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This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Great trip. Big climbs, fantastic scenery, some fast descents on a mixture of tarmac and trails. The focus really is on the biking - the route has been planned very carefully, with the toughest days at the start and shorter days in the saddle at the end.
I most enjoyed the very fast downhill road descent to Gospic on Day 3. Also really liked the route through the woods towards the start of Day 2, and coming down through the mountains on Day 4 was really good too. All in all a really well thought out route with some great views.
Vlado is a born cyclist and leader, and is incredibly fit. He took great care of the group, even pushing those who needed a little help up the hills! He was meticulous, directive, and took responsibility for making sure everything was well organised and keeping the group together. Expect to be told exactly what to do. He and his mate Pjer, who drove the van and did a great job of supplying water, wine and laughter, made a great team - somehow their vastly different personalities, politics, and outlooks really worked well together.
If you're looking for a trip where the focus is really on getting the best out of cycling, book this trip. I would say the mix of road to trail is actually closer to 35 / 65 (not 75 / 25!) but don't let that put you off - there are plenty of great mostly double track trails to get stuck in to on this trip, and the roads are mostly very quiet and scenic.
Day 2, involving 2000m of climbing and (for me) 8 hours on the bike is hard but doable. Bring a gel seat. The mountain hut at the top of the hill is in a beautiful location but it is very basic. Expect bean stew and sausage. Bringing your own blanket or sleeping bag would be a good idea.
It was a great week, with varied beautiful scenery (mountains, forests and coast) and a great bunch of people to share it with. Croatia is a very friendly country and travelling through it on a bike is a great way to experience it. The group were brilliant and there was plenty of laughing, joking, banter, and a bit of drinking involved!
After a long hot climb (10km) on road and gravel tracks, watching the mountain hut (where we spent one night) creep into view was amazing. This was at nearly 1600m and the vistas across the National Park from the top were well worth the effort.
Vladimir (and his assistant Pjer) were fantastic. They were extremely well-organised and looked after us (and the bikes) very well. They also spent time socialising with us in the evening and were great company. A good team!
If you haven't done much cycling before, you may find this trip difficult. I am a keen road cyclist (having done some mountain biking) and have ridden long distances before, but a couple of days were not easy, especially the long climbs and a couple of technical descents on loose material. Don't let this put you off though, because it is not all difficult! If you like cycling and are reasonably fit, then go on this trip and see parts of Croatia that are not on the 'traditional' tourist map.
I found the areas that we visited to be inexpensive, as they were not tourist traps. Most evening meals are included so you only have to spend a few quid on lunch each day and this makes the trip good value for money. The last 2 days we had seafood lunches, so allow some extra money for that.
A very enjoyable trip in a beautiful country with a great group of people.
Probably sitting outside the mountain hut at the end of the second day with a cold beer, taking in magnificent views of mountains in one direction and the sea in the other with the rest of the group after a strenuous day on the bike.
We had 2 local staff on this trip: Vlado the cyclist and Pjer the van driver. Two contrasting personalities, they complemented each other well. Vlado, lean and fit, a multiple cycling champion of the former Yugoslavia, kept the group together and happy with a mix of firm direction and a dry sense of humour. Pjer, former Croatian TV personality and much more than a simple van driver, was the epitome of the cool dude and the perfect foil to Vlado. They did a great job and we learnt a lot about Croatia as we travelled around.
This is a really good trip: the grading at moderate/challenging is probably about right. There are some long climbs, so a reasonable level of fitness will help you get the best from the trip. While none of the descents is overly technical, there's enough to keep you on your toes with an adrenaline rush every now and again.
I really enjoyed the week and it was a pleasure to spend time with such a nice group of people. Croatia is a beautiful country and, on a personal note, very good for vegetarians. The only reason I haven't given the trip 5 stars is the tarmac/off road ratio suggested in the trip notes (75/25) is in reality probably more like 50/50.
There are cash machines at all airports, so you will be able to get cash (Kuna - local currency) on arrival, should you not be able to get any before you depart. There are also cash machines in various places throughout the trip, so you won't have any problems.
Ian Langford - Sales
No, if you hold an EU passport, you do not need any visa to travel. If you hold a non EU passport, please check with your nearest embassy.
Danuta Janik - Customer Operations
‘In-country’ bike hire should be arranged at the time of booking, and the cost will be added to your invoice. Please note that there are a limited number of bikes available locally. We always have to match a person's height to the bike frame size and, as there are a limited amount of each size, we cannot always guarantee availability of the correct frame. Therefore it is recommended you add the local bike hire as early as possible.
Andy Ross - Product Manager
No. The leader carefully breaks up the distances covered with refreshment stops and lunch. The terrain will vary but clients are always free to hop on the support vehicle that shadows the whole group, if they feel like a break. Saying that, you do cover more ground than you think, especially with a tailwind behind you!
Will Shoubridge - Agency Sales
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