Hi guys! We got this beautiful text from our past guests, Tiina & Jarno and we’re really happy to share this on our blog! T&J, hope to see you again soon!
(Written by Tiina Kontra)
In the early morning of 2nd July, my husband and me landed to Zagreb. The greenness of the surrounding nature and soft sunshine welcomed us back to Europe after having spent a long and busy winter in Dubai. In Croatia, we were looking forward to a well-deserved break, and a 9-day motorbike adventure before continuing summer holidays in our native Finland. We had booked the Up ‘n’ Down Tour with Mototrip, an adventure that promised motorcycling in the majestic Alps and on the picturesque Croatian coast.
We were astonished by the Croatian hospitality straight in the beginning when Mototrip’s owner Darko met us in the airport. He took us to our hotel and recommended us a refreshing walk to the center of Zagreb and to a nice restaurant. In the evening, we discussed our route, and then Darko gave my husband a map, very clear itinerary, GPS coordinates, and most importantly keys to a dual sport BMW R1200GS motorbike.
The next morning, we packed all the essentials to the cases, and left everything else to the hotel to wait for our return. Then we started the engine and the adventure. During the first days, we visited the Alps in Slovenia and in Austria. We were blessed with beautiful weather and sun shining in a clear sky. Many others had been waiting for weeks to be able to head to the same altitudes due to snowing and foggy weather. In Austria, we enjoyed the curves of Grossglockner High Alpine Road, and in Slovenia, we climbed the road to the Mangart pass, the highest-lying road of the country. We also made a stint to Italy to admire Lago di Predl. All together, during the first day we drove approximately three hundred kilometers. The second day in Austria was our longest day route with five hundred kilometers.
In the morning of the third day, we said goodbye to the Alps, and headed to the Croatian coast. Through the visors we saw various vineyards, roads winding along small rivers, and green forests. The scent of lavender was in the air. We visited Škocjan caves, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and the smallest town in the world, Hum. For lunch and dinner, we enjoyed local delicacies: truffles, cheese, olives and wine. Daily routes varied between two and three hundred kilometers, which was perfect getting closer to the Adriatic Sea and warmer temperatures.
During the fifth day, we took a ferry from the mainland to the island of Cres. We reached our destination Mali Lošinj in the early afternoon with plenty of time to explore the rocky island and relax in the hotel’s jacuzzi. The next morning, we woke up to a thunderstorm. Luckily, during the breakfast the storm settled down, and we decided to get out on the road with rain gear. It was only raining for an hour, and before reaching the ferry again, the sun peeked through the clouds. Back to the mainland, we headed to Zagreb and to a town called Plitvica selo. In the picturesque Plitvica selo, our last stop of the day was a wooden village with farm animals strutting about and living freely in the yard. The peaceful countryside and easygoing lifestyle made us want to stay forever. However, the last day of the trip kicked in the next morning with a walk to Plitvice Lakes national park. After the unforgettable nature experience, we hit the road one more time and headed back to Zagreb with heavy hearts.
Up ‘n’ Down Mototrip was our first longer tour together as a couple. Previously we have made together few days’ trips in Finland, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman. The trip was very well organised with excellent routes, attractions and hotels. Going ahead with a local trip organizer saved us from hours of studying and assessing different options. It was also very important to us that we felt safe, and that in case of any problems on the road, we could have got hold of the organizer anytime. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that we recommend this trip to the beautiful and versatile region of Croatia and Slovenia to any bikers or biker couples.
Tiina & Jarno