Could there be a more delightful way to get from Split to Dubrovnik in the slow lane?
8 day Self-Guided Bike Tour
The Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik
Bike and explore Split, the islands Brač, Šolta, Hvar and Korčula, the Pelješac peninsula and the town of Dubrovnik!
You start in Split, the city founded by Roman Emperor Diocletian that dates back to 300 A.D., your bike tour along the Croatian coast!
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, traditional villages and wine cellars.
Pedal along rural and quiet roads on the island of Šolta. On this island you will step back in time, as there are no big hotels, no modern buildings… just simple traditional life…
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 where you can visit ancient saltworks and the longest fortified walls in Europe.
Spend the last evening in Dubrovnik – the Pearl of Adriatic!
SELF-GUIDED BIKE TOUR ITINERARY SPLIT TO DUBROVNIK
DAY 1 - Split
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: 0-20 km, extra ride 80 km
Highlights: Split, Diocletian’s Palace, coastal roads of Marjan hill
DAY 2 – Island Šolta
After your morning coffee at Split's waterfront promenade, you will take a 1-hour ferry ride to Šolta, your first Dalmatian island. Discover and bike the island of Šolta. The biking is done mostly along narrow back roads of small rural villages in the island’s interior, during which you will visit a couple or more coastal villages. Ride along olive groves and vineyards. Optional visits are to a honey production site. Spend the evening in Split again.
Distance biked: 0-35km, extra ride 30 km
Highlights: Quiet and picturesque roads of island Šolta, olive groves, Split
DAY 3 - Island Brač
Today you depart for island Brač, the biggest and highest of all central Dalmatian islands which gives you plenty of riding choices. Coastal roads, climbs to 780 meters, coastal or inland villages and towns, art galleries, local restaurants, stone mason’s workshops or even a visit to the stone mason school…. Whatever you choose you will have great views on the mainland and ride along olive groves and vineyards!
Distance biked: 0-35 km, extra ride 80 km
Highlights: Island Brač, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages, stone sculptures, art galleries, restaurants
DAY 4 - Island 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: 20-40 km, extra ride 30 km
Accommodation: Hvar town
Highlights: Jelsa, Vrboska and many small villages, Stari Grad, UNESCO site of the Stari Grad Plain, museums, beaches, lavender fields, Hvar town
DAY 5 - Island Korčula
After the boat transfer, start with your bike ride on island Korčula about 46 kilometers away from the town of Korčula. 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 Korčula 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 20km
Accommodation: Korčula town
Highlights: private boat ride, Korčula town, island Korčula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants
DAY 6 - Loop ride Korčula
As you stay for another day in Korčula take a chance to explore the island of Korčula; 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, 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 Korčula?
Distance biked: 0 - 36 km, extra ride 20km
Accommodation: Korčula town
Highlights: Korčula town, island Korčula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants
DAY 7 - Pelješac peninsula and Dubrovnik
Today, for your final ride, you will cruise along the Pelješac peninsula and ride along the vineyards of Dinga
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 Korčula 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
Highlights: Peninsula Pelješac, Ston and Dubrovnik
DAY 8 – Tour end
Today after breakfast the tour ends. You might want to extend your stay in Dubrovnik and explore the historical sites along the magnificent walls that surround the old town!
The price includes:
- 7-day accommodation (bed & breakfast in 2 bedded rooms)
in Split (3 nights), Hvar (1 night), Kor
ula (2 nights) and Dubrovnik (1 night)
- 7-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 visit 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
- Tips or any kind of gratitude
Please note, if there are no rooms available in the requested period, we will provide another hotel of the same category and 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 that there are just a few good hotels along the Dalmatian coast and on the islands, which tend to fill up early in the season, so your early inquiry will be appreciated!
GUESTHOSE / B&B
- various private accommodation
CLASSIC (3* and 4* accommodation)
Hotel Palace 3*, Hvar - www.suncanihvar.com/the-palace-hvar.html
Hotel Korčula 4*, Korčula - www.korcula-hotels.com/en/hotels/hotel-korcula-de-la-ville/overview or
Hotel Marko Polo 4*, Korčula - www.korcula-hotels.com/en/hotels/hotel-marko-polo/overview
Hotel Lero 4*, Dubrovnik - www.hotel-lero.hr
EXCLUSIVE (4* and 5* accommodation)
Hotel Marmont 4*, Split - www.marmonthotel.com or Hotel Park, Split
Hotel Adriana 4*, Hvar - www.suncanihvar.com/adriana-hvar-spa-hotel.html
Lesic Dimitri Palace 5*, Korcula - www.lesic-dimitri.com
Hotel Vila Argentina 5*, Dubrovnik - http://www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/en/grand-villa-argentina
Hotel Stari Grad 4* - www.hotelstarigrad.com
Hotel Hilton 5* - www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/croatia/hilton-imperial-dubrovnik-DBVHIHI/index.html or
Hotel Bellevue 5* - www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/hr/hotel-bellevue-dubrovnik or
Hotel Kazbek 5* - www.kazbekdubrovnik.com in Dubrovnik
Start/End of bike tour
This tour can start any day during the whole year.
It starts in Split town, whose international airport is 25 km away from the city 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 during the peak 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 Dubrovnik. The 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 7 riding days, the first 3 days and the second day on Korčula are loop ones, and you can chose your daily distance, from 0 to 45 or more kilometers per day.
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 8 days