Southern Dalmatia Plus
Croatia Bike + Boat Tour
We are so excited to be offering this tour and one other called National Parks of Dalmatia Plus that are especially designed for cyclists who desire electric bikes. If you have always desired to cycle in Croatia but have worried about the mountainous terrain, you need worry no longer. You can experience Croatia and will conquer the hills with a little help! You will not be denied the breathtaking views that these mountain climbs provide. The E bikes used on these tours are top quality Swiss Flyers and have been described as having a constant tail wind at your back. There are 1185 Islands, islets and rocks protecting the Croatian Coast. They are the remains of old mountains engulfed by the sea during the last ice age, their summits running parallel to the coast, separated by channels of turquoise sea. These isles, like pearls in the middle of the crystal clear water, are mostly uninhibited. Out of the 1185 islands only 66 are populated.
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. USA TODAY listed Croatia as one of the “six destinations to keep on your radar" back in 2006. Tourism in Dalmatia has been rising since 2005 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. The wonderful bike routes on this tour in Southern Dalmatia, the smallest and most sparsely populated region in Croatia, will take you past unique little towns and through the beautiful island countryside
The islands of Brac, Solta, Hvar and Korcula, the mainland and the culture will be featured. The cycle tours will be longer than the itineraries of the other Dalmatian tours we offer and therefore can also be appealing to the hybrid cyclist who desires a challenge.
- Comfort Plus boats:
- The Harmonia: April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, July 7,
August 31, September 14, September 28, and October 12, 2013
- The Princess Diana: May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15,
June 29, September 7, September 21, and October 5, 2013
This tour requires a basic level of fitness acquired from steady cycling. The tours will traverse heights of between 200 and 500 m with daily distances ranging between 20 to 55 km through mountainous terrain. Tours can be completed without any time constraints. Participants will need to master long and steep climbs which present no problem with the use of the E bikes. Streets are mostly asphalted with little traffic. You can chose each day to cycle on your own with the maps and information provided or to join the two tour guides and group.
Where You’ll Stay
Aboard the new and specially designed, Princess Diana, a Comfort Plus class boat.
- 8 days/7 nights accommodations in double cabin
- 7 x Full board
- English speaking tour guide
- 7 guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
- Bed linen and towels
- Daily cycling route maps
- Limited number of helmets available
- Electric bicycle with 8 gear hub shifting equipped with pannier
- 21 speed hybrid bicycle also available for this tour (discount available, see pricing) equipped with pannier
What’s Not Included
- Individual travel to embarkation point
- Visitor’s tax and local charges (€20 to be paid to the captain)
- Drinks on board (tally sheet is utilized)
- Taxi transfer from Split airport to the ship in Trogir (one way approximately, €20)
- Bicycle protection (€10 to €20/bike)
- Unlimited water on board and during cycling: €20/adult
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- Trogir - Island of Solta, 12 mi. (20 km)
- Cetina Canyon and Hvar, 15 or 27 mi. (25 or 45 km)
- Islands of Hvar and Korčula, 15 or 27 mi. (25 or 45 km)
- Islands of Korcula, 29 mi. (48 km)
- Islands of Vis and Hvar, 19 mi. (32 km)
- Island Hvar and Island Brač, 21 mi. (35 km)
- Šolta – Trogir, 11 mi. (19 km)
- Disembarkation at Trogir
*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.
DAY 1: Trogir - Split, 12 mi. (20 km)
Individual arrival to Split airport which is about 5 km/3 mi. away from the harbor of Trogir. After check in, your cycling vacation begins! The ship leaves Trogir around 3 to 4 pm. There is enough time for taking a refreshing bath in the sea. A short cruise takes you to Split. In the evening, a tour guide leads us through the world cultural heritage old town of Split with its famous palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
DAY 2: Cetina Canyon and Hvar, 15 or 27 mi. (25 or 45 km)
During breakfast you cross over to Omis, an old pirate stronghold on the Croatian mainland. During the morning, you explore the valley of the Cetina River which has been deeply etched into the rock. On minor roads and through varied landscapes you return to Omis where you have the opportunity to participate in a two hour rafting tour on the river Cetina (not included into the tour price). From Omis, you set out to Jelsa on the island of Hvar.
DAY 3: Islands of Hvar and Korčula, 15 or 27 mi. (25 or 45 km)
You start today's tour after breakfast in Jelsa- to the easternmost corner of the island (Sucuraj). Alternatively, you can shorten the trip and meet the boat halfway at the small port town Pokrivenik. Today's destination is the island Korčula. There will be enough time to wander through the beautiful old town with its herringbone-like arrangement of streets. The town also vies with Venice for the honor of being the birthplace of Marco Polo.
DAY 4: Islands of Korcula, 29 mi. (48 km)
On today’s cycle tour you will get to know another part of the Island of Korcula. Starting from Prigradica, you will experience the silence and remoteness on one of the most beautiful islands of Dalmatia. Lunch will take place in a typical dalmatian Konoba on the island. Following lunch, you will cycle back to the sea to Račišće. The boat will await to cross over to the town of Korcula where there will be ample opportunity to explore this main town on the island. It is a typical medieval walled Dalmatian city, with its round defensive towers and cluster of red-roofed houses.
DAY 5: Islands of Vis and Hvar, 19 mi. (32 km)
Vis is the farthest located island from the Croatian mainland. 2.300 years ago there was already a Greek colony called Issa on this island. Due to its strategic location it was a military zone until 1995 and prohibited for foreign tourists. Today we have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. Lunch is taken at a local wine farm. Afterwards the boat cruises to Hvar where we visit the magnificent Renaissance square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress which is situated high above the city.
DAY 6: Island Hvar and Island Brač, 21 mi. (35 km)
In the morning, the bicycle route begins in Bol and ends on the other side of Brac Island. Breathtaking views of the town and the neighboring island of Hvar are rewards for the climb. Today's desitination is the picturesque harbor of Pucisca. During lunch, you will cross over to Omis, a small town and harbor situated at the mouth of the Cetina River. It is surrounded by massive gorges. In the past, Omis was notorious because of the pirates of Omis. The ancient town of Omis, the towering churches, and Omis fortresses are silent stone reminders of the power and the might of tjese infamous pirates. On its way towards the sea the river Cetina has in the course of centuries cut a magnificent canyon in the mountains surrounding it. You will cycle into the deep valley of the Cetina River and return to Omis while passing versatile country sides. You have the opportunity to take part on an optinional two hour rafting tour on the River Cetina. In the afternoon, you cycle to Split where the tour guide will lead you through the world cultural heritage old town of Split with its famous Roman Diocletian Palace.
DAY 7: Šolta – Trogir, 11 mi. (19 km)
After a short crossing to Stomorska, on the island of Solta, you depart for the last bicycle tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, and carob and fig trees line the road. The spicy smell of lavender and rosemary accompany you during your tour around the island. In Maslinica, you will load the bikes and enjoy the last crossing back to Trogir. In Trogir we have enough time to visit the old city- a World Heritage Site. Traditionally the last evening before disembarkation is spent cheerfully with guests, crew and guides.
DAY 8: Disembarkation at Trogir
Disembarkation until 9 am and individual departure.
Please note: Tour operator reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions and when required by organizational necessities.