Our Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia self-guided motorcycle tour is a ‘don’t miss’ opportunity to visit Eastern Europe’s heart. It is always a popular holiday choice.
Perhaps we might come across as a bit biased because we come from this part of the world. During our years of touring, we have ridden through many beautiful countries. However, very few other places offer such a blend of natural beauty as well as cultural diversity as the Balkans.
This road trip might feel like reading a good book. As you turn the pages, as the riding days pass, the tour gets better and better.
The trip starts with a comfortable introduction ride across Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. These three countries are similar in terms of welcoming hospitality and fantastic biking roads. However, they all offer a remarkable variety of culture, food as well as history. This chapter is all about eye-pleasing landscapes, far-reaching views, and relaxing riding.
The following chapter is where the story of your journey begins to pick up the pace. As you approach the Alps’ fringes, the roads will become less straight and riding more involved. Your journey will take you via Innsbruck in Austria to Ljubljana in Slovenia during the next several days. Finally, an exhilarating ride over several stunning mountain passes will nicely spice up this part of the trip.
Just as you might start thinking, how can the rest of the tour get better than this? It will. Now you’ll enter Eastern Europe proper.
Slovenia may be one of the smallest countries in Europe, but it is definitely a constant source of surprise. This stunning Alpine country is also considered one of the most beautiful places to relax, enjoy pristine nature and ride your motorcycle. For generations, the Slovenians proudly safeguarded their customs, traditions and history. This is reflected in delicious cuisine, friendly atmosphere and welcoming people. During your stay in Slovenia, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Ljubljana, the capital city.
Various migrations, invading forces, and empires influenced Croatia and Bosnia throughout their history.
In Croatia, around Pula, Rovinj, and Porec, it is very much Roman, Celtic, and Venetian. However, it also has a definite Tuscan tinge to it. While around Zadar, Split, as well as Dubrovnik, has a strong Roman and Slavonic heritage. However, what connects these three fantastic regions for us is the spectacular Adriatic coast road.
On the other hand, despite being just next door, Bosnia has been moulded by both the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires. It is evident in its buildings, religion, food as well as customs. More often than not, you’ll come across a mosque next to the Christian church.
Bosnia might be a new destination on the motorcycle touring scene. But in terms of what it offers to the culture hungry visitors, it is on par with its neighbours. So often the perception of the Balkans is seen as raw, rustic, and even a bit secretive. However, at the same time, it is charming, beautiful, and above all, most welcoming towards motorcyclists.
Not only does this tour include big names such as Dubrovnik, Mostar, and Porec, as well Plitvice National Park. It also contains sidekicks like the Grossglockner, Innsbruck, Ljubljana, Zadar, as well as Bihac, Pula, and Rovinj.
If you could grade a tour as ‘good,’ ‘very good,’ and ‘fantastic.’ Then on that scale, this tour would score as ‘magnificent.’ So when you close the book and reflect on the past two weeks, you’ll realize what a great journey it has been.
Please spend some time reading the day-by-day itinerary. You will find out more details about the destinations and understand the vastness of this journey.
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Day by day tour itinerary
The main aim of the first three days of this tour is to provide you with a speedy transit to Eastern Europe. However, it certainly does not mean that you’ll have to spend three days riding only on the motorways. So let’s try to make it more attractive and see how we get on.
Starting with an earlyish morning crossing from the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone, you’ll arrive at Calais. The first part of the ride will be on motorways. It is the quickest way to get to nicer roads and get the real flavour of your holiday. As you enter Belgium, you’ll begin to ride some fabulous country roads towards Luxembourg.
Your onward journey will take you to Bastogne in the Ardennes region. It is a small town with a big tank parked in the centre square. This small provincial town also played a significant role in WW2. If you had a chance to watch the TV series ‘Band of Brothers’, then it’ll click, and you’ll remember it. If you have time, take a break here to stretch your legs and have a look around.
Your comfortable hotel in Vianden is just up the road on the other side of the border. It has a fantastic beer garden with stunning views of the castle.
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