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

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

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.”

September 27, 2019

“Guides were wonderful (Dama and Igor)–great local touch! Croatian cuisine was a wonderful surprise. Best seafood I’ve ever had. I particularly liked the hotels that were in town. Olive Oil tour/lunch was surprisingly good. Walking tours were good. Very well maintained bikes. Guides were on top of everything. Super easy routes. very few turns to remember and the van was parked each of them. The hills were a bit more than we expected, though we are in worse shape than we should have been. In terms of difficulty, I’d rate it harder than “Moderate”. It was also quite hot during our trip, which impacted the riding quite a lot. The people (Guides and other participants) were wonderful. Food was spectacular. Location was wonderful. We have chosen Great Explorations because we have used you in the past (Vietnam) and LOVED it.”

September 27, 2019

“Gorgeous climbs and descents – great place to bike. I enjoyed the physical activity, the country was absolutely gorgeous; visiting the different Islands, the ease of transferring around the islands with the private boats- the food; the views, the culture… The food was great – especially Dennies in Korcula. I think the wine tasting was great; the olive oil outing and lunch was quite special. I think you needed to be in reasonable shape – I was quite happy not to need an e bike – I thought the days were well planned regarding the biking – the hardest climb was in the sun heading up to the olive oil lunch outing because the sun was so intense. Support was awesome – Dama and Igor are great guides – our guides on the last trip were sensational too (Veronica and Gregor) -all very attentive regarding support.”

October 2, 2019

“Off the beaten path routes. We love getting into the countryside and out of the cities. We did the Vietnam Luxe trip with Great Explorations in January 2017 and had such a fabulous experience that we booked with GE again. Great support. Bikes were great. Well maintained, comfortable, lightweight, felt safe riding them. Maps & route instructions were well done. Nice riding distances. Rides were harder than we thought they would be. We were so touched that you told every hotel that we were on our honeymoon! Each hotel made a point of congratulating us, and they even left small gifts, like chocolate, or even a bottle of wine at the hotel in Split. It was a lovely surprise that they all knew, and it made us feel very welcome every place we stayed. Thank you for that, it was a treat! Hotel in Hvar was great – wonderful location and lovely, restful room. LOVED the dinner we had where the lamb “under the bell”. Also, we loved the Olive Oil museum and lunch on Brac. Those two were the best meals, but honestly all the places chosen were excellent.”

October 2, 2019

“This was my first time on such a trip. I loved the experience. I enjoyed the guides especially, the biking, the ease of traveling and the people we met. Love the Croatian people, love the cycling routes and the amazing descents. Cold lunch on last day was great, lamb peka excellent! Olive oil excursion excellent, wine tasting was very nice too. Riding was amazing. Van & mechanical support were always excellent! Love those bikes! We really enjoyed the scenery and the chilled vibe. Swimming in the sea after the riding.”

October 2, 2019

“I loved how friendly everyone was and the various islands and cities you are able to visit with expert guides within a week. Trip was fantastic, guides were great and super friendly. Cities were all great. Really enjoyed hotel right on the water in second location (Korcula maybe?) and the final one in Bol. Lamb under the bell was delicious. Olive oil place was great. Great workout, would suggest an e-bike to anyone that considers it as my mom had one and loved it.”

October 2, 2019

“I really enjoyed quality time with my family with everyone entertained and active and never needing to worry about details like where to go, when to meet, etc. Having the planning and logistics all taking care of was fantastic!I was really nervous about the trip as I don’t bike – although I know how. The ebike was so comfortable that I’m planning to buy the same one. It was beautiful. Super hot but that’s because we picked August and knew what to expect. I loved the first two hotels as we could swim in the sea right from the hotel (Hotel Odisej and Hotel Aminess Lume) and the water was fresh and clean. Breakfast in Hvar was definitely the best of all the hotels. The hotel in Bol was excellent. Favourite meal was lunch at the olive oil museum in Bol. The dinner of lamb cooked under the Bell in Bol was also excellent. Olive oil museum was a highlight. I didn’t use the maps. I just took the next direction from the guides and the van was generally waiting to point me to the next spot. Having an ebike was a game changer. It was way steeper than expected but uphills were irrelevant on the ebike. I struggled with steep downhills and got in the van twice when they were super steep. The guides were great at advising me.”

October 2, 2019

“Loved the trip! Was definitely an experience I’ll never forget. I enjoyed the view and going into the sea the most. I also liked that our guides handled my peanut allergy with professionalism and notified each restaurant about my allergy in advance. Beautiful country. I enjoyed visiting the olive oil museum in Bol the most. The riding was much more challenging than expected, considering I am not a biker but I really enjoyed pushing myself. The distances were a good length. The van was always available with water and ice and the guides were great. The bikes were nice and light and very comfortable.”

October 8, 2019

“Beautiful views and charming villages on the rides! We really enjoyed the rides and the balance between riding & beach time 🙂 Our guides – we had a good balance there. We had experience & expertise & with Sebastien, and we had local knowledge & an absolute willingness to do anything to take care of us with Igor. It was a good combo. Loved the Aminess Lume Hotel. Contemporary. Loved the Villa Nora. So happy we were in a hotel inside the old city walls. Really liked Mare restaurant (on Korcula?). Liked all the events – wine tasting, olive oil museum, Hvar city tour. Didn’t need to use the maps because we had the guides with us. They took good care of us. The rides were shorter than we expected. However, given the hilly terrain, that was fine with me. We were prepared for the difficulty level. Our guide Sebastien suggested we split our group in 1/2 on modified the ride on the last day – 3 of us went with him and did an extension to give us a longer version so we felt satisfied at the end. Didn’t have a van on our 1st GE trip 5 years ago so was pleasantly surprised at the van support. Sebastien was particularly experienced with technical aspects of riding and was very helpful in making suggestions to adapt the bike seat position, etc as well as riding technique which was much appreciated.”

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