SHORTLIST

Cycle the Dalmatian Coast

Breeze along the beautiful Dalmatian Coast on this one-week cycling tour. Pedal your way from Split to Dubrovnik, taking in ancient sites, medieval towns, and fishing villages as you island-hop Croatia's iconic coast. Make pit stops as you go at local wineries, stunning beaches and - of course - traditional restaurants to refuel on tasty grub.

Dubrovnik and Split - Hop off your bike and get to know the historic hearts of the region's oldest cities.

Hvar Island - Cycle through the beautiful countryside of one of Croatia's scenic gems.

Korcula Island - Pedal through the villages and vineyards of this historic island.

Highlights
Cycling adventure along the stunning Dalmatian coast from Split to Dubrovnik|Discover medieval towns, charming fishing villages, and scenic vineyards|Visit the world famous Medieval Old Town of Dubrovnik

Tour information
Transport: Bus, Bicycle, Boat
Tour staff: Explore Tour Leader, Explore Tour Leader
Meals :Breakfast 7, Lunch 0 & Dinner 0

Tour details
Tour Provider Explore!
Price From
$2,950
Number of Days
7
Start Location
Kastel Kambelovac, Croatia
End Location
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
5 to 18
Tour Style
Basic
Tour Themes
Cycling/Trekking/Walking
Physical Rating
Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Day 1 - Join trip in Kastel Kambelovac
Arrive in the seaside town Kastel Kambelovac, 10 kilometres from Split. Our seafront hotel is ideally located with great views over the bay and is easy to reach from the airport as well as Split town and Trogir.

For those arriving in time, our tour leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there'll be the chance to go out for dinner. There are no other activities planned today, so you're free to arrive in Kastel Kambelovac at any time. If you'd like an airport transfer, you'll need to arrive into Split Airport (SPU), which is around a 15-minute drive from Kastel Kambelovac. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your tour leader will catch you up as soon as possible.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you might like to check in to the hotel and then head to the nearby medieval harbour town of Trogir, wander the cobbled streets and visit Saint Lawrence Cathedral. Alternatively, you may wish to take advantage of the beach in front of the hotel - the restaurant there serves up tasty traditional dishes.
Day 2 - Morning sightseeing in Split. Ferry to Hvar Island and explore by bike
After having breakfast and checking out of our hotel, we'll start today with a 16 kilometre/9.9 mile cycle ride to Split. Lying on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, Split's historic heart is centred around the ancient Roman Palace of Diocletian, which dates back to the early years of the 4th century AD. After spending the morning exploring this beautiful World Heritage-listed town and stopping for lunch (not included), we'll head for the port. A two-hour ferry journey takes us to Stari Grad on the beautiful island of Hvar, arriving in time to enjoy a late afternoon cycle to the picturesque harbour town of Jelsa, where we'll spend the next two nights. Before dinner, depending on availability, we'll have an optional wine tasting at Caric winery in Vrboska village.

The Fontana hotel consists of two single-story blocks of accommodation in a wooded hillside on the outskirts of Jelsa. The hotel has a swimming pool and great views of the bay from the breakfast room. The individual rooms are en suite and have a fan. We\ ve graded the hotel as simple as the cabins themselves are basic in their finish and the décor looks a little dated.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 32 kilometres/19.9 miles with 300 metres/990 feet total accumulated ascent.
Day 3 - Explore the historic old streets and abandoned villages by bike on the island of Hvar
Today we'll have a full day to explore more of this beautiful island by bike. Our day starts with a lengthy ascent up to the highest point of the island, cycling past the lavender fields that were once the workplace of all of Hvar's inhabitants. Tourism is the main source of employment now and it's easy to see why the island attracts so many visitors as we finish our climb and enjoy sweeping views across the island. Our descent then takes us through the village of Brusje to the charming town of Hvar where we'll have lunch (not included) and free time to explore the historic old streets of this Venetian town - there'll even be the chance to take a dip in the crystal-clear water. In the afternoon, we'll drive back to Jesla. If you'd like more time in the saddle there's the option to cycle back to Jesla along a different route on a quiet paved road through the villages of Malo Grabjle and Veliko Graglje, encountering one short, steep climb and beautiful scenery.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 32 kilometres/19.9 miles with 480 metres/1,575 feet total accumulated ascent. If you choose to cycle back from Hvar, there'll be an additional 32 kilometres/19.9 miles and 450 metres/1,575 feet ascent. It's worth noting that there's one big hill to take on today but the support bus is with us should you wish to sit it out.
Day 4 - Ferry to Korcula, afternoon cycling around the villages to the beach
This morning, we'll drive to Stari Grad for the ferry or to Hvar for the catamaran heading to the historical and fertile island of Korcula, famed for its quality wine and age-old traditions. A gorgeous blend of red terracotta roofs, stone cathedrals, and marble streets; the old Venetian town of Korcula is a photographer's dream. There'll be some free time in Korcula to explore the historic streets on foot and a chance to sample local cuisine at a Dalmatian-style 'Konoba' restaurant (not included).

From here, we'll take a leisurely cycle along the coast to the village of Racisce, which is approximately 12 kilometres/7.4 miles from Korcula. We'll make a stop there for a coffee break and a short rest before cycling back to Lumbarda via Korcula.

Lombarda, our home for the next two nights, is famed for its sandy beaches, dramatic coastal views and vineyards and an early finish provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy these luxuries. There'll be the chance to swim and take part in a wine tasting at a local winery, which is notorious for Grk, a white variety indigenous to Korcula that pairs well with sun and cycling.

The total cycling distance for the day is 31 kilometres/19.2 miles with an ascent and descent of 380 metres/1,250 feet.
Day 5 - Full day cycling on Korcula island
Today, we'll have a full day's cycling tour, allowing us to experience the charm of rural Korcula, as we slowly make our way across the island to the small town of Cara, one of the oldest settlements on the island. This involves a gentle climb of 16 kilometres/10 miles but, if you prefer, you can ride in the support vehicle and start at the top of the hill. We'll then head downhill to the pretty coastal village of Zavalatica, where the old traditions of fishing and farming are still very much alive. Here we can swim, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (not included) and take in the spectacular views across the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea (on a clear day, you might even be able to spot Italy's Monte Gargano). After lunch, we'll cycle through the fertile landscape, past vineyards with sweeping coastal views, via the tiny village of Pupnat before joining the road that takes us back to Lumbarda.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 62 kilometres/38.4 miles with a total accumulated ascent of 1,150 metres/3,770 feet.
Day 6 - Morning ferry to Orebic, cycle to Zuljana, then drive to Dubrovnik
We'll depart Lumbarda after breakfast this morning, for a short drive to Korcula harbour. We'll cross over to the Dalmatian mainland, to the Peljesac Peninsula where we'll hop on our bikes and start our cycling from Postup. A route along the coast allows us to cycle through a landscape blanketed in rich vineyards of Plavac Mali grapes - a local speciality. We'll reach the end of our ride at the little-visited, beautiful bay of Zuljana. A two-hour drive then takes us through the hills that rise above Dubrovnik and we'll stop at a viewpoint from the road where we'll have the pleasure of seeing the old city walls for the first time. We'll then make our way to our hotel in Dubrovnik by road. Higher up you should be able to see Mount Srd and the Imperial fort which you might like to visit in your free time. Well known for its crucial role in the Siege of Dubrovnik, when a handful of Croatian soldiers successfully defended the fort and kept the vital high ground, it's now a fascinating photographic war museum (optional visit) that gives us a vivid account of the war.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 27 kilometres/16.7 miles with 230 metres/755 feet total accumulated ascent.

Our hotel is in the lively Lapad Bay area, close to many restaurants and a public beach. Dubrovnik Old Town can be reached in 20 minutes by public bus.
Day 7 - Scenic morning cycle ride to Konavle Valley, afternoon in Dubrovnik
This morning we enjoy a final ride through the beautiful Dalmatian countryside. We head out towards Cavtat to start the ride with a gradual ascent along a tarmac road with panoramic views over the Konvale Valley, through olive groves dotted with occasional cypress trees. After breaking for a drink in an idyllic village on the banks of the river Ljuta, we'll make our way back through the valley to Cavtat where we'll finish and have lunch (not included) before driving back to Dubrovnik for the afternoon.

Returning to Dubrovnik, the afternoon is then free to enjoy the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' was once described by George Bernard Shaw as paradise on earth. The old medieval town of Dubrovnik still retains a unique atmosphere and charm, with its wealth of monasteries, museums, and medieval buildings. A walk around the entire circumference of the city walls offers some great views out over the rooftops and alleyways of the old city and the tranquil waters of the Adriatic.

Our total optional cycling distance today is approximately 35 kilometres/21 miles with 390 metres/1,280 feet total accumulated ascent.
Day 8 - Trip ends in Dubrovnik
Our tour ends this morning at our hotel in Dubrovnik.

There are no activities planned today, so you're free to depart from Dubrovnik at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you'd like an airport transfer, you'll need to depart from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) which is a 40-minute drive from Dubrovnik.

We suggest adding an additional night if you wish to further explore the ancient city of Dubrovnik, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
29 Jun 2024 06 Jul 2024 12 - Guaranteed $2,960
02 Jul 2024 09 Jul 2024 4 - Guaranteed $3,280
13 Jul 2024 20 Jul 2024 4 - Guaranteed $3,710
20 Jul 2024 27 Jul 2024 10 - Guaranteed $3,330
27 Aug 2024 03 Sep 2024 10 - Guaranteed $3,250
31 Aug 2024 07 Sep 2024 9 - Guaranteed $3,500
07 Sep 2024 14 Sep 2024 4 - Guaranteed $3,190
14 Sep 2024 21 Sep 2024 2 - Guaranteed $3,850
17 Sep 2024 24 Sep 2024 6 - Guaranteed $3,760
21 Sep 2024 28 Sep 2024 10 - Guaranteed $3,760
24 Sep 2024 01 Oct 2024 8 - Guaranteed $3,640
28 Sep 2024 05 Oct 2024 13 - Guaranteed $2,960
01 Oct 2024 08 Oct 2024 4 - Guaranteed $3,540
08 Oct 2024 15 Oct 2024 15 - Guaranteed $3,030
12 Oct 2024 19 Oct 2024 14 - Guaranteed $3,280
15 Oct 2024 22 Oct 2024 16 - Guaranteed $2,950