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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 coffe.

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.

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 12th and 19th September 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 of 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.

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

Cyling the Dalmation Co0ast

Summary:
This was my first time in Croatia, the trip itinerary was busy, but ensured
you experienced national parks and all the beauty of the Islands and the
Coast.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
Finally, meeting with Marijo from the ferry, after a much maligned journey
out to Split

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Marijo was absolutely excellent, making sure we were all comfortable and
enjoying the days activities, and ensuring we all were all safely on our way
to the variety of destinations at the end of the trip.
He was also very knowledgeable and was eager to share his country with us.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you have the time and the cycling capability, joining this trip up with
the Bosnia and Montenegro cycling trip provides a great way to experience the
Balkans

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

Answer:
Austrian Airlines is not a good option for this trip, they run connections
which are consistently late, given this trip is 8 days, much better to try to
get there directly or with more transfer time to allow for more issues

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Great introduction to Croatia

Summary:
A very well organised trip, the bulk of the cycling distance clocked up early
on in the week, the scenery was fabulous as was most of the trip. I’d not
been to Croatia before and I’d happily return. Alan our guide had it all
very well organised, a perfect approach as you never felt under any time
pressure to get a move on or anything else! A good group too all added to
make this a superb trip, the only downside was you have to come home when you
really fancy staying on a few more days!!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Hard to pick out one in particular but probably the last day of cycling along
the pelesjac peninsular coast – you just wanted it to go on and on.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alan, one of the best leaders I’ve experienced (I’ve been on 10+ Exodus trips
and usually had good leaders), there was never any time pressure, everything
happened (seemingly to us) as though it was effortless. A perfect balance of
information, experience and great people skills. He stood out for all the
right reasons.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It will be over before you know it so consider adding time onto the
beginning/end of the trip if you can to experience a bit more of Croatia.
Expect Dubrovnik to be full of tourists – but enchanting all the same.

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Excellent holiday, I didn’t want to come home

Summary:
I had a great time cycling around Croatia. Our guide was excellent as was the
scenery and food. Cycling is a great way to see the country and enjoy the
views. We went swimming every day after the ride and was taken to lovely
restaurants in the evening.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Cycling along the coastline in the sunshine and seeing the lovely clear
waters.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Marijo was fantastic, very friendly and welcoming. You couldn’t have asked
for a better leader.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
There are hills so make sure you have a good level of fitness. I used the
support bus one morning as it was a steep climb in over 30 degrees which was
too much for me. The food was really nice and everyone in the group was
lovely and we all had a nice time.

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

Answer:
You must visit Croatia. It’s really beautiful and the people are welcoming.

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Fantastic Tour of the Croatian Islands

Summary:
My partner & I had a super time cycling round the Croatian islands in June
2018. Our tour leader, Mario, was fantastic and nothing was too much trouble
for him. It was very well organised and the itinerary was busy but it meant
we got to see a lot. Some of the views from the cycle were fantastic. One
thing I would say is it is very hilly and I would maybe rate it more than a
moderate. On the second day of cycling there was a 25km uphill climb which
was pretty tough in the heat. There are plenty of stops though and no one is
left behind. There is also a support bus for anyone that does not fancy the
hills and you can join in the cycle from the top of the hill.
The first accommodation was a need of refurbishment and a little
disappointing. The room was pretty basic. The other two hotels were nice,
especially the one in Lumbarda. The restaurants we went to were all really
nice and we got to sample lots of local dishes.
Overall I would recommend this trip – we had a super time and great memories
from it.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
It was a real sense of achievement to reach the top of the hill of the second
days cycling and the views were amazing!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our tour leader, Mario, was super and really looked after the whole group. He
shared lots of local knowledge with us and was really organised and he
ensured everything went smoothly for us.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Pack padded shorts and a water bottle.

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Such a brilliant holiday

Summary:
This was a holiday to remember! The organisation of the whole experience was
exemplary and the leader, Dino never stopped working to make sure that
everything worked well. The views were constant and breathtaking. Cycling on
day 1 and 2 is more challenging than on the other days but there is always
support from the bus if needed. The group was lovely and a mix of singles and
couples.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
conquering the hills! Seeing the views, drinking it all in.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader was great. His organisation was brilliant. He worked
constantly – nothing was too much trouble and he was smiling and kind
throughout. He made sure that the strong cyclists and those who weren’t so
strong all had a holiday and enjoyed the trip!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go with the flow! Enjoy it – look up and see the views.

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Excellent for single travelers

Summary:
It was my first holiday as a single woman and I was a little nervous. Now I
can’t wait to book my next trip with exodus. The guide Alan was excellent –
I always felt well looked after and if I found myself a bit behind on some
of the climbs I never felt under pressure or at risk of getting lost.
Alan’s descriptions of difficulty and distance were a great help and
accurate. There was an age range of 20 -70 but we all got on brilliantly.
Meals were all taken together ( the possibility of having to eat alone had
been another concern for me before booking). The scenery was stunning,, the
sea was warm and beautifully clear, motorists were considerate, the food was
great and the local people lovely. Personally I preferred the countryside to
Dubrovnik but I’m a country girl – there was the most amazing sweet shop in
Dubrovnik old town tho 😁

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The people – the group I was cycling with and the locals were so supportive
cheering everyone as we made it to the top of a tough climb. The views from
the top of the hills and swimming in the lake a a few of the best bits – too
many other good bits to list them all.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alan was great. always felt safe, knew where I was going, I felt fine at the
back even if I couldn’t always see the person in front because I knew I
wouldn’t be left behind . Alan would always keep track of where everyone
was. He spent time with everyone in the group cycling at their pace not
trying to get people to speed up or slow down. There were briefings often so
we all knew what was happening.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I considered taking my own road bike – dont – the bikes were excellent and
fitted perfectly even though I’m only 5’3 . Even a hybrid bike would
not have coped with to few off road sections. They also provided a handle
bar bag that was really useful.
Take a cash card or cash – as well as credit card – we used cash for most
meals and some places didn’t take cards at all.

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

Answer:
Thank you for making my first holiday for 5 years such a fantastic
experience.

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MAGNIFICENT COASTLINE

Summary:
Cycling the Dalmation Coast has to be one of the best cycling holidays so
far.
A really well run trip, with a tour guide that definitely went the extra mile
and scenery that was out of this world. Well worth a try!!!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
THE MAGNIFICANT VIEWS

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
TOP CLASS

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
THIS TRIP INCLUDED THE SUPPLY OF A BIKE BAG, SO ONLY TAKE YOUR GEL SEAT AND
WATER BOTTLE

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Beautiful country

Summary:
The trip was well planned and executed by Exodus, the cycling was varied and
contained just the right amount of challenge to make it interesting. Late
September was a good time to visit as the days were sunny without being too
hot and the evenings mild, places (with the exception of Dubrovnik) were not
too busy either. Do take advantage of the free day to visit Mijet island –
its well worth a visit and dont forget your swimming gear!

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
Visiting the old City of Dubrovnik at twilight on our penultimate day. If you
havent been it is a truly beautiful place. Do visit the hilltop overlooking
Dubrovnik too – either by walking up or the cable car, there is an
interesting Bosnian War museum there and a surprisingly good cliff top cafe
(not for vertigo sufferers!) with stunning views.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Mario was fairly new to the job but proved himself to be enthusiastic, hard
working, good humoured and nothing was too much trouble for him. Very good
leader.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Avoid the Hotel Sumratin in Dubrovnik if at all possible.
At the time of our staying there it was ranked by Trip Advisor as 62 out of
68 hotels in Dubrovnik.

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

Answer:
This was my sixth Exodus trip and was well up to their normal good standard,
unfortunately a great trip ended on a slightly sour note when we were
accomodated in the Hotel Sumratin in Dubrovnik on out last two nights,
however, Exodus have assured me that they will discontinue using it in
future.

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Recommend this (NOT EXPLORE – see below)

Summary:
I would highly recommend this cycling holiday. Not only do you get to take in
the breathe taking views and islands on 2 wheels, but there is plenty of time
to relax and explore whilst providing a few challenging hills with the reward
of a stunning view at the top!
Our guide Alan and driver Danny were attentive, informative and in my top
tour leaders 🙂
With the support of the cycle trailer and a bus to accommodate anyone who
can’t or doesn’t want to complete a hill (or if you are injured) there is
comfort in knowing this tour is still a holiday and not a fitness challenge.
The island are beautiful, mainly tarmac back quiet roads, the locals
friendly, the food delicious…..a few hotels were very dated and need of
modernisation and I’m glad I left the trip early and didn’t spend 2 nights in
the Dubrovnik accommodation.

I would add that I considered Explore tour and the 70km day put me off…..we
saw this group along the way they arrived in at 8pm on their long day… and
noted they did not have a support vehicle like Exodus and some of their group
were not happy about this.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Full moon rising…our tour leader planned this perfectly

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
superb!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
meals were a lot more expensive than I had budgeted for and the pre ordered
food was sometime £10 – 15 for a lunch that was cheese, ham, bread and
olives!

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An outstanding cycle trip

Summary:
If you’d like a highly scenic ride in a lovely country, then this is the trip
for you. We cycled up and down hills with amazing sea views, and visited
stunning towns, villages and vineyards. We stayed at some lovely places, swam
in the sea and ate very well. Alan was one of the best leaders I’ve
experienced, and our group was lovely. They ranged in age from 30s to 70s;
some were strong cyclists, others not. However all were catered for, and the
support bus was always available. There were no long transports, and the
ferry trips were great. The climate was pleasantly hot, and the wine flowed.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The islands were great, especially Korcula, and the town of Korcula- a
medieval gem. Dubrovnik is unforgettable.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alan was wonderful: kind, attentive, and highly knowledgeable, with a great
sense of humour. On the road he ensured our safety, supported the weaker
riders and also enabled the best riders to go for it!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t miss this

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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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