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Dalmatian Coast Family Breakaway Biking
Dalmatian Coast Family Breakaway Biking

245 days of sunshine a year. Sapphire waters. Fresh seafood. 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 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 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 the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo  Ocean vistas and quaint villages set the stage for our 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): Set on the waterfront, a welcoming Renaissance family palace and a registered cultural monument dating from 1497.

Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort (2 nights): Set against an idyllic bay and surrounded by thick pines. (pool)

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 13* 1000 28 2500
Boat to Brac Island (1 hour)
2 18* 100 31* 3500
Boat to Hvar Island (2.5 hours)
3 21* 400 38 3600
26* 2300
4 19 1900 30 2800
Private boat to Korcula Island (3 hours)
5 17* 1100 30 1500
Boat and bus to Dubrovnik (2.5 hours)
6 Guided walk in Dubrovnik (45 minutes)
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and 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.
Mark Selcon - Regional Manager, Croatia