Croatia – Cycling the Islands of Dalmatia Itinerary

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Pretrip

Arrive a few days early and visit Dubrovnik, known as “the jewel of the Adriatic.” The city is rich in cultural and historical monuments and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. There’s plenty to see and do, and we’re happy to arrange your pre-trip hotel for you, just ask!


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Day 1, Dubrovnik

Assembly bikes and enjoy the day exploring Dubrovnik. We’ll meet at our hotel at 6 p.m. for a short orientation meeting. Welcome dinner together.

Dubrovnik’s appeal lies in the old town of Stari Grad, with its marble-paved squares, steep cobbled streets, tall homes, convents, churches, palaces, fountains and museums, all cut from the same light-colored stone. Dubrovnik’s 82-foot-high city walls were built between the 13th and 16th centuries and remain virtually unchanged. A walk along these walls will be the highlight of your visit to Dubrovnik.


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Day 2, Korčula

Ride: 40 miles/3,500 ft.
Transfer to Maili Ston, a city located on Peljesac Peninsula, surrounded by imposing walls built in the 14th century. We’ll ride the length of the Peljesac Peninsula on our way to Korèula, enjoying views of the Adriatic. Korčula is also known as “mini Dubrovnik,” with buildings made of honey-colored limestone. Dinner together.


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Day 3, Korčula Island – Loop Ride

Ride Options: 24-29 miles/400-1,600 ft – 60 miles/3,800 ft – 81 miles/6,100 ft
Spend the day relaxing and swimming in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, or join us on the group ride around the island along vineyards, olive groves and forests of pine, oak and cypress. We can also visit a local winery. Dinner on your own.


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Day 4, Trpanj – Ljubuski BiH

Ride: 30-45 miles/2,600 ft
After a short ferry ride across the Peljesac Strait, we’ll ride over the spine of Peljesac Peninsula to Trpanj. We’ll take a midday ferry to mainland Croatia and ride to Ljubuski, Bosnia Herzegovina, and visit a wonderful waterfall pool.

Option: 15 miles to Kravice waterfalls.


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Day 5, Makarska

Ride: 35-63 miles/2,500-7,000 ft
Today’s ride offers the best view of the Dalmatian Islands. We’ll take a short ride to the beautiful coastal resort village of Makarska, enter into Croatia and traverse scenic mountain roads for a spectacular descent to the Adriatic. Dinner on your own.

Challenging Option: 28 miles/4,500 ft. Climb Biokovo Mountain, Dalmatia’s highest mountain at 5,781 feet. The views from Biokovo are spectacular – on a clear day, you can see all the Dalmatian Islands and a large part of the coast. If you’re lucky, you may even see the peak of Monte Gargano in Italy.

The Makarska Riviera stretches between the towns of Brela and Gradac. It’s numerous sandy beaches, pine trees, sparkling water and peaceful bays make it one of the most popular tourist areas along the Croatian coast.


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Day 6, Brac Island

Ride: 25 miles/2,500 ft. with options for more
Brac, one of the largest of the central Dalmatian Islands, is known for its milky-white marble — it was used for the White House in Washington, D.C., and the Diocletian’s Palace in Split. The island’s unspoiled natural environment, rich cultural heritage, and beautiful beaches and bays make it a wonderful place to explore. Dinner together.


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Day 7, Brac Island – Loop Ride

Ride: 28 miles/1,700 ft or 44 miles/3,000 ft or 49 miles/3,500 ft
The day is yours to explore the island, relax on the beach, swim or get a massage. If you’d like to ride, we can suggest route options and recommend including a lunch stop at Luka Bobovisda and a swim before climbing 1,140 ft to Nerezisca. You can also stop in Skrip, the oldest settlement on the island. Dinner together at a local konoba (small inn or restaurant).

Challenging Option: Climb Vidova Gora, the highest point on the Dalmatian Islands. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Hvar Island from the restaurant at the top.


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Day 8, Bol and Hvar Island

Ride: 25-33 miles /2,500-3,000 ft.
We’ll take a scenic ride to Bol, traveling through scrub-covered uplands, cypress forests, orange and olive groves and along stone walls. Bol is nearby Croatia’s most unusual and photographed beach: Zlatni Rat. The wedge of the beach extends more than 550 yards into the sea. That afternoon, we’ll transfer by boat to our hotel on the island of Hvar. Dinner on your own.

Hvar is the most famous and seductive Adriatic island. Condé Nast Traveler magazine calls it one of the world’s most beautiful islands, along with Bali, Zanzibar, Mykonos and Capri.


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Day 9, Hvar Island – Loop Ride

Ride: 15/24/51 miles-1,500/2,800/3,000 ft
Relax and enjoy our seaside B&B, and/or take a loop ride and visit Hvar town, an ancient Greek city that boasts the Adriatic’s second largest square (Saint Mark’s Square in Venice is the largest). The cycling route options include dramatic landscape of jagged limestone cliffs and rosemary and lavender fields and great views of Brac on our route to Jelsa and back. Final celebration dinner together.


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Day 10, Depart from Split

We’ll take an early-morning ferry to Split, Croatia’s second-largest city and another UNESCO World Heritage site. Split is home to the Roman emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace, one of the most imposing Roman ruins anywhere. Most of Split’s old town is contained within the palace walls.

We’ll say our goodbyes in Split, where you’ll either transfer to the airport for your midday departure or extend your stay in Split, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, or nearby Bosnia or Montenegro.