Self-guided Split to Dubrovnik Bike Tour

Peljesac Orebic view

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Overview

Croatia is a country famous for looking like something out of a fairy tale. With gorgeous white sand beaches looking out over the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, mountainsides covered with vineyards and olive groves, quaint fishing villages where time does not appear to have moved since the Renaissance, and some of the best food and drink in Europe, Croatia is every traveler’s delight. However, there is more to Croatia than just breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, with which it doubtless abounds. It is also home to some of the best preserved ancient and medieval architecture in Europe, with 4 of its cities recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is between two such magnificent cities — Split and Dubrovnik — that this Croatian adventure unfolds.

Please note that this is a self-guided bike tour.

Start

Split

Finish

Dubrovnik | 16:00 hrs

Lodging

casual

Level

moderate

Avg. dist. cycled

50km or 30mi

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 12

Fly-In

Split

Fly-Out

Dubrovnik

Highlights

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Diocletian’s Palace

Visit the 1700 Diocletian’s Palace in Split

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

DayPlacecasual Inns or similarMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1SplitHotel Slavija17km / 10micycling
DAY 2Split - Exploring the Island of BračHotel SlavijaB60km / 36micycling
DAY 3Island of HvarHotel Vila NoraB50km / 30micycling
DAY 4Island of KorčulaHotel Marko PoloB55km / 33micycling
DAY 5Island of KorčulaHotel Marko PoloB36km / 21micycling
DAY 6DubrovnikHotel TirenaB60km / 36micycling

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Split

Our tour begins in the historic city of Split in southern Croatia. Split is the second largest city in Croatia after Zagreb and is well connected by air and sea to major European destinations. We meet at our hotel for introductions and bike fitting and then head out for a short bike ride along Split’s beautiful Adriatic coast, climbing to the top of the 178m high Marjan hill. The hill is a landmark of the city and is covered in dense pine forests. From its top, it offers breathtaking views of the Adriatic sea on the one hand and the city of Split on the other hand.

With the day’s biking done, head out on a city tour. Founded more than 2000 years ago as a Greek colony, Split’s city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The highlight of the day is a visit to the 1700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace. Built in the 4th century CE by the Roman emperor Diocletian, the palace was a small fortress that housed an entire military garrison. It is recognized today as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Meals:
Cycling Distance: 17km / 10mi
Accommodation: Hotel Slavija
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Day 2: Split - Exploring the Island of Brač

Today once again hop onto a ferry and sail across to the island of Brač. Brač is an island made mostly of white limestone, whose stone has been quarried and used in famous buildings across the globe and throughout history, including the Diocletian Palace, and, according to some sources, the American White House. Bike once again through quiet rural roads, passing by olive groves, and ending at the coast. If time permits, relax on the excellent white sand beaches the island has to offer. In the evening, once again board the ferry and return to Split.

Ride Option 1: 35km Ride Option 2: 28km Ride Option 3: 80km

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Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Hotel Slavija
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Day 3: Island of Hvar

Today once again sail off across the Adriatic to bike on the world-famous island of Hvar. Hvar is known for many things, but perhaps what it is known for the most is its field-upon field of lavender that comes alive in spring and early summer, painting the entire countryside a mesmerizing shade of purple. Stop to admire Stari Grad, a Greek village dating back to 400 BC and a UNESCO World Heritage site, before continuing on with the day’s biking through olive groves and vineyards.

Ride Option 1: 45km Ride Option 2: 20km

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Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 50km / 30mi
Accommodation: Hotel Vila Nora
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Day 4: Island of Korčula

Continue island-hopping on the Adriatic as you board the ferry this morning and sail along with bikes to the lesser-known island of Korcula. The island is covered with thick forests of holm oak and pine that the Greeks used for building ships. It has excellent white sand beaches and great views of the clear blue waters of the Adriatic. But above all, Korcula is known for the excellent white wines it produces, three of which, namely, Posip, Rukatac, and Grk are especially noted among wine lovers. Stop by a small village and have a traditional Mediterranean lunch with a local family before heading to your hotel.

Ride Option 1: 46km Ride Option 2: 55km

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Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 55km / 33mi
Accommodation: Hotel Marko Polo
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Day 5: Island of Korčula

While you extend your stay in Korcula, seize the opportunity to explore its hidden coves, picturesque old towns, charming small villages, and dense pine forests that blanket the island. Today offers several loop options, each leading you through vineyards, olive groves, and the stunning coastline. Indulge in traditional dishes like homemade gnocchi, macaroni, pasticada, and other culinary delights passed down through generations of locals. Don't miss the chance to savor some of Croatia's finest white wines produced on this island, enhancing the flavors of your lunch or dinner. And let's not forget, Korcula boasts being the birthplace of Marco Polo, where his legendary journey began!

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Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 36km / 21mi
Accommodation: Hotel Marko Polo
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Day 6: Dubrovnik

Begin the day with a short ferry ride to the peninsula of Peljesac. Peljesac is famous for producing Croatia’s finest wine — the Peljesac wine. A hilly island dotted with vineyards, Peljesac is also known for producing great oysters and mussels. As you bike through the beautiful countryside, stop at a quaint village called Ston, famous for having the longest fortified wall in Europe built back in the 14th century. End the day’s biking shortly thereafter and take a transfer to the city of Dubrovnik.

Ride Option 1: 32km Ride Option 2: 14km Ride Option 3: 60km

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Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Hotel Tirena

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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

bike

Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

Luggage Transfer

Transportation of luggage from one hotel to another.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

E-bikes

E-bikes are available (subject to availability) on this trip at a surcharge.

Additional Inclusions

  • Assistance: bike fitting, detailed briefing with description of places you will be visiting en route, lunch options and marked map with options for shorter or longer routes
  • All ferry tickets and private boat transfers
  • On Day 6 – transfer from Ston (Peljesac) to your accommodation in Dubrovnik
  • 24/7 emergency number

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.

Gratuity

Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.

Weather

The best period for biking in Croatia is late spring (end of April till the end of June) and early autumn (end of August till the end of October). In the period mentioned it is not extremely hot, there is not too much traffic, and if you did not pre-book accommodation you can find it almost anywhere as it is not the main tourist season. It can happen if you have a couple of days of rain (rain showers). Summer temperatures vary from 22°C to 26°C in the continental part of the country, 15°C to 20°C in mountain regions, and 26°C to 30°C in the coastal region. The highest tourist season is from mid-July to mid-August, and usually not so easy to find accommodation (if not pre-booked).

Late November is not recommended for biking in Croatia as many hotels and restaurants are closed and weather is very unpredictable.

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