MTB TRANS CROATIA short break

Duration

3 days

Category

MTB

Fitness level

High

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

Medium

Length & elevation

196 KM, 4223 M


This tour is a great choice for all lovers of Croatia or those who want to spend an active vacation at the Adriatic. Anytime throughout the year is a good time to join this adventure, starting in early April, due to the mild coastal temperatures.

A unique selection of trails, running through the two beautiful islands of Rab and Krk, in northern Croatia’s dazzling Kvarner Gulf reveals different aspects of Croatia, where will experience challenging trails to exquisite culinary experiences. With the trail elevation below 2,000 meters, this tour offers riders an exceptional single track at moderate elevations. All of our rides boast remarkably well maintained trails, gorgeous vistas of nearby sea and lush green nature.

HIGHLIGHTS: Rab old town, Rab costal trail, Lopar beach trail, Moon plato Krk, decent to Baška

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Itinerary

DAY 01

From Rijeka to Rab Island

DistanceDistance: 13 km
DistanceElevation: 343 m

We will start the tour in Croatia, meeting in the Rijeka suburbs, a great gateway to Croatia’s islands. The vehicles can be left at a safe parking place, taking a shuttle to Rab Island. The City of Lopar will be our base for the next two days. Today we’ll be riding an adventurous loop around Lopar’s beaches. The Lopar beach was chosen as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You can a expect really intriguing ride with sections where you literally have to push your bike to reach your goal. It’s all about the challenge and having fun!

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


DAY 02

Rab Island

DistanceDistance: 48 km
DistanceElevation: 977 m

The island was mentioned for first time in a Greek source around 360 BC. The name is deriving from the Greek word Arba which means “Black island” due to the rich pine forests. The island is still green and really fun for biking. This tour is a combination of gravel, asphalt and single trails. The most certain highlights of the day are the City of Rab, Premožič trails and a scenic trail following the coast starting from the City of Rab.  You will face a longer climb at the beginning of the tour, then continuing on with several shorter climbs and descents.

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


DAY 03

Krk Ring Tour – 1st part

DistanceDistance: 53,34 km
DistanceElevation: 1288 m

For the next 2 days you will follow our unique Krk Ring Tour which runs along the coast most of the time. It’s all about riding the scenic trails with amazing views over the Adriatic Sea, the surrounding islands and Velebit Mountains. The beginning and the end of the tour could be set anywhere on the island but our tour starts at the parking place close to the Krk airport and ends in Baška on the other side of the island. Baška is known for its beautiful beaches, great infrastructure for bikers/tourists and makes a perfect finish to our tour . The highlights of the day are the “Strava segment”, a really nice trail at the beginning of the tour, scenic views from Village Dobrin, Plateau of the Moon above Baška and the final trail from Plateau to Baška.

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


DAY 04

Krk Ring Tour – 2nd part

DistanceDistance: 82 km
DistanceElevation: 1615 m

The final tour day starts in Baška and finishes at the parking place in Rijeka where we started our adventure. Today’s route has quite an easy start, facing a short but steep climb after 12km, rewarding you with some awesome vistas views. From that point on you’ll have a great single trail almost directly to the City of Punat. In continuation, we will a combination of asphalt & gravel roads and trails to the City of Krk and later on to Porat. In between we will bike through vineyards and olive trees with spectacular views over the coast. From Porat we follow nice trails along the coast with a short climb at the end, all the way to the parking place where we finish the tour.

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


Logistics

Our adventure starts and ends in small village Čavle, close to Rijeka (Croatia).

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Rijeka is sorrounded with 3 international airports within a maximum of an hour distance (from Zagreb, Trieste, Italy and Ljubljana, Slovenia). We can arrange airport shuttles from all 3 airports.

BY CAR

You cross the Austrian border through the Karavanke tunnel, taking the highway to south (Ljubljana, Postojna, Ilirska Bistrica). You cross the border with Croatia at Jelšane/ Rupa having another 15 minutes’ drive to reach Rijeka.

From Zagreb you take the highway towards Rijeka and from there you follow the signs for Čavle.

ACCOMMODATION

Our tours are running mostly through smaller cities & villages. We always strive to choose the best accommodation & restaurants in the region, authentic and very nice.

Our careful planning and preparation means you won’t have to worry about missing the best roads and sights. You will enjoy local hospitality & great food all the way.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • In a single group there will be a maximum of 8 people. But there can be more than 1 group.
  • We will form groups according to individuals desires, fitness and also bikes.
  • Every evening there will be a briefing session organized. Where the guide(s) will present the next day’s tour profile (altitude profile, length, difficulty…). There is always the option to avoid difficult route sections or change your group if there will be more than one. There are many variations of each days
  • Meeting instructions and final trip arrangements will be sent to you two weeks prior to your tour start date.

Dates

  • 22 - 25 March, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED
  • 30 March - 2 April, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED

Price for guided TRANS CROATIA short break tour includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/pensions
  • 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners, all meals with local/ typical touch
  • Fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • All group safety equipment
  • Accompanied local driver following the group
  • Transfer from route ending point to route starting point
  • Ferry ride fees
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Price for self-guided TRANS CROATIA short break tour includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/pensions (accommodation Zavizan in a mountain hut)
  • 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners, all meals with local/ typical touch
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Navigation pack: GPS track
  • Accompanied local driver following the group
  • Transfer from route ending point to route starting point
  • Ferry ride fees
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Would you like to customize this tour? Aren’t you trained enough? Would you like a different starting or arriving point, or a break day before, after or during the tour? Send us an e-mail: info@visit-goodplace.com

Optional

Supplement for single room 100 €
GPS device rental 10€/day
e-bike rental 39€/day
bike-rental 29€/day

 

 

Price for TRANS CROATIA short break excludes

Travel and activity insurance, personal safety & cycling equipment, lunches, all beverages with included meals, any other items not mentioned as included.

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