Cycling adventure from Split to Dubrovnik
Split-Island Brač-Island of Hvar-Korčula island-Dubrovnik
Croatia has many different landscapes from hills and mountains inland to the seaside with its many islands. It is the land of green islands, deep blue sea, historic interesting towns, like Dubrovnik and Split, delicious seafood, excellent wines and olive oil. This cycling holiday combines all these characteristics to one successful tour. Cycling along the coast you will have magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea, the many islands, hills covered with vineyards and olive groves and will pass picturesque small towns.
It is a Island hopping tour, which brings you to Brač, dominated by a karst limestone relief. The Romans used this high quality stone for their palaces and temples. The next Island you visit is Hvar, which was for a long time important for the trade on the Adriatic Sea and the town of Hvar was the naval base of the Venetian Republic. Korčula is another stunning island, the 6st largest of Croatia. The island has a dense forest and the town of Korčula is called the little Dubrovnik. The St.Mark’s cathedral and the next-door Abbey treasury are worth a visit.
Certainly two highlights are the town of Split with its old town centre inside the Roman palace of Diocletian and the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik with its impressive town walls and castle, used as set for the Game of Thrones. Both towns are full of life with many bars, restaurants, museums and squares with terraces, excellent places to start and end this wonderful cycling tour! Don’t forget to try the different local specialities like the oxen meat Boškarin, the fishermen’s stew Brodetto and the fried donuts Fritule. Croatia produces also excellent wines in many different regions, with a wine-history going back to the Greek. Wines to try are the Babic (Primosten), Merlot (Drniš), Pošip maraština and Grk (Korčula). All in all you will experience an authentic, unique Croatia!
The daily program of the 6-day tour
Individual arrival at Split, the second-largest town in Croatia. In the end of afternoon/evening you will have a briefing with our local representative. In the evening, you can explore the nice town centre of Split, an exuberant city with a perfect balance of past, traditions and modern life. Step inside Diocletian’s Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage site). There are many cozy bars, good restaurants and interesting shops surrounded by the old roman walls and remains of the palace. You could consider to book an extra night because on this first day there is the possibility to choose between three interesting cycling loops.
Highlights: Diocletian’s palace, Marjan hill, Split
Overnight with breakfast in Split
In the morning, you will leave Split and with the ferry, you reach the island of Brač, the biggest island of Croatia with highest hilltop of all islands, St. Vid hill. The landscape and views are stunning, but challenging with many up- and downhill cycling. Stone from the island of Brač is representing its soul. It is also a UNESCO protected heritage site. You can take a lunch in some of the local restaurants, the “konoba”, where local food is served. In afternoon, you will take the ferry back to Split.
Highlights: Island Brač, ancient inland villages and coastal towns, art galleries and museums, laid back island lifestyle.
Overnight with breakfast in Split
Option 1: West side loop
Distance: 36 km / 22 miles
Ascent: + 700 m / + 2280 ft
Option 2: Supetar – Sutivan – Postira – Supetar
Distance: 35 km / 2,7 miles
Ascent: + 500 m / + 1630 ft
The name of the island of Hvar derives from the Greek – Pharos. In the past the island Hvar was under Venetian influence, a feature which can be noticed in the architecture in the town of Hvar. Today your ride will start from the town of Stari Grad and finishes in Hvar. Along the route, you will see many lavender farms and olive groves, a typical landscape of the Mediterranean islands. The afternoon you will spend in town of Hvar, where you can enjoy a stroll along its beautiful promenade and have a dinner in one of its cosy restaurants.
Highlights: Jelsa, Vrboska and many small villages, Stari Grad, UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain, museums, beaches, lavender fields, town of Hvar
Overnight with breakfast in Hvar town
Option 1: Stari Grad – Hvar town
Distance: 20 km / 12.3 miles
Ascent: + 490 m / + 1600 ft
Option 2: Stari Grad loop
Distance: 27 km / 17 miles
Ascent: + 330 m / + 1080 ft
After breakfast you will take the speed boat from Hvar to Vela Luka at Korčula. The cycle route of today goes from the west to the east of this lovely island: from Vela Luka to the town of Korčula. On your bicycle, you will discover the whole island and its hidden places. There are many small, wonderful villages with vineyards and olive groves and you cross lush forests of holm oak and Mediterranean pines, which gave its name to the island by the Greek in the 4th century BC: Korkyra Melaina, which means Dark Korčula. The end point of today is the town of Korčula.
Highlights: Private boat ride, Korčula town, island Korcula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants
Overnight with breakfast in Korčula
Option 1: Vela Luka – Korčula
Distance: 46 km / 28.3 miles
Ascent: + 860 m / + 2805 ft
Option 2: Vela Luka – Korčula extra
Distance: 55 km / 34 miles
Ascent: + 1080 m / + 3540 ft
Today you can have a day of rest and enjoy the beaches and sea or make a ride across the magnificent landscape of the island of Korčula. In Lumbarda, a renowned wine area, you can taste some these wines in local winery’s. After the tour you will have another night in the town, which was maybe the birthplace of famous traveller Marco Polo. In the centre of town you can visit the Marco Polo’s exhibition. Korčula is well-known for the Moreška, a traditional sword dance, which dates back a hundreds of years. It is an elaborate production involving two groups of dancers, engaging in a mock battle over the fate of a veiled young woman. On 29 July (St. Theodore’s Day) it is traditionally performed and during the summer there are weekly performances for the tourist on the island. Only the men from the town of Korčula can participate at this dance.
Highlights: Korčula town, island Korčula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants and wineries.
Overnight with breakfast in Korčula town
Option 1: Loop ride
Distance: 34 km / 21 miles
Ascent: + 680 m / + 2220 ft
Option 2: Big loop ride
Distance: 84 km / 52 miles
Ascent: + 1700 m / + 5580 ft
Option 3: Korčula to Račišće loop
Distance: 26 km / 16,2 miles
Ascent: + 415 m / + 1360 ft
This morning you leave the town of Korčula and you start cycling on the Pelješac peninsula. From Orebić till Ston you will have impressive views over the island of Korčula and Mljet. In this part of Croatia there is a long history of wine making and you will have the opportunity to taste some of the best Croatian wines, such as Dingač and Postup, along the route. This tour ends in the town of Ston, where salt was production for the Dubrovnik Republic. Ston had in the 14th century a 5 kilometres long wall, which made part of the fortification of Dubrovnik Republic. From Ston you will have a transfer to Dubrovnik. End of tour
Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, Ston and Dubrovnik, wineries
Accommodation in Dubrovnik not included
Orebić to Ston
Distance: 57 km / 35.5 miles
Ascent: + 1240 m / + 4070 ft
A cycling tour with daily distances between 20 km / 12,4 miles and 84 km / 52,2 miles. Cycling in hilly landscapes with significant up- and downhill cycling. For cyclist with cycling experience and good physical condition.
Total km: About km 279 km / 173 miles
Daily from April until end of October
1 or more people.
START / FINISH:
Split / Dubrovnik