Bicycling the Islands of Dalmatia Plus! the South Coast

Bicycling the Islands of Dalmatia Plus! the South 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 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.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Sep 16-27, 2018
USD$5295
USD$650
Sold Out! Wait list available.
Oct 18-29, 2018
USD$5095
USD$650
One Space Available
Apr 14-25, 2019
TBA
TBA
 
May 12-23, 2019
TBA
TBA
 
Sep 16-27, 2019
TBA
TBA
 
Oct 13-24, 2019
TBA
TBA
 

* 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.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 12 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 42-44 km (26-27 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 301
  • Countries / Croatia
  • Price / From USD$5095
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 39 mi / 63 km
3 26 mi / 42 km
4 24 mi / 39 km
5 29 mi / 47 km
6 24 mi / 39 km
7 21 mi / 34 km
8 No cycling today.
9 23 mi / 37 km
10 36 mi / 58 km
11 31 mi / 50 km
12 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    The Dalmatian Coast, Islands of Brac, Hvar and Korčula, Medieval and Renaissance towns and villages of Primosten, Trogir, Split, Skrip, Pučišća, Stari Grad, Hvar, Korčula, Ston, Mali Ston and Dubrovnik, Krka National Park, Dubrovnik
  • Includes
    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 plus

    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
    Skradin or Trogir / Mali Ston or Dubrovnik
  • Arrive / Depart
    Airport Split (SPU) / Dubrovnik Airport (DBV)
  • Total Distance
    337-395 km (227-244 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    42-44 km (26-27 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    301
    Most days include at least one steep climb of 3 to 6 miles. Two days with the option for a rest day and some options for shorter/flatter routes.
  • Terms
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: 39 mi / 63 km
  • 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.

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: 24 mi / 39 km
  • 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: 29 mi / 47 km
  • 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: 24 mi / 39 km
  • 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.

DAY 8: From Hvar to Korčula

Highlights: Guided walk of Hvar Town, picnic lunch at Hvar fortress, ferry to Korčula

This 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.

DAY 9: Loop ride on Korčula Island

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

Spend the day in town or at our hotel swimming pool, or take a loop ride from Kor?ula 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.

  • Distance: 23 mi / 37 km
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Korčula to Vid

Highlights: Pelješac peninsula, the Neretva River, Vid Museum

We take the ferry across the Pelješac Strait today and pedal across the peninsula before taking another ferry to the mainland. We'll 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.

  • Distance: 36 mi / 58 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: Bicycle from Vid to Mali Ston

Highlights: Neretva River estuary, Pelješac Peninsula, Ston

Our 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. A short distance before Ploče, we take a boat to Drace on the Pelješac Peninsula and start the second part of the ride amongst vineyards. Take time this afternoon to 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.

Lodging: The September departure will be split between the Vila Koruna and the Sorgo Palace. All other departures will be at the Hotel Ostrea.

DAY 12: Tour ends in Mali Ston

Highlights: Ston, 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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Reviews

Reviews

  • The tour involves a lot of climbing, but rewards those climbs with incredible views of the Adriatic and coastal towns from the heights. The rides were short enough that we could explore many towns in the early afternoon after our cycling was completed.

    Bill M., Woodland, CA - September 2017
  • The thing I love most about ExperiencePlus! is that we are taken care of just enough to leave a little adventure to the trip. I love the focus of really trying to show the culture and people of a country in addition to wonderful riding. I think you do this by providing local guides, typical local meals and opportunities to interact with the locals (the hat trade) and to learn about the country more in depth by providing tours of olive oil factories, stone cutting school, and meals at places like the agriturismo place. You've given me many wonderful memories.

    Betsy I., Boulder, CO
  • Amazing scenery, some challenging hill climbs but oh the ride down made it all worthwhile. This was my second EP trip and because of the great experiences I have had I am sure there will be more. Thank you.

    Jan R., Mt Waverley, Australia - September 2017
  • When my friends asked "what was the highlight of the tour" I answered FIVE STARS in all categories!

    Nancy G., Bisbee, AZ
  • Each day I thought that, that day was my favorite, until the next day. There wasn''t a day that I didn''t say, "wow" at some point. The last small ferry was super relaxing. I was very happy with everything we did. For the first time, we traveled with friends. My biggest fear was overselling ExPlus to them, and they''d be disappointed. By the end of the trip, our friends kept saying, we understand, love the arrows, can''t sing the praises of ExPlus enough.

    Susan A., Colorado Springs, 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.

    James M.
    Kaneohe, HI
  • [What was your favorite experience on this trip?] Beautiful scenery, conquering the hills, then exhilarating downhills, ferry rides, friendly people encouraging riding companions.

    Helen S., Melbourne, Australia
  • This trip was a very rich cultural and historical experience. Silvija and Ante, were excellent at sharing the love and pride they feel for Croatia with us. They did an excellent job of taking us to local family businesses, farm to table meals, family owned limestone artist workshop, family run ferries, all of these experiences gave me a real flavor of Croatia and the many generations of people living there. Plus an added bonus of daily swimming in the Adriatic!

    Virginia S., Oakland, CA
  • Great tour! Thank you ExperiencePlus!! I really appreciated the fact that the leaders were local from Croatia.

    Susan C., Fort Collins, CO - April 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Culturally very interesting, challenging biking at times (for those who are casual bikers), wonderfully friendly people everywhere and the most gorgeous coastline imaginable.

    June W., St Paul, MN
  • Worth doing, a wonderful experience. We have been on several cycle tours with other companies and this company has been our best yet!

    Linda M., Nelson, NZ - May 2017
  • What a gorgeous place!!!

    Arlie and Diane N., Bellingham, WA
  • Great trip, and as always just a feeling of independent travel that the arrows always give us in the organized trip. Guides are all great as usual.Good food and some neat places to stay. Thanks.

    Colin C., Calgary, Canada - May 2017
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? It is very hard to single out one in particular, but I enjoyed the different cycling options -- on two occasions, I opted for longer rides than the rest of the team and in each case was rewarded with special experiences.

    Guy C., Vallejo, CA
  • Riding on the island of Korcula beautiful mountain views and following the seaside, then a wonderful "local cuisine" dinner together organized by our leaders. We experienced local cuisine, local traditions and even observed a class for stone masons. We had a wonderful and memorable trip!

    Kathy E., Clarksburg, ON, Canada
  • Great Trip. I may do it again.

    Todd H., Houston, TX
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Stunning country; challenging riding; fascinating history; friendly and accommodating people...FABULOUS!!!

    Deena B., Incline Village, NV
  • ExperiencePlus! provided a me with a 'beautiful experience' island hopping the Dalmatian coastline. Thank you! The guides were fantastic!

    Ingrid B.
    Morrison, CO
  • Thank you for being there. You have enhanced the quality of my life. I wouldn''t say that lightly.

    Susan W., Boulder, CO - May 2017
  • Each day was unique and special in it's own way. XPlus is absolutely first rate!!

    John B.
    Boulder, CO
  • Quaint towns and wonderful boutique hotels were great. Unforgettable blue water too. Guides were excellent. We had a great time on this trip and would recommend it to others. We are already planning to do the Camino next September.

    Eric and Nanette Y., Fort Collins, CO - May 2017
  • Fun cycling through very scenic areas.

    Rick W., Davis, CA - September 2017
  • Fantastic, great riding, great cultural insight and excellent exposure to Croatia. Tour leaders are to be commended for their performance.

    Rob A., Perth, Australia
  • I was sorry it was over. The 3 guides were really fantastic. The Adriatic Sea is spectacular. The little towns were picturesque. The old towns of Split and Dubrovnik were special. Too many tourists, however, in Dubrovnik.

    Michael D., Boulder, CO - May 2018
  • This trip was exceptional - the best one I've ever been on.

    Teri D., Toronto, Ont, Canada
  • What was your least favorite experience on this trip? Going home.

    Don L., Bend, OR - May 2018
  • This was a wonderful tour. The scenery, cycling route and equipment were first class but the tour leaders were outstanding. They provided so much cultural knowledge, took care of all our needs and were a ton of fun.

    Beverley T., Vancouver, BC - September 2017
  • It was a great experience to visit the old cities and get a taste of the culture and way of life. I have been on several other tours including some with other companies, and these two leaders were among the very best. They made a good tour even better. ExperiencePlus! bills itself as having local character and they really do. No other bike touring company offers as much opportunity to blend in with the local people and culture. It adds so much to a memorable vacation.

    Bill P., Meadville, PA
  • Great routes and fantastic guides.

    Jim L., Telluride, CO - April 2017
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? A bit like Italy, a bit like Greece, with stunning seashores, great seafood, fascinating antiquities and hospitable people.

    Nancy H., Santa Barbara, CA
  • Very well planned journey, carefree cycling by the arrows, fabulous routes, great cultural experiences and best of all, the guides were fully engaged with us and we''re always there to lend a hand. They seemed to magically pop up during the touring. The tour is set up to give you the freedom to cycle confidently at your own pace with no worries.

    David S., Voorhees, NJ
  • 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
  • One of our favorite tours ever! Beautiful scenery, interesting culture, good food and wine. Loved the culture of coffee, gelato, wine, olive oil, fresh seafood. Complex logistics including boat transfers were handled perfectly. Guides were outstanding and wonderful people as well. Fun compatible enthusiastic uncomplaining group of fellow bikers.

    Jane H., Boulder, CO - May 2018
  • Absolutely wonderful!There were tours of the palace in Split, the fort in Hvar and the winery in Bol; ferry rides and boat rides; walks on the Ston wall; alleys in old towns to explore; interesting local meals (frogs!) ... it turned out to be a wonderful cultural experience.

    Sherry B., Beaverton, OR
  • This was probably the best bike trip I've had. The routes were great, the scenery and fellow travels were great, and the guides were great.

    John H., Colorado Springs, CO
  • A great trip, spectacular scenery, excellent food and superb guides.

    Chris H., Huntington Beach, CA
  • Another great tour from Experience Plus.

    Jim B., Longmont, CO - May 2018
  • Loved the trip and the country.

    Jane C., Lucca, Italy
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? A fantastic experience. Great cycling, fabulous tour leaders, so well organised, amazing cultural experiences, flexible assistance for all participants.

    Anthea C., Perth, Australia
  • [What was your favorite experience on this trip?] The amazing views during and after those climbs! It's just stunning. And also the Croatian people that I met. Croatia is an amazing place. I thought from travel books and pictures I had a very good idea of what to expect. Much better than I even thought. More Americans should visit - best seen on a bike trip with ExperiencePlus!

    John C., Reno, NV
  • Postcard-perfect scenery; wonderful people; fascinating history; delicious food. We love, love, love ExperiencePlus! tours!! Cant wait for our next one!

    Laura E., Tacoma, WA
  • This was a wonderful tour with beautiful routes, interesting meals in out of the way locations, great guides (and I do love having local guides). I also loved cycling on 3 of the coastal islands.

    Virginia M., Bloomington, IN
  • I had so many favorite experiences, I really liked our private tour of Diocletian's Palace in Split with Ivana, who was terrific. I liked the experience of the ferries and seeing the various ports and nautical activity. It's such a beautiful country and experiencing it by bike was a treat. This was a wonderful tour and I absolutely loved it.

    Nancy S., West Newton, MA
  • The trip was fabulous, loved our guides, loved Croatia.

    William C., Pelham, NY
  • I especially liked the way you mark the road and the trip notes for each day were excellent. The scenery was so spectacular, the dinners, wine-tasting... It was a great trip in every way!!

    Willa H., Seattle, WA
  • Fantastic! Flawlessly managed.

    Andrew A., Dallas, TX
  • A great introduction to Croatia, with Experience Plus taking care of everything, ensuring biking perfection. Another excellent tour.

    Lyndon J., Trafalgar, Australia
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