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  • 6 nights | 20 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €1120
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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 Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This self guided bike tour is designed for those looking for spectacular bike rides, refreshings swims in a crystal clear Adriatic sea, Mediteranean cuisine and a laid-back island atmosphere! Join us on a 7 day bike tour along the central Dalmatian islands and discover a great European bike destination with amazing ancient history and natural beauty! Learn about Greeks, Romans, Venetians and finally Croatians while you roll along coastal roads of Islands Brac, Vis and Hvar.

The tour starts in Split, with historical sites dating back to 300 A.C. Discover famous Roman Emperor’s Palace, year open fish and green market before you depart for your island hopping adventure. Stone quarries, ancient villages and coastal roads of island Brac are waiting to be discovered...

Next stop is Island Vis, where you spend 2 nights in the town founded in the 4th century B.C. by the Greeks. Besides cultural sights, great cuisine and very laid back island life style you will be hyponitized by the islands natural beauty, charming vineyards and many secluded coves ideal for swimming, snorkeling or paddle boarding!

Enjoy a private boat transfer from Vis to Island Hvar. On the way, you might want to stop and explore another small archipelago – Pakleni islands, located in front of Hvar town. Spend the day in the chic and famous Hvar town, before you set of to explore UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad plain and bike along lavender fields.

Stellar bike rides, historical sites, gastronomy, amazing natural beauty, beach culture and laid back “pomalo” Dalmatian lifestyle are main ingredients of our Summer Island hopping Dalmatian bike tour.

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!

We highly suggest spring (end of March till end of June) and fall (September till beginning of November) for serious biking (daily distance of 50km or more). If biking is not the only reason for choosing this tour, the swimming season usually starts later in May and can last until middle of October. Even in the high season months of July and August, you will be able to find your own little private beach on the islands you will be visiting and quiet roads for cycling. However, due to the heat you might want to schedule your bike rides early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Daily program

Day 1: Split (optional 12 miles/20 km up to 50 miles/80 km)
Welcome to the Mediterranean town Split! Depending on your arrival we will meet at your hotel, fit your bike and have a briefing regarding your cycling holidays!

Explore the 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, local fish market and fishermen… Split is located in the middle of Croatian coast and is the administrative and cultural centre of Dalmatia - coastal area of Croatia. Cycle along the beautiful Marjan hill, main recreational venue for the citizens of Split.
Overnight in Split.

Day 2: Ancient inland towns of Brac (22 miles/36 km, up to 47 miles/76 km)
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 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 cycle to 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.

If you are interested into the art, we will suggest a couple of galleries and workshops, where you can see the stone masons working and see their sculptures. By the end of your loop ride on Island Brac and before the boat transfer back to Split, you will find few beutiful and secluded pebble beaches.
Overnight in Split.

Day 3: Island Vis (12 miles/20 km up to 19 miles/30 km)
Today you leave the mainland behind and depart to the remote island of Vis, the furthest of the main central Dalmatian islands. Founded by the Greeks in the 4th century B.C. and being closed for foreign visitors till 1989 as it was a part of army base for Yugoslavia, Vis is still mysterious, where the traditional and authentic way of island life remained intact. Pedal to the east side of the island, discover pebble and sandy beaches as well as charming vineyards before your return to the town of Vis. In the evening, take a romantic walk along the town's promende and taste gourment delights this island offers.
Overnight in Vis.

Day 4: Komiza (22 miles/36 km up to 35 miles/56 km)
Today you can choose between great loop bike ride around the island of Vis, discover Blue cave on Island Bisevo, take a paddle board tour to Green cave, enjoy swimming and snorkeling on the eastern side of the island.... Or do all of them?

We definitely suggest bike tour to Komiza, famous and authentic fisherman village located in the southwest of the island. Enjoy a scenic ride along Visko polje - a plain covered with vines of Vugava, take a dip in gorgeous coves and sandy beaches on the eastern side of the island and taste some of the freshest seafood available.
Overnight in Vis.

Day 5: Vis to Hvar (12 miles/20 km)
Wake up and take a leisure breakfast before the private boat ride to the next island – Hvar. Spend the day in the chic and glamorous town Hvar, enjoy espresso caffee or bevonda in one of its many cafes and watch the world go by. Or, leave the crowds behind and depart for an easy bike ride, easy hike, sea kayak trip or explore Pakleni Islands; beuatiful archipelago located in front of Hvar town. This is very difficult day, as you have to decide for the best option, and all of them are great! We leave this choice to you.. You will find all of these options described in your day sheets!
Overnight in Hvar.

Day 6: Lavender and costal roads of Hvar (12 miles/20 km up to 28 miles/45 km)
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 that takes you to back to Split.
Overnight in Split.

Day 7: Departure
Today after the breakfast your tour ends. Depending on your flight and onward travel you might want to have the final espresso at the main promenade in Split, in the palm tree shade overlooking busy port.

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-star hotels
Per person, double occupancy
€1710
Low season surcharge
€235
Shoulder season surcharge
€330
High season surcharge
€430
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Off season
€560
Low season
€560
Shoulder season
€600
High season
€830
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
Off season
€890
Low season
€890
Shoulder season
€800
High season
€1155
Bike Rentals
Electric Bike
€140
Category B: 3-star guesthouses
Per person, double occupancy
€1120
Low season surcharge
€15
Shoulder season surcharge
€70
High season surcharge
€160
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Off season
€278
Low season
€297
Shoulder season
€380
High season
€380
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
Off season
€605
Low season
€625
Shoulder season
€660
High season
€660
Bike Rentals
Electric Bike
€140
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

  • 60 days prior commencement 30% of total amount/per person
  • 40 – 59 days prior commencement 40% of total amount/per person
  • 30 – 39 days prior commencement 50% of total amount/per person
  • 29 – 0 days prior commencement 100% of total amount/per person

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. All prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change until paid in full.

The tour price includes the services specified in the itinerary plus optional activities listed. The price does not include services and meals not listed specifically in the itinerary, air or other transportation to and from the tour start and ending points (unless otherwise stated in the tour itinerary), visas, vaccinations where required or personal expenses such as laundry, medical insurance and communications.

Participants Medical Responsibility Waiver

Participants must accept that all or any accidents which may occur during their holiday are their responsibility. Agent is not responsible for any indirect or special loss, damage or injury of any kind what so ever suffered by Client arising directly or indirectly from any breach of contract or any negligence by us. All participants are required to adhere to Croatian traffic rules at all times during their holiday/tour in Croatia. Agent 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 Agent, 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 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.

Children of 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult all through the tour/ride(s).

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 the 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

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Average Ratings

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    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 5
  • Included meals 4
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 4
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5

Reviews

pizza girl August 17, 2017

my bucket list

Just a wonderful way to see Croatia and it's islands! We highly recommend the self guided tour for people who want to explore independently yet don't have a lot of time to spend organizing ferries/schedules. It's all done for you...all you do is pick up your bike and start riding!