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Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Croatia

Cycle Northern Croatia and Slovenia | Guided Group

Total Distance 222 miles (360km) | Average distance per day 37 miles (60km)

Starting-off in lively Zagreb we cycle the Croatian/Slovenian border, along the stunning Kupa river valley, onto the beautiful sun-kissed island of Krk, through the Italian-influenced Istria and all the way into the town of Porec.

This tour takes us on a pedal powered journey through vast canyons and deep river valleys, over country borders and onto the largest island in Croatia. In Slovenia we follow the beautiful Kupa River Valley discovering hilltop castles and the impressive karst scenery of the Gorski Kotar Mountains.

Once back in Croatia we traverse Krk Island and head north to the Istria Peninsular. Here the scenery changes as we cycle through rolling green hills, vineyards and olive groves to the stunning UNESCO town of Poreč.

What not to miss

  • 900-year-old capital Zagreb
  • Kupa river valley
  • Town of Porec
  • Krk Island
  • Istria region

What’s included

  • Meals (breakfasts)
  • Mountain bikes
  • Transport and support vehicle
  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Croatia

Cycle Northern Croatia and Slovenia | Guided Group

Day 1

Arrival in Zagreb.

You will head out for the first group meal, tasting the traditional cuisine of north west Croatia which is influenced by their Austrian and Hungarian neighbours who ruled from the 12th-20th Century. After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the 900-year-old streets of the Old Town of Zagreb.

Meals included: none

Day 2

From Zagreb to Vinica | Distance 44 miles (71km).

The day starts with the train to Karlovac before commencing the first day of cycling along the Kupa River. We will cycle upstream on peaceful paved roads until we reach the Old Town of Ozalj for a short visit to the historical castle and museum. From Ozalj there are superb views over the Kupa River. You will continue cycling and cross the border into Slovenia where you will reach the small town of Vinica, on the banks of the river.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

From Vinica to Osilnica | Distance 43 miles (70 km).

We enjoy an amazing ride through the rural areas of Slovenian’s Kupa regional park. The rides are along peaceful roads that wind along the banks of the river. You will 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 National Park Risnjak. Optional but recommended dinner tasting the traditional local delicacies.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

From Osilnica to Malinska | Distance 30 miles (48 km).

After breakfast there is a short morning transfer to Fuzine town, in the Gorski Kotar region of Croatia. Getting back on the bikes you will have an exciting descent from the mountainous Fuzine area all the way to the Adriatic Sea with amazing views of the coastline and islands of North Adriatic and Kvarner Bay. You will then cycle across the impressive Krk Bridge to Malinska, a small town on the coasts of Krk Island.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Round Tour Malinska | Distance 30 miles (48 km).

Today you will 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. You will learn about the island's history and geography, as well as its agricultural richness, sheep farming, wine and olive oil making traditions.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

From Malinska to Vrsar | Distance 38 miles (62km).

Next up you will embark on a two-days of cycling 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 shares a maritime border with Italy. Starting in Kvarner you will enjoy a fantastic descent from the Poklon pass down towards the Mirna river valley. From there, you will continue towards Motovun, a very romantic medieval city of inner Istria. The town sits on top of a hill overlooking the Mirna River Valley, offering stunning views from the ramparts of the Old Town. After lunch you will have time to explore the town, and finally take a short transfer to the town of Vrsar.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Round Tour Vrsar | Distance 36 miles (58km).

Starting in Vrsar you will 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 historical 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 the 6th Century. After the tour and some free time in Porec you will cycle back to Vrsar via a slightly shorter route. 

 Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

We say “Doviđenja” and “vidimo se uskoro”!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Croatia

Cycle Northern Croatia and Slovenia | Guided Group

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Croatia

Cycle Northern Croatia and Slovenia | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Blue Waves Resort, Malinska

4-star

This property is 1-minute walk from the beach. Offering a wellness centre with an indoor pool, hot tub, Finnish and bio sauna, steam bath and massage facilities. 

Hotel Central, Zagreb

3-star

This hotel is a 10-minute stroll through a beautiful park to the city centre. The rooms have recently been refurbished and are equipped with new furniture and bathroom facilities. 

Hotel Kovac, Osilnica

3-star

Surrounded by 3 national parks and close to the Kolpa River, Hotel Kovac is a great base to explore the caves as well as the coast of Croatia. It features a pool and a hot tub.

Hotel Vista, Vrsar

3-star

Hotel Vista is located near the beach, the town quay and the old town. Almost all rooms have a view of the newly built Vrsar marina and boats in the port.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Croatia

Cycle Northern Croatia and Slovenia | Guided Group

Package Prices 2019 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2019 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price   
05 October - 12 October 7 £1,309 Enquire now

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price   
05 October - 12 October 7 £1,159 Enquire now

Extras

Single room supplement: from £145 depending on departure date.

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Croatia

Cycle Northern Croatia and Slovenia | Guided Group

Total Distance

222 miles (360km)

Average distance per day

37 miles (60km)

Suitability

Minimum age 16.

The rides mainly follow tarmac roads and where possible we use the quieter older roads, though the condition of these is not as good in places and more care needs to be taken. Of course, if you don’t want to cycle up any of the hills you can use the support vehicle to take you to the top. At times the route will follow roads or tracks with a steep down slope to one side. You should be confident on a bike and have a reasonable level of fitness for this trip.

Bikes

Wheeler Protron 420 mountain bikes with front suspension.

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