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Cycling Bosnia & Montenegro

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



At a glance

* 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 hire included

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

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.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 1 dinner
* All accommodation
* Transfer for group flights
* Local bike hire included

 

Food:
 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 the office of
any specific requirements upon booking.

Start destination:

End destination:

Cycling profile

Day 1

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*

Day 2

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 set off in a minibus to
Tvrdos Monastery where we taste some of the local authentic wines. The return
transfer takes us back to Trebinje.
*Hotel Platani or similar*

Day 3

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*

Day 4

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*

Day 5

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*

Day 6

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*

Day 7

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*

Day 8

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 Ivka or similar*

Day 9

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.

Prices & Dates

Date: 2018-05-132018-05-21

Trip code: MVH180513

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €1585

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Date: 2018-06-172018-06-25

Trip code: MVH180617

Availability: Available

Price: €1645

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Date: 2018-07-152018-07-23

Trip code: MVH180715

Availability: Available

Price: €1645

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Date: 2018-08-122018-08-20

Trip code: MVH180812

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Price: €1645

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Date: 2018-09-022018-09-10

Trip code: MVH180902

Availability: Available

Price: €1645

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Date: 2018-09-232018-10-01

Trip code: MVH180923

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Price: €1585

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Date: 2019-05-122019-05-20

Trip code: MVH190512

Availability: Available

Price: €1615

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Date: 2019-06-162019-06-24

Trip code: MVH190616

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Price: €1685

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Date: 2019-07-142019-07-22

Trip code: MVH190714

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Price: €1685

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Date: 2019-08-112019-08-19

Trip code: MVH190811

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Price: €1685

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Date: 2019-09-012019-09-09

Trip code: MVH190901

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Price: €1685

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Date: 2019-09-222019-09-30

Trip code: MVH190922

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Price: €1615

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Customer Feedback

Cycling in Boasnia Herzegovenia and Montenegro

Summary:
This is a trip of endless views round every mountainous corner – beautiful
country, wine, food and people. Loved Mostar and Dubrovnik – and well worth
going early for a Dubrovnik city break pre bike tour – thankfully organised
by Exodus. The cycling is great and the climbs are long – but it’s worth it
for the descents. Truly great holiday and helped massively by such great
guides, especially the lovely Sabina.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the top of the big mountain climb after a personal health battle 2
months earlier. It felt amazing, amd then we were chased by a big storm and
were back at the hotel for a beer before the worst!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
She was awesome…..so fabulous to meet Sabina.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do Dubrovnik. Do some hill training. Love wine!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Put this on your list of destinations to discover.

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Cycling in Bosnia and Montenegro

Summary:
This trip was graded as moderate/challenging and that was spot on! Apart
from the first day, every day involved hill climbs and some steep descents.
The scenery was magnificent and was ever changing. No one day was the same
and my breath was taken away at every twist and turn in the road. Some of
the off road section are not for the feint hearted but are easily negotiable
with care. Cycling was a fantastic way to see these fabulous countries. A
mix of culture was added to the pot through local cuisine and wine tasting.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Every day was different and had its own beauty. However, the final descent
into Mostar will never be forgotten. I could not take enough photos on that
section. It was absolutely breathtaking! As a personal challenge, the hill
climb and 29 hairpins up to the mountains to reach Lovcen National Park was
an inspiration to us all. The group had bonded so well and everyone
supported each other on this tough section.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader, Sabina, was amazing. Her local knowledge and her ability
to be in tune with the needs of the whole group, made the trip sensational.
Sabina could not do enough for us and her choice of local restaurants was
fantastic and we got good value for money. We also had a young, trainee
guide with us who had a great sense of humour and was very helpful. Our
support vehicle driver, Laurenc, was amazing. He was articulate and eloquent
and it was good to hear about the history of these countries from all three.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Dubrovnik is much more expensive than the other countries, especially in the
Old Town where prices are hiked. You can get Bosnian currency from ATMs once
you arrive there.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A really memorable trip for me and one of the best groups I have been with.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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