Croatia

Dalmatian Coast Tour
(Moderate)

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Cycle the most beautiful areas of the Croatian coast – from Split to Dubrovnik. A unique and fun travel experience, whilst immersed in local culture.

Prices are starting indications, per person, based on two people sharing a twin room – and for joining the scheduled rides if you select the Private Guided option. Please make a booking enquiry for a confirmed price based on your chosen dates and exact requirements.

The private guided small group “Dalmatian Coast Classic” rides are scheduled for April 28th, May 19th, June 16th and September 15th 2019. Custom trips, with alternative dates and itineraries, can be arranged for families, small groups and cycling clubs. 

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Description

Discover ancient Greek, Roman and Venetian architecture and their influence moulded perfectly in one of the most beautiful areas in Europe, which proudly markets itself as “Mediterranean as it once was”. From Split to Dubrovnik, cycle on the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula and the Pelješac peninsula.

  • Spend two evenings in Split, discover beautiful Diocletian palace, once great and important Roman site, with historical sites dating back to 300 A.C.
  • Join locals in traditional “konoba” / tavern and enjoy a glass of local “vino” or “pivo”.
  • Discover stone quarries, ancient villages and coastal roads of island Brac, UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad plain and bike along lavender fields to reach the famous and trendy town of Hvar.
  • Ride along Korcula island and experience its natural beauties, monasteries, churches, old fisherman villages, ancient stone architecture and wine cellars.
  • Continue biking along peninsula Peljesac, before you reach your final destination; Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic.
    Overnight in Split, Hvar and Korcula, the most beautiful Adriatic towns.

Itinerary

Day 1

Diocletian’s Palace and Split Town – 35-75 km

Welcome to Split! Depending on your arrival time we will fit bikes, have briefing and suggest easy loop ride along Marjan hill starting from your hotel, located in the very centre of town. In the evening we urge you to explore 1700 years old Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into UNESCO World heritage list, the Peristyle, Romanesque houses, experience every day’s life, ancient fish market and fishermen…

Day 2

Coastal and Inland Rides on the Island of Brac – 35-60 km

Today you take 45 min ferry ride to Island Brac, located just in front of Split. Various riding options and distances, from easy 25 km to big 80km+ loop rides, visiting Greek and Roman ruins, fisherman villages, wine cellars and art galleries. Island Brac is famous for its stone – the White house in Washington and Diocletian’s palace are just some sites that were built with that stone! All the ancient villages and towns on Brac are kind of an exhibition of fine stone work! Return to Split with the late afternoon ferry.

Day 3

Lavender Roads, UNESCO Sites and Hvar Town – 45-60 km

Welcome to the island of Hvar! For the morning ride we suggest easy ride around the UNESCO site of Stari Grad. Stari Grad (Old town) is an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 B.C. Besides historical sites you will discover quite charming towns and roads where you will be biking, passing next to private gardens, along the coast and olive groves. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and probably most beautiful road along the lavender fields to reach town Hvar.

Day 4

Speed Boat to Korcula Island –  45-60 km

After the speed boat transfer, start with your bike ride on island Korcula, about 46 kilometers to the town of Korcula. Island was very early populated; even before Greek times and evidences can be seen on you ride! During the history it was chosen by Venetians as a spot to build their important walled city on the northern shores of the island. Therefore, nowadays, thanks to that, we have magnificent walled Korcula old town still preserved, almost intact for centuries and you are spending two nights there. Enjoy the scenic south side of the island, with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along small villages, hamlets and stop in some of the few great local konoba (taverns) for most amazing locally prepared food!

Day 5

Korcula’s Beaches and Vinyards – 40-85 km

As you are spending another day in Korcula take a chance to explore the island; it’s hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests that cover the island. There are few loop options today. Whatever you choose, you will be making your way passing next to vineyards, olive groves and along beautiful coast. Taste the traditional food like homemade gnocchi, macaroni, “pašticada”… and other meals which have been traditionally prepared for centuries in the same way by locals. Some of the best Croatian white wines are produced on this island and they will enrich flavor to your lunch or dinner. Did we mention Marco Polo was born here, and started his life journey from Korčula?

Day 6

Wine Roads of Peljesac and Dubrovnik – 35-60 km

Today, for your final ride, you will be cruising along Peljesac peninsula. You are cycling along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, wine made from Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California and Primitivo from Calabria. There are many vineries which can be visited along the ride. Enjoy great views Peljesac is offering to you, islands Mljet and Korcula on your right and mainland on your left. The ride today has a couple of hills, rides through the vineyards, coastal rides… Your final cycling destination for today is Ston, from where you will be transferred to Dubrovnik. Ston, salt producing town on Peljesac peninsula was built in the 14th century and it has the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5km long. Ston was important town for Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century whose heritage you are just about to see!

Your Bike

The bike fleet for our Croatia tours consists of road, hybrid, tandem, children’s and eBikes. The road and hybrid bikes are custom-built by German manufacturer Musing, featuring lightweight aluminium frames, and carbon fibre forks for the road bikes. All have a wide range of gear ratios and feature a slightly more relaxed riding position, for days in the saddle.

Our tandem bike is Cannondale road tandem, and comes in size L/S.

Tandem

The bikes are built for several day tours and include spare tube, pump, patch kit, tire irons, cycle computer, helmet, water bottle holders and rear rack.

Higher spec bikes are available on request. If you wish to use your own bike, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Additional information

Length

6 Days/5 Nights

Style

Self-Guided, Private-Guided