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Pedal Power in Croatia

Posted on June 9, 2014 by
Mijet

My great e-bike!

As a solo cyclist I recently enjoyed a trip to Croatia on a cycle cruising holiday. The level of cycling was a tad bit challenging for me, so I opted to take an electric bike or e-bike, which helped enormously and certainly made the trip so much more manageable and fun.

Lastovo - Croatia

Lastovo – Croatia

Make no bones about it, I was still cycling for 3-4 hours a day through an undulating landscape and was glad to have some lovely people in tow, which added to the whole experience. It was worth all the huffing, puffing on the way up as we reached the top of our climbs and stopped to take in the incredible scenery and sheer vastness of our wonderful surroundings.

We cruised each day to a different island, off loaded the bikes and cycled our hearts out. Then it was back to the boat for a relaxing evening with my fellow guests.

Harmonia - sun-deck

An afternoon in the sun

We stayed on board the Harmonia, a fabulous motor yacht with spacious cabins a great crew including an on board chef who cooked exquisite, 3 course meals, night after night which just got better and better as the week wore on. Your can also purchase wine with your dinner and the local wine comes highly recommended!

Harmonia - Croatia

Relax on board

Evenings are a sociable affair in the cosy saloon or on deck. We were fortunate enough to have a great guitarist amongst our fellow passengers who regaled us with many ‘old favourites’ and had us signing along to boot!

 

So, have a look at this wonderful trip  – Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Cycle Cruises and if you have any queries please feel free to ask, as I am very pleased to have experienced it first hand.

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Easy:
Our easy cycling holidays offer short daily rides on mostly level terrain. A typical day’s ride will take 2 – 3 hours at a leisurely pace and the remainder of the day will be free for you to explore further or simply relax. These rides are particularly recommended for newcomers to cycling holidays and for families.

Leisurely:
Our leisurely cycle holidays will suit those who are reasonably fit through regular exercise of one kind or another – not necessarily cycling. On the whole, the terrain will be level but there may also be a few small hills to contend with along the way too. Daily rides will typically take around 3 – 4 hours to complete.

Moderate:
Our moderate cycle holidays are for regular cyclists, who are used to longer rides with regular climbs. A good level of fitness is needed and you can expect to be in the saddle for between 4 and 5 hours each day.

Challenging:
These holidays are for seasoned cyclists who cycle long distances regularly and who enjoy the thrill of long days in the saddle. There will undoubtedly be some challenging climbs along the way and you can expect to cover between 55 and 75 miles each day.

Simple
Simple 2 star hotels, pensions inns and B&Bs. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Comfort
Typically a mix of good quality 2 & 3 star hotels and in some cases all 3 star hotels. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Superior
A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels & or in some cases excellent 3 star hotels.

Deluxe
High standard properties offering well-appointed guest rooms and good facilities. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Basic: Cabins with bunk beds and shared facilities.

Simple: Cabins with bunk beds and en-suite facilities

Comfort: Twin bedded cabins and en-suite facilities.

Superior: Well appointed en-suite, twin cabins.

Deluxe: Very high levels of comfort & service. All cabins are en-suite.

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theme-icon-riversRivers & Lakes: Cycling holidays alongside rivers and/or lakes.

theme-icon-coastalCoastal: Cycling holidays that follow a coastline.

theme-icon-wineWine Lovers: Cycling holidays through well known wine regions.

theme-icon-gastroGastronomic: Cycling holidays through regions renowned for their cuisine.

theme-icon-ebikeE-bikes: Cycling holidays where e-bikes are available as well as regular bikes.