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Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands

If stunning coastal routes through charming fishing villages and up to dramatic overlooks are your idea of blissful bicycling, you’ll love VBT’s Croatia itinerary.

  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 13 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Moderate
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands​

We call two Adriatic Islands our base: Brac and Hvar. Then we set out to pedal from one magnificent vista to the next, with medieval hamlets, refreshing dips in pristine waters, and boundless discoveries enriching every moment. This is the most stirring and soulful corner of Croatia, where the near-forgotten art of stonecutting lives on, prosek and plavac vintages are almost as intoxicating as the views, and Croats welcome us with cooking lessons and warm embraces.

Cultural Highlights

  • Observe the ancient art of stonecutting
  • Master a few key phrases of the local language from our bilingual Croatian Trip Leaders
  • Savor dinner and camaraderie in a local home
  • Drink in views of the breathtaking Adriatic Sea
  • Embark on a more challenging rides as you wish
  • Stay on Hvar Island, one of the world's ten most beautiful islands according to Condé Nast Traveler magazine
  • Learn Croatian cooking secrets from local hosts
  • Complement your cycling with plenty of opportunities to swim

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of rolling terrain and moderate/challenging hills. Our VBT support van is always available for those who need assistance. Ideal for energetic beginners to experienced cyclists.

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Split
Apr 63°  May 71°  Jun 79°  Jul 85°  Aug 84°  Sep 78°  Oct 69°  Nov 60°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Split
Apr 2.4  May 2.4  Jun 1.9  Jul 1.1  Aug 1.7  Sep 2.6  Oct 3.4  Nov 4.4

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 3- and 4-star hotels
  • 12 meals – 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 3- and 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 14 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extension: Pre-trip: Dubrovnik – 3 nights for only $645 • Post-trip: Split – 2 nights for only $245

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception with local brandy and hors d'oeuvres
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $445 | Land Only Single Supplement: $345

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Split

Depart the U.S. for Croatia. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.

DAY 2: Arrive in Split, Croatia / Transfer to Trogir

Upon arrival at the Split airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. Our local representative, who will be holding a VBT sign, meets you outside the customs area in your arrival terminal. Your minibus transfer (approximately 30 minutes) is provided by the Hotel Palace Trogir.

At the hotel, check in and spend the remainder of the day exploring Trogir. (If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2 pm You can store your luggage at the Reception Desk.)

On a tiny island behind medieval walls lies the Old Town of Trogir – just steps away from your hotel. Its streets form an intriguing maze and Romanesque and Renaissance edifices wait around every corner. Masterful architecture and a magnificent cathedral have earned Trogir a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Outside the walls of the Old Town, you can stroll the seaside promenade, lined with cafés and luxurious yachts in the summer.

VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Trogir during your stay.

Hotel: Hotel Palace Trogir

DAY 3: Meet Trip Leaders / Transfer from Trogir to the Island of Brac / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception

VBT No-Air Package guests: Your VBT Trip Leaders and the rest of the group meet you at the Hotel Trogir Palace in Trogir at 9 am (Address: Put Gradine 8, 21 220 Trogir, Croatia; telephone: +385 (0) 21 685 555) If you are scheduled to arrive at the Hotel Trogir Palace later than 9 am or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi, a ferry, and then another taxi at your own expense.

In the event of a late arrival you will need to travel on your own to Hotel Pastura in Postira on the island of Brac (approximate cost is 30 euros/$39 USD, travel time approximately 2 hours). Please contact Hotel Pastura (Telephone: +385 (0) 21 740 000) to advise the staff of any travel delays or changes, and they will alert your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at 9 am They will be wearing VBT staff garments. Please have your bags out for collection before 8 am so they may be transferred to the ferry ahead of the group. The group will leave the hotel at 9:30 am for the 45-minute drive to the Split pier for your ferry, which sails at 11 am to the port of Supetar on the island of Brac.

Across from the ferry terminal in Split, you may purchase something to eat from one of several small restaurants or grocery stores to bring along during the hour-long journey to Brac.

On arrival at the port of Supetar, minivans transfer our group to the village of Postira and the Hotel Pastura, your home for the next three nights. This welcoming, 4-star hotel's location is convenient and quiet and features comfortable, air-conditioned rooms with balconies.

A charming and quiet village, Postira dates to the 14th century. Located five miles from Supetar, Postira is nestled between ocean and hill, embraced by centuries-old olive fields and pine groves. One of this town's most famous sites is the remains of a basilica in Lovrecina, a bay with a very beautiful sandy beach.

In the afternoon, join our Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a short warm-up ride along Postira's harbor and a loop to the picturesque village of Dol. In the early evening, we walk to a nearby typical village restaurant for a welcome cocktail reception on the quaint terrace, followed by a traditional Brac Island dinner. Later, return to the hotel and fall asleep to the lapping sounds of waves outside your room.

Hotel: Hotel Pastura
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 6.5 miles (10.5 km)

DAY 4: Cycle from Postira to Pucisca and Skrip / Visit stonecutters' school / Home-hosted dinner

We start our ride to Postira, following a quieter road along the scenic north coast and passing through simple villages bordered by fig and olive trees. You'll enjoy views of the mainland across the water throughout our ride. Stop in the port town of Pucisca and visit the stonecutters' school here. Brac's world-renowned stone has been used in the construction of some the world's most famous buildings, including Diocletian's Palace in Split and the White House in Washington, D.C. This is a unique opportunity to see students' work and learn about a near-forgotten craft at one of the world's few remaining stonecutting schools.

After lunch on your own, you may choose to shuttle back to the hotel or cycle back to Postira. If you prefer today's longer option, you’ll continue past Postira to Skrip, then return to Postira. Skrip is the oldest settlement on the island and the source of the stone we learned about earlier. Upon returning to the hotel, there’ll be free time to relax or walk to the beach.

Just prior to dinner, your Trip Leaders give us an introduction to the Croatian language. Use your newfound skills tonight as you share a simple but authentic Croatian dinner in a local home. We always enjoy connecting with our hosts during this event, and it gives us a chance to witness daily life on this breathtaking island.

Hotel: Hotel Pastura
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 12, 21 or 31 miles (19, 34 or 50 km)

DAY 5: Shuttle to Vidova Gora, the Summit of the Adriatic / Ride through rural villages / Visit Milna, the Bay of a Thousand Ships

After breakfast, we shuttle to the highest point on the island, Vidova Gora. This lookout, known as the summit of the Adriatic, affords some breathtaking views. From here, enjoy more great scenery as we coast through the villages of Nerezisca and Lozisca.

From Lozisca, we ride a nine-mile loop down to the port of Milna, the most beautiful marina on the island. We stop here and relax for an included lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, we continue toward the port town of Sutivan and then along the coast back to our hotel in Postira via Supetar.

Tonight, you may explore the typical Croatian restaurants in town. Your Trip Leaders can make recommendations.

Hotel: Hotel Pastura
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 18, 30 or 36 miles (29, 48 or 58 km)

DAY 6: Bike to Bol and Zlatni Rat Beach / Boat ride / Explore Hvar town and fortress

This morning, we say goodbye to our hosts and transfer by coach across the top of the island to the base of Vidova Gora. From here, we ride through easy terrain and the ancient medieval settlements of Praznica and Gornji Humac. These rustic island hamlets illustrate how the island's towns and villages developed from separate homes, usually shepherds' houses.

Enjoy breathtaking views during our downhill roll to the beach of Zlatni Rat (meaning “Golden Horn”), the most famous beach in all of Croatia. This spit of land reaches out into the water with a gently sloping beach. Here, you can swim in the Adriatic's crystal-clear water before lunch on your own in the adjacent town of Bol.

Just after lunch, embark a private boat to Jelsa on the island of Hvar. Then, we shuttle to our hotel in Hvar town. (In the event of inclement weather, this transfer operates as noted below.)

Nearly 42 miles (67.5 km) long, seven miles (11 km) wide and only three miles (5 km) at its narrowest point, Hvar is the most famous and seductive Adriatic island. Along with Bali, Zanzibar, Mykonos and Capri, Hvar has been called “one of the most beautiful islands in the world” by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Its permanent population of 12,000 people clusters on the west of the island, adjacent to the most fertile and protected land.

Your hotel's central location affords the perfect vantage point from which to explore Hvar town, a medieval Croatian town with a strong Venetian influence dating to the 16th century. Visit the Arsenal, built in 1612 as the first municipal theater—Europe's oldest and perhaps smallest. Its purpose was to bring the aristocratic and bourgeois classes together, and it stands as a symbol of reconciliation between social classes and of the abolition of privilege, despite that women were not admitted until the second half of the 19th century. Take in the expanse of Saint Stephen's Square, the largest square of the Adriatic after Saint Mark's in Venice.

Tonight, walk to a nearby home for a delicious dinner. Our hosts will teach us how to prepare some of the best local dishes during a group cooking lesson. Dalmatia is known for its Prosek (sweet wine) and Plavac (local red wine); taste both over a festive dinner.

Inclement Weather Itinerary:
If rough weather makes it impossible for our small chartered ferry to operate, guests travel between Brac and Hvar on the large car ferries that operate via Split. This creates a longer travel day. The two ferry rides are separated by a two-hour visit to Split, where you can take a discovery walk and enjoy lunch on your own.
Hotel: Hotel Park Hvar
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 14 miles (22.5 km)

DAY 7: Ride Hvar's dramatic wilderness / Explore Stari Grad

After a leisurely breakfast, we ride past fields of poppies, rosemary and lavender. The ride starts with a steady climb of about four miles (6.5 km) to the village of Brusje and rewards you with a sparsely inhabited and dramatic landscape crisscrossed by a seemingly endless number of stone walls. Views stretch across the sea to neighboring islands and the mainland. If you prefer, start the ride in Brusje and pedal to Stari Grad, finishing with a four-mile (6.5 km) downhill coast into this authentic Dalmatian town situated at the end of a narrow bay. Originally founded in the fourth century BC, the town's main square offers a number of options for lunch on your own.

For a greater challenge, continue past Stari Grad on one of two long-ride options. After lunch, you can continue biking to a pass near Jelsa and climb toward Poljica into an even more remote environment, finishing with a two-mile (3 km) downhill ride to Velika Stiniva (“Big Cliff”). Enjoy a swim, and later board our VBT van for the shuttle back to our hotel.

Back at the hotel spend the afternoon exploring more of Hvar town or swimming at a neighboring beach. Dinner is on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Park Hvar
Meals: B
Daily Options: 9, 15, 19 or 33 miles (14.5, 24, 30.5 or 53 km)

DAY 8: Ride through lavender fields / Explore Vrboska harbor

Today's ride, certain to be a highlight of your trip, is relatively flat. It carries us through verdant fields and quiet stone villages and alongside the narrow harbor between Vrboska and Jelsa.

Our first destination is Vrboska, an adorable harbor famous for its fortified church. Unique in Croatia, the structure resulted from a strange but urgent need for both the church and the secular citizenry to fortify their village from invaders. From here, we skirt a fjord on a flat and scenic road, perhaps stopping at a small cove for a cooling dip (don't forget your swimsuit!). We end the morning with a picnic in the old fishing port of Jelsa, where we see the well-maintained houses of local ship captains. Enjoy a refreshing dip here.

Then, we ride through the mountain village of Pitve. With its traditional stone houses, konobas, or taverns, and terraced gardens, Pitve epitomizes the island towns of Croatia. We shuttle back to the hotel from Stari Grad in the late afternoon, or opt for a longer ride that brings us back through Brusje to Hvar.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner on the terrace of our hotel, overlooking Hvar Harbor.

Hotel: Hotel Park Hvar
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 11, 20 or 35 miles (17.5, 32 or 56 km)

DAY 9: Transfer to Split / Free time / VBT No-Air Package ends

VBT No-Air Package guests: After breakfast, transfer back to the port of Split, arriving at approximately 1:15 pm (Important: Flight departures from the Split airport prior to 4 pm are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you must make transfer arrangements from the last hotel at your own expense. Taxi cost from Split harbor to Split airport is approximately 300 Croatian Kuna /$60 USD; travel time is about 40 minutes.)

VBT Air Package and Post Trip Extension guests: Transfer after breakfast by ferry and van to the Hotel Atrium in Split for your final overnight stay (travel time is approximately three hours). Arrive around 2 pm, and then spend the rest of the day shopping or relaxing in one of the city's outdoor cafés. VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel Booklet that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Split during your stay.

Hotel: Hotel Atrium
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for U.S.

Please note: Ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.
VBT recommends you check the time of your transfer with your Trip Leaders during the week. The transfer is prearranged and prepaid.

* Note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the Front Desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Hotel Trogir Palace

The Hotel Trogir Palace is the most luxurious hotel in Trogir, with excellent service in a comfortable atmosphere. It is only 200 meters from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trogir. All rooms have air conditioning, a bathroom with tub, minibar, direct-dial telephone, internet connection, safe, and LCD TV with satellite and radio programs. Restaurant "Antonio" serves a rich variety of specially selected dishes that recall the taste of authentic Croatian culinary tradition.
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Atrium Hotel

The Atrium Hotel is a 5-star hotel located in the center of Split. It’s a 15-minute walk to the vibrant waterfront. The hotel has 124 rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a direct dial telephone, mini bar, safe, LCD TV with cable/satellite, and have complimentary wireless high-speed internet. The hotel’s interior is beautifully designed; the hotel is fully equipped with all the modern requirements for a pleasant stay. There is a restaurant, coffee shop, and bar on site.
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Hotel Park Hvar

The Park Hotel Hvar is situated in the heart of Hvar town and once was the palace of the great Ivanic family in the 16th century. You’ll be treated royally in this 14-room boutique hotel, converted from a 16th-century palace. Thoroughly renovated in 2006, the hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Hvar town, between the former Rector’s Palace and St. Mark’s church, and close to the beach. All guest rooms feature partial views of the harbor and the islands beyond, as well as air conditioning and a heated floor, minibar, safe, LCD satellite TV, Internet access and private bath with shower. While here, you can also take advantage of the restaurant, the bar/lounge and the hotel’s uniquely tranquil and intimate ambiance.
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Hotel Pastura

This four-star hotel has 31 rooms and is located right on Postira’s beach. Hotel facilities include a fresh water swimming pool, a full-service restaurant, a bar, and a café bar. Other amenities include an internet desk, a fitness center, sauna, Jacuzzi, and massage. Rooms feature a balcony, air-conditioning, satellite television, safe and minibar. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.
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  • Croatia was Incredible

    The Croatia tour lead by Lada and Marco was incredible, the best trip of my life. The combination of biking through beautiful country sides, ocean coastline, incredible accommodations at hotels, exposure to Croatian culture lead by fantastic guides, and a great group of fellow cyclists made our trip amazing! I cannot provide enough praise for this trip! Wow, I am now planning my next trip with VBT, I am thoroughly impressed with this travel experience, no better way to be see a country and culture than on a bike.. thank you so much for a fantastic experience, highly recommend to others! Jim Hartinger

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 24, 2014
    Posted by: Jimboo2014
    From: Walnut Creek, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Exceeding Expectations

    Every moment of this trip was filled with delight and wonder. As we rode our bikes through the beautiful islands, winding our way through groves of olives trees, listening to the gentle bleats of grazing sheep, or pedaling along old Roman roads, we were privileged to experience the countryside as an uncommon tourist. The crystal waters of the Adriatic sea beckoned us at every turn. Our local guides made all the difference as they facilitated dinners at local homes and tours of businesses, allowing us to go below the surface of a typical tour. We fell in love with the Dalmatian Islands during this perfect vacation of bike riding, sight seeing, relaxing, exploring, dining, history, culture and more.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 22, 2014
    Posted by: Maynette58
    From: Hillsboro, OR, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A wonderful overview of a country we probably would have not otherwise visited

    From the first few days in Dubrovnik to the last in Split we completely enjoyed the VBT experience. The tour was perfectly structured allowing for cycling at various levels and time to enjoy friends and country. Our first VBT trip will not be our last.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 09, 2014
    Posted by: Stevek
    From: Idaho
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great trip; exceeded expectations; great biking, beautiful country

    This was our first VBT trip and it didn't disappoint. Great and challenging biking, with bike-level options, gorgeous country, at every turn; trip was very well-organized and super trip leaders. Our group of 7 from ages 17-58 loved this at al levels. The others in the group were quite friendly and everyone meshed well. The accommodations were nice, food and beer good and we enjoyed a number of dips in the sea, which surrounds you pretty much all of the time. Dubrovnik should NOT be missed, whether as pre-trip or on your own (the pre-trip package was good and the Dubrovnik hotel really great).

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 04, 2014
    Posted by: becky7va
    From: Catlett, VA 20119, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • one of our favorite trips ever!

    This is one of the best trips we've ever experienced. We knew very little about Croatia before our trip, and found it to be an amazing country, with so much fascinating history, incredible scenery and friendly people. It helped that most everyone speaks English, as the Croatian language is a bit challenging. The biking was outstanding, as was swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea, and the food excellent. Our trip leaders (Lada and Matej) were very knowledgeable about the locale and history, extremely helpful in every way, and went way beyond our expectations in making the trip for all of us a great experience. They even arranged a sailing option on the last day to get us back to the mainland, which added an adventure we hadn't planned on. An additional pleasant aspect for us was the opportunity to hear many different varieties of excellent music, from jazz to traditional Croatian folk music to classical, performed by superb musicians in the most wonderful settings. We very much enjoyed getting to know our fellow travelers. We found them to be an adventurous group, and enjoyed sharing experiences with them and left having made many new friends. We also did the pre trip visit to Dubrovnik and the post trip to Split, and were happy we did. One month later we are still reveling in the experience, and consider this a trip of a lifetime for us.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 29, 2014
    Posted by: JDennis
    From: Logan, UT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Croatia's Dalmatian Islands are hidden cycling jewels

    If you want farm to table at night , quiet roads surrounded by the turquoise blue Adriatic waters with ancient Greek and Roman antiquities this is the trip for you. The local cars are used to cyclists and are polite which is relaxing. This trip has it all including a little sailing . Small villages and ports make wonderful walking at night after dinner and before bed time in sometimes quaint castles with the most modern necessities. The guides never blinked at our strange requests and fulfilled them in a moment. Their attitude is "This is your trip and we are here to make it the best for you" If you want to have a unique cycling experience go to the Dalmatian Islands with VBT

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 24, 2014
    Posted by: Anne64
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Water views abound

    Some hills make this a "moderate" rating but it is worth the challenge. Directions are really easy to follow, making it a great pick for first-timers who are comfortable on a bike. The guides we had could not have been better. Cheerful, full of information, and a willlingness to go beyond what was expected. Probably the best overall trip of the six we have taken with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 12, 2014
    Posted by: phillydoc
    From: Merion Station, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Beautiful Croatia and it's People

    First bicycle tour with VBT, we were very impressed with all the logistics, routes, accommodations and the guides! Lada and Matej were excellent, extremely knowledgable about their country and proud to share all the history. We learned so much about Croatia, there's no better way to see a country then by bicycle and VBT did a fabulous job! We rented a Sail boat and sailed around The Dalmatian Islands for another week and Lada continued to assist us throughout our sailing trip. She helped with land transportation, arranged dinner at Roki's on beautiful Vis, it seemed everyone knows and loves Lada! Thank you Lada and Matej we will never forget you and your amazing country. Now trying to figure out where VBT will take us next?!?!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 05, 2014
    Posted by: Claireg
    From: Keedysville, MD, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Absolutely Fabulous

    Beautiful country. Lovely people. Good food. History like no other. Magical views. Visual vignettes everywhere. Great hotels. Exceptional tour guides. Cycling is either up or down. There are no flat roads on this trip! What more can I say? Best VBT trip to date.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 04, 2014
    Posted by: Denise
    From: London Ontario
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Exceeded Expectations

    We’ve taken bike trips with other companies, but VBT beats them on value, on logistics and friendliness. Our guides, Lada and Marko combined knowledge of Croatia and biking expertise with warmth and humor. I felt like I’d met long-lost cousins who were intent on providing a fabulous holiday in their country. They encouraged us on the uphills, pointed out fascinating sites as we pedaled by, and were happy to take pictures of us enjoying the phenomenal scenery. (no need for selfies!) What exceeded expectations were the well planned (and low traffic) routes, the impeccable logistics, and bikes that had no flat tires all week! We rode, we laughed, we ate well and slept at great hotels. The only negative was saying goodbye. At least I have lots and lots of photos. Thank you Lada and Marko….and VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 22, 2014
    Posted by: Ohio9
    From: Cincinnati Ohio
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour will be hard to beat!

    Dubrovnik is truly the jewel of the Adriatic and the Dalmatian Islands a beautiful area to bike and take in the culture. Surrounded by the sea, the countryside is breathtaking and the routes through ports and villages are marvelous. You’ll smell the scent of pine as you bike roads virtually free of traffic, taste the finest olive oil and take in what the local konobas have to offer. Quality accommodations, delicious meals, friendly villagers and great company!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: April 30, 2014
    Posted by: Matt
    From: Sturgis, SD, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Stunning Dalmatia

    Eat, laugh, ride, laugh, eat, ride, swim, laugh, ride, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Wow. That sums up my trip to Croatia with a lively group in this stirring country of stones and rosemary, vineyards and sea.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: Caber
    From: NY
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Excellent guides and itinerary

    The topography of the Dalmatian Islands was amazing. The daily itinerary was excellent.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 29, 2013
    Posted by: zelda
    From: Colorado
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful Scenery and Friendly People

    Breathtaking views everywhere you look, combined with fascinating old cities and towns and warm, friendly people. Cycling doesn't get much better than this. Very little traffic on the roads. Great leaders who love their country and strive to share that love with their guests.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 15, 2013
    Posted by: Marty
    From: New Jersey
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Beautiful country, awesome guides- loved it and would do it again

    VBT did it again! 18 women joined together to bike in Croatia with two outstanding guides, Lada and Neven. We loved the hills and challenges and looked forward to our daily dip in the Adriatic sea. During our after trip, we rented a driver to take us to the National park where we saw beautiful terrain and lots of waterfalls. We then rented a sailboat complete with a woman skipper and sailed and swam and had food and wine and watched the sunset. An amazing trip! Our flights were perfect which was improved from our trip the previous year to New Zealand. That was very important to us. A job well done

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 28, 2013
    Posted by: TomatoPants
    From: Florida
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour was good for heavy duty bikers

    The leaders were great. I would have liked more of the cultural sites and attractions scheduled into the tour stops. Most of the tour was biking with no added local tours as in the past VBT trips we have taken. The trip was rated mild to moderate. Relative to past tours we have taken with VBT this should have been rated moderate to difficult.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    VBT Product Team - November 1, 2013

    Thank you for your feedback. Just to clarify, this trip is rated “Moderate”, not “mild to moderate” which means “Terrain includes more hills. Longer distance options can be very rewarding for those who cycle regularly.” This vacation includes home hosted meals, a visit to a stonecutters school in Brac and a cooking class in Hvar and the rating for “Discovery” by our guests is 71.34% “excellent” in 2013.

    Posted on: October 25, 2013
    Posted by: hockey14
    From: Saint Paul, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • I would do this trip again!

    Spectacular trip! Excellent trip leaders lent so much to the whole experience (thanks, Marko & Lada)! Wonderful travel group! Superb food (be sure to try the octopus, Peka-style), wine, brandy! The extra adventures added immensely to the trip! Oh, and the bicycling was very gratifying with hills (up AND down!) and great routes! Accommodations were excellent - wish we had more time in each place! We highly recommend the pre-trip to Dubrovnik, but next time would skip the disappointing post-trip in Split. One day would have been enough. Overall, we would do this trip again without hesitation! Will not disappoint.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 21, 2013
    Posted by: VAbikers
    From: Hardy, VA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Entrancing

    Pedaling through pine and rosemary scented breezes past ancient walls, pausing to plunge into the turquoise Adriatic, eating roasted meats by candlelight as evening merges with the hills, laughing in good company with fellow rider and guides. What's not to love?

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 17, 2013
    Posted by: MMcC
    From: Saratoga Springs, NY
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A trip of a lifetime!

    My best friend, Diana, insisted that we book a trip through Vermont Bike Tours as she and her husband had enjoyed past trips with this company. I was skeptical as I have always thought tour groups were too restrictive and I dreaded spending time with strangers. Well, this trip to Croatia proved me wrong...it was a trip of a lifetime. The Dalmatian Islands were stunningly gorgeous, our hotels clean and comfortable, the food delicious, the biking amazing and challenging, and our guides, Neven and Marko, outstanding. Everyday was just perfect. I loved riding at my own pace with encouragement from our guides and the others biking with this group. It was so much fun to enjoy lunch or dinner with new friends or a beer after a long ride. Neven and Marko, native to Croatia, were so knowledgeable, accommodating, funny, encouraging, helpful and "easy on the eyes." I so enjoyed learning about a country through the two of them. They always answered my questions about the culture and even shared interesting facts and experiences of their own. Biking and traveling with natives, gave me a good understanding of Croatia and the culture. The trip was fantastic and I would highly recommend this trip to Croatia...I look forward to booking future trips through VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 15, 2013
    Posted by: AnnMarie
    From: Harrisonburg, VA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Mavelous!!!

    Wonderful scenery, captivating villages, great food, excellent guides, and spectacular swimming. You should be in quite good physical shape to bike all of the hills but, with the support wagon to take you up the steepest hills (9-10% grade), it is not essential in order to fully enjoy this trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 10, 2013
    Posted by: hill65
    From: Washington, DC, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The time of our lives!

    This tour far exceeded our expectations. The guides were fantastic and were from Croatia so had great knowledge of the area and people. It was obvious how much they love their country and loved sharing it with us. The logistics were seamless, the food and lodgings were fabulous, and we all agreed it was the trip of a lifetime. I wish we could go back tomorrow.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 09, 2013
    Posted by: Crankstine
    From: San Francisco
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This was our most favorite tour out of 6 VBT tours

    We loved this tour because it was quite challenging, and at the same time beautiful beyond expectations. We love the Sea and were biking with the beautiful Adriatic Sea in site over 95% of the time. It was very nourishing to the soul.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 03, 2013
    Posted by: Marion
    From: Fairfield, IA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The trip leaders, Matej and Vanya, made all the difference.

    A breathtakingly beautiful tour, well-planned by our leaders, who excelled in every way from true bikemen to gentlemen.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 02, 2013
    Posted by: Helene
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • New Perspective!

    After I came back from my trip, I realize my mountains turned into mole hills. This adventure gave this new rider the confidence and excitement to take on more challenges – next spring: a century ride! Our guides Neven and Milan were like spending time with old friends. Thank you for so many amazing memories!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 01, 2013
    Posted by: JGVT
    From: Vermont, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful country and great biking!

    We had a wonderful time in Croatia. The biking was wonderful, safe and very picturesque! The guides were so helpful and generous with their time and knowledge.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 01, 2013
    Posted by: Jani
    From: Broomfield, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • far exceeded my expectations

    Beautiful countryside and breathtaking views make this trip outstanding. The biking was challenging but well worth the effort.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 26, 2013
    Posted by: Winkee
    From: Maine, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • "I think I can" Where's the Van

    I'm now 2 days back from a dream vacation. Had a tough time on the hills (mountains) ;) but this was due to a bad leg. Our guides Marco and Neven complimented each other so well I suggested they get married. ;) Food / accommodations all 5 star. If I could afford it my new job would be taking vacations with VBT.. Don't think twice about this trip write the check. As long as I'm able all my vacations will be with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 15, 2013
    Posted by: Detrike
    From: Chicago
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • One of the BEST!

    The tour of Croatia and the Dalmatian Islands proved to be MUCH better than expected! The cycling routes seldom lacked a view of the spectacular Adriatic Sea. The tour guides were beyond phenomenal. They were attentive to the needs of all 17 on our tour. Their vast knowledge of the history of the country helped everyone appreciate much more than just the scenery and cycling. Everything was pre-planned to perfection. When it seems easy, you know that a lot of work went into the planning. The guides devoted themselves 24/7 to meeting the needs of the entire group --- all with different cycling abilities and all with different expectations for how they wanted to spend their time. They were the perfect combination of kind, attentive, funny, informative, helpful and caring. In addition, we made friends on the tour from across the country who will now be lifelong friends. We couldn't have designed a more perfect vacation. My concern now is, "How can another VBT tour top this?"

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 29, 2013
    Posted by: Rick9168
    From: Stockton, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • coastal adventure

    Clear blue/green waters, refreshing after a challenging bike ride! The risotto and seafood were delicious. Croatia offers a low humidity, Mediterranean seascape, and inviting culture.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 26, 2013
    Posted by: Terrie
    From: Fairport, NY 14450, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Breathtaking sights on a daily basis

    Croatia appears to be the "hidden gem" of Europe. From beginning to end of our VBT tour, the scenery dazzled our group. We couldn't even come up with adequate words to write on a postcard because the sights were more beautiful than any adjectives could do justice. I will never get tired of remembering the glitter and refreshing nature of the Adriatic Sea, or the narrow cobbled streets with pathways of stairs and laundry hanging on the line overhead. The daily cycling itineraries always provided enough challenge to make any given trek exciting and invigorating. But there was also just the right combination of flats and coastal roads to make you feel like you were living the envious easy life.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 24, 2013
    Posted by: CarpeDiem
    From: Santa Barbara, CA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Best vacation ever!

    I will never take another vacation that is not a VBT vacation. I cannot say enough good things about our trip and our trip leaders Matej and Neven. So organized, polite, patient and helpful and so unbelievably knowledgeable about their country's history. Planned events were perfectly orchestrated, and for the perfect amount of time we did have to ourselves, we were given a list of suggestions and recommendations. The riding was challenging at times, but we had plenty of stops for Gelato, swimming, and sightseeing so we had time to catch our breath. We had a great group of people from all over the country who were similar in ability, which was perfect and almost all did the full rides everyday. We did the pre-trip to Dubrovnik which I highly recommend and we did the post trip to Split which I recommend as well - do not miss Plitvice Lakes! Croatia is such a proud and beautiful country, rich in history and tradition yet so welcoming. The coastal areas and islands with their magnificent beaches and laid back attitude, make me want to come back again and again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: Andree58
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The best one yet!

    This was our 6th VBT trip and the best one yet. The scenery was amazing. The biking was definitely moderate (several steep hills with switchbacks) although not quite as hard as the Tuscan Hill towns. Guides (Neven and Matej) were superb! Hotels were great. Perfect mix of biking and other excursions (swimming in the Adriatic Sea, ferry rides, boat ride to Hvar, etc.). When we told people that we were going to Croatia their reaction was either "Wow, I've heard it is beautiful" or "Why?". After this trip I have become an ambassador of Croatia's tagline "the Mediterranean the way it used to be". Unspoiled coastlines, challenging biking, kind people, sunny weather and fresh delicious food.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: SJPMMP
    From: Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Excellent adventure!!

    Croatia is spectacular. The people caring & giving. The trip leaders were impressive--Vanja & Makj (sp). The pre-trip was fabulous. VBT organized everything flawlessly. I would like to thank Vanja & Marj for their quick & professional response to an accident I had that was not bike related (& totally my fault) They provided quick & personable service. They even followed up with extra attention & service beyond their responsibilities. I am very grateful to them! My husband & I have traveled many places & countries with VBT & our loyalty is justified. Diane

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2013
    Posted by: EmilyD
    From: Atlanta, GA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Beautiful views and friendly people

    I took this trip at the end of October and it was fabulous. The tourist season was basically over which was great because there weren't crowds anywhere. The guides were amazing. Everywhere you looked you were surrounded by beauty. Everyone should experience the Dalmatian Islands.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 20, 2012
    Posted by: SarahMN
    From: Alexandria, MN
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Amazing and Breathtaking!

    The rides were beautiful and challenging - outstanding hotels, great views, well organized routes. We have been on a total of four trips with VBT - all are great - I would suggest Croatia for more challenging rides than some of the other tours.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: December 19, 2012
    Posted by: kiddsrus2u
    From: Florida
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fabulous fun in Croatia!

    Not only is Croatia on the Adriatic drop dead gorgeous but our accommodations were fabulous too. And I cannot say enough about our two Awesome guides: Marko and Milan!!!! Without them the trip would have been good but they sent it into the stratosphere!!! They were warm, engaging and just pushed me enough on my bike for me to get exercise and see the wonderful countryside. Thanks so much, VBT, for giving me the trip of a lifetime and a great distraction after a rough summer at home!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 12, 2012
    Posted by: Beckyp49
    From: San Francisco, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Incredibly beautiful and rugged coastline

    Croatia is a jewel of a country. It is one of the most beautiful and friendly countries I have visited. Many of the citizens speak English. Dubrovnik is a must see. I would go back and explore other islands. The trip leaders were very special people. Food was outstanding. Swimming in the Adriatic was pristine. I would recommend surf shoes. The hills were challenging. We stayed in very nice accommodations, especially in Dubrovnik, where the swimming was great. Trogir was not the highlight.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 10, 2012
    Posted by: Cindy24
    From: Reston, VA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great trip, better than Italy.

    The trip was great. The biking easy with great views in all directions. Do not forget a swim suit. Because you can jump in almost everyday.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2012
    Posted by: Phylq
    From: San Francisco, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great trip! Do the pre-trip in Dubrovnik but skip the post trip in Split!

    An outstanding combination of incredible scenery, great food, fantastic people, and phenomenal guides. You will have a GREAT time! Don't miss the pre-trip in Dubrovnik. Skip the post trip in Split.Split is nothing special compared to the other things you will see and do and is not worth the extra cost. Dubrovnik on the other hand is a DO NOT MISS!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 26, 2012
    Posted by: jnjo
    From: Duluth, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Croatia via VBT was the best trip ever for me, bar none!

    Not only is Croatia on the Adriatic drop dead gorgeous but our accommodations were fabulous too. And I cannot say enough about our two Awesome guides: Marko and Milan!!!! Without them the trip would have been good but they sent it into the stratosphere!!! They were warm, engaging and just pushed me enough on my bike for me to get exercise and see the wonderful countryside. Thanks so much, VBT, for giving me the trip of a lifetime and a great distraction after a rough summer at home! Warmly, Becky Pearson

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 21, 2012
    Posted by: Becky
    From: San Francisco, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great Rides, Cultural Immersion, and Great Guides!

    This was our first VBT trip and it far exceeded all that I had heard from friends and our expectations on the beauty of the Country of Croatia. Our hotels and travel arrangements were first class. Our every need and want was taken care of by expert guides who enriched our trip with their knowledge of the history and culture of this very old country. We enjoyed interacting with the local people by visiting their homes and enjoying Croatian cuisine. Our rides allowed for novice as well as some challenging hills for those that wanted the extra push. We experienced very little traffic and some wonderful old villages. I suggest you experience Croatia for yourself on your next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 01, 2012
    Posted by: Jean50
    From: Carlisle, PA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Dalmatian Coast - a hidden treasure

    What a delightful surprise! Who knew this part of the world would have so much to offer? The amazingly beautiful landscape, the crystal clear Adriatic, the rich history and culture, and the warm, welcoming people make southern Croatia a truly unique travel experience. We could really feel the soul and the spirit of this intriguing land as we biked through historic villages, dined with the locals, swam and shopped till we dropped and were treated like royalty by our two superb guides. Biking in the Dalmatian Islands was like being on a movie set for 10 days- simply unbelievable!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 01, 2012
    Posted by: joycie
    From: Vermont
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fabulous bike trip to Croatia.

    This was my first bike trip and also my first trip on my own and after reading VBT reviews I thought it would be a good fit. It was such a great experience. We had a very small group so you got to know everybody. The scenery was so beautiful and the rides exceptional. Great weather with lots of opportunity for swims in the sea. The guides were very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. It was a great mix of group time as well as time to explore on your own. I made great friends and we plan to go on another trip next year!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 31, 2012
    Posted by: Alyson
    From: Issaquah, WA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • It doesn't get any better!

    I have continued to live this trip weeks afterwards. I was fed on many levels--great physical exercise, fabulous food, stimulating cultural exchanges, beauty at every turn and guides that were over the top, taking care of us and making every day a new, fun adventure. I want everyone I love to go on this trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 26, 2012
    Posted by: Tuna
    From: Maine
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour's natural beauty was enhanced by the historical information provided by the leaders

    The initial 6 mile ride revealed the country's natural beauty and charm. Pomegranite trees, lemon trees, lime trees, olive trees and grape vineyard with elderfly folks picking the grapes decorated the country side. One farmer walking down the road with a donkey and a goat reflected the slower pace of life. The hospitality of the people was apparent when we went to their homes two different evenings for dinner--loved the octopus salad The political and historical background of Croatia came alive through our two leaders who presented the pros and cons on Croatia becoming part of the European Union. The cooling dip in the aquarmarine blue of the Adriatic Sea awaited us after the long serpentine climbs on the bike

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2012
    Posted by: Pat6NT
    From: Lansing, MI, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The bike tour of the Dalmatian islands in Croatia exceeded all my expectations.

    I've always thought of myself as an independent traveller and didn't think I would enjoy being part of an organized tour. The bike tour in the Croatian islands changed my mind completely. I thought VBT organization and in-country trip leaders were excellent. It was clear how much background research had gone into selecting routes and setting up special experiences. The hotels were fine, the food excellent and every day was a pleasure. I was very impressed by how the trip leaders made everyone comfortable, regardless of bike experience. I didn't know any of the other 18 people on this trip beforehand, and came away feeling I had connected with a group of new friends who shared my interests and outlook.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 21, 2012
    Posted by: Tim22
    From: central Vermont
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Returning to this part of the world after 42 years was one of my dreams.

    Having hitchhiked all over Europe and Northern Africa in 1970 the place I most dreamed of returning to was the former Ugoslavia. The area surrounding Dubrovnik left a lasting impression on me with the Adriatic Sea being the backdrop of many of my memories. On this trip, seeing Dubrovnik by kayaking around the island of Lokrum, swimming on lovely beaches, walking the wall and enjoying time in the old city was just the beginning of a truly special experience. Biking on the islands of Brac and Hvar gave me a new delight with fabulous views at the top of each mountain and around every turn. Each town was more lovely than the last with history an American can hardly imagine. The Adriac Sea is still a hypnotic clear blue so what your camera can't capture your mind will hold forever. Sharing time with our VBT leaders and a wonderful group of people was another highlight. For the post trip my friend and I were lucky enough to make our way by car up into the Plitvice Lakes National Park which was an experience not to be missed. Driving from Split was easy and the sights dramatic as we moved up into the mountains of green which at times felt much like Vermont. Croatia's beauty is unforgettable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 20, 2012
    Posted by: Deborah
    From: Groton, VT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Croatia and her people are wonderful.

    I loved this trip for many reasons. The scenery is spectacular, the Croatian people are very proud of their country and it shows, the bike riding was challenging but doable with excellent van support, and the seaside villages are beautiful with wonderful swimming opportunities plus the roads were well off the beaten path. One of the most important things for me was meeting Croatians, visiting their homes, having a chance to eat excellent Croatian food and enjoying their company. VBT guides, Milan and Neven were really terrific at guest support, from resolving a hotel maintenance issue to anticipating my van support needs. You do need to be able to bike hills, it isn't flat. But the guides are there to take you to the top of the steepest if you aren't up for it. Croatia stole my heart.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: October 18, 2012
    Posted by: crawdad
    From: Northeast Kingdom, VT
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Superb Trip

    This was my 4th trip with VBT and was exactly what I have come to expect. Croatia was a superb trip with great scenery, great roads for biking and terrific guides!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 17, 2012
    Posted by: Patrick
    From: Waukesha, WI, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • I can't say enough good things about this trip!

    Cycling in Croatia was the experience of a lifetime! The scenery was gorgeous, the cycling was challenging, but worth the effort, and the guides were knowledgeable and encouraging. The hotels were lovely, and the food was delicious. What else can I say? I'd go again in a minute! Croatia was unique in that it wasn't crowded (except in the old city center of Dubrovnik), and not only were the people friendly, but they all seemed to speak English.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2012
    Posted by: SusieQ
    From: Dallas, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The trip was everything we hoped for!

    As recreational bikers and bike tour first timers, we picked this trip with an eye on daily views of the Mediterranean, ocean swimming weather, quaint harbor towns, and interesting local guides we heard VBT was known for. But worried whether we could handle the "moderate" level biking! The trip delivered spectacularly in every respect, including several necessary van rides up those more than "moderate" hills where we were sometimes joined by a few of the hard core types. Bike tours - what a way to see the world. Can't wait for our next VBT trip, somewhere in 2013!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 15, 2012
    Posted by: Rich25
    From: Rye, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • sun and sea, olive trees and vineyards

    Ride through small stone villages, sample local cuisine, explore open air markets, swim in the warm, clear waters of the Adriatic, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow travelers but ride at your own pace, and experience the friendliness you'll find along the way. This tour strikes a nice balance of riding with relaxing, as well as learning about the history, language and culture of Croatia. The bikes were good, the routes were scenic, the guides were exceptional. I've never had more fun.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 12, 2012
    Posted by: ceekay
    From: Ithaca, NY
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Loved Croatia!

    As always, the accommodations, the meals provided, the tours spectacular, and the guides, are wonderful. Love being able to go to new places and not worry about the particulars.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 11, 2012
    Posted by: Barbstl
    From: St Louis, MO, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Not a day goes by that I don't think about the joyful time I had in Croatia, on my vacation in August 2012

    This tour was excellent! The Dalmation Coast of Croatia is spectacular- it offers gorgeous vistas, succulent food, challenging rides. This tour was finely tuned for it's appeal to moderate cyclists and that was one of the reasons I chose it. It didn't disappoint. I feel that I got lucky, having met some fellow VBT'ers whom I'm sure have become long lasting friends. A must visit!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 01, 2012
    Posted by: Laurie
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Croatia Blew Me Away

    On the Puglia trip last year I fell in love with the Adriatic sea (highly recommend this trip). So it is quite unexpected to write in here how much more beautiful the Croatian Adriatic is than the Italian Coast. The Croatian people are friendly, hard-working, and proud of their country...rightfully so. The sea is a clear navy to aquamarine blue every bit as incredible as the waters in the Hawaiian Islands. The beaches are rocky and dramatic but flat enough to travel across on your way to that incredible sea (bring surf shoes). Ladders embedded in the rocks make it easy to slide in at the waters edge. Be prepared for some hills as you cycle past olives, almonds, limes, kiwis, pomegranates, vineyards, and lavendar fields surrounded by a lacework of stone walls; some built by the Greeks 2700 years ago. Remember, if the biking is too challenging you can peddle the flat bits by the sea then get in the van on the climbs. I found the climbs doable, just take your time. I also enjoyed the food...fresh grilled seafood and vegetables simply prepared. You can't get the Croatian wines in the states so make sure to enjoy them while you are there; any local white or red is delicious. My local wine shop told me it is a supply and demand problem. The Croatian's trade their wine to the Russians for petroleum! The Dubrovnik pre-trip is a must. Don't miss out on a day trip to nearby Lokrum Island - the swimming there is fabulous. Go to Dubrovnik early in the morning. Then a bit later you can escape away to Lokrum..such a quiet place when the cruise ships spill their crowds into Dubrovnik. [VBT- I have some great photos to share but for some reason I couln't upload them to your site; I was able to upload them to Picasa Web Albums with no problem.]

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: September 27, 2012
    Posted by: Lisa
    From: Reston, VA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Outstanding guides and great ride planning.

    Croatia was a great trip, very well organized and the guides were very knowledgeable. All of the planned activities were a great deal of fun and I learned a lot about the people and there culture. Overall a great trip and I cannot wait to do another one.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 15, 2012
    Posted by: GM46
    From: New Milford, CT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great time was had by all

    My husband and I went on this bike trip this last June(2012) and had an amazing time. The country of Croatia along the Adriatic Sea is just gorgeous and the beaches are rock beaches(bring water shoes), but the water is very refreshing and clear(no sharks on the Adriatic yeah!). The people of Croatia were very lovely too. It's like Italy or Greece, but not nearly as crowded or well known. The trip goes to the two islands of Hvar and Brac. Very picturesque and not too many cars, so riding on the roads is really nice. Our guides were first class-patient, knowledgeable and very, very helpful(Milan and Vanya). They knew when to ask, so do you want a ride in the van up the 4 mile incline or do you want to ride your bike? It was unseasonably hot, but they made sure we were well cared for and hydrated. Moderate means pretty challenging in parts(surprise to me), but it was doable and a lot of fun. I was not a bike rider before, but I am now. the accommodations were very nice. We had an amazing view of the harbor in Hvar. People on the trip were great and easy to get along with. Loved the 2 dinners at the Croatian people's houses. All in all a great trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Mesabiker
    From: Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Breathtaking Views,Fabulous Food, and Friendly People

    I have heard that the best part of any vacation is the anticipation one has before going. This was definitely not true in the case of this vacation! This trip surpassed my expectations! It was my first time going on a bike trip, so I was a bit worried about it. No need! We were so well taken care of in all aspects! Take this trip to enjoy the beautiful land and culture of Croatia, Europe's finest!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: MJ54
    From: Falls Church, VA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Unsurpassed Beauty

    I expected the trip to offer beautiful views, but I was still surprised by the stunning scenery of the Adriatic coast. I took this trip with my three sisters and we truly had the Time of Our Lives. The heat of the summer sun was only surpassed by the warmth of the people we met. Our guides were wonderful and provided insights about the culture, food, people and geography. I'll never forget looking down from the heights of the mountain roads to the crystal clear, azure blue water meeting the blue sky. As usual, VBT showed me a great time!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Christine
    From: Cleveland, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Dalmatian Perfection

    On an international trip a few years back, I asked my seatmate (from Zurich) where her family liked to travel. "Croatia, it’s like Europe was before all the crowds came," was her reply. Having traveled through part of Istria on a previous trip to Slovenia and Austria, it was my dream to see the Dalmatian coast. Then at a college reunion, one of my friends mentioned his trip to Italy with VBT, and I asked him to refer me to VBT. When the catalog came, I was instantly drawn to Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands. My first concern was whether the trip was manageable for both my wife and me. While I am an avid cyclist, she does not quite share my enthusiasm. After reading, calling VBT, consulting with my college friend, and reading Lonely Planet’s Slovenia and Croatia,“ one night last October I said to my wife "we can do this!" Any fears I may have had about our abilities, were almost instantly quelled with our introduction to our fellow travelers and our guides, Marko and Vanya. This trip had all we wanted and hoped for and more. I especially enjoyed the rides. There was something here for everyone. If you wanted long uphill rides, you could have your fill. If you wanted long downhills with vistas of the Adriatic to your left and right, you had that. If, as on one day, the ride began with a 4 mile uphill ride and you wanted to start at, or near, the top, you could do that. And you could see our confidence increase each day. On the day of the long uphill start, I recall someone saying "Anna's going to try it?" She did, and only when she passed the van waiting to let people out near the top, did she agree to get in, and ride the rest of the way. This turned out to be one of few regrets, as she had already ridden 98% of the climb and could have made it to the top! Much of the success of the trip was due to our guides, Vanya and Marko. Taking turns, with one driving the support van and the other riding with us, they encouraged and advised us along the way as to the steepness of an incline or a favorite spot for gelato. On the one rainy afternoon when a few diehards (like me) resolved to ride up a steep hill in the rain, it was not long after the first cyclists arrived at the destination (Skrip), that the van arrived loaded with people for an unscheduled activity, the visiting of a local vineyard. Beyond the rides, Marko and Vanya's knowledge of Dalmatia and its people helped make this a perfect experience. Whether pointing us to a restaurant in the evening (never were we disappointed in their recommendations) or the "prettiest view on all of Hvar," their pure joy and pride in their work was evident throughout. This being our first trip with VBT, we asked others how these guys matched up with other guides they had encountered. All indicated that these were "the best." The lodging and meals were first rate. Vanya's picnic with locally foods was a highlight of the trip. "You can buy this at Trader Joe's in the US," he noted at one time. Both Marko and Vanya had traveled in the US. I will never forget the view we had from the balcony of our room in Hvar City. Or the one from the Hotel Pastura, or the view of of Zlatni Rat or... well you get the idea. In short this trip exceeded our every expectation. As stated earlier, I had always wanted to visit the Dalmatian coast. You could drive the length of the coast if you wanted without booking a trip like this. I have the confidence to do that now, but you would not have the pure adventure and fun of learning about this part of Croatia as thoroughly and in such an adventurous manner as with VBT's Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 02, 2012
    Posted by: mrmac
    From: West Tennessee
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The tour is breath takingly beautiful with moderate hills.

    The Dalmatian Islands will take your breath away with its beauty and charm. There are some hills but you are rewarded with magnificent views. Our guides were locals and charming and attentive. I especially enjoyed our home dinners with conversations of our host's life experiences during the war. These people lived it. I enjoyed my rides more learning of the Croatian history. We had a special dinner "under the bell" that still warms my tummy. What a fun night. Our final picnic by the sea with transparent blue water will be a memory etched in my mind for years to come.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 29, 2012
    Posted by: Kay52
    From: Austin, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A jem on the Adriatic

    Having never been to Eastern Europe, I can't imagine a better place to start than the Dalmatian Coast and specifically the pretrip in Dubrovnik. Our tour guides were well versed on the city's history, telling their stories of the recent war and Dubrovnik's rebuilding to the beautiful city it is today. Cycling on the islands of Brac and Hvar was breathtaking! From the mountain views (and the challenging hills getting there!) to the seaside villages, every scene was more beautiful than the last. The townspeople were gracious and very friendly and our leaders made this trip the most enjoyable cycling trip my husband and I have taken. Thanks VBT for a great trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2012
    Posted by: DoDon
    From: Burbank, CA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • By far the BEST VBT trip thus far!

    Having travelled with VBT since 2006 I have had the opportunity to tour Italy twice, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Spain and more recently, Croatia. Whereas all my experiences with the VBT tours have been fantastic, my last trip to Croatia was the BEST thus far! The biking was not only scenic but challenging and there were many options even for those who did not wish to do the challenging routes. The country was beautiful with its 1000 islands. Best of all the guides were great! They were very dynamic, personable, passionate and extremely supportive. Every day was packed with many different activities and memorable surprises. There was always ongoing opportunities to do other nonbiking acitivities such as hike, tour, shop, swim, jog, explore. The home made meals were also delicious and personable! Would highly recommend visiting Croatia.

    Posted on: July 09, 2012
    Posted by: Valerie
    From: San Jose, CA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Unique in every way

    Our VBT Croatia ride was among the biggest and best surprises we have ever experienced. The islands of Hvar and Brac provided dazzling scenery, often of snow-capped mainland peaks, the turquoise Adriatic, quaint red-tiled village rooftops, and enchanting bays...all at the same time! Food was excellent overall, and the home-prepared meals provided a very special taste treat along with a rich insight into typical Croatian living. The riding provided an array of mountain top vistas, looking down into the sea, across to another peak, or, in the case of Pucisca, one of the most picturesque villages we have ever seen in years of travel. Pucisca, home of the White House's limestone facade, houses a stonecutters' school where master artisans are trained both academically and in their unique art. Guides Matte and Vanya could not have been more helpful, knowledgable, or attentive to our needs. We even toured Matte's ancestral harbor-side home complete with widow's walk looking out to sea! Our pre-trip to the World Heritage site of Dubrovnik added a stellar dimension to what proved to be a most pleasant, informative, and immersive trip to a relatiely little known part of the world. A true delight,and, as always with VBT, an exceptional value

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: JoeCam
    From: Lisle, IL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • very enjoyable - not too sure abou the extensions, though.

    Biking adn the staff were really excellent. Lodging what pretty good and food was also pretty good. The extensions were worth while but maybe alittlelong in Dubrovnik (small town). How aobut adding an extension day in ....(can't remember name of the town - but its the gathering palce to start the ride).

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: tj1245
    From: Crested Butte colorado
    Age: 65 or over
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  • This tour was everything I had hoped for and more!

    The scenery on the Croatia tour was so beautiful! I felt that the whole trip was perfectly planned and orchestrated to created a fabulous experience for the whole group. Our trip leaders made our experience especially memorable and fun with their enthusiasm, knowledge, support, and sense of humor.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Happy2
    From: Atherton, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • VBT ensured our trip was perfect.

    Touring through the Dalmation Islands of Croatia was the best trip I have ever been on. Our guides ensured we experienced the heart of the islands and enjoyed every mile of cycling. Every recommendation they made was spot on. The amount and time of cycling was well balanced with time on our own. Each day was filled with quaint villages, impeccable lodging, spectacular views, genuine hospitality and comfortable rides. Each location we stayed was well researched. Good food, clean and quite rooms and conveniently located to explore the area on our own. My experience on this trip will keep me coming back to VBT, a great way to explore a country and their culture

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: JK49
    From: Fond du Lac, WI, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • unusual landscape, challenging ride

    The culture was not at all what I expected. I was delighted with the mix of southern and northern European cuisine. I never past a town or village where the people didn't have a smile and a wave. The biking was very challenging some days and just enough others. Our tour leaders were always attentive, and made the journey an exceptional experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 03, 2012
    Posted by: Carm
    From: Penn Run, PA 15765, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Croatia is gorgeous

    Spectacular beauty! Friendly people. Great guides.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 30, 2012
    Posted by: Leslie21
    From: Sunnyvale, CA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • Wonderful scenery, great cycling.

    I felt riding along the coast was a bit like it must have been riding along the Italian and French riveras in the 1940's and 50's. The villages were quaint with fishing boats, churches, shops etc. I am Italian and enjoyed the food which was a bit like Italian food. We enjoyed riding on the islands and eating dinner with a Croation family who were friendly and welcoming.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2012
    Posted by: Barel
    From: Pleasant Hill, Ca.
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wonderful memories, beautiful introduction to a new corner of the world

    My husband and I took this trip in the fall. We had no expectations as we knew embarrassingly little about Croatia before we travelled there. The wonderful experiences we had in Croatia have just fuelled our desire to try other exotic locations that may not be on most people's Top 5 Bucket List places to visit. Our guides, Marko and Neven, were extraordinary and truly helped bring the experience to life. Swimming by ourselves in an inlet of the Adriatic Sea was a real highlight as was biking past recently harvested fields of lavendar. We've travelled with two other active vacation companies and find VBT to be the best value.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2012
    Posted by: Carolyn6
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Most Amazing trip of my life!

    This trip was challenging, beautiful, breathtaking and just eveything we had hoped it would be. We loved our guides as they really took the time to know us and support our various needs and incentivize us every step of the way. I will never forget this trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 25, 2012
    Posted by: Lynn
    From: Edgewater, NJ, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Enjoyed the scenery and the ride

    We really enjoyed our trip with the exception of the Art Hotel. We checked in to a room that was not cleaned, then they gave us a room with an extra bed at the foot of our bed that had been slept in. The room was full of cigaret smoke. The next room was fine. We asked for a restaurant nearby and were sent to cigaret bars with no food. The front desk people had no clue where to eat. It was Sunday and nothing was open. We tried the hotel restaurant and they would not serve us because a big bus of tourist from Germany Had arrived and they wanted to accommodate those folks and not us. We had no place to eat, My husband ended up sick with no food. I now carry energy bars on my trips.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 24, 2012
    Posted by: Whiskers
    From: Edwards, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A wonderful tour of a beautiful country

    I count my bike tour of the Dalmatian Islands as one of my best travel experiences. The flexibility of the bike route and the friendly and knowledgeable guides made for a great vacation. I also liked the accommodations and the visits/interactions with the locals. Croatia is a country with beautiful scenery, wonderful people and an interesting, albeit troubled, history. I can't wait to go back!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 23, 2012
    Posted by: vwilson
    From: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was fantastic!

    Of all the places I have had the opportunity to visit and cycle Croatia is right up there among the top two. The islands of Brac and Hvar are so beautiful you have to see them to believe how beautiful they are! The ancient history that you become a part of as you cycle through the hills and valleys is like nothing I have ever experienced. The villagers were friendly and the warm sun glittering on the Adriatic Sea made you want to stop and capture every site! Our guides were the geatest, accommodations outstanding and the cycling couldn't be beat....lots of hills, but the view from the top of each climb made it easy to forget the effort it took to get there!! Don't miss this one.....we went in Oct. and everyday was a pleasant sun drenched mid 70 degree day.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 23, 2012
    Posted by: Magic46
    From: Kirkland, WA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • UNBELIEVABLE !! Croatia is stunning with loads of natural beauty

    My husband and I traveled with VBT to Croatia in the fall of 2011. Everything about the trip was terrific !! Croatia has so much to offer the bicyclist - challenging rides, excellent roads with little traffic, great guides, loads of history and gorgeous scenery. We have very fond memoiries of the trip . Thank you VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Genie
    From: Essex, VT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • An amazing discovery on the beautiful Adriatic.

    A hidden corner of the Mediterranean with a lot to offer. Meet the people and explore the food. Lots for the history buff. Loved biking to amazing swimming spots.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: KathyS
    From: Winfield, IL, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • we liked it

    one terrific tour. a wonderful cross section of bikers. the countryside was breathtaking. the food and wines exceeded our expectations. our leaders were informed, very cordial and accomodating. i would say some of the hills were just a little more than "moderate".

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: hawkeyebob
    From: Cedar Rapids Iowa
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Overall this tour exceeded our expectations, the guides were beyond excellent, the islands and the villages were outstanding.

    This was our third tour and had some expectations based on the other two. This tour far exceeded our expectations. First the guides were excellent and I am sure they went far beyound their duties to make the tour extremely interesting. They introduced us to the citizens, their culture and customs. We were introduced to their family life and foods. At the end of the trip we all felt that we were leaving some very good friends. Gerda and I enjoyed the islands so much that we looked at rentals for some future trip. When our group have met to discuss a future VBT trip the Croatia tour is always mentioned and we all wonder if the next trip will be as great as that one. The only criticism I have of the trip is the rating. Moderate it is not, this did limit the riding of some of the indivduals in our group. Say Hi to Garrot.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Pogo
    From: Stone Lake, WI 54876, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour was fantastic

    This was our first biking tour and we didn't know quite what to expect. We loved every minute of it...The guides were great, the scenery was spectacular and it was just the right amount of guided activity and free time. I would highly recommend this tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: LisaW
    From: Logan, UT
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Best riding, natural beauty, and viewing aspects plus great hotels and swimming

    This trip involves some climbing but the climbs are well worth the effort. Once you are up, there are long stretches of superb Dalmatian Sea views as well as unique stone terraced valleys. The downhills are long and smooth on good safe roads. There are few cars on the islands where these rides occur. The pre trip extension is particularly valuable offering the the ancient walled harbor city of Dubrovnik and time for a day trip to the site of the apparition of Mary at Medugorje.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Jimm
    From: Springfield, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Beautiful,bucolic cycling

    Dubrovnic alone made the trip worthwhile, but the gorgeous islands & boat experience put the icing on the cake.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: JimW
    From: Virginia, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • wonderful biking trip

    Beautiful country, friendly people, hard biking. Guides very helpful. Would go again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Gracie
    From: Arkansas
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Idyllic Dalmatian Islands Tour

    The Dalmatian Islands tour is a must for the scenery, food, wine, friendly people, gorgeous scenery. Croatia's tourism tag line the last couple of years has been "Croatia: the Mediterranean as it once was", and it is so true. Stunning coastline; rocky slopes of lavender, olives, and sage; food and wine truly to die for; and no hoards of people! If you have some extra time it is well worth it to either do VBT's pre or post trips, or strike out on your own. Trogir, closest to the Split airport, is charming, and Dubrovnik is stunning.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Liza59
    From: Hereford, AZ 85615, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • My favorite so far!

    Of 5 VBT tours this was my favorite--so far. The guides were great. The scenery was surprising and lovely. The accommodations and food were wonderful. And the biking was challenging enough for a "spokehead."

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: eric
    From: Stockbridge, MA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Fantastic

    Wonderful people, food, culture, and scenery! Guides were fantastic.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Jake
    From: San Diego, CA, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The islands were beautiful

    The Croatia tour was a great experience. The Dalmatian Islands were beautiful and fascinating. Dinner with the local family was particularly interesting. The tour guides were attentive and fun. Hvar was a particularly beautiful island. The accommodations there were fantastic. Brac was also fascinating. However, the accommodations there were stark. Drink the beer not the wine.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Timon1115
    From: Damascus, MD, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Beautiful scenery and wonderful seafood

    Around every corner the view was stupendous. While there were a few hills, termed "rolling" by our guides but maybe a bit more strenuous than that in our opinion, they were relatively gentle and we felt a great sense of accomplishment when we crested them. Meals were often seafood with an Italian feel - very fresh and very delicious. The people are friendly and many speak great English - we enjoyed them. And our guides were excellent young men - resourceful, polite, and fun. All in all, it was my favourite - or maybe tied for my favourite - VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: CanadianLadyBiker
    From: Calgary, AB, Canada
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great scenery and great tour guides

    We really enjoyed this trip. It was a excellent way to see the backroads of the Croatian coast and islands. We really enjoyed the dinner with the local family.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Rich
    From: Chicago area
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • amazing country

    In short, Croatia is a bit mysterious. Its location made it a cross-cultural destination with iIalian influence abutting eastern Europe. The people were friendly and safety was assured. History and natural beauty are among its best features.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: JZBKeys
    From: Islamorada, FL, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Another Great VBT Tour!

    We have travelled with VBT in France, New Zealand and South Africa and have come to expect a great travel experience. Our Croatia trip was no exception. We met in Split, where we had time to tour the Roman city and the spent six wonderful days cycling in the Adriatic Islands. Food and accommodations were great, but as always the best part of the trip was our tour guides. They made this a truely memorable experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Emerson
    From: Washington, DC, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • spectacular

    I would go to Croatia again. The people of the county, the scenery, and the experience was spectacular! Blue water, history....

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Abbi
    From: Newport News, VA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Everything was picture perfect on this tour

    This tour had a spectacular backdrop with the Adriatic Sea everywhere you looked. Beginning in the seaside city of Split there was both history and charm walking around the shops and restaurants by the harbor. Once the biking began the Dalmatian islands offered challenge along with the beauty that surrounded us on every ride. The local leaders love and knowledge of their country was a bonus especially when we visited one of the leaders grandfathers cottage by the sea. Having dinner at the homes of two families who lived on the islands brought the whole trip together and made the experience feel like we had family in Croatia. Needless to say this was an A+ trip that we would not only recommend but do again and be sure to add the Durbrovnik extension.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: PDave
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Some tough, hilly riding - you'd better be in pretty good shape.

    Dinner at a local resident's house was a high point. The pre-trip to Dubrovnik is an absolute must! Mid-May is probably the latest time to bike here, as it gets hot early in the summer; earlier if possible. Of my 15 European tours, this one is in the top 5.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: gadfly
    From: Colorado, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A wonderful tour in a lovely country.

    The islands that we biked through were spectacular! We had incredible views, challenging cycling and fantastic guides.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Kurly
    From: Bedford, NH
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic

    We did the add on in Dubrovnik and loved it. We stayed in the nicest hotel that we have EVER stayed in. The biking on Hvar and Brac was challenging, not because of the mileage but because of the terrain. The guides were incredibly accomodating and willing to pick us up anytime/anywhere. Lodging was nice. The special touches that connected us with locals (like dinner in a local's home) was really special.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Debbo726
    From: St Paul, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • No better way to tour Croatia

    The tour was outstanding. Besides biking around the country, you have plenty of opportunity to walk historic sites and meet the people of Croatia. The Locals are some of the most interesting and pleasant folks you will meet in the greater EU area.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: JMiller6
    From: Scottsdale, AZ, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The trip leaders were awsome!

    I am 71 and my wife is 69. This was our first VBT bike trip and my wife and I had an outstanding experience. We bike about fifteen to twenty miles three days a week on our hybrids here in Florida and weren't sure what to expect in Croatia. While it was a bit more hilly that we were use to, we found the 25-35 miles per day comfortable and the trips leaders encouraging. We especially appreciated that on a couple of the very high hills, the leaders happily offered to take us to the top in the support van so that we could enjoy the long ride down. The following year we took VBT's bike tour to Puglia, Italy and had an equally enjoyable experience and never had to rely on the support van . The knowledge, training, and sensitivity of the four tour leaders that we have had the pleasure to know makes VBT the best value in the bike touring business. We are looking forward to our third VBT bike to the Czech Republic in September.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: JC47
    From: Sarasota, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great way to experience the Dalmatian coast!

    We met wonderful people who were very pleased to share their part of the world. Split was one of many unexpected treasures.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: Nancy
    From: Florida
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Dalmation Islands in Croatia are beautiful.

    The people are lovely and speak English well since it is taught in school. The water is emerald and so pristine. Great food and wine too! The biking was definitely moderate due to the hills and small roads. Our leaders were native Croatian and very knowledgeable and one even had us to his home.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: jswanny
    From: Golden
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • One of the best trips I have ever been on, bicycle or otherwise.

    Every day and every minute of this trip was great. Croatia is a stunningly beautiful country. 3 days in Dubrovnik include trips to the country, visiting the old city, and wonderful food. Split is a bigger city with a fantastic market and waterfront esplanade. Don't miss the gelato! It is everywhere you go. We haven't even starting biking on the islands yet! 3 days on each. Very cool resorts with wonderful rooms and dining. Even if you don't like riding on hills, you will like the views so much that you'll forget you were even climbing. Of course, the guides were fantastic and took us to meet local folks for dining and cooking lessons. Other highlights include a visit to a sculpture academy, where they still use the original techniques and hand tools. These memories are still strong in my mind after 3 years. I would definitely do it again, if given the chance.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
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    From: New Hyde Park NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Little Extras Made All the Difference

    The tour guides would go out of the way to make the trip special. One day, one of the guides found a family that made oil olive and the local liquor and he arrange for some of us to stop at their farm. They set up a little table inside the barn and had wine, cheese, olive oil and bread set up for us to taste. There were only 5 us and it was something I will never forget. Off the beaten path and clearly the people were so pleased to share with us this little treat. The whole tour was like that - special hidden away treats, as well as what was in the travel brochure. I was the slowest biker and it didn't matter at all. I think I saw more than the others. I can't wait to take another trip. Too much work these days for a proper holiday.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: Marymeg
    From: Los Angeles, CA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • My most favorite trip to date with VBT

    Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries I've been to. I liked the hotels, the food was terrific and the trip leaders were great. It was enjoyable and I would love to repeat the trip sometime in the future.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: Lindy
    From: Sagle, ID
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Croatia-----the most beautiful country for biking

    Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever had the pleasure of biking in. The pretrip to Dubrovnik was spectacular and biking on the Dalmatian Islands within site of the beautiful Adriatic on a daily basis was out of this world. I have recommended this trip to all the bikers I know.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 13, 2012
    Posted by: Jords
    From: Wisconsin
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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