Dubrovnik To Thessaloniki Cycle Picture 1
Dubrovnik To Thessaloniki Cycle Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: April - September

Max alt:  1544m

Dist:  460 mi

Min age:  18

Duration:  8

Dubrovnik To Thessaloniki Cycle Challenge

Bike Adventure

Join us on a truly epic cycling adventure through this mysterious and relatively unexplored cycling territory as we permeate further Eastwards through Europe on the next stage of our epic Bike East Challenge. (London to Istanbul in 6 stages)
Riding through no less than five countries on this stage from the Adriatic to the Aegean Sea, from one great city of the Mediterranean to another we weave a path through these ancient land steeped in history and legends. Go one up on your cycling buddies - ride Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and Greece - all in one trip! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G :-) it's truly one of our favourite adventures!

Get ready for an amazing ride that has it all - beautiful coastline, ancient history, a whiff of recent historical events, and incredible undiscovered landscapes. We are exploring Europe's hidden frontiers, and meeting folks at the roadside who don't see Northern Europeans all that often - especially not on 2 wheels ! Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia are all on the current 'hot list' of exciting new destinations - visit now - before its all change on the Eastern front. 



Day 1 - Arrival Day
Fly to Dubrovnik - Assemble bikes
Pre event night in Dubrovnik

Day 2 - Ride 1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Budva, Montenegro
Distance - 72 miles

Day 3 - Ride 2
Budva, Montenegro
Shkodër, Albania 
Distance - 66 miles

Day 4 - Ride 3
Shkodër, Albania 
Tiranë, Albania
Distance - 66 miles

Day 5 - Ride 4
Tiranë, Albania
Struga, Macedonia 
Distance - 83 miles

Day 6 - Ride 5
Struga, Macedonia
Distance - 85 miles

Day 7 - Ride 6
Sotiras, Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece 
Distance - 84 miles

Day 8 - 
Return flight to UK

Please Note - distances are approximate


Route Map


This is an adventure ride in the true meaning of the word, and accommodation will be a mixture of simple hotels & B&B's throughout the event (including buffet breakfasts). The standard of accommodation will fluctuate throughout the trip - but is designed to be functional - and to enable us to get a good night's sleep - and continue with the challenge. You will be sharing in twins or triples. If you require a single room then please request this at time of booking (a small supplement will be payable). Upgrades may be available for an extra charge if required. This trip includes one night in Dubrovnik prior to the ride, and the night at the end of the ride in Thessaloniki.


What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?

These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Special Notes

You will need to fly your own bicycle to this event - and you should ensure your bike is ready for mixed roads - rural Albania has variable road conditions! Please pack your bike carefully - and you must use a soft case.


Visas / Redtape

You should hold a valid passport for this event - Please check your passport validity!
If you are unsure if your passport is valid to travel through the countries stated in this challenge please contact the Home Office for advice.


Included In Trip

Collection from Dubrovnik Airport, 7 nights accommodation (B&B), cycling leader/mechanic, first aider, team tools and spares, support vehicle & driver. The trip will also include the production of a photo DVD of the trip which will be available to participants for a nominal production and postage fee.


Excluded From Trip

Lunches and Dinners…
International Flights
Transfer to Thessaloniki Airport (nb we shall speak to our hotel about arranging transfers - and we shall attempt to co-ordinate riders in taxis / shuttles together)


Equipment Required

Kit lists specific to your trip dates and location will be issued upon enquiry...below is our guide advice to give an idea of what you should bring on a multi--day ride in Europe

Bike Items
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)

Helmet (compulsory)
Personal Medikit  Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant


Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.

Cycle  Clothing
Padded Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, or Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes or sturdy traners suitable), 

Spare Shoes/Sandals for after ride

Casual Evening Wear - tracksuits, jeans, T shirts, fleece ...

Waterproof Clothing
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in

Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, chargers, EU plug adaptor, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport

Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip. It is advisable to check that your travel insurance covers the value of any expensive items of kit that you chose to bring along with you. 

A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as first aid kits, and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions. On any cycling itinerary you should take great care on the road - cycling single file wherever possible, avoiding the use of earphones, and wearing a helmet at all times whilst riding.



We hope to experience some pleasant Mediterranean warm weather - although, as ever, be prepared for all kinds! Typical weather stats for Dubrovnik and Thessaloniki in September/October suggest average daily maxima of between 22 and 25 degrees. As we crest the final pass to Lake Ohrid, the temperature could dip - so be ready with some warm layers - and of course - there's a chance of rain... however unlikely!


Notes on Cycling Events

This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.


Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on enquiry



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

Event Location

Dubrovnik To Thessaloniki Cycle Picture 2
Dubrovnik To Thessaloniki Cycle Picture 2

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Dubrovnik To Thessaloniki Cycle Picture 3

Our Challengers Said...
Robin S   18-Aug-2011