Bike and kayak tour Croatian islands - semi supported, 8 days
Enjoy cycling and kayaking, discover cultural sights and gastronomy of the most beautiful Croatian region – Dalmatian coast and Islands. Spend two evenings in Split, walk along the streets of once great and important Roman site, dating back to 300 A.C Besides Diocletian’s palace, you will visit and bike along another UNESCO World Heritage site; Stari Grad plain on the Island Hvar. Cycle along lavender fields to reach famous and “trendy” town of Hvar. Ride along Korcula Island and discover its natural beauties, monasteries, gastronomy, old fisherman villages and ancient stone architecture.
Our guides will take you for a kayak tour along Marjan peninsula in Split as well as small group of Islands located in front of Island Hvar called Pakleni Islands.Another sea kayaking tour will take place around Korcula archipelago.
Continue exploring and cycling along peninsula Peljesac, before you reach your final destination; Dubrovnik the pearl of Adriatic.
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DAY 1: Split
Upon your arrival in Split you will meet our representative and get familiar with the area; most important sites and dining areas, get your bike fitted and get explanation of all the bike routes and options.
Most important site of Split is Diocletian’s Palace, now recognized on UNESCO’s World heritage list. The locals have their real homes molded in the old walls of the Palace and inside of it you will find numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food! In front of the Palace you might enjoy evening walk, along its beautiful waterfront promenade.
Depending on your arrival, you can enjoy easy, car- free 20 km bike ride or take an 80 km loop into the interior of the land.
Distance biked: 0-20 km, extra ride 80 km, unsupported cycling (easy bike routes)
Highlights: Split, Diocletian’s Palace, coastal roads of Marjan hill
DAY 2: Sea kayaking in Split
Today you can decide whether you prefer morning or sunset season for a 4 hour scenic adventure around Marjan peninsula. This is a perfect paddling experience for all beginners, as we keep close to the shore. After an introduction in paddling techniques and safety, we’ll start on our way around the peninsula. As the scenery changes from secluded bays in shaded pine forests to pebble beaches, we`ll stop for a dip in one of the bays—a perfect location for snorkeling as well! Explore the “wild side” of Split from the sea level perspective, just minutes away from busy city center! And don`t forget to pack your swimming gear as we stop for a swim and snorkeling in one of Marjan’s secluded coves.
Distance biked: optional
Sea kayak: guided 3-4 hours tour
Highlights: Sea kayak trip
Day 3: Island Hvar
Welcome to island Hvar. For the morning ride we suggest easy ride around the UNESCO site of Stari Grad. Stari Grad (Old town) is an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 B.C. Besides historical sites you will discover quite charming towns and roads where you will be biking, passing next to private gardens, along the coast and olive groves. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and probably most beautiful road along the lavender fields to reach town Hvar. Once in Hvar town, enjoy a well deserved café or aperitif at one of the most beautiful Venetian style piazza’s in the Mediterranean and watch the world go by.
Distance biked: 20-50 km, car/van support (during the climb)
Accommodation: Hvar town
Highlights: Jelsa, Vrboska, UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain, beaches, lavender road, Hvar town
Day 4: Sea kayaking Hvar
After leisure breakfast you set off to the group of small islands called the Pakleni. The origin of the name goes back to old days when the islands were the main source of rosin for local shipbuilders. Today, just like then, the islands are covered with thick pine woods providing refreshing shade even during the hottest summer days. The route through narrow straits and along the islands reveals small hidden pebble beaches where you can enjoy the privilege of having, at least temporarily, a beach of your own, where you can swim, snorkel and relax. Returning back to Hvar around 2PM. Optional lunch is possible in a restaurant on the beach. Dinner is on your own tonight in Hvar town.
Distance biked: optional 0-20 km
Sea kayak tour: guided 3-4 hours
Accommodation: Hvar town
Highlights: Sea kayak tour Hvar, Pakleni islands
Day 5: Island Korcula
After the private boat transfer, start with your bike ride on Island Korcula, about 46 kilometers to the town of Korcula. Island was very early populated; even before Greek times and evidences can bee see on you ride! During the history it was chosen by Venetians as a spot to build their important walled city on the northern shores of the island. Therefore, nowadays, thanks to that, we have most magnificent walled Korcula Old Town still preserved and almost intact for centuries where you sleep for next 2 nights.
Enjoy the scenic south side of the island, with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along the small villages and hamlets and stop in some of the few great local Konoba (taverns) for most amazing locally prepared food!
Distance biked: 46 km, car/van support today for the bike ride
Accommodation: Korcula town
Highlights: private boat ride, Korcula town, Island Korcula, charming stone villages, vineyards, local restaurants
Day 6: Sea kayaking Korcula
As you stay for another day in Korcula take a chance to explore the island of Korcula; its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests that cover the island. Guided sea kayaking tour takes you along islets and rocks scattered between Korcula, Lumbarda and Orebic. Besides monastery on Badija, stone quarries of Vrhnik you will enjoy crystalline waters and tranquility of Korcula’s archipelago.
As for the cycling, there are few loop options today. Whatever you choose, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and along beautiful coast of the island. Taste the traditional food; like home made gnocchi, homemade macaroni, pasticada....and other meals which have been traditionally prepared by the locals for centuries.... Some of the best Croatian white wines are produced on this island, which will just add flavor to your lunch or dinner. Did we mention Marco Polo was born here, and has started his life journey from Korcula?
Distance biked: 0 - 45 km, unsupported cycling (easy bike routes)
Sea kayak tour: guided 4-5 hours
Accommodation: Korcula town
Highlights: Korcula town, east side of Island Korcula, pebble and sandy beaches, vineyards
Day 7: Peljesac peninsula
Today, for your final ride, you will be cruising along Peljesac peninsula. You will be riding along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California, and Primitivo from Calabria. There are many vineries which can be visited along the ride. Enjoy the great views Peljesac is offering you, Mljet and Korcula Island on your right and mainland on your left. The ride today has a couple of hills, coastal rides, vineyards… Your final bike destination is Ston, from where you will be transferred to Dubrovnik. Ston, salt producing village on Peljesac peninsula was built in the 14th century town and has with the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5 km. Ston was important town for Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century which you are about to see!
Distance biked: 60 km, van support today during the ride
Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, Ston and Dubrovnik
Day 8: End
Today after breakfast the tour ends. You might want to extend your stay in Dubrovnik and explore the historical sites along with magnificent wall that surrounds the old town!
- For groups of 4 or more guests, we provide additional 5% discount.
The price includes:
- 7 days accommodation with breakfast
- Bike rental during the entire tour
- Our assistance which consists of bike fitting, detailed briefing with description of places you will be visiting en route, lunch options, marked map with options for shorter or longer route
- All the ferry tickets and private boat transfers
- 3 guided sea kayak tours (Split, Hvar and Korcula)
- Luggage shuttles
- Car/van support on days 3, 5 and 7 which are harder cycling days
The price does not include:
- Travel insurance
- E-bike supplement (EUR 140,00)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
GUESTHOUSE / B&B
- various private accommodation
CLASSIC (3* and 4* accommodation)
Split: Hotel Slavija or Hotel Peristil
Hvar: Villa Nora or Hotel Pharos
Korcula: Hotel Marko Polo
Dubrovnik: Hotel Lapad or Hotel Lacroma or Hotel Perla
PREMIERE (4* accommodation)
Split: Hotel Marmont or Hotel Cornaro
Hvar: Hotel Amfora or Hotel Park
Korcula: Hotel Korcula or Hotel Korsal
Dubrovnik: Hotel Lapad or Hotel Lacroma
EXCLUSIVE (4* and 5* accommodation)
Split Hotel Vestibul or Hotel Park
Hvar: Hotel Adriana
Korcula: Hotel Lesic Dimitri
Dubrovnik: Villa Argentina, Hotel Pucic Palace or Hotel Bellevue
This is semi-supported tour, which is probably expression you did not hear many times..
We carefully designed this tour to offer you support when needed (our islands are not flat but offer unique views and beautiful cycling roads) and choice to travel and experience Croatia at your own pace.
All kayaking tours are guided and easy (duration 3-4 hours)
Bike tours are not guided. We will provide a great road book with detailed cycling maps, historical description of visited area, dining and other on-tour highlights.
We do offer support for the harder and longer bike rides and move your luggage from one location to other.
- Great custom built hybrid or road bikes
- UNESCO SITES: Diocletian’s Palace, Stari Grad plain on Hvar, Old city of Dubrovnik
- Lavender roads of Hvar, Wine area of Korcula Island
- Lodging in Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik
- Beautiful and secluded beaches of Hvar, Korcula and Peljesac peninsula
- Second longest fortified walls in the world and ancient salt works in Ston
- Unique Croatian travel experience and immersion in local culture
- Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic
- Peljesac – Dingac and Plavac Mali vineyards on Peljesac
- Guided sea kayak tour in Split, Hvar and Korcula.
- Van/car support during bike rides
Number of nights: 7
START/END OF BIKE TOUR
Tour commences: Split, Croatia
Closest airports: Split airport (SPU). From the airport to the centre of town: bus or taxi (22 km).
By ferry: From Italy (Ancona) take the overnight ferry to Split.
Tour ends: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Closest airports: Dubrovnik airport (DBV). From the centre of town to the airport: bus or taxi (25 km).
By ferry: From Bari in Italy to Dubrovnik
This tour can start any day during the whole year.
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