This tour is a longer version of our popular Beautiful Balkans Adventure. We added rest days in Durmitor National Park and in the beautiful coastal town of Porec. 

The main addition is Zadar, the city on Croatia's Dalmatian coast, known for the Roman and Venetian ruins on its peninsular old town. From Zadar we'll boat to Kornati Island National Park, a fabulous Archipelago and UNESCO World Heritage site.

This is a tour of great diversity, amazing landscapes, outstanding historical sights and fantastic riding. At the same time it gives you a lot of time to relax by the beautiful Adriatic Sea and enjoy tasteful Mediterranean cuisine and wines. On this tour we will ride through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.

Balkans and Adriatic Explorer

Tour overview

Dates in 2022
Aug 31 - Sep 17
Road description
The whole tour runs on asphalt.
Sarajevo, Mostar, Adriatic coastal road, Zadar, Hvar Island, 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sights: Plitvice National Park, Durmitor National Park, Kornati Archipelago, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split.
Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mileage: 2.500 km (1.600 miles)
Mileage: 200 - 410 km (125 - 255 miles)
Tour starts / ends
Rest days
6; Sarajevo, Zabljak, Dubrovnik, Hvar Island, Zadar, Porec
Comfortable, very nice hotels, mostly 4****

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1: Arrival in Ljubljana

Welcome to Slovenia!

We'll meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. After we get you settled in the hotel , just take it easy - rest in the hotel, see the town.  We'll meet at the hotel at 2 pm for a tour briefing and take a short introductory ride with the guide to get accustomed to the bike afterwards. In the evening we meet for a special welcome dinner and have an informal chat to discuss the format of the tour.

Day 2: Ljubljana - Plitvice National Park

Today you will begin to experience riding Central Europe as it was meant to be.

After a morning of scenic riding through the back roads of lush green farmland and forests of southeast Slovenia, we'll enter Croatia and cruise through the Dinaric plain, an unusual karst, or limestone, environment. In the late afternoon, we'll visit fantastic Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its sixteen lakes interconnected by waterfalls created by depositions of travertine.

Day 3: Plitvice National Park - Sarajevo

Today we cross into Bosnia and Herzegovina, a beautiful country, sandwiched between northern and southern Croatia.

This is the longest day of the tour but you will love every mile of it. The riding is excellent because the roads are empty and sweep through the low mountains and the great stretches of open plains of Herzegovina, the southern part of the country. It's been 13 years since the aggression stopped and travelers have long ago returned to this scenic country, especially to gorgeous Sarajevo. For lunch and dinner you will taste burek and cevapcici, which are both excellent Bosnian specialties.

Day 4: Rest day in Sarajevo

Sarajevo, the most Oriental city in Europe, retains the essence of its rich history with its mosques, markets and picturesque old Turkish bazaar.

Ringed by low mountains, spend a day on the roads around the city, enjoying the view of this exotic town, and exploring the sites of the 1984 Olympic Games. Or stroll to the Bascarsija bazaar in the center of the city, surrounded by small, unique shops and galleries. We can relax in a cafe and try Turkish coffee. The city's riverfront remains largely unchanged since that fateful day in 1914 when Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand lost his life here.

Day 5: Sarajevo - Mostar

From Sarajevo, we will take another empty, beautiful touring route, to Mostar via Sutjeska National Park, which is home to the last primeval forest in Europe.

Cruising along the Sutjeska River is an experience to remember. A medium-sized city among the vineyards between Sarajevo and Croatia's Dubrovnik, Mostar was founded by the Turks in the 15th century at a strategic river crossing. There they built a stone bridge which is today one of the most famously photographed World Heritage-listed sites. That night, before dinner, stroll the Old Ottoman quarter, on either side of the bridge, and meet its artists and craftsmen.

Day 6: Mostar - Zabljak

Today our direction is again east as we ride towards Montenegro and Durmitor National Park.

The road starts to climb into the low mountains, though we still pass through great open plains which afford far-reaching views into the valleys below. Set your own pace and visit Medjugorje, the second largest pilgrimage site in the world, then refresh in the waters of the massive Kravica waterfalls. Then continue to climb the narrow turns into the mountains. Durmitor is an area of massive peaks, canyons, rivers and glacial lakes, all crowned by rich evergreen forests.

Day 7: Rest day in Zabljak

The town of Žabljak is located in the middle of Durmitor National Park, known for its emerald green lakes, great mountains in the Dinaric Alps and crisp fresh air.

Hiking, swimming and bungee jumping are only some of the activities you can enjoy surrounded by nature. Nevertheless, the most spectacular of all is definitely Tara River Canyon rafting. This amazing river with clear waters and the second deepest canyon in the world, also named the "Tear of Europe," is simply a must do! You don't need to be an action hero to experience the beauty of this untamed region. Just let the backroads lead you somewhere unexpected.

Day 8: Zabljak - Petrovac

Heading south, we’ll ride over and past the exceptional Tara River Canyon.

At 1.3 km deep, it is one of the biggest and most beautiful in the world. Than we'll descend the mountains and ride past Skadar Lake until the coast comes into view. All your attention will be needed, as we follow the rugged coast of Montenegro, made memorable by the pristine views of nature: steep mountains above, and crystal-clear waters below. The view of the Adriatic Sea stretches far into the distance and is impossibly blue. In the afternoon, we find ourselves on the shores of the warm and pleasant coastal town of Petrovac. Petrovac has warm sandy beaches, lovely promenades and unique beachside restaurants. Here we'll spend the evening soaking up the Mediterranean atmosphere and eating seafood.

Day 9: Petrovac - Dubrovnik

After breakfast, we'll follow the Adriatic coast further west, visiting the peninsula of Sveti Stefan on the way.

Its hotel attracts a celebrity clientele. We'll ride on twisty mountain roads again and conquer Lovcen Mountain and the Njegos mausoleum on top of it. In the afternoon we'll reach Dubrovnik, the city of world-famous cultural heritage and beauty. Dubrovnik is situated in Southern Dalmatia, the most beautiful part of the Adriatic coast. Rich vegetation, beautiful lakes, rare islands, white pebble beaches and the crystal clean sea, all make this region to an unforgettable experience for every visitor.

Day 10: Rest day in Dubrovnik

Take a walk on top of Dubrovnik's thick stone walls, watch the street action from a café on Placa, or stroll marble-paved squares and steep cobbled streets.

Also very interesting is a full day boat trip to Mljet island, which of all Adriatic islands may be the most seductive. The highlight of the island is a lake with an islet on which there is a Benedictine monastery. If you feel like riding, Montenegro is within easy reach. So whether you stay around town for the whole day or you just have dinner in one of excellent restaurants, remember, you are in Dubrovnik!

Day 11: Dubrovnik - Hvar Island

In the morning, we leave Dubrovnik and ride the scenic coastal road northwest.

We can stop in Mali Ston, famous for its defensive wall, the longest fortification in Europe, and the best seafood in Croatia. A short ferry will get us to Hvar Island, where we'll ride the twistiest road of the whole trip. Called the "Croatian Medeira", Hvar receives a total of 2.724 hours of sunshine each year, more than anywhere else in the country. Yet the island is luxuriantly green, with brilliant patches of lavender, rosemary and heather.

Day 12: Rest day on Hvar Island

Today is all about relaxing.

Explore the numerous sandy beaches on the island and swim in the crystal clear sea, do some water sports or take a boat trip to the spectacular Blue Grotto, an underwater opening in a coastal cave that fills with unearthly blue light every noon. The experience is unforgettable. Also worth exploring is medieval Hvar town with its marble streets and beautifully ornamented buildings, mostly built under Venetian rule. Restaurants and taverns in the town of Hvar offer excellent fish specialties with exquisite local wines.

Day 13: Hvar Island - Zadar

After breakfast, we go for a ferry ride.

Passing the scenic islands of Brac and Solta, we'll get to Split, famous for its Diocletian's Palace. On the way further north you can stop in the historical towns of Trogir, Primosten or Sibenik. Finally, we reach the ancient city of Zadar. Once the center of Dalmatia, today Zadar is a preserved monument of various historical times and cultures.

Day 14: Rest day in Zadar

A boat trip to Kornati National Park is among the biggest highlights of the tour.

Listed on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, these are the fiercest and most primitive islands in the whole of the Adriatic archipelago. Swept by constant winds, they appear desolate, yet remain home to a surprisingly diverse ecosystem. Visiting while traveling through Dalmatia is a bracing alternative to the daily run of historical sights, offering a real feel for the sea and some breathtaking vistas. Check up the dramatic karst-limestone formations that tower around you. Amazing!

Day 15: Zadar - Porec

Our seaside roller coaster ride continues along a narrow strip of land bound by imposing mountains and rugged coastline.

The scenery here is truly remarkable when you have the Adriatic Sea on one hand and the steep hillsides of the Velebit mountain range on the other. We’ll make a stop in Opatija, a lush, green seaside resort town with a lovely promenade. Riding further up the coast, our final stop for the night is in Porec, an ancient Roman town, where you can admire the World Heritage–listed basilica, a medley of Gothic, Romanesque and baroque buildings and enjoy a well-developed tourist infrastructure. The pristine Istrian interior is within easy reach.

Day 16: Rest day in Porec

Porec is a popular summer resort on the coast of the Istrian Peninsula in western Croatia.

In the historic old town, the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica complex is famous for its gem-studded Byzantine mosaics. The coastline north and south of town draws visitors with camping areas, marinas and beaches with water sports. The Roman ruins lovers can also take a ride to Pula and visit the Roman Amphitheater. It's only about 35 km away from Rovinj, a lovely fishing village LACED by steep, cobbled streets and colorful houses rising directly from the sea. Definitely worth a visit.

Day 17: Porec - Ljubljana

In the morning, we’ll head inland to ride the fertile rolling hills and plains of the Istria Peninsula.

We stop in Motovun, a captivating Tuscan-like little town perched on a hill where for lunch you can try the local specialty – truffles. Than we enter Slovenia once again and spend the rest of the day riding day in the Karst region outside of Ljubljana. It's a fascinating area of disappearing lakes, underground caves, and wonderful wineries. The road winds through green farmland before we approach the city.

Day 18: Ljubljana, flight home

In the morning, you can stroll the old part of the city, including the colorful antique market. The quaint, narrow streets along the right bank of the Ljubljanica River, with its medieval bridges, are reminiscent of Prague without the crowds.

Depending on the time of your flight back home, you may have time to climb the staircase to the 16th century fortification of Ljubljana Castle that dominates the town before heading out to the airport.


Motorcycle Price for the RIDER
Based on sharing a double / twin room
5.920 €
6.220 €
6.500 €
7.080 €
7.370 €
8.000 €
Your own motorcycle 4.810 €
Passenger 4.380 €
870 €

Book a single room with your tour.

7.50 %

Purchasing trip cancellation insurance allows customers to receive a refund for a tour when a customer must cancel a tour for reasons covered by this insurance. Trip cancellation insurance costs 7,5% of the total listed price of the tour, including supplements like motorcycle upgrades, single room requests, and passenger costs. 

320 €

VIP & Super VIP insurance

For a fixed cost of 20 EUR per day VIP Insurance lowers your security deposit for the motorcycle, while Super VIP Insurance reduces your security deposit to zero (0 EUR) and costs 35 EUR per day. VIP insurance is available on all our tours and rentals of 7 days or more. See the chart below:

Motorcycle Models
Security deposit (deductable)
Security deposit (deductable)
Super VIP
Security deposit (deductable)
Suzuki V-Strom 650
Yamaha MT-07
1.400 EUR 500 EUR  0 EUR

BMW F 750 GS
BMW F 850 GS
BMW F 900 R

BMW F 900 XR
BMW F 800 GT
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer
Honda Africa Twin 1100

1.600 EUR 500 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1250 GS
BMW R 1250 RS
BMW R 1250 R
1.800 EUR 700 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1250 RT
BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
BMW S 1000 XR
2.000 EUR 700 EUR  0 EUR
Ducati Multistrada 1200
BMW K 1600 GT
Harley Davidson Road King
Harley Davidson Street Glide
2.500 EUR 700 EUR  0 EUR
560 €

VIP & Super VIP insurance

For a fixed cost of 20 EUR per day VIP Insurance lowers your security deposit for the motorcycle, while Super VIP Insurance reduces your security deposit to zero (0 EUR) and costs 35 EUR per day. VIP insurance is available on all our tours and rentals of 7 days or more. See the chart below:

Motorcycle Models
Standard Security deposit (deductable)
VIP Security deposit (deductable)
Super VIP Security deposit (deductable)
Suzuki V-Strom 650
Yamaha MT-07
1.400 EUR 500 EUR  0 EUR

BMW F 750 GS
BMW F 850 GS
BMW F 900 R

BMW F 900 XR
BMW F 800 GT
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer
Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin

1.600 EUR 500 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1250 GS
BMW R 1250 RS
BMW R 1250 R
1.800 EUR 700 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1250 RT
BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
BMW S 1000 XR
2.000 EUR 700 EUR  0 EUR
Ducati Multistrada 1200
BMW K 1600 GT
Harley Davidson Road King
Harley Davidson Street Glide
2.500 EUR 700 EUR  0 EUR
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Balkans and Adriatic Explorer includes:
  • Late model motorcycle with lockable hard luggage and tank bags plus a Third party liability insurance and Comprehensive vehicle insurance.
  • Experienced guide on a motorcycle.
  • Support van for luggage, souvenir purchases, and one or two passengers.
  • 17 nights accommodation in quality, mostly 4**** hotels.
  • 17 complete buffet breakfasts in the hotel.
  • 11 dinners, mostly in traditional local restaurants.
  • 3 ferry rides and tolls (according to tour program).
  • Boat trip to Kornati Archipelago.
  • Guided tour of Sarajevo with a local guide.
  • Entrance fees to museums and national parks (according to tour program).
  • Airport transfers up to 5 days prior to the tour start, on the last day of the tour and one day after the tour. 
  • All maps with marked routes for the region being toured.
  • Extensive tour booklet.
  • GPS with all the routes uploaded.
Not included in the price:

Air ticket, dinners on rest days, most lunches, drinks, gasoline, personal spending, tips.

Tour Cancellation Insurance: more information HERE.

Our clients say

First, overall, we loved the trip. A lot! We had a fantastic adventure. You and the team put together a great itinerary, terrific roads, and good sites. We also enjoyed all of our fellow riders.


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