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Description

 

The Ćiro trail is a bike route from Dubrovnik in the south of Croatia to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This cycling route follows an original steam locomotive railway which was built in 1903 during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and closed in 1976. In November 2017 it was re-opened as a unique cycling trail named Ćiro (named after the popular steam locomotive Ćiro).

This bike trail does not follow the original railway route all the way from Dubrovnik to Mostar, because some parts of it are still in use (between the towns of Čapljina and Mostar). Along that section we use alternative roads that follow the railway.

When you finish your bike ride in Mostar, you can continue cycling further up north to Sarajevo (the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina), but it takes a few more days.

This tour is designed as a 7-day cycling route and includes the combination of paved and unpaved roads (gravel). There are a few steep climbs, but they do not cover more than 5–7% of the route. The route passes by stunning landscapes: the green valley of Popovo Polje, Trebišnjica and Neretva rivers, the rural areas and small villages of Herzegovina and picturesque and historical towns of Dubrovnik, Mostar and Počitelj.

This is a very different and unique bike ride which gives you an opportunity to explore a new corner of the world, see a unique scenery, sleep at old train stations and taste great local food.

The Ćiro bike route is a 7-day cycling tour which starts in Dubrovnik, follows the old Austro-Hungarian railway all the way to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, goes back along the Croatian coast and ends in Dubrovnik.

 


Itinerary

1st day: arrival at the Dubrovnik Airport. Meet and greet at the airport, shuttle service transport to the Konavle countryside, fitting and tuning the bikes and a warm-up bike ride through the valley. Overnight stay in the Konavle countryside.

 


2nd day: cycling through the Konavle countryside

Cycling distance: 65km, elevation gain: 1000m

 The bike route follows the old railroad trail to the villages overlooking the valley of Konavle. This route explores the rural area of the Konavle hills, goes through the Konavle valley and the town Gruda.


3rd day: Konavle – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ćiro bike route

Cycling: distance: 43km, elevation gain: 700m

We will check out and take a morning shuttle from Konavle to Dubac (a small town close to the border with Herzegovina). We will cycle to the border, cross it and continue to follow the Ćiro railroad trail to Herzegovina and the valley of Popovo Polje. Overnight stay in Zavala / Ravno.


4th day: Ravno – Čapljina, Ćiro bike route

Cycling distance: 57km, elevation gain: 790m

In the morning you will continue cycling along the Ćiro trail towards the valley of Popovo Polje (a valley located below the former railroad route). You will pass by small towns and a very rural area, the town of Hutovo and a lake with a picturesque valley, cross the Neretva River and cycle over the old railroad bridge which was designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel (who designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris). You will finish the route in the town of Čapljina. Overnight stay in the town of Čapljina.


5th day: Čapljina – Blagaj – Mostar

Cycling distance: 44km, elevation gain: 450m

The bike route follows the Neretva River. At one point, you will cross it and cycle to the old oriental town of Blagaj, located at spring of the Buna River. Afterwards, you will cycle to Mostar where you spend the night.


6th day: shuttle to Dubrovnik, city tour in Dubrovnik.

On our last day we will take a shuttle from Mostar to Dubrovnik. The transfer by car takes about 3h. Upon our arrival in Dubrovnik, you will have free time and the possibility of taking a city tour (cultural sightseeing tour in the old part of Dubrovnik with our guide).

Overnight stay in Dubrovnik.


 7th day: end of tour

Check out and shuttle to the Dubrovnik Airport or some other address in Dubrovnik if you do not end your holiday with a flight.

 


Summary

Duration 7 days (6 nights)
Dates April 1 and October 31
Level Moderate (45 – 85 km cycling per day)
Terrain Variety, flat with hilly parts
Activities biking

Rates

March, April, October, November 650 EUR per person
May, June, September 695 EUR per person
July 1st to Sept. 1st 740 EUR per person

Other info

Bike rental:

-        EUR 15.00 per person/day MTB or hybrid bike

-       E- bike (hybrid) EUR 25.00 per bike / day

-        Bike rental include; fully equipped rental bike for the duration of the tour, helmet, patch kit, spare tube, pump, lock, rack and water bottle holder.                                                       

Single supplement (when travel with two or more travellers)  EUR 180.00     


Dubrovnik city tour (price per group, not per person):

1-4 pax EUR 80,00                          
5-8 pax EUR 100,00

 

 

If the tour is divided into 2 different months and there are 2 different tour prices then we charge it on the costs of the month where they spend more days (if the tour start May 29th and end June 5th) then we charge it on rates from June

Type of the accommodation: B&B and 3*hotels (B&Bs and family run hotels), all accommodations include private bathroom, bedroom.

 Meals: 6 x breakfast

Trip includes all lodging, breakfast daily, luggage transfers, local emergency support, transportation as in program, riding routes with maps, suggestions for visitation and dining.

Getting there and others: The tour starts and finishes in Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik has international airport with easy connections with other European cities and Croatian capital Zagreb.

-       This tour could last more than 6 days and we can provide our services in other parts of Croatian coast of Dalmatia (island Hvar, Split etc.) or Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.

 

Aditional rental options:

Garmin (Edge Explore)

  • 3 days rental period EUR 10,00
  • 4 - 10 days rental period EUR 15,00

Clipless pedals (SPD SL or SPD pedals)

  • 3 days rental period EUR 5,00
  • 4 - 10 days rental period EUR 10,00