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Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Peaceful cycling routes along Croatia’s spectacular Dalmatian coastline



At a glance

* 4 days cycling (plus 1 optional ride on Mljet) with full vehicle support
* 90% tarmac, 10% gravel roads
* Quiet roads with a good mix of flat and rolling terrain 
* Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16
* 7 nights hotels 

Peaceful cycling routes along Croatia’s spectacular Dalmatian coastline

Known to have the clearest waters in the Mediterranean and undoubtedly packed
with historical and cultural interest, the Dalmatian Coast is one of the true
wonders of Europe. We follow some of the best cycling routes the area has to
offer with much of the tour taking place on the long and beautiful islands of
Hvar and Korcula, travelling by ferry between the islands. The scenery
alternates between seaside villages, tiny mediaeval towns and pretty pebble
bays. We end our journey in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik where we
spend two nights soaking up the atmosphere of this uniquely preserved city.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts 
* All accommodation 
* All transport and listed activities 
* Tour leader throughout 
* Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts are included throughout.

For breakfast, you can expect a continental buffet serving a wide selection
of food from cold meats, cheeses, bread and eggs to pastries, yoghurts, jams
and fruit as well as tea and coffee.

Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and
salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and other parts of the
Balkans.

On day 2 there is only one restaurant to stop at due to our cycling route.
The set Dalmatian plata is 100Kn/15EUR. Please note it is a cash only
establishment. 

A popular optional lunch spot in Pupnat (Korcula) is Mate restaurant. Lunch
here is often a highlight of the trip. A selection of homemade produce is on
offer with a drink and comes to around 155kn/20EUR. Credit card not
accepted. 

Another highlight in Korcula is an optional dinner on day 5 at an
agrotourism. Dinner here is around 200kn/27EUR for their set menu. Credit
card not accepted.  

Start destination: Split

End destination: Dubrovnik

Cycling profile

Day 1

Start Split; after a look around the old quarters of the city and a visit to
the UNESCO Diocletian Palace, we have dinner and then transfer to the port to
take an evening ferry to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. We then continue
by road to Jelsa where we spend the first two nights.

Please note: /on the 22nd June and 17th August departures we will get the
earlier ferry leaving at 14.30 and have dinner in Jelsa (this is due to
limited flight times). A guided tour of Split will start at around 11. /
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

Our first cycle is a circular ride exploring the island of Hvar. We head
first to Stari Grad following the old Roman road, a route with quite a tough
climb but with lovely views of the old villages of Hvar. Here we take a break
from cycling and transfer by vehicle to the town of Hvar where we will have a
chance to wander around the narrow streets of this quintessential Dalmatian
town. Rather like a mini Venice, the streets of Hvar are marbled and there
are elegant gothic palaces and cathedrals inside the city walls. There will
be some free time to explore Hvar before we cycle up a challenging hill to a
viewpoint overlooking the island of Brac. We will have lunch here whilst
taking in the breathtaking views. After lunch there is a sweeping descent all
the way back to Stari Grad. From here we continue along an old Roman road to
Vrbovska and then follow the coastal road back towards Jelsa.

Day 3

Today we ride east along the narrow part of the island with views of both
coasts as we head to the port of Sucuraj. The road is generally quiet and
there are a couple of challenging climbs today to get you warmed up, however
the support vehicle will be available for anyone who doesn’t want to cycle
up the hills. Heading east, we have wonderful views of the mountainous
mainland and the turquoise waters and we pass small villages, olive groves
and tiny vineyards on our way to Sucuraj. From Sucuraj we take a ferry to
Drevnik on the mainland, transfer by bus to Orebic, then catch another ferry
to Korcula which is the historic centre of the island and in a lovely setting
on the Peljesac Channel. It is also known for its outstanding cultural and
historical heritage with a long tradition of seafaring, shipbuilding and
stone-masonry, as well as being the birthplace of the adventurer and
traveller Marco Polo. Once on Korcula we have a short 15min transfer to the
small town of Lumbarda which will be our base for the next three nights.
From June to September a ferry runs from Ploce to Trpanj, and from here we
will take the bus to Orebic and then the ferry to Korcula. This shortens the
time spent in the bus travelling from Drvenik to Orebic and makes the journey
a bit more fun and picturesque.

Day 4

Today we have a free day to relax in Lumbarda, go for a swim at the sandy
beach on Przina or explore the charming town of Korcula at your own pace.
There is an optional visit (with bikes) to the picturesque island of Mijet.
Those choosing to explore Mljet and its famous national park will take a boat
ride to Pomena, which is also the entrance for the Mljet National Park. Here
you can enjoy a very scenic but short ride around the two lakes.

Day 5

After breakfast we will start our circular ride on the forested island of
Korcula. We start with a transfer to Vela Luka and from here we ride to the
pretty village Brna near Smokvica before transferring to Pupnat where we will
have lunch. From here we get back on the bikes and cycle all the way back to
Lumbarda after a great exploration of the island. Today is a busy day and
there are some hills, but we will use the support vehicle where necessary.

Day 6

After a short ferry ride (approx 20 minutes) to the Peljesac Peninsula we
follow this narrow and rugged finger of land. The route passes through olive
groves, quiet villages and the famous vineyards hugging the steep slopes
descending to the clear waters of the Adriatic. We complete our ride along an
easy unpaved track to the tiny cove at Zuljana. From here the traffic levels
increase so we take our support vehicle to Dubrovnik. En route there is a
short stop at the small historic settlement of Ston, a beautiful example of a
fortified town and Dubrovnik-style architecture. We should arrive in
Dubrovnik in the late afternoon. We spend two nights in a lovely hotel which
is a 10-minute public bus ride from the old town of Dubrovnik. This evening
we will have a guided tour of the Old Town of Dubrovnik. 

Day 7

Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm. Located right on the Adriatic, the fine
religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of
red-tiled roofs make this a truly enchanting place. The shelling of Dubrovnik
by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately over the last
15 years great care has been taken to re-build the damaged parts of Dubrovnik
and the city has now returned to its former glory. The old town, or Stari
Grad, is filled with cobblestone streets, fountains, churches, palaces and
museums — all built from the same light coloured stone. There are no motor
vehicles in the quiet city, but at night the streets come alive as locals and
visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun, the main street,
covered in smooth shiny marble. Dubrovnik is famous for its fine seafood, and
what better way to end our Croatian experience than splashing out on a feast
of freshly grilled fish within Dubrovnik’s city walls.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

Trip ends in Dubrovnik.
**

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Customer Feedback

Great trip

Summary:
A very good option for a week in Europe. The islands between Split and
Dubrovnik are beautiful and in May there was very little traffic.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The day in Mljet was one of the highlights of the trip, stunning ride around
the lake.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Marin was a brilliant tour leader, knowledgeable, friendly and professional.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do choose the Mljet option, it was a great day out.
Arrive a day early and stay in Split for a night, it is a beautiful city.
May is a great time to go, less traffic and not too hot.
Hotels are typical 3 star, but they all had hot water, comfortable beds and a
bar!

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Good description of the holiday

Summary:
The cycling holiday was excellent. The mix of exercise, downtime and cultural
visits was just about perfect.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting Korcula Old Town and climbing the 10K hill on the first day.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our guide, Mario, was friendly, professional and knowledgeable and was very
patient with a group of widely varying capabilities.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I would agree with the description of the week’s holiday as moderate
activity level overall but there are a couple of days that are quite
challenging for novice or irregular cyclists.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This was a fantastic holiday and experience. The shared challenge helped the
group bond well together creating a very positive group dynamic led by an
extremely good guide.

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Discovering Croatia

Summary:
What an adventure, biking in a country that I hardly knew existed. Croatia is
beautiful, almost untouched by the human hands that have sullied much of the
urban areas here.
Biking there was very challenging by this senior, but also very rewarding.
Allen Skulic, the group leaded was an excellent guide. Allen is very
knowledgeable about the area and it’s history. But most important he was very
encouraging and supportive. I don’t think I could’ve completed this cycling
adventure without his words of encouragement.
I will forever remember the scenic views cycling through the many small
cities, farm lands and biking up and down the many mountain roads. Also,
memorable was the many ferries that we took to the many islands that we
biked. The lunches and dinners were exceptional; the wines superb.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The feeling of accomplishment on the first full day riding 10 kilometers up a
mountain road. I have never done anything that compares to that experience.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Allen Skulic was absolutely wonderful. He was so knowledgeable, passionate,
encouraging and fun.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Prepare yourself for the ride of a lifetime.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I usually ride a road bike. However on this ride, I rode for the first time a
traditional mountain bike with disc breaks, which is necessary when riding
down those mountain roads and gravel roads. The bikes supplied were perfect
for this adventure.

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Must see Croatia

Summary:
This trip is a must do! Croatia is not only beautifully scenic, its people
are friendly and most speak english. The ride is challenging but doable. If
you’re looking for adventure and beautiful, friendly country, this one’s for
you.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Day 1 is a bit of a challenge with a 10k uphill climb. Be ready for this but
everyone on our trip completed it and we were rewarded with a delicious meal
at the top.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our leader was Alan. He has a real enthusiasm for cycling and is excited to
show you his country.

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Highly recommended!

Summary:
My husband and I have just returned from this cycle trip and we can highly
recommend it to anyone thinking of doing the same. Alan, the tour leader, was
outstanding and I just hope he gets paid enough! We had a lovely group with
mixed ages and four lovely Canadians and a very helpful, smiley driver,
Tommy. Slightly better hotels could improve the trip and, yes, better coffee
and orange juice for breakfast.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Completing all the cycling!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Outstanding. Catered very well for the needs of all the clients.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make the most of the beautiful scenery.

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stunning coastline

Summary:
Excellent leader Alan. Great balance between towns and countryside.
Difficult to find anything I would change, perhaps better hotel coffee.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
not having been before, Dubrovnic was fascinating, but really it was the
fabulous coastlines throughout the trip.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alan is knowledgeable on history, very thorough on briefings especially
safety.
Also a nice guy.
Excellent

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
No, it was what was on the tin as they say

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The ferries are great, clean and comfortable.

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Cycling

Summary:
The brochure tells you about the scenery etc but until you get there whow!
It’s a trip you must do the scenery ,roads and great guide will bring you to
places you would never get to on another trip. Our guide ALan and driver
Marion were great ensuring everyone was catered for. The first two day
cycling a little challenging but after that it was down hill. We visited
local areas off the beaten track tasted great food.Just a note when buying
fish in restaurants just check it’s not sold by the weight! October a great
time to go not too hot very pleasant for cycling and exploring villages.

Getting to the top

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the top of the hill in Havr

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alan was excellent always looking out for us ensuring the day was packed with
cycling fest times food etc. His local knowledge was vert interesting and he
was always on hand if you needed more information or assistance

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring Kuna the will take euros but in some restaurants not.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
It’s a must trip

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Wonderful way to see a beautiful country

Summary:
This Croatian trip was a wonderful mix of unspoilt countryside, sparkling
clear seas and historical walled towns and cities. It was also a good mix of
fairly challenging hills, flatter coastal roads and time for rests in cafes,
ferries and short trips in the minibus. Our guide Alan organised and managed
the whole holiday very skilfully, with good support from our driver. The ice
creams were the best I’ve tasted since being in Italy, and the seafood and
roast vegetables were also a highlight.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I was inspired by people on the trip, not only because they were older on
average than on other trips (mid/late 50s to late 60s) and doing well on the
rides, but also dealing well with challenges in their lives.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alan our guide Alan was excellent, he was patient, thoughtful, encouraging,
helpful, amiable, good humoured, made good decisions, very well organised
without rushing us and explained clearly our route and day ahead.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
October is a good time of year to go, not too hot but still warm, we had day
temperatures around 20-25C.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I thought the ferries and minibus added to the holiday and the latter came in
useful to avoid rain and lightening on the rainy day. Accommodation was
adequate, fine for a cycling holiday. The guided tours of Split and Dubrovnik
that were origanised for us (extra charge for the latter) were very
interesting and worth doing. I’d recommend getting to Split a day earlier
to explore the walled Palace area, including the bell tower if you have a
head for heights.

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Breathtaking scenery and super smooth cycling!

Summary:
It really was as described on the label – fabulously clear seas teeming with
fish, gorgeous vistas of islands, vines and historic villages, with hidden
gems of frescos and facades. We rolled out over beautiful quiet lanes and
trails, reassured with water and snack stops and very clear landmarks
enabling us all
To reach our destination in our own time having enjoyed sun drenched
countryside and seascapes. Thanks to Alan and Marion it all ran like
clockwork- just time for super gelato before a ferry, light fading as we
entered old Dubrovnik enhancing the city’s beautiful architecture. Lovely
fish, more fish and pork kebabs overlooking beautiful ports. What’s not to
like! Give it a go….

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Reaching the first tough summit and realising I am still pedalling the bike
with gentle encouragement!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Lovely thoughtful person- at ease and aware of all of the party. Good
organisation skills ensured a very smooth trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Early October weather was perfect- warm enough still to
Enjoy a week of fresh air and swims . We saw one amazing storm from the van
but we’re back on bikes within the hour riding home happily!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A super trip with good bikes and great guide and support staff.

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Wonderful trip

Summary:
What a fab trip. Great weather, wonderful company, and the gorgeous Dalmatian
coast. The ride exceeded our expectations, it was a little tougher than we
expected, some of the hills were longer than we expected, but always doable.
Our guide Marijo was the best, full of information, little stories about the
places we saw. He was helpful and kind to a fault, we couldn’t praise him
highly enough.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The long sweeping descent on day 3 of the ride.
The wonderful homestead visit.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
He was amazing, we cannot think of any way in which he could have been better

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do it! You will love it!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Looking at booking our next exodus bike holiday very soon

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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