May 2023

The Balkans

  • 8 days | 2,700 km
  • €2,600 (hired motorcycle)
  • €1,800 (own motorcycle)
  • asphalt
Some might say that a trip with medieval castles, thermal baths, foggy canyons, Adriatic beaches and the city that doubled as the capital of Westeros in Game of Thrones is a near impossible feat. Well, we beg to differ!

Our tour starts in Budapest. On the first day, we will stretch our legs hauling down Hungarian and Romanian roads and visit Turda salt mine which dates back to the Middle Ages. The route to our next destination in Serbia will take us across the South Carpathians over the Transalpina, one of the best motorcycle roads in the world. Once we are in Serbia, we will cross the Danube and follow the Iron Gates scenic route.

Our next country is Montenegro with its abysmal canyons, tunnels blasted through massive rock, dizzying mountain passes, raging white water and glistening ice caps. You will see the 172 m Đurđevića Tara Bridge, Sedlo pass with the highest motorable road in Montenegro and the splendid resorts on the Adriatic coast which made this country world-famous.

After a well-deserved rest in Kotor, we hit Jadranska magistrala — the highway that stretches along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Take your cornering skills to a next level on twisty roads and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the region. With Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar on our way, you will have plenty of chances to get lost in cobbled narrow streets and admire ancient ruins and fortresses. As our tour is winding to an end, we will pay a visit to Zagreb and relax in the thermal baths of Budapest.

Budapest - Cluj-Napoca - Turda - Transalpina road - Orsova - Danube Iron Gates - Golubac Fortress - Užice - Đurđevića Tara Bridge - Durmitor National Park - Kotor - Dubrovnik - Makarska - Split - Zagreb - Budapest

Included in the price
  • Motorcycle hire and coverage
  • 3* hotel accommodation (double/twin rooms)
  • All breakfasts
  • Experienced English-speaking tour leader
  • Technical support
  • Excursions along the route
  • Transfers
Not included and paid individually
  • Return flight to Budapest
  • Fuel
  • Medical insurance
  • Lunches and dinners
Tour details
Our trip lasts 8 riding days (9 nights). Our route, which starts and finishes at Budapest, spans five countries: Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, and Croatia.

Tour type: Road
Surface: asphalt. The route may include unpaved sections which do not require any special off-road skills.
Motorcycles: two options are possible:
  • Hired Triumph Tiger 800 (or same class). All the bikes have insurance coverage and are equipped with side and top cases. The motorcycles are hired with basic coverage which requires a pre-authorised deposit of EUR 1,000 on your credit card. In this case the tour price is €2,600. You can upgrade your hired bike for an extra charge.
  • Your own motorcycle of any class (at least 600сс) with side cases or luggage racks. In this case the tour price is €1,800.
Co-rider: allowed. The tour price for a co-rider is €1,800.

Tour Difficulty
Expect to ride 200-450 km per day. The cruise speed is 100-120 km/h on motorways and 60-70 km/h on mountain backroads.

Required Documents
You must have a valid biometric passport and a Category A driving license. You must also have medical insurance to cover COVID-19. Please make sure that your insurance policy contains specific provisions for motorcycle travel.

Number of Participants
Up to 8 including co-riders.

3* hotels (double/twin rooms). Single rooms may be available for an extra charge.

The tour price includes all breakfasts. Lunches and dinners are paid individually.

The price includes all the transfers to Budapest airport and back as well as taxis or rented vehicles which will take you on the excursions.

Fuel Prices
All prices as at April 2022
Romania — €1.56/litre
Serbia — €1.5/litre
Montenegro — €1.7/litre
Croatia — €1.64/litre
Hungary — €1.28/litre

Local Currency
Romanian Lei. €1 = 4.95 Lei.
Serbian Dinar. €1 = 118 Dinars.
Montenegro: EUR.
Croatian Kuna. €1 = 7.6 Kunas.
Hungarian Forint. €1 = 378 Forints.

Riding Gear
Every rider must be equipped with a properly-sized helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, and rain suit. A complete list of the essentials will be provided towards the tour dates.

Technical support
The tour leader will carry all the tools and consumables for the technical maintenance and field repair of the hired motorcycles. Major repairs and evacuation are covered by the insurance policy.

Excursions and Entertainment
Turda Salt Mine
One of the oldest salt mines in Romania first mentioned in 1075. The cavernous mine consists of several smaller mines and rooms with numerous attractions including an amphitheater, a Ferris wheel and a lake with rental boats.

Transalpina, Romania
One of the most beautiful roads of Southern Carpathians of Romania with the highest point in Urdele Pass at 2,145 m. An absolute must-ride for any motorcyclist just like the Transfăgărășan!

Iron Gates, Romania / Serbia
A gorge on the river Danube forming the boundary between Serbia and Romania which separates the Southern Carpathians from the Balkan Mountains. The snake-like gorge over a hundred kilometers long is only 150 m in the most narrow part. The Golubac Fortress was built in the Middle Ages to defend the head of the Iron Gates.

Đurđevića Tara Bridge, Montenegro
A concrete arch bridge over the river Tara. At the time of completion it was the biggest vehicular bridge of such type in Europe. The elegant structure is 172 m high.

Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
A mountain range in Montenegro formed by glaciers with the deepest gorges in Europe and the country's highest paved road. The highest point is at Sedlo pass (1,907 m).

Kotor, Montenegro
An ancient city on the Adriatic coast. The Bay of Kotor is often called Europe's southernmost fiord.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik old town is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city starred as the capital of Westeros in Game of Thrones.

Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia
An imposing residential structure built for the Roman emperor Diocletian in 295-305 AD. The palace is considered one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings in existence.

Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest, Hungary
The largest bath complex in Budapest. You can choose among 3 indoor and 15 outdoor pools with natural hot spring waters. This will be our chill-out spot at the finish point!
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