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Mountains & National Parks Of Northern Croatia
Self-Guided Hotel & Bike Tour With Luggage Transfer 2017

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Fužine – Risnjak – Fužine – Otočac – Plitvice Lakes – Slunj – Karlovac – Fužine

 

Includes

• Airport transfer at end of tour (Karlovac – Fužine)
• 7 nights in 3* & 4* hotels
• 7 breakfasts (B)
• 6 individual bicycle tours as per itinerary
• GPS & printed road book with detailed map material & routine descriptions for each bike tour
• Luggage transfer between hotels
• Roadside assistance
• 21-Speed Trekking Bike with Ortlieb Pannier
• Free parking at the hotel in Fužine

Not Included

• Journey to Fužine
• Entrance Fees to the National Parks
• Tips for drivers & hotel staff
• Lunch & Dinner
• Special activities in Karlovac (payable direct)

Optional Extras

• Half Board NZ$216 surcharge
• E-Bike Upgrade NZ$173 surcharge • Bike Insurance from NZ$23-44 surcharge
• Helmets – these are compulsory. Pre booking required

Accommodation (or similar)

• Fužine – Hotel TBA
• Otočac – Hotel TBA
• Plitvice – Hotel TBA
• Slunj – Hotel TBA
• Karlovac – Hotel TBA

This tour is part of our individual tours program and an ideal supplement to our boat and bike tours. Alone, in couples or in a group of your choice, you can go for one week on a tour traveling between selected hotels. Your luggage is transported for you, and yourself cycle at your own speed, following especially prepared instructions and supported by a GPS device. The tour presented here is probably not what first comes to mind when you think of this multifaceted and interesting country. We take you to the mid-range and high mountain regions of the Croatian hinterland. Only 20 km away from the more or less developed tourist areas of the coast, you enter a rough region of deep forests and stone deserts, where the Bora wind has had a strong impact and where the snow is meters deep in winter. En route, you cycle through three national parks, where bear, wolf and lynx can still be encountered in the wild. The variety and beauty of nature will constantly surprise you, and the fabulous vistas across the Croatian islands will stay with you for a long time. The highlight of the tour are the Plitvice Lakes and their spectacular waterfalls, which are known far beyond Croatia’s borders. The tour described here leads mainly along asphalted roads. Some forest tracks, however, make the use of a MTB worthwhile.

Approx 382 km by bicycle. Level 2 – 3

 General Information

2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2017-ISH-NAK
Departures BetweenTwin ShareSingle
01 May - 30 Sep
1,7071,988

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Fužine

Enjoy a short introductory bike tour along the three lakes, located in the immediate vicinity of the village, or in the surroundings. If you still have time, there are several possibilities to extend the bike tour. A detour to the 300 m-deep Vrelo Cave, which is only a few kilometers away and one of Fužine’s main attraction, is also a rewarding excursion. You spend the first night in a hotel in or near Fužine. 

Day 2: Fužine – Risnjak – Fužine 

After breakfast at your hotel, you start on your first bicycle trip. The destination you aim for is Risnjak National Park. Ris is the Croatian word for lynx, Risnjak means “Place of the Lynx”. You reach the entrance to the park after about 25 km. From here, you have the possibility to explore the park either on foot or by bike. There is a special trail for nature enthusiasts, where you can learn everything about the local fauna and flora. The park itself is home to many protected plants and animal species. Late in the afternoon, you return to your hotel for overnight. (B)
Cycle route approx 54 km; altitude approx 1,000 m

Day 3: Fužine – Otočac 

Before leaving your hotel today, please get your luggage ready for the transfer driver. Then, well strengthened by a hearty breakfast, you’re on your way, which takes you first along large fields and soon into a dense forest. Quite soon, right in the middle of the deepest woods, you come across a small, cozy restaurant named Vagabundo. The friendly owners are experts at creating delicious little snacks from what fields and woods supply. Even though it is still a bit early for lunch, you should not miss out on sampling a few tasty bits along with a cup of coffee.
After more kilometers through a dense mixed forest such as it is rarely found in Europe anymore, you reach the hills sloping towards the Adriatic, which have partially been swept bare by the Bora. Here, you have breathtaking vistas across the islands of Kvarner Bay. Deep below, you recognize Krk and the moonscapes of Rab and Pag and on clear days, one see as far as Dugi Otok. The destination of this leg of the tour is the small village of Otočac at the Gacka River, which is well known for its abundance of trout. The night is spent in a hotel in Otočac. (B)
Cycle route approx 88 km; altitude approx 1,170 m

Day 4: Otočac – Plitvice Lakes 

Starting from Otočac, you continue your journey to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Passing through small villages, you ride through hilly terrain as far as the forest belt of the Plitvice Lakes. On today’s bicycle tour, you even have the opportunity to go for a refreshing dip in a lake. After arrival around noon, you move into your hotel located directly in the National Park. Afterwards, you still have enough time to explore part of the national park on foot. Enjoy the fascinating variety and lush greenery of the plants and admire the waterfalls cascading from one basin into the next one. Many different kinds of fish cavort at the bottom of the clear lakes. Colourful dragonflies and butterflies fill the air. In the evening, you return to your hotel and end the day with a cozy dinner. (B)
Cycle route approx 48 km; altitude approx 600 m

Day 5: Plitvice Lakes – Slunj 

The Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s largest national park and the oldest in southeast Europe, belonging since 1979 to the UNESCO World Heritage. In the morning, you have again time to explore another part of this fascinating natural monument. On especially constructed boardwalks, you advance – sometime right through the reed – further and further into otherwise untouched nature. After a fortifying lunch, you get back onto your bikes in the early afternoon. Today’s bike tour takes you along the Bosnian border, through dense forests and small villages, to Slunj. Its neighbourhood of Rastorke is known for being a mini version of the Plitvice Lakes. Here, the Slunjcica River branches out into many small creeks and flows through numerous cascades and smaller waterfalls into the Korona. Another distinctive features of this region are the numerous old watermills along the river. You spend the night in a hotel located right in the middle of this romantic landscape. (B)
Cycle route approx 49 km; altitude approx 560 m

Day 6: Slunj – Karlovac 

After breakfast, you leave Slunj which, incidentally, just as the Plitvice Lakes, could be admired in the film version of Winnetou. An Indian village and the saloon were located in Slunj, and Mile Strk, a local villager, who is still a legend today, played the medicine man. Today’s tour takes you to Karlovac, which is one of the youngest cities in Croatia. Founded in 1579 at the confluence of four rivers, the fortress is considered an outstanding example of Renaissance architecture. The Baroque historical centre was heavily damaged in the war but has largely been restored in the last few years and offers now some attractive corners that are worth visiting. Give yourself some time in the evening to stroll around and taste a glass of the local Karlovacko beer. (B)
Cycle route approx 68 km; altitude approx 640 m

Day 7: Karlovac 

Today, you can choose your activities from a rich program. Because of its location at four rivers, the region around Karlovac offers various cycling tours of various lengths and grades of difficulty that we will show you. As an alternative, you have the possibility to participate through your local hotel in rafting tours, fishing courses, horseback excursions or hikes. Everybody can find something here to spend a pleasant and interesting day. (B)
Cycle route approx 25 – 75 km

Day 8:  Karlovac – Fužine

After breakfast transfer to your first hotel in Fužine. (B)

 

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