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Croatia Bike Tour

Croatia's Dalmatian Coast—Adventures on the Adriatic

From $3,998 - $4,498 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$670 to $770 for sgl. occ.)

245 days of yearly sunshine. Sapphire waters and whitewashed villages. Marvel at sublime Adriatic views while you pedal. Then be a part of the view as you boat between islands. It's as relaxing as the Caribbean, as historic as Venice. It's a destination reborn, yet it still feels like, as the Croatians say, “The Mediterranean as it once was.”

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Croatia

Start Split / End Dubrovnik

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Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque Dalmatian Coast by bike, taking in its breathtaking sapphire sea views all along the way
  • Island-hop along the sun-drenched Adriatic and get your fill of pristine beaches and swimming in hidden coves
  • Enjoy the freshest seafood and regional cuisine, and sample wines made from Croatia's local grapes
  • Discover the ancient secrets of Dubrovnik, an architectural gem with turrets, spires and tiled roofs
Croatia

Start Split / End Dubrovnik

Dalmation Coast Croatia Map

Itinerary

Day 1 From bustling Split, home to Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, set out for a ride through the Croatian hinterland | Pedal through the Dinaric Alps' stunning karst landscape | Follow the Cetina River to seaside Omiš, a medieval pirate haven | In the quiet coastal village of Duće, relish garden-fresh Croatian cuisine.

Days 2-3 Sail to Brač, renowned for its white stone | Ride past seaside villages and picturesque stone walls | Head to Hvar, a chic isle where average annual “sun fall” is 2,724 hours | Enjoy a home-cooked meal made with vegetables fresh from a local garden | Bike amid jagged limestone cliffs and endless rosemary and lavender fields | Take the plunge in refreshing waters off quiet beaches | Behold brilliant sunsets from Hvar Town harbor.

Days 4-5 Pedal a hilly route around Korčula Island, lush with vineyards, olive groves and forests | Discover elegant Korčula Town, a fortified medieval village and former Venetian settlement—it's a reputed birthplace of Marco Polo | Savor lovely ocean vistas as you cycle past charming villages | Enjoy dinner in Dubrovnik's old town.

Day 6 Turrets, spires and tiled roofs add the finishing touch to Dubrovnik, an architectural masterpiece | Take in views of this World Heritage site during a guided walk of the old town and its magnificent city walls.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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  • 10 or more guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
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  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,198 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $3,998 - $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$670 to $770 for sgl. occ.)

Casual Hotels*

Hotel Plaza Duce
Hotel Plaza Duće

Duće (1 night)

Hotel Adriana
Hotel Adriana

Hvar Town (2 nights)

Hotel Liburna
Hotel Liburna

Korčula (1 night)

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Dalmatian Coast

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Casual Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Hotel Plaza Duce

Hotel Plaza Duće

Duće (1 night)

Views of the Adriatic and Brač Island abound at this modern seaside hotel. (pool, spa)

Hotel Adriana

Hotel Adriana

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 Liburna

Hotel Liburna

Korčula (1 night)

Set on the Adriatic with beautiful views of Korčula, this contemporary hotel boasts its own sandy beach. (pool)

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (1 night)
* Premiere Hotel

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

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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 (drag to see full )

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 14* 500 30* 1800
33 2200
2 22* 1200 32 3100
27* 1900
Boat to Brac Island (45 Minutes)
Boat to Hvar Island (2.5 Hours)
3 23* 1100 28* 2100 40 3500
4 22* 1800 40 3700
50 4200
Boat to Korcula Island (2.5 Hours)
5 13* 600 31 1800 36 2900
6 Dubrovnik Guided Walk (2 Hours)
 

Note: The Dalmatian Coast's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain (as well as summertime heat) can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 3 lunches

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Dalmatian Coast

You're Invited to Walk the Plank

After a day of biking by the sparkling waters of the Adriatic, at some point you naturally want to plunge in. We recommend waiting until you're back on board our private trabakul, the double-masted sailing coaster unique to this region, as the crew will drop anchor and suggest that you walk the plank—in a good way. And once you've enjoyed a refreshing swim in the sea, it's time to relax on deck with a cold drink and watch the coastline slip by.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Dalmatian Coast trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Dalmatian Coast—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Navigate Your Way in Dalmatian Coast

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Dalmatian Coast. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

The Value of Casual Hotels

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this trip featuring Casual Hotels includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Dalmatian Coast trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Best Leaders in Dalmatian Coast

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Dalmatian Coast, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Dalmatian Coast, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Dalmatian Coast live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Dalmatian Coast you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

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