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Cycling Bosnia & Montenegro

From £1399 for 9 days
Trip Overview
The rich natural and cultural diversity of the Balkans provides the kind of variety you rarely find on European rides. This fascinating route provides the opportunity to visit three very different countries from the former Yugoslavia as we head from Bosnia over the Dinaric Alps into Montenegro and finally to Dubrovnik, on Croatia's Adriatic Coast. The largely uncrowded roads allow for glorious views, a few good challenges and the opportunity to visit many cultural highlights along the way including the historic city of Mostar. The trip concludes in the magnificent city of Dubrovnik; famous for it's ancient city walls, marbled streets and baroque architecture. A trip here will live long in the memory.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Trebinje
Ends: End Dubrovnik.
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Cycling
Trip Code: EMVH
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro
What's Included

Meals

 All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 1 dinner are included on this trip

Transport

8 nights hotels all en suite  6 days cycling with full vehicle support

Accommodation

Trip Highlights

•    Beautiful remote scenery

•    Balkan culture and cuisine

•    Discover Mostar and Dubrovnik

•    Dinaric Alps to the Adriatic sea

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 9th May 2020
Returning: 17th May 2020
£1,399pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 11th Jul 2020
Returning: 19th Jul 2020
£1,449pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 8th Aug 2020
Returning: 16th Aug 2020
£1,499pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 29th Aug 2020
Returning: 6th Sep 2020
£1,499pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 19th Sep 2020
Returning: 27th Sep 2020
£1,449pp
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Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
The trip starts today in the old Ottoman trading centre of Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina’s wine capital. Trebinje has a rich history that dates back to the Middle Ages with a beautiful intact old town that escaped damage during the war. We overnight in a hotel in the old centre. *Hotel Leotar or similar*
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Reviews
       
Great way to see such a beautiful part of the world; the scenery in Montenegro was breathtaking and we got to see it for long hours during the extended climbs. We were really unlucky with the weather - it only stopped raining for one day and was very cold for May - but our cheery guides and group kept our spirits up, particularly with Rakija, the fire water of the Balkans!
       
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip despite the poor weather. Very engaging and professional crew
       
My 16 year old daughter and myself enjoyed this tour recently, the scenery is absolutely stunning and efforts pedalling on the bikes were well and truly rewarded. The guide was delightful, energetic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and capable, she was assisted by an equally positive and inspiring driver / mechanic. The tour itinerary details the difficulty of the cycling, a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as adequate bike handling skills to manage the poor road surfaces that crop up now and again. Having previously completed tours with other companies where the entire day would be spent in the saddle, this tour was refreshing with lots of other activities including visiting a honey making farm, several wineries, caves and an olive oil producer. Many thanks.
       
It was our 9th Exodus cycling trip for me and my wife and we have chosen Bosnia and Montenegro because it was Moderate/Challenging (and that didn't disappoint). We had lovely Sabina guiding us (she rode with us all the way including supporting us on the tough climbs) as well as Sasa (an ex-downhill MTB racer) fixing our bikes/nice picnic lunches and following us in the van to make sure we are okay. We went through beautiful country as well as lots of interesting visits (the wine was surprisingly good!). We stayed at nice hotels (beach resort, ski lodges and hotels in middle of the old towns) and had great tasting and very reasonably priced food. Did I say cycling is great too?
       
The mountains and sea view were great which kept us occupied during the 26 switchbacks. The accommodation and facilities were better than I expected. We have our lovely and enthusiastic guide Sabina to tell us about the history and traditional food and drinks. Really enjoyed the scenery as well the fresh sea food and fruits along the way. The visits to bee hive, olive production and wine tasting were very educational and loved the boat trip on Lake Skadar.
       
This was a fabulous trip with great views throughout the days uphills on the bike, on this trip you get to see the views, and experience a variety of aspects of Bosnian and Montenegro life and culture.
       
Stunning scenery, awesome climbs - long but not impossible - leading to spectacular views. Fabulous descending for hours,taking care on the switchbacks. Gorgeous ride along the shores of the Gulf of Kotor, Amazing descent into Mostar. Interspersed with visits to taste honey like you have never tasted before; tasting of olive oil - it's peppery; tasting local wines. A visit to limestone caves, A boat trip on Lake Skadar. A visit to a museum and a mausoleum on top of a mountain. And a thunderstorm of impressive proportions - luckily we were in a restaurant sampling grappa. How much more can you pack into 6 days cycling
       
Fantastic 6 days cycling through beautiful countryside. The itinerary was well thought through with a good number of interesting side visits. Our guides were perfect, looking after us in every way. Highly recommended to see a part of the world less travelled.
       
This is a trip of endless views round every mountainous corner - beautiful country, wine, food and people. Loved Mostar and Dubrovnik - and well worth going early for a Dubrovnik city break pre bike tour - thankfully organised by Exodus. The cycling is great and the climbs are long - but it's worth it for the descents. Truly great holiday and helped massively by such great guides, especially the lovely Sabina.
       
There we’re so many highlights from this trip, it’s hard to pick just one. Even getting rain soaked on day one was a bonding experience! I came on the trip to have some hard cycling and to learn something about a country I’d heard so much about but had very little understanding of. It exceeded every expectation in every way and my only regret is that I can’t go back and do it all again.
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