During the entire self guided bike trip you will be lodged in Split, where during the evenings you can scroll through its enormous palace (305.a.c.), visit a variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments. Split is located in the middle of Croatian coast and is an administrative and cultural center of Dalmatian-coastal area of Croatia. Walk along its long palm fringed waterfront, enjoy the trendy new cafes and bars, great local Konoba restaurants and check out every day’s life of local citizens.
Each day you will be taking boat to different islands, and bike along the quiet and scenic roads. You will be able to choose your daily distance, from easy 20 km coastal roads to 80 km loops and big climbs. In the evenings you return with the same boat back to Split. Bike on 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.
Pedal along rural and quite roads of Island Solta. On this island you will step back in time, as there are no big hotels, no modern buildings… just traditional life. 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.
This tour can be done during the whole year. The ferries for all the islands depart and return to Split several times a day. Locals and visitors in Split find themselves inexorably drawn into spending most of their free time within Diocletian’s Palace, now recognized on UNESCO’s World heritage list. 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 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!
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. You will be yycle along the beautiful 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, test ride (extra ride 80 km). Overnight: Split. Highlights: Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Marjan hill.
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. 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…or you can climb the highest peak of all Dalmatian Islands. Late afternoon or even night ferry back to Split. Distance biked: 0-30 km, extra ride 80km. Overnight: Split. Highlights: Island Brac, Supetar, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages.
Day 3: 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: 0-36 km, extra ride 30km. Overnight: Split. Highlights: unspoiled and rural island of Solta.
Day 4: Island Hvar – Coastal rides and beautiful hidden inland villages, lavander fields and town 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: End of Tour. Today your tour ends in Split. Thanks for joining us and we hope you had a good ride!
Price per person in EURO:
#1 - March/April/May/June/, September/October
#2 - July/August
#3 - November-March
apartment/room (#1) 500 (#2) 565 (#3) 360 – Winter Special
Hotel 3* (#1) 770 (#2) 796 (#3) 510 – Winter Special
Hotel 4* (#1) 898 (#2) 965 (#3) 640 – Winter Special
Hotel 5* (#1) From 1025 (#2) From 1116 (#3) From 800.
Single person traveling pays additional EUR 240 (May, June, Sep) & EUR 290 (July, August).
Start/end of bike tours: 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. Email us regarding prices.
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. Daily distances: 0 – 80 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! All the days are loop rides and you don’t have to bike if you don’t feel like it!
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