Croatia Coast & Curves
Germany • Austria • Italy • Croatia • Slovenia
September 19 - October 2, 2021
Registration Deadline: June 25, 2021
Duration: 14-day vacation, 12 riding days,
incl. 3 sightseeing days, 2 travel days
Skill Level: (moderate)
Group Size: 6 – 12 motorcycles
Arrival: Munich, Germany (MUC)
Departure: Munich, Germany (MUC)
Total Distance: 1,565 miles (2,519 km)
Average Daily Mileage: 142 miles (229 km)
Average Temperature: 64-77ºF / 18-25ºC
International Drivers License Required
Highlights: Mediterranean Coast • Plitvice Lakes National Park • Diocletian’s Palace • Island of Korcula • Grossglockner High Alpine Road • Pavlic Pass • Predil Pass • The peninsula of Peljesac • and much more!
As the name implies, get ready to wind your way down the curvy, twisting Mediterranean coast in adrenaline rushes of pure motorcycling joy. From relaxed riding along the Mur River to the seemingly endless turns that climb and descend the Slovenian Alps, the Croatia Coast & Curves Tour is a breathtaking adventure on two wheels. Add to the motorcycle-friendly roads the dramatic coastal panoramas, the Mediterranean cuisine and the cultures of Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia and you have a packaged bucket list item crossed off.
The tour explores Croatia, the island of Korcula, and the peninsula of Peljesac, where forty miles of curves with views of the sea await. The Croatia Coast & Curves Tour has been awarded a 3 out of 5 (moderate) skill rating, making it ideal for newer riders, as well as seasoned ones. The tempo, like the Mediterranean lifestyle, will be mellow and relaxed, allowing plenty of time to savor the medieval villages, national parks, charming towns, castles and hotels.
The route will take participants over some modestly demanding roads with abundant curves and tight switchbacks. But with Blue Rim Tour’s experienced guides you will find your confidence and master these Mediterranean gems of roads.
A pleasant 9-day excursion, which begins and ends in Munich, the tour gives participants 3 full sightseeing days. The roads and riding will be the main highlight, riding against backdrops that include the Mediterranean coastline, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Diocletian’s Palace, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Pavlic Pass, Predil Pass and much more. 1,565 miles, with daily estimates of a leisurely 142 miles, when backed up by mild average temperatures of 64-77˚, gives this tour the makings of perfection.
The Croatia Coast & Curves Tour provides your choice of BMW motorcycle, with a support vehicle to take luggage so you don’t have to pack the bike each day. Multilingual tour guides ensure easy communication as you travel through five countries. Accommodations are at comfortable, family-owned middle-class hotels (12 nights) with all breakfasts and dinners included. Also included is all fuel during the trip, airport shuttle, entrance fees and tolls. A detailed tour packet with maps, guidebooks and a T-shirt help you to get ready for Croatia’s Coast & Curves.
Departure from the U.S. or Canada and arrival in Europe on the following day. There is a time difference of six hours from Eastern Standard Time.
Arrival in Munich
Welcome! After a much needed stroll and refreshments, we'll pick-up the motorcycles and head out for a short ride around Bavaria.
Munich, Germany – Tamsweg, Austria
We'll quickly leave Munich behind and find ourselves surrounded by mountains and lakes. You'll see many ski resorts as we chase the curves along the northern edge of the Alps to Tamsweg.
Tamsweg – Rimske Toplice, Slovenia
Loosely following the Mur River, we'll cross through three different countries (Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia), crest a few mountain passes including the Pavlic Pass and end up in the Slovenian Alps.
Rimske Toplice – Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
This is a special treat and a unique off-the-bike activity. We'll visit the well-preserved town of Samobor and enjoy countless waterfalls and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Pack some waterproof shoes or sandals!
Plitvice Lakes National Park– Split, Croatia
As the day progresses we'll leave the mountains behind and feel the warm Mediterranean air on our faces. We'll reach the coast at lunch time. In the evening we have a special treat, a visit to Diocletian’s Palace.
Split – Mali Ston, Croatia
In the morning we'll hop on a ferry ride to the island of Korcula just in time for a bite to each. We'll ride across the island where a super short ferry ride takes us to the Peljesac peninsula where we'll come to the largest fortress in Europe.
Mali Ston (optional rest day)
A short ride south along the Dalmatian Coast lies Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll spend all day exploring the marvelous place on foot.
Mali Ston – Stari Grad, Croatia
Getting the day started right, we'll ride the famous Jadranska Magistrala, the Adriatic coastal highway with scenic views and plenty of curves (and often zero traffic).
Stari Grad – Motovun, Croatia
Eventually we're leaving the coast behind us as we're approaching Motovun, a captivating little walled town perched on a hill in the Mirna River valley. The area is famous for its white truffles, and we'll be sampling plenty of it.
Motovun (optional rest day)
Rest in Motovun or embark on a short ride to Pula where we'll see some of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters.
Motovun – Kötschach Mauthen, Austria
Ride along the turquoise waters from the River Soca into the Slovenian Alps. From there we'll cross the Predil Pass to Italy, then back to Austria.
Kötschach Mauthen – Munich, Germany
The highlight of the day is experiencing the most famous and spectacular road in Austria: the Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Eventually we'll end up back in Munich where we'll return the motorcycle.
Flight home from Munich. You'll arrive in the U.S. and Canada on the same day.
What Your Tour Includes
Your choice of BMW motorcycle rental including low-deductible insurance
Support vehicle for additional luggage and limited space for passengers
Multilingual tour guide(s)
Accommodations at comfortable, family owned middle-class hotels (12 hotel nights)
All breakfasts and dinners; lunch is not provided
Fuel during the entire trip
Airport shuttle service
All entrance fees and tolls
A detailed tour information package including maps, guide books, and a T-shirt
Not Included in the Tour Price
Not included in the tour price are international or other airfare to/from Munich, Germany, personal items, passport, speeding tickets and other fines, lunches, beverages, personal hotel room charges, laundry and dry cleaning, telephone calls, medical and accident insurance, and transportation to and from the airport for early arrivals and late departures.
The hotels are mostly family-owned and -operated and each has wonderful local flavor. They are three- and four-star establishments, and all provide breakfast and dinner. You will feel welcome and at home right away. Some hotels have a pool or sauna, so bring your bathing suit, and all provide hair dryers. If you bring any electronic devices, remember that Europe has different voltage (220V) and electrical outlets, so make sure you have the right converters and plugs and that your electronic devices work on both voltages. Casual clothing to wear in the evenings is fine; there’s no need for formal wear.
The group will be between six and 12 riders and will be led by one or two guides.
Roads and Traffic
Though riding an average of only 142 miles / 229 km per day may seem easy don’t be deceived. Riding in the Alps on the backroads where the locals ride, you’ll encounter many challenges; the roads are technical, narrow, and curvy. This is not a tour for beginners.
Available motorcycles may be subject to change.
F 750 GS
F 800 R
F 800 GT
F 850 GS or GS/A
R 1250 R
R 1250 GS or GS/A
S 1000 XR
R 1250 RT
Motorcycles are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon availability and are not guaranteed.
Keep in mind that smaller bikes handle much better on alpine roads! Great choices for a carefree, leisurely ride are the F 750 GS, F 800 R, F 800 GT, F 850 GS or GS/A, and S 1000 XR. They handle very easily on the hairpins and still have enough power to keep up with anybody else on the mountain roads. The R 1250 GS is a good choice for two-up riding. Anything bigger (and heavier) takes away the pleasure of riding in the Alps. You may want to check out these bikes at your local dealer to see which one feels the most comfortable for you.
One piece of luggage per person will go on the support van. Tour members will be able to securely store suitcases and any other extra luggage in the first hotel of the trip. The motorcycles we provide for our tours are equipped with a luggage system.
The F 750 GS, F 800 R, F 800 GT, F 850 GS or GSA, and S 1000 XR will have two side cases, while the R 1250 GS and GSA comes with two side cases and a top case. An electrical socket for GPS is available upon request. You will need to bring your own Powerlet plug that fits the BMW socket.
The rental motorcycles are not equipped with tankbags. If you bring a tankbag, make sure that it uses straps and not magnets, which won’t work on the BMWs’ tanks.
The deductible for the motorcycle insurance included in your tour package is approximately $700. The actual amount may vary due to currency fluctuation. This amount is not charged or held to your card as we use an honor system with our guests. In case of minor damage to your motorcycle, an appraisal of the repair cost is made, based on the dealer’s cost, and billed to you with the understanding that you are responsible for up to $700 of damages. In case the cost of any damage to the motorcycle is higher than the deductible, or if the bike is stolen, the full deductible will be due. The insurance company will cover the remainder of the cost. Repair appraisals can take up to 6 months to receive from the dealer.
To ensure that you have the easiest travel experience possible, Blue Rim Tours offers select services for an additional fee. If you are interested in any of the following trip extras, please indicate on your registration form:
Early/late lodging arrangements
Extended motorcycle rental
Deposit and Payment
A deposit of $1,000 per person is required to reserve your place on the tour. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and money orders. On June 25, 2021, 50% of the tour price is due. The remaining balance of the tour is due by August 6, 2021.
The deadline for registration is June 25, 2021.
If for any reason you need to cancel your trip and do so (in writing) between June 25 and August 5, 2021, you forfeit 50% of the total tour price. August 6, 2021 and after, the total tour price is nonrefundable.
Minimum Tour Requirement
We reserve the right to cancel any tour if the number of participants booked does not meet the minimum requirement to operate the trip or due to force majeure. In the unlikely event that this should occur, your payment will be refunded minus the non-refundable registration fee. This fee can be applied to another tour of your choice.
Please make your flight reservations after the registration deadline for the tour. We will send you a reminder email to book your flight.
It is highly recommended that you get trip insurance. Also, check with your health insurance provider about your coverage while traveling overseas. For additional information on trip cancellation insurance, visit www.insuremytrip.com. Please read our helpful blog about travel insurance here.
Temperatures will range between 64 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit (between 18 and 25 degree Celsius). The altitude changes during the day’s ride, and the temperature changes accordingly. It can rain and be chilly on the mountain road, yet be warm when you come down into the valley. Dress in several layers so you can easily adjust to the weather conditions and always travel with rain gear! In case of heavy rain or other bad weather, we will choose the shortest route to the next hotel and avoid pass roads wherever possible. A heated vest is good option for the cool temperatures in the mountains at that time of the year.
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