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Luxury Inns and Self Guided Biking on Dalmatian Islands

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 50 people
Destination(s): Croatia  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1228 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1354 Euro (EUR)

Relax in luxury hotels and villas in Split and Hvar, enjoy the massages, spa, outdoor pools, bike in Split and the islands of Solta, Brac and Hvar. Cycle along the picturesque coastal fishermen villages and hinterland villages which were constructed in the Greek and Roman times, passing through many olive groves and vineyards.
Dine healthiest cuisine in the world-the Mediterranean one!! Fresh fish and homegrown vegetables, olive oil and wine are just some of its secrets! Swim in the Adriatic Sea and relax while the sun is healing your soul....

So do experience the unspoiled beauty and appeal of Dalmatia, its crystalline Adriatic waters, rugged mountains, a mild climate and historic treasures that make an unforgettable biking vacation. Visit Split and its enormous Diocletian’s palace (305.a.c.). Split is located in the middle of Croatian coast and is an administrative and cultural center of Dalmatian-coastal area of Croatia. Explore the island Brac, Croatia’s third largest and the highest island in the Adriatic Sea. Brac is famous for fishing and agriculture, especially vines and olives, as well as its precious white stone which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest and The White house in Washington.

Discover where Ancient Greeks settled in the 4th century BC. On the island Hvar, visit Stari Grad, literally Old Town, the oldest settlement on the island, and one of the first on all of the Adriatic islands. The town’s architecture is a complex of Greek walls, Roman Mosaics, the complex of streets built in the middle Ages... Scroll through beautiful town Hvar, with its seven centuries old walls and fortifications that became powerful in the middle Ages being an important port for the Venetian Republic.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Split. Welcome to the ancient Mediterranean town Split. Explore 1700 years old Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage List, the Peristyle, Diocletian's mausoleum, Jupiter's temple, 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. Bike along the Marjan hill, main recreational venue for the citizens of Split. Depending on your arrival we will meet at your hotel, fit your bike and have a briefing regarding your cycling holidays!

Distance biked: 0 – 20 km, options for more riding (up to 80 km)
Overnight: Hotel Luxe, Split
Highlights: Split.

Day 2: Island Brac - Coastal ride and inland ancient towns. 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, middle Ages and of course Modern times. Today, there are twenty-odd settlements on the island. Enjoy biking along scenic coastal roads, fishermen settlements on the northern coast of Brac. If you want to extend the ride you can climb inland and discover picturesque villages which are older, richer in cultural and historical monuments and much more interesting architecturally than the coastal ones.

Passing through Nerezica, Donji Humac and Skrip, just before the last downhill to Supetar, we suggest a lunch break in a konoba which still makes traditional Mediterranean cuisine. If you are interested into the art, we will suggest a couple of galleries and workshops, where you can see the stone masons working and see their sculptures…If you want to extend your ride go for a coffee in Milna village, see the beautiful naturally protected bay full of boats, yachts…

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: 3-30 km, extra ride 50 km,
Overnight: Hotel Luxe, Split
Highlights: Island Brac, Supetar, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages.

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.

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: 0-36 km, extra ride 70km
Overnight: Hotel Luxe, Split
Highlights: beaches, coastal ride, fisherman villages, unspoiled and rural island of Solta, olive oil production.

DAY 4: Island Hvar. Today you board ferry, to Island Hvar, the sunniest Croatian Island. Arrive in Stari Grad, literally old town. In Stari Grad we suggest visiting museum and fortified house – Castle of our famous poet Petar Hektorovic. Continue along the quite country road to your accommodation, located in the quiet village of Vrbanj. Today’s suggested bike ride is fairly easy, but if you want to extend it feel free to continue exploring the east side of the island, which has beautiful quiet roads and great views on coast and surrounding islands.

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: 6-50 km
Overnight: Luxury apartments Quaich, Vrbanj, Island Hvar
Highlights: Island Hvar, beautiful villages, UNESCO sites of town Stari Grad and Stari Grad plain.

Day 5: Island Hvar – Coastal rides and beautiful hidden inland villages. The Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar, where we suggest your loop ride today, is an agricultural landscape that was set up by the ancient Greek colonists in the 4th century BC, and remains in use today. The plain is by and large still in its original form. The ancient layout has been preserved by careful maintenance of the stone walls over 24 centuries, along with the stone shelters (known locally as trims), and the water collection system. The same crops, mainly grapes and olives, are still grown in the fields, and the site is also a natural reserve. The site is a valuable example of the ancient Greek system of agriculture.

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: 0-45 km
Overnight: Luxury apartments Quaich, Vrbanj, Island Hvar http://www.quaichexperience.co.uk/
Highlights: Island Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska, Stari Grad,

Day 6: Island Hvar – Lavander fields and town Hvar. After coffee stop in Stari Grad you start with the ride and climb along the old scenic road to Hvar town. The narrow road used to be main road on the island until 20 years ago on the old road to Brusje.. Now days it is touristic road and other people who use it are the farmers, who grow lavender, olives and vines! Enjoy amazing views from the top of the islands at Pakleni islands archipelago, Split, Solta, Brac islands and endless sea surrounding the same islands . Ride along lavender fields, and see the ancient tows of Brusje and Velo Grablje. Finish the bike ride in Hvar town, one of the most popular and stunning destination in the Adriatic.

Meals: breakfast
Distance biked: 25 km, includes a climb over 400 meters
Overnight: Hotel Adriana, Hvar
Highlights: Island Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska, Stari Grad,

Day 7: Today your tour ends in town Hvar. We highly recommend extending your stay in Hvar, relaxing in the beautiful Venetian style piazza or take some adventure trips like sea kayaking, sailing to nearby islands. Anyway, thanks for joining us and we hope you had a good ride! Meals: breakfast.

Start/end of bike tours:
- The tour starts any day in Split, depending on availability in hotels.
- Bike part of the tour ends in Hvar town. We provide the ferry ticket for your return to Split. There are several ferries and fast boat connections to return to Split. We suggest spending at least one more day in Hvar, where you can enjoy the beaches and beautiful sea, beach clubs, Pakleni Islands in front of Hvar town, where you can take kayak or sailing trip. Hvar and the small islands in front of it offer great restaurants and night life as well!
- Please note that Split airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost. Feel free to email us regarding prices.

Rating:
- This Self guided bike tour is designed for individuals. On Day 6 you will be climbing over 450 meters. In your information package we will provide taxi numbers, which are able to help and take you and your bike over that hill (not included in package price). All the other rides are easy, doable for average cyclist. On each day you can extend your ride, which will include bigger climbs and longer distances
- Daily distances: 0 – 0 km per day, except Day 5 which has min distance of 25 km.
- This tour is designed with optional daily distances. If you prefer to have a quite day on the beach, it is possible! Or, if you prefer to bike 200 km per day you are able to do it!
You can choose your distance each single day except Day 6 ( minimum of 25 kilometers with climb up to 450 meters). If you don’t feel like biking this day, we can help you organize a transfer to reach your final destination for that day.
- Total distance biked: 50-600 km in 6 days.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price per person in a double room:
- April/May/Sept/Oct EUR 1228,00
- June/July/Aug EUR 1354,00
- Single person traveling surcharge: EUR 555.

Price Includes:
- 6 days accommodation (bed&breakfast in 2 bedded rooms) in hotel Luxe, Split, apart hotel in Vrbanj – Quaich, and hotel Adriana in Hvar
- 6 day bike rental (bike, lock, pump, spare tube, helmet and patch kit)
- 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 routes, route instructions
- Luggage transfers
- All the ferry tickets during the tour

Price Excludes:
- Travel insurance
- Shuttles during the riding time
- All lunches and dinners

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