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Croatia Self Guided Biking
Tour Dates: April through October

We offer 2 variations of our Croatia Self Guided Bike Tours of the Dalmatian Coast. Both Croatia Self Guided Bike Tours feature the most beautiful areas along the Croatian coast with quiet roads, ancient villages, lavender fields and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

During the entire self guided bike trip you will be accommodated in Split, where during the evenings you can walk along its long palm fringed waterfront, enjoy the trendy new cafes, bars, great local konoba (taverns) and check out every day’s life of local citizens.

Version A: Begins & Ends in Split – 5 days

2017 Prices with 4 star accommodations:

  • Low Season (Jan, Feb, March, April, Nov, Dec.: €850 Euros per person/double occupancy
    • Single Supplement: €305 per person
  • Standard Season (May, June & Oct): €1100 Euros per person/double occupancy
    • Single Supplement: €610 per person
  • High Season (July, August, September): €1365 Euros per person/double occupancy
    • Single Supplement: €680 per person

During the entire self guided bike trip you will be accommodated in Split, where during the evenings you can walk along its long palm fringed waterfront, enjoy the trendy new cafes, bars, great local konoba (taverns) and check out every day’s life of local citizens. 3 star & B&B pricing available.

Version B: Split to Dubrovnik- 8 days

2017 Prices with 3 star Accommodations:

  • Low Season (April): €1645 Euros per person/double occupancy
    • Single Supplement: €315 per person
  • Standard Season (May & October): €1885 Euros per person/double occupancy
    • Single Supplement: €400 per person
  • High Season (June, July, August & September): €2080  Euros pp/double occupancy
    • Single Supplement: €645 per person

If you are looking for a great 8 day self guided bike tour in Europe – look no further and join us on The Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik cycling trip! Spend evenings in Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik, enjoy great cycling and island hopping combination done with private boats and local ferries! During this cycling trip you will visit Croatian most beautiful towns Split and Dubrovnik and enjoy great biking on four different Dalmatian islands and Peljesac peninsula. B&B & 4 star pricing available.

Tour Difficulty

Each day you will have options to enjoy easy coastal rides or climbs up to 700m with various cycling distances from 10 to 80km.

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Smooth & Paved
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrid or Road

Tour Highlights

  • Scenic Coastal Riding
  • Discover Greek, Roman, Venetian and Croatian culture
  • Taste great olive oil and wine
  • Enjoy the healthiest cuisine in the world – Mediterranean!

Tour Overview

Enjoy cycling the Dalmatian region; Split, it’s surroundings and islands of Šolta, Brač and Hvar. Each day you will have options to enjoy easy coastal rides or climbs up to 700m with various cycling distances from 10 to 80km. Discover Greek, Roman, Venetian and Croatian culture, taste great olive oil and wine, enjoy the healthiest cuisine in the world – Mediterranean!

Discover island Brač, Croatia’s third largest and the highest island in the Adriatic sea. Brač is famous for fishing and agriculture, especially vines and olives, as well as its precious limestone, which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White house in Washington. Pedal along rural and quiet roads of island Šolta. On this island you will step back in time, as there are no big hotels, no modern buildings… just traditional life…

Discover ancient villages and coastal roads of island Hvar, UNESCO world heritage site of StariGrad and bike along lavender fields to reach Hvar town. Did we forget to say that Split is one of the oldest Roman towns in the Adriatic? Built by Emperor Diocletian in 3rd century A.D, as his luxury retreat, vivid town of Split is inviting you to explore it’s natural beauties by bike and vibrant nightlife!

Tour Map

Tour Video

Version A: begins and ends in Split – 5 days

Day 1

Welcome to the ancient Mediterranean town Split!

Depending on your arrival we will meet at your hotel, fit your bike and have a briefing regarding your cycling holidays!

In Split, you will be cycling along the beautiful Marjan hill, main recreational venue for the citizens of Split and have option to extend the ride along the coast to the nearby village. If you are looking to do bigger 80 km loop ride, we have it ready for you as well!

In the evenings, we urge you to explore 1700 years old Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into UNESCO World heritage list, the Peristyle, Diocletian’s mausoleum, Romanesque houses, experience every day’s life, ancient fish market and fishermen… Split is located in the middle of Croatian coast and is the administrative and cultural centre of Dalmatian-coastal area of Croatia.

  • Distance biked: 0 – 20 km test ride, extra ride 80 km
  • Overnight: Split
  • Highlights: Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Marjan hill

Day 2 – Island Brac

After a leisurely ferry cruise you arrive to the largest island of the Central Dalmatian group of islands, the third largest among the Adriatic islands – Brac. The island is rich with historic sites dating back to Ancient Greece and Middle Ages. Enjoy easy cycling along coastal towns and villages, or climb up to the settlements in the interior, which are older, richer in cultural and historical monuments and much more interesting architecturally than the coastal ones. Besides beautiful scenery on your bike ride, Island Brac is famous for stone sculptures and quarries (White House in Washington and Diocletian Palace in Split). Optional visits to art galleries and workshops, wine cellars, island museum and one of the last stone carving schools in Europe. Late afternoon or even night ferry back to Split.

  • Distance biked: 0-30 km, extra ride 80km
  • Overnight: Split
  • Highlights: Island Brac, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages, art galleries, wine cellars

Day 3 – Island Solta

Discover and bike the island of Solta. So close to Split and urbanization, still so far away. Enjoy epic rides on quite picturesque roads, along the villages, olive groves and vineyards. Riding on the islands you will feel like you returned to the past, seeing traditional way of life, on the farms….. Enjoy islands nice coves and bays before returning to Split. You can choose your biking distance today, riding the road with great views on Split and mainland or endless sea from the south.

  • Distance biked: 0-40 km
  • Overnight: Split
  • Highlights: unspoiled and rural island of Solta

Day 4 – Island Hvar

Today, as a last day of biking we suggest island Hvar. Riding on the island Hvar you will be passing among lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. You will be riding along the scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island and passing Jelsa, Vrboska, reach Stari Grad (literally Old Town) which is actually the oldest settlement on the island and one of the first ones in Europe, founded by the Ancient Greeks (Pharos). You can decide whether you want to bike challenging uphill, passing rosemary and lavender fields and ancient Greek walls. Enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the island before a great downhill to Hvar. As it is was your last ride why treat yourself a few drinks in the ancient Piazza with a view of 7th century AD walls, Venetian loggia and the oldest municipal Theatre in Europe.

  • Distance biked: 30-90 km
  • Overnight: Split
  • Highlights: Island Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska, Stari Grad, lavender fields, town Hvar

Day 5 – Split

After breakfast the tour ends. Depending on your flight or departure time you might squeeze in another bike ride or cafe in Split!

Start and End of Bike Tour

This tour can start any day during the whole year in Split. The town itself has many things to offer, from buzzing cafes and bars to small charming restaurants and konoba. Spring and early fall are the best months for biking, with the season of good weather starting in late March till the second week of June, when the high tourist season starts. Early September is good time to come back on the bike as it is not so busy anymore and the temperatures are still warm but more appropriate for biking. The swimming season usually starts late in May and can last till middle of October. Even in the highest tourist months of July and August, you will be able to find your own little private beach on the islands you will be visiting. Self guided bike tour of Central Dalmatia ends in Split town. Please note that Split airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost.

The price includes: 4 nights accommodation – with breakfast, 5 day bike rental (bike, lock, pump, spare tube, helmet and patch kit, rear rack bag), local 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

The price does not include: Travel insurance, Shuttles during the riding time, Lunches and dinners, Assistance during the ride.

Rating: This Self Guided Bike Tour is designed for individuals. You can choose your distance each single day. Our Islands are quite hilly, but with this itinerary you do not need to climb any of those. You can have your bike and just enjoy coastal towns or do a bike ride of 80 km or more. This tour is designed with optional daily distances. If you prefer to have a quiet day on the beach, it is possible! Or, if you prefer to bike 200 km per day you are able to do it!

All the days are loop rides and you don’t have to bike if you don’t feel like it!

Version B: Split to Dubrovnik- 8 days

Bike and explore Split, islands Brac, Solta, Hvar and Korčula, Pelješac peninsula and town of Dubrovnik!

Start your bike tour from Split, a city founded by the roman Emperor Diocletian, dating back to 300 A.C. Visit island 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 of island Šolta. On this island you will step back in time, as there are no big hotels, no modern buildings… just traditional life…

Continue to cycle along ancient villages and coastal roads of island Hvar, UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad and bike along lavender fields to reach Hvar town.

Bike on the back roads of Korčula island and taste great homemade food, with Grk and Postup wine on a side. Treat yourself with oysters and great risotto in Ston, on Peljesac peninsula and visit ancient saltworks and longest fortifed walls in Europe. Spend the last evening in Dubrovnik – the Pearl of Adriatic! Overnight in the most attractive Dalmatian towns Split, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik!

Day 1

Upon your arrival in Split you will meet our representative and get familiar with the area; most important sites and dining areas, get your bike fitted and get explanation of all the bike routes and options.

Most important site of Split is Diocletian’s Palace, now recognized on UNESCO’s World heritage list. The locals have their real 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 evening walk, along its beautiful waterfront promenade.

Depending on your arrival, you can enjoy easy, car- free 20 km bike ride or take an 80 km loop into the interior of the land.

  • Distance biked: 0 – 20 km test ride, extra ride 80 km
  • Overnight: b&b or 3* hotel in Split
  • Highlights: Split, Diocletian’s Palace, coastal roads of Marjan hill

Day 2 – Island Solta

After the morning cafe at Split’s waterfront take 1 hour ferry ride to Solta, your first Dalmatian island. Discover and bike the island of Solta. The biking is done mostly along narrow back roads of small rural villages in the interior of the island and with the visit of couple or more coastal villages. Ride along olive groves and vineyards. Optional visits to honey production site. Spend the evening in Split again tonight.

  • Distance biked: 0-35km, extra ride 30 km
  • Overnight: b&b or 3* hotel in Split
  • Highlights: Quiet and picturesque roads of island Solta, olive groves, Split

Day 3 – Island Brac

Today you depart for island Brac, the biggest and highest of all central Dalmatian islands which will give you plenty of riding choices. Coastal roads, climbs to 780 meters, coastal or inland villages and towns, art galleries, local restaurants, stone masons workshops or even 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
  • Overnight: b&b or 3* hotel in Split
  • Highlights: Island Brac, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages, stone sculptures, art galleries, restaurants

Day 4 – Island Hvar

After the ferry ride from Split to Hvar, for the morning ride we suggest easy 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 quite charming towns and roads where you will be biking, passing next to gardens, along the coast and olive groves. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and probably most beautiful road along the lavender fields to reach town Hvar.

  • Distance biked: 20-40 km, extra ride 30 km
  • Overnight: b&b or 3* hotel in Hvar town
  • Highlights: Jelsa, Vrboska and many small villages, Stari Grad, UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain, museums, beaches, lavender fields, Hvar town

Day 5 – Island Korcula

After the boat transfer, start with your bike ride on island Korcula, about 46 kilometers to the town of Korcula. Island was very early populated; even before Greek times and evidences can bee see on you ride! During the history it was chosen by Venetians as a spot to build their important walled city on the northern shores of the island. Therefore, nowadays, thanks to that, we have most magnificent walled Korcula old town still preserved and almost intact for centuries where you sleep for next 2 nights. Enjoy the scenic south side of the island, with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along the small villages and hamlets and stop in some of the few great local konoba (tavern) for most amazing locally prepared food!

  • Distance biked: 46 km, extra ride 20km
  • Overnight: 4* hotel in Korcula town
  • Highlights: private boat ride, Korcula town, island Korcula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants

Day 6 – Loop ride Korcula

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 few loop options today. Whatever you choose, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and along beautiful coast of the island. Taste the 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 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
  • Overnight: 4* hotel in Korcula town
  • Highlights: Korcula town, island Korcula, coastal ride, charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants

Day 7 – Peljesac peninsula and Dubrovnik

Today, for your final ride, you will be cruising along Peljesac peninsula. You will be riding along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California and Primitivo from Calabria. There are many vineries which can be visited along the ride. Enjoy the great views Peljesac is offering you, Mljet and Korcula island on your right and 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, salt producing village on Peljesac peninsula was built in the 14th century town and has with the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5 km. Ston was important town for Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century which you are about to see!

  • Distance biked: 60 km
  • Overnight: 3* hotel in Dubrovnik
  • Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, 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 with magnificent wall that surrounds the old town!

Start and 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 highest 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. International airport is 25 km away. Please note that Split or Dubrovnik airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost

The price includes: 7 nights accommodation (bed & breakfast in 2 bedded rooms) in Split (3 nights), Hvar (1 night), Korcula (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 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.

The price does not include: Travel insurance, shuttles during the riding time, lunches and dinners, tips or any kind of gratitude.

Rating: 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, first 3 days and the second day on Korcula 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 8 days

Can I charter this tour?

Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.

The food

We will be eating meals aboard the boat and will have a nice variety of fresh seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables with enough variety to please everyone. Special dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated with advanced notice.

What type of weather can I expect?

Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Daytime temperatures are 60º- 75º F. and nights are 50º to 60º F. There is always the chance of rain, so to ensure your personal comfort please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with a hood and rain pants, too. For the sunny days, we recommend using SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen. If you are really sun sensitive, we suggest sun-blocking clothing.

Rental bikes

We rent good quality hybrid or road bikes with a bike bag, a water bottle cage and flat pedals with or without toe clips and straps. You are welcomed to bring your own pedals and seat. We will supply full mechanical support during the tour. Road bike rentals are also available upon request. NOTE: You will need to provide your own water bottle and helmet.

Camera gear

Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.

Language

You do not need to be able to speak Croatian, to get by on this tour. You will be surprised at how many folks speak English in Croatia. With that said, bringing a small dictionary or translation app on your smartphone can be very helpful.

What about tipping?

On the tour: we suggest $125 per guest to cover our local guide and boat crew. On your own: most restaurants include a service charge, but an additional 5-10% for exceptional service is always appreciated. We suggest a small amount for baggage and taxi service.

Passport

U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Croatia. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!

We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.

Additional hotel lodging

Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you in Croatia either before or after the tour.

Travel delays

Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!

Learn more about the Travel Insurance.

About Croatia

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb, which forms one of the country’s primary subdivisions, along with the twenty counties. Croatia covers 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles) and has diverse, mostly continental and Mediterranean climates. Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. The country’s population is 4.28 million, most of whom are Croats, with the most common religious denomination being Roman Catholicism. ~ Wikipedia

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