Bicycling the Islands of Dalmatia Plus! the South Coast

Cycling the Islands of Dalmatia
  • Length 12 days
  • From USD$6795
  • Style/Level Classic 3.0
  • Countries Croatia
  • Begin/End Skradin or Trogir / Mali Ston or Dubrovnik
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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 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.***

Highlights

  • The Dalmatian Coast, Krka National Park, Islands of Brač, Hvar and Korčula, Medieval and Renaissance towns and villages of Primosten, Trogir, Split, Škrip, Pučišća, Stari Grad, Hvar, Korčula, Ston, Mali Ston and Dubrovnik

Includes

  • 12 days, 11 nights accommodation, meals as noted in itinerary, 1 wine tasting, pick up from Split, shuttle to Dubrovnik, guided visit of Diocletian’s palace and Hvar Town

  • All Classic tour inclusions


Date Price Private room fee Note
Apr 14-25, 2024 USD$6795 USD$650
May 5-16, 2024 USD$6795 USD$650 Departure confirmed to go! 
Sep 1-12, 2024 USD$6795 USD$650 1 space remaining!
Sep 15-26, 2024 USD$6795 USD$650 Contact Us For Availability. No Re-Cycle discounts available. Departure confirmed to go!. 
Oct 20-31, 2024 USD$6795 USD$650
DateApr 14-25, 2024
PriceUSD$6795
Private room feeUSD$650
Note
DateMay 5-16, 2024
PriceUSD$6795
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteDeparture confirmed to go! 
DateSep 1-12, 2024
PriceUSD$6795
Private room feeUSD$650
Note1 space remaining!
DateSep 15-26, 2024
PriceUSD$6795
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteContact Us For Availability. No Re-Cycle discounts available. Departure confirmed to go!. 
DateOct 20-31, 2024
PriceUSD$6795
Private room feeUSD$650
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  • Total distance 427 km (265 miles)
  • Average daily distance 47 km (29 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: Guided walk of Hvar Town, picnic lunch at Hvar fortress

This morning we’ll have a guided walk of Hvar Town and a picnic together at the old fortress. 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.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Hotel Amfora

Highlights: Korčula, birthplace of Marco Polo, island scenery and views

Today we continue our island-hopping adventure and ferry to our fourth island – Korčula, an ancient Greek colony dating back to the 4th century BC. The island is famous for its white wines – Posip, Rukatac, Grk, beautiful old towns, villages and dark pine forests that cover the island whose quality wood was used for shipbuilding. We will be biking along sleepy stone villages, family vineyards, gardens and discover Korčula’s hidden coves. The rest of the day is planned for exploring the medieval town of Korčula and to get into the sleepy, laid back lifestyle!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Korcula

Highlights: Korčula

Today you will have an option to do a loop ride on the island or just relax and do some sightseeing in the town of Korčula – a Venetian fortified town, irresistible to today’s visitor, just as it was to medieval travel writers like Marco Polo, who began his life’s journey in this town. Today’s experience ranges from riding along coastal roads leading to secluded beaches to biking through the vineyards surrounding small, picturesque towns. Did we mention an optional swim break at the beach on the eastern part of the island?

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Korcula

Highlights: Pelješac Peninsula, Ston

We’ll bicycle to the ferry port of Korčula and cross over to the Pelješac peninsula. Take time to discover this peninsula – home to some of Croatia’s best-known red wines Dingac and Postup, made from Plavac Mali wines, close cousin to Californian Zinfandel. Peljesac offers great views of Mljet and back to Korcula. Today’s ride takes you into the hills, along the coast and through huge vineyards (by Croatian standards!). We will visit Ston – a salt producing village, built in the 14th century and famous for the longest (5,5 km) fortified walls in Europe. Ston was a very powerful and prosperous city during the 14th century Dubrovnik Republic.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Ostrea

Highlights: Mali Ston and Dubrovnik

Our tour ends after breakfast this morning. We’ll provide a shuttle to the Dubrovnik Airport or town. It is certainly a place you should visit while in this part of the world. Whatever your travel plans, thanks for joining us!

Meals : Breakfast

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  • We are pleased to have been part of your first Croatia tour. We had a wonderful time; it is a beautiful country and we’ll be back to do another tour.

    Mary B.Newport Beach, CA
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    Ingrid B.Morrison, CO
  • Your tour leaders Sara, Andro and Sylvia made a good trip into a wonderful trip. Their thoughtfulness and sincerity made this one of my best EP tours.

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