Balkan Treasures

4.3/5 (10)
7 nights
29 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1188
Bike tour in Croatia, Albania and Montenegro
Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours

Balkan Treasures

4.3/5 (10)

Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours

7 nights
29 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 1188
Bike tour in Croatia, Albania and Montenegro

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  • Bike the Eurovelo 8 from Dubrovnik to hidden gems in Montenegro and Albania

    This cycling tour takes you from the star of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik , to hidden gems in Montenegro and Albania.

    On small side roads, you'll experience the diverse nature, culture, and food of these three countries.

    A vehicle supports you to climb some of the steepest ascents and will bridge sections of main roads so you don't face significant traffic. In the evenings, enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle in cozy seaside towns. Overnights are spent in small hotels and private accommodation.

    • Street art in Albania. Michael Silkesjöö@Unsplash
    • Great bridges in Albania! CC:Sali Jonuzi
    • Kotor, Montenegro. Faruk Kaymak@Unsplash
    • Albanian food! Antti T. Nissinen@Flickr
    • Dubrovnik, Croatia. Patricia Jekki@Unsplash
    • Sunflowers in Albania. Mario Begollari@Unsplash
    • Dubrovnik, Croatia. Spencer Davis@Unsplash
    • Lake Skadar, Montenegro.

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    Highlights

    • Ancient Dubrovnik
    • Trebinje, southernmost town of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Herceg Novi
    • Lake Skadar - the Balkan's largest lake
    • EuroVelo cycling
    • Ladder of Kotor, famous Austro-Hungarian serpentine road
    • Local cuisine
    • The UNESCO site of Kotor Bay
    • Konavle Valley in Croatia

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    Photos 

  • Traveler photos

    • View of Kotor (photo by Bridgit Evans)
  • Daily program

    Please note distances and elevations are approximate and may vary slightly based on hotel or itinerary changes necessary due to changes in route conditions.

    Day 1: Arrival
    An optional transfer brings you either from Dubrovnik town or Dubrovnik airport to Trebinje in Bosnia & Hercegovina. This transfer takes approx. 45min. In in your centrally located hotel in Trebinje you will have short briefing session about the programme and the bike fitting will take place
    Overnight in Trebinje.

    Day 2: Trebinje – Herceg Novi, Montenegro (27 miles/42km; total elevation gain 1969 ft/600m; total descent 2953 ft/ 900 m)
    You start your cycling tour right from the doorstep of your hotel. You cycle first across the villages in the Trebinje Valley, and then later you start a slow descent towards Herceg Novi.

    After 35 km you reach the border of Croatia/Montenegro. After passing into Montenegro, you roll into Herceg Novi. The last few kilometers you'll follow an old railway track, which once connected Herceg Novi with Dubrovnik and is now the town's seaside promenade.
    Overnight in Herceg Novi.

    Day 3: Highlights of the Bay of Kotor (27 miles/ 44km; total elevation gain/loss 722ft / 220m)
    Cycle to the highlights of the Bay of Kotor. Continue to follow the old railway line until Zelenika. Along the very shoreline, you cycle to Risan and then Perast, the pearl of the bay. Take your time to explore the picturesque historical town and its beautiful church islands (by shuttle boat).

    You'll have a transfer (1.5 hours, included in tour cost) along the beautiful coastline via Budva and Sv. Stefan in front of the old town of Kotor (you will return there on Day 7!). You'll arrive in Stari Bar for your evening.
    Overnight in Stari Bar.

    Day 4: Above the Adriatic – Skadar (29 miles/46 km; total elevation gain 984 feet/300 m; total descent 1,345 feet/410 m)
    You start directly from your accommodation. Along the road you can visit more than 2,000-year-old olive tree. On a secondary road above the Adriatic, you'll ride through the olive groves around Bar, the "oil capital" of Montenegro. You enjoy beautiful views riding through a vast valley until you meet the road between Ulcinj – Skadar, which you will follow until Skadar.
    Overnight in Skadar.

    Day 5: Albanian cycling experience (distance varies depending on which option you choose; see below)
    Both options give you time to explore the historical center of Skadar.
    Option A) Cycle to Drin river and reward yourself with a lunch at one of the best restaurant experiences Albania has to offer, the Slow-food restaurant “Mrizi I Zanave” (“Garden of the Fairy”). En route, you pass the mighty dam of River Drin and experience Albanian village life. Either choose to return the same way, or we can organize a return transfer for you (upon request, fee may apply). (20 miles/32km/ +492 feet/150m or, if you cycle back, 40miles/64km/ + 984 ft / 300m)

    Option B) Cycle the shores of Lake Skadar. Nice easy tour to fish restaurants at the shore of Lake Skadar. (14 miles/22km; total elevation gain 164 feet/50m)
    Overnight in Skadar.

    Day 6: Albania to Montenegro – Monastery route in Skadar Lake National Park (25 miles/40 km; total elevation gain 1,969 feet/600m; total descent 3,609 feet/1,100m)
    Meet your transfer in front of your accommodation. We shuttle you 1 hour across the border into Montenegro and cover the first major ascent (transferincluded in tour cost). A wonderful, but challenging panoramic tour awaits you today--you'll face three major ascents.

    You will follow a narrow road above Skadar Lake. While cycling across vineyards and through villages, you'll be struck again and again wonderful views of the lake and the dramatic Albanian Alps in the background. Ride through centuries-old majestic chestnut groves around the village of Ostros. Near the village of Murići you can see the small monastery islands, and in front of the village of Godinje there is Montenegrin "Alcatraz," a former prison dating back in the time of King Nikola. In Godinje, a traditional wine region, you can regain your strength before the last ascent on your way to Virpazar.

    You will be picked up in Virpazar and transferred to Cetinje (approximately 1 hour, included in tour cost). Explore the historical center of Cetinje before you are transferred to your hotel in National Park Lovćen.
    Overnight in Lovćen National Park.

    Day 7: Lovćen National Park – Serpentine road to Kotor (19 miles/30km; total elevation gain 118 feet/190m; total descent 870 feet/1400m)
    Today's tour takes you directly from the mountains to the sea along the famous Austro-Hungarian serpentine road, with the most beautiful panoramic views in the Bay of Kotor. You start from your hotel in the National Park.

    If you like, and for those who are really fit, you can also climb the last 200 altitude meters to the mausoleum of the most important historical personality of Montenegro, Petar Petrović Njegoš, before the descent. From the observation platform, you enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of almost the entire country of Montenegro.

    As soon as you have conquered the initial ascent, you roll downhill for more than 30 km. Along the road there will be several great spots for photo stops. You finish your tour directly in front of the Old Town of Kotor in front of your accommodation. Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere in the Old Town of Kotor.
    Overnight in Kotor.

    Day 8: Departure
    Following breakfast, your cycling trip concludes.


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     Photos Accommodation 

  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    The following hotels are provided only as samples and may vary based on availability.

    • You will have 3- and 4-star accommodations on this tour. Overnights are in small hotels and private accommodation.

      Trebinje: Hotel Platani

      Herceg Novi: Palmon Bay

      Stari Bar: KULA Boutique Hotel

      Shkoder: Hotel Tradita

      Lovćen: Hotel Monte Rosa

      Kotor: Hotel Monte Cristo or Hotel Marija 2

    • You will have a mix of 4- and 5-star accommodations.

      Trebinje: Hotel Platani

      Herceg Novi: Lazure Marina & Hotel

      Stari Bar: Stara Carsija

      Shkoder: Hotel Colloseo

      Lovćen: Hotel Monte Rosa

      Kotor: Hotel Monte Cristo


    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


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     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

    Bikes available to rent on this tour include (must be reserved in advance at the time of booking):

    • TREK FX3 touring bike, 27-speeds
    • Road bike, Specialized Allez Elite 
    • Electric bike, Verve+ Lowstep 

    All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

    • Pump
    • Repair kit
    • Helmet
    • Lock

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

    Pedals:
    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.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are available on this tour; however, we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.


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     Accommodation Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    Daily, upon request: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2024.

    Season 1: Apr 01, 2024 - Apr 30, 2024

    Season 2: May 01, 2024 - May 31, 2024, Oct 01, 2024 - Oct 31, 2024

    Season 3: Jun 01, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024, Sep 01, 2024 - Sep 30, 2024

    Season 4: Jul 01, 2024 - Aug 31, 2024

    Prices

    • Tour package

      Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
      Per person, double occupancy €1188 €1313 €1363 €1438
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1413 €1538 €1588

      €1663

      Solo traveler (1 person in party with single use room) €1626 €1751 €1801 €1876
    • Tour package

      Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
      Per person, double occupancy €1488 €1713 €1763 €1738
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1713 €1838 €1888

      €1963

      Solo traveler (1 person in party with single use room) €1926 €2051 €2101 €2176

    Bike Rentals

    Touring bike, 27 speed

    €120
    Road bike €160
    Electrically assisted bike €180
    1 Pannier (e-bike or touring bike) €15

    Transfers

    Per vehicle/per way(up to 3 people), Dubrovnik Airport to Trebinje €80
    Per vehicle/per way(up to 3 people), Kotor to Podgorica airport €100
    Per vehicle/per way(up to 3 people), Kotor to Tivat airport €40
    Per vehicle(up to 3 people), Kotor to Dubrovnik airport €160

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation in 3-star hotels
    • Breakfast each morning
    • Luggage transfers
    • Roadbook and maps
    • Local emergency support by phone
    • First aid kit
    • Local cell phone
    • Transfers as listed in the Daily Program*

    *While there is not a regular support vehicle for you on this self-guided tour, you will have a few scheduled transfers throughout the program to bridge the most difficult sections or to avoid heavily-trafficked roads.


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     Bikes Other Details 

  • Surface and terrain

    This tour takes place on old railway track paths and side roads with low traffic. The terrain is rolling hills and includes regular climbs each day. Day 6 includes 3 significant and challenging climbs. Each day you will also enjoy thrilling downhills!

    While there is not a regular support vehicle for you on this self-guided tour, you will have a few scheduled transfers throughout the program to bridge the most difficult sections or to avoid heavily-trafficked roads.


    How to get there

    Tour start
    Nearest airport: Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Tour end
    Nearest airport: Kotor, Montenegro

    Transfer from the airport in Dubrovnik to your first hotel and transfer from final hotel to the airport are available through the tour operator for an additional fee. Or you may arrange private transfers on your own.

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     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • Mary Lynn Griff 1 day ago

      Our Balkan Adventure

      We really enjoyed our bike tour of Croatia, Montegreno and Albania. The hotels were great as were the transfers. My notes of caution; first I suggest bringing mirrors and/or suggest they be provided. This tour was entirely on narrow roads with little or no shoulder so being able to see what is coming behind you is better for your safety. Drivers were very patient for the most part but a few of our patty were not used to riding on roads with traffic however after a few days they adapted well. The first day was the most difficult in my opinion but none of the days were as difficult as I had myself mentally (and physically) prepared for but for the casual rider I suggest the e-bike option. Otherwise, prepare for long climbs of 8-10%. I am 6'4" and my road bike was a bit too small but workable however the tires were not worn but had very little trend and were very slippery on some surfaces especially the decent into Kotor. If it had been raining it would have been very unsafe. I suggest tires with a bit more tread to provide better footing. Lastly, a couple of our hotels had live music that normally would have been great however it was very hot during our tour (100 degrees) so we were up and out early before the heat set in making the live music at 11:00 pm not as fun. The navigation was spotty on my android but others had better connections on their phones. All in all, a great trip. We loved finding our own way and being in control of our time and pace. We look forward to doing another trip sometime soon.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2024
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Bridgit Evans 8 months ago

      Well organised experience with amazing scenery

      This was my first biking tour and I hope I am not spoilt now because this one was so fantastic. The hotels were quaint, the scenery breathtaking, and everything ran without a hitch. I loved the variety of mountains, ocean, lakes , forests and farms. My only comment is that it would be better to only spend one night in Skodar because of all the places we went, this was my least favorite. While the city is on a lake, there is a lot of litter which is not great. Two days in the national park would have been better. Other than that, I highly recommend this tour!

      What was the date of your tour?
      9 September 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      My first bike tour
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • View of Kotor (photo by Bridgit Evans)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Julia Bouchard 9 months ago

      Beautiful countryside

      The countries we visited were awesome. The local tour operator left a lot to be desired. Before leaving the US we tried multiple times to download the gps routes onto our phones. Biketours.com stated they do not support the app we were supposed to use…..when we arrived in Trebinje our first day, none of us were able to see the routes…after phone calls with local operator, he walked us through using an app with his username and password-less than ideal. We eventually had the routes on our phones,but no way to mount phone on handlebars. Eventually we got one phone holder that immediately dropped the phone while spinning around!
      Initially I was given a bike that was way too small. Tour operator wanted me to use it for the first day which had the longest climb of the week. Eventually he did supply a proper fitting bike that night. We never had anyone to check the bikes with us….
      Many of the hotels were quite nice but when we were transferred to Stari Bar, the hotel owner said we did not have reservations. He gave us awful rooms, over the kitchen noisey, sink that didn’t drain…..husband got food poisoning from the restaurant. Albania was disappointing because the lake was so dirty and riding in the city was dangerous The Balkans are awesome but the local tour operator was not up to the standard I expected and received on previous bike tours.com trips

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Families with teens
      • 3/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 1/5 Ease of navigation
      • 1/5 Tour documents
      • 1/5 Local tour company services
      • 1/5 Route selection
    • Mark Mering 9 months ago

      Nice trip through the Balkans

      Very beautiful country. Nice people in all of the countries we visited. Hotels were nice. Too many transfers . Some of the roads had no shoulders and a lot of traffic and were not fun to ride on .

      What was the date of your tour?
      September 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      2
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Do you recommend this tour?
      No
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Kenneth (Doug) Mering 9 months ago

      Good trip but issues

      Trouble with maps provided. Map did always start and stop at lodging location. Not always clear on th route on the map. Did not always feel safe on the road. Scenery was great. Enjoyed it but may not do another biketours trip without a lot more research on the routes safety.

      • BikeTours.com staff reply from jan October 18, 2023

        Thanks for your honest feedback!

        Sorry to hear about the map troubles and any unease on the road. We're diving into this to make things clearer and safer. Thrilled you loved the scenery though! It's feedback like yours that helps us grow and offer better experiences. We're committed to ensuring every cyclist feels confident and safe on their journey with us.

        We truly value your insights and will use them to improve. If you consider another trip with us, reach out! We'd love to guide you through the safest and best routes.

        Cheers,
        Jan

    • Paul Lant 10 months ago

      Excellent Balkan cycling experience

      We did a self-guided tour using e-bikes. The rides were quite different each day. The destinations are varied and interesting, and the hotels were all good (3*). The local operator managed the logistics very well. Note there are three car transfers during this trip. Each of them is about 1.5 hrs. Whilst this extends the days, it does mean you get to experience some very different parts of the region. You do genuinely experience many Balkan treasures. Our highlights included cycling around the Bay of Kotor, cycling down the amazing switchbacks into Kotor on the last day, cycling through the hills alongside Lake Skadar, staying in Stari Bar and the food at Hotel Tradita in Albania.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Steven Fern 12 months ago

      Wonderful and adventurous trip

      This was such an adventurous trip. Wonderful scenery and places. Great people in all the countries we visited.
      Only criticism was that one of booked hotels was way below standard and appeared out of business. The tour company quickly remedied the problem with a change to another hotel that was excellent

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2023
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
    • Andres Volosin 12 months ago

      Is all about Montenegro!

      Overall was a good trip.
      Organizer lack on some details and punctuality.
      Hotels are OK. Request upgrades for locations and quality since is a small $ difference but big jump y confort. Albania part should be removed. Not the best routes.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 1/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 3/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 3/5 Route selection
    • susan25 October 28, 2019

      Way better than we even anticipated!!!!!

      This tour is truly a collection of "gems"! Here's why we rated the tour a 5 star.
      1. the level of support from the tour guide was amazing! The tour includes being transported to several different locations so that all of your time is spent on truly beautiful rides. Our guide was very patient, informative and friendly!!
      2. We were on the extended version so we got to be in four countries in 8 days! we learned so much about the politics and history of the region.
      3. All of the accommodations were great but a couple were outstanding! Again we learned so much about the culture and cuisine of the different countries through these experiences.
      4. The routes deserve special mention. We were amazed to discover beautiful scenic rides day after day.
      5. The rides were quite easy, especially for seasoned riders. This did not bother us because the overall experience was so rich.
      6. We relied primarily on an app for directions. this was supported by written materials. we thought this was a great way to tour.
      7. Montenegro, Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina have yet to be discovered by most tourist. They are gorgeous, safe (for the most part) and inexpensive by the standards most Westerners are used to. This is a great time to see those incredible countries!
      We absolutely loved this trip. If you are considering, my advise is sign up! You will thank yourself!

      What was the date of your tour?
      October 6-14.
      How many tours have you completed?
      6
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat easier
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe October 30, 2019

        Susan- thanks kindly for the review. We are so, so glad that you enjoyed the tour - we too think that these countries are undiscovered gems!

      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
    • Soloist October 7, 2019

      The most amazing cycle route

      What an amazing experience. This was my first self guided solo tour on a bicycle and I admit I was very nervous before the trip that I would get lost! The guides Drazen and Zoran ensures that did not happen talking me through each day and providing maps and detailed instructions. The scenery is phenomenal and I was blessed with perfect weather
      Prior to the trip the office team were quick to respond to any questions I had , in particular Brittany was a real gem.
      The only thing I would say if I had to list a negative would be the hotels. When I reviewed them online they seemed great but the room I actually got was often the worst one in the building. The first night in Cavtat I do believe the bathroom had been a former closet judging by the door and size. Not that i spent much time in a hotel room so it wasn’t a major concern.
      I wiould definitely recommend this company and now I’ve gained confidence in touring solo I’ll most likely use them again.

      What was the date of your tour?
      Sept
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Much easier
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 2/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
      • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)

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