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 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.
- 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
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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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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 Bus to Dubrovnik (2.5 Hours)|
|6||Guided Walk on Dubrovnik’s City Wall (45 Minutes)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
*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)
|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
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.- Regional Manager, Croatia