Montenegro mountain biking vacations, self guided

“Enjoy a week of self-guided mountain biking in Montenegro averaging 30kms per day across scenic rural trails and coastal tracks overlooking the Adriatic.”

Highlights

Bay of Kotor | old military trails, side roads, single trails | Lovcen National Park | Cetinje | Lake Skadar National Park | Old Bar | Budva | Sveti Stefan Island | Choice of arrival/departure airports |

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Responsible tourism: Montenegro mountain biking vacations, self guided

Environment

Most of our tours include the five National parks of Montenegro. Each of them features unique environments and rich ecological values, which require corresponding attitude from visitors. Lake Skadar, the biggest lake at the Balkan peninsula features a very rich bird fauna. In our multi-activity and family tours we offer bird watching with kayaks. These tours are guided by bird protection activists, who are supported by our programms.

We avoid using off-road jeep transfers, since some areas do have a very fragile soil surface. Anyhow we believe in the first line that our feet can take us everywhere. In order to avoid empty transfer kilometers we cooperate with transport providers, who are closest to a starting or pick up point of our tours. We include public transport in our tours where applicable. Eg. transfer by train form the coastline to the north of Montenegro saves 115km on the road.

In general we use almost no printed marketing material. To present our company and products we use tablets. The design works for our website is done by local creatives.

We encourage our guests to use re-fillable waterbottles, since tab water is drinkable in Montenegro.

Community

While including as many local people to our tours and we hope to build a bridge between visitors and locals and create better understanding for all day life challenges in Montenegro. Even there is most of the time a huge language barrier, both sides enjoy the direct interaction

We highly value the knowledge and work of our business partners, who most all of them being considered as friends. Our local guides we usually recruit from the Northern parts of Montenegro, since this part of the country provides little opportunities for employment.

Food & produce: Culinary: an integral part of real understanding and enjoyment of a region or country is eating the local food.
This ensures that the local producers see how valuable their produce is, in terms of keeping farming traditions alive, which on one side ensures a maintained landscape, which is on the other side the base for rural tourism. We encourage our guests to buy local produce for souvenirs eg. home made Rakija (spirit), honey products, artisan wines, olive oil products, etc.

We cooperate with farmer communities, which noticed that providing an insight to their daily life up in the mountains describes a special experience for guests. In return this interest in their lifestyle and the generated additional income contributes to make people to stay up in the mountains producing traditional dairy products and maintaining the landscape.

Reviews of Montenegro mountain biking vacations, self guided

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It's hard to pick one part that was the most memorable! It was amazing to spend so much time on a bicycle, seeing the scenery change so much in such a short distance - from bay views to national park to old capital city to lakes to mountain passes and back to the coast again. Montenegro is definitely perfect to explore by bike.
The routes were a fantastic mix of national park roads, old unused roads and some exciting off road sections, which meant we were experiencing so much nature and not very much traffic. The views were absolutely incredible each day and with the - it meant that we could pace ourselves well and know when to break for snacks / rests.
Getting to see all of the towns was an exciting part of the trip, as we stayed in Kotor, Cetinje, Virpazar and Budva we definitely got to see a few different sides to local life in Montengro. Some days the route took us from town to town (so from lodgings to lodgings) - this made the journey rewarding and made us feel like we were covering a whole lot of ground.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do it!! It was an amazing activity vacation packed full of lovely views, climbs, freewheeling and some city chilling. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing how beautiful Montenegro is, but the experience was heightened being on a bike. I put in no training, which didn't stand to me, but my boyfriend had been cycling daily for 6 weeks (not a huge distance each day but some kind of cycling). He was much better able to handle any inclines, whereas it took me halfway through the vacation to get fully into pacing myself.
Make sure you bring cycling gloves and shorts! Without those it would have been an uncomfortable week.
Much of the cycling is on old military roads and asphalt roads but some of it is quite technically challenging according to my downhill-biking partner...try to have a little bit of experience at this or be prepared to take it a bit easier.
We visited in early October, the weather was perfect with just one day (the very last!) of pouring rain but we managed to finish having completed all of the routes and without having to ring our guides for directions! Summer heat wouldn't have suited us Irelanders.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. From our accommodation to our guides there was definitely a homegrown and local sense to the place.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A most scenic, rewarding and relaxing vacation. The 7 day self guided tour really gave us an insight to Montenegro past and present. Our bikes were well maintained and suited to the terrain, the routes were well explained (maps provided) and our guides were great - always available to text or ring with any queries and I'm sure they would have been happy to suggest alternative routes should we have required them. A little more suited to someone with a keen interest in biking and the outdoors. Accommodation was always very comfortable and breakfast was tasty and flexible timewise. For our first cycling vacation it really was an amazing experience and I am definitely tempted to pursue activity vacations in future.

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We really enjoyed a challenging cycle in the morning, made more so by 40 degrees heat in July, with fantastic views of the mountains, coast and lake. Some long, sweeping, traffic-free downhills were good fun. The roads were relatively
traffic-free and motorists considerate, giving a beep just to let you know they were there. Rehydration in the form of beer and cool-off by swims in clear waters was the pattern of the afternoons. The tour was good in terms of mileage and allowed us to explore the region. We found everyone that we came into contact with very pleasant and welcoming. Vlado was on call at any time and
explained the routes well, he also answered the many, many questions on Montenegro that we fired at him. The small hotel called Babilon with it's own frontage on the Bay of Kotor (table for two at sunset) was our favorite place but all of the overnight bed and breakfasts suited us very well. Fresh fish and the wine of Montenegro rounded off the days. A great mix of physical activity, relaxation, sunshine and the reassurance that we were being looked after made this a vacation that we would recommend to anyone who also enjoys variety in their days.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


There is alot of cycling on road and the mountain bikes suited the gradient and the roughness of some surfaces, whist not being technically demanding in MTB terms. Ladies might want to request a women's saddle before setting off! July this year was pretty hot for the long uphills.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Although our bags were transferred by car, our touring around by bike and foot had little environmental impact. We spread our spending amongst a number of small, local establishments. (We had a cup of tea on a mountain and were
given apricots for the remainder of the journey.) We paid small entry prices for historical sites that will go towards their conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good. A 'full' week.

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Walking through virgin woodland in Biogradska Gora to a traditional mountain
farming community and staying with a very friendly shepherd, who looked after us all superbly. All the Montenegrans we met were extremely kind, friendly and helpful making for a great vacation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Speak directly with the vacation operators to tailor make your perfect vacation.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Staying in small and locally run accommodation and participating in activities run
by local guides benefits the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A great trip to a stunning country.

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We loved to be in the area of the Skaddar lake!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Leave the Adriatic coast which is to busy and to artificial and enter in the country , discovering the real Monténégro

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Difficult to say , but in working with a small company we are convinced that the foreign big companies won't take their percentage to Our travel.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


As I got commentaries from My friends ( 29 people) , That loved Their vacation in Monténegro and they are ready to comme back as soon as possible.

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