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)
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).