Summer Island Hopping, 7 days

This self-guided bike tour is designed for those who are looking for spectacular bike rides, refreshing swims in the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean cuisine and a laid-back island atmosphere! Join us on a 7-day bike tour along the central Dalmatian islands and discover a great European bike destination with amazing ancient history and natural beauties! Learn about the old Greeks, Romans, Venetians as well as Croatians while rolling along coastal roads of the islands Brač, Vis and Hvar.
The tour starts in Split, the city with historical sites dating back to 300 A.D. Discover the famous Emperor’s Palace from Roman times, the vibrant life within its walls and the open fish and green market before you depart for your island hopping adventure.

Stone quarries, ancient villages and coastal roads of island Brač are waiting to be discovered.

Your next stop is island Vis, where you will spend two nights in the town founded in the 4th century B.C. by the Greeks. Besides cultural sights, great cuisine and a really laid-back island lifestyle you will be mesmerized by its beautiful nature, charming vineyards and many secluded coves ideal for swimming, snorkeling or paddle boarding!

Enjoy a private boat transfer from Vis to the island Hvar. On the way, if you wish, you can stop and explore another small archipelago – the Pakleni Islands, located in front of the city of Hvar.

Spend the day in the trendy, chic and famous town of Hvar before setting off to explore UNESCO’s world heritage site of Stari Grad Plain and biking along lavender fields.

 

Stellar bike rides, historical sites, gastronomy, amazing nature, beach culture and the laid-back “pomalo” lifestyle originated in Dalmatia are the main ingredients of our Summer Island Hopping Dalmatian Bike Tour!

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Split

 

Welcome to the 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. 
Explore the 1.700- year-old Diocletian's Palace, which is inscribed on the UNESCO's World heritage list, the Peristyle, Diocletian's mausoleum, Jupiter's temple, Romanesque houses and experience everyday city life, the local fish market and its fishermen. Split is located in the middle of the Croatian coast and is the administrative and cultural center of Croatia’s Dalmatian coastal area. Cycle along the beautiful hill Marjan – the main recreational spot for the citizens of Split. 

 


Distance biked: 0–20 km, test ride (optional extra ride 60 km)
Overnight: Split
Highlights: Split, Marjan hill

 

 

DAY 2 – Ancient inland towns of Brač Island


After a leisurely ferry cruise you will arrive to the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands and the third largest among the Adriatic islands - Brač. The island is rich with historic sites dating back to the Middle Ages, but also many from the Modern Age. Today, there are twenty-odd settlements on the island. You will pedal to Sutivan, a typical fishermen settlement on the northern coast of Brač. After Sutivan you will cycle to the picturesque village of Ložišća and then you can continue your ride through the inland settlements, which are older, richer in cultural and historical monuments and architecturally much more interesting than the coastal ones.
If you are interested in art, we recommend visiting a few galleries and workshops, where you can see the stone masons working and their sculptures. By the end of your loop ride on Brač island and before the boat transfer to Split, you can relax on beautiful and secluded pebble beaches.

 

Distance biked: 0-36 km, (optional extra ride 40 km)
Overnight: Split
Highlights: island Brač, Supetar, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages, wine cellar, art galleries

 

 

DAY 3 – Vis Island

 

Today you leave the mainland behind and depart to the remote island of Vis, the furthest of the main central Dalmatian islands. It was founded by the Greeks in the 4th century B.C. and was closed for foreign visitors until 1989 as it was part of a Yugoslavian army base. Even today, Vis is still mysterious, where the traditional and authentic way of island life has remained intact. You will pedal to the east side of the island and discover pebble and sandy beaches as well as charming vineyards before your return to the town of Vis. In the evening, you can take a romantic walk along the town's promenade and taste gourmet delights this island offers. 

 

Distance biked: 20-30 km
Overnight: Vis
Highlights: Vis Town, Mina bay, Stončica bay, vineyards of Vugava

 

DAY 4 – Authentic fisherman village of Komiža

 

Today you can choose between a great loop bike ride around the island of Vis and thereby discover the Blue Cave on the small island Biševo or take a paddle board tour to the Green Cave, swim and snorkel on the eastern side of the island....Or maybe do it all? We will definitely suggest a bike tour to Komiža, which is a famous and authentic fisherman village located in the southwest of the island. You will enjoy a scenic ride along “Vis polje”–a plain covered with vines of Vugava, during which you can explore gorgeous coves and sandy beaches on the eastern side of the island and taste some of the freshest seafood available.

 

Distance biked: 36 km (optional extra ride 20 km)
Overnight: Vis
Highlights: Komiža town, coves and beaches of Vis island

 

DAY 5 – From Vis to Hvar

 

This morning, after a nice breakfast, the private boat will take you to your next destination – island Hvar.
You will spend the day in the chic and glamorous town Hvar, where you can enjoy drinking coffee or “bevonda” in one of its many cafés and be part of its vibrant atmosphere. Or, you can leave the crowds behind and depart for an easy bike ride, easy hike, sea kayak trip or exploring the Pakleni Islands – a beautiful archipelago located in front of town Hvar.

This is a very difficult day as you have to decide for the best option, and all of them are great! We leave this choice to you. You will find all of these options described in your day sheets!

 

Distance biked: 20 km
Overnight: Hvar
Highlights: Hvar town, Paklinski islands, boat transfer, sea kayaking, trekking, clubbing

 

DAY 6 - Lavender and coastal roads of Hvar


Today’s ride will start with a climb by riding along abandoned villages and lavender fields. You will enjoy the scenery - endless sea surrounding the island of Hvar with many small islands and islets around. When you reach the top of the island, you will see a lot of stone piles, made by men in order to clear the land so that the farmers could plant lavender or similar plants.   
While riding on the north side of the island you will be passing by lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. It is worth mentioning that it is a UNESCO world heritage site. The island is famous for its lush vegetation of palm trees, agaves, myrtle, rosemary, pine woods and extensive lavender fields and history dating back to Greek times. You will cycle through scenic and mostly flat roads on the north side of the island and passing through the coastal villages of Jelsa and Vrboska. Late in the afternoon, the ferry will take you back to Split.

 

Meals: breakfast 
Distance biked: 20-45 km 
Overnight:
Split
Highlights: Island Hvar’s bike ride, UNESCO Site of the Stari Grad Plain, Stari Grad and Split

 

DAY 7 – From Split to...

 

Your tour ends today after breakfast. Depending on your flight and onward travel, you can spend some time in the city or have coffee on the main promenade in Split, at the seafront under the palm trees’ shade overlooking the busy port and the islands in the distance.

 

Meals: breakfast 
Distance biked: 0

 

PRICE


- For groups of 4 or more guests, we provide additional 5% discount.

The price includes:
- 6-day accommodation in Split (3 nights), Vis (2 nights), Hvar (1 night)
- All breakfasts
- 6-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 and private boat transfers during the tour
- Luggage transfers

The price does not include:
- Travel insurance
- Shuttles during the riding time
- Lunches and dinners
- Tips or any kind of gratitude
- Additional boat excursions (to Blue or Green Cave) 

Optional services:
- E-bike hire (EUR 140,00 supplement)
- Airport transfers
- Pre and post tour consulting and travel planning 

ACCOMMODATION

GUESTHOUSE
- various private accommodations with breakfast

PREMIERE
Hotel Marmont, Split 
Hotel San Giorgio, Vis
Hotel Adriana, Hvar or Hotel Riva, Hvar

Please note, if there are no rooms available in the period of your trip, we will provide accommodation of the same standard in the same area.
Meridien Ten can adjust accommodation and tour itineraries in accordance with your preferences. Feel free to send us your customized requests!
Please note that there are just a few good hotels along the Dalmatian coast and on the islands and they do intend to get booked early in the season so your early inquiry will be appreciated.


 

RATING

The Summer Island Hopping Bike Tour is designed for those who are looking for great bike rides, various cycling distances, history, gastronomy and beach time. This tour offers daily options for shorter/easier or longer bike rides, except on Day 6 when you have to cycle (or take a taxi) on a 6 km climb and go over 450 meters high hill.


Daily distances: average of 30 km per day

Total distance: 140-200 km

Level of difficulty: moderate - generally rolling or hilly terrain

How flat or hilly is this tour: moderately hilly

Road surface: paved

Tour rating: medium

Suitable for families: yes

MAP
OVERVIEW

Highlights:

 

- Split Town

- UNESCO SITES:  Diocletian’s Palace, Stari Grad Plain on Hvar

- Island Hvar: lavender road, Stari Grad Plain, Hvar town

- Island Vis: Greek colony, traditional and authentic island life, fishermen village of Komiža

- Island Brač: inland villages and stone carvings of Brač

- Wine roads of Vis and Hvar  

- 7 days / 6 nights

- Unique Croatian travel experience and immersion into the local culture

 

 

Tours can start on any day of the season in Split. The tours end in Split.

Please note that Split airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost.
Feel free to email us regarding prices.

 

We highly recommend spring (end of March till end of June) and fall (September till beginning of November) for serious biking (daily distance of 50 km or more). If biking is not the only reason for choosing this tour, the swimming season usually starts May and can last till the middle of October. Even in the high season in the months of July and August, you will be able to find your own little private beach on the islands you will be visiting and quite roads for cycling. However, due to the heat you might want to schedule your bike rides early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
 

Join us on..