Day 1: Arrival to Mojkovac
Individual arrival to Montenegro. If arrival time allows, we recommend you take the train to Mojkovac. This section of the train line, Belgrade-Bar, is one of the most beautiful mountain railways in Europe. You may also book a private transfer through the tour operator (about 2 hours).
Overnight in Mojkovac.
Day 2: Cycling along the Tara River – Zabljak (40 miles/65 km; total elevation gain 3,281 feet/1000 m; total descent 3,281 feet/1000 m)
You cycle along the Tara River into Europe's longest and deepest canyon, where the rock walls come closer and closer to finally open up a panorama of the river. Right at the historically infamous Tara bridge, you meet our transfer which shuttles the final ascent to National Park Durmitor.
Today you have an optional cuisine tasting (not included in tour package). You'll enjoy a food tasting in the mountains with a local family in National Park Durmitor.
Overnight in Zabljak.
Day 3: Zabljak – National Park Durmitor (34 miles/55 km; total elevation gain 2,953 feet/900 m; total descent 5,249 feet/1600 m)
The journey continues to the magnificent National Park Durmitor with more than 25 peaks of over 2500 meters, where glaciers have carved a landscape of desolate expanses and deep canyons in a sparsely populated agricultural area. Soon the landscape will be wooded and the road winds its way downhill to lake Piva. This one of the most beautiful cycling sections of Montenegro.
Overnight in Pluzine.
Day 4: Pluzine – Niksic (37 miles/60 km; total elevation gain 2,625 feet/800 m; total descent2,953 feet/900 m)
The beautiful lake Piva is framed by high peaks and we cycle through a dramatic landscape characterized by running, stationary and falling water. We make a detour to the Orthodox monastery Piva, where time has stood still since the 16th century. The ultimate goal is Montenegro's second-largest city, Niksic, where you are accommodated in the middle of the city. Join the locals in one of the bars in the pedestrian zone.
Overnight near Niksic.
Day 5: Niksic – Ostrog Monastery – Virpazar (37 miles/60 km; total elevation gain 2,625 feet/800 m; total descent 3,609 feet/1100 m)
On winding roads, we climb up to the well-known and dramatically Ostrog monastery, which lies as wedged in the rock wall. From all over the Balkans, pilgrims from any religion seek to be blessed by Saint Sava. While riding you are blessed with the magnificent view towards the fertile Zeta valley. A final pleasant downhill takes you towards the capital Podgorica. There you meet your transfer shuttle which takes you in 30min to Virpazar in NP Lake Skadar.
Note: Along this section, you follow the Niksic-Podgorica railway. If you'd like to shorten today's cycling between Danilovgrad and Podgorica, you may take the train.)
Overnight in Virpazar.
Day 6: Virpazar – National Park Lake Skadar – Serpentine road to Kotor (34 miles/55km; total elevation gain 2,297 feet/700m; total descent 5,906 feet/1800m + transfer)
Today's cycling is split into two sections. On a beautiful side road, you cycle through the villages of National park Lake Skadar. You pass some typical villages and discover the unique landscape of the biggest lake of the Balkans. Around lunchtime, you arrive in the village of Rijeka Crnojevica. Charge your batteries with fish specialties from the lake.
Here you'll also meet your transfer (1 hour), which takes you via Cetinje to National park Mount Lovcen. The Venetians called Mount Lovcen the Black Mountain, and this is what gave Montenegro its name. Conclude this day with another cycling highlight – the epic downhill on the serpentine road to the Bay of Kotor right to the shores of the Adriatic sea.
Today you have an optional cuisine tasting (not included in tour package). You'll enjoy a food and wine tasting with a local family in National Park Lake Skadar.
Overnight in Kotor.
Day 7: The highlights of the Bay of Kotor (28 miles/45 km; total elevation gain/loss 656 feet/200 m)
The bay of Kotor features outstanding natural beauty but also numerous cultural highlights, like Roman mosaics in Risan and last but not least the church islands of the baroque town of Perast. Explore the bay while cycling along the beautiful coast. This relaxed day completes this magnificent biking adventure from the mountains to the sea in Montenegro.
Overnight stay Kotor.
Day 8: Departure
The included services end after breakfast. Optional transfer to airport (for an additional fee).