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self guided Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia: Balkans, Alps and Dalmatian coast tour 14 days 2018-11-30T16:04:21+00:00



We ride through many fine countries on our motorcycle tours but few offer the diversity and beauty of the Balkan states of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia. This really is motorcycling at its best, vast mountain ranges, beautiful coastlines and everything in between all with the unmistakable sparkle of the Mediterranean.

You start off by crossing France and Germany, taking time to ride the famous B500 in the black forest and the fast curves of southern Bavaria. From here you’ll cross into Slovenia via the tremendous Grossglockner high alpine road with its lakes and glaciers framing the stunning views. You have time to explore Slovenia visiting the cave systems and castles before making your way across to Croatia to the UNESCO world heritage site of the Plitvice Lakes National Park.

You continue southwards and have days off in Sarajevo and Dubrovnik to explore the culture and terrible histories of these two fantastic cities. Coming back up the Dalmatian coast the unspoilt coastline needs to be ridden to be believed, with over 1200 islands and some truly stunning roads you will be in biker heaven.

After reaching the Julian alps in Slovenia you make your way back up via Italy to ride the Timmelsjoch pass and then across into Austria and through southern Germany. Your final foray is in the French Vosges mountains on the way home, a wonderful way to finish an unforgettable trip.

On a Magellan Self Guided tour we take care of everything, your hotels, routes and crossings are all sorted by us and we are totally flexible on dates, departure points and trip lengths. So why not get in touch today to start your adventure.

Highlights of the tour

  • The B500 in the German Black Forest, a fast wide road across the forest ridge that constantly appears in the top 10 biking roads of the world
  • Grossglockner High alpine road and glaciers
  • The dramatic Postojna cave system with its 22km of caverns and the castle at Predjama.
  • Free days to explore Sarajevo and Dubrovnik
  • Stunning riding up the Dalmatian Coast past Split and the 1200 islands scattered out to sea
  • The world famous Timmelsjoch pass
  • Route des Crêtes in the Vosges Mountains
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Where to start… scenery? Check. Friendly locals? Check. Good food? Check. Great hotels? Check. Trip of a lifetime? Without a doubt. Having done some touring abroad before I thought I knew what to expect. Boy was I wrong. What an incredibly country, the scenery literally takes your breath away, food of every description, comfortable clean hotels at the end of a satisfying day’s ride and all on well-maintained roads. The itinerary didn’t feel too regimented and there was a really relaxed air within the group, I would happily recommend it to anyone who wants a different holiday. Don’t worry about being out of your depth, its easily manageable for anyone with some riding experience and a suitable bike. Go for it.
Florian S
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Self Guided Motorcycle Tour of the Balkans

Alps and Dalmatian Coast

15 days

7 countries

From £1499

Self Guided Motorcycle Tour of the Balkans: itinerary

Day 1 / 288 miles We start with a day’s cross country ride straight off the Tunnel through northern France riding along the Route D Epinal to our hotel at the edge of the Lorraine National Park.

Day 2 / 211 miles After a visit to the WWI memorial at Verdun the real riding begins. lunch is taken in eastern France and then we enter Germany via the beautiful sweeping curves of the Vosges mountains. The afternoon brings us into the Black Forest region before we reach our well-deserved hotel near Baden-Baden.

Day 3 / 330 miles Begins with the infamous B500 with its smooth tarmac and flowing curves and takes us through Bavaria before pushing on to our overnight stop in the picturesque town of Zel am See.

Day 4 / Your choice of either riding the famous Grossglockner high alpine road, the highest surfaced mountain pass in Austria or a day trip up to the Eagle’s nest in Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s summer retreat.

Day 5 / 216 miles Today we tackle the Grossglockner high alpine road, the highest surfaced mountain pass in Austria, past glaciers and lakes. This really is riding at its best! Once you’ve recovered from the views up here we head down into Slovenia to Postojna.

Day 6 / 167 miles This morning we visit the dramatic Postojna cave system with its 22km of caverns. We also have a chance to go and checkout the castle at Predjama before our short ride in the afternoon to our hotel near the Plitvice Lakes National Park world heritage site.

Day 7 / Day off the bikes today to explore the UNESCO world heritage site in Plitvice.

Day 8 / 207 miles Our destination today is the Bosnian city of Sarajevo, while famous for its turbulent role in the Yugoslav civil war of the 1990s the city has now all but recovered and is considered to be one of the most culturally varied and historically interesting cities in Europe. We stay in the heart of the old town for two nights allowing us to soak up everything on offer.

Day 9 Day off to relax and explore the town, take a walking tour or visit one of the many churches and galleries a short stroll from our hotel.

Day 10 /165 miles Today we leave Sarajevo to make our way to Dubrovnik via the world famous town of Mostar. Here you can tour the recently rebuilt 16th century ottoman bridge before heading to our hotel for the next two nights. Set next to the beach our hotel is perfectly located to explore Dubrovnik tomorrow on your free day.

Day 11 Day off to immerse yourself in this magnificent walled city. The limestone lined streets, ancient churches and historic monasteries make this Croatia’s most upmarket resort and after a hard day’s sightseeing why not cap it all off with a drink back at base overlooking the calm blue waters of the Adriatic.

Day 12 / 208 miles We spend the day winding up the Dalmatian coast via Split to our stop in the little coastal town of Zadar. The roads today are a real highlight with the multitude of little island visible along the shore and all set to the backdrop of the mountains to the east.

Day 13 / 280 miles We ride back up into Slovenia today to our stop on the Austrian side of the Julian Alps, a biker’s vision of paradise.

Day 14 / 230 miles Crossing through the imposing Timmelsjoch pass from Italy into Austria you can’t fail to be blown away by the huge open vistas and views from the summit as we cross. Tonight we stay in style near the Austrian border in a quaint Alpine town surrounded by cuckoo clocks.

Day 15 / 240 miles We cross southern Germany and onto the Vosges region of France via the acclaimed riding roads of the Route des Crêtes to our overnight stop.

Day 16 / 380 miles Hearty breakfast before heading off on a cross country day through France to the channel tunnel for the final leg of the trip home…

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Croatia’s Adriatic coast offers cliffs, islands and mountains to snake your way around, as well as plenty of cultural and historical sites.
Nik Wheeler, The Guardian

What’s included

  • Euro Tunnel return trip Folkestone-Calais (if Folkestone isn’t convenient for you do please get in touch as other crossings can be arranged).
  • 15 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels and 5 evening meals (We do this to allow you the flexibility to explore and choose where you eat on some of the evenings).

  • Excellent breakfast each morning
  • Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities
  • Detailed route plans and maps
  • GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom)
  • Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee / lunch stops

What’s not

  • Fuel (we will provide you with an estimate in the tour pack)
  • Toll charges
  • Admission charges
  • Occasional hotel parking charges
  • Meals and drinks other than specified above
  • Travel/Breakdown insurance covering repatriation back to the UK (see “before you go” section above)


  • We require a £295.00 deposit per person at the time of booking. The balance payment is due 10 weeks before the commencement date.
  • Two people – One bike shared room £1695pp

  • One person – One bike shared room £1995pp

  • One person – One bike single room £2395pp

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For more information on what to get prepared before your trip, what insurance to sort as well as the answers to many frequently asked questions see the “before you go” section at the top of the page.

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We frequently arrange motorcycle hire for our touring clients from abroad or those in the UK who don’t currently have their own bike or just fancy a change. We have access to a full range of modern Touring, Sports Touring and Adventure bikes as well as the full current Harley Davidson lineup through our rental partners in the South East.

Depending on provider we can arrange:

  • Airport transfers or Hotel delivery & pickup
  • Luggage storage facilities
  • Clothing, GPS, hard and soft luggage hire
  • Comprehensive breakdown and insurance
  • Unlimited mileage agreements

Let us know which trip takes your fancy, what type of bike you require and we’ll do the rest.

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