Croatia and Montenegro

Day to Day Itinerary The best way to explore Montenegro is by bike & hotel. On this tour, which can be perfectly combined with our boat & bike trips from Dubrovnik, we discover some particularly picturesque towns as well as the fantastic coast of Montenegro. Departure point of this journey is Dubrovnik in Croatia, one […]

Day to Day Itinerary
The best way to explore Montenegro is by bike & hotel. On this tour, which can be perfectly combined with our boat & bike trips from Dubrovnik, we discover some particularly picturesque towns as well as the fantastic coast of Montenegro. Departure point of this journey is Dubrovnik in Croatia, one of the most beautiful cities in the Adriatic and a World Heritage site. Because of its historical importance it is often called the “Athens of Croatia”.

Montenegro, one of the youngest states in the world, is our main destination. Together with our guides we discover the bay of Kotor whose steep limestone cliffs make it one of the most impressive landscapes in the entire Adriatic. Also visited is the coastal city of Budva as well as Montenegro’s former capital Cetinje.

On all ships we also offer the Swiss high quality FLYER E-bikes. Electric bikes are a true declaration of independence for everybody who enjoys physical activity. They allow hassle-free cycling as well as climbing mountains without difficulty. But all daily cycling routes are planned in a way that also suites our regular hybrid trekking bikes..

Day 1

Dubrovnik (arrival)- Herceg Novi (cycle route approx. 6mi/10km).
Individual arrival either by car or by plane to Dubrovnik. Your transfer bus to Montenegro awaits you in the city harbour of Gruž in the late morning. From Dubrovnik we reach in about 1 hour the Montenegrin border and our first destination is the city of Herceg Novi, situated terrace-like at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor. After check-in in our hotel we take our first short, but beautiful cycle tour along the promenade. Later in the afternoon a local tour guide shows us around in the beautiful old town and the medieval fortress of Herceg Novi. Overnight stay in Herceg Novi.

Day 2
Herceg Novi-Budva (cycle route approx.31 mi/50km).
In the morning we cycle always following the coastal road along the Bay of Kotor, until we reach the ferry from Leptane to Kamenari. From there our cycle tour takes us first to Tivat and then on a nearly traffic-free panoramic road with spectacular views as far as Budva. In the afternoon we have enough time to explore the lively and picturesque old town of Budva on one’s own or we can cycle a bit further in order to visit the famous hotel island of Sveti Stefan. Before dinner we can join a guided city tour through Budva that has a very changeful history and was destroyed almost completely by an earthquake in 1979. We spend the night in Budva.
Day 3
Cetinje-Virpazar-Rijeka Crnojevica (cycle route approx. 38mi/60km)
After a short transfer ride we reach the former Montenegrin capital of Cetinje. The President of Montenegro still has his official residence here and many government buildings and former embassy buildings attest the town’s past as the capital. From here we take a beautiful cycle ride to Virpazar. Here, by the side of the famous Skutari Lake, we enjoy our lunch. The Skutari Lake is 48 km long and 14 km wide – one of the biggest lakes of the Balkan peninsula. The lake’s ground is partly below the sea level. For the migratory birds on their journey to the south it offers a welcome resting place. In 1983 it was declared as a national park. In the afternoon we cycle on an almost traffic-free road as far as Rijeka Crnojevica. From there we have a transfer to Cetinje, where we join again a guided city tour. Overnight stay in Cetinje.
Day 4
Cetinje-Kotor (cycle approx. 26 mi./52km)Bike & Hotel Montenegro Islandhopping- Kotor
A transfer bus brings us after breakfast up to Lov?en. Depending on our mood we have the opportunity to leave the shuttle earlier in order to cycle a part of the increase on one’s own. From the highest point (more than 1,500 m above sea level) we can expect a rapid descent with spectacular view of the Bay of Kotor which is surrounded by mountains reaching heights of up to 1,700 m. It is the largest and best-protected bay in the entire Adriatic. Today’s cycle tour leads us to Kotor. The town is almost 2,000 years old and famous for its medieval centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here a guided city tour is offered and we may end the day with a leisurely walk through town and drink at one of the numerous cozy cafès and bars. We spend the night in Kotor.
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Day 5
Kotor-Dubrovnik (departure)
Church of St. Mary

In the morning the transfer takes us back to Dubrovnik where our tour ends in the late morning. Individual trip home or extended stay in Dubrovnik.

 

 

Tour Rating- Intermediate to advenced
This bike tour requires a good basic fitness, which you should have acquired through regular bicycling. The day trips climb between 200 and 500 m. The day trips of 30-50 km on average traverse some hilly and mountainous terrain. Some steeper and longer ascents must also be tackled, but it is perfectly acceptable to push the bike if necessary.
Most of the roads are asphalt and not used much outside the holiday season.
Decide for yourself each day whether you want to go biking alone, using the provided information and maps, or to join one of the two tour guides or other participants

Schedule & Price
Departure Dates 2015:

 

Every Saturday from May through September

Price per person, double occ. CAD $1150
Single room surcharge $200
Electrobike option $100

 

 

 

This tour includes:
· 5 day hotel journey with tour guides and support vehicle
· 4 nights in *** & **** hotels in a double room with private facilities
· 4 x breakfasts and dinners
· Bed linen and towels
· 4 guided cycling tours (as described in program)
· Overview maps for the daily tours
· City tours in Herceg Novi, Budva, Cetinje and Kotor
English speaking tour guide