Croatia cycling holiday, Dalmatian wine roads

“Cycle amongst the vineyards, beaches and historic hillsides of Croatia with sightseeing in Dubrovnik and cycling on Korcula Island adding to lazy lunches and laid back pedal power.”

Highlights

Terraced hillsides | vineyards | traditional local restaurants | local farm food producers | Peljesac Peninsula | Korcula Island | Ston | Orebic | Dubrovnik | Cilipi | Pendja and Pasjaca beaches | Cavtat | Kuciste seaside village |

Description of Croatia cycling holiday, Dalmatian wine roads

Cycling Croatia is certain to get your pulse racing just as passionately as your pedals with an excellent choice of free-wheeling independence and expert guidance allowing cyclists to benefit from Croatia’s stunning coastal scenery and resplendent hillside vineyards.

No fixed dates other than any point between April and November allow for greater flexibility for travellers with a superb recommended route, through Croatia’s wine region, adding to the relaxation of short distances interspersed with sightseeing, wine tasting and lovely lazy lunches.

The Dalmatian Coast has some wonderful cycling Croatia tracks along scenic roads and through terraced hillsides with regions, such as: Peljesac, Korcula and Konavle, renowned just as much for their ripe reds as for their cultural history and stunning sea views.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Dubrovnik – 2hr transfer to Orebic via short break in Ston – free time to explore Orebic with recreational cycle options to local vineyards – overnight stay at a hotel in Orebic.
Day 2:Day's cycling distance approx 30kms. Cycle along the coast to the village of Viganj via the seaside resort and sandy beaches of Kucište – return to Orebic for overnight stay.
Day 3:Day's cycling distance approx 50kms. Cycle to central Orebic before catching the hourly ferry to the island of Korcula – cycle from the port to central Korcula before continuing along the coast to the characterful town of Racisce – return to Orebic for overnight stay.
Day 4:Day's cycling distance approx 45kms. Depart Orebic and transfer with luggage to Potomje in order to avoid the steep and narrow road – cycle from Potomje to Ston through the vineyards and small coastal towns along the Peljesac Peninsula – this is an extremely scenic stretch of road with plenty of places to stop for sightseeing, wine tasting, swimming and lunch at a traditional local restaurant – free time in Ston after checking into a local hotel.
Day 5:Check out of the hotel in Ston after breakfast and transfer to Dubrovnik (just under an hour's drive) - check into hotel in Dubrovnik – two hour guided city sightseeing tour of the old town area – free time to explore at leisure before overnight stay in Dubrovnik.
Day 6:Day's cycling distance approx 35kms. Check out of hotel in Dubrovnik and transfer to the town of Gruda in Konvale (approximately a half hour's drive) - check into hotel in Gruda – circular cycle route from Gruda to Zvekovica – optional continuation to the town of Cavtat (approx 6kms total cycling distance) – continue to Pridvorje and Ljuta villages – optional lunch at the Vinica Monkovic restaurant overlooking the River Ljuta - return to Gruda for overnight stay.
Day 7:Day's cycling distance approx 45kms. Cycle the southern side of the valley and stop off at a choice of wine cellars and local farm food producers along the way – picnic lunch can be bought en-route at the local village stores and market stalls in Cilipi or before setting off in central Gruda – Cilipi features numerous cultural attractions including the ethnographic museum and the St Nicholas Church – from Cilipi you'll cycle to Radovcici and Popovici villages where beaches, such as Pendja and Pasjaca, make for the perfect rest stops – return to Gruda for final overnight stay.
Day 8:Depart Gruda hotel after breakfast and transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

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Responsible tourism: Croatia cycling holiday, Dalmatian wine roads

Environment

Our promise to sustain our environment:

- We provide bike trips and there we encourage people to use bikes as much as they can during a bike tour, other transfer services we provide with public ferries and our minibus.

- This trip takes you to protected and special areas on the coast to the historical and UNESCO protected towns, on the coast you will find green pine forests and hidden beaches, ideal places for picnic, for the rest or for swimming, please be sure that leave no traces, paper litter or any organic or inorganic litter can do changes on ecosystem.

- We suggest you to try local products, when you stop by the vineyards you can see how many efforts takes to build terraces wine yards on the slopes of the hills, take a chance and visit local wine producer where you can taste, buy some wine products and where you can learn more about history of making wine in this area. Terraces vineyards are not just in function of producing wines they also keep lend of the erosion, cycling there you can see how locals build dry stone walls and preserved fertile soil during a centuries.

- The food for our travelers in B&Bs is mainly seasonal and locally produce, mainly organic.

- On all our tours we use local products and provide local-style meals, and we encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies, as active travel agency we provide trips in off season (Spring and Autumn) when mostly our cyclist have a trips, on that way we make season longer and longer time frame we support local economy.

- If you buy some food for the road, picnic lunch or similar, buy local products in smaller eco packages whenever it is possible.

- Consider water waste when you take shower, flushing the toilets, on the dry Dalmatian coast water is very precious for the gardening and everyday consumption at homes.

- Take water bottle with you and use the tap water to refill your water bottles, do not buy expensive water in the shops, in plastic bottles.

- Whenever is possible turn off lights and air condition in the hotel rooms when you do not need it, in hot summer days when you leave your rooms for daily activities keep window shades closed during the day sunlight to keep your room in shade and you will spend less energy to cool it.

- Please be aware of open fire: open fire is extremely forbidden on the coast as pine forest can burn in a moment especially in hot summer months, even small inattention can cause fires on the coast and it destroy and damage huge part of the coastal landscape.

- With small groups and independent travelers we have very small impact on ecosystem and protected historical areas (old town of Dubovnik, historical part of Korcula town and Ston).

Community

Our company support local community on several ways:

- We employ local people, local guides, local drivers, using local employees, guides, accommodation providers and transportation services local community has directly benefit from us

- During tour we use accommodation mostly provided in small hotels and B&Bs run by local people; where travelers can taste local food, have local hospitality and explore local way of life.

- Our guides educate and inform guests on the tour about local culture, history, habits. We support local culture and crafts: there are suggestion in trip dossier what to do and what to see where our travelers can donate for the entrance fees or buy ticket to museum, church, national park or botanical garden, what are restaurants where they can have local food or place of interest important for the Croatian history.

- We ensure that financial benefits remain in the local community through different sponsorships or donations.

- As tour operator we support different local ecological, sports associations and clubs. We donate money for projects and events, we are directly involved as the donor in cycling race (Konavle 100 Km) we support local water polo club Gusar (who works with small children) and we support ecological organization Kurenat and different events.

- Our company support non profit organization who work with children with special needs "Korak dalje" and "Debra"

Reviews of Croatia cycling holiday, Dalmatian wine roads

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The cycling was fun

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just enjoy it

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not really as I flew there which is a huge environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Good fun but quite hot and windy for cycling. The hotel near Dubrovnik where
we stayed one night was not particularly good, especially the breakfast. Might
be better staying in the old town.

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