Cycle Northern Croatia & Slovenia

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Trip code: 
MVG
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Road Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Discover rural Northern Croatia, The Kupa Valley and Slovenia on two wheels 

Starting in the enchanting 900 year old capital city of Zagreb, 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. Starting with two days cycling through 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.

Highlights

  • Explore the 900 year old capital city of Zagreb 
  • Cycle through the Kupa River Valley into Slovenia 
  • Visit the historic UNESCO town of Porec

Key information

  • 6 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 100% tarmac roads 
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16
  • 7 nights hotels 

What's included

  • All breakfasts 
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities 
  • Tour leader throughout 
  • Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance 
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

Moderate/Challenging: 13 - 16kph /8-10mph 

Terrain:

100% tarmac roads with some undulating rides 

Day by day breakdown
Day 271.0km/44.0miles
Day 370.0km/43.0miles
Day 448.0km/30.0miles
Day 548.0km/30.0miles
Day 662.0km/38.0miles
Day 758.0km/36.0miles

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Zagreb; transfer to hotel in the city centre.

    Upon arrival in Zagreb we will be met by an Exodus guide and transferred to the hotel in the city centre. Tonight we will head out for the first group meal, tasting the traditional cuisine of north west Croatia which is influenced by the countries Austrian and Hungarian neighbours that ruled Croatia from the 12th-20th Century (with a brief period of Napoleon rule). After dinner, enjoy a stroll through the 900 year old streets of the Old Town of Zagreb.

    Hotel Central, Zagreb 

  • Day 2

    Train transfer out of Zagreb; cycle through the Kupa River Valley crossing into Slovenia for the evening.

    In the morning we take the train 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.

    Private Guest House, Vinica 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Cycle through deep canyons and the Gorski Kotar Mountains in rural Slovenia.

    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 National Park Risnjak. Optional dinner, tasting traditional meals of the area (we recommend tasting their exquisite mushroom soup!).

    Hotel Kovac, Oslinica 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Transfer back into Croatia to the hilltop town of Fuzine; descend by bike to the Adriatic Sea and cycle across the spectacular bridge onto Krk Island.

    After breakfast there is a short morning transfer to Fuzine town, 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 to the coastline and islands of North Adriatic and Kvarner Bay. We then cycle across the impressive Krk Bridge to Malinska, a small town on the coasts of Krk Island.

    Blue Waves Resort 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Cycle across Krk Island from west to east discovering local traditions and pastimes.

    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.

    Blue Waves Resort 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Cycle on the Istrian Peninsular to the mediaeval city of Motovun.

    After enjoying the green scenery and traditional life of the Kupa River valley and having cycled on the historical Krk Island, today we embark on a new adventure; a two day road cycling trip 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 in Kvarner we have a fantastic descent from the Poklon pass where amazing views of rural Istria open up whilst cycling down towards the Mirna river valley. From there, we 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 very nice views from the ramparts of the Old Town. After lunch and time to explore the town we take a short transfer to our accommodation in the town of Vrsar.

    Hotel Vista 

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Cycle to Porec through rural villages and quiet back roads; visit the UNESCO Euphrasian Basilica.

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

    Hotel Vista 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Zagreb airport; fly home.

    After breakfast we have a long (roughly 4hr) transfer to Zagreb. Once in Zagreb we will be dropped at the airport to catch the return flight home.   

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Essential Info

Visas

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included throughout.

Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans. Some must try dishes include Octopus salad, squid ink risotto and meat cooked under a Peka dome on an open fire. 

Weather

Croatia boasts one of the sunniest climates in Europe, and some regions are notoriously free from rain. We generally travel off-season, so you should expect some variation in temperature and possibly some rainfall. Temperatures can be high, particularly on the July departures and can reach the mid to high 30s.

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Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging)

Av. daily distance 60km (37 miles).

6 days cycling with full vehicle support

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. The route is generally undulating but there are a few challenging hills that can be tough in the warm weather. 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. Certain sections will not have a barrier so we advise that you take care for these sections (please note that these will be highlighted by the leader). You should be confident on a bike and have a reasonable level of fitness for this trip.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Cycle Northern Croatia & Slovenia

The hotels used throughout the trip are of a good standard. All are clean and comfortable, most have air conditioning and some have swimming pools. Croatia is not the cheap destination that some might expect and hotels can lack a little character and have a more simple style. 

List of hotels normally used:

Zagreb - Hotel Central 

Vinica - Private guesthouse 

Osilnica - Hotel Kovac 

Malinska - Blue Waves Resort

Vrsar - Hotel Vista  

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 0208 772 3936