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Croatia Bike & Boat: Split & the Dalmatian Islands

Lose yourself amid the splendor of the Dalmatian Coast. On our Croatia bike tour, sail by private charter to a new and thrilling island every day, disembarking to cycle to charming fishing villages, medieval towns, breathtaking seaside vistas and hidden bays ideal for swimming. Along the way, stop to tour an organic olive farm on Korčula, witness the art of stonecutting at one of the last remaining schools, visit a fishing museum on Vis and share dinner with a local Hvar family in their home. Explore the beauty of Mljet National Park during an afternoon of kayaking, hiking or swimming. All while enjoying the convenience of your own ship, whose chef prepares island specialties and even shares his culinary skill during a hands-on cooking class.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the medieval fortress and fascinating fishing museum in the tiny village of Komiza on the island of Vis.
  • Cycle into historic cities central to the past and culture of the Dalmatian Islands: Korčula, Hvar, Jelsa, Stari Grad, Postira, Pucisca.
  • Learn some Croatian cooking tips during a class with your onboard chef – and savor the results for dinner.
  • Visit one of the last remaining stonecutters’ schools on the island of Brač.
  • Spend an afternoon amidst the lush beauty of Mljet National Park – kayaking, hiking scenic trails or swimming in turquoise waters.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of rolling terrain and moderate-to-challenging hills and is ideal for energetic beginners to experienced cyclists. Biking is mainly on paved narrow country roads, with no dedicated bike paths. Most traffic is encountered while arriving and departing in port towns. Our VBT support van is always available for those who would like it. While the Adriatic is typically calm during the months that the tour is offered, if you are prone to motion sickness, you may wish to bring a prescription or over-the-counter remedy. Cabin sizes vary and cabins are assigned at random. Please note that depending on the weather conditions out to the sea, the captain has the right to change or swap the routes during the week and sail to a different port. In such cases VBT will offer optional rides and programs for those days.

  • Daily Mileage: 9 - 35|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
Activity Moderate Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

May71º/56º

Jun79º/63º

Jul85º/67º

Aug84º/67º

Sep78º/61º

Oct69º/54º

Average
Precipitation:

May2.4 in

Jun1.9 in

Jul1.1 in

Aug1.7 in

Sep2.6 in

Oct3.4 in

Air Package

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One night in Split and one night in Dubrovnik in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast Check
Guided walking tour in Split Check
7 nights aboard a private premium ship Check Check
21 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Check
19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Thu, May 5 to Sun, May 15 - 2022

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On a Flight + Tour Combo, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics so you can travel with peace of mind. You’re sure to arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A VBT representative will greet you at the airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service brings you to your hotel in Split. So beautiful is its seaside setting that the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Diocletian chose this place as his retirement home; remarkably, his ancient palace still plays a central role in the city’s daily life, hosting shops and restaurants. There’ll be time to settle in to your hotel before setting out for dinner on your own, wandering the labyrinthine warrens, passageways and courtyards.

Accommodation: Hotel Cornaro, Split

This morning, join a local guide for a private walking tour of Split. This fascinating modern city grew up around the ancient palace of Emperor Diocletian. Still today, locals live and play out their lives among its millennia-old walls and gleaming white stone quarried on the nearby island of Brač, which you will be visiting later. View its highlights, and see the octagonal Cathedral of Domnius. After your walking tour, meet your VBT trip leaders at the Cornaro Hotel in Split at 11:30 a.m. Your trip leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments. You shuttle the short distance with your fellow travelers to Trogir, where you embark your private ship, reserved strictly for VBT travelers.

Your bike tour begins in Trogir. After lunch you check into your cabins and dress for biking. After a safety and bike-fitting session, set out on a scenic warm-up ride on Ciovo Island along quiet country roads lined with pine and cypress trees and surrounded by splendid vistas. It’s an ideal preview of the island splendor to come. The longer option climbs a slight incline to the island’s historic 12th-century monastery and a dramatic vista. Later, gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner on board. After dinner enjoy a short walk to discover the Old Town of Trogir, where your ship will be moored for the first night.

Today’s Ride Choices

Afternoon: Warm-up – 15km (9 miles) | Additional ride to 12th century monastery and overlook – 8km (5 miles)

What to Expect: An easy out-and-back ride on Ciovo Island on paved countryside roads. The longer ride includes a short incline to reach the island’s overlook.

Cumulative Distance Range: 15 – 23km (9–14 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lift anchor early this morning and enjoy your first breakfast on board during a scenic coastal cruise to Vis, the farthest island from Croatia’s shore inhabited by locals. The fishing heritage is rich here as Vis has long been isolated from other sources of livelihood. Today, an active viniculture also thrives on this relaxed, low-key island. You arrive late this morning and pedal along on a beautiful seaside route to Milna, where you might dive into the Adriatic for a swim at one of the many long, sandy beaches for which Vis is celebrated. Later, ride to the island’s famed restaurant, Rokis, a casual eatery set in a traditional stone house typical of the Dalmatian Islands.

Later, cycle to the old fishing village of Komiza, set between dramatic green hills and the shimmering ocean. You visit the imposing St. George Fortress and the fishing museum for a glimpse of the region’s rich past and seafaring ways. After, ride back to your ship over scenic hills, taking in breathtaking Adriatic vistas. If you prefer, get a lift from the shuttle and explore the town of Vis, perhaps visiting the Notre Dame Church or strolling to admire Renaissance summer houses built by the nobility. This evening, enjoy dinner on board. You moor overnight in Vis.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Vis to Komiza — 28km (17 miles)
Afternoon: Komiza to Vis — 11km (7 miles)

What to Expect: Ride quiet and fully paved country roads. The route features a couple of hills, especially during the afternoon ride. The support vehicle is available back to the ship if you prefer to pass on the afternoon ride.

Cumulative Distance Range: 28 — 39km (17 — 24 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A three-hour sailing this morning delivers you to Vela Luka (meaning “big harbor”) on the splendid island of Korčula. Not only is this one of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands; it is also beloved for the golden-hued Grk wine produced at its vineyards. Your morning ride leads you into a stunning landscape of karst hills to one side and glittering Adriatic waters to the other. Some hill climbing brings you to spectacular lookout points. Your destination is a working olive farm, lush with gnarly olive trees that have grown here in the Adriatic sun for generations. Pause to visit with the owners and enjoy a tour of its ethnographic collection of olive presses, learning about the island’s long tradition of harvesting. Later, you stop for a traditional Croatian lunch at the family-owned Konopica restaurant. Sample the homemade Ustipci bread, sip a local Posip wine and perhaps enjoy a local octopus peka, a traditional dish slow-cooked under a cast-iron dome-shaped baking lid. (Have your trip leader call the day before as it takes many hours to prepare.)

After lunch, continue cycling to Grad Korčula, the island’s cultural center and alleged birthplace of Marco Polo. This fascinating town was laid out in a herringbone configuration on a scenic promontory. The resulting grid allows for easy air flow and protects its citizens from strong mistral winds in the warm summers. All its narrow streets are stepped, except the Street of Thoughts, so called because there’s no need to watch your footing as you stroll.

Dinner is on your own this evening. You’re sure to find the ideal spot in Grad Korčula, affectionately called “mini Dubrovnik” for its authentic medieval atmosphere. Later, you may attend a Moreška performance, an exciting sword dance depicting a battle between Croats and Moors. Your ship docks in Grad Korčula tonight.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Vela Luka to Konopica — 28 km (17 miles)
Afternoon: Konopica to Korčula — 24 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: Today features your trip’s highest mileage and most elevation gain. You cycle all paved country roads with limited traffic. The VBT support vehicle is available.

Cumulative Distance Range: 8 — 52km (7 — 32 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Sail this morning to the mainland and the scenic Peljesac Peninsula. This finger of land pointing into the Adriatic has been compared to Tuscany for its wine production. Upon arrival, you join a shuttle to Donja Banda to begin a magnificent morning of cycling amid dramatic landscapes. You first stop in the village of Kuna at a donkey farm, the Antunovic Family Farm. Meet the proprietors during your visit and learn about their breeding program and their surrounding vineyards – and of course, meet the long-eared residents!

Continue to the Matusko winery in the tiny village of Potomje. Tour this scenic spot overlooking the sea and perhaps sample some of its smooth olive oil and its renowned Dingac wine, made from Plavac mali grapes. After, you return to the ship and set out for Mljet Island, enjoying lunch on board.

Your focus this afternoon is the spectacular Mljet National Park, comprising all of the island’s northwestern region. Surrounded by turquoise waters and cloaked in forest and shrub, it is deserving of a closer look. You leave the bicycles on board and have the afternoon at leisure to swim, kayak or hike along its pristine shores. This evening, enjoy a wine- and olive-tasting on board, followed by dinner. You moor tonight at Mljet.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Donja Banda to Zuljana — 26km (16 miles)

What to Expect: Upon docking on the mainland, take a short van shuttle to skip the busy traffic and uphill climbs. The remainder of the ride follows mainly flat or downhill routes on quiet and paved country roads. There is no biking on Mljet Island in the afternoon.

Cumulative Distance Range: 26km (16 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Mljet this morning and sail toward the end of the Peljesac Peninsula to Viganj, perhaps spotting windsurfers catching the mistral winds. Back on the mainland, you disembark for a scenic out-and-back ride along the breathtaking coastline. For lunch, you stop in Podobuce, a pretty fishing village, for a picnic prepared by your trip leaders. There’ll be time for a swim here, too, before you return to the ship.

Back on board, you cruise to Hvar. Celebrated as the most beautiful island in the world, it is a wonderland of lavender fields, fruit orchards, fragrant pine forests and superb beaches. You’ll have the chance to take it all in when you cycle among its pristine vistas tomorrow. For now, you moor in one of the scenic bays outside Hvar Town. Later, join a cooking class on board to learn from the chef how to prepare a favorite Croatian dish that you savor for dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Viganj to Podobuce — 19km (12 miles)
Afternoon: Podobuce to Viganj — 19km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Ride along well-paved country roads today. The area outside Viganj can be busy with traffic during the main tourist season, but most of your ride follows very quiet and scenic roads along the seacoast. Today’s ride features two remarkable hills. The support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 38 km (24 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark after breakfast for a short walk in Hvar Town, a medieval Croatian settlement with a strong Venetian influence dating back to the 16th century. Take in the expanse of Saint Stephen’s Square, the largest Adriatic square after Saint Mark’s in Venice. And see the Arsenal, built in 1612 as Europe’s oldest and perhaps smallest municipal theater.

After, ride past Hvar’s stunning panoramas of fertile fields filled with flowers and herbs and dramatic, sparsely inhabited landscape crisscrossed by stone walls. You can admire views across the sea to neighboring islands and the mainland. The road into Stari Grad, a charming Dalmatian town situated at the end of a narrow bay, is a glorious four-mile (6.5 km) downhill coast. Originally founded in the fourth century BC, Stari Grad (literally “old town”) features a main square which offers a number of options for lunch on your own. Get acquainted with this gem of a town during an orientation walk. There’ll be free time to explore on your own.

Continue biking a pleasant road into Jelsa, passing vineyards and olive groves. A local Jelsa family welcomes you into their village, and into their home. You are their guests this evening for a home-prepared dinner and wine. You’ll find there’s no better way to connect with the people of the Dalmatian islands than over a shared meal. Your ship meets you in Jelsa at day’s end and will remain moored here tonight.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hvar to Stari Grad — 22km (14 miles)
Afternoon: Stari Grad to Jelsa — 13km (8 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride starts with a steady climb of about four miles out of Hvar Town. Follow coastal roads to Stari Grad, where trip leaders escort you on a short orientation walk and point out choices for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, continue riding to Jelsa on mostly quieter country roads. Two moderate hills reward you with splendid views. The support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 — 35km (14 — 22 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, cruise into the beautiful bay of Pucisca. This tiny enclave on the island of Brač is considered one of the prettiest villages in Europe. Disembark here and visit one of the world’s few remaining stonecutting schools. The stone that is carved here, quarried from nearby Skrip, has been used to build some the world’s most famous buildings, including Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington, D.C. This is a unique opportunity to see students’ work and learn about a near-forgotten craft.

After an enlightening visit, cycle the northern coast of the island to the 14th-century village of Postira, nestled between the ocean and hillsides. On the way, you pass centuries-old olive and pine groves. Continue to Supetar, the island’s main port, where you meet your ship for lunch on board. After lunch, you may extend your riding day with a spin to Milna, a charming village on a bay settled by shepherds in the 16th century. Keep your ears open for the local Chakavian dialect, the only place on the island where the ancient Slavic language is spoken.

Rejoin your ship here, then sail back to Trogir, where your trip began. This evening, join the captain for a special farewell dinner, recounting your favorite moments from your cycling adventure among the magnificent Dalmatian Islands.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Pucisca to Supetar — 24km (15 miles)
Afternoon: Supetar to Milna — 18km (11 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride starts in Pucisca and follows the north coast of Brač to Postira and Supetar, passing ancient groves of olive and pine trees. Meet your ship in Supetar for lunch, then join the longer option for a moderate ride to Milna, following quieter country roads and climbing a few hills.

Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, travel by private motorcoach (approximately 4.5 hours) to our 5-star Dubrovnik hotel for a final overnight stay. You arrive at approximately 1:00 p.m. and have the rest of the day to relax at the hotel’s private beach or explore the historic Old Town of Dubrovnik on your own.

Upon your arrival, a VBT representative will be there to answer your questions. Optional walking tours of Dubrovnik will be offered. Check your VBT city information for all the options. If you have chosen the independent Post-Trip Extension to Dubrovnik, you’ll remain at this hotel for the next three nights.

Accommodation: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Dubrovnik
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, transportation to the Dubrovnik airport will be provided (approximately a 30-minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Croatia Bike & Boat: Split & the Dalmatian Islands

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Meet your VBT trip leaders at the Cornaro Hotel in Split (6 Sinjska str. 21000 Split, phone +385 21 644 200) at 11:15 a.m. Your trip leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments. You shuttle the short distance with your fellow travelers to Trogir, where you embark the ship and have lunch on board. If you prefer, you can meet your group in the Old Town of Trogir. The ship Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen) will be moored at noon at Trogir Promenade, close to the Ciovski Bridge (phone +385 915 196814). Please contact the Hotel Cornaro in Split or the ship in Trogir to advise of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT trip leaders.

Your bike tour begins in Trogir. After lunch you check into your cabins and dress for biking. After a safety and bike-fitting session, set out on a scenic warm-up ride on Ciovo Island along quiet country roads lined with pine and cypress trees and surrounded by splendid vistas. It’s an ideal preview of the island splendor to come. The longer option climbs a slight incline to the island’s historic 12th-century monastery and a dramatic vista. Later, gather for a welcome cocktail and dinner on board. After dinner enjoy a short walk to discover the Old Town of Trogir, where your ship will be moored for the first night.

Today’s Ride Choices

Afternoon: Warm-up – 15km (9 miles) | Additional ride to 12th century monastery and overlook – 8km (5 miles)

What to Expect: An easy out-and-back ride on Ciovo Island on paved countryside roads. The longer ride includes a short incline to reach the island’s overlook.

Cumulative Distance Range: 15 – 23km (9–14 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Lift anchor early this morning and enjoy your first breakfast on board during a scenic coastal cruise to Vis, the farthest island from Croatia’s shore inhabited by locals. The fishing heritage is rich here as Vis has long been isolated from other sources of livelihood. Today, an active viniculture also thrives on this relaxed, low-key island. You arrive late this morning and pedal along on a beautiful seaside route to Milna, where you might dive into the Adriatic for a swim at one of the many long, sandy beaches for which Vis is celebrated. Later, ride to the island’s famed restaurant, Rokis, a casual eatery set in a traditional stone house typical of the Dalmatian Islands.

Later, cycle to the old fishing village of Komiza, set between dramatic green hills and the shimmering ocean. You visit the imposing St. George Fortress and the fishing museum for a glimpse of the region’s rich past and seafaring ways. After, ride back to your ship over scenic hills, taking in breathtaking Adriatic vistas. If you prefer, get a lift from the shuttle and explore the town of Vis, perhaps visiting the Notre Dame Church or strolling to admire Renaissance summer houses built by the nobility. This evening, enjoy dinner on board. You moor overnight in Vis.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Vis to Komiza — 28km (17 miles)
Afternoon: Komiza to Vis — 11km (7 miles)

What to Expect: Ride quiet and fully paved country roads. The route features a couple of hills, especially during the afternoon ride. The support vehicle is available back to the ship if you prefer to pass on the afternoon ride.

Cumulative Distance Range: 28 — 39km (17 — 24 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A three-hour sailing this morning delivers you to Vela Luka (meaning “big harbor”) on the splendid island of Korčula. Not only is this one of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands; it is also beloved for the golden-hued Grk wine produced at its vineyards. Your morning ride leads you into a stunning landscape of karst hills to one side and glittering Adriatic waters to the other. Some hill climbing brings you to spectacular lookout points. Your destination is a working olive farm, lush with gnarly olive trees that have grown here in the Adriatic sun for generations. Pause to visit with the owners and enjoy a tour of its ethnographic collection of olive presses, learning about the island’s long tradition of harvesting. Later, you stop for a traditional Croatian lunch at the family-owned Konopica restaurant. Sample the homemade Ustipci bread, sip a local Posip wine and perhaps enjoy a local octopus peka, a traditional dish slow-cooked under a cast-iron dome-shaped baking lid. (Have your trip leader call the day before as it takes many hours to prepare.)

After lunch, continue cycling to Grad Korčula, the island’s cultural center and alleged birthplace of Marco Polo. This fascinating town was laid out in a herringbone configuration on a scenic promontory. The resulting grid allows for easy air flow and protects its citizens from strong mistral winds in the warm summers. All its narrow streets are stepped, except the Street of Thoughts, so called because there’s no need to watch your footing as you stroll.

Dinner is on your own this evening. You’re sure to find the ideal spot in Grad Korčula, affectionately called “mini Dubrovnik” for its authentic medieval atmosphere. Later, you may attend a Moreška performance, an exciting sword dance depicting a battle between Croats and Moors. Your ship docks in Grad Korčula tonight.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Vela Luka to Konopica — 28 km (17 miles)
Afternoon: Konopica to Korčula — 24 km (15 miles)

What to Expect: Today features your trip’s highest mileage and most elevation gain. You cycle all paved country roads with limited traffic. The VBT support vehicle is available.

Cumulative Distance Range: 8 — 52km (7 — 32 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Sail this morning to the mainland and the scenic Peljesac Peninsula. This finger of land pointing into the Adriatic has been compared to Tuscany for its wine production. Upon arrival, you join a shuttle to Donja Banda to begin a magnificent morning of cycling amid dramatic landscapes. You first stop in the village of Kuna at a donkey farm, the Antunovic Family Farm. Meet the proprietors during your visit and learn about their breeding program and their surrounding vineyards – and of course, meet the long-eared residents!

Continue to the Matusko winery in the tiny village of Potomje. Tour this scenic spot overlooking the sea and perhaps sample some of its smooth olive oil and its renowned Dingac wine, made from Plavac mali grapes. After, you return to the ship and set out for Mljet Island, enjoying lunch on board.

Your focus this afternoon is the spectacular Mljet National Park, comprising all of the island’s northwestern region. Surrounded by turquoise waters and cloaked in forest and shrub, it is deserving of a closer look. You leave the bicycles on board and have the afternoon at leisure to swim, kayak or hike along its pristine shores. This evening, enjoy a wine- and olive-tasting on board, followed by dinner. You moor tonight at Mljet.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Donja Banda to Zuljana — 26km (16 miles)

What to Expect: Upon docking on the mainland, take a short van shuttle to skip the busy traffic and uphill climbs. The remainder of the ride follows mainly flat or downhill routes on quiet and paved country roads. There is no biking on Mljet Island in the afternoon.

Cumulative Distance Range: 26km (16 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Mljet this morning and sail toward the end of the Peljesac Peninsula to Viganj, perhaps spotting windsurfers catching the mistral winds. Back on the mainland, you disembark for a scenic out-and-back ride along the breathtaking coastline. For lunch, you stop in Podobuce, a pretty fishing village, for a picnic prepared by your trip leaders. There’ll be time for a swim here, too, before you return to the ship.

Back on board, you cruise to Hvar. Celebrated as the most beautiful island in the world, it is a wonderland of lavender fields, fruit orchards, fragrant pine forests and superb beaches. You’ll have the chance to take it all in when you cycle among its pristine vistas tomorrow. For now, you moor in one of the scenic bays outside Hvar Town. Later, join a cooking class on board to learn from the chef how to prepare a favorite Croatian dish that you savor for dinner.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Viganj to Podobuce — 19km (12 miles)
Afternoon: Podobuce to Viganj — 19km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Ride along well-paved country roads today. The area outside Viganj can be busy with traffic during the main tourist season, but most of your ride follows very quiet and scenic roads along the seacoast. Today’s ride features two remarkable hills. The support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 38 km (24 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark after breakfast for a short walk in Hvar Town, a medieval Croatian settlement with a strong Venetian influence dating back to the 16th century. Take in the expanse of Saint Stephen’s Square, the largest Adriatic square after Saint Mark’s in Venice. And see the Arsenal, built in 1612 as Europe’s oldest and perhaps smallest municipal theater.

After, ride past Hvar’s stunning panoramas of fertile fields filled with flowers and herbs and dramatic, sparsely inhabited landscape crisscrossed by stone walls. You can admire views across the sea to neighboring islands and the mainland. The road into Stari Grad, a charming Dalmatian town situated at the end of a narrow bay, is a glorious four-mile (6.5 km) downhill coast. Originally founded in the fourth century BC, Stari Grad (literally “old town”) features a main square which offers a number of options for lunch on your own. Get acquainted with this gem of a town during an orientation walk. There’ll be free time to explore on your own.

Continue biking a pleasant road into Jelsa, passing vineyards and olive groves. A local Jelsa family welcomes you into their village, and into their home. You are their guests this evening for a home-prepared dinner and wine. You’ll find there’s no better way to connect with the people of the Dalmatian islands than over a shared meal. Your ship meets you in Jelsa at day’s end and will remain moored here tonight.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Hvar to Stari Grad — 22km (14 miles)
Afternoon: Stari Grad to Jelsa — 13km (8 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride starts with a steady climb of about four miles out of Hvar Town. Follow coastal roads to Stari Grad, where trip leaders escort you on a short orientation walk and point out choices for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, continue riding to Jelsa on mostly quieter country roads. Two moderate hills reward you with splendid views. The support vehicle is available should you need assistance throughout the day.

Cumulative Distance Range: 22 — 35km (14 — 22 miles)
Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, cruise into the beautiful bay of Pucisca. This tiny enclave on the island of Brač is considered one of the prettiest villages in Europe. Disembark here and visit one of the world’s few remaining stonecutting schools. The stone that is carved here, quarried from nearby Skrip, has been used to build some the world’s most famous buildings, including Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington, D.C. This is a unique opportunity to see students’ work and learn about a near-forgotten craft.

After an enlightening visit, cycle the northern coast of the island to the 14th-century village of Postira, nestled between the ocean and hillsides. On the way, you pass centuries-old olive and pine groves. Continue to Supetar, the island’s main port, where you meet your ship for lunch on board. After lunch, you may extend your riding day with a spin to Milna, a charming village on a bay settled by shepherds in the 16th century. Keep your ears open for the local Chakavian dialect, the only place on the island where the ancient Slavic language is spoken.

Rejoin your ship here, then sail back to Trogir, where your trip began. This evening, join the captain for a special farewell dinner, recounting your favorite moments from your cycling adventure among the magnificent Dalmatian Islands.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Pucisca to Supetar — 24km (15 miles)
Afternoon: Supetar to Milna — 18km (11 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride starts in Pucisca and follows the north coast of Brač to Postira and Supetar, passing ancient groves of olive and pine trees. Meet your ship in Supetar for lunch, then join the longer option for a moderate ride to Milna, following quieter country roads and climbing a few hills.

Accommodation: Jadranska Kraljica (Adriatic Queen)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, your biking tour ends in Trogir. Our trip leaders will help you to arrange a taxi to the nearby airport or to Split to continue with your own travel plans.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Croatia Bike & Boat: Split & the Dalmatian Islands

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  • Car service from Zagreb to Split

All you have to do is get to the airport. On a Flight + Tour Combo, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics so you can travel with peace of mind. You’re sure to arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

A VBT representative will greet you at the airport to start your adventure off right. A complimentary car service brings you to your centrally located hotel in Zagreb. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring this charming Central European city of pastel-colored historic buildings. Zagreb’s Upper Town is a richly layered collection of architecture and culture, dense with churches, palaces and museums designed in traditional secessionist, neo-Baroque and art deco fashion. Pause at a cafe to dig into a delicious kremsnite, a favored flaky custard pastry. And perhaps find the perfect cravat at a souvenir shop, named for the Croats who wore the distinctive scarves during the Thirty Years’ War.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Premier, Zagreb

After breakfast, get to know Zagreb during a guided walking tour. Endless rewards await those who explore Zagreb on foot. Cobbled lanes lead to red-roofed enclaves and soaring church spires and, in some areas of town, concrete walls have been converted into canvases for local street artists. There’s a surprise around every corner.

Enjoy lunch on your own and then follow your interests. Browse the collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Arts and Crafts Museum, or the Croatian Museum of Naive Art, one of the first to exhibit this unique art form in the world.

Accommodation: Hotel Le Premier, Zagreb
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you meet your English-speaking driver and travel to Split. En route, you stop to explore one of Croatia’s most splendid natural wonders, Plitvice Lakes National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its many lakes – 16 in all – that descend down a hillside in a step pattern. The setting here is lush and primitive, a spellbinding canvas of greens and blues set to a soundtrack of falling water. Enjoy a private tour of the breathtaking beauty with a local guide, then pause for a memorable three-course lunch of Croatian cuisine.

Arrive in Split, a waterfront gem, late this afternoon. So beautiful is the seaside setting that the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Diocletian chose this place as his retirement home; remarkably, his palace still plays a major role in the city’s daily life, hosting shops, restaurants and even hotels. There’ll be time to settle in to your hotel before setting out for dinner on your own this evening.

VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Accommodation: Hotel Cornaro, Split
Included Meals: Breakfast

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2022 Post-Trip Extension - Dubrovnik

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  • 2 nights at the 5-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
  • Daily breakfast
  • Two full days to explore the red-roofed Old City and ancient stone walls
  • City information
  • Airport car service for departure

Head out to discover one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, beautifully set on a limestone promontory jutting into the Adriatic. Strolling Dubrovnik’s Stradun—the main thoroughfare laid with marble— like stepping back in time. Be sure to explore the narrow alleys lined with shops and cafes, too. But the best approach to viewing Dubrovnik as it once was is to walk its perimeter—on the 1.3 miles of city walls that surround it. The stroll affords magical vistas of the red roofs and the blue sea that make this one of the most picturesque cities in the world.

If you wish, you can also spend time at your hotels’ private beach today, relaxing after your bike and boat tour. For lunch and dinner, dine on some of the freshest seafood you’re ever likely to taste.

Accommodation: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Dubrovnik
Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another day uncovering the culture and history of Dubrovnik, once the center of the Ragusa Republic, a rival of Venice. Within the city walls, discover Europe’s second oldest synagogue, a marvelous monastery with Romanesque cloisters, the city’s main cathedral and the Rector’s Palace. Arrive early enough in the morning so you can catch the vibrant, colorful food market at Gundulic Square; pick up some local fig brandy, intricate lacework or candied fruit. For sweeping views of the city, take the cable car to the top of the adjacent Mt. Srd. The hilltop Fort Imperial here was built by the French during the Napoleonic Wars.

Back in town, celebrate Croatia with a succulent seafood dinner and find a small, intimate wine bar to toast your adventure.

Accommodation: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Dubrovnik
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, transportation to the Dubrovnik airport will be provided (approximately a 30-minute drive) for your departing flight. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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