Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

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Trip code: 
MVJ
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Peaceful coastal cycling routes along the spectacular Dalmatian coastline

Known to have the clearest waters in the Mediterranean and undoubtedly packed with historical and cultural interest, the Dalmatian Coast is one of the true wonders of Europe. We follow some of the best cycling routes the area has to offer with much of the tour taking place on the long and beautiful islands of Hvar and Korcula, travelling by ferry between the islands. The scenery alternates between seaside villages, tiny mediaeval towns and pretty pebble bays. We end our journey in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik where we spend two nights soaking up the atmosphere of this uniquely preserved city.

Highlights

  • Spectacular coastal cycling routes
  • Explore the mainland and islands on two wheels 
  • Discover the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik

Key information

  • 4 days cycling (plus 1 optional ride on Mljet) with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac, 10% gravel roads
  • Quiet roads with a good mix of flat and rolling terrain 
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16
  • 7 nights hotels 

What's included

  • All breakfasts 
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities 
  • Tour leader throughout 
  • Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance 
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailormade trips:
+61 3 9998 9052
Trip Notes

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4 (plus one optional ride on Mljet Island)

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; 90% quiet tarmac roads, 10% gravel roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 250.0km/31.0miles
Day 355.0km/34.0miles
Day 540.0km/25.0miles
Day 620.0km/12.0miles
Descending towards Korcula, Croatia

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Split; ferry transfer to Hvar.

    Start Split; after a look around the old quarters of the city and a visit to the UNESCO Diocletian Palace, we have dinner and then transfer to the port to take an evening ferry to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. We then continue by road to Jelsa where we spend the first two nights.

    Please note: on the 12th and 19th September departures we will get the earlier ferry leaving at 14.30 and have dinner in Jelsa (this is due to limited flight times). A guided tour of Split will start at around 11. 
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Circular ride exploring the island of Hvar, including Hvar town and a 10km climb.

    Our first cycle is a circular ride exploring the island of Hvar. We head first to Stari Grad following the old Roman road, a route with quite a tough climb but with lovely views of the old villages of Hvar. Here we take a break from cycling and transfer by vehicle to the town of Hvar where we will have a chance to wander around the narrow streets of this quintessential Dalmatian town. Rather like a mini Venice, the streets of Hvar are marbled and there are elegant gothic palaces and cathedrals inside the city walls. There will be some free time to explore Hvar before we cycle up a challenging hill to a viewpoint overlooking the island of Brac. We will have lunch here whilst taking in the breathtaking views. After lunch there is a sweeping descent all the way back to Stari Grad. From here we continue along an old Roman road to Vrbovska and then follow the coastal road back towards Jelsa.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Ride east along the island to port of Sucuraj; ferry via mainland to Korcula.

    Today we ride east along the narrow part of the island with views of both coasts as we head to the port of Sucuraj. The road is generally quiet and there are a couple of challenging climbs today to get you warmed up, however the support vehicle will be available for anyone who doesn’t want to cycle up the hills. Heading east, we have wonderful views of the mountainous mainland and the turquoise waters and we pass small villages, olive groves and tiny vineyards on our way to Sucuraj. From Sucuraj we take a ferry to Drevnik on the mainland, transfer by bus to Orebic, then catch another ferry to Korcula which is the historic centre of the island and in a lovely setting on the Peljesac Channel. It is also known for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage with a long tradition of seafaring, shipbuilding and stone-masonry, as well as being the birthplace of the adventurer and traveller Marco Polo. Once on Korcula we have a short 15min transfer to the small town of Lumbarda which will be our base for the next three nights.

    From June to September a ferry runs from Ploce to Trpanj, and from here we will take the bus to Orebic and then the ferry to Korcula. This shortens the time spent in the bus travelling from Drvenik to Orebic and makes the journey a bit more fun and picturesque.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Free day in Lumbarda; optional visit (with bikes) to picturesque island of Mljet.

    Today we have a free day to relax in Lumbarda, go for a swim at the sandy beach on Przina or explore the charming town of Korcula at your own pace. There is an optional visit (with bikes) to the picturesque island of Mijet. Those choosing to explore Mljet and its famous national park will take a boat ride to Pomena, which is also the entrance for the Mljet National Park. Here you can enjoy a very scenic but short ride around the two lakes.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Scenic ride on forested island of Korcula, from Vela Luka to Korcula town and on to Lumbarda.

    After breakfast we will start our circular ride on the forested island of Korcula. We start with a transfer to Vela Luka and from here we ride to the pretty village of Smokvica before transferring to Pupnat where we will have lunch. From here we get back on the bikes and cycle all the way back to Lumbarda after a great exploration of the island. Today is a busy day and there are some hills, but we will use the support vehicle where necessary.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Ride through the vineyards of Peljesac Peninsula towards the mainland; transfer to Dubrovnik.

    After a short ferry ride (approx 20 minutes) to the Peljesac Peninsula we follow this narrow and rugged finger of land. The route passes through olive groves, quiet villages and the famous vineyards hugging the steep slopes descending to the clear waters of the Adriatic. We complete our ride along an easy unpaved track to the tiny cove at Zuljana. From here the traffic levels increase so we take our support vehicle to Dubrovnik. En route there is a short stop at the small historic settlement of Ston, a beautiful example of a fortified town and Dubrovnik-style architecture. We should arrive in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon. We spend two nights in a lovely hotel which is a 10-minute public bus ride from the old town of Dubrovnik.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Free day to explore Dubrovnik.

    Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm. Located right on the Adriatic, the fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of red-tiled roofs make this a truly enchanting place. The shelling of Dubrovnik by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately over the last 15 years great care has been taken to re-build the damaged parts of Dubrovnik and the city has now returned to its former glory. The old town, or Stari Grad, is filled with cobblestone streets, fountains, churches, palaces and museums  all built from the same light coloured stone. There are no motor vehicles in the quiet city, but at night the streets come alive as locals and visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun, the main street, covered in smooth shiny marble. Dubrovnik is famous for its fine seafood, and what better way to end our Croatian experience than splashing out on a feast of freshly grilled fish within Dubrovnik's city walls.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Dubrovnik.

    Trip ends in Dubrovnik.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included throughout.

For breakfast you can expect a continental buffet serving a wide selection of food from cold meats, cheeses, bread and eggs to pastries, yoghurts, jams and fruit as well as tea and coffe.

Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and other parts of the Balkans.

Weather

Croatia boasts one of the sunniest climates in Europe, and some regions are well known to be free from rain. We generally travel off-season, so you should expect some variation in temperature and possibly some rainfall. Temperatures can be high, particularly on the July departures and can reach the mid to high 30s.

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Is this trip for you?

This tour is classified Road: activity level 3 (Moderate)

4 days cycling (plus one optional days ride) with an average distance of 45km per day with full vehicle support. 

The rides mainly follow tarmac roads, but where possible on the islands we will use the quieter older roads that tend to be hard gravel. The roads are quiet and there is less traffic on the islands than the mainland. The route will be generally undulating but there are a few challenging hills that can be tough in the warm weather. The trip is vehicle supported so it is possible to miss some of these harder sections if you prefer. At times the route will follow roads or tracks with a steep down slope to one side. Certain sections will not have a barrier.

No specific cycling experience required but you should be comfortable on a bike and have a reasonable level of fitness.

Call for general departures:
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Accommodation

Hotels

The hotels used throughout the trip are of a good standard. All are clean and comfortable, most have air conditioning and swimming pools or are close to the beach allowing you to have a swim after a day on the bike. Croatia is not the cheap destination that some might expect and hotels can lack a little character, especially in the more popular destinations like Dubrovnik.

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  • Reviewed November 2018
    MICHAEL BEIRNE

    Must see Croatia

    This trip is a must do! Croatia is not only beautifully scenic, its people are friendly and most speak english. The ride is challenging but doable. If you're looking for adventure and beautiful, friendly country, this one's for you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Day 1 is a bit of a challenge with a 10k uphill climb. Be ready for this but everyone on our trip completed it and we were rewarded with a delicious meal at the top.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was Alan. He has a real enthusiasm for cycling and is excited to show you his country.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Helen Phillips

    Highly recommended!

    My husband and I have just returned from this cycle trip and we can highly recommend it to anyone thinking of doing the same. Alan, the tour leader, was outstanding and I just hope he gets paid enough! We had a lovely group with mixed ages and four lovely Canadians and a very helpful, smiley driver, Tommy. Slightly better hotels could improve the trip and, yes, better coffee and orange juice for breakfast.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing all the cycling!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Outstanding. Catered very well for the needs of all the clients.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make the most of the beautiful scenery.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Patrick Smith

    stunning coastline

    Excellent leader Alan. Great balance between towns and countryside. Difficult to find anything I would change, perhaps better hotel coffee.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    not having been before, Dubrovnic was fascinating, but really it was the fabulous coastlines throughout the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alan is knowledgeable on history, very thorough on briefings especially safety. Also a nice guy. Excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No, it was what was on the tin as they say

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The ferries are great, clean and comfortable.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Kate Sheridan

    Cycling

    The brochure tells you about the scenery etc but until you get there whow! It's a trip you must do the scenery ,roads and great guide will bring you to places you would never get to on another trip. Our guide ALan and driver Marion were great ensuring everyone was catered for. The first two day cycling a little challenging but after that it was down hill. We visited local areas off the beaten track tasted great food.Just a note when buying fish in restaurants just check it's not sold by the weight! October a great time to go not too hot very pleasant for cycling and exploring villages. Getting to the top

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the hill in Havr

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alan was excellent always looking out for us ensuring the day was packed with cycling fest times food etc. His local knowledge was vert interesting and he was always on hand if you needed more information or assistance

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring Kuna the will take euros but in some restaurants not.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's a must trip
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Jayne Hutchinson

    Wonderful way to see a beautiful country

    This Croatian trip was a wonderful mix of unspoilt countryside, sparkling clear seas and historical walled towns and cities. It was also a good mix of fairly challenging hills, flatter coastal roads and time for rests in cafes, ferries and short trips in the minibus. Our guide Alan organised and managed the whole holiday very skilfully, with good support from our driver. The ice creams were the best I’ve tasted since being in Italy, and the seafood and roast vegetables were also a highlight.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I was inspired by people on the trip, not only because they were older on average than on other trips (mid/late 50s to late 60s) and doing well on the rides, but also dealing well with challenges in their lives.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alan our guide Alan was excellent, he was patient, thoughtful, encouraging, helpful, amiable, good humoured, made good decisions, very well organised without rushing us and explained clearly our route and day ahead.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    October is a good time of year to go, not too hot but still warm, we had day temperatures around 20-25C.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I thought the ferries and minibus added to the holiday and the latter came in useful to avoid rain and lightening on the rainy day. Accommodation was adequate, fine for a cycling holiday. The guided tours of Split and Dubrovnik that were origanised for us (extra charge for the latter) were very interesting and worth doing. I’d recommend getting to Split a day earlier to explore the walled Palace area, including the bell tower if you have a head for heights.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Helen Maybee

    Breathtaking scenery and super smooth cycling!

    It really was as described on the label - fabulously clear seas teeming with fish, gorgeous vistas of islands, vines and historic villages, with hidden gems of frescos and facades. We rolled out over beautiful quiet lanes and trails, reassured with water and snack stops and very clear landmarks enabling us all To reach our destination in our own time having enjoyed sun drenched countryside and seascapes. Thanks to Alan and Marion it all ran like clockwork- just time for super gelato before a ferry, light fading as we entered old Dubrovnik enhancing the city’s beautiful architecture. Lovely fish, more fish and pork kebabs overlooking beautiful ports. What’s not to like! Give it a go....

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the first tough summit and realising I am still pedalling the bike with gentle encouragement!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lovely thoughtful person- at ease and aware of all of the party. Good organisation skills ensured a very smooth trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Early October weather was perfect- warm enough still to Enjoy a week of fresh air and swims . We saw one amazing storm from the van but we’re back on bikes within the hour riding home happily!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A super trip with good bikes and great guide and support staff.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Maggie Johnson

    Wonderful trip

    What a fab trip. Great weather, wonderful company, and the gorgeous Dalmatian coast. The ride exceeded our expectations, it was a little tougher than we expected, some of the hills were longer than we expected, but always doable. Our guide Marijo was the best, full of information, little stories about the places we saw. He was helpful and kind to a fault, we couldn’t praise him highly enough.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The long sweeping descent on day 3 of the ride. The wonderful homestead visit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was amazing, we cannot think of any way in which he could have been better

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it! You will love it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Looking at booking our next exodus bike holiday very soon
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Maggie Johnson

    Wonderful trip

    What a fab trip. Great weather, wonderful company, and the gorgeous Dalmatian coast. The ride exceeded our expectations, it was a little tougher than we expected, some of the hills were longer than we expected, but always doable. Our guide Marijo was the best, full of information, little stories about the places we saw. He was helpful and kind to a fault, we couldn’t praise him highly enough.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The long sweeping descent on day 3 of the ride. The wonderful homestead visit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was amazing, we cannot think of any way in which he could have been better

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it! You will love it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Looking at booking our next exodus bike holiday very soon
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Ann Percival

    Amazing scenery & lots of laughs

    We have recently returned from our first cycling holiday with Exodus and whilst I don't usually do reviews this time I felt compelled to write to say how impressed we were. Fantastic scenery, great cycling, a lovely group and exceptional guide.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the second day of cycling, making it up an extremely long uphill section in mid 30s heat. It was worth the effort for the views & downhill section.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our exceptional leader Marijo was great fun and always went the extra mile even on his day off. He was always very encouraging and took great care of everyone's needs.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As previous reviewers have said make sure your preparation includes plenty of hills.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just a big thank you to Marijo for giving us such great memories of Croatia.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Linda Hellaby

    Just brilliant!

    We had a wonderful time cycling the Dalmation Coast. The scenery was amazing, the group were all lovely, our tour leader Marijo was fantastic and the food was great. We loved every minute of it and we had pretty good weather too this late in the season.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the cycling - even those dreaded long uphills, the sheer exuberance of the downhills made up for it! Also going to Dubrovnik was a highlight for me.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Marijo, our tour leader was excellent - nothing was too much trouble, he had a good sense of humour and his organisational skills were first class. He always had a Plan B in case of unexpected things occurring.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do a bit of hill training before you go - there are some long ascents (10km or more) but quite doable if you are prepared for it. I was the oldest person in our group and I made it up all the climbs.

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