Cyle through the changing landscapes and cultures of two emerging nations
The history, culture and most notably political boundaries of Europe have changed dramatically over the centuries and nowhere has this been felt more keenly than Bosnia and Herzegovina and its neighbour Montenegro.
This wild and rugged corner of the Balkan Peninsula is an intriguing mix of influences that can be seen on the streets of Sarajevo and in the towns and villages in the mountains and across the border. Though some of the road network is still relatively undeveloped, it gives us access to many of the beautiful natural sites here, as we bike on the Bjelasnica Olympic Mountain, along the Drina and Tara rivers and across Durmitor National Park.
We spend much of our time on asphalt roads, occasionally taking to gravel as we wind through, up and over the unfolding landscape. There are fewer and fewer new experiences to be had in modern Europe, but as students of modern history will know these emerging nations are perfect for a truly unique two-wheeled adventure.
What makes this trip responsible?
We have an excellent long-term relationship with the local operator who employ and train all leaders. We provide refresher training with a focus on Responsible Tourism, so our local leaders can educate our clients locally on helping to preserve the way of life in their area. Tourism is extremely new here and we are helping to create a new possible career path for active individuals here. Throughout our visit we support the economy of small villages and communities that we pass through, using their smaller restaurants, traders and shops. We will also be visiting an isolated mountain community where we enjoy a traditional lunch, directly benefitting the villagers themselves. All picnic lunches are sourced locally from small privately owned shops.
Country road in Bosnia