Best of Eastern Europe -Motorcycle Tour reveals the best of the Balkans. Winding roads, reach culture, UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Adriatic Sea and delicious traditional cuisine.
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Ride the best motorbike roads of eight South Eastern European countries in an incredible 18 day motorcycle adventure!
In conclusion Romania, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia (FYROM), Serbia will be at your 2 wheels in this adventure.
In addition, the itinerary includes visits to medieval castles, palaces and citadels.
The roads are mostly paved and chosen for their beautiful scenery. A great selection of twists and turns for you to ride. Eastern Europe food is rich and flavored, from the Hungarian goulash to the sea food around the Adriatic to the pork in the region of Romania.
The drinks are spirited or refreshing, depending on your mood, and the price more than attractive.
European Motorbike Tours – Best of Eastern Europe
- Visit Budapest – the city of Spa’s, Hungary’s capital city
- Walk Plitvitze Jezero – the oldest national park in Europe
- Ride along the Adriatic Sea to Dubrovnik, the most beautiful Croatian city
- Enjoy a ride on the serpentine road of Kotor Bay – known as Europe’s southernmost fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Derdap National Park – the famous Iron Gates Gorge, the gateway to the southern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains.
- Ride to the clouds on Transalpina – the highest road in Romania
- Transfagarasan Road – the most crooked and challenging road for motorcyclists
European Motorbike Tours – Best of Eastern Europe
2020 – June 22 – Fully Booked
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2021 – August 23 – guaranteed to depart
2022 – June 20 – guaranteed to depart
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|Price**/1 rider*||Price**/1 co-rider*|
Single supplement (private room)
rider with BMW G 650 GS
rider with BMW F 800 GS
rider with BMW F 750 GS
rider with BMW F 850 GS
rider with BMW R 1200 GS
rider with BMW R 1200 GS LC
|€ 7119 |
rider with BMW R 1250 GS
|Special offer available for bookings made until April 30 – 2020!|
*Price is based on two people sharing a double room.
** Special departures for private tours available on request. Please contact us.
The price is based on 6 riders traveling together. Should the number of riders change, price will alter.
European Motorbike Tours – Best of Eastern Europe
Special notes and Info:
Duration of the tour: 18 days
Riding days: 16 days
Total distance: Approximately 4,500 km/ 2,790 miles
Shortest ride: – 2h
Longest ride: – 6h30 min
Skill level: intermediate
Lodging type: good quality Hotels (3* and 4*)
Rides: on paved roads as well as on sections of gravel roads
Starting point: from Cluj Napoca Airport, Transylvania, Romania
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form, MasterCard, Visa via fax and phone.
We also accept payments by bank transfer and most noteworthy Western Union.
Click here to see our Reservations page for more details.
European Motorbike Tours – Best of Eastern Europe
Where you’ll stay in this motorcycle tour
click here to see the selection of hotels we use during our motorcycle tours. The accommodation is chosen either for its convenient location in the centre of the city or in nature with amazing views.
European Motorbike Tours – Best of Eastern Europe
Advice for Australians traveling abroad
According with Australian government the following advice are to be followed:
Before you go
- Confirm your passport is valid for 6 months from when you think your trip will end. Don’t get stranded.
- Get comprehensive travel insurance to cover you and your gear. Get insurance that’s right for you and covers your activities in the places you’ll go. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
- Consider your physical and mental health. Get advice from your doctor if you’re unsure.
- See your doctor or travel clinic 8 weeks before you go for a basic health check
- Check if your medication is legal and available in the places you’re going. Take enough of your prescribed medicines to last the whole trip. Carry copies of your prescription and a letter from your doctor.
- Tell your bank you’re travelling and check if your cards will work. Have several payment options.
- If you’ll drive overseas check out the local traffic laws and practices. You’re likely to need an International Driving Permit (IDP) as well as your Australian driver’s licence.
- Share your itinerary with friends or family members. Give them copies of your passport
Holidays don’t always go as planned. If you’re going overseas, travel insurance is as important as a passport. Without it, you or your family could suffer financially if things go wrong. No matter who you are, where you’re going and what you’re doing, get insurance.
Travel insurance is especially important if you need medical assistance. Healthcare overseas can be very expensive. Most countries won’t give you free care, or subsidise the cost of your care. You, or your insurer, must usually pay full price.
Travel Advice for Australians visiting Eastern Europe
Keep your personal belongings close. Lock hotel and train compartment doors from the inside.
Drink spiking is an issue. Don’t accept food, drinks, gum or cigarettes from people you’ve just met.
Dating and marriage scams occur.
Only use ATMs in banks, shops and shopping centres, especially at night. Always keep your credit card in sight. Be wary of people you’ve met online.
Penalties for drug offences are severe. They can include jail sentences of up to 20 years.
By law, you must always carry photo ID. Keep your passport in a safe place. Carry a photocopy.
It’s illegal to take photos of airports, military sites or other secure locations.
It’s illegal to engage in sex work or have sexual relations with a person under 18.
Same-sex relationships are legal in Romania, but not widely accepted.
The Australian Consulate in Bucharest provides limited consular and passport assistance.
You can get full consular help from the Australian Embassy in Athens.
Read more advice for Australian traveling abroad!
Please check out the Day by Day Itinerary below:
Cluj Napoca – Turda (Romania) (40 km– 40min riding)Welcome to Romania!Our English speaking guide, a motorcycle enthusiast collects you from Cluj Napoca Airport. A city with an outstanding medieval atmosphere, one of the oldest settlements in Transylvania, dating back prior to the Roman period, Cluj will surely impress you with its beautiful old architecture. Transfer to Turda, a small town with an intimate atmosphere, founded by the Romans under the name of Potaissa. Accommodate in a 4* hotel, collect your motorcycle and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Cluj Napoca – Sunset Mountains – Oradea (274 km – 4h55min riding)Prepare to descend to the heart of one of the biggest salt mines in the country – Turda Salt Mines, with impressive halls named after kings and queens. Ride to Turzii’s Gorges, the most important reservation of the Sunset Mountains. Enjoy a traditional lunch and ride to Oradea – the entrance gate to Romania on the Western border. The city preserves the spirit of the belle époque even today. The feeling is rendered by the architectural Secession style that gives a special elegance to this town, still preserving the atmosphere of the turn of the last century. Accommodation in a 4* Hotel.
Oradea – Eger – Budapest (Hungary) 310 – 6h10min ridingToday you’ll cross the border to Hungary and ride to Eger, famous for its beautiful baroque style buildings, its castle and thermal baths. Spend the evening in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. Accommodation in a 3* hotel.
Budapest – Rest DayYou can choose to enjoy a walk in the Castle District with the imposing Matthias Church, Budapest’s finest and best known Roman Catholic Church, whose fantastic position dominates the skyline. The Fishermen’s Bastion, built in 1895 in neo-Romanesque style, as well as the Royal Palace are symbols of the whole country. Accommodation in Budapest in a 3* Hotel.
Budapest – Balaton Lake – Maribor (Slovenia) (370 km – 6h30min riding)Take a relaxing trip to Balaton Lake, one of the most precious natural treasures of Hungary. Balaton Lake is the largest lake of Central Europe, is 77 kilometers in length. In the evening reach Slovenia and accommodate in Maribor. The town offers several interesting sights. You can take a walk along the river Drava or on the old part of the town with medieval towers and remains of old town walls.
Maribor – Ljubljana (110 km – 2hrs riding)Continue your adventure to Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. Take a walk on Dragon’s Bridge and the Triple Bridge – a symbol of Ljubljana, admire the architecture of Saint Nicholas Cathedral and visit the medieval Ljubljana Castle. Situated on top of a hill, the Castle dominates the city center. Accommodation and dinner in Ljubljana.
Ljubljana – Plitvicze (Croatia) 200 km – 3h50min ridingMorning ride to Plitvitze – the oldest national park in Europe. The park hosts an incredible collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forests and animal life diversity. The lakes are famous for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue, offering breathtaking views. Accommodation in Plitvitze in a 3*Hotel.
Plitvicze – Zadar – Split (Croatia) (335 km – 6h10min riding)Ride next to Zadar, the capital of the Dalmatia County, one of Adriatic ’s most interesting cities; reach in sites to explore and in history. Continue your adventure with Split, Adriatic’s most fascinating ports with a long history. Home of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Split offers a wealth of museums and Roman ruins located in a dramatic mountain backdrop and opened onto a vast expanse sea.
Split – Karaka (Bosnia& Hertegovina) – Dubrovnik (Croatia) (210 km – 3h30min riding)Ride today to Croatia’s finest city, Dubrovnik. Christened by George Bernard Show “the pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most visited destination, renowned for its incomparable architectural heritage. The exquisite baroque buildings, marble streets, the beautifully sculpted Renaissance fountains and facades gave Dubrovnik its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Accommodate in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik – Rest DayYou can choose to walk the streets of the old Dubrovnik, to enjoy a boat ride to one of the isles near by or you can choose to relax on the beach. Accommodation in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Kotor Bay – Cetinje – Podgorica (Montenegro) - Skhoder (Albania) (243 km – 5hrs riding)Morning ride to the Bay of Kotor, located in Montenegro, known as Europe’s southernmost fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ride next on winding roads up to Cetinje, former capital city of Montenegro. Delight yourself with the delicious local cuisine for lunch and continue riding to Shkoder located in northwestern Albania, an important cultural and economical center, one of the oldest and most historic towns in the country.
Shkoder – Tirana (Albania) – Ohrid (Makedonia) (260 km – 5hrs riding)Get ready to make the acquaintance of Albania’s capital and largest city, Tirana. You can enjoy a coffee in one of the towers of Tirana offering a 360 degrees panorama over the city. Ride to Ohrid, the “Macedonian Jerusalem” known for its impressive number of churches. Ohrid County is notable for having once 365 churches, one for every day of the year! On the way stop for a traditional lunch in an Albanian “authentic” restaurant.
Ohrid – Skopje (Makedonia) – Nis (Serbia) (390 km – 6hrs riding)Ride to Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia. Enjoy a shopping session in the Bit Bazaar, one of the largest and most significant oriental old bazaars in the Balkans. Ride to Nis, one of the oldest cities in the Balkans home to Nis Fortress, one of the best preserved monuments of this kind in mid Balkans. Accommodation and dinner in Nis.
Nis – Golubac (Serbia) – Iron Gates – Gura Vaii (Romania) – Drobeta Turnu Severin (350 km– 5h40min riding)Ride today to Golubac, marking the entrance to Đerdap National Park. Walk the Golubac Fortress and ride along the Danube River and the famous Iron Gates – the magnificent gateway to the southern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains. Enjoy the breathtaking sceneries and head to Drobeta Turnu Severin for accommodation and dinner.
Drobeta Turnu Severin – Transalpina Road – Novaci – Sugag (220 km – 4h30min riding)Ride your motorcycle to the clouds on one of the most spectacular roads of the Carpathian Mountains – Transalpina. With its highest point at Urdele Pass – 2,145m above sea level, Transalpina is the highest road in Romania. Called The King's Road by the locals, the road was built under the rule of King Carol II of Romania and rebuilt during World War II by German troops. Accommodation in a 3* Country Inn.
Transfagarasan Road, Sugag – Balea Lake – Curtea de Arges (190 km – 3h30min riding)The most crooked and challenging of Europe's roads for motorcyclists is called the Transfaragasan (2,034 meters altitude). The second highest road in Romania, the Transfagarasan was built between 1970 and 1974 as a military route, by communist dictator Ceausescu (after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968) it snakes up the tallest peaks of the Carpathians. Accommodation and dinner in a 3*country inn.
Curtea De Arges – Sibiu – Turda (260 km – 5hrs riding )Continue your journey on Oltului Valley towards Sibiu, the European Capital of Cultural for 2007. The fortified town of Sibiu has always been the center of Romania's German minority since medieval times and it is one of Romania’s most beautiful cities. It contains the largest concentrations of tourist attractions in Romania. Accommodation in Turda in a 4* Hotel.
Turda – Cluj NapocaWith a lot of memories and surely some regret say good bye to Romania. Transfer to Cluj Napoca Airport to catch your flight back home.
Services of a ride leader
Services of a mechanic
Services of a support vehicle to carry luggage, spares, etc.
Mechanical spares, servicing and repairs
First aid kit
Daily briefing and map package
3 nights in 4* hotels, 12 nights in 3* hotels and 2 nights in 3* Country Inns
17 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners
Top box for daily personal use
Motorcycle third party liability insurance
Return airport transfers
Entrance fees for:
Turda Salt Mines, Plitvicze Lakes and Turda Gorges
Some of the meals
road taxes and tolls
Repair and/or recovery costs to the motorcycle for loss or damage caused by
negligence or failing to heed ride leaders directive
Medical costs – it is a pre-requisite that all clients have comprehensive medical insurance that covers for riding a motorcycle over 650cc in foreign countries
Activities not mentioned on the itinerary
Personal spending money
Additional insurance coverage available on request at an extra cost.
Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US).
You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!
We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).
The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. ( After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: https://romania-motorcycle-tours.com/terms-conditions/
The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live a cancellation charge as stipulated below:
89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee;
88–61 days, loss of deposit.
60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price;
30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.
Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides.
German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available, on request.
We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.
Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person.
The tour has audience targets motorcycle riders interested in riding the best motorcycle roads in the area visited. Group size can be between 4-14 people. Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimize the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-60.
We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry.
We only accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.
If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank, at their rates.
We accept RON and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.
Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group; Contact us
Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us
On-line bookings and payments are processed by Romcard, authorized agent for Mastercard and Visa in Romania and secured by Rapid SSL , the leading secure sockets layer (SSL) Certificate Authority enabling secure e-commerce and communications for Web sites. As a tour operator we are governed by the consumer and financial regulations of Romania and of the European Union. Romania’s legislation compels tour operators to protect tourists in case of insolvency.
Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!
Romania tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days. Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need.
If you follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page. Our guide will expect you with a Transylvania Live sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 726 253 356.
Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.
If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.
Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.
To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web site page:
Romania: Romanian Lei (RON)
Hungary: Hungarian Forint (HUF)
Slovenia: Euro (EUR) became the official currency in Slovenia, for both cash and non-cash transactions
Croatia: Croatian Kuna (HRK). Although many tourist business owners may accept euros, Euros are not legal tender in Croatia.
Montenegro: EURO (EUR)
Albania: Albanian lek (ALL)
Macedonia: Macedonian Denar (MKD)
Serbia: Serbian dinar (RSD)
Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.
ATMs are available in all the cities; near by hotels, our guide will come with good advice and recommendations.
MasterCard ATM Locater– Search by address and by airport
Visa ATM Locator– Search by airport, city and country
In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.
Eastern Europe enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.
Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time), two hours ahead of GMT. Melbourne, Australia - Victoria is nine hours ahead of Bucharest. Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania: https://time.is/Bucharest
For different countries please replace the capital city Bucharest with a different capital city to find out the local time.
2 x trousers/long skirts such as Colombia or Kathmandu
1 x shorts
1 x set of bathers
6 x t-shirts
1 x thermal set
1 x polar fleece/jumper/windcheater
6 x socks and underwear
1 good broad rimmed hat
1 x set of thongs/sandals/flip flops
1 x light walking boots
complete motorcycle gear
Yes, every motorcycle has a safety and mechanical inspection prior to every rental. We have trained technicians on premises. All motorcycles are maintained to manufacturers' specifications and our technicians are very well acquainted with all rented bikes. Your safety is our #1 priority.
You must have a valid motorcycle license to rent a motorcycle from Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live. The license from your country is sufficient - you don't have to get an international drivers license.
Certain vehicles provide for lockable storage.
Yes, Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live location offers safe and secure storage of your excess luggage and personal items during your tour.
Unfortunately, at this time Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live does not offer sidecars.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live has a good selection of helmets, gloves or rain suites for rent. Please note that the rental of these accessories depends upon availability. However we suggest you bring your own for fitment and comfort.
2-3 days – EURO 10 /day
4-6 days – EURO 8/ day
7-14 days – EURO 6/day
Over 14 days – EURO 5/day
Yes, for your own safety, and per Romanian law, both you and your passenger are required to wear a certified helmet at all times when you ride our motorcycle.