Montenegro by bike between the sea and Lake Scutari

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Bike Tours, Road cycling holidays, E-bike tours

Duration

8 days

Duration

230Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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4/5 Medium-Easy

Moderate-Difficult, between 50 and 100 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 700 and 1300 meters.

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Linear

The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Cetinje
Individual arrival in Cetinje, the ancient capital of the kingdom of Montenegro. The option to request a transfer from the airports of Dubrovnik, Tivat, or Podgorica to the hotel is available (not included). A meeting will be held upon your arrival at the hotel front desk for the welcome briefing: tour introduction, delivery of travel documents, and bike fitting (for rented bikes). A walk or an initial bike ride around the historic center will give you a first taste of the rich history of Montenegro. We recommend a visit to the monastery of Cetinje, the embassy buildings, or to the Biljarda fortress, now home to the Njego Museum, where you can see the entire route of your bike trip, including reliefs, on the papier-mache map of Montenegro.

Day 2: Cetinje – Virpazar/ Lake Skadar (39 km; +550m/-1200m)
Today's tour will take you to Lake Skadar, the largest on the Balkan peninsula. You will travel approximately 1 km on the main road before turning onto the old road that connects Cetinje with Rijeka Crnojevića. This downhill route will take you through villages and splendid scenic spots to Rijeka Crnojevića, where the first book of Western Balkans was printed. Today, Rijeka Crnojevića is a peaceful village, with a few perfect roadside restaurants for your lunch break. The route then continues along the banks of the lake, traversing several villages to Virpazar. This stretch will require you to face some minor uphill climbs, but these will be rewarded with wonderful panoramic views. Lastly, a descent will take you to Virpazar, where you will spend the night. This beautiful fishing village is the center of Montenegro's most famous wine region and the producer of the famous Vranac wine, the perfect complement to the local lake fish specialties.

Day 3: Virpazar – Stari Bar (30 km; +850m/-810m)
Today you will pedal on the track of the old narrow-gauge railway that until the late '60s, before the construction of the railway tunnel through Mount Rumija, connected Podgorica to the port of Bar. By reaching this pass, you will start a thrilling descent, through centuries-old olive trees and with a magnificent view of the Adriatic Sea. Thus, you will arrive at Stari Bar, the historical center of Bar, which is dramatically located on the slopes of Mount Rumija. If you wish, you can also explore the modern part of Bar, which is directly on the coast. Overnight stay in a guesthouse in Stari Bar.

Day 4: Stari Bar – Ulcinj (30 km, +550m/-250m)
After breakfast, continuing on a secondary road with Adriatic views, you will traverse the olive groves area around Bar, Montenegro's olive oil capital. You will surely be enchanted by the magnificent ancient olive trees, some over 1000 years old. Also, enjoy the beautiful views as you pedal through a vast valley to reach the Ulcinj, Shkodri road (possible detour for those in good shape: +32km, +/-370m), leading you to the end of the stage. Before reaching your lodging, by taking on the last climb, you can visit Lake Šas, a bird paradise, and the remains of a medieval city, which are certainly worth a detour. Once arrived, you will be rewarded with an exceptional view. Accommodation in a guesthouse with an attached restaurant in Ulcinj.

Day 5: Ulcinj – Lovćen National Park (44 km, +860m/-1240m)
Today is challenging, but spectacular. You will follow a small road overlooking Lake Skadar through vineyards and villages, complemented by stunning lake views and the spectacular Albanian Alps in the background. At the village of Ostros, you will cross majestic centuries-old chestnut groves. Near the village of Murići, you can admire the small islands with monasteries, and in front of the village of Godinje, you will spot Montenegro's Alcatraz: an old prison dating back to the time of King Nikola. In Godinje, a historical winemaking region of Montenegro, you can rest before dealing with the last climb to Virpazar. From here, a transfer (about 1 hour) will take you into the heart of Lovćen National Park, above the Bay of Kotor. You will stay in a comfortable hotel located in the heart of the park, at an altitude of 1300 m above sea level.

Day 6: Lovćen National Park – Kotor (42 km; +200m/-1400m)
Today's tour will take you from the mountains to the sea through the famous Austro-Hungarian serpentine, also referred to as the "road of a hundred bends", which offers spectacular panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor. From the hotel, the sports enthusiasts can decide to climb the last 200 meters to the mausoleum of Petar Petrović Njegoš, one of the country's most important historical figures, which offers a breathtaking view almost of all Montenegro. However, if you prefer to save your energy, after an initial climb, you can effortlessly glide downhill for more than 30 km. Along the route, you will find several scenic spots excellent for taking photographs. The stage ends in Kotor: enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere of the historic center, where you will stay for the night.

Day 7: Bay of Kotor – circular route (47 km, +/-300m)
Today you can dedicate the whole day to discovering the beautiful Bay of Kotor, a wonderful bay characterized by inlets that make the landscape unique. Among the first jewels you will find on your route is the baroque seafaring town of Perast, with its two famous islands. After a few kilometers, you will reach Risan, the oldest settlement in the fjord: some Roman mosaics and Neolithic cave paintings bear witness to the rich history of the place. Near Morinj, there is a small beach where you can take a relaxing break. Not far from there you will find a ferry that will take you to the other side of the bay. Overnight stay in Kotor.

Day 8: Kotor
After breakfast, end of services.
Option to book a transfer from the hotel to the airport is available (not included).
Individual departure or extending of your stay.

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✅ What is included in the trip?

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Welcome briefing
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • GPS or navigation APP
  • Transfer day 5

❌ What is not included?

  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"

💸 Cancellation fees

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  • Full refund
  • More 29 days of departure
  • 75%
  • From 13 to 29 days before departure
  • 50%
  • Up to 7 days before departure
  • Not refundable

Montenegro by bike between the sea and Lake Scutari

  • To set off by bike to discover the rich history of the ancient kingdom of Montenegro, starting right from its capital, with its extraordinary architecture and enchanting nature
  • To cycle along the shores of the magnificent Lake Scutari, the largest in the Balkans, and stop at small lake-side restaurants to taste fish specialties paired with the famous Vranac wine
  • To make a stop in the ancient city of Stari Bar, surrounded by rock walls that make it almost inaccessible, whose first settlement dates back to as early as 800 BC
  • To immerse yourself in the vast expanses of olive groves in the area between Bar and Ulcinj, the Montenegrin capital of olive oil and be enchanted by the magnificent specimens of centuries-old olive trees over 1000 years old
  • To spend a night in the Lovcen National Park, the natural jewel of Montenegro, at an altitude of 1300 meters and enjoy the tranquility on a cool summer evening
  • To effortlessly descend the famous Kotor Serpentine, also known as the hundred hairpin road, which from the mountains leads to the sea giving breathtaking views of the Bay of Kotor, considered one of the most beautiful fjords of the Mediterranean
  • To visit the incredible Bay of Kotor and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Old Town, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco: the perfect setting for an outdoor dinner with grilled fresh fish or dishes of rich Balkan cuisine
  • To go to discover Montenegro by bike, a journey that will surprise you and will surely win a place in your heart

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