Discover Dalmatian Coast from Split to Dubrovnik on Bikes

Join us on a guided cycling tour where you will discover ancient Greek, Roman and Venetian architecture and their influence moulded perfectly in Dalmatia. Taste authentic traditional meals of mixed central Europen - mostly French and Italian - and south-east European origin, discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about proverbially relaxed and easy-going lifestyle of Mediterranean.  Due to small group sizes (max.14 people), unique visits, charming boutique hotels located in the very centre of historic towns, genuine regional food in thoughtfully selected venues, local and professional guides, you will immerse in the local culture and have a unique, fun, active and authentic Croatian travel experience.

From Split to Dubrovnik cycle on the islands of Brac, Hvar, Korcula and the Peljesac peninsula. This cycling tour is designed for those who prefer to be "outside and play", experience the local culture and have fun, but still expect a high level of service.

The tour can meet the needs of those cyclers who want to ride more than suggested in itinerary (due to available detailed maps) just as well as the needs of leisure cyclers (due to the support van available at any time).
Bikes provided are hybrid touring or road racing bikes, custom-built for our specific terrain in Croatia. Due to triple chain ring, adjustable stems, 7 different frame sizes, various seat and pedal options,
these bikes can easily be customized for your riding style.


Individual approach, local expertize and groups of max. 14 people are important elements of this cycling tour! 

 

Itinerary:

DAY 1 – Split and Diocletian’s Palace

bike, cycling, cycling tour, active, split, Diocletian’s Palace, CroatiaThe tour starts in Split in the morning hours. First you will meet your guides, who will adjust your bike for you, and after that the group will depart for the rolling coastal ride, followed by an easy climb to the top of the park-forest Marjan, a hill and protected area within the city of Split, with stunning views to the city itself and the surrounding islands. Upon the return to the town centre, there will be time for an optional lunch in one of the numerous restaurants on the coast. With the sunset, on a private guided tour you will discover the ancient 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and local lifestyle, inside the almost two millennia old walls - believe it or not, there are still real homes existing in the old walls, where once state affairs of the entire Roman Empire were discussed. The introductory dinner will take place in a family- owned "Konoba".

Suggested biking distance: 17 km                   Moderate option: 35 km                  Long option: 75 km
Overnight stay: Hotel Slavija, 3*, Split
Highlights: Bike ride Split, guided tour of Split and Diocletian’s palace, Marjan hill
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 – Exploring the Island of Brac

Bike ride, bike, cycling, bike tour, Island, Brac, CroatiaAfter a pleasant 50-minute ferry ride from Split to Supetar, a town on the island of Brac, exploration starts! On the way you will pass by ancient stone-built towns, olive groves, vineyards and other absorbing sights. Brac is famous for its tradition of stone cutting and carving, and many well-known buildings - the White House in Washington D.C., The Hungarian Parliament Building, the Diocletian’s Palace - were built from this stone. You will visit one of the most famous art galleries run by a local stone carver, fashion designer and art painter, which exhibits furniture made from Brac stone, sculptures, paintings, fashion and jewellery, as well as an ancient stonemason's workshop. Before returning to Split, if time permits, you may enjoy in a short swim break.

Suggested biking distance: 35 km                   Easy option: 28km                              Long option: 60 km
Overnight stay:
Hotel Slavija, 3*, Split
Highlights: the Island of Brac, art gallery, coastal and inland towns
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

DAY 3 – Lavender road and UNESCO sites of the Island of Hvar

cycling tour, bike, bike ride, exploring on bikes, Island, Hvar, CroatiaThe ferry ride from Split to the UNESCO protected site of Stari Grad, an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 BC, situated on the island of Hvar, lasts about 120 minutes. Besides exploring the famous historical sites, you will also enjoy in quiet and charming villages while cycling along the olive groves, vegetable gardens, orchards and vineyards. A light Mediterranean-style lunch will fit just perfectly, before the cycling exploration of the island of Hvar continues. The afternoon bike ride will take you along one of the most beautiful roads, through the lavender fields, surrounded by amazing views on the Dalmatian archipelago - the islands of Vis, Korcula, Lastovo, Brac and Pakleni Otoci. You will have the afternoon free to spend according to your own wishes - we suggest visiting its main attractions - walking along the ancient Venetian streets, visiting the oldest municipal theatre in Europe, the cathedral of Hvar as well as the number of museums, galleries and palaces. On the other hand, you might rather want to immerse in the atmosphere and no-stress lifestyle of Hvar - the best way to do that, is to find a place on the main square, one of the most beautiful squares of the Mediterranean, and relax with a glass of wine, just enjoying the vibe. Later in the evening, the group will have a dinner together – a taste of ancient Hvar flavours mixed with innovative cuisine.

Suggested biking distance: 45 km                   Easy option: 25km                              Long option: 60 km
Overnight stay: Hotel Villa Nora, 4*, the city of Hvar
Highlights: lavender fields, coastal rides, inland rural villages, the town of Hvar with its sights
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 4 – Discovering the Island of Korcula

 cycling, bike ride, bikes, cycling tour, Korcula, Island, CroatiaThe island hopping adventure continues with the island of Korcula, an ancient Greek colony dating back to the 4th century BC, on about 1 hour ferry ride from the island of Hvar. The island of Korcula is famous for its white wines - Posip, Rukatac, Grk - beautiful old towns, villages and dark pine forests that cover the island, whose high quality wood was used for shipbuilding. You will be cycling along sleepy stone villages, family vineyards and gardens, and hidden coves. The group will stop by one of the families, for a taste of the culinary delights of a traditional peasant lunch. Marinated eggplants, goat cheese, prosciutto, olives, homemade gnocchi with pesto and almond sauce - these are just some of the treats you will have the chance to try. The rest of the day is reserved for exploring the medieval town of Korcula in its sleepy, easy-going lifestyle.

Suggested biking distance: 45 km                   Easy option: 36km                              Long option: 60 km
Overnight stay:
Hotel Korcula, 4*, the city of Korcula
Highlights: ancient towns and villages, quiet roads, the city of Korcula and its sights
Meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 5 - Marco Polo’s home

bike ride, bikes, cycling, cycling tour, Korcula, CroatiaToday you will have an option to do a loop ride on the island or just relax and do some sightseeing in the town of Korcula – a Venetian fortified town, the hometown of the famous medieval travel writer Marco Polo. The afternoon is planned to be spent in the city of Korcula, followed by a visit to an authentic wine cellar, where you will have the chance to taste some of the best wines of Korcula and some simple, but delicious Mediterranean snacks. After the visit, the group will enjoy the farewell dinner.

Suggested biking distance: 40 km                   Easy option: 24km                              Long option: 85 km
Overnight stay: Hotel Korcula, 4*, the city of Korcula
Highlights: the city of Korcula, wine tasting, dinner, coastal rides, mellow villages and amazing views
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


DAY 6 - Wine roads of Peljesac Peninsula and the city of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, cycling tour, cycling, bikes, bike ride, CroatiaOn your way to Dubrovnik, you will have a chance to discover Peljesac peninsula – home of the Croatian best-known red wines Dingac and Postup, made from Plavac Mali wines, a close cousin to the Californian Zinfandel. Peljesac will offer you some great views – on the right to the islands of Mljet and Korcula and on the left to the mainland coastal line. Today’s ride takes you up the hills, along the coast and through vast vineyard areas. We will visit Ston.The village of Ston is a salt producing village, built in the 14th century and famous for the longest (5,5km) fortified walls in Europe. Ston was a very important town in the period of the Dubrovnik Republic, being the most powerful and prosperous city in the 14th century. You can discover secrets of this powerful republic before the transfer to the pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik, where your tour ends.

Suggested biking distance: 35 km                   Easy option: 20 km                             Long option: 60 km
Overnight stay: -
Highlights: Peljesac peninsula and wine areas, Mali Ston, coastal ride to Dubrovnik
Meals: breakfast, lunch
NOTE: If you plan to fly out from Dubrovnik, please do not book flights departing before 5 p.m. as this is the time when you will arrive to Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik airport.

2018 tour dates:

 

Dalmatian Coast

Classic Bike Tour

2018

May 20-25 June 17-22 September 9-14

Sept./October

30.9.-5.10.

Price per person 2.150,00 2.250,00 2.250,00 2.150,00
Single supplement 350,00 350,00 350,00 350,00

 

Custom trips and private departures -

Start dates do not work for you? You like the tour, but prefer different kind of accommodation?
It is possible to customize trips to meet your wishes, preferences, cycling distances and budget.
For families, small groups, bike clubs or tour operators we create great, quality, tailor-made cycling holiday tours.
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Service included in the tour price:

- Carefully designed trip for small groups (max. 14 guests per tour)
- Accommodation in the small and charming boutique hotels (located in the historically significant areas)
- 5 overnights in the beautiful towns of the Dalmatian coast - Split, Hvar and Korcula
- Local, professional and experienced tour guides
- Exclusive guided visit of 1,700 years old Diocletian's Palace in Split
- Daily van support and luggage transfers
- Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners at exclusive and authentic venues
- VINO: local wines are a very important part of our culture. Wine tasting is included in dinners and is an obligatory part of our tour. You will also have a chance to meet one of the best wine producers and his family while tasting great white and red wines from his vineyard in Korcula
- Daily refreshments, fruit, soft drinks and snacks
- Great custom-built hybrid or road bikes and professional bike fitting
- All entrance fees, organized special events, visits to unique sites and boat transfers as per itinerary
- Daily maps (with detailed route instructions – written route navigation)
- Additional daily cycling options
- Water bottles
- Pickup from adequate location or airport before the tour starts
- Travel planning assistance, pre-tour information, pre-post tour hotel/travel reservations or suggestions
- Unique Croatian travel experience, carefree holidays and immersion in local culture

Service not included in the tour price:
- Accommodation in Dubrovnik (on day 6)
- Departure transfers from Dubrovnik
- Tips or gratuities for tour leaders
- Travel insurance

Optional service:

- e-bike bike hire (70 EUR per person per tour)
- airport transfers in Dubrovnik

ACCOMMODATION:

Hotel Slavija Split (Day 1 and 2)

Located in the very centre of town Split, Hotel Slavija offers charming rooms nestled inside a 16th-century Baroque – Renaissance palace. This was the first hotel in Split, that used to be home to famous poets, artist and athletes. Renovated recently, this hotel is part of Croatian national cultural heritage, with great and friendly front desk staff.

Hotel Villa Nora - Hvar hotel (Day 3)

Located in the centre of Hvar town, Villa Nora is housed in a former palace from the 14 th century. It served as a residence of the aristocratic family Gazzari.

Hotel Korcula De La Ville Hotel (Day 4 and 5)

Dating back to 1912, this is an icon of Korcula and Croatian tourism as well! This is the first hotel ever built in Korcula and now completely renovated in 2015. Surrounded by Korcula's stone monuments and tucked between the medieval town's massive walls and a stunning azure bay, you will surely enjoy magical sunsets and romantic evenings.

DIFFICULTY:
In the above itinerary you will usually find 3 different daily cycling distances. Suggested bike distance is an optimal bike distance, which gives enough time to cycle, explore ancient towns, taste Mediterranean cuisine and experience the local lifestyle. Suggested bike distance is suitable for riders who have some biking experience and a reasonable level of fitness, which means occasional sport activities. Since Croatian islands are not flat, the rides are supported with a van, so if one feels like that some hill is too long or steep, they do not have to worry. They will still be able to get great experience of the visited area! For those looking for longer bike rides, written route navigation and maps are obtainable, to enable them to get their “kick”. One of the guides might even join, if the logistics of the day allows that.

Group size: minimum 2 persons, maximum 14 persons per tour

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