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The Central Dinaric Alps have been a natural border between the coastal towns of the Adriatic and highland trading cities and settlements along the Ottoman caravan routes to Istanbul. Few have been to the region and even fewer have cycled the old Roman, Ottoman and Austro Hungarian narrow gauge railway routes connecting Croatian coast with the Bosnian highlands. This is a challenging self-guided cycling trip on paved and secondary roads. This trip is for those interested in finding out more about the diverse cultures in the Western Balkans and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Immersing themselves with their bikes into the rich history of the region, while treating themselves to a great workout and lots of authentic food and drink.
Day 1: Dubrovnik meetup
Meet at the airport, car shuttle to Konavle countryside, fitting the bikes and warm up bike ride in the valley. You'll meet the host and receive gpx tracks and roadbook and suggestions for visitation and dining.
Overnight in Konavle, Dubrovnik.
Day 2: Biking in Konavle countryside
Bike path follows old railroad trail to villages above the valley of Konavle, this route explores the rural area of Konavle hills and go return to Konavle valley and Gruda town.
65kilometers ❘ ascent: 1,000 meters
Breakfast / Overnight in Konavle, Dubrovnik.
Day 3: Konavle – Bosnia Herzegovina, Ciro bike trail
Check out and morning shuttle from Konavle to Dubac ( a small town close the border cross with Herzegovina), biking to the border, crossing it and continue follow the rail road Ciro to Herzegovina and valley of Popovo Polje.
43kilometers ❘ ascent: 700 meters
Breakfast / Overnight in Zavala at Ravno.
Day 4: Ravno – Capljina, Ciro bike trail
This morning you continue biking on Ciro trail towards and of Popovo Polje ( a valley that spread bellow the formal rail road), you pass by small towns and very rural area, Hutovo town and lake with picturesque valley, cross river Neretva and bike over old rail road bridge that was constructed by famous Eiffel (who constructed Eiffel Tower in Paris). Todays ride and finish in Capljina town.
58kilometers ❘ ascent: 790 meters
Breakfast / Overnight in Capljina.
Day 5: Capljina – Blagaj - Mostar
Bike route follows the river Neretva, at one stage you cross it and bike to old Oriental town Blagaj, located at spring of river Buna, after this town you bike towards Mostar town where you spend the nigh.
44kilometers ❘ ascent: 450meters
Breakfast / Overnight in Mostar.
Day 6: Biking from Mostar to Warm Emerald Waters of Boracko Glacier Lake.
Early morning your route takes you out along the aqua-green Neretva River. Leaving Mostar behind, you warm up our legs and cycle to the village of Potoci surrounded by endless vineyards with rows of authentic Blatina and Zilavka grapes only found here in the dry karst regions of Herzegovina. From these lowlands, you start your spectacular ride across the Prenj mountain range. This is a challenging ride with switchbacks and climbing on a mix of decent gravel and asphalt roads. You pass by Ruiste, a small mountain village with a lonely ski resort located on the edge of Prenj.
59.9 kilometers ❘ ascent: 1,300 meters ❘ descent: 940 meters ❘ 60% asphalt ❘ 40% gravel
Dinner / Villa Sunce, Boracko lake
OPTIONAL: Stay an extra day at Boracko lake and discover firsthand the thrills of white water rafting on the Neretva river.
Day 7: Caravan route over three distinct mountain ranges in the Dinaric Alps.
Today you’ll cycle from Boracko Lake to the mountain village of Umoljani along the “Caravan” trading route once used during the Ottoman era. The gentle asphalt road will soon give way to a more challenging and steep dirt-and-gravel road on a stretch between the Prenj and Bjelasnica Massifs through the heart of the Visocica Range.
52.8 kilometers ❘ ascent: 1,630 meters ❘ descent: 680 meters ❘ 90% asphalt ❘ 10% gravel
Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner / Pension Umoljani, Umoljani
Day 8: Olympic Experience and the War Road into Sarajevo
On your final morning, you’ll stare into the distance and study the day’s path from Bjelašnica to Igman Mountain, the site of the men’s downhill and ski jump during the 1984 Olympic Winter Games.
OPTIONAL: Not so keen on descending on a good gravel road? Then we suggest you ride into Sarajevo using an alternative equally scenic and reasonably quiet asphalt road.
61 kilometers ❘ ascent: 530 meters ❘ descent: 1,300 meters ❘ 25% asphalt ❘ 75% gravel
Breakfast, Packed Lunch / Hotel Hecco, Sarajevo
What to bring: Cycling gear is recommended / padded shorts, suitable footwear, day pack, 1 litre of water, rain gear, helmet and water bottle. Please contact us if you need any equipment (helmets, water bottles etc).
Bike Rental includes: fully equipped rental bike for the duration of the tour, helmet, patch kit, spare tube, pump, lock, rack and water bottle holder. Mountain bike, Specialized RH Comp/Sport 2017/2018, 20-speed.
Neretva White Water Rafting Extension: 100 EUR per person. Includes extra night at Boracko Lake, Full Board, Transportation to and from the rafting. This extension can be done after finishing Day 6 of your bike ride.
Sarajevo City tour: 25 EUR per person
Transfer by public Bus: Sarajevo – Dubrovnik: 38 EUR per person (Departure times during the summer – everyday 2,30 pm and 10,30 pm).
Private transfer from Sarajevo – Dubrovnik: 300 EUR per vehicle (1-3 participants)
Private transfer from Mostar – Dubrovnik: 150 EUR per vehicle (1-3 participants)