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 wonderful 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.
  • 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.


Due to the yacht schedule, we sometimes operate this itinerary in reverse – please not book your flights until we confirm the embarkation city to be Dubrovnik or Split.

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
Support vehicle
7 nights lodging aboard the yacht
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 & 2020

May 31 - June 7, 2020 (guaranteed departure)

Dates available on request. Call or email for details.

Group of minimum 8 participants.

TRIP SIZE

8-18 participants

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Dubrovnik / Split or Split / Dubrovnik

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):
12-18 participants – US $3,450 pp
8-11 participants – US $4,250 pp
Includes 7B/4L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $1,250

Bike Rental:
US $220

E-Bike Rental:

US $360

Dubrovnik Extension :
US $525 pp / Single supplement US $125
Includes 2 nights at 4-star hotel in Dubrovnik, half-day walking tour, and our City Guide

Split Extension :
US $525 pp / Single supplement US $125
Includes 2 nights at 4-star hotel in Split, half-day walking tour and our City Guide

Embarkation is 5 pm on Day 1; Disembarkation is 9 am on Day 8.

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.

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

Embarkation from Dubrovnik

Embarkation time is 5pm. We meet at 4pm at a hotel at the port and walk over to board our yacht, cruising off into the sunset while enjoying dinner aboard. We will cruise to the verdant island of Mljet

 

2

Day 2

Awake to the scent of breakfast; do some yoga or an early morning swim. On bikes, we will ride the length of Mljet island  to Pomena.  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: 40 km; 820 m.*

3

Day 3

Vela Lukla

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: 40 km, elevation gain 550 m or 65km; 850m

 

4

Day 4+5

Hvar Town

We’ll begin the day with a morning ride still on Korkula and then cruise to Hvar with a possible visit to the island of Vis en-route.  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, explore a nearby chain of islets known as the Resin islands for idyllic swimming.
Distance D4: 24 km, elevation gain 400 m Add-on 36km; 770m possible *
Distance D5: 65km; 1025m*

5

Day 6+7

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 ride along the north coast and visit the oldest settlement on the island where prehistoric town walls, numerous archaeological finds, several sarcophagi, reliefs and medieval graves are evidence of the long history. Those wanting to challenge themselves have options to extend their ride. And for those who prefer to relax on the beach at Zlatni Rat, this is an option too. We will enjoy a wine tasting on the final night in a cool venue before a celebratory dinner.
Distance D5: 34 km, elevation gain 380 m.*
Distance D6: 21 km, elevation gain 430 m or 44km; 980m or 75 km, gain 1475 m.*

6

Day 8

We will cruise to Split early morning with breakfast along the way. Disembarkation is at 9am in Split harbour. If you have the time, we highly recommend our two night extension in Split.

Yacht

Our accommodation on this trip will be on board a luxury sailing yacht 31 m in length with 9 spacious cabins with AC (4 twin; 5 double), each equipped with shower and toilet. This boat is one of the finest sailing ships on the Adriatic coast with excellent food, large outdoor and indoor areas and well trained crew.



			
Gordon C. - Croatia

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