Day 1: Arrival to Cetinje, the former royal capital of Montenegro
Individual arrival to Montenegro. If you wish, you can book a transfer from the airport to the first hotel in Cetinje (additional fees apply). You will have a briefing of the tour, receive your tour documentation and maps, and be fitted with your bike at the hotel reception.
Cetinje is the old royal capital of Montenegro. A city tour or also a sightseeing tour by bike offers you a first insight into the history of Montenegro. Visit the monastery of Cetinje, the embassy buildings, or maybe the paper mache relief of Montenegro – this is where you can visualize your tour.
Overnight in Cetinje.
Day 2: Through the heart of Montenegro (24 miles/39 km; total elevation gain 1,804 feet/550 m; total descent 3,937 feet/1200 m)
Today's tour takes you to Skadar Lake, the largest lake of the Balkan peninsula. You ride about 1 km on the main road, then you turn off to the old road that connects Cetinje with Rijeka Crnojevića. This road runs steadily downhill for 16km, through villages and past beautiful panorama points, to Rijeka Crnojevića, the place where the first book of the Western Balkans was printed. Today, Rijeka Crnojevića is a sleepy village with a few restaurants inviting you for a rest.
With new strength you ride: first along the lake, then uphill (3km/150 hm) – through other villages to Virpazar. There will be some other minor ascents, which will often be rewarded with wonderful panoramic views of the lake. Finally, a descent takes you to Virpazar. Virpazar is the center of the most famous wine region of Montenegro where the renowned Vranac wine is produced. The wine pairs perfectly with the fish specialties from the lake.
Overnight in Virpazar.
Day 3: Lake Skadar – the Adriatic Sea (19 miles/30 km; total elevation gain 2,789 feet/850 m; total descent 2,657 feet/810 m)
Until the late 1960s, before the construction of the railway tunnel through Mount Rumija, Podgorica was connected with the port of Bar by a narrow-gauge railway. To that end, the wagons were transported by ship to Virpazar – from one side of the lake to the other. Today you follow this former railway track that takes you, in a comfortable ascent, to the pass. From there you enjoy a thrilling downhill, with a great view of the Adriatic Sea. Old olive groves line your path to Stari Bar, where you will spend the night. Stari Bar is the old town of Bar, situated in picturesque surroundings on the slopes of Mount Rumija. If you like, you can also explore the modern part of Bar directly down on the coast.
Overnight in Stari Bar.
Day 4: Above the Adriatic – Skadar Lake (19 miles/30 km; total elevation gain 1,804 feet/550 m; total descent 820 feet/250 m)
You start directly from your accommodation. Along the road you can visit more than 2,000-years-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. (Note: Those who are fit can also make a detour to Ulcinj. +32km; +/- 370m) Before reaching your accommodation with an ascent, you can visit Šas Lake, a bird paradise. Here is a medieval ruined city, which is certainly worth a detour for those who are interested. The ascent to the accommodation will be rewarded with a great panorama.
Overnight near Skada Lake.
Day 5: Skadar Lake National Park (27 miles/44 km; total elevation gain 2,822 feet/860 hm; total descent 4,068 feet/1240 m)
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.
This is where you will be picked up and transferred to Lovćen National Park, above the Bay of Kotor. Travel time is approximately 1 hour. You are accommodated in the heart of the National Park, at a refreshing altitude of 1300 m above sea level in a comfortable hotel.
Overnight in Lovćen National Park.
Day 6: 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 7: The highlights of the Bay of Kotor (29 miles/47 km; total elevation gain/loss 984 feet/300 hm)
At the end of your bike trip you can explore the picturesque places in the Bay of Kotor. First stop is the baroque sailor's town of Perast with its two church islands. A few kilometers later you reach Risan, the oldest settlement of the Bay. Roman mosaics and, somewhat further, rock paintings from the New Stone Age, are witnesses to the settlement history. Near Morinj there is a small beach where you can have a nice break. Further along the coastline, you reach the ferry, which can transport you to the other shore. Once again, you can count on a beautiful route, directly along the sea.
Overnight stay Kotor.
Day 8: Departure
The included services end after breakfast. Optional transfer to airport (for an additional fee).