Bike and Sail tour of Croatian Dalmatian coast
Join us and explore Croatian Dalmatian Coast and its islands by bicycle and boat! Arrive early to explore Split, where you'll see Diocletian's 3rd century palace (still inhabited by descendants of the Romans who settled this area!). We'll board our luxury gulet (traditional Mediterranean wooden sailboat) in Split and head off on an aquatic adventure, sleeping on board the ship. On our tour, we pedal three of the Mediterranean's most picturesque and well-known islands - Brac, Hvar and Korcula - and also visit smaller, more out of the way islands like Vis and Solta. If you decide you want a break from the bike there will be ample opportunities to explore tiny fishing villages, swim in the sea or even stand up paddle boarding from our boat.
2018 DATE: June 03 - 10.
20-50 km rides with elevation gain of up to 3000 feet per day possible. Due to the topography on the islands, climbing is inevitable as these islands all start at sea level and have mountains. Easier rides and shuttle options allow this trip to be either a easy or a moderate rated if you do the longer rides.
Day 1: Meet in Split
Arrive in seaside Split early to enjoy the stunning beaches, medieval passageways and Diocletian's expansive palace (built at the turn of the 3rd century A.D.). We'll meet in the afternoon for a bike fitting and easy bike ride around the town's Marjan peninsula (the Central Park of Split) and finish at the dock to board our gullet, the Tajna Mora - our floating home for the next week. Enjoy the scenery as we cruise to the island of Brac where we will dock for the night.
Distance: Test ride 10-17 km (6-11 miles).
Highlights: Medieval center of Split, easy test ride, Marjan peninsula, cruise to Brac island
Day 2: Bike ride on Brac island
How much island riding would you like? Pedal by the sea from the dock to tiny Pucisca with time for a coffee before visiting the stone cutting school or artisan workshop in Pucisca, which is famous for its white stone (it most famously appears in the White House). Those wanting a small challenge can continue up and over the island to a height of 440 meters above sea level to enjoy a smooth descent into beautiful Bol (others can take a shuttle there). Take time to explore the coast near Bol, especially the famous long white beach at Zlatni Rat. Return to our boat for the night, enjoy the view of the island you've pedaled while lounging and enjoying dinner with a view.
Distance: Approx. 25 km (16 miles) or up to 48 km (30 miles) for those climbing over to Bol.
Highlights: Scenic views on the ride to Pucisca, visit the stone cutting school in Pucisca, enjoy the beach at Zlatni Rat
Meals: B, D
Day 3: Hvar Island riding
We'll pedal due east today, starting with a gentle climb over 12 km to then ride along the central ridge of Hvar island to its eastern most tip. If this first stretch of climbing seems a bit much, hop a shuttle and start cycling after the climb. Our highest point today is 350 meters above sea level before a long and gentle descent brings us back to the sea and the Sucuraj port where we will meet our boat and cruise to Korcula island. Allow ample time to soak in the old town of Korcula, the capital of the island that shares the same name. Founded as a Greek colony in the 4th century and controlled mostly by Venice from 1000 AD until 1797, Korcula retains the 14th century fortress style bestowed upon it by Venice.
Distance: 51 km (32 miles)
Highlights: Ride narrow Hvar island, ridge top cycling, evening in medieval Korcula
Meals: B, L
Day 4: Cycle or Sail Korcula Island to Vela Luka
If you want an easier day today, depart Korcula for a shorter route through pine, olive groves and sandy vineyards to the quaint seaside town of Lumbarda and then back to Korcula to continue north to another small town where you can jump back on the boat for a leisurely cruise to the town of Vela Luka. If you crave more time on the bike, summit the island at 500 meters after the town of Pupnat and continue a scenic and quiet ride along Korcula Island to the small port town of Vela Luka to meet the boat. Depending on time and weather, we'll sleep near Vela Luka or continue to the next island, island of Vis.
Distance: 25 km (16 miles) or up to 45-55 km (28-34 miles)
Highlights: Seaside vistas, quaint towns and picturesque wide bay and coves at Vela Luka
Meals: B, D
Day 5: Loop ride on Vis Island
If we cruise this morning to the Island of Vis it will be a leasurly morning. In Vis we'll enjoy lunch on the boat before taking a short loop ride on the rarely visited but exceptionally beautiful small island of Vis. Ride the east side for a shorter loop and plenty of time to jump in the sea (even from the boat!) or ride around the whole island for a more challenging ride. On the island we'll enjoy a special peka dinner in a local konoba- fish, meat or a vegetarian meal cooked under a unique iron bell. Pozdrav!
Distance: 20 km (12 miles) or up to 35 km (22 miles)
Highlights: Island loop ride on Vis, swimming from the boat, Peka dinner
Day 6: Boat ride to Hvar town then ride or boat to Stari Grad
We're back to Hvar Island today, visiting the capital itself --Hvar Town. Settled by colonists from the Greek island of Paros in the 4th century BC, Hvar Island was dominated for centuries by the Venetians. Enjoy this trendy town! Those wanting a challenge can cycle up and over the narrow island through cultivated vineyards and abandoned lavender fields surrounded by stone walls and panoramic views of the coastline. Those opting for a more leisurely ride can cruise around the western side of the island on the boat and then take a loop ride on the north side of the island. Our destination is the town of Stari Grad, the oldest on the island and one of the oldest towns settled on all the Adriatic islands. Enjoy a walk and/or drink around the tiny medieval streets before returning to the boat for a swim and dinner on board.
Distance: 25 km (15 miles) with just loop ride from Stari Grad or up to 45 km (28 miles) to cross the island and then do the loop ride.
Highlights: Boat ride to Hvar Island, Hvar Town, UNESCO World Heritage site Stari Grad, oldest town on Hvar
Meals: B, D
Day 7: Pedal Solta Island
After breakfast, our boat will take us to the tiny, picturesque island of Solta, whose economy is largely sustained by olives, fruit, fishing and some beach tourism. This small island just off the larger and more well-known island of Brac boasts rocky beaches, harbors and inlets, and quiet villages. Our ride today includes a stop at the Tvrdic Honey Farm where you can enjoy lunch and a visit to this family hobby turned profession. Continue on across the island to the other towns or return to our boat for a shorter ride. Prepare for a celebratory dinner together!
Distance: Between 12-35 km depending on how far you ride.
Highlights: Quaint Solta Island, Tvrdic Honey Farm visit, traverse an island, small villages
Meals: B, D
Day 8: Tour ends in Split
Our tour ends after breakfast this morning and one final boat ride together from Solta to the bustling port in Split. If you didn't have a chance to explore the fascinating Roman city of Split, take the opportunity now as it has a few incredible sites not to be missed. Or head on to your next adventure. Whatever your travel plans from here, thank you for joining us!
Price per person: USD $ 3995,00
Single supplement*: USD$ 950
*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
Dates and Prices:
June 03 - 10, 2018
Start dates do not work for you? You like the tour, but prefer different kind of accommodation?
Custom trips and private departures
Meridien Ten can customize trips to meet your wishes, preferences, cycling distances and budget.
For families, small groups, bike clubs or tour operators we create great, tailor-made tours.
Please send us e-mail for more info.
Services included in the tour price :
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
- Tour planning tips on what to bring, what to leave home, and what you might like to read before your trip.
- Bicycle Tour Training program designed specifically for your tour rating by renowned cycling coach, Joe Friel.
- Assistance with flights, trains and booking extra nights at your starting and ending tour hotels.
- A complimentary gift of your choice
ON YOUR BICYCLE TOUR
- Superb tour leaders who are great fun and also bilingual, bicultural experts, and avid cyclists. They're experienced to help you navigate confidently on and off the road.
- 7 nights accommodation on a luxury boat
- All breakfasts & 6 dinners with wine, 8 breakfasts, some lunches, visit to a local honey producer, a stone cutting school visit
- Use of a high quality bike—a Titanium road bike, hybrid, or an aluminum tandem. All of our bikes are geared specifically to cruise the flats and help ease you over the mountain.
- Our bikes come with a computer so you can track your miles. They also have an expandable rear rack pack to carry your stuff, and a water bottle that's yours to keep.
- Full van support to carry luggage - and tired cyclists, too!
- Special events like wine tastings and cultural visits as described in the trip itinerary.
- All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
- Unique routes, marked with our signature chalk dust arrows that ensure you won't get lost. They also give you the freedom to travel at your own pace.
- Daily mileage options—for those folks who just can't get enough cycling, we'll suggest optional routes off our marked course.
- Detailed route map, and arrows that will lead you to hidden wonders on your bicycle ride.
- All the fun (and more) that you expect from your vacation.
What's not included:
- Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
- Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
- Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Tour Leader gratuity
Sleeping aboard a luxury gullet, Ancient cities of Split, Korcula Island and Town, Hvar Town and Island, Dalmatian Islands, Secluded and Scenic Beaches, Swimming in the Adriatic, Paddle boarding off the boat
The usual plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation on a luxury boat, 6 dinners with wine, 8 breakfasts, some lunches, visit to a local honey producer, a stone cutting school visit, pick up from Split
Arrive/Depart: Airport Split (SPU)
Total Distance: 168 km (104 miles) - 286 km (178 miles)
Daily distance: 28 km (17 miles) - 48 km (30 miles)
This tour includes 7 nights accommodation on a luxury boat Tajna Mora.
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