RIDE WITH US IN MONTENEGRO, IN THE HEART OF THE BALKANS!

A Country with the word Monte (mountain) on its name had to be in the SFIDA Cycling list of destinations.

Anyway you arrive in Montenegro, the first thing you can see is a very mountainous landscape, and when close to the Adriatic coast, this makes up for magnificent photo opportunities.

Since it was recognized as an independent state in 1878, Montenegro has been part of three different national identities before becoming a country on its own again: the Independent state of Montenegro, the Republic of Yugoslavia, and Serbia and Montenegro before the decision in 2006 to separate definitely from Serbia and become what we know as Montenegro today.

Nowadays, Montenegro is becoming a touristic country in the heart of the Balkans. For the Eastern Europeans, it represents a closer version of what you can find on the Mediterranean coast of France and Italy. For the Western Europeans, it feels as close to the East with a mix of religions and cultures. One thing everyone finds in common is the natural beauty of the country, from the Adriatic coast to Durmitor National Park in the Balkans.

We are pleased to introduce to our clients Montenegro as a cycling destination, in our itinerary we are combining amazing climbs, beautiful mountain roads, and visiting some extraordinary medieval towns and remote villages with a very interesting history. Combined with great accommodation, food, and the famous Montenegrin hospitality, we hope this is a trip that fulfills all the expectations.

We are aware that Montenegro is not the easiest place to get to, don’t hesitate to check with us in order to help you organize your travel arrangements.

One thing we can assure you is that once you are in Montenegro you will be surprised at how easy going everything is, with good quality roads included.

Come with us and discover the next big cycling destination in Europe, definitely riding in the heart of the Balkans with SFIDA Cycling is not to be missed.

Starting in the medieval Kotor we will ride anticlockwise to the most interesting places in Montenegro: Cetinje, Kolasin, Zabljak, Perast…and in between incredible switchback roads starting at sea level, rock-hewn monasteries, Mausoleums, incredible bridges, beautiful national parks…Yes, Montenegro has it all.

DISTANCE: 625km              daily average: 89km              

CLIMBING: 12,510m         daily average: 1,790m

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  • Duration:7 days
  • DATES : Jul 02 - Jul 09
    • HOTELS:3-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Podgorica (TGD)
    • DEPARTURE:Podgorica (TGD)
    • NON RIDER:20% discount
  • PRICE :

    3,350.00

DAY 1: Welcome to Montenegro!
Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Podgorica Airport (TGD) or at a designated hotel.

We will transfer from Podgorica Airport to Kotor, about 2 hours transfer.

The drive to Kotor is already very scenic, we can see how the combination of mountains close to the sea makes this a great place for an SFIDA trip!

After check-in at our hotel, building up bikes, and lunch, we will ride around Kotor bay, this is a natural bay that looks like a fjord, with narrow access to the open sea. We will ride clockwise, first, we will be visiting Prcanj and its imposing church, followed by a short ferry crossing.

Perast will be the next place of interest, this is one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Montenegro.

We will have a good number of photo stops on the way, this ride is very scenic all the way.

Once back to our hotel, as we are centrally located in Kotor old town, you can walk around and enjoy this medieval marvel.

Day 1
42km / 630m
HOTEL:  Historic Boutique Hotel Cattaro

 

DAY 2: Incredible serpentine road and a Mausoleum at the top!.

We leave Kotor, from sea level we will ride up towards Lovcen National Park, this is a 36 km climb with close to 1,700m of climbing all the way to the top.

The first section of the climb is known as the Kotor Serpentine, this road with 25 switchbacks with incredible views over the Kotor bay is one of the highlights of this trip. We will do some short stops to make sure you don’t miss the best photo opportunities.

After the serpentine section, we turn right and towards the top where the Mausoleum of Peter II Petrovic Njegos is. He was one of the main contributors to making Montenegro an independent state even being part of a bigger empire or country. The road to the top is scenic and with steeper sections than the serpentine.

We will have time to visit this site, probably one of the most iconic and scenic places in the country, especially after climbing the 461 stairs up to the Mausoleum. Lunch will be at the restaurant near the parking lot, with good food and an incredible krempita cake, according to our file after the reconnaissance trip.

A beautiful descent will take us to Cetinje, this town was the first capital of Montenegro between 1878 and 1914. We will have time to walk around and visit a couple of the buildings that make this place a cultural center.

Day 2
56km / 1,730m
CLIMB Kotor Serpentine all the way to the Mausoleum!
HOTEL: Hotel Gradska Cetinje

DAY 3: Quiet roads and an amazing Monastery!

Leaving Cetinje, we start riding on one of the main roads around the Lovcen N.P, before taking some quiet secondary roads to Cevo and onto Danilovgrad, where we will have lunch.

After lunch our next stop will be the amazing Ostrog Monastery, dedicated to Saint Basil of Ostrog, this big Serbian Orthodox Monastery is visited by a huge number of pilgrims each year. It is considered a meeting place for different religions, so Orthodox, Catholics, and Muslims travel to this site from different places in the Balkans.

After our visit to Ostrog Monastery, a beautiful and scenic road will take us to our accommodation, with amazing views over the ridge.

Day 3
96km / 1,810m
CLIMB: Very scenic climb up to Ostrog Monastery!
HOTEL: Sokoline Hotel

DAY 4: Scenic ride to Kolasin!

Today we will enjoy some fantastic riding moving north towards Kolasin. A great opportunity to see the countryside of Montenegro.

On the first part of the ride, we will be close to Podgorica, Montenegro’s quiet capital. Near we will see the infamous “highway to nowhere” as the Montenegrin citizen has baptized the incredible new highway that is being built from Podgorica up north. Apparently, this humongous and expensive civil construction has put the country on the brink of bankruptcy. 

In the meantime, the highway continues to be built, it makes for good photo opportunities, especially the tall viaduct a few kilometers north of Podgorica.

The closer we get to Kolasin, the more beautiful the landscape becomes, we will summit the Crkvine pass, one of the few climbs with a name by the side of the road. This is a nice climb, with tunnels and views.

Kolasin, at nearly 1,000m high, was founded by the Turks in the 17th century and is one of the places of interest in Montenegro. To top it, tonight we are staying at an amazing hotel!

Day 4
101km / 2,260m
CLIMB: Crkvine pass 1,060m
HOTEL: Bianca Resort

DAY 5: Panoramic roads and a very scenic bridge!

Montenegro has invested a lot in promoting itself as a great tourist destination. With great seaside towns, big mountains, and interesting towns, they have mapped a series of routes called Panoramic roads. In fact, most of the country is crossed by one Paronamic road or another.

The road between Kolasin and Zabljak is very scenic, with the bridge over the Tara river as the main attraction. 

Zabljak, our final destination today in the center of the Durmitor National Park, this park, in the northwestern part of the country, includes the Tara canyon, Europe’s largest canyon. 

In Zabljak we can feel the alpine ambiance with the Balkan twist!

Day 5
89km / 1,900m
CLIMB: Beautiful climbing up to Zabljak.
HOTEL:  Hotel Pavlovich (no website)

DAY 6: Tara canyon and a very spectacular road!

Today is the most spectacular and challenging ride of the trip. After leaving Zabljak, we start riding towards the Tara Canyon, this is rugged terrain with beautiful scenery all the way to Pluzine.

The arrival to Pluzine reservoir area, after an incredible descent with tunnels and great views, is just spectacular.

We will ride to the dam at the end of the reservoir and back to Pluzine, this is a great road and worth the return trip.

To end the day, we will stay overnight at a traditional village, set up for tourists but with style. At Etno Selo Montenegro they work towards a sustainable way to host visitors and show them how is life in the countryside.

Day 6
110km / 2,800m
CLIMBS: A good number of steep climbs around the Tara canyon!
HOTEL: Etno Selo Montenegro

DAY 7: From Etno Selo back to Kotor, enjoy the road!

Leaving our great accommodation at Etno Selo, we head back towards the sea. Our last ride will include some very scenic sections near Niksic, one of the main cities in the center of Montenegro.

The final part of our ride will be mostly descending, with a spectacular road that will take us back to Kotor bay, where we will ride on familiar roads by Perast and finally Kotor.

It is a long ride but not much climbing, a nice way to end our epic trip in Montenegro.

Day 7
128km / 1,480m
CLIMBS: Undulating until the epic descent back to Kotor bay.
HOTEL: Historic Boutique Hotel Cattaro

DAY 8: End of another epic SFIDA trip! .

After breakfast transfer by van to Podgorica Airport (TGD). Expect to get there by 12:00, so plan your flights accordingly.

Check for other options to leave Montenegro as our team will drive back to Italy via Croatia.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICES:

TWIN room:  3,350 Euros pp
SINGLE Supplement:  650 Euros
Rental bike:  450 Euros

PAYMENT TERMS:
600 Euros when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

INCLUDED:
7 nights accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS INCLUDED.
7 breakfasts.

7 lunches, picnic-style on longer days. 
7 dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.

Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.

Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:

If there’s a travel ban from your country to travel to the country you are doing a trip with us, you will receive a full refund on any payments you have made to SFIDA Cycling.

For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, the following will apply:

61 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit.
60 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less 300 Euros cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in.

For this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid.

Hotels are now more strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold for groups, so until deposit payments are made we won’t be able to confirm your spot.

 

 

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