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Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Peaceful cycling routes along Croatia’s spectacular Dalmatian coastline.



At a glance

* 4 days cycling (plus 1 optional ride on Mljet) with full vehicle support
* 90% tarmac, 10% gravel roads
* Quiet roads with a good mix of flat and rolling terrain 
* Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16
* 7 nights hotels 

Peaceful cycling routes along Croatia’s spectacular Dalmatian coastline.

Known to have the clearest waters in the Mediterranean, and undoubtedly
packed with historic and cultural interest, the Dalmatian Coast is one of the
true wonders of Europe. We follow some of the best cycling routes the area
has to offer with much of the tour taking place on the long and beautiful
islands of Hvar and Korcula, travelling by ferry between the islands. The
scenery alternates between seaside villages, tiny mediaeval towns and lovely
pebble bays. We end our journey in the fascinating UNESCO city of Dubrovnik.
We have two nights here to soak up the atmosphere of this uniquely preserved
city.

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Type: Land Only

Flight prices available from NeenanCycling. Contact us for details

What’s included

* All breakfasts 
* All accommodation 
* All transport and listed activities 
* Tour leader throughout 
* Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts are included throughout.

Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and
salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans.

Start destination:

End destination:

Cycling profile

Day 1

Start Split; after a look around the old quarters of the city and a visit to
the UNESCO Diocletian Palace, we have dinner then transfer to the port to
take an evening ferry to Starigrad on the island of Hvar. We then continue by
road to Jelsa where we spend the first two nights.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

A circular ride exploring the lovely island of Hvar. We head first to Stari
Grad following the old Roman road, a route with quite a tough climb but with
lovely views of the old villages of Hvar. Here we take a break from cycling
and transfer by vehicle to the town of Hvar where we will have a chance to
wander around the narrow streets of this quintessential Dalmatian town.
Rather like a mini Venice, the streets of Hvar are marbled and there are
elegant gothic palaces and cathedrals inside the city walls. There will be
some free time to explore Hvar before we cycle up a challenging hill to a
view point overlooking the island of Brac. We will have lunch at the
viewpoint whilst taking in the breathtaking views. After lunch there is a
lovely sweeping descent all the way back to Stari Grad. From here we continue
along an old Roman road to Vrbovska and then follow the coast road back
towards Jelsa.

Day 3

Today we ride east along the narrow part of island with views of both coasts
as we head to the port of Sucuraj. The road is generally quiet and there are
a couple of challenging climbs today to get you warmed up, however the
support vehicle will be available for anyone who doesn’t want to cycle up
the hills. Heading east, we have wonderful views of the mountainous mainland
and the turquoise waters, we pass small villages, olive groves and tiny
vineyards on our way to Sucuraj. From Sucuraj we take a ferry to Drevnik on
the mainland, transfer by bus to Orebic, then catch another ferry to Korcula
which is the historical centre of the island and in a lovely setting on the
Peljesac Channel. It is also known for its outstanding cultural and
historical heritage with a long tradition of seafaring, shipbuilding and
stone-masonry as well as being the birthplace of the adventurer and traveller
Marco Polo. Once on Korcula we have a short 15min transfer to the small town
of Lumbarda which will be our base for the next three nights.
From June – September a ferry runs from Ploce to Trpanj, from here we will
take the bus to Orebic and then the ferry to Korcula. This shortens the time
spent in the bus travelling from Drvenik to Orebic and makes the journey a
bit more fun and picturesque.

Day 4

Today we have a free day to relax in Lumbarda, go for a swim at the sandy
beach on Przina or explore the charming town of Korcula at your own pace.
There is an optional visit (with bikes) to the picturesque island of Mijet.
Those choosing to explore Mljet and its famous national park will take a boat
ride to Pomena, which is also the entrance for the Mljet National Park. Here
you can enjoy a very scenic but short ride around the two lakes.

Day 5

After breakfast we will start our circular ride on the forested island of
Korcula. We start with a transfer to Vela Luka and from here we ride to the
pretty village of Smokvica, before transferring to Pupnat where we will have
lunch. From here we get back on the bikes and cycle all the way back to
Lumbarda after a great exploration of the island. Today is a busy day and
there are some hills, but we will use the support vehicle where necessary.

Day 6

After a short ferry ride (approx 20 minutes) to the Peljesac Peninsula we
follow this narrow and rugged finger of land. The route passes through olive
groves, quiet villages and the famous vineyards hugging the steep slopes
descending to the clear waters of the Adriatic. We complete our ride along an
easy unpaved track to the tiny cove at Zuljana. From here the traffic levels
increase so we take our support vehicle to Dubrovnik. En route there is a
short stop at the small historic town of Ston, a beautiful example of a
fortified town and Dubrovnik-style architecture. We should arrive in
Dubrovnik in late afternoon. We spend two nights in a lovely hotel which is a
10 minutes public bus ride from the old town of Dubrovnik.

Day 7

Dubrovnik exudes old-world charm. Its location right on the Adriatic, the
fine religious buildings surrounded by heavily fortified walls and the jumble
of red-tiled roofs, make this a truly enchanting place. The shelling of
Dubrovnik by Serb troops in 1991 and 1992 outraged the world. Fortunately
over the last 15 years great care has been taken to re-build the damaged
parts of Dubrovnik and the city is now returned to its former glory. Old
town, or Stari Grad, is filled with cobblestone streets, fountains, churches,
palaces and museums – all built from the same light coloured stone. There are
no motor vehicles in the quiet city, but at night the streets come alive as
locals and visitors take an early evening stroll along the Stradun, the main
street, covered in smooth shiny marble. Dubrovnik is famous for its fine
seafood, and what better way to end our Croatian experience than splashing
out on a feast of freshly grilled fish within Dubrovnik’s city walls.
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

Trip ends in Dubrovnik.
**

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Customer Feedback

MAGNIFICENT COASTLINE

Summary:
Cycling the Dalmation Coast has to be one of the best cycling holidays so
far.
A really well run trip, with a tour guide that definitely went the extra mile
and scenery that was out of this world. Well worth a try!!!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
THE MAGNIFICANT VIEWS

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
TOP CLASS

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
THIS TRIP INCLUDED THE SUPPLY OF A BIKE BAG, SO ONLY TAKE YOUR GEL SEAT AND
WATER BOTTLE

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Beautiful country

Summary:
The trip was well planned and executed by Exodus, the cycling was varied and
contained just the right amount of challenge to make it interesting. Late
September was a good time to visit as the days were sunny without being too
hot and the evenings mild, places (with the exception of Dubrovnik) were not
too busy either. Do take advantage of the free day to visit Mijet island –
its well worth a visit and dont forget your swimming gear!

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting the old City of Dubrovnik at twilight on our penultimate day. If you
havent been it is a truly beautiful place. Do visit the hilltop overlooking
Dubrovnik too – either by walking up or the cable car, there is an
interesting Bosnian War museum there and a surprisingly good cliff top cafe
(not for vertigo sufferers!) with stunning views.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Mario was fairly new to the job but proved himself to be enthusiastic, hard
working, good humoured and nothing was too much trouble for him. Very good
leader.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Avoid the Hotel Sumratin in Dubrovnik if at all possible.
At the time of our staying there it was ranked by Trip Advisor as 62 out of
68 hotels in Dubrovnik.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This was my sixth Exodus trip and was well up to their normal good standard,
unfortunately a great trip ended on a slightly sour note when we were
accomodated in the Hotel Sumratin in Dubrovnik on out last two nights,
however, Exodus have assured me that they will discontinue using it in
future.

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Recommend this (NOT EXPLORE – see below)

Summary:
I would highly recommend this cycling holiday. Not only do you get to take in
the breathe taking views and islands on 2 wheels, but there is plenty of time
to relax and explore whilst providing a few challenging hills with the reward
of a stunning view at the top!
Our guide Alan and driver Danny were attentive, informative and in my top
tour leaders 🙂
With the support of the cycle trailer and a bus to accommodate anyone who
can’t or doesn’t want to complete a hill (or if you are injured) there is
comfort in knowing this tour is still a holiday and not a fitness challenge.
The island are beautiful, mainly tarmac back quiet roads, the locals
friendly, the food delicious…..a few hotels were very dated and need of
modernisation and I’m glad I left the trip early and didn’t spend 2 nights in
the Dubrovnik accommodation.

I would add that I considered Explore tour and the 70km day put me off…..we
saw this group along the way they arrived in at 8pm on their long day… and
noted they did not have a support vehicle like Exodus and some of their group
were not happy about this.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Full moon rising…our tour leader planned this perfectly

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
superb!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
meals were a lot more expensive than I had budgeted for and the pre ordered
food was sometime £10 – 15 for a lunch that was cheese, ham, bread and
olives!

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An outstanding cycle trip

Summary:
If you’d like a highly scenic ride in a lovely country, then this is the trip
for you. We cycled up and down hills with amazing sea views, and visited
stunning towns, villages and vineyards. We stayed at some lovely places, swam
in the sea and ate very well. Alan was one of the best leaders I’ve
experienced, and our group was lovely. They ranged in age from 30s to 70s;
some were strong cyclists, others not. However all were catered for, and the
support bus was always available. There were no long transports, and the
ferry trips were great. The climate was pleasantly hot, and the wine flowed.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The islands were great, especially Korcula, and the town of Korcula- a
medieval gem. Dubrovnik is unforgettable.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alan was wonderful: kind, attentive, and highly knowledgeable, with a great
sense of humour. On the road he ensured our safety, supported the weaker
riders and also enabled the best riders to go for it!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t miss this

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Sun, Sea & Scenery

Summary:
This is our first Exodus trip , me and the wife fear we have experienced the
best trip on our first tour!
This trip was outstanding.
The guide Marijo was fantastic, he is professional, knowledgeable and great
fun! A real asset to Exodus. The trip is great for the leisure cyclist,
mixing the right amount of cycling with sightseeing and socialising.
The country is truly beautiful, the people have a sunny temperament which
matches the fantastic weather. We met a wonderful and diverse group of
people, who were great company and a joy to holiday with. We are now already
planning our next Exodus trip!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
So many it’s hard to single one out. Mijet is a must, do not be tempted to
take the rest day as it is a very gentle days cycling and you will miss out
on a stunning island and a great day out.
The first two days are the hardest but you do need to justify all the great
food and drink you consume.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Marijo will be an impossible act to follow. He is so personable that any
little problem with the ferries, restaurants etc are so smoothly dealt with
that it all ends in handshakes and laughter.
In danger of missing a connecting ferry which would have meant a three hour
wait, he sweet talked a van driver in front of us to let us take his place on
the ferry! Marijo is not just a guide but becomes part of the holiday group,
great fun on and off duty! Truly an exceptional guide. Tome the driver needs
a out shout as well. A very happy chap who couldn’t do enough for everyone.
He also distills a mean homemade grappa!!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do not expect too much from the hotels and breakfasts!
The holiday is great value for money. When you consider the amount of great
staff care, great equipment, the cost of the ferries and the comfortable van
used to carry us and the bikes, savings had to be made somewhere.
This is a full on holiday so you do not spend any time at the hotels anyway!
Best tip: most restaurants / bars don’t like credit cards. So take cash or
get it from ATMs

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Not really, perhaps Exodus could try and find a better hotel in Dubrovnik, as
this is definitely the weak link.

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Beautiful scenery and great cycling

Summary:
Loved this cycling holiday. Lots of great cycling in beautiful scenery with a
knowledgeable and fun guide, Alan. Great group of people too!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Loved the changing scenery and the switchbacks up and down the hills allowed
you to drink in the views ahead and behind you.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alan was a great leader. Helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Nothing seemed
too much trouble for him.

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Excellent week, lovely islands

Summary:
This was an excellent trip, that we thouroughly enjoyed. The islands of Hvar,
Korcula and Midjet are lovely. The cycling is fairly straightforward, with
the first two being the most challenging.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling in the countryside of Korcula and Hvar.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
We had an excellent group leader (Alan) who was well experienced and very
organised. He knew when to lead the group, and when to stay at the back.
First class.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Some accommodation is not great. Dubrovnik is very busy, don’t hang around
there if you want to avoid the crowds. Go out to Split a few days early – do
a bike tour or kayak tour, both excellent.uhebc

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Cycling the Dalmation Coast – May 2017

Summary:
Once again Exodus has delivered a fabulous holiday in a beautiful
destination. We highly recommend this trip and could easily have spent more
time cycling the islands and exploring the coast. The cycling was interesting
with a variety of terrain – some long but not steep climbs, which meant some
refreshing descents. The moderate rating felt right. We’ll definitely go back
to explore Dubrovnik and other parts of Croatia. Can’t recommend this trip
highly enough!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
It’s difficult to decide on a single inspirational moment as Croatia proved
to be a beautiful country with stunning scenery everywhere! Cycling along the
coastal roads of Korcula and the vineyards of Peljesac Peninsula were
particularly memorable – the views are spectacular. We walked to the top of
cable car in Dubrovnik – well worth it for a magnificent view of the old
city. We were blessed with excellent weather and great company with our
group. This holiday was all the better for having people to share it with.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Alan Skulic was excellent – well organised, knowledgeable, reassuring, calm,
sociable and at ease with everyone in our group. Most of all, he had a great
sense of humour – he understood the British sense of humour, apparently as a
result of watching British comedy programmes when growing up.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Yes! Do it! It’s a beautiful country and the holiday will stay in our
memories forever. We are leisure cyclists and were a bit intimidated by the
hill climbs but Alan was reassuring and supportive. We faced the challenge
and feel much more confident about overcoming future cycling challenges. And
we were rewarded with stunning scenery. The roads are quiet and the road
surfaces are in much better condition than those at home, which again made
cycling much more pleasurable. We highly recommend taking the optional trip
to Mljet and the guided walk around Dubrovnik. Ana, our guide was excellent.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
We went in mid-May and it was warm enough for us! It’s important to drink
plenty and make the most of breakfast and snack stops – especially if going
when the weather is even warmer.

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Cycling the Dalmation Coast

Summary:
As a group of six ladies who are hobby cyclists, there was some in
trepidation, but we needn’t have been concerned. The support of our guide,
Marijo and the group, along with our driver, Dani, made for a highly
enjoyable week and so much was packed in. We needed to cycle each day to work
off the lovely food we ate each day

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
For me the countryside was so beautiful. It was really quiet with not much
traffic and the smells of cypress trees, rosemary and jasmine were just
sublime. When there were hills ( and boy there were some!) the encouragement
of the group was tremendous and don’t forget at the top are some fantastic
views, but a glorious ride down!!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Mario was so supportive to all the different abilities within our cycle
group. Not once did he get impatient or make you feel awkward. He was always
informative in his briefings without making you feel patronised. He could
enjoy a laugh with the group and if there was any language barrier in the
shops etc he was always there to help out. He especially sourced one
restaurant for my croatian friend who wanted a particular dish and several
craft beer cafe for our brewer friend. He was the element that made our
holiday so special.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I am glad I took padded cycling shorts and although I had done some training
before, perhaps I should have done more to be able to cycle all those hills.
I did take the bus on one occasion but was never made to feel a failure.
Make sure you’re happy to cycle in some traffic although in Croatia it is
quite quiet. Don’t forget your cycling gloves (some in our group did). We
also asked Exodus before we went if there were bike bags, they said no, but
infact there were bags to sit on the front of your handle bars, very useful
to carry sunscreen or jackets etc. Also take your own water bottle. Pack
light, as you don’t want to pack and unpack full suitcases.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The hotels are basic but clean and breakfast is probably not the same
standard as we are used to in central Europe , but quite adequate for a day’s
cycling. In the evenings you mainly eat with the group at some lovely
restaurants, but you’re not obliged to and can go solo if you wish. When you
reach Dubrovnik, you will need money for extra trips (which you will do on
your own) e.g. the bus from the hotel to the town, The walls of the Old City,
cable car and boat trip to Lokrum. Dubrovnik is busy as many of the cruise
ships call in, but still a fascinating place. If you just want peace & quiet
go to Lorum and take your swimming costume for a swim in the beautiful
Adriatic sea. Here there are some lovely restaurants and even sunbeds.
If you are in a group or on your own don’t hesitate to go, can’t remember
when I’ve laughed so much!!

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Cycling in Croatia

Summary:
Just brilliant !
Just beautiful!
Just about achievable for those that haven’t put in the training.
Just easy (ish)for those that have .
Just great people, guide , hotels, views, sea.
Just go !

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The guide encouraging someone to achieve cycling up THAT hill!
And the smile that said they made it – to cheers from everyone.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
You couldn’t ask for better.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Put in some training if not a regular cyclist to prepare your legs for the
hills.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
No

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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