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With more than a thousand islands off the Adriatic coast, Croatia is a real jewel of the Mediterranean. Mild Mediterranean climate makes it an ideal active and adventure destination with its beautiful national parks, untouched clear rivers, secreted canyons, and rural households hidden in the lovely Croatian hinterland. You will have an opportunity to cycle the dirt roads through hidden small picturesque villages. You will bike the Elaphite Islands and beautiful region of Konavle. You will experience biking through quiet forests and secluded beaches on the island of Calypso and Odysseus, Mljet.
You will be accommodated at the selection of hotels upon request in Dubrovnik.
You have a transfer from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to the city of Dubrovnik.
You will start your tour in the morning from the heart of the Old City, the main street Stradun. You will continue towards the 15th century Rector’s Palace and Dubrovnik’s Maritime Museum located in St. John’s fort. It was rebuilt after a heavy earthquake which damaged it in 1979.
The museum reopened in 1986 and displays 4,000 works that illustrate the naval history of Dubrovnik and its surrounding regions. You can also find ship models dating back to the 17th century, as well as flags, cannons, guns and busts, nautical instruments, and more. The museum also houses a library with several “peculiar” books and important archival material.
After that, you will visit the Rector’s Palace (15th century) which has been the seat of the government of formerly independent Republic of Dubrovnik (abolished by Napoleon in 1808). Today, this place shows you the way aristocracy of the place used to live. Your tour will continue through “Sponza” Palace, famous for its atrium and carved stone columns. You will also visit the elegant cathedral built on the ruins of a 12th-century church.
Cycling finally starts in front of the imperial fortress, upon your arrival to Srđ hill. Dirt road ride takes you through the untouched nature near the Strinjčera fortress towards the picturesque village of Bosanka. After a short break, cycling continues along Medena Valley towards the village of Brgat and beautiful St. Ana church.
Throughout centuries, the region of Konavle has managed to maintain a traditional lifestyle along with many chapels, cloisters, and summer houses that once hosted the aristocracy of Dubrovnik.
Your biking excursion starts in the morning through an oasis of vineyards and olive groves, as well as charming villages that still reflect the traditional culture of old Dubrovnik.
You will start from the village of Čilipi towards Cadmos Village. Cypress trees forest, vineyards, and olive groves decorate the paths overlooked by the magnificent mountain of Sniježnica and Soko fort, dating from the medieval Dubrovnik Republic.
After a short break and enjoyable view from the tree hut in scenic Cadmos Village, you will cycle towards the village of Ljuta. You will have the opportunity to discover an old watermill where a local will explain the traditional way of making flour. Enjoy a welcome drink with local brandy in front of the mill, snack on local delicacies, and sip some local wine.
Today, you will bike on two Elaphite Islands, Koločep and Lopud. Koločep, locally known as Kalamota, is one of the Elaphite Islands west of Dubrovnik. You will reach it by boat from Dubrovnik harbor which will take you to the port of Donje Čelo. Your first activity will be biking along scenic paths of this charming island.
You will proceed on a boat ride towards the island of Lopud. According to archaeological findings, Lopud has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is home to many ancient Greek, Roman, and Slavic buildings and ruins.
The island is covered in lush pine forests (Aleppo, coastal, and pine groves) and Mediterranean maquis. You will bike from the village of Lopud to the southeast side of the island and an attractive sandy cove with famous Sunj Beach. You will have lunch and slowly head back to the city of Dubrovnik by boat.
Dubrovnik Riviera is a small region located northwest of the city of Dubrovnik. Your biking adventure will take you through the hidden villages of this interesting region. You will cycle and visit few picturesque villages in its hinterland like Osojnik, Gromača, Trsteno, and Kliševo.
Your tour will start in the village of Osojnik where the old dirt road will take you towards small villages of Ljubač, Mrčevo, and Kliševo. After a short break, you will proceed towards the villages of Majkovi and Trsteno.
Trsteno is a charming coastal village which hosts a beautiful arboretum that you will visit. Impressive 15th-century renaissance summer villa of Gučetić-Gozze family is also part of the Arboretum, with a garden which has been maintained from the 15th century to the present day.
The island of Mljet is located in the south of the Adriatic coast in Croatia. This spectacular island is situated south of Pelješac peninsula, divided from it by Mljet channel. It was discovered by ancient Greco-Roman geographers, who wrote the first records and descriptions around the 6th century BC. Today, parts of the island are protected as a national park, including the western part of the island, the Big Lake, the Small Lake, and Soline Bay.
Perhaps the most famous story about the island of Mljet is the legend of Odyssey. There are also tales of Mljet being one of the islands “lost” at sea, not easily reached alone. You will have the opportunity to explore this famous historical spot. You will enjoy a morning boat ride from Dubrovnik to Pomena, a scenic port located on the west end of the island.
Your biking tour will begin in the Mljet National Park. First, you will pass by two saltwater lakes, the most visited attractions on the island. Then, you will cycle to the central part of the island to explore the deep pine forests and pristine natural surroundings. You will head towards the port of Sobra where you will embark the boat for your return to Dubrovnik.
You will have a transfer from the city of Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik Airport (DBV).
Note: You need a good physical condition to join this holiday.
In 2003, Zoran became a member of Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (professional, humanitarian, and nonprofit association specialized for rescue in mountains, rocks, and speleological objects). His background in tourism, which was then booming in the area, along with strong altruism, has led him to found the CMRS section for Dubrovnik region in order to increase the security standards. He is also a Rescue 3 International Swiftwater instructor, a mountain guide, an alpinist, a caver and cave rescue instructor, and a mountain rescuer.
You will enjoy biking in Dubrovnik, Konavle, the Elaphite Islands, Dubrovnik Riviera, and the island of Mljet in Croatia.
You will be served daily breakfast and one lunch during the holiday. Greek, Roman, and other Mediterranean specialties such as fresh seafood, organic vegetables, home-made pasta, extra virgin olive oil, and traditional spices like garlic, influence the local cuisine which is one of the healthiest diets in the world.
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