Cycle Croatia Tour

Croatia - Cycle Croatia Tour

Croatia
Subota 1.9.2018
Iz 12:00
Utorak 31.12.2019
sve do 15:00
Croatia
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Explore the Dalmatian Coast by bike on this Croatian cycling adventure!
With islands of olive groves and cypress forests to see, sparkling beaches to cool off in, and romantic cities to discover, Croatia is the perfect setting for an idyllic island escape. Explore the Dalmatian coastline by bike, visiting charming fishermen's villages and the ancient harbour towns of Split and Dubrovnik along the way.
***Tour dates valid for Oct 2018, May 2019 - Oct 2019*** 



Itinerary
Day 1 - Split
Welcome to Croatia. Today is arrival day and there are no activities planned for today apart from a welcome meeting at 6pm. After this meeting you have the option of heading out for a meal with your group. Perhaps grab a drink at a cafe on the gorgeous Riva Promenade. As this tour will spend a limited time in Split, arriving early is recommended to fully enjoy all that Split has to offer. Explore the impressive ruins of Diocletian's Palace, see the original and fantastically preserved basements under the city, or simply unwind with a walk along the waterfront note on this trip you need to arrive with your own bicycle helmet as bicycle shops are closed on Sundays and we depart Split the following day before the shops are distance: none
Accommodation


Hotel (1 night)



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Optional Activities


Marjan Hill Hike - Free


City Museum - HRK20


Art Gallery - HRK20


Split Cathedral & Tower - HRK45


Diocletian's Palace - HRK42


Urban Adventures - Dalmatian Wine and Dine - EUR100


Urban Adventures - Wars, Warriors and Reforms - EUR35


Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Day 2 - Brac Island 
It’s an early start today as we catch the ferry (approx. 1 hr) from Split to Supetar on the largest island in Dalmatia, Brac. There is a bike fitting for the group followed by a short test ride to ensure everything is working properly. From here we start our first 'real' ride in Croatia, cycling from Supetar along the winding coastal road to the beautiful seaside village of Pučišća (approximately 30 kilometres). Along the way we take a short 3km detour inland to the tiny village of Dol, passing well maintained vineyards, fig tree plantations and olive groves along the way. Considered an “ethno-eco village” this is Dalmatia ‘as it used to be’. After a quick stop for refreshments in Pučišća we encounter our first real climb of the trip up to Praznica – it is a pretty steep climb (7kms at an average of 7.5%) but as long as you focus on slow, steady riding you’ll be rewarded with endless views over the blue Adriatic Sea while passing by olive groves, cypress forests, and timeless drystone walls. And remember if you don’t feel up to it we always have our support vehicle available to people that need have a rest at the top then spend the next 8kms cycling across the relatively flat centre of the island before enjoying a well-earned 10km descent down to the popular town of Bol. Bol is famous for the Zlatni rat (Golden Cape), one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic Sea and an excellent place to relax after a hard day’s cycling. Take part in a short orientation walk, ending with ample time to enjoy an optional visit to the famous Stina Winery for a wine tasting. The wine of choice here is Plavac Mali, the King of Dalmatian red wines. Also sample the Crljenak, a native Croatian grape variety. End the day with a walk along the coastal boulevard and perhaps try some seafood for distance: approx. 55 kms/35 miles
Accommodation


Hotel (1 night)


Optional Activities


Stina Winery tasting - HRK90


Meals Included


Breakfast


Day 3 - Hvar Island 
It's another early morning as we take the ferry to Stari Grad (via Split, total transport time approx. 4.5 hours). We take lunch in Split and have a little time to look around before boarding the second ferry. Set in a beautiful protected bay, Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe, settled by Neolithic tribes as far back as 3500BC. Today the old stone houses, narrow streets and small squares still retain a cultured and historic feel. There's plenty to see and do, including the medieval Dominican Monastery and Tvrdalj Stari Grad behind we ride up to the scenic hilly heart of Hvar Island, via the less-trafficked old road, passing viewpoints (including one of the entire bay with Brač Island in the distance) and old taverns along the way before stopping for lunch. Afterwards we descend through the old village of Brusje and down into the vibrant Hvar Town, with its historic charm and ancient city walls (approximately 21 kms). The streets of Hvar are a traffic-free zone, giving you ample freedom to slowly stroll the Pjaca (piazza) and soak in the views of St Stephen's Cathedral, the Arsenal, and the myriad Palaces that flank the square. Cycling distance: approx. 21 kms/13 miles
Accommodation


Apartment (1 night)


Optional Activities


St. Stephen’s Cathedral - HRK10


Hvar Spanjola Fortress - HRK40


Meals Included


Breakfast


Day 4 -  Korcula Island
Enjoy a free morning with a quiet sleep in, or spend some more time savouring the ambience of Hvar Town. For options for the free day maybe check out the Hvar Spanjola fortress for views, go on a boat tour, or ask your tour leader for suggestions for a hike to Velo Grablje village, Catch a catamaran across to the island of Korcula, arriving late in the evening into Korcula Town, a Venetian Renaissance-inspired walled city full of narrow streets, medieval towers and the reputed birthplace of Marco head out for a late dinner and a bar with a view of the distance: none
Accommodation


Private apartment (1 night)


Optional Activities


Pakleni Island Half Day Trip - HRK250


Meals Included


Breakfast


Day 5 - Korcula Island 
Prepare for a big day on the road through the very heart of Korcula, past countless vineyards, olive groves and forests – the ride is a long one but well worth the effort!Starting early in the day we ride drive up to the tiny hamlet of Pupnat (avoiding a nasty 10km/6 mile climb on the bikes!) for an early homemade breakfast with our local hosts.The position of Pupnat and steepness of the approach is no accident. It was designed to help keep Pupnat safe from pirates through the ages. Pupnat is Korcula ‘as it used to be’ – a picture perfect farming village with attractive stone buildings and a laid back atmosphere. Next enjoy a 5km descent down to Pupnatska Luka, a beautiful bay with a clean pebble beach, then follow the magnificent coastline through Smokvica and its significant vineyards before tackling the final climb to Blato then once again descending down to the former fishing village turned large port town of Vela Luka.We have some time to walk around, have a quick coffee break then board our support vehicle and drive back across the island towards Korčula Town. In the late afternoon we drive back to Pupnat to visit a local farm and eat a delicious dinner on the outside patio. Sample some of the family wines and be treated to a meal made entirely from ingredients found on the farm. Afterwards, return to Korcula Town. The evening is free to explore the narrow streets of this wonderful distance: approx. 50 kms/31 miles
Accommodation


Private apartment (1 night)


Included Activities


Pupnat Wine tasting and Dinner


Optional Activities


Marco Polo Tower - HRK20


Marco Polo Museum - HRK60


Meals Included


Breakfast


Dinner


Day 6 - Dubrovnik
Transfer by boat to Orebic on the isthmus of the Pelješac Peninsula. To avoid some serious uphill riding we drive high above the tiny village of Postup to the 'Panorama viewpoint' to take in the views then start our ride south towards the delightful walled town of Ston (approximately 60 kilometres). Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch. While Ston is well known for its 700 year old medieval defensive stone wall, few know the real purpose of these walls was to protect the precious salt trade that helped found the wealth of nearby Dubrovnik. Visit these ancient salt pans on a short orientation walk. 
Afterwards, board your support vehicle and follow the glorious winding coast all the way down to Dubrovnik. With the sparkling water of the Adriatic in the background, Dubrovnik is picturesque, full of character and can easily be covered on foot. Take part in an orientation walk, including entry to the ancient city wall itself.
Cycling distance: approx. 60 kms/38 miles
Accommodation


Hotel (1 night)


Included Activities


Ston Salt Pans


Dubrovnik City Walls


Optional Activities


Peljesac Winery tasting - Free


Meals Included


Breakfast


Day 7 - Dubrovnik 


Included: 


Meals
6 breakfasts, 1 dinner


Transport
Bicycle, Support vehicle, Ferry, (e-bike option available)
Accommodation
Hotel (3 nights), apartment (3 nights)
Included activities


Pupnat Wine tasting and Dinner


Ston Salt Pans


Dubrovnik City Walls


Not Included: 


International flight 


Travel Insurance     


*VERY IMPORTANT: Before making your deposit please contact info@travelistagoddess.com to request your desired travel dates.
* Once your trip is paid in full you will receive your official travel documents within 2 - 3 business days.
For questions, contact info@travelistagoddess.com or                           
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