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Croatia, the land of 1,000 islands, makes quite the impression with its beautiful coastline, fascinating national parks and Venetian-style harbour towns. An Islandhopping tour by bike and boat is the ideal holiday for anyone wishing to stay close to the sea and explore the diverse regions of Croatia while staying active.
The name Istria comes from the Histrian tribe who lived in the region in ancient times. Istria, the largest peninsular in Croatia, is a region of spectacular scenery perfect for island hopping tours such as our “Bicycle Cruise Highlights of Istria” our MTB & Boat tour "Highlights of Istria MTB" or our Ebike & Boat tour "Highlights of Istria PLUS"
Located between the Kvarner Bay and the Gulf of Trieste, Istria is an oasis of superlatives. Countless beautiful beaches line the 500 km of coastline, and the fascinating harbour towns of Pula, Poreč and Rovinj each offer their own unique charm. Further inland, you’ll find characteristic medieval hilltop villages and picturesque wineries, that thrive on the fertile soil found there.
The home of truffles entices with its cultural and culinary abundance. Boasting more than 2,300 hours of sunshine per year, a holiday in Istria is guaranteed to be full of sun and relaxation.
If you are looking for variety on your holiday, you are guaranteed to find it in the Kvarner Bay. This multi-faceted region reveals its varied nature in its very name. After the fall of the Roman colony of Flanona, today Plomin in Istria, the region was named “mare quaternarium”. The name referred to the four directions ships could sail to from the region: West towards Venice and Ravenna, east to Senj, north to Rijeka and south to Zadar. The Latin word “Quarner” means “four parts” and it is from this that the current-day name “Kvarner” Bay developed.
The Kvarner Bay, both on the tranquil islands as well as on the mainland, is an idyll of Mediterranean beauty. A cruise through this region to the major islands of Krk, Cres, Lošinj, Pag and Rab is as if made for a Bike & Boat tour and is sure to fulfil any cyclist’s holiday dreams. Whether the almost car-free roads of Dugi Otok with their spectacular panoramas, the fantastic trails and nature paths on Krk or the Mediterranean forests on Rab – the Kvarner Bay is one of the best places to go in Croatia for a variety-packed cycling holiday. On your Islandhopping trip you can explore the small historic harbour towns along the Adriatic Sea such as Opatija, the oldest seaside resort in Croatia, and enjoy the healing mud baths in Soline, and the flowering magnolias and oleanders on the island of Molat.
No matter where you go, there is always something new to discover and taste: try the famous Pag cheese or the golden wine, Žlahtina, from the island of Krk. The Kvarner Bay is arguably one of the most beautiful regions and certainly one of the top destinations in Croatia. What’s more, the region is perfect for exploring by bike & boat! Whatever your preference may me: a tour by hybrid-bike or an e-bike plus tour, or by mountainbike – the Kvarner Bay has something to offer every cycling fan!
From national parks with cascading waterfalls to imposing cliffs that dive into the sea, the diverse region of Dalmatia is waiting to be explored. This stunning south Croatian coast and island world has an abundance on offer and is home to some of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. Experience centuries of history at the numerous UNESCO sites scattered across Dalmatia such as Diocletian's Palace in Split and the old towns of Trogir and Dubrovnik, the latter of which can be recognised from the award-winning series Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik was not only used as ‘Kings Landing’ in the series but is also home to a number of recognisable Game of Thrones filming locations. Dalmatia can also lay claim to one of the most picturesque beaches in the world, with the “Golden Horn” beach on Brač having been given the title by Forbes magazine. Numerous islands, varied terrain, a delicious cuisine and an exciting history await you on our island hopping tours in Dalmatia. Whether your preference be hybrid bike, e-bike or mountain bike, the almost car-free roads and the incredible island trails make a biketour an unforgettable experience. The diverse islands of Hvar, Vis, Korčula and Mljet are waiting to be explored with plenty of must-do activities along the way.
If you are looking for a family-friendly holiday in the sunny south of Croatia, then look no further! Our Croatian summer Multi-Adventure Cruise combines the advantages of a “blue voyage” with a number of varied activities both on land and water. With cycling, hiking, sightseeing, beach Olympics and plenty of seaside fun on offer, there is something for the whole family!
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If you would prefer to explore more of Croatia's inland without a ship, we have a real treat for nostalgic souls and off-road enthusiasts. Our Mountainbiketour along the famous Parenzana narrow-gauge railway, from Italy to Istria, is a true highlight.
In inland and northeast Croatia, you can expect maximum daily temperatures of around 28°C (82°F) in summer and 5°C (41°F) in winter. The Adriatic coast, however, has a Mediterranean climate with summers being mostly dry and sunny. The average maximum daily temperature in summer is around 30°C (86°F) while the weather in winter is slightly rainier though temperatures remain mild.
The best time to go to Croatia for a cycling holiday is from April to June and September to November. During this time, pleasant temperatures between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (81°F) make even the most demanding cycling tours enjoyable. Strong downwind can be expected along the coast in spring and autumn, which may affect our tour routes. Therefore, please note that deviations from the given program are not unusual during this time.
The summer months between July and September are best suited for a beach holiday or one of our Multi-Adventure Cruises. During this time, temperatures often climb above 30°C (86°F) while the water remains a pleasant 23°C (73°F) until September.
Valid passports or identity cards are required for entry into Croatia. Therefore, please make sure to have the necessary documents with you when entering the country. Children travelling to Croatia must also have a valid passport or identity card, the latter of which should also be accompanied by a valid passport photo.
Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH does not assume any liability for the correctness of the information given here. You can obtain the latest information from the responsible consulate of your country.
The current entry requirements for UK citizens is somewhat unclear due to Brexit (United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU) on the 31.01.2020. During the current transition period (which will be in place until 31.12.2020) there should be no changes to travel requirements. However, we strongly suggest that you inform yourself independently about the necessary entry regulations for Croatia at the responsible authority in your home country.
Plenty of information is provided by both the British government and the European Commission on FAQs which we suggest you refer to should you have any questions.
Valid identification documents/passports are necessary for entry into Croatia. Therefore, please make sure to have the required documents with you when entering the country. Children travelling to Croatia must also have valid identification documents/passports.
Valid identification documents/passports are necessary for entry into Croatia. Therefore, please make sure to have the required documents with you when entering the country.
We advise you to contact the responsible authority in your home country to inquire about current entry regulations (and possible visa requirements) as we cannot take responsibility for any incorrect information.
Please note that provisional passports and replacement documents are generally not recognized. Children (regardless of the age) must either present a child identification card or passport.
Substitute ID documents after misplacement
Please contact the responsible authority of your home country for further information on entry regulations (especially in case off lost/substitute documents).
Since January 1, 2023 the Euro is accepted as legal tender in Croatia.
Good to know: In smaller shops and restaurants (especially on the islands), payment by credit card often is not possible. Drinks and tourist tax payments on Islandhopping ships can also only be made in cash. Credit cards are not accepted on board.
After checking in/before embarkation, you usually have enough time to get some cash at an ATM or to exchange money at a bank or foreign exchange office. Your tour guide can tell you the nearest place for withdrawing or changing money.
EC-teller machines can also be found in most overnight ports.
If you are travelling to the Kvarner Bay or Istria, you can extend your Croatian holiday with our 2-day extension program in Zagreb. Take the opportunity and explore the multifaceted Croatian capital! The additional program includes transfers, hotel accommodation, a city tour and dinner in a typical konoba.
Would you like to spend a few days in the green, hilly landscape of northern Croatia before or after your Islandhopping tour? Are you looking for a program that offers you both organised activities as well as enough free time to explore the Croatian hinterland? Then we recommend our three-day extension program in Trakošćan and Varaždin which includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, a guided tour of Trakošćan Castle, a guided tour of the baroque town of Varaždin including an organ concert and transfers between your two hotels.
Would you like to spend a few days in Dalmatia before or after your Islandhopping tour? Are you looking for a program that offers you both organised activities as well as enough free time? Then we recommend our three-day extension program in the town of Sinj, inland from Split town. This program includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, a guided city tour of Sinj and an exiting jeep or quad tour along the river Cetina.