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Cycling: 4 days on the famous Ćiro Trail
Availability : Recomended from March 1' - November 20'
Mostar
Trebinje
Min Age : 18+

Enjoy cycling on the Ćiro Trail with a team that was directly involved in the project. Ćiro is our product and we love our work, so you are certainly in the right place to experience the history of Ćiro first hand with the right people. 


We take you on self-guided “Ćiro Trail” tour for adventurers, four days of cycling on this famous cycling route enjoying in Bosnia and Herzegovina and finishing in magnificent city Trebinje. Of course, during your trip you have all the other support from ERO Travel. All you have to do is choose what you want and click on the cart, and our friendly staff will try to give you the best possible vacation. Because this is our product and we do it out of love!
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In short, a bit of history about Ciro:

The Ciro Trail is a historic railway route that once connected the cities of Mostar in Bosnia and Dubrovnik in Croatia. The railway, often referred to as “Ciro” for short, played a significant role in the region’s transportation for many years. Today, it has been transformed into a picturesque cycling route, attracting cyclists from around the world.

The historic narrow gauge railway with a steam locomotive runs from Mostar along the Neretva River, through Čapljina, Popovo polje, Ravno, and near Ivanica, crossing the border with Croatia all the way to Dubrovnik, or Trebinje. The construction of the railway began in 1898 and ended in 1901. During its existence, Ćiro connected places in Herzegovina and brought them life, and today the railway has been reconstructed into a cycling trail.

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Mostar (Google Map)

Also available transfers from: DUBROVNIK, SPLIT, MOSTAR, NEUM, SARAJEVO (Send request for transfer)

Departure Time

09.00 AM

Price Includes

  • 5 nights BikeFriendly Hotel**** Accomodation (B&B)The arrangement includes a bed and breakfast stay, but you can also book a half-board arrangement if you prefer.
  • Garmin device with maps (map or GPX)The GPX routes will be stored on your Garmin device for each day of your journey separately.
  • Storage and luggage safeguardingYou can safely store your additional luggage in our shop, and on the last day of the trip when our driver comes to collect the bikes in Trebinje, he will bring your luggage to Trebinje free of charge.
  • ERO Travel Assistance & SuggestionsOur staff is at your service 24/7 during your trip.
  • Pick-up bikes in TrebinjeOn the last day of the trip our driver will come to Trebinje to pick-up bikes.

On request

  • Transfers"You can book the option of transporting your belongings from hotel to hotel every day separately or have a support van throughout the entire cycling journey (this option is recommended for larger groups)."
  • Bicycle rental: MTB Bicycles – 15 €; E-Bike – 30 € Complementaries: Helmet, Bike lock, Tire repair kit
  • LunchLocal cuisine or Picnic
  • Profesional Cycling Guide"A professional certified cycling guide will be with you to take photos, present the destinations, repair any bike malfunctions, and ensure the safety of all participants during the cycling."

Not included

  • Insurance Travel insurance is not included. Please buy it at home country.
  • Guide Tipping Tips are not included in the tour costs. If you receive excellent service, please consider tipping.

Passport Required

  • No
What to Expect

A unique experience on the world-famous Ciro cycling route that connects the three countries by cycling from Mostar to Dubrovnik and further to Herceg Novi (Montenegro). Cycle and discover our natural heritage!

Get to know the locals, their lives and customs, and discover their hospitality. Ciro Trail is a trail that will surely enchant you and leave wonderful experiences and memories, and cycling along this trail you will discover all the charms of the Balkans and the beautiful views and landscapes of nature that Herzegovina offers. This is a trail that has been written about by many world-famous magazines, such as the British “The Guardian” and the American “New York Times”, while Lonely Planet has ranked this trail as the fourth most desirable tourist destination.


– 4 days of cycling on “Ciro Trail” route:

1.day Mostar – Čapljina: Length 55.00 km
2.day Čapljina – Neum: Length 57.00 km
3.day Neum – Ravno: Length 51.00 km
4.day Ravno – Trebinje: Length 52.00 km

In short, a bit of history about Ciro:

The Ciro Trail is a historic railway route that once connected the cities of Mostar in Bosnia and Dubrovnik in Croatia. The railway, often referred to as “Ciro” for short, played a significant role in the region’s transportation for many years. Today, it has been transformed into a picturesque cycling route, attracting cyclists from around the world.

The historic narrow gauge railway with a steam locomotive passes from Mostar along the Neretva River, through Čapljina, Popovo polje, Ravno, and near Ivanica, crossing the border with Croatia all the way to Dubrovnik. The construction of the railway began in 1898 and ended in 1901. During its existence, Ćiro connected places in Herzegovina and brought them life, and today the railway has been reconstructed into a cycling trail.

Here, you will be cycling thru four days from Mostar to Trebinje.

BEFORE YOU GO: 

  • Suitable for MTB and Road bikes
  • Trail length: 213km
  • Difficulty: Easy/Medium 
Itinerary

Day 1Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Day 1. Arrival: Mostar, Capital of Herzegovina 


City of Mostar

Visit this city built by the Ottomans along the Neretva River, without forgetting its Old Bridge connecting the two shores of the city. Unique for all of its dwellings and monuments, united in a harmonious town planning, the city preserving its character, while being a place of artisanal production and an important center of commercial exchanges.
Profesional guide included in tour.

Accommodation/Hotel: BikeFriendly hotel in Mostar**** 
Dinner: local cousine (on request)

Day 2Cycling: Mostar - Blagaj - Čapljina

Day 2. cycling Ćiro Trail: Alongside of Neretva river
9:30 AM Check-out at the reception and start cycling from Mostar

By bike: Mostar – Čapljina 
– Suitable for MTB and Road bikes
– Trail length/altitude: 65km/258mnv
– Difficulty: Easy

Railroad of Ciro, an old railway line started from Mostar, along the Neretva river, before crossing the hinterland, until Dubrovnik, today, is the name “Ciro Trail” given to a path for cyclotourist on this old railway line, built between 1898 and 1901, at the time of the steam engines.

Mostar is our city of departure
We cycle through the city of Mostar passing by Old bridge. Then, we will be passing near a wine route, before reaching the medieval village of Blagaj, at the source of the Buna river, famous for its tekke. After visiting Blagaj, we continue cycling through local villages with stunning views along the Neretva River all the way to the town of Čapljina.
– Picnic somewhere along the river Neretva

Ottoman city of Pocitelj
After an amazing ride along the river Neretva to the town of Čapljina, we cycle further through the city center, and start with a short climb to the Ottoman town of Počitelj. Počitelj is a historic town of oriental-Mediterranean character, also known as the “City of Stone” as Nobel laureate Ivo Andrić called it. It is located in the Neretva Valley, only 3km from Čapljina. This quiet unusual town was first mentioned in 1444 in the charters of King Alfonso V, as a fortified town on the Neretva.

Accomodation/Hotel: BikeFriendly hotel in Čapljina****

Day 3Cycling: Čapljina - willage Hutovo - Neum

Day 3. Cycling on Ciro Trail – Herzegovina hinterland 
9:30 AM Check-out at the reception and start cycling from Čapljina

By bike: Čapljina – Hutovo – Neum 
– Suitable for MTB and Road bikes
– Trail length/altitude: 60km/610mnv
– Difficulty: Medium

Cycling to the Herzegovinian hinterland, we will first visit Mogorjelo – Roman Villa Rustica, which is located at the exit from the town of Čapljina. After the tour, we cycle through local villages, over three Ćiro bridges, passing by Hutovo blato. In village Dračevo we take macadam trail and in its length of 18km provides some amazing views, and includes 10 Ćiro tunnels and a bridge designed by the Eiffel. This path is located in the heart of the Herzegovian karst, stopping, on the way, at various observation points and rest areas, until the old Hutovo railway station.
– Picnic: willage Hutovo caffe shop 

Further from the village of Hutovo, as we continue cycling towards Neum, it’s important to know that we are using the old road from Mostar to Neum, passing through local villages. This road used to be the only way to reach the sea. Nowadays, there is a fast road from Neum to Stolac that cars use, while the old road is preserved for the enjoyment of cyclists. From the village of Hutovo to Neum, there are approximately 25 kilometers of cycling, with a few ascents before the descent to Neum, where we will see the sea and check into our hotel.

Accomodation/Hotel: BikeFriendly hotel in Neum****

Day 4Cycling: Neum - willage Hutovo - Ravno

Day 4. Cycling on Ciro Trail: The hinterland of Neum 
9:30 AM Check-out at the reception and start cycling from Neum

By bike: Neum – Hutovo – Ravno 
– Suitable for MTB and Road bikes
– Trail length/altitude: 50km/500mnv
– Difficulty: Medium

On the third day of your journey, you will have the route from Neum to the village of Ravno. The first 25 kilometers of cycling will be on the same route you took the day before, just in the opposite direction, all the way to the village of Hutovo, where you had coffee. After that, you’ll continue on the Ćiro route towards the village of Ravno, which is flat and offers incredibly beautiful views of Popovo Polje. During the time of Yugoslavia, before the war, the entire Popovo Polje was cultivated, and farmers engaged in agriculture, providing food for all of Herzegovina. Today, this area is much less cultivated.
– Picnic: willage Hutovo caffe shop 

Additionally, on this route, you will pass by many Ćiro stations that have been privatized. When Ćiro was discontinued, the railway stations were given to their workers, so they are now privately owned, and many people live in them. Your hotel, Stanica Ravno, used to be a Ćiro station a long time ago but has since been restored into a well-known restaurant and a beautiful hotel.
You will also pass by numerous abandoned villages and empty houses on this route. In my opinion, this is the most beautiful segment that still carries the spirit of a bygone era and evokes a sense of the past. It’s a route that leaves a profound impression of earlier times.

Accomodation/Hotel: BikeFriendly hotel in Ravno****

Day 5Cycling: Ravno - Hum - Trebinje city

Day 5. Cycling on Ćiro Trail – Trebinje and Herzegovinian vineyards
9:30 AM Check-out at the reception and start cycling from Ravno 

By bike: Ravno – Zavala – Hum – Trebinje
– Suitable for MTB and Road bikes
– Trail length/altitude: 50km/380mnv
– Difficulty: Easy 

On the fourth day of your journey, you can expect a completely flat stretch to Trebinje. The exception is the first 5 kilometers when you have a slight incline to the village of Zavala, but after that, it’s all flat. Additionally, in the village of Zavala, you have the world-famous Vjetrenica Cave (https://www.vjetrenica.ba/en/), which I recommend visiting if you have the time.

After the village of Zavala, you’ll continue your journey along the Ćiro route, passing through the Popovo Polje and once again passing through mostly abandoned local villages and many Ćiro stations. At the 32-kilometer mark, you will pass by the Ćiro station Hum, which used to be the largest Ćiro station and held significant strategic importance. From this station, you could travel further to Trebinje, Dubrovnik, or Nikšić (Montenegro).
– Picnic: Hum station

After the Ćiro station Hum, you’ll have 20 kilometers remaining to Trebinje, and the entire stretch is flat. At the 39-kilometer mark, you will join the main road from Dubrovnik to Trebinje, but there isn’t much traffic on this route, so you shouldn’t worry. At the 46-kilometer mark, you will turn left from the main road, and you will continue cycling through local villages to the city of Trebinje. Once you enter Trebinje, route will lead you to the Ćiro steam locomotive, which is still preserved, allowing you to take a few photos before heading to your hotel.

After visiting the Ćiro steam locomotive, you’ll continue cycling through the city, and your hotel will be just 1 kilometer away. The hotel is located in the city center, so I recommend that after resting and having dinner, you visit the Old Town of Trebinje. The Old Town of Trebinje will be bustling with people, and there are many cafés where you can enjoy a coffee or you can end up having some dinner and trying the local cuisine in Trebinje.

Accomodation/Hotel: BikeFriendly hotel in Trebinje****

Day 5Free morning in Trebinje and departure

Day 5. Free time in Trebinje and check-out from hotel

Free day at Trebinje

By far the prettiest city in Republika Srpska, Trebinje has a compact centre with a tiny walled Old Town flanked by a leafy market square. Not far from your hotel, there will be a small market where local residents bring their homemade products to sell. We recommend visiting this market after breakfast and your morning coffee, where you can check out the offerings from the local population and taste their homemade products.

The Trebišnjica River is slow and shallow as it passes through, its banks lined with swimming spots and replicas of waterwheels, which were once used for irrigation. Mountains provide a sunbaked backdrop, while hills topped with Orthodox churches punctuate the suburbs.

Once you enter Trebinje, you will surely fall in love with this city and look for a day more to enjoy its beauties.

IMPORTANT: Our driver will contact you to arrange the pickup location and time for the bikes and your luggage. Also, if you wish to return to Mostar, where you started your cycling journey, we are at your service to include this in your arrangement. This option should be reserved at least one day in advance so that the driver can come to Trebinje with the appropriate vehicle.

In the end, we would like to thank you for using our services, and we hope you are satisfied and returning home with beautiful memories. Also, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you to leave a review on Google or Trip Advisor. Your review means a lot to us, and we thank you in advance for the time you dedicated to sharing your impressions.

Warm regards from the ERO Travel team!

⚠️ ➡️ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • The itinerary is subject to change in terms of accommodation, lunch, picnics, locations we visit  👉 Contact us and together we will make an offer that best suits your requirements.
  • Want to transfer luggage and personal belongings from hotel to hotel on a daily basis? Not a problem!
  • Are you a vegetarian and want a special kind of food? No problem. We will contact accommodation facilities and restaurants to make meals that suit your requirements.
  • You want your peace and a single room in the accommodation facilities. Not a problem!
  • Do you want a professional guide during your trip? Not a problem!

Important: During the trip, all our employees are at your service through assistance and suggestions, all in order to give you the best possible vacation.

In case of any ambiguities or the need for changes, please do not hesitate to contact us – info@ero-travel.com

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