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Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights boat
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 1 Lunch
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£1130GBP

Overview

Trip Code: CBS

Trip highlights


  • Cycling in the Southern Dalmatian islands with dramatic scenery
  • Exploring the small towns and villages en route
  • Korcula with its beautiful old township
  • Enjoying the stunning views after each rewarding cycle

Southern Dalmatia encompasses a stunning chain of islands stretching from Solta to Mljet, and this unique cycling trip captures the highlights with an ideal balance of activity, culture and relaxation. Experience the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesque old town and the lavender island of Hvar with its Venetian architecture. Experience the exhilaration of rafting the Cetina River (optional activity) and cycle through Brac, famous for its radiant limestone. In the company of a cycling guide, this stimulating journey explores towns and landscapes, many of which are on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Aboard the comfortably appointed motor yacht, there is ample time between cycles to swim in the azure waters and soak up the ambience of seaside towns.

Countries:

Croatia

Starting Point:

Trogir

Finishing Point:

Trogir


Itinerary

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 3mi./5 km away from the harbor of Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm the first cruise starts about 3 pm from Trogir to Split. The old town of Split, built into the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is listed as a world heritage site. Overnight will be in Split.

Meals:  D

In the morning we cross over to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar leads us through the quaint harbor towns of Jelsa and Vrboska. We start off through the vinyards on the famous ‘Stari Grad Plains’ and continue along a picturesque coastal road through the town of Vrboska, a.k.a. ‘small Venice’ to the harbor town of Jelsa. Overnight stay at Stari Grad.

Meals:  B,D

Today’s tour leads us along an almost traffic-free road and through nicely set small villages to the island's capital, Hvar, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress, situated high above the city. After today’s tour the boat takes us to the Island of Korcula. Overnight stay in Vela Luka.

Meals:  B,D

Today we discover the island of Korcula by bicycle. The calmness and remoteness of the landscape including cypress gardens has given shape to the arguably most beautiful Dalmatian island. Our cycle tour leads us via the village of Blato, like Rome built on seven hills, and on to the harbour of Prigradica. The boat will be waiting for us in time for lunch and later we set off for Makarska. If weather permits we will have a swim stop in a nice bay. The evening can be enjoyed along the famous Makarska Riviera.

Meals:  B,L

A short crossing during breakfast takes us to Omis. Today you have the choice between taking part on a bike tour around the Cetina Canyon or participating on a rafting excursion down the Cetina River (not included in the tour price). The bike tour takes you around the outskirts of the canyon with great views over the river and back down towards the sea. The rafting group will be picked up from the boat by a bus and are taken up river to the starting point. From here the rafters follow the river downstream gaining a unique perspective of the canyon and its flora and fauna. Participants of the rafting trip are brought back to the boat in the bus after the activity. In the afternoon we have time to explore Omis or to go for a swim at the nearby beach. The night is spent in Omis.

Meals:  B,D

Today we cruise to the island of Brac, which is famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was used for the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. From the picturesque harbor town of Pucišca, home to one of the most famous masonry schools in Croatia, our bike tour takes us to the neighboring town of Postira. From here, we board the boat and cruise to the island of Šolta. Here we can join a 4.5km hike to visit a local beekeeper Goran along the way. Goran has worked with bees his whole life and they are his true passion. He teaches of their importance in the world and allows all of his guests to try the delicious bee products that he makes. We spend the night in the harbor of Rogac on Šolta.

Meals:  B,D

On Šolta we enjoy our last bike tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herbal scent of rosemary accompanies us along our tour across the island. After a round tour of the island, we return to the boat. We board and enjoy the last crossing to Trogir past the cliffs of the Ciovo peninsula. There is still plenty of time to visit the Old Town of Trogir, listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. The last evening aboard our ship is celebrated in traditional fashion. While enjoying the communal dinner in a celebrative atmosphere we will have the chance for a last get-together with our crew and tour guides.

Meals:  B,D

Disembark after breakfast around 9am and individual departure, or a taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from the boat to Split airport or hotel.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks)* - the cook on board is a member of the crew. The meals begin with dinner on day 1 and ends with breakfast on day 8. *Note that the included lunches and dinners are not clearly labelled on the daily itinerary as they depend on sailing conditions on the day and from time to time we may substitute one of the lunches for a dinner or vice versa, your tour guide will inform you locally when these will be included.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a twin cabin below deck with ensuite facilities on board a standard boat (supplement applies for above deck or single cabin, surcharge applies for premium boat departures). If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. The compact cabins are configured with a combination of bunk beds (upper and lower, or split-level), a double bed or two lower beds. Excellent discounts apply to a third person sharing a triple cabin, with a configuration of a French bed (quite cosy for two people as it is a little smaller than a double) and a single bunk bed above. Note that the lower deck cabins by their very nature will be marginally noisier and less ventilated due to their proximity to the engine and working part of the boat.
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental with pannier (mountain bike option available on select departures running parallel with standard itinerary, distances vary; 8-speed electric bikes available on most trips, limited supplies; - supplements apply). The guides will carry bike locks for the group when cycling, or individual locks can be provided on request if you decide to bike alone (limited supply).
  • Experienced crew including English speaking cycle guide
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Information pack including overview maps per cabin

  • Travel to and from Split (Trogir)
  • Upgrade to a cabin on deck or single cabin, or premium boat – supplement applies
  • Drinks on board and meals not included
  • Water flat rate, visitors tax and local charges EUR50pp (adult) or EUR25pp (child up to 16) to be paid to the captain. Note in 2020 the rate is EUR50pp (adult) or EUR25pp (child up to 16).
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for crew and tour guides (see pre departure information provided on booking)
  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer
  • Optional Cetina rafting - booked and paid locally
  • Entrance fees
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation essential), however we cannot guarantee their suitability.
  • Optional Bicycle insurance - can be booked on arrival and paid in cash locally. EUR10 per person for hybrid bike, EUR20 per person for mountain bike or electric bike. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. If you do not take out bike insurance you will need to pay for the cost of the bike or repair of damages.
  • Taxi transfer from the airport or your hotel to the boat (allow approx EUR20) - or reservation on request for an additional cost on embarkation and disembarkation days only, please ask our office for details
  • Secure parking space in Trogir - reservation essential, paid in cash locally to the tour guide. EUR30/week for a car up to 6m in length, EUR50/week for a car longer than 6m.

Bike information


Suitability

moderate

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The trip requires a good level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of between 200 and 500m above sea-level. The day-tours from 15 to 62km/9.5 to 38mi are through hilly and mountainous terrain and can be completed without any time constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which you may need to push the bike. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike-tour. We will traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled on outside of the holiday seasons. Each day you can either decide to bike alone, using the information and maps provided, or join the two tour guides or other participants. It is considered suitable for active children (minimum 10 years, height minimum is 1.2m/4ft for hybrid bike or 1.5m/4.9ft for e-bike). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates


Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
2021 - Mid season is from 8 May to 20 Aug, high season is from 21 August to 25 Sep - supplement applies. 2022 - Mid season is from 13 May to 18 Aug, high season is from 16 May to 28 August - supplement applies. Itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions.
DN2
A supplement applies for premium boat departures denoted with "S". Drinking water, visitors taxes and local charges are extra - allow EUR50pp (adult) or EUR25pp (child up to 16). Sails may not be present on all boats. Where they are present, the sails will only be hoisted at the Captain's discretion.
IT2
Mountain bike option available on some premium boat departures, running parallel with standard itinerary - subject to minimum numbers. Distances vary, see trip notes for details. A supplement applies for mountain bike hire.
DN4
The cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask those who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills.

Total Priceper person from

£1130GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Bicycle insurance - standard bike (pp)GBP£10
  • Bicycle insurance - electric or mountain bike (pp)GBP£21
  • deck level twin cabin supplement - standard boatGBP£90
  • high season surcharge - standard boatGBP£90
  • Electric Bike SupplementGBP£100
  • deck level twin cabin supplement - premium boatGBP£140
  • premium boat (S) supplementGBP£180
  • below deck level single cabin supplement - standard boatGBP£450
  • below deck level Single Cabin Supplement - premium boatGBP£570
  • deck level single cabin supplement - standard boatGBP£620
  • deck level Single Cabin Supplement - premium boatGBP£720
*Prices listed are per person

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