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Motorcycle through Eastern Europe Sept 21-16Oct

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1. Posted by LongHike (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Starting in Sofia, Bulgaria. BMW 650 GS Dakar is costing me 1300 Euro roughly for 25 days (www.motoroads.com). Road taxes in each country will cost a little extra.

Any riders out there wanna join up? I'm flexible with what I wanna do.

Wanna hit the markets in Istanbul, check out Auschwitz in Poland, Dracula's castle ruins in Transylvania, ancient ruins of Greece, beaches along the mediterannean - namely Croatia... Check out Budapest, Split, Sarajevo, Warsaw, doesn't really matter, museums, art galleries, good eating, historical sites, tourist attractions, well kept town secrets, micro-breweries, nightclubs.

looking to stay in hostels/inns/or camp out to keep costs down, but do a hotel in a major city once a week to recoup

Let me know what you think. email me from my contact info in my profile or PM me
Michael

2. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Hate to disappoint you, but there are no Dracula's castle ruins in Transylvania. There are a few tourist traps that pretend to be real, but they most certainly aren't. Enjoy the bike ride and watch the pot-holes in Bulgaria. They can rip a tyre right off it's wheel, bike or car.

3. Posted by LongHike (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

I thought 'Vlad the Impaler" had a castle in transylvannia and that the remains were still there!?

4. Posted by Musicolo (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Quoting LongHike

Starting in Sofia, Bulgaria. BMW 650 GS Dakar is costing me 1300 Euro roughly for 25 days (www.motoroads.com). Road taxes in each country will cost a little extra.

Any riders out there wanna join up? I'm flexible with what I wanna do.

Wanna hit the markets in Istanbul, check out Auschwitz in Poland, Dracula's castle ruins in Transylvania, ancient ruins of Greece, beaches along the mediterannean - namely Croatia... Check out Budapest, Split, Sarajevo, Warsaw, doesn't really matter, museums, art galleries, good eating, historical sites, tourist attractions, well kept town secrets, micro-breweries, nightclubs.

looking to stay in hostels/inns/or camp out to keep costs down, but do a hotel in a major city once a week to recoup

Let me know what you think. email me from my contact info in my profile or PM me
Michael

Hi Michael,

When do you plan to go on your travels, Croatia and Sarajevo? Coming few months can be very unpredictable wheater wise. Currently its sunny and really hot both in Sarajevo and the Croatian coast and it will probably remain like this in September.
In Sarajevo, I would recommend at least an over night stay in order to appriciate the city during the day and at night. You just missed Sarajevo Film Festival when the city is really alive but there are still some great places to go out at night and chill out. Amazing food and cheap as well. Don't miss the old Otoman town called Bascarsija, the city hall (though its being reconstructed at the moment so one side of it is covered with protective net), centuries old mosques and churches in the old town and city center, and of course Bosnian coffe, cevapcice (something like meet balls) and delicious cakes :) I think you can find reasonably priced hotels in Sarajevo city center. I say reasonably priced in comparison to, for instance, Budapest or Vienna. Famous Holiday Inn. Its nothing out of the ordinary, but it was used as safe haven for journalists during the war in early ninetees, hence, its popularity. Although hostels are located conveniently in the city center but I'm afraid I can't give you more info on these since I live here and never really stayed in hostel in Sarajevo :) :)
On your way down to croatian coast, you might wanna make a quick stop in Mostar just to check out the old brige, its amazing.
In Croatia, I'd recommend Split-beautiful city, and Dubrovnik, altough it is a little out of the way but if you don't mind motor cycling for extra 2-3 hours, go for it. Along the coast, there are numerous resorts and places to chill if the weather is nice. It all depends what you are after in terms of hight life, chilling out or partying.
Anyway, I hope you have great time, specially in Sarajevo and if you need some more info and advice, let me know.
Best of luck
Em

5. Posted by Little_Pea (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Bran Castle is the one marketed as "Dracula's Castle" and a temporary residence of Vlad the Impaler. There is, however, no evidence of Bram Stoker ever knowing about this castle when he wrote Dracula.

~Pea

6. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting Little_Pea

Bran Castle is the one marketed as "Dracula's Castle" and a temporary residence of Vlad the Impaler. There is, however, no evidence of Bram Stoker ever knowing about this castle when he wrote Dracula.

~Pea

There is Vlad's place in Sighisoara, however it is just a small house and there's no castle as such.
There are lots of castles in the region claiming to be Dracula's, but none are.

7. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Going from Croatia to Bulgaria, avoid Serbia unless you have a Green Card before you reach the Croatia/Serbia border. A Serbian Green Card is €145 minimum. No GC, no entry into Sebia on your bike. In fact that's what theyll tell you to do, 'get on your bike and go back'. To get to Bulgaria go via Romania. Its a snip of the cost going the other way.

8. Posted by LongHike (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Quoting BedouinLeo

Going from Croatia to Bulgaria, avoid Serbia unless you have a Green Card before you reach the Croatia/Serbia border. A Serbian Green Card is €145 minimum. No GC, no entry into Sebia on your bike. In fact that's what theyll tell you to do, 'get on your bike and go back'. To get to Bulgaria go via Romania. Its a snip of the cost going the other way.

serious? I'm canadian, i thought we were loved and welcomed everywhere? I travelled all over the western EU and UK and my passport was accepted everywhere. do I need to buy a Green Card for every country or just the one time? serbia herzegovnia was on my list of places to go.

You do any travelling around EU in a vehicle? I have to get insurance and Road Tarriff stuff sorted out. Although one site i was on made it sound like you can pay the road tax at any border crossing, which makes sense to me. That's how our national parklands work, the toll asks if you're passing through or staying in and you pay the fee to do either and they give you a pass.

9. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

I will try and help you plan your trip a little more thoroughly, no offence intended.
The Green Card I am on about involves your transport insurance, nothing to do with your passport or any visas you may need en route. A Green Card simply converts your present bike insurance from (normally) third party, to fully comprehensive. Without it, if you are involved in an accident, whether your fault or not, the cover is much restricted. I wont go into it here because obviously as a well seasoned traveller that you are, you will know the difference between the two. Serbia will not let you in by road on your own transport unless you have Green Card cover on your motor policy to cover that country.
Just to pop this little bit in here, there is not and never has been a country in Europe known as Serbia Herzegovinia.
There is Bosnia and Herzegovina (one country at present) and there is Serbia, two different countries and both part of former Yugoslavia. In Bosnia you will also require extra Green Card insurance but the chances of the border guards asking to see it or getting you to purchase cover at the border are very slight, which is the same for Croatia too. I have crossed the border many times into Eastern Europe from the west and never had too many hold ups. But without your Green Card for Serbia you quite simply wont be allowed to cross.
To answer another one of your questions, yes I have travelled much of Eastern and Western Europe, as well as many parts of the world across both hemispheres by road with my own transport or being driven by someone else and have done so for many years.
UK vehicle insurance usually has Croatia added on as a Green Card extension extra, but it will not include Serbia. I don't know whether you are obtaining your travel insurance for Europe while in Canada or getting it whilst in Europe, but if you get it in Canada it will not usually have any Green Card extensions added on. You can however ask for them to be added at extra cost.
Do you know about 'Vignettas'? They are small stickers which represent local road taxes that you have to buy for most countries you cross. They must be displayed on your vehicle at all times and be valid. You can purchase them at most large petrol (gas) stations and they vary little in price. Many drivers dont bother buying them and get away with it, but if you are stopped by a roadside check and you havent got one then the penalties are very harsh and on the spot. If you cant pay, then your vehicle will be impounded until you do. In Switzerland and Italy you will also be arrested if you are a foreign national until you have paid.
So there is a little insight into travelling by road across Europe with private tranport.
Hope I've been of some help.

10. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Incidentally in addition to buying Green Card cover and Vignettas for certain countries as mentioned, there are additional tolls to pay when you use certain roads. There are no toll roads in Romania or Bulgaria but they exist widely in Serbia and Croatia.