We are delighted to announce the launch of Total Croatia Cycling Tours, in partnership with an experienced local cycling tourism agency. We will shortly have a dedicated cycling tours section, bringing you the very best guided and self-guided cycling tours from various parts of Croatia, a truly magical way of expereriencing the breathtaking beauty of the regions of this amazing country.
In order to get you started, here is one of the most picturesque cycling routes in all Europe - six glorious days of island hopping from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian's Palace in Split to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik Old Town, via the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Stari Grad Plain, and much, MUCH more!
6 day Self Guided BikeTour
Cycling from Split to Dubrovnik
Cycle along the most beautiful areas of the Dalmatian coast!
You start your bike tour in Split, the city founded by Roman Emperor Diocletian that dates back to 300 A.D.,
Visit the island of Brač, Croatia’s third largest and the highest island in the Adriatic Sea.
Brač is famous for its precious limestone, which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington. Discover stone quarries and stone masons, while cycling along sleepy villages of the island.
Continue to cycle along ancient villages and coastal roads of island Hvar, the UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad and bike along lavender fields to reach Hvar town.
Bike on the back roads of island Korčula and taste great homemade food, with Grk and Postup wine on a side. Treat yourself with oysters and a great seafood risotto in Ston, on the Pelješac peninsula before reaching your final destination: Dubrovnik - the pearl of Adriatic.
SELF GUIDED BIKE TOUR ITINERARY SPLIT TO DUBROVNIK
Day 1 - Diocletian’s palace and Split town
Upon your arrival in Split you will meet our representative and get familiar with the area, the most important sites and dining areas. You will get your bike fitted and a briefing on all bike routes and options.
The most important site of Split is Diocletian’s Palace, inscribed on UNESCO’s World heritage list. Locals have lived and still live in their homes, which are molded into the old walls of the Palace. Within the walls you will find numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food! In front of the Palace you might enjoy evening walks along its beautiful waterfront promenade.
Depending on your arrival, you can enjoy an easy, car- free 20 km bike ride or take a 80 km loop into the interior of the land.
Distance biked: 20 km, extra 80 km
Highlights: Diocletian’s palace, Marjan hill, Split
Day 2 - Coastal and inland rides on Island Brac
Today you depart for island Brac, the biggest and highest of all central Dalmatian islands.
Various riding options and distances, from easy 25 km to big 80km+ loop rides, visiting Greek 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!
Whatever you choose you will have great views on the mainland and ride along olive groves and vineyards!
Return to Split with the late afternoon ferry.
Distance biked: 0-80 km
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 Hvar
After the ferry ride from Split to Hvar, we suggest an easy morning 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 quiet, charming towns and roads where you will bike along beautiful gardens, the coast and olive groves. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and probably most beautiful road along lavender fields to reach town Hvar.
Distance biked: 20-60 km
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
Start the day with another boat transfer. This time you depart for Island Korcula. Your bike ride on island Korcula is about 46 kilometers away from the town of Korcula. The island was very early populated, even before Greek times and evidences can be seen on your ride! During its history the Venetians chose the northern shores of the island to build a walled city that was of high importance to their power in that area. Thanks to them, we have now the most magnificent walled old town of Korcula that is still preserved and almost architecturally untouched for centuries, which will be your place to stay for the next 2 nights. Enjoy the scenic southern side of the island, with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along small villages and hamlets and stop in some of the few great local konoba (tavern) for amazing locally prepared food!
Distance biked: 46 km, extra ride 10km
Accommodation: Korcula town
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 a few loop options today. Whatever you choose, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and along the beautiful coast of the island. Taste traditional food like homemade gnocchi, homemade macaroni, pasti
ada....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: 0-36 km, extra ride 20km
Accommodation: Korcula town
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 cruise along the Pelješac peninsula and ride along the vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, the close cousin to Zinfandel of California and Primitivo from Calabria. There are many wineries you can visit along the ride. Enjoy the great views Pelješac offers, the islands Mljet and Korcula on your right and the 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, the salt producing village on the Pelješac peninsula was built in the 14th century and has the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5 km. Ston was an important town for the Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century which you are about to discover..
Distance biked: 60 km
Accommodation: on your own in Dubrovnik
Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, Ston and Dubrovnik
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)
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.
We 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 (4* and 5* accommodation)
Hotel Marmont, Split - www.marmonthotel.com
Hotel Adriana, Hvar - www.suncanihvar.com/adriana-hvar-spa-hotel.html
Hotel Lesic Dimitri, Korcula - www.lesic-dimitri.com
CLASSIC (3* and 4* accommodation)
Vila Baguc, Split - www.baguc.com or Hotel Slavija, Split - www.hotelslavija.hr
Hotel Palace, Hvar - www.suncanihvar.com/the-palace-hvar.html
Hotel Korcula - www.korcula-hotels.com/en/hotels/hotel-korcula.ph
GUESTHOUSE / B&B
- various private accommodation
START/END OF BIKE TOUR
This tour can start any day during the whole year.
It starts in Split town, which has international airport 25 km 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 50 km 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 25 km away.
Please note that Split or Dubrovnik airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost.
Medium to high. The Dalmatian islands are known for its hills. Each day, if you are doing loops longer than 30 km, 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 20-60 km and climbs over 450 meters.
Daily distances: 0 – 80 km per day.
Total distance biked: 130-700 km in 6 days
Our Total Croatia Cycling Tours section will be live in the New Year.