|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||24 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: May 15- Sep 30, 2014|
|Start city:||Split, Croatia|
|End city:||Hvar, Croatia|
This self-guided bike tour includes great summer option for those who are not sure whether they want to cycle a lot, swim in Adriatic, or do the combination of both!
Spend a day in Split, with historical sites dating back to 300 A.C and then move to islands Brac and Hvar. Discover stone quarries, ancient villages and coastal roads of island Brac. Spend an afternoon on the famous Zlatni rat beach in Bol.
After the boat ride from Bol to island Hvar, explore UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad plain and bike along lavender fields to reach famous and fancy town of Hvar.
Besides biking, cultural discovery and exploration, you might want to enjoy sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing and stand up paddling in the beautiful archipelago of islands Brač and Hvar.
This tour is designed with optional daily distances. If you prefer to have a quiet day on the beach, it is possible! Or, if you prefer to bike 80 km per day you are able to do it!
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Day 1: Split (optional 50/80km)
Welcome to the ancient Mediterranean town Split! Explore 1700 years old Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into UNESCO World heritage list, the Peristyle, Diocletian's mausoleum, Jupiter's temple, Romanesque houses, experience every day’s life, ancient fish market and fishermen.
Split is located in the middle of Croatian coast and is the administrative and cultural centre of Dalmatian - coastal area of Croatia. Cycle along the beautiful hill Marjan, main recreational venue for the citizens of Split. Depending on your arrival we will meet at your hotel, fit your bike and have a briefing regarding your cycling holidays!
Overnight in Split.
Day 2: Ancient inland towns of Brac – West side loop (19 miles/30km, with optional additional 30 miles/48km)
After a leisurely ferry cruise you arrive to the largest island of the Central Dalmatian group of islands, the third largest among the Adriatic islands - Brac. The island is rich with historic sites dating back to Ancient Greece, Middle Ages and of course Modern times. Today, there are twenty-odd settlements on the island.
Pedal to Sutivan, a fishermen settlement on the northern coast of Brac. After Sutivan there is a climb and you pass through the picturesque village of Lozisca. Continue through the settlements in the interior, which are older, richer in cultural and historical monuments and much more interesting architecturally than the coastal ones. Passing through Nerezisca and Donji Humac, just before the last downhill to Supetar, we suggest a lunch break in a konoba which still makes traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
If you are interested into the art, you may visit a couple of galleries and workshops, where you can see the stone masons working and see their sculptures. If you want to extend your ride go for a coffee in Milna village, see the beautiful naturally protected bay full of boats, yachts.
Overnight in Supetar.
Day 3: Coastal riding along east side of Brac (22 miles/36km, with optional additional 43 miles/70km)
Today ride to the east side of the island. Ride to Splitska, following a quieter road along the scenic north-east coast. You'll have views across to the mainland throughout the ride. Stop in the town of Skrip, the oldest settlement on the island.
After the visit to The Island Museum, pedal to Postira, fishermen village and Lovrecina, sandy beach with ruins of a large early Christian basilica assigned to the 5th century. This might be a good swim break.
Continue to Pucisca, charming little town, well know for its stone quarries from where is cut its precious white stone which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and The White House in Washington. You might wish to enter one of the oldest Stone Cutting Schools in Europe and see students carving in the same way as their well know ancestors.
Overnight in Supetar.
Day 4: Vidova Gora, Bol and Zlatni rat beach (23-31 miles/37-50km)
Your route and goal today is to reach the island’s summit, Vidova Gora. This lookout is known as the summit of the Adriatic and offers some spectacular views. The highest peak of all Adriatic islands – Vidova Gora (778meters), from where you will have a breathless view on the slopes of the south side of the island, the town of Bol and the famous beach Golden Cape (Zlatni rat) as well as on the islands of Central Dalmatia. With high visibility even the Italian coast may be seen.
Vidova Gora hides many wonders of nature: from the dense forest of authentic black pine trees and its rich herbal and animal world to numerous caves and pits. There is an easier option if you don’t feel like riding to highest point of the island. Continue with biking to Gornji Humac, where you should try some of original islands specialties, before having a great downhill to Bol, the oldest coastal town on the island Brac.
Bol didn't take the usual position like other coastal towns in the amphitheatrically slopes of the protected bays, but it stands alone and separated on the southern, open part of the island, with the beaches connected like a necklace of pearls. You might wish to check the famous pebble beach Zlatni rat, one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Overnight in Bol.
Day 5: Lavender and coastal roads of Hvar (19-28 miles/30-45km)
Today you take a boat across the Hvar channel to fishermen's village of Jelsa. Riding on the island Hvar you will be passing among lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. You will be riding along the scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island, and passing Jelsa, Vrboska, reach Stari Grad (literally Old Town) which is actually the oldest settlement on the island and one of the first ones in Europe, founded by the Ancient Greeks (Pharos).
After a few warm up miles, a challenging uphill climb waits for you, passing rosemary and lavender fields and ancient Greek walls. Enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the island before a great downhill to Hvar.
Tonight you sleep in Hvar town, and as it is was your last ride today why not to have few drinks in the ancient Piazza with a view of 7th century AD walls, Venetian loggia and the oldest municipal theatre in Europe.
Overnight in Hvar town.
PLEASE NOTE: the transfer from Bol to Jelsa (Brac to Hvar) will take place on smaller excursion boats, weather permitting. In case of rough seas, the transfer will not happen for safety reasons, but we will organize alternate transportation. If it happens that you cannot take the boat ride to the island Hvar, usually we either wait until afternoon that the sea gets calmer, or if we know the sea state will remain unchanged, we organize a transfer via Supetar and Split, and then by ferry to Stari Grad and/or to Hvar. In such cases (very rare!) Day 5 will be a no biking day.
Day 6: End of bike tour
Today your tour ends in town Hvar. We highly recommend extending your stay in Hvar, relaxing in the beautiful Venetian style piazza or take some adventure trips like sea kayaking, sailing to nearby islands.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Hotel Slavija, Split
Day 2 and 3: Hotel Velaris, Supetar
Day 4: Hotel Bonaca, Bol
Day 5: Hotel Palace, Hvar
Please note: If all the listed hotels are booked, we will do our best to find appropriate substitute for hotels listed above.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Options for bike rental include:
All are equipped with:
You can choose either flat or toe cage pedals, or bring your own SPD or LOOK pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Although helmets are included in the bike rental, BikeToursDirect highly recommends, for safety and hygiene purposes, that you bring your own bike 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
Road bike: 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 2 days where you will be climbing over 500 meters (1,640 feet). If you don't feel up to the climbs, you will be provided taxi numbers to take you and your bike over those hills (not included in package price).
This tour is designed with optional daily distances. If you prefer to have a quiet day on the beach, it is possible! Or, if you prefer to bike 200 km per day, you are able to do it! You can choose your distance Days 1-3. On Day 4 you must cycle a minimum of 37 kilometers with climb up to 500 meters, and Day 5 you must cycle a minimum of 35 kilometers with climb up to 450 meters. All the other days are loop rides and you don’t have to bike if you don’t feel like it!
Besides biking and cultural discovery and exploration, you might want to enjoy sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing and stand up paddling (SUP) in the beautiful archipelago of Islands Brac and Hvar.
This tour is moderately difficult and is best for cyclists in good physical condition, able to ride long distances and uphill stretches.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Split, Croatia
Nearest train station: Split, Croatia
The tour ends in Hvar town. There are several ferries and fast boat connections to return to Split.
Please note that Split airport shuttles/transfers are available at extra cost. The tour company can provide direct transfers from Hvar, with private taxi boats, or vans and ferries. Please inquire for more details.
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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