Bicycling the Islands of the Dalmatian Coast

Bicycling the Islands of the Dalmatian Coast

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.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Apr 14-21, 2019
USD$4095
USD$550
 
May 12-19, 2019
USD$4095
USD$550
Space Running Out.
Sep 16-23, 2019
USD$4095
USD$550
Guaranteed to Go!
Oct 13-20, 2019
USD$4095
USD$550
 

* 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 private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 206-254 km (127-157 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 22-50 km (15-31 miles) depending on preference per riding day
  • Tour Level / 3.0
  • Countries / Croatia
  • Begin/End / Skradin or Trogir / Hvar
  • Price / From USD$4095
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • 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

    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.
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 6 dinners with wine, 7 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch at Hvar fortress, 1 wine tasting, guided visit of Hvar Town, pick up from Split, guided tour of Diocletian's palace, and the usual (see below)

    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.

  • Arrive / Depart
    Airport Split (SPU)
  • Overall Tour Level
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    **Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    63km / 916m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    3
    42km / 619m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    4
    39km / 316m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    5
    47km / 716m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    6
    39km / 573m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    7
    34km / 557m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    8
    Last day

    Tour Level Note: You'll encounter at least one steep climb of 3 to 6 miles every day, but one. One optional rest day and some shorter/flatter routes possible.

    **We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Tour begins in Skradin, shuttle from the airport or pick up in Split

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.

DAY 2: Bike from Krka to Primošten

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.

  • Distance: 63 km (39 mi)
  • Gain: 916 m (3004 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Ride from Primošten to Trogir

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.

  • Distance: 42 km (26 mi)
  • Gain: 619 m (2030 ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Pedal from Trogir to Split, Ferry to Supetar

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.

  • Distance: 39 km (24 mi)
  • Gain: 316 m (1036 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day Level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Loop ride from Postira

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.

  • Distance: 47 km (29 mi)
  • Gain: 716 m (2348 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Postira to Bol

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.

  • Distance: 39 km (24 mi)
  • Gain: 573 m (1879 ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Ferry to the island of Hvar and ride to Hvar Town

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.

  • Distance: 34 km (21 mi)
  • Gain: 557 m (1827 ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Farewell!

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
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Tour begins in Skradin, shuttle from the airport or pick up in Split

Lodging: Hotel Skradinski Buk

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Split Airport (SPU).

We offer two complimentary ExperiencePlus! shuttle options on Day 1 of the tour. Reservations required. Please make your shuttle reservation by emailing us no later than 30 days prior to your tour start date:

  • Option A: 8:30 a.m. shuttle from the Meeting Hotel in Split, the Hotel Peristil
  • Option B: 9:10 a.m. shuttle from the Split airport

If you can’t meet the shuttle on Day 1, a taxi to Skradin will take about an hour and cost around HRK 700 – HRK 800.


We will be glad to arrange your pre- and post-tour stay at the Hotel Peristil for you upon request. Note that we will not sleep there as a group and the stay there is not included in the tour price.

How to get to the Hotel Peristil:

  • Taxi, available outside the airport or call +385-(0)21-895-237 (30 min, HRK 300)
  • Buses, available shortly after the arrival of incoming flights, organized by the Pleso prijevoz bus company in cooperation with Croatia Air (45 min, HRK 40)
  • Note: The Hotel Peristil is located in the old city, which is inaccessible to vehicle traffic. Taxis and buses will drop you outside the city walls. View map

Day 8: Departure Information

Farewell!

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.)

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

Below, we are laying out some options on how to depart from the tour end for Split or Dubrovnik.

Getting from Hvar to Split by morning catamaran:

Direct connection from Hvar town to Split, departures 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. (1 hour, HRK 40-65). Tickets should be purchased 4-5 days prior and Tour Leaders can assist on tour.

Getting from Hvar via Stari Grad to Split by ferry:

The town of Stari Grad offers more daily ferry departures to Split than Hvar.

  1. Taxi from Hvar to Stari Grad (20-25 min, HRK 150-200)
  2. Ferry From Stari Grad to Split. Three departures daily (Jadrolinija.hr) (2 hours, HRK 47). Tour Leaders can assist with ferry ticket arrangement.

Getting from Hvar to Dubrovnik by ferry:

High-speed ferry departures in the morning, arrival in Dubrovnik at noon (times and fares vary). Tickets should be purchased 4-5 days prior and Tour Leaders can assist on tour.

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

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.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-training/
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike will be equipped with: a men's or women's saddle, a quick release style seat post adjustment, rear rack and expandable pack, pump, patch kit, spare tube, cable lock, cyclometer, rear lights, a water bottle cage (or two) and a water bottle (or two) and in some cases a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

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Reviews

  • Amazing--stunningly beautiful country with an interesting mix of cultures and riding terrain. The cycling is challenging enough to keep experienced cyclists interested, but not so challenging that less experienced cyclists get discouraged. However, my time with EP exceeded every expectation.

    Kem M., Madison, WI - September 2018
  • We had the most wonderful time, with great weather, fabulous food, good friends, and outstanding guides!

    Beth & Gaines M., Great Falls, MT
  • Amazing, awesome...should be on your bucket list. I love you guys!

    Toni H., Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Beautiful countryside, lovely people, probably the friendliest country in Europe and the perfect amount of cycling every day.

    Jean V., Boulder, CO - May 2018
  • Beautiful and fantastic food! The tour guides were great and it was a rewarding experience. Thank you for another wonderful biking tour!

    Lou G., Ft Collins, CO
  • Among my favorite things: the local knowledge of out tour leaders which added pleasure and excitement; fabulous cycling; great views; great food.

    Irwin F., Toronto, Canada
  • 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
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Best Tour Ever

    Leonard M., Sunnyvale, CA
  • What was my favorite experience on this trip? Must I only name one? NO... Not changing hotels each night; Hvar, Hvar... the ride there and the town itself; The entire island of Brac... all the rides; all the towns; and the picnic & stonecutting school; our dinners in the Konobas... they weren't fancy but felt like a homecooked meal.

    Terre L., Louisville, CO
  • Do you have any ideas for how the trip could be improved? A time machine so it could go on forever? Outfitting me with another stomach so I could eat more? No, I have no useful suggestions. I was thrilled at every turn and now understand why ExperiencePlus! has so many rabid fans. It''s a "you have to experience it for yourself to understand how brilliant it is" biking adventure.

    Lulu W., Ft Collins, CO
  • An amazing cultural and culinary experience wrapped into a beautiful bike trip.

    Jimmy S., Steamboat Springs, CO
  • 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
  • It was such a great mix......the ferry rides added a neat element of variety, the various islands all had their own contributions, unbeatable scenery, fascinating cultural variations. After Krka National Park [first day], some of us wondered how they were going to top that...it was wonderful. But down the road were many equally wonderful experiences.

    Jan B., Salem, SC
  • My favorite experiences were of sharing wonderful meals in quaint locations with people I enjoyed, after a great day of cycling. It doesn''t get any better for me than that! I hope to join you on another tour someday and, for now, I have run out of superlatives!

    Steve M., Occidental, CA
  • Magnificent scenery, excellent support from the staff.

    Jerry N., Madison, WI
  • This was a first class tour in every way. You guys do a terrific job.

    Tyler L., Louisville, CO
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Really hard to parse out one thing--there were so many, rides were wonderful, the weather was spectacular, the food/drink was superb. But, really the one aspect that was outstanding was the tour leaders--they made everything better. Thanks so much for another wonderful trip.

    Leslie H., Hanover, NH - October 2017
  • 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
  • Trip of a lifetime (so far). I will be trying to encourage several select sets of friends to take a tour with us in the future. Enjoying the scenery on a fantastic bike, fueled by espresso and pastry, all topped off with a dip in the Adriatic Sea.The individuals leaders on this tour were first-rate. Leaving them made me cry a little.

    Rob W., Ft Collins, CO
  • This was our fifth trip with ExperiencePlus!, and I hope it won''t be our last.

    Amy N., Madison, WI
  • One day we rode 3 legs and had 2 ferry rides - all beautiful. The people on this tour were particularly fun to be around. The dinner that was cooked outside near Postira was very wonderful!

    Jack I., Boulder, CO
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