Wine growing peninsula of Peljesac, Dalmatia, Croatia. Photo via Flickr:Mario Fajt

Sea life of the coast of Mljet Island, Dalmatia. Photo via Flickr:wrda
4.8/5 (8 ratings)

Southern Dalmatia

Croatia Bike + Barge Tours

An island hopping Croatia Bike Tour

Dalmatia is a region located along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. It has become the new hot place to travel to. Tourism in Dalmatia has been rising due to its many spectacular beaches, the tempting waters of the Adriatic, the many coves, islands and channels as well as national parks and favorable climate. This great Croatia bike tour, specifically located in Southern Dalmatia, the smallest and most sparsely populated region, will take you past unique little towns and through the beautiful island countryside. This bike tour in Croatia let you experience the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesque old town, the wine growing peninsula of Peljesac and to the south of the peninsula, the island of Mljet with its impressive national park. The tour guide will guide you through the towns of Trogir, Hvar, Stari Grad and Korcula, which are almost all protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Check out our other incredible bike and boat tours in Croatia.

Tour Dates

Comfort Plus class boats:

Romantica: April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1*, July 15*, July 29*, August 12*, August 19*, September 2, September 16, September 30, October 14, 2017
San Snova: May 6*, May 13*, May 27*, June 17*, June 24*, August 26, September 2, September 9, September 16*, October 7*, October 14*, October 21*, 2017.

Comfort class boat:
Kapetan Jure: April 29, May 13, May 27, June 10, August 26, September 9, September 23, October 7, and October 21, 2017


Skill Level

This tour is rated moderate to difficult and feedback has indicated mostly difficult! Total distance is 220 km / 138 miles total.
This tour in Croatia requires a good level of fitness from participants, ideally acquired from steady, consistent cycling on varied elevation. Route conditions may include variations in height of between 200 and 500 m above sea-level. The day-tours from 20 to 50 km will take you through hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which they are, however, also permitted to push their bikes. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycling day. Roads are mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday seasons. Each day you can either decide to bike alone, using the information and maps provided, or join the tour guide or other participants.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Comfort Class boat, the Kapetan Jure or the Comfort Plus boats, the Romantica, the San Snova.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • 4 x full board and 3 x half board
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 21-speed hybrid bike with bicycle bag or full-suspension bike from Cube
  • 7 guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Overview maps for the daily tours on board

What’s Not Included

  • Visitor’s tax, local charges, and unlimited water on board and during cycling: €40 (€20 for children 16 and under) to be paid on board
  • Drinks on board (tally sheet)
  • Tips for crew & tour-guide (optional)
  • Individual arrival to the ship
  • Bicycle Protection (€10 to €20/bike)
  • 3-day or 2-day extension module Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb (contact us for more details)
  • Optional rafting adventure on Day 6 (€30 per person)

Extra Stay

3-Day Post Tour Extension in Plitvice Lakes National Park and Zagreb

Extension Itinerary:

Saturday: After breakfast and disembarkation from the boat, a transfer will take you from Trogir to Plitvice Lakes, the most well-known of the Croatian National Parks. Upon arrival, you will have time to enjoy lunch and can then explore the park throughout the afternoon and evening. Night spent in a hotel near the park.

Sunday: After breakfast, a transfer will bring you to Zagreb, where you can spend the day exploring Croatia’s amazing capital city. The old town, built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will charm you at every turn. A 3-hour guided tour will take you to the Kaptol (center of the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia) and Gardec (the upper old town). In the evening, enjoy dinner at a specially selected restaurant offering local cuisine. Night spend in a hotel in Zagreb’s town center.

Monday: After breakfast, a transfer will take you to Zagreb airport for your journey home.

Extension Package Includes:Transfer from boat in Trogir to Plitvice Lakes (3 hours), Entrance fee into Plitvice Lakes National Park, 3 or 4 Star Hotel near Plitvice Lakes National Park (your choice), Transfer from Plitvice Lakes to Zagreb (2.5 hours), 3-hour guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (includes entry fees), Dinner in a local restaurant in Zagreb, 3 or 4* Hotel in Zagreb city center, Transfer from Zagreb hotel to Zagreb airport, Taxes

*Optional add-on: Sightseeing Bike Tour in Zagreb: €15 per person

Extra Nights: In Trogir, at the 3 Hotel Adria located 3 km outside of Trogir, or stay at the 3 Hotel Concordia located in the old town of Trogir.

Length8 days
From990 Rates
Client Reviews

Share This Tour

Tour Boats

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Southern Dalmatia Map

Day 1: Trogir (Embarkation) – Hvar Island
Day 2: Islands of Hvar and Vis, 12.5 mi. 20 km + 15 mi. 22 km
Day 3: Vis Island, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 4: Korčula Island, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 5: Brač Island, 10 or 22 mi. (15 or 35 km)
Day 6: Omiš - Split, 19 or 27 mi. (30 or 43 km)
Day 7: Šolta Island, 12 mi. (19 km)
Day 8: Trogir (Disembarkation)

DAY 1: Trogir (Embarkation) – Hvar Island
Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 3 miles or 5 km away from the boarding harbor of Trogir. After check in on the ship between 2 pm - 2:30 pm, the first small cruise begins at 3 pm from Trogir to Hvar Island. Stari Grad is the second largest settlement on the Island of Hvar and well known for its important harbor. Overnight stay in Stari Grad

DAY 2: Islands of Hvar and Vis, 12.5 mi. 20 km + 15 mi. 22 km​
Today’s first cycle tour leads along the almost traffic free pass road through nicely set small villages. After breakfast in Stari Grad is a second cycle tour to the quaint harbors of Jelsa and Vrboska. Afterwards, return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years. A second cycle tour leads us to the islands capital Hvar, where you visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view at the Spanish Fortress which is situated high above the city. Hop on board again and cross over to Vis Island. Overnight stay on Vis.

DAY 3: Vis Island, 20 mi. (32 km)
Vis is the furthermost island from mainland Croatia. A Greek colony called Issa has been on the island 2,300 years ago. Due to its strategic location it was a military zone until 1995 and prohibited for foreign tourists. Today you have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. After cycling the boat takes you to the Island of Korčula. Overnight stay in Vela Luka.

DAY 4: Korčula Island, 30 mi. (48 km)
Today discover the island of Korčula by bicycle and enjoy our lunch break in one of the local restaurants. The calmness and remoteness of the vast vegetation and cypress gardens have given the shape to the probably most beautiful Dalmatian island. Your cycle tour leads via the village of Blato, which like Rome was built on seven hills, and finally to Korčula town, where you have time to take a walk through the wonderful old town with its narrow “fishbone like” alleys. Overnight stay in Korčula town.

DAY 5: Brač Island, 10 or 22 mi. (15 or 35 km)
Cruise to the island of Brač, which is famous for its shining white marble which was also used for the White House and the Reichstag in Berlin. After a lunch break you start your bicycle tour from Sumartin to the lovely fishing village Povlja or to the picturesque town Pučišća. Overnight stay in Pučišća

DAY 6: Omiš - Split, 19 or 27 mi. (30 or 43 km)
After a morning crossing to Omiš, cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which is surrounded by steep rocks. After 12.5 mi./20 km you have the choice to take part on a four hours rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included in the tour price) and afterwards a small cycle tour of about 6.2 mi./ 10 km back to the boat - or to expand the cycling tour (no rafting) to 27 mi./43 km along small side roads and versatile landscapes until reaching Omiš and its pirate castles. In the afternoon your ship takes you to Split. The old town of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a world heritage site. Overnight stay in Split.

DAY 7: Šolta Island, 12 mi. (19 km)
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Šolta you commence your last cycle tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herb smells of lavender and rosemary accompanies you along our tour through this island. After loading the bikes onto the ship in Maslinica and enjoy our last crossing back to Trogir where, if time permits, you can take a tour of the old town which is a world heritage site. The last evening aboard your ship follows a nice tradition. While enjoying the communal dinner in a cozy atmosphere you will have the chance for a last get-together with your crew and your tour guides.

DAY 8: Trogir (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Dalmatia/Croatia.

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

**There are times depending on weather conditions and organizational requirements that will necessitate the tour being conducted in reverse order.

If you’re looking for a different flavor, check out our full list of bike and boat tours or view all our featured bike trips, specials, and news.

Email or Call 800-951-4384 +1 570-965-2064

Share This Tour

Customer Feedback

  • Kathy H 2 weeks ago

    The Southern Dalmatia tour was the 2nd of a 2 week back to back bike tour we took in Croatia (first week was National Parks of Dalmatia). The cycling on this tour was considerably more challenging compared to our first week ... "moderate to difficult" is an appropriate descriptor if a non-electric bike is used. With more challenging cycling there less emphasis on site-seeing while cycling. However one hour walking tours before dinner at destination sites were interesting and appropriate.

    The Croatian Coast and countryside is absolutely beautiful with it's small towns and marinas in every cove. Cruising among the islands in a beautifully clear sea was an unexpected highlight... and a welcome break after a morning or afternoon of strenuous cycling. The frequent opportunity to swim off the boat was amazing!

    Romantica was a clean sailing yacht with good amenities. Although rated as "Comfort Plus", we would consider it on the lower end of that scale (relative to some of the other "bike and barge" boats that we have been on). But we recognize that "you get what you pay for" and the Romantica was in our view good value.

    We found the ship's crew to be accommodating and friendly. The food was fabulous with 4 course lunches and dinners that went beyond our expectations (thank goodness we burned calories during biking!). Our guides Jelena and Ivan were very professional and explanatory, had great command of the group and emphasized "safety first". They contributed significantly to the quality of our biking and enhanced the total tour experience greatly.
    Overall, we had a fabulous 2 weeks of biking in Croatia. We so appreciate the assistance of Tripsite in helping us plan this trip (and others). We look forward to another "bike and sail" next fall.

  • M. McPhee 3 months ago

    A fantastic tour. Really well organised and the guides had great local knowledge. One of our guides even spoke 5 languages so he made everyone feel welcome. The scenery was amazing especially the island of Brac with the most wonderful early morning reflections of the beautiful village in the bay. The food was tasty and plentiful rivaling the odd episode of "Masterchef"
    At the Captains dinner we also learnt that the boat was built by the captains family over 4 years with no design drawings. Amazing. We met some great people on board from Brazil and Germany. A fantastic adventure. We enjoyed the Croatian undulations!!! There are a few hills but it is worth it!!!! Enjoy

    Boat: San Snova

  • Valerie Purcell 11 months ago

    Our only real complaint is with the description of our South Dalmatia Island Tour. It was mentioned that the bike ride was moderate to difficult but we (and I speak for all 28 of us because we all thought the same and there were some riders that were very experienced) that the ride was mostly difficult. There was no mention of this in the description that it would be "mostly"! There were a lot hills with very steep grades that would go on for kilometers, something that I was not prepared for. I don't know if bike tours can be rated (perhaps like white water rafting) so that one can have a better feel of what the ride will be like or perhaps train or prepare for it. It was our first bike tour so we now know more of what questions we can ask so that we can see if the tour is the right one. Overall we really enjoyed ourselves and were proud of what we achieved (what a fantastic feeling!) and the views were awesome! Really appreciated having two guides one at the front guiding our way and one bringing up the rear which always insisted to take our time whether it was for taking photos or for that much needed break! Jesse always said "It's your vacation!"

    Boat: San Snova

  • James Purcell 11 months ago

    It was more challenging than expected, but very rewarding. Great value.

    Boat: San Snova

  • Nell Venir 11 months ago

    Overall we were very happy on this trip, it was a wonderful experience. Two friend have also taken the Croatia trip this year and they too had a great experience. The small boat, efficient staff, and great food made up for the killer hills. My only complaint was the quality of the ebikes, very poor!

    Boat: Kapetan Jure

  • Maureen Ryan 11 months ago

    Scenery was great! A few times the directions could have been more clear.

    Boat: Romantica

  • Margaret Pattison 11 months ago

    My daughter and I had a great time.

    Boat: Romantica

  • Linda Hofer 11 months ago

    The "barge" (more like a schooner) and everything along with it was better than imagined. Thank you for a wonderful biking trip. We are already looking for our next adventure on two wheels.

    Boat: San Snova

  • Frank McDowell 2 years ago

    My wife and I did the So Dalmatia tour aboard the San Snova in Sept '14. Beautiful country, excellent crew and guides and great group of bikers. It was a wonderful experience with good value.

    Boat: San Snova

  • Elize Steyn 4 years ago

    Our extended family of 7 did the cruise/cycle trip on the Romantica for a week in July. We all agreed this was one of the most successful family holidays we have ever enjoyed. Our boat, crew and Captain were wonderful. The guides were entertaining and always helpful and the bikes very well maintained. The food was excellent and much better than we expected. The wine was expensive and the variety limited. Since we sailed in very hot weather I think some salad lunches would be a good idea, instead of hot meals most days. The afternoon snacks were great. We quickly made good friends with other people on board. The cycling was not really tough, but we all cycle regularly. A lot of climbing and descending. We did get frustrated sometimes at the long waits in the middle of nowhere for some slower riders to catch up and our guide requesting us not to go ahead on our own, which we could have done quite easily. The white water rafting was a highlight. The views were amazing and the water clear and perfect for swimming. The little towns were lovely. The Croatian people were friendly. Overall this trip is good value for money and a perfect activity laden family holiday, also good for a group of active friends. We would all ike go again. THANK YOU SO MUCH CAPTAIN JURE and the crew and Elvis and Zlatko.

    Elize Steyn

    Boat: Romantica

  • Joyce Baiardi 5 years ago

    This was definitely a MODERATE trip. Biking was tough.The boat was nice, the food was fair at best, the wine on board ship was very expensive for a local bottle ($30). Croatia is beautiful, pictures of it don't do it justice. The seawater is gorgeous,clear, blue. The people are very friendly and speak excellent english. Overall this is the only way to vacation.

    Boat: Romantica

  • Deborah Conklin 5 years ago

    Very nice trip. The Romantica is a lovely boat with a gracious and accomodating captain and crew. All the cabins are quite nice but the upper deck cabins are worth the extra cost. The cycling was challenging but managable with great scenery , lovely villages and good food and wine as rewards. October weather was perfect. ...a highly recommended trip - for anyone up to a cycling challenge.

    Boat: Romantica

  • Chris Kocher 5 years ago

    Great trip. Wonderful accomodations on the boat, fantactic crew and guides. The Islands, ports and villages were all beautful with friendly people everywhere. Biking routes were well selected with many options for those who wanted to do more, or less. I'd recommend one of these tours to anyone who wants to get out and enjoy a great vacation with a little activity.

    Boat: Romantica

Biked This Tour? Post Your Feedback

Southern Dalmatia Boats + Barges

Kapetan Jure Photo

Kapetan Jure Croatia Comfort Class Boat Captain Anton and his crew form an experienced and friendly team, who know how to pamper their guests with delicious specialities. With its 15 cabins, the Kapetan Jure offers place for 30 guests. 11 of the cabins are on deck. 10 of these are furnished with 2 beds arranged side by side, while one cabin has bunk beds.The remaining 4 cabins are below deck and are furnished with a French bed (140 cm wide).

Romantica Photo

Romantica Croatia Comfort Plus Class Boat Captain Jure's Romantica, our brandnew ship in Croatia, was launched in May 2007. The ship is 32 m long and 7.6 m wide and possesses solid structural steelwork which, as the name says, connects romance with modern design and functionality.

San Snova Photo

San Snova Croatia, Montenegro Comfort Plus Class Boat This ship, constructed entirely of oak, took 3 years to build by the Scherka familiy in their own carpentry workshop as a family project. The ship, 31m long and 8m wide, meets the highest expectations in regard to comfort, elegance and style, combining romantic seafaring with modernity and functionality.