Dalmatia – Split to Dubrovnik Bike and Boat
CategoryBike and Boat
Start / FinishSplit / Dubrovnik
Distance115 miles/185 kms
Explore the serene and charming Dalmatian islands between Split and Dubrovnik by bike and boat. Enjoy daily bike rides on 6 different islands each with its own unique flavour and appeal. Stay aboard a comfortable motor yacht, mooring in a different, charming little port each evening.
From the historic port of Split, the comfortable motor yacht Pape Prvi wends its way through the Dalmatian archipelago, stopping at the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet and Sipan, before finishing off in the medieval port of Dubrovnik. Each day the Pape Prvi moors somewhere new and the on-board bike guides lead scenic cycling forays that showcase the highlights of each island.
On Brač you’ll see the picturesque natural harbour port of Pučišća and the famous Golden Horn beach. An exhilarating descent, past wild rosemary and lavender delivers you to the beautiful and picturesque port of Hvar Town on Hvar. The island of Korčula will mesmerize you with her beauty and an overnight stay, moored in her fortified capital is a fitting finale to your time on this very special island. The serenity of wild and remote Lastovo makes a lasting impression as does the stunning, verdant beauty of the national park on the island of Mljet.
Along the way the Pape Prvi will stop in secluded bays for swimming breaks and her dedicated swim platform at her stern makes entering and leaving the water easy for all
The daily rides cover between 23 and 60 kms each day and invariably include some climbs of one kind or another. The bikes used used on this tour are comfortable hybrid models although e-bikes are also available albeit in limited numbers.
Itinerary & Map
Day 1: Split
On arrival in Split, make your way to the harbour where the Pape Prvi is moored. Check-in begins at 2pm and at 4.30pm you are invited to join a guided walking tour of the Split’s historic old town, haf of which is actually the impressive former palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The Pape Prvi remains at her mooring overnight and we therefore highly recommend returning to the old town for an evening stroll after dinner when all the cosy pubs are bars have come to life.
Day 2: Brač Island: Pučišća – Bol, 14 miles/23 kms
Whilst we are enjoying our first breakfast on board, the crew cast off and the Pape Prvi cruises out of the harbour and across the strait to Brač, the largest of the Dalmatian islands. We moor in the picturesque little port of Pučišća and disembark with our bikes for the first ride of the holiday. Today’s route traverses the island and along the way we will see the white limestone that is quarried here and adorns many famous buildings around the world including 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C! The Pape Prvi awaits us in the bustling little port of Bol and time allowing, keen swimmers might like to visit the famous Golden Horn beach just on the outskirts of the town.
After re-boarding the Pape Prvi we embark on an afternoon cruise across to the neighbouring island of Hvar. Here we moor for the night in the the quaint little port of Jelsa.
Day 3: Hvar Island: Jelsa – Stari grad – Hvar Town, 22miles/ 35 Kms
After breakfast we disembark with the bikes for our first ride on Hvar. The route leads us along a pleasant coastal lane to the port of Stari Grad. Here we take a break and enjoy the ambiance of this charming old town which enjoys an idyllic location at the end of a deep inlet.
Suitably refreshed, we mount up and begin to follow a quiet road that winds its way inland and uphill. The views become ever more impressive and eventually we reach the summit where a small cafe/restaurant is a welcome sight. Wild lavender and rosemary grow in abundance up here and it’s not uncommon to see clouds of colourfull butterflies flitting between the plants. Our earlier efforts are now rewarded with a long and scenic descent to the town of Hvar. If you can summon the energy we recommend investing in a short additional climb up to the Spanish Fortress that offers stunning views over the town. The 13th century town is stunning and be sure to take in the beautiful Renaissance square before pedalling along the bustling quayside to the Pape Prvi. Once we’re all aboard the crew cast off and we embark on an afternoon cruise across to the island of Korčula where we moor for the night in the natural harbour port of Vela Luka.
Day 4: Korčula Island: Vela Luka – Korčula Town, 37.5 miles/ 60 kms
Every day is a good day on this trip but today is something very special indeed. It’s the longest ride of the week but we’re sure you will agree that it was more than worth it.
Korčula is widely considered to be the most beautiful island in the Dalmatian archipelago and today’s route traverses the length of this little paradise. Along the winding lanes we are treated to some amazing sea views and pedal through some charming little villages. Time and weather allowing, we may stop for a swim on the south shore. The route then leads up onto the spine of the island and after a while we say goodbye to the heavenly views over the south shore and descend to the stunning blue waters of the north shore near Kneza. We then follow a road along the undulating coastline to the fortified medieval town of Korčula. This atmospheric place juts out into the Adriatic as if it where a ship and you’ll love meandering around its narrow winding alleyways before retiring to you cabin for the night.
Day 5: Lastovo Island, 17,5 miles/28 kms
While we are enjoying breakfast the Pape Prvi cruises south to the Island of Lastovo. One of the outermost islands, Lastovo has a remote and wild air about it and the inhabitants still make their living from fishing, agriculture and wine ( the famous Maraština grape is cultivated here). Our ride from Uble to the town of Lastovo follows a winding road that leads us past vineyards and through shady forests. Lastovo Town is set on a hillside and the houses, many with ornate chimneys, create an amphitheater effect.
Back on the Pape Prvi we head east to the serene and beautiful island of Mljet where we moor for the night in the little hamlet of Pomena.
Day 6: Mljet Island, 17.5 miles/ 28 kms
Mljet is covered in woodland and the western end of the island is a protected national park where the blue waters of picturesque inlets meet the verdant green of the aromatic pine forests. It is rumoured that this is the island on which Odysseus was enchanted and held captive by the Nymph Calypso in Homer’s “Odyssey”. Our scenic ride leads us through this little paradise and along a route that provides wonderful seascape views to the south. The Pape Prvi picks us up in the port of Sobra and an afternoon cruise delivers us to the charming little port of Sipanska Luka on the island of Sipan where we moor for he night.
Day 7: Sipan Island & Dubrovnik, 7 miles/ 11 kms
Our final ride is short but enjoyable traverse of Sipan island. The route leads us past some grand villas with exotic gardens, erstwhile holiday getaways of rich Dubrovnik merchants, to Sudurad, a sleepy village port dominated by a 16th century castle.
We then enjoy our last cruise on the Pape Prvi across to the historic port of Dubrovnik. In the afternoon we are invited to join a guided walking tour of the old town where we will learn more about this city’s eventful history. A final farewell dinner aboard the Pape Prvi is always an enjoyable affair and afterwards you may be tempted to step ashore for a nightcap in one of the atmospheric bars in the old port to reflect on your cycling adventure in the Dalmatian islands.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast it is time to disembark and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
|2020 Arrival Dates|
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|Pape Prvi - Superior|
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|Deposit per person||£175|
4 x full board and 3 x half board
Maps & route information
City tours in Split and Dubrovnik
Bike hire (see supplements)
Visitors tax & unlimited bottled water, €50 per adult/€25 per child, payable locally
Transfers from boat to Dubrovnik Airport on disembarkation day. (£27)
Regular bike with pannier. See practical information (£84)
Electric bike with pannier (£189)
Bike Insurance for regular bike (£11)
Bike Insurance for electric bike (£21)
15% for children up to 16 years, sharing cabin, upper deck
The bikes provided on this tour are modern, aluminium framed models with comfortable saddle. They come in a variety of male and female frame sizes and are equipped with a pannier.
E-bikes are also available to rent, a popular option on this tour.
A very limited number of helmets are available on board and must be pre-booked at the time of booking. We strongly recommend bringing your own for safety and hygiene reason. It is mandatory to wear a helmet.
On-board payments: Cash only accepted, no debit/credit cards.
The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.
The elegant, two masted Pape Prvi was launched in 2008 and offers guests a good standard of comfort and facilities. She has 14 comfortable guest cabins each measuring 9 – 10m² and all feature en-suite shower/wc and air conditioning.
Five of the cabins are located on the lower deck and four of these feature twin beds while one features a double bed with a single bunk above.
The remaining 9 cabins are located on the upper deck and seven of these feature twin beds while 2 feature a double bed with a bunk bed above.
The Pape Prvi also features a spacious salon and expansive sun-deck. At the stern there is also a bathing platform making swimming in the sea easy and uncomplicated.
A buffet breakfast and one or two warm meals are provided daily. The meals are prepared by the on-board cook who uses locally sourced fresh ingredients. The catering consists of 4 days of full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and 3 days of half board (breakfast and lunch or dinner).
The tour starts in Split and finishes in Dubrovnik.
Fly to Split airport. Research flights here
Shuttle busses run to the port (24 kms from the airport) or a taxi will cost around 25 euros.
Fly home from Dubrovnik airport. Research flights here
A regular shuttle bus links Dubrovnik airport with the main bus station in Gruž Port – more details here. The bus station is adjacent to where the Pape Prvi is moored.