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12 Days Inside the Balkans Motorcycle Tour Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina

bucharest, romania

Balkans Motorcycle Tours through Five Countries

During this motorcycle tour, you will discover the most memorable landscapes in the Balkans. You will have the unique opportunity to ride through Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the road, you will pass through the most beautiful national parks, lakes, rivers, coastlines, and ancient cities. Join and spend a holiday through Europe riding on the most incredible mountain roads!

Key information

  • Bike: rental (BMW models)
  • Mileage: 2,800 kilometers / 1,740 miles
  • Daily rides: 250 - 380 kilometers / 155 - 236 miles
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 dinners

Meet the guides

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  • Starts and ends in Bucharest, Romania
  • Ride on Transalpina and Transfagarasan roads in Romania
  • Ride along the coast with the sea on the left side and the mountains on the right side
  • Ride through Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Explore three UNESCO World heritage Site in Montenegro, Bosnia, and Croatia
  • Experience riding on the best roads in the Balkan Mountains
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


9 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: Henri Coandă International Airport
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During this motorcycle tour, you will stay for one night at a three-star hotel and for 10 nights at four-star hotels and pensions, all with first-class English speaking employees who will take special and personal care of their guests. Accommodations are carefully selected with safe parking included so that you do not have to worry about your bike. Most of the hotels and pensions are located in beautiful areas, surrounded by mountains or lakes.


Activities start around 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., after having breakfast. You will typically arrive at the hotel around 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., depending on the length of the tour and the tourist attractions.

Day 1: Bucharest arrival

Ride in Romania will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. The hotel is situated in the center of Bucharest, a city with a vibrating culture and a busy nightlife. Known as Little Paris with its reputation for the high life, Bucharest is Romania's largest city and capital. It offers a historical charm, a large number of museums, art galleries, exquisite Orthodox churches, and unique architectural sites.

You will start your city tour with a visit to the Parliament Palace, formerly called the People's Palace. Built within Nicolae Ceausescu's vision, the Parliament Palace spreads on 3.76 million square feet and is considered the world's second largest building after the U.S. Pentagon. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner organized by Ride in Romania, where you will be able to discuss the details of the tour.

Day 2: Bucharest to Drobeta

Today, you will leave behind a beautiful city and ride your motorcycle through a spectacular road to the Danube River. You can consider this day as a warm up day for the rest of the tour.

Day 3: Drobeta (Romania) - Djerdap National Park - Zlatibor (Serbia)

This is the day when you will begin your experience in other countries. You will leave the legendary place of Dracula and continue your motorcycle tour to Serbia along the Danube on a beautiful road with great landscape. You will pass through Clisura Dunarii, the place where the history of Romania begins.

Here, you can see a rock-carved figure of Decebal. The sculpture is 55 meters high and 25 meters wide. The next stop is Zlatibor, often called Golden Pine Mountain. Zlatibor is supposed to get its name from white pine trees with yellow conifer.

Day 4: Zlatibor - Visegrad (Bosnia) - Durmitor National Park (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

Just after you leave the city behind, the real riding fun starts. This will be the day of the corners, 220 kilometers / 137 miles of twisty roads with not much traffic. Roads will take you through some of the most remote areas of both Bosnia and Serbia. Before the border, you will stop in a traditional village that the Serbian film director, Emir Kusturica, built for his film "Life Is a Miracle."

After crossing the border in Bosnia, you will stop at Višegrad to see the Ottoman-era Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was popularized by Nobel Prize winning author, Ivo Andrić, in his novel "The Bridge on the Drina". You will continue the tour to Durmitor National Park, which will offer you beautiful landscapes, glacial lakes (like Crno Jezero or Black Lake), and perfect roads full with hairpins. You will ride your motorcycle on the mountain at a 2000-meter altitude.

Day 5: Durmitor National Park - Lovcen National Park (Montenegro) - Bay of Kotor - Dubrovnik (Croatia)

A spectacular day will be waiting for you. Today, you will ride your motorcycles all day long on roads full of hairpins and a lot of curves. You will then continue your motorcycle tour to Lovcen National Park, where you will admire an incredible landscape. The next destination is Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World heritage Site, also called Gulf of Kotor. Here, you will find the most impressive landscapes on the Mediterranean coast.

You will ride your motorcycle along the coast with the sea on the left side and the mountains on the right side. The spectacle of the beautiful mountains into the Adriatic Sea makes it worth riding and enjoying the view. From Bay of Kotor, you will move to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Day 6: Rest day in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Today, you will have time to explore the compact and beautifully preserved medieval fortifications of Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed Old Town.

Day 7: Dubrovnik - Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - Sarajevo

The day will start on the Adriatic Coast. Then, you will ride through Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the way to Sarajevo, you will stop in Mostar. The city was founded by the Turks in the 15th century at a strategic river crossing. They built a stone bridge, which is today one of the most famously photographed World Heritage-listed sites.

Countryside roads will first lead you through many villages and small towns. You will spend the night in Sarajevo, the most Oriental city in Europe. The city retains the essence of its rich history with its mosques, markets, and picturesque old Turkish bazaar.

Day 8: From Sarajevo to Belgrade (Serbia)

Belgrade is the capital city of Serbia. It lies on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. The city has a long history, dating back to the fourth century B.C., when the area was settled by Celtic tribes. Here, you can find the Belgrade Fortress, perched high above the city, to explore.

Day 9: From Belgrade to Horezu (Romania) (270 kilometers / 168 miles)

Today, you will cross the border back to Romania and ride through the National Park Cheile-Nerei. You will visit a unique waterfall in the world, Bigar Waterfall. This will be another day with corners, 270 kilometers / 168 miles of twisty roads with not much traffic and a nice landscape. You will pass mountains surrounding magical lakes.

You will also pass through Baile Herculane, a city built in 153 D.C. by the Romans. The motorcycle tour will guide you through national parks. Breathtaking views on mountains roads will take you to the Trans-Semenic mountain road, the newest mountain road in Romania, where you will feel like you are on a rollercoaster.

Day 10: From Horezu to Sibiu along Transalpina Road

You will continue your motorcycle tour to Transalpina, the highest mountain road from the entire Carpathian mountain chain. You will ride on fantastic roads and beautiful serpentines at 2145 meters / 1333 miles. Make sure you take pictures of the beautiful landscape of Transalpina Road. It is a perfect playground for demanding motorcyclists.

The day will finish in Sibiu. The city was founded by the Saxon colonists and was once called Hermannstadt. Voted as the European Cultural Capital along with Luxembourg in 2007, the Music City offers a great number of cultural monuments, a diversity of museums, and various artistic events.

Day 11: From Sibiu to Bucharest along Transfagarasan Road

Today, you will ride through Transfagarasan Road, 91 kilometers / 57 miles just perfect for motor riding. Built at a 2042-meter altitude over Fagaras Mountains, the highest mountains in Romania, Transfagarasan Road offers the most spectacular landscapes in Europe.

It is open to the public only two months per year due to cold weather. At the end of the road, you will be able to admire the incredible Balea Lake, located in the middle of the mountains. The day will finish in Bucharest with a goodbye dinner to share your favorite moments of the motorcycle tour.

Day 12: Bucharest departure

Hopefully you had a great tour. Today, you will start the journey back home.

Motorcycles available for rental

  • BMW F750GS
  • BMW F850GS
  • BMW S1000XR
  • BMW R1200GS LC
  • BMW R1200GS LC ADV

Skill levels required for this tour:

Intermediate level

  • Can ride for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Advanced level

  • Can ride for five to six 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

  • Enjoy stops in Bucharest, Sibiu, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, and Belgrade
  • Explore Durmitor, Biogradska Gora, Djerdap, and Lovcen national parks
  • Ride on high-altitude passes, including Bratocea, Rucar, Butii, Predeal, and Vlahita
  • Ride on Transfagarasan Road, Trans-Semenic Road, and Transalpina Road
  • Visit Balea Lake, Clisura Dunarii, Bay of Kotor, Bigar Waterfall, and more


Cristian Dragan


This motorcycle tour takes place in the Balkan Mountains, across Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Daily breakfast and dinner are included in this package. The 10 dinners include welcome and farewell special meals in traditional local restaurants with an à la carte menu. Romanian cuisine is famous for the variety of the food. Each meal, starting with breakfast, is very rich and includes a wide selection of food. The owners offer traditional food prepared from their natural supplies gathered especially in autumn season.

Each region in the tour offers a different kind of food. You can taste the traditional sarmale with polenta or the delicious traditional pancakes with natural fruit jams. You can also drink the famous, strong tuica, palinca, or the country-made wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

Things to do (optional)

On the sixth day, you will have time to explore the compact and beautifully preserved medieval fortifications of Dubrovnik's UNESCO-listed Old Town. Visit the terracotta-roofed townhouses, centuries-old stone monuments, the 17th-century Rector's Palace, or the Baroque Cathedral.

Take a walk along the City Wall or just enjoy a cup of coffee on Stradun. You can also take a cable car to the hill above Dubrovnik and be amazed by the breathtaking views of the Old City, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, and the numerous islands.

What's included

  • 10 dinners
  • 11 complete breakfasts
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 24-hour technical support
  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure
  • Back-up motorcycle
  • Detailed route sheets and all maps for the region being toured
  • Experienced guide on a motorcycle
  • Motorcycle rental with third party liability and comprehensive vehicle insurance
  • Support van for luggage, souvenir purchases and 1 or 2 passengers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Beverages and meals other than those specified
  • Entrance to museums
  • Fuel for your motorcycle
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Riding gear

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Vienna

  • Follow A4 (E60) / M1 (E60 - E71) until Budapest.
  • You will continue on M5 Highway for about 27 kilometers.
  • After that, you will exit on the Exit 44 - E60 (Szolnok, Albertirsa, Dabas, Ujhartyan) Highway and continue towards Bors - Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Bucharest.
  • Keep in mind the A means Austria highway, M means Hungary highway, and E means European road.

Driving directions from Prague

  • You need to follow D1 / E55 - E65 Highway towards Brno and continue on D2 / E65 to Bratislava.
  • You then ride on the road to Budapest on D2 / E65 - M1 / E75.
  • You will continue on M5 Highway for about 27 kilometers.
  • Then, you will exit on Exit 44 - E60 (Szolnok, Albertirsa, Dabas, Ujhartyan) towards Bors - Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Bucharest.
  • Keep in mind the D means Czech Republic highway, H means Hungary highway, and E means European road.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ride in Romania 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 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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