Croatia and Slovenia biking vacation

“Moderate small group cycling tour from Zagreb to the Adriatic via Kupa regional park in Slovenia. Average distances of 50kms on 100% tarmac for six days. Couple of great descents and beautiful river valleys.”

Highlights

Zagreb, Croatia | Kupa River Valley | Vinica, Slovenia | Kupa Regional Park | Gorski Kotar mountain region | Krk Island | Poklon Pass descent | Agricultural paths around the Istria Peninsula | Old Town of Porec |

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Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Croatia and Slovenia biking vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation & Meals:
On this trip, we will spend the week in comfortable, locally staffed hotels. We avoid the larger chains outside of Zagreb, and try to invest in the smaller businesses where our money stays local. This also offers a more authentic experience to our clients. All breakfasts are included and where possible the ingredients and produce is purchased from local suppliers and farmers. For lunch and dinner, we usually have group meals in small local restaurants which are booked by the leader. Otherwise, clients are always recommended and encouraged to try local delicacies from local shops and businesses. Croatian cuisine has a mixture of Central European, Italian and Balkan influences, producing dishes like grilled lamb, pizza, fine seafood, pasta and salads. Likewise, Slovenian cuisine is greatly influenced by its neighbours, mainly inspired by the flavours of Austrian, Croatian and Hungarian. Buckwheat dumplings are the country’s national dish, traditionally served with meat, stews, sauerkraut or sausages. Other specialties of theirs are Kranjska Klobasa (Carniolan sausage) and Potica, a yeast dough cake with a variety of filing options – a typical Slovenian dessert.
We also offer the opportunity to visit a local wine cooperative where we learn about the local produce, have a wine tasting and also sample local meats.

Activity:
Being a cycling trip means that we create very little impact on the environment as vehicle transport is kept to a minimum. The sightseeing aspect of the tour is really beneficial to the country and its several historical and cultural attractions. This part of Croatia see far fewer tourists than the Dalmatian coast and some areas we visit like the Kupa River in Slovenia are pretty remote which makes our tourism even more beneficial to the communities we visit here. In both Zagreb and Porec our groups have time to explore and take guided tours -entrance fees for sights in these cities and town go towards the up keep of the historic sights.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. On this trip, not only are there big containers of waters provided on the bus, tap water in Croatia is safe and drinkable so clients can easily refill their bottles without the need to purchase single use plastic bottles. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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