Guided Tours

The Dalmatian Coast Classic

Tour Start
Split

Type
Guided/Supported

Duration
6 days

Level
Level 3: Moderate

TOUR INFO

The Dalmatian Coast classic is Meridien Ten’s signature bike tour. Charming boutique hotels, exclusive restaurants and local guides provide a unique Croatian travel experience and immersion in local culture.

Discover ancient Greek, Roman and Venetian architecture and their influence perfectly moulded in one of the most beautiful areas in Europe, which proudly markets itself as “Mediterranean as it once was”. From Split to Dubrovnik, cycle on the islands of Brac, Hvar and Korcula and the Peljesac peninsula. Discover charming medieval villages, enjoy spectacular views and swim in the crystal clear sea. This cycling holiday is designed for those who prefer a casual accommodation but still expect a high level of service. Individual approach, local expertise and small group tours are important elements of our cycling tours!

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HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • 1700 years old Diocletian Palace in Split, medieval Korcula town and trendy Hvar 
  • UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain and lavender roads on Island Hvar
  • Wine area of Korcula Island and Peljesac Peninsula 
  • Beautiful and secluded beaches of Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Peljesac peninsula
  • Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic
  • Local expertise and small group tour

GENERAL TOUR INFO: 

  • Number of nights: 5
  • Tour commences: Split, Croatia. Start between 9 and 11 AM 
  • Tour ends: Dubrovnik, Croatia.  End between 4 and 5 PM 
  • Average daily cycling distance: 35 km 
  • Road Surface: paved 
  • Tour rating: moderate
  • Suitable for families: yes 


ITINERARY

  • 1
    Day 1

    Split and Diocletian’s Palace

    The tour starts in Split in the morning hours with bike fitting. Our first ride will take us to the top of the Park-forest Marjan, with the breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding islands. When we return to the town center, you will have time for a lunch in one of the restaurants overlooking the Adriatic Sea. As the sun sets, discover the ancient Diocletian’s Palace during a private guided tour. Split is two millennia old pulsating urban oasis where one of the greatest things about the palace is that there are still real homes existing in the old walls and you can see old ladies stringing their laundry at places where once state affairs of the entire Roman Empire were discussed. Dinner together will have dinner together in a family-owned “konoba”.

    Suggested bike distance: 17 km.  Moderate option: 35 km,  Long option: 75 km
    Overnight stay: Hotel Slavija, 3*, Split
    Highlights: bike ride Split, guided tour of Split and Diocletian’s palace, Marjan hill
    Meals: dinner


  • 2
    Day 2

    Exploring the Island of Brac

    Today we discover our first island – Brač. We are cycling through ancient villages built of stone, surrounded with olive groves and small vineyards. Brač is famous for its limestone and tradition of stone cutting and carving. Several famous world buildings, like the White House in Washington D.C., The Hungarian Parliament Building and the Diocletian’s Palace, were built from this stone. We will visit a unique family-owned art gallery, where sculptures, paintings, jewelry and ancient stonemason workshop can be seen. Following the visit, we will stop for a lunch and continue cycling to the coast where (time permitting) we might enjoy a short swim break, before return to Split.  


    Suggested biking distance: 35 km. Easy option: 28 km, Long option: 60 km
    Overnight stay: Hotel Slavija, 3*, Split
    Highlights: the Island of Brač, art gallery, coastal and inland villages
    Meals: breakfast, lunch 


  • 3
    Day 3

    Lavender road & UNESCO sites of the Island of Hvar

    Welcome to the island of Hvar – one of the world’s most beautiful island, according to Traveller Magazine! We start the day with an easy ride around the UNESCO’s site of Stari Grad, an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 BC. We will enjoy a light Mediterranean-style lunch before the second part of the ride towards Hvar town. The afternoon bike ride takes us along one of the most beautiful roads, passing next to lavender fields offering amazing views on Dalmatian archipelago of islands Vis, Korcula, Lastovo, Brac and Pakleni islands.

    For the afternoon activity in Hvar, we suggest visiting the oldest municipal theatre in Europe, the cathedral of Hvar, museums and strolling along the alleys in the old town with lots of Venetian heritage. 
    Later in the evening, we will have dinner together – a taste of ancient Hvar flavors mixed with innovative cuisine.


    Suggested biking distance:45km  Easy option:25km  Long option:60km
    Overnight stay: Villa Nora, 4*, the city of Hvar
    Highlights: lavender fields, coastal rides, inland rural villages, Hvar town
    Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner


  • 4
    Day 4

    Discovering the Island of Korcula

    Today we continue our island hopping adventure and leave to our fourth island – the island of Korčula, an ancient Greek colony dating back to the 4th century BC. The island is famous for its white wines Pošip, 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 and gardens, and discover Korcula’s hidden coves. We will stop by one of those families, to taste culinary delights of traditional lunch! Marinated eggplants, goat cheese, prosciutto, local olives, homemade gnocchi with pesto and almond sauce are just some of the specialties served for today’s lunch!  The rest of the day is planned for exploring the medieval town of Korčula and to get into the sleepy, laid-back lifestyle!


    Suggested biking distance:45km Easy option:36km Long option: 60km
    Overnight stay: Hotel Korčula, 3*, the city of Korčula
    Highlights: ancient towns and villages, quiet roads, Korčula town
    Meals: breakfast, lunch 


  • 5
    Day 5

    Marco's Polo's home

    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 used to impress medieval travel writers like Marco Polo, who began his life 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 beaches at the east side of the island? The afternoon is planned to be spent in the town of Korčula. Our farewell dinner will be served in one of the most interesting restaurants in Dalmatia, included in Michelin Guide. 

    Suggested biking distance:40km Easy option:24km Long option: 85km
    Overnight stay: Hotel Korčula, 3*, the city of Korčula
    Highlights: Korčula town, coastal rides, laid back villages and amazing views, dinner
    Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


  • 6
    Day 6

    Wine roads of Peljesac peninsula and Dubrovnik

    On our way to Dubrovnik, you will have a chance to discover Pelješac peninsula – home of the Croatian best-known red wines Dingač and Postup, made from Plavac Mali wines, close cousin to Californian Zinfandel. Pelješac will offer you great views – on the right, you will see the islands of Mljet and Korčula and the mainland coastal line on your left. Today’s ride takes us up the hills, along the coast and through huge vineyard areas. We will visit Ston – a salt producing village, built in the 14th century and famous for the longest (5,5km) fortified walls in Europe. Ston was a very important town in the period of the Dubrovnik Republic, being the most powerful and prosperous city in the 14th century.  You can discover secrets of this powerful republic before the transfer to the pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik, where your tour ends.


    Suggested biking distance:35km Easy option:20km Long option: 60km
    Overnight stay: -
    Highlights: Pelješac peninsula and wine areas, Ston, Dubrovnik
    Meals: breakfast, lunch


    NOTE: If you plan to fly out from Dubrovnik, please do not book flights departing before 5PM as this is the time when we arrive in Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik airport.


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Accommodation

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Hotel Slavija

Located within the historic walls of the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Hotel Slavija offers free internet, a 24-hour reception and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV.
Most of the bright and comfortable rooms offer private balconies with panoramic views of Split. The rooms overlook church towers, narrow Dalmatian streets and Marjan Hill.
The port of Split and the main train and bus station are 300m away. The airport bus stops 200 m away.

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Villa Nora

Hotel Villa Nora is a new hotel situated in the middle of Hvar old town. The ancient Palace, built in the XIV century, once the rich and magnificent residence of the aristocratic family Gazzari, has been now completely restored as the elegant and refined Hotel Villa Nora. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and free WiFi. Beach is only at 6 minute walk from hotel.

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Hotel Korcula de la Ville

Experience the splendor of the island, at the Korčula De La Ville Hotel by the sea, in the old heart of the Korčula town. Visit the first town hotel surrounded by the Korčula's stone monuments and share the experiences of its most common or celebrity visitors. Relax on the spacious terrace and enjoy the traditional first class seafood specialties complemented by a glass of Korčula's wine and a spectacular sunset. Be a part of the Korčula De La Ville Hotel's story!

Level 3: Moderate

Activities on these tours will take you to beautiful natural and/or historical sites off the beaten path. Gastronomical experience is also an important aspect of these trips. Recommended for those who exercise couple of days per week, commute to work or are “weekend warriors”.

Average daily activity time: 4-6 hours
Cycling distance: 30-60 km per day over flat, rolling and hilly terrain. Minimum elevation gain per day 400 meters
Hiking/walking distance: 5-17 km per day over flat, rolling and hilly terrain. Minimum elevation gain per day 350 meters

Prices and Dates

  2020
PERIOD 26.04.-01.05. 17-22.05 7-12.06. 5-10.09. 20-25.09.
Price per person 2.190,00 € 2.250,00 € 2.295,00 € 2.485,00 € 2.295,00 €
Single supplement 365,00 € 365,00 € 365,00 € 365,00 € 365,00 €

The price includes: 

  • Carefully designed trip for small groups 
  • Accommodation in the small and charming boutique hotels (located in the historic town areas)
  • 5 overnights in the most beautiful towns of the Dalmatian coast – Split, Hvar and Korcula 
  • Local, professional and experienced tour guides
  • Exclusive guided visit of 1,700 years old Diocletian’s Palace in Split 
  • Great custom build hybrid or road bikes and professional bike fitting 
  • Daily maps (with detailed route instructions in case you prefer to bike on your own) 
  • Mobile offline navigation application - (please note we do not provide mobile phone or phone adapter for the bike) 
  • Additional daily cycling options
  • Bike water bottles (to be kept as a souvenir), small bike bag and a helmet
  • All entrance fees, organized special events, visits to unique sites and boat transfers as per itinerary 
  • Breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners at exclusive and authentic venues 
  • Daily refreshments, various soft drinks and snacks 
  • Van support and luggage transfers
  • Pick up from adequate location or airport on the tour start day
  • Travel planning assistance, pre-tour information, pre-post tour hotel/travel reservations or suggestions
  • Unique Croatian travel experience and immersion in local culture 
  • Carefree holidays experienced with the best adventure company in Croatia

Optional services:

  • E-bike hire (supplement EUR 140)
  • Airport transfers in Dubrovnik 
  • Accommodation in Dubrovnik 

 

The price does not include:

  • Accommodation in Dubrovnik (On Day 6) 
  • Departure transfers from Dubrovnik
  • Tips or gratuities for tour leaders 
  • Travel insurance 

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