BLACK SEA COAST – ADVENTURE RIDE

DATE

May 12 – June 08, 2020

 

DURATION

28 days / 27 nights

START / FINISH

Nessebar, Bulgaria / Nessebar, Bulgaria

COUNTRIES 

Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania

7.500 km (4.660 mi)
of good asphalt roads

BLACK SEA COAST – ADVENTURE RIDE 

“Let’s ride around the Black Sea!” This idea, back in 2001, took us from Slovenia to Georgia in a 22-years old Volkswagen van. Eighteen years have passed since that adventure and I’ve traveled to more than 100 countries all over the world while operating various tours with all kinds of different vehicles. I always kept coming back to the Black Sea. Riding around Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Turkey discovering new areas, allowed me to pinpoint amazing roads to ride. Besides roads virtually undiscovered by tour bikes, I’ve acquired a deep insight to this extremely diverse areas, with very different cuisine, people, culture, history and beautiful landscapes with roads that connect them” says Rožle Verhovc, Clutch Desmo Tours CEO.

Our adventure will be 28 days long with 5 rest days. Since it’s a loop, the start and finish are in Nessebar, an ancient town and one of the major seaside resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Very quickly we’ll enter Istanbul, a city that lies on two continents and literal border between East and West. That’s where the adventure begins. We’ll swerve on splendid curvy roads of northern Turkey and experience a very different culture and probably its strongest point – delicious cuisine. After a few days of Turkish delights, the road goes to a former Soviet Union country of Georgia and its treasure – wine. Earliest traces of wine producing (6000 BC) were found in the region that is today Georgia. The old military road and now a twisty alpine riders’ nirvana road over Caucasus Mountains will take us to the biggest country in the world – Russia and its newly annexed peninsula of Crimea. Crimean Yalta was and still is one of the finest tourist destinations in Russia, with a very long and complex history. Odessa or “the pearl of The Black Sea” will welcome us with both arms wide open as the finest tourist destination in Ukraine. Before crossing Romania and finishing the adventure in Bulgaria, we’ll stop briefly in a tiny country of Moldova to take a ride in the longest (200 kilometers!) and biggest (nearly 2 million bottles) wine cellars in the world.

***Important note – We know this area by heart and can tell you that you don’t have to believe all you hear from mass media. Most of negative press is part of propaganda of the “political game” played between East and West. Life is normal there and for the past 4 years we are always welcomed there with a huge smile and appreciation for getting there. 

 

 

TOUR AT A GLANCE

 

TOUR DATE: May 12 – June 08, 2020

Departure guaranteed, last 2 motorcycles available

START:  Nessebar, Bulgaria

FINISH: Nessebar, Bulgaria

FLY IN: Burgas International Airport (BOJ)Bulgaria 

FLY OUT: Burgas International Airport (BOJ)Bulgaria 

COUNTRIES: Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania

DURATION: 28 days, 27 nights, 21 riding days

ROUTE TOTAL DISTANCE: 7.500 km (4.660 mi) the entire route runs on asphalt roads

HIGHLIGHTS: Nessebar, Istanbul, Trabzon, Artvin, Borjomi, Tbilisi, Yalta, Novorosysk, Krasnodar, Rostov on Don, Kharkiv, Odessa, Chisinau, Constance, Varna

AVERAGE MILEAGE/DAY: 350 km (6-7 hours of effective riding)

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 8 motorcycles

ACCOMMODATION: 4*and 5*, best in the area2

TOUR PROGRAM

Tour day by dayDistance
1Arrival Nessebar 
2Nessebar  – Istanbul360 km
3Istanbul – rest day 
4Istanbul – Amasra440 km
5Amasra – Sinop360 km
6Sinop – Trabzon480 km
7Trabzon – Artvin320 km
8Artvin – Vardzia270 km
9Vardzia – Tbilisi205 km
10Tbilisi – rest day 
11Tbilisi – Vladikavkaz200 km
12Vladikavkaz – Pyatigorsk205 km
13Pyatigorsk  – Novorossysk620 km
14Novorossysk – Yalta435 km
15Yalta – rest day 
16Yalta – rest day 
17Yalta – Krasnodar520 km
18Krasnodar – Rostov On Don310 km
19Rostov On Don – Voronezh560 km
20Voronezh – Kharkov340 km
21Kharkov – Dnipropetrovsk220 km
22Dnipropetrovsk – Nova Kakhovka270 km
23Nova Kakhovka – Odessa270 km
24Odessa – rest day 
25Odessa – Chisinau180 km
26Chisinau – Constanta450 km
27Constanta – Nessebar250 km
28Departure Nessebar