The Best of Europe
This is an epic ride through the Old World, the cradle of civilization, that will satisfy everyone’s tastes. During this comprehensive tour, we travel through 15 countries to experience the best of what Europe has to offer a motorcyclist. Starting from Lisbon, we’ll follow the Mediterranean coasts on scenic routes. After visiting the most beautiful and historic cities of Spain, we’ll cross the border to France through impressive rides up to the Pyrenees. You will indulge and delight in the French cuisine, and soon understand why it is the most renowned in the world. After exploring the gem cities of France, we’ll watch Valentino Rossi and all of the pilots of the Motogp, in action at Mugello for the Italian MotoGp Race! Pumped up from the pro racers, we’ll be ready to hit the Alps, an epic expedition for bikers. After 12 days of countless curves and stunning views, we will ride towards Budapest. After a relaxing thermal bath in the capital of Hungary, we will continue the journey to northern Europe discovering its World Heritage listed cities and end the trip in Riga.
Please note that this is an indicative route. It is not 100% accurate. The route we offer is way more twisty and fun!
Dates & Prices
21 Historical cities, 18 Unesco World Heritage sites, 15 countries, 7 capitals, 2 times zones,
- Sea coast of Portugal, Spain, France and Italy
- Pyrenees, Apennines and the all of Alps mountains
- 27 of the best Alps mountain passes
- The best cuisines in the world
- Italian Motogp race
- Capo de Roca the most west point of Europe Mainland on Atlantic Ocean
- Pont du Gard
- Principality of Monaco
- Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
- Cinque Terre
- Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp
Lisbona, Capo de Roca the most west point of Europe Mainland on Atlantic Ocean, Seville, Cordoba, Belmonte, Cuenca, Teruel.
Barcelona, Andorra, Carcassonne, Nimes, Pont de gard, Avignon, lavender fields and the french “grand Canyon “.
Principality of Monaco, first section of Alps, Barolo the city of the famous wine, rides on the Apennines, Mugello the Italian MotoGp Race, back on the French-Italian parts of Alps, col du sommelier the higher road on the alps 3003 m (9852 ft)
All the week on the Alps, first Swiss part of the Alps, than Italian-Austrian part
Week 5 till the end
Dolomites, Slovenia, Budapest, Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp, Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga
Accommodations in Europe will vary from 3-4 start hotels in larger cities to bed-and-breakfasts and farm stays in the villages of the Alps. A farm stay is a working farm that has been adapted to welcome guests as a hotel. The food served in farm stays is homegrown, home-cooked and delicious. Farm stays are often located in rural and beautiful areas. Staying with locals is often the best way immerse yourself into a different culture.
- Assistance acquiring necessary documentation and logistics
- Motorcycle purchase support
- Pick up and drop off at the airport
- All nights accommodation (comfortable middle-class hotels)
- Welcome dinner and Goodbye dinner
- Tour guide on motorcycle
- Driver and support vehicle 4×4 that can accommodate up to motorcycles and luggage transportation (1 baggage piece of 10kg per person) and space for passengers (limited) on entire tour. Emergency first aid kit and fire extinguisher equipped
- Our staff is motorcycle mechanical experienced and first aid qualified
- Morning briefings
- City walking tours in the resting days
- Italian Motogp entrance
- All national parks entrance
- Timmelsjoch pass (passo Rombo) fee
- Budapest Szechenyi thermal baths and pool entrance
- Although we do not offer breakfasts, they are included in some hotel bookings
- All services not mentioned and all personal items
How many “no riding days” are in the tour?
There will be 9 no riding days during this tour including arrival and departure days.
How many km do we ride daily?
The total trip average is 135 miles/day (217 km/day). Obviously some days we will ride more than that and some day we will ride less.
Can I join the tour later or leave earlier ?
Sure you can, write to us about your needs.
How much motorcycle experience do I need ?
You don’t need an extensive riding experience but you should be comfortable riding a motorcycle during a city’s rush hours as well as mountains roads.
What kind of motorcycle do I need?
All motorcycles are suitable for this tour.
These are our only recommendations:
The bike should be fully serviced before the start of the trip
To maintain your speed, a 500 CC engine will ensure you keep up with the group.
Is possible ride 2 up?
Yes! You are welcome to travel with a companion.
The passenger must be at least 12 years old.
He/she should be able to place place both feet flat on the passenger foot pegs of the motorcycle.
Riding 2 up requires more skill. The passenger should have experience traveling on the back of a motorcycle. You can also book a seat in the support vehicle for the passenger if they do not want to ride with you the entire time.
What about visas ?
Europe is visa free for North American and Australians.
Will there be a support vehicle?
Yes. Our support vehicle is 4×4 pickup truck. The support vehicle can carry up to 2 motorcycles and 4 passengers. It is possible to reserve 3 places for the entire trip in the support vehicle.
Our support vehicles will carry our spare parts, tools and up to 10 kg of baggage per passenger.
What about vehicle service ?
At the start of the tour, your motorcycle must arrive fully serviced and with new tires.
We will arrive in the lovely city of Lisbon, start off with a briefing and explanation of the tour, followed by a welcome dinner.
If history did not interest you during your schooling, this week may change your impression of history lessons forever! Our first 7 days in Europe will be a full immersion into historical cities and landmarks dating over thousands of years old. Ironically, riding the countryside will allow us a glimpse into the lives of villagers who inhabit these places in the here and now, a site not commonly seen by tourists.
Before beginning our journey west, we will visit Capo Roca, which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. We will be driving through Andalusia and stopping in Sevilla and Cordoba. Both of these places are Unesco World Heritage cities. Sevilla is a city founded by Romans while Cordoba was founded long before. They were both conquered by invading Muslim armies which created a mix of cultures, all of which are still well preserved today. A day off is a must to stroll the city center and visit the most interesting historical sites.
Beautiful countryside rides will reward us on the way to Belmonte, with its amazing castle, as well as Cuenca and Teruel, also historical gems (both on the World Heritage list).
If you have never ridden in Europe before, there are a few differences. Each country has its own driving rules. Europe can be divided into two parts: “freestyle Europe”, or the “Latin Europe”, which includes eastern Europe, and the “no freestyle Europe”, which includes Germany, Austria and Switzerland along with northern Europe.
In freestyle Europe, the motorcycle is used as a vehicle to escape traffic jams. This means lane splitting, overtaking upcoming traffic and parking on the sidewalks (with common sense). Normally in rush hour, the way to work and the way home are transformed into small motogp races. In “no freestyle Europe”, such practices are uncommon and generally unacceptable. Please be respectful of each region’s rules.
The roads are narrower than, for example, the roads in the US. Roundabouts are very common and gas stations are at a maximum distance of 20 km away. There are motorcycle shops in most cities and towns, as well as in some villages. It is safe to say that “freestyle Europe” is a rider’s personal paradise.
Food of week
Starting from Portuguese cuisine:
Portugal is a seafaring nation with a well-developed fishing industry and this is reflected in the amount of fish and seafood eaten. The country has Europe’s highest fish consumption per capita and is among the top four in the world for this indicator (58,5 Kg per inhabitant)
If you are a fish lover this your dream land.
Bacalhau (cod), which is the type of fish most consumed in Portugal. It is said that there are more than 365 ways to cook cod, one for every day of the year. Caldeirada is a stew consisting of a variety of fish and shellfish with potatoes, tomatoes and onions. For meat lover Cozido is a traditional stew of different meats and vegetables,
Wines: There are several red, white and rose but the more famous around the world is the fortified wine Porto.
Spanish cuisine has been influenced by many cultures. From the Romans, Arabs and later on from the “New World” the discover of Americas.
The breakfast in Spain is a coffee with churros(fried-dough pastry) magdalenas (sponge cakes with a distinctive shell-like shape) and tostadas (like an italian bruschetta).
Main course are many and vary also from place to place but we can’t miss to test
Paella, classy Jamon (ham) which are few of the Spanish cuisine delights.
Wines and liquors Sangria and Sherry are worldwide famous ones
On the 8th day, we will arrive in Catalonia and enjoy a full day of rest exploring this famous and energetic city of Barcelona. Founded as a Roman city and besieged several times during its history, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage, and today is an important international center and a major tourist destination. Gaudi park and the Barri Gòtic (Catalan for “Gothic Quarter”) are a must for every tourist visiting this beautiful city. Barcelona is not just great mix of art and history, it’s fun!
If you are a football fan the FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, with a capacity of 100,000 will be your Mecca.
After saying goodbye to the capital of Catalonia, we will climb up to our first motorcycle heaven, the Pyrenees. Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. It separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea. Traffic is very limited and good road conditions make the Pyrenees a top destination for motorcyclists. On our way we will spend a night in Andorra.
Officially, the Principality of Andorra is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 metres (3,356 ft) above sea level. An estimated 10.2 million visitors annually makes tourism 80% of its economy. It is not a member of the European Union, but the euro is the official currency.
Because of it’s fresh mountain air and organic products, the people of Andorra have the highest life expectancy in the world at 81 years.
Descending the Pyrenees, we will enter France and explore it’s gem cities of Carcassonne, Nimes (named also the French Rome), and Avignon which are all still perfectly preserved. Another postcard picture can be taken at Pont du Gard.
As we approach the Alps, we will enjoy a beautiful ride on the lavender lands and take in amazing views of the French version of “Grand Canyon”.
The last day of the second week, we’ll get some peace and quiet while staying in a biological reserve.
Beautiful, hilly secondary roads in the countryside of Spain and France will accompany us all the way.
Perfect weather and temperatures at this time of the year will make our rides even better. Tarmac conditions are generally very good everywhere, with the exception of few kilometers in Spain.
Drivers in Spain and France are used to riding with motorcyclists.
Food of the week:
French cuisine and wines are famous all over the world. French cuisine was heavily influenced by Italian cuisine, but since the 17th century shifted to its own style. Since November 2010, French gastronomy was added by the UNESCO to its lists of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage”.
A typical french day starts with a fresh baguette accompanied by jams , coffee, and a croissant. Lunch can vary a lot but typically you can have an omelet or sandwich (jambon beurre: the classic “Parisien” sandwich is just baguette, ham, and butter). The baguette must always be fresh, which make it so good! Quiche, which is like a salty cake, salads and soups are also common lunch fare.
Dinner has such a variety of dishes which can be hard to choose from. If you are a lover of seafood, you are in the best place for it. Meat lovers also will be not disappointed.
Here a few of the many dishes:
Soupe gratinée à l’oignon (is a type of soup usually based on meat stock and onions, and often served gratinéed with croutons and cheese on top or a large piece of bread)
Coq au vin (chicken, mushroom, and cured pork braised in red wine broth)
Moules mariníères (Mussels cooked in a herb-flavored white wine broth)
Bouillabaisse (soup of Mediterranean fish and shellfish)
Foie gras (French for “fat liver”) is a decadent food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened.
Salade niçoise ( salad of tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives, and anchovies, dressed with a vinaigrette)
Dessert: Saint-Honorè cake , Tarte tatin (upside down apple cake), chocolate mousse, Crème brûlée
Cheese and wine fans in France will be in heaven.
Camembert, Brie, Fromages de Chèvres and Roquefort few of the more famous.
Wines: Bourgogne, Bordeaux, Cabernet, Coteaux and Champagne
Liquor: Cognac, Cointreau
week 3 and 4
Week number three will start with a ride to one of the smallest and the most densely populated sovereign nations in the world, which is Monaco, the grand Prix city.
After having few laps in the circuit city” we will point you to another one to see the real pro-riders in action.
The entrance to Italy could not be celebrated better than starting with a race. Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to Mugello, where Motorcycle World Tours will offer the tickets to the major italian motorcyclists appointment, the Motogp race. If you never had a chance to see in real life a motogp race well you will never forget this experience, let the show begin , may the best rider win.
Pumped up from the pro racers, we’ll be ready to hit the dreamland of every single biker, the Alps. To warm the tyres up we will ride on the beautiful mountain rage of the Appennini. On the way we will ride through the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont, also recognized as a World Heritage site. We will visit Barolo where the famous wine is produced.
At this moment of the year all the higher pass are open, we will start to climb up and stay for 12 days of pure fun in the Alps mountains.
We will criss-cross between Italian, French, Swiss and Austrian mountains doing a clockwise semicircle around the Alps. 27 of the most amazing Alps passes are going to wait for us, included the highest road of the Alps Colle del Sommeiller (elevation 3003 meters)
Traffic will be very limited as the vacation summer season will be just starting and daily traffic is not going through the high mountain passes. Countless curves, stunning views and the slow rhythm of the mountains will overwhelm us. Sitting and admiring those giants will bring peace inside our souls.
Roads are generally very good with some only reasonably good and there will also be few sections of gravel (easy) for about 200 km (which can be avoided). Free grazing animals, lakes, eagles, alpine flowers and some snow-capped peaks will make every picture unforgettable. Dolomites will be our second World Heritage site in the Alps. Be ready for some of the best experience of your life. Those 3D wonders will stay forever in your memories.
During last 2 days of week 4, we will leave the Alps riding through Slovenia stopping for the night in one of the more beautiful towns of Slovenia, Radovljica. Before arriving in the town we will have a wonderful photo spot on the lake Bled. The following day we will arrive in Budapest, one of the most beautiful east European cities and capital of Hungary.
Riding in the Alps is a dream of every single motorcyclist and we will enjoy it day after day, corner after corner. We still cannot forget about safety as loosing the control of the motorcycle on a mountain road can cause serious injury or worse. Speed limits are there for a reason and sometimes even 50km/h is above our capability. The biggest dangers are represented by many blind corners and the possibility of presence of big stones. Generally the tarmac is in good shape as many of those wonderful mountain passes are used during the “Le tour de France” and the “Giro d’Italia”, both international bicycle competitions. We are not going to look for the best tarmac but we are going to look for best scenic and adventures roads, so get ready also for some of it.
If you were thinking to be on a diet during the two weeks you choose the wrong time. Italian cousin is well known to be the best in the world.
Genuine, fresh and biological products are typically from the mountains. After the fall of the Roman Empire different cities began to separate and form their own traditions and cuisine. Many different types of bread and pasta were invented, and there was a variation in cooking techniques and preparation. Italian cuisine since then emphasize the regionalism and tradition.
Antipasti: bresaola, many delicious pork, donkeys, wild boars and other wild animals sausage
First course: pizzoccheri, Polenta in many different ways, several baked kind of pasta, soups.
Second course: game animals like deer, chamois, hare dishes are very popular.
Wines: Barolo, Barbera , Merlot, Pinot , Cabernet, Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Traminer, Amarone di Valpolicella and many more
Desserts: Strudel di mele, Panforte, Baci di Dama, Tiramisu and many different tarts
Liquor: Grappa and Caffè alla Valdostana (a mix liquors and coffee set on fire)
Don’t forget that If you are lover of truffle you are in the best place for it.
After leaving Budapest we will visit the sad yet historical World War II site, which is also a World Heritage city. Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp represents one of the darkest stories in the history of humanity. The surreal atmosphere and silence will help you realize and deeply understand that those things really happened. We will spend that night in Krakow, the gem city of Poland and also on the World Heritage list. You cannot leave Krakow without a stroll in Old Town with plenty of good pubs and restaurants and international crowds.
Our next leg will lead us to the capital of Poland, Warsaw. Warsaw gained the title of the “Phoenix City” because it has survived many wars, conflicts and invasions throughout its long history. Most notably, the city required painstaking rebuilding after the extensive damage it suffered in World War II, which destroyed 85% of its buildings. The city center has been perfectly rebuilt, and you will never notice any difference from the original one. Sightseeing along the old market place and city center are a must in this Capital.
From Warsaw we’ll ride to Vilnius, another World Heritage city and capital of Lithuania. On the way from Warsaw to Vilnius the landscape and villages will slowly start to look like the ones we’ll encounter in Russia. We’ll ride from one World Heritage city to the next, Riga, capital of Latvia and our last stop in Europe. On the way to Riga we will visit the Hill of Crosses. Whether you are a believer or not, it is still very interesting area to visit. We’ll say farewell to Europe with a celebration dinner in the Latvian capital.
Getting in and out of capitals of east Europe will be relatively easy. There are not many motorcyclists, but drivers are getting more used to their presence as time goes on. As we start riding North, we will enjoy more daylight hours and amazing sunsets. Starting from Poland, roads will be wider and boast extensive agriculture fields. In Lithuania and Latvia we can expect more forests, lakes and very small villages with some wonderful wooden houses.
Food of the week:
Some famous Hungarian dishes:
Goulash is a stew with gravy or a soup using meat with bones, paprika, caraway, vegetables, and potatoes or various tiny dumplings or pasta simmered with the meat.
Various kinds of noodles and dumplings, potatoes, and rice are commonly served as a side dish. Hungarian sausages and winter salami are a major part of Hungarian cuisine.
There are few notable Hungarian wines.
Polish cuisine shares many similarities with other Slavic countries so we will have similar cuisine but with local differences.
Starting from soups Pomidorowa (tomato soup) , Rosol (chicken soup),
Zurek ( soured rye flour and meat, sometimes served in a cup made of bread),
Kapusniak ( cabbage, bacon and sausage)
Barszcz (meat or bone stock with beetroots,cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes and tomatoes).
Bigos (chopped meat of various kinds stewed with sauerkraut and shredded fresh cabbage) Schabowy (cutlet like Viennese or Milanese but of pork) ,
Golonka ( pork knuckle) , Pierogi ( filled dumplings ) ,
Golabki ( cabbage roll common in made from slightly soft-boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around minced pork or beef, chopped onions, and rice)
Desserts: Sernik (cheesecake) , Racuchy (pancakes) ,
Paczki ( similar to doughnuts), Makowiec ( poppy seed pastry)
Beer is definitely the most common drink and Vodka is the most popular liquor.
Lithuanian cuisine features products suited to the cool and moist northern climate. Lithuanian cuisine has much in common with its Baltic neighbors and other northern countries. Traditionally, the centerpiece of Lithuanian cuisine is dark rye bread (ruginė duona) which is used substantially more often than light wheat breads.
Didžkukuliai (more commonly known as cepelinai) is often called the national dish of Lithuania.
Soups are extremely popular, and are widely regarded as the key to good health.
Šaltibarščiai (Cold borscht) is a soup that you will not forget easily as is it really pink,
A very Lithuanian sweet is a poppy seed cake, Šimtalapis.
Alus beer is the most popular.
Meatball Soup (Frikadeļu zupa) and Aukstā zupa is very similar to the Lithuanian Šaltibarščiai are few of the many soups.
Breaded Pork Chops (Karbonāde): One of the most common dishes on the Latvian table.
Kartupeļi ar siļķi un biezpienu is herring with cottage cheese and potatoes. Three most typical Latvian foods combined in one.
One of the best desserts is Rupjmaizes Kārtojums, a truly delicacy
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