Selfguided Bike Tour, Split & Islands (5 Days – 4 Nights)
Day 1. Split the second largest city of Croatia
Arrival in Split. Briefing with your Croatia Travel Co. representative at the hotel reception area where we will provide you with the package including a bike fit, hotel vouchers, maps and a road book – everything you need for a great cycling experience!
Today starts with a spot of cycling along the beautiful Marjan Hill, the locals’ favourite place for sports and recreation, with an option to extend the ride along the coast to a nearby village. And if you’re after a more challenging 80km loop ride, we have it all mapped out! Our recommendation for the evening is to see the 1,700-year old Diocletian’s Palace, inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Peristyle and Diocletian’s Mausoleum and enjoy the beauty of Romanesque villas along the way. Observe the Split’s everyday life, see its traditional fish market and lounge around in cafes and bars in town and along the Riva coastal promenade. Split is located in the central part of the Croatian coast and is the administrative and cultural centre of Dalmatia, so plenty to do as you return here each night before your jaunt to yet another beautiful island in the morning.
Distance biked: 0 – 20 km test ride, extra ride 80 km
Highlights: Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Marjan hill
Day 2. Split – Brac Island – Split
After a relaxing ferry cruise you arrive to the largest of Central Dalmatian islands and the third largest in the Adriatic – Brač. The island is rich with historic sites dating back to Ancient Greece and Middle Ages. Enjoy easy cycling along the coastal towns and villages, or climb up to the inland settlements. Surprisingly, many of them are older, historicaly richer and architecturally much more interesting than those along the coast. Besides the beautiful scenery, Brač is famous for its stone and quarries (the White House in Washington and Diocletian’s Palace in Split are both monuments to this). Optional visits to art galleries and workshops, wine cellars, the island museum and one of the last stone carving schools in Europe. Late afternoon or even a night ferry back to Split.
Distance biked: 0 – 30 km, extra ride 80km
Highlights: Island Brac, coastal ride and towns, ancient inland villages, art galleries, wine cellars.
Day 3. Split – Solta Island – Split
Discover and bike the island of Solta. So close to Split and urbanization, still so far away. Enjoy epic rides on quite picturesque roads, along the villages, olive groves and vineyards. Riding on the islands you will feel like you returned to the past, seeing traditional way of life, on the farms….. Enjoy islands nice coves and bays before returning to Split. You can choose your biking distance today, riding the road with great views on Split and mainland or endless sea from the south.
Distance biked: 0 – 40 km
Highlights: Unspoiled and rural island of Solta.
Day 4. Split – Hvar Island – Split
Today, as a last day of biking we suggest island Hvar. Riding on the island Hvar you will be passing among lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. You will be riding along the scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island and passing Jelsa, Vrboska, reach Stari Grad (literally Old Town) which is actually the oldest settlement on the island and one of the first ones in Europe, founded by the Ancient Greeks (Pharos). You can decide whether you want to bike challenging uphill, passing rosemary and lavender fields and ancient Greek walls. Enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the island before a great downhill to Hvar. As it is was your last ride why treat yourself a few drinks in the ancient Piazza with a view of 7th century AD walls, Venetian loggia and the oldest municipal Theatre in Europe.
Distance biked: 30 – 90 km
Highlights: Island Hvar, Jelsa, Vrboska, Stari Grad, lavender fields, town Hvar.
Day 5. Split and end of tour
After the breakfast the tour ends. Depending on your flight or departure time you might squeeze in another bike ride or café in Split!