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  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • May - October
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Biking along Mura and Drava river - 8 days/7 nights

Overview

Peace of greenery, hills with rivers, vineyards and picturesque villages where tradition and customs are still alive and carefully preserved. All this awaits you on this unforgettable cycling adventure through unexplored areas of continental Croatia. Explore new places and beautiful nature with the bike at a pace that suits you, stop whenever you want to enjoy the scenery and get in touch with the locals who still live their traditional lives today and cherish old customs. The two-wheeled journey begins in the Zagorje region, which will enchant you with its natural and cultural beauty. Visit Baroque Varaždin and Trakošćan, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful castles in Croatia. Cycle further enjoying the beauty of the Drava and Danube rivers, as well as in the plains of Slavonia and other numerous places along the idyllic landscape. Kopacki Rit Nature Park will enchant you with the richness of the world of water, flora and fauna, while the city of Osijek will do the same with its rich history and Slavonian soul. Enjoy local traditional food, local wines and experience a variety of traditions and everyday customs.

Facilities

DAY 1 ARRIVAL
Arrival in Zagreb and transfer to Varaždin. Varazdin is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Croatia, a baroque city known for its music and flowers. Visit the old town's beautiful fort, which dates from the 12th century. It has survived through Croatia's turbulent history and today it is a part of the city museum of Varazdin. See Varazdin cemetery, created by the visionary Herman Haller - not only a place for the dead, but also an architectural jewel. Wecome dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Hotel 3 * in Varaždin
Meals: dinner

DAY 2 FROM CASTLE TO CASTLE 82 KM
Today we will start with a biking from caste to castle.
Trakoscan castle dates from the 16th century and has been renovated in the neo-Gothic style. The castle is a museum with a gallery, collection of weapons and antique furniture. Enjoy your time in the castle and explore the surrounding park and lake..Veliki Tabor was built during the 15th and 16th centuries and is one of the best-preserved medieval fortified cities in continental Croatia. Its most famous owners were the Counts of Celje and Ratkajevi. Visiting the castle, you will have a chance to explore the museum and hear many legends connected to the castle's owners and people from nearby places. Today we will end on rural household where our host will teach us how to prepare Zagorski štrukli, popular traditional Croatian dish served in households across Hrvatsko Zagorje. Dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Hotel 3 * in Varaždin
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Distance: 82 km

DAY 3 VARAŽDIN VIA LEGRAD TO KOPRIVNICA 72 KM
From Varaždin, the route takes us partly along Lake Varaždin, then through picturesque villages to the next lake, Lake Dubrava. In Prelog, there are two note-worthy locations: the baroque church of St. James and the Hortus Croatiae Museum with a rich collection of Croatian naive art. Our ride end in Koprivnica.
Accommodation: Hotel 3 * in Koprivnica
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Distance: 72 km

DAY 4 KOPRIVNICA VIA PITOMAČA TO VIROVITICA 88 KM
This route passes through the territories of the Regional Park Mura-Drava and Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, protected by the UNESCO since 2012. We will be riding by the river, over hanging bridge until we reach small village where we will have a traditional lunch with local family. In afternoon we reach Virovitica where we spend the night.
Accommodation: Hotel 3 * in Virovitica
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance: 88 km

DAY 5 VIROVITICA TO DONJI MIHOLJAC 70 KM
Today we will keep riding by the river Drava. On the way to Donji Miholjac we will stop at Pustara Višnjica, an old farm, surrounded by lime, chestnut and pine trees, where you can see horses, the mouflons and fallow deer. Here is also the biggest production of batata (sweet potatoes) in our country. After delicious lunch we ride to Donji Miholjac for overnight.
Accommodation: Hotel 3 * in Donji Miholjac
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance: 70 km

DAY 6 BARANJA TO OSIJEK 72 KM
After breakfast we are going on a exloration of wonderful Baranja enjoying beautiful wines, exploring the wild world of Nature Park Kopacki Rit, enjoy food in one of the traditional restaurants in Baranja villages and taking a pottery workshop.
Accommodation: Hotel 3 * in Osijek
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance: 72 km

DAY 7 OSIJEK TO VUKOVAR 80 KM
After breakast we start our last day of cycling which goest through to the city of Ilok – the most eastern Croatian city. Our cycling adventure we will finish with visit of a famous wine cellar and introduction of wine production.
Accommodation: Hotel 3 * in Vukovar
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Distance: 80 km

DAY 8 DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer back to Zagreb.

Map


Prikaži Self Guided Istrian wine road tour 8 days na većoj karti

Essentials

Included

• 2 x overnights in hotel 3/4* in Varaždin
• 1 x overnight in hotel 3/4* in Koprivnica
• 1 x overnight in hotel 3/4* in Virovitica
• 1 x overnight in hotel 3/4* in Donji Miholjac
• 1 x overnight in hotel 3/4* in Osijek
• 1 x overnight in hotel 3/4* in Vukovar
• 7 x breakfasts, 7 x lunches, 7 x dinners
• English speaking guide on bike
• Support van
• Refreshment and snacks during cycling
• E-bike rental
• Airport transfers

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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