Cycling Dalmatia, 5 days
Enjoy cycling the Dalmatian region; Split, its surroundings and the islands of Šolta, Brač and Hvar.
During the entire self-guided bike tour you will be accommodated in Split, where you can walk along its long palm fringed waterfront, enjoy trendy bars, great local konoba (taverns) and check out everyday’s local lifestyle in the evenings.
Most of the days you will be able to choose from easy coastal rides to climbs even up to 700m with various cycling distances from 10 to 80 km. Discover Greek, Roman, Venetian heritage and learn about Croatian culture. Taste great olive oil and wine, enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine, which is considered as the healthiest one in the world!
Discover island Brač, Croatia’s third largest, but also the highest island in the Adriatic Sea. Brač is famous for fishing and agriculture, especially vines and olives, as well as its precious limestone, which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White house in Washington.
Pedal along rural and quiet roads of island Šolta. On this island you will step back in time, as there are no big hotels, no modern buildings… just simple traditional life…
Discover ancient villages and coastal roads on island Hvar, the UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad and bike along lavender fields to reach Hvar town.
Did we forget to say that Split is one of the oldest Roman towns in the Adriatic?
Built by Roman emperor Diocletian in 3rd century A.D. as his luxury retreat, Split became over the course of history a vivid town which invites you to explore its natural beauties, sights and vibrant nightlife!
Day 1 – Split
Welcome to the ancient Mediterranean town of Split!
Depending on your arrival we will meet at your hotel, fit your bike and have a briefing regarding your cycling holidays!
In Split, you will be cycling along the beautiful Marjan hill, the main recreational venue for the citizens of Split and have the option to extend the ride along the coast to a nearby village. If you wish to do a longer 80 km loop ride, we have it ready for you as well!
In the evenings, we urge you to explore the 1700 years old Palace of Diocletian, inscribed on the UNESCO World heritage list, the Peristyle, Diocletian's mausoleum, Romanesque houses, experience everyday life, the ancient fish market and fishermen… Split is located in the middle of the Croatian coast and is the administrative and cultural center of Croatia’s Dalmatian coastal area.
Distance biked: 0 – 20 km test ride, extra ride 80 km
Highlights: Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Marjan hill
Day 2 – Island Brač
After a leisurely ferry cruise you arrive to the largest island of the central Dalmatian islands and the third largest among the Adriatic islands - Brač. The island is rich with historic sites dating back to Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages. Enjoy easy cycling along coastal towns and villages or climb up to the settlements in the interior, which are older, richer in cultural and historical monuments and architecturally much more interesting than the coastal ones. Besides the beautiful scenery on your bike ride, island Brač is famous for stone sculptures and quarries (used in the construction of the White House in Washington and Diocletian’s Palace in Split). Optional visits are to art galleries and workshops, wine cellars, the island museum and one of the last stone carving schools in Europe. Late afternoon or even night ferry back to Split.
Distance biked: 0-30 km, extra ride 80km
Highlights: island Brač, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages, art galleries, wine cellars
Day 3 – Island Šolta
Discover and bike the island of Šolta. So close to Split, but in terms of modern urbanization, still far away. Enjoy epic rides on quiet picturesque roads, along villages, olive groves and vineyards. Riding on the island you will feel like you returned to the past, seeing the traditional way of life on the farms….. Enjoy the island’s nice coves and bays before returning to Split. You can choose your biking distance today, riding the road with great views to Split and the mainland or the endless sea on the southern side of the island.
Distance biked: 0-40 km
Highlights: unspoiled and rural island of Šolta
Day 4 - Island Hvar
Today, as the last day of biking, we recommend to visit the island of Hvar. Riding on island Hvar you will pass lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards. You will ride along the scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island and pass the small towns Jelsa and Vrboska, finally you will reach Stari Grad (Greek: Pharos, literally Old Town), which is actually the oldest settlement on the island and one of the first ones in Europe that was founded by ancient Greeks. You can decide whether you want to bike a challenging uphill, passing rosemary and lavender fields and ancient Greek walls. Enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the island before a great downhill to Hvar. As this is your last ride why not treat yourself with a few drinks on the ancient piazza with a view of the 7th century fortification walls, the Venetian loggia and the oldest municipal theatre in Europe.
Distance biked: 30-90 km
Highlights: island Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska, Stari Grad, lavender fields, town Hvar
Day 5 – Split
After breakfast the tour ends. Depending on your flight or departure time you might squeeze in another bike ride or a pleasant coffee in Split!
- For groups of 4 or more guests, we provide additional 5% discount.
Being a small company we are flexible and able to customize our tours to meet your wishes. Type of accommodation, duration of tour, including or excluding some islands, providing additional services: self guided hiking tours, sailing trips, sea kayaking tours and many more.
However we intend to get really bust from April so your early requests for any type of customization will be much appreciated.
The price includes:
- 4-day accommodation and breakfast
- 5-day bike rental (road, hybrid or tandem bike) + lock, pump, spare tube, helmet and patch kit, rear rack bag
- Our assistance which consists of bike fitting, detailed briefing with description of places you will be visiting en route, lunch options, marked map with options for shorter or longer routes
- All ferry tickets during the tour
The price does not include:
- Travel insurance
- Shuttles during the riding time
- Lunches and dinners
- Assistance during the ride
- E-bike hire (EUR 70,00 supplement)
- Airport transfers
- Pre and post tour consulting and travel planning
Please note, if there are no rooms available in the requested period, we will provide another hotel of the same category and in the same area/town:
GUESTHOUSE / B&B:
We use many different, mostly 3 star accommodation providers in selected destinations.
Hotel Slavija, Split or
Hotel Cornaro, Split or
Hotel Marmont, Split
Choose your cycling distance each single day. Our islands are quite hilly, but with this itinerary you do not need to climb any of those. You can have your bike and just enjoy coastal towns and rides or do a bike ride of 80 km or more.
Daily distances: 0 – 80 km per day.
All tours are loop rides and you don’t have to bike if you don’t feel like!
- 1700 years old Diocletian Palace in Split
- Amazing roads and beautiful villages of islands Brac, Šolta and Hvar
- UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain on Island Hvar
- Challenging cycling options
- Cycling & swimming on Adriatic islands
- Great quality custom made road and hybrid bikes provided
Number of nights: 4
Tour commences/finishes: Split, Croatia
Closest airports: Split airport (SPU)
From the airport to the center of town: bus or taxi (22 km)
By ferry: from Italy (Ancona) take the overnight ferry to Split
Daily distances: 0 – 80km per day
Total distance: 0 - 400km
All the days are loop rides and you don’t have to bike if you don’t feel like it!
How flat or hilly this tour is: moderately hilly
Road surface: paved
Tour rating: moderate
This tour can start any day during the whole year in Split. The town itself has many things to offer, from buzzing cafés and bars to small charming restaurants and konoba. Spring and early fall are the best months for biking, with the season of good weather starting in late March till the second week of June, when the high tourist season starts. Early September is a good time to come back onto the bike as it is not so busy anymore and the temperatures are still warm but more appropriate for biking. The swimming season usually starts late May and can last till the middle of October. Even during the peak tourist months of July and August, you will be able to find your own little private beach on the islands you will be visiting.
The self-guided bike tour of central Dalmatia ends in the city of Split.
Please note that Split airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost. E-mail us regarding prices.
Inquiry: Cycling Dalmatia, 5 days