Motorcycle Tours and Rentals in Transylvania (Romania) and in Eastern Europe

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

South Eastern Europe Motorcycle Adventure Tour

Winding roads, reach culture, UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Adriatic Sea and delicious traditional cuisine washed down with local drinks. An incredible experience on the best motorbike roads of nine Eastern European countries in an amazing 18 day motorcycle adventure!
The adventure started in the heart of Transylvania (Romania) in the city of Cluj Napoca on BMW motorcycles. The Sunset Mountains opened its roads for the group in an authentic motorcycle experience. Mountains, incredible landscapes, ice caves, all along the Ariesului Valley River. In the evening the riders were blessed with a thermal water swimming pool at the hotel in Oradea, just enough to prepare them for what was waiting.
The next morning the ride continued to the next destination, Hungary. The scenery changed as the group exit Romania and entered Hungary and its vast, wild puszta. The great Hungarian plain opened in front of the riders. After a stop in Eger, a charming medieval town, accommodation in the capital city, Budapest – the city of Spa’s. Dinner was an event, the traditional Hungarian food, the delicious Hungarian wine and live gipsy music with songs that just couldn’t keep anyone in the chair.
A ride along the famous Balaton Lake made the bikers crave for more. Slovenia was reached in the afternoon and the city of Maribor, the cultural capital of Europe in 2012 accommodated the dusty, thirsty travellers in a cosy hotel with plenty of local beer to taste.
Ljubljana, the smallest capital city of Europe was to follow. Winding roads trough the mountain region guided the motorbikes and their pilots to this beautiful destination. A stop at a museum featuring vintage motorbikes was a great treat.
Plitvitze – the oldest national park in Europe should definitely be on anyone's agenda, motorcycle fan or not. The water of the lakes is clear and its colours would make people wonder if this is what heaven looks like.
The journey continued along the Adriatic Sea to Split, home to Diocletian’s Palace and crossing the coast trough Bosnia & Hertegovina, heading straight to Dubrovnik, the most beautiful Croatian city – paradise on earth as it was described by George Bernard Shaw.
The Dalmatian Coast ride offered enormous satisfaction to all the riders (7 in the group). Any description would not do it justice. Sure, there was traffic as the season was at its highest peak, but the two wheels were able to over take this challenge, so fun was not spoiled but increased as the officers at the custom were very friendly, so no time was wasted at border crossing.
Kotor Bay – known as Europe’s southernmost fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was the next destination. The road leading to Cetinje up on the hills above Kotor Bay offers plenty of photo opportunities as riding the winding roads from Kotor to Cetinje the royal capital of Montenegro.
Albania – an authentic experience, a country of contrasts, best visited now before modernization takes over entirely: the favourite business - car wash, favourite car - Mercedes, favourite animals around the house (and on the roads) - goats. Roads in progress (experience in riding on gravel roads required), amazing scenery and a delicious roasted baby goat for lunch as heading for Macedonia to the city of Ohrid. Accommodation in a hotel situated right on the banks of the Ohrid Lake would make ridres feel like having tickets on the best seats to an amazing show featuring the most dramatic, beautiful sunset ever.
Serbia – next on the map and in the route description. High speed, the smell of the road, a traditional lunch and in the afternoon arrival in the city of Nis. The day ends with a visit of the old citadel and the skull tower.
Derdap National Park – the famous Iron Gates Gorge, the gateway to the southern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains is next. Just kilometres away of a dream ride, or better said two dream rides: Transalpina – the newest, highest mountain road in Romania and Transfagarasan Road – the most crocked and challenging road for motorcyclists.
 Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear referred to Transfagarasan Road in Romania as possibly the best in the world and so it was: curve after curve, the road was perfectly built, like it was designed to be used as a race track to the clouds.
All in all, an amazing motorcycle tour to Eastern Europe that one would do over and over again. The Adriatic, the smell of the road and forests, the sound of the waterfalls at Plitvice and the colour of the lakes, the taste of the incredibly tasty traditional food of the Balkans, the history, the rides, the mountains.

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