Cycle Croatia

Cycle Croatia

From $ 2,375 AUD

Description

With islands of olive groves and cypress forests to see, sparkling beaches to cool off in, and romantic cities to discover, Croatia is the perfect setting for an idyllic island escape. Explore the Dalmatian coastline by bike, visiting charming fishermen’s villages and the ancient harbour towns of Split and Dubrovnik along the way. Make friends with the locals at an al fresco lunch in Pupnat and soak up the sunset views of the Adriatic. Experience Hvar’s vibrant nightlife, or unwind with a drink and a dip at one of Dubrovnik’s hidden cliffside bars. 

Trip Name
Cycle Croatia
Last Updated
2019-07-25
Days
7
Capacity
15
Highlights
  • Cycle through whitewashed villages and marvel at the sublime sapphire waters of the Adriatic Sea
  • Visit the largest island of Dalmatia, with its cypress forests, orange and olive trees, and glowing white pebble beaches
  • Filled with fragrant lavender, pines, fruit orchards and a towering limestone ridge, Hvar is truly stunning
  • Enjoy a gelato or take a refreshing dip in the sea in sunny Korcula
  • Traverse to the top of Srd Hil and appreciate the view of Old Dubrovnik, its harbor and the Adriatic Sea

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. MUSEUM OPENING TIMES Please note that many sights, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays.

Day 1 - Split
Dobro Dosli! Welcome to Croatia. Today is arrival day and there are no activities planned for today apart from a welcome meeting at 6pm. After this meeting you have the option of heading out for a meal with your group. Perhaps grab a drink at a cafe on the gorgeous Riva Promenade. As this tour will spend a limited time in Split, arriving early is recommended to fully enjoy all that Split has to offer. Explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian's Palace, see the original and fantastically preserved basements under the city, or simply unwind with a walk along the waterfront promenade. Please note on this trip you need to arrive with your own bicycle helmet as bicycle shops are closed on Sundays and we depart Split the following day before the shops are open. Cycling distance: none
Day 2 - Brac Island
It’s an early start today as we catch the ferry (approx. 1 hr) from Split to Supetar on the largest island in Dalmatia, Brac. There is a bike fitting for the group followed by a short test ride to ensure everything is working properly. From here we start our first 'real' ride in Croatia, cycling from Supetar along the winding coastal road to the beautiful seaside village of Pučišća. Along the way we take a short detour inland to the tiny village of Dol, passing well maintained vineyards, fig tree plantations and olive groves along the way. Considered an “ethno-eco village” this is Dalmatia ‘as it used to be’. After a quick stop for refreshments in Pučišća we encounter our first real climb of the trip up to Praznica – it is a pretty steep climb (7kms at an average of 7.5%) but as long as you focus on slow, steady riding you’ll be rewarded with endless views over the blue Adriatic Sea while passing by olive groves, cypress forests, and timeless drystone walls. And remember if you don’t feel up to it we always have our support vehicle available to people that need it. We’ll have a rest at the top then cycle across the relatively flat centre of the island before enjoying a well-earned descent down to the popular town of Bol. Bol is famous for the Zlatni rat (Golden Cape), one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic Sea and an excellent place to relax after a hard day’s cycling. Take part in a short orientation walk, ending with ample time to enjoy an optional visit to the famous Stina Winery for a wine tasting. The wine of choice here is Plavac Mali, the King of Dalmatian red wines. Also sample the Crljenak, a native Croatian grape variety. End the day with a walk along the coastal boulevard and perhaps try some seafood for dinner. Cycling distance: approx. 35kms/22 miles, undulating with a significant climb towards the end of the ride, approx. 650m/2130ft of total elevation gain
Day 3 - Hvar Island
It's another early morning as we take the ferry to Stari Grad (via Split, total transport time approx. 4.5 hours). We take lunch in Split and have a little time to look around before boarding the second ferry. Set in a beautiful protected bay, Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe, settled by Neolithic tribes as far back as 3500BC. Today the old stone houses, narrow streets and small squares still retain a cultured and historic feel. There's plenty to see and do, including the medieval Dominican Monastery and Tvrdalj Fortress. Leaving Stari Grad behind we ride up to the scenic hilly heart of Hvar Island, via the less-trafficked old road, passing viewpoints (including one of the entire bay with Brač Island in the distance) and old taverns along the way before stopping for lunch. Afterwards we descend through the old village of Brusje and down into the vibrant Hvar Town, with its historic charm and ancient city walls (approximately 21 kms). The streets of Hvar are a traffic-free zone, giving you ample freedom to slowly stroll the Pjaca (piazza) and soak in the views of St Stephen's Cathedral, the Arsenal, and the myriad Palaces that flank the square. Cycling distance: approx. 27kms/17 miles, flat start then mostly climbing for 10kms/6 miles then descending the last 10kms, with approx. 560m/1830ft of elevation gain.
Day 4 - Korcula Island
Enjoy a free morning with a quiet sleep in, or spend some more time savouring the ambience of Hvar Town. For options for the free day maybe check out the Hvar Spanjola fortress for views, go on a boat tour, or ask your tour leader for suggestions for a hike to Velo Grablje village, Catch a catamaran across to the island of Korcula, arriving late in the evening into Korcula Town, a Venetian Renaissance-inspired walled city full of narrow streets, medieval towers and the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo. Perhaps head out for a late dinner and a bar with a view of the Adriatic. Cycling distance: none
Day 5 - Korcula Island
Prepare for a big day on the road through the very heart of Korcula, past countless vineyards, olive groves and forests – the ride is a long one but well worth the effort! Starting early in the day we ride drive up to the tiny hamlet of Pupnat (avoiding a nasty 10km/6 mile climb on the bikes!) for an early homemade breakfast with our local hosts. The position of Pupnat and steepness of the approach is no accident. It was designed to help keep Pupnat safe from pirates through the ages. Pupnat is Korcula ‘as it used to be’ – a picture perfect farming village with attractive stone buildings and a laid back atmosphere. Next enjoy a descent down to Pupnatska Luka, a beautiful bay with a clean pebble beach, then follow the magnificent coastline through Smokvica and its significant vineyards before tackling the final climb to Blato then once again descending down to the former fishing village turned large port town of Vela Luka. We have some time to walk around, have a quick coffee break then board our support vehicle and drive back across the island towards Korčula Town. In the late afternoon we drive back to Pupnat to visit a local farm and eat a delicious dinner on the outside patio. Sample some of the family wines and be treated to a meal made entirely from ingredients found on the farm. Afterwards, return to Korcula Town. The evening is free to explore the narrow streets of this wonderful town. Cycling distance: approx. 48kms/30 miles, mostly downhill but at times undulating, with approx. 630m/2070ft of elevation gain.
Day 6 - Dubrovnik
Transfer by boat to Orebic on the isthmus of the Pelješac Peninsula. To avoid some serious uphill riding we drive high above the tiny village of Postup to the 'Panorama viewpoint' to take in the views then start our ride towards Potomje village for optional wine tasting and an introduction to the local wine growing traditions. Take to the backroads and cycle through the hills of the Dingač vineyards region before continuing to the beautiful bay of Žuljana. Finish our final ride in Croatia with a rewarding climb up to the village of Putnikovic, then enjoy an impromptu picnic and optional wine tasting in the natural surroundings before continuing by vehicle (approx. 20 mins) to the delightful walled town of Ston. While Ston is well known for its 700 year old medieval defensive stone wall, few know the real purpose of these walls was to protect the precious salt trade that helped found the wealth of nearby Dubrovnik. Visit these ancient salt pans on a short orientation walk. Afterwards, re-board your support vehicle and follow the glorious winding coast all the way down to Dubrovnik (approx. 1hr). With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, Dubrovnik is picturesque, full of character and can easily be covered on foot. Take part in an orientation walk, including entry to the ancient city wall itself. Cycling distance: approx. 27kms/17 miles, undulating with approx. 480m/1550ft of elevation gain.
Day 7 - Dubrovnik
Today is departure day and you are free to leave at any time. Perhaps take an extra day to explore the narrow streets of Dubrovnik, or catch the cable car to the top of Srd Hil and enjoy the magnificent views over Old Town. Cycling distance: none

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
01-09-201907-09-2019AUD $ 2,375-
15-09-201921-09-2019AUD $ 2,375-
29-09-201905-10-2019AUD $ 2,610-
13-10-201919-10-2019AUD $ 2,375-
26-04-202002-05-2020AUD $ 2,440-
10-05-202016-05-2020AUD $ 2,440-
24-05-202030-05-2020AUD $ 2,535-
07-06-202013-06-2020AUD $ 2,535-
14-06-202020-06-2020AUD $ 2,535-
28-06-202004-07-2020AUD $ 2,440-
05-07-202011-07-2020AUD $ 2,440-
19-07-202025-07-2020AUD $ 2,440-
02-08-202008-08-2020AUD $ 2,440-
09-08-202015-08-2020AUD $ 2,440-
16-08-202022-08-2020AUD $ 2,440-
30-08-202005-09-2020AUD $ 2,535-
06-09-202012-09-2020AUD $ 2,535-
13-09-202019-09-2020AUD $ 2,535-
27-09-202003-10-2020AUD $ 2,440-
11-10-202017-10-2020AUD $ 2,440-

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights),apartment (3 nights)

Transport

Bicycle,Support vehicle,Ferry,(e-bike option available,subject to availability)

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