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From 27th June 2021
To8th July 2021
Category Guided Tour
Location Split, Croatia
Price€ 3250
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“Steeped in natural beauty, history and culture – Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro has it all”

 

Top Five:

  • Lakes of Plitvice
  • Mostar, Bosnia
  • Durmitor National Park
  • Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
  • Dubrovnik

Key Info

Start / Finish Location
Split, Croatia
Countries Visited
Croatia, Bosnia & Montenegro
Duration
12 days & 12 nights
Distance
Variable (circa 1,600km - 2,100km)
Riding Difficulty
Easy
Culture Shock
Low - Medium
Pillion Supplment
€960
Single Room Supplement
€480

Introduction – We first visited Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro in October 2008 – long before Overlanders was established. It was this trip which inspired the business. With a two week window we rode our motorcycles just inside the Albanian border before it was time to turn around for the dreaded long haul back to Cherbourg. We swore never again and spent the next year brainstorming a solution to allow more leisurely and comprehensive travel at the destination as opposed to getting there. During the development and reconnaissance of this particular tour we explored many logistical options including using Bologna, Italy as a start/finish location, ferry across the Adriatic etc. In short the only way we could truly explore the Balkans and offer the best possible tour was to start and finish it in Split, Croatia. Less is more. There is a lot to see and do in the Balkans!

More Information

2021 Suggested flights

  • Aer Lingus Dublin to Split depart 18.10 on 26th June
  • Aer Lingus Split to Dublin depart 23.05 on 8th July
  • Ryanair – TBC

Day 1 – Split to Krka National Park

Considering the late arrival the evening bfore we commence our tour with an easy and short ride north along the Dalmatian coast. On the itinerary this afternoon is a visit to the Krka National Park – known for its series of 7 waterfalls.

Day 2 – Krka to Plitvice Lakes

Leaving Krka National Park behind we head further north before turning inland and east through some spectacular scenery along rural country roads towards our destination at Plitvice lakes. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species.  The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres.

Day 3 – Plitvice Lakes to Banja Luka, Bosnia

Leaving the lakes behind we head east for our first border crossing into Bosnia where we will be joined by our good friends in Banja Luka. We first met Dragan& Elena on our first ever tour into the region in Sept/Oct 2008 and have remained in contact ever since. We have found over the years and from our many friends around the world, that there is no better way to learn or understand a country than through it’s people.

Day 4 – Banja Luka to Mostar, Bosnia

More stunning scenery on offer today as we take the short ride south via Jajce to Mostar.Jajce bills itself as Bosnia’s ‘Open Air Museum’, and boasts an impressive urban waterfall right in the town centre. The fortified Old Town climbs a steep rocky knoll to the powerful, ruined castle where Bosnia’s medieval kings were once crowned. Surrounded in mountains, lakes and canyons this region of Bosnia is particularly beautiful.

Day 5 – Rest Day in Mostar –formerly one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, and today suffering geographical division of ethnic groups. Mostar was the most heavily bombed of any Bosnian city during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of Yugoslavia.

At dusk, the lights of numerous mill house restaurants twinkle across gushing streamlets. Narrow alley ways bustlejoyously with trinket sellers and in between, the Balkans’ most celebrated bridge forms a majestic stone arc between reincarnated medieval towers. It’s an enchanting scene to say the least.

Day 6 – Mostar, Bosnia to Zabljak in the Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

Leaving Mostar behind we travel east before turning south for a rural border crossing into Montenegro and our destination nestled deep in the Durmitor National Park.First though we must travel through the Perucica Rain Forest. Rainforest? Not quite, but almost. Bosnia is home to Perućica, one of the last remaining primeval (old-growth) forests in all of Europe. So while it may not be the Amazon rainforest it is the closest you will get in Europe.

Day 7 – Rest day in Zabljak with optional activities in the Tara River Canyon

Montenegro: which means “Black Mountain” borders Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Serbia’s breakaway province of Kosovo and Albania. About half of it is covered in thick forest. The pearl of the Mediterranean is situated in the south of the Adriatic. Nowhere else can you find so much natural wealth, beauty, mild beaches, clear lakes, fast rivers and gorgeous mountains in such a compact area as in Montenegro. In the morning you can wake up along the beautiful Adriatic coast, have lunch on the banks of Skadar Lake and enjoy an evening walk in the Montenegrin Mountains.Durmitor is a stunning limestone massif located in Northern Montenegro and belonging to the Dinaric Alps or Dinarides. It is also the name of Montenegro’s largest protected area, the Durmitor National Park, which constitutes the heart of a landscape shaped by glaciers, numerous rivers and underground streams of which are embedded in the much larger Tara River Basin Biosphere Reserve. Some fifty peaks higher than 2,000 metres above sea level rise above plateaus, alpine meadows and forests, including Bobotov Peak (2,525 metres above sea level). From December to March, Durmitor is a major ski resort, while in summer it’s popular for hiking, rafting and other active pursuits.

Day 8 – Zabljak to Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Today we visit the Tara River Canyon (deepest in Europe and second deepest in the world after Grand Canyon)& Bridge in Durmitor National Park. There is an opportunity for some adrenalin filled adventure in the canyon before we head towards Montenegro’s capital and descend into the Bay of Kotor through the Lovcen National Park.

Day 9 – Rest Day in Bay of Kotor: Gorgeous, breath taking, majestic, divine; however hefty your thesaurus, the brain-blowing beauty of the Bay of Kotor will leave you struggling for superlatives. Hemmed in by commanding cliffs and shape-shifting between rippling gulfs and sparkling straits, the cobalt cove even manages to defy geographic description: is it a fjord? A submerged canyon? It seems there’s only one way to define BokaKotorska: un-missable. A little leisurely ambling around the lake is on the cards today.

Day 10 – Kotor, Montenegro to Dubrovnik, Croatia

Leaving the Bay of Kotor behind we head north for the first time and cross back into Bosnia and onwards to our lunch stop at Trebinje.As the southernmost city in Bosnia and Herzegovina Trebinjeis only 28km from the famous city of Dubrovnik. Its old town lines the banks of the Trebisnjica River that flows through the heart of the city. The river and the city have always been known for the enormous old mills treading the Trebisnjica as well as a small ‘lived in’ walled Old Town and a historic stone bridge, there are wine tastings, Serbian-Orthodox churches and a lovable square with a French-Provençale vibe.

Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s white limestone streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic, or failing to be inspired by a walk along the ancient city walls that protected a civilized, sophisticated republic for centuries.

Although the shelling of Dubrovnik in 1991 horrified the world, the city has bounced back with vigor to enchant visitors again. Marvel at the interplay of light on the old stone buildings; trace the peaks and troughs of Dubrovnik’s past in museums replete with art and artifacts; take the cable car up to Mt Srđ; exhaust yourself climbing up and down narrow lanes – then plunge into the azure sea.

Day 11 – Dubrovnik to Korcucla Island, Croatia

Today we are back on the Dalmatian Coast as we head further north before taking a ferry to our destination on Korcucla Island in the Adriatic.

Day 12 –Korcucla Island to Split & fly home.

There are two options on offer today. We can either get a ferry direct back to Split or retrace the Islands fantastic roads back to the mainland before turning north along the Dalmatian coast once again. For those who wish to take the ferry back to Split it’s a leisurely morning on the Island with time for further exploration before we take the afternoon ferry back to Split on the mainland. It’s time to recap all the beautiful places we visited and it’s sights, tastes and smells.

We will be providing a more detailed itinerary on arrival to include hotel info and GPS co-ordinates. Please note that this is an outline route and maybe subject to change.

Included:

  • Return transport of your motorcycle from our base in Gorey, Co. Wexford to Split, Croatia with option to return from Memmingen, Germany
  • B&B accommodation in quality 3 – 5 star hotels.
  • Half board on all riding days. 
  • Tour guide(s)
  • Detailed route maps / itinerary etc. allowing some self-guiding if preferred.

Not Included

  • Any travel costs to get to the start and from the finish point for the tour.
  • Personal travel, accident and medical insurance (covering matters such as medical expenses, repatriation, cancellation, curtailment, loss or damage to property)
  • Motorcycle insurance cover, motorcycle breakdown cover or recovery costs. Green Card insurance purchased on the borders of Bosnia and Monetenegro typically costs €10 per country.
  • Entrance fees to sights and parks, optional local excursions or local activities, (except where stated)
  • Lunches or snacks (except where stated). Any meals whilst on board ferries. Evening meals on rest/optional ride out days.
  • Personal spending money, tips, souvenirs or other extras.
  • Personal documentation (eg visas, passport), vaccinations, personal taxes, border crossing fees, motorcycle documentation
  • Costs of motorcycle repair (parts, labour or other related costs), tyres
  • Fuel, oil & other motorcycle consumables
  • Toll road fees, traffic fines or other charges relating to breach of the law
  • Any other item not specifically included in the price.

Hotels

As with all our guided tours we carefully select very good standard 3 to 5* hotels. Over the years we have built up a vast selection of tried and tested hotels around the world and we select hotels for their character and service rather than just on their star rating.  Hotel standards vary all over the world and a 4* in Africa or South America is not always the same as in Europe. In some more remote locations, we may use equivalent 3* hotels or the best available in the area, which could be a more family run establishment, with local character.

Pre trip we provide you with Tour Specific Information that gives you detailed information about how to prepare and plan your tour, and what to expect when on tour.  These are a few FAQ that many people have. If you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

What bike is suitable to bring?
Generally speaking we recommend adventure or touring style motorcycles as the most suitable.  However, sports, sport-touring and cruiser motorcycles may also be suitable subject to you being comfortable riding it for the distance and duration of the tour and that it has been properly prepared and adequately serviced with good tyres.

What riding experience do I need?
Generally speaking we recommend all participants to be experienced tourers in Europe and/or beyond. Obviously, some destinations are easier than others, as classified by our difficulty ratings, and should you have concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. It is your responsibility to ensure your motorcycling skills are up to the requirements for this tour. Obviously advanced riding skills increase enjoyment factor and reduce risk.

Do I have to ride in a group?
No!  We do not make you ride in convoy and we offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. However, we find most people prefer to ride with the group without the need to navigate. We use either the ‘drop off’ or ‘buddy’ systems when group riding (depending on country and complexity of navigation); these are tried and tested systems of group riding and allow riders to ride at their own pace. Full details are provided at pre-trip briefings. Daily departure times are set every evening for the following morning depending on the days route and points of interest. If you prefer to ride on your own, we provide you with a map and route cards with recommendations for lunch or coffee stops and hotel information. We offer a very flexible approach with an emphasis on maximum enjoyment.

Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
Yes. Pillion passengers should be experienced tourers / travellers. 

What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally between 8 – 14 riders (some riders will have passengers). Most riders are from the Ireland, but we do also have overseas riders who may take part.

What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: 

  • Passport and Driving Licence.  Passengers only need their passport.  As a general rule, passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the end of the tour; however, this may be shorter in some European countries. 
  • If you are bringing your own motorcycle, you will also need your motorcycle registration document (RF101 / log book) and your motorcycle insurance.
  • In addition, you must have valid travel/medical insurance.
  • Visas as required Please ensure that you are fully aware of all passport and visa requirements and that you allow adequate time to obtain them.

What will the weather be like?

Depending on season / time of year we will advise expected weather conditions in the pre-trip information and also suggest the most suitable gear based on our experience. It is imperative that tour participants have suitably adequate gear. Please note our tour calendar is carefully planned taking into account the most suitable seasons / local weather for the destination. However, as much as we would like, we cannot always guarantee the best weather. Particularly considering the un-predictable climates the world has been experiencing.

What about my health when I am abroad?
You need to be physically fit and healthy and also take the necessary health precautions.  It is essential for you to consult your doctor or travel clinic for up-to-date medical travel information prior of travel, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Please ensure that you are fully aware of all official travel advice, local customs, current affairs, travel requirements and medical/travel advice. Please check with your GP regarding recommended inoculations. 

Do I need Travel / Medical Insurance?
It is a condition of you travelling with us that you are adequately insured.  Your insurance policy must cover you for the costs of any medical expenses, medical treatment or repatriation needed, due to injury or illness on this trip, including those that occur whilst motorcycle touring, either as the rider or a passenger.  It is important that your insurance company understands that the main purpose of your trip is motorcycle touring, using your own large capacity cc motorcycle or a rental motorcycle.  Your insurance must cover you for the full duration of the trip and for all countries we travel through.

In addition, we strongly recommend that your insurance policy has cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation and curtailment. We do not refund your deposit simply because you failed to take out insurance in sufficient time. Some travel insurance policies do not cover motorcycle travel over a certain cc or for a prolonged duration.

Minimum Numbers
We require a minimum number of 8 riders on this tour.  If we do not have this number of bookings, then we reserve the right to cancel the tour.

Booking:

  • Overlanders may accept a booking online, via telephone or by email. To confirm a booking a deposit is required – once the deposit is received the booking is confirmed.

Payments & Fees:

  • A deposit is required at time of booking.
  • Guided tours – 50% required at least 60 days prior to the shipment / travel date.
  • All payments must be made in full at least 30 days prior to the shipment / travel date.

Cancellation/Amendments/Refund Policy:

  • Please note that all payments and deposits are non refundable nor transferrable if cancellation accrues within one month before the shipment / tour date.
  • Where possible we will try to accommodate any amendments you wish to make.
  • In the event of curtailment no refunds shall be made.
  • Refunds may be processed via the original method of payment, except for cash transactions where refunds will be provided by cheque.

Preparation for Shipping (if applicable)

  • All rider/pillion gear including boots and helmets should be packed into a kit/sports bag and labelled with the owners name, bike make/model and registration. One kit bag permitted per person.
    • Please note loose items or items tied onto the motorcycle will not be transported.
    • Bin liners, rubbish bags, cardboard boxes etc are not acceptable.
  • Motorcycles should be in a clean and presentable condition both for outbound and return shipments. If your motorcycle is considerably dirty post trip please wash it before returning it.
  • All Luggage (hard and soft panniers) should be left unlocked and removable from the motorcycle if necessary for transport purposes.
  • Alarms should be switched off or in “Ferry” mode for transport purposes.
  • Fuel level should be kept relatively low. All our depots are within a few km of fuel stations.
  • Keys for both the motorcycle and luggage should be left with the motorcycle.
  • At handover we will require a signed customs declaration form and a photocopy of the registration document / log book stapled together. Customs declaration from will be emailed pre-shipment. These should only be handed over in hard copy at time of delivery.
    • Do not email copies in advance.
    • We will not accept original copies of registration documents/log books.

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