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

  • Bucharest - Drobeta - Horezu - Sibiu, Romania; Zlatibor, Belgrade - Serbia; Durmitor National Park, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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

  • Bucharest - Drobeta - Horezu - Sibiu, Romania; Zlatibor, Belgrade - Serbia; Durmitor National Park, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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!

Highlights

  • Various BMW motorcycles rental
  • 2800-kilometer / 1740-mile mileage
  • 250 to 380 kilometers / 155 to 236 miles per day on average
  • Ride through Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Explore the best roads in the Balkan Mountains
  • Daily delicious breakfast and dinner
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 9 riding days
  • English
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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.

  • Bike: rental
  • Mileage: 2800 kilometers / 1740 miles
  • Daily rides: 250 - 380 kilometers / 155 - 236 miles
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 dinners

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 F650GS twin (800cc)
  • BMW F800GS
  • 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
  • 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

    Cristian has been interested in motorcycles and travel all his life, that was why he decided to open Ride in Romania agency and provide guided motorcycle tours.

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.

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.

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

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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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.

Testimonials

  • Review by Jennifer Tung from United States

    "Took the Carpathian Mountain road tour with Cristian and it was first rate. Obviously the riding speaks for itself, but Cristian's professionalism is next-level. He took the time to select the best roads (apparently he checks them out himself at the beginning of each season to confirm their good condition), nice boutique hotels, and selects en-route stops with great food -- all in order to show the best Romania has to offer. The riding is challenging and rewarding. Overall a wonderful trip with beautiful views, interesting tour companions, and unforgettable memories. If you are considering a trip with Cristian, please feel free to PM me If you have any questions!"

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  • Review by Jörg Janson from Germany

    "Dear Cristian,"

    "Now I am back to my home and remember me about the great time with you in Romania. It will be very difficult for me to tell here everyone my adventure and feelings about the tour. Your tour, to explain you, for this here is not enough room. You are everything in one person, promoter, mentor, mechanic, tourist guide, team player and a good friend. Your selected tours and lodging places, never unfatigued to answer questions or to recommend the great Romanian kitchen, let become the travel with you an unforgettable great experience. You are simple in that what you do professional, you love to ride a motorcycle und it make you happy if you can share it with your guests. Herat stopping landscape, spectacular roads and especially the Romanian hospitality make your tour unforgettable. I like to say thank you for the great time. Romania I will come back. Cristian and his team are the first choice for motorcycle tours in Romania."

    "All the best for you and your family, can’t wait to ride with you again, kind regards Jörg. "

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  • Review by Bob and Anne Brooks from United States

    "A journey into Eastern Europe has always been on our wish list especially Romania. After an internet search we found 'Ride in Romania' very appealing. It hit many places on the list: Transalpina and Transfagarasan mountain passes; Serbia; Bosnia & Herzegovina; Montenegro; and Croatia. Ten days riding with Cristian was perfect—not too fast, not too slow. We also wanted a small tour group, allowing for some flexibility with the itinerary. Cristian chose a route that passed through beautiful small villages and national parks with lots of twisties. Accommodations were very good, each with its own charm. The food and beer were outstanding and so was the company. We had a great experience exploring Eastern Europe and highly recommend 'Ride in Romania’. See you on the next trip Cristian! "

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  • Review by a traveler from Lebanon

    "I would like to thank you for this wonderful trip we had. Being at the office this morning is too hard… Everything was perfect and we all enjoy the roads, the sceneries and the time being with you. Wishing you the best for this season and hope to meet you once again."

    "All the best! "

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  • Review by Shiv from India

    "We were a bunch of seven who ride in Bangalore,India and part of a motorcycle club called Bangalore Pandhi's, one bright Sunday afternoon in the month of April, we decided that we should visit Romania and Hungary and started googling to check if can join a motorcycle tour or have one customised for us, we sent queries to motorcycle tour companies in Bucharest and Budapest with our requirements, we had a response in the next 2 hours from Ride in Romania, well, after a few email exchanges on the same day we decided that this is it."

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    "During the following days Cristian was very responsive to our queries, very transparent on the pricing, the accommodation and route options and customised all this for us, we were very keen to ride on the Transfagarasan route and Cristian mentioned that it was closed during the time when we were there and said that he would explore to make it memorable and believe us it was indeed."

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    "The day we landed in Bucharest, Cristian was there to receive us and transport us to the hotel where our panniers were waiting and went out of the way to explain the route, some of the challenges that we may face, in fact, we realised during dinner that he did a recce a day earlier to see if there are any options to ride on this route, this we think is beyond the call of duty."

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    "The next day Cristian came over to pick us up to his office which is a little away from the city, which is a good thing considering the city traffic, we got to meet his lovely wife and beautiful daughter, checked our bike and we were on out way, the ride was very comfortably paced, with an average of about 250Km, frequent stops to soak up the natural beauty, great dining stops where each meal was a experience itself."

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    "The first run was to Horezu which was quite an interesting run, was flat and was very scenic, here we visit an old monetary and after a bit of sightseeing, where Cristian was our guide and translator we retired for the night at an old mansion, which served us some great food and very specially a spread laid out for vegetarians, all along the trip our vegetarian buddies were taken care off, this we think is quite exceptional,the accommodation was outstanding, the next day after a hearty breakfast we headed further north to Sibiu, this ride was outstanding, with winding roads, great scenery and Cristian ensure that an easy pace was maintained and the run was outstanding,on the third day we headed towards Sighisoara and between, the Dracula's castles and the landscape we were quite awestruck, we continue to ride and retired for the night at Bran, the next day was to visit a few more castles and headed back to Bucharest and the end of a very memorable trip."

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    "We spent two nights at Bucharest and Cristian was kind enough to drop us off at the train station for the next leg of our travel."

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    "We as a group have been travelling together for a long time and this trip figures as the best so far."

    "We give them 5Star's and have no hesitation to recommend them."

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    "Again, thank you Cristian and Ride in Romania to make this happen for us."

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  • Review by Bernhard Heindl from Germany

    "Hallo Christian!"

    "wenn man die Bilder anschaut, möchte man am liebsten wieder losstarten."

    "Ich möchte mich nochmals bei Dir bedanken für die Super-Tour. Es hat super Spaß gemacht. Die Streckenführung, die Quartiere, die Etappenlängen, das Essen, die Gastfreundlichkeit und, und, und....wir haben viel gelacht und eine ganz neue Meinung von einem bis dahin fast unbekannten Land bekommen."

    "BIs bald"

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  • Review by Mario Walter from Germany

    "Nachdem ich im letzten Jahr mit Cristian Rumänien, die Karpaten, die alten Städte und wunderbaren Pässe genossen habe, dachte ich, dass ich dieses Jahr auf seine bestens gepflegten BMWs verzichten könnte und einfach mit meiner eigenen 1200er GSA fahren sollte. Für die 12 Tagestour durch die Berge des Balkans waren 8 Tage An- und Abreise eine schöne Ergänzung. "

    "Somit konnte ich auch gleich die Vorzüge einer geführten Tour im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes erfahren. Die schönsten Straßen auf der Karte sind nicht unbedingt die besten. Es war ein tolles Erlebnis durch die Berge in Polen, Tschechien, Slowakei, Ungarn und Rumänien zu fahren, in der eigenen Geschwindigkeit, anzuhalten wo immer ein schönes Fotomotiv war und die Landschaft zu genießen. Die Straßen waren jedoch nicht immer im besten Zustand und so hatten die langen Federwege der Adventure doch kräftig zu schlucken."

    "In Bukarest angekommen wartete Cristian schon im Hotel auf mich und es war ein herzliches Wiedersehen. Das ist keine Routine, sondern echte persönliche Begeisterung. Und dann ging es in der kleinen Gruppe am nächsten Tag auch schon los. Weitere 5 Länder standen auf dem Programm. Von Rumänien über Serbien, Montenegro, Bosnien – Herzegowina und Kroatien wieder zurück nach Rumänien. "

    "Es waren so viele und wunderschöne Eindrücke, dass eine Beschreibung aller täglichen Highlights Seiten füllen würde. Auf kleinsten Straßen, alle in besten Zustand, haben wir die Bergwelt erkundet. Mein Navi hatte oft keine Straße mehr angezeigt. Das Display war nur noch grün mit einem Pfeil, der sich verirrt zu haben schien. Auf kleinen und kleinsten Straßen, Singletracks ging es mit unzähligen Kurven und kaum Verkehr durch wundervolle Täler und tolle Gebirgslandschaften mit atemberaubenden Pässen. Immer ganz sportlich, da wurden die Reifen so richtig rund gefahren. Wenn die Gruppe ihn drängt kann er einen erheblichen Speed vorlegen. Ich habe letztes Jahr auch erlebt wie sehr er sich auf Gruppen einstellen kann, immer den Überblick behält und auch den letzten in der Gruppe nicht aus den Augen verliert. Das ist viel mehr als ein Guide, da ist ein Gefühl des Aufgehoben Seins. An den besten Ausblicken und Fotomotiven war immer der nächste kurze Fotostop. Ein echtes rundum sorglos Paket. Hinterherfahren und sich wohlfühlen. "

    "Cristian kennt sich einfach bestens aus, hat die tollsten Straßen und spektakulärsten Landschaften so aneinander gereiht, dass einfach keine Wünsche mehr offen blieben. Engagiertes Fahren, Pausen zur rechten Zeit, an den richtigen Orten und ein Kaltgetränk bei der Ankunft in den Hotels, die ebenfalls bestens und liebevoll ausgesucht sind."

    "Ich hatte große Erwartungen, diese sind übererfüllt worden. "

    "Vielen Dank Cristian und gerne immer wieder mit Dir unterwegs. "

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  • Review by Fritz, Helmut, Manfred, Robert, and Walter from Austria

    "Seit mehr als 20 Jahren gehen wir 5, Fritz, Helmut, Manfred, Robert und Walter, gemeinsam auf Tour und haben schon viele Alpenpässe und Länder befahren. Die Kurven Griechenlands, der bekanntesten Mittelmeerinseln und Adriastrecken kennen wir, Frankreich, Spanien, Marokko, Südafrika haben wir unter die Räder genommen."

    "Rumänien, die Moldauklöster, die Bergstrecken, die Gebiete der eingewanderten Sachsen, wollten wir sehen und uns auf dieser Tour führen lassen."

    "Mit Christian Dragan von Ride in Romania haben wir einen Volltreffer gemacht. Mit Kompetenz, Fahrkönnen , Wissen um seine Heimat, Land und Leute führte er uns, quartierte uns in guten Hotels ein und kümmerte sich um all unsere Anliegen."

    "Die Tour " Top of Romania" hat all das gehalten, was wir erwartet haben, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Straßen, die wirklich stoßdämpferbelastend sind, aber auch hervorragend ausgebaute Paßstraßen, wie die Transfagarasan und Transalpinaroad erinnernten uns an französische Alpenpässe."

    "Christian, herzlichen Dank für diese Erlebnisreise."

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Please note the additional options below. If you are interested in one of them, kindly send an inquiry.

  • Pillion - 1,910 EUR
  • Rider in private room with BMW R1200GS LC ADV - 3,510 EUR
  • Rider in shared double room with BMW R1200GS LC ADV - 3,190 EUR
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