Bike & hotel – the best way to explore Montenegro! On this tour, we discover picturesque towns as well as the enchanting coast of Montenegro with our travel guides and trusty support vehicle.
The city of Cavtat – a small town with a lovely coastline, ranking among the most popular travel destinations in the area of Dubrovnik – is our departure point. And Montenegro, one of the youngest states in the world, is our main destination. Discover the bay of Kotor, whose steep limestone cliffs make it one of the most impressive landscapes in the entire Adriatic, visit the coastal cities of Kotor and Budva and see Montenegro’s former capital city, Cetinje.
Please note: This tour is only available to groups of 8+ people booking together. If you are interested to take part on this tour with friends, family or other acquaintances please send us an email with your preferred travel date and group size to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Culture: the UNESCO World Heritage city of Kotor and its spectacular city walls|
|Nature: the impressive bay of Kotor with its descending limestone cliffs|
|Activity: enjoy a boat ride on the wonderful Skutari Lake|
|Gastronomy: one typical Montenegrin speciality is lamb in milk served for festive occasions|
1st Day (Sun) Cavtat
Individual arrival to Cavtat and check-in in the first hotel. Afterwards you have the opportunity to stroll around the laid back little city or visit the nearby Dubrovnik (Taxi: distance aprx. 30 min.). You may join a guided city tour in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon (if booked in advance), before you return to your hotel in Cavtat, where you meet your person in charge and travel companions at 6 pm.
2nd Day (Mon) Cavtat – Herceg Novi (aprx. 28 mi./45 km, 2,630 ft./800 m of elevation)
From Cavtat we cycle through the region of Primorje to the border of Montenegro. Our way presents us with plenty of spectacular views above the deep azure sea and the fertile vegetation. After passing the border the terrace-like bay of Kotor opens up. Along the promenade we continue biking to Herceg Novi, which lies in the entrance to Kotor Bay. After lunch you check into the hotel. Take the chance to stroll along the promenade of Hercig Novi and enjoy a swim before taking part on a guided city tour through the city centre. Overnight stay in Herceg Novi.
3rd Day (Tue) Herceg Novi – Budva (aprx. 31 mi./50 km, 2,950 ft./ 900 m of elevation)
In the morning we cycle along the coastal road of Kotor, until we reach the ferry from Kamenari to Leptane. From here our cycle tour takes us first to Tivat and then on a near traffic-free panoramic road with spectacular views as far as Budva. In the afternoon you have enough time to explore the picturesque old town of Budva on your own. Before dinner we can join a guided city tour through Budva a city destroyed almost completely by an earthquake in 1979. We spend the night in Budva.
4th Day (Wed) Cetinje – Virpazar (aprx. 25 mi./40 km, 1,640 ft./500 m of elevation)
After a short transfer, including a stop at the famous Hotel Island of Sveti Stefan, you will reach the former capital of Montenegro, Cetinje. From here you start a wonderful bike wired with a pick nick along the way. Our destination is the city of Virpazar on the shores of Lake Skadar; which is 30 mi./48 km long and 9 mi./14 km wide and therefore one of the biggest lakes of the Balkan Peninsula. It offers a welcome resting place for the migratory birds on their journey to the south. In 1983 it was declared as a national park. Good weather offers us the opportunity to take an afternoon boat trip through this natural paradise. Overnight stay in Virpazar.
5th Day (Thu) Virpazar – Rijeka Crnojevica (aprx. 28 mi./45 km, 3,610 ft./1,100 m of elevation)
After breakfast we start off on our bikes. After a detour exploring the hinterlands, we continue on an almost traffic-free road as far as Rijeka Crnojevica. The place is known for its architecture and typical stone houses of the 17th and 18th century. Then we are free to decide to return to Cetinje by support vehicle or discover the last 12 mi./20 km and 2,300 ft./700 m of elevation by bike. On the city tour in Cetinje we explore the most important sights, for example the Montenegrin president’s residence. In addition a lot of other government buildings and former embassies testify Cetinjes past as the capital city. Overnight stay in Cetinje.
6th Day (Fri) Cetinje – Lovćen – Kotor (aprx. 31 mi./50 km, 2,950 ft./900 m of elevation)
Today’s tour take us up the Lovćen. If the climb is too tough, you are able to request a lift either part of the way or all of the way with the accompanying transport vehicle. From the highest point (more than 4,900 ft./1,500 m above sea level) we can expect a rapid descent with spectacular views of the Bay of Kotor, surrounded by mountains reaching heights of up to 5,580 ft./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 under UNESCO World Heritage protection. 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 cosy cafès and bars.
7th Day (Sat) Kotor – Cavtat (aprx. 12 + 25 mi./20 + 40 km, 2,630 ft./800 m of elevation)
The last cycle tour leads us along the bay of Kotor until we reach the ferry between Lepetane and Kamenari. We cross the impressive bay of Kotor for the last time and board the shuttle bus on the other side. We will be taxied back to Croatia, where we make a stopover in one of the most beautiful restaurants of the country. Only a few more kilometres by bike through the region of Konavle until the end of the cycle journey.
8th Day (Sun) Cavtat (Return home or extended stay in Croatia)
After breakfast hotel check-out or an extended stay in Croatia.
Those choosing to rent a hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience. These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.
Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push. These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 160 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.
Basic tour price per person (in a double room)
• 8-day hotel-journey with tour guide and support Vehicle
• 7 nights in 3 – 4 hotels in a double room with private facilities
• 7 x half board
• Bed linen and towels
• Cycling tours (as described in program)
• Overview maps for the daily tours
• City tours in Herceg Novi, Budva, Cetinje and Kotor
Additional optional services (on request)
• Surcharge for a single room: 135 euro, reservation required
• Rental Bike: hybrid bicycle with Ortlieb pannier: 80 euro or Electric Bike with Ortlieb pannier: 160 euro (limited, on request)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the E-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• Additional overnight stay including breakfast in Dubrovnik or Cavtat: upon request
Not included in the basic tour price
• Journey to Cavtat
• Taxi transfer from Dubrovnik airport to hotel at Cavtat: aprx. 20 euro/way
• Flat rate for bottled water during the cycle tours: 20 euro/person
• Meals and beverages during the cycle tours
• Beverages in the hotels
• Entrance fees to museums
• Boat excursion in Virpazar
• Excursion to Dubrovnik on arrival day
• Tips for transfer drivers and tour guides