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Cycle Croatia

Pop on your helmet and cycle along the stunning coastlines and the hilly outcrops of the Dalmatian Coast on this seven-day cycling adventure. Ride to islands of olive groves and cypress forests to sparkling beaches and wander romantic cities full of history. Croatia is the perfect setting for an idyllic island escape and how better to explore than on a bicycle? Wander Hvar’s cobbled lanes, Korcula’s small town streets, Split’s harbour esplanade and Dubrovnik’s medieval walls. Explore Hvar Island at your own pace, take an optional wine tasting experience, watch the sunset over the harbour and ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stari Grad Plain. Croatia has so much beauty to see, so why not see it all up close, on two wheels?

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 1 (Split) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organize a suitable sized bike.
3. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
4. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
5. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request ds not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.

Tour details
Tour Provider Intrepid Travel
Price From
$3,694
Number of Days
7
Start Location
Split, Croatia
End Location
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 15
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Small group
Physical Rating
Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1: Split
Dobro Dosli! Welcome to Croatia. Your adventure begins in the coastal city of Split, with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. As this trip spends little time in Split, it’s recommended that you arrive a couple of days early is to experience all that this beautiful city has to offer. If you do arrive with time to spare, maybe explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian's Palace, see the original and fantastically preserved basements under the city or simply unwind with a walk along the waterfront. After your meeting, you might want to head out for a welcome dinner with your group. After, perhaps grab a drink at a bar on the Riva Promenade.
Day 2: Brac Island Cycling
It’s an early start today as you catch the ferry from Split to Supetar on the island of Brac. There will be a bike fitting for the group followed by a short test ride to ensure everything is working properly. From here, begin your first real ride in Croatia, cycling from Supetar along the coastal road to the seaside village of Pucisca. Along the way, take a short detour to the tiny village of Dol, passing vineyards, fig trees and olive groves. After a quick stop for refreshments in Pucisca, make your first real climb up to Praznica – it’s a pretty steep climb, but you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views over the Adriatic Sea. Have a rest at the top then cycle across the centre to the descent into the town of Bol. Bol is famous for the Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) – one of the Adriatic’s most beautiful beaches. Take a quick swim at the beach and maybe visit the famous Stina Winery for a tasting before seeking out some fresh seafood for dinner.
Day 3: Hvar Island Cycling
It's another early morning today as you take a local boat between islands to the small port of Jelsa. From here, start riding along a beautiful coastal cycling trail across to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stari Grad Plain to the coastal town of Stari Grad. Set in a protected bay, Stari Grad is one of Europe’s oldest towns, settled by Neolithic tribes as far back as 3500BC. Today, the old stone houses, narrow streets and small squares still retain a deeply historic feel. There's plenty to see here, including the Dominican Monastery and Tvrdalj Fortress. Leaving Stari Grad behind, ride up to the scenic heart of Hvar Island, via a less-trafficked old road, passing viewpoints and old taverns along the way before stopping for a break. After, descend through the old village of Brusje and down into the vibrant Hvar Town. The streets of Hvar are a traffic-free zone, giving you the freedom to stroll the pjaca (piazza) and soak in the views of St Stephen's Cathedral, the Arsenal and all the palaces that flank the square.
Day 4: Korcula Island
Enjoy a free morning and maybe spend some time savouring the ambience of Hvar Town. You have a free day today, so maybe check out the Hvar Spanjola fortress for some great views, go on a boat tour or ask your tour leader for suggestions for a hike to Velo Grablje village. This afternoon, catch a catamaran across to the island of Korcula into Korcula Town – a Venetian Renaissance-inspired walled city full of narrow streets, medieval towers and the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo. Tonight, maybe head out for a late dinner and find a bar with a view of the Adriatic with a few of your fellow travellers.
Day 5: Korcula Island Cycling
After breakfast prepare for a big day on the road today as you drive through the heart of Korcula, past vineyards, olive groves and forests up to the hamlet of Pupnat. The position of Pupnat and steepness of the approach is no accident – it was designed to help keep the town safe from pirates through the ages. Pupnat is Korcula ‘as it used to be’ – a picture perfect farming village with stone buildings and a laidback atmosphere. Hop back on your bikes for a descent down to Pupnatska Luka – a beautiful bay with a pebble beach. Follow the coastline through Smokvica and its vineyards before tackling the final climb to Blato and descending to the port town of Vela Luka. You’ll have time to walk around and have a quick coffee before boarding a local bus for the journey back to Korcula Town. On the way, stop for dinner at a local restaurant. The rest of the evening is free to explore at your own pace.
Day 6: Dubrovnik
Transfer by boat to Orebic on the Peljesac Peninsula. To avoid some serious uphill riding, you’ll drive high above the tiny village of Postup to its panorama viewpoint. Take to the backroads and cycle through the hills of the Dingac before continuing to the bay of Zuljana. Enjoy a rewarding climb up to the village of Putnikovic, then enjoy an impromptu picnic and optional wine tasting in the natural surroundings before cycling down to Ston and continuing by vehicle all the way down to Dubrovnik. With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, Dubrovnik is a picturesque medieval city full of character. When you arrive, head out on a leader-led orientation walk and then carry on exploring at your own pace.
Day 7: Dubrovnik
There are no activities planned after breakfast today and your adventure comes to an end. You're free to leave at any time after check out. If you'd like to extend your stay, and it’s recommended that you do to see all that Dubrovnik has to offer, just get in touch with your booking agent ahead of time to organise additional accommodation. If you do have extra time, maybe catch the cable car to the top of Srd Hil and enjoy the magnificent views over Old Town.
Inclusions
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
  • Transport: Bicycle, Support vehicle, Ferry, (e-bike option available, subject to availability).
  • Accommodation: Hotel (3 nights), apartment (3 nights).
  • Brac Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling.
  • Hvar Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling.
  • Korcula Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling.
  • Dubrovnik - City Walls.
  • Pelješac Peninsula Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
14 Jul 2024 20 Jul 2024 7 $3,694
25 Aug 2024 31 Aug 2024 9 $4,315
01 Sep 2024 07 Sep 2024 6 $4,520
08 Sep 2024 14 Sep 2024 10 $4,430
22 Sep 2024 28 Sep 2024 1 $4,695
06 Oct 2024 12 Oct 2024 7 $4,185
04 May 2025 10 May 2025 15 $4,350
18 May 2025 24 May 2025 13 $4,350
08 Jun 2025 14 Jun 2025 15 $4,350
22 Jun 2025 28 Jun 2025 15 $4,350
06 Jul 2025 12 Jul 2025 15 $4,350
20 Jul 2025 26 Jul 2025 15 $4,350
17 Aug 2025 23 Aug 2025 15 $4,350
31 Aug 2025 06 Sep 2025 15 $4,350
14 Sep 2025 20 Sep 2025 15 $4,350
21 Sep 2025 27 Sep 2025 15 $4,350
28 Sep 2025 04 Oct 2025 15 $4,350
05 Oct 2025 11 Oct 2025 15 $4,350
12 Oct 2025 18 Oct 2025 15 $4,350
03 May 2026 09 May 2026 15 $4,370
17 May 2026 23 May 2026 15 $4,370
07 Jun 2026 13 Jun 2026 15 $4,370
21 Jun 2026 27 Jun 2026 15 $4,370
05 Jul 2026 11 Jul 2026 15 $4,370
19 Jul 2026 25 Jul 2026 15 $4,370
16 Aug 2026 22 Aug 2026 15 $4,370
23 Aug 2026 29 Aug 2026 15 $4,370
13 Sep 2026 19 Sep 2026 15 $4,370
20 Sep 2026 26 Sep 2026 15 $4,370
27 Sep 2026 03 Oct 2026 15 $4,370
04 Oct 2026 10 Oct 2026 15 $4,370
11 Oct 2026 17 Oct 2026 15 $4,370