Croatia: Gravel Grinding The Balkan Way

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8 Day(s)
Mod-Advanced
374 Km
avg 62 Km
Guided

Description

On this tour we will discover the Croatian part of this exciting MTB trail. We will ride through the evergreen forests of NP Risnjak before an exciting single trail descent to the Adriatic Coast. We continue with one of the most challenging rides on 2 wheels in Croatia - ascent to Velebit mountain and Zavizan mountain hut. Trail continues along the main ridge of Velebit, Croatian greatest mountain, taking us through a maze of limestone rocks, towers and cliffs, before enjoying stunning panoramas to the Adriatic coast and islands. Towards the end the tour we ride around Zrmanja river and Vransko Lake and end in Biograd na moru, a small coastal town where we will enjoy the Mediterranean spirit and cuisine of the region. Dinaric mountains and Adriatic Sea await you!

Day 1: Arrive to Zagreb
Enjoy a stroll through the 900-year old streets of Zagreb’s Old Town and perhaps visit one of the city’s many museums before joining us for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Transfer to Prezid. Ride to Fuzine
After breakfast, we’ll take you into the Gorski Kotar region from where we’ll begin our TransDinarica cycling adventure! Our cycle will take us into the heart of the beautiful Risnjak National Park, accompanied by stunning woodland and mountain views.
Mileage: 66 km / 41 miles
Total Climb: 1,425 m / 4,675 ft
Total Descent: 1,475 m / 4,839 ft
Surface Ratio: 74% gravel / 26% asphalt
Day 3: Fuzine – Senj
For today’s adventure we’ll be tackling part of the new exciting MTB race “Fuzine 2 Sea” held in the area of Gorski Kotar and the Northern Adriatic coast.
Mileage: 64 km / 40 miles
Total Climb: 1,288 m / 4,226 ft
Total Descent: 1,996 m / 6,549 ft
Surface Ratio: 46% gravel / 30 % asphalt / 24% single trail
Day 4: Senj – Zavizan
Eat a hearty breakfast, for today we encounter one of the biggest challenges on the Croatian section of the TransDinarica trail—climbing the mighty mountain of Velebit, the heart of the Dinaric mountain range and the “Mount Olympus of Croatia”. It’s a short but tough ascent, with beautiful views of the Northern Adriatic coast and islands as our reward.
Mileage: 38 km / 24 miles
Total Climb: 1,840 m / 6,037 ft
Total Descent: 220 m / 722 ft
Surface Ratio: 53% gravel / 47% asphalt
Day 5: Zavizan – Baske Ostarije
From Zavizan, we will ride along the main ridge of Velebit—the largest and longest mountain in Croatia. A real highlight of this trip, you’ll enjoy views of the incredible rugged formations of the Dinaric mountains as we cycle our way through lush forests and meadows.
Mileage: 70 km / 43 miles
Total Climb: 1,055 m / 3,461 ft
Total Descent: 1,730 m / 5,676 ft
Surface Ratio: 80% gravel / 16% asphalt / 4% single trail
Day 6: Baske Ostarije – Lovinac
Descending from Baske Ostarije by the northern slopes of Central Velebit, we’ll embark on the longest ride of the trip.
Mileage: 90 km / 56 miles
Total Climb: 850 m / 2,789 ft
Total Descent: 1,215 m / 3,986 ft
Surface Ratio: 61% gravel / 39% asphalt
Day 7: Lovinac – Zrmanja River
Our last ride will take us from the northern to the southern side of Velebit, via the gravel “Majstorska cesta” (Master Road).
Mileage: 46 km / 29 miles
Total Climb: 715 m / 2,346 ft
Total Descent: 1,250 m / 4,101 ft
Surface Ratio: 41% gravel / 53% asphalt / 6% single trail
Day 8: Transfer to airport and Departure
We’ll transfer you to your port of departure (Zadar/Split/Zagreb).

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Croatia
From:
Zagreb
To:
Split

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
8 Days
Level:
Mod-Advanced
Terrain:
Off-road (unsealed)|Big climbs|Cycle Paths/Trails
More Options:
Point to Point
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
EUR 1095

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
374 Km
Riding Days:
6
Month(s):
August
Departure:
August 24, 2019

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: 100 euros (available on Day 1, 2, 3 and 7)

Inclusions

1 night in 3-star hotel, 1 night in 4-star hotel, 2 night in private family pension (ensuite rooms), 2 nights in hostels (multi-bed room & shared toilets & hot water showers) and 1 night in mountain huts (multibed room & shared toilets / no showers).
Daily breakfast
7 dinners (drinks are not included)
6 snacks or lunches
Meeting with our local representative
Guide service throughout trip (English speaking guide)
Bike fitting on Day 1 (if time allows)
Luggage transfers
Transfer from Zagreb airport to your first hotel on Day 1 (August 24)
Transfer from Zagreb to Prezid - 2h 30 - on Day 2 (August 25)
Transfer from Zrmanja to Biograd na moru - 1 hour - on Day 7 (August 30)
Transfer from Biograd na moru to Split airport - 1 h30 - on Day 8 (August 31)
Entrance fees for the parks: Risnjak National Park, Northern Velebit National Park, Velebit Nature Park
All tax and service charges

Exclusions

Expenses of a personal nature
Travel insurance
Tips

Options

Bicycle rentals. Gravel bikes are available at the rate of 230 euros per bike.
These prices include the drop-off fee for the bike's return

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