This self guided bike tour combines great riding and enough time to chill out on amazing coast and beaches of islands Brac and Hvar. The tour includes the best and most beautiful highlights of the central Dalmatian Islands Brac, Hvar and town Split. Besides bike riding, where on most of the days you can choose your daily distance, we will suggest local wineries, local konoba – restaurant where you will be served homemade food, best beaches, art galleries, historical sites, night clubs, and all the other optional fun detours such as sea kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, stand up paddling and others that will make an unforgettable biking vacation!
Start with your self guided bike tour in Split, with the main attraction of Diocletian’s palace (305.a.c.). Split is an administrative and cultural center of Dalmatian-coastal area of Croatia with a 1700 years old tradition, a variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments. Great thing about the palace is that locals have their real homes molded in the old walls and old ladies stringing their washing where once affairs of state of the entire Roman Empire were once discussed. Split is a living and breathing urban oasis awash with a myriad of sights, sounds and smells, all thriving inside the two millennia old walls!
After the day in Split, you proceed with the ferry to the first island – Brac; 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. Enjoy biking through the picturesque coastal fishermen villages and hinterland villages which were constructed in the Greek and Roman times, passing through many olive groves and vineyards. Visit one of the oldest stone mason schools in Europe, visit artist while creating stone sculptures, taste local vine and homemade food! Swim on Zlatni rat, one of the most beautiful beaches located in Bol.
From Brac, continue with the boat to Island Hvar and discover where Ancient Greeks settled in the 4th century BC. On the island Hvar, besides great biking, you will 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.
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. Cycle along the beautiful hill Marjan, 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, test ride (optional 80 km ride). Overnight: Split. Highlights: Split, Marjan hill.
Day 2: West side 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. Pedal to Sutivan, a fishermen settlement on the northern coast of Brac. After Sutivan there is a climb and you pass through the picturesque village of Lozisca. Continue through the settlements in the interior, which are older, richer in cultural and historical monuments and much more interesting architecturally than the coastal ones.
Passing through Nerezica and Donji Humac, 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. Distance biked: 0-30 km, extra ride 48 km. Overnight: Supetar, Island Brac. Highlights: Island Brac, Supetar, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages.
Day 3: East side of island Brac - visit island's museum and stone cutting school. Today we suggest a ride to the east side of the island. Ride to Splitska, following a quieter road along the scenic north-east coast... You'll have views across to the mainland throughout the ride. Stop in the town of Skrip, the oldest settlement on the island. After the visit to The Island Museum, pedal to Postira, fishermen village and Lovrecina, sandy beach with ruins of a large early Christian basilica assigned to the 5th century. This might be a good swim break... Continue to Pucisca, charming little town, well know for its stone quarries from where is cut its precious white stone which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and The White House in Washington. You might wish to enter one of the oldest Stone Cutting Schools in Europe and see students carving in the same way as their well know ancestors. Distance biked: 0-36 km, extra ride 70km. Overnight: Supetar, Island Brac. Highlights: beaches, coastal ride, fisherman villages, stone cutting school, Pucisca.
Day 4: Island Belvedere-Vidova Gora and Bol with its famous pebble beach Zlatni Rat. Your route and goal today is to reach the island’s summit, Vidova Gora. This lookout is known as the summit of the Adriatic and offers some spectacular views. The highest peak of all Adriatic islands – Vidova Gora(778meters), from where you will have a breathless view on the slopes of the south side of the island, the town of Bol and the famous beach Golden Cape (Zlatni rat) as well as on the islands of Central Dalmatia. With high visibility even the Italian coast may be seen. Vidova gora hides many wonders of nature: from the dense forest of authentic black pine trees and its rich herbal and animal world to numerous caves and pits.
There is an easier option if you don’t feel like riding to highest point of the island. Continue with biking to Gornji Humac, where you should try some of original islands specialties, before having a great downhill to Bol, the oldest coastal town on the island Brac. Bol didn't take the usual position like other coastal towns in the amphitheatrically slopes of the protected bays, but it stands alone and separated on the southern, open part of the island, with the beaches connected like a necklace of pearls. You might wish to check the famous pebble beach Zlatni rat, one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Distance biked: 37-50 km. Overnight: Bol, Island Brac. Highlights: Zlatni rat(Golden cape) – famous beach in Bol, Vidova Gora-highest point of all Adriatic Islands.
Day 5: Island Hvar – Coastal rides and beautiful hidden inland villages, lavander fields and town Hvar. Today you take a privately owned boat to cross the Hvar Channel to fishermen's village of Jelsa, 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). After a few warm up miles, a challenging uphill climb waits for you, 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. You sleep tonight in Hvar town, and as it is was your last ride today why not have 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: 30-45 km. Overnight: Hvar town, Island Hvar. Highlights: Island Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska, Stari Grad, lavender fields, town Hvar.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TRANSFER FROM BOL TO JELSA (BRAC TO HVAR) TODAY IS REALIZED WITH SMALLER EXCURSION BOATS, WEATHER PERMITTING. IN CASE OF ROUGH SEA THE TRANSFER WILL NOT HAPPEN (FOR SAFETY REASONS), BUT WE WILL OF COURSE ORGANIZE AN ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION!
If it happens that you cannot take the boat ride to the island Hvar, usually we either wait until afternoon that the sea gets calmer, or if we know the sea state will remain unchanged, we organize a transfer via Supetar and Split, and then by ferry to Stari Grad and/or to Hvar. In such cases (very rare!) Day 5 will be a no biking day. For now it happened only once that we were not able to use this boat connection. Usually in summer (July-end of August) we have approx 5 bad weather days!
Day 6: End of tour. 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!
Price per person in EURO:
* Classic (rooms and 3* hotels) - 922
* Hotel 3* and 4* - 1227
* Classic: You will be lodged in rooms and apartments in Split, Supetar(Brac) and Bol(Brac). Those rooms and apartments are located in the center of those towns. Breakfast is provided, and sometimes it will be outside of your lodging. In Hvar you will be staying in hotel Palace(3*) in the very centre of town!
* Hotels 3* and 4*: In Split you will be staying in hotel Park (4*), which is located approximately 10 min walk from the centre, and 5 min walk from the ferry port. In Supetar(Brac) you will be lodged in hotel Vila Adriatica(3*), which is great family run hotel, located 5 min walk from the very centre of town. In Bol, you are staying in hotel Elaphusa(4* resort hotel) which is located between town and the famous beach Zlatni rad. In Hvar, on your final night you are staying in hotel Riva(4*) located on the main promenade in centre of Hvar town. Hotel Riva is one of the trendiest boutique hotels in Croatia.
Please note: If all the listed hotels are booked, we will do our best to find appropriate substitute for hotels listed above.
Start/end of the bike tours: The tours start every Monday or Thursday in Split from mid May until end of Sept. For other dates send us an inquiry and we will let you know if the tour is possible. If a group of 5 or more participants books at the same time they can choose their departure date. Tours ends in Hvar town. There are several ferries and fast boat connections to return to Split. We suggest spending at least one more day in Hvar! There are many activities you can do from town Hvar; have a day trip with boat and visit Vis, another beautiful island, do a sailing or sea kayaking trip along small islands located in front of Hvar town, or just rent a boat or water taxi service and visit the same islands, which have great beaches, art galleries and some of the best restaurants in the area. Please note that Split airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost. We can provide direct transfers from Hvar, with private taxi boats, or vans and ferries. Feel free to email us regarding prices.
- This Self guided bike tour is designed for individuals and we will provide you with various information and other options to explore and enjoy besides bike riding. During the summer, good bike riding is possible in the mornings and later in the afternoon. There are 2 days where you will be climbing over 500 meters (1640 feet). In your information package we will provide taxi numbers, which are able to help and take you and your bike over those hills (not included in package price).
- Besides biking and cultural discovery and exploration, you might want to enjoy sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing and stand up paddling (SUP) in the beautiful archipelago of Islands Brac and Hvar.
- Daily distances: 0 – 50 km per day.
- 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 4( minimum of 37 kilometers with climb up to 500 meters) and Day 5(minimum of 35 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. All the other days are loop rides and you don’t have to bike if you don’t feel like it!
Total distance biked: 100-700 km in 5 days
Single person traveling pays additional EUR 515 (May, June, Sep.) & EUR 555 (July,August).
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