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Cycling Bosnia & Montenegro

from $2,179.00

A pioneering ride through the remote mountain regions of Bosnia &
Herzegovina!

  • Reviews 9 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate / Challenging
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 15
All about the Cycling Bosnia & Montenegro.

The rich natural and cultural diversity of the Balkans provides the kind of variety you rarely find on European rides. This fascinating route provides the opportunity to visit three very different countries from the former Yugoslavia as we head from Bosnia over the Dinaric Alps into Montenegro and finally to Dubrovnik, on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. The largely uncrowded roads allow for glorious views, a few good challenges and the opportunity to visit many cultural highlights along the way including the historic city of Mostar. The trip concludes in the magnificent city of Dubrovnik; famous for it’s ancient city walls, marbled streets and baroque architecture. A trip here will live long in the memory.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 1 dinner
* 8 nights hotels all en suite
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Local bike rental included

Group normally 4 to 15 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs. Full vehicle support.

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Beautiful remote scenery
  • Balkan culture and cuisine
  • Discover Mostar and Dubrovnik
  • Dinaric Alps to the Adriatic sea
  • 8 nights hotels all en suite
  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • Group normally 4 to 15 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Local bike rental included
  1. Day 1 Start Trebinje

    The trip starts today in the old Ottoman trading centre of Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina’s wine capital. Trebinje has a rich history that dates back to the Middle Ages with a beautiful intact old town that escaped damage during the war. We overnight in a hotel in the old centre.*Hotel Platani or similar*

  2. Day 2 Ride through Popovo Polje, enjoy a wine tasting in family owned winery and visit the Vjetrenica Cave, the largest underground cave in Bosnia.

    Our first day takes us on a circuit of this wine growing region, past the villages and vineyards of Popovo Polje with magnificent views on all sides of the Herzegovinian limestone mountains. We climb up to the impressive Vjetrenica Cave, one of the largest in the Dinaric Alps. This morning’s section is on the old train tracks that serviced the region until the early 70’s. After lunch we head across Popovo Polje, flanked by the impressive limestone peaks of the Dinaric Alps. Having arrived at the other side of the valley, we’ll put away our bikes for the day and take the transfer back to the Hotel. Before dinner, we enjoy a wine-tasting at one of Hercegovina’s family owned wineries. *Hotel Platani or similar*

  3. Day 3 Take the back roads over the Orjen Mountain range in the Dinaric Alps into Montenegro, then descend to Herceg Novi on the Bay of Kotor.

    Today we head off in the direction of the impressive Orijen mountain range and Montenegro. However before we can cool off in the blue refreshing waters of the Adriatic our cycling journey takes us through a beautiful valley known for its delicate honey and pungent cheeses. After a 7km climb, we’ll make a short stop for a honey farming crash course from one of the local farmers. Here you can try your hand at extracting some of this golden elixir. The bee keeper moves his hives 3 times a year, so that the bees can visit different flowers and therefore produce different honey. As such it may be necessary to do this visit on day 2 depending on where the hives are when we visit the region.In the afternoon, we continue our climb as we enter Montenegro or ‘the Black Mountains’, with a last 3km climb section up to the border. From here we encounter rolling hills and extensive views of the Adriatic. Just before our early afternoon descent ends in the old seafarers’ town of Herceg Novi, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch at a beautiful viewpoint above the town. Later on we continue our ride along the beach to the hotel where we can go for a swim before dinner. We overnight in a seaside hotel.*Hotel Sun Resort or similar*

  4. Day 4 Boat transfer across the bay to the Listica Peninsula; ride the olive routes, before cycling the inner bay road to Kotor via the Venetian town of Perast.

    We start the day with a 30 min boat ride across the beautiful outer Bay of Kotor from Herceg Novi to the traditional fishing village of Rose while our bikes are transported by the small ferry. We meander across the tranquil Lustica Peninsula and enjoy a warm welcome and a visit to the traditional olive oil farm of the Moric family. The road continues to the inner Bay of Kotor, winding peacefully along the shores with spectacular mountain landscapes plunging into the deep waters of the bay. We will then stop for a 45 minute swim and coffee break near the baroque town of Perast. We finish the day riding into Kotor and our hotel base just a short walk from Kotor Old Town with its historic city walls, cobbled streets, piazzas and coffee shops.*Hotel Marija II or similar*

  5. Day 5 Climb from Kotor to Lovcen Mountain via Njegusi to try traditional cheese and smoked ham; visit the famous mausoleum on Lovcen Peak.

    The challenge today is to ascend the incredible serpentine road leading to Lovcen National Park high above the Bay of Kotor. Each turn in the road brings a new vista and the top of the road affords breathtaking views over the bay and in total there are a dizzying 26 switchbacks! Once marking the frontier between Austria, Hungary and the old Montenegro the origins of this road are steeped in history. Upon entering the national park a much more alpine landscape opens up, contrasting sharply with the Mediterranean coastline just a few kilometres away. One of the most important sites on Lovcen Mountains, from a cultural perspective, is the mausoleum of the celebrated Montenegrin poet and philosopher Njegos, which we may be able to visit after the end our ride. We then have time to explore the area or perhaps go for a swim in our comfortable hotel in the national park.*Hotel Monte Rosa or similar*

  6. Day 6 Descend to Skadar Lake via the ancient route connecting the hinterlands to the Adriatic Coast; en route stop at Cetinje, the former royal seat of Montenegro, finishing in Virpazar.

    Having climbed up to Lovcen, today we start with the descent to Cetinje, the former royal capital of Montenegro, a town of faded grandeur epitomised by the once imposing embassies and the Royal Palace. We take a short stop to explore the town itself. The descent continues towards the vast Skadar Lake, on the border with Albania. On the horizon during today’s ride stand the distant but imposing peaks of the Prokletije (Accursed) Mountains, the lands of feudal tribes for centuries. The ride follows the River ’Crnojevica’, a major tributary to Skadar Lake, all the way to its entry point into the lake itself. Our base is a small hotel in the traditional fishing village of Virpazar where we can enjoy the lake fish, and sample local wines from the Crmnica Valley wine region on the lake shores.*Hotel Vir or similar*

  7. Day 7 Transfer from Virpazar to Nevesinje, climb Mt Velez and descend into Mostar.

    This morning we start with a long (5hr) road transfer to the Montenegrin / Bosnian border at Vrancenovici Bileca and Nevesinje. This journey allows us to climb Velez Mountain, Herzegovina’s sleeping giant. Velez offers stunning views of the surrounding area, as well as a range of fortifications built by the Austrians in the late 19th Century. The highlight of today is a fast and beautiful descent along the old postal service route to Mostar. Very few people get to see Mostar from above. The route takes us directly to Mostar’s old bridge and the Neretva River, a fantastic way to end our riding.*Hotel Almira or similar*

  8. Day 8 Drive to Dubrovnik via the traditional towns of Blagaj and Stolac; afternoon free to explore.

    We transfer (3hrs) to Dubrovnik for a well deserved tour of the town and swim in the Adriatic. We’ll stop along the way in the nearby village of Blagaj, with its well known Buna Spring and the adjacent Ottoman house/monastery. The spring here is amazing. It flows out of a 200m cliff wall and singlehandedly creates the Buna River. Dubrovnik is our final destination and a great way to end. This magnificent walled city lies at the southernmost tip of Croatia. Formerly a prosperous trading centre, Dubrovnik is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its perfectly preserved Old Town and rich cultural life draw many visitors each year.*Hotel Komodor or similar*

  9. Day 9 End Dubrovnik.

    Our trip ends in Dubrovnik. You may however wish to extend your stay in the Croatian capital to further explore it’s cobbled streets or enjoy the beautiful coastline. Should you wish to do so please ask a member of the sales team about our post tour nights.

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Where you stay

Hotel & Lodge

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

Accommodation in this region varies as much as the landscape, however we have selected well-run hotels offering good locations, comfortable rooms and a warm welcome. All the accommodation has private en suite facilities and offer free Wi-Fi. Most nights are in locally rated 3-star hotels, and 1 night is in a new mountain lodge on Lovcen Mountain.

Trebinje- Hotel Platani

Herceg Novi- Hotel Sun Resort

Kotor- Hotel Marija II

Ivanova Korita- Hotel Monte Rosa

Virpazar- Hotel Vir

Mostar- Hotel Almira

Dubrovnik- Hotel Komodor

Single supplements are available on request and are subject to availability.

 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 1 dinner are included on this trip.

Breakfast across the Balkans usually consists of bread and pastries, dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese, cereal, eggs cooked in a variety of ways, smoked meats, honey, tea and coffee, milk and juices.

Lunches will be picnics and may include bread, cheese, sausage, meat or vegetarian paté, salad, chocolate bars, cookies and trail mix.

Typical Bosnian cuisine consists of ingredients such as tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, spinach, courgette, beans and dairy products such as milk, cheese, pavlaka (sour cream) and Kajmak (similar to clotted cream). Meat dishes usually consist of beef and lamb and specialties include cevapi, burek, dolma (stuffed vegetables with meat) and goulash. Desserts often have an Eastern influence with baklava being very popular. The alcoholic drink rakija made from apples or plums is common in this region also.

Croatian & Montenegrin cuisine both share similarities to Bosnian cuisine but are also heavily influenced by Greek and Italian cuisines.

Vegetarian and special diets can be catered for, but options are limited throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro – please inform our office of any specific requirements upon booking.

This trip is classified Road- Activity level 4 (Moderate/challenging)

6 days cycling, average 50km (30 miles) per day, 100% vehicle support.

The terrain and route will be mainly on quiet regional and village asphalt roads with some sections on gravel. The more remote roads are often not maintained as well as those nearer towns, so on these we may encounter a few pot holes and less than perfect surfaces. We also use a few gravel roads around the smaller villages. The ride is mostly undulating with two long climbs (up to 1000m) and fast descents with stunning views of the Adriatic and the regions’ karst mountains. Previous cycling experience is advisable and a good level of overall fitness is essential.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

I loved it!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The 26 switch back day and the hill climbs afterwards were the toughest but most rewarding cycling experience. But for me, it was getting to meet so many new people - bee keepers, olive growers, so many cats...and our group was amazing with a lot of laughter.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    There are no words for how wonderful Sabina was throughout the whole trip. She never stopped smiling, explaining about the history and culture of where we were and most importantly, having fun with us. It was a dream team with Sabina, Irhad and Eldar, and all three of them made it an unforgettable trip with a lot of laughs along the way.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t worry too much about currency - you can get Bosnian marks from an ATM when you arrive. Take some euros and kuna for Montenegro and Croatia in advance.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I’d end the trip in Sarajevo and not Dubrovnik. The latter is a beautiful place and a draw for lots of people who haven’t been there before...but I’d say that if you want to the true Bosnian experience and learn more about the history of the country - Sarajevo would definitely be more interesting (and cheaper!!)

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Fantastic trip

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the famous 26 switchbacks, the feeling of accomplishment (easier than anticipated) and unbelievable views at the top.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader and 2nd Exodus team member were both excellent. Very knowledgeable in every way, entertaining and considerate. Full marks to them.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was more challenging than I expected - Montenegro (and Bosnia Herzegovina) are mountainous countries - but we were allowed to cycle at our own pace uphill with plenty of rest stops and snacks to keep us going. Definitely worth it.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best trips I've done - would definitely go back.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Fantastic cycling in stunning scenery

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing the switchbacks.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes so you know what to expect
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks - it was fab

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Beautiful country with amazing group of cyclist

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The climb out of Kotor was great. Because of the road works, we had an additional challenging final few kilometres climbing on "gravel" rather than tarmac. So glad that the whole group made it to the top under our own steam. Great support and encouragement from Sabina helps a lot too!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Sabina is one of the best Exodus group leader. She rode with us all the way and gave us safety briefing to ensure that we knew what to expected. She worked hard with Sasa to make sure everything went according to plan and always asked for (and listen to) our feedback to make sure that we were all happy and the riding pace suits everyone. She knew all the best places to go for dinner (with great food at very reasonable price) and her encyclopedia knowledge of the dates and the history made the stories much more interesting. Her selfies with us must be one of the best.....
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We went through 3 countries and each have their own currency. We found the cheapest way is to bring some Euros, get some BAM from the ATM on day 1 for Bosnia and then change the left over in Croatia for Kuna to spend on the last day. Oh - and do some practise climbs before you go especially if you are a pure roadie, do try and get some miles on a gravel /mountain bike (95% of the ride is on smooth tarmac but there are a few K of gravel).
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were lucky that although we were a relatively large group (14 of us), we had similar riding ability and all of us got on well (including the post ride drinks :) ). We didn't get rain on (quite hot on some days but not a problem once you are moving) and the places that we visited were very memorable.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Bosnia/Montenegro - beautiful mountains and lake

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    At the top of Lovcen looking down at Kotor and co-mingling with the birds in the middle of Lake Skadar.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Sabina is fantastic. She is knowledgeable, sincere and enthusiastic. She is very conscious of safety and the welfare of the group and constantly seek feedback. She is so efficient too and sent us all the photos and routes straight after the trip. She offered to help our fellow riders on their extension. One of the best leaders I have seen.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Maybe bring some of your favourite snacks and don't complain about not enough food. Enjoy the scenery and take lots of photos.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Sasha is very friendly and enthusiastic. He brought us healthy fresh bread and fruits everyday. With his in depth bike knowledge we felt that our bikes were in good hand and he did clean and check them all every day. He always carries a big smile and great if you want to talk about bikes! He knows it all.

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