Cycles & Scenery in Croatia Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Croatia
Programmes:
Exodus Edits
Trip Code:
EVC
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

5 Days Land only

Trip Overview

Saddle up for a cycling adventure in Croatia. Over five days, you’ll embark on three bike rides through spectacular Croatian scenery, freewheeling through vineyards, islands and national parks. We’ve balanced this trip out with some foodie experiences, sampling excellent Dalmatian olive oils and wines. There’s time to explore the exquisite Dubrovnik too, prettily perched on the Adriatic.

At a Glance

  • Four nights in hotels
  • Three bike rides
  • 90% tarmac and 10% gravel roads

Trip Highlights

  • An action-packed itinerary full of scenic biking and excellent food
  • Get off the beaten path and discover quieter regions

Is This Trip for You?

To get the most out of this trip, you must be confident to cycle up to 45km a day

Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Dubrovnik
End City:
Dubrovnik

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Dubrovnik

    Welcome to Dubrovnik, a baroque gem on the shimmering Adriatic. Depending on what time you arrive, you may have time to familiarise yourself with the old town, walking along the ancient walls or exploring the limestone streets. Don’t worry if you don’t have time. There’s an opportunity to get to know Dubrovnik better later on.

  • Day 2

    Cycle the Peljesac Peninsula

    You’ll leave Dubrovnik behind this morning, bound for the Peljesac Peninsula. You’ll stop at the isthmus that connects the peninsula with the mainland and the towns of Ston and Mali Ston. There’s a 14th-century defensive wall that links the two. You’ll walk along it, finishing up with a visit to the saltworks, learning how salt is collected.

    Next, you’ll visit Natura Dalmatia and sample the olive oil that’s produced here. Then it’s on to the hotel on the Peljesac Peninsula, depositing bags at Villa Vrgorac before taking to two wheels on a 30km round-trip cycling tour to the village of Loviste

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Island hopping and biking

    After breakfast, you’ll board a boat to the glorious Korcula Island. There’s time for morning coffee in the old town before taking the fast boat to Mljet Island. Here, you’ll cycle from the national park in the west to the eastern tip of the island. There’ll be a chance to swim from the shores of a quiet beach before making the return trip.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Vineyard cycling

    This morning you’ll take a catamaran to Dubrovnik.

    Next, you’ll transfer to Konavle, nestled between the Bosnian and Montenegrin borders where you’ll cycle through malvazija vineyards and finish up with local wine and food tasting.

    Tonight, there’s a farewell dinner at a restaurant in Dubrovnik, savouring the last flavours of the Dalmatian cuisine before your thoughts turn to home.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Until next time, Croatia

    Depending on your return flight schedule, there may be time for an optional sea kayaking or a boat tour to Lokrum Island.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels

Villa Vrgorac

Villa Vrgorac has a small selection of vibrant and modern seafront studio apartments. There’s an excellent on-site restaurant too.

Hotel Perla

Just outside of Dubrovnik’s historical centre, Hotel Perla has bright and modern rooms and is near the sandy beach of Lapad Bay.

Where a solo room is available, paying for a solo room only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for solo occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a solo room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a solo room.

Solo supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

  • All breakfasts included
  • Vegetarian and vegan friendly

Joining Instructions

Transfer arrival time

Arrive at Dubrovnik Airport between 12.30 in time for your transfer to Hotel Perla. If you do not take the group transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions.

We know that the unexpected can happen. Your plane may get delayed, or things just don’t go to plan. If you miss your tour departure, check with the hotel to see if your tour leader has left you a message with details of how to catch up with your group. If not, call our emergency number (you will find it on the final joining instructions) and our team will help you. Don’t forget that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred if you miss your tour departure.

Flights

Remember, flights aren’t automatically included in your trip. If you’d like the Exodus Edits team to help you find some good options, give us a call on 020 8772 3837.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Included transfers

Exodus Edits provides 1 return airport transfer to and from the Hotel Perla.

Location start:
Dubrovnik
Location end:
Dubrovnik

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Helmet

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Practical Information

Passport

Croatia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Croatia

Visas are not required by the following nationalities: British and other EU countries, Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

For further Brexit travel advice please visit https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Croatia

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Exodus Edits

Local Time

Croatia's Timezone:
Europe/Zagreb CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Croatia's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Croatia's Currency

The national currency of Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (November 2018) of approximately 8.3 to the GBP,  6.5 to the USD, 4.9 to the CAD, 7.4 to the EUR, 4.8 to the AUD and 4.5 to the NZD.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

To cover any additional costs, including meals not covered in the itinerary, we recommend a spending budget of £160 in cash

Tipping

To show appreciation for your tour leader, we recommend a tip of around 15EUR per person

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Live Adventure, Give Adventure.

Each time you book an adventure with Edits, we’ll contribute £15 to the Inspiration Project. That’s enough money to fund a day trip for a local child. Since 2017, our guides have been taking disadvantaged children to see their country’s famous sights and you’ll help us do this more in 2020.

Exodus Community

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.