Croatia National parks cycling holiday

“A week of cycling in Croatia, exploring the spectacular inland national parks. Waterfalls, lakes, karst limetone and canyons. Every day is different, and yet this is easy to moderate cycling. Staying in three different places.”


Cycling in Risnjak National Park | Kupa River Valley | Velebit Mountain Nature Park | Plitvice Lakes National Park | Paklenica Canyon and National Park | Mreznica River Valley | Zrmanja River Valley | Easy to moderate cycling | Krka River National Park

Description of Croatia National parks cycling holiday

This Croatia cycling holiday is a small group tour, fully guided and following a spectacular itinerary through five national parks. The first is Risnjak National Park which is in the north of the country, in the Gorski kotar region, boasting superb mountain and forest trails. Following this is Velebit Nature Park, which is actually two national parks combined into one: Paklenica NP and the Northern Velebit NP, the former a land of canyons and pine forests and the latter all karst limetone wonders.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is for hiking rather than biking, but well worth it to see its uniquely beautiful chain of sixteen turquoise lakes, connected by waterfalls and pools. We will also hike in Paklenica Canyon, but are back on our bikes in Krka National Park, taking in its karst limestone features, waterfalls and also climbing to a magnificent viewpoint at Lake Visovac.

This cycling holiday is categorised as easy to moderate, and we have full vehicle support along the way, transferring luggage from hotel to hotel, but also being there for anyone who wants to take a rest for a while. We want you to enjoy the national parks, the nature reserves that surround the Mreznica, Krupa and Zrmanja rivers, as well as traditional Croatian rural life. We use quality, multi-gear touring bicycles, and follow paved roads with almost no traffic, avoiding big climbs when possible. Short enough for you to get off and push if you prefer. This is a holiday after all, not a race, although a sense of adventure is the one thing that you should bring with you, as well as having a flexible approach in the event of us having to change the itinerary at the last minute.

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2021: 25 Sep
Small group tour:
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. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

On our trips we bike on paved roads only, walk and hike off the beaten paths and forewarn our guests not to feed, fish, hunt or disturb animals. Traveling on bike produces no carbon footprint, unlike using all-terrain-vehicles, moto-cross bikes, or other modes of industrial transportation. Also traveling on bike slows your pace down so you take in more of the nature that surrounds you. By buying local products you are supporting this country's economy and helping Croatia stand on its feet again! We consider it our responsibility to lead efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of this fledgling sector by petitioning the introduction of tighter controls over the use of the country’s natural resources.

In our office we minimize printing actions and recycle paper.

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip ensures that the local people benefit as much as possible in the form of jobs (we employ local guides and drivers, we use either a family owned hotel or home stay with a local family), and most of all by minimizing the negative environmental impacts. Other than that we use local transfer services, buy food from the small farms and work on developing responsible waste management by stimulating waste recycling.

As a company, we support local community by building camps in partnership with local families, building bridges and accesses to the rivers. In order to preserve traventine barriers on Zrmanja River we have built wooden detour bridges. Part of our staff is vegetarian and because of that we try to provide quality vegetarian meals on our trips.


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