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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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.

13 Reviews of Montenegro mountain biking vacations, self guided

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Reviewed on 15 Oct 2018 by

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


This was the best vacation ever and the absolute highlight of our Europe trip. The tour was very well organised and Zoran was super knowledgeable and helpful. Every day on the bike offered different highlights and challenges, the stay in Kotor was most memorable.

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


Make sure you're fit and if you do not have any experience cycling uphill, practice or at least do some reading about how to conserve your energy. If you wish to stay longer, arrange to spend more time in Kotor or the old town of Bar.

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


It sure did as we mostly traveled by bike. The accommodation was mostly with family-run hotels.

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


It was perfect. We could not have asked for a better vacation. If you enjoy exploring cities by bike and exercising during your vacation, this is the tour for you.

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by

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


Stunning scenery particularly from high above Kotor bay and walking through Kotor old town.

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


Cycle as many hills as possible before going!! There is a good balance between hills, coasting and downhill.

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


The use of local accommodation and eating out is the obvious benefit, kayaking at Lake Skadar supports local operations. Lake Skadar is a Ramsar wetland
site and an amazing place to be, But they need to find a way to clear up the plastic and rubbish we saw around the shorelines and to reduce the boat speeds
before they start to erode the banks around the shore and canals. Montenegro is a beautiful country and tourism will be one of their main sources of income
now that they have independence. They need to set in place good environmental controls to ensure the country retains it beauty.

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


The scenery, food and cycling were amazing and we would recommend it highly. The organisation was excellent in the bikes we used and transferring our
luggage. Zoran was great on providing detailed information on the routes we were to do. Being given a local phone to contact him on in case of any problems
was also a great idea.

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2018 by

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


Bay of Kotor, town of Kotor, Lovcen NP, Cetinje, Skadar Lake, Bar green market and old Bar

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


Request the local tour guides who were assigned to (Elizabeta, Igor and Dusan); not hiring a car as roads are too steep and winding and best travelled by locals; avoid staying in/near Sv Stefan: pretty but overrated


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


Purchased local products at Bar green market and, while food tasting, in Old Bar and Lake Skadar local farms.

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


I was extremely impressed by the scenic variety and the architectural and natural beauties of this small country. Much was relayed to me about it’s complicated history and culture which has made me keen on learning more about both. The only downside was moving to Sv Stefan: looking back, had I known the area, I would have stayed at Babilon Apartments in Dobrota (Bay of Kotor) all the way through and joined excursions from there only

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2018 by

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


The whole trip was memorable because of the changing scenery each day. There was a really nice contrast between the coast, the mountains and Skadar Lake, which gave us a really good insight into what Montenegro has to offer

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


We did the trip in July and were a little concerned about the heat but the temperatures were not too bad (32 deg C max) if you took things relatively slowly and drank lots of water. Fitness levels need to cope with typical days of 30-40 km cycling/600m climbing on quiet asphalt roads or rough tracks.

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


Hopefully, staying in local apartments, using a local travel agency and eating in small, family run restaurants provided some benefit to the local economy. And cycling is pretty enviromentally friendly!

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


Really enjoyed it and would definitely go back to Montenegro. The people we met were very welcoming and the tour agency staff were really kind and helpful.

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2018 by

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


We did 250 km by bike in 7 days. All the rides were great, there was a special one, when we had to bike through a 1.3 km long tunnel inside the mountain, and we met a lot of cows obstructing the exit....

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


Don't be afraid of self guided rides, we had constant back up from the operator,
and they did all the changes that we asked for, even when we didn't think like a hotel, or an itinerary.

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


Of course, we did a very environment friendly trip.

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


It was an unforgettable vacation, we highly recommend this kind of rides.

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2018 by

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


The view down over Kotor Bay on Day 2 also the down hill arrival at Lake Skadar Day 3 (followed by a wonderful boat trip on the lake).
We liked the feeling of arriving in our new destination each day and the food/ wine was always so good (low cost too).

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


Make sure you ask for the GPS maps before your trip, we loaded these on our Garmin and they worked perfectly for navigation each day. The route maps were good, but there were a couple of spots you could easily have gone wrong.
Also, get LOTS of cycling in before hand. We both cycle a lot back home (off road and on hills), but Montenegro is 90% mountains - so you will need a good level of fitness for this trip and avoid the hottest part of the year.

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


Yes, we stayed in private apartments and hotels and ate locally.

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


This was our first self guided vacation and the operator was brilliant, they arranged everything and can tailor the vacation to suit your requirements.
The scenery, people, food and vacation itself were wonderful (We were however a little shocked in Montenegro by how much rubbish there was dumped by the roadside and over the side of mountains).

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2018 by

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


Cycling down the mountain to Lake Skadar on day 4.

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


July is a bit hot for cycling in Montenegro, we only saw 3 other cyclists in our 6 days!

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


We stayed in local hotels, so I guess we supported the local economy. We didn't need to hire a car whilst away, which is what we usually do on vacation, however, our luggage had to be transported by car on the transfer days. I saw no facilities for recycling in Montenegro. As it was so hot, it was inevitable that we bought drinks whilst on the road and these were often only sold in plastic bottles.

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


We enjoyed this vacation, but it was quite hard cycling, especially as we weren't really mountain bikers (I booked that bit by mistake - I choose the vacation as the daily mileage was shorter than a conventional road cycling vacation!). The scenery in Montenegro is stunning, but the mountains are huge it could take us 2 hours to get up one, but coming down the other side was fabulous. Our guide, Zoran was really helpful, especially when my chain broke on the 5th day. The guide notes we were given we ok (definitely no GPS as mentioned on the web-site), there are very few signs in Montenegro so it is quite easy to get lost, one day we failed to find a mountain track (which didn't really matter as we were able to stay on a tarmac road) and another day we almost headed into a 1.6km tunnel with no lights, so had to back-track a few km to get to where we were supposed to be! I think we are all fitter than when we left, but were very pleased to have arranged 3 days extra days in Kotor at the end to chill. The tour operator was very reliable and professional in their organisation of the vacation, would definitely recommend using this company again.

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2017 by

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


The views. Just breathtaking

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


Do some training and bring water

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


Yes

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


Loved it. Wish i was still on it. The guys who organised were so helpful and nice.

Reviewed on 09 May 2017 by

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


Mountain biking in the area around Lake Skadar and in remote mountain areas. Wildlife was really amazing there.

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


The tours are possible for bikers without mountain biking experience as technically not difficult. However good fitness is mandatory.

Book an extra day at Lake Skadar for having a break in the middle of the tour. In the morning or evening do a birdwatch boat tour on a small boat (25 euro per hour for the boat if you book on the street). You may see pelikans, but for sure amazing nature.

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


Yes. Most accommodations were small local hotels and apartments. The agency conducted the tour was local and very competent and friendly.

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


Great experience and very well organised!

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 Mont้n้gro

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 Mont้negro and they are ready to comme back as soon as possible.

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