Old Town of Dubrovnik – „The Adriatic Gem“ (UNESCO)
Cycling the islands of Korcula & Mljet
Swim in the salty lakes of NP Mljet
Tasting wine and local products of Pelješac and Konavle area
On this 8-day cycling program you will have a chance to cycle the islands of South Dalmatia, to taste the traditional food and wine of Pelješac peninsula and walk the stone cobbled streets and remparts of the famous Dubrovnik Old Town. All 6 cycling tours will be accompanied with the possibility to swim in the clear Blue Adriatic sea or the salty lakes of the National Park Mljet and „seasoned“ with a touch of Mediteranean culture, while exploring the wonders of medieval Korcula Old Town, the birthplace of famous traveller and writer Marco Polo, or enjoying a view to the red-tiled roofs of Old Town of Dubrovnik.
Itinerary / 8 days
Arrival to Dubrovnik airport and transfer to Orebic town, on Pelješac peninsula. Accommodation and overnight in hotel.
In the morning, we start our cycling program with a nice ride in the central plateau of Pelješac peninsula, passing through vineyards and old villages of this famous wine making region. We end the ride with a tasting of local wine and cheese in one of the local wineries. In the afternoon, return to Orebić. Overnight in hotel in Orebić.
A short boat transfer to the island of Korcula in the morning. Cycling through the plateau of eastern Korcula, passing through villages of Zrnovo and Pupnat and descending to the northern coast of the island. Possibility of swimming and ride back to Korcula Old Town. Free time to explore this beautiful medieval town, often called “little Dubrovnik”. In the afternoon, a short ride to the ferry port and transfer to Orebic. Overnight in hotel in Orebić.
In the morning, we start our ride directly from the hotel and enjoy a tour on the south banks of Pelješac, with a view to Pelješac channel and island of Korcula on the other side. We embark a ferry in Prapratno and cross to the island of Mljet. Arrival to Pomena village, accommodation and overnight in hotel.
We spend the day exploring the beauties of the National Park Mljet. We will have a chance to swim in the salty lakes of the park, with warm water and beautiful green colour and/or visit the Benedictine monastery on the small island of St. Mary, in the middle of the Big Lake. Overnight in hotel in Pomena.
Mljet is known for being the “green oasis” of south Dalmatia. We will dedicate this day to exploring the forests, olive groves, vineyards and pristine bays of this beautiful island. In late afternoon, ferry to Peljesac and transfer to Dubrovnik. Accommodation and overnight in hotel.
We will spend the morning exploring the beautiful Konavle – the southernmost region of Croatia. Here, we wil have a chance to enjoy the diversity of Croatian south – fringed by the mountains in the north and bordered by the Adriatic from the south, stretchning from Cavtat town in the west and the Montenegrin border in the south-east, Konalve is an area where “the blue” and “the green” meet and form a unique blend of history, tradition, natural beauties and gastronomy. We will end the ride with a short presentation of traditional ways of life in Konavle area, enriched with a tasting of local wine and products. Afternoon free to explore the wondrous streets of the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport. Departure.
Number of days cycling: 6
Average daily distance: 45 km / 28 miles (max 55 km / 34 miles – 100%)
Terrain: Low altitude; 90% quiet tarmac roads, 10% gravel roads
All rooms have en-suite facilities
Eating & drinking
All breakfasts are included throughout. Croatian cuisine is a mixture of fine seafood, grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads, with influences from Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans.
Vaccinations and Visa
Visas are not required by the following nationalities: British and other EU countries, Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities. There are no specific health risks.
The rides mainly follow tarmac roads, but where possible on the islands we will use the quieter older roads that tend to be hard gravel. The roads are quiet and there is less traffic on the islands than the mainland. The route will be generally undulating but there are a few challenging hills that can be tough in the warm weather. The trip is vehicle supported so it is possible to miss some of these harder sections if you prefer. At times the route will follow roads or tracks with a steep down slope to one side. Certain sections will not have a barrier. No real riding experience required but you should be comfortable on a bike and have a reasonable level of fitness.
If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us.
This tour is ran by our bike enthusiasts Ana Kunštek or Bojan Dermol. You may read a bit more about your guides here.
Weather & seasonality
Croatia boasts one of the sunniest climates in Europe, and some regions are notoriously free from rain. We generally travel off-season, so you should expect some variation in temperature and possibly some rainfall. Temperatures can be high, particularly on the July departures and can reach the mid to high 30s (degC).