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  • 8 days
  • May - October
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Gravel biking across the Velebit mountain 8 days / 7 nights

Overview

The greatest artist in the world must be nature. Her creations are unsurpassed, and you can see some of her incredible luxury on a mountain adventure through four Croatian national parks. In the heart of Gorski Kotar is located Risnjak National Park, an oasis of natural beauty and natural habitat of lynx, wolves and bears, while Velebit Mountain is home to two national parks: North Velebit will enchant you with a botanical park hiding rare mountain plant species while Paklenica will show you its richness geomorphological forms, diverse flora and fauna and the beauty of untouched nature. Another very special experience awaits you - once you visit the Kutterevo refuge for young bears, you will once again understand the beauty, importance and grandeur of nature and all its creations and beings. Familiarize yourself with the traditions, customs and life of the people in the Croatian mountains, learn about brown bears and lynx, try to prepare traditional dishes on the hearth, produce meadow honey and scribble cheese. Driving the Master Road is a special experience with stunning views of the Adriatic Sea and islands. It was the first modern thoroughfare whose construction was initiated by the Vienna court in 1819 during the Habsburg monarchy. The aim was to connect Zadar, the administrative center of Dalmatia at that time, with the interior of Croatia, in order to speed up postal and commercial transport. The spirit of history is felt every step of the way in the backward Austro-Hungarian ruins, Winnetou's tomb, Tul's beams. The two-wheeled adventure ends in the beautiful canyon of the Krupa and Zrmanja rivers.

Facilities

DAY 1 Arrival to Zagreb
Independent arrival to Zagreb. After checking in to hotel meeting with the guide followed by orientational walk through Zagreb and a dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Zagreb.
Accommodation: Hotel Jadran 3* in Zagreb or similar
Meals: welcome dinner
Distance: -

DAY 2 Biking Delnice to Fužine 41 km
After breakfast 1,5 hours transfer to Delnice. After bike fitting we star our ride towards Fužine. Gorski kotar is a green oasis where at every turn you can notice the harmonious co-existence of man and nature. Here you will find unspoilt nature that hides a unique beauty and tranquillity, and green landscapes where you can go to sleep listening to the gentle murmur of the forest. You will be struck by the warmth of Gorski kotar's villages and people, and your welcoming hosts are sure to leave a lasting impression on you. Overnight in Fužine.
Accommodation: Hotel Bitoraj 3* in Fužine or similar
Meals: breakfast, snacks and refreshment during biking, dinner
Distance: 41 km

DAY 3 Biking Loop ride Fužine-Crni Lug Fužine, 56 km
This cycle route begins in Crni Lug, where you ride through the village and head for Gornje Jelenje along a windy road and you'll come to the lakes of Mrzle Vodice. The lakes were created when a dam was built which interestingly submerged the old Luiziana route, which was the primary road from Karlovac to Rijeka 200 years ago.
This 60km round trip is a mix of asphalt and gravel and will take you around Risnjak National Park, where you'll explore one of Croatia's oldest national parks and the only park in Croatia where the European wolf, bear and lynx live side by side.
Today's ride will pass scarcely populated but charming mountainous villages and towns like Stari Lug, Lokve, around Lokvarsko and Bayer lake and end in Fužine where we have started. Overnight in Fužine.
Accommodation: Hotel Bitoraj 3* in Fužine or similar
Meals: breakfast, snacks and refreshment during biking, dinner
Distance: 56 km

DAY 4 Biking Fužine to Senj 64 km
After breakfast, we start our descent to the coast, we will be riding below mountains on a single trail leading us towards town of Novi Vinodolski. Then we continue above Novi Vinodolski until we reach Senj. Time to visit Nehaj fortress, the symbol of Senj built in the mid 15th century when the Turks and Venice were at the peak of their power. Overnight in Senj.

Accommodation: Hotel Libra 4* in Senj or similar
Meals: breakfast, snacks and refreshment during biking, dinner
Distance: 64 km

DAY 5 Biking Senj to Krasno 38 km ,
Todays ride is one of the most challenging ride which starts at the sea level up to the Zavižan peak with a rewarding view on the Adriatic sea and islands. From Zavižan we descend to Kuterevo to visit bear sanctuary where the volunteers helps orphnaged brown bears to leave a decent life. Overnight in Krasno.
Accommodation: Hotel Krasno 3* in Krasno or similar
Meals: breakfast, snacks and refreshment during biking, dinner
Distance: 38 km

DAY 6 Biking Krasno to Gospić, 80 km
One of the highlights of this adventure is today's ride which is going on along the main Velebit mountains ridge. Riding through lush forests, acrooss green meadows passing below the fascinating nature creations or the carstic relief will be rewarded by the fantastic views on the adriatic coast and islands. Overnigt in Gospić.
Accommodation: Hotel Stara Lika 4* in Gospić or similar
Meals: breakfast, snacks and refreshment during biking, dinner
Distance: 80 km

DAY 7 Biking Gospić to Zadar, 82 km
After breakfast we start our ride in the Lika region just below the Velebit mountaing to village of Sveti Rok where we will take an historical road called Majstorska cesta which was built in in begining of the 19th century to to connect the coast with continental part of the country, over the Velebit mountain. We will pass bellow Tulove Grede, enjoy in spectacular view to the Croatian coast and islands and end our cycling adventure by river Zrmanja. Through milleniums Zrmanja and Krupa rivers in the Velebit Mountain Nature Park have carved a spectacular canyon and built magnificent waterfalls. These are two of the most beautiful rivers in Europe with green banks and perfectly clear water.
Short transfer to Zadar where we will spend our last night in Croatia.
Accommodation: Hotel Mediteran 3* in Zadar or similar
Meals: breakfast, snacks and refreshment during biking, dinner
Distance: 82 km

DAY 8 Departure
After breakfast independent departure.

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Essentials

Included

• 1 x overnight in hotel 3* in Zagreb
• 2 x overnights in guesthouse 3* in Fužine
• 1 x overnight in hotel/guesthouse 4* in Senj
• 1 x overnight in hotel/guesthouse 3* in Krasno
• 1 x overnight in hotel/guesthouse 4* in Gospić
• 1 x overnight in hotel 3* in Zadar
• 7 x breakfasts, 6 x lunches, 7 x dinners
• English speaking guide on bike
• Support van
• Refreshment and snacks during cycling
• MTB or gravel bike rental

Excluded

  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Arrival and departure from Istria
  • E-Bike rental with supplement EUR 110 per bike/week
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks if not mentioned
  • Restrictions

    You should be in a moderate physical condition to do this trip.

    Essentials

    Hotels are 3* with very excellent service.

    Bring:
    ● sunscreen and hat if its summer
    ● suitable clothes for cycling

    Who carries my luggage?
    On all tours, whether guided or self-guided, your luggage is transferred to your following night's accommodation. Luggage transfer is mostly carried out by Fiore Tours, by  sometimes we use also the accommodation provider or a local taxi service. Bags should be ready for collection by 09:30am and will be at your next overnight stop by 3pm.

    What type of bikes do you use?
    Our adult bicycles are quality hybrids, made by FELT. The model is the QX80 and we have a range of sizes to ensure there is a good match between you and your hire bike. These are very comfortable bikes, with quality components, ideally suited for roads and gravel tracks. The bikes have 27 gears, operated by easy-to-use gear shifters.
     
    What equipment/clothing do I need to bring with me?
    We supply helmets, hand pump, puncture repair kits, cycle computers (measuring speed, distance etc.).rear rack and bottle holder. We recommend that you bring a lightweight waterproof in case of showers. On longer tours, you might like to, wear cycling shorts or padded under-shorts, cycling gloves and cycling shoes (or stiff-soled trainers) as these will make your ride more comfortable. Sunglasses protect your eyes from bright light, and also from airborne insects – a particular hazard if you are speeding downhill on a bike.
     
    Can I organize a trip with just my friends or family?
    Yes, just let us know your chosen trip and we can organize a private departure. Prices may vary from those given on the website, depending on the size of the group and date of departure.
     
    What is the accommodation going to be like
    Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area.
     
    What is the food like?
    Breakfasts are generally buffets that take your active program into consideration with a variety of low-fat and high-nutrition choices. Lunch is generally on your own, although some groups tours decide to pool funds on some days and enjoy picnics en route. Dinners are usually included with guided tours, and dinner packages ("half pension") are a frequent option with self-guided tours. Expect either a fixed menu or a few choices. If you have any allergies, restrictions or strong preferences, please let us know as far in advance as possible.
     
    How busy are the roads?
    The beauty of cycling in Istria is that the roads are generally very quiet. Our tours are planned on local roads with some short connections on main roads but generally the cycling is relaxed and traffic light.
     
    How far in advance do I need to book?
    We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Istria is extremely popular over the summer months.
     
    When is the best time of year?
    Traditionally April/May/June and September/October  have always been the most popular time of year because the weather is better and on the road is less traffic. In July and August air temperature and humidity are higher and more traffic on the roads.

    What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?
    We use local taxis to transfer your baggage and they can normally move you, your bike and baggage to the next stop in case of emergency. Local buses can also sometimes take bikes.
     
    When do I get my tour documents?
    You receive tour documents, including your hotel list and information on how to get to your starting town and hotel, tour operator contacts, packing tips, and other helpful information, about 2-3 weeks before your tour. You get packets with maps, route instructions, and sightseeing information at your start hotel.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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