’s most beautiful towns: Sibiu. Sibiu was founded by the Saxons in the XII century and called it Hermannstadt. However, after the dissolution of the Astro-Hungarian Empire, Romania took possession of Hermannstadt and changed its name to Sibiu.

Sibiu’s historic neighborhoods are well preserved, and in 2004 the UNESCO declared its historic downtown as World Heritage Site. A highlight of its historic downtown are its houses with “eyes”, which are actually ventilation windows.

Day 3: Avincis vineyard in Dagasani, Romania

A spectacular riding day awaits you and one of the most exciting roads: Transalpina Road in the Carpathian Mountains! It feels like riding in the clouds. You will sleep in a five-star vineyard, where you will also taste the local wine and enjoy of a beautiful sunset.

The main activities for the local people are grape farming and processing. Drăgășani’s wine reputation has always been honored.

Day 4: Vidraru Dam, Romania

Continue on your way to the Danube river with the Almajului mountains by your side. You will have lunch at a hot spring resort. You will pass the Domogled Mountains to reach today's destination by the river.

Day 5: Eselnita, Romania

Located next to the Danube, Eselnita was founded in 1488. You will drive along the river with the Almajului Mountains by your side. You will sleep at a hot springs resort.

Day 6: Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is the capital city of Serbia and also the biggest and most populated of the former Yugoslavia. Before arriving, you will make a stop at Derdap National Park where youo will see the Iron Gates. Here you can find the largest concentration of rivers of the former Yugoslavia.

In Belgrade you will be able to stroll around the pedestrian zone, a place full of interesting architecture and many stores that contrast the old with the new. The historic downtown has a fortress where people gather to drink at bars.

Day 7: Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

You will leave Belgrade behind for your next historical capital, a place where the east meets the west in the heart of the Balkans. Before arriving, you will drive through Sargan-Mokra Gora, a protected park and one of the most beautiful places in Serbia.

In Sarajevo you can walk along its narrows streets, taste the local cuisine, and admire its architecture. Downtown is 510 m.a.s.l. and some neighbourhoods 700 m.a.s.l., which makes Sarajevo one of the cities at most altitude in Europe.

Also, this city was built as an Otoman fortress in the XV century. Your hotel is located downtown close to some mosques, which are evidence of the muslim influence.

Day 8: Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Located by the Neretva River, in 1468 Mostar was under the Otoman rule. Its famous stone brigde, Stari Most (old bridge), was built in 1566 under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent and later became the symbol of the city.

Stari Most is Mostar’s most photographed spot, and you can even pay some local folk to jump of it. Mostar’s shop offer some peculiar items for sale, such as Turkish coffee sets, Turkish lamps, tunics, and jewelry.

Day 9: Dubrovnik, Croatia

In Dubrovnik you can find beaches and cultural places full. Its buildings takes you back to a time when luxury and flashiness were the norm. Dubrovnik was severely damaged during the war in 1991, when more than a 2000 bombs fell on December 6th.

The majority of its buildings were rebuilt. Today, Dubrovnik is visited by thousands of tourists and fans of Game of Thrones, there are even special tours dedicated to the famous TV show. If you want the best view of the old town, then you can take a cable car to the highest point or climb the stairs of the wall surrounding the city.

Day 10: Shkoder, Albania

Today you will drive along the beach in Croatia until you reach lake Skadar, the biggest in the Balkans. You will sleep in Shkoder, Albania’s historic town. Shkoder was Albania’s capital until 1920, when it was replaced by Tirana.

Day 11: Ohrid, Macedonia

Your adventure will take you to Erzen Valley and then to the city of Ohird, known because at some point it had more than 365 churches, one for each day of the year. Ohird is part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage and Natural Heritage.

Day 12: Thessaloniki, Greece

You will spend two amazing nights by the beach of the Aegean Sea. Thessaloniki is the capital of the region of Central Macedonia and an important port north of the Aegean Sea. Its history, art, and architecture granted the city the title of Wold Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1988, and in 1997 it was recognized as European Capital of Culture.

You will walk along its lively streets full of lights and bars that surround the coast of the Aegean Sea. By night, Aristotelous Square is the perfect spot to take pictures.

Day 13: Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko is located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, which are part of Pirin National Park, southeast of Bulgaria. Here you can find many ski resorts and many bears and wolves. The park is also know for Vihren’s Peak. Here you can enjoy the pool and spa.

Day 14: Veliko Tárnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tárnovo is Bulgaria’s northern cultural center, located 250 kilometers from Sofia and by the Yantra River. Close to your hotel you can find Tsarevets fortress and Veliko’s downtown.

Day 15: Bucharest, Romania

Drive back to Bucharest to return the motorcycles and have a good-bye dinner.

Day 16: Departure

Today will be your flight back home.

Bike rental deposit

Motoaventura Chile requires a bike rental deposit if 2000 EUR.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

Food

You will be served breakfasts in the hotels. Also included in your package are 14 dinners and 13 lunches.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

  • BMW certified motorcycle guide
  • BMW motorcycle rental with GPS
  • Insurance for motorcycles and against third parties
  • Support van for luggage transport and place for passengers
  • 15 nights accommodation with breakfast in four and five-star hotels
  • Wine tasting in one of the most beautiful vineyards in Romania
  • 14 dinners and 13 lunches
  • One night accommodation in a five-star vineyard
  • Airport transfer
  • Second BMW Motoaventura certified guides
  • Detailed trip map
  • Helmets

What's not included

  • All services not mentioned
  • Personal items (gasoline-tips)
  • Bike rental deposit (2000 EUR)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Motoaventura Chile will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Henri Coandă International Airport Airport transfer included: Henri Coandă International 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 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants

Availability

Start: Sunday September 11, 2022
End: Monday September 26, 2022

Pricing information
  • Pillion: 3600 EUR

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