БАЛКАН ЭКСПРЕСС

BALKAN EXPRESS

From Saturday 31 July to Sunday 8 August

 

SUMMARY

Discovering the Balkansthrough 6 republics often mentioned but practically unknown. A fabulous itinerary straddling one of the southernmost mountain ranges of our continent,from the fabulous Dalmatian coast to the magical Mostar, from the fascinating Dubrovnik to the beautiful Kotor Fjord, also the southernmost in Europe, ending in ancient Illyria, today’s Albania.

We’ll discover the charm ofintact cultures unknown to us, many of the places touched are protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCOto witness the richness of the places we will discover.

A journey of about 2,000 km, all on good asphalt and with short stops, on the wildest and most fascinating roads in Europe.

Duration

9 days / 8 nights

km

about 2.000

departure

Ancona

arrival

Ancona

daily avg

285 km

excursions

Palace of Diocletian

Travel program

Day 1, Sunday 31 July: Ancona boarding

Meeting at the port of Ancona, reception of participants and processing of customs formalities. Embarkation scheduled for 08:00 p.m. and departure at 10:00p.m. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 2, Monday 1 August: Spalato – Sarajevo

about km 250

Processing of entry and disembarkation formalities scheduled for 09:00 a.m. The first stop is just a few meters from the disembarkation place, the promenade of Splitwhere, once parked the bikes, we will enjoy a short but intense visit to the Palace of Diocletian. Then we head towards the hinterland crossing the Bosnian border in a short time and reaching Sarajevoto enjoy a late afternoon stroll and dinner in one of the most sadly famous cities in the Balkans.

Day 3, Tuesday 2 August: Sarajevo – Kolasin

about km 260

Through bridges suspended at dizzying heights in the middle of the most breath-taking passages of the Balkans we will climb the Massif of Durmitor, one of the most fascinating National Parks of the Balkans. We will follow the course of the Tara River and its abysmal canyon to reach the cool of the wild mountains and remote pastures.

Day 4, Wednesday 3 August: Kolasin – Mostar

about km 310

We return to Bosnia but first we must stop at the Monastery of Ostrog, a true jewel of religious rock architecture. We pass the medieval Niksic to stop to admire Trebinjeand its Ottoman bridges that they say are the most beautiful of all Bosnia. We then arrive in Mostarwhich we will visit in the late afternoon when the sun is low on the horizon and ignites the Stari Most and the entire old town.

Day 5, Thursday 4 August: Mostar – Kotor

about km 230

We reach again the Dalmatian coastto dedicate a visit to the ancient Ragusa, today’s Dubrovnik. We will mingle with the local people rubbing on the shimmering Stradon and then we will climb back in the saddle embroidering the coast until we reach the immense fjord of Kotor, the southernmost fjord in all Europe. We will be enchanted by the beauty of the place, if not incredulous, when we reach Perast, a delightful town that looks like a piece of Venice that has come adrift until here. We finally reach the most remote part of the fjord reaching Kotor, surrounded by powerful walls and overlooking the sea.

Day 6, Friday 5 August: Kotor – Scutari

about km 250

We take a road that with an endless series of hairpin turns climbs Mount Lovcen, almost wanting to sew the slopes. From here above the view of the Kotor Fjord is impressive. We descend from the opposite side passing Cettinieand entering Albania. The ascent to the Albanian Alps begins between lavender heads and culminates in the view of bare silver rock, beautiful to take your breath away! We reach Theth that we will struggle to abandon and still bewitched we descend to Scutarito enjoy the sunset on the lake of the same name.

Day 7, Saturday 6 August: Scutari – Gjirokaster

about km 340

We are definitely heading south but we immediately stop in Kruja, one of the most important cities in the whole territory. Birthplace of the national hero Gjergi Kastrioti Skanderbeg, symbol of resistance against the Ottomans and former capital of the country. Then we pass Tiranato stop and be enchanted by Beratiwho, with a history of over 2000 years, has recently been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been one of the few Albanian localities to have survived the harsh policy of renewal and reconstruction of the dictator Enver Hoxha. Today’s final destination is Argirokastro, nestled in the mountains of southern Albania, a beautiful historic village also known by the Greek name of Argirocastro or “Silver Fortress”.

Day 8, Sunday 7 August: Gjirokaster – Igoumenitsa

about km 310

We return for a little bit to the north, to Valona, to take one of the most scenic coastal roads in the world! Climbing the Kombetar Llogara Parkwe will climb the homonymous pass at over 1,000 meters overlooking the sea and dotted with majestic and solitary Pine Flag. We will then go along the Ionian Sea to stay in Butrinto, the most important archaeological site in Albania. Surrounded by greenery and Byzantine and Venetian witness, will be the last wonder that we will discover before embarking. We reach the port of Igoumenitsa, completion of customs formalities, embarkation scheduled for 06:30 p.m. and departure for 08:30 p.m. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 9, Monday 8 August: disembarkation Ancona

Disembarkation scheduled for 11:00 a.m., farewell by the companions and return to their homes.

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The tour will be confirmed upon reaching 15 participants

Prices

Participation fees in shared room:

  • Driver Euro 1.650
  • Passenger Euro 1.490
  • Single room surcharge: Euro 400
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    The price includes

    • 6 overnight stays with breakfast (4/5-star hotel)
    • 6 dinners
    • Ferry passage Ancona – Split in double cabin
    • Motorcycle passage Ancona – Split (for drivers only)
    • Ferry passage Igoumenitsa – Ancona in double cabin
    • Motorcycle passage Igoumenitsa – Ancona (for drivers only)
    • 2 guided tours (Mostar and Kotor)
    • Companion on a motorbike
    • Companion in van
    • Support van for luggage transport and possible motorbike breakdown
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    The price doesn’t include

    • Fuel
    • Lunches
    • Drinks with meals
    • Breakfast and dinners by ferry
    • Entrance fees to other places visited (monasteries, museums, archaeological sites, etc.)
    • Possible parking costs of motorbikes
    • Tips and personal expenses
    • Everything not specified in “the price includes”

    Registration by 15 July 2021

    PLEASE NOTE
    Drivers must ensure that they have RC insurance with Green Card valid for Croatia (HR) Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bih) Montenegro (MNE) and Albania (AL)