- DAY 1
Start Split. Arrive anytime. Transport to joining hotel. This is a travel day so there are no planned activities. We can meet up as a group for dinner.
- DAY 2
Tour of Split; ferry transfer to Hvar.
We will have a guided tour around the old quarters of the city and a visit to the UNESCO Diocletian Roman Palace. Then we go to the port to take a ferry to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar and on to the town of Jelsa where we spend the first two nights.
- DAY 3
Circular Ride with 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.
Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
- DAY 4
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 center 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 traveler Marco Polo. Once on Korcula we have a short 15min transfer to the small town of Lumbarda which our base will be for the next three nights.
Distance covered: 55 km / 34 miles
- DAY 5
Optional free day in Lumbarda, or bike ride to picturesque island of Mljet.
Today you choose a free day to relax in Lumbarda, swim at the sandy beach on Przina or explore the charming town of Korcula at your own pace. If you want to ride today, we visit the picturesque island of Mijet and its famous national park. Take a boat ride to Pomena, the entrance for the Mljet National Park. Here you can enjoy a very scenic but short ride around the two lakes.
- DAY 6
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.
Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
- DAY 7
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.
Distance covered: 20 km / 12 miles
- DAY 8
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-colored 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.
• DAY 9