|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||25 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||May 18, 25; Jun 1, 8; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014|
|Start city:||Herceg Novi, Montenegro|
|End city:||Kotor, Montenegro|
The best way to explore Montenegro is by bike. On this tour, which can be perfectly combined with our boat and 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 are the coastal cities of Kotor and Budva as well as Montenegro’s former capital Cetinje.
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Day 1: Dubrovnik – Herceg Novi (6 mi/10 km)
Upon your arrival in Dubrovnik you should take a taxi to the city harbour Gruz (approximately €40). You will meet a transfer bus in the harbor late this morning. From Dubrovnik city harbour Gruz, you'll have about an hour's drive to reach the Montenegrin border.
Your first destination is the city of Herceg Novi, situated at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor. After checking in at your hotel, you'll take your first short but beautiful cycle tour along the promenade. Later in the afternoon a local tour guide will show you around the beautiful old town and the medieval fortress of Herceg Novi.
Overnight in Herceg Novi
Day 2: Herceg Novi - Budva (31 mi/50 km)
In the morning cycle along the coastal road by the Bay of Kotor, until you reach the ferry from Leptane to Kamenari. From there your tour takes you first to Tivat and then on a nearly traffic-free panoramic road with spectacular views as far as Budva.
In the afternoon there will be enough time to explore the lively and picturesque old town of Budva on your own or you can cycle a bit further to visit the famous resort island of Sveti Stefan. Before dinner you can join a guided city tour through Budva, which has a very interesting history and was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1979.
Overnight in Budva
Day 3: Budva – Centinje - Rijeka Crnojevica (38 mi/60 km)
After a short transfer ride you'll reach the former Montenegrin capital of Cetinje, where the President of Montenegro still has his official residence. From here, take a beautiful bike ride to Virpazar where you'll enjoy your lunch beside the famous Skutari Lake, which was declared a national park in 1983. The Skutari Lake is almost 30 mi/48 km long and 9 mi/14 km wide, making it one of the biggest lakes of the Balkan peninsula. The lake is partly below the sea level and serves as a welcome resting place for the migratory birds on their journey south.
In the afternoon you'll cycle on an almost traffic-free road as far as Rijeka Crnojevica. From there you have a transfer to Cetinje, where you'll join another a guided city tour.
Overnight in Cetinje
Day 4: Cetinje – Kotor (26 mi/52 km)
After breakfast a bus transfer takes you to Lovćen. Depending on your mood you'll have the opportunity to leave the shuttle and cycle part of the ascent. From the highest point, more than 4921 ft/1500 m above sea level, you can expect a thrilling descent with spectacular view of the Bay of Kotor. It is the largest and best-protected bay in the entire Adriatic, surrounded by mountains that reach heights of up to 5577 ft/1700 m.
Today’s cycle tour ends in Kotor, a town that is almost 2000 years old and famous for its medieval centre, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take advantage of the guided city tour and then perhaps spend the rest of the day with a leisurely walk through town and drink at one of the numerous cozy cafès and bars.
Overnight in Kotor
Day 5: Kotor – Dubrovnik
In the morning the transfer takes you back to Dubrovnik, where your tour ends in the late morning. You'll need to arrange for transfer to the airport to begin your trip home or schedule an extended stay in Dubrovnik.
May 18, 25; Jun 1, 8; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014
|This tour requires a minimum of 8 participants. When you book, please enter the citizenship of each person in the "Comments" section of the booking form.|
Note: lunches and drinks throughout the tour are not included. There is a €10 fee per person for water (payable locally).
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
You can bring your own bicycles (at no extra cost). However, the crew or tour operator are in no way responsible for any damage, loss or theft of such bicycles.
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Please note that a few helmets are available with bike rental, advance reservation required. However, for safety and hygiene purposes, we strongly recommend that you bring your own helmet.
These are sample hotels and are based upon availability.
You will have accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels.
This bike tour requires good basic fitness. The trip reaches altitudes of 650-1640 ft and the day trips cover an average of 18–31 miles of hilly and mountainous terrain. There are some steeper and longer ascents to be tackled, but it is perfectly acceptable to push the bike. Most of the roads are asphalt and mainly traffic-free.
Helmet use is mandatory on this tour, and you are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet.
This tour can be done by children over 10. Please note that the minimum height for rental bikes is 4'7."
This tour is moderately challenging and is recommended for cyclists in good physical condition.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Dubrovnik, Croatia
You should arrange your flights into and out of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Once you arrive individually in Croatia, you will have to take a taxi (approximately €40) to the city harbor of Gruz where you will meet up with your guides and transfer by bus to Herceg Novi, Montenegro, where the biking portion of the tour begins.
If there is no direct flight between your local airport and the Dubrovnik Airport, you should fly to an airport in Germany or Switzerland first (e.g. Frankfurt Airport, "FRA"). International flights are offered daily from most countries to Frankfurt Airport. From the German and Swiss airports you can fly directly to Dubrovnik on inexpensive flights.
On the last day of the tour, a bus will transfer you from the tour ending point in Kotor, Montenegro back to the city harbor of Gruz, from where you will need to take a taxi back to the airport in Dubrovnik.
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Montenegro is often called the "jewel of the Mediterranean." Montenegro emerged from years of economic difficulty and political unrest and has become one of the most popular destinations in Europe because of the diverse natural landscape and the stunning beaches. The country’s compact size allows for tourists to experience the various appeals of Montenegro, including its mountains, glacial lakes, natural parks, rivers, and beaches.
A particularly appealing part of Montenegro is its charming coastal harbors and beaches. The Adriatic coast is home to some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in Europe, drawing visitors to bask in the Mediterranean sun and dine on the exquisite seafood. Montenegro's coast is home to some of the country’s most beautiful ancient towns, rising dramatically from the Adriatic and welcoming visitors to come explore.
Island Hopping by bike and boat has been organized by Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH since 1998. Since then we have been expanding our program continuously. In Croatia we are meanwhile organizing tours in Istria, the Kvarner Bay as well as Central and South Dalmatia. Since 2002 tours in Greece and Turkey have also been part of our program.
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A vacation that involves exercise and physical activity requires greater commitment than a conventional package tour. It is your duty to make certain that you are up to the physical challenges of such a trip. The pre-condition for a bike-tour is that you are able to handle a bicycle in street traffic and on unpaved paths under any weather conditions. If you rent a bike, it is your responsibility to check the condition of the bike, particularly the brakes. You bear sole responsibility for adhering to all legal regulations at home and abroad, particularly regulations about travel documents and cross-border trade. When traveling across the exterior borders of the EU, your luggage must remain unlocked, to facilitate passage through customs. If your baggage is searched, you will be notified about it upon arrival at the destination. If problems with the procurement of the services occur, you are required to help within the scope of legal regulations, in order to avoid potential damages or keep them at a minimum and report any complaints to us immediately.
Duty of Care
During the duration of the trip, you are liable for damage to or loss of bicycles and any equipment entrusted to you. For guided tours, this is only valid if you have separated yourself from the group, have disobeyed instructions from the tour guides, or caused the damage or loss intentionally, through negligence or gross negligence.
You can demand redress if the trip services are not rendered according to the contract. This can be solved by us providing compensation of equal or greater value. In the case of disproportionate effort, corrective action can be denied. For the period in which the services that have not been rendered according to contract, you can request a reduction in travel price after your return. The pre-condition for this is the immediate notification of our deficiencies or those of our tour guides, so that we have the opportunity to find a remedy. Tour guides are not authorized to recognize claims. Independent of a reduction in travel price, you can demand compensation due to non-compliance with the travel contract, unless we are not responsible for the defect.
Limitation of claim
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Court of Jurisdiction
The court of jurisdiction is Konstanz, Germany