Cycling Cruise: Bike Split South
This cycle cruise in Croatia will leave you with a real sense of what the Dalmatian islands have to offer. Not only will you cycle amongst the islands’ lakes, forests and pretty coves, but you’ll have the chance to taste local produce and discover fascinating history.
The longest cycle is 34 miles. You can bring your own bike or rent one whilst there.
At a Glance
- Start and finish in the ancient city of Split, a Roman palace which today is the bustling Old Town
- Visit Hvar Island to see the glamorous main town and the rural fields of lavender
- Cycle the "wine-panoramic route" and stop for tastings
- Cycle the circumference of Mljet's peaceful lakes
- Pedal through Korcula's olive groves and on a dramatic cliffside road
Day by Day Itinerary
This exciting Croatia cycling cruise begins in the ancient city of Split, birthed when 4th-century Roman emperor Diocletian decided to build his retirement residence here.
Check in before 1 p.m., get introductions to the crew and your fellow passengers and then enjoy lunch as we sail to Supetar on the northern side of Brac Island. From there, you’ll enjoy an easy 15.5-mile ride, cycling the coastal road, passing the fishing villages of Splitska and Postira before arriving at Pucisca, often named as the most beautiful Croatian village, and one of the prettiest in all of Europe.
You’ll have the rest of the day to discover its lovely stone houses with white paved roofs, Baroque buildings and Renaissance palaces.
Lovista (B, L, CD)
This morning we’ll continue our Croatia cruise by sailing to the sunny, glamorous island of Hvar, renowned for its nightlife and serene landscapes that include lavender fields, vineyards and olive groves.
Our 20-mile cycle starts from the Pokrivenik Bay along the north shore, located in a little cove framed by dramatic cliffs. From there we ascend to the route’s highest point, enjoying breathtaking views before descending to Sucuraj in the east where your ship will be waiting.
Fuel up with lunch on board while cruising to the small seaside town of Lovista on the Peljesac Peninsula near Dubrovnik and then get ready for the entertaining Captain’s dinner this evening.
Trstenik (B, D)
The third day of your Croatia cycling holiday travels the so-called “wine-panoramic route.” After breakfast, we’ll ride from Lovista to Orebic near the southern tip of the Peljesac Peninsula, with grand views of the Korcula archipelago opening up after the first couple of miles.
From there we’ll roll on to a renowned wine-growing region where some of the most famous grape varieties producing fine Croatian wine are grown. Crossing Dingac Tunnel, you’ll be passing through the same tunnel where every grape used to make Dingac wine has gone before making its way to your glass.
Finally, we end our 28 miles of riding by passing vineyards on our way to Trstenik where the ship awaits.
Mljet National Park, Korcula Island (B, L)
During breakfast we’ll sail to lush Mljet Island, filled with spectacular hues of greens and blues.
Mljet National Park covers a good portion of the island offering some of its most impressive natural beauty that includes two saltwater lakes that range in color from emerald to brilliant turquoise.
Eleven miles of cycling will bring us around the shorelines of Great Lake, home to a tiny islet with a 12th-century Benedictine monastery and church. After enjoying refreshments in the area, lunch will be onboard while cruising to our next destination, Korcula Island. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore Old Korcula Town, the alleged birthplace of Marco Polo, with its cobbled streets and Venetian influences.
Vela Luka (B, D)
Today’s portion of this Croatia cycling tour is the longest section you’ll ride this week at 34 miles.
Traveling the entire island of Korcula, we begin by ascending to Zrnovo village before heading to Pupnut, the highest point on the route and the oldest settlement on Korcula. Descending to the island’s south side, we ride an especially scenic road tucked between steep cliffs and a glistening bay.
Next, we’ll cycle through olive groves and vineyards producing the famous Posip grape variety and enjoy a short break in the small village of Smokvica before descending to a hidden pebble beach by the sea. Finally, we climb to a viewpoint above the town of Blato making our descent to Vela Luka.
Stari Grad (B, L)
From Vela Luka, we’ll sail early to Hvar Town, disembarking for a short sightseeing tour of the impressive medieval architecture. A 28-mile ride comes in two parts today, cycling to the other side of the island passing lavender fields and breathtaking views of the sea, neighboring islands, and the mainland.
After lunch, our cycle continues with an easy ride to two of the island’s highlights, Vrboska and Jelsa, before rolling through Stari Grad. One of Europe’s oldest towns, it was founded way back in 400 BC and has managed to preserve its ancient Greek system of roads and plots, while cobbled streets are lined with charming stone houses and landmarks like Tvrdalj Castle.
Split (B, L)
We’ll make our return to Split today, but first we cruise to Solta Island. After breakfast we begin our 22 miles of pedaling by cycling from Stomorska to Gornje selo, the highest point of the island.
You’ll be surrounded by breathtaking views on either side, while enjoying the fragrance of the Mediterranean vegetation before reaching the Maslinica on the west side of the island.
Returning to the ship in Stomorska, it’s time to depart to Split, where you’ll have the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure, perhaps exploring the maze-like complex known as Diocletian’s Palace with its many Roman influences.
As all good things must come to an end, so does your cycling cruise in Croatia. Check-out is at 9 a.m., but you’ll be able to enjoy one last breakfast to fuel up for your further travels or return trip home.
You might want to stick around Split for a few days to take advantage of its many things to see and do, or perhaps add on another cruise. If you need more ideas our travel experts will be happy to assist.
Bicycles: Bicycles can be rented upon request, or you can bring your own. Keep in mind that we are unable to cover damage that may occur to personal bicycles, whether during transportation from land to the ship (and vice versa), or during the cycling tours. Repair kits are mandatory either way.
Swim stops: When the weather allows, we’ll usually make at least one swim stop each day. It may be while the vessel is anchored in a secluded bay, or after the day’s cycling tour before sailing to the next island.
Food: Some meals are included such as the daily continental breakfast plus either lunch or dinner. During the cycling tours, we’ll provide recommendations so that you can enjoy some of the restaurant’s local specialties, which you’ll need to pay for out of pocket. There is also a captain’s dinner that will be hosted during one evening of the cycling cruise which is optional. Arranged by the captain and your tour guide, it requires payment on the spot.
- Accommodation on a traditional wooden ship in a cabin with private toilet & shower ensuite. Cabins are mostly bunk beds.
- Daily continental breakfast
- Three-course lunch or dinner every day
- Professional cruise guide
- Unlimited water from a dispenser
- Free wifi
- Towels for the week
What's Not Included
- Return flights to Croatia. (Please speak to us about including flights in your package)
- Single person supplement is 70 percent; prices based on double occupancy in double or twin rooms
- Bike rental. This is available, please call for details. You may also bring your own bike.
- Repair kits for personal bikes
- Insurance for bikes
- Tastings and extra meals
- Port fees and visitor taxes.
- Cabin cleaning service (available upon request)
2020 Departure Dates
- 5, 19 & 26 September