Day 1: Diocletian’s Palace and Split
Upon your arrival in Split you will meet our representative and get familiar with the area, the most important sites and dining areas. You will get your bike fitted and receive a briefing on all bike routes, options, safety and other trip logistics. Diocletian’s Palace is Split’s most important site and is inscribed on UNESCO’s World heritage list. Locals still live in homes, which are molded into the old walls of the Palace. Within the walls you will find numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food. In front of the Palace you might enjoy evening walks along its beautiful waterfront promenade. Depending on your arrival time and your mood, you can enjoy an easy, car-free 20 kilometer (12 1/5 mile) bike ride at Marjan Hill, a magnificent natural park, or, if you are feeling a bit more ambitious, you can take an 80 kilometer/50 mile loop into the interior of the land. Distance biked: 20 km/12.5 miles or 80 kilometers/50 miles. Overnight: in Split.
Day 2: Coastal and Inland Rides on Brač Island
Today you’ll take the ferry to Brač Island, the biggest and highest of all central Dalmatian islands. You have a range of riding options and distances, from easy 25 kilometers/16 miles to big 80 kilometer/50 mile plus loop rides, visiting Greek and Roman ruins, fishing villages, wine cellars and art galleries. Brač is famous for its stone – the White house in Washington D.C. and Diocletian’s Palace were built with its stone. All the ancient villages and towns on Brač are an exhibit of fine stone work. Whichever option you choose, you’ll have great views of the mainland, and you’ll ride along olive groves and vineyards. You’ll return to Split with the late afternoon ferry. Distance bikes: 0 – 80 kilometers/50 miles. Overnight: in Split.
Day 3: Lavender roads, UNESCO sites and Venetian Hvar Island
After the ferry ride from Split to Hvar, we suggest an easy morning ride around the UNESCO site of Stari Grad. Stari Grad (Old town) is an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 B.C. Besides historical sites, you will discover quiet, charming towns and roads, where you will bike along beautiful gardens, the coast and olive groves. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and beautiful road along lavender fields to reach Hvar town. Distance biked: 20 - 60 kilometers (12 ½ - 37 miles). Overnight: Hvar town.
Day 4: Speed Boat to Korčula island
Start the day with a private boat transfer on a speed boat to Korčula Island. Your bike ride on Korčula Island is about 46 kilometers/29 miles away from the town of Korčula. The island was populated very early, even before Greek times, and traces of this early population can be seen on your ride. During its history the Venetians chose the northern shores of the island to build a walled city that was important to their power in that area. Thanks to them, we have now the magnificent walled old town of Korčula that is still preserved and has remained almost architecturally untouched for centuries: this will be where you’ll stay for the next two nights. You’ll enjoy the scenic southern side of the island, with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along small villages and hamlets, and stop in some of the few great local konoba (taverns) for amazing locally prepared food. Distance biked: 46 kilometers/29 miles with an optional 10 kilometer/6 mile extension. Overnight: in Korčula Town.
Day 5: Korčula’s Beaches and Unique Vineyards
You’ll get to enjoy another day on Korčula Island, an ideal opportunity to further explore the island with its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages, and dark pine forests that cover the island. There are a few loop options today. Whatever you choose, you will be making your way past vineyards and olive groves, and along the beautiful coast of the island. Taste traditional food like homemade gnocchi, homemade macaroni, pastičada (slow-cooked beef with a rich red sauce) and other meals which have been traditionally prepared by the locals for centuries. Some of the best Croatian white wines are produced on this island, which will just add flavor to your lunch or dinner. Did we mention Marco Polo was born here and has started his life journey from Korčula? Distance biked: 0 – 36 kilometers/22 miles with an optional 20 kilometer/12 ½ mile extension. Overnight: in Korčula Town.
Day 6: Wine Roads of Pelješac Peninsula and Dubrovnik
Today, for your final ride, you will cruise along the Pelješac Peninsula, and ride along the vineyards of Dingač and Postup, who wines are made from the Plavac Mali vines, the close cousin to Zinfandel of California and Primitivo from Calabria.There are many wineries you can visit along the ride. Enjoy the great views that Pelješac offers, with the islands Mljet and Korčula on your right, and the mainland on your left. The ride today has a couple of hills, coastal rides, and vineyards. Your final bike destination is Ston, where you will be transferred to Dubrovnik and to your elegant, old town hotel. Ston, the salt producing village on the Pelješac Peninsula, was built in the 14th century, and has the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5 kilometers/3.5 miles. Ston was an important town for the Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century. Distance biked: 60 kilometers/37 miles. Overnight: Dubbrovnik.
Day 7: Tour End
Today after breakfast your tour ends in Dubrovnik.