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MTB & Boat

Highlights of Istria MTB · Croatia

From 1090 €
New Tour
Route
from Omišalj / to Omišalj
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
225 km
MTB Level 1 - 2
MTB Level 1
Easy mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who can safely handle a mountain bike. Mostly asphalt roads and wide, natural paths (20-30km and 200-400 elevation meters per day, S0)
MTB Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate mountain bike tours for islandhoppers who are fit, technically able and can ride safely. Mainly natural paths and simple single trails (20-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day, S0-S1).
MTB Level 2
Moderate mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who enjoy riding through varied terrain and are comfortable with climbs up to 500m (30-50km and 400-600 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
MTB Level 2 - 3
Moderate to demanding mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers with a very good level of fitness and riding technique. Mostly hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km and 400-750 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
MTB Level 3
Demanding mountain bike tours for islandhoppers with excellent riding technique and who enjoy and feel comfortable with technical trails. Mostly on hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km with 500-1,000 elevation meters per day, S0-S3).

Istria for MTB off-road fans

„The heart of Europe" is what the Istrians call their peninsula. This is where Central Europe and the world of Mediterranean meet. Explore this unique coastal destination for one week on your mountain bike. The Istrian Peninsula is perfect for off-road fans: Bike through the “green oasis” of Europe, across green meadows and fields, idyllic vineyards, and beautiful olive groves. Explore wide forest paths, exciting single trails, and freshly built flow trails. Truly enticing for a MTB holiday by the sea!

TO NOTE: This tour takes place prallel to our regular Bike & Boat Tour on the same boat. This is perfect for travellers who wish to spend their holiday together, but do not share the same riding preference.

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Highlights

Culture: Stroll through Pula, Rovinj und Porec
Nature: Cape Kamenjak, south of Pula
Activity: Travel through time by bike along the old train lines in Parenzana
Culinary: Visit small family run farms and try local products
Souvenir: Famous Istrian truffles and Bukaleta clay jugs

Itinerary

Cres Višnjan Poreč Novigrad Grožnjan Pula Fažana Vrsar Rovinj Rabac Liznjan Omišalj Brijuni Cres Krk MITTELMEER Bosnien- Herzegowina Kroatien Slowenien Monte- negro SLOWENIEN ISTRIEN Flughafen Pula Flughafen Rijeka MEDITERRANEAN Bosnia- Hercegovina Croatia Slovenia Monte- negro Airport Pula ISTRIA Bosnia- Hercegovina SLOVENIA Airport Rijeka
1st Day Omisalj (Embarkation) - Cres
Individual arrival to Omisalj, a charming pirate’s nest on the island of Krk. If you decide to arrive by car, we can gladly organize a secure parking space for your car for the week. If you are arriving from Zagreb, we can also arrange a transfer for you to the harbor of Omisalj. Check-in on board is possible from around 2pm. The first cruise to the Island and city of Cres takes place shortly after. If the weather permits we will stop for a refreshing swim stop along the way. In the evening your guide will take you for a walk through the charming old town, characterized by its Venetian heritage. The night is spent in Cres.
2nd Day Cres – Liznjan – Pula
(aprx. 46 km/ 530 m of elevation, S0-S1)
Enjoy breakfast in the morning with a longer cruise from Cres to the south-west coast of Istria to Liznjan. The old fisher village with its small harbor is the starting point of your first bike tour on the istrian peninsula. We will start the tour on asphalt roads through the village of Medulin before entering the Kamenjak Nature Reserve with its 30 bays and a vast variety of flora and fauna. After a great coastal MTB session we arrive in Pula, the secret capital of Istria where we will have time to explore this enticing city characterized by decades of Roman rule. Explore the mighty amphitheater, the Augustus Temple and the Golden Gate. The night is spent in Pula.
3rd Day Pula – Vrsar – Porec
(aprx. 30 km & 430 m of elevation, S1 - S2)
Before breakfast the boat will depart Pula so that you arrive in Vrsar just after breakfast. Vrsar is the town where the famous seducer, Casanova took refuge from the furious husbands of his lovers. From Vrsar your bike tour will take you off road along the Limski Fjord and into the Kontija Forrest. After a strengthening afternoon break, and the possibility to try a delicious suckling pig for lunch, we continue through local villages to Porec. Along the way it is worth taking a small detour to ride the St. Bencic trail. We will have a chance to indulge in the multifaceted history of Porec in the company of our city tour guide in the afternoon on a walk through this enchanting town. The shopping streets are vibrant with life. A visit to the Euphrasian-Basilica with its intricate pre-Christian mosaics is highly recommended. The night is spent in Porec.
4th Day Novigrad – Groznjan – Vrsar
(aprx. 66 km & 1050 m of elevation, S1-S2)
During breakfast we cruise to Novigrad, where we will start today’s ride. At first we bike through the scenic Mirna Valley before climbing to 300 m above sea level to reach the town of Groznjan. After a tasty lunch we continue on a fast paced enduro trail back into the valley, with the alternative to take a more relaxed descent if preferred. We cycle through Vizinada and onto the Parenzana, a decommissioned railway line which now acts as a wonderful cycling path. Following the Parenzana we make our way to Vrsar where the ship awaits our arrival and we spend the night.
5th Day Roundtour Rovinj
(aprx. 32 km & 530 m of elevation, S1 - S2)
After a short crossing by boat to Rovinj we setting out through the forests south of the Limski Fjord. After returning to Rovinj we enjoy a guided city tour through this picture perfect town squeezed on a small peninsula surrounded by blue sea. It is not without reason why this idyllic city is a haven for artists from all over the world whose work can be admired in the numerous galleries in town. This night is also spent in Rovinj.
6th Day
Rovinj – Fazana - Rabac
(aprx. 41 km & 290 m of elevation, S0-S1)
Today’s bike tour takes us along the coast mainly on natural paths and through forests to Fazana with its delightful harbour and splendid promenade lines with the colorful facades of the local houses. The ship awaits us here and once on board, takes us around the southernmost point of the Istrian Peninsula to the city of Rabac. Undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday towns in Istria. The night is spent in Rabac.
7th Day Rabac - Omisalj
(aprx. 26 km & 980 m of elevation, S1-S3)
Today we can enjoy a variety of great trails in the Bike Center Rabac. Over 11 km of shaped single trails and flow trails on sandy and rocky terrain at varying levels of difficulty from beginners to experts will offer a highlight to the week! The bike park is situated on a hilly coastline with incredible views across the Kvarner Bay and the islands. After an action packed morning we can reward our efforts with a refreshing swim in the crystal clear sea. Back at the boat we can relax for an afternoon cruise back to Omisalj where we enjoy a festive evening meal in the company of our fellow travelers, crew and guides.
8th Day Omišalj (Departure)
After breakfast it is time to check out of the hotel. Individual journey home or extended stay in Croatia.

Accommodation

Linda (Comfort)

The wooden motor yacht, Linda, was reconstructed in 2006 especially for Islandhopping and all of our know-how was invested in the project. Wooden clad cabins, of which three are below deck and eleven above deck, as well as a spacious and functional saloon with wooden tables and upholstered benches give the Linda a homely atmosphere.

The various decks provide a generous amount of space for the guests to relax on board. The sundeck is fitted with comfortable sunning mats so that the panoramic view from the top of the boat can be enjoyed to the fullest. Good weather offers the opportunity to set…

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complete view of the Croatian motor yacht Linda

Andela Lora (Deluxe)

The Andela Lora is an elegant steel ship and one of the larger vessels in our Croatian fleet. Her spacious guest cabins have quality furnishings and include an A/C as well as a private bathroom and WC.

The elegantly furnished saloon on the top deck and the countless comfortable sitting and sunbathing areas on deck provide an ideal place to relax. At the stern of the ship a swimming platform provides easy access in and out of the sea making it possible to swim directly from the ship when anchored in a secluded bay. The friendly crew and amenities on board the Andela Lora are the perfect…

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  • Linda
  • Andela Lora

Rental Bikes

Our Mountain Bikes

All our mountain bikes are high-end, full-suspension bikes fitted with components optimized for the Mediterranean terrain and the technical challenges that come with it. For the ultimate riding experience, our MTBs are fitted with 27.5’’ rims, 140 – 150 mm of travel, Shimano or SRAM gear and brake systems as well as hydraulic dropper posts.…

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Our E-Mountain Bikes

If you’re looking for an easy uphill ride with an epic downhill trail experience, then our e-mountain bikes are the perfect rental bike for you. Our full suspension e-MTBs are equipped with 27.5’’ wheels and robust tires ready for exploring fantastic trails. The powerful Bosch motor, large battery, 150 mm RockShox suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and brake systems as well as hydraulic dropper posts make these e-MTBs a biker’s best friend during our tours in the Mediterranean.…

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  • Our Mountain Bikes
  • Our E-Mountain Bikes

Services, Dates & Prices

Included services
  • 8-day trip on a motorized yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 2 x full board and 5 x half board
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily cycling tours (on board)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Tourist taxes
Not included in the basic tour price
  • Journey to Pula
  • Flat rate for bottled water, 25 euro or 15 euro for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fee for sights are not included in the tour price
  • Tips for crew and tour guides
Prices for Additional Optional Services
Shared twin cabin
(limited)
Available on request
Surcharge for a cabin above deck
(per person)
150 euro/person (Linda)
250 euro/person (Andela Lora)
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck
(limited)
600 euro (Linda)
800 euro (Andela Lora)
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck
(limited)
400 euro (Linda)
600 euro (Andela Lora)
Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier Hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week
E-bike: 180 euro/week
MTB Fully: 180 euro/week
E-MTB Fully: 240 euro/week (limited)
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike
(not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week
E-bike or MTB-Fully: 20 euro/week
A safe parking space
(to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
Motorcycle: 30 euro/week;
Car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week;
Vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week
Transfer from/to Rijeka airport (on embarkation and disembarkation days only) Prices on request
Collective transfers between Zagreb and Omisalj on day of embarkation/disembarkation only 60 euro person/way and 60 euro bicycle/way
(reservation required two weeks in advance)
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Additional night (B&B) on the island of Krk Prices see ‘Additional Nights Omišalj’
2-day extension module Zagreb Prices see 'Extension Program Zagreb'
Discounts
  • Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount).

  • With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the third person, regardless of age (not combinable with other discounts). When booking an above deck cabin, the above deck surcharge will not be charged for the third occupant.

  • If you place your booking for a tour in 2023 by the 31.12.2022, you will receive a 5% Early-Bird discount on the tour base price (can be used in combination with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount).

  • If this is your third or more Islandhopping tour booked directly with us, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for a tour in 2023 if you book it before the 31.12.2022 (can be used in combination with the Early-Bird discount).

Time Period Tour Country Accommodation Route Availability Price from
The final price is dependent on the type of cabin, the number of guests staying in the cabin and any additional services booked.

April 2023

28.04.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
28.04. –
05.05.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1090,00 € To Booking

May 2023

05.05.
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05.05. –
12.05.
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Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1090,00 € To Booking
26.05.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
26.05. –
02.06.
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Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1140,00 € To Booking

June 2023

16.06.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
16.06. –
23.06.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1190,00 € To Booking
23.06.
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23.06. –
30.06.
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Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1690,00 € To Booking

July 2023

14.07.
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14.07. –
21.07.
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Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1590,00 € To Booking
21.07.
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21.07. –
28.07.
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Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1140,00 € To Booking
28.07.
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28.07. –
04.08.
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Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1590,00 € To Booking
07.07.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
07.07. –
14.07.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1140,00 € To Booking

August 2023

04.08.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
04.08. –
11.08.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1140,00 € To Booking
11.08.
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11.08. –
18.08.
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Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1590,00 € To Booking
25.08.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
25.08. –
01.09.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1690,00 € To Booking
18.08.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
18.08. –
25.08.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1190,00 € To Booking

September 2023

01.09.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
01.09. –
08.09.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1190,00 € To Booking
15.09.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
15.09. –
22.09.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1190,00 € To Booking
22.09.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
22.09. –
29.09.
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Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj fully booked 1690,00 € on waiting list
29.09.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
29.09. –
06.10.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1140,00 € To Booking

October 2023

06.10.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
06.10. –
13.10.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1490,00 € To Booking
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Arrival - How to get there

Port of Embarkation Omišalj

The embarkation harbour for our tours in the Kvarner Bay is Omišalj, situated on the island of Krk, which is connected to the Croatian mainland by a bridge.

 

Embarkation, will take place between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. The boat will leave from Omišalj at 3 pm. Please do not book a flight that arrives after 2 pm without first consulting one of our office team members.

 

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Citymap of Omisalj, island Krk

Arrival by car

Address for Navigation System:

Riva Pape Ivana Pavla II, 51513 Omišalj, Kroatien

 

We are happy to organise a secure parking place for your vehicle on private property in Omišalj. This must be arranged in advanced. Prices can be found under “additional bookable services”.

 

If you have booked a parking place, please inform one of the Islandhopping tour guides on arrival. They will show you the parking place after unloading your car.

Arrival by plane

Arrival to our journeys in the Kvarner Bay is possible via the Rijeka Airport (RJK), which like your port of embarkation Omišalj, is on the island of Krk. Please keep in mind, that your ship leaves the port at about 3 pm for the first cruise.

 

Another arrival alternative is to fly to Zagreb (ZAG) (transfer time to Omišalj: 2 hours). On embarkation and disembarkation day we offer a collective transfer from/to Zagreb airport or Zagreb city. Prices can be found under “additional bookable services”.

Arrival by train

Please note that there is no train connection to Omišalj. The nearest bigger railway station is in Rijeka.

On embarkation and disembarkation day we also offer a collective transfer from/to Rijeka railway station. See "Transfer Options".

Transfer Options

Collective transfers must be reserved with our office team in advance (incl. transmission of your complete flight details).

 

Airport of Zagreb (ZAG) - Port of Embarkation

Departure times from Zagreb to Omišalj on embarkation day: 12:15 pm or 11:30 am from Zagreb Center

Departure times from Omišalj on disembarkation day: 08:00 am - Please make sure, that your return flight does not depart from Zagreb before 12:00 pm.

 

Airport of Rijeka (RJK) – Port of Embarkation

We can organize (taxi) transfers between Rijeka airport and the boat in Omišalj (on the day of embarkation/disembarkation only, reservation required two weeks in advance, incl. transmission of complete flight details).

 

Railway Station Rijeka - Port of Embarkation

We offer a collective transfer from Rijeka Station to Omišalj at 9.30 am on the day of embarkation. We also offer a collective transfer from Omišalj back to Rijeka in the early morning on the day of disembarkation (approx. 45 minutes travel time).

  • Embarkation
  • by car
  • by plane
  • By train
  • Transfer Options

If you would like to extend your trip

Extension program Trakošćan & Varaždin

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.

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Aerial view of Trakošćan Castle and surroundings

Additional nights on the island of Krk

Would you like to spend a few more days in Croatia before or after your Islandhopping tour? Then we recommend extending your stay on the island of Krk, which is one of the most diverse islands in the Mediterranean. Vineyards, olive groves, extensive forests and ancient stone walls characterize the landscape. There are many beautiful beaches and in Rudine you can visit an interesting stalactite cave. The town of Baška with its surrounding lunar landscape is also worth a visit.

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Beautiful village on the island of Krk, Croatia

Extension program in Zagreb

Are you intrigued to see more of Croatia? We recommend extending your stay with our 2-day extension program in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. The old town, built by the Imperial and Royal Monarchy, boasts many impressive buildings. The additional program includes transfers, hotel accommodation, a city tour and dinner in a typical konoba.

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View over the city of Zagreb
  • Extension program Trakošćan
  • Additional nights Island of Krk
  • Extension program Zagreb

Important information

Language

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Itinerary changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where necessary for organizational purposes. You are free to set aside a day to swim, relax or spend time at the hotel, instead of taking part in the planned bike tour.

Requirements

MTB-Level 1-2

Easy to moderate daily tours with stages of about 15 to 31 mi./25 to 50 km and 980 to 2,952 ft./300 to 900 m of elevation gain. Istria is a mountain biker’s paradise with a range of trails from easy to moderate to choose from. We ride on mainly unblocked flow trails, wide natural paths and quiet asphalt roads. It should not be required to carry your bike over any blocked paths. Wearing a protective bike helmet is mandatory – we recommend bringing your own helmet with you. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers on board (reservation required). Instead of taking part on a MTB tour, you are also welcome to either join the hybrid bike group or to remain on/near the boat. The daily tour program is dictated by the weather and the decisions of the captain.

Single-Trail Classification

To ensure that you are well prepared for your bike tour with Islandhopping and know what technical difficult level to expect, we have created a classification for all single trails that could be ridden on our tours. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Single Trail Scale which can be found here

 

Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, some erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, obstacles can be rolled over. Skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing.

 

Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins. Constant readiness to brake, shift of centre weight to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, consistent body tension required.

 

Black (heavy, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many large boulders, and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70 %, tight hairpins. Expert level of bike control/handling required.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required). Furthermore, we recommend riders to carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.

Group Riding Pace

On our regular bike tours the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on regular bikes. We ask guests who have reserved an e-MTB to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Bringing private bikes

The tour which you have booked requires a bike with a fully functional set of gears. Islandhopping can offer you high quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour.

 

Should you however wish to bring your own MTB with you, please make sure to check the condition of your breaks, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and spare tubes). Your bike should be in prefect mechanical working order.

 

We do not recommend bringing along private road bikes, as the thin tires are not suitable for some of the road surfaces encountered on the tours.

 

Liability disclaimer: Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH. Will not be held liable for any damages caused to private bikes during loading, unloading or other logisitical handling thereof.

Catering

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 2 x full board and 5 x half board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

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