Croatia Bike + Boat 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. 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 great bike tours 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. These tours 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.
- On board the Comfort class boat, the Kapetan Jure:
June 1, June 15, August 24, September 7, September 21, October 5, October 19, 2013
- On board the Comfort Plus class boats:
- The Romantica:
May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17, August 31, September 14,, October 12, 2013 September 21, September 28
Moderate. 250 km / 155 miles total for bike tour. The tour requires a basic level of fitness from participants, ideally acquired from steady cycling. Route conditions may include variations in height of between 200 and 500 m above sea-level. The day-tours from 30 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. We will traverse 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 boat, the Romantica.
- 8-day trip on a motor yacht with a crew of four
- 7 nights on board in a double cabin with shower/toilet
- 7x full board (breakfasts, lunches, dinners)
- English-speaking tour guide
- 21-speed trekking bike with bicycle bag
- 7 guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
- Bed linen & towels
- Entrance fees for National Park of Mljet
- Overview maps for the daily tours on board
What’s Not Included
- Visitor’s tax & local charges, 20 Euro (paid to captain)
- Drinks on board (tally sheet)
- Tips for crew & tour-guide (optional)
- Individual arrival to the ship
- Bicycle Protection (€10 to €20/bike)
- Unlimited water on board and during cycling: €20/adult
- Optional rafting adventure on Day 2 (€30 per person)
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- Arrival in Trogir; Trogir – Split, 12 mi. (20 km)
- Cetina Canyon, 19 or 27 mi. (30 or 43 km)
- Brač Island , 14 mi. (22 km)
- Korčula Island, 30 mi. (48 km)
- Islands of Vis and Hvar, 19 mi. (32 km)
- Hvar Island, 12.5 + 15 mi. (20 + 25 km)
- Solta Island, 12 mi. (19 km)
- Disembark in 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 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, the first small cruise begins at 1 pm from Trogir to Split. Here, you will undertake your first cycling tour to Marjan Mountain, a popular relaxation destination for the inhabitants of Split. After dinner, your guide will accompany you on a walk through the old town of Split, which is built into the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diokletian and is a World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Split.
Day 2: Cetina Canyon, 19 or 27 mi. (30 or 43 km)
After a short crossing to Omis, you will cycle into the valley of the Cetina River, which has buried itself deep into the cliff faces. You will return to Omis with its pirate castles by way of small side roads through varied landscape. You also have the option of taking part in a 2 hour rafting tour (€30 per person, payable on board) on the Cetina River. In the afternoon you will cross over to Brac Island with a swimming break and a cycle tour to Pucisca. The famous white marble of Brac that is visible here has been used for the White House in Washington and in the Reichstag in Berlin.
Day 3: Brač Island, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today's route begins in Povlja with a long but moderate ascent to the mountain ridge of the island, past mulberry, kiwi and fig trees, olive groves and vineyards. The following descent to Bol rewards you for your steep climb with amazing panoramic views of the neighboring island of Hvar. After lunch you will crossover to the island of Korcula, whose capital town vies with Venice for the title of the birth place of Marco Polo.
Day 4: Korčula Island, 30 mi. (48 km)
Today there will be opportunity to explore this wonderful island by bike.. The peacefulness and remoteness of luscious gardens with large cypresses dominate the appearance of perhaps the most beautiful Dalmatian island. You will cycle along the 12 km/ 7 mi. long coastal road to Racisce for lunch. After a short period of pushing your bike to Pupnat, you will reach the old 200m/660 ft. high pass road above the magnificent bay of Pupnat and later the village of Blato, which like Rome was also built on 7 hills. Overnight stay in the harbor of Vela Luka.
Day 5: Islands of Vis and Hvar, 19 mi. (32 km)
Vis is the island that is located farthest from the mainland. Over 2,000 years ago there was already a Greek colony called Issa on the island. Due to its strategic location, it was a military zone until 1995 and tourism was prohibited. Today, you have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. Lunch is taken at a local wine farm. After the boat cruises to Hvar where you can visit the magnificent Renaissance square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress which is situated high above the city.
Day 6: Hvar Island, 28 mi. (45 km)
After arriving in Hvar, you will take an interesting tour around the town, across the large Renaissance square, which is lined with the great Cathedral and many late-Gothic palaces. Today’s bike route leads you along the almost traffic-free pass road through small villages. After lunch in Stari Grad you will cycle to the harbors of Jelsa and Vrboska, which invite you to have an extended break there. You will overnight in Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years.
Day 7: Solta Island, 12 mi. (19 km)
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Solta, you will start the last stretch of the bike tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the route. The herby smells of lavender and rosemary will accompany you along your tour of this island. In Maslinica, you can load the bikes onto the ship and enjoy your last crossing back to Trogir, where if time permits, you should take a tour of the old town which is a World Heritage Site.
Day 8: Departure
Disembark at 9 am and individual departure.
Southern Dalmatia Boats + Barges
Harmonia Comfort Plus Class Boat
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.
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.