Balkans Bash (Montenegro) Guided Cycling Holiday
Guided | 8 days | 7 nights | Please call us for latest prices.
Cross-country mountain biking in Montenegro
“A tour ideal for those looking to go somewhere different in Europe, but with demanding terrain.”
· Mountain biking holiday on rough mountain roads and singletrack
· Cycle to the border with Kosovo on the high plateau of Misty Mountain
· Family run hotels provide all the comforts of home
· Sightseeing in the atmospheric old town of Kotor
7 nights hotels, 6 days biking, 322 kilometres (201 miles), 75% off-road – No vehicle support, Max altitude – 2000 metres. Join in Dubrovnik. MEAL PLAN: All meals included
Inland of its picturesque ribbon of coastal towns, Montenegro is comprised of range after range of dramatic limestone mountains which hide pretty alpine lakes, remote villages and unspoiled valleys cloaked in pine forest.
The country seems purpose-made for mountain biking and has a network of excellent cross-country trails, following ancient pathways and drovers’ tracks, some of which we have incorporated within this exciting week-long adventure.
Aiming to see as much as possible of the mountainous heart of the country, our anti-clockwise circuit from Niksic takes us through the Moraca Canyon to Kolasin, then eastwards again to Mokra Planina (‘Misty Mountain’) on the border with Kosovo. Hotel accommodation each night provides us with all the comforts of home, whilst transfers at the start and finish of several of the day-rides allow us to access some of the best biking in Montenegro.
Recrossing the Bjelasica Mountains, we loop towards the north, via the beautiful plateau of Sinjajevina, which in summer is home to just a few shepherds and their flocks. Then, from Zabljak, gateway to the rugged Durmitor National Park, we enjoy a final climb amongst rugged landscapes, followed by a long downhill blast to the Nevideo Canyon. A last night at the historic, fjord-side town of Kotor brings this memorable holiday to a close with a suitably Mediterranean flavour.
Day 1: Niksic
Rendezvous at the group accommodation at Vucje Ski resort above the town of Niksic. A single timed group transfer is provided from Dubrovnik Airport at lunch time to the group hotel.
Day 2: Kolasin
Starting directly from our accommodation, we bike on rough double tracks across high plains overlooked by the Moraca Mountains.
Beyond lunch at Kapetanovo Lake, we drop down through the Moraca Canyon for a huge Alpine style descent to the main road. Here we transfer to Kolasin via the Crkvine Pass and our hotel.
Ride 46 km (29 miles), with 1253 metres ascent and 2375 metres descent.
Day 3: Berane
Still heading east, we cross the Bjelasica Mountains, climbing steadily through the Biogradska Gora N.P. to the highest pastures at around 1800 metres, with great views of high peaks.
We then drop down via the remote village of Kurikuce to the town of Berane, where we stay overnight.
Ride 45 km (28miles), with 866 metres ascent and 1150 metres descent.
Day 4: Kosovo
A challenging day initially on gentle country roads, we climb towards the border with Kosovo and the Mokra Planina or ‘misty mountain’.
Then, on remote shepherds’ trails, we cross the high pasture and finish with a huge descent into the Lim Valley. Overnight at a hotel in Andrijevica.
Ride distance 67 km (42 miles), with 1645 metres ascent and 1581 metres descent.
Day 5: Lisa
Heading back up into the Bjelasica Mountains, we climb on a superbly graded country road to the upland area of Lisa (1878m) with the dramatic peak of Komovi as a backdrop.
Then across the summer pastures of the plateau and follow good track back down to Kolasin for a 2nd night.
Ride distance 49 km (31 miles) with 1344 metres ascent and 1159 metres descent.
Day 6: Montenegro
Start early for the longest ride of the trip, up via the Lipovo Valley into the world of shepherds and their flocks, an excellent graded off road track brings us to the plateau of Sinjajevinja, one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro.
Then, it’s down to Zabljak, the central town in the Durmitor National Park.
Ride distance 74 km (46 miles) with 1676 metres ascent and 1194 metres descent.
Day 7: Petnjinca and Kotor
Our final ride climbs steadily to a pass on the southern side of the N.P. a popular scenic point. This is followed by a long off-road downhill through the Nevideo Canyon to the village of Petnjinca.
From here, we transfer to Kotor beside the fjord of the same name and have the chance to check out this charming old town.
Ride distance 40 km (25 miles) with 703 metres ascent and 1107 metres descent.
Day 8: Leave Dubrovnik Airport
Early morning group transfer which arrives at Dubrovnik Airport around 0830.
Route Profile – Important
Knobbly tyres are required for this week of mountain biking through northern Montenegro on rough cart tracks, forest roads and singletrack trails, with some connecting short sections on quiet country roads. The highest elevation encountered is just 2000 metres, so altitude is not an issue.
However, there will be some longish days of remote biking with an average of 1000 metres of ascent each day. In total we will bike 322kms with 7500 metres of ascent and 8500 metres of descent. This is a trip for regular weekend bikers with a good level of fitness.
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•A locally based professional mountain bike guide
• Single timed group transfer from and to Dubrovnik Airport
• All accommodation as described
• All meals
• Support vehicle(s) and driver(s) for transfers only
What’s Not Included
• Airport transfers (other than timed group transfers)
• Visa (if required)
• Tips for local staff
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc
• Bike Carriage on the flights – please contact your carrier for charges
All meals included, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.
During this trip the group will spend 7 nights in simple, family-run hotels.
Is this holiday for you?
Knobbly tyres are required for this week of mountain biking through northern Montenegro on rough cart tracks, forest roads and singletrack trails, with some connecting short sections on quiet country roads. The highest elevation encountered is just 2000 metres, so altitude is not an issue. However, there will be some longish days of remote biking with an average of 1000 metres of ascent each day.
In total we will bike 322kms with 7500 metres of ascent and 8500 metres of descent. This is a trip for regular weekend bikers with a good level of fitness. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY. Specialized Rockhopper 29ers available in several sizes. These are hardtail bikes with 29 inch wheels, Rockshox front forks and hydraulic disc brakes.
Balkans Bash (Montenegro), 8 days, 7 nights
Prices are per person and excludes bike hire.
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Holiday Price: £Call
Single Supplement: On Request