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Bike Serbia and Montenegro – Mountain Biking the Balkans

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8-day mountain biking tour in Serbia and Montenegro. An amazing biking experience of the southern Balkan with rides on enjoyable trails and amazing gravel roads, with local gourmet and untouched nature surpluses. Explore the beautiful Serbia mountains and famous Montenegro towns of the Adriatic Coast by bike. True charm and pure mountain biking in the Balkans.

 

 

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All about the Bike Serbia and Montenegro – Mountain Biking the Balkans.

8-day mountain biking tour in Serbia and Montenegro. An amazing biking experience of the southern Balkan with rides on enjoyable and amazing gravel roads, with local gourmet and untouched nature surpluses. Explore the beautiful Serbia and famous Montenegro beaches of the Adriatic Coast. It is true charm and pure mountain biking in the Balkans.

Mountain biking through rugged valleys and historic settlements in Serbia, along the turquoise sea of the Montenegro's azure coastline while imagining the glory of past civilisations that have left their marks on these emerging nations. Bikers seeking real mountain biking adventures, cultural delights, history, or all of the above, are sure to be satisfied and charmed by this underrated destinations. To experience the real southern Balkans - its phenomenal natural wonders, thousand-year history, pure Mediterranean cuisine, Serbian mountains and warm local hospitality - now is the time to go. Rich in beautiful mountains and stunning landscapes western Serbia and Montenegro are ideal for mountain biking lovers.

Biking in Serbia and Montenegro is one of the best and most beautiful adventures and a mountain biking prestige. A premium Mountain Biking Experience of the Southern Balkan.

Highlights:

  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of Serbia and Montenegro.
  • Unique bike gravel roads in Serbian and Montenegrian highlands - Balkan's best kept secret!
  • Beautiful coastal towns of Montenegro: Tivat, Boka Kotorska.
  • Explore the old towns and monastery.
  • Stay in charming accommodations operated by locals.
  • Taste the richness of the Balkan culinary.
  • Enjoy great bike rides around Serbia mountains.
  • Take in the beauty of Montenegro's azure coastline.

Facts:

  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Activity: Mountain Biking or Gravel Bike tour. 
  • Ride type: Gravel roads, tarmac.
  • Length: 579 km / Elevation: 16,070 m
  • Grade: Moderate to Challenging
  • Bike Skill level: Intermediate (advanced+ is max.)
  • Bike Fitness level: Level 4-5 (level 7 is max.)
  • Accommodation: 3*/4* hotels and private accommodation
  • Date: From May 15th to October 30th
  • Start of the tour: Every day
  • Start location: Kraljevo (Serbia)
  • Note: We can organise a private guided tour for a group of 4+ bikers with our experienced and licensed guides. Please, contact us.

 

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Full organisation of the mountain biking tour.
  • Introductory briefing in Kraljevo (Serbia) on day 1 (morning).
  • Self Guided Life Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions, all tickets with timetables and details with all vouchers for accommodations, private transfers, other transfers ...
  • Maps with marked routes.
  • Gps routes/tracks.
  • Emergency contact number and 24/7 support.
  • 7 nights in 3* hotel or private accommodation with breakfast.
  • All transfers according to the itinerary.
  • All luggage transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Tourist tax and VAT.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip.
  • Food and drinks: lunch and dinner on all days.
  • Bikes and bike equipment (available for a supplement).
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Travel insurance.

Optional supplements:

  • Single supplement: 380 €
  • Rent-a MTB bike Trek Marlin 7: 25 €/day
  • Rent-an E-MTB bike Trek Powerfly 4: 45 €/day
  • Rent-a-cycling-backpack (15-25l storage): 45 €/person
  • Garmin GPS device rental: 65 €/person
  • Optional private transfer from Beograd to Kraljevo.
  • Optional private transfer from Tivat to Budva or Dubrovnik (Croatia).
  • Want to do a private guided group? We can organise a private guided tour for a group of 4+ bikers with our experienced and licensed guides. Please, contact us for an offer.
  1. Day 1 Kraljevo (Serbia) to Studenica
    • Morning Introductory meeting in Kraljevo.
    • Bike tour Kraljevo to Studenica / 5 -6 hours.
    • 61.3 km / Ascent: 1.235 m, Descent: 1.130 m
    • Gravel road 21%, tarmac 21%
    • Hotel***, Studenica.
    • Kraljevo and its surroundings are a cradle of Serbian state and culture, situated 180 km southern from Belgrade, today's capital. In the middle ages this area was the centre of the Serbian state, Raska, ruled by the holy dynasty of Nemanjic. Studenica Monastery, the highlight of the tour, was founded by this dynasty and it is the largest and the richest Serbian Orthodox monastery. In 1986 UNESCO included Studenica monastery on the list of World Heritage Sites.

     

     

  2. Day 2 Biking from Studenica to Novi Pazar
    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Bike tour Studenica to Novi Pazar / 6 -7 hours.
    • 74.6 km / Ascent: 1.636 m, Descent: 1.480 m
    • Gravel road 64%, tarmac 36%
    • Hotel***, Novi Pazar.
    • Studenica monastery is the symbol of spiritual culture, beauty and extraordinary frescoes. Crossing Golija plateau (a cycling paradise) with an unforgettable descent to "the valley of Serbian kings" (Raska) is a real adventure for every cyclist. The tour finishes in Novi Pazar, a multicultural area of Muslims and Orthodox Christians, with many monuments of both religions, like the Altun-Alen Mosque and the Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. 
  3. Day 3 Biking from Novi Pazar to Sjenica
    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Bike tour Novi Pazar to Sjenica / 6 -7 hours.
    • 90 km / Ascent: 1.610 m, Descent: 1.585 m
    • Gravel road 65%, tarmac 35%
    • Hotel***, Sjenica.
    • Until the beginning of the 19. Century Tutin was only a caravan station. The settlement was greatly developed in the 20th Century and had at the beginning of the 21st Century already a population of 30.000 people. Cyclists are fascinated by the unspoiled nature of Pester plateau on the way from Tutin to Sjenica. The largest plateau in the Balkan Peninsula represents the unique, splendid and incomparable oasis in the heart of Europe.
  4. Day 4 Biking from Sjenica to Prijepolje
    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Bike tour Sjenica to Prijepolje / 5 -6 hours.
    • 51.2 km / Ascent: 1.075 m, Descent: 1.120 m
    • Gravel road 88%, tarmac 12%
    • Hotel***, Prijepolje.
    • Jadovnik is a mountain on the western edge of Pester plateau, between towns of Prijepolje and Sjenica. One of the most panoramic parts of the 8th-day long cycling tour has many breathtaking views with the pastures and meadows all around. The Mileseva Monastery, the culture highlight of the day, has a special meaning among the Orthodox Serbs. The frescoe called "White Angel" is considered to be one of the great achievements in the European painting of the Middle Age period.
  5. Day 5 Biking from Prijepolje to Bijelo Polje (Montenegro)
    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Bike tour Prijepolje to Bijelopolje / 6 -7 hours.
    • 68 km / Ascent: 2.300 m, Descent: 2.250 m
    • Gravel road 48%, tarmac 52%
    • Hotel***, Bijelopolje.
    • Kamena Gora is a mountain on the border of Serbia and Monte Negro. It belongs to the Dinaric mountain range and has a significant symbol - Holy pine, an old pine that was estimated to be 400 years old. No doubt that the nature there is being kept in its most beautiful form. The area has a great potential for the developement of sustainable tourism, focused on active tourism (hiking, biking, paragliding and rafting,..).
  6. Day 6 Biking from Bijelo Polje to Kolašin
    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Bike tour Bijelopolje to Kolašin / 6 -7 hours.
    • 77 km / Ascent: 2.170m, Descent: 1.800 m
    • Gravel road 35%, tarmac 65%
    • Hotel***, Kolašin.
    • Montenegro could be very attractive as an outdoor destination. The area around Kolašin, mountain range Bjelasica (in the National park Biogradska gora) is the place of dense forests, wide meadows and steep slopes. It is adorned with six glacial lakes and it is one of the snowiest mountains in Europe. That is the reason for all the big investements - ski centre and accomodations. In the summer time the destination attracts hikers and bikers. 
  7. Day 7 Biking from Kolašin to Podgorica
    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Bike tour Kolašin to Podgorica / 6 -7 hours.
    • 84 km / Ascent: 2.240 m, Descent: 2.400 m
    • Gravel road 65%, tarmac 35%
    • Hotel***, Kolašin.
    • Montenegro is the country of "no motorways"...And cycling through Mateševo will let you know that the times are changing. On a cycling tour to Podgorica, everyone has been fascinated by Bukumirsko jezero, the heart of Kučka krajina mountains. This lake is situated at an altitude of 1.440 m above sea level. If your passion is to visit pure and undiscovered areas, this day will be a real inspiration.
  8. Day 8 Biking from Podgorica to Tivat
    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Bike tour Podgorica to Tivat / 6 -7 hours.
    • 85 km / Ascent: 2.350 m, Descent: 2.180 m
    • Gravel road 0%, tarmac 100%
    • Hotel***, Tivat.
    • If you value your cycling holidays also by the quality of food you have the opportunity to taste, then you will definitely enjoy Rijeka Crnojevic. Unbelievably beautiful nature and delicious national cuisine can be the best description of this place. It is a part of Skadar lake with an impressive bridge that was built for a trade route. The cradle of Montenegrian culture is the city of Cetinje, founded in the 15th Century. The city is located on a small karst plain, surrounded by limestone mountains, including Mount Lovćen in Lovćen National Park. The last part of the tour is a descent with breathtaking views on the Gulf of Kotar and Tivat.
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2-3*/4* Hotels and private accommodation

Accommodation is in a combination of 2-3* and 4* hotels  and special private accommodations.

Day 1:  Private accommodation (with breakfast), Serbia.

Day 2: Hotel in Novi Pazar*** (with breakfast), Serbia.

Day 3: Hotel in Sjenica*** (with breakfast), Serbia.

Day 4: Private accommodation (with breakfast), Serbia.

Day 5: Hotel in Bijelo Polje**/*** (with breakfast), Montenegro.

Day 6: Hotel in Kolašin*** (with breakfast), Montenegro.

Day 7: Hotel in Podgorica*** (with breakfast), Montenegro.

Day 8: Hotel in Tivat***/**** (with breakfast), Montenegro.

 

  • Jacket – warm, wind & waterproof, soft-shell,
  • comfortable clothes,
  • sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, any other sun protection,
  • water bottle (preferably reusable),
  • first aid (a small basic kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, antibacterial ointment, sterile pads),
  • small bike backpack to pack all your day belongings,
  • biking shoes –  choose wisely!

 

  • The tour is considered to be moderate to challenging. There is an average of 5-6 hours of biking each day with many ascends and descends. A good physical condition is essential.
  • Make sure you take sufficient water/drinks on a trip every day.
  • Breakfast is included in every accommodation.
  • We advise that you to start your daily trips early  in the morning to allow yourself enough time to stop often and enjoy the scenery and escape the hot summer sun.
  • In case bad weather is predicted, do not forget to bring your rain-covers and a change of extra dry clothes. We also advise in this case that you to place packed things in plastic bags before packing them in the  backpacks.
  • All customers are required to notify us before booking the tour of any medical conditions, as well as  dietary restrictions. All medications can and should be brought to all activities in the program. If you suffer from any medical conditions, we strongly suggest that you consult your physician before booking a tour to receive an expert medical advice. We are more than happy to discuss and recommend the most suitable adventure for you based on your conditions, but cannot ultimately be responsible for your health.

Croatian coast has a typically Mediterranean climate consisting of hot, dry, sunny weather during summer.

Average temperatures during summer lies in the high 20s °C, although it is more likely that you’ll have temperatures well into the 30s °C.

The sunniest island in Croatia is Hvar, with over 2,700 hours of sun per year. Split, Vela Luka (on the island of Korčula) and Dubrovnik are the next sunniest spots in Dalmatia.

Croatia boasts with very low humidity, sitting at about 60%, so even in the scorching sun the heat is bearable.

We suggest that you travel with a comprehensive travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Please contact your local travel agent to purchase travel insurance. As coverage and a price of the insurance changes depending on your travel destination, do make sure that you purchase a coverage for all countries you will be traveling in on your adventure.

The tour is considered to be moderate level of difficulty.  A good physical condition is essential.
Due to the nature of the package, this program is not recommended for children younger than 16 years and pregnant women.
All minors must be accompanied by an adult, who is either their parent or legal guardian.

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