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  • 4 nights | 31 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €1230
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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

Enjoy cycling the Dalmatian region: Split, its surroundings, and the islands of Šolta, Brač, and Hvar. During the entire self-guided bike tour you will be accommodated in Split, where you can walk along its long palm-fringed waterfront, enjoy trendy bars, great local konoba (taverns) and check out every day’s local lifestyle in the evenings.

Each day you will be able to choose from easy coastal rides to climbs up to 700m with various cycling distances from 6-50 miles (10-80km). Discover Greek, Roman, Venetian heritage and learn about Croatian culture. Taste great olive oil and wine, enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine, which is considered as the healthiest one in the world!

Discover the island of Brač, Croatia’s third largest, but also the highest island in the Adriatic Sea. Brač is famous for fishing and agriculture, especially vines and olives, as well as its precious limestone, which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington.

Pedal along rural and quiet roads of the island of Šolta. On this island, you will step back in time, as there are no big hotels, no modern buildings... just simple traditional life. Discover ancient villages and coastal roads on the island of Hvar, the UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad, and bike along lavender fields to reach Hvar town.

Did we forget to say that Split is one of the oldest Roman towns in the Adriatic? Built by Roman emperor Diocletian in 3rd century A.D. as his luxury retreat, Split became over the course of history a vivid town which invites you to explore its natural beauties, sights and vibrant nightlife!

We highly suggest traveling in spring (the end of March till end of June) or fall (September till the end 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 the 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.

*Please inquire for pricing if you wish to travel Jan-Apr or Dec, 2019.

Daily program

Day 1: Split (optional 12 miles/20km up to 50 miles/80km)
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!

In Split, you will be cycling along the beautiful Marjan hill, the main recreational venue for the citizens of Split and have the option to extend the ride along the coast to a nearby village. If you wish to do a longer 80 km loop ride, we have it ready for you as well.

In the evenings, we urge you to explore the 1700 years old Palace of Diocletian, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Peristyle, Diocletian's mausoleum, Romanesque houses, experience everyday life, the ancient fish market and fishermen. Split is located in the middle of the Croatian coast and is the administrative and cultural center of Croatia’s Dalmatian coastal area.
Overnight in Split.

Day 2: Ancient inland towns of Brač (22 miles/36km, up to 48 miles/80km)
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: Brač. The island is rich with historic sites dating back to Middle Ages.

Enjoy easy cycling along coastal towns and villages or climb up to the settlements in the interior, which are older, richer in cultural and historical monuments and architecturally much more interesting than the coastal ones. Besides the beautiful scenery on your bike ride, island Brač is famous for stone sculptures and quarries (used in the construction of the White House in Washington and Diocletian’s Palace in Split). Optional visits are to art galleries and workshops, wine cellars, the island museum and one of the last stone carving schools in Europe. Late afternoon or even night ferry back to Split.
Overnight in Split.

Day 3: Island Šolta (25 miles/40km)
Discover and bike the island of Šolta. So close to Split, but in terms of modern urbanization, still far away. Enjoy epic rides on quiet picturesque roads, along villages, olive groves, and vineyards. Riding on the island you will feel like you returned to the past, seeing the traditional way of life on the farms. Enjoy the island's nice coves and bays before returning to Split. You can choose your biking distance today, riding the road with great views to Split and the mainland or the endless sea on the southern side of the island.
Overnight in Split.

Day 4: Island of Hvar (17 miles/27km, up to 56 miles/90km)
Today, as the last day of biking, we recommend a visit to the island of Hvar. Riding on island Hvar you will pass lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. You will ride along the scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island and pass the small towns Jelsa and Vrboska, finally you will reach Stari Grad (Greek: Pharos, literally Old Town), which is actually the oldest settlement on the island and one of the first ones in Europe, founded by ancient Greeks.

You can decide whether you want to bike a challenging uphill, 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. As this is your last ride why not treat yourself with a few drinks on the ancient piazza with a view of the 7th-century fortification walls, the Venetian loggia and the oldest municipal theatre in Europe.
Overnight in Split.

Day 5: 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.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily: May 1-Nov 30, 2019 (additional dates available upon request; inquire for prices for Oct-Nov)
Off season: May 01, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Low season: Jun 01, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
Shoulder season: Sep 01, 2019 - Sep 30, 2019
High season: Jul 01, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1230
Low season surcharge
€50
Shoulder season surcharge
€55
High season surcharge
€170
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
Off season
€475
Low season
€580
Shoulder season
€500
High season
€720
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

Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.7
  • Included meals 4.3
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 4.3
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

KenK September 26, 2018

Flawless experience!

From start to finish this was a great experience. Our accommodations were clean and well located. Our luggage was transported from place to place without a hitch. Our E-bikes worked like a charm getting us up and over some very hilly terrain but still giving us plenty of exercise.
Everyone involved with our Split/Dalmatian Islands self guided bike tour was friendly and helpful. We highly recommend this tour.
The only advice I would give is to try to make your Day-1 orientation early enough in the day to absorb and understand all of the information provided (regarding your bikes and your day-to-day self guided tour instructions).
Unfortunately we did not have our orientation until 5PM which forced us to rush through things and made for a shorter than desired first day ride.
It was still awesome but next time I’d like an earlier start.

Paco June 21, 2018

Adventure

One of the best ways to introduce in the culture of the country where you are free to explore

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!