Imagine the Mediterranean the way it used to be, in a country that has all the essential elements for the perfect cycling vacation – quiet roads, an abundance of historical sites and now, wonderful hotels and restaurants to enjoy. We’ve created a trip that takes in both Dubrovnik and Split, and the exquisite Dalmatian islands including Mljet, Korkula, Hvar and Brac, each unique and ideal for active travel (and relaxation).

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • A ride you will never forget: a recently discovered newly paved road on one of the islands that will leave you breathless.
  • Private boat transfers between Mljet, Korkula and Hvar.
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

*Please note, we reserve the right to operate an alternative itinerary if the number of participants warrants. Please click here to see our alternative trip called Croatia Biking, Split, Brac & Hvar (which is equally appealing) but does not visit Mljet or Korkula instead spending additional nights in Split and Hvar.

Location

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Starting Location

Pomena

Pomena, Croatia

Day 1

Brna

Brna, Croatia

Day 2

Hvar Town

Hvar, Croatia

Day 3-4

Bol

Bol, Croatia

Day 5-6

Split

Split, Croatia

End Location

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 3-4 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)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019

May 13-19
May 26 - June 1 (guaranteed departure)
June 2-8
September 8-14 (private departure)
September 10-16 (private & open departures)
September 24-30
October 4-10

2020

April 26 - May 2
May 11-17
May 24-30
May 31 - June 6
September 8-14
September 22-28
October 2-8

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

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

7 days/6 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Dubrovnik/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):
US $3450
Includes 6B/4L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $850

Bike Rental:
US $180

Dubrovnik Extension :
US$450pp / single supplement US$125
Includes 2 nights at 4-star hotel in Dubrovnik, half-day walking tour, and our City Guide

Split Extension :
US$450pp / single supplement US$125
Includes 2 nights at 4-star hotel in Split, half-day walking tour and our City Guide

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 Dubrovnik:

Our trip begins in the historical city of Dubrovnik, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the great cities of Eastern Europe. The historical center is well-protected by its fortified walls, making it a wonderful place to stroll. With its strategic position on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik makes for an ideal place to begin our trip- see extension option (2 nights).


1

Day 1

Pomena

After meeting in Dubrovnik, we’ll make our way to the port and cruise to the verdant island of Mljet; cycling  from Polace, you’ll have a chance to explore Mljet National Park, and two saltwater lakes, one with an islet that hides a 12th Century Benedictine monastery.
Distance: 35 km, elevation gain 450 m.*

2

Day 2

Brna

From Mljet, cruise to the magical island of Korkula, lush with pine forests, vineyards and olive groves. Reputed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korkula town is filled with great restaurants and cafes. We’ll cycle to one of the island’s best vineyards and be hosted to a private tasting. Distance: 36 km, elevation gain 460 m.*

3

Day 3-4

Hvar Town

From Korkula, continue to the island of Hvar island. Hvar town has been compared to Cannes, where yachts line the harbor and well-preserved Venetian buildings, a hill-top castle and Europe’s oldest theatre make for a charming town; the countryside is covered with lavender and the north coast between Jelsa, Vrboska and Stari Grad is especially well-suited to cycling. For those preferring to relax on white sandy beaches, boat shuttles are available to a nearby chain of islets known as the Resin islands for idyllic swimming.
Cycle Distance
Day 3: 28 km, elevation gain 250 m.*
Day 4: 37 km, elevation gain 423 m or 59 km, gain 477 m.*

4

Day 5-6

Bol

Another day, another island, this time to Brac, and the iconoclastic beaches of the Golden Cape. Brac is covered in a white, supple karst rock, used to build Split and Dubrovnik. We’ll stay 2 nights at a newly renovated 4-star hotel in Bol, steps from the most beautiful beach in Croatia.
Cycle Distance
Day 5: 34 km, elevation gain 380 m.*
Day 6: 30 km, elevation gain 655 m or 52 km, gain 645 m.*

5

Day 7

Transfer to Split for onward travel. If you have the time, we highly recommend our two night extension in Split.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Hotel Odisej, Pomena

This 3-star hotel has a favorable seaside location overlooking a tranquil harbor in the heart of Mljet National Park. The modest rooms have sea-view balconies and there is a beach-side lounge bar where you can enjoy sun-downers. Pomena is tranquil hamlet with a few casual restaurants and pleasant atmosphere.


Hotel Aminess, Brna

This 4-star sea-side hotel is newly renovated and chic in design. All rooms are air-conditioned and boast sea views. The large terrace-top outoor swimming pool also has lovely views and there is a fitness room for guests. Dip your toes in the sea from the hotel’s own pebble beach. Brna is a quaint fishing village where you’ll sleep in peace.


Hotel Podstine, Hvar

This 3-star sea-side hotel boasts outstanding views, terraced gardens and decks leading down to the sea and private beach. Situated in an arboretum full of palm and citrus trees and centenary pines, Podstine boasts a newly opened spa offers massage and wellness services on site. The contemporary restaurant has an extensive menu with regional cuisine.


Grand 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. Bol, approximately 10 minutes walk along a sea-side path has many excellent restaurants and charming center.


**Rooms with sea view / balcony / terrace




			

Trip Reviews

June 20, 2014

“Beautiful country…my first bike trip….exceeded my expectations on all fronts….knowledge provided on the extras was informative, very pleasant, open and engaging!”

September 22, 2014

“Our’s was a private tour for our group of 8 and without exception, we all had a wonderful time. Croatia is incredibly beautiful and seeing it by bike and from the water between islands reinforced that beauty. Our guides Karolina and Dama were delightful – knowledgable, funny and patient when we tried out our few words in Croatian!”

October 5, 2015

“I LOVED the biking….it was beautiful and we were lucky with the weather. Croatia ia a beautiful country and the routes were quiet…not a lot of traffic …the group was great, great energy”

October 5, 2015

“Everything was so well organized. Our guide Alex was amazing as was Ivan our driver. This was our first ever biking holiday so I was worried that Croatia would be too hilly. Croatia was definitely hilly, but the number of kilometres covered each day was reasonable and there were wonderful stops for cappuccino and lunch as well as visits to places like olive oil factories and vineyards. It also helped that the scenery was spectacular! We also had a fantastic group. We we travelling with another couple, but we made six new friends on the trip.”

October 7, 2015

“I LOVED this trip and can’t wait to do another!!”

October 9, 2015

“Best vacation ever! Beautiful country filled with history and very welcoming people.”

December 4, 2018

“Enjoyed spending time with friends and learning from the guides about living in these areas. Excellent guides, especially Dama and Alex. Great hotel locations.”

December 5, 2018

“Our guides were superb – Igor and Martin went out of their way to ensure we had a 5* experience.”

December 5, 2018

“Had no prior expectations, blew everything out of the water from what I imagined”

December 5, 2018

“What a beautiful country. The food was wonderful. The scenery was beautiful and the guides friendly and knowledgeable.”

December 5, 2018

“The attention to detail by Alex and Dama exceeded our expectations. If anything was awry, we did not know about it. They easily looked after the problem and we happily cycled on. Croatia is absolutely beautiful! Boat travelling on the Adriatic and cycling the islands of Croatia was a decadent dream! Exceeded our expectations! Possibly our best trip ever! Seeing a country by bike is the best.”

December 5, 2018

“I liked it all! The ride, food and sights were amazing. Especially the ride down the side of the mountain near Podstine. I wish I had a GoPro camera for that ride!”

December 5, 2018

“The hotel and restaurants were better than I expected — high quality.”

December 5, 2018

“Excellent trip. Guides were excellent and lots of fun too! Beautiful sights, lots of hills but we knew that going into it so not an issue. Combining biking with touring/holiday, it is the perfect way to see the world.”

June 7, 2019

“Just fabulous. It’s always an adventure to travel in Europe. Dinner in the olive grove was the standout. Travel by boat was fun. These guides rock. I am very appreciative of both Alex and Dama for all their help after my spill. The bikes were great. I most enjoyed the food and wine, the views, the company, and exploring a new place.”

June 12, 2019

“Chris and I had a wonderful time in Croatia! Our guides were awesome as well – made everything run very smooth. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories.”

June 18, 2019

“A great job in all areas of the journey….thank you! I am going to come back to this region as it was so beautiful and interesting. I was blown away at how good the meals were!! I felt there was a great mix of events and would not know what else could have made it better. Maps and route instructions were great as were daily riding info and oversight. Riding was perfect. Guides and support was excellent. Bike was well fitted for my size.”

October 8, 2019

“Excellent group of people, small group, super awesome guides, perfect weather. The region exceeded my expectations. Very comfortable beds with very soft sheets. Very good breakfast buffet. We really liked the wine testing and the visit to a olive museum. I love hills and that was what I had in this trip. Distances were adequate. Sebastien and Igor were awesome guides. They were with us all the time. I will choose them again in my next trip if that is possible. Great saddles!!! Great bikes. It was perfect for me.”

October 8, 2019

“Great guides and thoughtful planning in terms of stops, food, lodging, pace, downtime, etc. The hotel Brna was great (my favorite). Best meals at Lambic and Mate. I really liked the Olive oil lunch and history was interesting.”

October 8, 2019

“Wow – beautiful! Loved the “island hopping” so that we experienced more than one small area of the country. The people are very proud and approachable – and more English was spoken than I expected. Loved the Art Deco of the Esplanade Zabreb Hotel – absolutely beautiful! All the hotels you chose for us were beautiful and I enjoyed them all. Regarding the meals all I can really say is “well done!” There was always something great to eat on this trip. We enjoyed a wine tour and learned of the small family business and manual labour of a brother and sister. It was like stepping back in time. The Olive Oil Museum was very informative and worth stopping at as well. This trip is not for the “faint of heart”. I went with the expectation that the climbs were beyond my cycling ability, and so I did what I could (which was more than I expected to do) and enjoyed myself. Van & mechanical support were excellent.”

October 8, 2019

“We loved every moment of it. Well organized. Enjoyed the smaller islands the most. Amazing food. Guides Dama & Alex ❤ easy and very accommodating. Ride to Mate was amazing and to our hotel. Korcula ❤ Thank you for my birthday cake❤ Loved the private sailing. Great rides- we were fine but it was harder than I would have expected. Bikes were really good.”

October 8, 2019

“We enjoyed the beauty, the fantastic meals, the exercise and being with all our friends. The rides were more difficult than we thought. We really like Korcula and the Aminess Lume Hotel.”

October 8, 2019

“Beautiful Country, excellent accommodations, great restaurants, excellent guides. Enjoyed wine tasting and olive museum. The riding was more difficult than expected but well managed by guides.”

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