Croatia Cycling 7 days
Imagine the Mediterranean the way it used to be, in a country that has all the essential
elements for the perfect cycling vacation- quiet roads, an abundance of historical
sites and now, wonderful hotels and restaurants to enjoy.
This trip begins in Split which has an international airport and frequent flights from Zagreb. After one night discovering the secrets of this historical city, you will cruise to the island of Brac, the largest of the Dalmatian islands and notable for the karst rock, a supple white stone that sculptors have used for centuries here. You’ll be based in Pastira, a quaint village with excellent beaches and a comfortable 4-star hotel with swimming pool and all amenities.
After two days exploring Brac, you’ll cruise to the island of Hvar, perhaps the most interesting of the Dalmatian islands. Designed and built by Venetians, Hvar feels distinctly Italian; Hvar is becoming the destination of choice for yacht owners (Barry Dillar’s 103m vessel was in the harbour on our last visit), and cyclists, eager to discover new destinations with lots to see and do. You’ll have three days in Hvar, with enough time to cycle the island’s routes. There are also options for moderate hikes and, if you choose to relax at the hotel’s pool or spa facilities, this is the perfect place to do so.
Split - Our self-guided tour begins in the historical city of
Split which boasts a Roman palace in its center, and a
labyrinthe of cobblestone streets filled with cafes and
restaurants. Make sure to arrive in the early afternoon to allow time to
visit the town.
Postira / Bol - Boarding the ferry at Split Harbour at
11:00 am, the cruise to Brac will take just under 1
hour. On arrival, you’ll be met and fitted for bikes. After
lunch at one of Supetar’s beach-side restaurants,
you can cycle a short or longer route to Postira
and the 4-star Hotel Pastura located directly on
Our luxe trip stays in Bol at the Grand Hotel Elaphusa. (39km)
Postira / Bol- Next day, ride a loop route visiting Pucisca, with its stone cutting
school and Skrip, the oldest settlement on the island. The island of Brac is
covered in olive and fig trees and charming village harbours dot the coast. (48km or 83 km)
Hvar– For the classic trip, your route today will be across the island to Bol, where you’ll have a chance to see the iconoclastic beaches of the Golden Cape. On the luxe trip you can enjoy a morning walk up above town. You’ll cross to Hvar by private boat, arriving to the charming village of Jelsa where you will start cycling to Hvar town. Hvar town has been compared to Cannes, where yachts line the harbor and well-preserved Venetian buildings, a hill-top castle and Europe’s oldest theatre make for a charming town. The Podstine Hotel is one of Hvar’s best, with a private beach, swimming pool, and excellent restaurant. Luxe trip will stay at the brand new Hotel Adriana, a member of Small Hotels of the World. (27km)
Hvar– We have arranged for a morning walk with a wonderful guide today,
where you’ll learn about the fascinating history of this town and visit its
monuments. Afternoon options include a short boat ride to the Pakleni Islands, kayaking along the coast with a guide, hike up to the Venetian citadel, or relax and enjoy the comforts of the hotel. (optional activities available on request - not included in your tour)
Hvar– From Hvar town, we suggest a loop ride to Stari Grad, Jelsa and
Vrboska. In Jelsa, there is a museum that can be visited that is the former residence of the famous poet, Petar Hektorovic. For dinner, there is an option for a cooking course with a local chef at a private house near the hotel. (optional cooking course available on request - not included in your tour). (40km or 61km)
Day of departure at your leisure (ferry times are at 7:45 and 11:30& travel time is 1hr45)
for onward travel.
"Just wanted to pass along how much Glen and I enjoyed our bike trip in Croatia. It was outstanding - the locations, the hotels, but especially your contacts. We were well taken care of and everything went smoothly. The bike routes were challenging, but very enjoyable and allowed us to truly see the countryside. We absolutely loved it and look forward to our next bike excursion."
G. Grossmith, Mississauga-ON.