Balkans by Bike: Dubrovnik to Istanbul

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  Tour Operator  Wild Atlantic Cycling

  Albania,  Bulgaria,  Croatia,  Greece,  North Macedonia & Turkey

 19 days (Bike: 16 days)

  1200 km  (~75km per day)





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From Croatia to Turkey in 16 Cycling Days (plus one rest day)

Starting in the Jewel of the Balkan Crown’ City of Dubrovnik we head south to the world famous Kotor Bay in Montenegro and onwards to Shkoder, known as the ‘Cycle City’ in Northern Albania. When you arrive you’ll know why! The bells ring here like the bicycles in Beijing! You have a day off and we miss cycling through the bustle of Tirana although you can opt to stop here for a few hours to explore the sights of Albania’s capital city. We stay over in Elbasan and you cycle across the border to the breath-taking beauty of Ohrid in North Macedonia. TWe head east through Bitola and Veles where you spend the night. In the morning it’s a short bus ride to Kochani to cycle over the mountain across the border at Delchevo into Bulgaria. From the University city of Blagoevgrad we then take you to the ski resort of Bansko at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. We breathe out here then head south freewheeling to the beach in Greece with a worthwhile detour to a ‘tour within a tour’ trip round the island of Thassos … from whence we make our last ride east across the Nestos Delta via Komotini and Alexandroupoli into Turkey and down the western side of the Dardanelles Strait ferrying to Cannakale then heading east to Can before taking a bus to bandirma to cross the Sea of Marmara by ferry to Istanbul, the historical bustling ‘gateway to the east’.

Key Points

  • The tour starts in Dubrovnik, Croatia and finishes in Istanbul
  • The tour is suitable for road bikes (or hybrid)
  • Bike rental can not be arranged due to the number of countries we are travelling through
  • Your bike will need to be brought with you in a CARDBOARD style disposable box. For a fee (£60) you can opt to have your bike professionally repacked at the end of the tour for onward travels. Your bike will be collected from the hotel where we spend our final night and then delivered to the airport all ready to check on your flight!
  • There will be one support van

Tour Information





Cost From

£ 2900  Guided


August 20, 2023

Single Supplement


Elevation Gain

  15000 m  (~938m per day)


  • Airport transfers at the start and finish (additional fee may apply)
  • Accommodation and breakfast in great hotels
  • Lunch will be provide on four days but otherwise excluded. Options and recommendations for stops will be communicated at each morning's briefing and noted on the daily route sheet
  • Luggage transfer
  • Advice on places to stop for your morning coffee and lunch
  • Water, Soft drinks, fruit, cakes and bars en route
  • Van and mechanical support
  • GPX route files


  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch will be provide on four days but otherwise excluded. Options and recommendations for stops will be communicated at each morning's briefing and noted on the daily route sheet
  • Evening meals. Our stopovers all have reasonably priced restaurants and pubs nearby and most of the hotels have good dining. Breakfast is included
  • Optional trips / entry fees for any excursions you arrange independently
  • Insurance - you need to organise your own bike and travel insurance as required
  • Gels, high energy bars, energy powder and shakes - bring your own as per what works best for you and your tummy!
  • Arrival and departure flights


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