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Dalmatian Coast Bike Tour
Dalmatian Coast Bike Tour

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."

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 azure 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.


Trip Highlights
  • 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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Casual Inns

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

Adriana Hvar Marina Hotel & Spa (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 (1 night): Overlooking the port and recently renovated with a sleek contemporary design; Korcula Island's best option. (pool, spa)

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


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)
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/10-15 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/17-22 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/24-29 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/31-6/5 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/6-11 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/7-12 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/10-15 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/13-18 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/20-25 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/4-9 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/6-11 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/11-16 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/13-18 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/18-23 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/25-30 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/1-6 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/8-13 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/15-20 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/23-28 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/5-10 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/8-13 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/15-20 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/19-24 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/26-10/1 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/29-10/4 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $770 for sgl. occ.)
SINGLES-SOLOS TRIPS
  • 6/3-8 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/20-25 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/19-24 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/22-27 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)
  • 10/6-11 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $670 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.


Guest Trip Reviews

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.
Cristina DeKraay- 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.
Sarah Toth- Denver, CO

This trip exceeded all my expectations!!! The logistics of moving people and equipment from site to site appeared to happen seamlessly. The trip leaders were very informed and flexible. I cannot say enough good things about the trip leaders and Backroads!
Eileen Ridgway- Frankfort, IN

Your staff on the trip was terrific and the routes selected provided some of the most beautiful vistas I have ever experienced.
Jeff Foran- Belvedere, CA

We would never have experienced the behind-the-scenes culture in the same manner nor learned as much about the fascinating history of this part of the world. We received great suggestions and direction for non-group-sponsored activities during and after the week. I believe the guides were as much a reason for this as anything, which is indirectly a reflection of Backroads as a company and my feeling is that there are probably very few other organizations which could provide as satisfying of an experience for us.
Paul Kelly

This trip exceeded my expectations in many respects: the organization and leadership, the compatibility of the riders, the "Croatian" experience. It was the experience of a lifetime.
Tom Simon- Hastings on Hudson, NY

I had high expectations going into this trip, so I was prepared to be a little underwhelmed. In fact, the opposite was true. It far exceeded my expectations. Everything was so well organized, having the chartered boat was a big surprise, and the islands were incredibly beautiful. It was just incredibly fun. I hesitate to say this, but I think it was the best vacation we have ever gone on.
Tom Bennett- Salt Lake City, UT

This was my first Backroads trip and it did not disappoint! Thanks for a fabulous vacation in magical Croatia. Great itinerary...loved the opportunity to experience the country with personal touches from the locals, amazing scenery and epic bike rides. I am sad to be back home :(
Deborah Golden- Littleton, CO

Croatia is a fabulous place. The cycling was beautiful. Our yacht was incredibly luxurious and comfortable and a real treat. It's a great idea to cycle and sail on the same day. The leaders were top-notch and lots of fun. We had a great time.
Farah Champsi- San Francisco, CA

This was one of the best trips if not the best I have ever taken. Croatia was so beautiful and the routes were great.
Catherine Santee- Lone Tree, CO

As soon as we arrived and viewed the incredible landscape we knew we would be traveling through the pages of National Geographic, everyday. The countryside holds outstanding beauty and you can hear the rhythm of the land. Spectacular villages, old-world seaport towns, and fantastic views, warm people.
Luana Neducsin- Philadelphia, PA

It exceeded my expectations... The leaders, hotels, restaurants/food, yacht elements (and captain) vistas and daily schedules were all extraordinary. I have been raving about it to everyone who will listen.
Barbara Abseck- New York, NY

I have done a number of minimally supported (reservations, luggage transfer, and maps/directions) trips in the past, but this was my first fully supported trip. I do not know how it could be made better - it was that good.
Jeff Hosken- London, England

Just awesome - I was so struck by the views - so breathtaking, unreal. The boat added so much to the trip. I love the water and having the boat was just great and really made the trip for me - and the swim stops we made. Nice weather, super crew and great views!
Morris Sutton- Oakhurst, NJ

Even though this was one of the most challenging trips we have taken with you, we loved it! The leaders were the best, the scenery was spectacular and we liked how the trip was set up with the boat and biking.
Jill Warner- Edwards, CO

We spent a month in Croatia including the Backroads trip and a trip of Istria with one of your competitors. Your trip was superior. The logistics of your trip were quite challenging and the three guides really made it seamless. The bike routes were very enjoyable and had minimal traffic. The boat was excellent and the crew on the boat was very accommodating.
Malcolm McDonald- Boston, MA

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.
Nancy Streim- Merion Station, PA

This was a trip of a lifetime! Backroads made everything so easy and we loved every minute.
Gunnar Knapp- Anchorage, AK

This was an amazing trip for all of my family. There was a warm connection between the trip leaders and the 21 people on our trip from the get-go. We had a blast with everyone! The Dalmatian Coast is glorious. The food was healthy and refreshing. The leaders were so kind and made all the transitions seem effortless. There were a lot of logistical moves to get from island to island and back and the leaders just smiled through all of them and they worked very hard. We were relaxing and enjoying the ride, be it on cycles or boats!!
Joan Gluck- New Hope, PA

We had a fantastic group, great guides and most importantly did and saw things that I could not have done by myself. The special access that Backroads opened into local homes, communities, restaurants made it a great value in my book.
Rebecca Scotti Rabinor- Laredo, TX

We love Backroads! You guys have this bike trip thing perfected... We celebrated our 25th anniversary on this trip and could not have had a better time.
Heather Weir- Hillsborough, CA

Trip of a lifetime! Experiencing Croatia on a bicycle along with a diverse and interesting group of people far exceeded what I was anticipating. This was our third Backroads trip with the first two being over 20 years ago. We experienced the same enthusiasm from Backroads and the leaders today as back then. Backroads does it right! Every aspect seems well thought-out - the hotels, meals, bicycle routes, events put on by the locals specifically for us (wine tasting, lunches, dinners, the "lavender lady", the "olive oil lady"), snacks, wines...the list goes on and on! This trip will go down in our memory books as first-rate in all aspects!!
Linda Biaggi- Minden, NV