Biking Croatia: Our bike tour in Southern Dalmatia, Croatia — an absolutely stunning part of the world — will take us through charming towns and beautiful islands. We'll experience the historic island of Korcula with its picturesquely situated old township. We will tour through the towns of Split, Hvar, Stari Grad and Korcula, towns that include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so named for their impeccable preservation, historic value, and stunning beauty. Each evening we make our way back to our private boat, which is outfitted with all the necessary comforts, and begin our journey to the next stunning vista, perhaps stopping enroute for a dip in the sparkling clear water.
Experiencing Croatia by bike and boat is absolutely the only way to find the heart of this diverse and poetic country. We look forward to sharing it with you.
Biking Croatia: Day 1: Split (1 km = 0.62 miles)
We suggest you arrive as early as possible in Trogir to give yourself some time to explore this lovely port town on your own. Reminiscent of Venice, you could spend hours exploring — but do make sure you find our boat at the pier before you start to wander! After check-in at 2 pm, our motorized boat will take you on the first little cruise from Trogir to Split, our home for the night. We can then walk through the old town of Split. This UNESCO World Heritage site was originally a palace to the Roman Emperor Gaius Diocletian.
Day 2: Cetina Canyon (48 km)
After a short crossing to Omis, we'll bike to the valley of the Cetina River, which has etched itself deeply into the cliff side. We'll wind our way along quiet side roads and through varied landscapes back to Omis and its pirate castles. We'll stop for a swim break in the crossing to Brac Island, and for the very keen, there is an optional ride which will depart from Pucisca. The white marble which you'll see in this area was used for many famous buildings such as the White House in Washington and the Reichstag (German parliament building) in Berlin.
Day 3: Brac Island (42 km)
Today's ride starts with a long but gentle climb to the top of the island‘s mountain. Our ride meanders past mulberry, kiwi and fig trees as well as olive groves and vineyards as we make our way to the town of Bol. The next part of the ride rewards us for the ascent with the legendary panoramic views across to the neighboring island of Hvar. After lunch, we will enjoy a cruise to the gorgeous island of Korcula, and spend the night here. Korcula, besides being a stunningly beautiful island, also competes with Venice in its claim to being Marco Polo's birthplace. Finish the day with a walk through the winding streets to visit the house where he may have been born.
Day 4: Korcula Island (58 km)
Korcula is a balm for the senses, and many consider this calming, generous island and its many cypress gardens to be the most beautiful of the Dalmatians. We will cycle the coastline to Pupnat, and then wind along the road in a gentle ascent beside the amazing Pupnat Bay. We will also cycle through Blato which, like Rome, is built on seven hills.
Day 5: Islands of Vis and Hvar (35 km)
Vis is venerable, and the island farthest from the mainland. More than 2,300 years ago the Greek colony of Issa was already flourishing here. Due to its strategic location, Vis was a military zone until 1995 and prohibited for foreign tourists. Today we have the opportunity to explore it’s gentle beauty. Lunch will be at a local vineyard. Afterwards the boat cruises to Hvar — an Island is known for its fields of lavender and rosemary, so it’s sometimes called The Lavender Island. Might we recommend you visit the magnificent Renaissance square and enjoy the view from the Spanish fortress situated high above the city.
Day 6: Hvar Island (28 - 63 km)
We time our tours so you can enjoy the bounty of Hvar's vineyards, and orchards of olive and orange trees, overflow with ripe fruit in September and October. The clear, cobalt-blue sea contrasts magnificently with the ancient island towns on Hvar Island. In fact, Hvar is the sunniest island in the Adriatic.
After lunch in Stari Grad, we head for Jelsa and Vrboska at a casual pace, so you can explore the lovely harbor towns. We stay overnight in Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and artisans — and the people who love them.
Day 7: Solta Island (20 km)
We'll start our last day of cycling in Stomorka on the Island of Solta. Just as gorgeous and peaceful as the rest of the tour, you'll be able to reflect on the beauty of the past week as you cycle by walled olive and fig groves and fields of lavender and rosemary. In Maslinica, we'll load the bikes back on the boat and enjoy our cruise back to Trogir. The boat arrives early, so you can fully enjoy Trogir's Old Town, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After our last breakfast reminiscing about the week's adventures, we will begin our journey homeward or beyond. We will be sad to see you go, but happy to have made new friends, and renewed the bonds of friendship with old companions.
Details are subject to change
May 2-9 • May 9-16 • May 16-23 • May 23-30 • May 30-June 6 • June 6-13 • June 13-20 • June 20-27• June 27-July 4 • July 18-25 • August 29-September 5 • September 5-12 • September 12-19 • September 19-26 • **September 26-October 3 (Trogir-Dubrovnik) • **October 3-10 (Dubrovnik-Trogir) • October 10-17
Featured Departures, 2015:
September 26-October 3 — Trogir-Dubrovnik
October 3-10 Dubrovnik-Trogir
Below-deck cabin: $1899 Cdn/person
Above-deck cabin: $1999 Cdn/person
Bike Rental: $149 Cdn
Electric bike rental: $210 Cdn
Road bike rental: $275
Port tax + Local charges: $30 Cdn/person
Unlimited drinking water $30 Cdn/person
Single Supplement: $700 Cdn
Prices will be going up slightly on January 1, 2015
7 nights' accommodation on the boat in
a double cabin with private shower
8-day cruise on a motorised ship
7 nights of full board on the ship (all meals included)
7 days of guided bike tour as described
Maps for the daily routing
(Please note: This tour is guided, but doesn't include van support)
Port tax and local charges (see above)
All drinks (on or off the boat)