Endless Bike Trails on Adriatic Islands
Two majestic cities and two marvelous islands – visit the gems of the Adriatic on a bike, soak in the sun and rejuvenate in the sea!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Here is an adventure for a focused rider, for someone, who diligently researches history and character of a visiting destination in order to take in and experience everything that comes along. This is a tour for somebody, who wants to go local! There are four highlights in this itinerary: cities of Split and Dubrovnik, and islands of Brač and Hvar. Tho marvelous metropolitan centers in the southern Adriatic and two gorgeous islands with miles and miles of bike trails and white-stone beaches. A thrill of reaching the highest peak of an island with your bike and then zooming down into the healing and exuberating water of the Adriatic sea is unbeatable!
Day 1: Arrive to Split, free day to enjoy Split and prepare for the adventure
Day 2: In-take meeting and boat transfer to Supetar on the island of Brač
Day 3: Ascend Vidova Gora (2,500 ft) and return to Supetar
Day 4: Boat transfer to the island of Hvar via Split, bike to Hvar Town
Day 5: Cycle to Stari Grad
Day 6: Cycle east to Jelsa famous for its production of red wines
Day 7: Cycle to Sučuraj and transfer to Dubrovnik
Day 8: Trip concludes
- Airport pickup in Split and drop-off in Dubrovnik
- All private land transfers according to the itinerary
- All boat transfers according to the itinerary
- accommodation in a 3-star hotel with breakfast (twin/double room)
- Self-Guided booklet with detailed route description, maps and best travel tips
- Full equipment: TREK DS road bikes with panniers, helmet, lock, and repair kit (spare tire, pump, tools)
- Tourist tax and vat
- In-take meeting on day 1, logistical support, 24/7 emergency support
- Accommodation in a private apartment – price quoted on request
- Half-board accommodation – price quoted on request
- Extended stay (in Split or in Dubrovnik) – price quoted on request
- Travel to Croatia
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Lunches, dinners, snacks, drinks
Upon your arrival to Split a private transfer will take you to your hotel. You will have time to settle in, take a deep breath and venture out on your own to explore the second largest city in Croatia. Visit the city’s old town and the famous Diocletian’s Palace from the Roman times, built at the turn of the fourth century AD. The palace was built as a retirement residence of the emperor Diocletian and it forms half of the entire old town. Strolling through the city in the evening, pausing at the Royal Square, giving in to the smooth mediterranean pace of life, you will see and feel the vibrant modern city so elegantly intertwined with the spirit of the old. And if you are looking for a moment of calm before your biking adventure, then take a relaxing walk on the Riva promenade and enjoy the sunset.
Boat to the Island of Brač
You will meet with our representatives after breakfast to discuss the details of the tour we prepared for you. You will get your bikes and a booklet with a complete description of the route, including accommodations and sightseeing tips. You will be ready to take off!. First destination – Split ferry boat to the port, where you will board a ferry to the largest Dalmatian island – Brač. The stone that was used to build the majestic walls of the Diocletian palace was brought to the mainland from this very island. After 50 minutes, you’ll reach the town of Supetar, the main port of entry to Brač. The charming old town center, with narrow alleys from the medieval times and numerous outdoor cafes, is clustered by the small bay and in summer radiates with a distinctive atmosphere of a laid-back lifestyle and leisure, so typical of Croatia’s island towns.
Views from the top
Brač is an exceptional biking destination; with its 25 bike trails, totaling over 620 miles, it’s a well known biking destination. So strap on your helmet and get ready for some superb biking adventure! Today you will conquer the island’s highest peak – Mount St. Vid (Vidova Gora). With its 2,553 ft it is also the highest peak on all Dalmatian islands. You will take your bike on a mainly gravel path, past the small quaint villages and olive groves on the hillside of St. Vid. The view of the island’s white beaches, neighbouring islands and the mainland is simply astounding!. On your way back, stop in Škrip, the oldest village on the island. The tiny village’s name is derived from the latin word ‘scorpus’, describing sharp, bare rock of a cliff, on which the village sits. You can choose to visit the Museum of Brač or simply find a cool spot to rest in a shade of the village’s ancient walls, the oldest of which were built in the 4th century AD.
Biking distance: 28 miles
Two sides of one island
After an early breakfast, you will take your bike on a road back to the port and take a morning ferry from Supetar to the island of Hvar (via Split). The island is known as the “sunny island”, as it gets at least 100 days of sunny skies per year. The interior of the island hides ancient hamlets, rough and uneven peaks, and vineyards and lavender fields, whereas the coastline connects some of the most beautiful and isolated coves. You will land in Stari Grad (literally “old town”) and then bike to Hvar Town. While Stari Grad charms you with calm and subdued atmosphere, Hvar Town bathes in glitz and glamor. It’s a hip version of an Adriatic island town, offering swanky hotels and elegant restaurants. However, Hvar Town is also a true gem of Venetian Renaissance architecture. You will be able to choose one of the two biking routes to reach this beautiful port town. You can either explore the beautiful beaches on the southern side of the island (beach Dubovica was named one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe by Condế-Nast Traveler) or bike through endless lavender fields of an inland and visit an old village of Brusje. The villagers have been producing wine, olive, rosemary oil and honey here for centuries. Make a stop there to feel the original village atmosphere.
Biking distance: 15 miles
The town Stari Grad celebrated 2400 anniversary of it’s existence, since Ancient Greeks from Pharos island first settled here. They started off in 384 BC by building an amazing agricultural colony named Agor or Hora, focusing mainly on vineyards and olives. After 24 centuries, the Hora has remained intact and it is still operating today. The Hora is one of eight UNESCO World Heritage SItes in Croatia. While in Stari Grad we also recommend that you visit the magnificent Tvrdalj castle, built by one of the most famous Croatian poets and a nobel of Stari Grad Petar Hektorović during the Ottoman invasion of Hvar in the 16th century. The renaissance castle defended and offered a shelter to local citizens.
Biking distance: 12 miles
Take an easy bike ride through thick pine forest to the nearby villages of Vrboska and Jelsa. Due to its many bridges, Vrboska is often referred to as “Little Venice”. Charming little town grew from fisherman’s village in the 15th century.
3 miles ahead in the middle of the island is a town Jelsa, located in between two highest peaks of the island. The town has very rich culture and history shown by numerous monuments, churches and squares. It’s a small place, but it definitely is not a sleepy one; the village square is live with restaurant goers, local families and tourists. Throughout the way you will be biking past terraced hills of vineyards and it will come to no surprise that these towns, and Jelsa village in particular, are famous for their red wine. It pairs well with a local seafood delicacies!
Biking distance: 9 miles
From olives to the Pearl of Adriatic
On the last day, you will take your bike across the island, to the town of Sučuraj, located on the far east.You will pass by small villages of Poljica and Zatražišće. From afar, Zatražišče doesn’t appear much different than any other villages you have visited so far, however, there is an attraction there worth stopping. You wouldn’t want to miss visiting a 2000-year-old olive tree, the oldest olive tree in Croatia. Quite majestic, with a trunk intertwined with rocks and allegedly measuring 16 ft across! Continue traveling east, passing by a couple of more villages, and you will reach Sučuraj, a small picturesque fisherman’s town and port, from where a ferry will take you to the mainland town of Ploče. Our representative and a private transfer will be waiting for you there to take you to Dubrovnik, the ’Pearl of the Adriatic’.
Biking distance: 31 miles
After breakfast the adventure will come to an end. Enjoy the rest of your time here to explore the old town, which has been under UNESCO protection since 1979. Walk the 1.5 mile long and 72 feet high city walls, built in 10th century, or visit the Fort Lovrijenac, one of Croatia’s most important fortresses. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar’, rising on a cliff an amazing 120 ft above the Adriatic sea safeguarding the city below, Fort Lovrijenac is these days a fortress that serves as a famous theater venue for performances throughout a year, but most famously, as a venue for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which became a symbol of the annual Summer Festival.
Once you are ready to leave the city , we will have a private transfer ready for you to take you to Dubrovnik Airport. If you are not just ready to pack up your bags, you are welcome to extend your vacation for a few more days.
All accommodation is in 3-star hotels with breakfast (twin/double room). A price for half-board accommodation or private apartment can be quoted on requested.
- Shoes – sneakers or any appropriate shoes for biking
- Jacket – warm, wind & waterproof, softshell
- Comfortable clothes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, any other sun protection
- Water bottle (preferably reusable)
- First aid (a small basic kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, antibacterial ointment, sterile pads)
- The tour is considered to be moderate level of difficulty. There is an average of 19 miles of biking each day with some ascends and descends and some more challenging parts.
- A good physical condition is essential.
- You will be travelling with panniers attached to your bikes, so be ready to pack accordingly. You can keep your remaining luggage with our representative, who will deliver it on the day 10 when picking you up in Ploče.
- Breakfast is included in every accommodation. You will have a lot of opportunities to stop in local restaurants and shops all along the way for dinners, lunches and snacks.
- We advise that you start your trips early to allow enough time to stop often and enjoy the scenery!
- You will get bikes with full equipment – bike panniers, spare tire and repair kit, bike lock and helmet.
- Although unlikely, the weather can change rather quickly, so do not forget to bring your rain-covers and a change of clothes. The panniers you will be travelling with are waterproof.
- The tour is not appropriate for pregnant women and children under the age of 15.
- All customers are required to notify us before booking the tour of any medical conditions, as well as dietary restrictions. All medications can and should be brought to all activities in the program. If you suffer from any medical conditions, we strongly suggest that you consult your physician before booking a tour to receive an expert medical advice. We are more than happy to discuss and recommend the most suitable adventure for you based on your conditions, but cannot ultimately be responsible for your health.
We compiled a list of further thoughts and recommendations on our Frequently Asked Questions page.