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Croatia: A Bike Tour of the Dalmatian Coast and Islands

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Croatia  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4195 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4195 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast boasts an abundance of lush forested islands and mysterious coves. The seaside ports developed centuries ago are fantastically beautiful as exemplified by its crowning jewel, the walled city of Dubrovnik. In recent history, the Homeland War kept Croatia isolated, but since declaring independence and with accession into the EU scheduled for 2013, it has rapidly become a wonderful place to visit and we encourage you to do so now before its coast becomes an extension of the nearby Rivieras of France and Italy. This part of Croatia is warm and inviting. The region’s colorful red roofs complement the surrounding tropical green waters, and the views are beautifully photogenic. The warmth of the Mediterranean atmosphere and the joyful hospitality of the locals will stimulate you as you revel in tastes including scrumptious olives, unique cheeses, fresh seafood and excellent wines.

You will start in Dubrovnik, known as ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic’. Severely damaged in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990’s during the Homeland War of Independence it is now the focus of a major restoration program coordinated by UNESCO. Leaving this amazing city you will bicycle around Korčula Island, the home of the notable Marco Polo. Korčula is graced with rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and small villages. Take a ferry to the island of Mljet for hiking and optional sea kayaking or bicycle touring along its cliffs, wild beaches and pristine coves. The island of Hvar is known for its sunshine, consistently receiving at least 300 days per year of pure sun.

You’ll cycle narrow roads to quiet coves and pebbly beaches that provide frequent opportunities for refreshing swims. Finish in Split, Croatia’s second largest city and often referred to as one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. With a back drop of high coastal mountains contrasted by the deep blue Adriatic, the ancient city of Split will capture your senses and lure you to spend more time wandering about its narrow alleys and numerous museums and galleries. We hope this exquisite destination retains its charm for many years to come, but urge you to join us now to see why we’re so excited!

Day 1: 22km.
Meet in Dubrovnik at 09:00. This famous city of the Adriatic once rivaled Venice as the capital of the old Mediterranean Republic and is home to the legendary sailors of mythology. A scenic transfer along the Dalmatian coastline takes you to the peninsula of Peljesac, often called the garden of Dubrovnik. Stop in Ston, home to the longest medieval stone walls in Europe and Croatia’s freshest oysters. Arrive at Orebić early in the afternoon in time to become familiar with your rental bikes and enjoy a short coastal bike ride before dinner. Hotel Indijan, Orebić. (L)(D)

Day 2: 29 km or 52 km.
Start your day with a short ferry ride to Korcula where you will spend the day touring the island by bike. In Venetian times Korcula was the stomping ground of Marco Polo and has been reputed as the great explorers’ birthplace. Today the town is recognized by UNESCO for its unique architecture and beauty. You will quickly leave the crowds behind as you bike through the islands quiet villages and observe the locals going about their daily routines. Your bike ride today will lead you along a series of hidden paths through olive groves and vineyards, passing several peacefully ancient churches. Keep your swim suit close today; the crystal clear waters will beckon you throughout the day! Same lodging. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3: 50 km.
Today is a day of hilly cycling across the vineyards of Peljesac. Stop for a rest near the tiny little bay of Podobuce and continue along the blue seashore before a wonderful descent back to your villa. This evening you’ll be treated to the region’s unique Dingac, red wine while enjoying the rustic ambience of a local restaurant "Konoba" that offers some of the Dalmatia’s best homemade prosciutto. Same lodging. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4: Hiking 14 km, optional sea kayaking and biking available.
An hour and a half early morning boat trip will bring you to the true pearl of Dalmatia: the island of Mljet. This is the only island along the Dalmatian Coast where lush and verdant forest grows all the way to the rough coastline. You will hike around Mljet’s two brackish lakes, then to the islands wild beaches and pristine coves that were once shelters to the Greek hero Odysseus. If you are not a hiker, an optional three hour kayak tour or 20 km bike ride will show you the highlights of Mljet before a late afternoon, take the ferry back to Peljesac. Same lodging. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5: 32 km or 52 km.
Cast off for the sunny island of Hvar. Today you will bike one of the world’s most beautiful islands, starting from the southern tip you will cross the length of the island by bike on a panoramic road leading to Jesla. Today’s bike tour takes through Hvar’s heady fields of lavender, rosemary and sage. Tonight you will rest at a luxurious resort on a private bay within walking distance of Hvar city and its 7th century walls. For centuries Hvar has been a lively spot thanks to its strategic location on the Adriatic trade routes. The city walls are the ideal spot to savor the setting sun. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6: 45 km, optional sea kayaking available.
Ride your bike along the ancient route between Hvar and Stari Grad. You will visit Grablje where locals are keen to share their traditionally pressed herbal oils and deliciously brewed homemade brandies. In the afternoon you will cycle across the Starigard plain, the largest most fertile agricultural area on any of the Adriatic islands. Your bike ride will conclude with a refreshingly cool drink at a hidden open air gallery shaded by ancient fig trees. Optional sea kayaking is available today among the pristine beauty of the Pakleni Islands. Same lodging. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7: Split & Farewell.
Ferry to Split where you will enjoy a guided tour of the old town, including the UNESCO protected Diocletian Palace. Your adventure will conclude this afternoon. If you are departing the same day, please do not schedule flights before 16:00. If you would like to add some time in Split we can help arrange accommodation on your behalf in Split or Trogir. Note that the Split airport is 25 km from Split but only 3 km from Trogir - a picturesque town also recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. (B)(L)

Supplemental Tour Information:
We start our trip in Dubrovnik, 09:00, day one and finish it in Split, 16:00, day seven.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Guided Cost: $3755 per person
Price Includes:
- 6 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 6 dinners
- relevant ferry crossings
- national park entrance fees
- guided tours of Korcula and Split
- guide and van support
- maps and route notes, taxes)

Single Occupancy: $595. Bicycle Rental: $225.