Beside guided motorcycle tours in Croatia, custom tour planning is one of MotoTrip‘s most frequent services. We call it ‘Custom Adventure‘ and here we’ll try to explain more about it. ‘Why’, ‘Where’ and ‘How’ are just some of the questions we’ll go through.
So, why would you choose a custom motorcycle tour?
Well, it can be one of numerous reasons:
- You’re too busy and don’t have enough time to properly work on the route;
- This is your first Europe motorcycle trip and are a bit afraid of planning it by yourself;
- You’ve been riding in the Adriatic region already, but this time you’d like to visit all the small sweet points that just aren’t on the main roads;
- You don’t know which hotels/restaurants to use and which ones to avoid;
- You’d like a themed travel- culture/nature/nightlife/island hopping/gastronomy/active outdoor… ;
- Simply don’t want to bother with the planning- leaving the homework for us;
Why wouldn’t you choose a custom motorcycle tour?
At MotoTrip, we appreciate your organisation skills and planning capabilities as well. It’s definitely true that you know your riding preferences better than anyone- and if you have the time and the will to do it by yourself, just go for it! There are many online guides (after all, you can also use our official BLOG) that will help you find the right places plus, you can buy very well rated guidebooks for each country. At the end of your planning, we will be more than happy to review the route and if needed, give you some recommendations or suggest some alternatives.
What area can we cover in planning?
To tell you the truth, all over Europe. We’ve been riding across Europe (and beyond) for a while, leaving out just a few countries that are still on our list. But, in respect to other agencies with good (most likely better) local knowledge, we as a MotoTrip team are most familiar with (and operates within) Adriatic region, Central and Southeast Europe- Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Slovenia, Austria, Italian and Swiss Alps, Czech, Hungary and even Romania.
OK, so how do we do it?
Planning a custom motorcycle tour in Croatia (or around) is always a new challenge for us. No matter how ‘small’ Croatia is, so far we’ve planned a really large number of different routes. It’s all up to you and your riding preferences- that’s why we start with defining them first. After you let us know what type of tour you are looking for (starting from duration, preferred mileage, preferred accommodation etc.), we start working on different itineraries and propose several versions back to you. Each version is well explained, with differences and similarities in between. When you decide which one suits you better, we continue working on the particular one till the final details are clear. After the process is finalized, you end up having all the information easy accessible in a small guidebook made only for you; the custom route can be integrated in a GPS device so it is easier to follow, and all the accommodation can be booked for you. The guidebook is also delivered in a mobile version so you can upload it to your iPhone, Android or tablet device and read it daily- or during your arrival flight for example. Not to forget- almost every day is usually planned in two route versions- long one and short one, so that way your motorcycle holiday can be totally adjustable day by day (you may get held up in a bar in the evening, not wanting to start at 9:00AM like planned for example)! Cheers to that!
Can I contact you for a custom tour planning even if I’m driving a car?
Yes, you can. But, as we specialise in motorcycle tours, our goal is to ensure a perfect motorcycle riding experience, which can be seen pretty differently if driving a car.
How long does it take you to create and finalize a tour?
It depends on the length of the tour (5-10-20 days), number of countries, type of the tour etc. Also, your feedback is what matters so it is important we get all the information we need from you. There is no average and it can take from 2 days up to 1 month. Of course, if you’re in a hurry, we’ll give our very best to finalize it as soon as possible.
How much does it cost?
Again- it depends, mostly on the length. Can be anything from 100,00 Eur up to higher amounts if creating a specialised tour for a group of riders. Feel free to contact us for a quote, we’re more then happy to discuss about it.
Is the price the same if I arrive with a group of friends?
If we are creating the same custom tour for all of you, yes.
I don’t know my exact arrival dates. Is it a problem?
You can choose the exact dates afterwards. As long as you know at least the month, we can create an appropriate custom tour. Weather is the biggest ‘problem’ here- for example riding in the Alps in April is not a very good idea; same goes for some high passes even in June.
Can I choose the accommodation on my own?
Of course. We can recommend you the accommodation we use on our guided motorcycle tours, but you can simply decide to choose your own. Accommodation preferences are not always the same and that is the main reason for creating a custom motorcycle tour in the first place. We respect it fully.
Will you recommend us what restaurants to use?
Yes. For every riding day, you’ll have few restaurants listed in the guidebook so you can choose on your own.
Will you recommend us what sights to see?
This is one of the main reasons for custom tour creating. It is not all about the ride itself- it is about meeting new culture, new people, new countries. The area is rich of UNESCO heritage sites, roman and greek ruins, nature parks and national parks- so visiting the ones that mean something to you, is very important to us. That’s what we’ll go through with you at the very beginning of custom planning process.
What kind of GPS devices you use? I’m used to my Garmin..
MotoTrip Team uses Garmin’s motorcycle navigation, models called ‘Zumo’. We have several 350 and 660 models, which represent the very top of motorcycle navigation. We also renew the devices every couple of years and we keep track of new models.
Do you offer any support during the custom tour?
MotoTrip Team is available 24/7. You may contact us for any reason- just to say that you had a great time through the day, or have a question about the route.
That would be it. We hope you like the idea of the ‘Custom Adventure‘ tour and that we answered some of your questions. It simply adds another dimension of renting a motorcycle- you could still ride on your own, while having the support of a local experienced agency.
Don’t hesitate to ask for any questions you may have; see you on the road!