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Cycle the Dalmatian Coast
Peaceful coastal cycling along Croatia's spectacular Dalmatian coastline on an 8 day biking adventure. 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. You will 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.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance97.6 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance24.4 miles
- Day 1Start 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, you will have dinner and then transfer to the port to take an evening ferry to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. You will then continue by road to Hvar where you will spend the first two nights.
- Accommodation in Hvar
- Day 2Circular ride exploring the island of Hvar, including Hvar town and a 8km (4.9mi) climb
Your first cycle is a circular ride exploring the island of Hvar. You will head first to Stari Grad following the old Roman road, before you start cycling along an old Roman road to Vrbovska and then follow the coastal road towards the village of Jelsa. Here you'll take a break before heading back to Stari Grad for an optional lunch.
After lunch, you'll continue your ride back to the town of Hvar. You will cycle up a challenging hill to a viewpoint overlooking the island of Brac with breathtaking views. When you return to Hvar, you 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.
- 29.2 - 31.1 miles
- Comfortable hotel in Hvar
- Day 3Ride east along the island to port of Sucuraj; ferry via mainland to Korcula
Today you will ride east along the narrow part of the island with views of both coasts as you 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, you have wonderful views of the mountainous mainland and the turquoise waters and will pass small villages, olive groves and tiny vineyards on your way to Sucuraj. From Sucuraj you will 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, you will have a short 15 min transfer to the small town of Lumbarda which will be your base for the next three nights.
From June to September a ferry runs from Ploce to Trpanj, and from here you 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.
- 27.3 miles
- Family run hotel on Korcula
- Day 4Free day in Lumbarda; optional visit (with bikes) to picturesque island of Mljet
Today you will 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.
- Family run hotel on Korcula
- Day 5Scenic ride on forested island of Korcula, from Vela Luka to Korcula town and on to Lumbarda
After breakfast, you will start your circular ride on the forested island of Korcula. You will start with a transfer to Vela Luka and from here you ride to the pretty village Brna near Smokvica before transferring to Pupnat where you will have lunch. From here you will 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 you will use the support vehicle where necessary.
- 28 miles
- Family run hotel on Korcula
- Day 6Ride through the vineyards of Peljesac Peninsula towards the mainland; transfer to Dubrovnik
After a short ferry ride (approx 20 minutes) to the Peljesac Peninsula you will 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. You will complete the ride along an easy unpaved track to the tiny cove at Zuljana. From here the traffic levels increase so you'll jump in the 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. You should arrive in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon. You will spend two nights in a lovely hotel which is a 10-minute public bus ride from the old town of Dubrovnik. This evening you will have a guided tour of the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
- 11.2 miles
- Hotel in Dubrovnik
- Day 7Free 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 in Dubrovnik
- Day 8End Dubrovnik
Trip ends in Dubrovnik.