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Cycling the Countryside and Islands of Dubrovnik 29

Cycling the Countryside and Islands of Dubrovnik

Overview

This tour will take you on a cycling adventure across the countryside and the islands of Dalmatia, starting in the beautiful area of Konavle and ending on the historic Korcula island. In the course of seven days, you will explore amazing islands, medieval towns, old villages and lovely bays. Croatia is country of countless islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate, the best ingredients for a perfect biking holiday.

The tour is eight days/seven nights long and is based in three areas: beginning in Konavle, where you spend two days, then you continue travelling over Pelješac peninsula towards Korčula where you spend another two days, after that, you cruise to the beautiful island of Mljet and return to Dubrovnik area where you spend your last night.

Highlights

  • Old Town Of Dubrovnik
  • The Dalmatian countryside
  • The Island of Korčula
  • The town of Korčula
  • Mljet Natural Park and island

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Dubrovnik, Transfer to Konavle

Meet at Dubrovnik airport and short transfer to Konavle, fitting the bikes, briefing with our representative and, depending on the timing, going for a warm-up ride in Konavle valley.

Day 2: Cycling in the Konavle Countryside | 40-65 km

This day you will spend cycling in the farming area of Dubrovnik. The cycling route follows the valley and river Ljuta, villages of Zvekovica (with possible visit of the town of Cavtat) and group of the villages in Gornja Banda.

Day 3: Konavle over Peninsula Pelješac to Korčula | 52 km

Today you take a shuttle from Konavle to Peljesac peninsula and Korcula island. Whoever wants to add some distance to the route can cycle Peljesac peninsula bike route (up to 50 km, very scenic but demanding). If you decide to skip that you can get directly to Korcula and go for a shorter bike ride along the island. Overnight Lumbarda.

Day 4: Korcula Loop Ride | 40 km

For the second day on the Korcula island we suggest a circular ride from the village Lumbarda to Korcula town, where you can visit the city’s sites (the cathedral, the house of Marco Polo etc.), and after that continue biking along the coastal road to the picturesque bay of Racisce and back to Lumbarda.

Day 5: Korčula to Mljet National Park | 30 km

After breakfast head to port Korcula where you take a ferry to Mljet, journey time about 30 min. Your ride starts in the village Pomena or Polace (just outside the national park territory) and your route will take you around the salt lakes, through the villages Babine Kuće and Soline, around the local lakes and back to Polace or Pomena. Today you will spend the day on the lovely island of Mljet, famous for its natural protected area, two salt lakes and many historical monuments dating to ancient times. Overnight in Polače/Pomena.

Day 6: Mljet to Dubrovnik

Today you depart from Mljet to Dubrovnik, taking a ferry (or combine with a car shuttle, transfer from the island depends of the available ferries and season). Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you will be taken to your accommodation.

Day 7: Departure

After breakfast transfer back to Dubrovnik airport according to your flight times, or transfer to some other address in Dubrovnik town in case you want to extend your holidays for a few more days there.

What to Expect

Accommodation

The accommodation of this trip is in 3-star guesthouses with en-suite facilities and breakfast included each morning. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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Guesthouse Koračeva kuća, Guesthouse Lovric, Guesthouse Matana, Guesthouse Villa Amfora

Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfasts are included on all days, and generally consider your active programme with various low-fat and high-nutrition choices. Lunches and dinners are on your own, but individual arrangements with accommodation can be made on the spot.

Difficulty & terrain

This trip requires a good physical condition as the daily cycling can reach up to 65 km; still, the itinerary is relatively flexible, and you can take shorter routes on some of the days (read more about difficulty grades). There is also an option for renting an E-bike which makes the trip practically accessible to anyone. Upon arrival, you will receive detailed travel information with route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions and important telephone numbers.

When to go

This trip is available from April until the end of October. The best time for cycling is between June and mid-September when the wildflowers are in bloom, and the weather is generally good. Earlier in the season, there may be some residual snow patches, but this will not require any special equipment or skills. The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

By plane

The most convenient airport is the one at Dubrovnik, serviced by direct flights from the UK with British Airwaves and Easy Jet.

Inclusions

Included

  • Arrival info meeting
  • 2 overnights in Konavle
  • 2 overnights in Korčula
  • 1 overnight in Mljet
  • 1 overnight in Dubrovnik
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Information package including detailed route descriptions (map and road book) and vouchers
  • Complimentary single time transfer on arrival day from Dubrovnik airport to accommodation in Konavle
  • Complimentary single time transfer on departure day from accommodation in Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik airport
  • Transfer from Konavle to Peljesac peninsula
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • Ferry tickets for passengers and bikes
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
  • Trekking/hybrid bike rental
  • E-bike rental

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