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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 cycling tours such as our “Bicycle Cruise Istria”. 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.
Boasting more than 2,300 hours of sunshine per year, a holiday in Istria is guaranteed to be full of sun and relaxation. It is not only the cultural and culinary richness that makes the peninsula so impressive. Sitting at the foot of the alps, this “green oasis” is scattered with lush pine forests, green meadows and fields, vineyards, and olive groves.
Istria is made for cyclists! Discover Istria’s must-see places such as Motovun, the truffle capital of Istria, and the Učka Nature Park, which surrounds the Učka mountain range. Stroll through the streets of Pula, the oldest and largest town in Istria. Let yourself be blown away by the beautiful white-pebble beaches in Rabac, arguably some of the best beaches in Croatia. Follow the famous Parenzana railway line through Livade all the way to Vižinada: an unforgettable trail offered on our “Hotel & MTB Parenzana” tour.
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 will 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. 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, MTB standard or special or even a road bike training camp – 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 Croatian region has an abundance on offer and is home to some of the best 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 many 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 journey by bike 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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Far off the beaten track, our hotel and bike tours offer a very individual experience of Croatia’s beautiful inland and incredible coast. Cycle through the backroads in the north of Croatia, discover a multitude of natural treasures and explore the national parks Plitvice and Risnjak. Cycle along the famous Parenzana narrow-gauge railway that runs all the way from Italy to Istria.
Would you like to see more of the beautiful Kvarner Bay? On our “Hotel & MTB Rabac” and “Hotel & MTB Krk” tours you will get to discover even more stunning places in Croatia.
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).
Despite its membership in the European Union, Croatia does not use the euro. Instead, the currency in Croatia is the relatively stable Croatian Kuna (HRK).
After checking in/before embarkation, you usually have enough time to get some local money 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 in Croatia by car, it is best to change some money at the border because not all petrol stations accept euros. Road tolls can be paid in euro or by credit card.