Central Dalmatia is the most action-packed and diverse part of Croatia, with pretty islands, quiet ports, rugged mountains, numerous castles and UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the ancient strip fields of the Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar. And the rugged 1,500 metre-high Dinaric Range provides a dramatic background during most parts of the itinerary.
This guided cycling tour in Dalmatia starts and ends in Split exploring amazing coastlines, medieval towns, old villages and picturesque bays. Highlights include great beaches, vineyards, pine woods, cycling across the historic islands and exploring Mljet National Park. Croatia is a land of stunning islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate, and without a doubt, the best way to explore it is by boat and bike!
During this boat and bike guided cycling holiday in Croatia, you will be based and spent each overnight in a traditional steel-hulled vessel, offering accommodation in simple but comfortable en-suite double or twin cabins. If you are looking for more luxury, we recommend our ‘In Style’ version of this itinerary.
Note that the sailing and cycling routes may be changed on the spot due to weather conditions and dock availability. Departure is during morning hours, usually after breakfast.
Day 1: Split – Supetar – Pučišća
Arrival in Split and check-in till 13:00. Departure with lunch and meet your fellow passengers and the crew. Upon arrival in Supetar, you will cycle the coastal road to the northern part of the island of Brač. We are passing the fishing villages Splitska and Postira and arrive in one of the most beautiful small settlements in Europe – Pučišća. Free afternoon for sightseeing this charming place, well known for its long stonemason tradition. Overnight in Pučišća. (L)
Cycling for the day: approx. 25 km, total ascent: 380 m, highest point: 90 m
Day 2: Pučišća – Pokrivenik – Sućuraj – Lovišta
Breakfast and morning sail towards the longest Croatian island – Hvar with the view on Biokovo mountain. Out starting point for the cycling leg is the small picturesque bay of Pokrivenik. Starting with an ascent to the highest point of the route and descent to the eastern point of Hvar island – Sućuraj, where the boat is waiting. After lunch on board, sail towards the second biggest Croatian peninsula Pelješac and the charming settlement of Lovišta. Optional Captain’s dinner on board. Overnight in Lovišta (B, L, CD).
Cycling for the day: approx. 32 km, total ascent: 450 m, highest point: 350 m
Day 3: Lovišta – Trstenik
After breakfast, we disembark the ship and start riding towards Orebić, the city of seafarers and captains. First few kilometres take in ascending and then descending along the unique viewpoints on Korčula archipelago. After Orebić, we ascend to the area where the most famous varieties of Croatian wine are produced. We cross the tunnel Dingač to the south side of Pelješac and continue riding through vineyards to Trstenik. Overnight in Trstenik (B, D).
Cycling for the day: approx. 45 km, total ascent: 800 m, highest point: 410 m
Day 4: Trstenik – Mljet – Korčula
Cruise during breakfast from Trstenik to Mljet island, the lush green island, also known as the Honey Island. Mljet National park (entrance fee to be paid on the spot approx. 16 EUR per person) is a beautiful area of unique charm featuring two connected salt water lakes, lush flora, a unique indented coastline, cliffs and numerous islets and green hills. We cycle around the saltwater lake, inside which there is another island with a Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. Enjoy a swim in the saltwater lakes and return for lunch on board. Sail to Korčula. Free afternoon for exploring the town of Marco Polo. Overnight in Korčula (B,L).
Cycling for the day: approx. 18 km, total ascent: 120 m, highest point: 45 m
Day 5: Korčula – Vela Luka
After breakfast, we start with the longest cycling route for the week traversing the entire island of Korčula. Ascend to Žrnovo village and then to the oldest settlement on the island – Pupnat, where is the highest point of the route. Descend to the south side of Korčula and road ride between one of the most beautiful bays on the island and the steep cliffs above it. We continue the ride through numerous olive groves and vineyards. Short break in the charming Smokvica. Descend to the sea and relax at one of the multiple pebble beaches. Ascend towards the viewpoint above the town of Blato and final descent towards our goal – Vela Luka. Dinner on board and overnight in Vela Luka (B, D).
Cycling for the day: approx. 55 km, total ascent: 750 m, highest point: 340 m
Day 6: Vela Luka – Hvar – Stari Grad
Early morning sail from Vela Luka to the town of Hvar, breakfast. Short sightseeing of Hvar, a fairy-tale city with beautiful architecture and mild climate. Then cycle from Hvar to the other side of the island – Stari Grad. We pass through lavender fields and enjoy the views towards the neighbouring islands and the mainland. Lunch on board near Stari Grad. Easy afternoon ride up to two Hvar’s pearls – Jelsa and Vrboska and through Stari Grad Plain. Overnight in Stari Grad (B, L).
Cycling for the day:
Ride 1: approx. 23 km, total ascent: 450 m, highest point: 410 m
Ride 2: approx. 22 km, total ascent: 110 m, highest point: 85 m
Day 7: Stari Grad – Stomorska – Split
The last day we start with a cruise from Stari Grad to the island of Šolta. After breakfast, we start cycling from Stomorska to the highest point of the island – Gornje selo, enjoying the views on both sides of the island and the scents of Mediterranean plants. Continue to Maslinica on the west side of the island. Short break and return to Stomorska. Lunch on board and sail to Split. Free afternoon for sightseeing the Diocletian’s city. Overnight in Split (B, L).
Cycling for the day: approx. 36 km, total ascent: 450 m, highest point: 135 m
Day 8: Disembark at Split
Departure and free time to explore the city of Split depending on your flight schedule (B).
During the trip you will be based on a traditional ship, offering accommodation in simple but comfortable en-suite double or twin cabins.
Buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner (as detailed in the itinerary) is included in the package. During the cycling legs, we recommend stops at local restaurants where you can taste the local specialities; these meals are not included in the price of the trip. There is a possibility to book a Captain’s Dinner, which is paid directly on the spot and is offered by the captain and your tour guide.
The most convenient airport for arrival is the one at Split which is well served by air from the UK and some central and northern European countries.
By Bus or Train
Getting to Split by bus is one of the cheapest ways to travel. Split bus station (Autobuski Kolodvor) is conveniently located in Split port area. The city is very well connected with all principal Croatia cities like Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Sibenik and with some international destinations. Travelling to Split by train is cheaper than by bus, but it is slower and not as popular. Train station called Zeljeznicki Kolodvor is practically behind the bus station and very close to the ferry port.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia in the west, Hungary to the north, Serbia in the east and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south. The country also has a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. Croatia has an unusual shape (similar to a croissant), which comes as a result of five centuries of expansion by the Ottoman empire towards Central Europe (although Croatia was never conquered by the Ottomans).
Croatia has an incredible 5,800 km of coastline, 4,100 km of which belong to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1,200 islands in the Adriatic, but only about 50 are populated. The largest island is Krk (near Rijeka) which has a land area of 462 sq km, while the country’s other well-known islands include Hvar, Brac, Korcula, and Pag.
The local currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HKR). The best way to carry money is a combination of cash, cash cards and credit/debit cards. ATMs are available all over Croatia and are the safest and easiest way to access cash. Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted and attract high rates of commission. Make sure that you change any money that you will need for the day ahead.
Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas. Cheques can be cashed in banks. Please note that bank hours are very different from bank hours in the EU. Most banks are open only in the morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a couple of hours in the afternoon. If you need to change money during the tour, we recommend that you look for a bank in the morning.
Note, Euros are accepted at some larger shops and hotels and generally taxi shuttles. Credit cards are not widely accepted.
Up-to-date travel advice on Croatia is available here.
Difficulty Grade: Moderate
This trip requires a moderate physical condition as daily cycling can reach up to 55km. However, have in mind that the itinerary is quite flexible as on some of the days you can do only a certain part of the cycling and enjoy the rest of the day on the boat. There is also an option for renting an E-bike which makes the trip practically accessible to anyone (read more about difficulty grades).
This is a guided tour so during the cycling you will be accompanied by a guide showing you the way and assisting you with bike maintenance in case of need.
When to Go
This trip is available in May, June, September and October (for available departure dates click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above).
Croatia’s coast and islands, from Istria and Kvarner in the north through to Dalmatia in the south are governed by a Mediterranean climate, although it is usually several degrees cooler in the northern Adriatic than in the south. In the summer, the mean temperature is between 24°C and 26°C along the coast.
- Seven nights accommodation on the ship in en-suite cabins with double or twin beds (bunks)
- Half board meal plan as stated in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner, CD = Captain’s Dinner)
- Local English-speaking cycling guide on all rides
- Single cabin supplement (subject to availability)
- Bike rental
- E-bike rental
Additional Costs & Extras
- Visitor’s tax & port fee be paid on the spot upon arrival (mandatory): 40 EUR per person per week
- Captain’s dinner during one of the nights: upon request, payable on the spot
- Flights and connecting land transfers
- Meals other than the ones stated in the programme
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not explicitly mentioned in the programme
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I would strongly recommend The Natural Adventure and the boat company they used. They were helpful and polite and well organised and the boat was no-frills but comfy. The bike rides were superb and the local guide knowledgeable.