|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||27 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015|
|Start city:||Dubrovnik, Croatia|
|End city:||Split, Croatia|
This self-guided bike tour covers the most important and most beautiful sites of Dalmatia, the coastal part of Croatia.
Start from Dubrovnik - the pearl of Adriatic - explore and bike along peninsula Peljesac before reaching medieval Korcula town. Ride along Korcula Island and discover its natural beauties, old fisherman villages, ancient stone architecture, vineyards, and so much more.
Continue with your bike tour to Hvar Island. Enjoy cafe and people-watching at a venetian style piazza in trendy Hvar before cycling along the slopes of lavender fields to reach the UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad plain.
Your final destination is Split and its Diocletian's palace; once great and important roman site with historical sites dating back to 300 A.C.
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Day 1: Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is located at the very tip of Croatia's coast on the Adriatic sea, and the remarkably well preserved old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy walking the perimeter of the walls and sea towers that encircle it. The walls are several meters thick and served as fortifications as far back as the 14th and 15th centuries with stunning panoramic views!
After a full day exploring the winding city streets, enjoy dinner by the sea and stroll down to Stradun. Saunter through Dubrovnik old town and savor its charming bars and restaurants, often with live music playing and visitors wandering in and out at their leisure.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 2: Peninsula Peljesac and Korcula (37 miles/60km)
We will pick you up from your hotel in Dubrovnik just after breakfast (9:00 AM or earlier) and shuttle to Ston, salt producing town on Peljesac peninsula. Visit the 14th century town, with the longest fortified walls in Europe. Ston was important town for Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century.
You will have a bike fitting in Ston, and from there you start with your bike ride along Peljesac peninsula. You will be riding along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California, and Primitivo from Calabria. You will visit some great wineries where you can taste the Peljesacs vines! Bike to Orebic, from where you will take ferry to island Korcula, your home for next 2 nights.
Overnight in Korcula.
Day 3: Korcula Island – Marco Polo's home (28 miles/45km, with additional 34 mile/55km optional)
Today you will explore the island of Korcula--its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests that cover the island. There are a few options today: either ride on easier coastal road or do some climbing and rolling hills.
Whatever you choose as a bike ride today, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and dense woods. You will be tasting the traditional meals like homemade gnocchi, homemade macaroni, pasticada, and other meals which have been prepared by our ancestors. You might like to know that Korcula is producing some of the best Croatian white wines: Posip, Rukatac or Grk, which will just add flavor to your lunch or dinner.
Another option today is just to relax and wander in Korcula, a Venetian fortified town with narrow streets which are irresistible to today's visitor, just as they impressed medieval travel writers like Marco Polo, who began his life journey in this town.
Overnight in Korcula.
Day 4: Island Korcula and boat ride to Hvar (29 miles/46km, with additional 37 mile/60km optional)
Today you ride the whole island of Korcula to Vela Luka. Enjoy the scenic south side of the island with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along the small villages and hamlets. Ride through the well known vineyards of Posip and try some ''vino'' in charming vineries you will find along the way.
In the early afternoon you have private fast boat transfer to Hvar.Hvar is one of the trendiest and most popular destinations of Croatia! Spend the afternoon visiting its main attractions; 7th century AD walls, Venetian loggia, and the oldest municipal Theatre in Europe or just have a coffee or bevanda in one of the most beautiful squares of Mediterranean.
Overnight in Hvar.
Day 5: Hvar (optional 12 mile/20km ride)
This is very difficult day, as you have to decide for the best option, and all of them are great! Do you want to head for the beach, or have a short bike ride? Or would you like just to stay in town in one of its many cafes and watch the world go by, or take a sailing or sea kayak trip to some of the islands around? Maybe take a sunset sail, discover some great places followed with great lunch and swim? It's your choice! You will find all of these options described in your day sheets.
Overnight in Hvar.
Day 6: Lavender roads and ferry to Split (19-28 miles/30-45km)
Today's ride starts with a climb, along the abandoned villages and lavender fields. Enjoy the scenery, endless sea that is surrounding the island of Hvar along with small islands and islets around. Once on top of the island, you will see a lot of stone piles, man made in order to clear the land so farmers could plant lavender or similar crops!
Riding on the north side of the islands you will be passing among lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. Not to mention it is UNESCO world heritage site. The island 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! Cycle through scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island, passing coastal villages of Jelsa and Vrboska.
Late in the afternoon, you will take a boat to Split, a 1700 years old town and now day’s administrative and cultural centre of Dalmatia. Take a walk into old town, explore its narrow streets, meet the locals, see the one of the biggest fish markets in Croatia and enjoy the wine cellars before dinner tonight.
Overnight in Split.
Day 7: Split (9-12 miles/15-20km)
If you have time today, after the breakfast you might want to take easy bike ride along Marjan hill, famous recreational place of people of Split. Enjoy the rolling coastal ride before easy climb to the top of Marjan, from where you will take the last view on Diocletian’s Palace and all the islands you were biking on last few days.
Departure this afternoon.
Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2015
|Off season:||Apr 1-May 31; Oct 1-Oct 31, 2015|
|Low season:||Jun 1-Jun 30, 2015|
|High season:||Jul 1-Aug 31, 2015|
|Shoulder season:||Sep 1-Sep 30, 2015|
|Category A: 4 and 5-star hotels|
|Category B: 4-star hotels|
|Category C: 3-star hotels|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik
Hotel Lesic Dimitri, Korcula
Hotel Adriana, Hvar
Hotel Marmont, Split
Hotel Lacroma, Dubrovnik
Marko Polo, Korcula
Hotel Riva, Hvar
Hotel Marmont, Split
Hotel Tirena, Dubrovnik
Hotel Palace, Hvar
Hotel Slavija, Split
Please note that the hotels in Dubrovnik and Split do sell out quickly. In case of late bookings, the tour company will do the best to replace the hotel listed with a hotel of the same standard and category.
Bike rental is included with this tour package. Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
Each bike is equipped with the following at no additional charge:
The bikes will have flat pedals.
Although a bike helmet is included with rental, we recommend for safety and hygiene reasons that you bring your own helmet.
Hybrid touring bikes:
Musing Twinroad Sport Hybrid bike
Frame: Twinroad Sport 2010
Headset: Acros AI 03
Stem: Ritchey adjustable
Grip: Ritchey TGV or Ergogrip
Saddle: Selle Royal RVL
Front/Rear Hub: Shimano Deore
Rims: Mavic A 119 sw
Tires: Continental Contact
Brakelever: Shimano Alivio
Brakes: Shimano Deore V-Brake
Crankset: Shimano Alivio
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Alivio
Sprocket: Shimano Alivio
Chain: Shimano Alivio
Front Derailluer: Shimano Alivio
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Shifter: Shimano Alivio
Rear Carrier: Trans X alloy black
Cannondale CAAD 8 Sora
Frame: CAAD8, Optimized 6061 Alloy
Fork Fork: Cannondale Ultra Carbon, carbon blades
Rims: Maddux DRX 4000
Tires: Schwalbe Lugano, 700x23c
Crank: FSA Vero, 50/39/30
Chain: KMC 9-speed
Rear Cogs: SRAM PG-950, 12-26
Front/Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sora Long cage
Shifters: Shimano Sora
Stem: Zoom (ADJUSTABLE STEM)
Brakeset C4 w/cartridge pads and cold forged retainer
Rear Carrier: Trans X alloy black
There are 3 days where you will be climbing over 500 meters (1640 feet): Ston – Orebic, Korcula – Vela Luka and Hvar-Stari Grad.
In your information package you will have taxi numbers, which are able to help and take you and your bike over those hills if necessary (not included in package price).
You will be riding on paved roads only. On days when you have loop rides, you can choose your daily distance and terrain (easy coastal roads or hills).
Nearest airport: Dubrovnik (DBV)
Nearest bus station: Kantafig
Nearest airport: Split (SPU)
Nearest train station: Split
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"We had an amazing trip in Croatia in July! The self guided tour was very well organized and the people were great. Everything was perfect (except one bad hotel room). I would recommend this tour to everyone."
A rich, cultural history and diverse, majestic landscape describes the country of Croatia. Calling their country “Our Beautiful Homeland”, the Croats offer a warm welcome to visitors who want to experience the wonders of Croatia. Flat plains along the Hungarian border, low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coastline and over 1,000 islands explain why Croatia is one of few nations to have three distinct climate zones.
Diversity continues in the Croatian culture with four cultural circles thriving together: Western, Eastern and Central Europe, and Mediterranean. Each culture retains its unique customs, including lace-making in Lepoglava, bell ringers in the Kasta region and Ojkanje singing in the Dalmatia region. Cuisine varies in the coastal region that favors seafood specialties, olive oil and prosciutto compared to the continental region that favors meat products, freshwater fish and vegetables. Other highlights include Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split, a Roman amphitheatre in Pula and the city of Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic."
Meridien Ten is a bike tour operator located in Split, Croatia. They are a small family owned company and have more than 20 years of experience in tourist business. They are providing and creating bike tours in Croatia, for individuals and for other bike operators and woule like to promote their country in a best and unique way – insider access, local knowledge are just some of those things that help!
A message from Meridien Ten: "If you want to experience great biking and discover historical sites, great restaurants, beaches, see the authentic lifestyle, we look forward to see you on our tours!"
Cancellation and refunds
Cancellation & Refunds: We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance, including trip cancellation/interruption insurance. All cancellations must be received in writing or via confirmed e-mail. The following table explains cancellation fees for tours:
Days before Departure= Cancellation fee per participant
91 or more= 100 Euros
91-61= Full deposit (150 Euros)
60-31= Full deposit + 50% of final payment
30-1= 100% of the tour price
No refunds are possible after the tour begins. Refunds take 2-4 weeks to process from the date written cancellation is received. We reserve the right to cancel a rental prior to departure for any reason, in which case a full refund will be made.
All prices are in Euros. Should government action result in a change to this tax percentage we reserve the right to adjust our pricing accordingly. Prices do not include taxes applying on other countries. All prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change until paid in full.
Participants Medical Responsibility Waiver
Participants must accept that all or any accidents which may occur during their holiday are their responsibility. Meridien Ten doo is not responsible for any indirect or special loss, damage or injury of any kind whatsoever suffered by you arising directly or indirectly from any breach of contract or any negligence by us. All participants are required to adhere to Croatian road rules at all times during their holiday/tour in Croatia. Meridien Ten is not responsible for any injuries, death, damage, loss or delay in any means of transportation or by reasons of any event beyond the actual control of Meridien Ten doo, or of any agent or supplier, or due to force majeure!
Meridien Ten is the principal bicycle rent operator for these rentals and is responsible to the participants for all rental arrangements and for all services offered. Bicycles provided for rent are in satisfactory operating condition and participants agree to use them at their own risk or call deficiencies to the immediate attention of the Meridien Ten doo employee giving them the bicycles. Instruction in the use of bicycles will not be provided and participants affirm that they are familiar with the use of a multi-speed bicycle. Meridien Ten doo reserve the right to substitute bicycles with comparable bicycles if necessary. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a renter due to circumstances beyond the control of Meridien Ten.
Bicycle renters accept the following conditions:
1) Bicycle renters are required to wear a helmet while cycling.
2) Renters understand that bicycles are rented without safety devices such as lights (and so can only be ridden from sunrise to sunset) and bells (and so must use other auditory signals while bicycling).
3) Renters agree to abide by all national rules of the road while using the bicycle/s, including the new laws forbidding cycling while under the influence of alcohol and cycling while using a cellular phone. Renters are responsible for paying for any infraction of the Croatian rules of the road, including any costs resulting from impoundment and subsequent retrieval of the bicycle/s.
Changes to Prices, Product Descriptions or Other Terms of Trade
We reserve the right to make changes to our site and these terms and conditions and product descriptions and prices and such changes will take effect from the time they are published on this site
Bike Security and insurance
All accommodation providers used by Meridien Ten will provide secure storage for your bike overnight and each participant will be provided with a lock and key which should be used to secure your bike whenever it is left unsupervised. Please do not attempt to take your bikes into your motel room.
Meridien Ten bikes are not insured against theft or damage. It is possible to buy insurance in the amount of 20 Euros per bike per tour and it covers following:
1) In the case of minor damage to bike or damage or loss of accessories, 100% of cost of repairs
2) In the case of irreparable damage resulting in the bicycle's permanent retirement, theft or loss of thebicycle, covers the replacement cost for the bike and accessories less a 250 Euro deductible fee