Jun 26 - Jul 03, 2022
♦ Explore Croatia by bike, cycling the Adriatic coast and inland from Zagreb to Split ♦ Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, the capital Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Pag island and historic villages ♦ Enjoy swimming in the Adriatic Sea and explore Croatian cuisine ♦ All-inclusive Private & Custom 8-day / 7-night tour, HC team guided & Two SAG vans supported, accompanied by HC Bike Tours founder Aigars and Janine as your Ride Leaders
This Private and Custom tour is welcoming a few additional participants while space is available. Don`t miss out, join us NOW!
Croatia bike tour is Custom built for a Private group from California, USA. After a great trip through the Northern Spain’s regions of Cantabria and Asturias in 2019, they are coming back to explore other parts of Europe. This year we are taking them on Two consecutive bike journeys: medium level Explore Croatia bike tour as a warm up and four days later challenging cycling trough the Alps in Austria and Slovenia.
The group is welcoming guests to join them on their adventures for one or both trips, currently 4 spots available!
Located at the top of the Balkans, and with a coastline that borders the Adriatic Sea, Croatia has been influenced by mix of Western and Eastern cultures, including Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian. It has left a lot of well preserved historic villages and towns mostly on the coastline, also very rich Croatian cuisine with foods called peka, boškarin, crni rižot, fritule you are going to taste.
Cycling in Croatia slowly is getting popular. And why not? It has a perfect climate, good roads, mountains, national parks, the Adriatic see with the stunning coastal views, and with so many historic villages to stay overnight, it`s definitely worth to explore Croatia by bike. The bike trip we have designed is relatively easy to ride with no big climbs and distances between 50-100 km (35-70 miles). Over the 8-day trip you will explore the inland of Croatia riding around the capital city Zagreb, then stopping to visit the Plitvice lakes, before we head out to the coast. And cycling along the Adriatic coast is simply beautiful – the reason many millions of tourists come to Croatia. The last 5 days you will be enjoying cycling along the coast by stopping at many historic villages and towns like the worldwide famous Zadar and Split.
Join the tour while we have few spots left!
For more information leave your contacts via the Contact Us form, email at email@example.com, or call on +1 650 319 8824 (US) / +371 26306180 (International)
All-inclusive 8-day / 7-night Guided & Two SAG vans supported tour
Transfers from/to the airports
All ground & bike transportation
All accommodation fees (double occupancy)
All dinners but one (an opportunity to explore local restaurants on your own)
On-road snacks & sports nutrition
Our SAG vans at your disposal anytime during your tour
Four HC Bike Tours staff:
♦ Two SAG van drivers
♦ Two Ride Leaders – HC Bike Tours founder Aigars and Janine
Services of HC Bike Tours staff: mechanic assistance, guidance, concierge services, suggestions, advices, coaching
Welcome pack including two water bottles and HC Bike Tours design apparel
Photos of your trip
We welcome non-riders & family members of riders
Single supplement – $US 500
Non-Riders – $US 300 discount
Sarto Veneto truly Italian rental road bikes – $US 400
E-Bike rental also available – advance notice required
June 26th, 2022
Distance - 70 km / 44 mi
The HC team will arrive in Zagreb few days early to help you with transfers from the the airport to the hotel. We encourage to arrive early to acclimate and so that we can go on a warm-up ride today.
We will help you to set up your bicycle and off we go for the first ride along Sljeme mountain in the afternoon.
In the evening, we will go for a short walk along Gornji Grad – the oldest part of the city – to have a traditional Croatian dinner.
Zagreb > Sljeme mountain > Zagreb
June 27th, 2022
Distance - 101 km / 63 mi
Today we start early in the morning with a transfer to the National Park Plitvice, where we will spend a couple of hours walking/hiking along numerous lakes, waterfalls, and caves. These have been formed by processes typical of karst landscapes such as the deposition of travertine barriers, creating natural dams. The Plitvice Park is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
We will have lunch at the park before we start riding. Our ride takes us inland on the back roads of Velebit Mountain range and ends with a long final downhill to the Adriatic coast to a historic village Senj by the sea.
June 28th, 2022
Distance - 64 km / 40 mi
Enjoy coastal cycling through picturesque Velebit villages, with the Adriatic Sea on your right and slopes of the Velebit mountain range on your left side. As you work your way south along the coast, you will pass by the Islands Krk, Prvić, Goli Otok and Rab before taking a ferry to the island of Pag.
The Island of Pag has a long tradition of cheese making and agriculture due to a natural phenomenon, “Bura”, which is strong, cool, and dry wind that gathers strength as it tumbles down the southern slopes of the Velebit covering the whole island of Pag with salt picked up from the sea. Due to this phenomenon, only the extremely resilient and aromatic plant species survive.
You will be staying overnight on the island by the sea in Novalja.
Senj > Sveti Juraj > Ferry to Pag island > Novalja
June 29th, 2022
Distance - 77 km / 47 mi
Today you’ll discover huge differences between the eastern and western parts of the island Pag on our way to Zadar. The eastern coast of Pag, facing the mainland, is harsher and rugged, with steep descents to the coastline decorated with numerous reefs. The western part features more rolling terrain, is much greener, and more pleasant. Once back on the mainland, we will be entering into the region called Dalmatia.
This evening you’ll get to step back into ancient times, discover old town of Zadar with its Roman forum, visit the church of St. Donatus, and enjoy sunset at the waterfront while listening to the unique sound of the sea organ.
Novalja > Pag > Paški most > Zadar
June 30th, 2022
On our “day OFF” you will have several options: explore Zadar on foot, go to the beach, simply do nothing, organized boat trip or even a bike ride, if you are up to it! We will give options and help organize as needed.
July 1st, 2022
Distance - 76 km / 47 mi
Today we head southeast from Zadar and ride along the beautiful Dalmatian coast. You will see the islands of Ugljan, Pašman and Murter, and experience first-hand the sea-port villages of Sveti Filip, Jakov, Sukošan and Biograd, all famous for olive oil production and marine fishing culture. The route then takes us around Vransko Lake and to the picturesque village of Vodice – a well-known resort area.
Zadar > Vransko Jezero > Vodice
July 2nd, 2022
Distance - 97 km / 60 mi
Warm up your legs on the first part of the ride to Sibenik – the oldest Croatian town (1066 A.D). We’ll watch your bike if you want to take a quick stroll along its narrow winding streets with stone houses and many stairs, or have a coffee in front of St. Jacob’s Cathedral, which is probably the most beautiful site of Sibenik. We’ll continue along the coast passing villages of Brodarica, Grebastica, Primosten and Trogir, perfect for a for lunch break, and visit ancient Greek town (4th century BC). We continue past the 7 idyllic coastal Kastela Villages, to Split – a truly historic 1700 year old town with the Roman emperor Diocletian’s Palace as the main highlight of the town.
Vodice > Sibenik > Brodarica > Grebastica > Primosten > Trogir > Split
July 3rd, 2022
Transfer to the Split airport in the morning and see you back in a few days in Salzburg?
Read more about the Austria and Slovenia cycling tour here.
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