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Adriatic Adventure, 2025 (start in Folkestone)

Sat 14 June to Sat 28 June 2025 15 Days 8 countries Fully guided, round-trip tour

Summary:

This tour has it all!  This 15 day tour includes riding Grossglockner Pass over the eastern Alps, onto the Italian coastline at Trieste, into Slovenia and along the stunning Adriatic coastline of Croatia.  From the beautiful city of Split, we catch an overnight ferry to Italy where we ride in the Apennine Mountains to Assisi, Florence and then onto romantic Venice.  The route also includes riding the stunning Timmelsjoch Pass and visiting the stunning Mountain Top motorcycle museum.

This tour has two start and finish points, either Folkestone in the UK, or for those flying in from overseas, Munich in Germany. This is the page for starting and finishing in Folkestone. For the option of starting and finishing in Munich, please see this page.

This tour is classified as ‘challenging riding’ and so this tour is for experienced riders only.

Price for

2025 Prices

Two riders sharing a room, price each

£3,760

Single rider in his/her own room

£4,420

Rider and pillion sharing a room

£5,750

Prices include the Eurotunnel train, all hotel accommodation (3 and 4 star), breakfasts and two evening meals. Prices exclude motorcycle rental, should you need it (see RENTALS tab at top of this page).
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This is an incredible tour that includes some of the very best of Italy, Austria and Croatia.  The route includes some amazing riding roads – the stunning Adriatic coastline in Croatia (often compared with US Highway 1 in California), the amazing Grossglockner Pass, and the wonderful Timmelsjoch Pass in the Austrian Tyrol region.  We will have a whole day relaxing on the coast in Croatia and we will also visit two of the most famous cities in Italy: Venice where we will have a whole day to visit this magical city, and Florence, where we will have half a day exploring the sights.

We also ride through some of the Dolomites Mountains in the Alps, with its wonderfully twisty roads set amongst the tall craggy mountains.

The hotels we stay at vary in size and quality, and where possible, we only use hotels with good off-road parking. All are 3 or 4 star. We don’t use large chain hotels in larger towns, but prefer smaller remote locations. On two of the nights on the tour, your evening meal is included within the tour price and on the rest of the evenings, you are free to eat where you like. Often, we will eat as a group, but it is really up to you.

Depending on where you are from, you could ride your own bike on the tour, or rent one from one of the Harley-Davidson dealers in the UK or in Munich. Should you be flying in for the tour and renting, we suggest you fly into Munich and rent there (see ‘Rentals’ tab at the top of this page).

 

This is the itinerary for those starting and finishing the tour in Folkestone in the UK. If you intend to join the tour in Munich, please see this page.

Day One – Saturday 14 June 2025

If you are going to join the tour in Folkestone in the UK, this is the day you join the tour. We catch an early morning Eurotunnel train from Folkestone to France.

To get to the (much) better roads further south, we spend the first two days riding faster roads, mainly motorways. This is so we can spend as much time as possible riding some of the best roads Europe has to offer.

Day Two – Sunday 15 June 2025

We start the day riding down the magnificent Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We join the main part of the Rhine Valley near Koblenz and have the magnificent river at our side for 36 miles.

We then rejoin the German Autobahn system to make progress to Munich. We stay in a city-centre hotel and if the weather is good, we will go to a local beer-garden for dinner.

Day Three – Monday 16 June 2025

We use a short section of motorway to get away from the less interesting roads around Munich, but soon we are in riding heaven!

We join the southern end of the Deutsche Ferienroute Alpen-Ostsee (German holiday-route) as it heads its way south into the Alps. The views get more dramatic as we ride and the mountains tower in front of us. Just beyond Melleck we cross the border into stunning Austria.  Soon we ride along the beautiful Saalach Valley and we have the Kitzbühel Alps to our right side.

After the town of Zell am See, we reach the main highlight of the day, the stunning Grossglockner Pass. Often quoted as one of the best riding roads in Europe, this high alpine road is the highest paved road in Austria and it rises to 2,428 m (7,966 ft).  As we near the top of this stunning road, the views are amazing, especially from the Edelweißspitze viewpoint at the top of a side road.  The viewpoint has arguably one of best views in the world from a cafe!

After Grossglockner, we continue to head south and just a short distance before we get to the Austrian southern border we stay the night in an alpine hotel in the Gailtal Alps.  We will have ridden 205 miles / 330 kilometres to get there.  It will have been an amazing day of riding.

Day Four – Tuesday 17 June 2025

Today we travel from the mountains to the sea.

Soon after leaving the hotel we cross the border into Italy and ride out of the mountains. We are soon on the Italian flatlands as we approach Udine and next we see the Adriatic Ocean which will be our constant companion for the next few days.

We ride along the small length of Italian coastline as we approach the old city of Trieste, a port city which dates back about 3,000 years. Just beyond Trieste we enter the next country on our tour, Slovenia, which are are in for just a short period as our route bisects just the very western edge of the country.

Soon we cross another border, into Croatia, where we ride one of the most beautiful roads in the world – along its coastline.  The road is stunning, as it hugs the coast for hundreds of miles. The result is a twisting road that is a joy to ride, with the azur blue water of the sea ever-present to our right side.

We stay the night in a small town on the coast.  Our ride today will be 182 miles / 293 kilometres.

Day Five – Wednesday 18 June 2025

Today is a rest day, spent relaxing at the coast. Our hotel is right on the seafront.

Day Six – Thursday 19 June 2025

We continue to ride the fantastic Croatian coastline today and enjoy one of the best coast roads for riding.  The road hugs the coastline and follows its geography, twisting and turning and we are sure you will enjoy this amazing road! Rugged and unspoiled, there are few places to stop along the coast, so we will find places for our refreshment stops in small fishing villages.  We have 202 miles / 325 kilometres today and much of that is done alongside the Adriatic Ocean.

Subject to confirmation once the summer schedules are confirmed, we will be catching an overnight ferry from Split to Ancona in Italy.  The ferry normally sails at about 8pm and docks in Italy at about 7am the next day. You will have an outside cabin to sleep in overnight.

Day Seven – Friday 20 June 2025

After departing the ferry, we head south for a short period through the Del Monte Conero park.  We then ride inland to ride the central part of Italy, along the Apennine Mountains which form the spine of the middle of the country. We go to Assisi and then on very scenic mountain roads to the beautiful town of Cortona, where we spend the night.  We will have ridden 173 miles / 278 kilometres today.

Day Eight – Saturday 21 June 2025

We have a short 100 mile  / 160 kilometre ride today all on scenic roads.  We arrive in Florence early afternoon in time to do a walking sightseeing tour of the great places the city has to offer. It is a fascinating tour looking at the history and art of this incredible city. We will also visit the Academia, to see one of the finest pieces of art in the world, Michangelo’s statue of David.

Day Nine – Sunday 22 June 2025

More great riding roads await on the morning of day eight as we continue our journey north through the mountains of Italy.  In the afternoon, we use motorway to get to the wonderful city of Venice.  We stay just outside the city itself and in the evening you will have a guided tour of Venice, walking alongside its canals and traveling by Vaporetto on its famous canals.

Day Ten – Monday 23 June 2025

This is a day off, spent in the wonderful city of Venice. There is plenty of time for you to explore the city, or take it easy today. While there, you can visit Saint Marks Square and see its Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sigh’s, the Grand Canal and much more.  You could even ride in one of the world-famous Gondolas.

Day Eleven – Tuesday 24 June 2025

Today we leave Venice and start the part of the tour that concentrates on riding fabulous roads in the Alps. This includes riding Boldo Pass, a highly unusual road because it has hairpin bends in tunnels inside the mountain. As we enter the Dolomite Mountains, we stop to visit the wonderful Karersee, a lake with stunning colour water. We stay the night in a hotel in the Dolomite Mountains in a wonderful location.

Day Twelve – Wednesday 25 June 2025

Today we start the day by riding around the Sella Ring, in the magnificent Dolomite Mountains. We ride all of the Ring’s fabulous mountain pass roads. before riding through the area of northern Italy known as the Tyrol and in particular, we ride Jaufen Pass, before riding majestic Timmelsjoch Pass and crossing the border into Austria. The the border is also home to the wonderful Mountain Top motorcycle museum, which you can visit if you wish. It will have been an amazing days riding today!

Day Thirteen – Thursday 26 June 2025

Today we ride back to Munich on more great scenic roads, but not so well known. We should arrive back late afternoon and we stay in a different hotel to the one we previously used.

Day Fourteen – Friday 27 June 2025

We start the ride back to the UK today, once again riding mainly motorway to make progress. We do divert off the motorway in the afternoon, to ride a wonderful road, the B48 as we approach Kaiserslaughtern.

Day Fifteen – Saturday 28 June 2025

The final day of riding sees us leaving Germany and riding in Belgium and France to get back to Calais and the Eurotunnel train at about 5pm. Again it is a mainly motorway day today.

 

  • Eurotunnel train to / from France
  • Three and four star accommodation in terrific locations, including the hotel needed on route to Munich and back
  • Breakfast every day
  • 2 evening meals
  • Well researched routes to provide you with fantastic roads to ride
  • Prepaid motorway toll vignette stickers
  • Experienced tour guide to lead the tour
  • A back marker / sweep
  • Ferry from Croatia to Italy
  • Guided tour of Florence
  • Getting into and around Venice, 4 September
  • Tour1 T-Shirt
  • Comprehensive tour itinerary
  • GPS routes for your sat nav
  • Tips for riding in Europe guide

What’s not included….

  • Accommodation before the tour starts, or after it ends
  • Petrol (gas) you use
  • Other motorway and other road tolls charges (except pre-paid vignettes)
  • Other road tolls, including mountain passes (allow €50)
  • All other meals and drinks
  • Motorcycle rental, should you need it (we can help arrange this – see RENTALS tab at the top of this page)
  • Entry into the Basilica in Assisi (It’s an optional visit)
  • Travel costs in and around Venice (it is very cheap)
  • Entry into the Timmelsjoch Motorcycle Museum (it’s an optional visit)

Our group sizes normally range from 10 to 14 motorcycles.

Each day, we normally start riding at 8.30am sharp and cover in the region of 150 to 200 miles.  We try to avoid motorways wherever possible and only use these when there is no real alternative.  We take mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks and of course find somewhere for lunch.  Our plan is to normally arrive at that evening’s hotel by around 6pm.

The hotels we stay at vary in size and quality, and where possible, we only use hotels with good off-road parking. The hotels are not super luxury and not bottom end, but mid-range – normally 3 and 4-star. We don’t use large chain hotels in larger towns, but prefer smaller remote locations. On some nights on the tour, your evening meal is included within the tour price and on the rest of the evenings, you are free to eat where you like. Often, we will eat as a group, but it is really up to you.

We ride at a pace to suit all of the riders.  We stick to all speed limits in towns, but in rural areas we ride at, let’s call them ‘more appropriate’ speeds.  We generally ride in staggered convoy on straighter roads.

As we have pre-booked hotels and a schedule to stick to, we ride in all weathers.  During any exceptionally inclement weather, we will pull over for short periods.  We could experience a range of different types of weather, so bring waterproofs, just in case.

We like these tours to be about having a real adventure, riding on great roads with like-minded people. For that reason, we do not use a support van, but we always have a back-marker.

Payments – we require a £400 deposit to be paid when you book a tour, with the balance to be paid in four equal payments, nine, seven, five and three months before the tour starts. If you prefer, you can pay the balance of the cost of the tour earlier than this.

*Ride Rating

Each of our rides has a difficulty rating and this tour is rated as ‘challenging’.

That means this tour is for experienced riders only, with say, a minimum of five years of riding large motorcycles.  You must have ridden on the right-hand side of the road before on many occasions and you must be comfortable with travelling in a group of riders and be able to keep a good pace within that group.  We do not ride very fast, but at the same time, it is better if riders do not go too slowly. The route will include many twisty roads, plus many high mountain roads with many tight hairpin bends / switchbacks.  There will be some sections of road with steep drop-offs at the side and no guardrail.  If you or your pillion are at all uncomfortable at riding at height, then this tour is not for you.  If you are from the USA, please note some of the roads you will be riding are significantly narrower and have tighter bends than in the USA.  All roads are fully paved.  While there is not much motorway riding on the tour, as a guide, the group will be riding at speeds of 75mph+ on motorways.  You must be confident of riding in rain and on wet roads.

Each day’s riding will be around 9 hours, with breaks.  You must be able to ride all day.  If you are at all unsure if your riding ability is good enough for this tour, then you must contact us by telephone to discuss.


SOLD OUT Distance: 2,407 miles / 3,874 kilometres (starting / finishing in Folkestone) Tour Leader: Gordon Dick Ride difficulty rating: Challenging*. Please make sure you read the section called 'Ride rating' under the Information tab.
Highlights: Grossglockner Pass - Italian coastline - Croatian coastline - Split - ferry across Adriatic - Assisi - Florence - Venice - The Dolomite Mountains - Karersee - Timmelsjoch Pass - stunning scenery Countries: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia. Tour Start Point: Folkestone, UK Tour End Point: Folkestone, UK

Choice of start / finish points.  The tour has a choice of start / finish points. You can either ride on your own bike from Folkestone or if you are flying into Europe for the tour, we suggest you start and finish in Munich. For the option of starting and finishing in Munich, please see this page.

Rentals. If you will need to rent a motorcycle for this tour you can do that in the UK and ride from there. 

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We have just returned from The Adriatic Tour with Tour1 and we were so impressed with the organisation and attention to detail of all aspects – routes, hotels and places of interest. Tony and Penny Pelling, West Sussex, UK.