Adriatic Moto Tours has been providing guided, self-guided and motorcycle rentals to motorcycle enthusiasts for six years. Following are answers to some of the questions we get most from our customers. If you have questions not included here, please call or send us an e-mail. No inquiry is too small.
Travelling in and to eastern and central europe
Are the roads in Eastern Europe good for riding?
Roads in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Macedonia are in very good condition. Greece has an incredible network of good remote mountain roads from which we only choose the most scenic. Albania is currently in the process of rebuilding their roads, so we stay on the main roads only.
Is there still war in the Balkans?
The countries of Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia were not affected by the Balkan war. There has been 13 - 15 years since all the hostilities in Croatia and Bosnia have ended and all of the countries are now perfectly safe for traveling. Croatia, with its large number of resorts on the Adriatic coastline, is a major tourist destination for Europeans. Bosnia is working hard to rebuild, is currently monitored by the UN, and is completely safe. You will however, see some war damage in Bosnia.
Is touring in Eastern and Central Europe cheaper than touring in Western Europe?
Definitely yes. Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary are all part of the European Union. Slovenia and Slovakia have adopted Euro but are together with the rest of the countries in the region still much cheaper for travelers than Western Europe. Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania are not part of the EU (yet) and are generally even cheaper than Slovenia or Czech. The lower costs of travelling in these countries are passed on to our customers through our tour prices. Roads and accommodation are in most cases just as good as in Western Europe.
Do people speak English in Eastern Europe?
English is widely and well-spoken in all the countries we tour, except perhaps Albania. Our guides speak all the Balkan languages relatively fluently.
Are the hotels OK in Eastern Europe?
In all the areas we overnight, we choose only the best boutique and family-run hotels. The hotels we choose on any tour which includes Eastern Europe are as good as if not better than many you will find in Western Europe.
What documents do I need?
Citizens of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand, and Ireland do not need visa to stay in any of the countries we tour for up to 90 days. If you’re a resident of another country, please check with your embassy. Your credit card, required for the insurance deductible, drivers license, international drivers license and passport may need to be presented on the first day of the tour, and on subsequent days at border crossings.
How do I get there?
Please see our "How to get here" page in the Useful Info section.
Can you arrange airline reservations?
Normally we do not book airline tickets as we find that many people prefer to use mileage programs or shop for competitive fares from various travel websites. For information on what airlines to consider, see our "How to get here" page in the Useful Info section.
Do you pick us up and drop us off at the airport?
We will pick you up and drop you off at the airport if you are a part of a Guided or Self Guided tour and are arriving or departing on the first or last day of the tour. For all guests arriving one or more days before the start of the tour we will arrange a shuttle (paid by us), which will take you to your accommodation. The same for departure.
What is the best time of year for me to come?
We schedule our guided tours during what we consider to be the best time of year to ride in the countries included on that tour. Of course we can’t always guarantee the weather. If you are considering a self-guided tour, see our Country Information page. There you will find information on the best time to visit. We also urge you to research climate conditions and histories at informative websites before making your date decisions. A good website is www.wunderground.com
Are dinners included in the cost of the tour?
All dinners, except on rest days, are included in most of out guided tours. Our dinners are usually a la carte, in other words, you can order anything off the menu. We typically provide suggestions for restaurants, but the choice is ultimately yours. The exceptions are the Tuscany-Sardinia-Corsica Tour and the Balkans-Greece Tour where not all dinners are included, and the price reflects the savings. We still suggest the restaurant and accompany you there. In the future, dinner will be included on these tours as well.
How far do we ride per day?
We ride anywhere from 200 to 450 kilometers per day (125 to 280 miles), depending on the road. There is usually a scenic, long route and a short, fast route choice for most days. Riders can choose their route. If an especially long or challenging route is one of the two choices, the route will be described fully with maps, so tour participants can decide whether or not to take it. The guide will go with the wishes of the group. All routes, even the long ones, make time for breakfast, lunch, a few coffee breaks, and some sightseeing. We usually arrive at the hotel around 4:00 pm.
How much riding experience do I need?
You should feel comfortable doing several 250 km days in a row. All participants need a valid motorcycle license.
Do I have to stay with the guide?
No, you can go at your own pace and choose your own riding companions. The route directions and GPS, if you opt for one, detail all routes, sights, hotels, restaurants, and cafes.
Are support vehicles used and how much luggage can I bring?
A support van accompanies the tour and guests can bring one large or two medium suitcases per person.
Can my non-riding partner ride in the support van?
Yes, the van can accommodate non-riders comfortably.
What else do you we do besides ride?
Sometimes the best part of our tours has nothing to do with a motorcycle. There is always something interesting to see and do on every day of our tours. We make suggestions for museums, archeological sites, and activities that will enrich your travel experience.
Are there rest days?
Yes, usually every third or fourth day we have a rest day. You can ride, sightsee or rest on the rest days.
How many riders will be in the group?
In order to provide our best personal service to each guest, we limit the size of our tours to ten motorcycles. Average number of bikes in the group is 6 – 8.
I require some adjustments to the motorcycle, can you provide these?
We try to provide customizations to our motorcycles, for example, a lowered seat, if you require it. Please let us know of any special requests in advance if possible.
I ride a Harley; can you provide one for me?
Most of the Harley riders who tour with us choose the BMW motorcycles and like them because they can negotiate the tight hairpin and switchbacks descents found on our tours very effectively. Additionally, in the unlikely case you need it, repair for BMW motorcycles is faster in most of the countries we tour than for Harleys. If you can, test drive a BMW at a local dealership and see if you like it. Being motorcycle enthusiasts ourselves, we completely understand motorcycle preferences, and if you agree to the above potential challenges, we will try to get you a Harley. Pricing for Harleys is subject to individual negotiation.
What if I damage the motorcycle, do you provide insurance?
We provide motorcycle insurance. You are responsible for the deductable, which will be anywhere from 1400 – 2500 Euros depending on the bike. At the start of the tour you will be required to sign a contract and provide your credit card number for the deductable. We will not charge your credit card unless the motorcycle is damaged. For lowering the deductible, contact us about our VIP Insurance.
What if my bike breaks down?
Catastrophic mechanical failures are rare. We regularly maintain our motorcycles so that they are mechanically sound before and during the tour. In the unlikely case of a motorcycle breakdown, we will make every attempt and use all resources at our disposal to get the bike to a service professional. In the very unlikely event that we cannot fix the bike, we will provide a replacement bike. Also, the van carries a spare motorcycle.
Are helmets required, and what is the alcohol limit in Europe?
Helmets are required, and the alcohol tolerance in a lot of European countries is 0. If you are stopped with alcohol in your blood, the authorities will not allow you to continue the tour and your motorcycle will be confiscated. The policy of Adriatic Moto Tours is not to allow alcohol consumption before or during riding.
What should I bring?
It is important to layer your clothing for different climates, as our tours may go through cool high mountain passes on one day and warm valley lowlands on the next. Rain in the mountains can occur unexpectedly, so you should bring a rain suit. Information on what to pack will be sent to you in your tour information packet.
What kind of information is provided before the tour?
Our tour information packet will be sent to you approximately one month before your tour departure. In it you will find packing information, country descriptions including essential travel facts, day-by-day road and route information, sights, hotel, and restaurant information, and a full-size highlighted route map. Our tour booklet has a lot of good information in it, but if you really want to delve into the histories and sights of the countries we visit, we highly recommend the following Lonely Planet guide books depending on the area of your tour: Balkans Europe, Mediterranean Europe, or Eastern Europe. Rick Steves’ Balkan book is good too.
Can my motorcycle club custom design their own guided tour?
Over the years, we have designed many custom tours for our customers. We can custom design a guided tour for your motorcycle club or riding group of almost any size if you would like