Important Remarks & Information for “Island Hopping by Bicycle”
Difficulty Level of our Tours
The Croatian Adriatic coast and the islands are not like the lowland, but mostly hilly, and partly mountai- nous with steep climbs; therefore, to participate in our tours, a good physical condition is essential. The routes are suitable only for participants who bike or do other sports regularly.
You should furthermore bear in mind, that the tempe- ratures in Croatia could often be much higher than in your home country and may reach 30°C and more, even in June or September.
We have created route profiles for each tour, in order to give you an overview of the difficulty of the routes and stages. The creation of the profiles was carried out with utmost care; anyhow, small differences due to measurement tolerances of heights and distances are possible. The tour descriptions and line profiles in this catalogue are therefore purely informative. The actual distance travelled may depend on various factors – therefore, in consultation with the participants, legs can be reduced or extended, or, in case of bad weather or high temperatures, replaced by longer swimming breaks. Depending on the physical condition of the participants, the bike guides may suggest routes with lower or higher levels of difficulty. Trips to small island locations – to visit a landmark or a lodge for an additional break – are often not taken into account in the descriptions and leg profiles. Since the roads on the islands mostly run above the villages, additional ascents and descents are possible. It may also occur that some vantage points or sites cannot be reached by bicycle, but are accessible only on foot – in such cases, we may opt for a short walk.
For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you wear a bicycle helmet. With booking one of our active cruises – “Island Hopping by Bicycle” or “Active & Cappuccino”, a rental bike is included in the tour price and we will gladly provide you with a helmet as well. Please advise us with booking, should you require a helmet. Of course, you may also bring your own.
Our bikes are sturdy Trekking Bikes with aluminium frame, Shimano gears, lightweight luggage racks and bottle holders. All bikes are new or have been used not more than two seasons. They are checked and serviced weekly (after each trip), and completely overhauled during the winter.
On our “Active & Cappuccino” routes, children’s bicycles are available as well. Please indicate with your booking if you need children’s bicycles, so that we can plan ahead. For children from approx. 10 years of age, our ladies’ bicycles with a frame size of 45 cm, are suitable as well. On our regular Island Hopping routes, children’s bicycles are available only at a limited number, and can be booked only on request.
In recent years, eBikes (electric bicycles) have increasingly come into vogue. Of course, we do support this new trend, and therefore we are offering you the opportunity to rent eBikes on our active cruises. This will give elderly and not experienced guests the opportunity to participate in more challenging tours, because the eBikes will ease the trip, especially on uphill tracks.
All our rental bicycles are insured against accidental damage. The insurance cost is included in the price.
Participation in bicycle tours is at your own risk and responsibility – I.D. Riva Tours is not liable for bike acci- dents. We recommend that you take out a travel insu- rance.
Not only our vessels are serviced and security-checked every year. We pay highest attention to our fleet of bicycles as well. Our bicycles are not only serviced permanently, but also exchanged approximately every second year. We have purchased about 160 new “Univega Terrano” bikes in the last two years.
In the following, we will give you a few technical specifications:
Friday night in the port of Rijeka: Each single bicycle is being checked detailly