About Self-guided Cycling in Croatia
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.
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
Activity level: Trips are designed for flexible, energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude.
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.
Meet at Dubrovnik airport and transfer to Konavle, fitting the bikes, briefing with local representative and weather permitting warm up ride in Konavle valley.
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.
- or a longer route ...
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.
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.
- or extension: Racisce – Pupnat – Lumbarda
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.
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).
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.
During the afternoon take a ferry back to Dubrovnik.
After breakfast transfer to Dubrovnik airport.