Create a million great memories during this biking adventure and meditate upon in gloomy winter days. Truly relax and nurture all your senses when cruising across the country. No dirty roads here, just crystal clear blue sea, white stone, green countryside and red roofs. Head straight out of Dubrovnik to Makarska Riviera and venture almost to the top of Sveti Jure, one of the highest peaks in Croatia. Explore the Cetina River Canyon and participate in some of the adventures on offer.
Arrival to Dubrovnik, transfer to your hotel.
The start of the journey is in Dubrovnik, the southernmost, narrowest part of Croatia famous for its unspoilt beauty and one of the most picturesque coastal areas with long rocky shores and quiet little medieval hamlets scattered in the hills. From Dubrovnik head for Pelješac Peninsula and the town of Ston famous for its city walls, salt pans and oyster beds that have existed there since the medieval period. Pelješac is famous for exquisite wines and offers amazing roads and endless rolling hills covered in vineyards and olive groves. In Orebic, a town of rich maritime history preserved in museums and local architecture, cross the strait on a ferry taking you to Korcula, a historic fortified town on the east coast of the island bearing the same name. The herringbone pattern of its streets allows free air flow but protects against the strong winds and hides many historic sites, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Marco Polo’s house, Abbey Treasury, to name a few.
The morning is for exploring the island and choosing between traditional cakes such as cukarini, klašuni, hrustule and prikle (pršurate) and the very special rose-petal flavoured rozata cream caramel. There will be an opportunity to also try the traditional goat cheese ravioli in sage sauce and rosemary sorbetto. Then after an opportunity to visit some prehistoric archaeological sitesn There will be a ferry to Stari Grad in the early afternoon. Relax on the deck for 3.5 hours enjoying the scenery of the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, admiring the craggy coastline and a few of its more than a thousand islands. Stari Grad, on the Island of Hvar, is the town that boasts long history dating from prehistoric period but Hvar is the town that radiates true fusion of the lush Mediterranean, rich heritage and trendsetting life. No wonder it has been nicknamed Croatia’s Saint Tropez.
*In April, May & October different ferry route:
Korcula - Orebic - Trstenik - Žuljana - Ston - Drvenik - Sucuraj - Hvar
The morning is booked for two towns; The first, Hvar and it’s fortresses, monasteries and the Benedictine nunnery, famous for a long tradition of making lace of agave threads; And the second, Stari Grad where the labyrinth of streets and lanes continually unveil it’s history. The most famous historical building found on this route is probably Tvrdalj Castle. This famous Renaissance building was the summer home of poet Petar Hektorovic and resonates with the thoughts and ideas of his work. During the 2-hour ride on the ferry to Split soak up the sunrays on the deck and enjoy the gorgeous views of the surrounding scenery. On arrival, head for today’s Solin, ancient Salona, capital of the Roman Province of Dalmatia which disappeared in the end of the classical époque. The size, wealth and magnificence are of ancient Salona is still evident through the remains of the impressive walls with towers and gates, the forum with temples, amphitheatre, graveyards with Salonitan martyrs. After the late afternoon ride, dine and enjoy the famous local wines.
Spend the morning in Split town centre, looking for the Roman Emperor Diocletian or his guards in his famous palace, which dominates nearly all the historical nucleus of the city, check whether the gates are really made of gold, silver, iron and brass and touch Grgur’s toe for luck. Catch the late morning ferry to the island of Brac and reach Supetar in roughly an hour. It is the largest settlement, the true heart of the island and located in the northern quarter of Brac. This is a great starting point for those wanting to discover this beautiful, diverse and extremely interesting island. Discover the islands almond trees, capers growing from stone and wild asparagus. Visit the hermitage monastery Blaca, the little medieval hamlets, archaeological sites and the stonemason school. Take a dip into the sea for a late afternoon swim on the famous Adriatic beach called Zlatni rat before enjoying a relaxing evening with local wine and dinner in Bol.
The morning ride to Sumartin reveals why the island is famous for it’s quarries and white stone that were used to build the White House. The 60-minute ferry ride brings you to Makarska, the centre of the region known as Makarska Riviera featuring a long line of small tourist towns spread across the coastline at the foot of Biokovo Mountain. Follow the footsteps of Fra. Jure Radic starting with the malacological collection and botanical garden in the city, then onto the Biokovo Natural Park and the 1762 metre high Sv Jure (St. George) - the highest peak of Biokovo. From here it is possible to see the entire Makarska Riviera, island and hinterland from the back of the mountain. If one was to strain their eyeseven further, some 210 km across the Adriatic, you might also see Monte Gargano in Italy. Heading south, to Dubrovnik, take in some spectacular roads and pay a visit to the Neretva River estuary.
Breakfast Included. Transfer from the hotel to the Airport.