7 days/6 nights, with 6 days cycling
September 22-28, 2009
Moderate: 40-60 km (25-37 miles) daily with some hills each day
Options for longer rides possible
Single supplement: US$400
Pre-trip option (starting the 20th of September 2009):
US$450 per person.
Includes 2 nights at
4-star hotel in Dubrovnik
- services of one or more experienced guides and support vehicle
- 6 nights hotels (mix of 3+4 star)
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
- Use of a top quality 21-speed hybrid bike complete all the necessary accessories for changing flats.
- cooking course in Hvar with a local chef
- entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
- Detailed route instructions and map
- all baggage transportation
- all transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
Our trip starts from Dubrovnik.
In addition to British Airways and Croatia Airlines, low-cost companies such as Easyjet, Flyglobespan and Wizz Air fly directly also. There are currently no direct flights from United States to Croatia.
Dubrovnik airport is 22 km (13 miles) southeast of town, down the coast at Cilipi. Buses (30 min, 30kn) meet all incoming Croatia Airlines and British Airways flights, stopping in town near the Pile Gate before going on the main new bus station, 3 km (2 miles) west of the Old Town at Gruz. A taxi costs about 250 kn.
Randonnée Tours - Special Departure
Imagine the Mediterranean the way it used to be, in a country that has all the essential elements for the perfect cycling vacation- quiet roads, an abundance of historical sites and now, wonderful hotels and restaurants to enjoy. We’ve created a trip that takes in both Dubrovnik and Split, and the exquisite Dalmatian islands including Mljet, Korkula, Hvar and Brac, each unique and ideal for active travel (and relaxation).
- Small group, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
- A ride you will never forget: a recently discovered newly paved road on one of the islands that will leave you breathless.
- Cooking course at the home of a local chef in Hvar.
- Private boat transfers between Mljet, Korkula and Hvar.
- Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
- We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.
Arrival: Dubrovnik Our trip begins in the historical city of Dubrovnik, now a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the great cities of Eastern Europe. The historical center is well-protected by its fortified walls, making it a wonderful place to stroll. With its strategic position on the Adriatic, Dubrovnik makes for an ideal place to begin our trip.
Pomena: After meeting, we’ll make our way to the port and cruise to the verdant island of Mljet; cycling from Sobra, you’ll have a chance to explore Mljet National Park, and two saltwater lakes, one with an islet that secrets a 12th Century Benedictine monastery.
Brna: From Mljet, cruise to the magical island of Korkula, lush with pine forests, vineyards, olive groves and the best cycling in Dalmatia. Reputed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, Korkula town is filled with great restaurants and cafes. After a walking tour of the historical town center with a local guide, we'll cycle west along a dramatic stretch of coastal road with breathtaking scenery. Late afternoon, we've arranged a private tasting at one of the island’s best vineyards, from where you can easily coast to our sea-side hotel.
Day 3 + 4
Hvar Town: From Brna cycle along the coast to Vela Lukla for the cruise to Hvar island. Hvar town has been compared to Cannes, where yachts line the harbor and well-preserved Venetian buildings, a hill-top castle and Europe’s oldest theatre make for a charming town; the countryside is covered with lavender and the north coast between Jelsa, Vrboska and Stari Grad is especially well-suited to cycling. For those preferring to relax on white sandy beaches, boat shuttles are available to a nearby chain of islets known as the Resin islands for idyllic swimming. We'll be sure to dine one night at Macondo, a restaurant recently featured in the NY Times and deserving of the accolades bestowed on it.
Day 5 + 6
Bol: Another day, another island, this time to Brac, and the iconoclastic beaches of the Golden Cape. Brac is covered in a white, supple karst rock, used to build Split and Dubrovnik. Cycling route options include one to Pucisca, where you can visit a stone-cutting school, and to Supetar, with cafes and restaurants lining the harbour. There are also hiking options including one to Vidova Gora, at 778 m the highest point in Dalmatia. We’ll stay 2 nights at a newly renovated 4-star hotel in Bol, steps from the most beautiful beach in Croatia. We'll finish the trip with a festive dinner where we'll have some surprise entertainment!
Departure: Transfer to Split for onward travel.