Balkans cycling holiday
Description of Balkans cycling holiday
Balkans cycling holidays offer a fabulous chance to discover some of Europes rarely seen landscapes as you cross borders from Croatia, to Montenegro, to Bosnia Herzegovina, against a backdrop of winding bays, twisted vines and the rugged peaks of the Dinaric Alps.
Average daily distances of around 60kms allow cyclists to cover a fair bit of ground with medieval towns and rural villages providing welcome opportunities to get out of the saddle and learn a little more about the regions fascinating cultural history.
Coastal tracks overlooking the Adriatic provide the perfect blend of countryside and sea views with varying gradients further inland offering level and undulating terrain to reward cyclists who like a challenge with some exceptionally scenic places to take a breather.
Anyone undertaking cycling holidays in the Balkans should consider their fitness levels as there are some solid distances as well as hillside ascents however, car support and luggage transfers certainly add to the benefits of guided cycling as part of a small group.
Although this eight day itinerary is designed as a small group tour its just as possible to take up a self-guided option which also includes full back up, excellent route notes and luggage being taken from one hand-picked overnight location to the next.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Dubrovnik - transfer to hotel group meal and welcome meeting overnight stay in Dubrovnik.|
|Day 2:||Total day's cycling distance: 65kms. Hotel breakfast short transfer to first day start point head to Trebinje in Bosnia-Herzegovina - undulating terrain within the Balkans triangle of Bosnia, Croatia and Montenegro cycle to the coastal town of Herceg Novi in Montenegro overnight stay in a three or four star hotel in the Herceg Novi region.|
|Day 3:||Total day's cycling distance: 60kms. Hotel breakfast coastal cycling within the Boka Bay area heading towards Kotor flat terrain en-route to the Bay of Kotor passing medieval towns and beautiful countryside short stop in Kotor before continuing to three star hotel in the Kotor area.|
|Day 4:||Total day's cycling distance: 70kms. Hotel breakfast continue along the Bay of Kotor en-route to Croatia cross the Croatian border into the fertile landscapes of Konvale between the mountains and the Adriatic arrive in the medieval town of Cavtat for a free afternoon overnight stay in three star hotel in the Cavtat area.|
|Day 5:||Total day's cycling distance: 65kms. Hotel breakfast cycle from Cavtat to Bosnia- Herzegovina over hillside terrain cross the border into Bosnia-Herzegovina using an old railway road follow the cycle route through the Popovo Polje, following the Trebisnjica River this is an extremely picturesque area that also contains several relics from the 1990's Yugoslav war arrive in Zavala village for a free afternoon - overnight stay in local bed and breakfast accommodation.|
|Day 6:||Total day's cycling distance: 40kms. After breakfast, cycle back through the Bosnia-Herzegovina countryside to Croatia en-route to the medieval walled town of Ston on the Peljesac Peninsula Ston has Europe's longest city walls and also produces some superb red wines as well as farming oysters and mussels within the bay areas today's cycling features several pleasant ascents and downhills free time in Ston for optional oysters and a sailing trip to the oyster farms overnight in a two or three star hotel in Ston.|
|Day 7:||Total day's cycling distance: 60kms. Today's cycling, after breakfast, takes the group over the Peljesac Peninsula on one of the Med's most scenic cycle routes featuring plenty of open seascapes, scenic rural roads, sprawling vineyards and several traditional towns and seaside villages arrive in the town of Orebic for overnight stay at a four star hotel - free afternoon to take a water taxi to the island of Korcula, the former home of Marco Polo.|
|Day 8:||Final day transfer to Dubrovnik town or airport after breakfast at your hotel.|
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PlanetBenefits from our presence in the environment are very positive because we always try to give much more than we get. We invest in the environment, local people and community on this trip particularly by helping the local community in Konavle countryside (or on island Sipan) to stay there and benefits from their rural way of life. In Dubrovnik Old town we pay fees and tickets and percentage of prices support conversations of cultural and archaeological sights.
We use recycled paper. We recycle all our waste paper (brochures, etc). Our correspondence and promotion is carried out via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities.We support different local ecological associations and our staff was directly involved in afforestation (planting of pine trees in Dubrovnik area after fire disaster in summer 2007). Besides this afforestation during autumn 2008 and a couple of seasons before, we directly support and we are involved in the ecological action of cleaning the sea. This underwater cleaning is ecological action which is support by local diving centers and fisherman's associations. The planting trees and underwater cleaning are ecological actions which we have supported for many years; moreover I am one of founders of this ecological association.
We encourage travelers to be more responsible with water waste, and we inform all our travelers before their tour about area, especially travelers on tours when they are in protected areas, sea or countryside. We inform travelers about local cultures and habits, we inform our travelers that leaving litter in the sea or beach could have very negative consequences to the fish, sea ecosystem and finally themselves.
We inform travelers to be very careful with fire and to avoid open fire during summer, if they would like to go on fishing we suggest them to go with some local fishermen, if they go scuba diving we inform them about diving clubs which will take them to underwater archaeological sights which are protected and conserved. During their diving or snorkeling it is not allowed to take away anything from the sea except feeling good.
As the transportation is very important in tourism, we support the idea of green transport; cleaner vehicle options which helps area to stay cleaner. We encourage our clients to use public transport and bikes especially when they are on the Islands. We encourage our clients to choose kayaking rather then boat excursions, walking rather than coaching tours and sailing rather then speed boats etc.
PeopleWe travel in small groups (up to 16) and use many services of local people such as accommodation, transfer services, small family run restaurants which serve domestic food and beverages. We employ local staff and we indirectly support people to stay in rural areas. Through our trips we encourage our guests to buy local hand made souvenirs and to buy locally grown products such as herbs, brandy, wine, cheese, honey etc.
All our guides are local and we train our staff to be more responsible for the local environment and ecology. We buy local products as the souvenirs for our partners and we encourage our guests to buy local products. We use local services as much as we can. For restaurants we always choose restaurants with character (mostly family run restaurants with local specialties). On all our tours we use local produce and provide local-style meals, and we encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies. We use a lot of locally owned accommodation and this provides direct income for local house owners.
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