This section is an alternative route to our European section. Heading into Asia on the southern route, this section links up with our SOUTH-EAST ASIA section.
We depart Munich heading south, across the Eastern Alps and two to three days ride along hidden, twisty roads take us to the Mediterranean Sea. The Adriatic will be our companion for the next two weeks as we take in its many well-known (and some not-so-well-known) attractions. As we head ever further towards the South-East of Europe our route will take us along the legendary Magistrale, across picturesque Mediterranean islands and into the almost untouched wilderness of the hinterlands. The Istrian peninsula with its historical towns of Rovinj, Hum and Pula, each with thousands of years of human history; the coastal cities of Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik; the Krka National Park as well as Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the its tragic old town bridge “Stari Most” are just some of the major highlights along this route. Leaving the southern Croatian coastline behind we head inland into Montenegro and Albania and continue our tour along roads almost undiscovered by motorcyclists. Our route will take us through regions untouched by modern tourism. Soon it is time to say goodbye to the Balkans as we cross the border in to Greece, where we will head straight for the world-famous monasteries of Meteora. Endless twisties will take us through northern Greece and past Mount Olympus. Heading through Macedonia and Thrace we find ourselves enchanted by Greece’s never-ending array of historical sites, all intermingled with beaches that are perfect for a relaxing nap in the sun. A heady mix of scents from the land and the sea and the warm air on our faces herald some of the most relaxed riding on this trip. We embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle as we sample the excellent coastal cuisine and wines and take in the joie de vivre of this beautiful country. Four weeks on the road and we finally reach our destination: Turkey, the Marmara Sea and the capital of the old Byzantine Empire – Istanbul.