|Cycling the Dalmatian Coast|
|Tour Dates||May 26th - June 2nd, 2018 (8 days)|
|Included meals||7 breakfasts|
|Tour Host(s)||Rostad Tours or Tour Host|
|Pricing from||$2,995 CAD||If you are a cycling enthusiast, look no further than this peaceful coastal ride along the spectacular Dalmatian coastline. Known to have the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, and packed with historic and cultural interest, the Dalmatian Coast is one of the true wonders of Europe. Follow some of the best cycling routes the area has to offer with much of the tour taking place on the long and beautiful islands of Hvar and Korcula, travelling by ferry between the islands. The scenery alternates between seaside villages, tiny medieval towns and lovely pebble bays. We end our journey in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik with two nights to soak up the atmosphere of this uniquely preserved city.|
Our unique cycling journey begins in Split. We have a look around the old quarters of the city and visit the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO Heritage Site (WHS). After dinner we will transfer to the port to take an evening ferry to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Upon arrival we continue by road to Jelsa where we stay for the first two nights.
Today we take a circular ride to explore the island of Hvar. We head to Stari Grad following the old Roman road, a route with quite a tough climb but with exceptional views of the old villages. Here we take a break from cycling and transfer by vehicle to the town of Hvar where we will have a chance to wander the narrow streets. After some free time, we cycle up a challenging hill to a view point overlooking the island of Brac. We will have lunch while admiring the breathtaking views and then take in the lovely sweeping descent all the way back to Stari Grad. From here we continue to Vrbovska, and follow the coast road back towards Jelsa. (cycle approximately 50km)
Today we ride east along Hvar Island to the port of Sucuraj. We have views of both coasts and pass small villages, olive groves and tiny vineyards. From the port we go by ferry to Drevnik on the mainland, transfer by bus to Orebic, then catch another ferry to Korcula. The island is known for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage with a long tradition of seafaring, shipbuilding and stone-masonry. It is also the birthplace of the adventurer and traveller Marco Polo. Once on Korcula we have a short transfer to the small town of Lumbarda which will be our base for the next three nights. (cycle approximately 55km)
Today we have a free day to relax in Lumbarda. Perhaps, go for a swim at the sandy beach on Przina or explore the charming town of Korcula.There is an optional visit (with bikes) to the picturesque island of Mljet. Those who choose to explore Mljet and its famous National Park will take a boat ride to Pomena and enjoy the very scenic but short ride around the two lakes at Mljet National Park. (optional cycle 15-30km)
After breakfast we start our circular ride on the forested island of Korcula. We transfer to Vela Luka and from here ride to the pretty village of Smokvica. We enjoy a break for lunch at Pupnat before our return cycle to Lumbarda. Today is a busy day and there are some hills, but we will use the support vehicle when necessary. (cycle approximately 45km)
After a short ferry ride to the Peljesac Peninsula we travel this narrow and rugged finger of land through the famous vineyards hugging the steep slopes that descend to the clear waters of the Adriatic. We complete our ride along an easy unpaved track to the tiny cove at Zuljana. From here the traffic levels increase so we take our support vehicle to Dubrovnik. We stop along the way at the small historic town of Ston, a beautiful example of a fortified town and Dubrovnik-style architecture. We spend the next two nights in a lovely hotel just a 10 minute drive from the old town of Dubrovnik. (cycle approximately 20km)
Dubrovnik is truly an enchanting place that exudes old-world charm with its stunning location right on the Adriatic. Heavily fortified walls surround a jumble of red-tiled roofs and old town (Stari Grad) is filled with cobblestone streets, fountains, churches, palaces and museums - all built from the same light coloured stone. Enjoy people watching as the streets come alive in the early evening along the Stradun - the main street. Dubrovnik is famous for its excellent seafood so perhaps take the opportunity tonight to dine on freshly grilled fare.
Today we gather our souvenirs and depart for home where we can share the exciting memories of this exclusive cycling trip.