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Cycle Croatia & the Balkans

14 Days | Explore the Dalmatian Coast and three fascinating countries by bike on this Balkan cycling adventure.

4.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
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Get your legs moving on a Balkan cycling adventure from Split to Sarajevo. Taking in stunning scenery of the Croatian islands, along the Dalmatian coast and inland, this trip will take you riding through three fascinating countries – Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Tackle challenging climbs, scenic flats and a new rail trail following the now defunct Austro-Hungarian railway line, soak up the sunset views of the Adriatic, unwind with a drink and a dip at one of Dubrovnik's hidden cliffside bars and finish in the intriguing, yet sobering, city of Sarajevo, with visits to Mostar and other picturesque towns on the way.

Trip overview

Map of Cycle Croatia & The Balkans including Bosnia And Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro
Start
Split, Croatia
Finish
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
ZMXBC
This trip generates 22.2 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore three fascinating countries by bike
  • Cycle through whitewashed villages and marvel at the sublime sapphire waters of the Adriatic Sea
  • Visit the largest island of Dalmatia, with its cypress forests, orange and olive trees, and glowing white pebble beaches
  • Filled with fragrant lavender, pines, fruit orchards and a towering limestone ridge, Hvar is truly stunning
  • Enjoy a gelato or take a refreshing dip in the sea in sunny Korcula
  • Traverse to the top of Srd Hil and appreciate the view of Old Dubrovnik, its harbor and the Adriatic Sea
  • Witness Mostar's famous bridge divers hurl themselves from the stones of a bridge that has spanned the river here for centuries

Is this trip right for you?
  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle.
  • While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short (the longest ride is only 50 kilometres) the terrain of the Dalmatian Coast is naturally hilly and the climate often warm. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip, but remember we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
  • As our riding is done mostly on sealed roads with the occasional gravel cycle path.
  • As there are cobblestones and many stairs in most European towns, and space in our support van is limited, it's strongly recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead.
  • You'll be spending your nights in hotels at each step on this tour, ranging from comfortable to basic levels. Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle Croatia & The Balkans including Bosnia And Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro

Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Bicycle, Support vehicle, Ferry, (e-bike option available, subject to availability)

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights), apartment (3 nights)

Activities
  • Brac Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Hvar Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Korcula Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Dubrovnik - City Walls
  • Pelješac Peninsula Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Bay of Kotor Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Niksic region Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Pluzine region Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Mostar region/Ciro Trail Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Ciro Trail Guided Cycling
  • Sarajevo Region Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
Add on activities
  • Split - Marjan Hill Hike - Free
  • Split - City Museum - HRK22
  • Split - Gallery of Fine Arts - HRK40
  • Split - St Domnius Cathedral and Tower (entrance fee) from - HRK70
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace - HRK42
  • Split - Dalmatian Wine and Dine Urban Adventure - EUR100
  • Split - Wars, Warriors and Reforms Urban Adventure - EUR35
  • Stina Winery tasting - HRK90
  • Hvar Island - St Stephen’s Cathedral HRK - HRK10
  • Hvar Island - Spanjola Fortress HRK - HRK50
  • Hvar Island - Pakleni Islands Half Day Trip HRK - HRK250
  • Korcula Island - Marco Polo Tower - HRK20
  • Korcula Island - Marco Polo Museum - HRK60
  • Peljesac - Wine tasting - Free
  • Dubrovnik - War Photography Museum - HRK50
  • Dubrovnik - Lokrum Island Boat Trip - HRK150
  • Dubrovnik - Mt Srd Museum of Croatian War of Independence - HRK30
  • Dubrovnik - Hike up Mt Srd - Free

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 1 (Split) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so that we can ensure a suitable sized bike is arranged.
3. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
4. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
5. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
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Darren · Traveled September 2023
The Croatia & Balkans Cycle trip was sensational, it very interesting cycling in beautiful countries of Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia, although the distances were not long there was a lot of physical climbing! but the reward of seeing all those beautiful views of the croayian islands and alps regions of Mont & Bosina was worth it. The food was really interesting to try as its ddifferent to what you have at home and it was Delicious. Sarajevo is fantastic plcae to finisht. Would recommend an extra day in Sarajevo after trip to learn the history of the 90's. We had a great group of travelers, tour leader and driver/mechanic in Tony and Sasha who made the trip special. Reccomend Highly
Review submitted 02 Oct 2023

Samira · Traveled September 2022
I love cycling in Croatia and Balkan Beautiful countries, beautiful biking routes and great Leaders ( Davor for Croatia and Tony for Balkans ) Food was awesome - enjoyed delicious seafoods in Croatia and delicious meat cuisines in Montenegro and Bosnia Thanks to Devor ,Tony and Andro for excellent recommendations for restaurants and food . *** Don’t forget to pack warm biking gears if you are biking in September in Montenegro and Bosnia ***
Review submitted 26 Sep 2022

Elizabeth · Traveled July 2022
This trip is absolutely fantastic. The scenery is incredible across the three countries and so varied from beautiful beaches to breathtaking mountains. Our guides Andro and Saša were brilliant, always motivating and supporting us whilst making the trip so much fun and providing us with great food recommendations at each town. I can’t recommend this trip highly enough!
Review submitted 03 Aug 2022
Cycle Croatia & the Balkans
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GBP £3,665