European Motorcycle Trip Itinerary

Planned 21 June 2002 to late October

Here is the four month motorcycle trip I have planned for the second half of the year.  The trip will take me and bike to France, Corsica, Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic, Holland and Belgium.

 

Hopefully, the bike will be able to hack it.  I'm actually thinking of replacing it with something that is newer, faster and most importantly...doesn't require you to think way ahead when stopping.  Stay tuned.

 

let me know what you think of the itinerary.  Any suggestions most welcome.  If you want to join up with me on certain legs, you're more than welcome.

France

Getting There

Channel Tunnel via Calais

Dates and Days

Start:   21 June 2002

End:     29 June 2002

9 Days

To See

Travelling with Dan on motorcycles.

Where

What

Days

Dates

Big Travel Day

London to Normandy

1

21/06/02

Normandy

Arromanches, WW2 Beaches, Bayeux, Mont Saint Michel

3

22 – 24/06/02

Brittany

Saint Malo, Quimper

2

25-26/06/02

Loire Valley

Blois, Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau

1

27/06/02

Big Travel Day

Split up with Dan and sprint to Marseille to get the ferry to Corsica on the 29th at 2015.  Ferry is overnight and lands at .

2

28-29/06/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Corsica

Getting There

Via ferry.  Marseille to Ajaccio.  Then ride to Porto Vecchio and the villa near Tarco

Dates and Days

Start:   Arrive at 7.00am on 30/06/02

End:            07/07/02

8 Days

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Corsica

Various

 

30/06/02 – 06/07/02

Big Travel Day

Ferry to Sardina from Bonifacio.  Ferry takes about 2 hours

1

07/07/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Italy

Getting There

If possible, try and get a ferry from Corsica to Napoli OR

Go to Sardinia, stay a few days then catch the ferry to Napoli from Cagliari

 

Ride up from Napoli

Dates and Days

Start:            07/07/02

End:            22/07/02

17 Days

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Sardina

Main attractions.  Need to take ferry from Cagliari to Naples (Leaves 18:30 takes 16hrs)

3

07-09/07/02

Napoli

Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Mt Vesuvius, Herculaneum.

4

09-12/07/02

Big Travel Day

Napoli to Siena (stop at Montecassino on the way)

1

13/07/02

Siena (Toscana)

Medieval city

1

14/07/02

Toscana

Countryside

2

15-16/07/02

Firenze (Toscana)

Main attractions

2

17-18/07/02

Pisa (Toscana)

Leaning Tower

1

19/07/02

The Cinque Terra (Liguria)

Cool villages along the coast.

1

20/07/02

Verona

 

1

21/07/02

Big Travel Day

Verona to Slovenia

1

22/07/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Slovenia

Getting There

Cross at Gorizia and go along the border to Bled.  Will be pushing to make Verona to Bled in a day but possible if I get up early.

Dates and Days

Start:            23/07/02

End:            26/07/02

4 Days

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Big Travel Day

From Italian Border to Bled.  Possibly good roads in the Julian Alps

1

23/07/01

Bled

Castle, Lake

1

24/07/02

Ljubljana

Capitol of Slovenia

2

25-26/07/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Croatia

Getting There

From Ljubljana, Zagreb is about 200kms or a morning’s ride.

Dates and Days

Start:            27/07/02

End:            01/08/02

6 Days

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Zagreb

Drive from Ljubljana. Check out city.

2

27-28/07/01

Big Travel Day

Zagreb to Split along coast road (meant to be good)

1

29/07/02

Split

Old Town. Palace of Diocletian

1

30/07/02

Dubrovnik

Morning ride from Split to Dubrovnik.  Medieval city by coast

2

31/07/02 – 01/08/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Bosnia-Hercegovina

Getting There

Mornings ride from Dubrovnik to Mostar.  Stay on asphalt as lots of landmines still about (shudder). UN (aka smurfs because of their blue helmets) are pretty much in control and Sarajevo is starting to go off.

Dates and Days

Start:            02/08/02

End:            05/08/02

4 Days

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Mostar

Morning ride from Dubrovnik. Medieval buildings in afternoon

1

02/08/02

Sarajevo

Full mornings ride from Mostar.  Look around Sarajevo. Sniper Alley where trams now run.

2

03-04/08/02

Big Travel Day

Travel to Pecs in Hungary through Bosnia and Slovenia. Via Banja Luka in Bosnia.

1

05/08/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Hungary

Getting There

From Sarajevo to Pecs

Dates and Days

Start:            06/08/02

End:            09/08/02

4 Days

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Pecs

Another large and historical city

1

06/08/02

Budapest

Travel to Budapest from Pecs. Capital of Hungary.  Baths. Castle. Old Town.

2

07-08/08/02

Danube Bend

Palaces overlooking the river. Szentendre, Visegrad.  Finish in Bratislava

1

09/08/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Slovakia

Getting There

From Gyor to Bratislava

Dates and Days

Start:            09/08/02

End:            14/08/02

6 Days

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Bratislava

See the sights. Party with Dan

3

09-11/08/02

E75, E50

Trencin, Tatra/Carpathian Mountains, Levoca, cross border into Poland near Muszyna.  Head for Krakow.

3

12-14/08/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Poland

Getting There

From Muszyna on the Polish border

Dates and Days

Start:            15/08/02

End:            23/08/02

9 Days

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Krakow

City

2

15-16/08/02

Oswiecim

Auschwitz/Birkenau.  Stay overnight in nearbt youth hostel

1

17/08/02

Warsaw

Full morning ride to Warsaw.  See sights

3

18-20/08/02

Malbork

Teutonic Knights Castle

1

21/08/02

Gizycko

Hitlers Wolf’s Lair

1

22/08/02

Big Travel Day

Hitlers Wolf’s Lair to Vilnius

1

23/08/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Lithuania

Getting There

From Warsaw

Dates and Days

Start:            24/08/02

End:            26/08/02

4 Days

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Vilnius

City

2

24-25/08/02

Riga via Kaunas and Siauliai

Kaunas is the ‘heart of Lithuania’. Siauliai has the hill of crosses.

2

25-26/08/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Latvia

Getting There

From Vilnius

Dates and Days

Start:            27/08/02

End:            03/09/02

8 Days (includes travel to Sweden)

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Riga

City, catch up with Julia & Sveta, party with Dan, day trips out to other parts of Latvia. 

6

27/08/02 – 01/09/02

Travel to Sweden by Ferry via Riga or Tallinn (more probable)

Hopefully can get summer ferry to Stockholm. Otherwise, will need to travel to Tallinn and get ferry from there.

2

02-03/09/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Sweden

Getting There

From Riga or Tallinn via ferry

Dates and Days

Start:            04/09/02

End:            08/09/02

5 Days (includes travel to Sweden)

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Stockholm

City, Drottningholm and other nearbt palaces.

3

04-06/09/02

Gothenburg

Drive from Stockholm,  Check out villages along the way.

1

07/09/02

Malmo

Catch ferry to Copenhagen.  Is there a bridge?

1

08/09/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Denmark

Getting There

From Malmo or similar via ferry or bridge if there is one.

Dates and Days

Start:            08/09/02

End:            08/09/02

5 Days (includes travel to Sweden)

To See

Where

What

Days

Dates

Copenhagen

City

3

08-10/09/02

North Zealand

Drive around castles, beaches and wood lands

1

11/09/02

Somewhere else in Denmark then onto Germany.

Somewhere else followed by Big Travel Day to Germany

2

12-13/09/02

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.

Germany, Czech Republic, Holand and Belgium

Getting There

From Denmark. 

Dates and Days

Start:   14/09/2

End:           20/10/02

36 Days

To See

Haven’t got time at moment to add everything in so just high-level

Where

What

Days

Dates

Germany

Berlin, Dresden, Munich, riding along the Rhine, Cologne, Oktober Fest

 

 

Czech Republic

Prague and a few outlying places

 

 

Holland

Chilling in Amsterdam and a few other cities

 

 

Belgium

Bruges, WW1 battlefields

 

 

Big Travel Day

Back to London via Calais

 

 

Rough guide only.  Dates most subject to change.