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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 islands. See where the Romans impacted this region in Split, then bike along Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO world heritage site. Ride through quaint towns, past fishermen’s villages, and kayak around the Korcula Archipelago. Finish in Dubrovnik – nicknamed the Pearl of the Adriatic – to round out the trip. With the vast amount of scenic road and gentle seas, this combination kayak and bicycling vacation is the best way to spend a spring or summer vacation abroad. Book early to ensure space – it can be busy during July and August.
This trip begins in Split and finishes in Dubrovnik.
Various 3* private accommodations with breakfast included
3* and 4* Hotels:
Exclusive 4 & 5* Hotels:
About: The guesthouse option includes small properties so the number of rooms is limited and will change depending on availability at time of booking.
Local Experts: Ante or Snježana will meet you for orientation in Split, upon your arrival. Ante is originally from Split and has a degree in Economics. He is a cycling enthusiast and assists with creation of routes, itineraries and maps for Pure Adventures. Snjezana, also a native of Split, is a world traveler, has a degree in chemistry and is a crafts artist. She supports the trips from “behind the scenes” and will be available throughout your travels by phone. Both are fluent in English and look forward to welcoming you!
Need to Know:
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 our in-destination representatives so you can ride!
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
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.
Highlights: 3-4 hours sea kayak tour
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!
Distance biked: 20-50 km. car/van support (during the climb)
Highlights: Jelsa, Vrboska, UNESCO Site of Stari Grad, beaches, lavender road, 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.
Distance: optional 0-20 km / 0-12 miles
Highlights: 3-4 hour guided sea kayak tour Hvar, Pakleni islands
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!
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
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?
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
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!
Distance: 60 km / 37 miles, van support today during the ride
Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, Ston and Dubrovnik
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!
Tour Rates: (per person based on double occupancy)
Guest House Lodging for 2 persons sharing:
Superior Three & Four Star Hotel for 2 persons sharing:
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Make it Custom or Guided: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!it.