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Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

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Peaceful cycling routes along Croatia’s spectacular Dalmatian coastline

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Cycling the Dalmatian Coast.

Known to have the clearest waters in the Mediterranean and undoubtedly packed with historical and cultural interest, the Dalmatian Coast is one of the true wonders of Europe. We follow some of the best cycling routes the area has to offer with much of the tour taking place on the long and beautiful islands of Hvar and Korcula, travelling by ferry between the islands. The scenery alternates between seaside villages, tiny mediaeval towns and pretty pebble bays. We end our journey in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik where we spend two nights soaking up the atmosphere of this uniquely preserved city.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts
* 7 nights hotels
* All transport and listed activities. Full vehicle support for cyclists
* Tour leader throughout. Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16.
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Local bike rental

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Spectacular coastal cycling routes
  • Explore the mainland and islands on two wheels
  • Discover the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik
  • 4 days cycling (plus 1 optional ride on Mljet) with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac, 10% gravel roads
  • Quiet roads with a good mix of flat and rolling terrain
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16
  • 7 nights hotels
  1. Day 1 Start Split; ferry transfer to Hvar.

    Start Split; after a look around the old quarters of the city and a visit to the UNESCO Diocletian Palace, we have dinner and then transfer to the port to take an evening ferry to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. We then continue by road to Jelsa where we spend the first two nights.Please note: /on the 22nd June and 17th August departures we will get the earlier ferry leaving at 14.30 and have dinner in Jelsa (this is due to limited flight times). A guided tour of Split will start at around 11. /*Comfortable Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Circular ride exploring the island of Hvar, including Hvar town and a 10km climb.

    Our first cycle is a circular ride exploring the island of Hvar. We head first to Stari Grad following the old Roman road, a route with quite a tough climb but with lovely views of the old villages of Hvar. Here we take a break from cycling and transfer by vehicle to the town of Hvar where we will have a chance to wander around the narrow streets of this quintessential Dalmatian town. Rather like a mini Venice, the streets of Hvar are marbled and there are elegant gothic palaces and cathedrals inside the city walls. There will be some free time to explore Hvar before we cycle up a challenging hill to a viewpoint overlooking the island of Brac. We will have lunch here whilst taking in the breathtaking views. After lunch there is a sweeping descent all the way back to Stari Grad. From here we continue along an old Roman road to Vrbovska and then follow the coastal road back towards Jelsa.

  3. Day 3 Ride east along the island to port of Sucuraj; ferry via mainland to Korcula.

    Today we ride east along the narrow part of the island with views of both coasts as we head to the port of Sucuraj. The road is generally quiet and there are a couple of challenging climbs today to get you warmed up, however the support vehicle will be available for anyone who doesn’t want to cycle up the hills. Heading east, we have wonderful views of the mountainous mainland and the turquoise waters and we pass small villages, olive groves and tiny vineyards on our way to Sucuraj. From Sucuraj we take a ferry to Drevnik on the mainland, transfer by bus to Orebic, then catch another ferry to Korcula which is the historic centre of the island and in a lovely setting on the Peljesac Channel. It is also known for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage with a long tradition of seafaring, shipbuilding and stone-masonry, as well as being the birthplace of the adventurer and traveller Marco Polo. Once on Korcula we have a short 15min transfer to the small town of Lumbarda which will be our base for the next three nights. From June to September a ferry runs from Ploce to Trpanj, and from here we will take the bus to Orebic and then the ferry to Korcula. This shortens the time spent in the bus travelling from Drvenik to Orebic and makes the journey a bit more fun and picturesque.

  4. Day 4 Free day in Lumbarda; optional visit (with bikes) to picturesque island of Mljet.

    Today we have a free day to relax in Lumbarda, go for a swim at the sandy beach on Przina or explore the charming town of Korcula at your own pace. There is an optional visit (with bikes) to the picturesque island of Mijet. Those choosing to explore Mljet and its famous national park will take a boat ride to Pomena, which is also the entrance for the Mljet National Park. Here you can enjoy a very scenic but short ride around the two lakes.

  5. Day 5 Scenic ride on forested island of Korcula, from Vela Luka to Korcula town and on to Lumbarda.

    After breakfast we will start our circular ride on the forested island of Korcula. We start with a transfer to Vela Luka and from here we ride to the pretty village Brna near Smokvica before transferring to Pupnat where we will have lunch. From here we get back on the bikes and cycle all the way back to Lumbarda after a great exploration of the island. Today is a busy day and there are some hills, but we will use the support vehicle where necessary.

  6. Day 6 Ride through the vineyards of Peljesac Peninsula towards the mainland; transfer to Dubrovnik.

    After a short ferry ride (approx 20 minutes) to the Peljesac Peninsula we follow this narrow and rugged finger of land. The route passes through olive groves, quiet villages and the famous vineyards hugging the steep slopes descending to the clear waters of the Adriatic. We complete our ride along an easy unpaved track to the tiny cove at Zuljana. From here the traffic levels increase so we take our support vehicle to Dubrovnik. En route there is a short stop at the small historic settlement of Ston, a beautiful example of a fortified town and Dubrovnik-style architecture. We should arrive in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon. We spend two nights in a lovely hotel which is a 10-minute public bus ride from the old town of Dubrovnik. This evening we will have a guided tour of the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

  7. Day 7 Free day to explore Dubrovnik.

    Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm. Located right on the Adriatic, the fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of red-tiled roofs make this a truly enchanting place. The shelling of Dubrovnik by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately over the last 15 years great care has been taken to re-build the damaged parts of Dubrovnik and the city has now returned to its former glory. The old town, or Stari Grad, is filled with cobblestone streets, fountains, churches, palaces and museums — all built from the same light coloured stone. There are no motor vehicles in the quiet city, but at night the streets come alive as locals and visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun, the main street, covered in smooth shiny marble. Dubrovnik is famous for its fine seafood, and what better way to end our Croatian experience than splashing out on a feast of freshly grilled fish within Dubrovnik’s city walls.*Comfortable Hotel*

  8. Day 8 End Dubrovnik.

    Trip ends in Dubrovnik.**

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Where you stay

Hotels

The hotels used throughout the trip are of a good standard. All are clean and comfortable, most have air conditioning and swimming pools or are close to the beach allowing you to have a swim after a day on the bike. Croatia is not the cheap destination that some might expect and hotels can lack a little character, especially in the more popular destinations like Dubrovnik.

On Hvar, we stay in the tranquil village of Jelsa close to the beach.

On the island of Korcula, we stay in the small quaint fishing village of Lumbarda. The family run hotel offers warm hospitality, be sure to pack your swimming costume as there is a pool you can enjoy at the end of the day.

In Dubrovnik, we stay in Lapad Bay, next to many restaurants and close to a pebbly public beach. There is a supermarket nearby and the local bus for the Old Town of Dubrovnik is just in front of the hotel.

Please note: During the low season, some of the pools might be closed. However, when staying on Hvar and Korcula we are never far away from the sea if you fancy a swim.

Additional Accommodation

Additional accommodation can be booked, subject to availability, at our hotels in Split or Dubrovnik, either before or after the trip. Prices are available from our office on request.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included throughout.

For breakfast, you can expect a continental buffet serving a wide selection of food from cold meats, cheeses, bread and eggs to pastries, yoghurts, jams and fruit as well as tea and coffee.

Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and other parts of the Balkans.

On day 2 there is only one restaurant to stop at due to our cycling route. The set Dalmatian plata is 100Kn/15EUR. Please note it is a cash only establishment.

A popular optional lunch spot in Pupnat (Korcula) is Mate restaurant. Lunch here is often a highlight of the trip. A selection of homemade produce is on offer with a drink and comes to around 155kn/20EUR. Credit card not accepted.

Another highlight in Korcula is an optional dinner on day 5 at an agrotourism. Dinner here is around 200kn/27EUR for their set menu. Credit card not accepted.

This tour is classified Road: activity level 3 (Moderate)

4 days cycling (plus one optional days ride) with an average distance of 45km per day with full vehicle support.

The rides mainly follow tarmac roads, but where possible on the islands we will use the quieter older roads that tend to be hard gravel. The roads are quiet and there is less traffic on the islands than the mainland. The route will be generally undulating but there are a few challenging hills that can be tough in the warm weather. The trip is vehicle supported so it is possible to miss some of these harder sections if you prefer. At times the route will follow roads or tracks with a steep down slope to one side. Certain sections will not have a barrier.

No specific cycling experience required but you should be comfortable on a bike and have a reasonable level of fitness.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Croatian Delights

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Scenic rides along coastal tracks
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Dino was excellent
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Insist on better hotels

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
4/5

Girls on Tour

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The time in Dubrovnik - looking around in the evening.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our host Marin was great! Very good at helping when needed and not in any way intrusive. He had great knowledge of the area and kept us on schedule to catch the many ferries needed to get from island to mainland etc.. He was good company in the evenings and had a great sense of humour especially when reporting on the weather - which was very wet at times!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Always pack a set of waterproofs! We had a couple of days of rain and started the ride to Dubrovnik wearing bin bags as waterproofs!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think you could extend the time on HVAR as it felt really rushed.

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

Excellent

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The freedom of cycling along the coast
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent Alan was friendly open and helpful but still in control
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you do plenty of hills in prep I wasn’t quite fit enough or get an e bike
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Really beautiful place

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
4/5

Beautiful Croatia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The optional trip to Mljet - very relaxing and peaceful once you get there (getting on the ferry with the bike is a bit of a mad scramble). The optional dinner in Korcula at the agrotourism was fabulous - amazing setting and great food.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Marin was a brilliant tour leader - knowledgeable, safe, friendly and great fun. He made sure everyone was included. Our driver was a nice guy but pretty useless - he did very little apart from drive the minibus so Marin ended up doing everything else. He worked exceptional hard the whole week. Unfortunately one of our group had an accident on day 5 but Marin handled the whole situation extremely well and very professionally.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I wish I'd been able to have a extra day or two to explore Split. We had a 1 hour whistlestop tour and then had to get straight on the ferry. Buy or take food for the ferry as there isn't time to sit and eat a meal in Split.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    With a group of 16 people there should been a second leader, or at the very least a driver who had some knowledge of the trip and provided the leader with competent backup. Our driver had no idea where to go; often we would get the meeting point to find he was parked somewhere entirely different. This really put a lot of unnecessary pressure on our leader and wasted time. The driver wouldn't help rope up the bikes, he had no idea how to detach the trailer and was difficult to contact (his phone was often switched off).

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Cycling The Dalmation Coast Croatia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day provided exceptional scenery and beautiful places of interest.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was excellent very professional, informative, considerate and helpful.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would advise travellers to extend their stay to allow time to recover and or prepare for the trip, and to visit the cities of Split and Dubrovnic at their leisure. I would also advise to bring rehydration tablets to add to water and snack bars to get them up the hills! I would also add that August was too hot!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The restaurants we visited were all very good and gave us the opportunity to experience Croatian cuisine. I think for days when we were cycling it would have been preferable to have more frequent shorter stops with snacks provided bananas, nuts and fruit for example, rather than a long lunch break. This would give riders energy for the climbs, reduced cost and allowed a little more time at the end of the day to relax and enjoy the hotel and surrounding areas. The evening meals were all great and the michelen star restaurant in Korkula would be one lunch which I would keep!

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