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Mountain Biking the Balkans
Delve into a trio of Europe's finest unsung gems by journeying deep into the Balkans with a route starting in Bosnia & Herzegovina, travelling through Croatia and ending in the heart of Montenegro. Spend 10 adventurous days discovering the breathtaking scenery, magnificent mountains, charming villages and ancient towns and cities of these eastern European countries that are still relatively unexplored by many tourists.
- CategoryMountain Biking
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration10 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance228 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance28.6 miles
How long is the tour? How many days riding?
This tour is 10 days long, with 8 riding days.
How many riders will be in the group?
Groups can be from 2 to 16. For groups of 9 or more, a second guide joins the tour.
Is there a minimum age for this tour?
Yes. Riders must be 18 years old by the time the tour starts.
Can I rent a bike for the tour?
Yes. Well-known makes of mountain bikes, equipped specifically for this tour, are available to hire. Or you can bring your own bike if you prefer.
What's the tour like?
You will ride a total of 367 km (228 mi) in 8 days of cycling. Most of our tour is on quiet back roads and single tracks, which include parts of military trails in Montenegro that are dirt and rocky tracks. There will also be flat stretches of tarmac to help you relax your muscles. The terrain is mountainous, so you will be climbing and having descents every day. The distances aren't too strenuous, but the days will be full of activities and excitement. On this trip, there is a lot to see, and there are also two beautiful and relaxing boat journeys.
Suitability: This trip is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and some off-road riding experience. This trip is not too arduous, so riders with less experience are more than welcome, although the fitter you are the more you will enjoy it.
Biking Conditions: This tour follows former Austro-Hungarian military trails on dirt and rocky jeep-width tracks and includes ascents every day. There will be minimal vehicle support on this tour, but the group will be met by a vehicle at meeting points when possible.
Are helmets required?
A helmet is required to be worn on all biking activities and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you won't be allowed to cycle.
Am I safe?
The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a cycling tour.
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina, travels through Croatia, and ends in Kotor, Montenegro.
If I'm a solo traveller, do I have to pay more?
You are not required to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. The tour operator will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, they will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.