Skip to Main Content
Cycle Europe - serving bicycle travellers since 1972

Bicycle Tours — Croatia

Cycling Croatia's Dalmatian Coast

Self-Guided - Split to Dubrovnik - 8 days

Croatia's Dalmatian Coast has been a favorite seaside destination among central Europeans for over a century. Explore this spectacular limestone coastline by bicycle! You'll begin in Split where you'll see Diocletian's 3rd century palace still inhabited by descendants of the Romans who settled this area. On your ride you'll pedal three of the Mediterranean's most picturesque islands -Brač, Hvar and Korčula - spending time in the picturesque rural areas, ports, and fishing villages. We'll explore the Medieval and Renaissance cities that were so important to the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Austrians, Hungarians, and Croats. You'll also pedal to the remote interior of coastal Croatia before reaching the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, long considered the jewel of the Adriatic.

Request space on this Bicycle Tour »

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Split, bike fitting and welcome briefing

    Highlights: Split, Diocletian's Palace

    Upon your arrival in Split you will meet our representative and get familiar with the area, the most important sites and dining areas. You will get your bike fitted and a briefing on all bike routes and options.
    The most important site of Split is Diocletian’s Palace, inscribed on UNESCO’s World heritage list. Locals have lived and still live in their homes, which are molded into the old walls of the Palace. Within the walls you will find numerous cafes and restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean food! In front of the Palace you might enjoy evening walks along its beautiful waterfront promenade.
    Depending on your arrival, you can enjoy an easy, car-free 20 km bike ride or take a 80 km loop into the interior of the land.

    Daily distance: today you can choose to relax or go for a test ride. You have three opions for your ride:
    - Option 1: 17km (10.5 miles); 282m (925 ft) elevation gain
    - Option 2: 35km (22 miles); 544m (1785 ft) elevation gain
    - Option 3: 75km (47 miles); 1290m (4232 ft) elevation gain

    Accomodation: in Split, depending on the category of your choice.

  • Day 2

    Solta Island

    Highlights: Quiet and picturesque roads of Island Solta, olive groves

    One hour ferry ride will take you to Solta, your first Dalmatian island. Pedal along rural and quiet roads, on this island you will step back in time, as there are no big hotels, no modern building, just traditional life. Ride along olive groves and vineyards.
    Optional visit to honey production site.
    You'll be back in Split tonight.

    Daily distance: 0-40 km (0-25 miles)
    Elevation gain: 568m (1863.5 ft)

    Accomodation: in Split, depending on the category of your choice.

  • Day 3

    Brac Island

    Highlights: Island Brac, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages, stone sculptures, art galleries

    Today you'll visit the island of Brac, Croatia's third largest and the highest island in the Adriatic Sea. Brac is famous for fishing and agriculture, especially vines and olives, as well as its precious limestone which was used to build Diocletian's Palace in Split and the White house in Washington.
    This island will give you plenty of riding choices. Coastal roads, climbs to 780 meters, coastal or inland villages and towns, art galleries, local restaurants, stone masons workshops or even visit to the stone mason school.
    You'll be back in Split tonight.

    Daily distance: today you can choose between three opions for your ride.
    - Option 1: 28km (17 miles)
    - Option 2: 35km (22 miles); 412m (1352 ft) elevation gain
    - Option 3: 80km (50 miles); 1010m (3314 ft) elevation gain

    Accomodation: in Split, depending on the category of your choice.

  • Day 4

    Hvar Island

    Highlights: Stari Grad, UNESCO site of Stari Grad plain, museums, beaches, lavender fields, Hvar town

    Discover ancient villages and coastal roads of island Hvar,UNESCO world heritage site of Stari Grad. Stari Grad (Old town) is an ancient Greek colony dating back to 400 B.C. Besides historical sites you will discover charming towns and roads where you will be biking, passing next to private gardens, along the coast and olive groves. For the afternoon bike ride, take the famous and probably most beautiful road along the lavender fields to reach town Hvar.

    Daily distance: today you can choose between two options for your ride.
    - Option 1: 20km (12 miles); +437m/-428m (+1434/-1404 ft) elevation gain
    - Option 2: 45km (28 miles); +719/-710 m (+2359/-2330 ft) elevation gain

    Accomodation: on Hvar Island, depending on the category of your choice.

  • Day 5

    Cruise to and cycle on Korcula Island

    Highlights: Private boat ride, Korcula town, Island Korcula,

    A private boat will take you in the morning to the island of Korcula, where you'll start your bike ride. Korcula was very early populated; even before Greek times and evidences can bee see on you ride! During History it was chosen by Venetians as a spot to build their important walled city on the northern shores of the island. Therefore, nowadays, we have the most magnificent walled Korcula Old Town still preserved and almost intact for centuries where you'll sleep for the next 2 nights. Enjoy the scenic south side of the island, with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along the small villages and hamlets and stop in some of the few great local Konoba (taverns) for most amazing locally prepared food!

    Daily distance: today you can choose between two opions for your ride.
    - Option 1: 46km (29 miles); +702m/-698m (+2303/-2290 ft) elevation gain
    - Option 2: 55km (34 miles); +857m/-853m (+2812/-2798 ft) elevation gain

    Accomodation: on Korcula Island, depending on the category of your choice.

  • Day 6

    Coastal riding and vineyards of Korcula

    Highlights: Charming little villages, vineyards, local restaurants

    Explore more the island of Korcula: its hidden coves, beautiful old towns, unique small villages and dark pine forests that cover the island, which was the starting point for Marco Polo's life journey.
    There are few loop options today. Whatever you choose, you will be making your way past vineyards, olive groves and along beautiful coast of the island. Taste the traditional food like pasticada and others, which have been traditionally prepared by the locals for centuries. Some of the best Croatian white wines are produced on this island.

    Daily distance: today you can choose between three opions for your ride.
    - Option 1: 24km (15 miles); 424m (1391 ft) elevation gain
    - Option 2: 36km (22 miles); +580/-576 m (+1903/-1890 ft) elevation gain
    - Option 3: 85km (53 miles); 1357m (4452 ft) elevation gain

    Accomodation: on Korcula Island, depending on the category of your choice.

  • Day 7

    Cycle Peljesac Peninsula and arrive in Dubrovnik

    Highlights: Peninsula Peljesac, Ston

    Today, for your final ride, you will be cruising along Peljesac peninsula. Discover vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California, and Primitivo from Calabria. There are many vineries, which can be visited along the ride. Enjoy the great views Peljesac is offering you, Mljet and Korcula Island on your right and mainland on your left. Your final bike destination is Ston, from where you will be transferred to Dubrovnik. Ston, salt producing village on Peljesac peninsula was built in the 14th century town and has with the longest fortified walls in Europe (5.5km). Ston was an important town during the Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century.

    Daily distance: today you can choose between three opions for your ride.
    - Option 1: 14km (9 miles)
    - Option 2: 32km (20 miles)
    - Longer otpion: 60km (37 miles)

    Accomodation: in Dubrovnik, depending on the category of your choice.

  • Day 8

    Tour ends in Dubrovnik - Doviđenja!

    Highlights: Dubrovnik, end of tour, Doviđenja!

    Your tour ends today after breakfast.
    You might want to extend your stay in Dubrovnik (the Pearl of Adriatic) and explore the historical sites along with magnificent walls that surrounds the old town!

    Thanks for joining us and have a good flight back home. Doviđenja!

    PLEASE NOTE: The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.

Includes Included
7 nights in 3-, 4-star hotels
All breakfasts
High-quality bike rental (road, hybrid or tandem) with accessories (lock, pump, spare tube, helmet and patch kit, rear rack bag)
Bike fitting and briefing in English by our professional staff at tour start
All ferry tickets and boat transfers during the tour
Luggage transfers
Access to smartphone app with tracks
Additional daily cycling options

Not Included
Travel insurance
Airfare or travel to and from the tour start and end
Entrance to museums or other activities not indicated as included
Any meals or beverages not indicated as included
City hotel tax (per person, to be paid locally by traveler)
Shuttle transportation during the rides

Solo Traveler and Private Group departures available: please inquire.

Lodging Upgrade: Room and accommodation upgrades available. Please inquire for prices and availability.

Extra nights: If you'd like to add nights before or after the tour, please inquire - we will be happy to provide a quote and add the nights to your tour package.

Navigation and roadbook
On this self-guided tour, detailed tour information and route navigation tracks are provided through a free smartphone app, which includes daily routes, maps, elevation profiles, and ride descriptions; schedules and hotel itinerary; cultural and sightseeing information, visit suggestions; emergency numbers and more, all stored in one organized, easy to use app. Participants can also upload the routes to their own GPS device, and even print the detailed route notes before leaving home.

Luggage transfers
Luggage transfers are included in your package. Please use luggage tags on all your luggage being transferred. Please have your luggage ready before the driver comes to collect it, otherwise you may have to pay a local taxi for the service.
Please consider that the luggage is not insured during the transport. You need to have your own insurance. Do not leave valuables or fragile items in your luggage.
Normally, the luggage transport service cannot be used by participants to skip the cycling stage. In case you need help to skip the cycling stage, please contact our emergency number and we will arrange it for you.

PLEASE NOTE: The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.

Tour code: hrbs3304
Countries Croatia
Begin/End Split/Dubrovnik
Arrive/Depart Starting point: hotel (depending on category of your choice) in Split.
- We recommend flying into International Airport of Split (SPU)
- Split airport is 25km away from the city center

*The meeting time for our self-guided tours is typically set between 3pm - 7pm. We recommend travelers plan accordingly allowing plenty of time to arrive at the determined meeting place. Please note a late fee may be applied for late arrivals - please see our terms page for details.

Ending point: hotel in Dubrovnik.
- We recommend flying into International Airport of Dubrovnik (DBV)
- Dubrovnik airport is 25km away from the city center

Private airport transfers are available at an extra cost:
  • 1-3 passengers: €60
  • 4-7 passengers: €70
  • Please inquire for availability - we will be happy to include this service in your tour package.

    Final arrival and departure instructions along with other detailed pre-travel documents, will be e-mailed prior to your travel, with information specific to your departure (including the actual hotels used on your tour dates).
    Total Distance 130-700 km (81-435 miles)
    Daily Distance 0-85 km (0-21.8 miles) - additional daily cycling options are available

    Difficulty description: Medium to high - Dalmatian islands are known for their hills. Each day, if you are cycling rides longer than 30km, you will have a climb over approximately 400m.
    Out of 7 riding days, the first 3 days and the second day on Korčula are loop ones: you can chose your daily distance from 0 to 45 or more kilometers per day. The other 3 days you can expect 20-60km rides and climbs over 450 meters.
    Rating 201 to 301
    About Tour Ratings »
    This tour is part of our Partner Tours Collective program: operated by select local partners that we know and trust, the tour is similar in quality to those we operate directly in many ways. Please click here for more details.
    Terms Terms & Conditions
    Dates Prices Single Supplement
    Dates This tour can start any day and is available the whole year.

    *2024 price, per person, based on double occupancy; minimum 2 participants per departure.

    Tour can start every day. We highly recommend Spring (end of March till mid-June) and Autumn (mid-September till beginning of November).

    You can choose between 3 different hotel categories:
  • Classic: 3- and 4-star accommodation
  • Premiere: 4-star accommodation
  • Exclusive: 4- and 5-star accommodation

  • Departures are divided in 6 seasons (prices are per person):
  • Season 1: Apr 1-28
  • Double room: €2660 (classic), €3190 (premiere), €4180 (exclusive)
    Single supplement: €655 (classic), €960 (premiere), €2020 (exclusive)

  • Season 2: Apr 29 - May 28
  • Double room: €3020 (classic), €3500 (premiere), €4530 (exclusive)
    Single supplement: €860 (classic), €1165 (premiere), €2315 (exclusive)

  • Season 3: May 29 - Jun 28
  • Double room: €3200 (classic), €3790 (premiere), €5390 (exclusive)
    Single supplement: €1030 (classic), €1330 (premiere), €2865 (exclusive)

  • Season 4: Jun 29 - Aug 31
  • Double room: €3410 (classic), €4170 (premiere), €5450 (exclusive)
    Single supplement: €1085 (classic), €1570 (premiere), €2930 (exclusive)

  • Season 5: Sep 1-30
  • Double room: €3280 (classic), €3980 (premiere), €5430 (exclusive)
    Single supplement: €965 (classic), €1575 (premiere), €2905 (exclusive)

  • Season 6: Oct 1-31
  • Double room: €2820 (classic), €3440 (premiere), €4550 (exclusive)
    Single supplement: €735 (classic), €1075 (premiere), €2365 (exclusive)

    Hotel upgrades are available (please inquire for details).

    Bike Upgrade Options:
  • E-bike available for an extra charge of €150

  • For more details for bikes available for this tour, pease see here: Croatia Bikes

    Curious about in which European countries we offer bike tours? Check our page Bike Tours in Europe.

    Additional useful information:

    • Do you have any questions about how our bike tours work? Check out our FAQs page!

    • If the self-guided formula isn't right for you, check out this blog introducing the differences between Guided and Self-Guided Tours.
    Prices starting from €2660 per person Single Supplement starting from €655
    Next Step Request space on this Bicycle Tour »
    • As always the hotels are well placed and interesting. All the hotel staff were very friendly and helpful about the bikes. Among the tour favorites: the island life, nature, quietness away from towns and provincial food and market goods such as honey.

      Amanda N.
      June 2017

    • The hotels were exceptional. The cycling, while difficult at times, was spectacular. We had a great time!!!

      Fiona S.
      June 2017

    • The logistics were very nicely arranged, all the luggage transfers, ferry rides, private boat ride, van ride to Dubrovnik - all were flawless. The local staff were very nice and helpful. It was fun to cross paths with one of your guided tours on Hvar and Korcula. Their guide (Silvja) was very nice and gave us a few tips!

      Tom E.
      Colorado, USA
      October 2016

    • Our favorite experience on this trip? Croatia is a beautiful country. The sea, people,meals. We loved the fishes, olive oil, wines. For us Korcula island was the best. Solta is charming,the tourists didn''t find it yet. The route between Korcula and Ston. The vineyards. The bikes, excellents. We had a lot of notes about the trip. Anthony gave us a big explanation about the tour. Day by day, Excelent material where we could find restaurants, poins of interest, museums etc. Perfect! Thanks for your services. This tour was fantastic. Very nice.

      Marzenia C.
      September 2016

    • Bruce and I want to thank you again for all the work and organization that went into setting the four of us up for our self-guided cycling trip through Croatia. Your guide package was there when we arrived, and it was amazing - packed with not only all the maps, guide notes, tickets etc, but also all the other interesting cultural, historical and culinary information. More often than not we did take your advice on places to eat-particularly enjoyed the agrotourism dinner outside of Primosten and the italian restaurant in Zadar. And the accommodation you arranged was really lovely - our favorites were Mare Mare suites in Mali Losinj; and Hotel Slvajia in Split - at these sites the proprietors were wonderfully helpful, accommodating and thoughtful. We ended up taking a guided tour of Split from the manager of hotel Slavija. We were very grateful for the notes on bike shops and did need them twice. And to see those kind drivers at the Zadar ferry dock waiting for us late at night; and the speed boat transport driver who arrived perfectly on time in Hvar town - amazing!! Sometimes we struggled with directions, particularly getting out of towns, and in the interior of Istria, however, it was a great way to meet the locals as we often stood, maps in hand, looking very confused and lost - all in all we had an excellent time, and would recommend you to anyone else considering taking this trip. Thanks again Stefania, for making it all work. Great job.

      Ilse P.
      September 2015