Most insurers do not provide travel insurance for overlanding on a motorcycle. How do they do it?' is the question I ask myself every year I renew my bike insurance with Carole Nash. Fully comprehensive cover, including a take-you-home breakdown recovery service from anywhere in Europe, for 3 classic bikes costs just £160 per year. I have never found anything better!
Most insurers do not provide travel insurance for overlanding on a motorcycle. Carole Nash insurance offer a comprehensive motorcycle travel package that is just the ticket and only costs about the same as regular worldwide travel insurance without motorcycling. They even fly your panniers, leathers and helmet home in the case of a serious accident.
The traditional overland route to Egypt via Turkey and Syria has been closed since 2011 and there are no ferries across the Mediterranean to Egypt or Israel. Many overlanders ship their bike or 4x4 from Turkey and they fly, then spend upwards of a week extracting their vehicle from Egyptian Customs. Grimaldi Lines have freighets leaving from Salerno and Monfalcone in Italy which dock in Ashdod, Israel. There are only a few cabins on each sailing for paying guests but you can safely take your vehicle with you.
A Carnet de Passages en Douanes is an internationally recognised Customs document entitling the holder to temporarily import a vehicle duty-free into certain countries.CARS service was exceedingly efficient and friendly. It also worked out cheaper with them than the previous UK provider, which was much appreciated.