- Explore the unspoiled forests, lakes, and waterfalls of Croatia's National Parks
- Bike scenic islands to see vineyards & olive groves amid Adriatic blue water
- Explore ancient, authentic stone towns
- Delight in fresh, local cuisine based on diverse cultural influences
Croatia is a land brimming with cultural heritage and breathtaking scenic vistas. The country’s 1,300 miles of coastline and 1,000 islands—draped in lush vegetation, olive groves, and vineyards—are just waiting to be explored by bike. Our cycling tour visits Risnjak and Northern Velebit National Parks, as well as the famed Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site with a chain of 16 spectacular turquoise lakes linked together with cascading falls and travertine pools.
After exploring the stunning mountains, valleys, and rivers of the mainland, we cycle across Ugljan and Pašman, two islands located off the coast of ancient Zadar with views of the Adriatic's crystal clear waters. Our adventure culminates by cycling through Krka National Park's waterways and exploring the maze-like streets of stone-built Skradin and Trogir.
No trip to Croatia is complete without visiting Dubrovnik and Southern Dalmatia. Continue the journey on our Dubrovnik and Dalmatian Islands Cycling Extension!
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Croatia Cycling Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia and meet for an orientation.
Day 2 From Zvečaj , bicycle through rural villages with colorful gardens.
Day 3 Explore Risnjak National Park and bike to the source of the Kupa River.
Day 4 Ride from Northern Velebit NP to the Valley of the Gacka River.
Day 5 Cycle around Croatia's most famous national park, Plitvice Lakes.
Day 6 Bicycle across Ugljan and Pašman Islands with views of the Adriatic.
Day 7 Explore the waterways of Krka National Park by bike.
Day 8 Depart Trogir or continue on the Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Islands Cycling Extension.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted above. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is one-half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available. Single accommodations may not be available at the village stay.
Double-occupancy accommodations; meals as noted in the itinerary; skilled bi-lingual guides; private transport throughout; ferry fees; park entrance fees; bicycles; support vehicle.
International airfare to/from Croatia; airport transfers; 2 dinners; cycling helmets; cost of passport; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages; optional gratuities to your guide(s); laundry or other items of a personal nature.
This trip is rated Moderate . Although a support vehicle will be available for each day's ride, participants should enjoy spending 3 to 6 hours per day on their bikes. Most of our cycling route is along quiet, scenic paved back roads with little vehicle traffic. There are short sections on packed gravel, dirt roads, and boardwalk. While steep hills will be few and short, the countryside in Croatia has rolling terrain. A regular conditioning program beginning at 3-6 months prior to departure is strongly recommended. Cycling, walking/running and a daily stretching regimen are all great ways to prepare for this adventure.
Croatia's Adriatic coast is blessed with a Mediterranean climate. The summers are typically warm and sunny with average daytime temperatures around 80°F and nighttime temperatures dropping to the 60s. From May to June and September to October, temperatures are usually a bit cooler but still comfortable for cycling and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rainwear and a warm jacket in case of inclement weather.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, this will help you and the field staff.
- 24-speed hybrid bikes with flat pedals
- Water bottle cage
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- One piece of luggage, wheels and a retractable handle are recommended
- Daypack, for sightseeing or to hold your spare gear in the support van
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Security wallet or money belt
- Sweater and/or light jacket
- Long sleeve shirt
- Long pants
- Sun hat
- Cycling jerseys, short and long sleeve
- Cycling tights or pants
- Cycling shorts
- Cycling raingear, jacket and pants, waterproof and breathable
- Cycling gloves, both short and long fingered
- Headband or sweatband
- Cycling socks
- Cycling shoes
- Comfortable walking shoes/sandals
- Sport/cycling sunglasses
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Toiletry kit
- Personal first-aid kit
- Water bottle(s) or hydration pack
- Camera, memory and batteries
- Electrical adapter plug/converter
- Ear plugs
- Reading and writing materials
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Rear view mirror
- Bike computer
- Handlebar bag
- Heart rate monitor
- Saddle (without the post)
- Pedal and shoe system (see “Things to Consider”)
- Cycling shoe covers
- Energy snacks and/or drink mixes – provided, but bring your own if you have preferences
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- We recommend bright-colored bicycle clothing for visibility and safety.
- Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
- If you are not bringing a shoe and pedal system (optional), you will need a shoe designed for cycling or cross training to be used with the provided flat pedals. Consider these features: lightweight, closed toe, designed with stiffer soles to provide more efficient energy transfer as you pedal. Stiff soles protect your feet while riding and support the full length of your foot to reduce cramping and fatigue.
- If you bring your own saddle, please bring only the seat and not the seat post. Seat posts are not universal and will likely not fit the bike you’ll be riding.
- Formal attire is not required at restaurants. Comfortable, casual clothes are appropriate for sit-down meals. We suggest bringing slacks, shorts that are mid-thigh or longer, skirts, or summer dresses in fabrics that are easy to wash and wear.
- If you are joining the Dubrovnik and Dalmatian Island Cycling Extension, there are no additional clothing needs.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.
For guests booked on the Croatia Cycling adventure, we invite you to extend your trip to enjoy even more of this great area.
Dubrovnik & Dalmatian Islands Cycling Extension
Following the Croatia biking adventure, continue your trip with this cycling extension that showcases the natural beauty of Croatia. Highlights include:
- Experience Dubrovnik, a UNESCO site with the world’s best-preserved city walls
- Travel between the Dalmatian Islands by catamaran to explore by foot and bicycle
- Discover the enchanting medieval twin towns of Ston and Mali Ston
- Savor Dalmatian cuisine—seafood, local cheeses, charcuterie, and wines
- Enjoy crystal clear sapphire seas while swimming in secluded bays
Sep 29 - Oct 3
REI member: $1,999
Single supplement: $299
- Total Days: 5
- Group Size: 4-14
- Activity Level:
"If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik". George Bernard Shaw best described this remarkable city of stone, surrounded by 1,940 meters of stone walls. It is the world's second most frequented open-air museum and awes all with its beauty. We continue our explorations island hopping by bike and catamaran. We begin on the lovely Elaphiti Islands of Kolocep and Sipan, continue on to Mljet, and conclude our cycling adventure on the extraordinarily beautiful Pelješac Peninsula.
This morning we depart Trogir and travel south towards Dubrovnik, arriving in one of the world's most beautiful and iconic fortified cities. Lunch is followed by a guided tour of the city's fascinating Old Town. Dubrovnik is a medieval port consisting of bastions, fortresses, bell towers, drawbridges, cathedrals and an endless, interesting maze of terracotta-roofed houses and shops. Your guide will share the rich history of the city while opening up some its hidden back doors, and provide dining suggestions for dinner in the Old Town. The late afternoon and evening are free to allow for independent exploration. Don't miss the opportunity to walk the ancient city walls; up to 6 meters thick and 700 years old, the sunset views from the wall are glorious. We retire for the evening in Zaton, a picturesque village set on a deep bay that offers us access to the bustle of Dubrovnik, while providing a quiet and traditional setting. Breakfast and lunch included.
Van transfer: 3.5-4 hours. Walking tour: 1.5 hours.
Departing Zaton Bay by catamaran, we sail to the Elafiti Islands, an archipelago stretching northwest of Dubrovnik in the Adriatic Sea. Only the largest of these islands, Koločep, Lopud, and Sipan are populated. They have a long history, thought to be inhabited since ancient times; churches, chapels, and crumbling villas dot the landscape with a mixture of pre-Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance styles. We anchor at car-free Koločep and hike one of the many trails that crisscross the island with views to the deep blue and turquoise sea. Setting sail again, we head to Sipan Island, the largest of the Elafiti chain. In the 15th century it was a fashionable summer retreat for elite Dubrovnik families. Anchoring at the southeast end of the island, we hop on our bikes and ride at a leisurely pace to the small village of Sipanska Luka, our home for the night. This afternoon we take time for swimming and perhaps sampling the wine for which Sipan is famous. All meals included.
Hiking: 2 miles; Terrain: easy dirt and paved trails. Cycling: 6-8 miles; Terrain: flat to rolling hills with a couple of short steeper pitches.
Mljet is a heavily wooded island, known for its white and red wines, olive oil, goat cheeses and stories about Homer's hero Odysseus. Docking at the southeast end of the island, we begin riding to Sobra. The winding country road cutting through the green hills takes us high above the water – the views over the Adriatic are breathtaking! At Sobra, we re-board our catamaran and sail to Mljet National Park. Two warm saltwater lakes, with high saline concentrations thought to have healing properties, as well as a former Benedictine monastery built in the 12th century are visited as we cycle the pathways of the park. There may be an opportunity to swim in the warm water of the lakes. All meals included.
Cycling options: 10-33 miles; Terrain: flat to hilly (with grades up to 10%).
We explore the Pelješac Peninsula, a mountainous slice of land stretching northwest of Dubrovnik. Pelješac's hidden coves are rimmed with sandy beaches, salt pans, pomegranate groves and vineyards. From Trstenik, we cycle along the southern coast to Zuljana, known for its beautiful beaches, and on to the twin settlements of Ston and Mali Ston which straddle the isthmus joining Pelješac to the mainland. Overtaken by the Dubrovnik Republic in the 14th century, Ston became the most important stronghold along the republic's northern boundary. From Ston, enormous defensive walls were built stretching across the isthmus to the nearby harbor of Mali Ston. At ~3,000' in length this wall is the longest defensive wall in Europe and the second longest in the world after The Great Wall of China. We stroll on the walls with good views over the maze-like streets of Ston and the ancient salt pans which brought this area much wealth during the lucrative salt trade. The day ends with a celebratory dinner commemorating our adventure. We overnight in peaceful Zaton Bay. All meals included.
Cycling: 20 miles; Terrain: gently rolling hills.
We provide one group transfer to Dubrovnik international airport for flights home. Breakfast included if flight departure time allows.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted above. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is one-half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available.
Double occupancy accommodation; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; private transportation by van and catamaran; skilled bi-lingual guide; bicycle; guided tour old town Dubrovnik; airport transfer if departing with group.
One dinner; alcoholic beverages; additional optional transfers; optional entrance fee to walk the city walls and evening entertainment in Dubrovnik; items of a personal nature; optional gratuities to your guide(s).
This Extension is available only to guests booked onto the Croatia Cycling trip. It is rated Moderate  and will be appreciated by anyone who is physically fit and enjoys full, active days. The cycling days are not particularly long, however, prior cycling experience is essential. Participants should enjoy spending 3 to 6 hours per day on their bikes. Most of our cycling route is along quiet, scenic paved back roads with little vehicle traffic. There are short sections on packed gravel, dirt roads, and boardwalk. While steep hills will be few and short, the countryside on the islands is rolling hills with some hills having up to a 10% grade. There will not be vehicle support while cycling on the islands since we are transferring between islands by catamaran. The guide(s) will be equipped to handle mechanical difficulties and flat tires. Cycling distance options are available. A regular conditioning program beginning at 3-6 months prior to departure is strongly recommended. Cycling hills, walking/running and a daily stretching regimen are all great ways to prepare for this adventure.