The Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik, 8 days

If you are looking for a great 8 day self guided bike tour in Europe – look no further and join us on The Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik cycling trip! Spend evenings in Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik, enjoy great cycling and island hopping combination done with private boats and local ferries! During this cycling trip you will visit Croatian most beautiful towns Split and Dubrovnik and enjoy great biking on four different Dalmatian islands and Peljesac peninsula.
From Split – city founded by roman Emperor Diocletian, dating back to 300 A.C. start 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.  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 traditional life…
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 – the pearl of Adriatic!

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Split

Upon your arrival in Split you will meet our representative and get familiar with the area, the most important sites and dining areas. You will get your bike fitted and a briefing on all bike routes and options.
The most important site of Split is Diocletian’s Palace, inscribed on UNESCO’s World heritage list. Locals have lived and still live in their homes, which are molded into the old walls of the Palace. Within the walls you will find numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food! In front of the Palace you might enjoy evening walks along its beautiful waterfront promenade.
Depending on your arrival, you can enjoy an easy, car- free 20 km bike ride or take a 80 km loop into the interior of the land. 

 

Distance biked: 0-20 km, extra ride 80 km
Accommodation: Split
Highlights: Split, Diocletian’s Palace, coastal roads of Marjan hill

 

 

DAY 2 – Island Šolta 

After your morning coffee at Split's waterfront promenade, you will take a 1-hour ferry ride to Šolta, your first Dalmatian island. Discover and bike the island of Šolta. The biking is done mostly along narrow back roads of small rural villages in the island’s interior, during which you will visit a couple or more coastal villages. Ride along olive groves and vineyards. Optional visits are to a honey production site. Spend the evening in Split again.

 

Distance biked: 0-35km, extra ride 30 km
Accommodation: Split
Highlights: Quiet and picturesque roads of island Šolta, olive groves, Split



DAY 3 - Island Brač

Today you depart for island Brač, the biggest and highest of all central Dalmatian islands which gives you plenty of riding choices. Coastal roads, climbs to 780 meters, coastal or inland villages and towns, art galleries, local restaurants, stone mason’s workshops or even a visit to the stone mason school…. Whatever you choose you will have great views on the mainland and ride along olive groves and vineyards!  



Distance biked: 0-35 km, extra ride 80 km
Accommodation: Split 
Highlights: Island Brač, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages, stone sculptures, art galleries, restaurants



DAY 4 -  Island Hvar

After the ferry ride from Split to Hvar, we suggest an easy morning ride around the UNESCO site of Stari Grad. Stari Grad (Old town) is an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 B.C. Besides historical sites, you will discover quiet, charming towns and roads where you will bike along beautiful gardens, the coast and olive groves. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and probably most beautiful road along lavender fields to reach town Hvar.

 

Distance biked: 20-40 km, extra ride 30 km
Accommodation: Hvar town
Highlights: Jelsa, Vrboska and many small villages, Stari Grad, UNESCO site of the Stari Grad Plain, museums, beaches, lavender fields, Hvar town 



DAY 5 - Island Korčula

After the boat transfer, start with your bike ride on island Korčula about 46 kilometers away from the town of Korčula.  The island was very early populated, even before Greek times and evidences can be seen on your ride! During its history the Venetians chose the northern shores of the island to build a walled city that was of high importance to their power in that area. Thanks to them, we have now the most magnificent walled old town of Korčula that is still preserved and almost architecturally untouched for centuries, which will be your place to stay for the next 2 nights. Enjoy the scenic southern side of the island, with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along small villages and hamlets and stop in some of the few great local konoba (tavern) for amazing locally prepared food!

 

Distance biked: 46 km, extra ride 20km
Accommodation: Korčula town
Highlights: private boat ride, Korčula town, island Korčula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants



DAY 6 - Loop ride Korčula

As you stay for another day in Korčula take a chance to explore the island of Korčula; its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests that cover the island. There are a few loop options today. Whatever you choose, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and along the beautiful coast of the island. Taste traditional food like homemade gnocchi, homemade macaroni, pastičada....and other meals which have been traditionally prepared by the locals for centuries.... Some of the best Croatian white wines are produced on this island, which will just add flavor to your lunch or dinner. Did we mention Marco Polo was born here and has started his life journey from Korčula?

 

Distance biked: 0 - 36 km, extra ride 20km 
Accommodation:
Korčula town
Highlights: Korčula town, island Korčula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants
 



DAY 7 - Pelješac peninsula and Dubrovnik

Today, for your final ride, you will cruise along the Pelješac peninsula and ride along the vineyards of Dingač and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, the close cousin to Zinfandel of California and Primitivo from Calabria. There are many wineries you can visit along the ride. Enjoy the great views Pelješac offers, the islands Mljet and Korčula on your right and the mainland on your left. The ride today has a couple of hills, coastal rides, vineyards… Your final bike destination is Ston, from where you will be transferred to Dubrovnik. Ston, the salt producing village on the Pelješac peninsula was built in the 14th century and has the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5 km. Ston was an important town for the Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century.

 

Distance biked: 60 km
Accommodation: Dubrovnik
Highlights: Peninsula Pelješac, Ston and Dubrovnik

 

DAY 8 – Tour end

Today after breakfast the tour ends. You might want to extend your stay in Dubrovnik and explore the historical sites along the magnificent walls that surround the old town!

PRICE

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

Services included in tour price:
- 7-day accommodation (bed & breakfast in 2 bedded rooms) in Split (3 nights), Hvar (1 night), Korcula (2 nights) and Dubrovnik (1 night) 
- 7-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)
- 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

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

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels we prefer to use are small, boutique and usually located in the centre of historic towns. Due to small number of rooms in these hotels and big demand, these hotel rooms sell out quickly. Therefore, your early inquiry will be appreciated and will allow you to get the best possible rooms. 
Please note, if there are no rooms available in the period of your trip we will provide accommodation of same standard in the same area.
We can adjust accommodation and tour itineraries in accordance with your preferences. Feel free to send us your customized requests!


GUESTHOUSE / B&B
- various private accommodation

CLASSIC (3* and 4* accommodation)
Split: Hotel Slavija, Hotel Peristil or Vila Baguc
Hvar: Villa Nora, Hotel Pharos or Hotel Park
Korcula: Hotel Korcula or Hotel Korsal  
Dubrovnik: Hotel Lapad or Hotel Lacroma or Hotel Perla

PREMIERE (4*  accommodation)
Split: Hotel Marmont or Hotel Cornaro
Hvar: Hotel Adriana  or Hotel Park
Korcula: Hotel Korcula or Hotel Korsal
Dubrovnik: Hotel Lapad or Hotel Lacroma or Hotel Perla

EXCLUSIVE (4* and 5* accommodation)
Split Hotel Vestibul or Hotel Park
Hvar: Hotel Adriana  or Hotel Park
Korcula: Hotel Lesic Dimitri  
Dubrovnik: Villa Argentina or Hotel Pucic Palace or Hotel Bellevue

RATING

Medium to high. The Dalmatian islands are known for its hills. Each day, if you are doing loops longer than 30 km you will have a climb over approximately 400 meters.
From 7 riding days, the first 3 days and the second day on Korčula are loop ones, and you can chose your daily distance, from 0 to 45 or more kilometers per day.
The other 3 days you can expect rides from 20-60 km and climbs over 450 meters.  

Daily distances: 0 – 80 km per day 
Total distance biked: 130-700 km in 8 days

MAP
OVERVIEW

Tour highlights:
- Overnight in Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik
- Discover and cycle on 4 islands and 1 peninsula
- 8 days long, departure dates at your disposal
- Local ferries and private boat transfers used for island hopping
- Visit UNESCO SITES in Split and Hvar
- Taste and visit local vineries
- Choose between great custom built road, hybrid or tandem bikes (E-bikes available at extra cost)
- Information package, tour briefing, orientation talk and bike fitting done by Meridien Ten staff 

Number of nights: 8

Tour commences:  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.

Tour ends: Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

This tour can start any day during the whole year.
We highly suggest spring (end of March till mid June) and fall (mid September till beginning of November) for serious biking (daily distance of 50km or more). 
If biking is not the only reason for choosing this tour, the swimming season usually starts late in May and can last till middle of October. Even in the highest tourist months of July and August, you will be able to find your own little private beach on the islands you will be visiting.

Daily distances:  On average 37 km daily (in 7 riding days). Some days are longer, up to 60 km, while some are rest days. We do have suggestions where you can do even 80 to 100 km loops.
Total distance biked: 130-700km in 8 days
Level of difficulty: Medium to high. The Dalmatian islands are known for its hills. Each day, if you are doing loops longer than 30km you will have a climb over approximately 400 meters. 
How flat or hilly is this tour: Moderately hilly
Road Surface: paved
Tour rating: moderate
Suitable for families: yes 

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