Cycling Croatia's Islands by Bike and Boat

Cycling Croatia's Islands by Bike and Boat

Croatia's Dalmatian Coast and its islands have been a favorite seaside destination among Europeans for over a century. Join us as we explore this spectacular limestone coastline by bicycle AND boat! Arrive early to explore Split, where you'll see Diocletian's 3rd century palace (still inhabited by descendants of the Romans who settled this area!). We’ll board our luxury gulet (traditional Mediterranean wooden sailboat) in Split and head off on an aquatic adventure, sleeping on board the ship. On our tour, we pedal three of the Mediterranean's most picturesque and well-known islands -Brač, Hvar and Korčula – and also visit smaller, more out of the way islands like Vis and Solta. If you decide you want a break from the bike there will be ample opportunities to explore tiny fishing villages, swim in the sea or even stand up paddle boarding from our boat.

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Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 28 - 48 km (17 - 30 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201 - 301
  • Countries / Croatia
  • Price / From USD$3995
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Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 6-11 mi / 10-18 km
2 16-30 mi / 26-48 km
3 32 mi / 51 km
4 16-34 mi / 26-55 km
5 13-22 mi / 21-35 km
6 16-28 mi / 26-45 km
7 8-22 mi / 13-35 km
8 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Sleeping aboard a luxury gullet, Ancient cities of Split, Kor?ula Island and Town, Hvar Town and Island, Dalmatian Islands, Secluded and Scenic Beaches, Swimming in the Adriatic, Paddle boarding off the boat

    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.

    In the event of bad weather or rough seas the itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of our boat captain. Cabin space is limited so consider the size of your luggage. WiFi may be sporadic on-board.
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights accommodation on a luxury boat, 6 dinners with wine, 8 breakfasts, some lunches, visit to a local honey producer, a stone cutting school visit, pick up from Split

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Croatia
  • Begin/End
    Split/Split
  • Arrive / Depart
    Split/Split (SPU airport code)
  • Total Distance
    168 - 286 Kms (104 -178 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    28 - 48 km (17 - 30 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    201 - 301
    20-50 km rides rides with elevation gain of up to 3000 feet per day possible. Due to the topography on the islands, climbing is inevitable as these islands all start at sea level and have mountains. Easier rides and shuttle options allow this trip to be either a 201 or a 301 if you do the longer rides.
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Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Meet In Split

Highlights: Medieval center of Split, easy test ride, Marjan peninsula, cruise to Brač island

Arrive in seaside Split early to enjoy the stunning beaches, medieval passageways and Diocletian's expansive palace (built at the turn of the 3rd century A.D.). We’ll meet in the afternoon for a bike fitting and easy bike ride around the town’s Marjan peninsula (the Central Park of Split) and finish at the dock to board our gullet, the Tajna Mora - our floating home for the next week. Enjoy the scenery as we cruise to the island of Brac where we will dock for the night.

DAY 2: Bike ride on Brač island

Highlights: Scenic views on the ride to Pucisca, visit the stone cutting school in Pucisca, enjoy the beach at Zlatni Rat

How much island riding would you like? Pedal by the sea from the dock to tiny Pucisca with time for a coffee before visiting the stone cutting school or artisan workshop in Pucisca, which is famous for its white stone (it most famously appears in the White House). Those wanting a small challenge can continue up and over the island to a height of 440 meters above sea level to enjoy a smooth descent into beautiful Bol (others can take a shuttle there). Take time to explore the coast near Bol, especially the famous long white beach at Zlatni Rat. Return to our boat for the night, enjoy the view of the island you’ve pedaled while lounging and enjoying dinner with a view.

DAY 3: Hvar Island riding

Highlights: Ride narrow Hvar island, ridge top cycling, evening in medieval Korčula

We’ll pedal due east today, starting with a gentle climb over 12 km to then ride along the central ridge of Hvar island to its eastern most tip. If this first stretch of climbing seems a bit much, hop a shuttle and start cycling after the climb. Our highest point today is 350 meters above sea level before a long and gentle descent brings us back to the sea and the Sucuraj port where we will meet our boat and cruise to Korčula island. Allow ample time to soak in the old town of Korčula, the capital of the island that shares the same name. 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.

DAY 4: Cycle or Sail Korčula Island to Vela Luka

Highlights: Seaside vistas, quaint towns and picturesque wide bay and coves at Vela Luka

If you want an easier day today, depart Kor?ula for a shorter route through pine, olive groves and sandy vineyards to the quaint seaside town of Lumbarda and then back to Kor?ula to continue north to another small town where you can jump back on the boat for a leisurely cruise to the town of Vela Luka. If you crave more time on the bike, summit the island at 500 meters after the town of Pupnat and continue a scenic and quiet ride along Korčula Island to the small port town of Vela Luka to meet the boat. Depending on time and weather, we’ll sleep near Vela Luka or continue to the next island, island of Vis.

DAY 5: Loop ride on Vis Island

Highlights: Island loop ride on Vis, swimming from the boat, Peka dinner

If we cruise this morning to the Island of Vis it will be a leasurly morning. In Vis we'll enjoy lunch on the boat before taking a short loop ride on the rarely visited but exceptionally beautiful small island of Vis. Ride the east side for a shorter loop and plenty of time to jump in the sea (even from the boat!) or ride around the whole island for a more challenging ride. On the island we’ll enjoy a special peka dinner in a local konoba– fish, meat or a vegetarian meal cooked under a unique iron bell. Pozdrav!

DAY 6: Boat ride to Hvar Town then ride or boat to Stari Grad

Highlights: Boat ride to Hvar Island, Hvar Town, UNESCO World Heritage site Stari Grad, oldest town on Hvar

We’re back to Hvar Island today, visiting the capital itself —Hvar Town. Settled by colonists from the Greek island of Paros in the 4th century BC, Hvar Island was dominated for centuries by the Venetians. Enjoy this trendy town! Those wanting a challenge can cycle up and over the narrow island through cultivated vineyards and abandoned lavender fields surrounded by stone walls and panoramic views of the coastline. Those opting for a more leisurely ride can cruise around the western side of the island on the boat and then take a loop ride on the north side of the island. Our destination is the town of Stari Grad, the oldest on the island and one of the oldest towns settled on all the Adriatic islands. Enjoy a walk and/or drink around the tiny medieval streets before returning to the boat for a swim and dinner on board.

DAY 7: Pedal Solta Island

Highlights: Quaint Solta Island, Tvrdic Honey Farm visit, traverse an island, small villages

After breakfast, our boat will take us to the tiny, picturesque island of Solta, whose economy is largely sustained by olives, fruit, fishing and some beach tourism. This small island just off the larger and more well-known island of Bra? boasts rocky beaches, harbors and inlets, and quiet villages. Our ride today includes a stop at the Tvrdic Honey Farm where you can enjoy lunch and a visit to this family hobby turned profession. Continue on across the island to the other towns or return to our boat for a shorter ride. Prepare for a celebratory dinner together!

DAY 8: Tour ends in Split

Highlights: Cruise and visit Split

Our tour ends after breakfast this morning and one final boat ride together from Solta to the bustling port in Split. If you didn't have a chance to explore the fascinating Roman city of Split, take the opportunity now as it has a few incredible sites not to be missed. Or head on to your next adventure. Whatever your travel plans from here, thank you for joining us!

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