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8 Days Biking Tour in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia

Biking Tour in Croatia

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.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: A few dirt roads, quiet forests, and secluded beaches
  • Starts in: Dubrovnik
  • Ends in: Dubrovnik
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 45 miles / 73 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • Minimum 4 participants

Meet the instructors

Zoran
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Highlights

  • Guided cycling holiday
  • Tasting traditional local food
  • Biking on the beautiful island of Mljet and the Elaphite Islands
  • Discovering the hinterland of Konavle region
  • Sightseeing of Dubrovnik
  • 7 nights of lodging
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: Croatian
Airport transfer included: Dubrovnik Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at the selection of hotels upon request in Dubrovnik.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

You have a transfer from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to the city of Dubrovnik.

  • Accommodation: Dubrovnik - a selection of hotels upon request
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transfer time: 1 hour

Day 2: Biking on Srđ, 10 kilometers / 6 miles

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.

  • Accommodation: Dubrovnik - a selection of hotels upon request
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity time: 2 hours
  • Altitude: 375 meters

Day 3: Biking in Konavle, 18 kilometers / 11 miles

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.

  • Accommodation: Dubrovnik - a selection of hotels upon request
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Activity time: 3 hours
  • Altitude: 450 meters

Day 4: Biking on the Elaphiti Islands, 10 kilometers / 6 miles

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.

  • Accommodation: Dubrovnik - a selection of hotels upon request
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity time: 3 hours
  • Altitude: 100 meters

Day 5: Free day

  • Accommodation: Dubrovnik
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Biking on Dubrovnik Riviera, 20 kilometers / 12 miles

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.

  • Accommodation: Dubrovnik - a selection of hotels upon request
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity time: 3 hours
  • Altitude: 450

Day 7: Biking on the island of Mljet, 15 kilometers / 9 miles

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.

  • Accommodation: Dubrovnik - a selection of hotels upon request
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity time: 2 hours
  • Altitude: 100 meters

Day 8: Departure

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.

Skill level

Intermediate:

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Instructors

Zoran Ateljevic

Location

You will enjoy biking in Dubrovnik, Konavle, the Elaphite Islands, Dubrovnik Riviera, and the island of Mljet in Croatia.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 days of biking
  • Service of a trip leader
  • 24-hour service hotline / adventure specialist Zoran Ateljević
  • Bike hire
  • Helmet
  • Group first aid kid
  • Minivan land transportation
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Snack and refreshment

What's not included

  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal gear

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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