Croatia National Park Cycling Tour

Join us for this superb 7 night Croatia cycling holiday tour through five of Croatia’s spectacular national parks including the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park and KRKA National Park. You will cycle between 3-5 hours a day on easy to moderate terrain, allowing plenty of time to explore each national park and do other activities. Overnight half board accommodation, flights, transfers and your bike and equipment is included.

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This Croatia cycling tour is ideal for couples and friends. Single travellers are welcome.

At a Glance

  • 7 Night Croatia cycling holiday tour including return flights and transfers.
  • Price is per person based on 2 people sharing in low season. Single travellers welcome.
  • Explore five of Croatia’s spectacular national parks: Plitvice, KRKA, Northern Velebit, Risnjak & Plaklenica
  • 6 days or organised activities including bikes and equipment
  • Small groups consisting of maximum of 16 cyclists
  • Overnight stays in 3 star hotels and private guest houses on a half board basis

Croatia National Park Cycling Tour

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£ 899.00

Includes return flights, overnight accomodation, cycling equipment & transfers


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Croatia Cycling Holiday Tour – Explore The National Parks

Discover Croatia’s beautiful inland mountain region on this cycling tour to explore five of Croatia’s magnificent national parks: Plitvice Lakes, KRKA National Park, Northern Velebit, Risnjak and Plaklenica. You will cycle between three and five hours a day on an easy to moderate terrain, leaving plenty of time for other activities and relaxation in the evenings.

Daily Activities

On this cycle tour you will spend several hours per day cycling, except for day 6, when a hiking trip is planned. On this day we’ll spend around 4 hours walking. On the other days we’ll be cycling between three and five hours, on an easy to moderate level.

Accommodation

On days 1 and 2 you will be staying at the Zeleni Kut hotel on the Mreznica riverbank in the village of Zvecaj, near Karlovac. One days 3, 4 and 5 you will be staying in a private guest house in the charming village of Korana, near National Park Plitvice, and finally, on day 6,7 and 8, you will settle in at the Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin, near National Park Krka.

Group size

These are small group tours with a maximum of 16 guests. Single travellers welcome.

Departure Dates 2017

  • May 27
  • June 17, 24
  • August 26
  • September 9, 23

What’s Included

  • Return flights from London Gatwick. Regional departures available.
  • 7 Night Croatia cycling holiday tour through 5 national parks
  • 6 days of organised activities including professional bikes
  • Overnight stays in 3 star hotels and private guest houses
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Includes entrance fees to the national parks
  • Includes professional English speaking instructors and equipment
  • Return airport transfers
  • ATOL Protected

Why Us

  • We are specialists in tailor-made travel to Croatia and have the UK’s largest range of activity holidays and day trips
  • Unrivalled customer service and extensive knowledge of the region, help us to craft unique and tailor made tours, holidays and unforgettable activity holidays in Croatia
  • Your Croatia activity holiday is covered by our ATOL cover providing you 100% financial protection and peace of mind for your trip
  • Our concierge team provide not only 24/7 support throughout the booking process and the trip, but also some little touches to show we care from the minute you get in touch to your return to work with the holiday blues

Day 1

Arrival in the village of Zvecaj

The small and charming village of Zvecaj will be your first destination on this trip. You will arrive in Zagreb or Rijeka (at the airport, railway station or harbor) where you will be welcomed by our driver who will take you to the Zeleni Kut hotel (the Green Corner hotel) in Zvecaj. The Zeleni Kut is a lovely, family run hotel and well-known restaurant in the village, overlooking the Mreznica river in a picturesque location near a waterfall. The hotel was built above an old mill, which still produces electricity to this day. The restaurant serves traditional Croatian specialties, all home made with local ingredients that include freshly caught fish and organic vegetables. We recommend the homemade delicacies such as sausages, ham and cheese.

In the afternoon, after settling in, we will choose and test the bicycles and go for a short ride through the nearby villages and forest, and to check out the rivers in the area. Depending on when you will be joining us for this trip, you can pick some wild berries, such as blackberries, strawberries or cherries, or even try some roasted corn or chestnuts.

We will cross the river with our bikes using the self-operated ferry and make our way back to Zvecaj for some time to relax and for a drink.

In the evening we will meet on the hotel terrace for a welcome drink, dinner and a brief orientation, while enjoying the view over the river. It is a perfect opportunity to get to know your guides and your fellow travelers and to discuss the week ahead.

  • Accommodation: Family run hotel in Zvecaj
  • Van transfer (duration: 1 hour from Zagreb and 1h 30min from Rijeka)
  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Cycling through National Park Risnjak and the valley of Kupa River

On our first cycling day we will explore the beautiful National Park Risnjak. The park is over 60km² large and is a wonderful place to discover by bike. The Kupa river forms a natural border between two neighboring countries, Croatia and Slovenia. The Kupa river valley is one of the most beautiful places in the region and is often called the ‘valley of the butterflies’ as there are over 500 butterfly species living there, with many species that can’t be found anywhere else but in this valley.

We start cycling at the entrance of the park and make our way to Razloge, passing lovely villages and pristine forests on the way. We will take the bridge over the Cabranka Rover near Zamost to enter Slovenia. After showing our passports, we will head on to Brod, where will be crossing the river again, back to Croatia. Here we will take a break, eat and drink something and maybe even take a refreshing swim, before heading back to the hotel for dinner.

  • Accommodation: Family run hotel in Zvecaj
  • Van transfer (duration: 1h 30 min each way)
  • Cycling: 3 to 4 hours (around 50km), easy to moderate level
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3

Cycling in National Park Northern Velebit

After our last night in Zvecaj, we load our bikes and luggage into the van and make our way to Northern Velebit National Park, at 800m above sea level. We will first explore the village of Krasno and part of the park on foot, before we take our bikes and descend into the Gacka river valley, a favorite spot of trout fishing. We will take a lunchbreak at the source of the Gacka river, a lovely location where you can find several old wooden mills. We continue by van from there, going to Plitvice National Park, one of Croatia’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites.

You will be staying in a private guesthouse, run by a local family. Korana is a small, idyllic village close to National Park Plitvice and the guest houses in Korana are simple, traditional houses in beautiful locations. Korana offers nothing more than private houses in a romantic and idyllic setting. There are no restaurants or shops, making it seem as if the village comes straight out of a fairytale. Korana is the perfect base for exploring the Plitvice area.

  • Accommodation: Private guest house in Korana
  • Van transfer (duration: 2 to 3 hours)
  • Cycling: 3 to 5 hours (between 40 and 60 km)
  • Terrain: easy to moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4

Cycling in the country side and visiting the Barac caves

On day 4 you will explore the lovely Croatian countryside by bike. The route takes us through forests, past rolling hills and across green fields, using quiet roads that have minimal traffic. On the way we will pass some picturesque traditional villages as well. Once we reach the Barac Caves, we will join a guided tour through the caves, to admire its interesting limestone formations. The story goes that a man named Barac bravely fought against an angry Turkish giant close to the cases. Barac beat the giant and the villagers then decided to name the caves after him. After the cave, we have time for an optional walk through National Park Plitvice, where we can visit some of the small lakes and waterfalls, before heading back to Korana for a traditional Croatian meal.

  • Accommodation: Private guest house in Korana
  • Cycling: 2 to 3 hours (around 30 km)
  • Terrain: easy to moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5

Walking and cycling through National Park Plitvice

For members of the group who chose a five-day trip, this will be the end of your adventure.  You can schedule your transfer from Korana to the airport in Rijeka or Zagreb based on your flight departure time.

The rest of the group will enter the magical world of Plitvice by cycling and walking around its 16 beautiful lakes and admiring the many waterfalls and endless forests. When you walk over the wooden footpaths and bridges you get to see the wonders of Plitvice and its flora and fauna from up close. The lakes have the most amazing colors that range from turquoise to opal blue and emerald green. The park offers more than 90 waterfalls, both small and large, numerous caves and an abundance of wildlife. Plitvice truly deserves its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

We will enjoy our picnic lunch surrounded by the beauty of the park and on the way back to our starting point we will hop on a panoramic boat and shuttle bus as well. In the afternoon we can take a short bike ride to one of the most beautiful vistas of the park, with an amazing view over the lakes and waterfalls. We will also have an opportunity to visit the remains of Tito’s villa, named Izvor, that has been abandoned since the Croatian war of independence.

  • Accommodation: Private guest house in Korana
  • Van transfer (duration: 10 min)
  • Walking: 4 to 6 km on easy, well-marked paths
  • Cycling: 1 to 2 hours (around 20 km)
  • Terrain: easy to moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6

Hiking in National Park Paklenica

After spending the last night in Korana, we leave for National Park Paklenica, Croatia’s most popular climbing and hiking destination and one of UNESCO’s World Biosphere Reserves. The park lies on the southeastern slopes of Velebit Mountain, not far from the coast, and consists of two impressive canyons, the Mala Paklenica and the Velika Paklenica canyon. This pristine park offers one of the most beautiful sceneries in the entire Mediterranean. The view from the peaks is absolutely stunning in all directions, towards the sea and towards the mountains. You can choose between several nice hiking trails through the park’s forests, the most popular one being the trail towards a mountain hut called Borisov Dom. This mountain hut is a popular gathering place amongst mountaineers. After we descend down to the sea, we will drive to our new accommodation in the village of Skradin.

  • Accommodation: Three-star Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin
  • Van transfer (duration: 2 hours and 1 hour respectively)
  • Hiking: 4 hours
  • Terrain: easy to moderate with will-marked paths
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7

Cycling in National Park Krka

On the last day of your Croatian adventure you will visit National Park Krka, one of Croatia’s most popular national parks. You will explore the park’s impressive waterfalls and rapids that have been created over the centuries through the natural process of karst and travertine formation. This amazing park that dates back to the 10th century and is also home to the word’s second oldest hydroelectric power plant. We will cycle to the shore of Lake Visovac, where we will take the ferry boat to Visovac Island and its famous Franciscan monastery. After our Krka adventure, we will return to Skradin, where we will have some time to explore the village before we meet for our farewell dinner to celebrate the end of an amazing trip.

  • Accommodation: Three-star Skradinski Buk Hotel in Skradin
  • Cycling: 3 hours (30 to 40km)
  • Terrain: easy to moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

You bid farewell to your new friends and you are transferred to either Zagreb or Zadar airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Van transfer to the airport (duration of the trip to Split: 1h 30min, to Zadar: 1h, to Zagreb: 3h 30min)

Zeleni Kut Hotel, Zvečaj (Day 1 & 2)

The Zeleni Kut hotel is located in a quiet area of Zvečaj, on the bank of the Mrežnica River. All rooms feature a TV, a work desk and a wardrobe. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and towels. Some rooms have a balcony that overlooks the Mrežnica River.

Korana Village Private Guest Houses (Day 3, 4 & 5)

Situated in the picturesque Korana Village, the 2 and 3 bedroom private guest houses are clean and comfortable with living room, TV and bathroom facilities.

Hotel Skradinski Buk, Skrandin (Day 6, 7 & 8)

Hotel Skradinski Buk is situated in Skradin, 11.2 miles from Sibenik and an hour’s drive from Zadar and Split. It offers air-conditioned rooms and suites with mini bars and satellite TV.

  • The prices on our website are based on low season departures in May and October. Holidays from June through September will be higher, so please adjust your budget accordingly