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Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

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  • Holiday type
    Guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1549per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 21 Mar '20 to 17 Oct '20
  • What's Included?
  • All breakfasts 
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities 
  • Tour leader throughout 
  • Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)
  • Local bike hire
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 4 days cycling (plus 1 optional ride on Mljet) with full vehicle support
  • 90% tarmac, 10% gravel roads
  • Quiet roads with a good mix of flat and rolling terrain 
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16
  • 7 nights hotels 

Croatia

Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Spectacular coastal cycling on the mainland and islands
  • Delicious local cuisine at traditional restaurants and agritourism’s
  • Discover the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik

Known to have the clearest waters in the Mediterranean and undoubtedly packed with historical and cultural interest, the Dalmatian Coast is one of the true wonders of Europe. We follow some of the best cycling routes the area has to offer with much of the tour taking place on the long and beautiful islands of Hvar and Korcula, travelling by ferry between the islands. The scenery alternates between seaside villages, tiny mediaeval towns and pretty pebble bays. We end our journey in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik where we spend two nights soaking up the atmosphere of this uniquely preserved city.



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Typical holiday itinerary



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Day 1: Start Split; ferry transfer to Hvar.

Start Split; If arrival times allow, there will be time to look around the old quarters of the city and a visit to the UNESCO Diocletian Palace, we may have time for dinner or a snack before we get back to the Split ferry port to take an evening ferry to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. We then continue by road to Hvar town where we spend the first two nights.

Please note: the ferry leaves at 20.30. The group flight varies per departure and the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly. 




Day 2: Circular ride exploring the island of Hvar, including Hvar town and a 8km climb.

Our first cycle is a circular ride exploring the island of Hvar.  We start with a transfer to Stari Grad where we do our bike fitting before we start cycling along an old Roman road to Vrbovska and then follow the coastal road towards the village of Jelsa. Here we take a break before heading back to Stari Grad for an optional lunch. After lunch, we continue our cycle back to the town of Hvar. We will cycle up a challenging hill to a viewpoint overlooking the island of Brac with breathtaking views. When we return to Hvar, we will have a chance to wander around the narrow streets of this quintessential Dalmatian town. Rather like a mini Venice, the streets of Hvar are marbled and there are elegant gothic palaces and cathedrals inside the city walls.

Day 3: Ride east along the island to port of Sucuraj; ferry via mainland to Korcula.

Today we start with a transfer to Jelsa and we ride east along the narrow part of the island with views of both coasts as we head to the port of Sucuraj. The road is generally quiet and there are a couple of challenging climbs today to get you warmed up, however, the support vehicle will be available for anyone who doesn’t want to cycle up the hills. Heading east, we have wonderful views of the mountainous mainland and the turquoise waters and we pass small villages, olive groves and tiny vineyards on our way to Sucuraj. From Sucuraj we take a ferry to Drvenik on the mainland, transfer by bus to Orebic, then catch another ferry to Korcula which is the historic centre of the island and in a lovely setting on the Peljesac Channel. It is also known for its outstanding cultural and historical heritage with a long tradition of seafaring, shipbuilding and stone-masonry, as well as being the birthplace of the adventurer and traveller Marco Polo. Once on Korcula, we have a short 15min transfer to the small town of Lumbarda which will be our base for the next three nights.

From June to September a ferry runs from Ploce to Trpanj, and from here we will take the bus to Orebic and then the ferry to Korcula. This shortens the time spent on the bus travelling from Drvenik to Orebic and makes the journey a bit more fun and picturesque.

Day 4: Free day in Lumbarda; optional visit (with bikes) to picturesque island of Mljet.

Today we have a free day to relax in Lumbarda, go for a swim at the sandy beach on Przina or explore the charming town of Korcula at your own pace. There is an optional visit (with bikes) to the picturesque island of Mijet. Those choosing to explore Mljet and its famous national park will take a boat ride to Pomena, which is also the entrance for the Mljet National Park. Here you can enjoy a very scenic but short ride around the two lakes.

Day 5: Scenic ride on forested island of Korcula, from Vela Luka to Korcula town and on to Lumbarda.

After breakfast we will start our circular ride on the forested island of Korcula. We start with a transfer to Vela Luka and from here we ride to the pretty village Brna near Smokvica before transferring to Pupnat where we will have lunch. From here we get back on the bikes and cycle all the way back to Lumbarda after a great exploration of the island. Today is a busy day and there are some hills, but we will use the support vehicle where necessary.

Day 6: Ride through the vineyards of Peljesac Peninsula towards the mainland; transfer to Dubrovnik.

After a short ferry ride (approx 20 minutes) to the Peljesac Peninsula we follow this narrow and rugged finger of land. The route passes through olive groves, quiet villages and the famous vineyards hugging the steep slopes descending to the clear waters of the Adriatic. We complete our ride along an easy unpaved track to the tiny cove at Zuljana. From here the traffic levels increase so we take our support vehicle to Dubrovnik. En route there is a short stop at the small historic settlement of Ston, a beautiful example of a fortified town and Dubrovnik-style architecture. We should arrive in Dubrovnik in the late afternoon. We spend two nights in a lovely hotel which is a 10-minute public bus ride from the old town of Dubrovnik. This evening we will have a guided tour of the Old Town of Dubrovnik. 

Day 7: Free day to explore Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm. Located right on the Adriatic, the fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble of red-tiled roofs make this a truly enchanting place. The shelling of Dubrovnik by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately over the last 15 years great care has been taken to re-build the damaged parts of Dubrovnik and the city has now returned to its former glory. The old town, or Stari Grad, is filled with cobblestone streets, fountains, churches, palaces and museums — all built from the same light-coloured stone. There are no motor vehicles in the quiet city, but at night the streets come alive as locals and visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun, the main street, covered in smooth shiny marble. Dubrovnik is famous for its fine seafood, and what better way to end our Croatian experience than splashing out on a feast of freshly grilled fish within Dubrovnik's city walls.




Day 8: End Dubrovnik.

Trip ends in Dubrovnik.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Hotels

The hotels used throughout the trip are of a good standard. All are clean and comfortable, most have air conditioning and swimming pools or are close to the beach allowing you to have a swim after a day on the bike. Croatia is not the cheap destination that some might expect and hotels can lack a little character, especially in the more popular destinations like Dubrovnik.

On Hvar, we stay in the vibrant town of Hvar.

On the island of Korcula, we stay in the small quaint fishing village of Lumbarda. The family run hotel offers warm hospitality, be sure to pack your swimming costume as there is a pool you can enjoy at the end of the day.

In Dubrovnik, we stay in Lapad Bay, next to many restaurants and close to a pebbly public beach. There is a supermarket nearby and the local bus for the Old Town of Dubrovnik is just in front of the hotel.

Please note: During the low season, some of the pools might be closed. However, when staying on Hvar and Korcula we are never far away from the sea if you fancy a swim. 

Additional Accommodation

Additional accommodation can be booked, subject to availability, at our hotels in Split or Dubrovnik, either before or after the trip. Prices are available from the Exodus office on request. 


Meals

All breakfasts are included throughout.

For breakfast, you can expect a continental buffet serving a wide selection of food from cold meats, cheeses, bread and eggs to pastries, yoghurts, jams and fruit as well as tea and coffee.

Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and other parts of the Balkans.

A popular optional lunch spot in Pupnat (Korcula) is Mate restaurant. Lunch here is often a highlight of the trip. A selection of homemade produce is on offer with a drink and comes to around 155kn/20EUR. Credit card not accepted. 

Another highlight in Korcula is an optional dinner on day 5 at an agrotourism. Dinner here is around 200kn/27EUR for their set menu. Credit card not accepted.  

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Headwater has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Transportation

The group is accompanied by a transfer bus, and a trailer to carry the bikes. 

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary. We normally use the scheduled services of Croatia Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules

change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

UK Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please visit www.exodus.co.uk/regionaldepartures for a useful overview of the options available, and contact our sales team for expert advice. If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1½ hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Split and ending in Dubrovnik

The start hotel is located on the Island of Hvar. The start point is rather difficult to get to so we recommend joining the group transfer. You have 3 options to join the group (1) At Split airport. (2) In central Split in the afternoon. In this case please call the leader on the day the group arrives to get all the information about where to meet. (3) At the ferry port in Split. The ferry port is a small place so it’s easy to find the group. You should be there by 7.30pm, and the ferry leaves at 8.30pm. You should meet by the quay to Stari Grad, Hvar. Please let us know which option is most suitable for you as we need to inform our leader where and when they can expect you. If you decide to make own way, you need to get from Split airport to the ferry port and onwards from there. 

From Split airport, you can take a shuttle bus that will take you to the main bus station in Split which is opposite the Split ferry port. If you decide to make your own way to town on Hvar, you can take a fast boat to the town of Hvar, Jadrolinija line 9604 or Jadrolinija 9604S; the sailing schedules are subject to change please see more detailed info here. 

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. As this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available from our customers, but here are the comments that have been received from previous Exodus travellers.

Fabulous cycling on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast Islands. Lovely roads, unspoilt villages, scenery to die for and good food. Hotels were unfortunately the exception- exceptionally poor.

A really lovely holiday a good balance of cycling and relaxing/socieliting time Can’t wait to choose another

We thoroughly enjoyed our first Exodus tour. The cycling was amazing, very beautiful scenery, and excellent bikes. The tour guide Dino and Driver Tommy were super, very attentive, informative, friendly and efficient. The hotels were generally good. However the first stay in Hvar was basic, the shower was not attached to the wall and the fan was noisy- we were expecting air conditioning, and the site was run down with steps to the beach and appartments being hazardous. The breakfast was fine and the location very good for cycling. The two other hotels were fine. The rating for the tour was 3/10. I was a little confused by this as a first timer. I consider myself to be fairly fit and cycle regularly 20+ miles and expected a level 3 trip to be comfortable for me, yet I found the climbs quite challenging. Perhaps there should be more detail in your explanations of grading.

Good routes through some beautiful countryside. Some of the uphills are pretty tough but worth it for the downhills. Excellent choice of restaurants, very well organised and well-briefed. The guide coped fantastically as a one-man team - he really needed support from at lead one other Exodus appointed member to share the thinking and organising. Apart from a 1-hour whistlestop tour of Split for those arriving on the scheduled flight, there was no time for exploring the city and NO TIME for the meal that had been given in the Trip Notes - we had to grab a snack to eat on the ferry. Not entirely satisfactory. Hotels were average.

An excellent holiday to a fabulous country, great cycling with a brilliant guide, plus swimming in beautiful locations, stunning scenery and lovely food. Plus, the opportunity to stay in an Eastern block hotel in a great location.

I have just returned from the most amazing cycling holiday. This was my first holiday of this kind and was rather nervous being a single traveler! The rest of the group made me so welcome and I instantly felt relaxed and with friends. The first couple of days were rather tough cycling and I did get behind but with Alan's encouragement I caught up and had a giggle with the rest of the group. The countryside is amazing, the food was outstanding, loved it all.

I really enjoyed the itinerary. The scenery was excellent, the hotels choices were good as well. The hotel in Split (hotel Bellevue) on Day 1 was a bit rough around the edges but it was in a fantastic location. All the other hotels were great choices and great locations too. I did find the last day of cycling too easy and too short. This was only 20k and it should have been at least 40k for a level 3 trip.

A very good option for a week in Europe. The islands between Split and Dubrovnik are beautiful and in May there was very little traffic.

The cycling holiday was excellent. The mix of exercise, downtime and cultural visits was just about perfect.

What an adventure, biking in a country that I hardly knew existed. Croatia is beautiful, almost untouched by the human hands that have sullied much of the urban areas here. Biking there was very challenging by this senior, but also very rewarding. Allen Skulic, the group leaded was an excellent guide. Allen is very knowledgeable about the area and it's history. But most important he was very encouraging and supportive. I don't think I could've completed this cycling adventure without his words of encouragement. I will forever remember the scenic views cycling through the many small cities, farm lands and biking up and down the many mountain roads. Also, memorable was the many ferries that we took to the many islands that we biked. The lunches and dinners were exceptional; the wines superb.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

This 7 night guided cycling holiday includes:

All breakfasts 

All accommodation 

All transport and listed activities 

Tour leader throughout 

Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)

Local bike hire


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

4 days cycling (plus 1 optional ride on Mljet) with full vehicle support

90% tarmac, 10% gravel roads

Quiet roads with a good mix of flat and rolling terrain 

Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16

7 nights hotels 

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Headwater has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Transportation

The group is accompanied by a transfer bus, and a trailer to carry the bikes. 

Joining instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary. We normally use the scheduled services of Croatia Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules

change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

UK Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please visit www.exodus.co.uk/regionaldepartures for a useful overview of the options available, and contact our sales team for expert advice. If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1½ hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Split and ending in Dubrovnik

The start hotel is located on the Island of Hvar. The start point is rather difficult to get to so we recommend joining the group transfer. You have 3 options to join the group (1) At Split airport. (2) In central Split in the afternoon. In this case please call the leader on the day the group arrives to get all the information about where to meet. (3) At the ferry port in Split. The ferry port is a small place so it’s easy to find the group. You should be there by 7.30pm, and the ferry leaves at 8.30pm. You should meet by the quay to Stari Grad, Hvar. Please let us know which option is most suitable for you as we need to inform our leader where and when they can expect you. If you decide to make own way, you need to get from Split airport to the ferry port and onwards from there. 

From Split airport, you can take a shuttle bus that will take you to the main bus station in Split which is opposite the Split ferry port. If you decide to make your own way to town on Hvar, you can take a fast boat to the town of Hvar, Jadrolinija line 9604 or Jadrolinija 9604S; the sailing schedules are subject to change please see more detailed info here. 



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