Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Europe
Europe Topics specific to Western and Eastern Europe, from UK to the Russian border, and south-east to Turkey.
Photo by Michael Jordan, enjoying a meal at sunset, Zangskar Valley, India

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!

Photo by Michael Jordan
enjoying a meal at sunset,
Zangskar Valley, India

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 17 Mar 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Perth
Posts: 263
how far can I go in a week

Myself and a friend decided to take a week off and want to go on a small road trip.
We want to go from the south of the UK to somewhere then back again in about a week.

Any ideas as to how far you can get (few days riding to get there and a few to get back).

I think through Germany to prauge is OK but can we go further East without tiring ouselves out?
Reply With Quote
Old 17 Mar 2007
palace15's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: LONDONISTAN, England
Posts: 1,034

Head South this time of year, you have not said when you propose to take this one week trip. If you are talking about next week(Fri 23rd) go to Paris for the start of the Heroes/legends Dakar from the Eiffel Tower on Saturday 24th then follow the rally to the stage near Pau then the stage near Valencia, easily done in a week and some beach/relax time also..Bingo! if you put heroes/Legends Dakar in this forum search you will find links to the rally site and details of one of the UK teams
'He who laughs last, was too slow to get the joke'
Never confuse the map with the journey.
Reply With Quote
Old 18 Mar 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Perth
Posts: 263
heading east

Sounds good but sadly we will go the 1st week of May. I was thinking trying to make it to Budapest then back with a day or so to relax there. Is this possible?

This trip is a sort of shakedown for a longer one to see what we actually use from the stuff we are taking.
Reply With Quote
Old 18 Mar 2007
michaeltharme's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Canberra
Posts: 126
Martync - if you were in OZ, I'd say you could get about 5,000km in that time and see about a third of the country!
I'm travelling around the country in August with a mate - about 18,000km and taking a tad under 4 weeks - might be a little longer if we find some half-decent pubs .

Reply With Quote
Old 19 Mar 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: London
Posts: 11
How far in a week....

I know of a number of riders who have made the Turkey/Iran border in a week...

If not, France, Andorra, northern Spain, then back to the UK via Santander.
Reply With Quote
Old 19 Mar 2007
MarkE's Avatar
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Oxford, UK
Posts: 87
Originally Posted by martync View Post

I think through Germany to prauge is OK but can we go further East without tiring ouselves out?
A few years ago I was privilidged to attend the charter of Pisek round table in the Czech Republic - two long but comfortable days there, two very long day's celebrating and two days back. Others who went by car (and carried my Dinner suit - ta) did it in one day, but they were sharing driving.

With a week I would think you can get beyond Czech & back with ease.
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Mar 2007
piersuk's Avatar
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Isle of Wight
Posts: 26
Head to the French Alps and explorer the scenery and fantasic roads...

Reply With Quote
Old 21 Mar 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Perth
Posts: 263

i was hoping to go UK france - germany - prauge - budapest - sofia (2 days rest) then back via the alps?

is this a bit much. maybe buddapest will be the end/furthest destination
Reply With Quote
Old 21 Mar 2007
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Stourbridge. England.
Posts: 50
Lviv in Ukraine

I know someone who did Lviv in 3 long days, camping all the way! turned South West ish and back through Austria, Italy, France & back. Total journey took 8 days!

Would love to do this myself but finding someone prepared to have a go with me is difficult...anyone?

Reply With Quote
Old 22 Mar 2007
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Northern Ireland
Posts: 4
How far ???

How far in a week ????,well how longs a piece of string ????,if you see what i mean,all depends on how long you want to or are capable of spending in the saddle,do you want to spend all day riding ????,or just a few hours a day ????,do you want to see how far you can ride before you have to turn back ?????.
I really think your the only person that can answer that,you could in theory ride 10 or 12 hours a day but you'll not see to much,
Personally i'd work out what your happy with mileage wise a day,look at the distance it works out at and pick a interesting looking place/area within your chosen mileage,
Some guys love putting in big mileage days,some would rather spend a little less time in the saddle.
As i said only you can really answer your own question,

Good Luck

Reply With Quote
Old 22 Mar 2007
Stagbeetle's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Norfolk, England
Posts: 155
Smile Stop and smell the roses

Originally Posted by martync View Post
This trip is a sort of shakedown for a longer one to see what we actually use from the stuff we are taking.

If you plan to go on a long trip later I hope you will take your time and see and hear and smell other lands, otherwise what's the point? You can ride around the M25 for ever just to get miles in. So why rush around on your check out trip? If you do long miles you'll be tired and it will bear no relationship to your intended trip. Do the milage each day that you want to do on your main journey, then you can properly assess your kit.
I agree with Ferg and TJ, go somewhere warm that replicates part of your intended main journey but whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy it.
Happy Trails


It is not the Journey nor yet the Destination, that is the Prize; it is the people you meet on the way.

Blog on http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tstories/fairless/
Reply With Quote
Old 23 Mar 2007
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: auckland new zealand
Posts: 33
I'm looking into a short trip to florence and am working on 2 days to get there and 2 days getting back.
florence is 876 miles from calais and dover is 303 miles from my home so its not out of the question.
thing is i'm going to see florence and not hang about taking in the view on the way there or back, your plans might be different and you may want to travell at a more sedate pace.
on the other hand, i've found that distance covered isnt the be and end all when it come to travelling and touring. in the past i've travelled around northern france and belgium, stopping at small towns overnight and just allowing myself time to take in the surroundings, very stress free and relaxing.
Reply With Quote
Old 28 Mar 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Denmark
Posts: 166
How about

Harwich to Esjberg (Denmark) ride down through Germany, Holland, France and then back over from France to England.

Remember it is not about distance. If you want to spend 8 hours on a bike each day stay in England and ride around. The bike is only there to transport you to a destination. What you do when you get there makes the trip worthwhile.
Reply With Quote
Old 6 Apr 2007
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: london england
Posts: 23
im taking a 10 day tour of Europe at the end of April as i have for a number of years. i think youve picked the best time to travel, the weather is good and its not the holiday season.

this year im getting on the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam and then .......?

i have no plan.

id suggest you get off the ferry/tunnel in France having checked the weather for the week and just ride - you will know when and where to stop.

colsan 1 - im all for iron butt riding and have a habit of doing big miles/day when on a trip the bike eventually points towards home - ive done Insbruck to Durham in a day on a couple of occasions - your intended trip to Florence, i cant help thinking you would enjoy Florence more and have more time there and save a shit load of money if you did the easyjet thing.

yes i know this is a motorcycle travel site but.....
Richard and Gunac
Reply With Quote
Old 6 Apr 2007
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,598
take teh ovenight ferry to France to st malo/Caen, and head south. you can easily get to teh spanish side of the pyrenees in two days using non peage roads. get to the west side and cross them. return again off peage. Personally I would avoid Andorra.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Copper Canyon third week of march monterider Travellers Seeking Travellers 1 10 Mar 2007 11:11
Anybody up for a ride to god knows where from London next week for a week or so? Thelostredneck Travellers Seeking Travellers 4 5 Jul 2006 21:31
One week in Russia, Bike or Train??? fcasado Northern and Central Asia 15 30 Dec 2005 00:21
Bike Week Philippines John Joe Motorcycle Events around the world 0 21 Jul 2002 13:52
Bike Week Philippines John Joe West and South Asia 0 21 Jul 2002 13:47



Thinking about traveling? Not sure about the whole thing? Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video Trailers and then get ALL the information you need to get inspired and learn how to travel anywhere in the world!

Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? We did too - and now here's the list of Circumnavigators!
Check it out now
, and add your information if we didn't find you.

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.



  • Queensland is back! May 2-4 2025!

Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details

World's most listened to Adventure Motorbike Show!
Check the RAW segments; Grant, your HU host is on every month!
Episodes below to listen to while you, err, pretend to do something or other...

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

"Ultimate global guide for red-blooded bikers planning overseas exploration. Covers choice & preparation of best bike, shipping overseas, baggage design, riding techniques, travel health, visas, documentation, safety and useful addresses." Recommended. (Grant)

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation and rescue with the premier travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers.

Led by special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, paramedics and other travel experts, Ripcord is perfect for adventure seekers, climbers, skiers, sports enthusiasts, hunters, international travelers, humanitarian efforts, expeditions and more.

Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes!


What others say about HU...

"This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." Greg, Australia

"Thank you! The web site, The travels, The insight, The inspiration, Everything, just thanks." Colin, UK

"My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) on what we have learned from this site." Phil, Australia

"I for one always had an adventurous spirit, but you and Susan lit the fire for my trip and I'll be forever grateful for what you two do to inspire others to just do it." Brent, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" Jennifer, Canada

"Your worldwide organisation and events are the Go To places to for all serious touring and aspiring touring bikers." Trevor, South Africa

"This is the answer to all my questions." Haydn, Australia

"Keep going the excellent work you are doing for Horizons Unlimited - I love it!" Thomas, Germany

Lots more comments here!

Five books by Graham Field!

Diaries of a compulsive traveller
by Graham Field
Book, eBook, Audiobook

"A compelling, honest, inspiring and entertaining writing style with a built-in feel-good factor" Get them NOW from the authors' website and Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk.

Back Road Map Books and Backroad GPS Maps for all of Canada - a must have!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80G/S.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events all over the world with the help of volunteers; we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, or ask questions on the HUBB. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 00:48.