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.
Are helmets required?
By law helmets are mandatory for drivers and passengers of motorcycles in Europe. Please note that only motorcycle helmets with ECE 22.05 type-approval are road-legal on European roads.
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 or you can purchase one at our premises.
Do you have riding gear available for rent?
We rent Rev’it riding gear (jackets, trousers, gloves) and Schubert C3 helmets. We also have rain gear available for purchase. For more information click here.
What is the alcohol limit in Europe?
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.
Is there an age limit to ride a motorcycle on the tour?
There is no age limit to ride a motorcycle on our tours. Persons younger than 18 years must be accompanied by a parent. Every participant needs a valid motorcycle license to take part in the tour. In case of having the license less than 2 years, the rider is responsible for the motorcycle’s full value.
Can I mail ahead my riding gear?
You can mail your riding gear to our headquarters in Ljubljana, you just have to give it enough time. Contact us for more information.
Do I need an International driver's license?
By law an international driver’s license is required for all non-EU citizens. (It can be obtained at any AAA office in USA and Canada. It should cost around 20 USD; probably similar elsewhere).
What if I damage the motorcycle, do you provide insurance?
We provide motorcycle insurance. You are responsible for the deductible , 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 details for the deductible. For lowering the deductible, contact us about our VIP or SUPER VIP Insurance.
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. However, being motorcycle enthusiasts ourselves, we completely understand motorcycle preferences, and we would be happy to welcome a Harley rider on one of our tours. At the moment we have two HD models in our fleet: Road King and Street Glide. If you are a group of HD riders, we can also plan a custom HD tour for you. Find more about HD tours here.
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.
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.
Can we leave the helmets and GPS unit on the motorcycle when the bike is unattended?
When leaving the bike unattended, take the GPS off the mount and keep it safe. Don't leave helmet and gear on the bike either. At the hotel parkings always put the cover on the mount for the night. Also, when at the hotel always park the bike in the hotel parking or in the garage and lock it.
Can we connect the heated gear directly to the battery?
We are not very fond of anyone connecting anything directly to the battery, in particular the heated gear, which doesn’t work directly through the socket. Especially not on the F 700 GS because the alternator is not very strong. But we can do it for you if you take full responsibility for the motorcycle. No warranty will be granted by BMW if there’s a problem because of the heated gear.
What else do 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 will have an option to ride, sightsee or relax.
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 maximum 10 motorcycles or 14 - 16 people.
What kind of information is provided before the tour?
At the time of a booking you will receive Good to know document with useful information about the tour. Included are suggestions of what to bring on the tour, money, weather, regulations, starting hotel etc. Our tour information packet will be sent to you approximately one month before your tour departure and it will include extensive tour booklet and a full-size, highlighted route maps. Tour booklet contains 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 I use my own motorcycle instead of yours?
Yes. In this case you would pay the “own bike” cost. If you are riding two-up, the pillion would pay the “passenger price”.
Can my non-riding partner ride in the support van?
We can comfortably accommodate 1 or 2 passengers in the support van, if he/she is not so keen on riding or is feeling tired. However, the support van does not always take the same route as the group, it takes a more direct route to be at the hotel before the group arrives.
Are support vehicles used and how much luggage can I bring?
AMT provides a support vehicle as part of the tour package for guided tours with minimum of 4 motorcycles or 6 participants, while guide on the motorcycle always comes on the tour. The support vehicle carries your luggage, tools, spare parts and a spare motorcycle. Guests can bring one large or two medium suitcases per person.
Do I have to stay with the guide?
No, you can go at your own pace and choose your own riding companions. This is quite easy as the GPS unit has all routes uploaded, including sights, hotels, restaurants, and cafes.
How much riding experience do I need?
All riders need a valid motorcycle license. You should also have experienced a trip of three- or four-day’s duration – the approximate number of days between rest days. If you’re comfortable averaging 200 miles per day, with an occasional longer day, you should do fine.
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.
What if I cannot make the trip after having paid the deposit?
We strongly recommend that you obtain trip cancellation insurance from an insurance company or opt for “Tour cancellation insurance” available from Adriatic Moto Tours. This protection provides for payment of a refund in the event you are prevented from taking or completing the trip because of a qualifying circumstance. Additional information on this option is included on our web page: Trip cancellation insurance.
Are there incentives for taking two of your tours back to back?
Yes. You would be entitled to a discount for doing two tours in the same year.
How many miles will we ride per day?
From 250km- 300 km per day. We usually start our riding day at 8:30 am after the breakfast. We take short stops every 1,5 – 2 hours for a coffee break, lunch and taking pictures. The arrival time to the hotel is usually between 4 pm and 5 pm, depending on the average speed of the group and more so on the daily distance.
Are dinners included in the cost of the tour?
All dinners, except on rest days, are included in the guided tours price. The dinners are typically served in local restaurants, where our guests can try local specialties.
Is there any discount for repetitive customers?
Yes. We appreciate our returnees and are happy to offer them a loyalty discount.
Is tipping the guides common in Europe?
In Slovenia and Europe, tipping is customary in tourism service industry and is an important component of guides’ compensation. The tip amount is at your discretion, but as a rough guideline, consider giving 50 €/person/tour. You are welcome to increase the tip, if the guide went above and beyond to give you a good experience.
Can I swap bikes with another person in my group?
Yes, you would have to sign each other's rental contracts in this case. If you should happen to damage the other persons motorcycle it will be your responsibility to cover the damage occurred or share the responsibility.
Travelling to Europe
What documents do I need?
Citizens of the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand, and Ireland do not need a visa to stay in any of the countries we tour for up to 90 days except for entering Turkey (e-visa). 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. Contact us for more information.
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 at the most 5 days before the tour or departing on the last day of the tour.
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.
How do I get there?
Please see our "How to get here" page in the Useful Info section.
Is there still war in the Balkans?
The countries of Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia were not affected by the Balkan war. All the hostilities in Croatia and Bosnia ended in 1995, and all of the countries are now perfectly safe for traveling.
Is touring in Eastern and Central Europe cheaper than touring in Western Europe?
Definitely yes. Slovenia, Croatia, 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 cheaper for travelers than Western Europe. Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania, and Albania are not part of the EU (yet) and are generally even cheaper than then the EU countries. 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 in Albania. Our guides speak all the Balkan languages fluently, as well as Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German.
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, and did well so far, so the ride is getting better and better in this part, too.