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MCP 7 May 2003 21:39

Slovenia To Greece?
 
From Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Albania?

We had not planned on travelling this route down to Greece, but were considering it now, has anyone travelled this recently?

Is following the coast a safe route?

Thanks for the replys.

Mark

pietro.spera 8 May 2003 15:55

Ok, Slovenia and Croazia.
Little more difficult, Bosnia and Yugoslavia (avoid Kossovo).
Absolutely not, Albania.

You can easely reach Greece bypassing Albania, through Macedonia, Bulgaria or South of Italy.

Pietro



Dicky 8 May 2003 23:35

Just returned from such a trip. Slovenia and Croatia no problem. Make sure your insurance covers Sebia Montenegro. We were charged £35 extra by C Nash to upgrade our insurance, they failed to get the green card here in time and I was charged 50 Euro at the border (42 Euro at the Bulgarian border for the same reason). A word of advice; don't cross the Seb Mont/ Bulgaria border after dark. We did and it was scary, particularly with the frightening amount of potholes on the Bulgarian side. We were stopped at least 3 times on the Serb side by traffic cops no doubt only doing their job but when you are tired and time is cracking on it can be a bit intimidating. The road from the Bulgarian border to the Greek border is very pleasant once you have negotiated Sophia. Try not to slip on the remains of dead animals !!

Good luck,

Dicky

jondoe 10 May 2003 06:50

HI!

No problem,Serbia & Montenegro,maybee a bit of a birocratic husle(comunism leftovers)with incurance,etc..
Absolutely avoid anarhic Kosovo & Metohia,
Albania absolutely NOT,unles u have a death wish!

Generaly very nice route,folow the Adriatic coast and go up from Montenegro(very nice mountain areas in there)than south of Serbia,and Macedonia

If u need more info or advice on what routes to take,contact me,i'll be glad to respond



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cheers

jondoe

ghorian 6 Aug 2003 06:34

jondoe said:

> Albania absolutely NOT,unles u have a death wish!

I disagree, at least as far as southern Albania is concerned. See http://hothaus.de/greg-tour-2003/

Greg N.


Guest2 26 Sep 2003 18:33

I completed this trip back in June this year. A couple of people advised against travel to Albainia, but I found it and the people good, I rode through it in a day but will be going back for a longer visit.
The trip did not go to plan as you can read at,
http://sada.users.btopenworld.com/bmw/greece.htm

Steve

PanEuropean 11 Nov 2003 12:05

MCP:

As others have said, Slovenia and Croatia are no problem at all, I visit these countries often on my ST1100, roads are good, hotels plentiful and of a good standard, lots of people speak English, they are both entirely delightful and trouble-free places, practically on par with the rest of Western Europe.

I went through Bosnia in the summer of 2002 and was not very impressed with the place. It has a lot of troubles (economic and otherwise) that are not going to get solved anytime in the near future.

You might want to consider riding down to Dubrovnik, then hopping on a ferry that will take you to Greece. Be alert to the previously mentioned paperwork problems you will encounter making the very short (6 km) transit of Bosnia that you need to make just north of Dubrovnik.

Personally, I'd just make a trip out of Slovenia and Croatia and forget the rest - there's more than enough to do in those two countries to keep you busy for at least a month.

PanEuropean

AnteK 11 Nov 2003 18:02

You might want to consider riding down to Dubrovnik, then hopping on a ferry that will take you to Greece. Be alert to the previously mentioned paperwork problems you will encounter making the very short (6 km) transit of Bosnia that you need to make just north of Dubrovnik.

Hi guys,
just for you to know there is no ferry line between Dubrovnik and Greece. The only way is Dubrovnik to Bari ( Italy ) and then departure to Greece.
Regards,
AnteK


PanEuropean 12 Nov 2003 08:44

AnteK:

Thanks for catching that. Is there any ferry service that you know of from elsewhere (farther north) on the Dalmation coast to Greece?

AnteK 12 Nov 2003 13:52

[QUOTE]Originally posted by PanEuropean:
[B]AnteK:

Thanks for catching that. Is there any ferry service that you know of from elsewhere (farther north) on the Dalmation coast to Greece....

Hi,
unfortunataly, there is no ferryline conecting Croatia and Greece at the moment. According my infos, it is possible for next season to have departure to Greece from somewhere on Croatian coast, but now only from Italy, Trieste or Bari, Ancona....
Check on www.jadrolinija.hr , croatian coastal servise, they can give you exact information.
Regards,
AnteK

Graham_Kawa 2 Apr 2009 16:22

Quote:

Originally Posted by PanEuropean (Post 87964)
MCP:

I went through Bosnia in the summer of 2002 and was not very impressed with the place. It has a lot of troubles (economic and otherwise) that are not going to get solved anytime in the near future.

You might want to consider riding down to Dubrovnik, then hopping on a ferry that will take you to Greece. Be alert to the previously mentioned paperwork problems you will encounter making the very short (6 km) transit of Bosnia that you need to make just north of Dubrovnik.

PanEuropean

Just an update as I did some of this in 2008. Bosnia was fine, really lovely, Sarajevo was really developing along, and Mostar was really nice.

Also, while it is correct you have to pass through Bosnia to Dubrovnik, from what I saw, they were not stopping anyone as almost everybody is just transiting through that very short expanse.

Of course if you are incredibly unlucky you might get pulled over or have an accident on that 10 mile stretch, but we went straight through, no questions.

KTMmartin 2 Apr 2009 16:31

Off topic: what's the issue with Albania?

Mandarax 2 Apr 2009 18:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by KTMmartin (Post 236133)
Off topic: what's the issue with Albania?

Taking a look at the date the question was posted you should ask, what the issues were in 2003.
Anyway, in 2008 Albania was fine. 99% friendly people, great offroad riding on their roads and nice scenery. Some pics from my trip here.

pottsy 2 Apr 2009 19:40

Did Greece to Slovenia via Macedonia/Serbia/Bosnia/Croatia last summer. No probs bar Serb Police either really pleasant/grim around Kosovo, but nice away from there. Serbia very unspoiled and friendly, and Bos a real treat (the Federation side, anyway). Sarajevo a must-see IMHO. Croatia a bit so-so for me, but a fantastic coastline - poss the best i've driven. A great region to travel through, but take you time as the speedlimits are very low and the Police eagle-eyed!

Vaufi 2 Apr 2009 21:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by KTMmartin (Post 236133)
Off topic: what's the issue with Albania?


Albania is absolutely NO problem at all. Last April (2008) I travelled up north from Igoumenitsa/GR and buzzed around AL for two weeks before crossing over to Macedonia.

I enjoyed the country so much, that I returned to AL in October for another three weeks. Fantastic landscape, very friendly people and the finest enduro riding you can imagine - all levels of skill :thumbup1:

If you need some infos, send me an email. I could provide you with all kinds of data like GPS tracks, map infos, pleasant hotels etc.

You can see some pics here Picasa Web Albums - Vaufi - Albania - Mac...
and some more here Picasa Web Albums - Vaufi - Albania_2008-10


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