Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast

tours / Cycling

Highlights

  • Cycling in the Southern Dalmatian islands with dramatic scenery
  • Exploring the small towns and villages en route
  • Wandering through the alleyways of Dubrovnik
  • The island of Mljet with its impressive national park
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable sailing boat
  • Visiting the beautiful historic town of Mostar

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

George Bernard Shaw said "those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik", also describing it as "the pearl of the Adriatic". With its impressive old town and dominating position on the Adriatic coast, the city is visually stunning and deserving of both Shaw's remarks and its UNESCO World Heritage status. Based on a comfortable boat, the trip begins in Dubrovnik where time is set aside to explore the narrow streets and lively town. Extending westerly into the Mediterranean the loosely connected islands of southern Dalmatia are best explored by bike where quiet roads lead to magnificent views. Highlights include visiting the islands of Korcula and Mljet, and discovering the wine-making traditions of the Pelješac Peninsula. This trip also includes an excursion across the Bosnian border to the beautiful historic town of Mostar.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks). the cook on board is a member of the crew. the meals begin with dinner on day 1 and end with breakfast on day 8 (or day 7).
  • 7 nights accommodation in a double cabin below deck with private bathroom (small supplement applies for above deck or single cabin). if you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. the compact cabins are configured with double beds, a double bed with a single bunk, or bunkbeds and a single bed. excellent discounts apply to a third person sharing a triple cabin, with a configuration of a french bed (quite cosy for two people as it is a little smaller than a double) and a single bunk bed above.
  • 21 speed trekking bike rental with pannier
  • Experienced crew of 4 including cycle guide
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Overview maps for daily cycle tours
  • City tour in dubrovnik and entrance fees to historical buildings
  • Excursion to mostar including city tour and entrance fee to mosque

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and guided tour of Dubrovnik. Cruise to Šipan Island
Individual arrival in Dubrovnik and check-in early afternoon in the port of Gruz, followed by a guided tour within the impressive city walls of the old town. Our journey then begins with a short cruise to the island of Šipan, the largest of the Elefitian islands. Overnight on Šipan in the quiet harbour of Sudurad.
Day 2 Cycle the islands of Šipan and Mljet (10km + 30km)
After breakfast, we cycle past sumptuous villas and on through the verdant forests, fertile valleys and subtropical parks of Šipan Island. Afterwards the ship takes us on a 2 hour crossing to the "honey island" of Mljet. 90% of Mljet Island is covered by forest and thus is one of the most densely wooded islands in the entire Mediterranean. Homer also mentions it in his Odyssey, making it the home of the nymph Calypso, who kept the famous hero here for seven years. In the afternoon we cycle across the island from the ferry harbour of Sobra to the quiet bay of Pomena, where we stay overnight.
Day 3 Cycle Lastovo island (30km)
In the morning, our ship takes us to Lastovo Island for a circular cycle around this beautiful island. The island of Lastovo is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. Emperor Augustus appreciated its mild climate and in Roman times it was even named "Augusta Insula" after him. Still today, the islanders, little more than 1000, mainly live off fishing the extremely rich waters, agriculture and wine culture. The yellow-golden white wine "Marastina", well-known beyond Croatia's borders, is produced here.
Day 4 To the islands of Korcula and Hvar (23km)
After the crossing to Korcula Island we disembark at Brna and cycle to Vela Luka, where we meet up with the ship for lunch. After lunch, we proceed by boat to the island of Hvar. There is time for swimming in the afternoon. We stay overnight in Sucuraj at the eastern point of Hvar Island.
Day 5 Excursion to Mostar
After a short boat trip to Ploce in the delta of the Neretva River, we continue by transfer bus, which takes us first across the Bosnian border to Pocitelj. We have a guided tour of the town and its well-preserved fortress before continuing our journey to Mostar. The town’s world-famous landmark is the bridge across the River Neretva, which was destroyed in 1993 through heavy shelling and reopened in 2004. The bridge and the Old Town have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2005. We return back to the ship in Ploce.
Day 6 Cycle Korcula Island (37km)
A nice morning cruise takes us to Brna on Korcula Island, which is counted among the most beautiful islands of Dalmatia. We explore the eastern part of the island. Our cycle takes us from Prigradica to Korcula town. Along the way enjoy the view of the deep blue water of Pupnat Bay, a beautiful scene to photograph. The destination of the ride is the capital of the island, Korcula town, which vies with Venice over the honor of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. In the evening we have enough time for a stroll through the alleys of this fantastic old town laid out in a herringbone pattern.
Day 7 Cruise to Slano on the mainland and cycle to Zaton (20km)
While crossing back to Slano on the mainland we cruise along the Pelješac Peninsula. Pelješac is impressive even from a distance because of the Sv. Ilja mountain range rising almost 1000m high out of the sea. In the afternoon our last cycle takes us into the hinterland to our destination Zaton, where we spend our last evening.
Day 8 Trip concludes after breakfast in Zaton (near Dubrovnik)
Disembark around 9am and individual departure.