Montenegro from Dubrovnik
Croatia, Montenegro Bike + Boat Tour
This cycling vacation explores the coast of Montenegro. Beginning in Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful cities in the Adriatic and a World Heritage site, this city is often called the Athens of Croatia.
Montenegro, one of the youngest countries in the world, is our next destination. Together with your guides, discover the bay of Kotor whose steep limestone cliffs make it one of the most impressive landscapes in the entire Adriatic. On board the boat with its friendly, attentive crew, you will spend 8 exciting days on land and on water. From your bicycle, you will have the opportunity to become uniquely acquainted with the unique beauty and landscape surrounding you.
Moderate to difficult guided bike tour (electric bikes available!). The bike routes require a considerate level of fitness from participants, ideally acquired from steady cycling. Daily biking distances range from 20 to 33 miles (32 to 55 km) and will take you through hilly and mountainous terrain, but may be completed without any time restraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs during which they are, however, also permitted to push their bikes. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike tour. We will traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday seasons. Each day you can either decide to bike alone (or with other individuals), using the information and maps provided, or join the two tour guides.
Where You’ll Stay
Aboard the comfort plus class ship, the San Snova
- 7 nights accommodations aboard a motor yacht with crew
- Breakfasts & dinners
- Multilingual tour guide
- Bed linen and towels
- Overview-maps for the daily tours, on board
- City tour in Dubrovnik
- 21-speed hybrid bike (a few electric bikes available as well)
What’s Not Included
- Visitor’s tax & local charges, €20, to be paid on board
- Drinks on board (tally sheet)
- Individual arrival to the ship
- Bicycle Protection (€10 to €20/bike)
- Unlimited water on board and during cycling: €20/adult
|Tour||Bike + Boat|
- May 26, September 8,
September 22, 2013
- Arrival in Dubrovnik.
- Zelenika - Kotor, 20 mi. (32 km)
- Kotor - Ulcinj, 12 mi. (35 km)
- Skutari Lake, 26 mi. (42 km)
- Cetinje - Virpazar 24 mi. (40 km)
- Bay of Kotor, 12 + 18 mi. (20 + 30 km)
- Kotor - Dubrovnik
- Departure from Dubrovnik
*All distances are approximate. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.
SUNDAY: Arrival in Dubrovnik
Individual arrival in Dubrovnik. After check in, the afternoon is at your disposal, either for a walk through this interesting town with its beautifully preserved fortifications or for a short bike ride to a nearby beach. The dinner afterward is the first meal on board and the night is spent in Dubrovnik.
MONDAY: Zelenika - Kotor, 20 mi. (32 km)
After a 5 hour crossing, the ship takes arrives in the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. It is the largest and best-protected bay in the entire Adriatic surrounded by mountains reaching heights of up to 1700 m. At the very end of the bay, you will arrive at the town of Zelenika. Here, you officially enter Montenegro. In the afternoon, a cycling tour will lead to Kotor. The town is almost 2,000 years old and famous for its medieval center listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. The initial stretch of the bike tour leads to Tivat, riding along the level coastline of Kotor Bay, where the mountains loom all about you. Here, the day ends with a leisurely walk through town and dinner at one of the numerous cozy restaurants.
TUESDAY: Kotor - Ulcinj, 12 mi. (35 km)
Early in the morning you leave the bay of Kotor by boat and cruise along the Montenegrin coast until reaching the port Bar. Here, you unload your bikes and take a tour to Stari Bar - the original town which was abandoned after a strong earthquake 1979. Some of the buildings have been restored and are worth a visit. One of the oldest olive trees in the world is also present at this place. Your next stop is the pirate hideout of Ulcinj, which is located close to the Albanian border. Ulcinj is the southernmost town in Montenegro and has a picturesque center surrounded by fortified walls. With every step you encounter the oriental past influenced by the many mosques scattered across the city. In the evening a shuttle bus takes you back to the port Bar.
WEDNESDAY: Skutari Lake, 26 mi. (42 km)
Today, you will become acquainted with the less level area of the Skutari Lake. There is a transfer by bus that will follow a mountain road approximately 500 m above the lake. With a length of 48 km and a width of up to 14 km, Skutari is the largest lake on the Balkan peninsula. The bottom of the lake lies partially below sea level. It is a haven for migrating birds on their flight south and was declared a National Park in 1983. You will cylce along a panoramic road with fantastic views of the sea and Albania on the opposite shore. In the evening, a return transfer will take you back to the boat which awaits in Bar.
THURSDAY: Cetinje - Virpazar 24 mi. (40 km)
After a short transfer ride, you reach the former Montenegrin capital of Cetinje. The President of Montenegro still has his official residence here and many government buildings and former embassy buildings attest the town’s past as the capital. From here, you take a beautiful bike ride to Virpazar. Another transfer bus brings you to Budva and back to the ship. Upon arrival, you cruise back directly to the bay of Kotor. If time allows, the boat makes a stop at the church, located at the small island of “Our Lady of the Rock”, which is a famous place of pilgrimage for sailors. Overnight stay in the port of Kotor.
FRIDAY: Budva - Bay of Kotor, 12 + 18mi. (20 + 30 km)
After breakfast, you cycle on traffic-free roads with stunning views and numerous small churches. At your destination, a transfer bus awaits to drive you to Cetinje where you can further explore the city. Here, you have time for refreshments before taking a transfer up to Lovćen. You can choose to leave the shuttle earlier in order to cycle on your own. From the highest point (more than 1.500 m above sea level), you can expect a rapid descent with spectacular view of the Bay of Kotor.
SATURDAY: Kotor - Dubrovnik
In the morning, the boat cruises into the heart of the Bay of Kotor once again and afterwards back to Dubrovnik. In the late afternoon, you meet a local guide and take a walk through Dubrovnik. The guide tells about the eventful and turbulent history of the city. Traditionally, the last evening of the tour is enjoyed on board with the tour guides and guests.
SUNDAY: Disembarkation in Dubrovnik.
Departure after breakfast, by 9AM.
Montenegro from Dubrovnik Boats + Barges
San Snova Croatia, Montenegro Comfort Plus Class Boat This ship, constructed entirely of oak, took 3 years to build by the Scherka familiy in their own carpentry workshop as a family project. The ship, 31m long and 8m wide, meets the highest expectations in regard to comfort, elegance and style, combining romantic seafaring with modernity and functionality.