Montenegro and Albania
8 days / 7 nights | Self guided bike tours
Lake Skadar is shared by Montenegro and Albania. It is the biggest lake of the Western Balkans and an important sanctuary for (migrating) birds. This large expanse of inland water, two thirds in Montenegro and one third in Albania, can cover up to 550 sq km in the winter and down to 330 sq km in the summer.
Cycle on side roads and discover the rich culture (island monasteries, fortresses, ancient photo collections, cities of Podgorica and Skadar, Cetinje, sleepy villages ...) and wild nature (birds, wetlands, fish, mountains...) in Montenegro and in Albania.
Enjoy numerous stunning panoramas, friendly locals and great food and drink make this trip an unique experience.
We support your trip with luggage transfers (upon request; otherwise we provide you panniers), trekking-bikes, maps, information on must-sees, advise on great stops for food/drink, view points and a 24 hrs service line.
Day 1: Cetinje – The historical heart of Montenegro
Individual arrival in Cetinje, the former royal capital of Montenegro. Upon request we are happy to organize for you airport transfers to Cetinje. Meet our representative who introduces you to your cycling adventure. Time to explore Cetinje. Overnight in Cetinje.
Day 2: Villages of old Montenegro (Cycling 38 km / 23 miles, up 540 m / 1770 ft; down 1180 m / 3870 ft)
Cycle (almost downhill only) from Cetinje to the small village of Rijeka Crnojevica. Have a rest before you continue to Virpazar, another small village, but the center of lake tourism. This second section is more challenging. After some km you have to climb for approx. 3 km. Optional: boat ride (2hrs) to bridge the 2nd section. Overnight in Virpazar.
Day 3: Fantastic panoramas, chestnuts and travel in time (Cycling 42 km / 25 miles; up to up 1150 m / 3770 ft; down 820 / 2700 ft)
Cycling from Virpazar to Ostros on a winding small road. Some sections are breathtaking right above the lake with great panoramas towards the Albanian Alps, the cursed mountains, with peaks more than 2,000 m/1,242 ft high. On your way to the village of Ostros you pass ancient chestnut forests. Have a break and enjoy in the very laid back atmosphere of this village inhabitated by ethnical Albanians. A final climb takes you to another magnificent viewpoint. Smoothly roll down to your overnight place - again with great panoramic views.
Character: This is the most challenging section. After approx.. 5 km you have a major climb of 5 km. Later on the terrain continues to be hilly. After the village of Ostrog there is another longer climb of 4 km.
Remark: Here we provide (foc) a 12 km transfer in the beginning of the section – upon request. This transfer saves 12 km/7.8miles; and 500m/1640ft of climb.
Day 4: Shkodra – the gateway to Northern Albania (Cycling 50 km / 30 miles; up 100 m / 328 ft; down 400 m / 1300 ft)
Today you cross the boarder from Montenegro to Albania. From the boarder you follow the main road to Shkodra, the second largest city in Albania. Time to explore nice old center of Shkodra.
Optional: Guided city tour
Recommended: Visit of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Fotocollection of Marubi”, showing photos taken in the 19th in northern Albania. A visit of Rozafa castle, which is high above the town is highly recommended at sunset.
Overnight in Shkodra. (30 km/18,6 miles); up 50m/164ft, down 450m/1480ft)
Optional extension of your today’s cycling trip to an amazing and outstanding “Slow food” restaurant. Return transfer by car to Shkodra. Extra costs for transfer: € 20,-/person)
Day 5: Albanian cycling experience (Cycling up 52 km / 32,5 miles; up 260 m / 850 ft, down 220m / 720 ft)
Join the many local cyclists in Shkodra. This section takes you along the flat shore of Lake Skadar. Be prepared to overtake horse carriages (or be overtaken by;)). All way long you have a great view towards the Montenegrin side of the lake and you are very close to the Prokletije mountains. Cross the boarder back to Montenegro. Continue to Montenegro's capital Podgorica. Transfer (1hr15min) from Podgorica to Nationalpark Lovcen. Overnight in Hotel 4*.
Day 6: The ladder of Kotor – Epic 25 serpentines downhill to the Bay of Kotor (Cycling 36 km / 22.5 miles; up 370 m / 1210 ft; down 1500 m / 4920 ft)
Your today’s cycling starts right from your hotel in the heart of the Nationalpark Lovcen, which is located right above the Bay of Kotor. The ride starts with a (smooth) climb across the carst landscape of the Nationalpark. After this you are rewarded with an unique downill ride of 25 km on a serpentine road. Each bending opens another stunning panorama towards the Bay of Kotor. Before that have a try of the famous ham and cheese produced in this area. Upon arrival you have time to explore the old town of Kotor. Overnight in Kotor. Optional: Guided city tour Overnight in Kotor.
Day 7: The most southern Fjord – UNESCO World Heritage of Kotor (Cycling 44 km / 27.5 miles; up and down 440 m / 1450 ft)
Explore the Bay of Kotor. Almost all cultural highlights are right on your way. You cycle all the time at the shoreline, passing sleepy fishing villages, great viewpoint and last but not least Perast, and its two islands. Continue the last kilometers/miles to Kotor. Overnight in Kotor.
Day 8 Departure
Return transfer to your departure airport.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.