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Croatia – Cycling Tour of Coast & Islands

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Why visit Croatia? Specialty drinks, local food, beautiful architecture, and days spent biking the Dalmatian coast, and many other reasons make this self-guided bike tour by Pure Adventures Tours worth your while. Riders take their time biking across Split, Dubrovnik, Brac, Hvar, and Korcula. Biking along the coast during the day, you’ll come across historic towns, vineyards, and restaurants that will delight any traveler. One of the biggest perks of choosing this bicycle holiday is being able to visit many of the islands just off the coast. Pure Adventures Tours takes care of all the logistics for you — from setting up your hotels, airport and baggage logistics, daily tours, speedboat transportation to and from the islands, and sites to visit. With the help of our self-guided tours, you’ll feel like a local. Book your eight-day bicycle tour with Pure Adventures Tours today to book in advance during the busiest parts of Croatia’s biking season.

This self guided bicycle tour is available to start any date from April through October, but note high seasons of July/August are very crowded and hotel space is at a premium. Ideal travel periods are April/May/September/October. Note; due to the complicated logistics, few modifications are possible to the routing; but several options exist for more cycling and off-bike activities almost every day. 

Arrival & Departure Locations

Fly into Split and out of Dubrovnik, or bus/ferry back to Split.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in selected lodgings – choices & prices in Rates tab
  • Buffet breakfast each day after Day 1
  • Transfer on Day 7 to Dubrovnik
  • All ferry transfers, tickets, and private boat transfers
  • All luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Orientation meeting on Day 1 with our local English speaking representative
  • Welcome drink (or cafe) at orientation
  • Local emergency support throughout the trip
  • Route book with all cycling route maps and cue sheets, sites, visit information
  • Suggested places to eat lunches and dinners
  • Restaurant reservations at 2 of the most desirable and hard to get places with advance request
  • Self guided cultural walking programs to discover Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula
  • GPS pre-loaded with cycling routes (1 per 2 people)
  • Pre-travel documents to help prepare for the upcoming trip.
  • Pre-travel assistance with transportation, travel insurance, packing, preparations, and onward travel
  • Customer incentives and post trip offers

Not Included: Choice of Hybrid, Road or E-bike Rental

A Guided tour is available if you want to join a group; contact us for details.

Lodging

Guesthouses Option:
Includes various 3* private accommodation with breakfast included 

Three & Four Star Hotels:
Split: Hotel Slavija, Split or Vila Baguc 
Hvar: Pharos Hotel 
Korcula: Marko Polo 
Dubrovnik: Hotel Tirena 

Four Star Hotels:
Split: Hotel Cornaro  
Hvar: Hotel Adriana  
Korcula: Hotel Korcula 
Dubrovnik: Hotel Stari Grad or Hotel Lero  

Exclusive Four & Five Star Hotels:
Split: Hotel Marmont 
Hvar: Hotel Adriana 
Korcula: Hotel LD 
Dubrovnik: Hotel Bellevue or Hotel Stari Grad  

Note: The guesthouse option includes small properties so the number of rooms is limited and will change depending on availability at time of booking.

Optional Add-Ons

  • Extended Rides Available
  • Wine Tasting & Tapas Experience
  • Extra Nights in Split & Dubrovnik
  • Dining Experiences in Hvar & Korcula
  • Travel Insurance

Guides & Local Support

Local Experts: 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.  

A Guided tour is available if you want to join a group; contact us for details.

Tour Highlights
  • Cycle along gardens, olive groves, coastline, beaches, coves and lavender fields
  • Explore many charming historical towns and sites
  • Visit the famous Diocletian’s Palace, in Split
  • Bike tour around the UNESCO Site of Stari Grad
  • Enjoy a day off with beach time, more cycling, sea kayaking, sailing or day at leisure 
  • Taste traditional homemade delicacies and regional wines
Need to Know:
  • 3 days with climbing over 500 meters
  • High tourist travel months are July and August
  • Best Time to Go: May – June, September – October 
  • General Croatia Travel Information
Note: This trip as shown is self-guided but can be made as a guided biking trip for groups of 4 or more or customized as you like – please inquire
 
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! 
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Itinerary

Day 1Split Arrival; optional 20 or 80km bike tour

Upon your arrival in Split, you will meet our representative for an orientation about the tour, receive your bikes, learn the most important sites to see, and receive dining suggestions. We will get your bike fitted to you over a welcome drink of local origin, of course! We will also go over the bike routes, various options available, and the ferry transfer schedules.

Free time in Split should be set aside for the 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 may enjoy an evening walk along its beautiful waterfront promenade. Depending on your arrival and if time allows, you can enjoy an easy, car-free 20 km bike ride.
Note: We also offer a hiking tour along a similar route as the bike tour from Split to Dubrovnik.

Distance: 20 or 80 km / 12 or 50 miles
Highlights: orientation, Diocletian’s Palace, biking
Overnight: Split

Day 2Cycling the Island of Brac; Biking 35km with 80km option

Today you depart for the island of Brac. Brac is the biggest and highest of all central Dalmatian islands and will give you plenty of cycling tour choices: coastal roads, climbs up to 780 meters, coastal or inland villages and towns, art galleries, local restaurants, stone masons workshops or even a visit to the stone mason school. Whatever you choose, you will have gorgeous views and bike along olive groves and vineyards! Return to Split for the evening.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 35 km / 22 miles with 80 km / 50 miles option
Highlights: Brac, mason school, olive groves and views
Overnight: Split

Day 3Cycling the Island of Hvar; Biking 20-40km with added 20km option

After the ferry ride from Split to Hvar, we suggest an easy morning bike tour around the UNESCO site of Stari Grad. Stari Grad (Old Town) is an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 B.C. In addition to seeing historical sites, you will discover some very charming towns and roads, cycling alongside gardens, olive groves, or the magical coast. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and most beautiful road along the lavender fields to reach the town of Hvar.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 20-40 km / 12-25 miles with 20 km / 12 miles option
Highlights: ferry ride, Stari Grad, historic town of Hvar
Overnight: Hvar

Day 4Cycling Hvar Island, Boat trip, or Day off; bike tour option 20km

The hardest part about today is deciding what to do, as all of your options are simply wonderful! Do you want to head to the beach, have a short bike ride, or just chill in town in one of its many cafes, watching the world go by? You can also take a sail boat or sea kayak trip to some of the nearby islands, perhaps even a sunset sail, to discover some great places, followed by a delicious lunch and swim. Note: these are extra activities and are not included. You will find all of these options described to you in your road book, including recommendations for a delicious local dinner. On a self-guided bike tour, you are in charge! We give you choices and you can decide how to spend your day!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 20 km / 12 miles option
Highlights: beach, cycling, sea kayak, sailing or day at leisure
Overnight: Hvar

Day 5Bicycling the Island of Korcula; 46km biking + 20km option

After the boat transfer, start your bike ride on island Korcula, which is about 46 kilometers to the town of Korcula. The island has long been populated, even before ancient Greek times, and you will see evidence of this 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 Old Town of Korcula, preserved and nearly intact for centuries. This is where you will sleep for the next 2 nights. Enjoy the scenic south side of the island with amazing views on beautiful, hidden beaches and coves, and ride to the small villages and hamlets, stopping at some of the few great local konoba (taverns) for the most delicious locally prepared food!

Note: We offer advance booking/reservations for a fabulous lunch or dinner on today’s route at Konoba Mate. Menus and rates are diverse so we will present this to you at orientation and then book 4-5 days in advance – you pay at the restaurant. Don’t miss out on this fantastic local dining experience!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 46 km / 29 miles plus 20 km / 12 miles option
Highlights: Korcula cycling, historical Old Town, konoba, beaches & coves
Overnight: Korcula

Day 6Loop bike tour on Korcula; 36km with 20km option

As you stay for another day in Korcula, take this opportunity to explore the island! Its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests, will all surely delight. There are a few loop options to choose from today. Whatever you choose, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and along the beautiful coast of the island. Taste the area’s traditional food, such as home made gnocchi, homemade macaroni, pasticada….and other meals which have been prepared traditionally by the locals for centuries. Some of the best Croatian white wines are produced on this island, which will add great flavour to your lunch or dinner. Did we mention that Marco Polo was born here and started his life’s biggest journey from Korcula? Cycling through Croatia truly is a cycling tour through history!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 36 km / 22 miles with 20 km / 12 miles option
Highlights: exploration of Korcula, homemade delicacies and wines
Overnight: Korcula

Day 7Cycling tour Peljesac Peninsula (60km) and Dubrovnik

For your final ride, you will be cruising along the Peljesac Peninsula. Ride along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, which are a close cousin to Zinfandel of California and Primitivo from Calabria. There are many wineries which can be visited along the ride. Enjoy the beautiful views that Peljesac offers: Mljet and Korcula islands on your right and the mainland on your left. The ride today has a couple of hills, coastal riding and vineyards. It’s incredible!

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 and has the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5 km. Ston was an important town of the Dubrovnik Republic, which was known to be the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 60 km / 37 miles
Highlights: vineyards, coastal riding & views, historic Stone & Dubrovnik
Overnight: Dubrovnik

Day 8Tour 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 the Old Town. Please let us know if you would like to do so as we are happy to make arrangements for you and share our best tips!

Meals: breakfast

Map
Croatia bike tour Dalmatian coast
Rates

Tour Rates: (per person based on double occupancy) 

  • Applicable rate is the month in which your tour finishes.  
  • April, May, October: lowest rate months – strongly encouraged for travel
  • June – mid season: moderate demand, ideal travel period
  • July – August: peak months and most expensive – recommend avoiding
  • September: mid season, high demand – early booking recommended
  • Single Supplement applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms
  • Solo Supplement: Ask us for rates

Guest House Lodging for 2 persons sharing:

  • Rates vary by Month/Season: 
    April: 1549 euros/person
    May: 1651 euros/person
    June: 1755 euros/person
    July/Aug:  1948 euros/person
    Sept:  1794 euros/person
    October: 1625 euros/person
  • Single Supplement: 325-546 euros

Superior Three Star Hotels for 2 persons sharing:

  • Rates vary by Month/Season: from 1840-2399 euros
  • Single Supplement: 520-1060 euros

Upgraded Four Star Hotels for 2 persons sharing:  

  • Rates vary by Month/Season: from 2145-2797 euros
  • Single Supplement: 684-1350 euros

Four & Five Star Hotels: Please inquire for this option.

Hybrid Bike Rental: 129 euros
Road Bike Rental: 129 euros
E-bike Rental: 218 euros
Bike Rental Details Page

Save! With 4 travelers per booking departure, save 5% on rates above, and with 6 travelers, save 7% on above rates. Groups of 8 and larger require custom quotes.

Add On Services: Ask us for quotes
Split or Dubrovnik airport transfer (2 persons): 59 euros total
Cooking Class Split
Cooking Class with Walking Tour Split
Guided Kayaking Excursions on the islands

Make it Custom or Guided: Do you like this tour but want to make it different?
Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!

How do our tours compare to similar trips? You Get MoreIf you compare price, we are much less than guided trips with similar experiences. In our private, independent format, you get much more than what most traditional self guided tours offer, plus it’s a better experience! Our team has gone to great lengths to build and create exceptional tours all over the world, vacations that will give you lifelong memories. From the accommodations to the bikes, to the routes themselves, we hold each component of our tours to a very high standard. We are dedicated to empowering people through travel!
 
Ready to book? 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 8 am-5 pm MST) +1.480.905.1235; or email us.   
15 Reviews
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Kim Tarnopolski

Group Traveller

This was our second trip with Pure Adventures and it was spectacular! Six great friends descended on Split to begin our guided bike tour along the coast, hopping over to a few islands and ultimately ending in Dubrovnik. We LOVED our guide, Dama! Dama was very easy going, personable and a native of the country. Our journey was seamless. The restaurants Dama selected along the way prepared local cuisine for us which was delicious. The conditions of the bikes were above average and we loved having the option of an E-bike. Two of us took advantage of that option and enjoyed a stress-free vacation, even when a big hill presented itself. The islands are not flat! The option of the E-bike allows for all fitness levels to enjoy the adventure. We highly recommend Pure Adventures and this particular itinerary. Croatia is a beautiful country.

January 9, 2019

Phillis Willer

Couple Traveller

Everything was fantastic, the places we stayed, the places we ate, the recommendations. The company that organized the biking was great, the handed us an unbelievable organized booklet of everything we needed to know, maps, options, where to ate, what to do etc.

October 8, 2018

Susan Johnston

Couple Traveller

Excellent accommodations, although for two single women it would have been nice to have had separate beds in all places. All recommended restaurants were very good. The only negative was a breakfast in Korcula…I would take that place off your list. We had E bikes which were great. They failed once or twice, and that was stressful. I would recommend that , in the orientation the guide impresses the importance of checking the number of bars before any ride (apparently my battery was not charging when I thought it was). Also , little tricks like disconnecting and reconnecting , to reboot the battery when it acts temperamental. Other than that, the trip could not have been better. We loved it. Arriving in Dubrovnik to throngs of (cruise ship) crowds was a shock…maybe some warning about that would have helped. After the cycling it was just a culture shock. Thank you, you have been so easy to work with.

October 8, 2018

Margie koff

Group Traveller

We loved everything about this experience. There were four of us in the self guided tour, and we decided to splurge and choose the 4 star hotel accommodations, which were all wonderful. Can’t say enough good things about the local partner, from the initial presentation, maps, and suggestions to dealing with inclement weather on one leg of the journey and turning what could have been a miserable time into yet another spectacular day of cycling in a beautiful place. Croatia exceeded all my expectations (which were high to begin with)…I am so grateful to all involved in the planning of this incredibly wonderful and unforgettable experience. THANK YOU SO MUCH!,,

October 8, 2018

Joe Segale

Couple Traveller

Pure Adventures provided excellent service. We appreciated the time they spent with us for orientation to our self guided tour, and the detailed maps and instructions they provided. We asked for extra rides and they went out of their way to provide suggestions. We rented the road bikes, which were in excellent condition, reasonably lite, and operated well. The routes they designed were beautiful, with mostly low traffic, that passed through vineyards and olive orchards, lovely seaside villages with opportunities for food and water, and there were plenty of places to stop for a dip in the Adriatic, which was gorgeous. Despite the sparsity of road name and route numbering signs, the maps, turn-by-turn instruction and GPS they provided kept us on course. We stayed in the guest houses, which all had nice, private, comfortable rooms and were much more personal and unique than staying in hotels. It was memorable to stay within the heart of Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik on quintessential European narrow, cobbled streets so close to the sites and amenities in these towns. Travelling between the islands on the large ferries was a little hectic at times, and somewhat confusing, especially in Split which is a large, busy port. But there were always staff from the ferry companies that made sure we were on the right ferry. The speed boat ride from Hvar to Korcula was a blast.

September 4, 2018
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