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Dalmatian Island Hopping Cycling Tour
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Highlights

  • Enjoying the delights of Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic
  • Bike based island hopping through the Dalmatian Islands
  • Wine tasting on the Peljesac Peninsula and Korčula Island
  • Wandering the medieval marble streets of Hvar Town and Korčula Town
  • Stopping for a mid-ride swim on a deserted white sandy beach
  • Exploring Diocletian’s Palace, one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments

Discover Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands on a island hopping adventure from Dubrovnik to Split. Great biking on the quiet island roads of Korčula, Hvar and Brac. Experience the food, wine and history of the Dalmatian Islands.

Your trip starts from Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic, where a couple of extra nights pre-tour are highly recommended. After a short transfer, bike fitting and full trip briefing your ride begins from the 14th century fortified town of Ston. It’s a treat right from the start as you cycle through the vineyards of the Peljesac peninsula, where you might be tempted by a little wine tasting before you take the ferry to the island of Korčula.

Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo, is your base for the next two nights. Korčula is a rich tapestry of villages, vineyards, olive groves and hidden coves. It is particularly well known for producing some of Croatia’s best wines and its fabulous regional dishes. Korčula Town is the star attraction; a stunning grid of marble street and medieval architecture alive with tradition.

Leaving Korčula for Hvar by fast boat transfer you can look forward to two nights on Hvar, 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.

A final day of sublime riding through abandoned villages and lavender fields ends with a ferry to Split, the beautiful and buzzing capital of Dalmatia.

DAY 1:
Dubrovnik via Peljesac Peninsula to Korčula

We will pick you up from your hotel in Dubrovnik after breakfast (9:00 AM or earlier) and shuttle you to Ston, a fortified salt producing town on Peljesac peninsula dating from the 14th century that boasts the longest fortified walls in Europe.


After your full briefing and bike fitting your ride along the Peljesac peninsula begins. You will be riding through vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California, and Primitivo from Calabria. We will point out some great wineries where you can taste the Peljesac’s wines! Bike to Orebic, from where you will take ferry to island Korcula, your home for next 2 nights.


Ride: 60 km


Overnight: Korčula Town


DAY 2:
Korčula Island cycling

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.


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.


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 to enjoy traditional dishes such as home made gnocchi, macaroni, pasticada and many more.


Ride: 0-45 km, extra ride 55km


Overnight: Korčula Town


DAY 3:
Korčula to Hvar

Today you can look forward to a fine ride along the whole of Korčula to Vela Luka. Enjoy the scenic south side of the island with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves.


Ride through the well known vineyards of Posip and have a glass of vino in charming wineries you will find along the way. In the early afternoon you have private fast boat transfer to Hvar.



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.


Ride: 46 km, extra ride 60km


Overnight: Hvar Town


DAY 4:
Hvar Island

A relaxed day on this wonderful island surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. There are a number of options for you to choose from; head for the beach for a swim, explore the old town, go kayaking or sailing or just find a café in the old town and watch the world go by. Oh and of course you can go cycling if you wish.


Ride: 0 - 20km


Overnight: Hvar Town


DAY 5:
Hvar’s Lavender Roads to Split

Today’s ride starts with a climb to the top of Hvar, through abandoned villages and lavender fields. Your climb rewards with great views of the hundreds of small islands and inlets surrounding Hvar. You will also notice many man made stone piles created when farmers cleared the fields to plant lavender and similar crops.


Your ride continues on the north side of the island through lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. Hvar is noted for its lush vegetation of palm trees, agaves, myrtle, rosemary, pine woods and extensive lavender fields and history dating back to Greek times!


Continue along the scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island, passing coastal villages of Jelsa and Vrboska to catch the late afternoon ferry to Split.


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) is a delight to stroll along and enjoy an alfresco seafood feast.


Ride: 30 - 45 km


Overnight: Split


DAY 6:
Optional ride and depart


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

Additional Nights and Extensions

We would recommend that you book a couple of nights in Dubrovnik before your trip starts. An extra night in Split is also a good option. You can add additional nights at any point along the route or elsewhere in Croatia.


Accommodation

We offer 3 grades of accommodation on this trip; classic, 4* hotels and luxury. The standard trip price includes classic accommodation and if you wish you can upgrade to 4* or luxury hotels.


Classic Accommodation


Hotel Korcula


Hotel Palace, Hvar


Hotel Slavija, Split or


Vila Baguc, Split


4* Hotel Accommodation


Hotel Liburna, Korcula


Hotel Riva, Hvar


Hotel Marmont, Split


Luxury Accommodation


Hotel Lesic Dimitri, Korcula


Hotel Adriana, Hvar


Hotel Marmont, Split


Alternate accommodation

If we are unable to accommodate you in the hotels listed due to lack of availability we will use alternative accommodation 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.


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 the 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 meters. Of the five riding days two 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).


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 you will lose touch with those you have met.


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.


Bike Hire


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/ howmany


Yes/1


Pump


Yes


Lock


Yes



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 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 Dubrovnik 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 from 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 to 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 Dubrovnik 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 from 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.

Included

  • 5 Nights accommodation in either classic, 4* or luxury accommodation
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 6 Day bike rental (road, hybrid or tandem)
  • Luggage transport of 1 bag of up to 20kg per person as required.
  • Personal briefing and bike fitting on day 1.
  • Pre-departure information pack. Detailed route descriptions, maps, route and recommendations on arrival.
  • All ferry and private boat transfers
  • Transfer from Dubrovnik to Ston
  • 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

  • Extra nights in Dubrovnik, Split or during the trip
  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Airport transfers

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 walking 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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4.0

I would recommend this trip

By Barbara

from New zealand

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  • Accommodation In Hvar Was
  • Didn't Stop Until 2am And
  • Fun
  • It Was Right Outside Our
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    Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Dubrovnik to Split:

    Instructions were great the only issue was the start time on the first day was way too late as we ended up biking in 35 degree heat for the hill climb.

     
    5.0

    Amazing Croatia!

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    from Melbourne, Australia

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      Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Dubrovnik to Split:

      Amazing cycling tour of the Croatian coast with added bonus of local knowledge of the best restaurants and attractions. Amazing scenery and beaches along the way. If you are a cyclist at home, I recommend bringing your own seat along. Makes the days in the saddle even easier :) No hesitation in recommending the trip.

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      5.0

      Fabulous tour

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      from Vancouver

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        Comments about macs adventure Island Hopping: Dubrovnik to Split:

        The tour was perfectly organised: every commitment met, and more. Accommodations ranged from very good to fantastic -- elegant and memorable; bikes were beautiful, so much fun to ride. The Dalmation Coast was a revelation for us: although we often visit Greece, and thought we knew the Mediterranean, Croatia was new and dazzling for us -- endlessly beautiful and engaging. The guided part of the tour -- the directions for each day's ride -- was very good, except for once or twice where we really wished we had a map: dead-reckoning gave out and we found ourselves backtracking, and searching for the route. Otherwise, a glorious experience. Happy travellers!! (Very hot in Croatia during our stay -- up to 38 C. So for some days, the scheduled route was just a bit too much for me (the mum).)

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