Dalmatian Coast Biking
- Explore the reborn Dalmatian Coast by bike, with breathtaking sapphire sea views
- Island-hop along the sun-drenched Adriatic and swim in hidden coves
- Gain insight into Croatia's fascinating history and culture
- The freshest seafood and local cuisine
- Dubrovnik, an architectural masterpiece with turrets, spires and tiled roofs
From Split to Dubrovnik Via Croatia's Island Paradise
245 days of sunshine a year. Sapphire waters. Fresh squid. Whitewashed limestone villages. Ride in the morning, taking in the views of the Adriatic on the islands of Hvar, Brac and Korcula, then be a part of the view as you boat between islands. And end the day with a swim. Everyone should experience this. It's as relaxing as the Caribbean, as historic as Venice. Nowhere near as crowded as the French Riviera. People have traveled here for more than 140 years. And yet it still feels like, as the Croatians say, "The Mediterranean as it once was."
Day 1 Explore the dazzling Dalmatian Coast by bike Our first stop is Brac Island, renowned since Greek times for its white marble Pedal past picturesque stone walls shaded by cypress, olive and orange trees from the seaside village of Milna to Pucisca.
Days 2-3 Island-hop on the sun-drenched Adriatic and swim in sapphire coves After a beautiful coastal spin, tackle a series of climbs to reach Brac's oldest village Head to Hvar, a chic isle where average annual "sun fall" is 2,724 hours Our friends Mate and Michaela invite us over for a home-cooked meal made with ingredients from their garden Bike amid jagged limestone cliffs and undulating rosemary and lavender fields Vinko and Darinka's family has been making wine and grappa for generations; let's join them for a taste! Ready to cool off? Take the plunge in refreshing waters off quiet beaches The Hvar Town harbor sets off brilliant sunsets.
Days 4-5 Gain insight into Croatia's history and culture A hilly route leads you around Korcula Island, lush with vineyards, olive groves and forests Explore elegant Korcula Town, a fortified medieval village and former Venetian settlement - it's a reputed birthplace of Marco Polo Savor lovely ocean vistas and quaint villages on a final spin.
Day 6 Dubrovnik, an architectural masterpiece with turrets, spires and tiled roofs Take in views of this World Heritage site during a guided walk atop the magnificent city walls.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
The Croatia trip was wonderful! We loved the scenery. The poppy flowers and olive trees made for dramatic scenery over the cliffs with the panoramic views over the Adriatic. It was the most breathtaking scenery I have ever witnessed. It was so nice to be on a vacation where you do not have to worry about travel arrangements or timing. You could never pull something like this off by yourself. Backroads really shined in this trip.- Charlotte, NC
Another fabulous Backroads vacation!! I loved sailing from island to the next and then bicycling each day. I enjoyed the challenging biking with lovely scenery.-Denver, CO
This turned out to be one of my best trips! I was worried about the hills, but the van support was great, and I handled the hills much better than I expected. This trip exemplifies why I am a huge Backroads fan.- Merion Station, PA
Pucisca, Brac Island (1 night) Set on the waterfront, a welcoming Renaissance family palace and registered cultural monument dating from 1497.
Adriana Hvar Marina Hotel & Spa
Hvar Town, Hvar Island (2 nights) This stylish property offers a great view of the old town and yacht harbor, and "a blissful rooftop terrace," according to the Hideaway Report. (pool, spa)
Vela Luka, Korcula Island (1 night) Overlooking the port and recently renovated with a sleek contemporary design; Korcula Island's best option. (pool, spa)
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik (1 night) Located just outside the old town gates with plentiful amenities and a history of entertaining dignitaries and celebrities. (pool)
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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
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|Boat to Brac Island (1 hour)|
|Boat to Hvar Island (2.5 hours)|
|Private boat to Korcula Island (3 hours)|
|Boat and shuttle to Dubrovnik (2.5 hours)|
|6||Guided walk in Dubrovnik (45 minutes)|
* Includes a shuttle