This magical place with unique waterfalls and population under 100 is called Rastoke, and you'll be accomodated there for a part of this trip

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Via Dinarica green line cycling tour with visit to Plitvice lakes

Experience Croatia's inland while cycling 170 km through the globally recognised natural beauties such as Plitvice lakes, mountain Dinara, waterfalls, caves – and even through a unique jungle in the heart of Europe.

Croatia is much more than the beautiful Adriatic sea: rivers and rapids, mountains and valleys, caves, waterfalls and lakes, forests and jungles... You can see them all on this 170 km easy cycling tour over 7 days through the Croatian regions of Gorski Kotar and Lika.

This tour is a part of the Via Dinarica route for cyclists, hikers and other travellers in the Dinara mountain area. Mountain watercourses give it a special charm; on their way towards the river Sava they form attractive canyons with numerous waterfalls and other attractive sights, courtesy of the unrestrained power of the water.

Discover the less known part of our country – the “Green lungs” of Croatia: a place where nature dominates in its most beautiful appearance.

This tour can be accompanied with our professional bike guide Antun, who designed this programme. You can bring your bikes, or we will provide them for you.

Trip highlights

  • Road cycling approximately 40 kilometers / 25 miles per day through the "Green lungs" of Croatia
  • The tour is guided by the trip designer
  • Visit to the National Park Plitvice Lakes, with 16 lakes, countless waterfalls, rapids and trails
  • Tour of the Caves of Barać, reopened to general public after 112 years
  • Visit to the International Ceramics Centre for a creative workshop

Trip availableAPR - OCT
Duration7 days
Suitable for4-6 people
SupportFully guided
Price per personfrom 589.00 €
Great for
  • Cyclists
  • Group of friends
  • Couples
  • Families with older children
You’ll be accommodated in
  • 4-star hotel
  • apartments
  • hunting lodge
Trip designed by Antun Andrijašević

UCI licensed bike guide, Gorski Kotar and Kvarner region specialist

Activities are taking place in Gorski Kotar and Lika regions

Legend has it that Plitvice lakes emerged following a great drought in the area. People, animals and plants were longing for a drop of water. The people were persistently praying, and then one day, the Black Queen descended to the valley from her fairy castle. 

Having heard the peasants’ prayers, the Queen took pity on them and the rain finally started falling, accompanied with strong wind and thunder. It was raining for so long until the water level was high enough to form lakes.

Still, science teaches us that Plitvice lakes phenomenon is the result of processes and limestone sedimentation over centuries.

In comparison with other similar phenomena in the world, vegetation in the sedimentation process makes a unique process developing on these lakes. The interaction between water, air, rocks and vegetation is constantly changing and the result can only be described as – magic.

Equally magical are Rastoke, a symbol of marvellous formations made by nature and technical discoveries by man dating back for centuries. Namely, the so-called spoon-like water-mills (mlinice-žličare) were built in the beautiful natural surroundings. This is the first time that primitive machinery is not run by human or animal force, and they were built so that several millstones are used for different types of grinding. It is also possible to see the so-called baskets (koševi), used for rinsing woollen objects and washing laundry, so we might as well call them the first washing machines.

Day-by-day itinerary


Welcome to the town of fairy tales and hikers

You will be welcomed the first day of the tour in Ogulin, a town situated halfway between Zagreb and Rijeka. First day is check-in day without cycling, so discover your surroundings, like the magical Klek mountain. When viewed from the south, Klek resembles a sleeping giant with the rocks of Klečice as its feet and the peak rock as its head. Ogulin is also known as the birthplace of our most famous children fairy tales writer, Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić – the Croatian Tolkien, as people call her dearly. Don’t forget to take a look at the Đula's Abyss – the longest Croatian cave.


Create your own unique souvenir

Are you already feeling the fresh mountain air? This Lika region is called the lungs of Croatia. Today you will meet your trip guide. Get on the bikes, because you are starting a cycle adventure down the valley!

You will stop at the International Ceramics Centre in the village of Plaški for a lunch break and artistic inspiration. As creative work gives people the feeling of pleasure and fulfilment of their inner needs, a creative ceramics workshop will be organised, so you will get to make your own souvenir. Don't worry, the surrounding nature will most surely inspire you.

  • Kilometres ridden on bike: 40.5


Jungle in the middle of Europe

Did you know that forests cover as much as 47% of Croatia? Beech and fir are prevalent in this area. You will reach the village of Rakovica through one of the several Croatian preserved jungles. Get comfortable in your room where you will be accommodated two nights in a row. Good night!

  • Kilometres ridden on bike: 40


16 lakes, countless waterfalls, rapids and trails

You are now at the entrance to the most famous Croatian national park – Plitvice lakes. Let its beauty carry you away and take you to completely new dimensions. Plitvice are ideal for exploring nature while taking long walks or riding a bike.

  • Kilometres by car or ridden on bike: 14


Pure exotic Barać Caves

Croatia is known as the speleological El Dorado, and you will see that for yourselves during a tour to Barać caves – one of the numerous phenomena worth a visit. You can put bikes on a safe spot over there, and then get ready for a two-hour cave tour. The temperature in Barać cave is always 9°C so don't forget to bring additional clothing to keep you warm during the tour. You will continue towards the town of Slunj and its main attraction – Rastoke, with its many unique waterfalls.

  • Kilometres ridden on bike: 41.4


Refreshment in Rastoke

After breakfast we offer something special - optional event of the day: Mrežnica river kayaking. Your bikes will be stored and you will be transfered 2 villages away. Kayaking Mrežnica Canyon will take you pass cliffs of carved white rocks, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls, but also through a gorge so narrow and deep that the sun enters it for only a few hours each day, around noon, creating spectacular light effects. 

No previous experience is needed for kayaking. You will get a life jacket, a helmet and a paddle, plus long neoprene suit and a rain jacket in case of cold weather. Waterproof containers are available for personal items. In case of colder weather take a long-sleeved shirt. Afternoon is reserved for some more cycling. This area is full of great easy going or moderate bike trails, so you can consult your guide and choose how long and how difficult you wish your daily rout to be. In the evening, the culinary specialty of the area is on the menu - the brown trout.

  • Kilometres ridden on bike: optional


Return to Ogulin

The last day marks the end of this cycling adventure and return to the place where it all started – Ogulin. We are certain that you are now convinced that Via Dinarica is an inexhaustible source for the lovers of beautiful, preserved and untouched nature. Ideal for adventurous souls, everlasting explorers and adventurers, it won’t leave you indifferent. See you on a new adventure on Via Dinarica.

  • Kilometres with a van or ridden on bike: 42.6

What's included?

  • 1 overnight in a standard double room in a 4-star hotel in Ogulin with breakfast, dinner and tourist tax included
  • Half-day ceramic workshop on Day 2, with lunch and drinks inluded
  • 1 overnight in apartment near Plaški, with tourist tax included
  • 2 overnights in an economy double room in a 3-star villa in Rakovica, with breakfast, dinner and tourist tax included
  • 2 overnights in a delux double room in a 4-star hotel in Slunj, with breakfast, dinner and tourist tax included
  • Tour guide 24/7
  • Trip preparation fee
  • VAT

What's not included?

  • International airfare to and from Croatia
  • Transfer to/from arrival/departure points, and transfers not included in the itinerary - available on request
  • Entrance fee to the Plitvice National Park and Barać Caves - payable online
  • Meals and services other than specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (tips are always appreciated but not mandatory)

Reductions and supplements

  • Bike and bike accessories rental (helmet, mini tools, 2 pneumatic tires, patching kit and a mini pump)
  • Lunch from Day 3 to Day 7 (on request)
  • Mrežnica kayaking: 4 - 4,5 hours with transfer included (on request)
  • For 3rd person on additional bed (on request)
  • For Children on additional bed (on request)
  • For single room (on request) 


  • Children aged 12 and over, accompanied by adults, can participate

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What happens when you request an offer?


We will double-check availability and make reservations for your rooms, restaurants, guides etc.


With reservations confirmed, we will prepare the best offer possible in regard to your arrival date & party size


You will get the offer via e-mail, along with the payment options. Feel free to request further customisations!

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