E-MTB tour Croatia

ENJOY A JOURNEY TO ADRIATIC BLISS ON OUR E-MTB TOUR CROATIA

On this new E-MTB tour of Croatia you will journey through the full spectrum of cultural, culinary and landscape changes as you e-mountain bike from the lush green interior of Istria, the northern-most region of Croatia, to quiet coastal singletrack and the piercing blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Fitness level: 4/7
  • 7 nights / 8 days
  • £2,550 / $3,698

Our photographer Ross Bell set off to the Adriatic coast and the colourful country of Croatia to capture the changing landscapes, glorious trails and picturesque towns on our e-mountain bike journey in Istria… You can also read our photo story

Is this e-mountain bike tour Croatia for you?

We want you to have the best experience in Croatia, so it’s important to be sure that this is the perfect E-MTB tour, with the right level of challenge, for you.

You ride your e-mtb on average twice per month, and would be comfortable riding a variety of trails including: rooty singletrack through forests; gravel double track climbs; steep, flowing descents; rocky trails on the coast and islands. Read more on our intermediate skill level.

With a fleet of full suspension E-MTBs available to rent in Croatia we have everything in place for you to have the most fantastic time e-mountain biking in Istria.

Tour dates 2020

  • 17 – 24 May
  • 21 – 28 June
  • 29 Aug – 5 Sept

Contact us if you would like to create your own private group tour.

Trip Highlights

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the colourful Mediterranean life of Istria, this E-MTB tour Croatia is for you. From the mountains and forest inland, to the beautiful coastline and islands of the Adriatic, here are a few special moments you can look forward to:

  • Wander through charming Venetian towns of blond stucco
  • Take the ferry to Rab, the ‘Happy Island’, to ride the rocky, moonscape trails
  • Watch the sun set over the Adriatic with a glass of local wine in hand
  • Multiple singletrack descents in one day around Grožnjan
  • Relax in the modern spa at your medieval accommodation
  • Feast on local delicacies, like truffles and freshly-caught seafood

Meet your E-MTB guide in Croatia

Mountain bike guide, mountain bike tour Croatia

E-MTB tour in Croatia Itinerary

Our E-MTB tour in Croatia will immerse you in the laid-back way of life in this lesser-known corner of the Mediterranean. Riding your e-mountain bike through wooded singletrack and on the rocky moonscape of the Istrian coastline, followed by a relaxing massage at your hotel, will reinvigorate your body, mind and soul!

+ARRIVAL IN TRIESTE- REFRESH + PREPARE FOR YOUR ADVENTURE

We advise arriving into Trieste, Italy a day or two before the start of your Croatian e-mountain bike adventure to allow your body to adjust to local time and to make sure any flight or luggage delays don’t spoil your trip.

We have accommodation recommendations in our guide to 24 hours in Trieste.

+DAY 1 - TRAVEL TO CROATIA - RIDE PARENZANA TRAIL
Your guide will meet you in Trieste in the morning, then you’ll make the 45-minute transfer, crossing borders from Italy to Slovenia, then Slovenia to Croatia.

We will arrive in Buje, a small town that has its own charming brewery, where we’ll grab a bite to eat, build and fit e-bikes, then your guide will take you through the all-important pre-trip briefing.

We’ll then start our Istrian e-mountain bike adventure on the famous Parenzana trail, which used to be a 123km-long narrow gauge rail road between Trieste and Parenzo (Porec). It is now a biking and hiking trail, and we’ll ride the nicest section of it to the town of Grožnjan.

You’ll pedal through farmland and olive groves, with the aroma of trailside herbs and flowers filling your senses as you pass. It’s not all gentle doubletrack, however, and after an hour or so we’ll join some more technical, fast, singletrack trails through the forest near Grožnjan that will take us all the way down to Mirna valley.

We’ll then rejoin the Parenzana trail for the final push that will deliver us at the foot of Motovun, and our breath-taking hilltop accommodation. Motovun is one of many medieval fortified villages, perched high on the hilltops around Istria. With a population of little more than 500, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

We need to cycle all the way to the top of Motovun, where only the church tower overlooks our 17th century hotel. The views are absolutely worth the effort! If we have time, you can enjoy a swim in the hotel pool before dinner on the terrace.

Distance cycled: 35km (app. 3 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel in Motovun
Meals included: Breakfast


+DAY 2 - BUZET TO HUM - TRUFFLE TRAILS

After a hearty breakfast, including scrambled eggs with truffles, we’ll ride towards the town of Buzet, considered the Istrian truffle capital.

We will ride through the forests of the Mirna valley, a world-renowned truffle area, with beautiful views of the surrounding hilltops. We will descend to the outskirts of Buzet before picking up a rocky singletrack, with a few short, challenging climbs that will take us to the medieval town of Hum – officially the smallest town in the world. We can stop off for a coffee or sip of Biska in one of the small villages on the way.

Riding into the old town of Hum, you’ll be forgiven for expecting to see knights in full armour, brandishing swords and shields; it really is that kind of place!

We’ll stop for lunch in the only (but very good) restaurant in Hum, then descend to the valley floor and follow the aromatic smells of thyme, wild garlic and rosemary as we head back towards Motovun.

Today’s trails are hugely diverse: from rocky singletrack through the forest, to high plateau riding, to fast double track descents and riverside singletrack at the bottom of a beautiful gorge.

After freshening up and enjoying a relaxing massage in the hotel spa, we’ll share another delicious meal ‘al fresco’ on the hotel terrace.

Distance cycled: 40km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel in Motovun
Meals included: Breakfast


+DAY 3 - MULTI-DESCENT DAY AROUND GROŽNJAN

With strong Italian history, Istria is like the Croatian Tuscany. As far as the eye can see there are rolling hills dotted with vineyards and olive groves, with hilltop fortresses keeping watch over these valuable crops.

Today we’ll use one of these historically-rich towns as our base for enjoying a day of multiple fun descents.

The hilltop town of Grožnjan dates back to the early 12th century, and is the only town in Croatia to have an ethnic Italian majority. It is known as a village of artists, and with the smell of coffee in the calm, warm air, it is a place you’ll want to spend a lot of time in.

We will be riding a selection of singletrack descents that peel off from the town, dropping you to the valley floor with ever-increasing smiles. We’ll be passing through the town a few times today and have lunch here, so if you feel like resting and taking in the atmosphere, you can opt to sit out a run or two and sip on a cappuccino whilst looking over the vineyards instead.

After we finish today’s riding, we’ll leave this inland region and head to the turquoise coast and our accommodation in the beautiful town of Bale.

Again, you’ll have the option to ease aching muscles in the hotel spa, or have a wander round the village before dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Distance cycled: up to 25km (app. 5 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel in Bale
Meals included: Breakfast


+Day 4 - Exploring the alleyways of Rovinj

From your accommodation today, we will ride our e-mountain bikes through rural life in this dry, coastal region of Istria, through vineyards and olive groves all the way to the Adriatic sea. A mixture of trails, gravel and double track roads through the olive tree fields and vineyards will offer an easy and enjoyable day ride.

We’ll arrive in Rovinj and explore this well-preserved medieval town, which is a smaller, less crowded version of Dubrovnik. We will ride up to the church above town, explore the narrow streets and sit down to lunch, then stroll around with a gelato.

On our return ride from Rovinj to Bale, we will pedal through the cool coastal forests of native holm oak and cypress trees, dive in for a swim along the coast and visit an ancient quarry where the stone came from to build Venice!

As we arrive back at our hotel we will feel that our legs have been used today, but also happy to have had some downtime to get under the skin of Istrian culture.

Distance cycled: 40km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel Bale
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 5 - SOAKING UP THE VIEWS ON KRK ISLAND

This morning we’ll leave Bale, heading eastward to the island of Krk. After a couple of hours we’ll arrive at Krk island, one of 1180 Croatian islands. Krk is one of the Kvarner islands and offers a totally different landscape from the inland forests and the coastal trails we have ridden so far in Croatia.

We’ll settle into our beachfront accommodation and have lunch looking over the bay, ready for our first island ride.

You also have the option of having the afternoon off to explore Krk, or just lie on the beach reading a book and re-charge your batteries, ready for the last two days riding on Croatian islands.

We’ll pedal towards the second highest mountain on the island, through magnificent olive groves, and start climbing to the summit on rocky singletrack to survey the archipelago that surrounds us; each island separated by glistening turquoise waters in the warm afternoon light.

As we push off from the top we’ll enjoy a selection of flowing and, at times, very rocky trails that weave their way through one-meter-high drystone walls that protect the crops from the wind and any hungry animals.

As we blast out of the downhill trail, we peel onto a singletrack that sees us hug the coastline for 10 kilometres, past secluded bays and harbours filled with fishing boats as well as pleasure boats.

If time allows we will drop in on some local ham and cheese producers, taste, chat, and take a bit of time to relax and absorb life on the islands, as they have a different perception of time here.

We’ll ride back to our beachfront hotel and get freshened up for dinner, and to watch the sun set over the Adriatic.

Distance cycled: 30km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Hotel on Krk Island
Meals included: Breakfast


+DAY 6 - COASTAL RIDING ON THE 'HAPPY ISLAND'

It’s an early start today as we’re leaving Krk behind for the day and heading by ferry to Rab Island, known as the ‘Happy Island’. The ferry will take around one and a half hours, and we’ll have breakfast on deck, soaking up the views along with the morning sunlight.

Upon arrival at Rab we will swing by the island bakery to grab lunch for our backpacks, before setting off on a coastal trail that takes in the northern part of the island, weaving in and out of secluded bays, with some of the only sandy beaches in Croatia.

As we start the return leg of our loop we’ll stop off at a little-known beach, your guide’s favourite, to dive in for a swim then stretch out on the sand to soak up some sun as we wait for the ferry to come back to collect us. We’ll head up on deck, grab a coffee and sail off back to Krk island in the fading summer sunlight.

Distance cycled: 25km (app. 3 hours)
Accommodation: Hotel on Krk Island
Meals included: Breakfast


+DAY 7 - KRK ISLAND - 'MOONLAND' TRAIL FINALE

To round off an incredible mountain-to-island exploration of Croatia we have saved one of the best for the last.

Today we’ll be e-biking the ‘Moonland Trail’, for reasons that will become obvious. We’ll start the ride from Baška bay where we will take on a long ascent. The climb is gradual, with the trail running though the shade of pine trees and offering spectacular panoramas of surrounding islands.

Once we reach the plateau you’ll feel like you’ve just arrived on the moon, with bleached-white limestone rocks strewn in every direction. Before pushing on to ride the length of the plateau, we’ll take a 10-minute detour on foot to a truly breathtaking view over to the mainland and the surrounding islands. The perfect time for pictures and a snack stop.

We’ll continue along the plateau, criss-crossed by hundreds of drystone walls built to mark land and keep animals in, but also out of necessity; it’s the simplest and most sensible place to put all of these rocks! We catch a panoramic view all the way to the mainland and Velebit National Park, which is punctuated by a number of islands scattered around the deep blue sea.

As we crest the saddle we’ll be rewarded by a long, winding singletrack descent that feels never ending. As we weave the bike in between large rock walls, we’ll stop to inspect the make up of the rock and find it is stuffed full of fossils, indicating that this area was once the sea floor.

The ride finishes with a sedate riverside trail that delivers us with ease to the seaside town of Baška, where we will sit on the beach front taking in the view and sampling the local seafood dishes, before heading back to pack up for our return journey home tomorrow.

Tonight we will drive to a special secluded farmstead to enjoy a final celebratory dinner of a classic slow cooked meat and local homemade brandies, cheeses and prosciutto.

Distance cycled: 30km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Hotel on Krk Island
Meals included: Breakfast


+Day 8 - Departure

Sadly, this is the end of our E-MTB tour in Croatia. We will leave Croatia behind, say our farewells and transfer back to Trieste (around 2.5 hours) for around midday.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: This E-MTB tour in Croatia is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers through Croatia and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

+Tour price

E-MTB Tour of Croatia Price

£2,550 / $3,698 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider of the same sex you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of £550 / $798 USD will be payable.

Please note: A single room may not be available at time of booking.

H+I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe.

Price includes:

  • Services of fully-qualified, English speaking expert e-mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
  • Transfers from/ to Trieste on day 1 and day 8
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • All transport as required by the itinerary
  • Ferry tickets to/from Rab Island
  • Global Rescue medical and evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • International/ domestic flights
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Spa treatments
  • E-MTB rental – we can arrange E-MTB rental for you at a cost of £535/ $775.75 USD for the duration of the trip
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned as included


+Skill + fitness levels required

Does this sound like you? Your vacation time is precious and we want to be sure that you’re making the most of it with the perfect e-mountain bike tour.

On our E-MTB tours the e-bike is not a skill or fitness compensator. It is an aid to exploring the world, riding further, or giving you that one final run down a trail that we might otherwise have missed.

During our e-mountain bike tour in Croatia you will deliver around 75% of the effort required on an average day and your E-MTB will help you with the other 25%. You will occasionally encounter terrain or a situation where you will need to run the bike in Boost mode for short periods. Most of your ride will be spent between Eco and Trail modes, with a keen eye on your battery life required through the day.

Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.

SKILL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE

  • You have been e-mountain biking regularly for at least two years
  • You can brake, use gears and corner with confidence
  • You have good e-bike handling skills, and are confident riding rough double track and non-technical singletrack
  • You are competent at riding undulating trails with moderate climbs and descents on both double and singletrack, but tend to get off and walk technical singletrack sections
  • You e-mountain bike approximately twice per month throughout your biking season

FITNESS LEVEL: 4/7

  • You have a reasonable level of mountain bike fitness, exercising at least twice a week for one hour or more, throughout the whole year
  • You can ride an e-mountain bike for up to five hours per day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three consecutive days
  • You are capable of tackling one or two moderate mountain bike climbs per day, of up to 400 metres each

TYPICAL TRAILS YOU’LL BE RIDING

  • Double track: undulating forest and coastal tracks made up of hard-packed dirt, gravel, and rocks of varying sizes – some loose, some embedded
  • Singletrack: rooty singletrack through pine forests; open, flowing singletrack across plateaux and on the coast; rocky, rough singletrack climbs and descents
  • The trails in Istria are largely old hiking paths, with some purpose-built mountain bike trails. The trails are mostly dry, sometimes loose


+Arrival + departure details

Your E-MTB tour in Croatia will start and end in Trieste, Italy. You should arrive at least one day prior to your tour start date and spend a night or two in Trieste, ready for your guide to meet you on day 1 of your adventure.

We have this handy guide to spending 24 hours in Trieste, prior to your E-MTB tour in Croatia with us.

If you are driving to/ from Trieste, you can park your car securely at San Giusto.

Your local guide will meet you in Trieste at around 09:00 on the first morning of the tour.

On the final day we will transfer you back to Trieste, which is a 2.5 hour drive, so you should book your return flight departing no earlier than 2pm that day (if flying out of Trieste).


+Travelling to Croatia

To travel to Istria we recommend arriving in Trieste, Italy, which is served by Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS). Airlines flying to Trieste include: Delta, AllItalia, Air France and Lufthansa.

You can also fly into and out of Venice Marco Polo airport, if you fancy spending time in this famous Italian city, then take a train or goopti.com transfer to Trieste.

VISAS

US, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian, and European Citizens do not require visas to visit Croatia. You must have your passport as proof of citizenship.

+Preparing yourself for your adventure

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your e-mountain bike tour Croatia, so that you have everything you need!

Our E-MTB tour of Croatia is for intermediate riders with level 4 fitness.

The ideal bike for your E-MTB tour of Croatia on the Istrian trails is a good quality full-suspension bike with around 140mm of travel.

If you are able to bring your own E-MTB (i.e. you are not flying to Croatia), you must ensure that it has been professionally serviced in preparation for your trip. If you are flying to Istria, we can arrange rental of a high quality full suspension e-mountain bike for the duration of your E-MTB tour in Croatia.

To get the most out of your E-MTB tour in Croatia you should plan some training in advance of your tour.


+Your e-mountain bike guides in Croatia

Our e-mountain bike guides in Croatia are of the highest level. They are qualified in first-aid and they have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in these wild and beautiful parts of Croatia.

Our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the trails around Istria and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna. They’re also genuinely nice people and will do their best to make sure that everyone in the group has a great time.


+Accommodation + food

We aim to use the best, locally-run accommodation in each country, and accommodation that is traditional to that specific area, whether it be city or mountain.

On our E-MTB tour of Croatia you’ll be staying in traditional hilltop hotels in medieval villages, and a beach-front hotel on Krk Island, all with spectacular views of the mountain or coast.

Your first two accommodations have the added bonus of a beautiful spa and wellness centre, which you can take advantage of to pamper yourselves post-ride!

You will enjoy fabulous, home-made, locally-sourced dishes in Croatia, specific to Istria, with some of the key ingredients including truffles, seafood, wine and olive oil.


+Health + safety

No vaccinations are required for visiting this part of Croatia; however some online resources like MD Travel Health have a list of suggested precautions.

You can drink water from the taps (faucets) in Croatia.

Please let us know if you have any special food requirements, allergies or pre-existing conditions your guides should know about.

You should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

Your health and safety is on tour our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.


+Currency + foreign exchange

The official currency of Croatia is the Kuna (HRK). It is the only currency accepted in Croatia. ATM machines are readily available in most of the towns you’ll be passing through, but you should always carry enough cash to see you through two days (800 Kuna), just in case.

TIPPING

It is not compulsory to tip your guides or drivers in Croatia, but if you feel that you have had a tremendous experience on your E-MTB tour of Croatia, you can tip at your discretion; as a rough guide, around 5% of your tour price for your guiding team.

It is not compulsory to tip in restaurants, however should you wish to tip your servers, 10% of your meal cost would be acceptable.


+Travel insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for e-mountain biking and we advise that you take out a policy which covers trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage.

We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays and you can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.

Please note: This E-MTB tour in Croatia is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers through Croatia and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

Submit your review
1
2
3
4
5
Submit
     
Cancel
Create your own review
H+I Adventures
Average rating:  
 0 reviews

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) E-MTB tour of Croatia

  • Q. How many people will be in the group?

We only run small group e-mountain bike tours to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and we can take a maximum of seven riders in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run this E-MTB tour of Croatia is four.

  • Q. Is this E-MTB tour for novice bikers?

In short, no. This E-MTB tour in Croatia is designed for riders who can mountain bike on singletrack, have a history of mountain biking but require to use E-MTB’s to prolong their riding, or have been using an E-MTB for a couple of years gaining experience on a variety of trails on their E-MTB.

  • Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?

Our E-MTB tour of Croatia caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 65-years-old.

  • Q. What style of e-mountain bike tour is it?

This E-MTB tour of Croatia is a guided e-mountain bike vacation, ideal for intermediate e-mountain bikers. The terrain you’ll be riding on consists of double track and singletrack through inland forests and plateaux, and coastal and island trails which are very rocky in places.

  • Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?

The distances we cover each day range from 25km to 40m, in accordance with the technical difficulty and height/gain loss. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s e-mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

  • Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?

No, you only need to carry a day pack with you whilst riding. We have your large kit bags transferred to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.

  • Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?

Your guide will be very happy to give you some e-bike skills help during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your E-MTB tour of Croatia. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s an e-mountain bike holiday!

  • Q. Who will be guiding us?

Your e-mountain bike guides are local to Croatia and experienced professionals who have a real passion for e-mountain biking and for the culture and landscape of Croatia. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of your E-MTB tour of Croatia. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip.

  • Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

On this E-MTB tour of Croatia you will be staying in small, locally-owned accommodation, varying in look and feel as we ride our way through the green mountains, to the turquoise coastline and islands of the Adriatic. You’ll stay two nights in a beautiful medieval hilltop hotel, with wellness centre and swimming pool; two nights in a hotel in a coastal village, also with spa; and three nights in a beachfront hotel on Krk Island.

  • Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?

Breakfast is included each day. You should budget 400 Kuna per day for food and drink, and of course souvenirs.

  • Q. What type of e-mountain bike is best for the trip?

A good quality full suspension E-MTB with 140mm travel will be ideal for this E-MTB tour of Croatia. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you will feel more comfortable on a full suspension bike for the duration of the trip. To avoid punctures we recommend that you bring tubeless tyres or tyres with thicker walls and extra thick inner tubes.

  • Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?

You should bring cycling shorts, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling, sun cream, insect spray, and Advil or Ibuprofen. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike tour Croatia.

  • Q. Can I bring a drone with me?

Unfortunately not. We are working hard to provide each and every customer who rides with us an unparalleled e-mountain bike experience in every destination we ride. This takes years of experience, riding and planning to get right, and a drone adds a very real danger to the group’s riding experience and health & safety.

  • Q. Can I take a day off from riding?

Sure, it is your e-mountain bike vacation. Just chat things through with your guiding team and they will arrange your day for you. Depending on the day you wish to take off, depends on what else is available for you to do, but they will gladly advise you.

Other E-MTB tours you'll love...

NAMIBIA

ULTIMATE E-MTB SAFARI

SLOVENIA

FROM ALPS TO ADRIATIC