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Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Peaceful cycling routes along Croatia’s spectacular Dalmatian coastline.



At a glance

4 days cycling (plus one optional ride on Mljet) with 100% vehicle support
90% good quality tarmac, 10% gravel road
Quiet roads with a good mix of flat and rolling terrain
Group normally 6 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16
7 nights hotels
All breakfasts included

Peaceful cycling routes along Croatia’s spectacular Dalmatian coastline.

Said to have the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, and undoubtedly packed with historic and cultural interest, the Dalmatian Coast is one of the true wonders of Europe. We follow some of the best cycling routes the area has to offer with much of the tour taking place on the long and beautiful islands of Hvar and Korcula, travelling by ferry between the islands. The scenery alternates between seaside villages, tiny mediaeval towns and lovely pebble bays. We end our journey in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik. We have two nights here to soak up the atmosphere of this uniquely preserved city.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

7 breakfasts
All accommodation
All transport and listed activities
Tour leader throughout
Local bike hire

Food: All breakfasts are included throughout. Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans.

Start destination: Hvar

End destination: Dubrovnik

Cycling profile

Day 1

Start Split airport; after a look around the old quarters of the city and a visit to the UNESCO Diocletian Palace, we have dinner then transfer to the port to take an evening ferry to Starigrad on the island of Hvar. We then continue by road to Jelsa where we spend the first two nights.

Day 2

A circular ride exploring the lovely island of Hvar. We head first to Stari Grad following the old Roman road, a route with quite a tough climb but with lovely views of the old villages of Hvar. Here we take a break from cycling and transfer by vehicle to the town of Hvar where we will have a chance to wander around the narrow streets of this quintessential Dalmatian town. Rather like a mini Venice, the streets of Hvar are marbled and there are elegant gothic palaces and cathedrals inside the city walls. There will be some free time to explore Hvar before we cycle up a challenging hill to a view point overlooking the island of Brac. We will have lunch at the viewpoint whilst taking in the breathtaking views. After lunch there is a lovely sweeping descent all the way back to Stari Grad. From here we continue along an old Roman road to Vrbovska and then follow the coast road back towards Jelsa.

Day 3

Today we ride east along the narrow part of island with views of both coasts as we head to the port of Sucuraj. The road is generally quiet and there are a couple of challenging climbs today to get you warmed up, however the support vehicle will be available for anyone who doesn’t want to cycle up the hills. Heading east, we have wonderful views of the mountainous mainland and the turquoise waters, we pass small villages, olive groves and tiny vineyards on our way to Sucuraj. From Sucuraj we take a ferry to Drevnik on the mainland, transfer by bus to Orebic, then catch another ferry to Korcula which is the historical centre of the island and in a lovely setting on the Peljesac Channel. It is also known for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage with a long tradition of seafaring, shipbuilding and stone-masonry as well as being the birthplace of the adventurer and traveller Marco Polo. Once on Korcula we have a short 15min transfer to the small town of Lumbarda which will be our base for the next three nights.

From June – September a ferry runs from Ploce to Trpanj, from here we will take the bus to Orebic and then the ferry to Korcula. This shortens the time spent in the bus travelling from Drvenik to Orebic and makes the journey a bit more fun and picturesque.

Day 4

Today we have a free day to relax in Lumbarda, go for a swim at the sandy beach on Przina or explore the charming town of Korcula at your own pace. There is an optional visit (with bikes) to the picturesque island of Mijet. Those choosing to explore Mljet and its famous National Park will take a boat ride to Pomena, which is also the entrance for the Mljet National Park. Here you can enjoy a very scenic but short ride around the two lakes.

Day 5

After breakfast we will start our circular ride on the forested island of Korcula. We start with a transfer to Vela Luka and from here we ride to the pretty village of Smokvica, before transferring to Pupnat where we will have lunch. From here we get back on the bikes and cycle all the way back to Lumbarda after a great exploration of the island. Today is a busy day and there are some hills, but we will use the support vehicle where necessary.

Day 6

After a short ferry ride (approx 20mins) to the Peljesac peninsula we follow this narrow and rugged finger of land. The route passes through olive groves, quiet villages and the famous vineyards hugging the steep slopes descending to the clear waters of the Adriatic. We complete our ride along an easy unpaved track to the tiny cove at Zuljana. From here the traffic levels increase so we take our support vehicle to Dubrovnik. En route there is a short stop at the small historic town of Ston, a beautiful example of a fortified town and Dubrovnik-style architecture. We should arrive in Dubrovnik in late afternoon. We spend two nights in a lovely hotel which is 10 minutes drive from the old town of Dubrovnik.

Day 7

Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm. Its location right on the Adriatic, the fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of red-tiled roofs, make this a truly enchanting place. The shelling of Dubrovnik by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately over the last 15 years great care has been taken to re-build the damaged parts of Dubrovnik and the city is now returned to its former glory. Old town, or Stari Grad, is filled with cobblestone streets, fountains, churches, palaces and museums – all built from the same light coloured stone. There are no motor vehicles in the quiet city, but at night the streets come alive as locals and visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun, the main street, covered in smooth shiny marble. Dubrovnik is famous for its fine seafood, and what better way to end our Croatian experience than splashing out on a feast of freshly grilled fish within Dubrovnik’s city walls.

Day 8

End Dubrovnik.

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Customer Feedback

Must do cycle in your lifetime

Summary:
The views, the hills, the people and the food all make for an amazing trip

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling up the 11.5 km hill in Hvar and reaching the top with a outstanding view of the Adriatic sea

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana was amazing. She was one of the most organized persons I've met and went way out of her way to do extra stuff for the group

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring cushioned seats

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MVJ Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Summary:
I am an experienced Exodus traveller, and this was my 16th trip. The invitation to review was addressed to my husband Robin (Robert), and I am completing the Review as Amanda Hubbard as I just wanted to say that this trip was one of the best. The cycling was indeed moderate and there was always space in the van to sit out a hill.There were plenty of opportunities to visit such ancient towns as Split, Havar and Korcula and to sightsee and swim in the clear sea. There were coffee breaks and the food was excellent with great lunch stops and dinners at well chosen restaurants at night. Plus our guide, Marko Mitic, was top-rate – as were Michele on our Sardinian bike trip and Radu in Tuscany. So if you want to cycle and really see the Dalmatian Coast, book this holiday.
But do pay attention to the warnings about Croatian hotels in the Trip Notes. They are a little better than Cuban hotels but comparable. Our rooms at the hotel at Jelsa (where we arrived tired from our journey at about 11pm on our first day) were very inconvenient to access and others in our group remarked on the septic tank smell!!! But the beds were comfortable and the view and swimming incomparable. The second hotel at Lumbarda was comfortable and fun and the Dubrovnik hotel was in a restful location.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Every day was inspirational – I didn't want the holiday to end.
1.When we arrived we drove to Split, walked round the port and the UNESCO Diocletian Palace, where we had dinner and then boarded the ferry (the terrific thunder storm at sea was great fun). This was a taste of the "delights" to follow!
2.The beauty of the rugged and rocky Dalmatian coasts and the charming little villages nestled along the coastlines. We were island hopping taking numerous ferries and our excellent driver got us everywhere on time. Particularly enjoyed the cycle rides (often through vineyards – there was even a tunnel!) around the islands of Hvar, Korcula, and Mljet, although a couple of gravel roads were a challenge for me – but one can get off the bike.
3. The architecture, charm and beauty of the Stari Grads of Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik and the history. Loved the walk round Dubrovnik town walls and the views of the now repaired rooftops and the sea – best done early in the morning. The bus trips into town were fun and even getting lost!
4. The fresh food and restaurants, especially the Konoba Mate at Pupnat, the organic lunch stop on the second day at the top of a hill overlooking the island of Brac and the restaurant down a backstreet in Dubrovnik, where we had our farewell dinner. And the Posip white wine of Korcula is DELICIOUS. Drinking this was perhaps my most inspirational moment(s) of the trip!!!

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Charming, courteous and considerate of the group's needs. And very well organised and social. He supported and helped all 13 of us equally and accompanied us to the Airport at the end of the trip.
I had 2 flat tires (back and front) and he changed each one efficiently. The second flat tire he noticed at an intersection, where he was waiting to make sure we took the correct turn, on a very steep road down to the sea – I was lucky!
All 13 of us got on very well – which seems to happen on cycling tips and we had some good laughs. It was great that we had 2 Americans and 1 Canadian on the trip.
And one of the most amusing moments, was when we were cycling back along the coast to Lumbarda on Korcula and we were overtaken by a group of very fast cyclists – they were on electric bikes! I couldn't understand why I was so slow until I realised.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This trip might not be suitable for avid cyclists. Even I, as an older, slightly anxious cyclist found the cycling rather too easy. We were always warned about the hills, but they were nothing compared with Sardinia and Tuscany, also classed as moderate holidays. Marko did allow one of our group to cycle independently at times, but he was the fastest and the only one who wanted to.
Our optional day on the island of Mijet was fun, but the hordes of tourists made this my least favourite day. My guide book (NOT trip notes) said there were no cars, but there were lots. And it was not as relaxing as Hvar and Korcula. The swim was great though and my advice is to bring sandals or shoes to swim in as there are lots of sea urchins everywhere along the rocky coast and few sandy beaches.
And if you are over 70 the Park entrance fee is less!
Just enjoy the fabulous views, coastline, ancient towns and particularly the Posip wine! Travelling by bike is a great way to see Croatia.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Just that this was an excellent holiday and an amazing way to see the Dalmatian Coast.

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Cycling the Dalmation Coast

Summary:
A fun holiday, with fantastic views, beautiful secluded coastal villages, and enjoyable cycling.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling up a long hill on the first morning, everyone making the top to have a fantastic lunch, cooked in local tradition. Then relaxing and getting to know the people in the group, back on the bikes for a downhill ride to a small harbour village. It set the scene for the rest of the holiday.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Our group leader was polite and helpful, he smiled and joked with the group, but was also aware of our safety whilst cycling and getting on and off the ferries. He was passionate about his country and it's history, a true professional in every sense, thus helping to make it an enjoyable holiday.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Don't expect 5star accommodation, the rooms were clean and tidy and adequate for your needs. Some of the hills were quite demanding, so be reasonably fit as it's worth it when you reach the top. Take in the breath taking scenery whilst cycling and ferry hopping, just go with the flow

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It's been a week since returning from Croatia and have fond memories of the holiday, I was with a great bunch of people, and a superb tour guide, would recommend it as an adventure holiday.

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CYCLING in Croatia -MVJ

Summary:
Trip itself is very good , beautiful scenery, great tour guide – all well organized except misleading in itinerary stating it is 'moderate' biking. First days it's mostly uphill, hills long up to 25 km….moderate ? unless you are well trained it's a struggle and should be quoted as advanced biking to my opinion.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
..friendly people, clean and hospitable country

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Marko was exceptional leader, knowledgeable in every aspect, friendly and accommodating – always smiling. He made this trip even more memorable.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
train – train – train….otherwise you are going to suffer …those hills are brutal ?

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Gorgeous scenery, great cycling, lovely food

Summary:
Great cycling, a couple of challenging hills. Lots of gorgeous scenery to look at. Clear blue waters, pine trees, simple lovely food. Recommended trip, even for infrequent cyclists

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The day trip to the island of Mljet was brilliant, clear blue waters to swim in and quiet cycling

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Krsto was knowledgeable and kept us laughing with a great sense of humour

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Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Summary:
This was a most excellent adventure that combined some of the most beautiful islands and coastline one will ever see and cycling that was challenging at times but not over the top.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The opportunity to have a group of eight friends from the USA be exposed to this beautiful countryside, the most friendly Croatian people and the exertion and rewards of doing some cycling amidst the fine meals and local wines.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Marko Mitic is a gem ! The trip was very well organized, he was a font of knowledge about Croatia, he was incredibly personable and engaged and he was always looking out for the clients. The trip would not have been the same, nor as memorable, without him.
His organizing call of "guys, guys, guys" became the rallying cry throughout the trip.
The man is a piece of work and he was most appreciated by all.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The trip notes, on reflection, were very accurate. The cycling, at least on the first two days, was more demanding in part than anticipated so it might be helpful to include the length of the "challenging" hills and the grade percentages.
In the end it made no difference but it would have been good to have more of an appreciation of the climbs beforehand.
My advice: "do this trip !"

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Just a note of thanks…. while we've done a good bit of traveling this was our first guided trip.
Everything was done beautifully and the experience was beyond expectations because of the good work done by Exodus staff behind the scenes and Marko out front.
We'll be back.

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Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

Summary:
This is the way to see Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast if you have a limited amount of time. I wish we could have stayed at each island longer. We explored the coastal towns as well as the less traveled roads lined with grapes vines and olives trees. It was a good mix.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Dubrovnik

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Are group leader was wonderful. His knowledge and enthusiasm mixed with humor and patience was impressive. His command of the English language made it possible for our group to experience Croatia with a master.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared to ride a mountain bike on road as well as rough terrain.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I have a few suggestions. It would be great if there was a road bike option for a trip like this. The roads are great and would be fun to explore with a lighter bike. The level of riding was so varied that perhaps if there were 2 leaders the group could be divided in 2 groups based on skill and therefore less time in van for some and more time of bikes for others. It would be great to have water bottles included.

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Fabulous vacation

Summary:
Our group of 8 friends from various places in the US thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Marko, our guide, was organized, funny, well-informed, energetic and thoughtful. He kept track of our group, narrated every experience and took us to the best spots.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Biking through the ancient walls.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fantastic!!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The first 2 days of biking are challenging.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
My only complaint is that Exodus didn't tell Marko we were going to meet him at the ferry…which several of us communicated to Exodus. He was worried about us all day. Also we should have been given his cellphone # in the joining instructions so we could have contacted him.

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An amazing adventure

Summary:
This was my first Exodus trip and highly recommended. The cycling was fantastic, the scenery was amazing, the food was fantastic, and the group all had a great laugh together. For anyone looking to island hop the coast of Croatia, this is the trip to do. (And the ice cream is delicious!)

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The long descending coastal roads with awe-inspiring scenery on every side, the smell of lavender, and the bloom of wildflowers as far as the eye can see.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana was a fantastic group leader – organised, knowledgeable, experienced, liked a laugh, and didn't make anyone feel left behind. With Ana, you're in safe hands!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
You often need to decide at the outset whether you want to attempt the "challenging" sections of the route or take the support vehicle. Everyone should be able to complete the whole route, and even if you have to get off and push the bike, the scenery is often well worth slowing down for.

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Fantastic Cycling along the beautiful Dalmation coast

Summary:
If you like cycling along spectacular coastal views and picturesque villages then this is the trip for you!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Too many! Dubrovnik at the end of the trip was amazing but every day there were great sights to see.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana was fantastic. She was enthusiastic about her country, the scenery, cycling, etc. She took us to great restaurants, and looked after us all really well each day. One of the best!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go to Croatia quickly before this unspoiled Paradise is ruined by too many tourists!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The food and wine was really high quality and good value.

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Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Summary:
This was a very well organised and thoroughly enjoyable trip, cycling through some beautiful unspoilt countryside. Some of the scenery is stunning. The hotels are fairly basic, but we only needed a comfy bed after each day's cycling and far too much food and wine for afters. I would highly recommend the trip and we will certainly be back for more cycling with Exodus

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The stunning views at the top of some of the climbs

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent

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Cycling in Croatia

Summary:
An excellent holiday. A fantastic group, and an excellent group leader and driver. A beautiful country and excellent intinerary. We had a good mix of challenging and more enjoyable rides. A well organised trips the only thing that really let it down were the flights – they were indirect with short connection times, and the flight home left at 6.25 in the morning – not a great end to an otherwise excellent trip.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Exploring the various islands and taking in the beautiful scenery from the bike was very inspiring – I will definitely return to Croatia.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader, Vladimir, was very good. We enjoyed his company, he was good fun, very organised and very knowlegeable. He was also very calm and reassuring in a couple of difficult moments. The only disappointment was on day two when several of us had to take the support bus instead of completing the ride as we ran into some time pressures. We would have preferred to have started the ride an hour earlier so we could have finished it comfortably.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The brouchure suggests you need a good level of fitness but not so much experience on a bike. However, I think some level of bike experience is desirable. Most of the rides were on road or track but we had a couple of short off road sections, plus the first two days had quite challenging hills. I'd also suggest all travellers bring their passports, E111 cards and insurance details with them at all times. Sadly we had a couple of injuries that were more difficult to resolve as the individuals were not carrying these items with them at the time. I'd also recommend cyclists ensure they have snacks to bring with them on the bike as some days we went quite long distances before a lunch break.

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Answer:
I would really recommend this holiday

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Cycling from Split to Dubrovnik

Summary:
Some short / medium distance cycling, up and down hills, surrounded by stunning scenery during the day with wonderful sightseeing, food and drink in the evening.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Dubrovnik old town is a stunning place to end the trip and there were loads of pretty villages/towns on the way there. Two places that stood out in particular were Hvar and Korcula. Then of course there is the absolutely amazing coast line in-between. Oh and yes the speed boat to Mljet island and cycling around the lakes. Basically every day was great!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana was fantastic. She was very friendly and chatty; she knew lots of great places to eat and was really enthusiastic and passionate about her country. One of the best Exodus leaders I’ve met.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Whilst the cycling in relatively short each day it is quite steep in places both going up and down hill. Get some practice in! Once you’re at the top of the hill you’ll realise it’s all worth it when you see the amazing views.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Croatia is an undiscovered gem and cycling the coast is the perfect way to see it. Go there ASAP!

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CYCLING THE DALMATIAN COAST

Summary:
Varied holiday spoiled somewhat by the untypical weather.

Rating: 3

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
A lot of the rides on the tour were fairly inspirational as regards scenery, although the rain did put a dampener on things. Food was a mixed bag and I did have a bout of gastro-enteritis on the trip. There was a lot of bus travel partly due to the fact that in October we were on the off season ferry schedules.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The group leader arranged the rides well adapting them to the unseasonal weather.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
One might be well advised to avoid October plumping for May instead to avoid adverse weather and restricted ferry services.

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I shared 76 photos. Unfortunately only one other person appeared to share any photos with the group.

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I had a fabulous trip and met some great travelling buddies. The Croatian coastline is stunning and cycling is an amazing way to experience it.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling the quiet coastal roads with spectacular views.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana was really great. She was experienced in organizing our tour, arranging meals together and is sociable and fun. She was also a good bike mechanic when necessary and able to adjust our itinerary to accommodate some rainy weather.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
October may not be the best month to go. We had quite a lot of rain.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I was not too happy with the hotels. I thought they were below average for a trip like this.

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I recommend this trip but suggest doing it outside the rainy season. The rainy season during our week was Sunday (light drizzle, just to help us acclimatise), Monday (heavy showers followed by heavy rain), Tuesday (morning downpour, afternoon showers), and Wednesday (heavy rain in between periods of torrential rain, although it did clear late in the afternoon)! Thursday and Friday were mostly dry. But the islands did look very beautiful between the clouds, we had a fun group of people and our guide did an excellent job of modifying the cycling and finding other activities to suit the weather.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Hiding in a church porch whilst the rain was completely bucketing down! The idea that we had tried to cycle and been caught out in those conditions was just so funny we all had to laugh. So we were laughing even before the wine-tasting….

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana was excellent – made a real effort to modify the cycle plans to suit the occasional gaps between the heavy rain, and to find alternative activities, including cave visits and wine-tastings, due to the shorter cycling programme.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I’m sure you’ll have a great time with better weather! There are some long hills on the trip, so if you aren’t a regular cyclist, do try to do a bit of training before you go.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I had been warned that Croatia was expensive, but on the whole found that prices for meals out were lower than, or at least comparable with, the UK.

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Summary:
Had a fantastic time on this trip: the group, the scenery and the leader could not be faulted. If you want an introduction to Croatia or simply see it at its best, then this trip is for you.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Great memories:
-Completing the climbs on day 1 and 2.
-Cycling as close as it gets along the coast line on several occassions.
-An amazing Croatian lunch at a family run restaurant in what to me seemed the middle of nowhere.
-Dubrovnik early in the morning! I will certainly come back here.
-Last but not least: making new friends to go on more Exocus holidays with.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Group leader Vlad was great, he doesn’t usually does this particular trip, but much more advanced ones. By the end of the week we were all convinced he was super-human. With the patience of angels he made sure the whole group managed most of the rides. He is passionate about his country and encouraged us all to make the most of all opportunties to explore.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you understand the skill level you need to do this ride, several in the group hadn’t and it made the rides a lot harder for them and slower for the overall group. Because we all got on so well, it wasn’t an issue in the group I was in, but could have been in a group who were after speed. Know your gears and be aware that you will be cycling 55K, with 2 x 1000m climbs on 2 days and around 35K the other days.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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This holiday is in the top 3 of my all time holidays. The surroundings, sunshine, food, people and the feeling of getting fitter with every day, it cannot be beaten, other than by another Exodus holiday possibly….

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Summary:
This holiday was excellent and extremely well organised. Some of the hills were tough but very enjoyable – especially the downhill ones! The guide was always on hand and very helpful in finding great places to eat. Altogether a fantastic holiday.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The whole Dalmation coast itself and especially Dubrovnik.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take note when the guide says there’s hills involved!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Because the ride involved cycling through narrow town streets it would be a good idea to have bells fitted to warn pedestrians.

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This was my first cycling trip with Exodus and I am currently trying to work out where the next one will be! The Dalmatian coast is absolutely beautiful, the cycling was enough to be a challenge without being too daunting and the group were inspirational.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The team spirit which helped me finish the 10.5km climb on the first day! The group were a continued source of inspiration and humour.
Loading our bikes onto the roof of the ferry to Mjet and swimming in the crystal clear waters was a wonderfully relaxing and fun day.
The outstanding views on the long descents!

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Bojan was very organised and it was great to be able to concentrate on the cycling knowing that everything else was sorted out. He soon tuned into the groups rather wick sense of humour! He also took us to some great restaurants and a great cocktail bar with fantastic views (don’t wear a skirt for the first night in Korcula!). The traditional lunch and the traditional dinner were probably my favourite meals.
…and Boris was our trusty van driver!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
As this was my first cycling trip I was worried whether I was as fit enough and tried to follow (most of) the fitness plan on the website. I am glad that I did otherwise I don’t think that I would have made it up the 10.5km climb on the first day. The second day we did the 55km practically in one go, only stopping for a couple of quick drink stops, so that we could catch the 1pm ferry. The first two days were more challenging than I had expected but the rest of the week was much easier going.
There was a steep descent on fairly narrow lanes and also a descent with tight bends with no barriers in places where there were some drops. For these reasons I think you need to be a fairly confident rider to really enjoy this trip.
One point to note is that although there is van cover, it tends to be on an all or nothing basis for each leg and the van does not follow on behind in case you change your mind.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Just go and be inspired!

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Summary:
A great all-rounder – exceeded expectations, amongst my “best holidays ever”. Great scenery, sunny all week and perfect temperature, cycling challenging enough but leaving enough time and energy to enjoy the local sights, restaurants and bars.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Not sure about inspirational, but memorable highlights included: (1) Second half of Day 3 ride along Hvar towards Sucaraj – cruising along the narrow part of the island with amazing sea views to left and right. I had got in my stride and thought: this is cycling at its best. (2) Lunch at Mate restaurant on Day 5, Korcula – simple but traditional fayre, a great stop over on a relaxing day of cycling. (3) Traditional dinner on Day 5 at family establishment just outside Korcula – amazing slow cooked lamb and simple but delicious salads, great setting.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Good overall – responsible, responsive and took good care of us in general. However, he could have been more communicative: I (and I think some other fellow travellers) would have preferred if he had provided more detailed information in the daily briefings.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for some reasonably long climbs – eg, 11k and 9k climbs on Days 2 and 3. Whether or not they are “challenging” depends of course on what cycling you are used to. But I think if you do not have any experience of cycling in hilly areas, then some of the hills would be quite challenging. Also beware that whilst you can decide at the bottom of the big climbs to go in the van instead, there was no option of quitting half way (no place for van to stop).

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Overal food was decent but tended to be mediocre – perhaps some of the restaurants choices could be improved.

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Summary:
The scenery was breathtaking. Every corner revealed a different view. At times, the coastline would not of been out of place in the carribean.

Rating: 4

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The evening tour of Dubrovnik…..perhaps the walk around the city walls.
Mljet National Park is pretty special too!

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very professional, yet relaxed as well.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you can afford it, book on the tour with the premium accomadation.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Guess it’s the group that really make the holiday…..ours was just fab!

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Summary:
Gorgeous scenery of blue sea, red terracotta roofs and green vegetation and the smells of the herbs wafting through the air as you ride along on your trusty bike.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The last bike ride on small roads to Zuljiana – perfect. The road clung to the side of the land with the sea below. No traffic and just a few coves and small villages. Then oysters in Ston – a peach of a place.
The set lunch on the way from Vela Luka on day 3. Perfect for a light lunch during a bike ride.
The trip to Mljet though we were left short of time waiting for lunch at a restaurant (majority didn’t want to eat on boat)

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Excellent: Confident, fit, smart with very good English, upbeat, sensitive to individual needs and fair. Very easy company. Cannot think of any minus points!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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This trip probably surprised a lot of us in being fairly tough – it was no ride in the park! When you look at pictures of those Dalmatian islands you probably think they are mostly flat but they are not! There were some very fit people on the group as well who took off like the Tour de France and kept us going full pelt. Very good though – far better than being in a group predominantly laid back and dawdling along.

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I enjoyed all of this trip. The food was good Mediterranean fare washed down with beer and wine – plenty of good fish. The set meal at the agritourizzmo place above Korcula was excellent too. The architecture is breath-taking and is completely in keeping with the countryside. It was possible to fit in a swim most days but you were never left twiddling your thumbs
The worst bit if pushed to think of one was the last supper at Veritas in Dubrovnik. The waitress treated us with rude distain and even made a few mistakes in the bills. I suppose one day would have done me in Dubrovnik because it is terribly crowded and I preferred the countryside.

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Summary:
I had the time of my life on my cycling trip to Croatia. Some of the cycling was challenging, especially in the July heat, but the beauty and variety of Croatia, the organisational skills of our great guide Ana, the lovely food and friendly people made for a holiday which had a true feelgood factor.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling through the vineyards and down amazing coastal roads with unbeatable views of clear turquoise water, and smelling the lavender and rosemary as we whizzed by. Followed by a lovely cold beer and a bit of banter.
One of the days when we had lovely cycling, followed by lunch (amazingly sophisticated home made cheeses and meats, desserts and grappa) under a vine-covered café in the mountains, then later an amazing dinner in an agroturism restaurant in the country with their home grown food and wine.
The islands were really special, and not all spoiled by mass tourism.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Went the extra mile for her group, shared her favourite places with us. Full of energy, and did everything she could to make sure that we had the very best time possible, including running down the street to buy us crisps to have with our beers!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be aware that July is incredibly hot, and if you aren’t really fit and/or don’t do well in the heat, then it may not be the best time to do this cycling trip, May/June or September would probably be better. And though the holiday is graded moderate, some of the hills are challenging. You can go on the support bus at times (as I did) but get into training first.

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One of the best and most memorable holidays I have ever had. Croatia was amazing and magical, and my group was great, and I would definitely go back (and I intend to!). This is the first Exodus holiday I have had, and I had a really good experience of the company, no complaints.

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Summary:
My first cycling holiday and I loved it! A great alternative way to seeing a new country.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The lovely day cycle across Hvar island, truly beautiful.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Krsto was good at organising the group without it feeling too much like a school trip

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Gel saddle

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Enjoy!

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Summary:
Good as a holiday, but not great as a cycling holiday; Much too short and really should either be improved (ideally) or reclassified as a leisurely/moderate trip.

Rating: 3

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Bojan did his job well. Nice guy, speaks English well. No complaints really.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Mind your Bus ticket in Dubrovnik. They’re made of paper and get damaged pretty easily. Tickets bought as part of the Dubrovnik card package aren’t silly cheap and as mine got sweaty, it never worked at all and I couldn’t replace it (Had to fork out for a new one!). Non-Dubrovnik card tickets however can be replaced though and as the ‘free’ Museums are a bit boring and/or small, might be better to buy bus tickets separately anyway and just do the things that are worthwhile; like city walls andcable car/museum.
I recommend the kayak trips though. Did one on a free day between flights. Nice alternative to old stones, museums and masses of cruise ship tourists. There’s also a bike and wine tasting trip available from the same companies.

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As already mentioned, the bottled water ran out pretty early on in our trip and was thus refilled, presumably from mains water. Many of us felt ill or otherwise off-kilter and the it seemed to be the water. Would be better to use bottled water for the whole week.
Boris needs to fix his aircon or replace his bus; The trip from Ston to Dubrovnik was miserably uncomfortable!

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Summary:
This was a really good trip with a nice balance of cycling and sight seeing. The islands were the high point with some simply beautiful scenery and unspoilt towns and countryside.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The towns of Hvar and Korcula.
We had two meals at small, family run restaurants which were some of the best on the trip.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Bojan was a good tour leader, he was well organised and compentent. Some more details on the local history and things to look out for on the rides would have been nice but he was very proficient and we felt well cared for.
Boris needs a new van though, preferably one with air conditioning as some of the transfers were a bit uncomfortable, especially with 16 hot cyclists and lots of bags, cycle hats, rucksacks etc!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The cycling is not too challenging and the longer days are broken up with lots of stops. The hills are steady climbs and the views from the top are well worth it, as are the downhill sections!!
I would also recommend buying your own water if you have a senstive digestive system. The bottled water provided by the tour leader ran out on day three and was then replaced with tap water.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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If possible it would have been nice to spend longer in the town of Hvar which seemed to have a lot of history to it. Options for longer cycle rides would have been a good extra as well but having said that it was quite nice to have a relaxing pace and not be rushing to get to dinner in the evenings.
Overall it was a really good holiday and a great way to see Croatia which left us wanting to go back and do more exploring in the future!

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Summary:
It’s quite simething at the age of 64 having had many previous holidays of all kinds, to say that this was the best holiday that I have ever had. However, that’s the truth, from begining to end it exceeced all my dreams. The country is beautiful, the guide could not have been better and the people that I travelled with were great company.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The last day in Dubrovnik was truly memorable, the weather was perfect and the city had so much to offer. My abiding memery was relaxing for an hour alone with coffee and cake watching the world go by, and contemplating what I had experienced over the previous few days. The cycling was hard but the views were amazing, lunch at the family restaurant and dinner at the farmhouse were extremely good but most of all I remember the group of people that helped to make this such wonderful holiday.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Krsto was very good company and fun to be with, spoke perfect english and had a wry sense of humour. He was very organised and capable, I had complete confidence in his ability to cope with any situation that may have arisen. Exodus are lucky to have him as their representative.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Just for anyone who may be apprehensive about a cycling holiday. This was my first ever activity holiday and I only started cycling six months ago, so I was concerned that I may have been too old, unfit and inexperieced to enjoy it. Well I took longer that most to complete the hills but did manage without having to resort to the bus, and I felt under no pressure from the faster riders. So give it a try, no more beach holidays or cruises for me it’s cycling from now on.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Just a brilliant holiday. Can’t wait for the next one.

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Summary:
Perfect way to discover the Dalmatian coast and it’s islands.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling along the coastline and on the different islands and visiting beautiful cities like Dubrovnik, Hvar and Split

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent handling during the trip, good knowledge and funny.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just go for it

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Enjoy your trip

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Summary:
(without a doubt) The most enjoyable cycling trip I have been on.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The bluest sea I have ever seen.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
She was fabulous. She was knowledgeable and humourous. Also she kept it real, told us the length of the hills, the gradient, gave clear and concise directions. As a group we were really well looked after. Excellent choice of restaurants and routes and stopping points. Also she took us to the best IceCream in Europe.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is a must do trip. Big Hills but lots of time to do them. Big Downhills too!!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Go to Mjet. In fact do all the optional rides.

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Summary:
A great way to see the Dalamatian coast, fanatastic views

Rating: 3

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana -was a great guide, sharing lots of local knowledge and keeping us all organised and good at issuing clear instructions so we didn’t get lost.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I would recommend being reasonably fit- the coast line isn’t flat, but nothing too steep.

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Summary:
Best Exodus cycling trip so far, Brilliant rep in Ana, beautiful country, outstanding views, great group of like minded people. Would recommend this trip as a must on anyones ‘wish list.’ Just loved the whole experience cycling in sunshine with my daughter and new group of friends.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Boat trip to Mljet and cycling around the lakes plus swimming in beautiful crystal waters. Lunching on fresh mussels over looking the lake.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Ana was amazing, strong, fit and just a wonderful personality. Made the trip for us. Local knowledge re the rides and local resturants. Very confident and organised. 10 out of 10 for her enthusiam.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I am a mature lady and just cycle for pleasure, you just need a reasonable level of fitness and confidence on the bike. This trip is just the most amazing way to see Croatia.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I must say I think Exodus has got the cycling trip holidays just right, this was our third one plus one walking holiday in Maderia. You must be doing something right because most on the trip and enjoyed other Exodus trips.

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Summary:
Croatia is a truly beautiful country and biking around is a fantastic way to appreciate the views. The Dalmation coast is stunning with the route being challenging in some areas but anybody with a general level of fitness will manage it.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Being with a member of the group who was in their early 70s being in the lead group for the whole week. It made me want to keep on going and inspired me to keep my fitness levels up so that life remains sweet and fun.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana was wonderful and looked after everybody in the group through ups and downs (no puns intended). She was very supportive and made sure we were all enjoying ourselves. The lunch and dinner locations Ana choose for us were really enjoyable.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t be afraid of wearing lycra – you need it for 5 days in the saddle. The bikes were really good but if you have a comfy saddle at home bring it with you……..!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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This was our first holiday with Exodus and it excelled our expectations. The organisation was superb and everything went according to plan (where nearly – large trucks hogging the ferry excluded)! Word of advice make sure you make allowances for meals and don’t expect Croatia to be the bargain you might think it to be.

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Summary:
Excellent! Well organised, excellent on ground support, lovely place, can’t fault any thing, it’s just what Exodus do…well.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Hills. Undulating hills.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent, very calm, organised.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Enjoy! Book your next one ASAP.

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Summary:
A fantastic trip that left me wanting more, and which really showed just how beautiful Croatia is.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were a lot of high points on the trip – sometimes literally: there are some quite tough climbs to get up which gave me a real sense of achievement when they were done. Some of the downhill rides were really exhilerating as well, and the last one in particular was on a stunning road.
Swimming in one of the lakes on Mljet was amazing – so quiet and peaceful, and in such clear water – I felt like I could have stayed there forever.
Getting to Dubrovnik old town just as the sun was going down and having a guided tour with a wonderful local guide seemed to leave everyone completely enchanted and in love with the place.
Having cocktails at the top of the hill above Dubrovnik was beautiful as well.
Sea kayaking in Dubrovnik was really good fun too.
And, the homestead lunch with the homemade pate was delicious.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana was great – very organised, very enthusiastic, loads of energy and funny and friendly as well. She was always happy to help and was really approachable.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
There are some pretty big climbs along the way so maybe get a bit of hill practice before you go. Other than that: book it and enjoy it. The week was over in a flash so drink it all in and savour every moment.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I went on my first Exodus trip last year and had an amazing time – after that I knew that I would definitely book another trip with them but always had a slight nagging doubt that it would never be able to live up to the first. Thankfully, I was wrong. This was wonderful as well. I met some fantastic people and seemed to spend a lot of the holiday laughing. Ana, the guide, really helped to make the trip great as well – not only did she keep everyone organised and informed, but she was great fun too. All in all, a fantastic trip that I will remember for a long time.

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Summary:
Beautiful country, friendly people, excellent guide, really good food.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Completeing the 10km climb in 30+ degC.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very fit and very tolerant young guy. We would have liked to hear a bit more about the history and culture of Croatia but realise that some of it might still be quite raw.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Some of the hotels are a little basic.

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Summary:
An amazing holiday in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The islands were beautiful and the towns of Hvar and Korcula inspirational. It was great to have all of the travel arrangements organised, especially the ferries, and excellent restaurants recommended and booked. It was also fantastic to have the back up vehicle on hand for the transfers, snacks and the ‘just in case’ moments. The bikes were easy to ride and in good condition.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I was very nervous prior to the holiday about being able to cope with all the uphill rides. I had a real buzz from completing all the rides and loved the challenges they set. Visiting the islands was superb and the scenery made you forget the undulating routes. Having risen to the challenge of the uphills the downhills were exhilarating with truly amazing views.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Krsto was excellent. He was supportive to those at the back of the ‘peloton’. He was knowledgeable about the places we visited and had a great sense of humour. He made arrangements for us to visit some amazing restaurants. A truly inspirational leader!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I took my own saddle as well as others who also took their own peddles – a good move! Although I had been out cycling prior to the trip the uphills were certainly longer than I had anticipated. To get the most from the trip it would be prudent to do some uphill training prior to the trip. Having said that, the ascents are not particularly steep, just long and the superb scenery and lovely descents make up for all the undulations!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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This was my first organised group holiday and I have been waxing lyrical to everyone I meet about the whole trip. The cycling was a challenge but on completion of each ride I had a real sense of achievement. The others on my trip were great company and I thoroughly enjoyed cycling with different people at different times. We cycled together, ate together and laughed together – fantastic people. This has been a truly amazing holiday. I am already looking through the Exodus brochure for my next ‘challenge’.

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Summary:
Great group, Great guide, Great country. The weather was hot! This made a swim in crystal clear waters at the end of the day even better!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
After some long climbs, the joy of a downhill through stunning countryside. Olive groves and Vineyards
The last 20km to Sucuraj and the final days ride around Korcula were my favourites.
The trip to the Mljet National Park is a must. Swim in the clearest water I have ever seen!
The meals at Pupnat and the Homestead were by far the best of the trip.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Ana was great. Probably one of the best cycling guides I have met. She can heard cats! Sixteen of them!
Her instruction are VERY clear. LISTEN to them. Some of the downhills are very narrow. We did come across some cars coming the other way! So when she says go slow. G
Her humour very dry! An amazing ambassador to Croatia.
My only suggestion would maybe to produce some simple maps of the daily rides. With turning points and distances. With sixteen people it can sometimes be difficult to hear instructions.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Croatia is not cheap. I would work on the upper guide of £35 a day at least.
The best food and wine we had was at Pupnat and the homestead. All home made.
Some of the food in the restaurants was a bit dissapointing. Most of the wine seemed to be watered down. Stick to beer!
July is hot! Most of the hotels are basic and clean. If fans could be added to some of them that would be great.
I use a Camel pack which is great. If you are using a water bottle make sure it is a good size. You will drink a lot of water!

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There is a direct flight from Dubrovnik back to Gatwick with Easyjet at about 11:00 which I didn’t know about. The group flight via Zagreb leaves at 6:25 so a 4:00 transfer! We didn’t go to bed!
This a great trip. Only a week. All the other trips I have been on were two weeks and I wish I had stayed on longer.

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Summary:
Amazing views of the Adriatic help with the tough climbs on this trip, and the thought of jumping in the sea at the end has you sailing down the descents. A really exhilarating trip with varied routes and fun downhill curves. You are continually breathing in the scent of lavender fields and pine trees which is absolute bliss.

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
All the downhills felt inspirational. Other top moments included stacking the bikes on the roof of a boat to go island-hopping, a fish barbeque on board which was cooked using a blow-torch and all of us jumping one by one off the roof of said boat. Another one was deciding at the end of another long, sweltering ride that it was ok to strip down to sports bra and inner shorts to jump in the sea! Totally liberating.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Great fun, bubbly and enthusiastic but above all extremely strict about safety so you knew you were in good hands. A dab hand at fixing punctures too.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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As a newcomer to cycling I found I needed to wear two pairs of padded shorts most days and was very happy I’d brought a camelbak and (don’t laugh) a fan for the hot evenings. I took a couple of extra days at the end as Dubrovnik (and all Croatia) is just too fascinating a place to do in a day. Some of us also went down to Montenegro at the end. Otherwise, it can all flash by a bit too quickly what with physical fatigue and the quick pace of the trip. I was also glad I travelled with a backpack, rather than suitcase as some did, and make sure you leave some space to bring back local olive oil and grappa.

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Be warned that these trips are addictive, I am now hooked…

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Summary:
A well balanced and varied week of cycling, swimming and sight-seeing amongst some breathtaking scenery.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Island-hopping, taking our bicycles on various ferries, and especially our optional day on Miljet when we cycled around the lake and found a little paradise at the end of the track where we swam in crystal clear turquoise waters…

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Ana was very much in control of the group and excellent at organising everything including restaurant bills which can be a headache! She has a strong personality but she was also sensitive to other people’s wishes and needs, and did all she could to accomodate everyone. Great sense of humour too, and very supportive with people cycling at the back. A group leader one will remember.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Be prepared for some tough uphills at times, especially on hot summer days and as soon as your first day, but the freewheel downhills are exhilarating and make it all worhwhile! A real adrenaline rush…

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Croatia and its islands are a little paradise and it is great to admire all the work and repair done to the damaged buildings during the recent conflict. I just hope mass tourism is not going to overwhelm its coasts and pollute its beaches and eventually spoil it as it has in other parts of the world.

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Summary:
The trip was fantastic! The route was beautiful, the group friendly, and the leader outstanding.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It was great to see everyone make it to the top of the hill on day two. And the decent wasn’t bad either.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Ana was exceptional! She was organized, accommodating, and fun. She went out of her way to make sure the needs of everyone in the group were met and that everyone was enjoying themselves.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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While the trip is graded “moderate,” there definitely were some difficult hills. I recommend doing some hilly training rides if you’re not a regular cyclist.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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While I thoroughly enjoyed my time on trip, some of the accommodation was a little disappointing considering the cost of the holiday.

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A thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Kudos goes to a very engaging and professional guide, a great group and lovely food, but the real star was Croatia itself; gorgeous scenery around every corner, beautiful green sea, scented with herbs and flowers and, especially on the islands, a very friendly people.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Probably climbing the steepest hills and letting go for a gloriously fast descent.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Bojan was very good indeed. He challenged the fastest, supported the slowbies and found lovely restaurants for every meal.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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A little cycling practice won’t go amiss – some of the hills are steep, but by no means long or difficult, and it’s useful to know how gears work, when to change gear, what to do when it’s rocky or to have a little bit of confidence in your ability to ride for a few hours. oh, and padded cycling shorts are a good idea.
Also, our bikes were very exactly sized – to the inch rather than ‘small/medium/large’ – so tell them your correct height or you may get a bike that’s slightly too small!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I would have enjoyed a little more time to explore the history or wander round the local towns – but I did appreciate staying in a hotel for more than just one night. Not having to unpack and pack every evening gives us so much more time. Otherwise, I’d have loved to do just a little more cycling..

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Ohh this was so very wonderful, Kristo was a wonderful guide, warm friendly and knew exactly when and where to take us for the wonderful meals both on route and in the evenings…the food was superb, just feel I was on another planet. On ariving all my stress levels faded into the abbse

Rating: 5

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What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Having dinner in a wonderful family restuarant, the food, the warmth was beyond real.
Just gliding down the mountains and stopping off to amire the wonderful veiws and the natural flora of the spring time.
Being able to seep into of the historical past, and it’s history and architecture of not just Dubrovnic, but
the entire Dal-m coast. Our tour guide in Dubrov was very articulate, putting in a good word for her too.
The walk along the walls were amazing with my two new friends from Cumbria.
Thank you Exodus…what’s my next trip?

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Kristo was a wonderful guide, very helpful, especially as I was lagging a bit, he was at my side to to add a bit of needed energy. Such an open loyal, considerate and knowlegeable..the best guide ever. Not to mention the wonderful energy snaks he managed to source…..thank you for him!

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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JUST DO IT…a truly unforgetable land, the food, the local folks is quite something of a pearl as is Croacia.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Maybe, the mountain bikes can be improved upon as I found them rather heavy going, as we were not off road much, but were great on the dirt tracks and cycling in the vinyards.

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Summary:
The Croatia Cycling tour is an excellent way to enjoy the Croatia coast and get off the beaten track and enjoy the local food. I would highly recommend this trip if you are after an active holiday and enjoy seeing the world by bike.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were a number of substantial hill climbs that were very tough at times. The inspirational moments were when I would look around rather than focussing on the road and I was greeted by the amazing Croatian coast line.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Our Group Leader Kristo was excellent. I’d like to nominate him for a leader of the year. Krsto was very relaxed, he would tell us when and where we needed to be, where we were riding for the day so we all understood. My only feedback would be to come down on people a bit harder when they were late. Krsto seemed well known everywhere we went and so we were always looked after. The effort Krsto put into the trip really made the trip for us

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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The trip is rated moderate, however there are some tough days with challenging hill climbs, do not go on this tour if you are not a regular rider. I loved it because I love riding and I loved the hills as they were a challenge for me and I knew I had earnt my drink at the end of the day.
That said there are options to take the bus if you don’t think you have the fitness so that is a good option available to all riders.
The days are quite long, riding by 9, back at the hotel by 6 or a bit before out to dinner by 730/8 pm. The dinners are a wonderful opportunity to taste the local food, most places had fresh fish in everyday which was wonderful. Dinners did go for a long time and we’d usually leave by 1030/11 pm. There isn’t that much time to do your own thing, it really is a group environment, but that did make the trip enjoyable as you got to meet new people and get to know them.
If you are after an active tour and want to see the sights of the Croatian coast then this is an excellent tour.

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The tour involves long days, so it’s not the tour for you if you want to relax everyday. The food was wonderful and a highlight of the trip for me. Everywhere we ate was excellent, a great example of fresh local food.
The accommodation was fine, the only hotel that wasn’t consistent with standard was dubrvnik. That said I’m not fussy about accommodation as we don’t spend much time there so as long as I’ve got a bed and shower I’m fine.

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Summary:
A great holiday that provided some great experiences, but more importantly many pleasant memories.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Completing some challenging climbs, and once at the top enjoying some terrific views of the Dalmatian coast with newly found friends.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Absolutely terrific. Nice guy, a good leader on the road, and a good leader in the evenings.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If your not 100% sure whether this type of holiday is your thing, take the plunge as most likely you’ll be left wondering why you didn’t go before now.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I’ll go again.

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Summary:
Superb scenery, excellent guide and enjoyable cycling makes this a top trip

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were so many good features of this holiday that it is impossible to pick out one moment.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Oustanding: calm, boyish charm makes him an excellent leader. Also picked out some very good restaurants to take us to at lunchtime and in the evenings.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Get yourself on this trip if you can as there will be few better trips. If you are a particularly fit cyclist have a week at a gentler pace because the scenery is spectacular and the weather is almost certain to be good. If you are put off by the “Moderate” label try and get some practice in so you can feel comfortable booking yourself on to this trip. The longest distance was about 55 km so it is not so far. The hills are long rather than steep but you can always ride in the minibus and skip the long hills if they are too much for you.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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Hard to improve upon this holiday although some in the group would have liked to spend longer cycling and some would have liked fewer undulations: you can’t please everyone all of the time! If in doubt, go for it!

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Summary:
Croatia is a beautiful unspoilt country. Thoroughly enjoyed the road cycling, was a bit more nervous on the off road sections as I hadn’t ridden on gravel before.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Loved all the different bits. The island of Hvar was very pretty as was Miljet. Loved the 2 longer days on the bike which are the first 2 days. Great to see Dubrovnik after all the restoration too.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very calm, capable and great company. Kept the group together despite differing ability levels.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Try some off roading before you go so you are confident on different surfaces.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I would like to see a difficulty comparison between trips of supposedly the same level of difficulty. The Amalfi and Dalmatian Coast trips are both moderate but Amalfi was much harder than Croatia.

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Summary:
Gr3eat cycling, breathtaking scenery, extemely well organised, good company

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The cycling

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent. Highly organised- so no waiting around . Very safety conscious. Extreemely caring

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I thought it was a very expensive trip for what it was and what it included. I chose single supplement which was £150 ish but when my fellow travellers asked for a single room they had to pay a £10 for the night.
I took the decision to go with Exodus so knew the price for this trip was high- and I know there are bikes, a van and a tour guide. But hotels are reasonable priced so I don’t know why it was quite so high. I have been on several holidays with explore ( Cuba/ india/Spain- and Exodus, on this trip- for this time of year is very expensive
I did have a nice time though.

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Summary:
The reason I went on this vacation was because I originally did a Google search for a different type of holiday without single supplements,also a short flight to a country I had not been to before & an adventure type holiday at the end of April.I had been told that Croatia was nice,in fact now I have been I am stunned how beautiful Croatia really is &amamp;amp; in the future will go back again.This vacation ticked all the right boxes for me.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There is just so much on this vacation to inspire one,there is just too much to list but cycling along tracks & quiet roads in open country side through olive groves is a truly lovely experience.Cycling from Dingac along the coast was just so scenic.It was a nice touch being taken to small villages off the beaten track to enjoy meals prepared by the local people who are just so pleasant.The other 5 people I met up with on this holiday were a lovely crowd which put the iceing on the cake.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Bojan our tour leader was not only just a wonderful guide he was a friend.He looked after everybody every step of the way & was concerned for everybodies welfare.He has great communication skills & was just so nice to have around,he recommended places to eat & really enjoyed socialising with all us holiday clients.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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The only advice I would say to anybody going on this type of vacation is that although you don,t need to be an olympian athlete,you do need a good level of fitness to benefit & fully enjoy this holiday.I found in April the temperature can range from chilly to quite warm & there is more of a risk of rain off season. I was fortunate that it never rained at any time when I was cycling.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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I originally was a bit apprenhensive about going on a cycling holiday but having now been cycling on The Dalmation coast all I would say to anybody thinking of doing this holiday is as Nike says “Just Do It”,you won,t regret it.It has been a truly positive experience,Croatia is a beautiful scenic country with great infrastuture.I don,t know why I have not been before.This has been my first Exodus holiday & after this experience I will be looking through the Exodus brochures for another future adventure.

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Summary:
Fantastic scenery and good biking routes. However not for the unfit or non-cyclists. There are some long hilly sections which are quite tough if unprepared. Overall a fantastic experience…

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The island of Mljet trip is not to be missed. That was a superb day out!
Also the cycle on the last day we biked through some incredible scenery..

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fantastic Leader. Ana was fun, informative and extremely well organised. She knows the bike routes and ferry times and made sure we managed our time properly! Also there were no hassles with the bikes.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Get your fitness levels up and practice biking on hilly routes. You will really enjoy the trip much more!
Also be aware that you will be spending a lot of time in a group situation with strangers. If that is not to your liking, this may not be the right kind of trip for you. We we fortunate as we had a great group of people and a superb leader.

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Summary:
A great trip with some ery nice people and a very helpful guide. The star of the trip was Croatia – it is very beautiful!

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The sweeping roads by the sea

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
She was excellent

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t assume “moderate” doesn’t involve some tough sections!

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Summary:
Cycling the Damation Coast is up there with my favourite holidays! A great was to see Croatia, visitng some of the Islands and taking in the spectacular views. I was lucky to be with some great people so we had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.More challenging than I was expecting, but for me that just made the experience better!The hotels weren’t up to much at all, so a good job we didn’t spend much time in them. The first hotel had so many steps and no one to help with the cases. A bit disappointing considering the cost of the holiday.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The trip to Mljet. A very pretty place so take advantage of this day trip – not to be missed.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Ana was a great tour leader. Very knowledgeable and professional. She was supportive of all reglardless of their fitness level and those with quirky fears (I am a complete scardey cat when it comes to cycling down very steep hills).

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Get some cycling training in as it’s tougher than it’s advertised as being. Perhaps attend some spinning classes. I really enjoyed it but others struggled.
Also the beaches are mostly pebbles and stones, so bring appropriate footwear for walking into the water.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
if you’re hesitating as to whether to book, just go for it – a great experience!

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Summary:
A fabulous adventure, exploring a stunningly beautiful part of Croatia. Great company, spectacular sceanery, challenging cycle routes (no-one told me it was a hilly place before I went) and wonderful ice-cream – what more could you want?

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The best cycling day was definatly the last – the downhill coastal path was breathtaking, and we stopped for photos so many times that we missed lunch!

However, my personal highlight was when we were joined by a pod of dolphins in the water on the ferry crossing from Hvar to the mainland – absolutely brilliant watching them jump playfully in the water around the boat.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Bojan is new to Exodus and did a great job organising and motivating such a diverse group of people. He was great fun, very sociable and was up to the challenges of games of tennis and ping-pong laid down by various members of the group (and he always won, I warn you now). He’s also pretty good at eating ice-cream too, and you can be assured he’ll point out the best places in town. His sense of humour was fantastic, and he seemed to really understand how to get the best out of each cyclist, offering the right amount of support to help us all achieve our full cycling potential.

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Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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Looking back on the trip, overall I would say that it was fantastic, and I have come home with a great desire to visit the Dalmatian Coast again. The beaches and islands are absolutely beautiful, and cycling gives you the opportunity to explore the less well travelled paths (such as the coastal path on the last day). However, I would say that a few of us found that we were slightly unprepared for the level of fitness required for some of the more “undulating” routes! The first day includes a 10km uphill stretch, and if that doesn’t mean that much to you (as it didn’t to me before I went) then it means peddling uphill continuously for a very long time!! I certainly wasn’t fit enough for it, and walked part of the way (and I wonder whether this climb ought to be removed from the trip) The second day also has a pretty long uphill stretch, which was very tough going in the heat, with a head wind – I guess I would advise you to carefully consider the time of year that you go, do some training beforehand to get the most enjoyment out of your holiday and, for the novices amoungst you, I would advise learning a little bit about how to work with your gears and how to maximise your efficeincy when cycling on very “undulating” terrain. But when cycling along the coast, every “up” must have its “down” and the downhill stretches were absolutely amazing.

As for other practical details: wear layers on the jounrney out to Croatia – it was about 8 degrees when I left my home in the morning, and about 28 degrees as we wandered round Split in the evening, so you want to make sure you’re dressed for both! ATMs were widely available and we ended up spending about 50 kuna on lunch, and 100 kuna on dinner (minus drinks). (Ice cream was only 8 kuna!!). Other advice – wear lots of sun-screen and you don’t need a water-back-pack (all the bikes have a water bottle holder). Consider isotonic sports drinks if going in the summer, as we ended up drinking huge amounts of water and yes – people did wear padded cycling shorts! Charging cameras and phones was not a problem, so go wild with your photos (and don’t forget to look out for the dolphins on the crossing!)

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This was a solo departure, and I have to say it was brilliant. The group was a fantastic mix of people, and even though we differed in age, we bonded well and I have made some great friends. I will certainly be looking out for solo departures again in the future. The days were also well filled, with the whole group staying together for meals, so the trip is well suited for the solo traveller.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to go to Mljet, as Croatia’s only two bad weather days that they get a year, fell on the two days that we could have gone, but instead Bojan found us a great little cycle route, and sandy beach to relax on (with ice cream of course). We found that we were very much in need of a relaxing day, however, despite finding the cycling hard work at times, I was heart-broken to give me bike back at the end of the week, and have come home eager to find my next cycling holiday.

So overall, as long as you’re fairly fit, then I would highly recommend this trip!

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Summary:
A beautiful series of rides through idyllic countryside, pretty villages and dramatic coastlines. The routes were varied: Croatian gravel, unmade roads, sealed minor roads and main roads – steep and gentle hills, some undulating territory, all manageable even to beginner riders.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I’ll never forget the exhilarating ride on the last day – through the scary tunnel, out to the brilliant sunshine, then downhill beside sheer cliffs, the sea and vineyards, to a pebbly beach and fabulous swim.

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What did you think of your group leader?

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Ana was well organised, fun and enthusiastic. Together with Boris she made a perfect holiday for us, topped off with a very stirring rendition of the Croatian national anthem.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
You will love it!
Bring wet weather gear.
The optional ride to the national park is a perfect adventure.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Take lots of photos.

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Summary:
This is a good cycling holiday in a lovely area, but it is expensive. We had a small but very select and fun group!

Rating: 3

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling on the beautiful Dalmatian coast.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
She was very good; efficient and friendly

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
You need to be fairly fit to cope with the hills, and some distances in the heat. Not too much for vegetarians to eat! But the fish is good. Single rooms in the hotels were often not very good and poor value for money.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Be prepared to be spending a lot more money for food, guides and the Mljet trip. Also, beware of the grill used to cook the fish on the Mljet boat; there is no warning that it is still extremely hot as it hangs on the railings.

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Summary:
Although the trip was harder than expected/advertised as moderate rating (it said no cycling experience necessary – not true!!) There were hills to tackle daily, but I found that ‘extra push’ to get up the hills, and felt great by the end of the trip! Helped of course by the fantastic scenery.

Rating: 3

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Managing to make it to the top of hills and not being last in the group!! Also the beautiful scenery and weather.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
He was absolutely lovely. A very calm, capable and responsible person for a young guy.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared to push yourself – its worth it!!

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Summary:
Croatia is truly stunning with beautiful towns and villages and translucent sea lapping at the shore. The cycling had great variety although “hilly” may be a more apt description than “undulating”. However, the group all managed and had a great time.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Arriving in very pretty towns and villages with very few other tourists was special. However, my favourite day was the Thurrsday (last day of cycling before free day in Dubrovnik) as the cycling that day has a bit of everything (off road downhill, offroad flat, road) and its probably the prettiest scenery. The last section of this day (post lunch stop) is approximately 29km and apparently optional although everyone in our group cycled it. Although it starts with a 3km climb it really was the best cycling of the week and gets faster and faster towards the end so does not feel anything like 29km.
Seeing Dolphins swimming at the bow of our ferry was quite cool too!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our leader for the week was Bojan (pronounced Boyan) and he was a great guy and patiently looked after all of the group and our never ending questions. No point in challenging him to a game of tennis or table tennis as you are likely to lose! He has a competitive streak.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
1. The day of arrival in Split is a long one and assuming you are arriving in the summer months it would be a good idea to wear shorts or something cool as you go straight from the airport to a tour of Split – a very hot Split the day we arrived. The ferry to Hvar is in the evening so you might also want to think about having something to slip on if it cools down on the ferry crossing.
2. The breaks on your bike are the opposite way round to the UK. Kind of useful to know when you pull away from your first hotel and cycle down hill!
3. Grappa may well be a local alcoholic beverage but probably best saved for domestic cleaning purposes.
4. If you like really good ice cream – this is the trip for you.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This was my second Exodus cycling trip. I previously did the Vietnam trip. The distances for this trip are shorter but possibly more hills. Some bike fitness prior to the trip will help you get the full benefit but book it anyway!

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Summary:
Overall I thought there was a good balance of scenic cycling with a bit of down time and sightseeing.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The ride back from Pupnat to Korcula was very pretty – topped off with a swim in the sea – perfect. In fact any day finishing with a swim was great. The last day of cycling along the coast was also very pretty. Cycling throught the vineyards was great too. I also thought the evening out at the home cooked food place outside Korcula was excellent – if a bit more pricey than we had been expecting (230 Kuna each) – this may have had something to do with the grappe…. Oh, and worth going to the Tower Bar in Korcula – good views in the day time, but make sure you can deal with ladders.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
This was Bojan’s first tour on his own and I think he did a great job managing a varied group which had diverse demands.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Croatia is not a cheap place – though not overly pricey either. As breakfast is the only meal included in the price there is plenty of money to be spent on food (and ice cream). Many of our group requested thet we have some picnic lunches which I think was reasonable (but you need a ruckack or something to carry it in from the supermarket!). The meal at the the top of the hill on the first day’s cycling was very nice, simple food (bread, cheese, proscuttio and grilled veg) but many felt over priced – and as we hadn’t had any choice or say I think some felt a bit “had” – hence the request that the group have a bit more freedom of choice. Obviously we expect our guide to make good recommendations for dinners etc so most of the time most of the group went with his advice – and it was very good.

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The cycling distances are great I would say. Bit of up and down and there were options for swimming (keep your togs in the bus). There was a fair bit of getting on and off the bus – but this is expected for a tour which isn’t point to point. Our group didn’t get to do the optional Mljet trip as not enough people wanted to do it which was a shame – but not sure how you get around this issue. It was another cost too – the boat, lunch on boat, entry to the park etc – but it came highly recommended!
I would recommend doing the city wall walk in Dubrovnik – lovely early evening when not so hot.
Accomodation was fine – nice not to be moving every night.

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CYCLING THE DALMATIAN COAST

Summary:
Another wonderful cycling holiday thanks to Exodus !

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling down to the sea, with all the wonderful views … then relaxing in the sunshine with delicious well-deserved ice-cream !

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
She was excellent – kept us all together both cycling and socially, and created a nice atmosphere in the group.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take your waterproofs … I wouldn’t have missed the morning cycling in the pouring rain for anything, despite the fact I got drenched !

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Can’t wait to go on my next Exodus trip … Mongolia in September !

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CYCLING THE DALMATIAN COAST

Summary:
Hotels were good, hire bikes and transport excellent, organisation excellent. Croatia is great cycling territory, great group leader and driver.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Completing the optional ride on the last day.

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What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Outstanding. Knew the territory, was very safety conscious, looked after us all day and night. Best of all she was great company and very friendly towards everyone.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take rain gear, you may not need it but we did,

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I’ll do another Exodus trip at an early opportunity

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CYCLING THE DALMATIAN COAST

Summary:
A fabulous time seeing parts of Croatia I would not have normally visited! Loved the islands, and it was great to have such a fun, diverse group.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling along the coast and through the vineyards – stunning! Also getting into the support vehicle with Boris (our driver) when it was bucketing down with rain!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Fabulous! Lots of fun and very supportive!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Practice a bit of off-road mountain biking before you go, will help you handle the gravelly bits!

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

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CYCLING THE DALMATIAN COAST

Summary:
Breathtaking scenery, great cycling, good food and excellent company!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The cycling on Mjlet was lovely. So peaceful, beautiful and relaxing.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Ana was a great tour leader. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and well-organised. She also made sure we ate in great local restaurants and quickly sorted out issues when they occured (such as the one restaurant that ran out of red wine!!)

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the short distances – there are regular hills with some particularly long climbs – nothing too difficult but do do some training before you go and you’ll enjoy it more. The fabulous descents make up for all the climbing. We went in April it was glorious sunshine in the daytime but got quite chilly at night – take something warm!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
It’s a very beautiful country – enjoy it!

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

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Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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