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8 Days Island Biking Tour in South Croatia

Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Croatia

Croatia Cycling Holiday

On this adventurous cycling holiday, you will discover hidden small villages on the islands of Hvar, Mljet, and Korčula. Each place will contribute with its distinctive features which will show you the diversity of only a small part of Croatia. On the island of Mljet (island of honey in ancient Greek) you will have the opportunity of cycling through the quiet forest to secluded beaches. On the island of Korčula, you will visit the birthplace of Marco Polo, the famous explorer, and merchant. You will also taste best Croatian red wines of Dingač and Postup appellations from the famous vineyards and cellars of the charming Pelješac peninsula.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Quiet forests to secluded beaches, dirt roads
  • 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: 52 miles / 83 kilometers
  • Type of bike: 24 Speed mountain bike
  • Minimum number of participants: 4

Meet the instructors

Zoran
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Highlights

  • Biking on three beautiful islands
  • Tasting amazing traditional local food
  • Sightseeing in Dubrovnik and Korčula
  • Discovering the hinterland of Konavle region
  • Cycling tour led by Zoran Ateljević, a mountain guide
  • Minivan land transportation
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: Croatian, English
Airport transfer included: Dubrovnik Airport
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Accommodation

Tm Adventure will provide a selection of hotels for you to stay at.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer from Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) to the city of Dubrovnik.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transfer time: 1 hour

Day 2: Srđ hill biking tour

You will start the 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. The 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity time: 2 hours
  • Altitude: 375 meters
  • Distance: 10 kilometers

Day 3: Island of Mljet biking tour

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.

The biking tour will begin in the National park Mljet. 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’ll head towards the port of Sobra where you will embark the boat for your return to Dubrovnik.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity time: 3 hours
  • Altitude: 150 meters
  • Distance: 20 kilometers

Day 4: Konavle valley biking tour

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.

The 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.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Activity time: 3 hours
  • Altitude: 450 meters
  • Distance: 18 kilometers

Day 5: Pelješac peninsula biking tour

Pelješac peninsula is the second largest peninsula in Croatia. It is located in southern Dalmatia between the Bay of Neretva to the north, the Bay of Mali Ston to the east, Mljet channel to the south and Peljesac channel to the west. It stretches from the city of Ston on the east (famous for its stone walls, second largest in Europe) to the top of the cape Lovište.

Pelješac is a synonym for wine; it is very well known for its vineyards and cellars. The greatest Croatian red wines can be found here: Dingač and Postup (from Plavac mali variety, genetic relative to Zinfandel) which are named after the steep slopes on the southern side of the peninsula.

The cycling tour begins in the small coastal village of Trstenik, historically significant as the main port for exporting wine. It continues towards the quaint village of Žuljana, all along an attractive seaside road through the vineyards and olive groves with fragrant scents of Mediterranean herbs in the air. After arriving at Žuljana, you’ll cycle to the beautiful bay of Vučine, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Here you can completely relax; take a dip at the pebbly beach and enjoy the crystal clear blue sea.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity time: 3 hours
  • Altitude: 450 meters
  • Distance 15 kilometers

Day 6: Island of Korčula biking tour

Discover the ancient Greek colony “Korkyra Melaina” (lit. black Korčula, because of its rich pine and cypress vegetation mixed with other Mediterranean flora, covering more than 60% of the island). The island of Korčula is one of the most inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. It belongs to the central Dalmatian archipelago and is separated from the Pelješac peninsula by a narrow channel. According to a legend, this beautiful island was founded by Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC.

You will have a relaxing lunch followed by exploring the old town of Korčula. Located on a small headland with Venetian architecture, defensive walls and attractive pantiled roofs, Korčula resembles Dubrovnik.

The biking tour starts in the old town of Korčula. It continues through the area called St. Nikola and the small village of Žrnovo. You will cycle through numerous scenic parts of Korčula and the surrounding areas.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity time: 3 hours
  • Altitude: 450 meters
  • Distance: 20 kilometers

Day 7: Free day

  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Departure

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

In this cycling holiday, you will visit various places in Croatia such as Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korčula, and Hvar. Croatia is an ideal destination for adventure and active tourism lovers. Its beautiful National parks, untouched clear rivers, dislocated canyons, rural households hidden in the beautiful Croatian hinterland and mild Mediterranean climate make it a unique combination for an unforgettable stay.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Biking on three beautiful islands (Hvar, Mljet, and Korčula)
  • Visits to Dubrovnik, Korčula, and Konavle region
  • 24-hour service hotline / Adventure specialist Zoran Ateljević
  • Minivan land transportation
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Group first aid kid
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Snack and refreshment
  • Daily breakfast

What's not included

  • Personal expenses
  • Personal gear
  • Tipping

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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Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of two persons.

 

Availability

This holiday is available from April 1, 2019 to October 24, 2019. Select an arrival date below.

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