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Cycling Holiday in Croatia's National Parks

Overview
Location
Accommodation
Getting There

Discover Croatia's most beautiful national parks and mountain regions on this guided group cycling tour. Explore 5 national parks: Risnjak, North Velebit, Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica and Krka; you will spend between two and five hours per day cycling or hiking on easy to moderate terrain (some areas are not open to cyclists), so this break is suitable for anyone from 12 years up. Maximum 16 people per group. Please find start dates highlighted in green on the calendar and contact us for availability. Prices start from € 620 pp

Highlights

  • Explore the national parks of Croatia by bike and on foot
  • Discover Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls and seemingly endless forests
  • Stay at various locations on your tour in small guesthouses and family run hotels

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
  • Use of bicycles
  • 6 days organised activities (4 days cycling, 2 days hiking)
  • National parks entrance fees
  • Local taxes and river permits
  • Saturday arrival transfer from Zagreb or Rijeka airport
  • Saturday departure transfer to Zagreb, Zadar or Split airport
  • Skilled English speaking guide and assistance
  • Ground transportation

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
  • Beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary
  • Everything else not mentioned above

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Zvecaj
You will be met at the airport, railway station or in the harbour and taken to Zvecaj. The group usually gets together around mid-day, which will give you enough time to choose and test the bicycles on a short tour of the villages. In the evening meet on the terrace of Zeleni Kut overlooking the river for dinner and brief orientation, where you will have the chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know your guides and fellow travellers.
Accommodation: 3*** Hotel in the Mreznica River area; Meals: D; Drive: 1h from Zagreb airport, 1.5 h from Rijeka airport.

Day 2: Risnjak National Park
The Kupa River forms a natural border between Croatia and Slovenia, the tour starts from the entrance to the National Park and heads towards Razloge through little villages and forest paths. The bridge crossing the Cabranka River by Zamost is also a border crossing to Slovenia. After a short passport procedure, ride along the Slovenian bank of the green Kupa River to Brod, where you will cross back to Croatia. Here you will have time to relax and freshen up with a cold drink before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Accommodation: 3*** Hotel in Mreznica River area; Meals: B and D; Activity: Cycling, 3-4 hours around 50 km, easy/moderate; Van ride: 1-1.5h each way.

Day 3: North Velebit National Park
After breakfast, load your bikes and luggage into the minibus and drive to Croatia’s youngest national park – Northern Velebit National Park, 800 meters above sea level. After a short walk in Krasno village and the park area, you will cycle down to the Gacka river valley, famous for it's excellent trout fishing. A stop for lunch will be made by its source, surrounded by numerous old wooden mills. From here, drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Accommodation in the park is provided by the families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by the Korana River. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple rooms in an idyllic setting. The peaceful atmosphere makes the village an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.
Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Park; Meals: B and D; Activity: Cycling, 3-5 hours/ 43 – 63 km, easy/moderate; Drive: 2 -3 h.

Day 4: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Visit Plitvice Lakes National Park on foot – walking around its 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls, and seemingly endless forests. Start the day walking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s premier national park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a picnic lunch followed by a panoramic boat and train ride that will take you back to the start.
Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks; Meals: B and D; Activity: Walking, 4-6 km, easy; Drive: 10 min each way.

Day 5:
Today is all about exploring the lovely Croatian countryside by bike. Cycle on roads that are alomst entirely free of traffic, through forests and hills and across green fields. Head towards Barac Caves, where you will stop for a guided underground tour of the cave’s fascinating limestone formations. After visiting the caves there will be enough time for sunbathing by the river Korana in the village before you enjoy traditional Croatian dinner.
Accommodation: Private guesthouses in Plitvice Lakes National Parks; Meals: B and D; Activity: Cycling, 2-3 hours 30 km, easy/moderate.

Day 6: Paklenica National Park
After saying goodbye to your village hosts continue south to Paklenica National Park, part of a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and a favourite hiking and climbing destination. Lying on the southeast slopes of the Velebit Mountains near the coast and cut by two awe-inspiring gorges, the scenery is some of the most pristine in the whole Mediterranean. There are several wonderful hikes through beech and black pine forests to choose from. The most popular is the trail leading to Borisov Dom, a mountain hut popular among mountaineers. After descending all the way to the sea drive to Skradin for the evening.
Accommodation: 3* Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin; Meals: B and D; Activity: Hiking, 4 hours, easy/moderate; ; Drive: 2h 1h.

Day 7: Krka River National Park
The last day of the tour takes you to Krka River National Park with its fantastic karst formations and travertine waterfalls. Explore the park’s extensive waterways and complex history dating back to the10th century. Cycle to the viewpoint over Lake Visovac where there is a great view over the island and its monastery. After cycling, return to the hotel and enjoy late afternoon in the old town before the final evening dinner.
Accommodation: 3* Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin; Meals: B and D; Activity: Cycling, 3 hours/30-40 km; easy/moderate.

Day 8: Departure
Depart from Skradin to the airport and flight home. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit - especially those you won’t find in tourist guide books.

This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Out travel partner's guides and trip leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations, and they reserve the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.

Please Note

This package starts in one location and ends in another, for convenience we recommend flying into Zagreb airport and departing from Split airport. Single use rooms available on request with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person is possible.

Extras/Upgrades

Optional trips are not included in the price and can be booked on the spot. Optional trips cost approximately 40 – 70 € per person, payable on site, and are dependable on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.

Hotel Pickup

Arrivals after 6pm may be subject to surcharge of 30 EUR per transfer

Croatia, located on the crossroads of central and southern europe offers the best of both; a fantastic Mediterranean coastline dotted with chic cities and ports, beautiful sandy beaches and islands with hidden coves best explored by boat or kayak; lush national parks and rugged mountains; small towns where traditional ways of life endure alongside modern innovation; and a cuisine that is a mix of Italian flair and Ottoman influence, with dished ranging from exquisite seafood to sweet baklava pastries.

A country of just over 4 million inhabitants it is the newest member of the European Union and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for travellers from all over the world, though it is still possible to discover parts of the country where mass tourism has not penetrated.

The country offers beautiful, well maintained national parks, with numerous hiking opportunities as well as other activities, the ideal setting for active travellers!

Hotel in Zvecaj

Your accommodation for the first 2 nights will be a 3* hotel close to the Mreznica River, approximately one hour drive from Zagreb and Rijeka airports.

Korana Village

Accommodation is provided by the families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by the river in Plitvice Lakes National Park. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple, clean and comfortable rooms in an idyllic setting. The peaceful atmosphere makes for an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. Please note that each house in Korana Village has 2-4 bedrooms, and that sometimes two rooms share one bathroom.

Hotel Skradinski Buk

Travellers usually stay in a three-star hotel Skradinski Buk, just a few minutes away from the dock. The rooms are air conditioned and have a mini bar, TV, telephone, free WiFi and ensuite bathroom. On the hotel terrace you can enjoy in relaxing Dalmatian atmosphere and seafood and wine specialities.

Arrival airports: Zagreb (nearest), Rijeka
please note: arrivals after 6pm may be subject to surcharge of 30 EUR per transfer.

Departure airports: Split (nearest), Zadar or Zagreb

By Private Transfer
Return private transfer is included in the package - contact us with your flight details after booking.

Overview

Discover Croatia's most beautiful national parks and mountain regions on this guided group cycling tour. Explore 5 national parks: Risnjak, North Velebit, Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica and Krka; you will spend between two and five hours per day cycling or hiking on easy to moderate terrain (some areas are not open to cyclists), so this break is suitable for anyone from 12 years up. Maximum 16 people per group. Please find start dates highlighted in green on the calendar and contact us for availability. Prices start from € 620 pp

Highlights

  • Explore the national parks of Croatia by bike and on foot
  • Discover Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls and seemingly endless forests
  • Stay at various locations on your tour in small guesthouses and family run hotels

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
  • Use of bicycles
  • 6 days organised activities (4 days cycling, 2 days hiking)
  • National parks entrance fees
  • Local taxes and river permits
  • Saturday arrival transfer from Zagreb or Rijeka airport
  • Saturday departure transfer to Zagreb, Zadar or Split airport
  • Skilled English speaking guide and assistance
  • Ground transportation

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature and optional gratuities to your guide(s)
  • Beverages and lunches or picnics as noted in itinerary
  • Everything else not mentioned above

Please Note

This package starts in one location and ends in another, for convenience we recommend flying into Zagreb airport and departing from Split airport. Single use rooms available on request with 20% surcharge. Sharing a room with another person is possible.

Extras/Upgrades

Optional trips are not included in the price and can be booked on the spot. Optional trips cost approximately 40 – 70 € per person, payable on site, and are dependable on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.

Hotel Pickup

Arrivals after 6pm may be subject to surcharge of 30 EUR per transfer

Location

Location

Croatia, located on the crossroads of central and southern europe offers the best of both; a fantastic Mediterranean coastline dotted with chic cities and ports, beautiful sandy beaches and islands with hidden coves best explored by boat or kayak; lush national parks and rugged mountains; small towns where traditional ways of life endure alongside modern innovation; and a cuisine that is a mix of Italian flair and Ottoman influence, with dished ranging from exquisite seafood to sweet baklava pastries.

A country of just over 4 million inhabitants it is the newest member of the European Union and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for travellers from all over the world, though it is still possible to discover parts of the country where mass tourism has not penetrated.

The country offers beautiful, well maintained national parks, with numerous hiking opportunities as well as other activities, the ideal setting for active travellers!

Accommodation

Accommodation

Hotel in Zvecaj

Your accommodation for the first 2 nights will be a 3* hotel close to the Mreznica River, approximately one hour drive from Zagreb and Rijeka airports.

Korana Village

Accommodation is provided by the families of Korana Village, a small romantic place hidden away in a valley by the river in Plitvice Lakes National Park. The houses are small, traditional dwellings with simple, clean and comfortable rooms in an idyllic setting. The peaceful atmosphere makes for an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. Please note that each house in Korana Village has 2-4 bedrooms, and that sometimes two rooms share one bathroom.

Hotel Skradinski Buk

Travellers usually stay in a three-star hotel Skradinski Buk, just a few minutes away from the dock. The rooms are air conditioned and have a mini bar, TV, telephone, free WiFi and ensuite bathroom. On the hotel terrace you can enjoy in relaxing Dalmatian atmosphere and seafood and wine specialities.

Getting There

Getting There

Arrival airports: Zagreb (nearest), Rijeka
please note: arrivals after 6pm may be subject to surcharge of 30 EUR per transfer.

Departure airports: Split (nearest), Zadar or Zagreb

By Private Transfer
Return private transfer is included in the package - contact us with your flight details after booking.

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