GLOBAL MOTORCYCLE TOURS
17 Millfield Road
Phone: 01257 410686
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Global Motorcycle Tours ©
Company No. 05714224
Saturday 22nd July - Saturday 4th August 2018
13 Nights - 14 Days
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Euro Tunnel Outbound & Return
13 Nights accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels
All breakfasts included with accommodation
5 Evening Meals
Detailed Route Plans and Maps
Comprehensive tour manual
GPS coordinates (Garmin Mapsource file)
Detailed Daily itinerary
Postojna Cave Admission
Guided and supported by Tom & Susan
Daily 130 – 390
Total 2900 (not including ride outs)
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Toll charges & Vignettes
Admission charges other than specified
Meals other than specified
B500 – Black Forest
Passo Fedaia - Pian di Sottaguda
Postojna Caves - Plitvice National Park
Sarajevo - Mostar Old Bridge
Lake Bohinj - Triglav National Park
With a unique mix of soaring Alpine peaks, Adriatic coastlines and diverse Eastern cultures this tour has all the ingredients for an unforgettable motorcycling adventure.
Join us as we journey to some of the most fascinating and exciting regions in Europe.
TOUR PRICES ARE PER PERSON
DEPOSIT: £120.00 PER PERSON
Your tour guides, Tom & Susan, will be taking the Hull to Zeebrugge crossing the night before the tour (21st July) and meeting the group at the hotel on the first night. If you would prefer to take this crossing rather than the Euro tunnel then please contact us for availability and pricing.
No motorcyclist likes travelling long distances on the motorway but in order to cover the distance to the Balkan states unfortunately there is no alternative but to use the motorway system for some of the journey. We have been using this route for some time for our longer tours and everyone agrees that it is not as difficult as it would first appear. The Autoroute system on the continent is far quieter and more relaxed than in the UK and therefore the miles pass by quicker than you can imagine.
Travelling as a larger group for long distances on the motorway can be tiring and frustrating. Therefore for the first day we request that everyone either travels alone or within smaller groups. By travelling in this way everyone should be able to pass more quickly through the various toll booths, fill with fuel only when needed and take breaks at their own convenience.
This tour does contain some high mileage days on the Autoroute system and some challenging rural and mountain roads. Therefore this tour would be suitable for riders who are used to covering long distances and understand and accept the above. Although some of the days will be quite long you will be rewarded with the memories of an absolutely brilliant adventure.
Day 1: Sunday 22nd July - 386 Miles
The tour starts as you exit the Euro tunnel at Calais or the Ferry port at Zeebrugge and join the French or Belgium motorway systems. Located just a few minutes from the motorway our friendly family run hotel is the perfect place to unwind after your first day. If required we can book the Euro tunnel a day earlier enabling you to extend your holiday and also half the first day’s mileage.
Day 2: Monday 23rd July - 247 Miles
Finally free of the motorway system we cross the Rhine River and enter the Black Forest of Germany. Our route takes us down a section of the B500 which is probably one of the most famous biking roads in Europe. Leaving the forest behind the alpine peaks now beckon and we enter Austria via the 5 mile long Pfänder Tunnel and the Arlbergpass. Our luxury four star hotel features an indoor swimming and outdoor rooftop pool, sauna, steam bath and relaxation area.
Day 3: Tuesday 24th July - 240 Miles
Some great roads lie ahead of us today but for speed and convenience we first take to the autoroute system and cross the Brenner Pass into Italy. Before long the autoroute is just a memory as we now enter one of Europe’s premier biking regions, the Dolomite Mountains. With the sweeping, twisting roads of the Dolomites still fresh in the memory our journey continues directly south to our next hotel close to the town of Treviso.
Day 4: Wednesday 25th July - 256 Miles
With so much to fit in today we take an earlier breakfast and pass the Gulf of Venice and enter Slovenia. Containing 20 kilometres of underground galleries, chambers and caverns our first destination today is the stunning caves at Postojna. We will take the cave train which allows you to admire the size and splendour of this unique underground world. Following lunch we enter Croatia and cross the Risnjak National Park which is the most mountainous and heavily forested region of the country. Our hotel is just a few miles from Plitvice national park and its stunning lakes.
Day 5: Thursday 26th July
Today is an official rest day enabling you to explore this unique area. Plitvice National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia. The park is world famous for its lakes of which there are currently 16 which can be seen from the surface. The area is interconnected by paths and walkways allowing you to explore the whole area on foot.
Day 6: Friday 27th July - 210 Miles
Today’s destination is the Bosnian city of Sarajevo. In the 1990s Sarajevo was on the edge of annihilation but today it is a vibrant, lively and friendly city. Sarajevo is one of the most historically interesting and varied cities in Europe. It is a place where the people of the Roman Catholic west, Eastern Orthodox east and the Ottoman south, met, lived and worked. It has been an example of historical turbulence and the clash of civilizations, as well as a beacon of hope for peace and tolerance. Today, the city has physically recovered from most of the war damage caused by the Yugoslav Wars and ranks as one of the safest in South Eastern Europe. Our hotel is located in the old town making it ideally situated to explore this most fascinating of cities.
Day 7: Saturday 28th July - 169 Miles
Leaving Sarajevo we head south to visit the 16th century ottoman built bridge in the city of Mostar. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed in 1993 by Croat forces during the Croat-Bosnian War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened in 2004. One of the country's most recognisable landmarks, it is also considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture. Continuing south we head for our next destination, Dubrovnik.
Enjoying a fabulous beachfront location our hotel for the next two nights is the perfect place to relax and enjoy superb views of the stunning Adriatic coast. Boasting both outdoor and indoor pools the hotel is located in a small picturesque town with numerous bars and restaurants and is just a short boat ride across the bay to Dubrovnik.
Day 8: Sunday 29th July
Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities. Fondly known as the ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’, the streets of this UNESCO world heritage site are filled with cafés and shops, spectacular churches, monasteries and museums. Today is an official rest day enabling you to explore this remarkable medieval city.
Day 9: Monday 30th July - 169 Miles
The Croatian coastline has been written about many times and I am sure that you will not be disappointed as today we experience breathtaking views along the Mediterranean Coast. Backed by high mountains and with hundreds of offshore islands the rugged Dalmatian coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. As we continue our journey north we pass the town of Split before arriving at our next overnight stop in the small coastal town of Trogir.
Day 10: Tuesday 31st July - 320 Miles
A long day today as we first head through the Velebit Mountains and cross into Slovenia via the Lahinja Regional Park. We pass the capital Ljubljana and see the mountains of the Triglav National Park start to rise in the distance. The road becomes increasingly interesting as we approach our hotel which is located in the heart of the Julian Alps on the banks of Lake Bohinj.
Day 11: Wednesday 1st August -165 Miles
We cross into Austria today via the famous Grossglockner pass which at 2,500 metres is the highest surfaced mountain road in Austria with the highest peaks soaring to over 3,798 metres. Weather permitting we take a short diversion to ascend the Edelweiss Peak or ‘bikers point’ which rises above the surrounding roads and affords unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains. The Grossglockner does charge quite a hefty toll but I am sure after riding this pass you will not regret one single euro. We are on our way to Zell am See which is located in the Hohe Tauern National Park.
Day 12: Thursday 2nd August - 250 Miles
We now leave the mountains behind but not before we have ridden one more excellent Austria pass. Climbing to a height of 1,630 metres the Gerlosstraase is a true roller coaster of a road and with the spectacular Krimml Waterfalls en-route this is one road not to miss. We continue past beautiful mountain lakes and the along the Achen Pass into Germany. The riding becomes less challenging as we now enter the Linderhof national park and take the Ochsensitz Pass which follows the River Isar along the valley floor.
Day 13: Friday 3rd August - 270 Miles
The great roads are far from over as we continue through the Pfalzer and Saar Hunsruck National Parks. These parks are probably one of Germany’s best kept secrets as the almost traffic free roads twist and turn through the forest and it is little wonder that this area is such a favourite with local bikers. Our onward journey continues through Luxembourg into the Ardennes region of Belgium to our lat night’s hotel in the town of historic town of Bastogne.
Day 14: Saturday 4th August - 221 Miles
Following an early breakfast we head through rural Belgium and France before eventually joining the motorway system to Euro Tunnel in Calais or the ferry port of Zeebrugge.
Great tour - exceeded my expectations, good company, comfortable hotels, well planned rides and mountain roads and scenery. I would have no hesitation in recommending Global Motorcycle Tours.
The hotel accommodation was excellent, the riding routes were well planned and your combined local knowledge made mine and fellow bikers experience memorable. I would highly recommend Global Tours to anyone. I look forward to riding with you again.
Thank you for the most incredible experience! We both had the most amazing time and are most definitely planning to be back and will be recommending to you to all of our friends. Thanks again for all your hard work in the planning and operation of the trip ~ we cannot praise you or your company highly enough.
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