Island hopping from Dubrovnik to Split, 6 days

Self guided bike tour from Dubrovnik to Split via Dalmatian Islands is designed for those cyclist who want to discover and cycle the most beautiful areas in Croatia or Dalmatia, and have short period of time for their holiday. Our Island hopping self guided tour starts in Dubrovnik; “the pearl of Adriatic”, located at the very south of Croatia. Work your way up and cycle along Peljesac peninsula, Islands Hvar and Korcula before finishing in 1700 years old Split! Besides great cycling roads and bikes provided, private boats and ferries you will discover ancient UNESCO sites, charming villages, vineyards and beautiful Dalmatian coastline. Overnight in most beautiful towns along Croatian coast and islands: Korcula, Hvar and Split. Choose to stay either in deluxe and luxury or budget (more affordable) oriented lodging.
 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – Peninsula Pelješac and Korčula

 

We will pick you up from your hotel in Dubrovnik just after breakfast (9:00 AM or earlier) and drive you to Ston, the salt producing town on the Pelješac peninsula. Visit the 14th century town with the longest fortified walls in Europe. Ston was an important town for the Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century... We will do the bike fitting in Ston, and from there you start with your bike ride along the Pelješac peninsula. You will be riding along the vineyards of Dingač and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, the close cousin to Zinfandel of California and Primitivo from Calabria. We will point out some great wineries where you can taste Pelješac’s vines! Bike to Orebić, from where you will take ferry to island Korčula, your home for the next 2 nights.

 

Distance biked: 60 km
Overnight: Hotel in town Korčula
Highlights: Pelješac peninsula, Ston, secluded vineyards and wine cellars, Korčula town
 

 

DAY 2 – Exploring the island of Korčula – Marco Polo's home

 

Today you will explore the island of Korčula; its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests that cover the island. There are several options today, either ride on the easier coastal road or do some climbing and rolling hills.  Whatever you choose as a bike ride today, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and dense woods. We will suggest some great places for lunch, where you will be tasting the traditional style; like homemade gnocchi, homemade macaroni,  pašticada....and other meals which have been prepared by our ancestors... You might like to know that Korčula is producing some of the best Croatian white wines: Pošip, Rukatac or Grk, which will just add flavor to your lunch or dinner. 
Another option today is just to relax and wander around Korčula - the Venetian fortified town with its narrow streets which are irresistible to today's visitor and impressed medieval travel writers like Marco Polo, who began his life journey in this town.

 

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: 0-45km, extra ride 55 km
Overnight: hotel in town Korčula
Highlights: Town Korčula, island Korčula, coastal ride, charming little villages

 

DAY 3 – Island Korčula and private boat ride to Hvar

 

Today you will ride the whole island of Korčula, about 29 miles (46kms) to Vela Luka.  Enjoy the scenic south side of the island with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along small villages and hamlets.
Ride through the well-known vineyards of Pošip and try some ''vino'' in charming wineries you will find along the way.  In the early afternoon you will have a private fast boat transfer to Hvar. Spend the afternoon in Hvar and visit its main attractions; the 7th century AD walls, the Venetian loggia and the oldest public theatre in Europe or just have a coffee or bevanda on one of the most beautiful squares of the Mediterranean. Hvar is one of the trendiest and most popular destinations of Croatia!

 

Meals: breakfast 
Distance biked: 46 km, extra ride 60km
Overnight: hotel in Hvar town
Highlights: island Korčula, Pošip vineyards, Smokvica, Cara, fast boat transfer, Hvar town
 

 

DAY 4 – Hvar

 

This is a very difficult day as you have to decide for the best option, and all of them are great! 
Do you want to head for the beach or have a short bike ride, or just chill in the town in one of its many cafes and watch the world go by, or take a sailing or sea kayak trip to some of the islands around, maybe sunset sailing, discover some great places followed with great lunch and swimming, your choice… You will find all of these options described in your day sheets!

 

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: optional 20 km 
Overnight:
hotel in town Hvar  
Highlights:
Hvar town, Paklinski islands, sailing, sea kayaking, trekking, clubbing…..

 

DAY 5 - Lavender roads and ferry to Split

 

Today’s ride starts with a climb along abandoned villages and lavender fields. Enjoy the scenery, endless sea that is surrounding the island of Hvar along with small islands and islets. Once on top of the island, you will see a lot of stone piles, man made in order to clear the land so farmers could plant lavender or similar crops!   
Riding on the north side of the islands you will be passing lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards. Not to mention it is a UNESCO world heritage site. The island is noted for its lush vegetation of palm trees, agaves, myrtle, rosemary, pine woods and extensive lavender fields and history dating back to Greek times! Cycle along the scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island, pass the coastal villages Jelsa and  Vrboska. Late in the afternoon, you will take a boat that takes you to Split, the 1700 years old city and today’s administrative and cultural center of Dalmatia. Take a walk into the old town, explore its narrow streets, meet the locals, see one of the biggest fish markets in Croatia and enjoy the wine cellars before dinner tonight.

 

Meals: breakfast 
Distance biked: 30-45 km 
Overnight:
hotel in Split town
Highlights: island Hvar’s bike ride, UNESCO Sites of Stari Grad, Stari Grad Plain and Split

 

DAY 6 – Split

 

If you have time today, after breakfast you might want to take an easy bike ride along Marjan hill, he famous recreational area popular among locals. Enjoy the rolling coastal ride before an easy climb to the top of Marjan, from where you will take the last view on Diocletian’s Palace and all the islands you were biking on the last couple of days….. We will meet you after lunch!

 

Meals: breakfast 
Distance biked: 15-20 km 
Highlights:
Split and Marjan hill

PRICE


- 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 busy 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 Korčula (2 nights), Hvar (2 nights) and Split (1 night)
- 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 routes
- All ferry tickets and private boat transfers
- Luggage transfers


The price does not include:
- Travel insurance
- Shuttles during the riding time
- Lunches and dinners
- Accommodation in Dubrovnik
- Tips or any kind of gratitude


Optional services:
- E-bike hire (EUR 140,00 supplement)
- Airport transfers
- Pre and post tour consulting and travel planning

ACCOMMODATION

Please note, if there are no rooms available in requested period, we will provide hotel of same category in the same area/town.
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. 

EXCLUSIVE:
Hotel Lesic Dimitri, Korcula
Hotel Adriana, Hvar
Hotel Marmont, Split

PREMIERE:
Hotel Liburna, Korcula
Hotel Riva, Hvar
Hotel Marmont, Split

CLASSIC:
Hotel Korcula de la Ville, Korcula
Hotel Palace, Hvar
Hotel Slavija, Split or Vila Baguc

B&B:
We use many different, mostly 3 star accommodation providers in selected destinations.

RATING

There are 3 days where you will be climbing over 500 meters (1640 feet), Day 1 (Ston – Orebić), Day 3 (Korčula – Vela Luka) and Day 5 (Hvar - Stari Grad).
In your information package we will provide taxi numbers, which are able to help and take you and your bike on the top of the climbs or to the final destination (not included in the package price).

Daily distances: 0 – 60 km per day

Day 1 - minimum distance of 60 km, with couple of climbs over 400 meters
Day 3 - minimum of 46 kilometers with climb up to 500 meters
Day 5 - minimum of 20 kilometers with climb up to 450 meters

If you don’t feel like biking this day, we can help you organize a transfer to reach your final destination for that day. All other days are loop rides and you don’t have to bike if you don’t feel like!

Total distance biked: 130-700 km in 6 days

MAP
OVERVIEW

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

- Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic
- Peljesac – Dingac and Plavac Mali vineyards on Peljesac,  second longest fortified walls in the world and ancient saltworks in Ston
- Unique vineyards and wines of Korcula
- Beautiful and secluded beaches of Hvar, Korcula and Peljesac peninsula
- UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain on Island Hvar and 1700 years old Diocletian Palace in Split (Inscribed in World heritage list)
- Lavender roads on Island Hvar
- Discover most beautiful Dalmatian towns: Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar and Split
- Great quality custom made road and hybrid bikes provided

Number of nights: 6

- The tour starts in Dubrovnik, 9:00AM
- The tour ends in Split
- This tour can start any day during the whole year, depending on hotel availability.

It starts from Dubrovnik, whose international airport is 20 km away from the very center. 
We highly recommend spring (end of March till mid-June) and fall (mid-September till beginning of November) for serious biking (daily distance of 50 km or more).
If biking is not the only reason for choosing this tour, the swimming season usually starts late May and can last till the middle of October.
Even in the highest tourist 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 Split. International airport is 25 km away.
Please note that Split or Dubrovnik airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost. 

 

Daily distances: 0 – 55 km per day
Total distance biked: 130-700 km in 6 days
Level of difficulty: moderate - generally rolling or hilly terrain with average daily distances up to 30km
How flat or hilly is this tour: moderately hilly
Road Surface: paved
Tour rating: moderate
Suitable for families: yes 

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