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Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in 2-3 star apartments
Meals
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days£1540GBP

Overview

Trip Code: UC6

Trip highlights


  • Island hopping and cycling through some of Croatia’s prettiest scenery
  • Exploring small fishing villages and the great towns of Hvar and Split
  • Experiencing the stunning Dalmatian coast landscapes
  • Enjoying the regional cuisine and relaxing at night in your self contained apartment

The Dalmatian Coast is one of the true wonders of Europe with arguably the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, as well as the plethora of historic and cultural interests. Experiencing this special region by bike is by far the most rewarding way to travel. From your arrival in Split until just before Dubrovnik, your journey will encounter the long and beautiful islands of Brac and Hvar, traveling by bike and ferry. The scenery alternates between seaside villages, tiny medieval walled towns and lovely quiet pebbled bays, set against a backdrop of pine forests and mountains. Your final leg takes you to the red roofs of Dubrovnik, the proud port city that once rivaled Venice in wealth and influence.

Countries:

Croatia

Starting Point:

Split

Finishing Point:

Dubrovnik


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On arrival at Split Airport or your hotel you will be transferred by local bus and ferry (50 minutes) to Brac island where you will stay overnight. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town and surrounding countryside.

Meals:  Nil

A reasonably demanding cycle today past picturesque villages with white stone houses and shady pine forest. On the hillside of Vidova Gora 778m/2552ft (the highest peak of all the Croatian Islands) you will have great views of the sea and mainland and from the top a view out to the famous Zlatni rat, an extraordinary shingle spit and the neighbouring islands. Return via Škrip, the island’s oldest settlement and Splitska and cool off by the wonderful pebble beach on the way.

Meals:  B

The morning begins with a transfer by boat to the island of Hvar (via Split) and the town of Stari Grad / Pharos, the oldest town in Croatia. Stari Grad literally translates as ‘old town’ and was established in 384BC. From town Stari Grad the cycle continues to historic Hvar town. On arrival there is free time to explore Hvar town with its exquisite Venetian-style architecture or climb up to the fortress for a superb view. It is worth taking a boat to the Pakleni islands that are the most attractive and most visited spot. They can be reached from Hvar by motor boats that leave every 15 minutes. The islands, acting as a natural shelter for Hvar port, have been inhabited since Illyrian times. Overnight Hvar Town.

Meals:  B

Return to Stari Grad for overnight accommodation. The remainder of the day is free to explore the town and surrounds. Near to the town are pine forests, olive groves and vineyards, while the town itself has a unique harbour and interesting narrow alleyways leading to café’s and small squares. Overnight in an apartment.

Meals:  B

Your exploration of the island of Hvar continues by cycling east to Jelsa. The town is quite small but is well known for producing excellent red wines. Jelsa is surrounded by mountains including the two highest on the island, and is a great place to have lunch, a swim and a delicious scoop of gelato. Overnight Jelsa.

Meals:  B

From Jelsa you continue east across the breadth of Hvar Island to the port of Sucuraj. From here a 35 minute ferry ride takes you to the mainland port of Drvenik from where you transfer by road to Dubrovnik where the trip concludes. We recommend you book a night in Dubrovnik at the end of the tour.

Meals:  B

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Early morning transfer to the port of Drvenik where you will have a trip briefing before taking the ferry to Sucuraj on Hvar Island. After a short ferry ride, about 35 minutes, you arrive in Hvar and begin cycling to the town of Stari Grad / Pharos, the oldest town in Croatia. Stari Grad literally translates as ‘old town’ and was established in 384BC. This evening explore the town and surrounds. Near to the town are pine forests, olive groves and vineyards, while the town itself has a unique harbour and interesting narrow alleyways leading to café’s and small squares. Overnight in an apartment. Note: we recommend you stay in Dubrovnik the night before.

Meals:  Nil

Your exploration of the island of Hvar continues by cycling west to historic Hvar town. On arrival there is free time to explore Hvar town with its exquisite Venetian-style architecture or climb up to the fortress for a superb view. It is worth taking a boat to the Pakleni islands that are the most attractive and most visited spot. They can be reached from Hvar by motor boats that leave every 15 minutes. The islands, acting as a natural shelter for Hvar port, have been inhabited since Illyrian times. Overnight Hvar Town.

Meals:  B

Cycle to the pretty town of Jelsa. The town is quite small but is well known for producing excellent red wines. Jelsa is surrounded by mountains including the two highest on the island, and is a great place to have a swim and a delicious scoop of gelato at the end of your cycle day.

Meals:  B

Take a private boat transfer from Jelsa to Bol on Brac Island where you have a short transfer to start your cycling day. A reasonably demanding day passing picturesque villages with white stone houses and shady pine forest. On the hillside of Vidova Gora 778m/2552ft (the highest peak of all the Croatian Islands) you will have great views of the sea and mainland and from the top a view out to the famous Zlatni rat, an extraordinary shingle spit and the neighbouring islands. Return via Škrip, the island’s oldest settlement and Splitska and cool off by the wonderful pebble beach on the way.

Meals:  B

Relax and explore the town and surrounding countryside or take a return cycle to Milan an easy ride along the coast from Supetar followed by a short climb inland towards Bobovišca na moru, a beautiful bay and the rewarding climb up to Milan before returning to Supetar. Or follow the coast to the pretty port of Sutivan. (15km/9.3mi)

Meals:  B

This morning you take a 50 minute ferry ride to Split where the trip concludes.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts – breakfasts are continental style and consist of breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, coffee, tea and juices
  • 5 nights accommodation in mainly 3 star apartments on a twin share basis. All rooms have private facilities
  • Rental of a Hybrid or Mountain Bike including luggage panniers and helmet
  • Digital information pack including route notes, maps and GPX tracks
  • All transfers by ferry, bus and coach as indicated in the itinerary. Excludes itinerary ex Dubrovnik where a supplement applies for the private ferry transfer from Hvar to Brac Island
  • Luggage transfer of your main suitcase from Split direct to Dubrovnik only and will not be available during the tour. Clothing and items required for the trip will be repacked into the panniers and carried by you.

  • Travel to Split and from Dubrovnik
  • Meals not listed as included, drinks
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Daily luggage transfer. Luggage is transferred from Split direct to Dubrovnik only
  • Guide – this is a self guided cycling holiday
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Entrance fees not listed included
  • Transfers not listed included
  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage
  • Handlebar phone holder – to follow the route easier using the GPX files
  • Hotel taxes if applicable – payable directly to the hotel
  • Items of a personal nature

Bike information


Suitability

moderate

3

Daily cycles are between 15 and 52km/9.5 and 32.5mi on undulating terrain. The cycling is on a combination of low traffic side roads with some crossings and short stints on higher traffic roads required. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop, have a swim and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 23 Nov

Notes

H
High Season
Note:
High season is from 1 Jun to 30 Sep - supplement applies
Note:
The trip operates in reverse starting in Dubrovnik and ending in Split. A private ferry transfer is required on the itineary from Dubrovnik - supplement applies
Note:
During the trip you will need to carry your own luggage in the panniers supplied. Excess baggage not required during the trip is transferred to Dubrovnik
Note:
Electric bikes available on request

Priceper person from

£1540GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • e-bike supplementGBP£270
  • Single SupplementGBP£550
*Prices listed are per person

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