Guided Tours

Challenging cycling tour of Croatia

Tour Start
Dubrovnik

Type
Guided/Supported

Duration
8 days

Level
Level 4: Challenging

TOUR INFO

Unique Croatian bike tour designed for endurance cyclists and triathletes who are looking for challenging rides in extraordinary surroundings of Dalmatian Archipelago. 

Supported and guided by experienced local tour guides, this tour starts in the pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik and finishes in 1,700 year old Split. During the bike tour you will enjoy island hopping between Korcula, Hvar and Brac before the spectacular final ride, the one and only – 1,762 meter high Sveti Jure peak located above the town of Makarska, known as Croatian Mt. Ventoux.  
This tour offers challenging rides in one of the most beautiful settings of Europe and an opportunity to discover this amazing region! On this tour we do cover some stages of Tour of Croatia – international cycling race which is one of the most important sports events in Croatia!

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HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Carefully designed trips for small groups 
  • Local, professional and experienced tour guides
  • UNESCO SITES:  Diocletian’s Palace, Stari Grad plain on Hvar, Old city of Dubrovnik
  • Sv. Jure climb – Biokovo mountain. Croatian Mt. Ventoux 
  • Unique Croatian travel experience and immersion in local culture
  • Van support

GENERAL TOUR INFO: 

  • Number of nights: 7
  • Tour commences: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Start between 3 and 4 PM 
  • Tour ends: Split, Croatia.  End between 8 and 10 AM 
  • Average daily cycling distance: 70 km 
  • Road Surface: paved 
  • Tour rating: Challenging


ITINERARY

  • 1
    Day 1

    Dubrovnik

    Welcome to Dubrovnik! If your flight arrives early, you might want to scroll downtown and visit the magnificent Dubrovnik – the pearl of the Adriatic! Discover ancient city walls, take a walk along the main city street Stradun, check out one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, ancient city port or Rector’s Palace. Meet our representative at your hotel, where he will fit your bikes followed by dinner.

    Cycling distance: 0 km (bike fitting)
    Overnight stay: hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik
    Highlights: Dubrovnik’s old town, city walls
    Meals: dinner


  • 2
    Day 2

    Peljesac peninsula

    After big breakfast we leave Dubrovnik and depart for our first ride. Enjoy breathtaking views of Dubrovnik archipelago while working your way to Peljesac peninsula. Ride starts next to the 14th century town of Ston, which has the longest fortified walls in Europe and ancient salt mine. Half way through your ride you can have lunch. After lunch, you continue to cycle along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali wines, very similar to Zinfandel of California, and Primitivo from Calabria. As a reward at the end of your first day ride enjoy spectacular downhill to Orebic, where the boat will take you to the town of Korcula. 

    Cycling distance: 90 km
    Overnight stay: Hotel Korcula, Korcula town 
    Highlights: Peljesac, Ston, secluded vineyards, Korcula
    Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


  • 3
    Day 3

    Island Korcula

    Get ready to explore the whole island of Korcula, its secluded caves, scenic coastal roads, charming villages, private vineyards and dark pine forests that cover the island. You can choose a place to eat, but we will make sure that you taste the traditional meals such as home made gnocchi or macaroni, “pasticada” or fresh grilled fish. You might like to know that Korcula is producing some of the best Croatian white wines like Posip, Rukatac or Grk, which will just add flavor to your lunch or dinner. In the afternoon we recommend you to spend some time visiting and wandering through the narrow streets of Korcula, which are irresistible to today's visitor, just as they impressed medieval travel writers like Marco Polo, who began his life journey in this town. This is where the Silk Road began! Visit Gothic style Cathedral of Sveti Marko and Marco Polo’s house. 

    Cycling distance: 85 km 
    Overnight stay: Hotel Korcula, Korcula town
    Highlights: Korcula town, island Korcula, coastal rides, scenic climbs, charming old villages
    Meals: breakfast, lunch


  • 4
    Day 4

    Scenic bike ride to Hvar

    We continue our Croatian odyssey and ride along a labyrinth of roads to the Island of Hvar.  We will warm up with the 20 kilometer ride along Peljesac peninsula, from where the boat takes us to the eastern part of Hvar. This will be a great pit stop, before we start cycling along narrow road with views of the Adriatic, both to the north and the south. As you ride along sleepy villages in the distance you might see the peak, which is our goal on the last day, the 1,762 meter high Sveti Jure, rising straight from the sea. We will have dinner in former fisherman village of Jelsa, our home for the next two nights.

    Cycling distance: 75 km
    Overnight stay: Villa Riva, & Aurora in Jelsa town
    Highlights: Island Hvar, Fisherman village Jelsa, bike ride along eastern side of Hvar
    Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


  • 5
    Day 5

    Lavender roads of Island Hvar

    Start the day with the scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island, discover the town of Stari Grad (Old Town) which is actually the oldest settlement on the island and one of the first ones in Europe, founded by the Ancient Greeks (Pharos). After a few warm-up miles along UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain, a challenging uphill climb waits for you, passing rosemary and lavender fields and ancient Greek walls. Enjoy the scenery and the endless sea surrounding the island of Hvar, and small islands and islets around before breathtaking downhill to the town of Hvar. You might want to have lunch in the Venetian piazza, before departure back to Jelsa.

    Cycling distance: 35-70 km 
    Overnight stay: Villa Riva, & Aurora in Jelsa town
    Highlights: Lavender road, UNESCO Sites of Stari Grad, Jelsa , Vrboska , Hvar
    Meals: breakfast 


  • 6
    Day 6

    Island Brac

    Start the day with the private boat transfer to the Island of Brac, the largest of the central Dalmatian islands. The trademark of Brac is limestone, also known as Brac marble, which was used to build the White House in Washington D.C., Diocletian’s Palace in Split and many more important buildings and sites worldwide. We will pass by beautiful Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), one of the most beautiful pebble beaches in Croatia. Today we will climb Vidova Gora peak, the highest peak of all Dalmatian Islands, located at elevation of 778 meters.  After lunch, we will continue our journey to the east side of Brac, from where the boat will take us back to the mainland. We will spend the night in Makarska.

    Cycling distance: 68 – 100 km 
    Overnight stay: Hotel Biokovo in Makarska
    Highlights: Bol, olive groves, Vidova Gora peak, ancient inland villages, 
    Meals: breakfast, lunch


  • 7
    Day 7

    The one and only – Sveti Jure peak

    Today is your last day of riding, and we will get you to the top of Sv. Jure peak or Croatian Mt. Ventoux. The ride is short, only 30 kilometres, but the Sveti Jure peak stands at elevation of 1,783 meters. On your way to the top, as you climb the serpentines you will have spectacular and very unique views on the coastline and all the islands where you have cycled in the previous days. Once on the top we will enjoy a picnic and last glimpses of our Croatian bike odyssey. In the afternoon, we will have a transfer to Split, cultural and administrative centre of Dalmatia listed in UNESCO World Heritage List. The town was built on foundations of the ancient Roman emperor Diocletian’s Palace, more than 1,700 years ago. You might want to take a walk along the old part of the town and discover the basements of the Palace, Peristyle and Sveti Duje Cathedral before well-deserved final dinner together. Great thing about the palace is that locals have their real homes built in the old walls and old ladies stringing their washing where once state affairs of the entire Roman Empire were discussed.

    Cycling distance: 30 km 
    Overnight stay: Hotel Marul in Split
    Highlights: Sveti Jure bike ride, Split, Diocletian’s Palace
    Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


  • 8
    Day 8

    Split

    Your tour will end after the breakfast. We highly recommend spending at least another day in Split and visiting the Green and Fish market, where you will really experience the local scene and learn about the take-it-easy lifestyle of Split. Split is a living and breathing urban oasis awash with a myriad of sights, sounds and smells, all thriving inside the two millennia old walls.

    Cycling distance: 0 km
    Meals: breakfast


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Accommodation

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Hotel Lapad

One of the symbols of Dubrovnik, not just as a prestigious and valuable tourist destination, but also due to the fact that the hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the city. With its long and rich history the Hotel Lapad has managed to keep and preserve tradition memories of an ancient time, of another Dubrovnik.

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Hotel Korčula De La Ville

Dating back to 1912, this is an icon of Korčula and Croatian tourism as well! This is the first hotel ever built in Korčula and now completely renovated in 2015. Surrounded by Korcula's stone monuments and tucked between the medieval town's massive walls and a stunning azure bay, you will surely enjoy romantic evenings while watching the magical sunset.

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Guest house Villa Riva & Aurora

4* private accommodation located in the small picturesque town Jelsa, both renovated 2 years ago. 

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Hotel Biokovo

Recently renovated hotel located in the very centre of Makarska and 4 minutes from the beach. Numerous restaurants, wellness facilities and fitness center are located nearby.

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Hotel Marul

Set 500 m from UNESCO-protected Diocletian's Palace in Split, decorated in pastel tones, all rooms are fitted with minibar, safe and a private bathroom with shower or a bath tub. Friendly Service, clean rooms, comfortable surroundings, every time.

Level 4: Challenging

Faster pace tours for those who exercise regularly and like to push themselves, on occasion several times per day. Historical and gastronomical experiences are usually part of these tours, but not as important as the activity of the day/tour.

Average daily activity time: 6-7 hours
Cycling distance: 70-120 km per day over rolling and hilly terrain. Minimum elevation gain per day 1000 meters
Hiking/walking distance: 10-20 km per day over hilly terrain. Minimum elevation gain per day 600 meters

Prices and Dates

  2020
PERIOD        Sept, 26th - Oct 3rd 
Price per person 2.710,00 €
Single supplement 350,00 €

The price includes: 

  • Unique Croatian travel experience and immersion in local culture 
  • Carefully designed trip for small groups 
  • Lodging in  4* hotels (7 nights/8 days) and one guesthouse in Jelsa
  • Daily breakfast and meals as described in itinerary 
  • Local, professional and experienced tour guides
  • Maps and route notes 
  • Bike water bottles (to be kept as a souvenir)
  • All entrance fees, organized special events, visits to unique sites and boat transfers as per itinerary 
  • Daily refreshments, various soft drinks and snacks 
  • Van support and luggage transfers
  • Travel planning assistance, pre-tour information, pre-post tour hotel/travel reservations or suggestions
  • Carefree holidays experienced with the best adventure company in Croatia

The price does not include:

  • Airport transfers
  •  Bike rental 
  • Insurance 
  • Tips or any kind of gratuities 

 

Bike Rental Prices:

  • Aluminium road bike hire: EUR 150 per tour
  • Carbon road bike hire: on request 

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