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.
  • Stay at the 5-star Puteus Palace
  • 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.

Here are a few other Croatian trips:
Croatia Biking Classic
Croatia Bike & Yacht
Croatia Bike & Yacht – Premier Deluxe

Location

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Starting Location

Pomena

Pomena, Croatia

Day 1

Brna

Brna, Croatia

Day 2

Hvar Town

Hvar, Croatia

Day 3+4+5

Pučišća, Brac

Pučišća, Croatia

Day 6+7

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
Support vehicle
6 nights lodging in 4 & 5 star hotels
All breakfasts, 4 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Welcome and final night wine receptions
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Private guide in Hvar for the historical walking tour
Detailed map and route instructions
Private boat transfers between Mljet & Korkula; Vela Lukla & Hvar; Hvar & Brac
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2021

Apr 25-May 1
May 10-16
May 23-29
May 30-Jun 5
Sep 7-13
Sep 21-27
Oct 1-7

2022

Apr 24-30
May 9-15
May 22-28
May 29-Jun 4
Sep 6-12
Sep 20-26
Sep 30-Oct 6

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

TRIP SIZE

4-16 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 $3,450
Includes 6B/4L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $865

Bike Rental:
US $220

E-bike Rental:
US$360

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 – Mljet Island

After meeting in Dubrovnik, we’ll make our way to the port and cruise to the verdant island of Mljet; cycling  from Sobra, we will ride on quiet roads to a lovely picnic location and then on to Polace and into Mljet National Park with two saltwater lakes, one with an islet that hides a 12th Century Benedictine monastery. We will dine at a restaurant in the village of Pomena and overnight at a casual sea-side hotel for one night.
Ride distances: 32 km; 690 m or 44 km; 850 m.*

2

Day 2

Brna – Korkula Island

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. Linger here, or consider an add-on ride on a stunning road along the coast. Lunch will be at a knoba (traditional restaurant) in a village where food never tasted better. Late afternoon, we’ll cycle to one of the island’s best vineyards and be hosted to a private tasting before coasting to our hotel on the sea. For dinner, we’ll take your to a sea-side restaurant with sublime food and a chef who is quite a character.
Ride distances: 40 km, 550 m or 62 km; 790 m.*

3

Day 3

Hvar Town – Hvar Island

We will start the day with a pleasant ride along the coast to Vela Lukla, where we will board a private boat for the crossing to Hvar, where yachts line the harbor and well-preserved Venetian buildings, a hill-top castle and Europe’s oldest theatre make for a charming town. If you wish an add-on ride today, ride out towards Milna and return in time for a 4pm walking tour with a local guide. For dinner, we have a surprise destination that might be your most memorable meal in Croatia. We stay in the luxurious Podstine Hotel with its private setting and stunning views.
Ride distances: 24 km; 400 m (on Korkula); 22 km; 380 m (on Hvar) Total – 48 km; 780 m *

4

Day 4

Hvar Town – Hvar Island

We have several options today. Because we have two nights here, you can of course, choose to relax in Hvar and take the day to see more of the city, hike to a hill-top castle or boat to nearby islets for swimming and lunch. If you are keen to ride, our recommended loop is an invigorating climb where you’ll reach a plateau surrounded by lavender fields and then a descent to the pleasant village of Stari Grad, where the poet Petra Hektorovica summered at Tvrdalj Castle. You can visit this impressive property and gardens, enjoy a coffee at one of the cafes here and then continue on to Vrboska and Jelsa on quiet vineyard lined roads with gentle grades. The return route to Hvar has a more modest climb than the way over, but if you would like to shuttle this is an option. For anyone that would like the challenge themselves more, we have a century option that explores a remote part of the island. Back in Hvar, you have a free night to choose a restaurant and we’ll happily share our favourites.

Ride distances: 35 km; 280 m or 66 km; 1000 m or 114 km; 1750 m *

5

Day 5

Pucisca, Brac

From Hvar town, we make out way to Jelsa (ride or shuttle  – your choice) and then we will cruise to Bol on a traditional gullet to the island of Brac. It takes just one hour so take time to visit and swim at Zlatni Rat, the iconic beaches here before lunch at one of the local restaurants in Bol. Afterwards, we have a rewarding climb and glorious descent to the seaside village of Pucisca. We will stay at the newly renovated 5-star Puteus Palace, which is in a class of its own, with stunning swimming pool and secret gardens.

Ride distances: 35 km; 570 m (on Hvar); 26 km; 550 m (on Brac) Total – 60 km; 1120 m *

6

Day 6

Pucisca, Brac

On this day, begin with a climb out of Pucisca to the plateau of Brac before descending to the village of Skrip to visit a fascinating olive oil museum, which we will tour and taste their production. Then we will enjoy a ‘farm to table’ lunch in the museum itself. Afterwards, enjoy a gently rolling coastal ride back to Pucisca where we’ll relax poolside. After a wine reception, enjoy a festive dinner in the fine restaurant of our hotel.

Ride distances: 47 km; 950 m or 90 km; 1630 m *

7

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. Additional options available.

Hotel Odisej, Pomena

Mljet's only hotel has a favorable seaside location overlooking a tranquil harbor in the heart of Mljet National Park. The 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.


Aminess Lume Hotel, 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 4-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.


Puteus Palace, Brac

The 5-star Puteus Palace is a recently renovated palace from 1467, boasting large comfortable guest rooms, a secret garden, stunning location and large swimming pool. This hotel is the perfect property to finish our stay in Croatia.



			


Trip Reviews

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.”

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

“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

“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

“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

“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.”

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.”

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 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.”

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.”

December 5, 2018

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

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 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

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

December 5, 2018

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

December 5, 2018

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

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.”

October 9, 2015

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

October 7, 2015

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

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 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”

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!”

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!”

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