The Dalmatian Coast Classic - Croatia bike tour

Croatia bike tour -The Dalmatian Coast classic is one of Meridien Ten’s carefully designed signature tours. Due to really small group sizes, unique visits, charming boutique hotels located in the very centre of historic towns, authentic meals in thoughtfully selected venues, local and professional guides, we are able to provide a unique and fun Croatian travel experience and immersion in local culture.
Discover ancient Greek, Roman and Venetian architecture and their influence moulded perfectly 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 Brač, Hvar, Korčula and the Pelješac peninsula. Taste authentic meals originated by the culture and cuisine from central, mostly French and Italian, and south-eastern parts of Europe, discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about traditional, relaxed and easy-going «Pomalo» lifestyle of Mediterranean citizens.  Join us on a bike tour where you will have great and fun holidays, while enjoying spectacular views, swimming in the crystal clear sea, exploring medieval towns and tasting our local wine, figs, grapes, olive oil and much more!

Our Dalmatian coast classic bike tour can accommodate cyclists who want to ride more than suggested in itinerary (due to our detailed maps) and leisure cyclists who can hop on our support van at any time.
Bikes provided are hybrid touring or road racing bikes, custom-built for our specific terrain in Croatia. Due to triple chain ring, adjustable stems, 7 different frame sizes, various seat and pedal options, we can easily customize these bikes for your riding style!

This cycling holiday is designed for those who prefer to be «outside and play», experience the local culture and have fun, but still expect a high level of service!

Join us on a 6 day bike tour along the Dalmatian coast and enjoy carefree holidays as you are on tour with the best Croatian bike tour company.

Individual approach, local expertize and small group tours are important elements of our cycling tours! 

 

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – Split and Diocletian’s Palace

The tour starts in Split in the morning hours, when you will get a chance to meet your guides who will fit the bikes for you. Depart for the rolling coastal ride before an easy climb to the top of the park-wood Marjan, with the breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding islands. When you return to the town centre, you might want to enjoy lunch in one of the numerous restaurants overlooking the Adriatic Sea. As the sun sets, discover the ancient Palace and local lifestyle during a private guided tour. Split is a pulsating urban oasis with a myriad of sights, sounds and smells, all thriving inside these almost two millennia old walls. Locals and visitors in Split find themselves inexorably drawn into spending most of their time within 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. 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. We will have an introductory dinner tonight in a family- owned “Konoba”.

Suggested biking 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

DAY 2 – Exploring the Island of Brac

Today we discover our first island – Brač. Situated just off the Croatian mainland, you will enjoy a pleasant ferry ride to Supetar from where our bike exploration starts! Discover coastal and ancient inland stone built towns, olive groves, vineyards and other beautiful sights along the way. Brač is famous for its tradition of stone cutting and carving and some important world buildings, like the White House in Washington D.C., The Hungarian Parliament Building, the Diocletian’s Palace, were built from its stone. We will visit a unique family-owned art gallery, where exhibits one-off furniture made from Brač Stone, sculptures, paintings, jewellery and ancient stonemason workshop can be seen. Following the visit, we cycle to the coast where (time permitting) we might enjoy a short swim break, before return to Split.  

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

DAY 3 – Lavender road and 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 will start the day with an easy ride around the UNESCO’s site of Stari Grad, an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 BC. Besides famous historical sites you will also discover quiet and charming towns while biking along the roads surrounded by olive gardens, vegetable patches, orchards and vineyards. We will enjoy a light Mediterranean-style lunch before our bike exploration of Hvar continues. The afternoon bike ride will take us along one of the most beautiful roads, passing through the lavender fields and being surrounded by amazing views on Dalmatian archipelago - Vis, Korcula, Lastovo, Brac and Pakleni islands.
For the afternoon activity in Hvar, we suggest visiting its main attractions - walking along the ancient Venetian streets or visiting the oldest municipal theatre in Europe, the cathedral of Hvar and its many museums, galleries and palaces.  If you really feel like getting into the Hvar atmosphere and “pomalo” lifestyle, the best thing to do is to find a place on the main square, one of the most beautiful squares of the Mediterranean, and relax with a glass of wine and just enjoy the city vibe. Later in the evening, we will have a dinner together – a taste of ancient Hvar flavours mixed with innovative cuisine.  

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

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 peasant lunch! Marinated eggplants, goat cheese, prosciutto, local olives, homemade gnocchi with pesto and almond sauce are just some of 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, easy-going lifestyle!

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

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 eastern part of the island? The afternoon is planned to be spent in the city of Korčula, followed by a visit to an authentic wine cellar, where we will taste some of the best wines of Korčula and some simple, but delicious Mediterranean snacks. After the visit, we will depart for our farewell dinner.

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

DAY 6 - Wine roads of Peljesac Peninsula and the city of 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: 35 km - Easy option: 20 km - Long option: 60 km
Overnight stay: -
Highlights: Pelješac peninsula and wine areas, Mali Ston, coastal ride to Dubrovnik
Meals: breakfast, lunch
NOTE: If you plan to fly out from Dubrovnik, please do not book flights departing before 5p.m. as this is the time when we arrive to Dubrovnik or Dubrovnik airport. 

 

PRICE, DATES

2018 tour dates and prices (EUR): 

Start dates do not work for you? You like the tour, but prefer different kind of accommodation?

Custom trips and private departures

Meridien Ten can customize trips to meet your wishes, preferences, cycling distances and budget.
For families, small groups, bike clubs or tour operators we create great, tailor-made tours.
Please send us e-mail for more info.

Services included in tour price:

- 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 Korčula
- Local, professional and experienced tour guides
- Exclusive guided visit of 1,700 years old Diocletian's Palace in Split
- Daily van support and luggage transfers
- Breakfasts, 5 lunches  and 3 dinners at exclusive and authentic venues
- VINO: local wines are a very important part of our culture. Wine tasting is included in dinners and is an obligatory part of our tour. You will also have a chance to meet one of the best wine producers and his family while tasting great white and red wines from his vineyard in Korčula
- Daily refreshments, fruit, soft drinks and snacks
- Great custom-built hybrid or road bikes and professional bike fitting
- All entrance fees, organized special events, visits to unique sites and boat transfers as per itinerary
- Daily maps (with detailed route instructions – written route navigation)
- Additional daily cycling options
- Meridien Ten water bottles
- Pickup from adequate location or airport before 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

Services not included in tour price:

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

Optional services:

- E-bike bike hire (EUR 140,00 supplement)
- Airport transfers in Dubrovnik 

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

Hotel Slavija Split  (Day 1 and 2) 
Located in the very centre of town Split, Hotel Slavija offers charming rooms nestled inside a 16th-century Baroque – Renaissance palace. This was the first hotel in Split, that used to be home to famous poets, artist and athletes. Renovated recently, this hotel is part of Croatian national cultural heritage, with great and friendly front desk staff.

 

 

Hotel Villa Nora  - Boutique Hotel Hvar  (Day 3) 

Located in the centre of Hvar town, Villa Nora is housed in a former palace from the 14th century. It served as a residence of the aristocratic family Gazzari and nowadays completely restored it represents elegant and refined family owned hotel. 

 

 

Hotel Korčula De La Ville Hotel (Day 4 and 5) 
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.

RATING

In our published itinerary you will usually find 3 different daily bike distances. Suggested bike distance is an optimal bike distance, which gives you enough time to cycle, explore ancient towns, taste Mediterranean cuisine and experience the local lifestyle! Suggested bike distance is suitable for riders who have some biking experience and a reasonable level of fitness, which means occasional sport activities.
Since Croatian islands are not flat, we always support the ride with the van, so if you feel like that some hill is too long or steep, do not worry because we are there to give you a small push. You will still be able to get great experience of the visited area!
For those looking for longer bike rides, we are able to provide written route navigation and maps, so you will be able to get your “kick”. One of our guides might even join you, if the logistics of the day allows that.

There are 6 riding days with an average daily distance of 35 km.

Level of difficulty: Moderate - Generally rolling and hilly terrain
Daily distances: 0 – 80 km per day, on average 36 km per day
Total distance biked: 100-290 km in 6 days

MAP

OVERVIEW

Tour highlights: 

Carefully designed trips for small groups 
Local, professional and experienced tour guides
Great custom built hybrid or road bikes
UNESCO SITES:  Diocletian’s PalaceStari Grad plain on Hvar, Old city of Dubrovnik
Lavender roads of Hvar, Wine area of Korcula Island
Lodging in Split, Hvar and Korcula town
Beautiful and secluded beaches of Hvar, Korcula and Peljesac peninsula
Second longest fortified walls in the world and ancient salt works in Ston
Dinners in exclusive and authentic venues
Unique Croatian travel experience and immersion in local culture
Van support

 

Number of nights: 5

Carefully designed trip for small groups (max. nr. of cyclist is 14) 

Tour commences: Split, Croatia

Closest airports: Split airport (SPU),
From the airport to the centre of town: bus or taxi (22 km)
By ferry: From Italy (Ancona) take the overnight ferry to Split.

Tour ends: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Closest airports: Dubrovnik airport (DBV),
From the centre of town to the airport: bus or taxi (25 km)
By ferry: From Bari in Italy to Dubrovnik

 

 

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