Cycle from Croatia's vibrant capital, through rural Slovenia and facinating UNESCO towns.
Cycle through Croatia and Slovenia on this eight day rural route through lovely countryside. The adventure begins in Zagreb, Croatia’s 900 year old capital.
From there you’ll use pedal power to travel through vast canyons and lush river valleys as you make your way to Croatia’s largest island. Then it’s on to Slovenia as you follow the Kupa River Valley exploring hilltop castles as well as the impressive Gorski Kotar Mountain range. The fun winds down back in Croatia with a brief expedition of Krk Island and the Istria Peninsula.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Porec.
- Cycle along the Adriatic Sea
- Visit the medieval town of Motovun
The roads are primarily tarmac and when possible, the operator has chosen quiet back roads so that you can fully appreciate the country. The route is undulating with a few challenging hills. The good news is that the trip is fully vehicle supported so if you ever need a break, you can have it. No previous experience is necessary – bring your sense of adventure and plan to have a wonderful time.
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Why We Love This Adventure
- A chance to explore the 900 year old capital city of Zagreb
- Cycle through the Kupa River Valley into Slovenia
- Visit the historic and stunning UNESCO town of Porec
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Before dinner, we will embark on a guided tour of the capital with a local guide. Tonight we will head out for the first group meal, tasting the traditional cuisine of north-west Croatia which is influenced by the country's Austrian and Hungarian neighbours that ruled Croatia from the 12th-20th Century (with a brief period of Napoleonic rule). After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the 900 year old streets of the Old Town of Zagreb. *Hotel Central, Zagreb*.
In the morning we transfer to Karlovac to start the first day cycling along the Kupa River. Here we cycle upstream on peaceful paved roads until reaching the Old Town of Ozalj for a short visit to the castle and museum, here there is also a very nice view over the Kupa River. After a short break, we continue cycling and soon enter Slovenia where we reach the small town of Vinica, on the banks of the river. At the end of our ride, we board our bus and head to Ribnik for the evening. *Private Guest House, Ribnik*.
We transfer back to Vinica (around 40 mins) for the second day of the Kupa cycling adventure. We will enjoy an amazing ride through the rural areas of Slovenian’s Kupa regional park as we pass through lively and colourful villages and enjoy the peaceful roads that wind along the banks of the river. We cycle deep into the canyon that the river has carved through the Gorski Kotar mountain region before ending the day in Osilnica, a small Slovenian town on the border, near the Risnjak National Park . Optional dinner, tasting traditional meals of the area (we recommend tasting their exquisite mushroom soup!). *Hotel Kovac, Osilnica *.
After breakfast, there is a short morning transfer to the town of Fuzine, in the Gorski Kotar region of Croatia. Getting on the bikes we have an exciting descent from the mountainous Fuzine area all the way to the Adriatic Sea with amazing views of the coastline, the islands of the North Adriatic and Kvarner Bay. Our cycling finishes crossing the impressive Krk Bridge where we stop for a photo opportunity. We then board our minibus for a short transfer to Malinska, a small town on the coast of Krk Island. *Blue Waves Resort *.
Today we cycle across Krk Island from Malinska in the west through the towns of Krk and Vrbnik in the centre, and on to Baška at the eastern end of the island. We will learn about the island's history and geography, as well as its agricultural richness, sheep farming, wine and olive oil making traditions. After a swimming opportunity in Baška we board our minibus and take a short transfer to the town of Krk where we stop for some sightseeing and then we have an optional bike ride or minibus transfer back to Malinska.42 km + 13km optional Krk to Malinska. *Blue Waves Resort *.
After enjoying the lush scenery and traditional life of the Kupa River Valley and having traversed Krk Island, today we embark on a new adventure, a two-day road cycle through Istria. Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea and is an enchanting region that spreads across the western tip of Croatia, southern Slovenia and also shares a maritime border with Italy. Starting with a short transfer to Ucka Mountain we enjoy an amazing descent from Poklon pass, with amazing views of rural Istria. From there, we continue towards Motovun. The town sits on top of a hill overlooking the Mirna River Valley and offers excellent views from the ramparts. After lunch and time to explore the town we take a short transfer to our accommodation in the town of Vrsar. *Hotel Vista * .
Starting in Vrsar we cycle through a labyrinth of small paved roads interconnecting the villages and towns of inner Istria before arriving on the western Adriatic coast in the town of Porec. Here there is the option of a guided tour around the Old Town of Porec including a visit to the Euphrasian Basilica – a UNESCO world heritage site dating from 6th Century. After the tour and some free time in Porec we will cycle back to Vrsar via a slightly shorter route. *Hotel Vista *.
After breakfast the tour ends in Vrsar.
Price£1,049 GBP land only - there's a UK Flight option on request
- All breakfasts
- All accommodation
- All transport and listed activities
- Tour leader throughout
- Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)
- Local bike hire (e-bike can be requested, subject to availability, please inquire for prices)
Trip Duration8 days
Average Group Sizemin 4, max 16
All breakfasts are included throughout. Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe and Italy. Some must-try dishes include octopus salad, squid ink risotto and meat cooked under a Peka dome on an open fire.
This adventure can also be booked with UK return flights by the operator – to get prices, dates and availability for the flight option please complete an enquiry form today and mention your flight interest in the message section. Thanks!
Dates & Availability
- 04 May 2019 – 11 May 2019
- 18 May 2019 – 25 May 2019
- 08 Jun 2019 – 15 Jun 2019
- 31 Aug 2019 – 07 Sep 2019
- 07 Sep 2019 – 14 Sep 2019
- 14 Sep 2019 – 21 Sep 2019
- 05 Oct 2019 – 12 Oct 2019
If you’re looking for a company with experience you can’t beat these guys. This operator started life in February 1974 when two friends got together to provide an overland truck to travel to the Minaret of Jam, deep in the heart of the Hindu Kush, the most inaccessible of the world’s great monuments.
For the company, and people who work for them “it’s all about adventure” which is what they were founded on and what they are still about today. Their trips take place all around the world where they help travelers to delve into local traditions, cultures, cuisine, lifestyles – anything that contributes to a country’ unique identity.
We love that their groups and guides travel courteously and respectfully, in smaller groups to minimise the impact, to ensure that every holiday is a beneficial experience for everyone involved.
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