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Dalmatian Coast Family Breakaway Bike Tour

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  • 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

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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 isles. 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."

Itinerary

Day 1 Explore the dazzling Dalmatian Coast by bike  Our first stop is Brac Island, renowned since ancient Greece for its white marble Passing picturesque stone walls shaded by cypress, olive, fig, and orange trees, pedal from seaside villages to the quaint town of 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 Visit Vinko and Darinka, whose 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 charming 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.

Casual Inns*

Deskovic Palace
Deskovic Palace

Pucisca (1 night) A Renaissance family palace on the waterfront and a registered cultural monument dating from 1497.

Adriana Hvar Marina Hotel & Spa
Adriana Hvar Marina Hotel & Spa

Hvar Town (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)

Hotel Korkyra
Hotel Korkyra

Vela Luka (1 night) Overlooking the port and recently renovated with a sleek contemporary design; Korcula Island's best option. (pool, spa)

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
* Premiere Inn

Dubrovnik (1 night) Located just outside the old town gates with plentiful amenities and a history of entertaining dignitaries and celebrities. (pool)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Croatia's Dalmatian Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines I've explored, and I'm excited to offer this trip as one of our special Breakaway adventures. Not only will you really enjoy the riding, you'll also love island hopping aboard our traditional Croatian sailing vessel - with options to swim in the Adriatic or just kick back on deck.
Mark Selcon - Regional Manager, Croatia

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
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 15* 800 26 1400
29 1600
Boat to Brac Island (1 Hour)
2 29* 1100 33* 2600 40 3200
Boat to Hvar Island (2.5 Hours)
3 23* 800 40 3300
28* 1900 44 3600
4 20 1500 36 2300
Private Boat to Korcula Island (3 Hours)
5 19* 1300 32 1700 43 2500
Boat and Bus to Dubrovnik (2.5 Hours)
6 Guided Walk on Dubrovnik’s City Wall (45 Minutes)
 
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Please note: this region is known for its dramatic hills, which we'll be tackling on two wheels. The levels of difficulty shown for these routes take into account elevation gain. Summer heat can also add to the difficulty.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

8 - 9 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Croatia Dalmatian Coast tour experts. See our award-winning Europe At Large biking tours, Europe At Large walking and hiking tours and Europe At Large multisport tours.

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All meals included except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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