MTB TRANS CROATIA SHORT BREAK

Duration

3 days

Category

MTB

Fitness level

MEDIUM - High

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

Medium

Length & elevation

196 KM, 4223 M

The Trans Croatia Short Break biking tour is a great choice for those who love Croatia and want to spend an active vacation at the Adriatic. Spring and autumn are the perfect time to visit due to their pleasant temperatures, soft breeze and beautiful vistas.

A unique selection of biking trails combines two beautiful islands in the northern Adriatic, the isles of Rab and Krk, which are situated right at the foot of the majestic Velebit mountain range. The spectacular views are combined with exquisite culinary experiences.

HIGHLIGHTS: Old Town Rab, Rab coastal trail, Lopar beach trail, Moon Plateau at Krk, descent to Baška, descent to Punat, Malinska–Njivice costal trail.

Five reasons to choose Visit Good Place

We choose pleasant accommodations in hospitable and clean environments offering great, local food, so you can feel at home on your trip.
We take care of accommodations in biker-friendly environments and provide bike repairs and bike wash as well as laundry service and safe bike storage.
Support 24/7 – we can resolve any complications and difficulties during the tour.
Personal experience and guidance – we have cycled all tours ourselves. We organise a Skype call to discuss all tour sections and details with you before every departure.
Comprehensive traveller information – before the departure, all participants receive a document with detailed information about the tour, i.e. bike repair services and stores, recommendations for lunch etc.

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Itinerary

DAY 01

Paradise beaches

DistanceDistance: 13 km
DistanceElevation: 343 m

The Trans Croatia Short Break biking tour begins with the meeting of the group at the outskirts of Rijeka, which is a great gateway to Croatia’s islands. Cars are left at a secured parking space and a shuttle takes the group to the Rab island. The small town of Lopar will be the tour base for the next two days.

The ride of the day is the adventurous loop around Lopar’s beaches, which were selected one of the most beautiful in the world. The really intriguing ride with sections where one literally has to push the bike to reach the destination is not recommended for those who would prefer an easy afternoon biking – it is all about challenge and having fun.

Asphalt: 4 km (31 %)
Single trail: 9 km (69 %)


DAY 02

Glorious vistas

DistanceDistance: 48 km
DistanceElevation: 977 m

The island of Rab is 22 kilometres long and 11 kilometres wide, with its highest peak of Kamenjak rising to 408 metres above the sea level. From there, one has a scenic view over Rab and its archipelago, the islands of Cres, Lošinj, Silba, Olib, Krk and Pag, and the mighty Velebit mountains. The island, which was first mentioned around 360 BC, has its name derived from the word “arba”, which means “black island”. This is due to its rich pine forests.

The island remains green to this day, offering great fun for bikers. During the day, the tour combines gravel, asphalt and single trails, with highlights of the day being a visit to the town of Rab as well as taking the Premužić trail and a scenic trail following the coast from the town of Rab.

Frequently awarded as the best tourist destination in the Adriatic region, the town of Rab sits on a narrow sliver strip of land protruding towards the mainland, which is bounded by the ancient city walls and recognisable by the four church towers that form the familiar outline of Rab, resembling a four-masted ship.

A long climb awaits at the beginning of the route, which continues with several short climbs and descents.

Gravel: 20 km (41 %)
Asphalt: 20 km (41 %)
Single trail: 8 km (18 %)


DAY 03

One paradise lost, another one won

DistanceDistance: 53,34 km
DistanceElevation: 1288 m

The first morning activity is island hooping.
The ferry takes the bikers to the island of Krk to enjoy two days of the beautiful Krk Ring Tour, which mostly runs along the coast. It is all about biking the scenic trails with amazing views over the Adriatic Sea, the nearby islands and the Velebit.

Out of the 1185 Croatian islands, only Krk is dubbed “the golden island”. Its mild climate, strategic geographical position and a variety of beautiful natural sites gave it this name as early as the ancient times (Latin: Insula Aurea). The 45th parallel north runs through the 30 km long island with 190 km of coastal line.

The biking part of the day starts at the parking lot not far from the airport and ends on the other side of the island, in the town of Baška. The highlights of the day include taking a truly beautiful section of a Strava-featured trail that starts the tour, enjoying scenic views at the village of Dobrin, visiting the stone desert Moon Plateau above Baška, and finally taking the trail from the Plateau to Baška.

Gravel: 24,26 km (45,48 %)
Asphalt: 14,40 km (27 %)
Single trail: 14,68 km (27,52 %)


DAY 04

Fun and relaxation

DistanceDistance: 82 km
DistanceElevation: 1615 m

In the green, fertile Baška valley, which is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and fig trees and embraced by the beautiful karst mountain of Velebit, lies one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations – the town of Baška. One of the main reasons to visit Baška is definitely the unique, 1800-metre pebble beach. Although unfit for biking, it is well worth a visit as it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic. Nevertheless, Baška offers great infrastructure for bikers and other tourists and makes for a perfect final destination of the Trans Croatia Short Break biking tour.

The last day starts in Baška and ends at the parking lot in Rijeka, where the adventure started. The final day starts quite easily, featuring a rather short but steep climb which, after 12 kilometres, rewards bikers with incredible scenic vistas. From that point onwards, a great single trail leads almost directly to the town of Punat. Taking the roads interchanging asphalt and gravel and different trails, the tour continues towards the main settlement on the island, the town of Krk, and later to Porat. Biking through vineyards and olive groves with spectacular views over the coast is a pleasant way to close the week that was packed with fantastic adventures.

Leading from Porat, the last part consists of pleasant trails running along the coast and includes a short climb at the end.

Gravel: 35 km (42 %)
Asphalt: 32 km (39 %)
Single trail: 16 km (19 %)


Dates

  • 1 - 4 November, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED

Price for the guided TRANS CROATIA Short Break Tour includes:

3-night accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels/lodging houses
3 breakfasts and 3 dinners; all meals include typical local food
Fully qualified and experienced MTB guide
Baggage transfer between the tour stages
Safety equipment
Local driver who follows the group around
Transfer from the route ending point to the route starting point
Ferry transfer fees
24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Price for the self-guided TRANS CROATIA Short Break Tour includes:

3-night accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels/lodging houses (accommodation at Zavižan is provided in a mountain hut)
3 breakfasts and 3 dinners; all meals include typical local food
Baggage transfer between the tour stages
Navigation pack: GPS track
Local driver who follows the group around
Transfer from the route ending point to the route starting point
Ferry transfer fees
24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Would you like to customize this tour? Are you worried you are not prepared enough physically? Would you like to select a different starting or ending point, or perhaps have a day off before, after or during the tour? Send an e-mail to info@visit-goodplace.com

 

Optional

Single room supplement: €100
GPS device rental €10/day
e-bike rental €39/day
bike-rental €29/day

 

Price for TRANS CROATIA SHORT BREAK excludes

The travelling and activity insurance, personal safety and cycling equipment, lunches, beverages consumed with food that is included in the package, any other items not listed in the price.

Logistics

The adventure starts and ends in a small village of Čavle, near Rijeka (Croatia). The parking is free of charge.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE
Three international airports, those in Zagreb (Croatia), Trieste (Italy) and Ljubljana (Slovenia), are located within an hour-long drive. For your convenience, a shuttle can be arranged from any of these locations.

BY CAR
After crossing the Slovenian–Austrian border at the Karavanke tunnel, take the highway towards south in the direction of Ljubljana, and then the one heading towards Koper. Exit the highway at Postojna and drive towards Ilirska Bistrica and Rijeka. From the Croatian border at Jelšane/Rupa, take a 15-minute drive to Rijeka and follow the signs for Čavle.
If you come via Zagreb, take the highway towards Rijeka and then follow the signs for Čavle.

ACCOMMODATION
Our tours are mostly operated through small towns and villages. We always make effort to select the most authentic and visitor-friendly accommodation and dining arrangements available. That way the tour groups can enjoy local hospitality and great food on the entire route.

OTHER INFORMATION
• Every group consists of a maximum of 8 persons. Several groups can share a single tour.
• The grouping arrangements are based on personal desires, body fitness and the types of bikes.
• A briefing is organized every evening, where the guide(s) reveal the next day’s tour information, such as the altitudes, length, difficulty etc. There is always an option to avoid difficult route sections or change the group if there is more than one taking the tour. Within a single day, there are usually some alternative trails to allow variations according to the specific requirements of each group.
• The meeting instructions and final trip arrangements are sent to participants two weeks before the tour start date.

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