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Mediterranean to the Balkans

Duration

19 days


Venice to Ljubljana: Discover the French island of Corsica, ride Tuscany and explore the stunning Balkans on this exciting 6 country ride

Italy, French Corsica, 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 eight 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.

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Dates and Pricing

10th Aug 2023 to 29th Aug 2023

Tour code: MB/100823

from US$8335

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Rider / F750 GS

US$8335

AVAILABLE

Rider / F850 GS

US$8600

AVAILABLE

Rider / R1250 GS

US$9095

AVAILABLE

Pillion / Support Vehicle

US$6745

AVAILABLE

2nd Sep 2023 to 21st Sep 2023

Tour code: MB/020923

from US$8335

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Rider / F750 GS

US$8335

5 BIKES

Rider / F850 GS

US$8600

:3 BIKES

Rider / R1250 GS

US$9095

7 BIKES

Pillion / Support Vehicle

US$6745

4 PLACES

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
Day 4: We spend the day exploring Europe’s most mountainous region, Corsica, exploring its stunning coast road and narrow winding mountains roads, it’s thrilling stuff.
Day 5: Another day exploring the endless twisties of the incredibly mountainous Corsica
Day 6: Back on the ferry we cross back into Tuscany to overnight in jewel in the Tuscan crown, the magnificent medieval town of Sienna.
Day 7: Heading south we ride the ancient Roman road, the Via Cassia, through the UNESCO listed Val d’Orcia to 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 and entering the UNESCO listed Amalfi Coast, a storied landscape of breathtaking coastal scenery and pastel coloured villages
Days 10: Turning east we enter a rarely visited region of Italy known as Puglia and stop off at Albarello to view the unique Trulli Villages before reaching the port city of Bari and catching the overnight ferry to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 11: We awake early as we disembark in Dubrovnik, Croatia and spend the day exploring this beautiful ancient walled city fronting the Adriatic.
Day 12: Another day to explore the awe-inspiring Dubrovnik, 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 13: Its only 95ks / 60mi to Kotor however our route takes the long way round, crossing into Montenegro, and onto the stunning switchbacks of the Kotor Serpentine Road and onto Cetinje then finishing in breathtaking Kotor
Day 14: A shorter riding day today and another country, Bosnia-Herzegovina. We again take the road less travelled and arrive early into beautiful Mostar, famous for its 16th Century bridge built by the Ottomans and still bearing the scars from the war
Day 15: turning west we return to Croatia, via beautiful Konjic and the Blidinje National Park, and then ride the Adriatic Coast road to the renowned city of Split, spectacularly wedged between the coastal mountains on one side and the Adriatic.
Day 16: We follow the Adriatic Coast north before reaching Zadar before lunch. From here is a half day excursion out to the UNESCO listed Kornati Islands National Park, a magnificent island archipelago
Day 17: A magnificent ride today as we ride the Adriatic Highway following the coast passing through endless coastal villages ending in the Istria Peninsular town of Porec
Day 18: Leaving the Istria we take the wonderful Rt 103 to the awe-inspiring Lake Bled stunningly located in the Julian Alps
Day 19: Our final day will see spent the morning exploring the beauty that is Lake Bled before riding the short distance to the Slovakian capital of Ljubljana
Departure day: Spend some time in Ljubljana or fly home, the choice is yours.

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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 1 695

      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 Profile

      99% of this ride is on pavement; some sections of pavement can be potholed and narrow with tall & damaged shoulders. 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 although with sections that can have loose gravel and can be rutted.

      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 could become warmer during August, 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).

      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.
       

      Accomodation


      • 19 nights of accommodation.
      • Our accommodations range from small family run hotels through to 4-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$ 1 695.00
       
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      Dining


      • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 20 Breakfasts
      • On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 14 Lunches
      • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 13 Dinners
       
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      Bikes


      Our late model BMW GS bikes are well maintained and with low mileage. On tour with us will be a mechanic and our support vehicles have the capacity to carry a bike if required.

       
      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
       
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      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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