Croatia's Dalmatian Coast has been a favorite seaside destination among central Europeans for over a century. Join us as we explore this spectacular limestone coastline by bicycle! We begin near Split where you'll see Diocletian's 3rd century palace still inhabited by descendants of the Romans who settled this area and where we'll visit the waterfalls of Krka National Park. On our ride we pedal three of the Mediterranean's most picturesque islands -Brač, Hvar and Korčula - spending time in the picturesque rural areas, ports, and fishing villages. We'll explore the Medieval and Renaissance cities that were so important to the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Austrians, Hungarians, and Croats. We'll also pedal to the remote interior of coastal Croatia before shuttling you to the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, long considered the jewel of the Adriatic.
***If this sounds great but you'd like a shorter tour, check out our Bicycling the Islands of the Dalmatian Coast tour, which features the first 8 days of this tour.***
Day 1: Tour begins in Skradin, shuttle from the airport or pick up in Split
Highlights: Krka National Park, Skradinski Buk waterfalls, Dalmatian Karst topographyArrive today in Skradin, a charming town on the edge of Krka National Park, home to the beautiful Skradinski Buk waterfalls. We'll offer a shuttle from the Split airport (close to the town of Trogir) or from the center of Split. We'll fit bicycles this afternoon and suggest a test ride into the interior. You can also enjoy a 4 km walk, bike or boat ride along the river into the national park to visit the falls where the Krka and Čikola Rivers flow out of the Dalmatian Karst (limestone) and over seventeen falls. The rivers return to their journey underground, a typical "karst topography" phenomenon, below the falls. We'll have a special seafood dinner this evening. Mileage: your choice.
Lodging: Hotel Skradinski Buk
Day 2: Bike through Renaissance Sibenik to Primošten
Highlights: Renaissance Sibenik, Sv Jakov cathedral, Primošten, beach hotel resortWe head off through the town of Sibenik to reach our hotel on the beach near Primošten. Have lunch or a snack amidst the Renaissance architecture in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Sibenik, a city unique among other coastal towns in Croatia in that it is the oldest town built by native Croats instead of Venetians, Byzantines, Hungarians or Austrians. Make sure to visit the famous Gothic cathedral of Sv. Jakov (Saint Jacob) and wander the small Medieval streets before riding on to the island-town of Primošten where our hotel lies on the beach. We'll enjoy a special Croatian dinner tonight in a nearby ancient village. Distance: approx 50 km (31 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Zora
Day 3: Ride from Primošten to Trogir
Highlights: Village of Primošten, bicycle ride through vineyards and olive groves, famous town of TrogirIf the beach captivated you yesterday, make sure to wander through the island-village of Primošten this morning before heading off through vineyards and olive groves to the top of the plateau. We ride across beautiful barren land before dropping down to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Trogir where we spend the night. Trogir was a Greek colony in the 4th century BC and later a Roman municipality. Occupied by the Croatians after the 5th century, it became a key Medieval port city in the Adriatic. The present town sits on a Roman and Hellenistic street grid inside the 15th century Venetian wall. Take time to stroll this historic center before having dinner on your own this evening. Distance: 46 km (28 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Palace
Day 4: Pedal from Trogir to Split, Ferry to Supetar
Highlights: Trogir, Split including a guided tour of Diocletian's Palace, Island of BračWe bicycle along the coast today to Split, an ancient Roman city and site of Diocletian's famous palace. Occupying the space of nine football fields, the palace was built at the turn of the 3rd century A.D. and is still inhabited. Actually, the "palace" is really like a small, walled city within a city. We'll take a guide tour of the palace. You'll have time to explore Split and have lunch before we catch the ferry to the island of Brač this afternoon. From there we pedal to our hotel in the small fishing port of Postira. Dinner is together this evening. Distance: 33 km (20 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Pastura
Day 5: Loop ride from Postira
Highlights: Loop ride around the Island of BračYou have a full day to explore Croatia's third largest island and one of the most beautiful islands in the Adriatic. What's your pleasure? A fifty kilometer loop ride through beautiful ancient villages? Or an easier ride up to the oldest town on the island? How about an easy walk to the town of Splitska for lunch? Perhaps you'll choose a lazy day at the nearby beach; or you might like to fill your whole day with a ride to some of the more remote villages on the island. Whatever your wish. Dinner is together in a small hamlet nearby. Distance: 0-50 km (0-31 miles), additional mileage available.
Lodging: Hotel Pastura
Day 6: Postira to Bol
Highlights: Bol and its beautiful beach, Zlatni RatWe'll set off along the coast again today, heading west to the town of Pučišća, which is famous for its white stone (used in the White House as well as elsewhere around the world!) and its stone carving school. Have a cup of coffee along the waterfront before climbing up and over the island of Brač to reach the town of Bol. Our hotel this evening is in the center of town. We'll meet in the late afternoon to visit the local vinery where you'll sample some wines from the island. Dinner is together tonight. Distance: 39 km (24 miles), additional mileage available.
Lodging: Hotel Kastil
Day 7: Ferry to the island of Hvar and ride to Hvar Town
Highlights: Jelsa, Stari Grad and Hvar TownToday we have an early morning ferry that takes us directly to Jelsa on the island of Hvar. Settled by colonists from the Greek island of Paros in the 4th century BC, Hvar Island was dominated for centuries by the Venetians. Visit the coastal villages of Vrboska and Stari Grad before riding to Hvar town through cultivated vineyards surrounded by stone walls and panoramic views of the coastline. Meander through the Medieval alleys of the old town or join the locals in one of the elegant cafés to watch the world go by. We have dinner together this evening and say goodbye to those taking off from here! Distance: 35 km (22 miles), additional mileage available.
Lodging: Hotel Palace
Day 8: From Hvar to Korčula
Highlights: Guided walk of Hvar Town, picnic lunch at Hvar fortress, ferry to KorčulaThis morning we'll have a guided walk of Hvar Town and a picnic together at the old fortress before taking the afternoon ferry to Korčula, the capital of the island with the same name. We'll enjoy a guided walk of Hvar to learn about the 13th century Venetian fortifications built to protect one of the most important Adriatic ports of the Venetian Republic. After our picnic lunch at the fortress (also called the Spanish Fort), you'll have some time to enjoy the pjaca (piazza), the largest in all of Dalmatia before boarding the ferry to out next destination, Korčula. Founded as a Greek colony in the 4th century and controlled mostly by Venice from 1000 AD until 1797, Korčula retains the 14th century fortress style bestowed upon it by Venice. Dinner is on your own tonight. Mileage: no riding today.
Lodging: Hotel Marko Polo
Day 9: Loop ride on Korčula Island
Highlights: Korčula, birthplace of Marco Polo, island scenery and viewsSpend the day in town or at our hotel swimming pool, or take a loop ride from Korčula to the other end of the island and back. If you ride, be sure to make it to the local restaurant at the top of a hill that specializes in lavender or rosemary sorbet! If you are up to it the longer ride option is one of our absolute favorites anywhere-- it features everything you could look for in a ride including spectacular mountains, forests, tiny vineyards, small towns, and coastal roads. If you prefer to relax a little there is also a smaller loop along a small coastal road which offers some lovely swimming options. Those who spend time in town should wander by the house in which Marco Polo supposedly lived, or take a walk along the water front. Across the Pelješac Strait is the peninsula of Pelješac, famous for its wines. You may want to try a Pelješac wine for dinner in anticipation of pedaling through the famous vineyards tomorrow. Dinner is on your own. Distance: 20-90 km (12-56 miles). Distance: 20-50 km (12-31 miles), additional mileage available.
Lodging: Hotel Marko Polo
Day 10: Korčula to Vid
Highlights: Pelješac peninsula, the Neretva River, MetkovićWe take the ferry across the Pelješac Strait today and pedal across the peninsula before taking another ferry to the mainland. Grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants specializing in frog "brodetto" (soup), then pedal into nearby Vrgorac Polje--a valley that is typical of karst topography. This valley is an enclosed basin that has filled with sediment and has an underground river which runs through the polje and then disappears again. In rainy times, the river may flood the valley. We'll loop out of the valley along the ridge and then finish our ride along the tranquil Neretva river and its estuary to the town of Vid. Be sure to take the time to visit the Roman ruins, famous for the most statues ever found in a single site outside of Rome. Dinner is together tonight. Distance: 44 km (27 miles).
Lodging: Guesthouse Duda Mate
Day 11: Bicycle from Vid to Mali Ston
Highlights: Neretva River estuary, cycling in BosniaOur ride today takes us back to the spectacular Dalmatian coast to the historic villages of Ston and Mali Ston. We begin pedaling along the beautiful Neretva estuary; keep your eyes peeled for birds as this natural reserve area historically boasted more than 300 different species. We'll then climb out of the valley to enter Bosnia for 5 kilometers. Take your passport as we cross 2 borders in this quiet region! Once back in Croatia we ride down to the coast to finish on the Pelješac peninsula in the fishing village of Mali Ston. Walk along the imposing 14th century walls that surround Mali Ston and Ston; they were built by the Republic of Dubrovnik to protect important salt production operations. We'll have a final seafood dinner tonight. Distance: 45 km (28 miles), additional mileage available.
Lodging: Hotel Ostrea
Day 12: Tour ends in Mali Ston
Highlights: Ston, Mali Ston and DubrovnikOur tour ends after breakfast this morning. We'll provide a shuttle to Dubrovnik if you've made plans to head that direction. It is certainly a place you should visit while in this part of the world. Whatever your travel plans, thanks for joining us!
HighlightsThe Dalmatian Coast, Islands of Brac, Hvar and Korčula, Medieval and Renaissance towns and villages of Sibenik, Primosten, Trogir, Split, Skrip, Pučišća, Stari Grad, Hvar, Korčula, Ston, Mali Ston and Dubrovnik, Krka National Park, Dubrovnik
Includes"The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 12 days, 11 nights accommodation, 8 dinners with wine, 11 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch at Hvar fortress, 1 wine tasting, pick up from Split, shuttle to Dubrovnik, guided visit of Diocletian's palace and Hvar Town
Begin/EndSkradin or Trogir / Mali Ston or Dubrovnik
Arrive/DepartAirport Split (SPU) / Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)
Total Distance312- 392 km (192 - 242 miles)
Daily Distance33 -50 km (22 - 31 miles)
What to ExpectCoastal landscapes, beautiful beaches, villages and historic cities.
Most days include at least one steep climb of 3 to 6 miles most days. Two days with the option for a rest day and some options for shorter/flatter routes.
NotesIf this sounds great but you'd like a shorter tour, check out our Bicycling the Islands of the Dalmatian Coast tour, which features the first 8 days of this tour.
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|Sep 21 - Oct 02, 2014||$5045||$650||Book It|
|*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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