Cycling from Split to Dubrovnik, 6 days
Cycle along the most beautiful areas of the Croatian coast!
Spend two evenings in Split, discover beautiful Diocletian palace, once great and important roman site, with historical sites dating back to 300 A.C.
Join locals in traditional “konoba” / tavern and enjoy a glass of local “vino” or “pivo”.
Discover stone quarries, ancient villages and coastal roads of island Brac, UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad plain and bike along lavender fields to reach famous and trendy town of Hvar.
Ride along Korcula island and experience its natural beauties, monasteries, churches, old fisherman villages, ancient stone architecture and wine cellars.
Continue biking along peninsula Peljesac, before you reach your final destination; Dubrovnik - the pearl of Adriatic.
Overnight in Split, Hvar and Korcula, the most beautiful Adriatic towns.
DAY 1 - DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE AND SPLIT TOWN
Welcome to Split! Depending on your arrival time we will fit bikes, have briefing and suggest easy loop ride along Marjan hill starting from your hotel, located in the very center of town. In the evening we urge you to explore 1700 years old Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into UNESCO World heritage list, the Peristyle, Romanesque houses, experience every day’s life, ancient fish market and fishermen…
Distance biked: 20km, extra 80km
Highlights: Diocletian’s palace, Marjan hill, Split
DAY 2 - COASTAL AND INLAND RIDES ON ISLAND BRAC
Today you take 45 min ferry ride to Island Brac, located just in front of Split. Various riding options and distances, from easy 25 km to big 80km+ loop rides, visiting Greece and Roman ruins, fisherman villages, wine cellars and art galleries. Island Brac is famous for its stone – the White house in Washington and Diocletian’s palace are just some sites that were built with that stone! All the ancient villages and towns on Brac are kind of an exhibition of fine stone work! Return to Split with the late afternoon ferry.
Distance biked: 0-80km
Highlights: Island Brac, ancient inland villages and coastal towns, art galleries and museums, laid back island lifestyle
DAY 3 - LAVENDER ROADS, UNESCO SITES AND VENETIAN STYLE HVAR TOWN
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.
Distance biked: 20-60km
Overnight: Hvar town
Highlights: Jelsa, Vrboska and many small villages, Stari Grad, UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain, museums, beaches, lavender fields, Hvar town
DAY 4 – SPEED BOAT TO KORCULA ISLAND
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: 46km, extra ride 10km
Accommodation: hotel in town of Korcula
Highlights: private boat ride, Korcula town, island Korcula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants
DAY 5: KORCULA'S BEACHES AND UNIQUE VINEYARDS
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. 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: 0-36km, extra ride 20km
Accommodation: hotel in town of Korcula
Highlights: Korcula town, island Korcula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants and wineries
DAY 6 - WINE ROADS OF PELJESAC AND DUBROVNIK
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 – 5.5km. 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: 60km
Accommodation: on your own in Dubrovnik
Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, Ston and Dubrovnik
- For groups of 4 or more guests, we provide additional 5% discount.
Being a small company we are flexible and able to customize our tours to meet your wishes. Type of accommodation, duration of tour, including or excluding some islands, providing additional services: self guided hiking tours, sailing trips, sea kayaking tours and many more.
However we intend to get really bust from April so your early requests for any type of customization will be much appreciated.
The price includes
- 5 day accommodation (bed & breakfast in 2 bedded rooms) in Split (2 nights), Hvar (1 night), Korcula (2 nights)
- 6 day bike rental (road, hybrid or tandem bike) + lock, pump, spare tube, helmet and patch kit, rear rack bag
- 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
- Luggage transfers
- On Day 6 – transfer from Ston (Peljesac) to your accommodation in Dubrovnik
The price does not include
- Travel insurance
- Shuttles during the riding time
- All lunches and dinners
- Tips or any kind of gratitude
- Airport transfers (can be organized at additional cost)
- Accommodation in Dubrovnik (Day 6)
- E-bike hire (EUR 70,00 supplement)
- Airport transfers
- Pre and post tour consulting and travel planning
Please note, if there are no rooms available in the period of your trip we will provide accommodation of same standard in the same area.
Meridien Ten can adjust accommodation and tour itineraries in accordance with your preferences. Feel free to send us your customized requests!
Please note there are just few good hotels along the Dalmatian coast and Islands and they do intend to fill up early in the season so your early inquiry will be appreciated!
Hotel Marmont, Split
Hotel Adriana, Hvar
Hotel Lesic Dimitri, Korcula
- various private accommodation
The Dalmatian islands are known for its hills. Each day, if you are doing loops longer than 30km, you will have a climb over approximately 400 meters.
From riding days, 1st, 2nd and 5th day are loop ones and you can chose your daily distance, from 0 to 45 or more kilometers daily.
The other 3 days you can expect rides from 20-60km and climbs over 450 meters.
Daily distances: 0 – 80 km per day
Total distance: 130 - 700 km
Level of difficulty: moderate - generally rolling or hilly terrain
How flat or hilly is this tour: moderately hilly
Road surface: paved
Tour rating: medium to high
Suitable for families: yes
- 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 and Korcula town
- 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
Number of nights: 5
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.
It starts in Split town, which has international airport 25km away from the very centre. We highly suggest spring (end of March till mid June) and fall (mid September till beginning of November) for serious biking (daily distance of 50km or more). If biking is not the only reason for choosing this tour, the swimming season usually starts late in May and can last till middle of October. Even in the high season months of July and August, you will be able to find your own little private beach on the islands you will be visiting.
The tour ends in Dubrovnik. International airport is 25km away.
Please note that Split or Dubrovnik airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost.