21 Nights: Sunday 22 May - Saturday 11 June 2022
Combine an adventurous cycle tour in a fascinating part of Europe, with a relaxing and luxurious small-ship cruise on the Adriatic Sea. This tour gives you the best of both worlds, as you discover countries with magnificent
scenery, fascinating cultures and of course great food and wine.
Start your two-wheeled journey in the tiny country of Slovenia, which rivals Switzerland for scenic beauty. With picturesque Lake Bled as a base, take time to explore the surrounding spectacular mountains and the high
plateaux with their attractive summer farmhouses and alpine villages.
Cycle through three countries in one day. You cross briefly into Trieste in Italy; the complex borders here a relic of centuries of conquest and changing rulers. You'll soon enter Slovenia again to ride on a cycle trail that follows the line of a former narrow-gauge railway. Later the same day you'll cross the Croatian border, which was the front line in Slovenia's brief war of independence in 1991. Wetland bird habitats, ancient salt pans, coastal towns, hilltop villages - each day's riding is varied and fascinating.
You'll spend several days exploring the Istrian Peninsula, with its attractive indented coastline and an interior of rolling hills and fertile plains. Having been ruled by Romans, Austrians, Venetians, Italians - and now part of
Croatia - its history is complex and culturally rich.
After stopping at the lovely seaside town of Zadar, you'll head further south to Dubrovnik, a UNESCO world
heritage site with an attractive walled old town, to join your cruise. From here you can relax on board as you cruise to, and around, six attractive Dalmatian islands. Over a week you get to explore these islands by bike, as well as on walks in attractive port towns. Your floating home eventually delivers you to Split and the end of the tour. From here you may want to explore more of the Balkans or other parts of central Europe which are all close by, or head for home.
The rides are designated ‘moderate’ and we would advise you use an e-bike as the terrain of the Dalmatian coast and islands is hilly.
Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.
GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18
This cycle tour requires a good level of fitness. The terrain of the Dalmatian Coast is naturally hilly and the climate often warm. Daily rides of up to nearly 50 kilometres will involve cumulative ascents of nearly 5-600 metres. 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, there are no technical cycling skills required. Given there will be hills, we do suggest practicing riding up and downhill so you are comfortable with this once the tour begins. E-bikes are available at an extra cost, and they are highly recommended for this tour. Before using an e-bike on the tour be sure to borrow or hire one in New Zealand to try it out. E-bikes require some different skills from conventional bikes, and it's best not to try and learn these while in a tour group.