albania national tour plus italy macedonia corfu Motorbike Holiday

Albania national tour plus Italy Macedonia Corfu

Naples, Albania
Quality hotels typically 4 star, dinner, bed and breakfast

Cross Italy and sail to Albania. Tour Albania, visit Macedonia and Corfu, Greece then head back. This 14 day tour will take you to outstanding locations. Look at the pictures taken from past research trips and you will get a flavour of what's on offer. PRICES ARE INDICATIVE ONLY

On this guided motorcycle tour you will ride some of the best motorcycle routes in Naples

View to the south and Vesuvious The ancient Roman city at Pompeii The harbour at Bari Castle Kruja Karaburun Peninsula Rozafa Castle Shkoder River Lumi i Shales Near T'thores Nera Theth Valbona National Part The Ulza Reservoir in the Ulza National Park Valbona Albania view with church on left and lake to right and around Ohrid from the lake St Jovan Church Lake Ohrid Greek ruins of Apollonia Gjipe Beach The Roman Theatre at Butrint Corfu St George Temple on left with yacht on right and the Old Fortress of Kerkyra behind The Trulli's at Alberobello The incomplete church on the hill at Brianza Amalfi Coast Italy

Available tour dates:

Tour 98/161 begins Saturday 05 September 2020 and ends Sunday 20 September 2020

Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders

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I am planning to offer a tour that will include most of Albania, parts of Macedonia, Corfu, a bit of Greece and Southern Italy. It will run either in May or September 2020 because the weather is still good but not excessively hot those months.

Why there you might ask? Well, Albania has a lot to offer the adventure bike rider. There is a good mixture of paved and gravel roads and for those who are a bit more ambitious there are lots of off-road riding possibilities too. The country has some great mountain ranges and national parks, lovely beaches and is steeped in history including ancient Greek and Roman archaeological sites. In short there is a lot packed into this small country and the cost of accommodation is very low by European standards meaning it offers great value for money.

A day trip in Macedonia affords a flavour of what the country has to offer and the route I’ve chosen takes you to some very picturesque locations.

Crossing to Corfu, as one on my clients put it “the island of legend all the way back to Odysseus, known for scenery, beaches and history - a bulwark of the Venetians against the Ottomans and also ruled by Romans and the British. It was the playground of Sissi, Empress of Austria, where she built her summer palace. It’s the stuff if mythology and legends!” then onwards to Greece grants an opportunity to take a different ferry back to add extra variety.

Starting and ending in Italy guarantees that we can source quality bikes that are appropriately insured for the trip, so, we might as well add to the adventure and take you to some of my favourite towns in southern Italy. The plan is to set off close to Naples because there are good international air links to Naples Airport.

The temperature across this region in May is in the low to mid 20's cent. (66-77 far.) with up to 75mm (3 ins) of rain for the month in the higher mountain regions, September is slightly warmer and drier, so, all in all that should make nice weather to explore this region.

I have some checks still to run. The Italian side is fine, I've travelled those roads often and know the best routes and what alternatives to use if there are problems. I've travelled from Dubrovnic to Sarande, so know the Albanian coast. I've also headed inland to return to Croatia via Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro but have not yet travelled all the roads planned in the routes proposed in Albania so need a few more visits before finalising this plan.

If this appeals then get in touch to express interest and we shall share more details as they develop.

NOTE: We have not as yet finalised the route or reviewed all the hotels. Therefore, the prices quoted are indicative only but are unlikely to be higher than stated because we prefer to overestimate than underestimate. We might also offer this tour at an earlier date than stated, most likely during May 2020.

Look at this itinerary and discover some of the most interesting motorcycle routes in albania

Pompeii rest day

Roman PompeiiWe begin and end this trip at Pompeii, the modern day town neighbouring the famour Roman City and close to Naples because it is easily reached many international airports are we can have good quality motorcycles for rent that will be appropriately insured for the countries visited on this trip delivered close to the hotel.

Our first hotel is 4 star rated and just 25 minutes by taxi from the airport. There is also a rail service that comes within a few minutes walk of the hotel that might suit depending upon the time of day you are travelling.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ancient Pompeii is within walking distance of the hotel so you can spend the day time viewing the ancient Roman site if desired. Others may prefer spending the day in Naples or visiting the likes of Sorrento, Ischia or Capri which are all within easy reach.

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Pompeii to Bari 300 km 6 hours riding

Il Borgo Castello Di Calitri Traffic will be slow as we begin our journey through the suburbs of Pompeii, though there are highways we can join at Pompeii the route we go helps accustom riders to Italian traffic as it passes through residential and commercial areas before joining an Autostrada then making our way onto country roads. Therefore within the first 60-90 minutes riding you will have experienced most types of Italian traffic.

We shall take a short stop in Sala before we pass a popular picnic area at Cerrus Il Parco della Quercia then onwards to Ribotolli and past Lago do Conza before breaking for lunch at Il Borgo Castello Di Calitri parts of which are a cluster of caves and huts and structurally damaged houses that were abandoned after an earthquake in 1980 together with the 13th century castle pictured right and there are great views from this elevated position making this an interesting spot to stop for lunch.

We make our way to another brief stop at a popular picnic location, Laghi di Monticchio, where you might want to take some pictures before we continue eastwards to Spinazzola where the local castle was the birthplace of a Pope and where we take a short stop. Our route then leads through the Alto Murgia National Park and onwards to the ferry at Bari where we shall dine before boarding the overnight ferry to Duress in Albania.

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Duress to Shkoder 192km 5 hours riding

The gravel road over the Shtame PassAfter breakfast we depart Duress heading north towards Shkoder taking our fist detour to the Castle of Kruja at an elevation of 557 metres (1,827 ft) and the centre of the Skanderbeg opposition to the Ottoman Empire and at the northern end of the Dajti National Park. The castle contains the Teqe of Dollme of the Bektashi (an Islamic Sufi sect), the National Skanderbeg Museum, the remains of the Fatih Sultan Mehmed mosque and its minaret and an ethnographic museum and a Turkish bath. During the Albanian Revolt of 1432-1436 the city was unsuccessfully besieged and Ottoman rule was restored. After Skanderbeg's rebellion in 1443 the castle withstood three massive sieges from the Turks between 1450 and 1467 with garrisons usually no larger than 2,000-3,000 men. Mehmed II "The Conqueror" also attempted to break the castle's defenses in 1478, 10 years after the death of Skanderbeg.

As we take the route over the Shtame Pass we get our first taste of Albanian gravel roads along a very twisty section as we cross the hills. We stop near the town of Burrel for lunch before heading north west to the Reservoir at Ulza as we make our way back to the coast.

We take another refreshment break before crossing the Mat river and end the day in Shkoder, the most ancient city in the Bulkans and where we shall stay for the next two nights. Lake Shkoder is the largest in southern Europe and nearby Rofza Castle is worth visiting.

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Shkoder, Maranai Park, Valbona park, circuit 155km 7 hours riding

The Kiri Gorge Some riders might prefer to take a relaxing day in and around Shkoder because today’s route will be challenging with a substantial part of this route along gravel roads.

As we depart Shkoder heading north east we pass Drishti Castle on our right across the Kiri River as the Maranai National Park rises to our left. We follow the course of the river passing hamlets with churches and a monastery as the road twists and turns as it rises into the mountains. We take our first refreshment break at the north end of the Maranai National Park.

The rough rubble and graven roads continue as we progress further north and cross the Shales River. We take another break at Shqiperia then continue into the Valbona National Park where we shall take a break at Theth. From here we head west along the Thate River to Boge where we begin to turn south. We take another break here before joining surfaced roads that will lead us back to Shkoder.

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Shkoder to Peshkopi 240km 6 hours riding

Peshkopi with snow covered mountains in the distanceAs we depart Shkoder we shall be heading to the east and first pass the Vau I Dejes Reservoir then join the SH 5, a paved road that is quite rutted in parts that twists and turns its way through the hills. Much of the roadside leads into woodland and where there are gaps between the trees you get some wonderful views. We take our first break in the town of Puka which is at an altitude of 890m (2,920ft). The small town has a few café’s a hotel and a petrol station.

Our journey along the SH5 continues with bend after bend many hairpins as we steadily climb into the mountains and edge towards the border with Kosovo until we reach Shenmeri where we break for lunch at a bar neighbouring the Mosque. The Mosque is in good order quite unlike some of the surrounding properties which have been left in a state of disrepair since the war. Villages like this help us appreciate the recent toils that Albania has suffered,

The twists in the road continue until we reach the outskirts ok Kukes where we momentarily join a dual carriageway until we cross the Black Drin River. As we change course to the south we pass Kukes airport. On the next section the scenery is quite dramatic because a river runs through a gorge to the west and the mountains rise above us to the east. Shortly after passing a Hydro Electric power station we shall pull in at a roadside café for a refreshment break. We end the day at Peshkopi. We remain high in the mountains at 651 metres (2,136 ft) above sea level. The town name is derived from a word meaning Bishop and for a while the town prospered as a market town

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Peshkopi to Pogradec 170km 5.5 hours riding

Gravel road near Borovo and KlenjeThe route south from Peshkopi to Pogradec has some interesting roads. We cover most miles on State Roads (the SH6 and SH3) which are surfaced but spend almost half our travelling time on roads that are more akin to dirt tracks. At first we head towards the border with Macedonia then hug that border for a while staying on the Albanian side. This part of Albania is quite sparsely populated but we shall stop for a refreshment break at a bar in a hamlet just outside the village of Klenje.

Our route progresses through the Shebenik-Jabllanice National Park a mountainous and forested region with the most rugged scenery in the eastern section of Albania. Here you may catch a glimpse of some of the country’s wild animals including deer, wolf, fox, lynx and many others species. To the south west of the park we break for lunch at Librazhd a small town that was on the old trading route between Istanbul and Duress.

Further south we come across a farmers market and petrol station at the village of Proptisht. We are probably passing too late in the day to catch the market but we will take a short refreshment stop here before completing our journey at Pogradec, a city situated on the shores the Lake Ohrid we a lakeside hotel will be our base for the next two nights.

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Western Macedonia Circuit 300km 6 hours riding

The ruins of St Nicholas Church on the shore of Lake MavorovoSome might want to take a rest today and Pogradec is a lovely spot for that, others might want a short run in which case a circuit around Lake Ohrid should fit the bill but for those hungry to ride we shall depart from Pogradec in Albania and head north along the shores of Lake Ohrid and cross the border into Macedonia taking a short break at Struga an ancient trading hub on the shores of the lake. It remains relatively unspoilt and it is not on the usual tourist trail. Our next stop is at Debar on the Black Drin where the Monastery of Saint Jovan Bigorski Monastery and a Mosque are interesting buildings to visit.

Our route continues north close to the Albanian border into the Morovo National Park (Macedonia’s largest National Park with country’s highest peak of Mount Korab 2,764m / 9,068ft ) where we break for lunch at Mavrovo which nestles on the banks of Lake Mavrovo within the Mavrovo National Park.

Our return route brings us south back to Lake Ohrid and this time we stop at Ohrid a historical town nestled on the shore of Lake Ohrid a UNESCO world heritage site. In the old town area of Ohrid you will find narrow cobbled streets and the stone and whitewashed houses have orange roofs there are also ancient churches and a theatre from circa 200 BC.

The final leg of this route brings us along the eastern side of the lake and through the Galichica National Park. Time permitting we shall take a detour up a mountain trail to a great view point before returning to our hotel across the border in Albania.

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Pogradec to Berat 170km 6 hours riding

Gradec Cliffs near Corovode We depart Pogradec on the SH3 before joining the SH71 at Maliq. This road is badly rutted and potholed at first and later turns into a gravel raod. For a significant part of the journey we are in a valley running alongside a river with steel slopes on either side resulting in steep gradients on the road with sharp bends of gravel tracks and no sidewall to the road, so, added care is necessary. A paved road surface returns as we approach a hydroelectric plant construction site and this surface continues for a few miles to Moglice where we stop for a morning coffee break.

On the outskirts of Moglice we exit the SH71 onto a gravel road passing a mosque as we wind our way across the mountain to the villages of Postene and Greva where we shall take a short stop before continuing to our lunch break at Gjerbes at the southern of the Tomorri National Park.

At the eastern side of the Tomorri National Park change direction to the north at Corovode (the Gradec Cliffs near Corovode are pictured right) and a little further on we take our afternoon tea break at a cafe overlooking the River the sliced the gorge to see and borders the Bogova Reserve.

The final leg of this route takes us to Berat, the ninth largest city in Albania and a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique style of architecture with influences from several civilizations that have managed to coexist for centuries.

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Berat, Apollonia, Vlore, Sarande 210km 6 hours riding

St Maria Church within the Ancient Greek Site of ApollinaHeading west from Albania’s oldest town, Berat, we come to the reservoir at Mbreshtan where we alter course to the north at Mount Shpirag. According to folklore, Shpirag was a giant who fought nearby Mount Tomorr for a beautiful woman. The words "Enver" were etched into the rock face in 100m high letters (circa 1968 in tribute to the communist dictator Enver Hoxha). Post communism efforts were made to remove this and more recently a farmer and his nephew has swapped the first two letters and highlighted the remainder to spell “NEVER”. Although this has faded somewhat since it was whitewashed it is still visible. We then join the SH73 which is a major road that passes through many towns on our way towards the coast.

We stop at Apollonia an ancient Greek city founded in 588 BC. Apollonia also flourished in the Roman period when it was home to a renowned school of philosophy. The site was first excavated in the 18th century, and a more detailed exploration was undertaken during the Austrian occupation (1916–1918) when the site was better investigated by archaeologists and a French team continued the research between 1924 and 1938. Parts of the site date back to the 6th century B.C.

As we head south along the Adriatic coast we gather a picnic lunch close to Mount Cika, the highest peak in the Ceraunian Mountains close to Vlore, Albania’s third largest city and second largest port. Vlore was founded as an Ancient Greek colony in the sixth century BC. Culturally and economically Vlore is one of the most significant cities in Albania. We head down to the secluded Gjipe beach to eat our lunch and perhaps take a swim.

The final leg of the day brings us to our waterfront hotel at Sarande where we shall be based for the next few days

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Sarande, Butrint, Blue Eye, Gjirokaster Castle 200km 6 hours riding

The clock tower at Gjirokaster CastleSome might want to take a leisurely day at the beach others might prefer a short run and return to base after we visit Butrint, but for this eager to ride we begin the day with a visit to Butrint an ancient Greek city then named Buthrotum) and later Roman city. This ancient site is fortunate to have survived because during Hoxha rule there were plans to turn the area into a submarine base! Fortunately the Butrint Foundation in collaboration with the Albanian Institute of Archaeology has preserved this ancient site and since 1992 it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting Butrint we take a short ferry crossing to an old Venetian Castle before taking a rather circuitous route around the hills as we make our way to The Blue Eye, a deep fresh water spring and popular tourist spot.

The road from there to another UNESCO World Heritage site at Gjirokaster Castle is generally wide with gentle curves allowing faster progress. We grab some lunch in Gjirokaster then view the castle that dominates the town and overlooks the strategically important route along the river valley.

We then make our way back initially doubling back on the SH4 before setting off into the hills then back to the coast and our hotel at Sarande

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Albania, Corfu, Greece 190km 4 hours riding (plus 2.5 hours on ferries)

Corfu Paleokastritsa MonasteryWe leave Sarande on the 9am ferry to Corfu, take a circuit of the town and visit the old fortress then travel north to where there is a little church perched at the top of Mount Pantokrator and from there we travel through the forest heading north to the Folklore Museum. Next we travel south west to the Plaeokastrista Monastery which sits on top of a hill with superb views. It is of 16c origin though the current building is newer.

Further south we reach Kaisers Throne another great view point then onwards to the 13tc centaury Byzantine Fort at Gardiki which is reknowned as being impressive.

We leave Corfu in the south crossing from Lefkimmi to take the ferry back to the Greek mainland.

Much later this night we catch the overnight ferry to Brindisi in Italy.

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Brindisi to Potenza 300km 6 hours riding

the village of Castlemezzano with mountains behindWe land in Brindisi and head inland to Alberobello where you will find a USESCO World Heritage Site of Trulli, the small round whitewashed houses with conical roofs. The design meant the houses could quickly be turned to a pile of rubble and fairly quickly reinstated. After a stroll along the streets to view the houses we set off again heading west.

Our route skirts to edge of a few national parks as we make our way to Matera, an interesting old town, that nestles in a small canyon. People have lived here for millennia originally in cave dwellings and continued there until the 1950's when the inhabitants were forcibly removed by the State to more modern buildings. The town has since expanded gradually upwards along the slope and the old town is largely abandoned.

We next pass Lago di San Giuliano as we make our way to the mountain town of Grottole. In medieval times this was home to about 13,000 people but there days there closer to 2,000. Thereafter, the route through Parco Regionale Gallipoli Cognato will afford some great roads, and wonderful views especially around Castelmezzano, a pretty mountain village with cobbled streets where we take another break.

On the final stretch we traverse the north shores of Lago Camastra then we pass through Anzi as we make our way to our hotel at Potenza, a town steeped in history, that makes an interesting place to stop for the night. Our hotel is 4 star rated and in the centre of town.

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Potenza to Pompeii 200km 4.5 hours riding

Potenza aerial viewWe leave Potenza continuing across twisty mountain roads as we head towards Atena Lucana, one of the most ancient settlements in the Vallo di Diano where we shall take a short refreshment break.

Our next leg of the journey crosses the Parco Nationale del Cilento Vallo di Diano where the twisty mountain roads afford great views and a fantastic rider experience all the way until we stop for lunch at Roccadaspide.

We reach the Mediterranean Coast close to the ancient Greek city of Paestum (600-450BC) another UNESCO World Heritage Site and a little further north along the coast we reach Castelo di Arechi where you will have glorious views across Salerno. We then cross the hill to return to Pompeii

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Amalfi Coastal Circuit 130km 4.5 hours riding

The Amalfi CoastNo trip to this region is really complete unless you ride the Amalfi Coast. So, we head off on an a leisurely anti-clockwise ride around the coast so that your views out to sea are less interrupted by other traffic.

We shall make our first stop at Sorrento which is not high up in the cliffs as some other towns along the Amalfi Coast. Riding can be difficult through the city centre especially along the narrow roads so we shall park up and take a stroll after which we get back on the bikes and take the rugged coastal path to Positano, often hailed as the Jewel on the Amalfi Coast, then a little further along we reach Praiano, a quiet and picturesque fishing village then onwards to Furore, but before we climb the hill to the town you should note that at the bottom of Furore’s cliffs we pass the Fiordo Di Furore, a secluded beach, where we could stop and take a dip in the sea, then up the hill a bit to Furore town which is less visited by tourists but affords great views. After some picture taking we head back downhill and progress onwards to Amalfi where we break for lunch.

On the return journey to Pompeii we rise up the hill to Ravello another superb vie point and from here we make our way back to the hotel.

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Route Variation

Please note that maps are indicative because it is not always possible to enter all the waypoints and on the day of departure as we need to review our routes based upon the latest traffic and weather information available making changes as and when necessary.

Currency Euro €

The default currency for this tour is Euro €. Any price given in another currency is indicative and will be checked against exchange rate when paying. Once your tour package has been paid in full the price is locked and will not adjust regardless of what happens to exchange rates.

Albania national tour plus Italy Macedonia Corfu from 05/09/20 until 20/09/20

Location: Naples
Accommodation: Quality hotels typically 4 star, dinner, bed and breakfast
Tour begins Saturday 05 September 2020 and ends Sunday 20 September 2020
Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders
Motorcycle Hire Available: Yes (Riders can bring their own bike or hire one from the list of available bikes below.)
Typical Motorcycle Hire (all options below): Euro €1,650
Rider in Double room (single occupancy): Euro €4,000
Rider and Pillion/Guest (sharing double or twin room): Euro €4,600
Two Riders sharing twin or double room: Euro €5,500 (Euro €2,750 each)
Rent a motorcycle from our range or bikes listed below.

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Motorcycles For Rent in Naples, Albania, Available on this Tour

Most motorcycles available for hire are obtained directly from local mainstream dealers. We do not have exclusive access to these rental motorbikes and so availability must be confirmed. Prices and terms are set by the dealers who supply the machines.

  • Kawasaki Versys 650 Rent Kawasaki Versys 650

    • 1400km included in rental. 0.20 per km thereafter 3 cases included
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €680
  • BMW G650GS Rent BMW G650GS

    • If you're the kind who wants it all, the Ultra Limited gives it to you. From the powerful all-new Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, right down to the heated handgrips. The unmistakable Batwing fairing and Splitstream air vent mean optimal air flow and reduced head buffeting. Premium BOOM! Box 6.5 GT touchscreen infotainment and navigation allow rider and passenger to ride to any soundtrack they choose. Electronic cruise control, Reflex Linked Brembo┬« brakes with ABS, dual LED Daymaker headlamps, a premium Tour-Pak┬« carrier, which can house both rider and passenger helmets, luggage rack and one-touch saddlebags all come standard. Which means the ride you'll experience is anything but standard.
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €675
  • BMW F700GS Rent BMW F700GS

    • 1400km included in rental. 0.22 per km thereafter 3 cases included
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €745
  • BMW F800GS Rent BMW F800GS

    • 1400km included in rental. 0.22 per km thereafter 3 cases included
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €820
  • Kawasaki Versys 1000 GT Rent Kawasaki Versys 1000 GT

    • 1400km included in rental. 0.22 per km thereafter Side cases included
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €810
  • Ducati Hyperstrada 939 Rent Ducati Hyperstrada 939

    • 1400km included in rental. 0.25 per km thereafter Side cases included
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €885
  • BMW F800GS Adv Rent BMW F800GS Adv

    • 1400km included in rental. 0.22 per km thereafter 3 cases included
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €855
  • BMW F800GS Adv Rent BMW F800GS Adv

    • 1400km included in rental. 0.22 per km thereafter 3 cases included
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €855
  • BMW R1200GS LC Rent BMW R1200GS LC

    • 1400km included in rental. 0.25 per km thereafter Side cases included
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €950
  • Ducati Multistrada 1200 Rent Ducati Multistrada 1200

    • 1400km included in rental. 0.25 per km thereafter Side cases included
    • Restrictions: Theft-Damage deposit 1500,00 (credit card authorization only)
    • Weekly Hire: Euro €1,005

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