A Motorcycling Odyssey – From Europe to Asia and Return
This 35-day SuperTour begins and ends in Munich, includes 15 different countries, a total of 8 free days and covers approximately 6,000 miles of exceptional motorcycle travel. From Germany, the tour continues through Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, and Turkey. After exploring Turkey, the trip returns to Germany via Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic. There is virtually no repetition of the eastbound route during the return to Munich.
(The map is for illustrative purposes only and does not always reflect the fact that we often use secondary and more rural roads.)
Historical cities and world heritage sites such as Split, Dubrovnik, Budapest, the Meteora Monasteries in Greece and the sites of ancient Troy and Ephesus in Turkey.
Extraordinary motorcycling along such world-class destinations as the Croatian coastline, the Turkish Sea of Marmara, the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania and the winding roads of Austria’s back country.
An afternoon at the Plitvice Lakes in the mountainous area of Central Croatia – A UNESCO World Heritage site.
Two free days in Greece: one in a top spa & wellness hotel in the Greek mountains and the other on the “Green Island” of Thassos – an island located in the Aegean Sea that is famous for clean beaches, hospitality, tasty wine and magnificent honey.
Several free days in Turkey, including Akyaka – Turkey’s “seaside secret” – a beautiful village beach resort that sits at the head of the beautiful bay of Gokova.
Two free days in Istanbul, a “transcontinental city” that straddles the Straits of Bosphorus – the dividing line between Europe and Asia.
The Transylvania region of Romania, including a free day in Brasov and one night in Sighişoara. The small town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. It’s also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula (also known as Vlad Tepes – Vlad the Impaler), who inspired Bram Stoker’s fictional creation, Count Dracula.
A free day in Budapest, Hungary – an extensive UNESCO World Heritage Site and a city that has been cited as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
At a Glance Your Munich to Istanbul Adventure
Welcome to the “beer capital of Germany”! On the official arrival day we will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Walk around and try out one of the famous Bavarian beergardens, before we meet for the motorcycle handover in the later afternoon. Riders arriving early can visit the BMW museum, a close by beer garden or do some sightseeing in downtown Munich. We’ll have a kickoff meeting in the evening, followed by our first dinner together!
After a short ride on the German “autobahn” we turn off towards Austria and dive into the alpine mountain range. One possible option is the “Großglockner” – Austria’s highest mountain pass – or we may follow the road through popular alpine resorts, before we end up in Kärnten, Austria’s southernmost state. It is famous for its lakes and scenic beauty and Millstatt is a typical and historical little town for our overnight stay.
Although Slovenia is a small country, the variety of landscapes is something we can enjoy on our bikes! The capital, Ljubljana, with its well-preserved historical city center is today’s destination. It’s a great place to have a walk before dinner.
Croatia is on our list today and several route options (including a section of the Croatian coast road) lead us to one of the country’s highlights: the Lakes of Plitvice National Park.
Only one country today! After an early start we make it straight down to the coast and go for another twisty section of the scenic roads there. Following the coastline more inland we end up in Split; the historical city center was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Bring your camera and you may be able to capture your own “once in a lifetime” shots.
From one World Heritage Site to another! The way to Dubrovnik – also called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” follows the coastline; a ferry brings us to the peninsula of Peljesak. Another 50 miles brings us to Dubrovnik, one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic, a seaport and the center of Dubrovnik-Neretva county.
Dubrovnik has so much to offer that it is well worth it to spend a rest day there. Take one of the guided city tours, enjoy yourself getting lost in the marvellous city or just hang around having a glass of wine and watch people walking by!
Today it’s getting serious! Via Montenegro, with a population of well less than 1 million, one of the smaller European countries, we reach the border to mountainous Albania. Only 25 years ago it was prohibited to own a car! Our destination, Durres, is one of the largest cities and an economic center of the country.
We continue our ride through Albania south on a wonderful coast road and then turn west into the mountains towards the border to Greece. For the rest of the day we stay in the beautiful Greek mountains and finish our day in a wonderful spa & wellness hotel in Aristi, a small village in the middle of spectacular scenery!
Enjoy the surroundings of Aristi on your bike, go for a hike or just lean back and relax on our free day in this peaceful place!
It’s only a short distance, but some quite interesting options for the route! The twisty, old mountain roads are really enjoyable – but we have to make sure to arrive in Kalambaka early enough for a visit of the world-famous Meteora monasteries!
There are enough reasons to spend a night here.
The greek mountains close to the Bulgarian border are still home to stone eagles, wolves and of course twisties! A loop well worth the effort, before we head south again and jump on the ferry that brings us to the island of Thassos.
Greece has more than 3,000 islands, so we should have a closer look to at least one of them! A restday on Thassos makes sure that we get an idea of how life – and riding – is on one of the many small paradises in the Aegean Sea. The optional riding could add about 62 miles to your day.
After the ferry back to the mainland we go for a loop into the mountains with great view into the Nestos Canyon. Later, the highway brings us to the Turkish border. After the crossing we continue through smaller cities to the ferry that brings us across the Dardanelles to a different continent and the city of Canakkale. Welcome to Asia! The hotel at the waterfront is right next to the original Trojan Horse from the movie “Troy”.
An early start will ensure that we are among the first ones to visit world-famous Troy. There are a lot more sites to visit in this region, such as Assos and Bergama, so it’s going to be a long day full of history and good riding. A stay in an exclusive Boutique Hotel in Foça is today’s reward!
The highway around the metropole of Izmir will bring us quickly to one of the most impressive sites of Turkey’s past: Ephesus! A walk in this anchient, historical city is a must for anyone who visits the country. The afternoon is dedicated to having fun on the scenic Turkish backcountry roads, before we arrive in the resort village of Akyaka.
The highway around the metropole of Izmir will bring us quickly to one of the most impressive sites of Turkey’s past: Ephesus! A walk in this anchient, historical city is a must for anyone who visits the countr. The afternoon is dedicated to having fun on the scenic Turkish backcountry roads, before we arrive in the resort village of Akyaka.
Depending on how much time you would like to spend walking around on the famous travertine terraces of Pamukkale, you can make it a fairly short ride or start early and do almost 248 miles on some wonderful roads, before you end your day.
After a late start we can fully concentrate on some fantastic riding today. It’s all about picking the small and twisty roads – no need to rush, there are no ruins to visit, just a 5-star Spa/Hotel waiting for us at the end of the day.
Today we reappear on the more “busy” stage of Turkey: after playing around on some more twisty roads and a major mountain pass, we arrive at the coast of the Marmara Sea. From Yalova we take the ferry back to Europe and to Istanbul – avoiding three hours of dense traffic. We’ll enjoy the evening in a nice restaurant here in the capital of Turkey – where Europe and Asia meet.
Welcome back to Europe and one of its oldest and most impressive cities! One day is not enough for a visit here, so we just stay for two days! A half day city tour will show you the most important sights like the Hagya Sofia, the Blue Mosque and the Golden Horn. Walk through the “Grand Bazar” and just get involved into the hubbub of this marvelous place!
Today you are completely free to dive into the streets and monuments of this fascinating city. Enjoy your last day in Turkey!
We better get up early to avoid the dense city traffic of Istanbul. It’s 124 miles to the Bulgarian border, which we will cover mostly on the highway to save some time. Once in Bulgaria, we continue inland to the historical city of Plovdiv with its fascinating old town. Make sure to go for a walk before we meet for dinner! And one more thing. Keep your eye open for sheep dogs (see photo of sign taken in Bulgaria during scouting trip).
Can you pronounce “Koprivsctiza”? No? Well, at least you will know this wonderful place on our way to the former capital of Bulgaria. A visit to the beautiful Orthodox Shipka Monastery and the famous pass road round out the day. In Veliko Tärnovo, walk around the hotel and go for some really beautiful souvenir shopping.
After about one hour we cross the border to Romania, heading for the famous Transylvanian mountains! Watch out – Romanian roads can be very bumpy, but somehow they belong to these never ending villages with their horse carriages and picturesque old houses. Romania rocks…! The city of Brasov offers all kinds of activities and we will check it out on the following free day.
The old town of Brasov has lots of sights – like the Black Church and the main city square. Walk through Romania’s narrowest street and the different parts of the old town, or take the cable car up the mountain to get the best view of the city. And there is the famous Castle Bran, about 18 miles away, where Count Dracula once stayed.
After a visit the castle, which is marketed today as the home of the titular character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula we continue our ride towards one more highlight: the Transfagarasan Highway. It’s a spectacular mountain road – the second highest paved road in Romania. It connects the historical provinces of Transylvania and Wallachia.
The highway will help cover this long distance to the baroque city of Eger in Hungary. Leaving Romania, we will return to the 21st century and ride through various Hungarian landscapes. The city of Eger was once very successful in fighting off the invading Turkish army – thanks to the local women and the wine. We will check out some more of its history on a walk through this baroque masterpiece.
It’s only a short half day’s ride to one of the most beautiful towns of Europe. Budapest has a lot to offer and we start to explore it this afternoon! Free day in Budapest. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest’s extensive World Heritage Sites includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. And there are many more highlights to discover.
Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest’s extensive World Heritage Sites includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. And there are many more highlights to discover.
It’s a fairly short ride to Bratislava – if we want, we can simply follow the river Danube and use the afternoon to walk around the beautiful capitol of Bratislava. The city is strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions like Austrians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Slovaks, and Jews.
Before we leave Slovakia, we cross the “Little Carpathians” and take a small border crossing into Austria. On backcountry roads we ride through northeastern Austria and cross into the trip’s last new country: Czech Republic! What can give us a better impression of this country than to spend the night in World Heritage Site Cesky Krumlov and taste great Czech beer?
Our last riding day leads us across the Bohemian Mountains into the Bavarian Forest and later on to the “Three River City” – Passau. We continue through the Bavarian lowlands and arrive, where we started from 5 weeks ago: Munich!
Breakfast and airport transfers. We hope to see you on another Adventure soon.
Total ~ 3,728 miles
The route is entirely paved, although there be some options to ride some short gravel (5% or less). Some tough road
conditions (potholes, rough surfaces, animals on the road). The trip is intended for experienced riders.
- Includes BMW F700GS
- Additional charge of $400 for a Ducati Monster 700 (limited number – on special request)
- Additional charge of $400 for a BMW F800GS
- Additional charge of $400 for a BMW F800R
- Additional charge of $400 for a BMW F800GT
- Additional charge of $400 for a Ducati Hyperstrada 800(limited number – on special request)
- Additional charge of $600 for a BMW F800GS Adv
- Additional charge of $600 for a BMW R1200R LC
- Additional charge of $950 for a BMW R nineT (limited number – on special request)
- Additional charge of $950 for a BMW S1000R
- Additional charge of $1,350 for a BMW R1200GS LC
- Additional charge of $1,350 for a BMW S1000XR
- Additional charge of $1,350 for a Ducati Multistrata 1200 (limited number – on special request)
- Additional charge of $1,350 for a BMW R1200RS LC (limited number – on special request)
- Additional charge of $1,350 for a BMW K1300R (limited number – on special request)
- Additional charge of $1,350 for a BMW K1300S (limited number – on special request)
- Additional charge of $1,750 for a BMW R1200GS Adv LC
- Additional charge of $1,750 for a BMW R1200RT LC
- Additional charge of $4,000 for a BMW S1000RR (limited number – on special request)
- Additional charge of $4,000 for a BMW K1600GT (limited number – on special request)
- Additional charge of $4,000 for a BMW K1600GTL (limited number – on special request)
- Personal motorcycle: deduct $3,300 from the rider price.
- 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
- All breakfasts
- 27 dinners
- Guided city tour in Istanbul
- Ferry to Istanbul
- Round trip ferry to Thassos
- Entry fees for the lakes of Plitvic, Troy, Assos, Ephesus, Pamukkale