Motorcycle Tour
"Blue Pearl" Adriatic Sea - round trip through 7 countries

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Look forward to an extraordinary round trip through 7 countries around the Adriatic Sea. We start in the Rosenheim area in Bad Aibling, ride through the mountains of the Austrian "Tauern" to Carinthia and through the Julian Alps to Slovenia.

Pricing

per rider in shared twin/double room €2,222.00 $2,471.88 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €2,172.00 $2,416.26 ?
Single room (surcharge)(ferry: single cabin "inside"): €540.00 $600.73 ?
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Optionally bookable:
1. booking of a 1/2 double room or TWIN room (single beds) possible
2. optionally bookable for ferry passage Durres-Bari:
Surcharge 2-bed cabin "outside" per person €25.00 $27.81 ?
Single cabin "outside" unfortunately not available!

Features

Start/finish hotel in Bad Aibling - possibility of parking for car/trailer (fees may apply)
13 x overnight stays in mainly 4**** hotels on the whole trip
1 x overnight ferry passage in 2-bed cabins "inside" (breakfast only)
13 x extended breakfast or buffet in the hotels
1 x small breakfast on ferry crossing Durres-Bari
1x ferry passage Durres (AL) --> Bari (IT) incl. motorbike passage (incl. fuel surcharge + port tax) without dinner
12 x 3-course menu or evening buffet in the hotels
12 x elaborated day tours during the trip with at least (!) 2 tour guides
Luggage transport in support vehicle included
max. 8-10 motorcycles per tour guide
Route plans
Travel insurance certificate
Commemorative T-shirt
In Kranjska-Gora (Slovenia) the use of the swimming pool & Aqua Larix Center is included (located in Hotel Kompas).
Not included features
Everything that is not specified under services

More details

Total kilometres from/to Bottrop: approx. 5,100km. The kilometre data are "approximate kilometres according to our route planning", a deviation is not excluded.
Daily stages on site: approx. 240 - 430 km (except arrival and departure stages)
Road condition: Mostly well built and asphalted curvy roads. In Montenegro and Albania, some of the asphalt may not be in such good condition. In the Apennines and Abruzzo sometimes very narrow and steep roads. The asphalt in this area can sometimes be a bit uneven after a harsh winter.
Climate: Mediterranean climate, between 16° - 30° possible. In June it can sometimes be very hot. On the high passes above 2,000m sometimes very cool.
Special features: Although Slovenia and Croatia belong to the EU, only Slovenia has the euro as a means of payment. In Croatia "Kuna" (kn) is the national currency. Also in Montenegro, which we only ride through, the Euro is the means of payment. In Albania the Albanian "LEK" is the currency. In all Balkan countries the identity card or passport must be valid for at least 3 months! Please check in time! As soon as we have crossed over to Italy again, we are back in the Euro zone. We recommend to pack a "small hand luggage" extra for the night ferry the day before, because it is difficult and tedious to walk with motorcycle cases in the narrow corridors. On arrival in Bari is currently with increased customs checks of cars / trucks (wg. refugees) and associated longer waiting times to be expected. Possibly the hand luggage of the ferry must be taken on the motorcycle (to the next hotel), if the escort vehicle must wait at customs (2019 approx. 1.5 h).
Hotels: During the trip we will stay exclusively in very good 3*** and 4**** hotels according to the national category. Parking facilities for motorcycles are available at all hotels. Partly with garage or parking spaces for a fee. Don't forget your swimwear, as almost all hotels have a pool or swimming pool. In addition, the sea is very close !
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Minimum number of participants: 12
On this tour we have many hotel changes
free luggage transport in the escort vehicle
Adequate, preferably new tyres are absolutely necessary for the journey!
Any toll charges or parking or garage fees are to be paid on site by the respective tour participant.
Ticking fees for ferry crossings (Kotor approx. 5,- € and Lake Garda approx. 11,- €) are to be paid on the spot by the respective travel participant.
The ferry passage Durres - Bari is only with breakfast (without half board).
A motorway vignette is not required on this tour.
The identity card or passport must still be valid for at least 3 months at the time of departure!
We strongly recommend a foreign, car and health insurance + travel cancellation insurance!
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Difficulty: 4 (out of 5)
Demanding tour! Condition and absolutely safe control of the motorcycle are absolutely necessary! Not suitable for beginners and re-starters!
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Participation requirement 2G: Participants must be vaccinated against Covid-19 for the duration of the tour or be recovering.
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Participation in our tours is only suitable with motorcycles over 500 cc. For smaller machines and / or large scooters please inquire in advance
Beginners or returning drivers: This tour is unfortunately not suitable for beginners and inexperienced returning drivers. We also recommend all participants with less driving experience to always take part in a safety training course before the trip.
Speed: On the motorway we ride relaxed between 120 and 130km/h on average. On the country roads and side roads it varies from group to group. But it is important: Safety always comes first, even with our speedy riding styles! Therefore, "speeders" who overdo it and disregard any thought of safety are better off on the race track. We reserve the right to exclude such riders from the group.
Riding styles: The faster riders always ride in front behind the tour guide, so that the slower riders don't feel crowded and the faster riders aren't slowed down!
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Please note that the tour is not for calm and relaxed riding styles. The styles are divided as follows:
1) fast to very fast: only for very experienced riders with sufficient condition. Here it goes quite fast -- but (!) Safety always comes first -- the guide in front decides where the pace is throttled.
2) fast: In the curves fast, in between and/or on straights we take the speed a little bit out and collect the group.
3) Fast and relaxed in between: We don't dawdle and overtake quickly. Driving fun is always in the foreground here as well.
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Important: Everyone rides on their own responsibility! Nobody has to "rush" after the tour guide. This can be very beneficial to "your health"! At junctions we wait... Since the self-assessment is always difficult in comparison to other foreign riders, we recommend you to decide according to the motto "less is more". If the group is too slow for you, you can always change during the trip. The reverse is also possible. Couples or friends who want to ride together in a group should first agree on a riding style when registering.
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Description

Over the Vršič Pass we continue to Croatia, there we drift along the beautiful coast, briefly through Bosnia-Herzegovina to Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue south along the Adriatic coast via Montenegro to Albania. From here we take the night ferry to Italy (Bari). We will not climb the Italian "boot" along the coast, but show you the most beautiful curves in the Abruzzi and the Apenin in several stages. Over the mountains at Lake Garda and Lake Molveno we will return to Bad Aibling. Be curious about an extraordinary round trip with many equally impressions in mostly great 4**** hotels...

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Bad Aibling near Rosenheim (from the Ruhr area approx. 720km).

Individual journey to the start hotel for the first overnight stay (or in small groups according to agreement and place of residence). As this arrival day is a Sunday, Saturday is suitable to ride the route in two stages if necessary. Welcome, dinner and overnight stay on Sunday evening in Bad Aibling (this hotel will also be our final hotel, so that a journey e.g. with motorcycle trailer is possible).

Day 2: From Bad Aibling via the "Nockberge" (Ö) to Kranjska Gora (SVN) (approx. 355 km)

Today we ride along the beautiful national park "Hohe Tauern" via the "Tauernpassstraße" in southern direction. The famous "Nockalmstraße" (2.042m) with the Glockenhütte (2.024m) invites you for a lunch break before we reach the border to Slovenia south of Villach. Overnight stay and dinner in Kranjska Gora.

Day 3: From Kranjska Gora (SVN) to the Adriatic Sea to Selce (HRV) (approx. 316 km)

In the early morning we start directly curvy into the Julian Alps with the national park Triglav, which was named after the 2.864m high mountain of the same name. Here the highest mountain pass of Slovenia awaits us, the

Vršič Pass (1.611m). After passing the border to Croatia, we ride through the Risnjak National Park and reach our "circumnavigation object" shortly before the stage destination: the Adriatic Sea !

Overnight stay and dinner in our first hotel by the sea in Selce-Crikvenica.

Day 4: From Selce along the coast to Šibenik (HRV) (approx. 340 km)

Today the day starts directly with a constant view of the blue, clear sea. On the coastal road we head south. After a short detour to the Velebit National Park, the road takes us past Zadar and Vodice to our next hotel by the sea in Šibenik, district Solaris. Overnight stay and dinner in Šibenik.

Day 5: From Šibenik (HRV) through Bosnia-Herzegovina (BIH) to Dubrovnik (HRV) (approx. 330 km)

Today is characterized by changing views of the sea and small detours into the hinterland. Along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia we first head towards Split, whose centre we ride around, to then visit the forest restaurant "Radman Mühlen" in the heart of the Cetina Gorge near Omis. Strengthened, we continue to the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This country actually has a small coastal strip on the Adriatic Sea of about 10 km. After that we enter Croatia again. Overnight stay and dinner in Dubrovnik.

Day 6: DAY OF REST - at leisure in Dubrovnik

Today you have the day at your free disposal. Dubrovnik is best known for its characteristic Old Town, which is completely surrounded by a massive stone wall completed in the 16th century. Shopping and eating ice cream, a boat trip or just relaxing at the beach or pool. Just according to your "well-being"...

Day 7: From Dubrovnik via Montenegro (MNE) to Albania (ALB) (approx. 297 km)

Today a route through 3 countries awaits us. In the southernmost tip of Croatia we reach the border of Montenegro in the morning. This is a Balkan state with medieval villages and narrow stretches of beach along the Adriatic coast. In the bay of Kotor, which reminds of a fjord, we take a small ferry to the other side. From here we are already looking forward to a breathtaking serpentine road from Kotor up to Lovćen National Park. On a small, very steep road we wind our way up the rock face, with numerous spots offering an opportunity for a photo stop or to simply enjoy the view. The Bay of Kotor is a Unesco World Heritage Site, it is an almost 30 km long, strongly winding fjord-like bay of the southeastern Dalmatian-Montenegrin Adriatic coast, lined by high and very steep mountain sides. In a large arc through the inland it goes back to the coast. A piece of coastal road to Perovac and we turn curvy towards the National Park Skadarsko Jezero. Parallel to Lake Skadarsko Jezero we approach the Albanian border. Our hotel is in Shëngjin on the Adriatic Sea. Overnight stay and dinner in Shëngjin, Albania.

Day 8: From Shëngjin to the mountains of Albania to the ferry port in Durres (approx. 290 km).

Since we don't have to catch the ferry to Bari until late afternoon, we still have plenty of time to experience a day tour in Albania. The roads in Albania's hinterland are narrow, winding and the asphalt is not always the best. But nevertheless this round is worthwhile because the landscape is untouched and beautiful. On the E851 we waggle in the direction of Kukës and then pick up speed again in the direction of Durres. Arrived near the ferry port we stock up in the supermarket with a snack for the ferry, alternatively we can eat on board of the ferry in the restaurant (here no half board - only breakfast incl.). After the customs control and embarkation we leave for Bari (Italy) at about 22 o'clock.

Overnight stay on the ferry.

Day 9: From the ferry port of Bari to the Abruzzo National Park (IT) (approx. 430 km)

This morning we will probably dock in Bari (Italy) at around 8 am. After another customs check, it is unfortunately time to "say goodbye" to the prospect of the much-loved ADRIA, because from today onwards we will be heading a little further inland on our journey. On the first part of today's longest leg of the journey, we take a few faster roads under our wheels, so that we can enter the Abruzzo National Park as quickly as possible through the hot lowlands. We reach this via a detour through the Parco Regionale Del Matese. Overnight stay and dinner in Celano (Abruzzo).

Day 10: From Celano through the Abruzzo to the Assisi area (approx. 340km)

Today it will be very winding as we dive deeper into the valleys and peaks of the "Abruzzo National Park". Right at the beginning we climb the "Campo Imperatore" a basin-shaped high plateau south of the national park "Gran Sasso" in the province of L'Aquila. The plateau is surrounded by many mountains, all with a height of over 2.200m. The altitude of Campo Imperatore varies between 1,500m and 1,900m and covers an area of about 80 km². Continuing along Lago Di Campotosto and the National Park "Dei Monti Sibillini", we unfortunately have to bypass the villages like Amatrice and roads completely destroyed by an earthquake in 2016. Unfortunately, to this day this area is still not passable throughout.... We choose the direction to Assisi in the region of Umbria. Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi (also St. Francis), the founder of the Friars Minor (today: Franciscan Order). The medieval townscape with city walls and the ruins of the Rocca Maggiore fortress is still well preserved and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Overnight stay and dinner with view of Assisi (Apennines/Umbria).

Day 11: From Assisi to Emilia Romagna to Bagno Di Romagna (approx. 238 km)

This stage can make you dizzy... Curves without end. We leave Assisi and cross the Parco del Monte Subasio. Over the Passo della Scheggia, situated in the Parco del Monte Cucco, we continue to Sant Agata Feltria, well known for its excellent truffle specialities. We pass through parts of the Apennines and move into the Emilia-Romagna region, where we touch a part of Tuscany. Overnight stay and dinner in Bagno Di Romagna.

Day 12: From Emilia Romagna to Campogalliano (approx. 301 km)

Today we continue towards the Po Valley. With a length of 652 km the "Po" is the longest river in Italy and flows into the Adriatic Sea. The journey to the hotel near Modena takes us through the Foreste Casentinesi National Park. Over the Passo della Calla, Passo del Muraglione, Passo Del Carnevale and the Passo della Raticosa we get into a real rush of curves. Concentration and stamina are required on this stretch. Passing Bologna we finally reach our hotel in Modena-Campogalliano.

Day 13: From Modena via Lake Garda to Lake Molveno (approx. 320 km)

After breakfast, we ride quickly through the lowlands of the "Po" towards Lake Garda. We ride along the lake for a while and cross it by ferry from Torri to Maderno. After docking the ferry we immediately climb up narrow serpentines into the Parco Dell'Alto Garda Bresciano. The route along the shores of Lago Di Valvestino has a lot to offer. Further over the Passo di Capovalle we reach the Lago D'Idro. Along the western shore we reach the Passo dell Ampola. Then still

over the Passo di Ballino situated in the nature park Adamello-Brenta and our quater at the Molveno lake is within reach. Overnight stay and dinner in Molveno-Malfein.

Day 14: Via Timmelsjoch (Ö) and Ötztal back to Bad Aibling (D) (approx. 361 km)

After breakfast we take the last stage together under our wheels. The route takes us over the most beautiful roads through the mountains, we climb the Timmelsjoch (2.474m) and enter Austria again over the border pass. Through the Ötztal, over the Kühtaisattel and along the Tegernsee we ride back to our starting hotel in Bad Aibling. Here we let the evening end happily with hopefully great memories ! Overnight stay, farewell and dinner in Bad Aibling.

Day 15: From Bad Aibling we go home to the Ruhr area (approx. 720km)

Unfortunately, it is time to say goodbye after breakfast and we will start our journey home individually. Overnight stay, farewell and dinner in Bad Aibling.

Day 15: From Bad Aibling we go home to the Ruhr area (approx. 720km)

Unfortunately, it is time to say goodbye after breakfast today and we will start our journey home individually. As the weekend is just around the corner, maybe one or the other rider has the opportunity to spend another night for a relaxed journey home.

Program, hotel and route changes are reserved!