|TOUR DIFFICULTY: ★★★★☆||
• HIGHLIGHTS •
Visit Ston & Mali Ston
Cycle Pelješac peninsula
Cycle 3 Croatian islands:
Visit medieval historical towns of
Visit several charming
Cycle mountain Biokovo
Split & Trogir explore
TOUR LENGHT: 8 days, 7 nights
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTUE POINT: Arrival: Dubrovnik / Departure: Split
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: 6 nights in three and four star hotels, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners, top-end cycles & equipment, professional instructions, an English speaking guide, support vehicle & driver, airport & ferry transfers
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE: Personal spending and drinks with all meals except breakfasts
ACCOMMODATION TYPE: Double or twin rooms in chosen three and four star hotels
TOUR PRICE: 14300HRK / 1900 € / $ 2200 / 1690 £
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 2300 HRK / 300 € / 330 $ / 270 £
NOTES: Please note that this is a complex itinerary and is subject to change dependent on finalizing accommodation, ferries, speed boat and land transfers.
** We require a minimum of 4 people to run this tour, so if you are travelling in a group smaller than that, please contact us before booking the tour
*** Prices are fixed in Croatian Kuna (HRK). Prices displayed in foreign currencies are informative only, and liable to exchange rate fluctuations.
Cycling will in the main be on long delightful stretches of quiet good quality roads making navigation easy and relaxed. This will be a five day ride flanked by a tour of Dubrovnik’s Old City to start and finishing with two nights in Makarska, one of the most stunning locations on the Adriatic with the backcloth of the 1762m (5800ft) Mount Biokovo. On Cycle Dalmatia you are promised an action packed trip with time to soak in all the beautiful scenery and to enjoy long evenings with sunsets by the sea.
Day 1: Arrival day: Airport pick-up – Check in – Come together dinner in Dubrovnik
Day 2: Breakfast –Drive to Slano– Cycle to Mali Ston & Ston –lunch in Prapratno – Cycle the Pelješac peninsula to Orebić – Ferry to Korčula island – Overnight in Korčula
Day 3: Breakfast – Cycle Korčula island to Blato - Speedboat transfer to Hvar island – Lunch on the boat – Cycle to Starigrad on Hvar – Cycle to Hvar- Overnight in Hvar
Day 4: Breakfast - Cycle from Hvar to Sučuraj on Hvar with picnic – Ferry ride to Drvenik – Drive or cycle to Makarska - overnight
Day 5: Breakfast - Cycle to peak of Biokovo mountain – Lunch on Biokovo – Downhill ride or drive to Makarska
Day 6: Breakfast – Ferry ride to Brač – Cycle to Bol for lunch – Cycle to Supetar – Ferry ride to Split – Sightseeing Split – Drive to Trogir and overnight
Day 7: Breakfast – Transfer to Split airport
Day 1 – Arrival day
Upon arrival to Dubrovnik airport we’ll transfer you to your hotel accommodation . After checking in and a bike fit* we should have time for a relax by the sea before being whisked off to the Old City to enjoy a short escorted City Walls walking tour. We shall have an orientation dinner in the Old City with a fabulous choice of restaurants.
Day 2 – Dubrovnik via Ston to Korcula Town on Island of Korcula 93km (58 miles); 1360m elev gain
This promises to be an exciting day’s ride with plenty of variety and endless changing scenery with views of the Peljesac Peninsular and neighboring islands. The day commences with a short transfer deep into the heart of the countryside. After a final bike check we will cycle to the pretty port of Mali Ston, where we shall have a coffee break. Just up the road is the ancient village of Ston with the longest (5.5km) fortified medieval wall in Europe.
We now enter the Peljesec Peninsular, a long strip of land which if not for the 1km section of land between Mali Ston and Ston, would be another island. We have a restaurant lunch on a cliff overlooking a dramatic bay and the island of Mljet. This Peninsula is mountainous rising to 2000ft. For much of the way we ride along the ridge with views of the mountainous mainland and the island of Mljet. This is a sensational ride full of variety, mountains coastal scenery and of course some undulations. As we near the town of Orebic (121km) we have great views of the islands of Korcula to the West and Hvar to the East. Both will be visited. From Orebic we take the 20 minute ferry onto the island of Korcula, a medieval walled city which has been dubbed Little Dubrovnik and was the birthplace of Marco Polo. Its marble pedestrianized streets date back to the 13th century and are dotted with Renaissance and Gothic architecture. We shall stay in Korcula Town to overnight.
Day 3 – Korcula Town to Hvar Town on Hvar Island 92km (57mls); 1440m elev gain
Another exciting day of cycling. We leave Korcula and will cycle along the spine of the island to Smokvica (35km) where we drop to the coast at Brna (39km) and we follow a scenic coastal road for 8km finally turning back inland to Blato (53km). It’s then a downhill ride to a remote slipway on the north of the island. Here we will take a speed boat across to the south side of Hvar Island and we will be treated to a fish barbeque lunch on board before docking on a tiny village beach. After finding our way through an old road tunnel, the afternoon will be spent on a fascinating meander through part of Hvar Island culminating in a cycle across a small pass which gives fabulous views of many islands and the mainland. We arrive at popular Hvar Town which is an attractive medieval town with atmospheric harbour and squares full of cosy restaurants for dinner.
Day 4 – Hvar Town via Jelsa to Makarska 122km (76mls); 1020m elev gain
The day starts with a ride back to Stari Grad on an alternative route, through a small mountain range with again grand sea views. After a welcome coffee stop we cycle through some fascinating mountain villages, in particular Pitve and finally descending into the pretty port of Vrbosha after which we take a quiet rough road which hugs the coast to the resort of Jelsa. This is a quaint place nestled close to the foot of the highest peak on the island. We will now traverse most of the length of Hvar Island –one of the narrowest and longest islands off the Dalmation Coast, passing through villages far off the tourist trail. We are never more than 2 miles from the sea on either side.
Views as ever are stunning but luckily there is not too much climbing to do. We reach the southern tip of the island at Sucuraj (85km) after an earlier picnic lunch and take the short ferry to Drvenik on the mainland. There now follows a spectacular coastal run, admittedly along the main road to start but with a substantial diversion on a local road through a procession of almost untouched coastal villages until we reach the main road again at Podgora (112km) for the final run into Makarska (122km). We will stay 2 nights at the local hotel close to the beach just a short walk from the centre of town overlooking the bay and the 5800ft Mt Biokovo which soars above Makarska. Dinner will be in the attractive hotel restaurants. This is a bustling ‘young set’ resort with many busy bars, particularly at night.
Day 5 – The ascent and descent of Mount Biokovo 68 km (42mls ) return; 2000m elev gain
Here is Croatia’s Mount Ventoux. A 5800ft and 32 km long cycle climb from sea level initially through forestation and then open rock and scrub on a complex plateau with dramatic views of the islands and peninsula previously visited. But do not worry, there will be an optional transfer to take you half way up if you wish which will still leave you the most spectacular part of the climb and of course the pleasure of cycling all the way down back to the hotel. The mountain road is narrow and quiet –almost devoid of traffic and has some thrilling ascents and descents. From the summit you can see far into the interior and to Bosnia.
On the way down from the summit we will be treated to a special barbeque fresh fish lunch in a private lodge managed by the ‘park’ warden who you can see in the photo. We should return to the hotel during mid-afternoon allowing time to have a dip in the sea.
Day 6 – The Island of Brac and Split – 93km (58miles) ; 1300m elev gain
We will take the regular 9am commercial ferry to the neighbouring island of Brac and take a sensational cycling tour around this remote but absorbing island. The highlights will be i) the ride for 20km along the northern edge of the island facing the mainland with sensational views of the mainland mountain range including Mt Biokovo which we will visit the following day and ii) the exhilarating downhill to Bol with stunning sea and Hvar island views Bol boasts the famous sand spit Zlatni Rat.
After a good restaurant lunch in Bol we climb back up onto the plateau and then down to the fabulous north coast of the island which faces the mainland mountains. A varied route along the coast through some delightful villages by the sea sees us reach Supetar where we take the evening boat (50 mins) to Split and enjoy a glass of bubbly on deck to celebrate your achievements. Then it’s a short drive to Trogir for our final night on the island of Ciovo which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. We will have our final dinner in the UNESCO protected old town.
Day 7 - Departure day
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy the last morning in Croatia before the transfer to the Split airport
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