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6 Days Summer Island Hopping

6 Day Self Guided Bike Tour – from Split to Brac and Hvar

This self guided bike tour includes great summer option for those who are not sure whether they want to cycle a lot, swim in Adriatic, or do the combination of both!

Spend a day in Split, with historical sites dating back to 300 A.C and then move to islands Brac and Hvar. Discover stone quarries, ancient villages and coastal roads of island Brac, and spend an afternoon on the famous Zlatni rat beach in Bol. After the boat ride from Bol to island Hvar, explore UNESCO world heritage site of  Stari Grad plain and bike along lavender fields to reach famous and fancy town of Hvar. Besides biking, cultural discovery and exploration, you might want to enjoy sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing and stand up paddling in the beautiful archipelago of islands Brač and Hvar.

This tour is designed with optional daily distances. If you prefer to have a quiet day on the beach, it is possible! Or, if you prefer to bike 80 km per day you are able to do it!

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SUMMER ISLAND HOPPING SELF GUIDED BIKE ITINERARY

DAY 1 – Split

Welcome to the ancient Mediterranean town Split!
Explore 1700 years old Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into UNESCO World heritage list, the Peristyle, Diocletian’s mausoleum, Jupiter’s temple, Romanesque houses, experience every day’s life, ancient fish market and fishermen… Split is located in the middle of Croatian coast and is the administrative and cultural centre of Dalmatian – coastal area of Croatia. Cycle along the beautiful hill Marjan, main recreational venue for the citizens of Split.

Depending on your arrival we will meet at your hotel, fit your bike and have a briefing regarding your cycling holidays!

Distance biked: 0–20 km, test ride (optional 80 km ride)
Overnight: Split
Highlights: Split, Marjan hill

DAY 2 – Ancient inland towns of Brac – West side loop

After a leisurely ferry cruise you arrive to the largest island of the Central Dalmatian group of islands, the third largest among the Adriatic islands – Brac. The island is rich with historic sites dating back to Ancient Greece, Middle Ages and of course Modern times. Today, there are twenty-odd settlements on the island.

Pedal to Sutivan, a fishermen settlement on the northern coast of Brac. After Sutivan there is a climb and you pass through the picturesque village of Lozisca. Continue through the settlements in the interior, which are older, richer in cultural and historical monuments and much more interesting architecturally than the coastal ones.

Passing through Nerezisca and Donji Humac, just before the  last downhill to Supetar, we suggest a lunch break in a konoba which still makes traditional Mediterranean cuisine. If you are interested into the art, we will suggest a couple of galleries and workshops, where you can see the stone masons working and see their sculptures…If you want to extend your ride go for a coffee in Milna village, see the beautiful naturally protected bay  full of boats, yachts…

Distance biked: 0-30 km, extra ride 48 km,
Overnight: Supetar, island Brac
Highlights: island Brac, Supetar, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages, wine cellar, art galleries

 

DAY 3 – Coastal riding along east side of Brac

Today we suggest a ride to the east side of the island.  Ride to Splitska, following a quieter road along the scenic north-east coast… You’ll have views across to the mainland throughout the ride. Stop in the town of Skrip, the oldest settlement on the island. After the visit to The Island Museum, pedal to Postira, fishermen village and Lovrecina, sandy beach with ruins of a large early Christian basilica assigned to the 5th century. This might be a good swim break…Continue to Pucisca, charming little town,  well know for its stone quarries from where is cut its precious white stone which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and The White House in Washington. You might wish to enter one of the oldest Stone Cutting Schools in Europe and see students carving in the same way as their well know ancestors.

Distance biked: 0-36 km, extra ride 70km
Overnight: Supetar, island Brac
Highlights: beaches, coastal ride, fisherman villages, stone cutting school, Pucisca

 

DAY 4 –Vidova Gora, Bol and Zlatni rat beach

Your route and goal today is to reach the island’s summit, Vidova Gora. This lookout is known as the summit of the Adriatic and offers some spectacular views. The highest peak of all Adriatic islands – Vidova Gora (778 meters), from where you will have a breathless view on the slopes of the south side of the island, the town of Bol and the famous beach Golden Cape (Zlatni rat) as well as on the islands of Central Dalmatia.

With high visibility even the Italian coast may be seen. Vidova gora hides many wonders of nature: from the dense forest of authentic black pine trees and its rich herbal and animal world to numerous caves and pits. There is an easier option if you don’t feel like riding to highest point of the island. Continue with biking to Gornji Humac, where you should try some of original islands specialties, before having a great downhill to Bol, the oldest coastal town on the island Brac. Bol didn’t take the usual position like other coastal towns in the amphitheatrically slopes of the protected bays, but it stands alone and separated on the southern, open part of the island, with the beaches connected like a necklace of pearls. You might wish to check the famous pebble beach Zlatni rat, one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia.

Distance biked: 37-50 km
Overnight: Bol, island Brac
Highlights: Zlatni rat beach in Bol, Vidova Gora – highest point of all Adriatic islands

 

DAY 5 – Lavender and coastal roads of Hvar

Today you take a privately owned boat to cross the Hvar channel to fishermen’s village of Jelsa, island Hvar. Riding on the island Hvar you will be passing among lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. You will be riding along the scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island, and passing Jelsa, Vrboska, reach Stari Grad (literally Old Town) which is actually the oldest settlement on the island and one of the first ones in Europe, founded by the Ancient Greeks (Pharos).

After a few warm up miles, a challenging uphill climb waits for you, passing rosemary and lavender fields and ancient Greek walls. Enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the island before a great downhill to Hvar. Tonight you sleep in Hvar town, and as it is was your last ride today why not to have few drinks in the ancient Piazza with a view of 7th century AD walls, Venetian loggia and the oldest municipal theatre in Europe.

Distance biked: 30-45 km
Overnight: Hvar town, island Hvar
Highlights: island Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska, Stari Grad, lavender fields, town Hvar

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TRANSFER FROM BOL TO JELSA (BRAC TO HVAR) TODAY IS REALIZED WITH SMALLER EXCURSION BOATS, WEATHER PERMITTING. IN CASE OF ROUGH SEA THE TRANSFER WILL NOT HAPPEN (FOR SAFETY REASONS) BUT WE WILL, OF COURSE, ORGANIZE AN ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION!

If it happens that you cannot take the boat ride to the island Hvar, usually we either wait until afternoon that the sea gets calmer, or if we know the sea state will remain unchanged, we organize a transfer via Supetar and  Split, and then by ferry to Stari Grad and/or to Hvar. In such cases (very rare!) Day 5 will be a no biking day. For now it happened only once that we were not able to use this boat connection. Usually in summer (July-end of August) we have approx. 5 bad weather days!

 

DAY 6 – End of bike tour in town Hvar

Today your tour ends in town Hvar. We highly recommend extending your stay in Hvar, relaxing in the beautiful Venetian style piazza or take some adventure trips like sea kayaking, sailing to nearby islands…

 

START/END OF BIKE TOUR

The tours can start any day of the season in Split.
Tours ends in Hvar town. There are several ferries and fast boat connections to return to Split. We suggest spending at least one more day in Hvar! There are many activities you can do from town Hvar; have a day trip with boat and visit Vis, another beautiful island, do a sailing or sea kayaking trip along small islands located in front of Hvar town, or just rent a boat or water taxi service and visit the same islands, which have great beaches, art galleries and some of the best restaurants in the area.

Please note that Split airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost. We can provide direct transfers from Hvar with private taxi boats or vans and ferries. Feel free to email us regarding prices.

Hotels:
Hotel Slavija, Split – www.hotelslavija.hr or
Vila Baguc, Split – www.baguc.com
Hotel Velaris, Supetar – www.velaris.hr/en
Hotel Borak, Bol – http://www.bluesunhotels.com/en/bluesun-hotel-borak.aspx
Hotel Palace, Hvar – www.suncanihvar.com/the-palace-hvar.html

 

 What’s included:

– 5 day accommodation (bed & breakfast in 2 bedded rooms) in Split (1 night), Supetar (2 nights), Bol (1 night) and Hvar town (1 night)
– Accommodation in 3* hotels and in 4* B&B in Split
– 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 during the tour
– Luggage transfers

 

The price does not include: 

– Travel insurance,
– Shuttles during the riding time
– Lunches and dinners
– Return ferry or fast boat ticket to Split (at the end of tour)
– Tips or any kind of gratitude

Rating

This self guided bike tour is designed for individuals and we will provide you with various information and other options to explore and enjoy besides bike riding. During the summer, good bike riding is possible in the morning and later in the afternoon. There are 2 days where you will be climbing over 500 meters (1640 feet).

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). You can choose your distance each single day except:
Day 4 ( minimum of 37 kilometers with climb up to 500 meters)
Day 5 (minimum of 35 kilometers with climb up to 450 meters)

All the other days are loop rides and you don’t have to bike if you don’t feel like it!

Daily distances: 0 – 50 km per day
Total distance biked: 100-700 km in 5 day

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