Your transit route from Milan takes you straight into Italian Dolomites to your first overnight stop on this fantastic tour – a traditional Alpine village surrounded by ragged snow caped peaks and vast pine forests. Here you’ll stay for one night in a four star family run hotel that has an indoor swimming pool, wellness centre, safe parking and its own gourmet restaurant.
The next morning it is time to leave Italy behind and move on to your first Eastern European destination – Slovenia. It is one of the smallest Alpine countries but often referred to as the ‘hidden gem of Eastern Europe’.
On your day off you’ll have the opportunity to ride the trilling Vrsic mountain pass and take in the stunning Triglav National Park and visit some of its most famous landmarks. These include Lake Bled with its church on the Island with the Triglav peaks just behind it and its famous castle on the hillside over looking the lake and town and another little known region but just as beautiful if not more so is Lake Bohinj where mountain scenes and tranquillity meet together.
From here you’ll continue your journey to the Croatian region of Zagorje.
A free day can be used to visit the open air museum in Kumrovec, the birthplace of the late Marshall Tito where the former president’s house has been turned into a museum. Or alternatively you may opt to have a quiet day off the bike and make full use of the hotel’s fantastic leisure and spa facilities.
The next morning, you’ll follow winding roads through the Zagorje Hills towards the breathtaking Plitvice National Park where you may choose to stop for a tour of the lakes and for lunch.
Your journey continues by descending in the direction of the Adriatic coast what is often regarded as the ‘French Riviera of Eastern Europe’.
Your next overnight destination, a four star hotel located near a small fishing port. The hotel has its own excellent restaurant, indoor swimming pool, sports and leisure facilities, private beach, sauna, massage, beauty therapist and secure parking.
From now on navigation is simple – the sea to the right and the mountains to the left – all the way to ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic sea‘- the historic city of Dubrovnik.
On your days off you may choose to go on a tour of the old walled city that will reveal its finest sites such as the Franciscan Monastery and Dubrovnik’s Cathedral with its famous Treasury. If you take a fancy on one of the free days you can take a ride to Montenegro, the smallest state in the Balkans.
On your way back, with two overnight stops you will ride the entire length of the fantastic Adriatic coast with majestic blue seas to your left and stunning mountain ranges of Biokovo, Mosor and Velebit to your right.
Your next destination is the costal resort of Porec and a four star hotel near the marina with a restaurant, bar and safe parking. On your day off you can visit the remains of the Roman amphitheatre in Pula, the old town of Rovinj, Hum (the smallest city in Europe numbering only seventeen residents) and the medieval hilltop town of Groznjani which is also an artist colony.
No visit to Croatia would be complete without ordering a fish platter featuring the best of the local catch, real feast.