3 in 1– The best cycling routes along Eurovelo 8 in from Croatia via Montenegro to Albania

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    At 3e Travel, we love introducing guests to our patch – the western Balkans, one of the most fascinating but little-visited regions of Europe. We believe the best tours combine active exploration of its natural wonders and wild landscapes, with getting to know the people and culture of this part of the world.

    We work with more than 200 local partners, all with in-depth knowledge and expertise, and can tailor each tour to you. Explore, experience and enjoy, on a holiday that takes you to the heart of the Western Balkans.

     
    • 8 days
    • Bike Tour
    • Croatia via Montenegro to Albania

    This cycling tour takes you from the star of the Adriatic sea, Dubrovnik , along the Eurovelo 8 to hidden gems in Montenegro and Albania. Experience on small side roads the diversity of nature, culture and food of these three countries. In the evening enjoy Mediterranean life style in cosy sea side towns.

    Travel Style

    Self-guided or guided on request

    Duration

    8 days/7nights

    Interests

    Cycling/nature/culture/exploring

    Availability

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

    Highlights

    • Cultural & Culinary immersion in three different countries
    • UNESCO sites: Bay of Kotor, Photo collection of Marubi (Skadar), Dubrovnik (Croatia)
    • The biggest lake of the Balkans – Lake Skadar
    • Downhill the ladder of Kotor

    Price Includes

    • 7 nights accommodation in double/twin room
    • 7 breakfasts
    • Luggage transfers
    • Orientation meeting (self-guided)
    • GPX-Tracks for walks
    • Maps and roadbook
    • Local mobile phone, service line 24/7
    • Transfers according to the itinerary

    Price Excludes

    • Single room supplement
    • Solo traveler supplement
    • Bike rental
    • Arrival/departure transfers
    • Riding gear
    • Lunches and dinner
    • Drinks
    • Entrance fees to National Parks, sights
    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival

    Arrival and welcome at the airport Dubrovnik and transfer to Cavtat. Welcome and short briefing session about the programme and bike fitting.

    Day 2From Croatia to Montenegro

    You start your cycling tour right from the doorstep of your hotel. You cycle above first across the villages in the romantic Konvale valley later you follow the road above the coast and after 35 km you reach the boarder Croatia/Montenegro. Right after the crossing your enter Herceg Novi, the gateway to the Bay of Kotor.

    (43km /↗680m,↘680 m)

    Day 3Highlights of the Bay of Kotor

    Cycle to the highlights of the Bay of Kotor. Along the very shoreline you cycle to Risan and Perast, the pearl of the bay. Take your time to explore the picturesque historical town. Continue to old town of Kotor where you meet your shuttle to Stari Bar. (you will return to Kotor on day 7.)

    (44km /↗↘ 220 m)

    Day 4Above the Adriatic and through olive groves to the city of Skadar in Albania

    Along the road you can visit more than 2000 years old olive tree. On a secondary road above the Adriatic you ride through the olive groves around Bar, the “oil capital” of Montenegro. You enjoy beautiful views riding through a vast valley until you meet the road Ulcinj – Shkodra, which you will follow until Shkodra in Albania.

    (46 km/↗300 m,↘ 410 m)

    Day 5Albanian cycling experience

    Today you have two options which give you time to explore the historical center of Skadar.
    a) Cycle to 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”). En route you pass the mighty dam of river Drin and experience Albanian village life. Either you choose to return the same way or we can organize a return transfer for you. (32km/+150m or return: 64km/+300m)
    b) Cycle the shores of lake Skadar. Nice easy tour to fish restaurants at the shore of Lake Skadar. (22km/50m)

    (32km/+150m or return: 64km/+300m) or (22km/50m)

    Day 6Albania to Montenegro – Monastery route in Skadar Lake National Park

    We shuttle (1h) you across the boarder into Montenegro and bridge the first major ascent. A wonderful, but challenging panoramic tour awaits you today. You follow a narrow road above Skadar Lake to Virpazar. This is where you will be picked up and transferred to Cetinje.

    (40 km/↗600 hm,↘ 1100 m)

    Day 7 Lovćen National Park – Serpentine road to Kotor

    Today you cycle from the mountains to the sea along the famous Austro-Hungarian serpentine road, with the most beautiful panoramic views in the Bay of Kotor. As soon as you have conquered the initial ascent, you roll downhill for more than 30 km directly in front of the Old Town of Kotor.

    (55 km/↗900 m,↘ 1300 m)

    Day 8Following breakfast, your cycling trip concludes

    Optional: Transfer to airport Dubrovnik or we recommend a trip extension.

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