7 Days: Cycling in Southern Croatia – Dalmatian Islands, Dubrovnik and Ston

If you would like to do cycling in Croatia and explore hidden gems, enjoy sea views, swim in the Adriatic, learn about local culture, eat good food and drink great wine, this trip is the right one for you! You will cycle some of the most scenic roads in Dalmatia, explore Dalmatian islands and Dubrovnik riviera and hinterland. Your base will be on Pelješac peninsula, in a small medieval town Ston, known for city walls, salt, and oysters!

Why us and why this tour?  This is a unique trip that keeps you away from the crowd and mainstream, and its done by real local born, experienced and awarded licensed guides who mostly work via word of mouth! Its all-inclusive trip with no hidden fees, or extra charge for the e-bikes, and because we care and give flexibility like no other. All pictures are our own, 100% authentic, and represent the trips as it is!

Short itinerary:

Day 1 Arrival
Day 2 Mljet island and National Park
Day 3 Korčula island
Day 4 Ston hinterland and Mali Ston bay
Day 5 Pelješac – wine region
Day 6 Ston-Dubrovnik riviera
Day 7 Departure

 

PROGRAM:

Day 1: Arrival in Croatia - Dubrovnik and transfer to Ston

Welcome to Croatia. You will be welcomed by the local representative at the airport and escorted to your accommodation in Ston. After check-in, at scheduled time you will meet your guide and go for dinner, a brief orientation session and a short talk about the upcoming itinerary. Feel free to ask any questions you might have about the upcoming itinerary. In meanwhile you can have rest in your hotel considering you might have some jet lag or might go for a short walk in Ston. Ston is a small town with the longest fortified system in Europe, and some people say the second longest in the world. Ston origins are since to Roman times when Romans started to grow oysters in a local bay and collect salt. These 2 traditions, together with the walls are trademarks of Ston.

Day 2: Mljet island and National Park

On our first day of cycling, we will explore the greenest island in Croatia and its most famous part-National park Mljet. According to legends, this is the place where Ulysses was captured by Calypso in Greek mythology. True or not, it is the fact that most of the names on the island are Greek origin, and there is even the Ulysses cave. You will cycle across the island towards National park on the West part of the island. National park Mljet is known for its lakes inside of the island and a small island on the biggest lake- St. Marija island with a Benedictine monastery on it from the 13th century. You will visit the island and go for a short tour of the island. Swimming can take place on one of the lakes in National park where the water temperature is usually 2-3 degrees warmer than the open sea.

Day 3: Korčula

Our cycling today will take place on Korčula Island. Korčala is the name of the island and the biggest town on it. Korčula town is one of the finest examples of gothic renaissance architecture on the Dalmatian coast. Today we will cycle across Korčula island from West to East, from Vela Luka to Korčula town or do a loop ride depending on your preferences. Vela Luka is known for archeological research in the local cave where a scientist found human bones more than 7000 years old. Island is known for great white wines, made by authentic sort of the grapes -Pošip- which became a synonym for the whole island.

Day 4: Primorje - Bistrina

Today you will start your cycling in Ston and go to Dubrovačko Primorje( part of the land close to the sea) Route will take you along the cost and the to the backroads and hinterland of the area. Your route will finish with descent toward the sea and great views of Mali Ston bay to Bistrina bridge. BIstrina bridge is short cut over little Bay overlooking to Mali Ston. Mali Ston means Little, and the sea area around it is known for growing oysters and mussels since the Roman times. If you like the oysters and mussels, this is it! This is the place to have them.

Day 5: Pelješac Peninsula and Ston

Our next destination is Pelješac peninsula. In Croatia, Pelješac is a synonym for red wines, or as the local call it- black wine. Today we will cycle through most famous wine region in Croatia- Dingač, known for vineyards that grow on steep slopes, up to 70 degrees. This area is unique and since 1964 is protected on the Geneva convention. Only the wine from these vineyards can be called Dingač and nowhere else in Croatia, or the World. It would be a shame to not taste some of that famous wine and that's why we will stop at one of local family owned wineries for wine tasting. Our cycling will finish in charming village Žuljana where you can stop for a swim on one of many small beaches that Žuljana is known for. For those who would like to snorkel or scuba dive, this would be the place since there are 2 diving clubs in this little place.

Day 6: Ston - Trsteno - Zaton - Dubrovnik

Today you will be leaving Ston and Pelješac Peninsula and cycling towards Dubrovnik. You will go to Dubrovnik hinterland again, and cycle on old Napoleon road, enjoy the sea view and go through local villages until lunch time. After lunch, we will go to our new accommodation and enjoy the rest of the afternoon in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik- as Lord Byron said: The Pearl of the Adriatic, UNESCO site with the biggest walls in Europe. We suggest walking the city walls, the second biggest in the world. At places, the wall is approximately 75 ft high, which makes it a great sightseeing point to take photos of beautiful scenery. We are sure you would like to explore the city and do not be afraid to get lost in many stone streets, and if not tired, guided tour in the evening might take place to introduce you to a rich history of this unique place!

Day 7: Departure

Today is your departure day. Thank you very much for visiting Croatia, hope you had a nice time while exploring, Those who are staying extra time in Croatia will be given instructions according to their schedule. If someone would like to stay more in Dubrovnik on their own, we will be happy to help or assist in any way.

Price Includes:

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Wine tastings
  • Snacks
  • National parks’ entrance fees
  • Bike and helmets – E-bikes avaliable
  • Professional licensed English-speaking local guide
  • Van support
  • Local taxes and permits
  • Ground transportation
  • Airport transfers, to/from
  • VAT

Not Included:

  • International airfare to/from Croatia
  • Drinks
  • Optional trips
  • Item of a personal nature
Custom departures or / Apr.-14th, 21st, 28th / June - 23rd, 30th / July - 7th,14th, 21th, 28th / Aug. - 4th,11th, 18th, 26th / Sep.- 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th / Oct.- 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
7 days
2300 USD per person /double occupancy

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