ABOUT THE TOUR
7 days starting from Zagreb and ending up in Dubrovnik. A tour was done in a standard way with a van dragging a trailer caring bikes. Biking on every destination and travelling by van between destinations. The group decided on lux option so they stayed at 4+ stars hotels during the tour. The tour covered Plitvice national park, Zadar, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Pelješac and ended up in Dubrovnik. Island transfers were done by speedboats while all the luggage and bikes went the longer way with ferries and roads.
WHEN TO VISIT?
During the warmer months from April to October, but July and August can be hot up to 39C.
Our favourite months for this tour are April, May, June, September, October
Day 1, Zagreb. After the pick up of our guests at the airport and the hotel check in we do the walking tour of the Zagreb centre. Zagreb is a modern European town with all the main sites evolving around the central square. The cathedral, theatre, Tkalčićeva ulica, market, Zrinjevac park are all in the 1km radius around the centre Ban Jelačić Square. We end the evening in The golden bear brewery for some home made beer!
Day 2, Plitvice lakes. 2h ride from Zagreb to our most popular beautiful National park of Plitvice lakes. We hoped on our bikes and did a 40km, 700m elevation, circle around the park dropping all the way down to the waterfront and then reaching the entrance to continue exploring the park on foot. This way we completely cover the park without missing any important parts. Bike part is concentrated around biking above the park through thick forests and some most spectacular viewing points on top of the cliffs. On foot you go down to the lakes water level to see the lakes and waterfalls up close. After a walk on the lower lakes we took a electric boat to he upper lakes. There is a small train that goes back to the main entrance where we finish the tour and take the 2,5h drive to our next destination, Split.
Day 3. Split. One of the oldest towns in Croatia with a 1700 year history dating back to Roman empire. A lot to see here so we have to start early in the morning. First thing we did is a coffee on the famous Riva waterfront. In Split it seams that no one is working and just drinking coffee all day. And its not far from the truth. After the traditional coffee we did a walking tour in the centre which is basically an old palace with many monumental buildings like the bell tower of St.Duje. It offers a great view of the whole town but the climb up is a challenge itself. After walking around the centre’s narrow stone streets filled with shops and restaurants we take our bikes and go for a ride to the Marjan park. A beautiful ride that goes around this park forest the locals call – lungs of the city. There is a road that goes by the sea and there is no traffic because its forbidden. The road takes us to the top of the park that offers a great view overlooking the Split county archipelago. On a clear day you can see even all the way to Italy. After late lunch the group had a free time to explore the city and go for a night out on their own. Split has many places to go partying till the early hours.
Day 4, Hvar. A short and beautiful katamaran ride takes to group to our famous trendsetter island and the town with the same name – Hvar. First they have a morning off while our van reaches the island by a ferry. After some coffee and sightseeing in Hvar we take the first out of two tours of the island. Starting in Stari Grad on the northern side we ride through vineyards and lavander fields to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Croatia that sits between Vrboska and Jelsa. Two very small charming fisherman’s harbour towns with the bluest see you will ever encounter. Jelsa offers a lot of gastronomy so here we stopped for lunch. Fish and pasta were our choices accompanied by local red vine, Plavac mali, which is worldwide known. After a tasty desert and a espresso we take a road back to Stari Grad where we ended the tour and headed back to Hvar for a good night’s rest.
The next day after breakfast we had for another morning tour on the south part of the island before heading to our next destination, Korčula island. Group takes a speed boat for an 1h ride.
Day 5, Korčula. As we arrived at the late afternoon we decide to take it easy and enjoy this old town by walking to it’s narrow streets and spending an evening in a restaurant overlooking the Korčula-Pelješac channel. Scampi and seashells are amazing as the local white vine – Pošip. After dinner we went to see the famous Moreška, a world known traditional war dance. This was a relaxing evening we all needed. Oh what a night it was!
Day 6, Korčula. Light hangover passed quickly at breakfast and that first morning coffee on top of city walls. We hop on our bikes in front of the hotel and start riding through the southern parts of the island. It was still a warm day so we decided on taking a break on the sandy beach near Lumbarda. Some of us even took a swim in the Adriatic see. At least one of those who took our advice to take swim shorts.
Day 7, Dubrovnik After the checkout we took a ferry to Pelješac peninsula for a ride around the town of Orebić known for its many surf camps. Pelješac is known for its wineries so we stop at one for delicious local cheese, prsutto and wine tasting. It was very hard to leave this place but around noon we proceeded to the pearl of Croatia’s tourism, an old fortified town of Dubrovnik. Reaching it around 2pm and checking in our hotel we start the walking tour of the old town. When in Dubrovnik you have got to take a walk on the walls that surround the whole central part of the town. The view from up there will give you the idea what this town represented through history. Also when you look to the sea side you will see the Elaphiti islands and the Lokruum island. If you want to extend your stay here taking a boat to the islands is wonderful but a whole day excursion. After the walking tour of the old town the group decided to go for a late afternoon swim in the see on the public pebble beach right by the town’s south enterance. This is where we said our goodbyes because they had a flight early in the morning. Oh what a week!