Montenegro cruise and cycling holiday

“Combine boating and biking so you can explore on shore and off around beautiful Montenegro. Spend eight days on an attractive gulet (Turkish sailing boat), and explore inland by bike.”

Highlights

Kotor | Herceg Novi | Budva | Skadar Lake | Bar | Bigova | Petrovac | Tivat | Vrmac | Mount Lovcen | Perast | Canoe and paddleboards available | E-bikes optional

Description of Montenegro cruise and cycling holiday

Montenegroís attractive, forested slopes and lucid blue waters are its twin attractions. The best way to explore them both is by combining biking and boating around the UNESCO-listed Bay of Kotor, Montenegroís most famous sight. This fjord-like area is actually a flooded river valley, and its characteristic minute islands and pretty, terracotta-roofed towns, make for beguiling scenery on a cruise.
In eight days youíll go on a circular route starting and ending in Kotor, the attractive city that sits on one end of the beautiful Bay of Kotor. As you cruise through the bay, youíll stop in beautiful terracotta-roofed towns like Perast, Tivat and Herceg Novi, and spend some time out at sea on the Adriatic Coast between the coastal towns of Budva and Bar.
This cruise is designed to take you to great cycling spots as well as scenic cruising destinations. Enjoy guided cycling, covering between 16km and 37km a day, around two or three hours in the saddle. At Tivat you can cycle the scenic Lovcen road, which climbs through one of Montenegroís most dramatic National Parks. On other days, you can reach wineries, olive groves and commanding viewpoints. This trip isnít for hardcore cyclists and thereís plenty of time for swimming, relaxing and sightseeing, and no time limit on your cycles.
Your home for the week will be an attractive Turkish gulet, which is beautifully varnished and spacious even with bikes on board. Youíll use sail power when possible, and your small size to visit the little ports that donít get so many tourists, whilst the chef will only use local produce for your on-board meals. When youíre anchored, why not take out a paddle board or a canoe?
Itís possible to hire an e bike for this holiday.

The Cycling
We will be accompanied by a cycle guide, and a back up vehicle will follow the cyclists during the ride.

Day Bike site Distance Ascent Descent Time
3 Rose- Lustica Bay 18 km 400 m 320 m 2 hours
4 Obzovica - R. Crnojevica 32 km 370 m 1210 3 hours
5 Virpazar - Arbnez 37 km 970 m 680 m 3 hours
6 Lovcen - Mauzoleo 30 km 100 m 1560 m 3 hours
7 Vrmac 16 km 450 m 660 m 2.5 hours

What's included
- 7 nights cruise superior category gulet in a cabin with private facilities
- Arrival and departure transfer from/to Tivat Airport or hotel (Dubrovnik or Podgorica Airport transfers are 50 Euros per person return, paid in cash on arrival ) to Tivat Harbour.
- 7 breakfast, 5 lunches with 3 courses , welcome dinner with 3 courses
- Captainís dinner & wine tasting
- Complimentary fresh fruits, coffee, tea, water available during all day
- Bed linen, bathroom towels, beach towel changed on the day 1 and day 4 -
- Free Wi-Fi on board
- Bike - Hybrid Giant roam disc 2 3 x 9 speed
- Up to 6 h A/C daily
- Recreational equipment (snorkeling sets, kayaks, fishing rods, paddle board, TV, DVD, Music System, card games, library)
- Guided tour of Old town Kotor,
*Prices are per person sharing a double/twin cabin

E Bike hire is 160 Euros per week (subject to availability)

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Responsible tourism

Montenegro cruise and cycling holiday

Carbon reduction

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

Environment

By using a small vessel that can access the smallest ports, in addition to using sail power whenever practical, we restrict our travel to just a few miles per day, unlike larger vessels that have to travel a great deal further between ports.

Sail power has very obvious benefits and we hope to sail under sail power up to some of the time, though this obviously depends on the prevailing weather conditions.

The small size of these cruise vessels and the small passenger numbers ensures that any detrimental social and environmental impacts are minimised whilst allowing the passengers to visit smaller communities that donít usually benefit from this form of tourism. This also enables small communities to host tourists without the need for building hotels and other infrastructure that may be required.

All our waste is returned to port and disposed of responsibly as we know that the beauty of the environment we work and live in provides us with our income. If we spoil our environment our livelihood would be in jeopardy.

All the food on board is bought locally; fruit, vegetables, plenty of fish, shellfish and other seafood, meat and other staples are all locally grown and produced, and much of it is bought from small retailers or even directly from the grower or fisherman. This has a threefold benefit of reducing food miles, supporting local communities and providing our customers with very fresh food.

Community

Although only a small vessel we provide full time employment for 4 staff on board, plus a bike guide. The crew, at leat half of whom are usually from the area, have been cruising and biking here for several years and know the area where we cruise and ride well. In addition by visiting small ports and harbours, and encouraging our guests to eat ashore on most evenings we are supporting local businesses as well as farmers and fishermen, as most of the produce in the restaurants is grown locally.

Our chef on board uses almost entirely fresh local produce, which, apart from providing our guests with healthy and very tasty food, supports local farmers and fishermen in their traditional methods.

We encourage our passengers to learn a few words (or more) of the local language so they can communicate a little with anyone they meet. We also encourage them to try some fresh produce rather than well known huge international brands.

The vessels managers support the Montenegro Red Cross, specifically in their efforts to improve the quality of life and reduce the poverty of the elderly in Montenegro. This is aimed at people 65 or over who are not covered by other forms of assistance; elderly people who are in poor health; elderly people in a state of social need; older people living alone or with someone in need.

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Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019 by

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


The most exciting part of our trip was when our captain set the sails and dolphins swam alongside us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just pack very casual clothing and prepare for very warm weather.

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


Yes. Dinner was on your own and we probably sampled ice cream at every
village we visited. I can't say conservation and environmental impacts were emphasize.

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


It was an extremely relaxing and beautiful trip.

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2019 by

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


Service of the crew & sociability of the group.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Not much cycling 98% freewheeling! It is too mountainous for easy cycling.

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


Yes to the first part. We ate our evening meals out, all services used were local. Disposing of rubbish & recycling is a major problem

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


Very good value.

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2019 by

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


Beautiful yacht with smiling service from the captain and his three crew; very good meals; delightful company from other members of the group; stunning scenery; picturesque coastal towns and villages; traffic-free roads and lanes; the prolific wild flowers; conquering the more challenging hills!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring a range of clothing. Don't assume the weather will always be dry and hot! This year May was particularly wet, but once summer comes, it comes to stay. Water and helmets are provided. The routes chosen are suitable for all ages, providing people are fit and actively cycling at home. Our oldest participant was 84.

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


To the extent that the guides were local and we ate in locally owned restaurants. The restaurant food was fresh and locally sourced. The cycling service was provided locally. And of course cycles produce no pollution!

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


Very enjoyable! The admin regarding pick-ups and delivery back to the airport needs to be improved; the cycling guide and drivers could be more pro-active in giving information. Otherwise a delightful, varied holiday for active people.

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