Cycling holiday in Croatia, Dalmatian Coast

“The sea's always in view on this small group cycling holiday, teasing and tantalising as you push your way up a hill. No finer reward when you get back to the bottom though.”

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Split | Hvar | Korcula | Peljesac Peninsula | Ston | Dubrovnik | Five days of cycling

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Hire cost is extra so weigh up cost of transporting your own against hiring one.
Trip type:
Small group holiday, average 12 but max 16 people. Min. age 16
Activity level:
Moderate, cycling 45 km/day.
Accomm:
Small 2* and 3* hotels.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Flights (option to book your own), ferries, accommodation, breakfasts, luggage transfers, guide, van support. Note: Bike hire is extra.
Meals:
Breakfast included; budget for cafes and restaurants en route.
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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cycling holiday in Croatia, Dalmatian Coast

Environment

Activity:
As the itinerary is mainly based on cycling and sightseeing Dalmatian coast, we have a low impact on the environment. The sightseeing aspect of the tour is actually really beneficial to the country and its several historical and cultural gems. The ancient, heavily walled city of Dubrovnik, for instance, benefits from tourist fees which go towards upkeep of the buildings. Clients are free to visit the Rector’s Palace, the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, the Stradun and the fortified walls themselves. Not only does this help preserve and celebrate Croatian culture history, but the locals benefit from tourists spending on souvenirs and food. Similarly, there is the option to visit the island of Mljet and its National Park- by doing this we contribute to the maintenance of this beautiful natural area.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle and provide clean water in large bottles to facilitate this. We recycle our plastic and are sure to dispose of any litter on tour in an appropriate place.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation & Meals:
On this trip you will spend the week in comfortable, locally staffed hotels. We tend to avoid the larger chains and to invest in the smaller businesses, where our money stays local. All breakfasts and one picnic lunch is included. Croatian cuisine has a mixture of Central European, Italian and Balkan influences, producing a mixture of dishes like grilled lamb, pizza, fine seafood, pasta and salads. Your guide is local and will be able to recommend or arrange for you to eat in some unique, community-central restaurants or markets. For example, in Ston, the group can stop to try oysters; or along the Peljesac Peninsula, there are several vineyards where there is the chance to try and buy some wine.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Cycling holiday in Croatia, Dalmatian Coast

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling down the long downhill on the second day on Hvar into the port at Su?uraj. The views where stunning and the road was clear. You can see the sea on either side of you and the finish line ahead after a rewarding morning of cycling. Fantastic!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take some padded shorts and a camera – you’ll need both. Some of the climbs can be tough but the support vehicle is always close by. We went in May and was a lovely time to go as it was quiet and not too warm.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes definitely! Our guide Ana was Croatian and we really felt that she took us off the beaten track a little and by doing so, got us to some places that a lot of travelers don’t have the opportunity to see. We ate at family restaurants and had a very personal experience that really makes the holiday special. Cycling is a great way to explore with minimal environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a really fantastic time. The group was friendly and the tour guide really made the trip for us with her knowledge and enthusiasm for the country. The tour was well organised and perfectly suited to the location and time we had there. It will not be our last cycling holiday!

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I loved it all, but the day trip to Mljet was particularly special. The island and monastery looked like a picture in a fairy tale, and swimming in the Adriatic was magic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You are in a for a great time - especially if you like challenging yourself on your bike, seeing a beautiful part of the world, and enjoying the friendship of others. Some of the hills are quite long, but the van was always close by. You will get a good appreciation of the country of Croatia. Ana was a very capable guide, very knowledgable about her country.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, I think it did all of these 3 important issues.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A very high 9 out of 10

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling the Dalmatian Coast was a terrific holiday full of memorable and exciting moments. It is difficult to pin down just one, however, cycling around Korcula was definitely a highlight. Big uphill climbs were rewarded with simply stunning views of the coast and there was always a colourful village nestled in a turquoise cove just around the corner.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


There are some big climbs, so make sure you are fit, especially in summer as it is also hot.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely! We dined at local restaurants which directly supported small communities. The fact that we cycled minimised environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely brilliant! Krsto, our guide, was very knowledgable, had excellent social skills and a wit that kept us entertained. I met like minded people, the cycling was beyond my expectations and the food and wine were absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this holiday- it was an experience of a lifetime.

Reviewed on 10 May 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lunch in a clifftop coastal restaurant where virtually every single item was made or grown by the family who served it to us

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The cycling is on the high end of moderate, not the low end!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Difficult to say - the whole holiday was good.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Consider booking your own flights. The company uses the national airline which did not give direct flights whereas other participants using budget airlines were able to fly direct.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great holiday - would recommend

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole trip was wonderful! There were several parts of our bike rides that were just breath-taking: cruising down the hillsides of the islands, feeling the sunshine, breeze, seeing the blue sea below, the vineyards on the hillside. The views from the biking terrain were spectacular. We also enjoyed some lovely outdoor meals, particularly in Korcula, enjoying fresh seafood. Our guide Vladimir Fumic was really lovely - friendly, informative, and a good leader.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Give yourself a day or two to see Split before you start with the group (there isn't a ton to see, but it is still nice to walk around the city more than the group itinerary allows), same with Dubrovnik. Also, go to Mljet - which is optional on the itinerary, but well worth it. Booking in early September was great -- not too hot for the biking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I am not so sure how it did this, but I did feel like biking is environmentally friendly, and our guide took us to local eating establishments and shops to buy local wine.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was excellent! An active vacation that was also very relaxing, with beautiful sights, delicious food (seafood, wines), option to swim. The hotels are not anything lavish, but they are clean and practical, and not in congested tourist areas.

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