Self-guided Cycling in Croatia

About Self-guided Cycling in Croatia

Summary

Cycling through some of southern Croatia's most impressive countryside on the mainland and her nearby islands. START/FINISH - Dubrovnik.

Activity code: CRHK05

Duration: 8 Days

Croatia is the country of a thousand islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate and one of the best ways to explore it is by bicycle.

This cycling tour starts in the Konavle Valley, near Dubrovnik, for two days after which the itinerary shifts to the Peljesac peninsula and Korcula Island, then Mljet island, finally to Dubrovnik and Sipan island, one of the Elaphite islands near to this historic town. 

During the 7 full days you will have the opportunity to explore these incredibly beautiful islands, mediaeval towns, old villages and lovely bays of Croatia.

Highlights of the Self-Guided Cycling Holiday:

  • Konavle Valley  - unspoilt countryside
  • Dubrovnik & Sipan Island
  • Mljet & Korcula Islands
  • Traditional Croatian cuisine

Itinerary in brief:

Day 1: Arrival at destination – Konavle

Day 2: Konavle Valley

Day 3: Peljesac Peninsula

Day 4: Korcula Island

Day 5: Mljet Island

Day 6: Dubrovnik [Optional Sightseeing Tour]

Day 7: Sipan Island

Day 8: Departure day

Departure Dates 2019

  • any reasonable date between April 1st and October 31st
  • Other dates (including 2020) on request

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation (4 bases)
  • Meals as per itinerary (7x breakfasts)
  • 7 days cycling routes with full information pack  (orientation, riding routes with maps, suggestions for sightseeing visits, dining, local shops and services, bus and ferry timetables)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services for the orientation at each destination and co-ordination of transfers and support during travelling between tour destinations.
  • Local emergency support and general assistance
  • Transportation as in itinerary
  • Round trip airport transfers - Dubrovnik Airport

Essential Information:

Activity level: Trips are designed for flexible, energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude.

  • Daily cycling distances 25 – 45km
  • Grade: easy to moderate
  • Terrain: mainly flat with some hills.

Additional costs:

  • Bike rental: approx. € 15 per person per day
  • e-bike: approx. € 25 per bike / day
  • Entrance fee to the National Park of Mljet is not included, this can only be paid on the spot!

Important note on bikes: Cube / Cannodale or similar brand, hybrid bikes, come equipped with: tool bag, lock, spare tyre, repair kit, pump, rack for the panniers, helmet.

Weather: Summers are typically warm and sunny. From May to October temperatures are comfortable for hiking, paddling, and swimming. Rain is always a possibility in Croatia so it is essential to bring adequate rain wear and a jacket in case of inclement weather.

Accommodation: B&B (hotels and small family guesthouses), all accommodations include private bathroom and daily breakfast.

NB. This itinerary can be subject to change due to weather, special events, etc. Our local staff will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for you without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations.

Contact us now to book this recommended Holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1: Arrival to Dubrovnik airport

    Meet at Dubrovnik airport and transfer to Konavle, fitting the bikes, briefing with local representative and weather permitting warm up ride in Konavle valley.

    • Overnight in Konavle.

  • DAY 2: Cycling in Konavle countryside.

    A day for cycling in the farming area of Dubrovnik, the Konavle Valley. Your cycling route follows the valley and river Ljuta, through the village of Zvekovica and a group of villages in Gornja Banda.

    • Route 1: Gruda – Zvekovica – Ljuta - Gruda (circular route, 40 – 55 km); total distance approx. up to 40 km, Type of ground: asphalt

    - or a longer route ...

    • Route 2: Gruda – Cilipi – Prevlaka –Gruda (circular route up to 65 km)
    • Overnight in Konavle.

  • DAY 3: Konavle – Peljesac peninsula – Korcula Island

    A shuttle from Konavle, along the Peljesac peninsula, ending on Korcula Island, where you
    might have shorter bike ride on the island. However, if you prefer longer bike rides, you have the opportunity to cycle the Peljesac peninsula bike route (up to 50 km). This route is very scenic, however there are some demanding parts. Please advise us about your choice, due to shuttle arrangements.

    • Total cycling distance of 48 km (climbing - total gain 740 m)
    • Overnight at Lumbarda on Korcula Island.

  • DAY 4: Korcula cycling

    Second day on Korcula Island we suggest a circular ride from the village Lumbarda to Korcula town – old town. After exploring the old city on your own, you will bike along coastal road to picturesque bay of Racisce, after eventually lunch there, you return same road back to Lumbarda.

    • Route: from Lumbarda to Korcula town – from Korcula town to bay of Racisce.

    - or extension: Racisce – Pupnat – Lumbarda

    • The total route length is approximately 40 km, maximum elevation 80 m.
    • Type of the ground: asphalt.
    • Overnight Lumbarda, Korcula Island.

  • DAY 5: Mljet Island

    Today you visit the delightful island of Mljet, famous for its natural protected area where there are two salt lakes and many historical monuments that date from ancient times. After breakfast head to the port of Korcula where you take a ferry to Mljet, journey time about 30 min. Your cycle ride starts in the village of Pomena or Polace (a two small towns just outside national park territory) and your
    route will take you around the salt lakes, through villages Babine Kuće and Soline, around the lakes and back to the village of Polace or Pomena.

    • Mljet cycle route 1 - (Polace village - Salt lakes - Vrataosolina - Polace)
    • Total distance approx. 30 km, max. elevation 90 m.
    • Type of ground: asphalt, (paved roads)
    • Overnight Mljet, Polace / Pomena

  • DAY 6: Dubrovnik

    Travel to Dubrovnik from Mljet by taking a ferry (or combine with car shuttle - transfer from the
    island depends of the available ferries and season). Upon arrival in Dubrovnik you will be taken to your accommodation; free time in the old town of Dubrovnik (optional city sightseeing tour available).

    • Overnight Dubrovnik

  • DAY 7: Island of Sipan - Cycling

    After breakfast you leave Dubrovnik for a day trip to the Elafite island of Sipan. From your Dubrovnik accommodation you will cycle to the port of Gruz where bikes are put on board for the crossing to island Sipan. Today’s ride on the island is very easy, relax, a short biking distance can combine with sightseeing, swimming and relax on this quite island. The island of Sipan was the residential place of Dubrovnik's patricians but today is calm and well-preserved typical Dalmatian island. Follow the road from Sudurad past vineyards and olive groves to Luka, a small harbour on the west of the island; here you will find many interesting sights to explore: including old
    churches, summer residential palaces, beautiful pine forests and hidden bays. This is ideal day for easy cycling, swimming and relax from the city crowds.

    • Route: from port Sudurad Pakljena to port Luka and back to Sudurad.
    • Total distance approx. 20 km, max. elevation 230 m.
    • Type of ground: paved roads.

    During the afternoon take a ferry back to Dubrovnik.

    • Overnight Dubrovnik

  • DAY 8: End of tour

    After breakfast transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

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