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Croatia

Islands of the Dalmatian Coast

Guided Road Cycling Holiday

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Duration

8 days

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£2,160 P.P.
Croatia

Islands of the Dalmatian Coast

Guided Road Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

£2,160 P.P.
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Croatia's Dalmatian coast and its many islands are famous the world over for their outstanding natural beauty, picturesque seaside villages and numerous historically significant sites.
Starting in the magnificent historic city of Split and ending in vibrant Dubrovnik, this brand new, gently-paced, island-hopping tour allows us to explore the best of both the mainland and some of the larger and more significant islands.
We spend the first three nights of our adventure in Split, not far from the ancient centre and the Unesco World Heritage listed Diocletian’s Palace, from where will explore firstly the mountains and coastline surrounding the city and then later the islands of Brac and Hvar.
Later in the week we will leave Split to venture further afield, taking in the island of Korcula and the beautiful wine growing region of the Peljesac peninsula.
Moderately-challenging with relatively short daily distances, some of which may be abbreviated for those keen on a little more relaxation, this tour has been designed for those who value soaking up the scenery and enjoying a late afternoon beer in the sunshine as much as they enjoy excellent road cycling.
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Holiday Highlights

  • The UNESCO heritage site of the Diocletian’s Palace
  • Hopping between the islands of Brac, Hvar and Korcula
  • Riding through the wine region of the Paljesac Peninsula
  • Mali Slon, famed for its longest fortified city walls in Europe
  • Korcula Island, purported to be the birthplace of Marco Polo

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival: Split Airport
Non riding day

After arrival in Split International (Resnik) airport we will transfer to our hotel in the heart of the 1700 year old city of Split where we will assemble and fit our bikes. Flight schedules-permitting, time is set aside for a little exploration of what is arguably Croatia’s finest city.

The city buzzes with life as locals and tourists alike mingle in the beautiful historic centre. The Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its warren-like atmospheric old streets packed with bars and restaurants and impressive array of Roman monuments and architecture, is a must see.

Later we’ll meet to have dinner together while the Skedaddle team describe what lies in store for the week ahead.

Day 2
Split - Marjan Park and Mountains Loop
47 Miles / 76 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.

Today we will explore the region around Split and it is the only stage that we will spend entirely on the mainland.

We begin by heading west out of the city into and around the small peninsula of the tree-covered Marjan Park where we will climb the gentle slopes to enjoy breathtaking views of the city and all of the islands that we will visit during the next few days.

After completing one full circuit of the coast road around the peninsula we change direction completely, heading back along the coast, bypassing Split to head into the mountains that overlook the city. Our loop ride climbs gradually for 16 miles/25 kms before we reach the summit at just over 500m above sea level. A swift descent then drops us back down to sea level via the hill town of Donje Sitno after which we retrace our tracks back to Split where we will spend a second evening.

Day 3
Brac Island
35 Miles / 56 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 800 Metres Approx.

Today we will move away from the mainland to visit Brac, the first of the islands on our tour and one of the largest in Croatia.

Following breakfast we’ll ride the short journey to the ferry port where we’ll board the boat for the hour-long crossing to Brac. The island is famous for its tradition of stone cutting and carving and is the source of materials used in some of the world’s most famous and significant buildings including the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington D.C.

Once on the island we’ll set off along the coast and then into rolling olive-clad hills as we make our way to Vidova Gora, the highest peak of all the islands of Dalmatia. We then descend from the summit back down to the coast where we’ll enjoy lunch before jumping back on the ferry for the return journey to Split.

Day 4
Hvar Island West
42 Miles / 68 Km Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,200 Metres Approx.

As we did yesterday we begin the day with a ferry crossing but this time we‘re setting sail for the Island of Hvar and we won’t be returning to Split.

The boat docks in the town of Stari Grad, situated at the end of a long, protected natural harbour. Stari Grad was originally colonised by the ancient Greeks in around 400 BC and is reputed to be one of Europe’s oldest cities.

After disembarking we begin our exploration of the western and hilliest half of the island, climbing into the hills almost as soon as we leave the port. The road rises sharply and then drops us down through lavender fields and small rural settlements leading us to the Venetian town of Hvar which gives the island its name.

Another climb returns us to the north side of the island where, after descending, we spend the rest of the day exploring the lower, rolling roads of the Stari Grad Plain, an ancient agricultural region of significant historical importance and UNESCO World Heritage status.

Finally we negotiate a few more minor lumps and bumps to reach the sleepy fishing village of Jesla where we will spend the evening in a simple island hotel.

Day 5
Eastern Hvar and Korcula
45 Miles / 73 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,100 Metres Approx.

Today we will spend most of the day discovering the eastern half of Hvar as we follow the rollercoaster road along the spiny ridge of the needle-shaped island. Accompanied by lovely views of the mainland as we ride, we’ll pass through the villages of Poljica, Zastrazice, Gdinj and Bogomolje before we reach Sucuraj at the very eastern point of Hvar where, after lunch, we will take the first of two short ferry journeys.

The first crossing takes us to Peljesac, not actually an island but a thin finger-like sliver of mainland extending out from the coast just north of Dubrovnik. A steep 3 mile/5 km climb to the summit of Sveti Ilija (Saint Elijah) is followed by an equally steep 4 mile/7km descent to the small harbour in Orebic, on the southern side of the peninsula, where we will embark for our second crossing to Korcula Island, purported, although often disputed, to be the birthplace of explorer and merchant, Marco Polo, which will be our home for the next two nights.

Day 6
Korcula
52 Miles / 84 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 1,300 Metres Approx.

Today we have an opportunity to explore beautiful Korcula with its charming villages, pine forests and vineyards.

Our route takes us across the island to the village of Pupnatska Luka, renowned for its beautiful pebble beaches, before continuing west to Brna where will hug the coast for 6 miles/10km before climbing back through the pines and olive groves into the heart of the island. Our return journey from the pretty hillside village of Smokvica follows the same roads we used to earlier as we left Korcula town and naturally leads us all the way back to our hotel.

We’ll spend the late afternoon and evening wandering the narrow Venetian narrow streets of the fortified town and perhaps sampling some of the traditional home-made specialities such as gnocchi or pasticada for which the island is famous.

Day 7
Peljesac Peninsular
37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Ascent: 900 Metres Approx.

Our final day begins once again with a short ferry journey back to the peninsula of Peljesac which is where we will spend our final hours on the bikes riding through Croatia’s primary wine growing region.

Leaving the vineyards behind, we will ride almost the entire length of the peninsula, ending our adventure in Mali Ston, famed for the longest fortified city walls in Europe as well as its oyster and mussels beds.

Upon completion of our ride we’ll load up the bikes and transfer to Dubrovnik where we will spend our final evening.

Day 8
Departure: Dubrovnik Airport
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Alas it is time to bid farewell to Croatia and the beautiful Dalmatian coast and we’ll transfer to Dubrovnik airport in time for return flights.

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The Cycling

Terrain

Our route concentrates mainly on minor roads and quiet country lanes. Much of the riding is gently-rolling however most days do include a moderately-challenging climb or two, some of which may include occasional steep sections. Road surfaces are generally good however there may be some rough, gravelly or potholed sections in some of the more rural regions. The entire route is however suitable for standard road bikes fitted with normal 700C tyres. For comfort we recommend a 700×25C minimum.

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Road Cycling Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Gentle to Moderate

Average distances around 70-90 km with occasional challenging climbs

A moderately difficult tour somewhere slightly tougher than a Grade 2, but not as difficult as Grade 3

Some long days and significant climbs

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

You’re reasonably fit and ride frequently at weekends, sometimes staying on the bike for a number of hours at a time. You do enjoy an occasional challenge and quite happy climbing but you‘re unlikely to be found daydreaming about ticking off all the famous cols of the Tour de France. That said the prospect of tackling a semi-serious to serious mountain pass doesn’t fill you with dread. You enjoy the social aspect of cycling and look forward to the occasional coffee-stop as much as the riding itself. You have good control of your bike and feel confident in your skills to ascend and descend safely. Whilst you find a full day in the saddle fulfilling, you’re not obsessed and as much as you are looking forward to the riding on your holiday, you’re also looking forward to a little local culture and cuisine. Grade 2-3 would be a good option for you.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
01/05/2021
Return Date
08/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£2,160.00
Start Date
09/10/2021
Return Date
16/10/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£2,160.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Full tour service, including Skedaddle guides

D) Unless stated, at least one leader qualified in first aid

E) Support vehicle and luggage transfers

F) All ferry crossings

G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Split airport (SPU)

H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Dubrovnik airport (DBV)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour in particular, we ask that you fly into Split airport (SPU) and back from Dubrovnik airport (DBV).

Group airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. To join the airport transfer on arrival, you’ll need to arrive into Split airport (SPU) before 10:00 for a 10:30 transfer.

At the end of the tour, we will transfer the group to Dubrovnik airport (DBV), with an estimated arrival time of 11:30 – please consider this when booking your return travel and allow enough time to check in for your chosen flight.

Airport transfers are included in the holiday cost and both the arrival and return transfers will be co-ordinated with the group flight schedule. Please note – If you make alternative travel arrangements, which fall outside of the group schedule, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

Please contact us for more detailed information on the specific flight schedules that we recommend for your holiday and please check with us before booking your flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the scheduled transfers.

Accommodation

As with all of our trips we aim to use accommodation which showcases the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting. We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting such places.

Bike Hire

If you have opted to hire then your bike will be an aluminium framed Musing Crozzroad Lite, equipped with Shimano 105. Alternatively, if you prefer a bike with a higher specification you can upgrade to a full carbon Cannondale Synapse, equipped with Ultegra di2 and disc brakes.

Each bike will come equipped with at least one bottle cage, a small pump, and a saddle bag. We can also include a helmet which should be requested at time of booking. Please note that your bike will come with flat pedals as standard, so please do bring your own if you use clip-in pedals.

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