From bustling Bucharest to picturesque rural villages seemingly lost in time, all the way down to oriental Istanbul and the scenic Black Sea Coast, there is something for the sightseer in everyone.

Riding two of Europe's best roads - the majestic Carpathian Mountains' Transfagarasan Road and the equally challenging Transalpina - and then snaking through the astonishing Rodophe Mountains and Greece all the way to Turkey, there is something for every rider.
Join us as we motor through verdant hills and lush farmscapes dotted with ancient castles and painted monasteries, experience mystical Istanbul, relax on some of the best sandy beaches in Eastern Europe and explore incredibly biodiverse Danube Delta, best preserved of Europe's deltas.

Romania to Istanbul Adventure

Tour overview

Culture:
Roads:
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Dates in 2019
Aug 17 - Sep 01
Road description
The whole tour runs on asphalt.
Highlights
Riding in Carpathian Mountains, Brashov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Transfagarasan Road, Istanbul, Gallipoli, Transalpina, Black Sea
Countries:
Greece, Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria
Route
Mileage: 2.800 km (1.800 miles)
Mileage: 250 - 330 km (155 - 210 miles)
Tour starts / ends
Bucharest, Romania
Rest days
3; Sibiu, Istanbul 2x
Accommodation
Comfortable, very nice hotels, mostly 4****

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1: Arrival to Bucharest

Welcome to Romania!

Your guides will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel in Bucharest. If you arrive early, you'll have some time to relax or do some sightseeing before the welcome briefing. Bucharest is definitely worth seeing. Due to city's elegant architecture, it was once known as the "Paris of the East." Major highlights include Old Princely Court, Parliament's Palace, Stavropoleos Church and many more. At 5 PM we'll meet for an introductory briefing. Welcome dinner will be held in a fine restaurant where traditional Romanian cuisine is complemented by lively Romanian folk music.

Day 2: Bucharest – Brasov

Today our motorcycle adventure begins.

We will first wind our way north through the Bucegi Mountains towards Peles Castle, a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Transylvania's symbol, Bran Castle, is next. Surrounded by an aura of mystery and legend, Bran Castle owes its fame to the myth created around Bram Stocker's Dracula. We'll end today's ride in the town of Brasov, fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture.

Day 3: Brasov – Sibiu

From Brasov we will continue our journey through mysterious Transylvania.

Our ride will be shorter but enjoyable as we will take small country roads and ride through the heart of Romania. Arriving early, we will have time to explore and relax in Sighisoara, a perfectly intact 15th century gem with nine towers, narrow passageways and cobbled streets. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, nicknamed Vlad the Impaler. It was Vlad who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation, Count Dracula. In the afternoon, we'll head towards Sibiu, European Capital of Culture in 2007.

Day 4: Rest day in Sibiu

Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons.

Explore Sibiu and just relax in the lovely city atmosphere. Sections of the medieval wall still guard the historic area, where narrow streets pass steep-roofed 17th century buildings with gabled overhangs, or ride one of the most spectacular roads of the Carpathian Mountains called Transalpina. The road was built by King Carol II and rebuilt during World War II by German troops. The road, whose highest point is 2.145 m above sea level, offers formidable views over the surrounding valleys and mountain peaks.

Day 5: Sibiu - Pitesti

Today we ride the famous Transfagarasan Highway that was declared the best road in Europe by Top Gear Team.

Zigzagging through the Fagaras Mountains in Romania, this 100 km drive is a truly unforgettable experience. Not for the fainthearted, the route climbs up to an altitude of 2.034 meters and links Transylvania with its neighboring province, Muntenia. Passing through dramatic scenery it offers spectacular views, particularly of the highest peak in Romania, Moldoveanu. On our way to Pitesti, we can visit the ruins of Poienari Fortress, considered by Dracula buffs to be the 'real' Dracula castle. From one mystery to another we will end our day in Pitesti with famous Pitesti prison, well known for its experimental brainwashing techniques.

Day 6: Pitesti - Veliko Tarnovo

Today's ride is going to be fast as we wind our way through flat Wallachia, the southernmost region in Romania.

This region is a producer of some of Romania's best red wines. Leaving Romania behind we'll ferry across the great Danube and enter Bulgaria. Veliko Tarnovo, the evocative capital of the medieval Bulgarian tsars, is our stop for the night. Veliko Tarnovo is dramatically set amidst an amphitheatre of forested hills, divided by the ribboning Yantra River. Commanding pride of place is the magisterial, well-restored Tsarevets Fortress, citadel of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

Day 7: Veliko Tarnovo - Plovdiv

As we weave through small rolling hills on country roads Bulgaria seems like an unpolished Balkan jewel.

Today we are up for some mountainous riding. For dramatic and majestic vistas, few routes in Bulgaria match crossing Shipka Pass. We'll stop in Koprivshtitsa, a unique village filled with Bulgarian National Revival-period architecture, cobblestone streets and and bridges. By the end of the day we reach Plovdiv, vibrant city with innumerable art galleries, exuberant spirit and great nightlife. Many Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Bulgarian antiquities can be found in Plovdiv's old town, the most being the Roman amphitheatres – the best preserved in the Balkans.

Day 8: Plovdiv - Gallipoli

Today we head south towards Greece, riding through the astonishing Rhodophe Mountains.

It will be a fast ride with beautiful scenery. We soon leave Greece behind and enter Turkey. Gallipoli peninsula awaits with 31 war cemeteries as the great remains of the Gallipoli Campaign during the World War I, where Turkish and Allied Australian and New Zealand soldiers are buried side by side. The peninsula is surrounded by the Aegean sea on the west side and the Dardanelles straits on the east. "Gallipoli" derives from the Greek "Kallipolis," meaning "Beautiful city."

Day 9: Gallipoli - Istanbul

We’ll take a short ferry ride across the Dardanelle canal, a narrow strait, which separates two continents.

We leave Europe behind and enter Asia Minor. Following the southern shore of the Marmara Sea, we will visit the remains of ancient Troy, site of the legendary Trojan War. The story of remarkable Trojan heroes is written in every language. We continue our way on the south shore of the Marmara Sea, passing Bursa, a former Ottoman city famous for its traditional baths and mineral water. Heading toward today's destination, a ferry will take us to the other side of the Bosphorus, meeting the mystic Istanbul. (Do you mean mystical, and if so, what's mystical about it. PROB not the right adjective. You don't have to have a glowing adjective for every place!)

Day 10: Rest day in Istanbul

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart.

For nearly sixteen centuries following its reestablishment as Constantinople, it served as the capital of four empires: the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. On our first rest day we'll visit the historic center, the famous church turned into a mosque, Aya Sofya, the amazing residence of sultans, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and many more. What a city!!!

Day 11: Rest day in Istanbul

Cruising around the beautiful Bosporus Strait, following a route that includes views of Istanbul’s top attractions – all enchantingly illuminated at night, is just one of the things on today’s list.

You can explore the wonderfully colored Grand Bazar, sip Turkish coffee or çay (tee) in the local coffee shops while observing the street buzz' or simply relax in the baths of hamam. Make sure not to miss the whirling dervish show or the attractive belly dancers. But most of all, put your taste buds on alert - the food and the Turkish delights are amazing.

Day 12: Istanbul - Nesebar

Leaving behind mystic Istanbul we are heading back to Bulgaria.

We'll be riding through Strandzha Mountains, passing some ancient cities and admiring the nature diversity, being surrounded by the lakes, forests and sea. On the way to Nesebar we can explore the swaths of stunning beaches and picturesque bays of Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Nesebar's most distinctive features are the cobblestone streets, the well- preserved medieval churches and the timbered houses dating back to the 19th century. Soak in the unique combination of Bulgaria's ancient culture and modern life, or hop on the sandy beach.

Day 13: Nesebar - Kavarna

Today's route coils by the coast as we ride from one coastal town to another to get some more relax seaside felling.

Varna, our stop on the Black Sea coast, is by far the most cosmopolitan town on the Black Sea coast and a definite highlight of the region. Baroque, turn-of-the-century and contemporary architecture pleasantly blend with shady promenades and a handsome seaside garden. We end the day just outside of Kavarna in a beautiful newly built resort on the Black Sea coast. If you fancy golf, you can go for a play on what's by many described as the most spectacular golf course in the world!

Day 14: Kavarna - Tulcea

Today we leave the Black Sea Coast behind and ride north.

We can stop for lunch in Mamaia, Romania's Monte Carlo. But we quickly continue to Tulcea in the Danube Delta, a marvelous world where water, fish and birds call the shots. Here at the end of its long journey across Europe the mighty Danube River spills into the Black Sea, creating a 4.187 sq-km wetland. We'll hop on the boat with a local fisherman and spend the afternoon exploring the labyrinth of canals and desolate fishing villages of the largest wetland of Europe.

Day 15: Tulcea – Bucharest

On our last riding day we will first ride west along the Danube to get some more great views of the mighty river and occasional glances of Ukraine just north of where we ride.

Heading south, we'll ride among lush forests and small hilly terrain, take the ferry over the Danube River once more and head back towards the Romanian capital. We will arrive back in Bucharest with just enough time to let you walk around the city before our farewell dinner.

Day 16: Flight home from Bucharest

Today you will say good-bye to your guides and new friends as you return home with great memories. Till we meet again for another great motorcycle adventure!

Pricing

Motorcycle Price for the RIDER
Based on sharing a double / twin room
4.860 €
5.050 €
5.290 €
5.880 €
6.100 €
6.610 €
Your own motorcycle 3.580 €
Passenger 3.540 €
650 €

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. 

280 €

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 30 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 200 EUR  0 EUR
BMW F 700 GS
BMW F 800 GS
BMW F 800 R
BMW F 800 GT
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer
Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin
1.600 EUR 250 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1200 GS
BMW R 1200 RS
BMW R 1200 R
1.800 EUR 300 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1200 RT
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
BMW S 1000 XR
2.000 EUR 350 EUR  0 EUR
Ducati Multistrada 1200
BMW K 1600 GT
Harley Davidson Road King
Harley Davidson Street Glide
2.500 EUR 450 EUR  0 EUR
420 €

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 30 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 200 EUR  0 EUR
BMW F 700 GS
BMW F 800 GS
BMW F 800 R
BMW F 800 GT
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer
Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin
1.600 EUR 250 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1200 GS
BMW R 1200 RS
BMW R 1200 R
1.800 EUR 300 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1200 RT
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
BMW S 1000 XR
2.000 EUR 350 EUR  0 EUR
Ducati Multistrada 1200
BMW K 1600 GT
Harley Davidson Road King
Harley Davidson Street Glide
2.500 EUR 450 EUR  0 EUR
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Romania to Istanbul Adventure tour 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.
  • 15 nights' accommodation in quality 4**** hotels.
  • 15 complete buffet breakfasts in the hotel.
  • 12 dinners, mostly in traditional local restaurants.
  • Guided tour of Istanbul.
  • Airport transfers on arrival day or one day prior and departure day.
  • 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, tolls, personal spending, and tips.

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