Self guided biking vacation in Montenegro and Albania

“Tailor made week of cycling in Montenegro and Albania. Average daily distances: 40kms on winding rural roads lead to overnight accommodation and genial hosts. Luggage transfers and route maps included.”

Highlights

Cetinje, Montenegro | Rijeka Crnojevica village | Virpazar lakeside village | Ostros | Shkodra, Albania | Lake Skadar | Prokletije Mountain foothills | Podgorica, Montenegro | Zabljak Crnojevica fortress | Rijeka Crnojevica | Bay of Kotor |

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Self guided biking vacation in Montenegro and Albania

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

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.

8 Reviews of Self guided biking vacation in Montenegro and Albania

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Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019 by

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


Spectacular scenery and special people.

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


Keep in regular contact with the travel guides on the ground.

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


Locals were always happy and appreciative. Our cycling was the best way to see new places in an environmentally friendly way.

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


Rate self guided cycling travel very highly.

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019 by

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


The absolutely incredible scenery and the very friendly and welcoming people of Montenegro and Albania.

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


Bring sun screen and make sure you have a high enough level of fitness for those mountainous days on the bike.

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


I feel the way we were able to witness and experience the countryside in a carbon friendly manor added to the overall enjoyment of the vacation.

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


One of my favourite vacations ever. Everyone was so accommodating on
our trip. Zoran was an incredible help on the trip and really made being in a
different country alot more comfortable. The hotels we stayed in were very friendly and did their best to make sure we had a comfortable stay.

Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by

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


Note - We were on a specially-designed trip because we were going from Kotor at the beginning (instead of the end) to Shkoder in Albania at the end of the trip. The best day was cycling from Cetinje (a wonderful historic town) to Virpazar. This section has some uphill but is mostly fun downhill and has great places to stop and eat or get a coffee. Virpazar has boats available to take you out on Lake Skadar and see the Dalmatian Pelicans and other wonderful birds in the wetland area and more open areas of the Lake. Plus, the family-owned apartment in Virpazar was like a "home stay" with wonderful hosts.

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


Read over the route carefully to make sure this is what you want to do, and that you are prepared for the challenges of the uphills, and some traffic if you go around the Bay of Kotor (another beautiful ride - and the only flat ride on our tour).

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


We especially loved staying in the smaller family-owned hotels or apartments, but the entire trip was relatively low impact. Staying in hotels for more than one night in a row reduces the need to wash towels and sheets, and also reduces the driving to move luggage - so routes that have multiple night stays in one place are always preferred.

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


Excellent trip.

Reviewed on 14 May 2019 by

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


The bike decent into the bay of Kotor from Lovcen national park, one of the most spectacular descents I've even made.

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


Lunch options are very limited, there are often simply no Cafes or Restaurants on the route, carry some spare food. Weather can always catch you out, lowest temperature encountered on my trip in early May was 1C, and I had two days of serious rain.

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


It's a bike vacation .... constant interaction with local people, little environmental impact.

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


Despite my bad luck with the weather, a great vacation, very few other tourists except in Kotor.

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2018 by

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


We had so many highlights of this vacation, Montenegro provides many opportunities to experience different scenery within the one country. We loved
hiking in Dumitor National Park, going on a zipline over the Tara Canyon and biking around the Bay of Kotor. The best experiences were ziplining across Tara
Canyon, hiking, biking and boating - everything really!

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


We had a private itinerary which was like a point to point transfer in a private car, with accommodation organised and activities that were self-guided. This
gave us the confidence to travel in Montenegro without local knowledge, but the freedom to do things our way. We had flexibility which allowed us to arrange some activities ourselves. Going with 3e travel in Montenegro was an excellent option for us as we experienced smaller vacation accommodation, like B&B rather than larger properties. We had excellent pre-trip support with email and phone calls from Boris and his team, and excellent in-country support with a local phone provided and prompt response and service to any queries. We were also able to easily re-arrange activities when the weather changed, as well as once we were in country and got to see different options. Going from North to South in Montenegro also allowed us to experience different cuisine and culture as well.

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


We stayed in smaller properties, that were family run, which provided local people with our business. At Kotor, the B&B was able to provide an evening meal service as well as breakfast, which was excellent.

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


A fabulous way to explore a country that we really had no local knowledge of before this vacation. Coming from Australia, we expected something akin to
Croatia, and with a less established tourism industry, and this experience gave us exactly what we thought it would. We were able to combine a large number
of activities, from hiking, ziplining, cycling, as well as a sail boat day (separately organised) and boat ride to the Blue Grotto off Kotor. A fabulous vacation
experience that met all our experiences and more!

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2018 by

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


Cycling downhill for 38km from Lovcen to Sindon! The views were breath taking.

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


On reflection we would have been happier with 2 days cycling followed by a day off then resuming cycling for another 2 days. 4 days back to back left us
feeling very tired but we are older and less fit than your average cyclist!

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


Using a Montenegrin cycling company provided jobs for younger people in country with high unemployment. Cycling rather that relying on a car reduced
carbon emissions. Choosing a route that featured National Parks and Bird Reserves supported the conservation economy.
Unfortunately kerbside littering and fly tipping in Montenegro and Albania is endemic and our routes were frequently spoilt by the sight and smell of rubbish
along the way

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


Overall we had a wonderful time. Routes were well explained and documented, transfers were timely and the team at the local operator were helpful and supportive especially when it came to designing routes without too many hills!

We did have some issues with the accommodation in the eco lodge at Sindon. The standards of hygiene and housekeeping were very poor and despite its
stunning location we felt that it fell far short of the three star standard expected. We discussed this with the rep and the hotel whilst we were there and they did there best to improve the situation. We were only staying one night so did not ask for a transfer, however it would probably be advisable to keep an eye on this option.

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2016 by

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


Exploring Montenegro and Albania in a completely different way!
Also Vladomir was absolutely amazing - so helpful in sorting us out whatever help we needed, he really made the trip.

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


Have some fitness! Some of the hills around the lake on the Montenegran side are pretty brutal but definitely worth it for the view!

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


Yes to local people as we stayed at small places.

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


Brilliant, wish we had been fitter and had brought padded shorts (!) but really fun, especially because of Vladomir so thanks to him. Only thing I'd be unsure of
is doing this trip in the rain as not sure how good it would be!!

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2016 by

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


Biking in Montenegro is an exhilarating experience. Most roads are threaded through mountain valleys or cliff sides that are sparsely populated with little
traffic. Biking around Lake Skadar is a perfect balance of natural beauty and interesting cities/villages.

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


Bring clothing appropriate for different types of weather. Otherwise, simply enjoy the biking!

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


Hopefully our bicycle trip contributes to the growing bicycle culture and active tourism in Montenegro and Albania. The local travel company is run by locals who are passionate about growing active tourism and environmental conservation throughout the Balkans.

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


We had a wonderful experience on this vacation. It was a great introduction to the region and its amazing amenities.

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