Cycling holiday in Croatia, Dalmatian Coast

The sea's always in view on this small group cycling holiday, teasing and tantalising as you push your way up a hill. No finer reward when you get back to the bottom though.
Split Hvar Korcula Peljesac Peninsula Ston Dubrovnik Five days of cycling
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£1499To£2249including UK flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
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From £1199 - £1799 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £125 - £410.
Minimum age 16.
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Late availability on these dates: 11 Sep, 18 Sep, 29 Sep, 09 Oct
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Description of Cycling holiday in Croatia, Dalmatian Coast

If you are into coastal rides, then a cycling holiday in Croatia where the Dalmatian coast is dotted with more than a hundred and one beauties really is hard to beat. The only problem is knowing where to start with so many stunning spots to choose from. This expertly crafted week long itinerary, travelling in a small group with an expert guide, doesn’t just tick off the tourist boxes, it takes you on a great ride to places that our cycling experts favour, from mainland to islands, into forests and up to perfect viewpoints, along ancient Roman roads and through remote villages.

This is a moderately paced cycling holiday with four full days of pedalling between 20-50kms per day. There is a bit of to-ing and fro-ing to each island, but they are all worth the journey. First, the island of Hvar, where we escape the marinas and big yachts for the more remote fishing villages cycling along Roman roads up to some of the coast’s finest viewpoints. Then on to Korkula Island, with its contrasting forested landscapes but also a main town with fine Gothic Renaissance architecture and ancient tiny streets. You also have an option to hop over to Mljet, Croatia’s only island national park.

Cycling on the mainland is a stupendous experience too, especially along the Peljesac peninsula which feels almost like an island with its prolific vineyards, olive groves and tiny villages, with the added joy of Ston, a medieval town which is a bit like a baby Dubrovnik. The real thing awaiting us at the end of the trip, where we have free time to explore its medieval marvels at our own pace.

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Price information

£1499To£2249including UK flights
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From £1199 - £1799 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £125 - £410.
Minimum age 16.
Make enquiry

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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Hire cost is extra so weigh up cost of transporting your own against hiring one.
Trip type:
Small group holiday, average 12 but max 16 people. Min. age 16
Activity level:
Moderate, cycling 45 km/day.
Accomm:
Small 2* and 3* hotels.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Flights (option to book your own), ferries, accommodation, breakfasts, luggage transfers, guide, van support. Note: Bike hire is extra.
Meals:
Breakfast included; budget for cafes and restaurants en route.

Reviews

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Reviewed on 02 Jul 2017 by

So many things where memorable: cycling through the vineyards and along Adriatic Sea, also Mjlet National Park was magnifique. Great guide who was funny, encouraging, patient, and kind; scenery that matches anywhere worldwide, amazing food, and a whole new set of friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2016 by

We had a really fantastic time. The group was friendly and the tour guide really made the trip for us with her knowledge and enthusiasm for the country. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2016 by

I loved it all, but the day trip to Mljet was particularly special. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2016 by

Very enjoyable due to perfect weather, stunning scenery, an excellent tour guide and a good group Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2015 by

Absolutely brilliant! Krsto, our guide, was very knowledgable, had excellent social skills and a wit that kept us entertained. I met like minded people, the cycling was beyond my expectations and the food and wine were absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this holiday- it was an experience of a lifetime. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 May 2015 by

Excellent! Best bit: Lunch in a cliff top coastal restaurant where virtually every single item was made or grown by the family who served it to us. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2014 by

Great holiday - would recommend Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2014 by

It was excellent! An active vacation that was also very relaxing, with beautiful sights, delicious food (seafood, wines), option to swim. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Activity:
As the itinerary is mainly based on cycling and sightseeing Dalmatian coast, we have a low impact on the environment. The sightseeing aspect of the tour is actually really beneficial to the country and its several historical and cultural gems. The ancient, heavily walled city of Dubrovnik, for instance, benefits from tourist fees which go towards upkeep of the buildings. Clients are free to visit the Rector’s Palace, the Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries, the Stradun and the fortified walls themselves. Not only does this help preserve and celebrate Croatian culture history, but the locals benefit from tourists spending on souvenirs and food. Similarly, there is the option to visit the island of Mljet and its National Park- by doing this we contribute to the maintenance of this beautiful natural area.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle and provide clean water in large bottles to facilitate this. We recycle our plastic and are sure to dispose of any litter on tour in an appropriate place.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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Accommodation & Meals:
On this trip you will spend the week in comfortable, locally staffed hotels. We tend to avoid the larger chains and to invest in the smaller businesses, where our money stays local. All breakfasts and one picnic lunch is included. Croatian cuisine has a mixture of Central European, Italian and Balkan influences, producing a mixture of dishes like grilled lamb, pizza, fine seafood, pasta and salads. Your guide is local and will be able to recommend or arrange for you to eat in some unique, community-central restaurants or markets. For example, in Ston, the group can stop to try oysters; or along the Peljesac Peninsula, there are several vineyards where there is the chance to try and buy some wine.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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