What is Croatia’s climate like?

The Croatian coast and its islands are characterized by a Mediterranean climate. In the summer, the mean temperature is between 24°C and 26°C along the coast, though the temperature can be a couple degrees warmer towards the south of the country.

The nation’s sunniest island is Hvar, with over 2,700 hours of sun per year, though the other islands and the southern coast around Dubrovnik can also boast of being very sunny. The coastal climate is also characterized by winds. The most frequent wind along the southern coast and islands is the “Mistral” wind, which is a pleasant, mid-afternoon breeze blowing from the sea towards the coast.

What is the currency in Croatia, and is it possible to pay with other currencies?

The Croatian currency is Euro, and no other currencies are accepted. However, just about all restaurants and shop accept credit and debit cards.

How much money should I bring, and where can I exchange my money to Euro?

Our guided tours are virtually all-inclusive, so you will not need to carry much cash. You can exchange your money for Euro in authorized exchange shops in the hotels and near the hotels. There are also numerous ATMs, so you withdraw Euros from the bank machine.

Where should I arrive to and depart from?

Guests who have booked the 10-day National Parks tour should land in Zagreb (capital city) and depart from Dubrovnik.

Guests who have reserved the 7-day Dalmatia tour should land in Split and depart from Dubrovnik.

How can I get back to Split from Dubrovnik, and vice versa?

Most of our guests arrive by plane to Split and depart from Dubrovnik. If you wish to return back to Split or vice versa, you can hire a private shuttle, or take the bus or fast ship lines (https://www.krilo.hr/en/sailing-schedule/).

What are the roads like in Croatia? Is there a lot of traffic?

We usually ride on secondary paved roads, with a low level of car traffic.

How many people are on a tour?

Our tours include an average of about 16 people, with a maximum number of 20. We have set these numbers to ensure that our tours are an opportunity for getting to know all the participants, and for new friendships.

How fit do I need to be?

Our tours allow you to decide how much you want to ride. Depending on the route you choose and your pace, most days include 3 to 5 hours of riding time. There are different levels of activity you can choose, from recreational (2-3 hours), to active (3-4 hours), to advanced (4-6 hours per day). Our tours are tailored for those who are reasonably fit.

Are there any age limits?

We place no upper limit on age, as the main constraint is your fitness level.

Tours are not recommended for young children, however, children over the age of 10 are welcome to join our family groups.

How do you support all different rider types on the same tour?

Our tour guide cycles with you along the route. Our group is accompanied by a support van, which is there to assist for difficult climbs, or to allow you to combine riding with driving and sightseeing. Together, these guides ensure that riders of all levels can enjoy the routes.

Should I purchase travel insurance for my trip?

Travel insurance is always recommended, to protect you from any unexpected events that prevent you from travelling or while you are on your vacation.

What is included in the lunch and dinner?

Lunch includes one meal of your choice from the menu, water and one beverage of your choice.

Dinner includes three courses: appetizer, main course, and dessert, with water and one beverage of your choice.

We offer meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan menus. There is also the possibility of a special meal for persons with celiac disease.

Will I have to carry my own luggage?

Our support van accompanies us on every ride, so you need not worry, anything you need with you for the day’s ride can be carried in the van.

What should I pack?

We have prepared a detailed packing list to help you out.

If I book a tour can I be sure that will be run?

All our trips are guaranteed to run

Will someone meet us at the airport?

If you booked a Guided tour, our driver will greet you at the airport and take you to the hotel.

This service is also available should you decide to arrive a few days earlier.

What type bikes do we ride?

Please check out more on the link: https://www.cyclingcroatia.com/our-bikes

Can I bring my own bike?

Our Trek bicycles are new and well maintained, and included in the package price. We recommend our guests take advantage of them. However, if you wish, you are welcome to bring your own road bike.

What kind of pedals do you use?

We offer flat pedals and cage+strap pedals. Flat pedals have no special grips and can be used with any type of footwear, and no special bicycle shoes are required (you can wear normal trainers). Cage+strap pedals are available for those accustomed to their use, but not recommended if you do not already use these types of pedals. For those accustomed to special pedal systems, you are welcome to bring them and we will be happy to fit them to your bike.

What type of pre and post-trip services are provided?

Cycling Croatia Tours include basic pre and post-trip planning and support, to ensure you are always taken care of and that you never miss a thing. Our travel experts are here to help you with all stages of the planning process.

How much should I tip to our guides?

Tips for the guides are not included in the package price. The standard is US$200 per person or US$400 per couple for a tour.

Tipping is of course at your discretion, based on your satisfaction with the provided level of care and service.

You don’t have to leave a tip in hotels, bars, or any other highlight organized by Cycling Croatia.

What are the safety measures related to COVID-19?

Your guides will clean every piece of gear and equipment thoroughly and regularly - bikes, helmets, and all van surfaces. All staff will be required to wear gloves and masks when preparing or handling any food at picnics or snack stops. Every van will be supplyed with disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer, to use as you prefer.

 Hotels have strict operating and sanitizing standards, including rooms and restaurant stringent cleaning protocol. We’ll be dining outdoors whenever possible.

User Reviews

I just returned from the National Parks/Dalmatia tour in late August 2019 and it exceeded my expectations in pretty much everything!!! The views were just amazing, this is a beautiful country and they do a great job putting us on routes to safely see that beauty. If you have the extra time, do the National Park tour extension, the parks and riding are incredible!

I went as a solo rider and met wonderful people from Australia & the US. The food was some of the best I've ever had in my life. As a gluten-free, pescatartian (fish only) I was a little worried about the food but this was the perfect trip for a fish lover and they even had GF bread at many of the locations. Petra said they focus on making sure the restaurants have great food and wine options, and they sure did!!!

The courses were pretty hills and we had some more recreational riders and some pretty avid riders and all were accommodated. They have new Trek bikes that performed great. A couple riders had e-bikes to give a little assistance up some hills, so keep that in mind if you do not ride a whole lot and want a little extra help to keep it at a pleasant pace.

I did a trip through Tuscany with Backroads last year and loved it so I was a little worried about going on a tour with a different company, but I tell you what, I'd go with Cycling Croatia over Backroads in a heartbeat for any trip! The value for the money is much more reasonable and the hotels, food, cycling, support on the course, guides and cultural experiences cannot be beat with Cycling Croatia.

Thank you to Petra, Kruno, Mario & Veki for an unforgettable trip!! 

Andi Comfort , Minneapolis, MN

What a fabulous trip! This company is absolutely first rate. Krunoslav and Petra, who not only own the company, but accompany you on the tour, are engaging, knowledgeable, and amazingly organized.The hotels, the food, and the routes which were chosen were all excellent. We both ride electric bikes at our home in San Diego, and they provided us with superb electric bikes. Better than the ones we own.

The electric bikes allowed us to arrive at our destination after doing quite a few hills, with big smiles on our faces. I strongly recommend that you spend two extra days before the trip in Split, and two extra days at the end of the trip in the Dubrovnik. Both are Fascinating beautiful cities.

Thank you Krunoslav and Petra for a remarkable week in lovely Croatia......probably the best organized bike trip we've ever done!!

Cheers Paul and Nelly

Paul Barry and Nelly Dean, San Diego, California

First of all, Croatia is an extraordinary place to visit and to bicycle. The scenery is amazing, the history deep and fascinating, and the food fresh, delicious, and healthy. The views from the ridges of the Dalmatian islands were exceptional.

Kruno and Petra provided a wonderful mix of thoughtful bike routes, extra features, and fine dining. They were supportive of all levels of biking, including ambitious road-bikers and slower tourers. They provided van support whenever needed, and they and their team quickly attended to any needed bike adjustments. All bike equipment was in excellent condition. Once Petra knew that one of us was keenly interested in horticulture she was quick to provide as much information as possible.

All meals were included, as were frequent wine tastings, a visit to an olive-oil museum, and an oyster tasting at a cultivated-oyster farm. Two of the meals were very special, in that they had connections to organic farming and gardening and were prepared by dedicated artisans in their homes.The hotels were all excellent and ranged from accommodations within the Diocletian Palace in Split to beach resorts to a luxurious facility overhanging Dubrovnik.Because of the personal attention, the inclusion of all the meals, and the choices of hotels and restaurants, this was not only a spectacular tour but also an extraordinary value. I would recommend Cycling Croatia with Kruno and Petra to anyone.

Mark Schlawin, U.S.A.

We just returned home after the 10 day/9 night Dalmatia and National Parks tour, with an extra (independent) day in Zagreb and Dubrovnik that Kruno helped arrange. I won't bore you with all the details of our trip - just assure you that you can't go wrong signing up for this one.

Croatia is stunning anyways - I quickly adopted #allbeautifulallthetime when posting photos.

The tour itself was top notch also. We've never been on a premium Butterfield & Robinson tour, but extended family in our group had. They felt 80-90% of the Cycling Croatia tour was superior to the level of accommodations/meals/support on the B&R tour - at a fraction of the price. (And none of this CC tour was substandard.)

Bottom line: great country, great value, great itinerary, great guides, great food, great wine. Highly recommended.

Scott Ryser, U.S.A.

Dalmatia and National Parks Tour

We took this tour with Kruno and his team in early October 2016.
If you have time, we'd highly recommend the National parks addition to the Dalmatia Tour - they really have to be seen to be believed and the descent overlooking Pag Island was one of the highlights of our trip.

As with all the other reviews, we were blown away by the scenery: rugged mountains; crystal clear waters that you could see through forever; Plitvice Lakes (extraordinary - no photo can really do it justice); the islands, with their variations; and of course the cities with the Dioletician Palace in Split and the walled city of Dubrovnik.

From the pick up at the airport to final arrival in Dubrovnik, everything was taken care of. It was great to know we were in such safe hands. Kruno and his team (Mario and the others) were all terrific: nothing was too much trouble. The food was fabulous with lots of traditional fare at lunch and great evening meals in unusual locations, rather than the standard restaurant fare you might expect.

As they say in Australia "do yourself a favor!" And book this trip!

Gillian Harrex, Australia

We toured with Cycling Croatia in July 14, our family of 4 (inc sons aged 19 & 16) was a mixture of different abilities and fitness levels; it was one of the best holidays we've ever had.

Kruno and Marko are exceptional hosts; they took real care, providing all the support we needed (and some needed more than others!) but also gave us space when needed. They were knowledgable, informative, helpful, patient, friendly (and occasionally hilarious)

The holiday itself was very well organised, the cycling was challenging enough for one very keen cyclist in our group, and enjoyable for everyone thanks to the great support for those who didn't want so much of a challenge.

Croatia was wonderful - what a beautiful country - and we felt that Cycling Croatia had really made an effort to show us the true spirit of the country with some fantastic visits to local enterprises, where we sampled many Croatian delights! Also, the route followed some roads we would never have found ourselves, amazing scenery to rival the Amalfi Coast (but much, much quieter),
and beautiful bays with wonderful swimming that it seemed only Croatians knew about.

The accommodation was of mixed quality - there were a couple of amusingly 'quirky' hotels (and I should mention that one of these isn't on the standard list for this tour - our tour was tailored to our own needs with a couple of extra nights) - but all were in great locations, and didn't diminish the overall quality of the tour/holiday. A couple of the hotels were exceptionally good.

In summary: we ate, drank (quite a lot - Zivjeli!), cycled, sweated, and laughed all the way around beautiful Southern Dalmatia in great company. It was an outstanding holiday. We look forward to cycling with them again in future.

Alison Lawson, Edinburgh, Scotland

We cycled with Kruno and his team from June 13-19, it was our first cycling holidays. I usually go to all inclusive resorts and go for daily excursions, but with Cycling Croatia, the vacation is the excursion. Yes you'll likely be tired at first, but it's a good tired and you'll be rewarded with excellent food and company each day. By the end of the week, I felt like a million bucks. Also, I can't say enough about the professionalism of Krunos and his team. The are extremely friendly, always prepared and will bend over backwards for their guest. The bikes were brand new shinny trek 7.4 hybrids or trek road bikes (not sure what model) but also new. My wife and I both started with a road bikes, but quickly discovered using hybrids was the way to go. Not used to road bikes, Kruno traded my bike for the hybrid he was using half-way during the first ride. After coming into a curb too hard, the boys repaired my flat tire like a nascar pit crew. Looking at the daily distances, we initially believed that we would tour for only half-days and quickly realized that the daily rides are actually meant to fill out the day (but with breaks to visit wineries, an olive oil factory, oyster and mussels tasting, etc). Dinners were always filled with good conversation (group dinners every night except for one evening), the food was good to excellent and wine (or the drink of your choice) was included most nights. Marco with his interesting history lessons will take you back in time and teach you (in an amusing way) about Croatian history. I guess my only complaint was disbanding our group on the last day. Five stars for this class act company!!!! 

Julie and Pascal, Otawa, Canada

My wife and I have recently returned from the Dalmatia Cycling trip, and quite simply, it was the best holiday we have had in years. The coastal scenery is stunning, the food and drink are excellent, and the trip itself is very well planned and organised by Kruno and Petra. They really were the perfect hosts, with Petra taking care of you on the bike, and Kruno following closely in his van should you need any help. The help extended to more water, ice, fruit, snacks, and if you wanted a rest, putting your bike on the roof rack and helping you into the van. Spot on. No stress, no pressure to keep up with the group, just do your own thing knowing that help is never far away. So, the same as other trips then?
Not really. The difference on this trip was the emphasis that both Kruno and Petra paid to make sure everything ran smoothly and that you had a really enjoyable time. Nothing is too much trouble, and you see and do things that most tourists to Croatia will never experience. The oyster farm for instance, plus the meal with the local family on Korcula was epic. I have never seen so much meat placed in front of a small group of people. We did our best, but we were never going to finish it off. For me personally though, it was the small things that made this an 11/10 trip as opposed to simply 10/10. For instance, there are 3 winery visits on the itinerary, but whilst my wife loves the grape, I prefer a cold lager. At dinner on the first evening, Kruno took note of this, and when we were sitting in front of a table of food at the first winery, and everyone was starting to sample their first wine, lo and behold, Kruno had popped to the van and returned with 2 ice cold bottles of beer for me. To say that was appreciated was an understatement, and at that moment in time, I would have given the trip a 12/10. Needless to say, that pattern continued at subsequent winery stops, plus the visit to the oyster farm. A small detail I know, but it's things like that that really do make the difference.
So, would we recommend the trip? Absolutely. Would we return to Croatia for another cycling trip? No doubt about it, and have already pencilled in a week next year, of course with Cycling Croatia, only this time on their trip further north. 
To conclude, a top trip, with top hosts, and I cannot recommend both Croatia and Cycling Croatia enough. 

Graham & Beryl Carney , South Yorkshire, UK

We were 4 South Africans that joined the Dalmatia tour in August. In total we were 10 riders in the tour. Previously we were on self-organized cycling tours and never joined a formal tour. This tour exceeded our biggest expectations. A 100%
overall point for satisfaction is a huge understatement! Kruno and Petra, the company owners, were our tour guides.
They were extremely professional, friendly, very helpful, caring and informative. They were the best hosts any tour can dream of. They went the extra mile to help and accommodate all the individual needs. The meet and greet evening was great with the group. We had a great dinner together and our beautiful cycle shirts were handed to everyone. Kruno briefed us in detail about the first day and had everyone at ease and very excited. We had very good bicycles , helmets, water bottles and bags for small stuff on the bicycle – all tagged with your name. Small bags with personal belongings were transported in the backup van. Kruno drove the backup van and Petra joined us on the bicycles.
Every morning we were briefed about the route and the plans for the day. We also received a detailed map and kilometre markings for each day. During the day we were entertained with lots of fruit, water, energy bars, ice etc. The backup van was always in the nearby distance. Accommodation (hotels) was excellent with great breakfast served and all were centrally located. The logistics (luggage, bikes, dinners etc.) was outstanding and Kruno was key in this success. 
Kruno and Petra introduced us to Croatian food, wine and culture. We visited several wine cellars for wine tasting and delicious snacks. The several flavours of grappa were fantastic!! We also visited an ancient olive farm – again wine and snacks were served. The ferry to a private island to enjoy the fresh oysters and mussels was one of the many highlights!!
We cycled about 50 km a day. The routes are well selected by Kruno and Petra. Croatia is really the most beautiful country we visited - especially the Adriatic Sea and little villages and harbours.
The cameradie between the group members were fantastic. The rest of our group was 5 ladies from Denver and a travel writer. We had good laughs and motivated each other. 
We recommend this tour as a “must do”. It is absolute worth every pound. Everything is perfectly organized, the Dalmations are BEAUTIFUL and the guides SUPERB – just register for the tour, sit back on your bike, relax and enjoy every moment!!!

Jan, Anna-Mari, Marina and Dimmie, South Africa