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Croatia – DuVine Holidays

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Croatia Bike Tour

Join us on the Croatia Bike Tour and cycle along the stunning shorelines of the Dalmatian Coast. Climb through lavender fields on the island of Hvar. Visit charming ancient fishing villages in Korcula. Explore beautifully preserved medieval cities and UNESCO world heritage sites. Boat from island to island, experiencing the Adriatic by road and by sea on this cycling vacation in Croatia. You will never forget wandering through Dubrovnik’s narrow and storied streets, an evening dining at the local konoba, or the spectacular vistas that surround you. Delight your palate with tastings of the unique reds of the Peljesac peninsula and the freshest of local seafood.

 

Day One: Welcome to Split!
Your guides will meet you at the airport in Split where your bike tour begins! Toast your arrival with a welcome drink and begin with the essentials: bike fitting and safety review. From here we’ll set off to ride along a quiet coastal road and be treated to our first glimpse of the stunning Adriatic. After a leisurely warm up, we’ll return to town with plenty of time to explore the historic city of Split, moulded by centuries of diverse rulers. Tonight we’ll enjoy a true Croatian feast at a local restaurant that is a true hidden gem.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Split, Marjan Hill
Accomplished: 9.5 miles / 15 km
Accommodations: Cornaro Hotel

 

Day Two: Brač Island
This morning we will cruise to Brač, the largest island in Dalmatia. Our ride starts on the coastal roads alongside olive groves and vineyards. The precious white marble seen here was excavated and used in the building of The White House, Diocletian’s Palace, and the Budapest Parliament. After lunch we will visit the Jakšić family gallery. The family prides themselves in keeping the ancient stone cutting tradition alive, while also adding new styles to create unique pieces. Each Jakšić specializes in his/her own craft – Lovre is the master sculptor, Ida, the mother, is the exclusive clothing and jewellery designer, and Dina, the daughter, is the resident painter. After this exclusive experience, we will bike back to Supetar from where we catch the ferry back to Split.  Your guides will provide you with a number of great dining options for you to choose from.  Dobar tek!

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Island Brač, Split, Supetar
Accomplished: 21 miles / 35 km (Longer option: 37 miles / 60 km)
Accommodations: Cornaro Hotel

 

Day Three: Split and Hvar Island
Start the day with an exclusive walking tour of Diocletian’s palace. Built at the turn of the fourth century BC, the castle offers a fascinating glimpse into this era of local history. Following the tour, we’ll set off on a breath taking two-hour ferry ride to Hvar Island. Arriving in Stari Grad, we’ll stop for a quick lunch before we begin our first ride. Cycle through beautiful lavender fields and olive groves, and choose to ride or shuttle back to Hvar Town. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the charming family-owned Konoba Zlatna Školjka.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Split, Stari Grad, Hvar Town
Accomplished: 17 miles / 27 km (Longer option: 29 miles / 47 km)
Accommodations: Hotel Adriana

 

Day Four: The Hvar Lavendar Road
After enjoying a relaxing breakfast, you’ll be gear up to enjoy another stellar ride with unbelievable views of the seas that suround us.  Today’s ride takes us through abandoned villages that historically were prominent producers of the lavender products and oils that were once a trademark of Hvar Island.  Soar down to the Stari Grad plain, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire the ancient wine producing valley before arriving at the Tomic Wine Cellar.  Here you’ll discover the best red wines coming from Hvar, produced and blended in this modern cellar.  From here we will transfer back to Hvar town or you can choose to ride the same route back.  Tonight our private boat will take us to the Paklinski Islands, where we will enjoy dinner in one of the most beautiful bays overlooking endless blue sea in a distant horizon.  A dinner you will never forget.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Hvar, Stari Grad, Jelsa, Paklinski Otoci
Accomplished: 22 miles / 35 km (Longer option: 43 miles / 70 km)
Accommodations: Hotel Adriana

 

Day Five: The Vineyards of Korcula
Today our private boat takes us across blue waters to Korcula, an ancient Greek colony dating back the fourth-century BC. Landing on the west coast in Vela Luka, we’ll bicycle across the island to Korcula Town. Passing through miles of vineyards, we’ll stop to taste the famed local white wines and enjoy a picnic lunch with the Farac family. Here we’ll also sample some of their homemade local products. Arriving at the fortified Venetian village of Korcula Town, the birthplace of Marco Polo, we’ll have the afternoon to explore the pedestrian-only streets or relax at our last hotel, the luxurious 18th century Lesic Dimitri Palace. Tonight we’ll meet in Korcula Town for our final dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Vela Luka, Korcula
Accomplished: 29 miles / 46 km (Longer option: 35 miles / 56 km)
Accommodations: Lešić Dimitri Palace

 

Day Six: Korcula to Dubrovnik
En route to Dubrovnik we’ll discover some of the secrets of the Pelješac peninsula—home to Croatia’s best-known red wines: Dingač and Postup. Stops along the way include a tasting of fresh oysters and a visit the town of Ston, known for the longest fortified city wall in Europe and ancient salt works. After a brief lunch in Mali Ston, we’ll shuttle to the stonewalls of Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most beautifully preserved medieval cities. Meander through the narrow streets, exploring the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture before bidding farewell to a fantastic week.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Peljesac, Ston, Mali Ston, Dubrovnik

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