Dalmatian Wine Roads

self guided biking tour (8 days / 7 nights)

Dalmatian Wine Roads

8 days /7 nights

Locations

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  • Peljesac peninsula (Orebic, Ston)
  • Korcula island
  • Dubrovnik
  • Konavle countryside, with possible ride to Montenegro

Description

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This cycling tour is designed for independent travellers, individuals and small groups. The dates for this tour are not fixed and every traveller can choose their arrival date during the season (from 1 April to 1 November). The Dalmatian Wine Roads tour is our self-guided cycling tour, on which you can explore the best parts of the Croatian coast on your bike, day by day and one place at a time. Our professional team will take care of the transport and the logistics and make sure you have everything you need during the tour.

This tour will take you to the coastal area of southern Croatia with a possible visit to Montenegro. The tour passes through very interesting historical areas (the towns of Korčula, Ston and Dubrovnik) and one of the most famous wine-growing regions in the Mediterranean. The cycling route follows the wine regions of Pelješac, Korčula and Konavle, as well as the wine roads which will help you get acquainted with the history and the local culture.

Itinerary

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1st day: arrival

Meet and greet at the Dubrovnik Airport, a ride along the coast to the town of Orebić (a 2-hour drive from the Dubrovik Airport), with a possible stop in the town of Ston for a short break. Arrival in your accommodation in Orebić. You will spend the rest of the day at your own leisure, with a possibility of going on a recreational bike ride through the vineyards.

Orebić is the biggest settlement on the Pelješac peninsula. It offers most of the shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and it is the centre of the Pelješac peninsula and also the heart of the “Pelješac riviera” – an area with several seaside villages, which are one of the most popular destinations in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, besides the city of Dubrovnik. Orebić is also a ferry port from which you can catch a ferry to Korcula island.

Overnight: Orebić

Accommodation: B&B

Included meals:

 

2nd day: bike ride to Viganj, Loviste and back, cycling distance: approx. 41km

Biking along the coast in the direction of the town of Orebić, by beach area of Kuciste, turn in the village of Viganj and cycling back along the sandy beaches to Orebic.

Interesting places and sights:

Orebic: Korta Katarina winery, Maritime Museum in Orebić, Mimbeli restaurant, Croccantino ice-cream bar in the town of Orebić

If you decide to spend a day in Viganj, you can relax at the beach with a lot of beach bars, try windsurfing (windsurfing centres are a big thing around here and Water Donkey centre is one of them), or have a meal in one of the restaurants.

Overnight: Orebic

Accommodation: B&B

Included meals: breakfat

 

3rd day: bike ride, Orebić – Korčula – Pupnat, cycling distance: 45km

You will cycle to the town of Orebić, where you will take the ferry to the ferry port in Korčula (Dominče). The ferry departs almost every hour. From the ferry port you will cycle in the direction of the town of Korčula and along the coast to the picturesque town of Račišće (you will pass by many hidden bays and beaches). You will go back following the same road to get to the ferry port and then go back to the hotel.

Korčula is not famous only because of Marco Polo, who was born in Korčula in the 15th century; it is also famous for its town walls, narrow streets, Venetian architecture and Mediterranean lifestyle. This green island with numerous hidden bays and beaches, old villages and clear blue sea is an ideal place for cycling or spending the day in peaceful relaxation.

Overnight: Orebic

Accommodation: B&B

Included meals: breakfast

 

4th day: cycling around the Pelješac peninsula, the village of Potomje – Ston, cycling distance: 55km

Check out from the hotel, transport service (you, your bags and bikes) to the village of Potomje (to avoid the narrow and steep part of the road which is 5km long). You will start the tour by cycling to the village of Potomje, through the tunnel that connects the valley with the coast, where the famous vineyards of Pelješac are located.

The road passes by small coastal towns Trstenik, Žuljana and Putnikovići, and continues to the town of Ston. This scenic road features numerous places where you can take a break, enjoy sightseeing, wine tasting, swimming or have lunch at a local konoba (a traditional restaurant where they serve local food). Upon your arrival in Ston, you will check in at your hotel and have free time you can use for sightseeing.

Ston was a major fort of the Republic of Ragusa whose defensive walls were regarded as a notable feat of medieval architecture. The town's inner wall measures 890 metres in length, while the Great Wall outside of the town has a circumference of 5 kilometres. The walls extend to Mali Ston ("Little Ston"), a small town on the northern side of the Pelješac isthmus and to the end of the Bay of Mali Ston, notable for its mariculture.

Overnight: Ston

Accommodation: B&B

Included meals: breakfast

 

5th day: Ston – Dubrovnik, a day in Dubrovnik

After breakfast we will check out from the hotel and take a shuttle to Dubrovnik (the ride takes 45 minutes to 1 hour). Upon the arrival in Dubrovnik we will check in at our hotel and then you will get a chance to enjoy Dubrovnik at your own leisure or go on an optional sightseeing tour of the Dubrovnik historical centre with our guide.

Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact city surrounded by defensive walls and located at the coast of the Adriatic Sea, in the south of Croatia. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, where tourists can see and experience many amazing things.

The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik was historically based on maritime trade. As the capital of the Republic of Ragusa, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th century. Dubrovnik became notable for its wealth and skilled diplomacy.

Overnight: Dubrovnik

Accommodation: B&B

Included meals: breakast

 

6th day: Dubrovnik – Konavle countryside, cycling distance: 35–45km

Morning transport service to Konavle (the ride takes 45 minutes), to the village of Gruda.

Check-in at the hotel. A two-day cycling tour through the Konavle countryside enables you to discover the area of the northern villages on a circular bike ride of 35km from the village of Gruda along the valley to the village of Zvekovica (with a possibility of visiting the town of Cavtat (one-way distance: 3km), and then continue you trip by following the road to the villages of Pridvorje and Ljuta.

Vinica Monković restaurant is a great place for lunch or dinner located on the Ljuta River.

Return from Ljuta to Gruda.

The fertile region of Konavosko polje (Konavle field) is surrounded by hills and mountains.

It lies in the far southeast of Dubrovnik, Dalmatia and the Republic of Croatia.

There are about thirty picturesque villages with authentic architecture, surrounded by exceptional vegetation growing on the rocky landscape with red soil, including the lavish groves of pine, cypress and the Mediterranean macchia.

Places to see:

The Sokol fortress (the frontier post and stronghold of the Republic of Ragusa), the old Franciscan monastery (from the 15th century) in the village of Pridvorje, the water mills on the Ljuta River, the ethnographic collections and wineries located along the route.

Restaurants: Vinica Monković, Koraćeva kuća

Overnight: Gruda

Accommodation: B&B

Included meals: breakfast

 

7th day: Gruda – Čilipi – Radovčići – Poljica – Gruda, cycling distance: 45km or 115km (if you decide to visit Montenegro and the Bay of Kotor) or an optional ride to Montenegro and back, a circular drive of 115km (to Montenegro and back).

You can cycle along the other, southern side of the valley. Along the way, you will pass by wine cellars and agritourist spots, where you can stop and taste some local products. If you plan to have a picnic lunch you can stop at small shops in Čilipi or buy snacks for the trip in the village of Gruda. The first larger settlement after Gruda is Čilipi (it has a few cafés, a pizzeria, a small market, and sights such as the Ethnographic Museum, the St. Nicholas Church etc.) After you leave Čilipi, you will continue your trip, following the main road to the villages of Radovčići and Popovići. After you pass these villages, there are a few beaches (Penđa, Pasjača). In order to reach the beach, you have to go down many steps as the beaches are located under the cliffs of Konavle. Or you can simply take the route to the south, cross the border and visit the coastal area of Montenegro.

Recommended restaurants: Vinica Monković, Koraćeva kuća in the village of Gruda, there are also a

few pizzerias in the village

Overnight stay in Gruda.

 

8th day: departure

Breakfast in the hotel, transport to the Dubrovnik Airport in accordance with the flight time.

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