The very first Greece 2 Croatia is over. It was a blast. Very interesting, very intense, quite hot sometimes but always filled with fun and excitement. And with friendship as the group got along very, very well. Thanks everybody for coming, we are looking forward to riding with you again!
Tony & Thomas
A relaxing rest day ride in the beautiful mountains of Montenegro. Blue sky, awesome roads, great scenery. We were so busy riding and taking pictures that we even missed lunch...
The mountains of northern Albania were today's highlight, especially Route 21, a stunning road which until last year was nothing but a rough gravel track. Now it's sealed and we surfed the brand new blacktop all the way up to the border to Montenegro. Simply an awesome ride, probably the best of the tour so far!
Today we head back into Albania and into the high mountains along the eastern border. This is true Albania, far removed from the cities of the coast, where only the adventurous traveller goes. The roads are narrow and rarely appear on any maps. And the ride is fantastic, full of technical challenges and breathtaking views. After a lakeside lunch we hit the brand-new highway and head into the plains aroud Shkoder, our stop for the night. We enjoy a feast of a meal, then very slowly take a short walk into the town center for some extra dessert.
Another day, another beautiful morning. We head north along the coast and ride a hidden gem. This coastal route is one of the best in the world, full of stunning views and an exhilarating mix of sweepers, switchbacks and twisties. We climb from sea-level to over 1.000m and back down again, then head inland and cross the border to Macedonia. We stop for the night in the picturesque lakeside toown of Ohrid, where we watch the sun set as we take a cruise to the famous curch of St. John.
Our last day in Greece brought more sunshine and blue sky. People in the picture are wearing their rain gear because of a two-minute rainshower high up in the mounatins, honestly! We took some of the smallest, curviest and least maintained roads ever to reach Zagoria, the region "behind the mountains". From here we rode to the border to Albania and entered the country without any problems. It feels great to be here, in this largely unknown country.
Meteora is one of the most stunning places on the planet. Words can hardly describe the combination of otherwordly scenery and ancient monasteries that were built on top of those sheer rocks. That's why we posted some pictures...
Another fantastic day dawns as we prepare to leave the Peleponnes and head towards the ancient city of Delphi. But first we have some spectacular mountain roads to tackle. It's not long and we have left the tourist buses of Olympia far behind and we are on our own, the only other traffic being herds of sheep along the side of the road. We stop for some iced coffee in a small mountain village, then continue north to the fantastic Rio-Antirrio Bridge, a marvel of civil engineering. Just on the other side of the bridge we find another highlight, a traditional Edelweiss picnic expertly prepared by our tour guide Tom. From here we carry on along the coast, past small seaside villages towards our destination for the day, Delphi. The center of the ancient Greek world, this is a must-see for every visitor to Greece! An we have it almost to ourselves, fantastic!
Narrow, twisty roads brought us to Ancient Olympia today, one of the major highlights of this tour. On the way we saw turtles crossing the road, met an American woman who retired to the small town of Leondari, had some great lunch in Lakgadia and also seized the opportunity to buy some award-winning olive oil. Olympia itself was stunning!
It's a beutiful balmy morning as we leave Nafplio and head south along the coast. A fantastic road, first along the shore and then high into the mountains, gives us ample opportunity to scrub away those chicken strips on our tires. Our highlight of the day is the small monastery of Elona, built high into a sheer rock face. Small single lane roads allow us to cruise through groves of olive trees before finally arriving in Kalamata, famous for the black olives that grow here, our stop for the night.
Our brand new Greece-2-Croatia tour is rolling! A group from Taiwan, Canada, the US and South Africa left Athens this morning in bright sunshine and balmy temperatures of 28°C / 83°F. We checked out the famous Corinth Canal, had an outstanding lunch right on the waterfront and experienced the amazing acoustic qualities of Epidauros amphitheater. A stunning first day! Stay tuned for more...