Plitvice Lakes Cycling Tour Croatia
Cycling Plitvice Lakes area provides an ideal opportunity to experience the natural wonders and breath-taking views. In a not so developed area, far from the big cities, in the middle of Croatia there is a mountain region covered with forest, greenery and abundance of river oases. These guided bike tour passes through beautiful canyons, rural bike trails, while getting to know the new and old history of forgotten cultures and lifestyles. The cycling is 2-6 hours long on moderate to challenging terrains leaving you enough time to relax in the evening.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park, a part of the world heritage, can be explored only on foot, surrounded by endless waterfalls and forests. To get there, you can combine cycling and walking, while getting back, you may not want to miss the Zip Line in the Korana Canyon.
Along with the abundance of pastures, meadows and forests, cheese tasting and other homemade products from this area are an inevitable part of the gastronomy of this region. Feel local and enjoy in the Land of Waterfalls.
ROUTE 1: Cycling to Barac Caves
12- 35km, easy to moderate, Bikes Kona Lanai, E – bikes on request
Family route or recreational route through rolling hills all the way to the Barac caves.
Our country is a speleological El Dorado. Not many countries in the World have so many surfaces covered in karst. Over 50% of Croatian territory, even 70%, if we include the undersea surface area, is made of limestone. According to the local legend, the caves were named after someone named Barac who defeated the furious Turkish giant in the battlefield and earned himself such an honor.
At the very entrance, there is a great picnic spot surrounded by amazing nature and clean fresh water. In the cave, bats are hibernating on huge stalactites and stalagmites. You will walk through 200m long hall, above pitch black, with an expert guide. Be aware that its cold inside even in summer and you should bring long sleeves as the average temperature inside the cave is 10˚C. On the way back you have the possibility of extending your trip with an optional stop at Deer Valley Ranch to see the deer’s, Old Dreznik town, Korana River Canyon…
ROUTE 2 – Cycling Secret Military air base „OBJECT 505“
48 km, moderate to challenge, Bikes: Kona Lanai, E-bikes on request
A more challenging route will take you to Zeljava airport or “Object 505”, one of the most sophisticated engineering projects build in the 60’s for the communist military air force in Yugoslavia. Cycling through war ruined villages and military remains, through endless green landscapes following the Croatia-Bosnian border. We will cycle on nearly traffic free roads through forests, between hills and ruined villages from the war. Construction of the Zeljava Air Base (code-named “Object 505”) began in 1948 and was completed in 1968. Before reaching its hidden tunnels inside of the mountain Pljesevica, we will pass one of the last “flyers”, the Douglas C-47 Dakota, the only proof of life at Zeljava. This route combines asphalt and gravel road. Bring with you your ID card, beverages, and snacks, sun protection, phone or camera, torch/flashlight for tunnels.
ROUTE 3 – Cross County Cycling route
47km, challenge, Bikes: Kona Lanai, E-bikes on request
Challenge yourself to investigate the pristine nature not far away from NP Plitvice Lakes but still far enough from any crowded area. The route will take you from the small village Korita into the forest on a gravel road with a long uphill. You will be rewarded with a stunning view and an amazing downhill to another county. Back on the asphalt route, you will be entering the NP zone following the road to Plitvice village, where you can find the highest waterfall in Croatia, 78m. Along the way you can find refreshments at the locals, practicing the most common Croatian phrases like “Dobar dan, kako ste” |Good afternoon, how are you? 🙂
As you are in the NP Plitvice Lakes area, just a few glimpses on the lakes and waterfalls will charge you for your next activity. On your way back, you will pass by Korana village, the perfect place to enjoy swimming or just to see the local houses, river Korana and her waterfalls.
BIKES: Kona MTB 26”
BASIC EQUIPMENT: bike, helmet, mini pump, tire repair kit, map, bike lock
Min 4 – max 30 people per group. Larger groups are on request. Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. In case the minimum number of participants is not met but the guest/s still want to do the trip, the price increases by a percentage depending on the final number of participants.
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- sport shoes
- sun cream
- water and snack (optional)
We use KONA bicycles which are easy and safe to navigate. You will get a helmet and instructions on how to handle the bike.
Raftrek Adventure travel is not responsible for the loss or damage of your personal items.
- All prices are per person in EUR
- Minimum age: 12 years if accompanied by parent(s)
- Children discount does not apply
- Group discount: valid for groups of 20 and more
**NOTE: The prices are fixed in euros. The exact price in dollars or pounds is calculated on the day of booking according to the exchange rate of the Croatian National Bank. All prices are per person.
Dates on request.
*Please check the availability of certain dates before planning the excursion by contacting us.
- English speaking guide
- use of necessary equipment
TRANSFER – on request; an additional cost is calculated per person depending on the pickup point, from 7 € per person
LUNCH – You can make reservations for lunch before we start the trip, from 10 € per person
Cancelation made by Raftrek
In the unlikely case of extreme weather conditions, Raftrek Adventure Travel will reschedule the activity for a day or two prior or after the date booked, if possible. If the rescheduling is not possible, the payments will be refunded in full. Read more – Terms & conditions.
Staff & Experts
Raftrek Guides and Trip Leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk, which could be caused by exceptional situations.
the summers are typically warm and sunny. From May to October temperatures are comfortable for hiking, paddling, and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rain wear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.
Feel free to call us at 0038516521666, if you still have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help you. For further information on FAQ please visit our website www.raftrek.com