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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in 2-3 star apartments
Meals
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

$1650USD

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Overview

Trip Code: UC6

Trip highlights


  • Island hopping and cycling through some of Croatia’s prettiest scenery
  • Exploring small fishing villages and the great towns of Hvar and Split
  • Experiencing the stunning Dalmatian coast landscapes
  • Enjoying the regional cuisine and relaxing at night in your self contained apartment

The Dalmatian Coast is one of the true wonders of Europe with arguably the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, as well as the plethora of historic and cultural interests. Experiencing this special region by bike is by far the most rewarding way to travel. From your arrival in Split until just before Dubrovnik, your journey will encounter the long and beautiful islands of Brac and Hvar, traveling by bike and ferry. The scenery alternates between seaside villages, tiny medieval walled towns and lovely quiet pebbled bays, set against a backdrop of pine forests and mountains. Your final leg takes you to the red roofs of Dubrovnik, the proud port city that once rivaled Venice in wealth and influence.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

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On arrival at Split Airport or your hotel you will be transferred by local bus and ferry (50 minutes) to Brac island where you will stay overnight. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town and surrounding countryside.

Meals:  Nil

A reasonably demanding cycle today past picturesque villages with white stone houses and shady pine forest. On the hillside of Vidova Gora 778m/2552ft (the highest peak of all the Croatian Islands) you will have great views of the sea and mainland and from the top a view out to the famous Zlatni rat, an extraordinary shingle spit and the neighbouring islands. Return via Škrip, the island’s oldest settlement and Splitska and cool off by the wonderful pebble beach on the way.

Meals:  B

The morning begins with a transfer by boat to the island of Hvar (via Split) and the town of Stari Grad / Pharos, the oldest town in Croatia. Stari Grad literally translates as ‘old town’ and was established in 384BC. From town Stari Grad the cycle continues to historic Hvar town. On arrival there is free time to explore Hvar town with its exquisite Venetian-style architecture or climb up to the fortress for a superb view. It is worth taking a boat to the Pakleni islands that are the most attractive and most visited spot. They can be reached from Hvar by motor boats that leave every 15 minutes. The islands, acting as a natural shelter for Hvar port, have been inhabited since Illyrian times. Overnight Hvar Town.

Meals:  B

Return to Stari Grad for overnight accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town and surrounds. Near to the town are pine forests, olive groves and vineyards, while the town itself has a unique harbour and interesting narrow alleyways leading to café’s and small squares. Overnight in an apartment.

Meals:  B

Your exploration of the island of Hvar continues by cycling east to Jelsa. The town is quite small but is well known for producing excellent red wines. Jelsa is surrounded by mountains including the two highest on the island, and is a great place to have lunch, a swim and a delicious scoop of gelato. Overnight Jelsa.

Meals:  B

From Jelsa you continue east across the breadth of Hvar Island to the port of Sucuraj. From here a 35 minute ferry ride takes you to the mainland port of Drvenik from where you transfer by road to Dubrovnik where the trip concludes.

Meals:  B

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On arrival in Dubrovnik you will be transferred to the port of Drvenik where you will have a trip briefing before taking the ferry to Sucuraj on Hvar Island. After a short ferry ride, about 35 minutes, you arrive in Hvar and begin cycling. The route takes you west across the breadth of the island to the pretty town of Jelsa. The town is quite small but is well known for producing excellent red wines. Jelsa is surrounded by mountains including the two highest on the island, and is a great place to have a swim and a delicious scoop of gelato at the end of your cycle day.

Meals:  Nil

Your exploration of the island of Hvar continues by cycling west to historic Hvar town. On arrival there is free time to explore Hvar town with its exquisite Venetian-style architecture or climb up to the fortress for a superb view. It is worth taking a boat to the Pakleni islands that are the most attractive and most visited spot. They can be reached from Hvar by motor boats that leave every 15 minutes. The islands, acting as a natural shelter for Hvar port, have been inhabited since Illyrian times. Overnight Hvar Town.

Meals:  B

Cycle to the town of Stari Grad / Pharos, the oldest town in Croatia. Stari Grad literally translates as ‘old town’ and was established in 384BC. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town and surrounds. Near to the town are pine forests, olive groves and vineyards, while the town itself has a unique harbour and interesting narrow alleyways leading to café’s and small squares. Overnight in an apartment.

Meals:  B

This morning you take the ferry to Split on the mainland and then another ferry to Supetar on Brac Island. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town and surrounding countryside. Alternatively, you can take a return cycle to the pretty port of Sutivan.

Meals:  B

A reasonably demanding cycle today past picturesque villages with white stone houses and shady pine forest. On the hillside of Vidova Gora 778m/2552ft (the highest peak of all the Croatian Islands) you will have great views of the sea and mainland and from the top a view out to the famous Zlatni rat, an extraordinary shingle spit and the neighbouring islands. Return via Škrip, the island’s oldest settlement and Splitska and cool off by the wonderful pebble beach on the way.

Meals:  B

This morning you take a 50 minute ferry ride to Split where the trip concludes.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts – breakfasts are continental style and consist of breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 5 nights accommodation in mainly 3 star apartments on a twin share basis. All rooms have private facilities.
  • Rental of a Hybrid or Mountain Bike (usually Trek brand) including luggage panniers (waterproof) and helmet
  • All transfers by ferry, bus and coach as indicated in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer of your main suitcase from Split direct to Dubrovnik (this will not be available during the trip). Clothing and items required for the trip will be repacked into the panniers and carried by you.
  • Detailed route instructions and maps
  • 7 day service hotline

  • Travel to and from Split / Dubrovnik
  • Drinks, lunches and dinners
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees and optional sightseeing
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
  • Transfers not mentioned
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

Daily cycles are between 15 and 52km/9.5 and 32.5mi on undulating terrain. The cycling is on a combination of low traffic side roads with some crossings and short stints on higher traffic roads required. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop, have a swim and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
During the trip you will need to carry your own luggage in the panniers supplied. Excess baggage not required during the trip is transferred to Dubrovnik. The trip also operates in reverse - see reverse itinerary for details, starting in Dubrovnik and ending in Split.
DN2
High season is from 15 Jun to 15 Sep - supplement applies.
DN3
Electric bikes available on request.

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Total Priceper person from

$1650USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$280
  • e-bike supplementUSD$280
*Prices listed are per person

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