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Highlights of the Balkans: Gems of Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania

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

This cycling tour takes you the star of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik , and to hidden gems in Montenegro and Albania. On small side roads, you'll experience the diversity of 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 in small hotels and private accommodation.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival
Individual arrival to Dubrovnik. You're staying in Cavtat, a small town just a short way from the airport. If you wish, you can book a transfer with the local tour operator for an additional fee. Tonight you'll have a welcome, bike fitting, and short briefing session about the program.

If you have time, you can visit Dubrovnik in the evening (no cruise ship tourists), only about a 20-minute drive from Cavtat. Or take a taxi boat from Cavtat to Dubrovnik.
Overnight in Cavtat.

Day 2: Croatia – Montenegro (27 miles/43km; total elevation gain 2231 ft/680m; total descent 2231 ft/680 m)
You start your cycling tour right from the doorstep of your hotel. You cycle first across the villages in the romantic Konvale Valley, and then later you follow the road above the coast.

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 272 feet/220 m)
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 – Shkodra (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 – Shkodra, which you will follow until Shkodra.
Overnight in Shkodra.

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 fee/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)

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. We'd be thrilled to help you extend your travels if you wish to add one day and return by another route on bicycle to Cavtat (or extend two more days and return via Bosnia/Hercegovnia to Cavtat).

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2019
Off season: Apr 01, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019
Low season: May 01, 2019 - May 31, 2019, Oct 01, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019
Shoulder season: Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019, Sep 01, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019
High season: Jul 01, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019

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Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 813
Low season surcharge
€ 112
Shoulder season surcharge
€ 150
High season surcharge
€ 237
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 175
Bike Rentals
Trek FX3 touring bike, 27 speed
€ 120
Road bike
€ 160
Electrically assisted bike
€ 180
Transfer
Per vehicle, Dubrovnik airport to Cavtat
€ 20
Per vehicle, Podgorica airport to Cavtat
€ 130
Per vehicle, Tivat airport to Cavtat
€ 80
Per vehicle, Kotor to Dubrovnik airport
€ 80
Per vehicle, Kotor to Podgorica airport
€ 50
Per vehicle, Kotor to Tivat airport
€ 20
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!

3E TRAVEL'S TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Cancellations and Refunds
Should you find it necessary to cancel, a cancellation fee will apply based on the date we receive written notice:
Over 30 days prior to departure – 20%
29 -20 days prior to departure – 50%
19 - 10 days prior to departure - 65%
9 - 4 days prior to departure - 85%
Less than 3 days or failure to show - 100%
There will be no refunds or credits for unused portions or uncompleted tours for any reason whatsoever.

Please note that a few of our trips (eg. boarder crossing trips) have payment schedules and cancellation fees that are more stringent. These exceptions are clearly indicated in the detailed itineraries, printed separately for each trip.

The local tour operator reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient registrations. Generally, a cancellation would be made more than 45 days in advance of the departure date. If we find it necessary to cancel a trip, all payments made to 3e travel d.o.o. will be refunded immediately. However, the tour operator shall not be responsible or liable for other expenses incurred by the participant as a result of such a cancellation.

Trips Costs
The amount paid to the tour operator to participate in a trip is referred to as the “Land Cost.” The Land Cost for all our trips printed in our itineraries and brochure are in Euros.

Land costs for all trips include: Unless otherwise indicated in the specific itinerary for a trip, the Land Cost includes all sleeping accommodations, all breakfasts, guides (except for self-guided trips), all train, taxi, boat and bus transfers as specified in detailed itineraries.

Land Costs do not include: Unless otherwise indicated in the specific itinerary for a trip, the Land Cost does not include international airfare, passport, visas, airport taxes, medical costs, costs of evacuation from remote areas, individual/optional trains, buses, lifts or excursions, lunches, dinners, beverages, tips to guides/leaders, certain meals as specified in detailed itineraries, items not on the set dinner menus, or personal services and items.

Single Supplements: Accommodations in hotels are based on double occupancy. There are only a limited number of single rooms available in the hotels at a supplemental charge. This extra charge simply pays for a private room, not better accommodations. If you are traveling alone and would like single accommodations where possible, a single supplement charge will be applied. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share, in most cases, there will be no extra charge. This applies for standard comfort accommodation, but not for 4* or 5* hotels.

Trip Insurance
We strongly recommend that you purchase short-term travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip interruption, baggage and accident/life. In the event you find it necessary to cancel either prior to or during a trip due to injury, personal or family illness or emergencies, travel insurance will usually reimburse non-refundable airfares and non-refundable Land Cost. It can also cover the costs of emergency evacuations from remote areas. It is possible to purchase travel insurance policies through most insurance agencies.

Health Insurance and Medical Info
Due to the (partly) physically demanding nature of our trips, the tour operator, requires that you have medical/health insurance coverage while participating in one of our trips. It is possible that you may already have medical/health insurance that will cover you while you are abroad but it is your responsibility to find out in advance of the departure date.

All trip participants need to understand that there are places on trips where medical services are not, or may not be, immediately available. For guided trips, a copy of a medical information sheet will be provided to our trip guides for use in the event of a medical situation or emergency. For all trips, especially self-guided trips, we require you to have a copy of your medical information sheet with you at all times for use in the event of a medical situation or emergency.

Responsibilities of Trip Members
Trip participants are responsible for selecting trips that are appropriate for the participant’s abilities, physical and medical condition, and interests. Trip participants are responsible for
1) studying and understanding the trip conditions as described by the trip itinerary and all supplemental information supplied by the tour operator
2) knowing the participant’s own physical and medical condition with respect to the advisability of participating in the chosen trip
3) bringing appropriate and adequate clothing, equipment, medications and first aid supplies, and
4) acting in a respectful and safe manner and in accordance with the accepted local customs of foreign countries visited.
When traveling abroad, it is extremely important that participants understand that they will be subject to the laws of the particular countries visited. The tour operator reserves the right to decline or cancel the participation of any participant whose condition or conduct it deems to be detrimental to or compromises the safety or interests of the individual or the group as a whole.

Independent Service Providers
The tour operator, its owners, and guides give notice that they act only as agents for the owners, contractors, and suppliers, providing means of transportation and/or related services and shall not be liable for any delay, mishap, expense, inconvenience, irregularity, bodily injury or death to person or damage to property occasioned through the conduct or default of any company or individual engaged in providing these arranged services. Each of these passenger conveyance companies, tour companies, hotels, restaurants etc. is subject to the laws of the state or country where the service is provided.

The tour operator shall not be liable directly or indirectly, for bodily injury or property damage for any reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to weather, quarantines, civil disturbances, theft, default, detention, annoyance, changes in government regulations, terrorism, war, or failure of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled etc., over that which it has no control.

Delays
Although these itineraries have been carefully planned, reasonable changes and substitutions in the itinerary may be made where deemed necessary for the comfort, safety, and well being of the members. Any resulting costs will be the sole responsibility of the participant.

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