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Pedal alongside the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, flanked by vineyards, olive groves, limestone cliffs and picturesque historic towns. Contemplate life as it was over a millennium ago at one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in the world in Split. Visit Dubrovnik, gem of the Adriatic, with the longest and best-preserved city walls anywhere on the continent.
Meet at our hotel in the historic Split and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Following your arrival in Croatia, you have the day to explore beautiful town of Split and the Roman ruins on your own. If you would like to take a tour, we recommend a virtual-reality tour. Their motto is, “The future is here, to show you the past.”
Our group will meet in our hotel at 5pm and set up our bikes and equipment, followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Enjoy the next two nights in Split at the lovely Cornaro Hotel in the heart of this historic city. (The cover photo was taken from the Cornaro rooftop terrace).
Olives and limestone. Ferry to the island of Brač, famous for its limestone, and pedal to the Olive Oil Museum for a tasting.
From the Diocletian town of Split we will board a morning ferry to island of Brač for the day. Stone from Brač represents the soul of the island. It has been used in the construction of some of the most famous buildings in the world: the UNESCO-protected Diocletian Palace in Split, the White House in Washington D.C., and the Pope's altar in the Vatican – to name a few. Since the islands along the Dalmatian Coast are also famous for their olive oil, we will stop for a tasting and an overview of its history and methods of production at the Olive Oil Museum. Our Brač tour will finish at local restaurant, called a konoba, with fresh and domestic food – a fitting reward after pedaling through this this beautiful and hilly landscape. Ride: 22 miles with 2100 feet of climbing with options for more.
Cycle past lavender fields, ancient city walls, red tile roofs and spectacular coastline on the island of Hvar.
Today we ferry from Split to the island of Hvar in the morning. While the name Hvar derives from the Greek – Pharos, the island was historically under Venetian influence. This influence is exemplified by the picturesque architecture of town of Hvar with its spectacular coastline and climate, red tile roofs and ancient city walls. Today, take in the wondrous scent of the lavender farms as you cycle to the town of Jelsa, situated on a tranquil bay nestled between the island’s two highest peaks. We finish in the island’s namesake town, Hvar, with a wine tasting at a local winery to sample some of the region’s favorites. Lodging will be at another 4-star accommodation in town. Dinner is on your own tonight, with plenty of nearby options from which to choose. Ride: 26 miles with 2250 feet of climbing.
On to the island Korčula, land of oaks and pines. Sample regional cooking (peka) and wines.
From Hvar we will jump on a private boat to transfer to the town of Vela Luka on the island of Korčula where we will spend the next two days. During our first day on Korčula we will cycle the island from east to the west, passing through the lush forests of holm oaks and Mediterranean pines. The island is so densely forested with that the 4th century B.C. Greeks dubbed the island “Korkyra Melaina” (dark or black Korčula). In modern times, the island is famous for its olive groves. After settling in at our 4-star hotel, we have a special dinner experience tonight. Wine is included (but that’s not what makes it special). We will be sampling peka. More of a Dalmatian cooking tradition than a recipe, peka refers to a slow-cooking method which means “cooked under the lid.” High heat and the vacuum created by the lid infuses potatoes and vegetables with flavor and renders “meat so soft you can chew it with your eyebrows”. A great variety of dishes are prepared in this delicious fashion. Ride: 26 miles with 2400 feet of climbing and options for more.
Layover Day. Spend time exploring Korčula, birthplace of Marco Polo. Cycle, swim, sea kayak, sail, or spend time relaxing and enjoying this scenic town on a lovely bay.
Today, you have a hard choice to make! You can enjoy some more riding on the island of Korčula, or you can spend the day sea kayaking, sailing, or exploring more of Korčula’s (the town’s) history and attractions. Famous as the birthplace of renowned traveler Marco Polo, the town boasts an exhibition about the famous explorer in the center of town. Korčula is also well known for the mock battle dance (Moreška), performed only by males from Korčula town families, with each soldier holding two swords. It is traditionally performed on July 29 (St. Theodore's Day) and weekly during the summer season. Dinner is on your own tonight. Ride: 29 miles with 3360 feet of climbing.
Today's ride is perhaps the most spectacular ride of the tour. Pedal from the coastline through vineyards on our way to the world-renowned city of Dubrovnik - gem of the Adriatic Sea.
After breakfast we will take short ferry to town of Orebić on the Pelješac Peninsula. It’s a spectacular ride to an even more spectacular destination. Cycle the coast past oyster farms and stop for a fresh sample if you like! Heading inland along the peninsula, vineyards dominate the landscape. Compare the Croatian varietals you have tried with Dalmatian favorites like Pošip or Dingač. In Dubrovnik, before heading out on the town for our farewell dinner, enjoy a tour of the city, featuring some of the longest, best-preserved city walls in Europe. See why the popular TV series, Game of Thrones, chose this location for filming its capital city – “King’s Landing”. Enjoy tonight’s fabulous 5-star, waterfront accommodations at the Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik. Ride: 36 miles with 3525 feet of climbing.
A farewell breakfast (included) concludes our adventure.
After breakfast at our hotel (included) we make our final farewells before heading our separate ways. Shuttles to the airport or other destinations are not included.
As an optional extra, a person traveling solo on any inn-to-inn trip may reserve a room for his or her exclusive use. This will guarantee you a private room and private bath every night. Unlike other tour companies, if you're willing to share a room, there is no extra charge for coming solo, no matter when you sign up for the tour - even if you wind up with a private room by default.