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Adriatic Ascents

  • Road Cycling
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 7 Nights
  • 4* Accommodation

This four-country road biking tour is the ultimate journey to explore and get the most out of diverse and culturally rich countries of the Balkans. Cycling through Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania, experience stunning landscapes from towering mountain ranges, deep blue lakes to the idyllic Adriatic coast. Here you will also find remarkable architecture, charming old towns and delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Read moreDubrovnik, Croatia, known for its majestic city walls that overlook the Adriatic Sea, is our starting point for this tour. We cycle along the stunning coastline and head up and around to charming Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina, which is just waiting to be rediscovered by you.Montenegro is the third country of the tour and we cycle along the stunning Bay of Kotor by way of introduction. Explore the alleyways of the fortified medieval town of Kotor before continuing on an epic climb as we ascend the 21 switchbacks of the Kotor Serpentine. This dramatic day ends with a scenic train ride up to the mountain resort of Kolasin. Though we have ascended with the train to 940 m more climbing awaits before a thrilling downhill to the lakeside village of Plav. Soon after we cross into Albania our next climb awaits, as we take on Leqet e Hotit and ascend 6 km with an average grade of 8%. Descending we end at the laid back town of Shokdra and have time to enjoy the cafe culture. It is back to Montenegro to end our tour at the village of Virpazar and a celebration drink on the shore of Lake Skadar.Return home with bragging rights of having cycled through four countries and conquering numerous challenging and iconic climbs.


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  • 8 days/7 nights accommodation
  • Mixture of authentic 3/4 star hotels
  • 6 x Cycling Days (Av.87 kms)
  • Ride a total of 522kms
  • Average Climbing Per Day: 1390m
  • Riding on good quality asphalt roads
  • Cycle through Croatia / Bosnia & Herzegovina / Montenegro and Albania
  • Experience stunning landscapes and the idyllic Adriatic coast
  • Encounter remarkable architecture
  • Delicious Mediterranean cuisine
  • Experienced local cycling guide
  • Aluminium road bike hire at USD220
  • E-Bike hire available (on request)
  • Support Vehicle and Luggage Transfer
  • SpiceRoads jersey
  • Meals Included (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Snacks and drinks on the ride
  • Hotel pick up / drop off
  • Tour can be customised/privatised.

TRIP PROFILE

This road bike journey takes you along some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Balkans. We cover 522 km in 6 cycling days and have a total ascent of 8,340 m and a total descent of 9,254 m. Our average distance per day for the tour is 87 km with a 1,400 m ascent. Prepare those climbing legs!


For road cycling purists the highlight of the tour will be conquering two iconic climbs – the Hors Catégorie 21 switchbacks of the Kotor Serpentine in Montenegro and the summit of Leqet e Hotit in Albania, rated as Category 2.

Suitability: This is a tour for cyclists possessing a high level of physical fitness and are looking for iconic climbs to conquer. Fitness will be a huge asset on those long days and challenging climbs. The tour is fully supported, and a transfer is always close at hand for those that find the riding too difficult.

Biking Conditions: We ride an average of 87 km a day with average climbs of 1400 m. The roads are 100% tarmac and overall in good condition. There will be steep climbs but also some exciting descents to valleys.

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival - Dubrovnik

Arrival in Dubrovnik and check in to your hotel. Take some time to get settled before meeting for a trip briefing. In the evening we head out to the old town of Dubrovnik to have dinner together.

Hotel Ivka

Dinner

Day 2 Dubrovnik, Croatia - Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina

We start the day riding along the coastline. We move up north towards Trsteno Arboretum, a beautiful botanical garden known for its iconic appearance as King's Landing from the hit television series Game of Thrones. You are welcome to visit the garden. From Trsteno we climb a side road until Slano where we leave the coastline and continue towards the border with Bosnia & Herzegovina. Right at the end of our climb and already on Herzegovina terrain you will have the chance to visit a magnificent karst cave, the “Vjetrenica.“ From here we follow the old railway line, which once connected Mostar with Dubrovnik and Herceg Novi (Montenegro). Finally, after some serious ascents, we arrive in Trebinje, the heart of Bosnia's wine country. Trebinje is a very nice example of how a typical town in Bosnia & Herzegovina feels like. After a bit of rest, we will go on to explore its charming old town. In the evening we will set out for wine tasting at Tvrdos Monastery which exported its wines to the Austrian court back in the 19th century.

Hotel Platani

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 96km

+1217m

-961m

Day 3 Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina - Kotor, Montenegro

Today we ride through the southern half of Bosnia & Herzegovina to the magnificent Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. We have a short warm up before the climbing starts. We'll ascend just over 600 ms in 16 kms but then have a marvelous downhill to the deep blue waters of Kotor Bay. We take a break in picturesque Perast before following the shoreline to the old town of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage site built between the 12th and 14th century. Wander the medieval maze of alleyways and marvel at the historic fort walls.

Hotel Marija

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 84km

+1103m

-1376m

Day 4 Kotor, Montenegro - Kolasin, Montenegro

We leave the Bay of Kotor via one of the best climbs of the Balkans. The Kotor Serpentine starts at 458 m and 16 hairpin turns and 8 kms later ends at 881m. At the top take in one of the best panoramic views the Balkans has to offer. The climbing hasn't finished though, as we still have to reach 1100 m in the heart of Lovcen National Park before we start our descent to Cetinje, the former royal capital of Montenegro. We have time for a loop around the old town before we continue to another highlight of the day - Lake Skadar, the largest lake in Southern Europe. Depending on time we will end the cycling in the picturesque village of Rijeka Crnojevica or we continue on another 25 km to Montenegro's capital city of Podgorica as we have a train to catch! We'll board the evening train to Kolasin, a small resort town deep in the mountains. The 1.5-hour train ride itself is another highlight of the trip as it offers stunning views as the railway climbs high above the Moraca canyon to more than 900 m! What a way to gain altitude! Sleep well with the fresh air of Kolasin.

Hotel Brile

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 89km

+1777m

-1730m

Day 5 Kolasin, Montenegro - Plav, Montenegro

Today can be a semi-rest day or a full on climbing day. If you feel like having an easier day, we can give you a lift to Tresnjevik Pass, thereby avoiding 900 m of ascending in 27 km. From here it is 43 km to Lim valley with a delightful descent of 1151 m, ending at the peaceful town of Plav. We will make a stop to visit Redzepagic tower, one of the most interesting monuments of defensive architecture in Montenegro. Set on a lake the town is also known as the a gateway to the Cursed Mountains (Prokletije) shared by Montenegro, Albania, and Kosovo. End the evening with a relaxing sundowner amongst the beautiful setting of Lake Plav.

Hotel Etno Selo Komnenovo

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 70km

+1274m

-1313m

Day 6 Plav, Montenegro - Shkodra, Albania

Another iconic day! Within only a few kilometres of departing Plav we reach the Albanian border and the climbing soon starts. We ascend for 8 km, almost 400 m, to an altitude of 1,350 m before descending an epic 1,400 m in 30 km. We take a break at Tamara village as our day is far from over. Now we have our next serpentine to conquer, the Leqet e Hotit mountain pass at an elevation of 684 m. Though the climb is only 8 kms long, the gradient is a steep 7% average. Several switchbacks later, we reach a very nice viewpoint called Enver Hoxha's 'balcony', named after the former leader Enver Hoxha who was Albania's mastermind of isolation until the mid-1980s. We roll down once again, cycling close to the border with Montenegro. You will have the option to take a lift to Shkodra or continue biking along the flat shoreline (+35 km) of Lake Skadar to Shkodra. Albania's second largest town it has a nice center and charming vibe. Celebrate your massive accomplishment at dinner!

Hotel Tradita

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 110km

+1624m

-2528m

Day 7 Shkodra, Albania - Virpazar, Montenegro

Though the distance may look to be on the shorter side today, we still have lots of climbs ahead of us. We cross back into Montenegro and cycle the southern shoreline of Lake Skadar, which offers some beautiful views of the lake and the Albanian Alps. The first climb comes just aafter crossing the border, then it is a rolling day all the way to the village of Virpazar. We have our farewell dinner at the hotel and reflect back on our legendary ride.

Badanj Apartments

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ride 73km

+1345m

-1346m

Day 8 Departure

There are many airport options to depart from nearby and we can assist you with arranging a transfer to the most convenient one. Podgorica Airport is 30 minutes away, Tivat Airport is slightly more than one hour away and Dubrovnik Airport is almost 2.5 hours away.

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  • 8 days/7 nights accommodation
  • Mixture of authentic 3/4 star hotels
  • 6 x Cycling Days (Av.87 kms)
  • Ride a total of 522kms
  • Average Climbing Per Day: 1390m
  • Riding on good quality asphalt roads
  • Cycle through Croatia / Bosnia & Herzegovina / Montenegro and Albania
  • Experience stunning landscapes and the idyllic Adriatic coast
  • Encounter remarkable architecture
  • Delicious Mediterranean cuisine
  • Experienced local cycling guide
  • Aluminium road bike hire at USD220
  • E-Bike hire available (on request)
  • Support Vehicle and Luggage Transfer
  • SpiceRoads jersey
  • Meals Included (as indicated in itinerary)
  • Snacks and drinks on the ride
  • Hotel pick up / drop off
  • Tour can be customised/privatised.

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We believe there's no better way to see the world than by bicycle. Because travel is about the journey and everything it encompasses, never just the destination. Experiencing the moment and place intensely, not chasing the next must-see sight. Discovering new things about the world, and yourself. Then returning home with experiences that remind you of what it means to be alive. Since 1995 we've been sharing our passion for travelling by bicycle. Curating extraordinary cycle adventures in over 30 countries that give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with remarkable cultures, characters and landscapes in a way that no ordinary tour could.

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