Croatia, Slovenia & Italy
Croatia, Slovenia & Italian Dolomites
3, 4 and 5 Star Hotels
150 - 250 miles per day (longest day 350 miles)
Combination of Motorway, A, B and mountain roads
Suitable for experienced riders who have ridden on the continent before
Beaches, Lakes, and Mountains - a great tour in Croatia, Slovenia & Italy
At the request of our customers we have returned to this popular tour for 2020. However, this year there will be a slight change in that we will be running the tour 'back to front'. We have also moved the tour forward slightly as we know many of you are tied into the school holidays. This tour takes in Croatia, Slovenia and Italy three of our favourite countries that offer fantastic scenery, great biking roads and good value for money.
We start our tour with either an Eurotunnel or Hull crossing to an overnight stop mid France. Crossing the Vosges mountains we pass through the southern Black Forest to a second night on the German/Austrian border. The Austrian Tyrol is next, as we have the opportunity to ride Silvetretta before crossing the Timmelsjoch into the Italian Dolomites.
A two night stop gives us a day to explore the mountains or take a ride-out to the stunning Lake Garda. On departure, we get to ride more of the Dolomites as we head east into Slovenia, where we ride the challenging mountain roads of the Triglav National Park on our way to our 5 star hotel on the Adriatic Coast.
You have 3 nights to relax in 5 star luxury at this lovely hotel in a popular seaside resort. In previous years nobody moved far, but if you want to ride, there are a chain of bridges and ferries that allow you to island hop or perhaps a touch of history with a visit to the Roman Ampitheatre in Pula.
Suitable refreshed we return via Innsbruck and Saarbrucken to the crossing of your choice.
Although the tour has many rest days, it will involve some long days and technical mountain roads, we therefore recommend it primarily for experienced riders who have ridden on the continent before.
This is an Escorted Tour which means that although the guide will be with you, you are responsible for doing your own navigation. We provide a Tour Pack which will include a full itinerary, suggested route directions, Gpx waypoints and hotel location. This system suits many people, as it allows them to ride at their own pace and style, either alone or in small groups. However, if you prefer, you may ride with the guide, who will act as your escort throughout the tour.
Tour prices are inclusive of the following:
- Return overnight Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam-Hull ferry with en-suite cabin or Eurotunnel crossing
- 10 Nights' en-suite accommodation at 3,4 & 5 star hotels
- 10 Regional breakfasts
- 10 Evening meals
- Full use of the hotels' leisure facilities
- Route notes as appropriate - Gpx waypoints
- Guided Day tours
- Services of experienced Tour Guides (Dave & John)
- Undercover parking where available
- Meals onboard ferries
- Tolls / Vignettes
Your hotels' for this tour are of 3,4 & 5 star standard. Your 3 night stay in Croatia will be at a 5 star hotel in a resort on the Gulf of Kvarner. The hotel is situated just above the coastline promenade and boasts it own private beach. Facilities are too long to list, but your stay includes free access to its Five Elements Wellness & Spa Centre, which has swimming pools, a fitness area and a spa relax zone. We are also including undercover garage parking.We are told the hotel has just been renovated but I can not see what they could possibly do to improve it !!
Your stay in the Dolomites will be at a 3 star hotel on the outskirts of a popular ski resort, ideal for touring in the Dolomites or Lake Garda. The hotel like most of the others has a swimming pool and spa so its worth taking your swimming gear. Accommodation in Slovenia is also situated in a ski resort. This one lies at the foot of the Julian Alps and has all the facilities you would expect of a 4 star hotel. All bedrooms are en-suite with cable TV, phone, Wi-Fi and some with mini-bar & balconies. Leisure facilities include a Fitness centre, sauna, steam bath, Solarium and swimming pool.
All other hotels are a mixture of 3 and 4 star all of good standard and most with leisure facilities.
Value Tour: We believe this tour is especially good value, as all evening meals (mainly buffet style) are included - leaving you only to budget for lunch, petrol and drinks.
The tour itinerary is based on a Northern crossing with the option* to use a Southern crossing which will shorten the tour by two days. (see departure choice)
Wed 19th August: For those using the Northern crossing, you should make your way to Hull to catch the P&O overnight ferry to Zeebrugge. You are able to board early evening, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the great onboard facilities. A 2/4 berth en-suite cabin (for 2) is included in your crossing. The ferry will dock approx 8.30am the following morning, giving you the full day to make your way to the first night's hotel (280 miles).
Thursday 20th (310 miles): Those using the Southern crossing should arrive in time for an early morning Eurotunnel crossing for their journey across France. Whichever crossing you have chosen, we will all meet- up and get to know one another at our first night's stop in mid-France. 3 Star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Friday 21st August (250 miles): We get to enjoy a ride through the Vosges Mountains today before passing Lake Constance to our hotel on the German/Austrian Border. 4 star hotel,Dinner, B&B.
Saturday 22nd August (230 miles): Again not a great mileage, but if you throw in riding the Silvretta and Timmelsjoch passes, you will be ready to unpack, relax and enjoy 2 nights at a lovely 3 star hotel with pool in the Trentino district, 3 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Sunday 23rd August (free day): A great day to head into the Dolomites and enjoy the demanding roads and unique scenery that they have in abundance. Or if you have never visited, take a ride to Lake Garda with its stunning scenery, and the chance to ride the road where the James Bond film 'Quantum of Solace car chase took place. Dinner, B&B.
Monday 24th August (175 miles):Today we ride over one of my favourite passes in the Dolomites before passing the popular winter resort of Cortina d,Ampezzo to enter Slovenia. Your hotel is set in a small ski town under the shadow of Mt. Triglav, you can enjoy the hotel facilities, which include a fitness centre containing a sauna, steam bath, solarium, and swimming pool. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B
Tuesday 25th August (150 miles): Choice of routes today, either over the 50 Serpentines of the Vrsic pass into the Triglav National Park , or the easier route via Lake Bled, but all routes take us to our 5 star hotel on the Adriatic Coast. 5 star Hotel, Dinner, B&B & Garage.
Wednesday 26th - Thursday 27th (free days) :To say this hotel has a wow factor is a bit of an understatement, and all our customers love it . The hotel is situated in the fashionable Adriatic tourist resort and has all the facilities you would expect of a 5 star hotel. From this location it is possible to tour the lovely Istrian Peninsula with its lovely seaside towns of Porec and Rovinj or perhaps the gladiatorial Roman amphiitheatre of Pula. If you enjoy island hopping there is the nearby islands of Krk and Cres as well as the scenic coastline road. In truth usually the bikes hardly move, as most prefer to enjoy the facilities of this lovely hotel and resort, the choice is yours. Dinner, B&B, garage
Friday 28th August (280 miles): We take a fast track across Italy to re-enter Austria via Carinthia (option to ride the Grossglockner) to our over night stop on the outskirts of Innsbruck. Great food and a pool await at this 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Saturday 29th August (330 miles): Mainly motorways today but with frequent stops it gets the job done as we cross westwards across Germany.Our day finishes at a hotel on the French/German Border. 3 star hotel, Dinner, B&B.
Sunday 30th August : Today, we say goodbye to our fellow riders as we leave for the ferry port of our choice. Those using the Southern crossing (350 miles) will be at Calais in time for an afternoon crossing, whilst those on the Northern crossing (295 miles) head for Rotterdam and their overnight ferry.
Monday 31st August : The ferry docks at 0800hrs, giving us time to have breakfast before making our way home.
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Recommended maps and guides for your tour - please use code whiterose2020 for an additional discount
With customers from the whole length of the UK and Ireland, we understand that many of our northern clients dislike the ride down to the channel ferry ports – likewise it does not make sense for our many clients from the south to ride north to join a tour at Hull. Therefore, where possible, we arrange the first and last night’s hotel to be within similar riding distance of both Calais & Zeebrugge/Rotterdam.
For your increased comfort we have arranged more spacious 2/4 berth cabins (for 2) on all P&O Hull-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam crossings, and clients using the Southern crossing will have the convenience of crossing the channel using the Eurotunnel service.
The tour will be 2 nights shorter for those customers using the Eurotunnel and they will depart Thursday 20th August - Sunday 30th August.
As always, you may make your own arrangements and we will adjust costs accordingly.
On all European tours (including Southern Ireland) we require clients to take-out some form of Personal Travel and Accident/Breakdown cover. This is essential for repatriation of yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident or medical emergency. If you have an existing policy you should check that your company would repatriate your bike, even if undamaged, should you be unable to ride it (many do not!) .
We also strongly urge you to take out insurance that includes cancellation cover in the event of accident, illness or redundancy when you make your booking. Information on such companies can be found on our insurance page http://www.motorcycletours.co.uk/more/travel-insurance.html
|Tour Cost||Northern Crossing||Eurotunnel Crossing (Thursday 20th - Sunday 30th August)|
|Two persons, one bike, shared room||£1410 each||£1280|
|One person, one bike, shared room||£1515||£1345|
|One person, one bike, own room||£1795*||£1640|
|* (based on single hotel room & cabin share on ferry)|
|Deposit £100 per person|
|note: all prices based on current VAT rates and Euro-GBP rates as of October 2019|
|no singles remaining - we have male rider happy to share twin room.|