Cycle the islands
Dalmatian Coast — 6 days
Split, Dubrovnik, islands of Hvar, Vis, Biševo and Korčula.
Essence of the trip
For travel connoisseurs and those with true wanderlust. Cycle, hike and island hop by private speedboat, treating the Adriatic as your playground. Then slow down to savour the finest Croatian food and wine. Rest your head in luxurious boutique hotels.
This trip will give you
- Sun, sea and an activity-packed holiday
- An opportunity to discover some of the most intriguing and spellbinding Croatian islands (by bike, by boat and on foot), from hip Hvar, to blissfully unspoilt Vis and enchanting Korčula
- The experience of dining at some of the finest restaurants in Croatia and sampling some of the best wines the country produces
Day 1: You will meet your guide in the morning and, following the introduction, and safety and orientation briefing, depart for a leisurely bike ride or hike along Marjan hill. As the sun sets, you will be taken on a private tour of Split, where the ancient Diocletian's Palace and local culture will unfold before you. Split is a vibrant urban oasis with a myriad of sights, sounds and smells all thriving inside the city walls, which are almost two millennia old.
Day 2: Enjoy a speedboat ride from Diocletian's Palace to the first two islands: Vis and Biševo. Biševo holds the magic of the Blue Cave, where the sun's rays penetrate through an underwater opening and illuminate the cave in blue light, making everything beneath the surface shimmer in silver and pink. Following the visit to the Blue Cave, you will continue to explore the island of Vis and its secluded coves. Later in the day, another boat ride will take you to Hvar.
Day 3: After enjoying a relaxing breakfast, gear up to enjoy another stellar ride with fabulous views of the surroundings. This takes you through abandoned villages, which used to be prominent producers of lavender oil – once a trademark of Hvar Island. Soar down to the Stari Grad Plain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the ancient wine-producing valley before arriving at the Tomic Wine Cellar for the ultimate wine tasting experience on the island.
Later in the afternoon, you return to the Hvar town. The evening wil see you enjoying dinner at a family run restaurant, where you have a chance to taste ancient Hvar flavours mixed with innovative cuisine.
Day 4: In the morning, depart for your fourth island, Korčula. Korčula was once a Greek colony and today is an island famous for the production of some of the best Croatian white wines – Pošip and Grk. The day's hike will take you through the nature park, where you will see some amazing rock formations and wildlife. The setting is peaceful while the densely wooded landscape is unusual for the Dalmatian karst region.
The hike takes the Napoleon path, winding through olive groves and small vineyards, ending in the village of Pupnat in time for lunch. Your meal is made from local and sustainable ingredients coming from the fields you will have walked through earlier. The afternoon is spent in the medieval town of Korčula, where you can explore its cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings, and architectural masterpieces dating from Gothic and Renaissance periods.
Day 5: You will have the option to go on a morning cycle loop of the island, or to just relax and do some sightseeing in the town of Korčula. The cycling will include cycling coastal roads leading to secluded beaches, biking through the vineyards surrounding small, picturesque towns, and a swimming and snorkeling break on the beaches on the eastern part of the island. The afternoon is spent in the city of Korčula, with a later visit to an authentic wine cellar to taste some of the finest wines from the island and sample some delicious Mediterranean snacks.
Day 6: The morning will start off with a short boat ride to the Pelješac Peninsula and the town of Orebić. The planned walk starts from Orebić and goes along the southern slopes of Mount Ilija, where you pass by secluded vineyards and an old Franciscan monastery, enjoying great views of Korčula Island and the Pelješac archipelago. Once back on the coast, a scenic coastal walk takes you to the Dalmatian villages of Kućište and Viganj, where the sea simply invites you in for a dip.
Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Dubrovnik in time for your flight. On your way south, you will pass through Ston and here you can visit the famous vineyards of Dingač, the second-longest stone wall in the world or the ancient salt panels.
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