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Cycle the Dalmatian Coast CCD

Visiting: Croatia
Trip Duration 8 Days
 

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Cycle the Dalmatian CoastScores 9.1 out of 10 based on 18 reviews
(8 out of 10)

Christopher

Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire
This trip provides a very good way to see the beautiful Dalmatian Coast and offshore islands. The itinerary is well thought-out, and varied, although the third day (on Hvar Island) and the 5th day (on Korcula Island) involve longer, and, in places, steeper climbs than the Tour Notes imply. The bikes provided are good, although disappointingly in our case, bad weather prevented us from doing the main off-road ride, so we were mostly on tarmac roads for which hybrid bikes might have been better. Some roads were quite busy with traffic for which overtaking a long line of cyclists was not easy.

The 'Old Town' of Split is wonderful and, in addition to the excellent guided tour, is well worth a leisurely visit on the Saturday evening of arrival, when there are musical performances in the main square and the waterfront is lively. Similarly Dubrovnik is wonderful, although very crowded. The walk round the city wall is strongly recommended. The smaller towns and villages on the islands are delightful, especially Hvar Town and Korcula Town.

The Hotel Corner (not the usual venue) in Split was excellent, but the Hotel Lavanda and its sister Hotel Arkada in Stari Grad were poor, with uninspiring 1960s/70s design and badly in need of maintenance. The Hotel Borik in Lumbarda was adequate, but is built on a sloping hillside, which, for those of us the 3rd floor, meant climbing 92 steps, with no lifts and no ramps for dragging cases, apart from the first few steps outside. The Hotel Ivka in Dubrovnik was excellent, although its location is about 2.5km from the Old Town.

Our Tour Leader Jakov was outstanding. In addition to all the usual duties, which he did extremely efficiently, he gave us three talks about the history, geography and culture of Croatia. These were very informative and added considerably to the enjoyment of the holiday. Also, the restaurants he recommended for eating-out were all very good! Technical support was provided by Zoran, who, similarly, was outstanding. In addition to driving the back-up van, he took meticulous care of our bikes and always seemed to appear from nowhere when anyone had a problem. He and Jakov are a great team.

One tip: although you'll be wearing a bike helmet for much of the time, remember to take a cap or sun hat for when you're not cycling.
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2016
Published on: 22 September 2016
(9 out of 10)

Duncan

Inverness
Enjoyable trip, organised with the usual Explore efficiency. I have now been on 8 trips with you and I think your staff were the best yet.
Some problems with overbooking the hotel in Hvar, but sorted out without too much of a problem.

Perhaps the rating would be more accurately described as "moderate/challenging".
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2016
Published on: 20 September 2016
(10 out of 10)

Catherine

East Grinstead
Jacov is a fabulous tour leader. He is enthusiastic about his country and his cycling and was encouraging throughout the trip.
Hotel on Hvar was tired and the food there was not up to a very good standard even though it was only breakfast.
Everything else was amazing. Loved the 72km cycling day and the chance to sample the local food, drink and ice cream along the way.
Technical support was just amazing! Thanks for a great week in Croatia.
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2016
Published on: 20 September 2016
(8 out of 10)

Anthony

Nairobi
Good company. Jacob and the back up guy Socki brilliant. Very informative talks. Great scenery. Must say sone the hills challenging bot moderate.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 10 September 2016
Published on: 20 September 2016
(9 out of 10)

Thelma

Wigan
Excellent trip - team Croatia Explore - Jakov, Zoran and Marko brilliant - need congratulating how well they dealt with everything - encouraging , supportive , positive . Not easy with 16 in group . My first explore holiday - very happy with holiday - disappointed with booking early and missing out on deals later on - money off - free single supplement - free cycling jersey - know business but would not book early again
Confirmed traveller: 18 June 2016
Published on: 20 June 2016
(9 out of 10)

Hazel

Manchester
Best thing about the trip was the Tour leader. I have been on many explore trips and our guide in Croatia was easily one of the best. He loves his country and was very knowledgeable about its history and culture. He took us to local restaurants and bars and was so friendly with the local people and endeared himself to the group with his cheery nature and jokes.
I think the cycling would be moderate to challenging as many hills. The timings of the ferries and transfers were excellent. My flight on the last day didn't leave until 8pm so we had time to visit the Old town of Dubrovnik for 5 -6 hours prior to our departure. Others on the trip had to visit late afternoon of the penultimate day.
Confirmed traveller: 28 May 2016
Published on: 02 June 2016
(10 out of 10)

Andi

Newtownards
Fantastic trip - highlights were the longer cycles on Hvar and Korcula - incredible scenery and the hills were so challenging- it felt like a great achievement at the end of those days , the wine tasting at family vineyards , swimming in the turquoise sea to cool off - changing and jumping back on the bike , fantastic food , fresh fish and oysters , cycling a couple of "off road " sections and the great company and fun of the tour leader ,support driver and rest of the group . It really was a fun ,well organised holiday that felt like a real adventure .
The mountain bikes are very comfortable - some people took gel seat covers and / or padded cycling shorts - but apart for the long day of 72 km - I didn't find them necessary . There is a support vehicle that accompanies the group each day -so you can easily access extra kit you can't carry on the bike . However there are panniers on each bike on the front - which will hold some extra bits and pieces too .
Confirmed traveller: 28 May 2016
Published on: 02 June 2016
(10 out of 10)

Catherine

Bristol
Cycling the Dalmatian Coast was a great way to see the area - a great mix of cycling and sight seeing, fab food and several wineries! Our tour leader was very helpful and his colleagues were great in making sure our bikes were all working well and we had what we needed - a great trip, highly recommended!
Confirmed traveller: 14 May 2016
Published on: 25 May 2016
(10 out of 10)

Sarah

Swindon
Tour leader Jakov was fun and enthusiastic, and gave consideration to the broad range age within the group. Cycle routes were very good, wineries, and restaurants taken too were also of a high standard.
Confirmed traveller: 14 May 2016
Published on: 18 May 2016