Category: Balkans

Turkey to Germany via Ukraine

Date: August & September 2019Duration: 3 weeksDistance: 5,187km My bike has been shipped to Thessaloniki in Greece, three weeks before I fly there from Frankfurt. After a relaxing weekend, I collect my bike early Monday morning from the logistics company and ride immediately to Gelibolu in Turkey, across the Bosporus from Asia. I take the

Romania

Date: August 2019Duration: 1 dayDistance: 250km Despite both Bulgaria and Romania being EU members, neither are part of Schengen, so consequently there are border controls. Fortunately these formalities do not take long and my Bulgarian Lev is soon exchanged for Romanian Leu. My journey through Romania is rather rushed. I would have preferred to take

Bulgaria

Date: August 2019Duration: 2 daysDistance: 293km After passing (and mostly jumping) through the long queue for Bulgarian Customs, I quickly change all my Turkish Lira for Bulgarian Lev, adding in a few Euro for good measure. Petrol is replenished and I head straight for the Black Sea coast along a heavily pot-holed forest road. I

Turkey

Date: August 2019Duration: 3 daysDistance: 709km I begin the tour in Thessaloniki, Greece. The bike had been shipped here by Bike-on-Board in Düsseldorf, saving me 2,000km of motorway riding to reach the start point. My luggage, helmet etc, shipped with the bike and I flew out with just hand-luggage for a couple of nights in

Western Balkans

Date: September 2015 Duration: 3 Weeks Countries visited: Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia During our first trip to the Balkans in 2012, we found ourselves heading south from Montenegro through Kosovo and then on to Macedonia. When I was stood looking out over lake Ohrid from the Roman Amphitheater

Željava abandoned Airbase

Date: September 2015 Located literally on the border between Croatia and Bosnia is Željava Airbase. It used to be one of the largest airbases in eastern Europe outside of Russia. Since the wars of the 1990s it lies abandoned. Unmarked minefields surround the airbase. Carved into the mountain beside the runways are massive underground aircraft

Albania

Date: September 2015 Duration: 6 Days The road (E022/SH4) out of Greece towards Albania is large, deserted and unsignposted. Neither Albania nor any of the major cities that are reached along the main road are sign-posted. Thankfully we were using the Satnav. Successfully across the border after the usual inspection of passports, registration documents and

Albania: SH74 – Berat to Këlcyrë

Date: September 2015 Albania features two cities which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, Gjirokastër and Berat. Both are located in southern Albania and it would be highly recommended to include them in any tour of the country. The most direct route between these two cities would bring you onto the road that is