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Cycling the West Balkan Triangle

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  • 7 nights | 35 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 4
  • Guided from: €850
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

The cycling tour in west Balkan and Mediterranean part of Europe is cycling through one of the most spectacular places in the Europe. This fantastic area spread over the hills and mountains of the Dinarids, along the seashores settled by medieval towns, picturesque villages and valleys in Bosnia.

On this tour, you visit 3 countries: Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina and you will explore most interesting sights of it. This holiday combine rides on the flat and hilly routes; tour is for the nature and history lovers, cyclists who prefer daily longer distances with some challenging parts, always awarded with spectacular views.

Cycling west Balkan triangle is a holiday designed for small groups of cyclists, it is guided and SAG (car and gear support during a tour).

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival
Meet at Dubrovnik airport transfer to Hotel in Dubrovnik. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. In the evening, share dinner with the group and have an introduction to the trip.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 2: Dubrovnik – Herceg Novi (through Bosnian territory) (40 miles/65 km)
After breakfast in the hotel, take a short transfer to outside town to start your cycling tour. Ride toward the border with Bosnia-Hercegovina and the town, Trebinje. You'll cycle through the hilly part of the Bosnia-Montenegro-Croatia triangle toward Herceg Novi on the Montenegro coast.
Overnight in/near Herceg Novi.

Day 3: Montenegro coast, Herceg Novi – Kotor (31 miles/50 km)
Today you'll cycle along the coastal area of Boka bay (Montenegro fjord) to the town of Kotor. Today's ride is mainly on flat terrain. We follow the road along the bay of Kotor, through medieval, historical towns. After a short stop in Kotor, we continue to our hotel.
Overnight in Kotor.

Day 4: Montenegro – Croatia (43 miles/70 km)
After breakfast, we continue with a bike ride along the bay to cross the border into Croatia. Once we cross the border, we'll ride through Konavle countryside, a very picturesque area between mountains and the Adriatic sea. Arrive to Cavtat/Konavle in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to explore this medieval town on your own.
Overnight in Cavtat/Konavle.

Day 5: Croatia – Bosnia-Herzegovina (35 miles/57 km)
After breakfast, we start riding from the coastal town Cavtat to a hilly part of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Once we cross the border in Ivanica, we continue our ride on the old railroad track along the valley of Popovo polje and the river Trebisnjica.

This area was a war zone in the 1990s, and there is still evidence along the route of those days. Besides interesting historical facts, this part of the road has very beauty and different landscape than the coastal area. Arrive to the small village of Zavala/Ravno in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to explore.
Overnight in Zavala/Ravno.

Day 6: Zavala – Ston (25 miles/40 km)
Today we cycle along the valley and rural areas in Herzegovina toward the border of Croatia, the peninsula Peljesac, and the town of Ston. This area is famous for a few things: town Ston is a medieval walled town with the longest city walls in Europe. It is the first town in the Peljesac peninsula where they produced excellent red wines, and around the town of Ston there are bays with oysters and mussels farms. Today's ride is one of the shortest, but it is hilly riding with nice climbs and downhills. Arrive to Ston, and consider a possible oyster tasting and sailing trip to the oyster farms.
Overnight in Ston.

Day 7: Ston – Orebic (Korcula), plus shuttle to Dubrovnik (37 miles/60 km)
Cycling along the Peljesac peninsula is one of the most scenic bike rides on the Mediterranean. Ride along nice roads with spectacular views to the islands and open sea, scenic roads through vineyards and through old villages in hidden bays. The bike ride finishes in Orebic around lunch time. During the afternoon, we provide a shuttle (minibus) to Dubrovnik, arriving in Dubrovnik in the evening hours.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 8: Departure day
Breakfast in the hotel and shuttle to Dubrovnik airport.

Dates

May 19, June 16, Sep 22, 2018 (minimum 4 participants); upon request Apr 1-Jun 30, Sep 1-Oct 31, 2018 (parties of 4 or more)
Low season: Apr 01, 2018 - May 31, 2018, Oct 01, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Shoulder season: Jun 01, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018
High season: Sep 23, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€850
Shoulder season surcharge
€100
High season surcharge
€200
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Low season
€210
Shoulder season
€280
High season
€280
Bike Rentals
Mountain or hybrid bike
€120
Electrically assisted bike
€200
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

EpicCroatia Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Charges:

  • More than 30 days: no cancellation charges
  • 15-30 days: 50% of tour price
  • Less than 15 days 75% of tour price

All photos used by permission. ©EpicCroatia

Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.4
  • Value 4.8
  • Included meals 4.4
  • Bikes & equipment 4.8
  • Hotels or boat 4.8
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.8
  • Tour documents 4.5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Jim n Anne July 1, 2018

Breathtaking Scenery

The views on this trip are amazing! True, there are a few climbs, but the views and the downhills more than make up for them. Our guide Mario was attentive, capable, enjoyable, responsive. We enjoyed the fresh, seasonal, healthy meals, and the accommodations were first rate! The rental bikes were comfortable and well suited to the road conditions. It was fascinating to experience the different countries and cultures in such a compact space; so different from the U.S. The only improvement I would recommend would be for printed maps or cue sheets to follow, even though we had a guide. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone with an interest in beautiful scenery, complex history and cultures, and a fun bike tour!

Cyclemom April 28, 2018

Great Experience!

First I have to mention our great guide and support Mario and Darco. They helped make this such an incredible trip. They were accommodating, flexible, funny and full of history about the area. I know my daughter loved talking with them about their life growing up in Croatia and the incredible history of the area. We fell in love with Croatia and Bosnia Hertsagovina. I know I just spelled that incorrectly I apologize.
My husband and I used the electric bikes which had multiple settings so we had great workouts everyday while not holding back our daughter from getting a great workout on her regular bike up with the guide. Electric bikes are genius and really the way to go especially if the people you are traveling with may be in a little better shape. Their bikes were excellent.
I loved the lunch breaks on the side of the road each day and as soon as Darco realized the type of food we liked while exercising he added it the next day (oranges never tasted so good!) together with his own favorites it was perfect.
We again can not say enough about Mario. His sweet disposition and willingness to do whatever he could to make our trip memorable was greatly appreciated.
The mileage each day was not bad but the climbs gave us such a great
workout!

BYoung December 7, 2017

Fun Triangle Trip Through the Balkans

A wonderful guided trip along the sea and up into the hills of this beautiful part of the Balkans. Great scenery, idyllic vistas and deserted former rail lines converted to cycling routes; this trip has a little bit of everything. And if you are looking for multiple stamps in your passport while crossing borders on bicycle you will be able to fill a couple of pages on this trip.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany August 22, 2018
Jim, our President, loves the Balkans, and we're so glad to hear you had a great time on tour! We'd love to help you in the future.
Candida August 16, 2017

Tough riding but worth it!

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour of the Balkan triangle. There was some amazing scenery and our climbs were always rewarded with incredible ocean and valley views. Tomi was a great guide, and kept us moving along. You could tell he really appreciates the beauty of his country and is happy to show it off. We couldn't have had a better van driver than Darco, who was always ready and willing to help, close by enough to support us with water, food and the occasional lift. The roads are narrow in these countries, which is a bit nerve wracking at the beginning, until you realize that everyone is used to passing in close quarters and you just get used to the narrowness of the roads. Much of the trip is on paths or quiet roads though. We loved the food and the accommodations on this tour as well.

Doug Dvorak May 23, 2017

BALKANS TRIANGLE TOUR - WOW! WOW! WOW!

Jim and the entire Biketours.com Team did an incredible job on our recent Balkans Triangle Tour. The in-country representative as very friendly, knowledgeable and the equipment & accommodations were first class.