Cycle the Ciro Trail

Self-guided cycling holiday in southern Herzegovina.


The Ciro Trail is a cycle path that begins in Dubrovnik and travels through southern Croatia into Herzegovina and on to the majestic town of Mostar.

START / FINISH - Dubrovnik

Activity code: BOCY01

Difficulty: Moderate (approx. 45 – 85 km cycling per day).

Duration: 7 Days

This cycling route uses the track of the original steam railway built in 1903 during Austro-Hungarian times,but closed in 1976. It has now re-opened as a new and unique bike trail named Ciro (after the popular steam train, Ciro). An important note, the bike trail does not follow original railway ALL the way from Dubrovnik to Mostar because some parts are still used for train traffic (between the town of Capljina and Mostar). On this itinerary we have included small alternative roads near to the railway on that section.

On your arrival at Mostar you could continue cycling further up north to Sarajevo (capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina); however it would take a few more days.

Additional Information

This tour combines paved and unpaved roads (gravel). There are few steep climbs; however, not more than 5-7%. The route passes through stunning landscapes: the green valley of Popovo Polje, rivers Trebisnjica and Neretva, rural areas and small villages of Herzegovina, picturesque and historical towns: Dubrovnik, Mostar, Pocitelj.

This is very different and unique bike ride which gives you an opportunity to explore unique scenery, sleep in old train stations and taste great local food. The Ciro bike route is a seven days bike tour from Dubrovnik, following old Austro-Hungarian railroad trail up to Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina and goes back to Croatian coast, finishing in Dubrovnik.

Tour details:

  • Tour length: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Departures: between April 1st and October 31st.
  • Level of activity: moderate (approx. 45 – 85 km cycling per day)
  • Terrain: variety, flat with hilly parts

Type of accommodation

  • B&B and family run hotels - all rooms will have a private bathroom.

Bike Rental

  • MTB or hybrid bike or similar approx. € 15 per person / per day
  • E-bike approx. € 25 per bike / per day

Bike rental includes: fully equipped rental bike with helmet, patch kit, spare tube, pump, lock, rack and water bottle holder.

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Based upon 2 persons travelling.

Prices from £676 per person

  • Bike rental (per day) from: £ 15 per person

  • Single supplement: £ 188 per person

What's included on your cycling holiday ?

  • 6 nights accommodation on B&B
  • Airport transfers
  • Luggage transfers
  • All transport according to itinerary
  • 5 days cycling routes with full information pack - orientation, riding routes, maps,  sightseeing suggestions, dining, local shops & services.
  • Luggage transfers throughout
  • Services for orientation in Dubrovnik, co-ordination of transfers & support during travelling between locations.
  • Emergency support & assistance
  • Bike delivery & collection
  • All local taxes
  • 24hr local representative services


Arrive into Dubrovnik airport. Our representative will meet you at the airport and arrange transfer to Konavle and your accommodation in a beautiful rural setting. Balance of day for fitting up your choice of bikes and a warm up ride in the valley.

  • Overnight: Konavle countryside.


Today's cycle ride is along a path that follows the old railway through the villages above the valley of Konavle. The route explores the rural area of the Konavle hills and returns to Gruda town in the centre of the region.

  • Distance: approx. 45 km
  • Climb: approx. 300 m
  • Overnight: Konavle.

Check out of your guest house and take the included morning shuttle from Konavle to Dubac (a small town close to the border crossing with Herzegovina). Cycle up to the border, once you have passed through the frontier join the "Railroad Ciro" through Herzegovina and on to the valley of Popovo Polje.

  • Distance: approx. 43 km
  • Climb: approx. 400 m
  • Overnight: Zavala/Ravno.

This morning you will continue cycling on the Ciro Trail towards Popovo Polje (a valley that spreads below the former railway line), passing by small towns and through very rural area. Today you will also visit Hutovo town and its lake in a stunnily picturesque valley, cross the river Neretva and cycle over the old railway bridge, constructed by the famous Gustav Eiffel. The end point for the trail and today’s ride is at Capljina town.

  • Distance: approx. 65 km
  • Climb: approx. 350 m
  • Overnight: Capljina town.

This section of the route follows Neretva River, along small roads as the railway is still working here. At one stage you will cross the river and reach a beautiful old town called Blagaj, located at the spring of Buna River. This day ends with time to discover Mostar town, where you spend
the night.

  • Distance: approx. 44 km
  • Climb: approx. 250 m
  • Overnight: Mostar.

Your final full day begins with a transfer back to Dubrovnik (allow approx. 3 hours, including border crossing). Balance of day to explore the historic city of Dubrovnik on foot and by bus and cable car.

  • Overnight: Dubrovnik.

Transfer to Dubrovnik airport for your flight home.

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