Berlin to Budapest

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Berlin to Budapest is a fascinating 14-day journey through Eastern Europe, covering the best of Hungary, Poland and Romania. Traveling on roads that seem to have been built for motorcyclists, this tour will take us through numerous medieval towns fortified with 13th century German-Saxon walls, towers and bastions. There is no end to the charming cobblestone streets, market squares and gothic churches in these vibrant historic towns. In
Romania, we will traverse the mighty pass roads of the Carpathian range – Transalpina and
Transfagarasan. A tour through Transylvania wouldn’t be complete without a visit to “Dracula’s
Castle”. This 5-country tour ends in Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is
considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Tour highlights include:

  • Historic Cities of Dresden, Wroclav and Kraków
  • Tatra Mountain Crossing Between Poland and Slovakia
  • Transalpina Pass Road and Transfagarasan Mountain Road
  • “Iron Gate” on the Danube River
  • Semenic Cheile National Park
  • Transylvania
  • Famous Old Saxon Cities of Brasov, Sibiu, Timisoara and Cluj-Napoca
  • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites Such as Sighisoara and Budapest

AT A GLANCE YOUR BERLIN TO BUDAPEST ADVENTURE

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 1 Welcome to the cosmopolitan metropolis of Berlin. The tour leaders will arrange your transfer from the airport to the hotel. Depending on how early you arrive, you may have time to visit some of the many landmarks that are within easy accessibility of our centrally located hotel. In the late afternoon, we will meet for the motorcycle handover followed by a brief kickoff meeting. Afterwards we will enjoy our first dinner together as we experience the warm
hospitality of Berlin.
Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 2 Our first riding day will be an easy one as we head south through the Spreewald nature reserve, a beautiful, unique landscape that was shaped during the ice-age. It consists of over 200 canals that are fed by the River Spree, somewhat reminiscent of Venice. This area is home to the Sorbs, the original Slavic settlers who have preserved their traditional customs, clothing and language. We will pass by many of their traditional farmhouses as we travel along the waterways of the Spreewald. We will arrive in Dresden early enough to explore some of it’s many cultural highlights. It’s historical center, which was almost destroyed by Allied bombing in 1945, has been restored to its former glory.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 3

Although there is a quick autobahn connection between Dresden and Wroclaw, we will opt for a more interesting ride through the Riesengebirge. These “giant mountains” form a natural border between Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. At an elevation of 5000 feet, this mountain range is not really “gigantic” but it offers many twisty roads designed for motorcyclists. Our destination, Wroclaw, is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland, and is packed with historic sites from its long and turbulent past. Be sure to visit the 13 th century Market Square and view the large astronomical clock at the gothic Old Town Hall.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 4 As we make our way to Kraków, the second largest city in Poland, we will travel through the region of Silesia and cover a large part of southern Poland. This area was once part of the German empire but fell back to Poland after WWII. Kraków lies near the border of the Czech Republic, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. This southern Polish city is recognized for its well-preserved medieval market square, the largest in Europe.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 5 Unlike Warsaw, Kraków endured less destruction during WWII and has consequently preserved most of its historical sites. The city is a marvel of historic significance, with its monuments, edifices, medieval walls, cobblestone streets and stately central market square. The expansive Rynek Główny, in the heart of the old town, is the largest public square in any medieval town in Europe and a great place to launch a sightseeing tour of the city. This square is largely the reason Kraków was named one of the top off-the-beaten-path destinations in the world.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 6 The High Tatra Mountains form the border between Poland and Slovakia and provide plenty of twisty roads as we make our way to Eger. It is difficult not to be charmed by this well- preserved medieval city, surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Eger is famous for Eger Castle, it’s baroque architecture and its red wine, the most notable of which is named Bull’s Blood.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 7 We continue our journey across the Great Hungarian plains to Romania where we will spend a week riding through Transylvania. This region is renowned for its mountainous borders, medieval towns and gothic castles. Our destination, Timisoara, is the first of the famous fortified cities we will visit. These cities were all fortified by the German Saxon settlers in the 13th century.
Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 8 Semenic Cheile National Park is the backdrop for todays spectacular ride. Rich in raw beauty, this remote park is treasured for its caves, ravines, waterfalls and rare lakes of intense color. Our ride will bring us to the Gorges and the location of the deepest lock in Europe. The Iron Gate, a lock system that represents a number of tapering points on the course of the Danube River, provides one of the most scenic parts of the river. We will be able to view the 130-ft rock sculpture of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia and a national hero of Romania.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 9 The mighty Transalpina pass road, one of the highest paved roads in the Carpathian Mountains, is the beginning of our loop through Transylvania. Our destination of Sibiu, a beautiful city rich in gothic history, is the second town we will visit that has the remains of medieval walls and towers built by German-Saxon settlers. The old city is separated into the Lower Town and the Upper Town, with narrow streets and a labyrinth of stairs to connect them. The market square in the old city is central to museums, churches and elegant buildings.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 10 Today we will have the option of riding the famous Transfagarasan mountain road, one of the most spectacular roads in the world. Built during the Ceausecu communist regime, it is the second highest pass road after Transalpina and runs 56 miles through the Fargas Mountains to connect the regions of Transylvania and Muntenia. Our destination is Brasov, another medieval Saxonian city, situated at the base of the Carpathian Mountains.
Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 11 Brasov has the verve of a bustling Romanian city, enhanced with the charm of its historic past. You have the option of either taking a ride to tour the countryside or exploring the city on foot. Some of the interesting attractions include Rope Street – the narrowest street in Romania – and the towering gothic-style Black Church in the old town. About 15 miles away is Bran Castle, also known as “Dracula’s Castle”. It is associated with both the story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the very real Prince Vlad, the Impaler, the infamous Wallachian prince from the 13th century. It’s turrets and stone edifices, perched upon a 200ft-high cliff are evocative of the Dracula mystique.
Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 12 Heading deeper into Transylvania, we will visit the town of Sighisoara, known as the birthplace of Prince Vlad. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara owes its longevity to the fortified walls built by the Saxons. It is a charming town with cobblestone streets, colorful buildings and a Clock Tower which provides exceptional views beyond the city walls. Our destination for the night is the largest of the German-Saxon fortified cities, Cluj-Napoca. Known as “the heart of Transylvania”, Cluj-Napoca is a beautiful and vivacious city.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 13 Today we leave mountain peaks behind and venture through the agrarian country of Satu Mare located on the northeast fringe of the Great Hungarian Plain. Our destination is the bustling city of Satu Mare, which is only 20 minutes from the Hungarian border. Like most cities in Romania, Satu Mare has a long history of human habitation. According to legend, the site served as market center for boatmen carrying salt down the Someş River.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 14 Our destination on this final riding day is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest. Considered “the world’s second-best place to live”, Budapest is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Flanking the banks of the Danube River, Budapest is a richly historic city with numerous memorials dedicated to remembering its turbulent history, particularly in the more recent 20 th century. Yet, it is also a city that has recovered time and again, to become a thriving metropolis offering up high-quality cuisine, museums, music halls, city parks and cafes. In the evening we will enjoy our final celebratory dinner together at one of Budapest’s fine restaurants.

Berlin to Budapest, Motorcycle Tour in Europe, Day 15 After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, the tour leaders will arrange your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

This trip is intended for experienced riders.

  • Includes BMW F700GS
  • Additional charge of $150 for a BMW F800GS
  • Additional charge of $150 for a BMW F800R
  • Additional charge of $150 for a BMW F800GT
  • Additional charge of $250 for a BMW F800GS Adv
  • Additional charge of $250 for a BMW R1200R LC
  • Additional charge of $540 for a BMW R nineT (limited number – on special request)
  • Additional charge of $550 for a BMW R1200GS LC
  • Additional charge of $550 for a BMW S1000R
  • Additional charge of $700 for a BMW R1200GS Adv LC
  • Additional charge of $700 for a BMW R1200RT LC
  • Additional charge of $700 for a BMW S1000XR
  • Additional charge of $700 for a BMW R1200RS LC (limited number – on special request)
  • Additional charge of $700 for a BMW K1300R (limited number – on special request)
  • Additional charge of $700 for a BMW K1300S (limited number – on special request)
  • Additional charge of $1,820 for a BMW S1000RR (limited number – on special request)
  • Personal motorcycle: deduct $1,300 from the rider price.
Standard Inclusions
  • Late model, low mileage motorcycle
  • Upscale accommodations
  • A’ la carte dining
  • Two Ayres Adventures professional tour leaders
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Luggage handling
  • Comfortable support vehicle for non-riding companions
  • Comprehensive pre-trip planning and assistance
  • Customized trip booklet with day-by-day itinerary and attractions
  • Two commemorative shirts
  • Adventurer Club travel award credit
Meals
  • All breakfasts
  • 12 dinners
Special Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to major sightseeing attractions and activities

Deposit per person: $800

Single room supplement: $1,600

2019 Schedule
Dates2019 AdventuresLengthPriceCo-riderNote
September 7 – 21Berlin to Budapest15$9,500$8,000
2020 Schedule
Dates2020 AdventuresLengthPriceCo-riderNote
September 5 – 19Berlin to Budapest15$9,500$8,000
2018-11-12T23:31:15+00:00