Italian Dolomites, Slovenian Alps and the Adriatic coast Self-Guided Motorcycle Holiday

Where you choose the date and set the pace
Start/finish in Milan - Italy

Tour Information

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.

Tour Itinerary

Day Event Approx Daily Mileage
Day 1

Ride from Milan to Dolomites (Italy)
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

220
Day 2

Ride from Dolomites to Bohinj (Slovenia)
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

160
Day 3

Ride from Bohinj to Tuheljske Toplice (Croatia)
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

190
Day 4

Day off
Optional day ride to open air museum in Kumrovec (if not visited the day before)
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

60
Day 5

Start towards Primosten - Adriatic Coast
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads. Visit to the National Park Plitvice
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

251
Day 6

Start towards Cavtat, Dubrovnik - Adriatic Coast
Non motorway local roads
Evening meal to be arranged individually

193
Day 7

Free day
Evening meal to be arranged individually

Day 8

Free day
Optional boat trip to Dubrovnik
Evening meal to be arranged individually

Day 9

Start towards Primosten - Adriatic Coast
Non motorway local roads
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

193
Day 10

Start towards Porec - Adriatic Coast
Non motorway local roads
Evening meal to be arranged individually

245
Day 11

Free day
Optional day ride to Pula and Rovinj
Evening meal to be arranged individually

100
Day 12

Start towards Dolomites
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.
Evening meal arranged in the hotel

200
Day 13

Free day
Optional day ride to Arraba and local mountain passes
Evening meal to be arranged individually

100
Day 14

Start towards Milan - Italy
Combination of motorway and non motorway roads.

220

Availability

  • Depart and return when it suits you

Tour Pricing

  • Rider and pillion £1245pp
  • Solo rider sharing £1245pp
  • Solo rider single room £1705

Price Includes

  • 13 nights accommodation with breakfasts

  • 8 evening meals

  • Route pack for each day

Price Excludes

  • Meals other than those specified

  • Admission charges

  • Toll charges (vignette)

  • Petrol

  • Hotel parking

Pre-Trip Checklist

  • Make sure the tyres on your bike are going to last the duration of a trip.
  • Make sure that the bike is serviced for the duration of a trip.
  • Puncture repair kit recommended.
  • A good bike chain is also highly recommended.
  • Chain lubricant.
  • Spare bike keys.
  • Spare battery for the alarm fob (if you have an alarm).
  • Spare bulbs (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare fuses (in some countries required by law).
  • Spare spark plugs (in some countries required by law).
  • Some tools.
  • Some extra bike security device (padlock and chain, disc lock).
  • Torch.
  • Valid passport.
  • Valid riding licence.
  • European breakdown cover recommended.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Green card for European travel.
  • Check if your bike insurance covers (Green Card) all the countries will be passing through (e.g. Eastern Europe).
  • Copy of bike insurance policy.
  • Registration document.
  • E111 obtained from the Post Office (this guarantees you equivalent NHS treatment in EC countries only).
  • High viz vest/jacket.
  • Breathalizer.
  • Waterproofs.
  • Spare set of gloves.
  • Enough clothes to last you for a trip.
  • Some swimming gear.
  • Some casual clothes.
  • Some local currency.
  • A major credit card recommended.
  • Mini first aid kit (in some countries required by law).
  • Some basic pain killers and prescription drugs.
  • Note with your driving licence of any allergies in Latin.
  • Pack everything into plastic bags before putting it into the panniers.

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