Croatian Adriatic as it used to be

  • Destination: Croatian Adriatic as it used to be GUIDED
  • Duration: 21 days
  • Price: €2650
  • Grade: 3 Cantabile A/B

Croatia has one of the most dramatic coastlines in the Mediterranean region . This trip features everything you could look for in a ride : quiet coastal roads , spectacular mountains , an abundance of historical sites , nice hotels and restaurants to enjoy ! Cycle through sleepy villages , along quiet coastal roads and […]

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Croatia has one of the most dramatic coastlines in the Mediterranean region .
This trip features everything you could look for in a ride :
quiet coastal roads , spectacular mountains , an abundance of historical sites , nice hotels and restaurants to enjoy ! Cycle through sleepy villages , along quiet coastal roads and over spectacular mountains of the peninsula of Istria .

Highlights
dramatically indented coastline
Krka NP and picturesque old Skradin town
Roman , Venetian , Austro Hungarian past
Diocletian Palace in Split
islandhopping including jewels as Cres and Korcula
the oysters of Ston and Dubrovnik for dessert

Then proceed exploring the stunning shorelines of the Dalmatian Coast.
Climb the ridges of the islands and visit charming ancient fishing villages .
Explore beautifully preserved medieval cities and UNESCO world heritage sites.

ITINERARY :
Day 1
Arrival in Pula ( CRO ) or Trieste ( IT ) , sorting out the bikes , briefing , dinner
Day 2
Pula – Klostar ( about 65 kms )
The first few days we’ll stay on the peninsula of Istria to
Explore the Croatian Tuscany , the green “Terra Magica “ . The region that was caught among
the maritime empire of Venice and the landlocked Austro – Hungarian empire .
After a ride through the Roman centre of Pula we’ll be exploring the central part of Istria
with some famous medieval castles and abandoned towns before reaching the agritouristic
farm Matosevic , located just above the astonishing Lim fjord .
Day 3
Klostar – Buje ( about 55 kms )
A real Istrian experience because of the typical scenery this particular day . Astonishing
backcountry with a lot of olive orchards and vineyards .
The day of the great Istrian Malvazija wine ; pick some grapes or maybe a fig along the road .
Accommodation in the Casa Romantica La Parenzana , Buje .
Day 4
Route : Circular tour to the coast and back ( about 50 kms )
Along the Western Istrian coastline to Umag , one of the Mediterranean summer resorts ,
The trail continues to the Western most cape of Croatia Savudrija with one of the oldest lighthouses in the Adriatic .
Finishing this ride by trying some fine local wines at Dani’s winery .
Day 5
Buje – Motovun ( about 55 kms )
A specific day through the famous country of the truffle .
Known for good wine but also as one of the few areas where people search for truffles .
Taste these for lunch accompanied by a glass of the local ruby red coloured Teran wine .
Tour across rolling green landscapes that touch the Slovenian border
before the days’ last ascent to the imposing hill-top town of Motovun .
with accommodation in a former Venetian palace .
Day 6
Free day in Motovun .
Day 7
Motovun – Buzet ( about 55 kms )
Through the heart of Istria towards the old Istrian capital Pazin and afterwards
on the ridge of some hills towards the city of truffles , BUZET .
The area features outstanding natural beauty and traces of a glorious past .
Day 8
Buzet – Lovran ( about 65 kms )
Leaving the Istrian peninsula by conquering the rough Cicarija mountain range .
Leaving the Venetian past and welcoming the Eastern coastline of the peninsula to
find yourselves in a completely different cultural surrounding , influenced by the
Austro Hungarian monarchy . The Austrian Sissy used to be a regular visitor at this Riviera .
Day 9
Lovran – Cres ( about 51 kms )
The first breakout to an island . Along the fantastic cliffs of the Eastern coastline of the
peninsula of Istria and to the unspoilt scenery of Cres island , the 2th largest of Croatia .
Everywhere there are wild herbs that give the local food its distinctive taste ,
wildflowers and thousands of very old olive trees .
A good chance is present you will see one or more of the white – headed griffon vultures which nest on rocks above the sea .
Day 10
Losinj – Cres ( about 56 kms )
Visit its neighbour in the South , the subtropical island of Losinj .
A beautiful bikeride back to Cres following a ridge with constantly astonishing views
over different bays along the vivacious coastline . Possibly a typical lunch with local with
lamb meat on the menu .
Day 11  Free day in Cres
Day 12
Cres – Rab ( about 60 kms )
Rab is a scenic island in Kvarner Bay. It is made of contrasts between sharp rock cliffs and gentle pebbly beaches .
In between we will cycle across the largest Croatian island , Krk , called the Golden Island since ancient times
due to its mild climate, lush vegetation and favourable position in the Kvarner Bay .
The island of Krk is the cradle of culture and literacy as visible by the many monuments, museums and sacral buildings .
Day 13
Rab – Pag ( about 60 kms )
Another island on our menu today , Pag known for its lacework , sheep and Very particular moonlike scenery .
Dalmatian coast starts about here with whitewashed limestone village and sapphire waters .
Day 14
Pag – Zadar ( about 65 kms )
Across the island at first and afterwards to Zadar , one of the most famous towns of
the Southern Adriatic region called Dalmatia . Passing Nin today , the early Croatian royal town .
Don’t miss the old network of narrow and charming city streets in Zadar .
Day 15
Zadar– Skradin ( about 70 kms )
First time in this trip you will cycle across the region where The Croatian War of Independence was fought from 1991 to 1995 .
Impressive traces still to be seen such as ruined houses and abandoned villages .
Still the highlight of today is Skradin , the final destination and entrance to the National Park of the Krka river .
Day 16  Free day in Skradin
Day 17
Skradin – Split ( about 80 kms )
Cycle to the large but special main town of Dalmatia Split .
But first conquer a special region called “zagora” which refers to an area “on the other side of a mountain or a hill”
We finish in Split with its Roman Diocletian Palace .
Day 18
First of all ferry crossover to the island of Korcula ( in the morning hours ) .
Also some time to explore Split’s Diocletian palace .
( afternoon hours ) : Vela Luka – Korcula ( about 45 kms )
Korcula is an island with a rich cultural history that started with Greek settlements from the 6th century BC
Today it is rich in breathtaking coastal vineyards , olive groves , small villages and hamlets .
Finish in the Unesco town of Korcula , from where Marco Polo left for his world famous journey to China .
Day 19
Korcula – Peljesac peninsula ( about 60 kms )
Our last cycling day .
First of all with the ferry over to the peninsula of Peljesac and afterwards climbing along some of the worlds steepest vineyards .
You may want to try a Peljesac wine on your way in anticipation of dinner .
After an amazing view down on the picturesque village of Trstenik , into Janjina for a picnic on the Boccia field .
Finish in Ston , a small place with famous Ston Walls century .Also famous for oysters .
Day 20
Ston – Dubrovnik
Our last day , short transfer along the coastline to reach the great and famous Dubrovnik .
Free afternoon to visit the town . The over a thousand year old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city.
The city is a living museum and a live stageunder UNSECO protection.
Accommodation and farewell dinner in Dubrovnik .
Day 21
Departures
What is included :
20 nights stay on basis of HB – breakfast and dinner sharing Twin or Double
lunches on cycling days
route maps and day by day route notes and briefing
supporting vehicle + luggage transport
residence tax
SITNICA liability insurance
services of our representative
bike emergency tool kit , pump , water bottles etc.
English speaking cycling guide
tickets ferry crossings

What is not included :
bike hire € 350 per person
transfers on free days
single room supplement € 280 p.p.
city sightseeing guide
travel insurance
arrival and departure transfers

TRANSFERS :                      two-way            one way

Trieste – Pula                           € 200                 € 140 per transfer
Dubrovnik – Istria € 400 per van

TOURISTIC AGENCY SITNICA, Montrin 31 / 52460 Buje - CROATIA, OIB: 39549285338, MBS: 040154302