People Cycling Rides

Croatia - Istrian Wines & Dalmatian Coast 2024.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Thomas Ryan
Tour Dates
Start Location
Buje, Croatia (PUY, TRS)
End Location
Dubrovnik, Croatia (DBV)
Cost (est.)
$4950 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1485 (USD
Payment Due
Tour Company
Avg. Distance
40 mi / 64 km
Avg. Elevation
3068 ft / 935 m
Ride Description

General Information & Ride Overview

In the period leading up to the recent two year travel shutdown, the hottest place to cycle was, without a doubt, Croatia.  Nestled on the Adriatic coast opposite Italy, the shoreline stretches from the culinary and wine regions of Istria in the North to the Dalmation coast in the South.  A natural work of art, perfected by some of history's greatest architects, comprising a series of beautiful islands punctuating the azure blue Mediterranean seas.  

Our 12 day journey takes in the best of Croatia, with the first section covering the wine regions cultural gemstones, the rich medieval towns and Venetian architecture of Istria.  As we progress South, the landscape changes to olive plantations and lavender farms before we take to the islands, via a series of public and private boat crossings, to explore the Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnich.    

We ride in September, avoiding the hottest time of year, and offering the best chance of perfect cycling weather.  Various airports are available for the inbound flight and land transfer, the easiest is Pula, Croatia (PUY 1hr), or Treiste across the border in Italy (TRS 1hr), or alternatively Venice, Italy (VCE 3hrs) or Zagreb (ZAG 4hrs).   We meet in Buje, on Saturday, September 21st, for a bike fitting and welcome dinner, before enjoying 12 days of great cycling, wine tastings… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

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