We start our adventure getting the eurotunnel to Calais and from there we ride to Reims via the disused MotoGP track with the pit stops and grandstand now part of the main road. The track was the second location of the Grand Prix, several Formula one races and the MotoGP. After trying to get our knees down in France we venture into Germany riding to Baden Baden and finally Oberammergau before heading into Austria.
Riding through the dramatic mountains and lakes of Austria we bed down in Hinterglemm for 2 nights where we have a day off to relax or to get back in the saddle for a couple of rideouts. Either venture up to the Eagles nest- Hitler’s summer retreat or take a dizzy ride on the Grossglockner high alpine road, the highest mountain pass in Austria! You can also visit the ice caves in Werfen with their underground glaciers, or for the more adventurous, you can hire a bike and spend a day mountain biking along and down the ski runs in the surrounding mountains, using the many cable cars for the uphill bits. We then leave Austria and make our way through two national parks in Hungary and after crossing the Danube journey into Romania and our overnight stop in Timisoara.
Nine countries in one tour, Dracula’s castle, mud volcanoes, bears and ‘the best road in the world’ this tour has it all. You will have the holiday of a lifetime!
We ride east to visit Corvins castle and encounter some unlikely sand dunes that are 500 miles from the sea en route to our hotel near the Trans-Alpine highway. After a good night’s rest we ride through the Transylvanian Alps over the Devil’s Path, this incredible mountain range is also home to a third of the wild bears and wolves in continental Europe. We then take on the Transfagarasan highway a road hailed by Jeremy Clarkson as “one of the best roads in the world… like all of the bends of all of the racetracks in the world joined together” as we make our way to Brasov for a two night stay.
We have a day off to explore the medieval town of Brasov, or if you still want more saddle time you can take a rideout to the mud volcanoes in Berca or the bear sanctuary only half an hour away from the hotel. Leaving Brasov we ride north to the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (the real life inspiration for Dracula) and visit a working salt mine before continuing over beautiful mountains and onto Oradea on the Hungarian border.
Leaving Romania we ride off the beaten track through forests and over the mountains into Hungary and its capital of Budapest where we have a well earned day off to explore. Whether it’s the famous hot springs, sampling the cultural food or simply wandering around absorbing this amazing city you’re interested in you’re in the right place for a fun filled day! We then ride on to Krakow one of the oldest cities in Poland via Slovakia and here we have another day off to explore the beautiful old town and pretty market square, have a baileys coffee in the Jewish quarter or visit Wawel Hill where in Polish folklore Smok Wawelski the dragon had his lair. Alternatively you can visit a salt mine deep enough to fit the Eiffel tower in or take an excursion to the memorial site at Auschwitz.
From Krakow we ride across Poland into the Czech Republic through the royal forest and back to Germany. Continuing our route west we ride to the town of Lahnstain on the Rhine with its many castles to our overnight stop before riding our last leg towards Calais with a visit to the famous race track the Nurburgring thrown in for good measure.
Want a tour to really sink your teeth into? Then look no further we’ve got excitement, the best roads in the world, mythical creatures, gothic horror, WW2 history not to mention great company, delicious food and plenty of laughs!
Ride the iconic B500: A firm favourite among bikers world wide the B500’s steep and twisty roads are an exhilarating intro to this fantastic tour.
The Devil’s path: The highest mountain pass in Romania, the Devil’s path crosses over the Carpathian mountains and stands at 2100m above sea level.
Visit Dracula’s castle: Visit the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler and see the beautifully eerie castle that Bram Stoker used as inspiration for the Dracula novel.
'Wether its mountain roads, beautiful scenery or a country steeped in culture that your looking for, Romania has it all. From the famous Dracula's Castle through the to the tranquil settings of the Transylvanian mountain, experiencing this beautiful country on a motorbike is one of the best ways to see it. Making memories of a lifetime, when you get home, you will want to turn around and do it all again!'David B
Budapest: Budapest is a beautiful city, defined by its iconic and eclectic architecture, fascinating culture and amazing food you’re sure to have a wonderful day off the bikes exploring here. Whether you’re interested in the famous hot springs, sampling some amazing Goulash or simply wandering round and absorbing the culture you’re in the right place.
Transfagarasan highway: Hailed as the best road in the world the Transfagarasan doesn’t disappoint with amazing views as far as you can see and with “all of the bends of all the racetracks in the world” to play on it’s not difficult to see why it’s one of the most famous roads in the world.
Transylvanian mountains: Explore the amazing roads and scenery of the home to a third of all the wild bears and wolves in continental Europe. While we are here you can also visit a bear sanctuary, which is always a firm favourite amongst our adventurers!
Visit Hitler’s Eagles Nest retreat: The Kehlsteinhaus is a remnant from third-reich era Germany, Hitler’s alpine summer retreat. It’s a fascinating destination for any history buffs amongst the group, as it was the location of many Nazi government meetings and on at least 12 occasions a holiday spot for Hitler.
A cathedral in a salt mine: In Krakow you can visit the old town or you can take a two hour guided tour of a seven hundred year old salt mine, so huge that there is a church carved out of salt. This salt mine is so enormous that if the Eiffel tower was placed inside it it would not emerge from the top.
Auschwitz memorial site: A day tour to Auschwitz can be organised for any among the group interested in visiting from our day off in Krakow.
Day 1 200 Miles
Eurotunnel to Calais and then on to the Champagne region via a disused GP track.
Day 2 216 Miles
Reims to Baden-Baden (Germany).
Day 3 221 Miles
Baden-Baden to Oberammergau via the B500.
Day 4 137 Miles
Oberammergau to Hinterglemm (Austria).
Day 5 Explore Day / Rideout Day
A selection of rideouts including Hitler’s Eagles Nest retreat, Ice caves, Grossglockner high alpine road.
Day 6 310 Miles
Hinterglemm to Veszprem (Hungary).
Day 7 219 Miles
Veszprem to Timisoara (Romania).
Day 8 165 miles
Timisoara to Alba luila with its amazing star shaped citadel.
Day 9 154 Miles
Alba lulia to Baile Govora via the trans alpina highway (the 'Devil's Path').
Day 10 175 Miles
Baile Govora to Brasov (Transfagarasan Highway)
Day 11 Explore Day / Rideout Day
Day to explore Medieval Brasov or choice of ride-outs
Day 12 165 Miles
Brasov to Turda via the birthplace of Vlad Dracul.
Day 13 160 Miles
Turda to Oradea via a Romanian bikers favourite road.
Day 14 160 Miles
Oradea to Budapest via mountain roads (Hungary).
Day 15 Explore Day
Day to explore Budapest.
Day 16 240 Miles
Budapest through Slovakia via the inspiration for Dracula's castle to Krakow (Poland).
Day 17 Explore Day
Day to explore Krakow, or excursions, salt mine cathedral, Auschwitz.
Day 18 235 Miles
Krakow to Hradec Kralove, (Czech Republic).
Day 19 214 Miles
Hradec Králové to Bavaria via National forest parks(Germany).
Day 20 214 Miles
Bavaria to Llhanstein.
Day 21 320 Miles
Lahnstein to Calais via Nurburgring & Eurotunnel home.
Can I get a different crossing on this trip?
Of course, many of our clients cross by ferry from further north. If you would like to do this and meet the group at the hotel on the first night just let us know in the comments section of your booking form and we will deduct the cost of the Eurotunnel crossing from your booking.
What will the weather be like on this tour?
The weather can of course be changeable but it will hopefully be nice and sunny with a chance of some rain at the higher elevations along the way. A sensible mix of vented kit and waterproofs with some base layers should cover all eventualities. Full kit and packing lists are supplied and we are happy to offer advice on packing for any of the trips.
Will I find this tour too tiring?
You shouldn’t do no, we design all of our trips to be accessible to riders of all abilities and include plenty of days off the bike as part of this. These longer trips are no exception, we could easily make them 4 or 5 days shorter but we choose to add multiple rest days and avoid the motorways as much as possible so you can enjoy the ride and arrive at the hotels in the evening in good time to relax before dinner.
Is it possible to do this tour in less time?
Yes, for those with less time we now offer a shipping service so that you can ride whatever amount of the tour you have time for and then fly back while we sort having your bike collected and shipped back to your home address. Just drop us an email and we’ll price this option up for you.