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. Afer one night discovering the secrets of this historical city, you will ferry 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. Stay in Bol, a short stroll fom the famous Zlatni Rat beaches.

Afer two days exploring Brac, cruise by gulet 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). You’ll have two days in Hvar, with enough time to cycle the island’s routes and explore its hidden treasures. From Hvar, we provide a private speed-boat transfer to Korcula, where a quiet and spectacular cyclists dream road (very few, if any cars) leads you to the town of Korcula. Afer an overnight in this charming village, you will awake and cruise about a fast catamaran to Dubrovnik. This tour offers the opportunity to cycle on three islands, and to see each of Split and Dubrovnik.

Location

Split

Split, Croatia

Day 1

Bol

Bol, Croatia

Day 2+3

Hvar

Trg Sv. Stjepana 5, 21450, Hvar, Croatia

Day 4+5

Korcula

Korčula, Croatia

Day 6

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights lodging
Bike rental
All breakfasts, two dinners (one of which is an optional cooking course)
Detailed map and route instructions
GPS data of the route (on request)
All baggage transportation
Area Manager services for the duration of the tour
All boat & ferry transfers included

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020
Start any date between May 1 and October 31
Custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights, with 6 days cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Split / Dubrovnik

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Cycling average 50 km (30 miles) a day. The Dalmatian islands are volcanic in origin so when you arrive to each harbour, you can expect a climb from sea-level! You’ll be rewarded with terrifc views; the highest elevation of the roads we cycle is approx 575 m.

TERRAIN

Moderate

COST

Classic Accommodation: US $2450
Single Supplement*: US $600

Luxe Accommodation: US $2950
Single Supplement*: US $750

*This trip requires a minimum of 2 people booking (because of boat transfer costs).

High season supplement per person from July 1st to August 30th:
Classic: US $300

Luxe: US $570

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.

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Day 1

Split

This tour begins in the historical city of Split which boasts a Roman palace in its center, and a labyrinthe of cobblestone streets flled with cafes and restaurants. Stroll through town and dine in one of our favourite restaurants – we share our rolodex with you… Hotel choices include Hotel Luxe (Classic); Le Meridien, or Vestibul Palace (Luxe).

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Day 2

Bol

After meeting our local Area Manager and ftting bikes, board the ferry at Split Harbour at 11:00 am; the cruise to Brac will take just under 1 hour. After lunch at one of Supetar’s beach- side restaurants, you cycle to the lovely beach-side village of Bol, where delectable restaurants and a favourite wine bar await. The iconoclastic beaches of the Golden Cape are steps away. Hotel choices include Hotel Elaphusa (Classic) or Deskovic Palace (Luxe).
Ride Distance: 37 km; gain 960m.*

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Day 3

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 fg trees and charming village harbours dot the coast.
Ride Distance: 21 km; 325 m or 42 km, gain 965 m or 82 km, gain 1725 m.*

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Day 4

Hvar

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. Hotel choices include Villa Nora (Classic) or Hotel Podstine (Luxe).
Ride Distance: 27 km; 550 m gain

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Day 5

Hvar

You can cycle as little or as much as you like today. 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) We have arranged for a late afternoon walk with a wonderful guide today, where you’ll learn about the fascinating history of this town and visit its monuments.
Ride Distance: 60 km; 1270 m gain

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Day 6

Korcula

Today you will depart Hvar on a private boat for the town of Vela Lukla on Korcula. From here, you will cycling a spectacular coastal road that reaches Korcula town on the east end of the island. The town’s Italian heritage is evident (it is said that Marco Polo was born here) and we provide recommendations for dining and sights to see. Hotel choices include Hotel de la Ville (Classic) or Hotel Lumbarda (Luxe).
Ride Distance: 36 km; 460 m gain

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Day 7

Dubrovnik

You can sleep in today or wake early for one more morning ride, before transferring by fast catamaran to Dubrovnik, described as a “Venetian Gothic marvel. Columned porticoes and loggias rim marble-paved Renaissance squares bufed to a sheen by centuries of foot trafc.” You can join a walking tour or seek out one of the hidden cafes where you can swim, sip or just people- watch. There really is no place quite like Dubrovnik. Hotel choices include Hotel Lapad (Classic) or Hilton Imperial (Luxe).
Ride Distance: 28 km; 545 m gain

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Day 8

Departure day– Depart at your leisure. Buses depart from the Pile Gate to the airport frequently.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Classic

Hotel Luxe, Split

Within steps of the ancient center of Split this boutique, contemporary hotel features comfortable and modern rooms, a cozy wellness area, dining room and lobby bar with a view of the city life of Split.


Hotel Elaphusa, Bol *Luxe Hotel

Renovated in 2006, this 4-star hotel is located in a pine forest along a walking promenade midway between Bol and Zlatni Rat, Croatia’s most beautiful beach. The hotel’s spa, outdoor pools and other amenities make it a favorite getaway location. The vibrant town of Bol is approximately a 10-minutes walk along a seaside path and has many excellent restaurants.


Villa Nora, Hvar

This is our newest discovery, located in the center of Hvar, located in a former 14th century palace, now a boutique 3-star hotel. Spacious rooms with AC, and steps to restaurants and a warm welcome make it a traveler favourite.


Hotel Korcula de la Ville, Korcula Town

This recently renovated hotel is located in the center of historic Korcula Town.


Hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik

This 4-star hotel sits steps from the port and boasts a large swimming pool, comfortable rooms, and a warm welcome.


Luxe

Marmont Heritage Hotel

Located a 3-minute walk from the Diocletian's Palace, this 4-star hotel is our preferred oasis in Split with its stylish restaurant, a lobby bar and rooftop terrace with city views. As with all hotels in Split, rooms are smallish, but the historic city and great restaurants are steps away.


Hotel Vestibul Palace (alternative to Marmont Hotel)

Located in the historical center of Split, inside the walls of Diocletian’s Palace. It’s in a historical building and although the rooms are not spacious, the amenities and service compensate. Some of the rooms are in annexes, separate from the main building.


Hotel Elaphusa, Bol

Renovated in 2006, this 4-star hotel is located in a pine forest along a walking promenade midway between Bol and Zlatni Rat, Croatia’s most beautiful beach. The hotel’s spa, outdoor pools and other amenities make it a favorite getaway location. The vibrant town of Bol is approximately a 10-minutes walk along a seaside path and has many excellent restaurants.


Hotel Podstine, Hvar

This sea-side 4-star hotel boasts outstanding views, terraced gardens and decks leading down to the sea and private beach. Situated in an arboretum full of palm and citrus trees and centenary pines, it boasts a newly opened spa ofering massage and wellness services on site. The restaurant has an extensive menu with regional cuisine.


Hotel Korsal, Korcula

Hotel Korsal is a 4-star family hotel, situated right next to a lovely beach in the pedestrian zone of Korčula. The guest rooms are bright and modern with wooden floors. There is a casual restaurant on site and wine cellar.


Hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik

This 4-star hotel sits steps from the port and boasts a large swimming pool, comfortable rooms, and a warm welcome.



Trips starting at
US $2,450

Tour Reviews

December 5, 2018

“The hotel and restaurants were better than I expected — high quality.”

December 5, 2018

“I liked it all! The ride, food and sights were amazing. Especially the ride down the side of the mountain near Podstine. I wish I had a GoPro camera for that ride!”

December 5, 2018

“Had no prior expectations, blew everything out of the water from what I imagined”

October 9, 2015

“Best vacation ever! Beautiful country filled with history and very welcoming people.”

October 7, 2015

“I LOVED this trip and can’t wait to do another!!”

October 5, 2015

“I LOVED the biking….it was beautiful and we were lucky with the weather. Croatia ia a beautiful country and the routes were quiet…not a lot of traffic …the group was great, great energy”

June 20, 2014

“Beautiful country…my first bike trip….exceeded my expectations on all fronts….knowledge provided on the extras was informative, very pleasant, open and engaging!”

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