2 in 1 Exploring Montenegro and Albania by bicycle

2 in 1 Exploring Montenegro and Albania by bicycle

Lake Skadar is shared by Montenegro and Albania. It is the biggest lake of the Western Balkans and an important sanctuary for migratory birds. This tour focuses on this large expanse of inland water. Enjoy numerous, stunning panoramas, friendly locals and great food and drink that will make this trip a once in a lifetime experience.

Highlights

Cross-boarder cycling – Montenegro & Albania

National Park Lake Skadar – biggest lake of the Balkans and famed wine region on both sides

Historical towns of Cetinje, Shkodra (Albania), Perast and Kotor

UNESCO site “Bay of Kotor”

Travel style:

Self-guided or guided on request

Duration:

8 days/7nights

Interests:

cycling/nature/culture/wine/food

Availability:

Apr, May, June, July, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

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Day 1: Cetinje – The Historical Heart of Montenegro

Individual arrival to Montenegro at one of the following airports: Dubrovnik, Tivat, Podgorica. An optional airport transfer to the first accommodation in Cetinje is available to you upon request. You will then meet with a representative of our agency, who will give you an introduction to the tour, tour documents will be handed out and rental bike fittings will take place.

Day 2: Villages of Old Montenegro’s Heartland (39 km/↗540 m,↘ 1200 m)

Today’s tour takes you to the biggest lake of the Balkan peninsula, Lake Skadar. You follow the old road that connects Cetinje with Rijeka Crnojevića. You continue to ride along the lake until you reach Virpazar. You will be rewarded with wonderful panoramic views of the lake. Virpazar is the center of the most famous wine region of Montenegro, where the renowned Vranac wine is produced.

Day 3: Fantastic Panoramas, Chestnuts and a Travel through Time (42 km/↗1150 m,↘ 820m)

You will cycle from Virpazar to Ostros on small winding roads. Some of the sections of the journey run right above the lake with breathtaking panoramas facing the Albanian Alps, the cursed mountains, with peaks more than 2,000 m/1,242 ft high.

Description: This is the most physically challenging section of the journey, but can be customized to fit your fitness level.

Day 4: Shkodra – the Gateway to Northern Albania (min. 30 km/↗50 m,↘ 500 m)

Today you will cross the border from Montenegro to Albania. From the border you will follow the main road to Shkodra, the second largest city in Albania, but do not worry the traffic, Albanian’s are used to cyclists. You will have time to explore the quaint, ancient city-center of Shkodra.

Day 5: Albanian cycling experience to people and wine (32km/+150m or return: 64km/+300m)

Cycle to the Drin River and reward yourself with a lunch at one of the best restaurant experiences Albania has to offer, the slow-food restaurant “Mrizi I Zanave” (“Garden of the Fairy”). You can either choose to return along the same way you came or we can pick you up right from the restaurant and transport you by shuttle (2.5hrs) to Lovcen National Park in Montenegro.

Day 6: Cycle from from Lovćen National Park to the Bay of Kotor (42 km/+200m/-1400m)

Today’s tour takes you directly from the mountains to the sea along the famous Austro-Hungarian serpentine road, with the most beautiful panoramic views in the Bay of Kotor descending down the “Serpentine Road.”, you’ll cruise downhill for more than 30 km.  Along the road there will be several great spots to stop for photos. You finish your tour directly in front of the old town of Kotor, i.e. in front of your accommodation. Enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere in the center of Kotor.

Day 7: The highlights of the Bay of Kotor (47 km/↗↘300 m )

At the end of your bike trip you can explore the picturesque sights in the Bay of Kotor. You won’t  miss the baroque sailor’s town of Perast with its two church islands but there is much more to see! Once again, you can count on a beautiful route, directly along the sea.

Day 8: Return home

The services end after breakfast.  Optional transfer to airport.

For more comfort while cycling through the very hilly landscape, we recommend the use of an electric bike.

 

 

This tour is completely customizable
The itinerary for this tour can be customized to suit your needs from your accommodations, difficulty and pace. Drop us a message.