Scents and tastes of Croatia on foot and by bike, 12 days
Get to know cultural and geographical diversity of Croatia by spending an active vacation on foot and by bike! Spend evenings in Zagreb, Plitvice, Skradin, Primošten, Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik, enjoy great cycling and hiking and see why Croatia rewards those on foot and bike.
Our tour starts in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and the city with a million licitar hearts. A tour guide will take you around the city centre whose Central European charm has left impressions on thousands of tourists, earning him awards for best European destination especially during winter time. Besides architecture, in Zagreb you shall enjoy various museums and galleries, its gastronomical offer and historical sites. Completely different from Dalmatian coast, Zagreb is definitely worth visiting!
Exploration continues with a private transfer to Plitvice lakes which is one of the oldest national parks in Europe and the largest one in Croatia. 16 crystalline lakes and its waterfalls and cascades are the main attraction of this park, inscribed in UNESCO heritage world list. Krka national park is our next destination, offering various footpaths, boat trips and other highlights. Discovery of Croatian coastal towns with a bike starts from Skradin. On your way to Split, you will spend a night in charming coastal town of Primošten and visit the historic centre of Trogir which is also included in the UNESCO list due to its architecture.
From Split – city founded by roman Emperor Diocletian, dating back to 300 A.C. continue your bike tour along the Croatian coast! Visit island Brač, famous for its precious limestone, which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White house in Washington. Discover stone quarries and stone masons, local art galleries, traditional villages and wine cellars. Continue to cycle on Island Hvar, along ancient villages and coastal roads, UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad and bike along lavender fields before finishing the ride in Hvar town.
Cycle along the back roads of Korčula island and taste great homemade food, with Grk and Postup wine on a side. Treat yourself with oysters and great risotto in Ston, on Peljesac peninsula and visit ancient salt works and longest fortified walls in Europe before finishing the cycling holiday in Dubrovnik. Walk the famous city walls and hike to Srđ from where you will see why Dubrovnik is considered to be – the pearl of Adriatic!
DAY 1 – ZAGREB
Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia!
Upon your arrival you will meet the guide and go for a guided city tour. Zagreb is a distinct central European city whose development through history was heavily influenced by surrounding metropolas like Vienna and Budapest. Zagreb is still an important cultural center of central Europe.
Highlights: Trg Bana Jelačića, Zrinjevac park, Upper town, Zagreb Cathedral
DAY 2 – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
In the morning you will have organized shuttle to Croatian most beautiful National park - Plitvice.
Numerous lakes connected with small bridges and paths through the woods in beautiful surrounding nature will relax you and provide serenity for your body and soul.
Walking distance: 10km (Upper lakes, Entrance 2 loop)
Highlights: turquoise lakes, waterfalls, wooden paths,
Overnight: Plitvice lakes
DAY 3 – KRKA NATIONAL PARK
This morning you are travelling to Skradin, a starting point to start exploring Krka National Park. The Skradinski buk waterfall, the longest waterfall on the Krka River, is one of the best known natural beauties of Croatia. The cascades in national park are composed of travertine barriers, islands, and lakes. They can be viewed throughout the entire year thanks to a network of paths and bridges that enable comfortable and safe walking.
Walking distance: 4km
DAY 4 – PRIMOŠTEN
Self-guided cycling part of the tour starts today. After the bike fitting you are cycling mostly on the backroads through inland Dalmatian villages from Skradin to Primošten where people still live of land. Primošten is a charming little town located on the tiny peninsula. Today's name of Primošten dates back to 1564 AD and town itself is rich in history. If you like swimming or sunbathing, this is maybe the best place to spend an afternoon on the beach.
Cycling distance: 50-62km
DAY 5 – TROGIR
Another day providing tranquil cycling along the inland country roads from Primošten to Trogir. Trogir is small but very cute town located on the small island connected to the coast and the other nearby island with two small bridges. This ancient town has lots of heritage and history dating all way back to 3rd century BC when it was founded by Greeks colonists.
Cycling distance: 42km
DAY 6 – SPLIT
This morning you will have a shuttle from Trogir to Split where your loop ride along Park forest Marjan starts, not far from the town center. For this afternoon after the bike ride we suggest exploring 1700 years old Diocletian's Palace, amazing living remain of Roman heritage. Split Old town still has its residents living real life in a sight inscribed into UNESCO World heritage list, on the Peristyle - the most beautiful square in town and in Romanesque houses. Green and fish market are open daily and are great places where you can feel the vibe of this Mediterranean town.
Cycling distance: 17-35 km, extra ride 40 km
DAY 7 - ISLAND BRAC
Today you are going for a bike ride on Island Brač. Ferry ride from Split to Island Brač takes 50min. During the ride on the Island, you will be cycling through olive groves located between coastal and inland villages, having chance to taste really good local specialties, visiting small museums and art gallery. Island Brač is famous for its limestone which was used in building White house in Washington, Diocletian's Palace in Split and many other important structures. Return to Split by ferry is planned for late afternoon.
Cycling distance: 0-36 km or more
DAY 8 – ISLAND HVAR
Island Hvar is your destination for today! After 2 hour ferry ride from Split, start your ride with a loop along the UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain. During this ride you will visit few charming inland villages and enjoy relaxed coastal ride in shade of pine trees between the bays of Jelsa and Vrboska. After reaching Stari Grad again you start the climb across the island where your final destination is Hvar town. On the top of the island you will have chance to see lavender fields before you take a descent with the best view towards Hvar town.
Cycling distance: 20-46 km
Overnight: Hvar town
DAY 9 – ISLAND KORČULA
This morning you leave Hvar town by speedboat and start with cycling an hour later. Today you are cycling across the whole island, about 46 kilometers to the town of Korcula. Island was also early populated by Greeks while most of the sights in Korčula town are mostly from the time when Venetian Republic ruled this area. Due to Venetians, today we have beautiful fortified town of Korčula with its interesting architecture, intact for centuries.
During today's ride you will be cycling in Smokvica and Čara area where you can see vineyards of Pošip, one of the best white wines in Croatia. Also, some of the best gastro experiences you can taste on this route, too! You are spending two nights in Korčula town.
Cycling distance: 46 km, extra ride 10 km
Overnight: Korcula town
DAY 10 - KORČULA'S BEACHES AND VINEYARDS
Today you can choose to go for a bike ride along the coast, stopping at beaches for a swim or a coffee. If you would like to do a big loop ride, no problem, you can ride much more and still be able to visit many interesting sights on your way, vineyards, olive groves, pine forest, hidden coves…
Whatever you choose, don't miss tasting traditional specialty makaruni in some of the local konobas accompanied with some of the best Croatian white wines from Island Korčula. Did we mention Marco Polo was born here, and has started his life journey from Korčula?
Cycling distance: 0-34 km, extra ride up to additional 65 km
Overnight: Korčula town
DAY 11 - PELJEšAC AND DUBROVNIK
Today is your final ride on this trip. Cycling along Peljesac peninsula will take you along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, wine made from Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California and Primitivo from Calabria. Along the way you will be able to stop in some of the vineries since Peljesac is famous for its red wine. Today's ride has couple of good climbs, some really nice coastal cycling and it finishes in Ston, salt producing town on Peljesac peninsula which was built in the 14th century and it has the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5km long. Ston was important town for Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century whose heritage you are just about to see! From Ston, you will have shuttle to Dubrovnik.
Cycling distance: 60 km
DAY 12 – DUBROVNIK
Today after breakfast the tour ends. Explore historical sites in the Old town, walk along the magnificent city walls and go for a hike to Srđ hill! Who knows, maybe you might want to extend your stay in Dubrovnik :-)
- For groups of 4 or more guests, we provide additional 5% discount.
Services included in tour price:
- 12-day accommodation (bed & breakfast in 2 bedded rooms) in Zagreb (1 night), Plitvice (1 night), Skradin (1 night), Primošten (1 night), Trogir (1 night), Split (2 nights), Hvar (1 night), Korcula (2 nights) and Dubrovnik (1 night)
- 9 day bike rental (road, hybrid or tandem bike) + lock, pump, spare tube, helmet and patch kit
- Rear rack bag for your personal items
- Bike fitting
- Detailed briefing
- Road book with maps and daily informational package (additional riding options included where available)
- Entrance tickets for national parks Plitvice and Krka
- Private transfer from Zagreb airport to accommodation in Zagreb, private transfer from Zagreb to Skradin via Plitvice, private transfer from Trogir to Split, all ferry tickets and private boat transfers
- Luggage transfers
Services not included in tour price:
- Travel insurance
- Van support
- Lunches and dinners
- Tips or any kind of gratitude
- Airport transfer at the end of the tour
- E-bike hire (EUR 140,00 supplement)
- Airport transfers
- Pre and post tour consulting and travel planning
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