Bicycling the Islands of the Dalmatian Coast

Cycling the Islands of Dalmatia
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$5195
  • Style/Level Classic 3.0
  • Countries Croatia
  • Begin/End Skradin or Trogir / Hvar
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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 two of the Mediterranean’s most picturesque islands – Brač and Hvar – spending time in the beautiful rural areas, ports, fishing villages, and the Medieval and Renaissance cities that were so important to Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Austrians, Hungarians, and Croats.

***If this sounds great but you’d like a longer tour, check out our Bicycling the Islands of Dalmatia Plus! the South Coast tour, which extends this itinerary by 4 days.***

Highlights

  • Krka National Park, Island of Brač, The Dalmatian Coast, Medieval and Renaissance towns and villages Primosten, Trogir, Split, Škrip , Pučišća, Stari Grad, and Hvar, Island of Hvar

Includes

  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, meals as noted in itinerary, 1 wine tasting, guided visit of Hvar Town, pick up from Split, guided tour of Diocletian’s palace

  • All Classic tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

  • On the final day, we will take a guided walk of Hvar town and offer an optional picnic before saying goodbye. Check the itinerary for the times and plan your departure accordingly if you’d like to join.


Date Price Private room fee Note
Apr 14-21, 2024 USD$5195 USD$550
May 5-12, 2024 USD$5195 USD$550 Departure confirmed to go! 
Sep 1-8, 2024 USD$5195 USD$550 1 space remaining!
Sep 15-22, 2024 USD$5195 USD$550 Contact Us For Availability. No Re-Cycle discounts available. Departure confirmed to go!. 
Oct 20-27, 2024 USD$5195 USD$550
DateApr 14-21, 2024
PriceUSD$5195
Private room feeUSD$550
Note
DateMay 5-12, 2024
PriceUSD$5195
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteDeparture confirmed to go! 
DateSep 1-8, 2024
PriceUSD$5195
Private room feeUSD$550
Note1 space remaining!
DateSep 15-22, 2024
PriceUSD$5195
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteContact Us For Availability. No Re-Cycle discounts available. Departure confirmed to go!. 
DateOct 20-27, 2024
PriceUSD$5195
Private room feeUSD$550
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  • Total distance 264 km (164 miles)
  • Average daily distance 44 km (27 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 3.0

Highlights: Krka National Park, Skradinski Buk waterfalls, Dalmatian Karst topography

Arrive 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, or boat ride along the river into the national park to visit the seventeen falls where the Krka and Čikola Rivers flow out of the Dalmatian Karst (limestone). The rivers return to their journey underground, a typical “karst topography” phenomenon, below the falls. We’ll have a special seafood dinner this evening.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Skradinski Buk

Highlights: Secluded villages of Dalmatia, beach resort hotel, Primošten

We head off through a remote area of Dalmatia to reach our hotel on the beach near Primošten. As you pedal, the landscape will change; olive groves, small family-owned vineyards, and rural villages give way to coastal landscapes and the island-town of Primošten where our hotel lies on the beach. We’ll enjoy an informal grappa tasting and enjoy a traditional Croatian “peka” dinner tonight in a nearby ancient village.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Zora

Highlights: Primošten, bicycle ride through vineyards and olive groves, famous town of Trogir

If 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 7th 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.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Trogir Palace

Highlights: Trogir, Split including a guided tour of Diocletian’s Palace, Island of Brač

We 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 and enjoy an introductory walk of Split. You’ll have time to explore further 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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Pastura

Highlights: Loop ride around the Island of Brač

You 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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Pastura

Highlights: Bol and its beautiful beach, Zlatni Rat

We’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!) 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 vintner where you’ll sample some wines from the island.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Villa Daniela

Highlights: Jelsa, Stari Grad and Hvar Town

Today we have an early morning transfer by boat 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! Additional mileage available.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Amfora

Highlights: Optional guided walk of Hvar Town, picnic lunch

Our tour ends this morning in Hvar. You are welcome to join our guided walk in Hvar Town (ending around noon) and picnic at the Hvar fortress (ending around 2 p.m.) before setting out on your own. Thanks for joining us, and enjoy the rest of your time in Europe!

***If this sounds great but you’d like a longer tour, check out our Bicycling the Islands of Dalmatia Plus! the South Coast tour, which extends this itinerary by 4 days.***

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

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  • I loved the first island we visited, and the trip around that island, and then the visit to the winery that evening, topped off by a really fun meal at a restaurant up the street!

    Carol H.Sun Valley, ID
  • I found that biking through Croatia was the best way to explore the country. The little villages, the Adriatic Sea, the smells, the sights and sounds were all fabulous.

    Verena F. Morro Bay, CA
  • I just wanted to let you know how very much I enjoyed my biking experience in Croatia—the scenery was breathtaking, the country was absolutely delightful, and the people so friendly. Much of the credit for the great trip goes to our tour leaders—they were exceptional!! They planned so many fun excursions for us, and both were so very knowledgable when discussing different aspects of the country. I’ll look forward to future trips with you.

    Linda S., Springfield, MO