Close your eyes and picture yourself draped lazily on a beach towel, the warm breeze carrying the songs of swirling birds and the gentle laps of water, you try to figure out the cries of fishermen hauling in their catch while you’re digging holes with your feet into the sand to reach the cooler under layer. It’s Tuesday. Welcome to the Dalmatian Coast, where everything feels like a wanton luxury.

This alternate trip begins in spoiled Split, a cultural Mecca of Croatia full of flare, ambience and romance. After exploring Split we cruise between various islands of the Dalmatian Coast enjoying their dramatic karst rock outcrops, secluded coves, prime beaches, culinary wealth and fresh water springs. The high water quality of the Adriatic makes it an inviting destination with excellent swimming opportunities as well as regular nautical races and tourism. You might even get to see an olm, the only known aquatic cave vertebrate.

As far as we can tell Croatia has all the essential elements for a perfect cycling vacation; quiet roads, breathtaking scenery, an abundance of historical sites and now, wonderful hotels and
restaurants into which we encourage you sink your cultureseeking teeth.

Location

Split

Split, Croatia

Starting and End Location

Bol

Bol, Croatia

Day 2-3

Hvar

Hvar, Croatia

Day 4-5-6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
6 nights lodging in 4 stars hotels
All breakfasts, 4 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
The trip extension (can be done before or after) includes 2 nights Dubrovnik 4-star hotel with breakfast daily, walking tour with local guide, and 2 dinners at Dubrovnik's best restaurants.

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020

Please note this is an alternative to our regular trip. Based on participants number, custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

Custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

TOTAL DAYS

7 days/6 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Split

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate
40-60 km (25-37 miles) daily with some hills each day

TERRAIN

Moderate with some hills

COST

Land Cost (current year):

USD $2650

Includes 6B/5D/2L

Single Supplement:
USD $660

Bike Rental:
USD $180

Dubrovnik Extension:
USD $495

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

Getting to Split

Our trip begins in the historical city of Split which can be reached by flights from many European cities. You can check in anytime after 2:00.

Note: If you wish to visit Dubrovnik prior to or after the tour, we offer a two day extension. See below ‘What is included’ for details.


1

Day 1

Split

Split boasts a Roman palace in its center, and a labyrinthe of cobblestone streets filled with cafes and restaurants. Our hotel, the luxurious Meridienne Hotel boasts an infinity pool and exquisite location with private beach. We’ll meet at 4:00 for a walking tour of Split and then at 7:00 for our formal welcome reception and dinner.

2

Day 2

Brac

After a leisurely breakfast we’ll enjoy a walking tour of Split then catch the 11am ferry to Brač, for your bike fitting and lunch. Brač is the largest of the central Dalmatian group of islands and dominated by contrasting rocky limestone coasts and low sandy beaches. We cycle along beautiful roads to Bol where you’ll have a chance to bask on the golden, pebbly beaches of the unmistakable Golden Cape. This sandy isosceles jutting out into the crystalline, blue waters of the Adriatic is one of the most beautiful and most visited beaches in the world.
Cycling distance: 39km/23miles

3

Day 3

Brac to Hvar

Today’s rides take you on a looped route through the island’s oldest settlement, Pucisca. Set against the startling turquoise bay the creamy-white locally quarried stone makes this beautiful town a Mediterranean paradise. Famous for its olive oil, vine and fig production, it’s awash with culinary delights. Our hotel for tonight is the glorious Elaphusa in Bol. The town of Bol is one of the most visited in the Dalmatia region and recipient of many tourism awards.
Cycling distance: 48-83km/29-50 miles

4

Day 4

Brac to Hvar

Today we cross over to the Queen of the Dalamtian Islands, Hvar, by private boat to charming village of Jelsa where we start cycling to the town of Hvar. This majestic town has been compared to Cannes, for its yacht-lined harbor and well-preserved Venetian buildings. The hilltop castle and Europe’s oldest theatre make for a fairy-tale town. Your accommodation here, the Podstine Hotel, is one of Hvar’s best, with a private beach, swimming pool, and excellent restaurant.
Cycling distance: 27km/16 miles

5

Day 5

Hvar

From Hvar town we suggest a looped ride to Stari Grad, Jelsa and Vrboska. Located in the centre of the island and snuggled between the two highest mountains on Hvar, Jelsa has a dramatic air laden with history and romance. Stari Grad is rich in archaeological sites dating back to pre-history and classical eras and the fishing town of Vrboska is a UNESCO protected world heritage site.
For dinner, there is an option for a cooking course with a local chef in a private house; this opportunity is not included in the cost of your tour.
Cycling distance: 40-61km/24-37 miles  

6

Day 6

Historic Hvar

On the menu today is a morning walk with a knowledgeable guide who can tell you everything you never knew you didn’t know about this town! Roam its cobbled alleys, visit its monuments, soak up the ambiance of its piazzas and linger on its cafe patios.
Afternoon options include a coastal ride to Milna, a short boat ride to the Pakleni Islands, kayaking along the coast, hike up to the Venetian citadel or relax and enjoy the comforts of your hotel. You have numerous opportunities for an array of activities today, these extra activities are not included in the tour cost.
Cycling distance: various options

7

Day 7

Departure

Without a doubt you’ll leave Croatia wanting more, so for now it’s “doviđenja”, instead of “goodbye”.

Transfer to Split (ferry times are at 7:45 and 11:30& travel time is 1hr45) for onward travel.
Please note on this trip that the private boat transfer between Brac and Hvar is sometimes not possible due to weather, in which case you would take the car ferry from Supetar to Split and then a ferry to Stari Grad, Hvar. Traveling by ferries will add approx 3 hours to the travel time (over private boat) but may be necessary.

Le Meridien, Lav

Located 6 kilometers outside Split, this hotel features a high-end spa, large infinity swimming pool, a private, unique beachfront and panoramic views to write home about.


Hotel Elaphusa, Bol

Renovated in 2006, this 4-star hotel is located in a pine forest along a walking promenade midway between Bol and Zlatni Rat, Croatia’s most beautiful beach. The hotel’s spa, outdoor pools and other amenities make it a favorite getaway location. The vibrant town of Bol is approximately a 10-minutes walk along a seaside path and has many excellent restaurants.


Hotel Podstine, Hvar

This peaceful, seaside 4-star hotel boasts outstanding views, terraced gardens and decks leading down to the sea and a glorious private beach. Situated in an arboretum full of palm and citrus trees and centenary pines, you can relax in the excellent spa, dine on regional specialties in the contemporary restaurant and enjoy a cocktail overlooking the sea.



			

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May 16, 2012

Croatia is a gem and Great Explorations is intent on making sure you feel the magic of the country.

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