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Croatia - Montenegro

Croatia - Montenegro

Degree of difficulty - B

On this safari we discover some particularly picturesque towns as well as the fantastic coast of Montenegro.

The departure point of this journey is Dubrovnik in Croatia, one of the most beautiful cities in the Adriatic and a World Heritage site. Because of its historical importance it is often called the "Athens of Croatia".

We head into Montenegro, one of the youngest states in the world, and our main destination. Together with our guides we discover the bay of Kotor whose steep limestone cliffs make it one of the most impressive landscapes in the entire Adriatic. Also visited are the coastal cities of Budva as well as Montenegro's former capital Cetinje.   One of our lunch stops is on the shores of Lake Skutari,  one of the largest lakes in the Balkans where migratory birds stop en route on their journey south.   Our tour finishes up in the town of Kotor,  almost 2000 years old and famous for its medieval centre listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.  You can partake in a guided tour of the city before relaxing in one of the main bars.  The tour finishes up the following morning with a transfer back to Dubrovnik.

1st Day (Sun) Cavtat (Arrival)
Individual arrival to Cavtat and check-in in the first hotel. Afterwards we have the opportunity to stroll around the laid back little city or visit the nearby Dubrovnik. Here we also have the possibility to join a guided tour through the city in the evening, before we return to the hotel in Cavtat.

2nd Day (Mon) Cavtat - Herceg Novi (Cycle route approx. 28 mi. / 45km w/ 800m elevation)
From Cavtat we cycle through the region of Konvale to the border of Montenegro. Our way presents us with plenty of spectacular views above the deep azure sea and the fertile vegetation. After passing the border the terrace-like bay of Kotor opens up. Along the coastal road we continue biking to Herceg Novi, which lies in the entrance to Kotor Bay. Use the opportunity and take a bath on the promenade of Herceg Novi. Later on we check-in in our hotel and are offered a guided tour through the sights of Herceg Novi. Overnight stay in Herceg Novi.

3rd Day (Tues) Herceg Novi - Budva (Cycle route approx. 31 mi./50 km w/900m elevation)
In the morning we cycle always following the coastal road along the Bay of Kotor, until we reach the ferry from Leptane to Kamenari. From there our cycle tour takes us first to Tivat and then on a nearly traffic-free panoramic road with spectacular views as far as Budva. In the afternoon we have enough time to explore the lively and picturesque old town of Budva on one’s own or we can cycle a bit further in order to visit the famous hotel island of Sveti Stefan. Before dinner we can join a guided city tour through Budva that has a very changeful history and was destroyed almost completely by an earthquake in 1979. We spend the night in Budva.

4th Day (Wed) Cetinje – Virpazar (Cycle route approx. 25 mi. /40 km w/500m elevation)
After a short transfer ride we reach the former Montenegrin capital of Cetinje. You reach the town after 36 km/22 mi. We enjoy our lunch by the side of the famous Skutari Lake - 48 km long and 14 km wide - one of the biggest lakes of the Balkan Peninsula. It offers a welcome resting place for the migratory birds on their journey to the south. In 1983 it was declared as a national park. Good weather offers us the opportunity to take an afternoon boat trip through this natural paradise. Overnight stay in Virpazar.

5th Day (Thurs) Virpazar – Rijeka Crnojevica (Cycle route approx. 28 mi./45 km w/1100m elevation)
After breakfast we jump back on our bikes and cycle on an almost traffic-free road as far as Rijeka Crnojevica. The place is known for its architecture and typical stone houses of the 17th and 18th century. Then we are free to decide to return to Cetinje by support vehicle or discover the last 20 km/12 mi. and 700 m of elevation/2296 ft by bike. On the city tour in Cetinje we explore the most important sights, for example the Montenegrin president’s residence. In addition a lot of other government buildings and former embassies testify Cetinjes past as the capital city. Overnight stay in Cetinje.

6th Day (Fri) Cetinje - Lovćen – Kotor (Cycle route approx. 50 km/31 mi, w/900m elevation)
After breakfast a transfer bus brings us up to Lovćen. Depending on our mood we have the opportunity to leave the shuttle earlier in order to cycle a part of the ascent ourselves. From the highest point (more than 1,500 m above sea level) we can expect a rapid descent with spectacular views of the Bay of Kotor, surrounded by mountains reaching heights of up to 1,700 m. It is the largest and best-protected bay in the entire Adriatic. Today’s cycle tour leads us to Kotor. The town is almost 2,000 years old and famous for its medieval centre listed under UNESCO World Heritage protection. Here a guided city tour is offered and we may end the day with a leisurely walk through town and drink at one of the numerous cosy cafès and bars.

7th Day (Sat) Kotor - Cavtat (Cycle route approx. 20+40 km/12+25 mi, w/800m elevation)
The last cycle tour leads us along the bay of Kotor until we reach the ferry in Kamenari. We cross the impressive bay of Kotor for the last time and board the shuttle bus on the other side. We will be taxied back to Croatia, where we make a stopover in one of the most beautiful restaurants of the country. Only a few more kilometres by bike until the end of the cycle journey.

8th Day (Sun) Cavtat (Departure)
After breakfast hotel check-out or an extended stay in Croatia.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

MONTENEGRO 2017
€1170 based on two people sharing
€1270 based on single occupancy   (if travelling on your own we will endeavour to find a room mate for you )

Tour Includes

- 7 nights in 3-4* hotels with ensuite facilities
- Tour guide and support vehicle
- 7 x half board 
- 21-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier
- Overview maps for the daily tours
- Guided cycling tours (as per itinerary)

- City tours in Herceg Novi, Budva, Cetinje and Kotor

- €80 E-bike supplement (limited availability, on request)
- €20 water charge to be paid on tour

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

30-April,
14-May, 21-May,
4-June, 11-June,
3-September, 10-September, 24-September,
1-October,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self led tours are not available on this tour

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on
availability.


CAVTAT

Hotel Cavtat Hotel Cavtat3 Hotel Cavtat2

Day 1 & 7: Hotel Cavtat ***


HERCEG NOVI

Hotel Perla Hotel Perla3 Hotel Perla1

Day 2: Hotel Perla ****


BUDVA

Hotel Fineso Hotel Fineso1 Hotel Fineso2

Day 3: Hotel Fineso****

Villa Lux Villa Lux3

Day 3: Hotel Vila Lux***


VIRPAZAR

Hotel Vir Hotel Vir1 Hotel Vir2

Day 5: Hotel Vir*** (no official website available)


CETINJE

Pansion 22 Pansion 22 1

Day 6: Pansion 22***

How to get to the start point in Cavtat: 

The closest airport is Dubrovnik and then take a taxi (approx 10 mins) to your first hotel in Cavtat

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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