- Visit Diocletian's Palace, built in the 4th century AD
- Cycle to top of the highest peak in the Adriatic
- Visit ancient Stari Grad - one of Europe's oldest towns
- Cycle through famous vineyards
- Visit the walled city of Dubrovnik
|Day 1||Get to know Split, your team, and your bikes||Split|
|Day 2||Cycling Brač Island||Brač|
|Day 3||Cycling Hvar Island||Hvar|
|Day 4||Cycling Korčula Island||Prižba|
|Day 5||Cycling Korčula island||Korčula|
|Day 6||The Peljesac Peninsula & Dubrovnik|
Day 1: Get to know Split, Your Team, and Your Bikes
Start your first day in Croatia by settling into pretty, bustling seaside Split - the second largest city in Croatia. Drop your bags at the hotel and meet your guides for a ride up Marjan Hill for sweeping views over the city and the sea. The forest here is lined with pine trees, Mediterranean plants and herbs, and beautiful oceanfront.
Cycle back down the hill for a stroll through the ancient, well-preserved Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where maze-like streets open into charming stone-walled cafes and airy courtyards. If you find yourself with time to kill before dinner, Split's expansive, year-round fresh market is a real treat, full of hearty greens and locally-grown fruits, jars of honey and, in one section, a small craft market. When you're done exploring, meet your guide for a traditional Croatian dinner.
Cycle distance: 6 - 19 miles (10 - 30 km)
Day 2: Brač Island
Start your first big cycling day with a bang by pedaling up Vidova Gora - the highest peak on not only Brač, but any of the Adriatic Islands. Your reward for the climb is 360-degree views of the Adriatic islands, the Croatian coast, and the beautiful Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape Beach). From the peak, cycle down to the desert landscape of Blaca for a tour of the Blaca Monastery and a picnic lunch. Then continue on to the south side of the island, where you'll overnight in the small fishing village of Milna, famous for its beautiful bay.
Cycle distance: 28 miles (45 km)
Day 3: Hvar Island
A leisurely morning ferry ride to the popular island of Hvar marks the start of your second full day of cycling. Start today's cycling in Stari Grad - Croatia's oldest city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, you'll cycle past fields first planted by the Greeks 2300 years ago, through picturesque villages like Vrisnik, Svirče, and Pitve, and to the peak of Sveti Nikola, where panoramic views await.
When you're done drinking in the views, head downhill to the nearly abandoned villages of Malo and Velo Grablje. Pause for lunch at a special local tavern and ask about the unique histories of these tiny stone towns. After lunch, continue downhill to Milna Bay for a swim and a coffee before heading back to Hvar for the night. If you're still feeling adventurous, visit the town's municipal theatre (one of the oldest in Europe), the cathedral, and Fortress Fortica.
Cycle distance: 19 miles (30 km)
Day 4: Korčula Island
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.
Cycle distance: 18.5 - 25 miles (30 to 40 km)
Day 5: Korčula Island
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.
Cycle distance: 18.5 miles (30 km)
Day 6: Peljesac Peninsula
From Korčula, travel by ferry and van to Potomje to start your final day of cycling with a ride through the famed Peljesac Vineyards, home to Croatia's finest wines. Wind through small inland towns like Janjina and to the imposing walled town of Ston, home to the longest stone wall in Europe. Ston is known for its oysters and clams, so stop here for a light lunch of the freshest catches of the day.
After lunch, a transfer will take you to much-lauded Dubrovnik, the stone-wall fortified city that juts out from the coast into the Adriatic. Some of Dubrovnik's most loved activities include walking the top of the walls themselves, taking a clear-sided gondola to the top of the mountain for sweeping views of the city, or joining a Game of Thrones tour. Dubrovnik also offers excellent food tours and, for those looking for something more off-the-beaten-track, the eerie abandoned hotels of Kupari are just a 20-minute taxi ride down the coast and the smaller fishing village of Cavtat is just a half hour away by boat.
Cycle distance: 28 miles (45 km)