Enjoy riding the best motorcycle roads in Crimea, visiting historical places such as the castle where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met to re-draw the map of Europe at the end of the World War II and the Nuclear Submarine Top Secret Base in Balaclava.
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Escorted Motorbike Tour Europe
Travel East in an incredible motorcycle adventure. An 11-day tour riding trough Ukraine - the second largest country in Europe. Add in Moldova's stunning vistas and its endless caves stocked with legendary bottles of wine and you get a journey to remember. The Crimean Peninsula will surely impress. Best known for the Crimean War, Crimea town of Yalta is the place where Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill famously met to decide the fate of post-WWII Europe. Venture East on a fabulous motorcycle adventure.
Escorted Motorbike Tour Europe - Venture East
- Potemkin Steps in Odessa, one of the most beautiful staircases of Europe
- Nuclear Submarine Top Secret Base in Balaclava, Crimea – a unique strategic site, the building could withstand a direct nuclear attack like Hiroshima (100 kilotons).
- Livadia Palace – home to the Yalta Conference, where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met to re-draw the map of Europe at the end of the World War II.
- Transnistria – visit a country that does not exist on the map
- Chisinau – the capital city of the Republic of Moldavia
- Voronet Monastery – known as the Sistine Chapel of the East, a UNESCO world Heritage Site.
- Dracula’s Castle and its Coffin on Borgo Pass, built, in accordance to Bram Stoker’s imagination on the border between Transylvania and Moldova
Day 1, Sunday, Odessa (Ukraine)
Welcome to Ukraine! Our English speaking guide, a motorcycle enthusiast, collects you from Odessa Airport.
Briefing and accommodation in a 4* Hotel.
Day 2, Monday, Odessa – Kobelov – Nikolaev – Cherson
Morning ride to Odessa Port to walk Potemkin Steps, one of the most beautiful staircases of Europe.
Ride to Nikolajev, an important cultural centre of Ukraine.
Accommodation in Cherson in a 3* Hotel.
Day 3, Tuesday, Cherson – Novaja Kackovka – Jevpatoria
Morning ride to Novaja Kackovka, known as the Pearl of low Dnieper.
Continue riding to Jevpatoria, a major Ukrainian Black Sea Port.
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel.
Day 4, Wednesday, Jevpatoria – Saki – Balaclava – Sevastopol – Bakhchisaraj – Sevastopol
Continue your journey to Balaclava, home of the Nuclear Submarine Top Secret Base.
Enjoy the Military Port in Sevastopol and visit the Panorama (Heroic Sevastopol Defence) Museum.
Accommodate in a 3* Hotel.
Day 5, Thursday, Sevastopol – Alupka – Yalta
Ride to Alupka, home of Vorontsov Palace.
Continue your journey to Yalta, a memorable place in Worlds History.
Visit Livadia Palace. Accommodation in Yalta in a 3* Hotel.
Day 6, Friday, Yalta – Alushta – Sudak – Feodosija
Visit today the largest waterfall in the Crimea.
Admire the waterfall and ride to Alushta to visit the Red Cave.
Accommodate in the Old City of Feodosija in a 3* Hotel.
Day 7, Saturday, Feodosija – Dzankoj – Cherson
Leave Feodosija behind and ride to Cherson, an important port on the Black Sea.
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel.
Day 8, Sunday, Cherson – Odessa (Ukraine) –Tiraspol (Transnistria) – Chisinau (Republic of Moldova)
Leave Ukraine behind and step into a country that does not exist on the map – Transnistria.
Visit the city of Tiraspol, the capital and largest city of Transnistria.
Continue your journey to Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldavia.
Day 9, Monday, Chisinau (Republic of Moldavia) – Iasi – Suceava (Romania)
Morning visit to one of the most famous winery in Moldavia – Cricova Cellars.
Visit the cellars and continue your journey to Romania.
Accommodation in Suceava in a 3* Hotel.
Day 10, Tuesday, Suceava – Voroneț – Borgo Pass – Turda
Start your day with the most beautiful monastery of Bucovina, Voroneț, known as the Sistine Chapel of the East.
Head next for Dracula’s Castle on Borgo Pass.
Spend the evening in Turda, accommodation in a 4* Hotel.
Day 11, Wednesday, Turda – Cluj Napoca
Say good bye to Romania. Transfer to Cluj Napoca Airport to catch your flight home.
The itinerary is complemented with excellent accommodation because the region offers charming hotels and cozy country inns.
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Escorted Motorbike Tour Europe - Venture East
Special notes and Info
Escorted Motorbike Tour Europe - Venture East
- Duration of the tour: 15 days
- Riding days: 13 days
- Total distance: Approximately 3160 km/ 1963miles
- Skill level: intermediate
- Lodging type: good quality Hotels
- Rides: on paved roads as well as on sections of gravel roads
- What to bring: Complete motorcycle gear with integral or flip up helmet
- Starting point: Sofia - capital city of Bulgaria
Where you’ll stay in this motorcycle tour
click here to see the selection of hotels we use during our motorcycle tours. The accommodation is chosen either for its convenient location in the center of the city or in nature with amazing views.
Advice for Australians traveling abroad
According with Australian government the following advice are to be followed:
Before you go
- Confirm your passport is valid for 6 months from when you think your trip will end. Don’t get stranded.
- Get comprehensive travel insurance to cover you and your gear. Get insurance that’s right for you and covers your activities in the places you’ll go. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.
- Consider your physical and mental health. Get advice from your doctor if you’re unsure.
- See your doctor or travel clinic 8 weeks before you go for a basic health check
- Check if your medication is legal and available in the places you’re going. Take enough of your prescribed medicines to last the whole trip. Carry copies of your prescription and a letter from your doctor.
- Tell your bank you’re travelling and check if your cards will work. Have several payment options.
- If you’ll drive overseas check out the local traffic laws and practices. You’re likely to need an International Driving Permit (IDP) as well as your Australian driver’s license.
- Share your itinerary with friends or family members. Give them copies of your passport
Holidays don’t always go as planned. If you’re going overseas, travel insurance is as important as a passport. Without it, you or your family could suffer financially if things go wrong. No matter who you are, where you’re going and what you’re doing, get insurance.
Travel insurance is especially important if you need medical assistance. Healthcare overseas can be very expensive. Most countries won’t give you free care, or subsidies the cost of your care. You, or your insurer, must usually pay full price.
Travel Advice for Australians visiting Eastern Europe
Keep your personal belongings close. Lock hotel and train compartment doors from the inside.
Drink spiking is an issue. Don’t accept food, drinks, gum or cigarettes from people you’ve just met.
Dating and marriage scams occur.
Only use ATM’s in banks, shops and shopping centers, especially at night. Always keep your credit card in sight. Be wary of people you’ve met online.
Penalties for drug offences are severe. They can include jail sentences of up to 20 years.
By law, you must always carry photo ID. Keep your passport in a safe place. Carry a photocopy.
It’s illegal to take photos of airports, military sites or other secure locations.
It’s illegal to engage in sex work or have sexual relations with a person under 18.
Same-sex relationships are legal in Romania, but not widely accepted.
The Australian Consulate in Bucharest provides limited consular and passport assistance.
You can get full consular help from the Australian Embassy in Athens.
Please check out your itinerary below:
Sunday, Odessa (Ukraine)
Welcome to Ukraine! Our English speaking guide, a motorcycle enthusiast, collects you from Odessa Airport. Founded by a decree of the Empress Catherine the Great in 1794, the city is a major seaport located on the northwest shore of the Black Sea. Briefing and accommodation in a 4* Hotel.
Monday, Odessa – Kobelov – Nikolaev – Cherson
225km – 3h40min
Morning ride to Odessa Port. Visit Potemkin Steps, one of the most beautiful staircases of Europe, made famous all over the world by director Eisenstein in the movie Battleship Potemkin. Enjoy a visit to the Vorontov Palace, a supreme work-of-art, the 19th Century palace and colonnade was built for Odessa governor Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov. Ride to Nikolajev, an important cultural centre of Ukraine, laid out on a gridiron pattern of broad streets. Accommodation in Cherson in a 3* Hotel.
Tuesday, Cherson – Novaja Kackovka – Jevpatoria
300km – 5h15min. riding
Morning ride to Novaja Kackovka. Recognized as the Monument of Architecture, the city is also known as the Pearl of low Dnieper. After a short tour of the city continue riding to Jevpatoria, a major Ukrainian Black Sea Port, home of several spas of mineral water, salt and mud lakes used for curative purposes. Accommodation in a 3* Hotel.
Wednesday, Jevpatoria – Saki – Balaclava – Sevastopol – Bakhchisaraj – Sevastopol
225km – 3h35min riding
Continue your journey to Balaclava, home of the Nuclear Submarine Top Secret Base turned nowadays into a naval Museum. Hollowed out in a rock and covered by 56m of reinforced concrete, the submarine base is formed by combined underground water channel with a dry dock, repairing workshops, torpedoes and other weapon stores. In case of direct nuclear attack, the objective could resist a direct hit up to 100 kilotons power.
Enjoy the Military Port in Sevastopol and visit the Panorama (Heroic Sevastopol Defence) Museum, a monument to the heroic defenders of Sevastopol in Crimea War, unleashed in the fight for the influence on the Middle East by Great Britain, France, Turkey and Sardinia against Russia. Ride to Bakhchisaraj and visit The Khan's Palace. Built in the 16th century, the palace became home to a succession of Crimean Khans. Head back to Sevastopol and accommodate in a 3* Hotel.
Thursday, Sevastopol – Alupka – Yalta
140 km – 3h riding
Ride to Alupka, home of Vorontsov Palace. Constructed by serf-masters, in pseudo-gothic style with eastern style elements, the Palace-museum has original interiors, collections of painting, china, furniture, bronzes and cut-glass ware. Continue your journey to Yalta, a memorable place in Worlds History. Visit Livadia Palace – the summer residence of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II and his family. In February 1945 the palace became the place where the Crimean Conference of the Government executives of the anti-Hitler coalition countries took place (Stalin from USSR, Roosevelt from USA and Churchill from Great Britain). Chekhov's House (White Dacha), the place where famous Russian writer, Anton Chekhov, wrote many of his plays, and Swallow's Nest Castle are next on our agenda. Accommodation in Yalta in a 3* Hotel.
Friday, Yalta – Alushta – Sudak – Feodosija
175 km – 3h riding
Visit today the largest waterfall in the Crimea – the Wuchang-su Water Fall, 98 meters height. The waterfall is particularly beautiful after a heavy rain, during spring time and when the snow melts in the mountains. Admire the waterfall and ride to Alushta to visit the Red Cave. The halls of the cave are 80 meters long and up to 30 meters high. It covers for 19% of the total length, 30% of the area and 13% of all cavities in Crimea. Sudak is your next destination with the ruins of The Genovese Fortress, dating back to 14th-15th centuries. Accommodate in the Old City of Feodosija in a 3* Hotel.
Saturday, Feodosija – Dzankoj – Cherson
310 km – 5h25min
Leave Feodosija behind and ride to Cherson, an important port on the Black Sea and home of a major ship-building industry. Accommodation in a 3* Hotel.
Sunday, Cherson – Odessa (Ukraine) –Tiraspol (Transnistria) – Chisinau (Republic of Moldavia)
355km – 5h50min
Leave Ukraine behind and step into a country that does not exist on the map – Transnistria. Governed as the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, Transnistria is a ghost country, an unrecognized state claiming the territory to the east of the river Dniester, the city of Bender and the localities situated on the west bank of the river. Visit the city of Tiraspol, the capital and largest city of Transnistria.
Continue your journey to Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldavia. Located on the river Bic, the city is a mixture of old and modern architectural styles. Accommodation in Chisinau in a 3* Hotel.
Monday, Chisinau (Republic of Moldavia) – Iasi – Suceava (Romania)
284 km – 5h riding
Morning visit to one of the most famous winery in Moldavia – Cricova Cellars. Located in Cricova, the winery boasts 120 kilometres of labyrinth roadways, some of them used for wine storage. Legend has it that in 1966 the astronaut Yuri Gagarin entered the wine cellars, re-emerging two days later (with assistance). Visit the cellars and continue your journey to Romania. Ride to Iasi, one of the most beautiful cities in the country, home of the Palace of Culture. A landmark of the city, the Palace, built in neo-gothic style, hosts the Moldavia National Museum. Visit Iasi and head to Suceava, the former capital of the Moldavian State and main residence of the Moldavian princes. Accommodation in Suceava in a 3* Hotel.
Tuesday, Suceava – Voronet – Borgo Pass – Turda
322km – 5h25min
Start your day with the most beautiful monastery of Bucovina, Voronet, probably the most accomplished example of Moldavian architecture and painting, known as the Sistine Chapel of the East, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fame of Voroneţ is due especially to its exterior painting realized on an inimitable blue background, and known throughout the world as the ‘blue of Voroneţ’. Head next for Dracula’s Castle on Borgo Pass, built in accordance to Bram Stoker’s imagination on the border between Transylvania and Moldavia. To test your courage, visit Dracula’s Coffin in the dungeon of the castle. Spend the evening in Turda, accommodation in a 4* Hotel.
Wednesday, Turda – Cluj Napoca
40 km – 40 min transfer
With a lot of memories and surely some regret say good bye to Romania. Transfer to Cluj Napoca Airport to catch your flight home.
- Services of a professional English speaking guide, a motorcycle enthusiast
- Accommodation: 2 nights in 4* hotels, 8 nights in 3* hotels
- Meals: 10 breakfasts
- Motorcyclist English speaking guide
- transfer from/to the Airport
- Transportation: BMW motorcycle of your choice
- road taxes
- entry fees to the mentioned tourist attractions
- lunches and dinners
- individual activities
- plane ticket
- airport fees
- photo, video tax
- other not mentioned
Reservations are required. We recommend booking early as tours are often sold out well in advance. You can make a reservations on-line. In case of making reservations by phone please call toll-free: 808 101 6781 (UK); 866 376 6183 (US).
You can also make reservations by fax - download and complete the booking form and send it by fax to: 0040-364-405641 or by e-mail!
We require an advance deposit in the amount of Euro 145/person. When you make the reservation online you will be required to pay the deposit. You will receive an automatic response with your Holiday Booking Reference. Once the advance deposit is registered with our accounts we proceed with the reservation for the requested services and issue the Confirmation Letter + Paid Invoice (once the amount is registered with our accounts).
The final payment is due 60 days prior departure. ( After the final payment is made we will issue Travel Voucher). Should the booking be made within 60 days prior to tour departure, entire tour cost is requested at the time of booking. To read Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live’s Terms and Conditions please visit us on line at: https://motorcycle-tours-europe.us/terms-conditions/
The client is at all time entitled to cancel the Travel Contract, but must pay Adventure Motorcycle Tours a cancellation charge as stipulated below:
89 days or more prior to departure 90 EURO per person / per tour cancellation fee;
88–61 days, loss of deposit.
60–31 days will be subject to 50% of tour price;
30 days or less will be subject to 100% of tour price.
Our tours include the services of English-speaking guides.
German, French, Hungarian and Hebrew-speaking guide are also available, on request.
We can design an itinerary at a time that suits you, to your own comfort levels and within your own budget. Please send your request by e-mail or by fax.
Yes, most of our tours operate even if there’s only one person.
The tour has audience targets motorcycle riders interested in riding the best motorcycle roads in the area visited. Group size can be between 4-14 people. Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live is member of the responsible travel network and we are committed to operating a travel policy that is supportive of local economies, cultures and the environment. We operate our tours with small groups in order to minimize the negative impact on the environment and allow our guests to interact more easily with the locals, facilitate the communication with the guide. The average age of group is, most of the time, between 35-60.
We do not provide individual tickets for rail, air, boat or ferry.
We only accept VISA and MASTERCARD. Please select only these two types of credit cards for the online payment.
If you pay on-line using our secure internet booking form your credit card can hold any type of currency, the amount of money to be taken will be exchanged in EURO by your bank, at their rate.
We accept RON and EURO for offline credit card payment and wire transfer.
Yes, we do offer discounts provided they travel as a group; Contact us
Yes, depending on the number of your group. Contact us
Local Costs in a 3* restaurant: Soft Drink: $1.3; Beer: $1.7; Bottle of Wine: $8.7 - $18, 3 course dinner: $13.28 - $18.11. In shops these products can be 50% cheaper.
Our prices include the online secure payment commissions. However depending on your bank some commissions may occur for international money transfer. Please check with your bank!
In case we’ll have a full house situation at one of the hotels, an accommodation of an equal classification or better will be booked for you. In case of closed roads due to bad weather, working situations or dangerous weather conditions the itinerary could suffer changes.
Please follow our recommendation on How to arrive (heading found for any of our holidays at the Special notes and info section at the end of the tour page). Our guide will expect you with an Adventure Motorcycle Tours sign. In the unfortunate case of a flight being lost or delayed and prevent you in this way from getting to your meting point in good time, please call 0040 726 253 356.
Our tour fares are based on two in one hotel room. For occupancy by one person, the "single supplement" cost specified in each itinerary will be required.
If you travel alone you have to book the tour with a single supplement; if you wish to book a double room which you want to share with another traveller, we’ll do our best to make all arrangements, but in case this is not possible, you’ll have to pay the single supplement; however it is our strongest recommendation to book the tour with a single supplement when travelling alone.
Yes, also gluten-free, vegan. When you make the reservation of your tour please do not forget to fill in this information at Dietary Restrictions section.
Romania tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days. Romania is a member of the European Union so it shares the same legal legislation – a passport is all you need.
To check the list of the countries that require a visa please see the web site page of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mae.ro.
Romanian currency is Lei (written symbol Ron). All the places in Romania trade lei (pronunciation: lay). You can bring some euros or US dollars and change here the amount of money you need (advisable due to the lower exchange rate). Credit cards are accepted in large hotels, restaurants and malls. ATM machines are available at banks, airports and shopping centers all over the country. (except in remote areas or villages). Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks or authorized exchange offices. International airports and larger hotels also offer currency exchange services. The tour guide is also responsible for helping clients with money exchange; recommend the exchange offices which charge the lowest commission.
In Romania electric power in use is of 220 voltages, AC, usually 2 pronged.
Romania enjoys warm summers and cold winters. In summer, cool cottons are best and in the winter a warm jacket or alike is recommended. Autumn is dry and cool, with fields and trees producing beautifully colored foliage. The weather in October-November is very unpredictable, with daytime temperatures between 6°-17° Celsius (42.80 - 62.60 Fahrenheit), and night time temperatures between 3° - 10°Celsius (37.40 - 50 Fahrenheit); but it is very much possible that you will see some snowfall especially in the mountain areas.
Romanian time is EET (Eastern European Time), two hours ahead of GMT. Bucharest, Check right now what time is in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania: https://time.is/Bucharest
2 x trousers/long skirts such as Colombia or Kathmandu
1 x shorts
1 x set of bathers
5 x t-shirts
1 x thermal set
1 x polar fleece/jumper/windcheater
5 x socks and underwear
1 good broad rimmed hat
1 x set of thongs/sandals/flip flops
1 x light walking boots
complete motorcycle gear
Yes, every motorcycle has a safety and mechanical inspection prior to every rental. We have trained technicians on premises. All motorcycles are maintained to manufacturers' specifications and our technicians are very well acquainted with all rented bikes. Your safety is our #1 priority.
What kind of driver's license is required to rent from Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live?
Do the motorbikes have power outlets?
Are the side bags and the storage lockable?
Is there a place to store my luggage during the tour?
Adventure Motorcycle Tours - Transylvania Live can provide you with a side-car motorcycle on request. Please contact us for more details.
Adventure Motorcycle Tours – Transylvania Live has a good selection of helmets, gloves or rain suites for rent. Please note that the rental of these accessories depends upon availability. However we suggest you bring your own for fitment and comfort.
2-3 days – EURO 10 /day
4-6 days – EURO 8/ day
7-14 days – EURO 6/day
Over 14 days – EURO
Yes, for your own safety, and per Romanian law, both you and your passenger are required to wear a certified helmet at all times when you ride our motorcycle.