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Island Hopping Cycling: Split to Dubrovnik Cycling
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Highlights

  • Exploring Diocletian’s Palace, one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments
  • Bike based island hopping on some of the Adriatic’s most beautiful islands
  • Exploring the medieval marble streets of Hvar Town and Korčula Town
  • Stopping for a mid-ride for a swim on a deserted white sandy beach
  • Enjoying the delights of Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic

Enjoy an Adriatic island hopping adventure along the Croatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik. Flexible routes on quiet island roads, marble streets through gorgeous medieval cities, hidden beaches and fabulous food and wine. This is biking at its best.

On arrival in Split, a buzzing city enjoying a wonderful position between the Croatian mountains and turquoise Adriatic, we will give you a full trip briefing and bike fitting. Based in Split for the first three nights of your trip you can explore Diocletian’s Palace, stroll along the riva and cycle the unspoilt islands of Solt and Brac.

Your route then takes you to Hvar, where you can explore the beautiful Hvar Town and relax on the many unspoilt beaches, The island of Korčula, birthplace of Marco Polo, and a true island delight is your next stop.

The final section of your island hopping adventure takes you through the vineyards of the Peljesac peninsula, where a little wine tasting is practically mandatory, and then on to the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik.

Your trip includes seven nights hand-picked accommodation in high quality hotels and inns, all breakfasts, bike hire, ferry tickets, baggage transfers, a personal welcome briefing, comprehensive route notes, a detailed map and pre-departure information pack as well as emergency support.

DAY 1:Arrive in Split

Upon your arrival in Split you will meet our representative for a full familiarisation briefing covering the most important sites and recommended restaurants, a full explanation of all the bike routes and options and a bike fitting.


Split is a buzzing city enjoying a wonderful position between the Croatian mountains and turquoise Adriatic. Don’t miss Diocletian’s Palace, one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments, and a UNESCO World heritage site. The Riva (seafront) has recently been remodelled and is a delight to stroll along and enjoy an alfresco seafood feast.


If you have time you can choose from either a leisurely car- free 20 km ride or take an 80 km loop into the interior.


Ride: 0-20 km, extra ride 80 km


Overnight: Hotel Slavija, Split or Vila Baguc, Split


DAY 2: Solta Island cycling

After enjoying your morning coffee at Split's waterfront take a one hour ferry ride to Solta, your first Dalmatian island.


Discover and bike the hidden gem which is the island of Solta. Here life moves slowly between carefully tended vineyards and languid harbours.


Your route takes you along narrow back roads through small rural villages into the interior of the island and returns via several coastal villages. Fabulous riding through olive groves and vineyards. In the afternoon you return to Split by ferry for a second night.


Ride: 0-35km, extra ride 30 km


Overnight: Hotel Slavija, Split or Vila Baguc, Split


DAY 3: Brac Island cycling

Today you explore the island of Brac, the largest and highest of all the central Dalmatian islands. You have plenty of riding choices; coastal roads, climbs to 780 meters, coastal or inland villages and towns, art galleries, local restaurants, stone masons workshops or even visit to the stone mason school. Whatever you choose you will have great views of the mainland and enjoy superb riding through olive groves and vineyards!


Ride: 0-35 km, extra ride 80 km


Overnight: Hotel Slavija, Split or Vila Baguc, Split


DAY 4: Split to Hvar island

Your day begins with a ferry ride from Split to Hvar Island, considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful islands. Hvar Town is the island’s hub where well heeled visitors wander the marbled streets and 13th century walls surround gothic palaces. Other highlights include Jelsa, Vrboska and many small villages, museums, stunning beaches and lavender fields.


We suggest you start your time on Hvar with an easy morning ride around the UNESCO site of Stari Grad, an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 B.C. Besides historical sites you will discover quite charming towns and roads where you will be biking, passing next to gardens, along the coast and olive groves. After a relaxed lunch why not take the famous and probably most beautiful road through the island lavender fields to Hvar Town.


Ride: 20-40 km, extra ride 30 km


Overnight: Hotel Palace, Hvar Town


DAY 5: Hvar to Korčula

Your day starts with a private boat transfer across the blue waters of the Adriatic to the island of Korčula. From your drop-off point you can look forward to a fabulous ride of about 46 kilometres to the town of Korčula.


Inhabited since pre-historic times and with a rich Grecian and Venetian history Korčula is a tapestry of hamlets, villages, vineyards, olive groves and hidden coves. Korčula Town is the star attraction; a stunning grid of marble street and medieval architecture alive with tradition and ceremonies.


Don’t miss the great local konoba (taverns) for most amazing locally prepared food and famed dessert wine made from the greek grape cultivated around Lumbarda.


Ride: 46 km, extra ride 20km


Overnight: Hotel Marko Polo, Korčula Town


DAY 6: Korčula Loop ride

Today you have a full day to explore the delights of Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. Your ride takes you past hidden coves, medieval towns, small villages, vineyards and dark pine forests that cover the island.


Make sure you allow plenty of time for lunch where you can enjoy traditional dishes such as home made gnocchi, macaroni, pasticada and many more.


Ride: 0 - 36 km, extra ride 20km


Overnight: Hotel Marko Polo, Korčula Town


DAY 7: Peljesac Peninsula and Dubrovnik

Today, for your final ride, you will be cruising along Peljesac peninsula. You will be riding through the wine lands of Dingac and Postup, filled with Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California and Primitivo from Calabria. There are many wineries, which offer tastings and tours that can be visited along the ride.


With views of Mljet and Korčula island on your right and mountains of the mainland on your left the miles will just fly by. Your ride finishes in Ston, from where we will transfer you to Dubrovnik. Ston is a salt producing village on Peljesac peninsula, built in the 14th century and has the longest fortified walls in Europe at 5.5 km.


Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic, has been an important town since the 14th century. The history, beauty and vitality of Dubrovnik will take your breath away.


Ride: 60 km


Overnight: Hotel Lero, Dubrovnik


DAY 8: Onward Travel

It would be a crime not to spend a few extra days in Dubrovnik exploring the city or relaxing on the beach, but if you must leave Dubrovnik Airport is 25km away.

Accommodation

You will be staying at a mix of small guesthouses and three/four star hotels. Details of the individual hotels we normally use are included in the itinerary. During high season you might be booked into a different accommodation which is not listed in the description. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the trip either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are cycling the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as youwill lose touch with those you have met.


Meals

A delicious breakfast (usually buffet) is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Many accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Or you can pick up lunch in the village or stop along the route. Your route notes have details for each day. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants.

How to Book

This trip is available to start on any day from mid-March to mid-November on any day of your choice. To make a provisional reservation select "Book". Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.Because every holiday we book is unique availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:


  • You provisionally book the tour/s you are interested in on your preferred dates and pay a 20% deposit online or by phone.
  • We confirm availability and book all your accommodation and options and send final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (max 5 working days).
  • If we are unable to accommodate you on your confirmed dates/tour or an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.

Time of Year

This trip is best enjoyed any time of the year as everyone is different, but you may feel a little more comfortable in the cooler months. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website.


For serious biking, where you will be riding 50km+ each day, we recommend spring (end of March till mid June) and autumn (mid September till beginning of November).


If you plan on doing shorter days and lots of swimming, the swimming season usually starts late in May and can last till middle of October. Even in the busiest tourist months of July and August, you will be able to find your own little private beach on the islands you will be visiting.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Grade & Terrain

This cycle is graded Moderate to Strenuous and includes daily distances of up to 90km. Some of the ascents and descents are steep and can be a little exposed to the elements, you should have a degree of experience, technical knowledge and fitness for all cycling trips. The Dalmatian islands are known for their hills. Each day, if you are doing loops longer than 30 km you will have a climb of over 400 metres. Of the seven riding days the first three days and the second day on Korcula are loops, and you can chose your daily distance, from 0 to 45 or more kilometres daily. On the other three days you can expect rides from 20-60 km and climbs of over 450 meters.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is well signposted and way marked and your info pack along with maps will be suffice for directions to your each destination.  There will be the occasional other cyclist around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be included in the trip.


Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfers is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Transfers & Ferries

All ferries and a transfer on day seven from Ston to Dubrovnik are included. Airport transfers are available as an optional extra.


Bike Hire (Included)


Question


Answer


Brand


Musing


Bike Type


Road custom build


Frame types


unisex


Sizes


46,48,52,54,56,58,60,62


Front suspension


no


Stand


no


Mud guards


no


Luggage rack Rear/Front


Yes/no


Paniers


Yes


Handle bar Bag/ map holder


No/yes


Bottle holder/Water bottle


yes


Computer meter


yes


Interchangeable pedals


yes


Front gear set


3 (50,39,30)


Back gear set


10 (30,12)


Brakes


Mini V-brake


Helmet included


Yes


Puncture repair kit


Yes


Spare inner tubes/ how many


Yes/1


Pump


Yes


Lock


Yes



Question


Answer


Brand


Musing


Bike Type


Hybrid custom build


Frame types


gents, ladies,


Sizes


15,17,18.5,19, 20, 21,23


Front suspension


no


Stand


yes


Mud guards


no


Luggage rack Rear/Front


Yes/no


Paniers


Yes


Handle bar Bag/ map holder


No/yes


Bottle holder/Water bottle


yes


Computer meter


yes


Interchangeable pedals


yes


Front gear set


3 (48,38,28)


Back gear set


9 (34,11)


Brakes


V-brake


Helmet included


Yes


Puncture repair kit


Yes


Spare inner tubes/ how many


Yes/1


Pump


Yes


Lock


Yes


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to Split

By Air: Split airport is 25km outside the city. It is served from the UK by Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch, Norwegian and Croatia Airlines. Other airlines flying to Split include Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and several more.


From Split airport to Split: Shuttle buses run frequently and cost about £4. A taxi takes 30 minutes and costs £30.


Getting from Dubrovnik

By Air: Dubrovnik airport is 25km outside the city. It is served from the UK by British Airways, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch, Thompson, Norwegian and Croatia Airlines. Other airlines flying to Dubrovnik include Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and several more.


Dubrovnik to Split

You may want to return to Split at the end of your trip. There are several options:


Ferry: The most pleasant but longest (8.5 hours, 17.50 Euro PP). The ferry goes from Dubrovnik - Korcula - Hvar - Split. The ferry operates twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays from Dubrovnik to Split and on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Split to Dubrovnik. Detailed schedule information, pricing, and on-line booking is available at the Jadrolinija website


Bus: The cheapest and most convenient way to travel with 15 departures each day. The journey takes 4.5—5 hours and tickets cost about 15 Euros. Detailed bus schedules can be viewed at Libertas Dubrovnik.


Private car transfer: The quickest, but most expensive way to travel. Prices for private transfers vary, but are approximately 200 - 240 EUR each way for 1 - 3 people, 240 - 260 EUR for 4 - 8 people, and 500 - 550 EUR for 9 - 18 people. Transfers may be arranged at Taxi Service Dubrovnik or Queen Service Dubrovnik. Alternatively we can book these for you.

Getting to Split

By Air: Split airport is 25km outside the city. It is served from the UK by Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch, Norwegian and Croatia Airlines. Other airlines flying to Split include Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and several more.


From Split airport to Split: Shuttle buses run frequently and cost about £4. A taxi takes 30 minutes and costs £30.


Getting from Dubrovnik

By Air: Dubrovnik airport is 25km outside the city. It is served from the UK by British Airways, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch, Thompson, Norwegian and Croatia Airlines. Other airlines flying to Dubrovnik include Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and several more.


Dubrovnik to Split

You may want to return to Split at the end of your trip. There are several options:


Ferry: The most pleasant but longest (8.5 hours, 17.50 Euro PP). The ferry goes from Dubrovnik - Korcula - Hvar - Split. The ferry operates twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays from Dubrovnik to Split and on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Split to Dubrovnik. Detailed schedule information, pricing, and on-line booking is available at the Jadrolinija website.


Bus: The cheapest and most convenient way to travel with 15 departures each day. The journey takes 4.5—5 hours and tickets cost about 15 Euros. Detailed bus schedules can be viewed at Libertas Dubrovnik.


Private car transfer: The quickest, but most expensive way to travel. Prices for private transfers vary, but are approximately 200 - 240 EUR each way for 1 - 3 people, 240 - 260 EUR for 4 - 8 people, and 500 - 550 EUR for 9 - 18 people. Transfers may be arranged at Taxi Service Dubrovnik or Queen Service Dubrovnik. Alternatively we can book these for you.

Included

  • 7 Nights in accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels and inns.
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 7 Day bike rental (road, hybrid or tandem)
  • Daily luggage transport of 1 bag of up to 20kg per person as required.
  • Personal briefing on arrival.
  • Pre departure information pack. Detailed route descriptions, maps, route and recommendations on arrival.
  • All ferry and private boat transfers
  • Transfer from Ston to Dubrovnik
  • 24 hour assistance by phone

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional shuttles if required when you are riding
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo rider supplement if applicable
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional nights

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible. We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

How fit do I need to be?

Our Itineraries are graded depending on the area, terrain and distance. Most day will consist of between 6 and 8 hours of cycling per day depending on the individual. A degree of fitness is expected as you are doing an activity holiday, experience and knowledge is also required for most cycle trips. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon cycle yourself fit as you adapt from day to day. 

How do the baggage transfers work?

We can arrange for your bags to be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you limit your luggage to 1 bag per person and a maximum weight of 20kg.

What equipment do I need?

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard gear such as good, comfortable cycling and/or walking shoes or boots, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

This trip is best enjoyed any time of the year as everyone is different, but you may feel a little more comfortable in the cooler months. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are in need of support our local partner will be more than happy to help.

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