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Split to Dubrovnik: the Islands and Coastline of Croatia

  • 4.9

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  • 5 nights | 27 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €1760
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

This self-guided bike tour covers the most important and most beautiful sites of Dalmatia, the coastal part of Croatia.

Spend two evenings in Split, discover beautiful Diocletian palace, once great and important roman site, with historical sites dating back to 300 A.C.Join locals in traditional “konoba” (tavern) and enjoy a glass of local “vino” or “pivo”.

Discover stone quarries, ancient villages and coastal roads of island Brac, UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad plain and bike along lavender fields to reach famous and trendy town of Hvar.

Ride along Korcula island and experience its natural beauties, monasteries, churches, old fisherman villages, ancient stone architecture and wine cellars. Continue biking along peninsula Peljesac, before you reach your final destination; Dubrovnik - the pearl of Adriatic.

Overnight in Split, Hvar and Korcula, the most beautiful Adriatic towns.

Daily program

Please note that this tour ends on a cycling day.

Day 1: Split (optional 12 miles/20 km, up to 50 miles/80 km)
Welcome to Split! Depending on your arrival time we will fit bikes, have briefing and suggest easy loop ride along Marjan hill starting from your hotel, located in the very center of town. In the evening we urge you to explore 1700 years old Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into UNESCO World heritage list, the Peristyle, Romanesque houses, experience every day’s life, ancient fish market and fishermen…
Overnight in Split

Day 2: Island Brac (16 miles/25 km, up to 50 miles/80 km)
Today you take 45 min ferry ride to Island Brac, located just in front of Split. Various riding options and distances, from easy 25 km to big 80km+ loop rides, visiting Greece and Roman ruins, fisherman villages, wine cellars and art galleries. Island Brac is famous for its stone – the White house in Washington and Diocletian’s palace are just some sites that were built with that stone! All the ancient villages and towns on Brac are kind of an exhibition of fine stone work! Return to Split with the late afternoon ferry.
Overnight in Split

Day 3: Lavender roads, UNESCO sites and Hvar Town (12 miles/20 km, up to 37 miles/60 km)
Welcome to island Hvar! For the morning ride we suggest easy ride around the UNESCO site of Stari Grad. Stari Grad (Old town) is an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 B.C. Besides historical sites you will discover quite charming towns and roads where you will be biking, passing next to private gardens, along the coast and olive groves. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and probably most beautiful road along the lavender fields to reach town Hvar.
Overnight in Hvar town

Day 4: Korcula Island (29 miles/46 km, up to 35 miles/56 km)
After the private boat transfer, start with your bike ride on island Korcula, about 46 kilometers to the town of Korcula. Island was very early populated; even before Greek times and evidences can bee see on you ride! During the history it was chosen by Venetians as a spot to build their important walled city on the northern shores of the island. Therefore, nowadays, thanks to that, we have most magnificent walled Korcula old town still preserved and almost intact for centuries where you sleep for next 2 nights.

Enjoy the scenic south side of the island, with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along the small villages and hamlets and stop in some of the few great local konoba (taverns) for most amazing locally prepared food!
Overnight in Korcula

Day 5: Korcula Beaches and Vineyards (22 miles/36 km, up to 35 miles/56 km)
As you stay for another day in Korcula take a chance to explore the island of Korcula; its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests that cover the island. There are few loop options today. Whatever you choose, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and along beautiful coast of the island. Taste the traditional food; like home made gnocchi, homemade macaroni, pasticada....and other meals which have been traditionally prepared by the locals for centuries.... Some of the best Croatian white wines are produced on this island, which will just add flavor to your lunch or dinner. Did we mention Marco Polo was born here, and has started his life journey from Korcula?
Overnight in Korcula

Day 6: Wine roads of Peljesac and Dubrovnik (37 miles/60 km)
Today, for your final ride, you will be cruising 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. There are many vineries which can be visited along the ride. Enjoy the great views Peljesac is offering you, Mljet and Korcula island on your right and mainland on your left.

The ride today has a couple of hills, coastal rides, vineyards… Your final bike destination is Ston, from where you will be transferred to Dubrovnik. Ston, salt producing village on Peljesac peninsula was built in the 14th century town and has with the longest fortified walls in Europe – 5.5km. Ston was important town for Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century which you are about to see!

Please note that this tour ends on a cycling day and we suggest adding an additional night in Dubrovnik at the end of your tour.

Dates

Daily: May 1-Sep 30, 2018 (additional dates available upon request)
Off season: May 01, 2018 - May 31, 2018
Low season: Jun 01, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018
Shoulder season: Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
High season: Jul 01, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Prices

Category A: 4 and 5-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€2435
Low season surcharge
€415
Shoulder season surcharge
€425
High season surcharge
€425
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Off season
€1260
Low season
€1430
Shoulder season
€1430
High season
€1440
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
Off season
€2010
Low season
€2175
Shoulder season
€2175
High season
€2190
Bike Rentals
Electric Bike
€140
Discounts
Per person, groups of 4+ (on base tour price)
5%
Category B: 3- and 4-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€1760
Low season surcharge
€105
Shoulder season surcharge
€130
High season surcharge
€215
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Off season
€375
Low season
€480
Shoulder season
€475
High season
€630
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
Off season
€1120
Low season
€1240
Shoulder season
€1220
High season
€1375
Bike Rentals
Electric Bike
€140
Discounts
Per person, groups of 4+ (on base tour price)
5%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Meridien Ten Terms and Conditions

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.

Pricing

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. The tour operator 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. The tour operator 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 the tour operator, or of any agent or supplier, or due to force majeure!

The tour operator 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 the tour operator 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. The tour operator 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 the tour operator.

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 the tour operator 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.

The tour operator 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 the bicycle, covers the replacement cost for the bike and accessories less a 250 Euro deductible fee

All photos used by permission. ©Meridien Ten

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 7
  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.9

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.4
  • Value 4.1
  • Included meals 4.7
  • Bikes & equipment 4.6
  • Hotels or boat 4.6
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.8
  • Tour documents 4.9
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 4

Reviews

Jake October 5, 2017

Great Trip

4 star hotels were great. Do not see the need to go with 5 star. Luggage transfer was a concern but went off without a flaw. Luggage showed up right on time.

BusterBrown September 29, 2017

A great way to see Croatia

Meridian Ten is the local company that built and ran the tour. Our hotels were first class and all the bag transfers and water taxis were flawless. The bikes weren’t new but were well maintained and worked without any problems. Tom met us at our start point and gave us a briefing and a book describing all the suggested routes and options, There are also recommendations for dining and other activities in the book that came in handy.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president February 24, 2018
Thank you for your feedback and photo. Looking at the photo, I think I was there two days ago, just south of Orebic near Korcula! What a beautiful region! I'm glad you had a great time and that Meridien Ten provided you the great service we've come to expect from them.
Tottie July 13, 2017

Stunning!

Fantastic hotels, service, information. Amazing scenery and routes on well maintained comfy bikes. Truely a trip in a million

nlparker June 16, 2017

Gorgeous Country; Warm, Welcoming People; Challenging Climbs

Right choice for our family of 6. Cycling on islands was scenic and safe. Routes through small villages, wineries, along crystal blue Adriatic coasts. Thorough orientation by MeridienTen staff including additional & alternate route choices. Good bikes and good decision to bring our shoes & pedals for the climbs. Dependable transportation among islands. Excellent lodging & breakfasts especially in Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split. Furnished materials included informative Croatian history & culture. Perfect weather. Thanks to MeridienTen staff.

brad rass July 19, 2016

Great ride with great food and even better scenery

I am just back from my trip to Europe which included an altered bike tour from Dubrovnik to Split. I had shortened the trip to 4 days so to fit my other plans in Italy. What a mistake! Mistake 1. Make sure you have time to tour and visit Dubrovnik. We arrived in the late afternoon and had no time to visit the old city. It looked gorgeous as we passed it in a bus from the airport. Our hotel was very nice but a way from the old city. Mistake 2. Make plans to see the walls in Ston. They are stunning. Mistake 3. I dropped the extra day in Hvar. Lots to do in this fun packed town especially if you like the night life. Only spent about three hours in Split and it was very hectic compared to the other towns. Overall, what a ride! There are a number of climbs each day so the rating of 3 out of 5 should be closer to 4 out of 5. The route has limited traffic so safety is not a concern. The pre-ride prep on site was excellent. The bikes were in good order.

Lori July 11, 2016

Canada meets Croatia!

Croatia is a beautiful, welcoming country with so much to offer travelers from all over. The people, sights, cuisine and water (both drinking and swimming) of Croatia will not disappoint. BikeTours helped us have a see the country we wanted easily! If you are a 'recreational' rider I would highly recommend their e-bikes. There are some serious climbs and we were thankful for them daily! If you're a veteran, serious rider you're going to get the workout you're looking for. The hotels were all awesome, we felt spoiled and appreciated at each stop and our luggage was always there well ahead of our arrival. It was easy, fun and all in all a trip to remember! Put this part of the world at the top of your must see places!

none July 11, 2016

Best Possible organization!

Aside from the beautiful scenery of Croatia, Tomislav and the folks at Meridien Ten travel provided really outstanding material for our self-guided tours. The route sheets were easy to follow and much clearer than I have seen on other tours, and all the arrangements were faultless. Also, our group had some complications during the first day, and Tomislav went out of his way to help us out. This involved some extra driving on his part and when I attempted to at least pay for the gasoline, and he refused. Really fabulous folks - I definitely recommend traveling with them in Croatia. The only thing I would change was the selection of the hotel Lacroma in Dubrovnik - for me this hotel was too large and crowded. The front desk was overwhelmed with tour groups and could not keep things straight.

Donnan Party July 1, 2016

Amazing Trip With Lots of Hills

Our Croatian adventure exceeded all expectations! The routes were very scenic, the locals were so friendly, and the food was delicious and totally fresh! We've done several bike trips in Europe, and this was definitely one of our favorites.

We paid a little more for the hotels and were very pleased with the accommodations. The breakfasts were very generous, and the rooms were spacious and clean. Hotel staff was great at all locations, too. There were two nights at each hotel, which was nice, since we weren't constantly packing and unpacking.

Our booking experience was great. There were 8 in our party, with all different itineraries, and everyone signed up at different times, which created hotel booking challenges. Brittany was so patient and answered all of our emails promptly. Most of us needed to add nights onto the basic package, and Brittany took care of that for us, too.

I can't say enough good things about the local tour company. We were self-guided, but when we ran into a little trouble on our first day (someone in our group fell off the bike), the local company was incredibly responsive and there when we needed them. There was constant communication throughout the trip, and they made sure everything went smoothly. Our luggage was transferred without incident and was always waiting for us in our room at the end of our travel days.

The directions on the route sheets were easy to follow, and with odometers on all the bikes, we never really got lost (which is a first for us). Having a choice of rides on most days, and the details on restaurants and points of interest in each of the towns we passed through made the rides even more enjoyable. The bikes were comfortable and everything we needed was supplied: tire repair kits, spare tubes, pumps, locks, etc. The collapsible panniers were awesome and transported wine very nicely!

The only negative thing I could say about the trip is that we were on main roads more than I would have liked. On previous trips to Italy and France, there were more back road options. But there wasn't a whole lot of traffic, and the cars generally gave us a comfortable amount of space when passing. The ride was definitely hillier and more difficult than we expected from a difficulty rating of 3, but the uphills weren't too steep and they were definitely worth it for the views!