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6 Day Cycling Dubrovnik to Split

Self Guided Tour 

Discover and cycle along the most beautiful areas on the Croatian coast!

Start from Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic, explore and bike along peninsula Peljesac before reaching medieval Korcula town. Ride along Korcula Island and discover its natural beauties, old fisherman villages, ancient stone architecture, vineyards…
Continue with your bike tour to Hvar Island. Enjoy cafe and ‘people watch’ at venetian style piazza in trendy Hvar before cycling along the slopes of lavender fields to reach UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad plain.
Your final destination is Split and its Diocletian’s palace; once great and important roman site with historical sites dating back to 300 A.C.

6days

SELF GUIDED BIKE TOUR ITINERARY CYCLING DALMATIA

DAY 1 – Peninsula Peljesac and Korcula

We will pick you up from your hotel in Dubrovnik just after breakfast (9:00 AM or earlier) and shuttle to Ston, salt producing town on Peljesac peninsula, and 14th century town, with the longest fortified walls in Europe.

Ston was important town for Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century… We will do the bike fitting in Ston, and from there you start with your bike ride along Peljesac peninsula. You will be riding along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California, and Primitivo from Calabria. We will point out some great wineries where you can taste the Peljesac’s vines! Bike to Orebic, from where you will take ferry to island Korcula, your home for next 2 nights.

Distance biked: 60 km
Overnight: Hotel in Korcula town  
Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, Ston, secluded vineyards and wine cellars, Korcula town

DAY 2 – Exploring Korcula Island – Marco Polo’s home

Today you will explore the island of Korcula; its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests that cover the island. There are few options today, either ride on easier coastal road or do some climbing and rolling hills.  Whatever you choose as a bike ride today, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and dense woods.

We will suggest some great places for lunch, where you will be tasting the traditional style; like home made gnocchi, homemade macaroni,  pasticada….and other meals which have been prepared by our ancestors… You might like to know that Korcula is producing some of the best Croatian white wines: Posip, Rukatac or Grk, which will just add flavor to your lunch or dinner.

Another option today is just to relax and wander in Korcula – Venetian fortified town and narrow streets which are irresistible to today’s visitor, just as they impressed medieval travel writers like Marco Polo, who began his life journey in this town.

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: 0-45km, extra ride 55 km
Overnight: hotel in Korcula town
Highlights: Korcula town, island Korcula, coastal ride, charming little villages

 

DAY 3 – Island Korcula and private boat ride to Hvar

Today you ride the whole island of Korcula, about 29 miles (46kms) to Vela Luka.  Enjoy the scenic south side of the island with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along the small villages and hamlets.

Ride through the well known vineyards of Posip and try some ”vino” in charming vineries you will find along the way.  In the early afternoon you have private fast boat transfer to Hvar. Spend the afternoon in Hvar and visit its main attractions; 7th century AD walls, Venetian loggia, and the oldest municipal Theatre in Europe or just have a coffee or bevanda in one of the most beautiful squares of Mediterranean.  Hvar is trendiest and one of the most popular destinations of Croatia!

Meals: breakfast 
Distance biked: 46 km, extra ride 60km
Overnight: hotel in Hvar town
Highlights: Korcula island, Posip vineyards, Smokvica, Cara, fast boat transfer, Hvar town


DAY 4 – Hvar

This is very difficult day, as you have to decide for the best option, and all of them are great!

Do you want to head for the beach, or have a short bike ride, or just chill in the town in one of its many cafes and watch the world go by, or take a sailing or sea kayak trip to some of the islands around, maybe sunset sail, discover some great places followed with great lunch and swim, your choice… You will find all of these options described in your day sheets!

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: optional 20 km 
Overnight: hotel in Hvar town
Highlights: Hvar town, Paklinski islands, sailing, sea kayaking, trekking, clubbing…..

 

DAY 5 – Lavender roads and ferry to Split

Today’s ride starts with a climb, along the abandoned villages and lavender fields. Enjoy the scenery, endless sea that is surrounding the island of Hvar along with small islands and islets around. Once on top of the island, you will see a lot of stone piles, man made in order to clear the land so farmers could plant lavender or similar crops!

Riding on the north side of the islands you will be passing among lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. Not to mention it is UNESCO world heritage site. The island is noted for its lush vegetation of palm trees, agaves, myrtle, rosemary, pine woods and extensive lavender fields and history dating back to Greek times! Cycle through scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island, passing coastal villages of Jelsa and  Vrboska.

Late in the afternoon, you will take a boat that takes you to Split, a 1700 years old town and now day’s administrative and cultural centre of Dalmatia. Take a walk into old town, explore its narrow streets, meet the locals, see the one of the biggest fish markets in Croatia and enjoy the wine cellars before dinner tonight.

Meals: breakfast 
Distance biked: 30-45 km 
Overnight: hotel in Split town
Highlights: island Hvar’s bike ride, UNESCO Sites of Stari Grad, Stari Grad plain and Split

 

DAY 6 – Split

If you have time today, after the breakfast you might want to take easy bike ride along Marjan hill, famous recreational place of people of Split. Enjoy the rolling coastal ride before easy climb to the top of Marjan, from where you will take the last view on Diocletian’s Palace and all the islands you were biking on last few days….. We will meet you after the lunch!

Meals: breakfast 
Distance biked: 15-20 km 
Highlights: Split and Marjan hill

 

What’s included:
– 5 day accommodation (bed & breakfast in 2 bedded rooms) in Korcula (2 nights), Hvar (2 nights) and Split (1 night)
– 6 day bike rental (road, hybrid or tandem bike) + lock, pump, spare tube, helmet and patch kit, rear rack bag
– Our assistance which consists of bike fitting, detailed briefing with description of  places you will be visiting en route, lunch options, marked map with options for  shorter or longer route
– All the ferry tickets and private boat transfers
– Luggage transfers

 What’s not included:

– Travel insurance
– Shuttles during the riding time
– Lunches and dinners
– Accommodation in Dubrovnik
– Tips or any kind of gratitude

Start / End of the tour:

– The tour starts in Dubrovnik, 9:00 AM (or earlier)
– The tour ends in Split, 1:00 PM
– This tour can start any day during the whole year, depending on hotel availability.

It starts from Dubrovnik, which has international airport 20 km away from the very centre.
We highly suggest spring (end of March till mid June) and fall (mid September till beginning of November) for serious biking (daily distance of 50 km or more).
If biking is not the only reason for choosing this tour, the swimming season usually starts late in May and can last till middle of October.
Even in the highest tourist months of July and August, you will be able to find your own little private beach on the islands you will be visiting.

The tour ends in Split. International airport is 25 km away.
Please note that Split or Dubrovnik airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost.

Rating:  
There are 3 days where you will be climbing over 500 meters (1640 feet), Day 1 (Ston – Orebic), Day 3 (Korula – Vela Luka) and Day 5 (Hvar – Stari Grad).
In your information package we will provide taxi numbers, which are able to help and take you and your bike over those hills (not included in package price).

Daily distances: 0 – 60 km per day

Day 1 – minimum distance of 60 km, with couple of climbs over 400 meters
Day 3 – minimum of 46 kilometers with climb up to 500 meters
Day 5 – minimum of 20 kilometers with climb up to 450 meters

*If you don’t feel like biking this day, we can help you organize a transfer to reach your final destination for that day. All the other days are loop rides and you don’t have to bike if you don’t feel like it!

Total distance biked: 130-700 km in 5 days

To book this program or for additional information contact us on : info@croactive-holidays.com