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Cycle Croatia

7 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices 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
Today there is a bike fitting for the group followed by a short test ride to ensure everything is working properly. Afterwards, catch the ferry from Split to the largest island in Dalmatia, Brac. The journey will take approximately one hour. Here we start our first 'real' ride in Croatia, cycling from Supetar along the winding coastal road to the beautiful seaside village of Pucišca (approximately 30 kilometres). Along the way we take a short 3km 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 Pucišca 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 spend the next 8kms cycling across the relatively flat centre of the island before enjoying a well-earned 10km 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. 55 kms/35 miles

Day 3 Hvar Island
Disembark the ferry at Stari Grad around lunchtime (via Split, total transport time approx. 4.5 hours). 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 Brac 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. 21 kms/13 miles

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 and hilly one but well worth the effort!

Starting early in the day we ride west along the old road and climb up to the tiny hamlet of Pupnat. 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 5km 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 to Korcula 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, or perhaps enjoy a performance of Korcula's proudest tradition, The Moreska Sword Dance.

Cycling distance: approx. 60 kms/38 miles

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 south towards the delightful walled town of Ston (approximately 60 kilometres). Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch. 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, board your support vehicle and follow the glorious winding coast all the way down to Dubrovnik. 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. 60 kms/38 miles

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
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All This Included
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. 
  • Meals - 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Transport - Bicycle, Support vehicle, Ferry
  • Pupnat Wine tasting and Lunch
  • Ston Salt Pans
  • Dubrovnik City Walls
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
Accommodations
Hotel (3 nights)
Apartment (3 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 14
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 15
  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short (the longest ride is only 50 kilometres) the terrain of the Dalmatian Coast is naturally hilly and the climate often warm. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip, but remember we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
  • As our riding is done mostly on sealed roads with the occasional gravel cycle path there are no technical cycling skills required. Given there will be hills, we do suggest practicing riding downhill so you are comfortable with this once the trips begins.
  • There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way, a puncture here and there, but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
  • As there are cobblestones and many stairs in most European towns, and space in our support van is limited, it's strongly recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead.
  • You'll be spending your nights in hotels at each step on this tour, ranging from comfortable to basic levels, but always authentic and a great opportunity to interact with the locals and fellow travellers alike.  Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • The weather in this region can vary depending on the season. Be prepared to get sweaty and for the occasional rainstorm, which may require a change of plans.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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