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Mediterranean to the Balkans

Duration

20 days

Ride Grade

1

Ride / Rest day

16 / 4

Sealed / Dirt

99% / 1%

Distance

3,440 km / 2,140 mi


Venice to Ljubljana: Discover the French island of Corsica, ride Tuscany and explore the stunning Balkans on this exciting seven country ride

Italy, French Corsica, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia: From the legendary, must see, European cities of Venice & Rome to the French owned, mountainous island of Corsica, this is a unique 3-week ride that explores the celebrated but also unknown parts of the Mediterranean and Adriatic regions of south east Europe. Visiting the incredible Balkans offers an idyllic collection of countries hugging the pebbled shores of the Adriatic Coast; home to sleepy villages, turquoise waters and an impossibly mountainous regions dotted with stunning monasteries and historic villages. Visit seven countries as we explore the Med, Adriatic & Balkans all in one ride.

Please note: the advertised departure date may need to change by one or two days, depending on the not yet released ferry time table for next year. We will also briefly visit Albania and Austria on our route.

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Dates and Pricing

2nd Sep 2024 to 22nd Sep 2024
Tour code: MB/020924
from US$12,130.00
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2nd Sep 2025 to 22nd Sep 2025
Tour code: MB/020925
from US$12,130.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary


 

Day 1: Your Venice airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: Leaving the city of marble palaces we enter renowned Tuscany on our way to the amazing Leaning Tower of Pisa
Day 3: A short ride today as we catch the ferry across to the French controlled island of Corsica, and birthplace of Napoleon, that rises from the Mediterranean. Corsica is also home to some of Europe's finest coastal rides.
Day 4: We spend the day exploring Europe’s most mountainous region, Corsica, We ride the magnificent Cap Corse and explore the incredibly mountainous interior, it’s thrilling stuff.
Day 5: Another day exploring the breathtaking coastal scenery and the endless twisties of the west coast road. We ride through the UNESCO listed Calanques de Piana, a series of towering red rocks and cliffs that plummet into the Tyrrhenian Sea far below.
Day 6: Crossing back into Italy, it's a short ride to our 5 star hotel in Livorno, spectacularly located on the shores of the Ligurian Sea
Day 7: Heading south we ride the ancient Roman road, the Via Cassia, through the UNESCO listed Val d’Orcia . We enjoy lunch at the stunning hilltop village of Montalcino, offering iconic views of Tuscany, before arriving into the legendary Rome
Day 8: We spend a day exploring this mighty city, visiting the incomparable St Peter's Basilica, Pantheon, Colosseum and much more, it’s a walk through history today
Day 9: Back on the road we continue south passing through Naples, via Pompeii, where we have a guided tour, before entering the UNESCO listed Amalfi Coast, a storied landscape of breathtaking coastal scenery and pastel coloured villages
Day 10: We swap the bikes for as we explore this stunning region, from the water, with a visit to the superb Isle of Capri. A beautiful location of emerald green and dark blue water grottos, jagged peaks & calm bays favored by the Hollywood elites
Day 11: This morning ride is one you will never forget as we ride the breathtaking Amalfi Coast and its extraordinary scenery. Leaving the coast we ride east visiting the stunningly located hilltop village of Castelmezzano in the Dolomiti Lucane Mountains before reaching the port city of Bari and catching the overnight ferry to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 12: We awake early as we disembark in Durres, Albania and spend the day riding north along the Adriatic coastline through Montenegro and ascend into the stunning Lovcen National Park where we overnight in a remote ski lodge.
Day 13: We descend from Lovcen National Park via an unbelievable series of twisties known as the Serpentine Road, that offers epic views of Kotor Bay. We stop at the beautiful seaside village of Perast before riding onto the jewel in the Croatian crown, Dubrovnik.
Day 14: A full day to explore the awe-inspiring Dubrovnik, with the included city pass you are free to walk the amazing "Wall Walk" that encircles the old town or perhaps take the cable car for epic views of the city and Adriatic or visit Fort Lovrijenac, where the Game of Thrones was filmed
Day 15: A shorter riding day today and another country, Bosnia-Herzegovina. We arrive early into beautiful Mostar, famous for its 16th Century bridge built by the Ottomans and still bearing the scars from the recent conflict
Day 16: Turning west we return to Croatia, via beautiful Konjic and the incredible Tito's Bunker, through the epic Blidinje National Park, and then ride the Adriatic Coast road to the UNESCO listed old town of Trogir, spectacularly located on the Adriatic coast
Day 17: Today we catch a private bus into Split, 20ks from Trogir, for a guided tour of this magnificent old town before and wonderfully preserved Roman antiquities before returning to the peace of the Trogir old town.
Day 18: We follow the stunning coast along the Adriatic today passing through endless coastal villages before ascending into the spectacular twisties of the Ucka Nature Park. We cross onto the Istria Peninsula town of Porec, site of the amazing 6th century Euphrasian Basilica not to mention some fine dining and a wine bar located in 14th century towers!
Day 19: Leaving the Istria Peninsula we ride northeast and into the stunning mountains that border Austria, a landscape of epic alpine valleys and peaks. We see the day off at the awe-inspiring Lake Bled perfectly located in the Julian Alps
Day 20: Our final day will see us exploring the beauty of this alpine region, crossing into Austria, for 30 minutes, and enjoy one of the most epic rides of the entire trip, the Solcava Panorama Route, before reaching the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana late afternoon
Departure day: Spend some time in the wonderful Ljubljana or fly home.

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Included


  • Airport Transfers
  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection.
  • Fuel
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • 20 nights accommodation in excellent small hotels
  • 20 breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Access to Compass Expeditions App
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions tour shirt
  • Entrances to all attractions mentioned in the itinerary

Not Included


  • International Flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tolls
  • Personal Health/Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
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Upgrades


All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: EUR 2855

Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of EUR 2500, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: EUR 35 per day

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Ride Details


Ride Profile

99% of this ride is on pavement; some sections of pavement can be potholed and narrow with tall & damaged shoulders. Some roads in the mountains of Croatia have gradients of up to 14% Some driving techniques in the Balkan countries might not be what you are used to at home.
 
1% of this ride will be on dirt. Most dirt is roadworks with sections that can have loose gravel. One 4k / 2.5ml section in Tuscany will be on dirt that is hard packed with a little gravel

Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Venice, Italy
Tour End: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Climate

We can expect the weather to be warm in Venice as we will be coming to the end of summer with average day temperatures of 27.2°C (81°F). There is the possibility of the occasional rain, but sunny most of the time. As we head south towards Rome the temperatures will become warmer during September, but the beginning of the milder autumn season could see the average temperatures drop to the comfortable range of 15°C (59°F) to 26.7°C (80.1°F). Heading east should bring beautiful weather with long days and moderate temperatures ranging from 18.4°C (65.1°F) to 25.1°C (77.2°F) However in the mountains of Slovenia temps as low as 5°C (41°F) in the early mornings should be expected

Important Information

  • All riders must have a valid motorcycle license and at least two years riding experience.
  • It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.
 
Ride Grade
1
 

Ride Distance
3,440 km / 2,140 mi

 

Sealed / Dirt
99% / 1%

Accommodation


  • 20 nights of accommodation.
  • Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 5-star hotels.
  • A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
  • All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available:EU$ 2855.00
 
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Dining


  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 20 Breakfasts
  • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used before: 4 Dinners
 
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Bikes



 
BMW F750GS
  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine (de-tuned)
  • Seat height 81cm (32In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 183cm (72in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres 
 

 
BMW F850GS
  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine 
  • Seat height 86 cm (33.8 In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 190cm (75in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres
 

 
BMW R1250 GS
  • 1254cc Parallel twin cylinder engine 
  • Seat height 85 cm (33.5 In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 187cm (73.5in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres
 

Insurance


Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining our tours, but it makes sense.

If choosing your own insurance – for motorcycle tours it is crucial the insurance policy you choose will offer a policy for riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy.

Our experienced In-house travel team are happy to help with getting you the right insurance for your tour and for any other travel you might be doing before or after. Contact our in-house travel team.

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