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

April 28 -May 4
May 13-19
May 26- June 1
June 2-8
August 4-10 (guaranteed departure)
Sep 10-16 (guaranteed departure)
Sep 24- Sep 30
Oct 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 $2950
Includes 6B/4L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $730

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

Departure

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 Villa Nora, 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.



			

Gordon C. - Croatia

Trip Reviews

October 30, 2007

“The scenery was amazing and the towns were awesome as well. Dubrovnik and Hvar stood out. And Split as well. The whole group, guides and others were great as well. Was a very enjoyable trip.”

May 22, 2012

“Our bike trip to Croatia was superb. The country itself is beautiful, the food and wine is delicious, but the absolute best part were our Croatian guides who were determined that we would enjoy ourselves and return for another trip. They ensured that we had a great vacation as well as an adventure.”

September 14, 2013

“It was one of the richest travel experiences we’ve ever had. Incredibly beautiful rides, friendly, knowledgeable guides, great group.”

June 10, 2014

“We have done almost 30 bike trips since 1992 and this has to be rated the most enjoyable.”

September 22, 2014

“What an amazing adventure!! From the time we met Dama and Karolina in front of our hotel in Dubrovnik, until we very sadly said goodbye in Split, no doubts were in our minds that this was to be a truly memorable holiday. An exceptionally beautiful country, amazing history, excellent weather all made for one of the very best trips of our life, thank you to all who made it possible”

September 29, 2016

“GE under promised and over delivered! Great pace and itinerary, with a good physical challenge, while still allowing us time to enjoy the culture and some free time. You provided a true vacation.”

September 30, 2016

“The Islands were breathtaking!”

December 5, 2018

“Superb organization. Guides were excellent, professional, thoughtful and attentive, friendly – they really made the trip wonderful. I now understand why GE chooses the islands for the biking – roads were quiet and relatively free from busy traffic. I really enjoyed moving between islands and it provided variety to the trip. The weather was perfect, between 27-29 degrees every day and the views spectacular from the routes selected.”

December 5, 2018

“The itinerary was more interesting and varied because we travelled across islands. The standard of the hotels was very high and meals were exceptionally good. We learnt a lot about Croatia and the way of life from our guide and the cycle routes were on quiet interior roads with lots of interesting stops.”

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