Croatia - Bike & Kayak Tour

from €1,775

As Croatia grows in popularity, so does its rustic beauty! Experience everything from the Dalmatian Coast, to the rolling lavender fields of Hvar, to the monasteries of Korcula Island. Pure Adventures Tours takes adventure enthusiasts on a an incredible self-guided bicycle and kayaking tour through the Dalmatian Coast and surrounding ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self Guided Hybrid Cycling and Kayak (level 3)
  • Availability
    April - October
  • Duration
    7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Distance

DAY 1: Split

Upon your arrival in Split, you will meet our representative and get familiar with the area, learn the most important sites and dining areas, get your bike fitted, and receive an explanation of all the bike routes and options. The most important site to see in Split is Diocletian’s Palace, now recognized on UNESCO’s World heritage list. The locals have their homes molded in the old walls of the Palace and inside of it, you will find numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food! In front of the Palace you might enjoy an evening walk, along its beautiful waterfront promenade. Depending on your arrival, you can enjoy an easy, car- free 20 km bike ride or take an 80 km loop into the interior of the land.

Distance: 0-20 km / 12 miles, extra ride 80 km / 50 miles, unsupported cycling (easy bike routes)
Highlights: Split, Diocletian’s Palace, coastal roads of Marjan hill
Overnight: Split
 

Vila Baguc B&B


Split

Vila Baguc B&B

Located in Split, this is an historic property owned by one of the oldest families in Split – every line has its own family nickname and theirs was Baguc. As this villa is the old family estate, they honor the tradition and name it by the family line... First mention of the villa was the draft in Italian from 1856 . The rooms are equipped with various in-room facilities, such as the air-conditioning, underfloor heating and hairdryer in the bathroom, cable TV with 60 channels, minibar, wired and wireless internet and safe.

Air Conditioning '; Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Safe in Room ';

Overview Map

DAY 2: Sea kayaking in Split

Today you can decide whether you prefer morning or sunset for a 4 hour, scenic adventure around Marjan Peninsula. This is a perfect paddling experience for all beginners, as we keep close to the shore. After an introduction in paddling techniques and safety, we’ll start on our way around the peninsula. As the scenery changes from secluded bays in shaded pine forests to pebble beaches, we`ll stop for a dip in one of the bays—a perfect location for snorkeling as well! Explore the “wild side” of Split from the sea level perspective, just minutes away from the busy city center! Don`t forget to pack your swimming gear as we stop for a swim and snorkeling in one of Marjan’s secluded coves.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: optional
Highlights: 3-4 hours sea kayak tour
Overnight: Split

Vila Baguc B&B


Split

Vila Baguc B&B

Located in Split, this is an historic property owned by one of the oldest families in Split – every line has its own family nickname and theirs was Baguc. As this villa is the old family estate, they honor the tradition and name it by the family line... First mention of the villa was the draft in Italian from 1856 . The rooms are equipped with various in-room facilities, such as the air-conditioning, underfloor heating and hairdryer in the bathroom, cable TV with 60 channels, minibar, wired and wireless internet and safe.

Air Conditioning '; Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Safe in Room ';

Overview Map

Day 3: Island Hvar

Welcome to the island of Hvar! For the morning ride, we suggest an easy ride around the UNESCO site of Stari Grad. Stari Grad (translates to Old Town) is an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 B.C. Besides historical sites, you will discover charming towns and roads where you will be biking, passing next to private gardens, along the coast and also olive groves. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and probably most beautiful road along the lavender fields to reach the town of Hvar. Once in Hvar, enjoy a well deserved café or aperitif at one of the most beautiful Venetian style piazza’s in the Mediterranean. Relax and watch the world go by!

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: 20-50 km. car/van support (during the climb)
Highlights: Jelsa, Vrboska, UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain, beaches, lavender road, Hvar
Overnight: Hvar

Spa Hotel Adriana


Hvar

Spa Hotel Adriana

Hvar's spa boutique hotel perfectly located and uniquely designed for the ultimate in relaxation and romantic experience. A luxury spa oasis for your most stylish and revitalising summer vacation.

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

Overview Map

Day 4: Sea kayaking Hvar

After a leisurely breakfast, set off to the group of small islands called the Pakleni. The origin of the name goes back to old days when the islands were the main source of rosin (a sealant) used by local shipbuilders. Today, just like then, the islands are covered with thick pine woods providing refreshing shade, even during the hottest summer days. The route through narrow straits and along the islands reveals small, hidden pebble beaches where you can enjoy the privilege of having, at least temporarily, a beach of your own. Here you can swim, snorkel and relax, returning back to Hvar around 2pm. Dinner is on your own tonight in the town of Hvar.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: optional 0-20 km / 0-12 miles
Highlights: 3-4 hour guided sea kayak tour Hvar, Pakleni islands
Overnight: Hvar
 

Spa Hotel Adriana


Hvar

Spa Hotel Adriana

Hvar's spa boutique hotel perfectly located and uniquely designed for the ultimate in relaxation and romantic experience. A luxury spa oasis for your most stylish and revitalising summer vacation.

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

Overview Map

Day 5: Island Korcula

After the private boat transfer, start your bike ride on Island Korcula, about 46 kilometers to the town of Korcula. This island was very early populated, even before Greek times, and evidence of this can be seen on your ride! During historical times, it was chosen by the Venetians as a spot to build their important walled city on the northern shores of the island. Nowadays and because of this, we have the most magnificent walled Korcula Old Town, preserved and nearly intact for centuries. This is where you will sleep for next 2 nights.

Enjoy the scenic south side of the island with amazing views of beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride alongside small villages and hamlets, stopping in some of the few great local konoba (taverns) for the most amazing locally prepared food!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 46 km / 29 miles, car/van support today for the bike ride
Highlights: private boat ride, Korcula town, Island Korcula, charming stone villages, vineyards, local restaurants
Overnight: Korcula

Hotel Korcula De La Ville


Korčula

Hotel Korcula De La Ville

We proudly present the Korčula De La Ville Hotel building a new tale from 2015: a tale based on its intriguing past. Visit the oldest town hotel surrounded by the Korčula's stone monuments and share the experiences of its most common or famous visitors. Go out on the spacious terrace and enjoy the traditional seafood specialties complemented by a glass of Korčula wine and a magical sunset. Be a part of the Korčula De La Ville Hotel's story! •Newly-renovated in 2015 •Villa by the sea in the old heart of the town of Korčula •View of the sea, boats and a spectacular sunset •Hotel of historical importance - the first town hotel on the island of Korčula (1912) •Celebrities as hotel guests •First class seafood specialties

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

Overview Map

Day 6: Sea Kayaking Korcula

As you stay for another day in Korcula, take some time to explore the island with its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests that cover the island. A guided sea kayaking tour takes you along islets and rocks, scattered between Korcula, Lumbarda and Orebic. Besides the monastery on Badija and stone quarries of Vrhnik, you will enjoy crystalline waters and the tranquility of Korcula’s archipelago.

As for the cycling, 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 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 add great flavor to your lunch or dinner. Did we mention Marco Polo was born here and started his life's journey from Korcula?

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: 0-45 km / 0-28 miles, unsupported cycling (easy bike routes)
Highlights: 4-5 hours guided sea kayak tour, Korcula town & Island Korcula, beaches, vineyards
Overnight: Korcula

Hotel Korcula De La Ville


Korčula

Hotel Korcula De La Ville

We proudly present the Korčula De La Ville Hotel building a new tale from 2015: a tale based on its intriguing past. Visit the oldest town hotel surrounded by the Korčula's stone monuments and share the experiences of its most common or famous visitors. Go out on the spacious terrace and enjoy the traditional seafood specialties complemented by a glass of Korčula wine and a magical sunset. Be a part of the Korčula De La Ville Hotel's story! •Newly-renovated in 2015 •Villa by the sea in the old heart of the town of Korčula •View of the sea, boats and a spectacular sunset •Hotel of historical importance - the first town hotel on the island of Korčula (1912) •Celebrities as hotel guests •First class seafood specialties

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

Overview Map

Day 7: Peljesac Peninsula

For the final ride of your trip, you will be cruising along Peljesac Peninsula. Ride along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, which are a close cousin to the Zinfandel of California, and Primitivo from Calabria. There are many wineries which can be visited along the ride. Enjoy great views of Peljesac, offering you Mljet and Korcula Island on your right and the mainland on your left. The ride today has a couple of hills, coastal rides, vineyards and more. Your final bike destination is Ston, from where you will be transferred to Dubrovnik. Ston, a salt producing village on Peljesac Peninsula, was built in the 14th century town and boasts the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5 km. Ston was an important town for the Dubrovnik Republic. It was considered the strongest and most prosperous town in the 14th century, as you are about to see!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 60 km / 37 miles, van support today during the ride
Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, Ston and Dubrovnik
Overnight: Dubrovnik

Hotel Lepad


Dubrovnik

Hotel Lepad

Hundreds of years of tradition and top quality service has made us one of the most beautiful and most famous hotels in Dubrovnik . Invaluable experience, an excellent and professional service, unique architecture and a multitude of satisfied guests are the features that our hotel is proud of and which have contributed to the reputation of the hotel making it an extremely popular international destination. The hotel is located approximately 3 kilometres from the Old City, on the peninsular of Lapad, in the Gruz harbour, across the bay from the main port of Gruz and the main bus station. If you arrive in Dubrovnik by plane you can get a shuttle bus (a bus stop is located in front of the airport building of Dubrovnik Airport) to the main bus station in the port parking. The ride will last approximately 40 minutes. From the port of Gruz you will need to take a taxi to Hotel Lapad. The taxi ride only lasts for around 5 minutes.

Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar ';
Overview Map

Day 8: End

Your tour ends today, after breakfast. We highly recommend extending your stay in Dubrovnik, to explore the historical sites along with the magnificent wall that surrounds Old Town. Please let us know as we are happy to assist with your plans and share with you our inside tips!

Meals: breakfast

Overview Map
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 7 days accommodation with breakfast
- Bike rental during the entire tour (Hybrid or road bike rental)
- 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
- guided sea kayak days (Split, Hvar and Korcula)
- Luggage shuttles
- Car/van support on days 3,5 and 7 which are harder cycling days

This is semi-supported tour, which is probably expression you do not hear often.
We carefully designed this tour to offer you support when needed (our islands are not flat but offer unique views and beautiful cycling roads) and choice to travel and experience Croatia at your own pace.

All kayaking excursions are guided and easy (duration 3-5 hours)
Bike routes are not guided. We will provide a great road book with detailed cycling maps, historical description of visited area, dining and other on-tour highlights.
We do offer support for the harder and longer bike rides and move your luggage from one location to other.

Lodging

Gueshouses:
Various 3* private accommodation with breakfast included

3* and 4* HOTELS
Split - Hotel Slavija, Hotel Peristil or Vila Baguc
Hvar: Villa Nora, Hotel Pharos or Hotel Park
Korcula: Hotel Korcula or Hotel Korsal
Dubrovnik: Hotel Lapad or Hotel Lacroma or Hotel Perla

4* HOTELS
Split: Hotel Marmont or Hotel Cornaro
Hvar: Hotel Adriana or Hotel Park
Korcula: Hotel Korcula or Hotel Korsal
Dubrovnik: Hotel Lapad or Hotel Lacroma or Hotel Perla

EXCLUSIVE 4 & 5*
Split Hotel Vestibul or Hotel Park
Hvar: Hotel Adriana or Hotel Park
Korcula: Hotel Lesic Dimitri
Dubrovnik: Villa Argentina or Hotel Pucic Palace or Hotel Bellevue
Please note that the guesthouse option includes small properties so the number of rooms is limited and will change depending on availability at time of booking.
Croatia -Bike & Kayak Tour - 7 nights (rates per person based on double occupancy)
 
Guesthouses
3 Star Hotels
Upgraded 4* hotels
April1775 Euros 2065 Euros2375 Euros
May1935 Euros 2345 Euros2700 Euros
June 2025 Euros 2545 Euros2990 Euros
July-August 2220 Euros 2700 Euros3165 Euros
September 2070 Euros 2615 Euros 3105 Euros
October 1850 Euros 2235 Euros 2650 Euros
Hybrid bike rental included included included
E-bike rental +100 Euros +100 Euros +100 Euros
Single Supplement 345-370 Euros 525-630 Euros 725-890 Euros
Applicable rate is the month in which your tour finishes. *Single supplement is based on more than 2 travelers, for solo travelers please inquire for solo supplement. An even higher upgrade option exists to 4-5 star lodging. Ask us for rates.

SAVE with more than 2 traveling: When 4 travelers per booking departure, save 5% on rates above, and when 6 travelers, save 7% on above rates.

The Pure Adventures Difference
Pure Adventures is a premier, boutique biking and hiking tour operator that offers private, custom, independent and guided travel in Europe, Asia, South and North America. We specialize in hand crafted travel for couples, families and groups who want active, immersive and meaningful experiences with their family and friends. Our travel experiences are customized around outdoor activities including: cycling, hiking, water sports, trail running, mountain biking and more.

How do our tours compare to similar trips? You Get More! Because our passion is taking care of and empowering people, our team has gone to great lengths to build and create exceptional biking and hiking experiences, all over the world, for you. From the accommodations, to the bikes, to the routes themselves, we hold each component of our tours to a very high standard, ensuring that your tour will create amazing memories to last a lifetime. If you compare price, we are much less than high quality guided trips with similar experiences and you obviously get much more in our private, self guided, independent format than most traditional self guided trips. See our why: Why Pure Adventures is Better. Our well traveled, knowledgeable and dedicated team is standing by and eager to make your travel dreams come true.Call now at 800-960-2221 (USA/Canada 8am-5pm MST) +1.480.905.1235; or eMail Us.

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Short and longer riding options available
- Famous and beautiful islands of Dalmatian Coast
- Visit historical cities, Split and Dubrovnik

Need to Know:
- There are 3 days where you climb over 500 meters
- High tourist travel months are July and August
 
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
This trip as shown is Self-guided but can be made as a guided biking trip for groups of 4 or more - please inquire 

Total length: 237+ km / with optional rides to extend much farther.

Level: Moderate-Fit Level 3
 
Dates: March through October; this is a self-guided and supported tour. You can go any date subject to hotel availability. We can also organize guided trips for any private group and accommodate custom requests; please inquire
 
The Dalmatian coastline is famous for its islands and the historical cities of Split and Dubrovnik. General Croatia Travel Information

Details regarding transfers* between islands - On Days 2, 3 and 7 you will travel by regular scheduled ferries. On day 5 you go by private boat transfer. These private boat transfers are fast, safe and reliable. They are from 26" to 40" long and have speed of approximately 20 - 25 knots. In case of bad weather - regular ferries usually depart - and they are safe. For private boats - in case it is not safe we cancel those in accordance with the skipper and make alternative arrangements. The ferry and boat transfers are completely detailed in the road book which is covered at orientation. * luggage also travels on the ferries but is handled by partners so you can ride! 

Best Time To Go: May - June, September - October.

Average temperatures:
March: 57 °F (14 °C) 46 °F (8 °C)
April: 63 °F (17 °C) 52 °F (11 °C)
May: 70 °F (21 °C) 57°F (14 °C)
June: 77 °F (25 °C) 64 °F (18 °C)
July: 84 °F (29 °C) 70 °F (21 °C)
August: 82 °F (28 °C) 70 °F (21 °C)
Sept: 77°F (25 °C) 64 °F (18 °C)
October: 70 °F (21 °C) 57 °F (14 °C)

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  • Local Coordinator

    Ante or Snježana will meet you for orientation in Split on your arrival. Ante is originally from Split, degree in Economics, he is a cycling enthusiast and creates routes, itineraries and maps for us. Snjezana, also native if Split is a world traveler, degree in chemistry and a handicraft artist; she supports the trips from behind the scenes and will be available throughout your travels by phone. Both are fluent in English. 

    Bike rental Options: : Bike rentals available are hybrid, road bikes, E-bikes, or a tandem. Bikes include GPS, computer, lock, pump, spare tube, helmet and patch kit, rear rack with pannier bag, bottle cages and water bottles. Both road and hybrid bikes are German made Musing bikes, excellent quality with all the right gear for this tour.

    See Hybrid Bike Rental Specs Rental rate: included

    See Road Bike Rental Specs Rental rate: included

    See pedal assist E-Bike Rental Specs Rental rate: supplement of 100 Euros

    See Cannondale tandem Bike Rental Specs Rental rate: TBD Euros - subject to availability

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    New Dalmatian Coast

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