ROUTE: SPLIT – ROGOZNICA –BETINA – BRBINJ – SALI/TRIBUNJ - SKRADIN – VODICE -PRIMOŠTEN/SPLIT
Croatia is a land of picturesque islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate and the best way to explore it is, without doubt, by bike. This guided cycling tour in Dalmatia starts in Rogoznica and ends in Primošten. During your tour you will explore amazing coastlines, old villages and picturesque bays. Highlights include visiting nice beaches, vineyards, pine woods and cycling on the historic islands.
Day 1: Arrival in Split - Rogoznica (L)
Bike Course: Rogoznica (approx 5 km) DIFFICULTY LEVEL 1
Inclination: Partly hilly - partly flat
Highest point at: 24 m
Departure from Split towards Rogoznica followed by lunch. On arrival enjoy cycling tour of this typical Mediterranean town. Rogoznica is a small peaceful place with beautiful beaches encircled by karst and stone. Culture and history are deeply rooted in this city, as visible by a beautiful and sacred buildings. The parish church of St. Nicholas with a bell tower built in medieval Dalmatian style architecture dominates the town where we overnight.
Day 2: Betina (B, L)
Bike Course: Vodice – Betina or Murter – depending of the availability in the ports (approx. 21 km) DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2/3
Inclination: Partly hilly - partly downhill
Highest point at: 43 m
Early morning cruise towards Vodice, a picturesque town surrounded by numerous islands and islets. Seafront cycle across Tribunj and Tisno to Betina, a fishermen's village located right in the heart of the island Murter in a necklace of islands. The village's symbols are the baroque church of St. Francis with its bell tower, the local square with the harbour and the local shipyard, which is one of the oldest on the Adriatic. Enjoy the numerous restaurants famous for their fish dishes or take a romantic evening walk (approx. 2 km) from Betina to Murter and enjoy authentic stone streets with archways, simple peasant houses and stone walls covered with climbing plants.Overnight in port of Betina/Murter.
Day 3: Brbinj (B, L,)
Bike Course: Tkon - Preko (approx 29 km) DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2/3
Inclination: Partly hilly - partly downhill
Highest point at: 43 m
After breakfast cruise towards Tkon, an old fishing village that occupies a total of 15 square km in the southern part of the island of Pašman and several small islands scattered throughout the Murter Sea. There are a series of sandy and rocky coves and the nearby hills offer a magnificent view of the islands and Kornati. On your way you will cycle across little bridge from where you can take stunning pictures of Pašman and Ugljan islands. Enjoy old olive trees and pine forests while cycling towards Preko where we join the boat and cruise to Brbinj, small town where we recommend evening BBQ party on board. Overnight in Brbinj.
Day 4: Tribunj (B, L)
Bike Course: Brbinj - Sali (approx 27 km) DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Inclination: First part very hilly – last part downhill
Highest point at: 162 m
Morning cycle from Brbinj to Sali. On a route we visit fish and shell hatchery. Sali is a fishing village on Dugi otok, the longest island in North Dalmatia. Due to its coastal position, ancient and contemporary architecture, clean sea, plentiful sun, luxurious Mediterranean vegetation, and the thousand year old olive groves, it is ideal for adventurous tourists, but also for those who seek peace in the wonderful atmosphere of enchanting natural surroundings. After lunch cruise around Kornati islands to Tribunj for overnight. Tribunj is a Dalmatian fishing village with stone houses and narrow streets originally on an island that was connected to the mainland by a stone bridge, and has now expanded beyond the former wall that used to defend it against the Turks.
The Church of St. Nicholas built in 1452, the fort Jurjevgrad on the hilltop from 1650 and the Church of the Virgin Mary in 1435 are evidence of its rich and heroic past. We recommend romantic evening walk around island and dinner in one of the numerous local restaurants.
Day 5: Skradin (B, L)
Bike Course: Skradin (approx. 9,3 km) DIFFICULTY LEVEL 1
Inclination: Partly hilly, partly flat, partly downhill
Highest point at: 47 m
Early morning cruise towards Skradin, which lies at the point where Krka River plunges into the Adriatic Sea. Skradin is a distinctive and romantic Dalmatian town, whose locals are known for their hospitality. Enjoy cycling tour to National park Krka, which covers an area of more than 14 000 acres on the central and lower part of the Krkariver, whose seven waterfalls will leave visitors breathless. Especially standing out with their grandness are Roški Slap (waterfall) and Skradinski Buk. There are two very attractive cultural and historical monuments within the national park: the Franciscan Monastery on the island of Visovac and the Krka Monastery. Lunch on board followed by a ride on local boat around National park. Evening at leisure to enjoy town of Skradin which has a rich cultural and historical heritage that exists for more than two thousand years. Overnight in Skradin.
Day 6: Vodice (B, D)
Bike Course: Skradin – Bribirske Mostine – Dubrava kod Tisnog -Tribunj -Vodice (approx 49,5 km) DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
In case of bad weather you will cycle: Vodice - Tribunj – Dubrava kod Tisnog - Vodice (approx 24 km) DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2/3
Surface: Paved, macadam (approx. 1 km)
Inclination: First 9 km hilly, partly downhill, last 9,5 m flat
Highest point at: 205 m
Early after breakfast we continue our cycling tour to Dubrava near Tisno, a typical Dalmatian village of stone houses and streets, spacious squares, lush Mediterranean vegetation with a long promenade and a few taverns and restaurants offer everything you need for a pleasant stay. The sea archipelago is perfect for all types of water sports. Tisno is a religious centre, the votive pilgrimage to Our Lady of Karavaja means that believers come from all over the dioceses of Zadar and Šibenik. We recommend lunch break at rural household Banovi Dvori. After lunch cycling tour to Vodice. Its proximity to the Kornati archipelago and river Krka canyon with beautiful waterfalls, as well as the good condition of the town, beaches and parks, makes Vodice a desirable and attractive tourist destination. As a small town, it lives night and day, and always offers something new and unusual. The most famous are the Vodice traditional folk festivals, cultural and entertainment events and evenings of Dalmatian a'cappella songs. Overnight in Vodice.
Day 7: Split (B, L)
Bike Course: Primošten – Zečevo – Rogoznica (approx 14 km) DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3/4
Surface: Paved, macadam (1 km)
Inclination: first 6 km hilly, party flat, party downhill
Highest point at: 151 m
After breakfast cruise towards Primošten where we start our cycling route across Zečevo to Rogoznica. After lunch the ship lead us back to the monumental city of Split which is under UNESCO protection and it is a part of the world heritage. Here we find an abundance of Roman architecture - of special interest is the Diocletian palace. Overnight in Split.
Day 8: Disembarkation Split (B)
Early morning breakfast and disembarkation.