This cycling trip is a combination of classic highlights and hidden gems that are worth visiting in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. Ride through Brač Island, known for its stone sculptures and quarries that have been used in the construction of iconic monuments like Diocletian's Palace and the White House in Washington, D.C. Bike around Korčula Island to experience the local white wines and historic architecture around Old Town. End your trip in Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with rich history and culture. That's just a glimpse of all the places you'll get to experience on bike and foot.

Highlights

  • Sightsee around the Old Town of Korčula
  • Visit Mljet National Park any bike around its lakes
  • Cycle the backroads of the Dalmatia region
  • Explore the islands of Brač and Hvar
  • Experience Dubrovnik and walk the city walls

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Split Split
Day 2 Cycle around Brač Island Split
Day 3 Brač to Hvar island  Hvar
Day 4 Cycle on Korčula island Korčula Island
Day 5 Cycle on Korčula island - Day 2 Korčula Island
Day 6 Cycle on Pelješac Penisula To Ston Ston
Day 7 Cycle around Dubrovačko Primorje  Ston
Day 8 Cycle on Mljet Island and National Park Ston
Day 9 Cycle from Ston to Dubrovnik Dubrovnik
Day 10 Depart Dubrovnik  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Split

Split
The city of Split

Welcome to Croatia! After arriving in Split, you will be provided with a private transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check into your room and rest or drink in your first moments with a walk about the city before dinner and turning in.

Day 2: Cycle around Brač Island

Sea view road to the coast
Sea view road to the coast

Take a slow ferry to Brač,  the largest of the central Dalmatian islands. Brač is bursting with historic sites dating back to ancient Greece and the Middle Ages. Enjoy some easy cycling through coastal towns and villages, or climb up to the older settlements in the interior, which are rich in architectural, cultural, and historical monuments. Brač is also famous for its stone sculptures and quarries, which were used in the construction of Diocletian's Palace and the White House in Washington, D.C. Take a late ferry back to Split.

Day 3: Brač to Hvar island 

Summer scene of boaters and beachgoers on Hvar

Today you will visit the island of Hvar. Cycle through lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. Pass through the small towns of Jelsa and Vrboska until you reach Stari Grad, the oldest settlement on the island. If you are up to the challenge, bike to the top of the island, passing ancient Greek walls. Enjoy the view from the top, before a big downhill ride to Hvar. Treat yourself to a drink in the ancient piazza of Hvar overlooking the Venetian loggia, 7th-century fortification walls, and the oldest municipal theater in Europe.

Day 4: Cycle on Korčula island

Korčula city gates
Korčula city gates

Your next island adventure awaits on nearby Korčula—one of the most vibrant, lively islands in the Adriatic. After breakfast, take a private boat to the western town of Vela Luka and pause to explore the large, beautiful Vela Spila Cave before mounting your bicycle for a ride across the island. Winding through the small, charming inland towns, zig-zag your way north and south across the island before arriving in Prižba—a photogenic village on a bay—where your hotel for the night awaits.

Day 5: Cycle on Korčula island - Day 2

Cycling with the sea view on Korčula
Cycling with the sea view on Korčula

On your second day on Korčula, a parade of traditional villages, ancient vineyards, sapphire blue bays, and arid green landscape awaits as you tackle the other half of the island. Stop for a swim (or two) along the way. Don't forget to ask your guide about the Grk and Pošip grapes that grow in these vineyards. And give yourself a congratulatory pat on the back when you make it to your destination: Korčula Town. The town is traditional and walled—a miniature version of famed Dubrovnik—and juts out into the bright blue waters of the Adriatic. 

Day 6: Cycle on Pelješac Peninsula

Cyclist in Dingač vineyards
Cyclist in Dingač vineyards

You'll warm up the legs this morning with a quick ride to the ferry terminal in Korčula Town, where you'll then transfer the short distance to Orebić on the Pelješac Peninsula. After spending a little time exploring the seaside town's narrow streets and charming stone villas (once occupied by famous sea captains), you'll continue your ride southeast to the medieval city of Ston. Along the way, there will be many opportunities to stop to visit vineyards and sample wines the rugged landscape is known for, namely Dingač, Croatia's most well-known red, though there's also Pošip vineyards you can check out as well.

Once in Ston, you can trek one of the longest defensive stone walls in Europe (originally built to keep predators away from the town's saltpans) and discover the importance this area held in the 14th century. Savor a light meal of locally grown, fresh oysters or mussels after you climb part of the parapet walkway of Ston's wall for beautiful views over the town and its glittering saltpans—one of the oldest and still active in the Mediterranean!

Day 7: Cycle around Dubrovačko Primorje

Coastal road from Ston
Coastal road in Ston

Today you will head to the Dubrovnik Riviera in Dubrovačko Primorje, a municipality situated northwest of the city Dubrovnik. The route will take you along the coast and through the backroads and hinterlands, past small stone villages.

Your route will finish with a descent toward the sea and great views of Mali Ston bay, known for growing oysters and mussels since the Roman times.  

Day 8: Cycle on Mljet Island and National Park

Mljet road in Pine trees shade around the lakes
Mljet road lined with pine trees 

This morning, you'll transfer to the nearby island of Mljet to spend the day cycling in the magnificent Mljet National Park.

Considered the greenest of the larger Adriatic islands off the Croatian coast, Mljet is a thin strip of land parallel to the Pelješac Peninsula and runs 20 miles (32 km) long and up to 2 miles (3 km) wide. The park itself covers a third of the island and is made up of lakes and bays, dense forests, and olive groves.

Cycle through the unspoiled western side of the island in the National Park and stop to enjoy a unique swim in any of the beautiful lush coves. Popular sights worth a visit include Veliko and Malo Jezero (two salt lakes in the park, connected by a narrow canal), Soline Bay, and a sea-belt some 500 miles wide off the most prominent cape, the Cape of Mljet. If the mood should strike, stop for a swim in the lakes (which are invariably warmer than the open Adriatic Sea). There's also the option to visit an atmospheric 12th-century Benedictine monastery

In the afternoon you'll transfer back to the mainland and return to Ston for the evening. 

Day 9: Cycle from Ston to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town

This morning you'll bid the Pelješac Peninsula farewell and cycle towards Dubrovnik.

Traveling down the Adriatic coast, cycle on scenic local backroads and along the historic Napoleon Road, against a backdrop of dramatic sea views. The choice of a longer or shorter route is up to you—leaving you with extra time for fascinating stops along the way, such as the famed arboretum of Trsteno.

As you approach Dubrovnik, you'll spot the red rooftops and turrets of the historic coastal fortress in the distance. Often referred to as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik is a world-renowned city of exceptional charm. After checking into your hotel, you'll want to get out and explore. Can't-miss activities include riding the cable car up to Srđ Mountain to take in the sunset over the Adriatic, visiting the Lovrijenac fortress, and walking along the smooth, limestone-paved streets of the historic Old Town.

And be sure to find your way to Stradun, Dubrovnik's main street to get your bearings and to choose from a number of excellent restaurants and wine bars. Alternatively, there's Buza Bar along the water's edge, a great spot to enjoy a cocktail while taking in the sunset.

Day 10: Depart Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik

After breakfast, you'll be transported to the airport to say your goodbyes to Croatia and catch your flight home.

Safe travels!

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