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Cycling Bosnia & Montenegro

A pioneering ride through the remote mountain regions of Bosnia &
Herzegovina!



At a glance

* 8 nights hotels all en suite 
* 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
* Group normally 4 to 15 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
* Local bike hire included

A pioneering ride through the remote mountain regions of Bosnia &
Herzegovina!

The rich natural and cultural diversity of the Balkans provides the kind of
variety you rarely find on European rides. This fascinating route provides
the opportunity to visit three very different countries from the former
Yugoslavia as we head from Bosnia over the Dinaric Alps into Montenegro and
finally to Dubrovnik, on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. The largely uncrowded
roads allow for glorious views, a few good challenges and the opportunity to
visit many cultural highlights along the way including the historic city of
Mostar. The trip concludes in the magnificent city of Dubrovnik; famous for
it’s ancient city walls, marbled streets and baroque architecture. A trip
here will live long in the memory.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 1 dinner
* All accommodation
* Transfer for group flights
* Local bike hire included

 

Food:
 All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 1 dinner are included on this trip.

Breakfast across the Balkans usually consists of bread and pastries, dairy
products such as yoghurt and cheese, cereal, eggs cooked in a variety of
ways, smoked meats, honey, tea and coffee, milk and juices.

Lunches will be picnics and may include bread, cheese, sausage, meat or
vegetarian paté, salad, chocolate bars, cookies and trail mix.

Typical Bosnian cuisine consists of ingredients such as tomatoes, potatoes,
onions, garlic, peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, spinach, courgette, beans and
dairy products such as milk, cheese, pavlaka (sour cream) and Kajmak (similar
to clotted cream). Meat dishes usually consist of beef and lamb and
specialties include cevapi, burek, dolma (stuffed vegetables with meat) and
goulash. Desserts often have an Eastern influence with baklava being very
popular. The alcoholic drink rakija made from apples or plums is common in
this region also.

Croatian & Montenegrin cuisine both share similarities to Bosnian cuisine but
are also heavily influenced by Greek and Italian cuisines.

Vegetarian and special diets can be catered for, but options are limited
throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro – please inform the office of
any specific requirements upon booking.

Start destination: Trebinje

End destination: Dubrovnik

Cycling profile

Day 1

The trip starts today in the old Ottoman trading centre of Trebinje, Bosnia &
Herzegovina’s wine capital. Trebinje has a rich history that dates back to
the Middle Ages with a beautiful intact old town that escaped damage during
the war. We overnight in a hotel in the old centre.
*Hotel Platani or similar*

Day 2

Our first day takes us on a circuit of this wine growing region, past the
villages and vineyards of Popovo Polje with magnificent views on all sides of
the Herzegovinian limestone mountains. We climb up to the impressive
Vjetrenica Cave, one of the largest in the Dinaric Alps. This morning’s
section is on the old train tracks that serviced the region until the early
70’s. After lunch we head across Popovo Polje, flanked by the impressive
limestone peaks of the Dinaric Alps. Having arrived at the other side of the
valley, we’ll put away our bikes for the day and take the transfer back to
the Hotel. Before dinner, we enjoy a wine-tasting at one of
Hercegovina’s family owned wineries. 
*Hotel Platani or similar*

Day 3

Today we head off in the direction of the impressive Orijen mountain range
and Montenegro. However before we can cool off in the blue refreshing waters
of the Adriatic our cycling journey takes us through a beautiful valley known
for its delicate honey and pungent cheeses. After a 7km climb, we’ll make a
short stop for a honey farming crash course from one of the local farmers.
Here you can try your hand at extracting some of this golden elixir. The bee
keeper moves his hives 3 times a year, so that the bees can visit different
flowers and therefore produce different honey. As such it may be necessary to
do this visit on day 2 depending on where the hives are when we visit the
region.
In the afternoon, we continue our climb as we enter Montenegro or ‘the
Black Mountains’, with a last 3km climb section up to the border. From here
we encounter rolling hills and extensive views of the Adriatic. Just before
our early afternoon descent ends in the old seafarers’ town of Herceg Novi,
we’ll stop for a picnic lunch at a beautiful viewpoint above the town. Later
on we continue our ride along the beach to the hotel where we can go for a
swim before dinner. We overnight in a seaside hotel.
*Hotel Sun Resort or similar*

Day 4

We start the day with a 30 min boat ride across the beautiful outer Bay of
Kotor from Herceg Novi to the traditional fishing village of Rose while our
bikes are transported by the small ferry. We meander across the tranquil
Lustica Peninsula and enjoy a warm welcome and a visit to the traditional
olive oil farm of the Moric family. The road continues to the inner Bay of
Kotor, winding peacefully along the shores with spectacular mountain
landscapes plunging into the deep waters of the bay. We will then stop for a
45 minute swim and coffee break near the baroque town of Perast. We finish
the day riding into Kotor and our hotel base just a short walk from Kotor Old
Town with its historic city walls, cobbled streets, piazzas and coffee shops.

*Hotel Marija II or similar*

Day 5

The challenge today is to ascend the incredible serpentine road leading to
Lovcen National Park high above the Bay of Kotor. Each turn in the road
brings a new vista and the top of the road affords breathtaking views over
the bay and in total there are a dizzying 26 switchbacks! Once marking the
frontier between Austria, Hungary and the old Montenegro the origins of this
road are steeped in history. Upon entering the national park a much more
alpine landscape opens up, contrasting sharply with the Mediterranean
coastline just a few kilometres away. One of the most important sites on
Lovcen Mountains, from a cultural perspective, is the mausoleum of the
celebrated Montenegrin poet and philosopher Njegos, which we may be able to
visit after the end our ride. We then have time to explore the area or
perhaps go for a swim in our comfortable hotel in the national park.
*Hotel Monte Rosa or similar*

Day 6

Having climbed up to Lovcen, today we start with the descent to Cetinje, the
former royal capital of Montenegro, a town of faded grandeur epitomised by
the once imposing embassies and the Royal Palace. We take a short stop to
explore the town itself. The descent continues towards the vast Skadar Lake,
on the border with Albania. On the horizon during today’s ride stand the
distant but imposing peaks of the Prokletije (Accursed) Mountains, the lands
of feudal tribes for centuries. The ride follows the River ‘Crnojevica’, a
major tributary to Skadar Lake, all the way to its entry point into the lake
itself. Our base is a small hotel in the traditional fishing village of
Virpazar where we can enjoy the lake fish, and sample local wines from the
Crmnica Valley wine region on the lake shores.
*Hotel Vir or similar*

Day 7

This morning we start with a long (5hr) road transfer to the Montenegrin /
Bosnian border at Vrancenovici Bileca and Nevesinje. This journey allows us
to climb Velez Mountain, Herzegovina’s sleeping giant. Velez offers
stunning views of the surrounding area, as well as a range of fortifications
built by the Austrians in the late 19th Century. The highlight of today is a
fast and beautiful descent along the old postal service route to Mostar. Very
few people get to see Mostar from above. The route takes us directly to
Mostar’s old bridge and the Neretva River, a fantastic way to end our
riding.
*Hotel Almira or similar*

Day 8

We transfer (3hrs) to Dubrovnik for a well deserved tour of the town and swim
in the Adriatic. We’ll stop along the way in the nearby village of Blagaj,
with its well known Buna Spring and the adjacent Ottoman house/monastery. The
spring here is amazing. It flows out of a 200m cliff wall and singlehandedly
creates the Buna River. Dubrovnik is our final destination and a great way to
end. This magnificent walled city lies at the southernmost tip of Croatia.
Formerly a prosperous trading centre, Dubrovnik is now a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, and its perfectly preserved Old Town and rich cultural life
draw many visitors each year.
*Hotel Komodor or similar*

Day 9

Our trip ends in Dubrovnik. You may however wish to extend your stay in the
Croatian capital to further explore it’s cobbled streets or enjoy the
beautiful coastline. Should you wish to do so please ask a member of the
sales team about our post tour nights.

Prices & Dates

Date: 2019-05-122019-05-20

Trip code: MVH190512

Availability: Available

Price: €1715

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Date: 2019-07-142019-07-22

Trip code: MVH190714

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Price: €1775

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Date: 2019-08-112019-08-19

Trip code: MVH190811

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Price: €1775

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Date: 2019-09-012019-09-09

Trip code: MVH190901

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Price: €1775

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Date: 2019-09-222019-09-30

Trip code: MVH190922

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Price: €1715

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Customer Feedback

Fantastic cycling in stunning scenery

Summary:
My 16 year old daughter and myself enjoyed this tour recently, the scenery is
absolutely stunning and efforts pedalling on the bikes were well and truly
rewarded. The guide was delightful, energetic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable
and capable, she was assisted by an equally positive and inspiring driver /
mechanic. The tour itinerary details the difficulty of the cycling, a
reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as adequate bike handling
skills to manage the poor road surfaces that crop up now and again. Having
previously completed tours with other companies where the entire day would be
spent in the saddle, this tour was refreshing with lots of other activities
including visiting a honey making farm, several wineries, caves and an olive
oil producer. Many thanks.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Climbing the switchbacks.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Superb

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Read the trip notes so you know what to expect

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Thanks – it was fab

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Beautiful country with amazing group of cyclist

Summary:
It was our 9th Exodus cycling trip for me and my wife and we have chosen
Bosnia and Montenegro because it was Moderate/Challenging (and that didn’t
disappoint). We had lovely Sabina guiding us (she rode with us all the way
including supporting us on the tough climbs) as well as Sasa (an ex-downhill
MTB racer) fixing our bikes/nice picnic lunches and following us in the van
to make sure we are okay. We went through beautiful country as well as lots
of interesting visits (the wine was surprisingly good!). We stayed at nice
hotels (beach resort, ski lodges and hotels in middle of the old towns) and
had great tasting and very reasonably priced food. Did I say cycling is great
too?

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The climb out of Kotor was great. Because of the road works, we had an
additional challenging final few kilometres climbing on “gravel” rather than
tarmac. So glad that the whole group made it to the top under our own steam.
Great support and encouragement from Sabina helps a lot too!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Sabina is one of the best Exodus group leader. She rode with us all the way
and gave us safety briefing to ensure that we knew what to expected. She
worked hard with Sasa to make sure everything went according to plan and
always asked for (and listen to) our feedback to make sure that we were all
happy and the riding pace suits everyone. She knew all the best places to go
for dinner (with great food at very reasonable price) and her encyclopedia
knowledge of the dates and the history made the stories much more
interesting. Her selfies with us must be one of the best…..

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
We went through 3 countries and each have their own currency. We found the
cheapest way is to bring some Euros, get some BAM from the ATM on day 1 for
Bosnia and then change the left over in Croatia for Kuna to spend on the last
day. Oh – and do some practise climbs before you go especially if you are a
pure roadie, do try and get some miles on a gravel /mountain bike (95% of the
ride is on smooth tarmac but there are a few K of gravel).

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
We were lucky that although we were a relatively large group (14 of us), we
had similar riding ability and all of us got on well (including the post ride
drinks 🙂 ). We didn’t get rain on (quite hot on some days but not a problem
once you are moving) and the places that we visited were very memorable.

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Bosnia/Montenegro – beautiful mountains and lake

Summary:
The mountains and sea view were great which kept us occupied during the 26
switchbacks. The accommodation and facilities were better than I expected.
We have our lovely and enthusiastic guide Sabina to tell us about the history
and traditional food and drinks. Really enjoyed the scenery as well the fresh
sea food and fruits along the way. The visits to bee hive, olive production
and wine tasting were very educational and loved the boat trip on Lake
Skadar.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
At the top of Lovcen looking down at Kotor and co-mingling with the birds in
the middle of Lake Skadar.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Sabina is fantastic. She is knowledgeable, sincere and enthusiastic. She is
very conscious of safety and the welfare of the group and constantly seek
feedback. She is so efficient too and sent us all the photos and routes
straight after the trip. She offered to help our fellow riders on their
extension. One of the best leaders I have seen.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Maybe bring some of your favourite snacks and don’t complain about not enough
food. Enjoy the scenery and take lots of photos.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Sasha is very friendly and enthusiastic. He brought us healthy fresh bread
and fruits everyday. With his in depth bike knowledge we felt that our bikes
were in good hand and he did clean and check them all every day. He always
carries a big smile and great if you want to talk about bikes! He knows it
all.

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Bosnia/Montenegro – beautiful mountains and lake

Summary:
The mountains and sea view were great which kept us occupied during the 26
switchbacks. The accommodation and facilities were better than I expected.
We have our lovely and enthusiastic guide Sabina to tell us about the history
and traditional food and drinks. Really enjoyed the scenery as well the fresh
sea food and fruits along the way. The visits to bee hive, olive production
and wine tasting were very educational and loved the boat trip on Lake
Skadar.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
At the top of Lovcen looking down at Kotor and co-mingling with the birds in
the middle of Lake Skadar.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Sabina is fantastic. She is knowledgeable, sincere and enthusiastic. She is
very conscious of safety and the welfare of the group and constantly seek
feedback. She is so efficient too and sent us all the photos and routes
straight after the trip. She offered to help our fellow riders on their
extension. One of the best leaders I have seen.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Maybe bring some of your favourite snacks and don’t complain about not enough
food. Enjoy the scenery and take lots of photos.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Sasha is very friendly and enthusiastic. He brought us healthy fresh bread
and fruits everyday. With his in depth bike knowledge we felt that our bikes
were in good hand and he did clean and check them all every day. He always
carries a big smile and great if you want to talk about bikes! He knows it
all.

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Cycling Bosnia & Montenegro

Summary:
This was a fabulous trip with great views throughout the days uphills on the
bike, on this trip you get to see the views, and experience a variety of
aspects of Bosnian and Montenegro life and culture.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the top of the climb out of Kotor , and seeing the views, and
enjoying beautiful surroundings in a fabulous setting

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Sabina was excellent, very knowledgable and keen to ensure everyone was taken
care of, on the cycles, on our variety of trips, discussing and agreeing
options…she really was a very exceptional leader.

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Cilmbing and descending Limestone mountains in BOsnia & Montenegro

Summary:
Stunning scenery, awesome climbs – long but not impossible – leading to
spectacular views. Fabulous descending for hours,taking care on the
switchbacks. Gorgeous ride along the shores of the Gulf of Kotor, Amazing
descent into Mostar. Interspersed with visits to taste honey like you have
never tasted before; tasting of olive oil – it’s peppery; tasting local
wines. A visit to limestone caves, A boat trip on Lake Skadar. A visit to a
museum and a mausoleum on top of a mountain. And a thunderstorm of
impressive proportions – luckily we were in a restaurant sampling grappa.
How much more can you pack into 6 days cycling

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Reaching the top of the Serpentine Road

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Seriously good: great sense of humour, very good bike mechanic, great ride
leader, knowledgeable, friendly, worked tirelessly to make the trip really
memorable for all of us. And big shout out for the support van driver –
always ready with food, insight into the area, friendly, great sense of
humour.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Would recommend taking bar ends if using the hire bikes; they are fit for
purpose but if you are a roady then the bars are way too wide and you don’t
have enough positions on the flat bars to give your palms a rest

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Just go – it’s wonderful

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Fantastic trip

Summary:
Fantastic 6 days cycling through beautiful countryside. The itinerary was
well thought through with a good number of interesting side visits. Our
guides were perfect, looking after us in every way. Highly recommended to see
a part of the world less travelled.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Reaching the top of the famous 26 switchbacks, the feeling of accomplishment
(easier than anticipated) and unbelievable views at the top.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The leader and 2nd Exodus team member were both excellent. Very knowledgeable
in every way, entertaining and considerate. Full marks to them.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It was more challenging than I expected – Montenegro (and Bosnia Herzegovina)
are mountainous countries – but we were allowed to cycle at our own pace
uphill with plenty of rest stops and snacks to keep us going. Definitely
worth it.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
One of the best trips I’ve done – would definitely go back.

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Cycling in Boasnia Herzegovenia and Montenegro

Summary:
This is a trip of endless views round every mountainous corner – beautiful
country, wine, food and people. Loved Mostar and Dubrovnik – and well worth
going early for a Dubrovnik city break pre bike tour – thankfully organised
by Exodus. The cycling is great and the climbs are long – but it’s worth it
for the descents. Truly great holiday and helped massively by such great
guides, especially the lovely Sabina.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the top of the big mountain climb after a personal health battle 2
months earlier. It felt amazing, amd then we were chased by a big storm and
were back at the hotel for a beer before the worst!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
She was awesome…..so fabulous to meet Sabina.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do Dubrovnik. Do some hill training. Love wine!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Put this on your list of destinations to discover.

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Cycling in Bosnia and Montenegro

Summary:
This trip was graded as moderate/challenging and that was spot on! Apart
from the first day, every day involved hill climbs and some steep descents.
The scenery was magnificent and was ever changing. No one day was the same
and my breath was taken away at every twist and turn in the road. Some of
the off road section are not for the feint hearted but are easily negotiable
with care. Cycling was a fantastic way to see these fabulous countries. A
mix of culture was added to the pot through local cuisine and wine tasting.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Every day was different and had its own beauty. However, the final descent
into Mostar will never be forgotten. I could not take enough photos on that
section. It was absolutely breathtaking! As a personal challenge, the hill
climb and 29 hairpins up to the mountains to reach Lovcen National Park was
an inspiration to us all. The group had bonded so well and everyone
supported each other on this tough section.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader, Sabina, was amazing. Her local knowledge and her ability
to be in tune with the needs of the whole group, made the trip sensational.
Sabina could not do enough for us and her choice of local restaurants was
fantastic and we got good value for money. We also had a young, trainee
guide with us who had a great sense of humour and was very helpful. Our
support vehicle driver, Laurenc, was amazing. He was articulate and eloquent
and it was good to hear about the history of these countries from all three.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Dubrovnik is much more expensive than the other countries, especially in the
Old Town where prices are hiked. You can get Bosnian currency from ATMs once
you arrive there.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A really memorable trip for me and one of the best groups I have been with.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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