View of the harbor in Rab, Croatia. Photo via Flickr:sobrecroaciacom
Rab, Croatia. Photo via Flickr:sobrecroaciacom

Rooftops in Zadar. Photo via Flickr:sobrecroaciacom
3.6/5 (9 ratings)

Along the Dalmatian Coast

Croatia Bike + Barge Tours

Cycling in Croatia along the Dalmatian Coast

  • A bike and boat tour in Croatia allows you to immerse yourself in a country with beautiful, well-kept coasts with thousands of islands, reefs, and bays. Every island is different and each has its own history. Numerous Roman ruins, charming hills, and breathtaking beauty awaits you here. Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Croatia stretches from the slopes of the alps, deep into the Pannonian Valley, to the banks of the Danube and Drava Rivers.

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  • 2017 Prices

    Odisej: £ 731 $ 1,253 915 NOK 8769 kr 8094 $ 1,052

    Smaller cabin aboard the Odisej: £ 651 $ 1,116 815 NOK 7810 kr 7210 $ 937

    Supplement for single traveler: £ 358 $ 613 448 NOK 4293 kr 3963 $ 515

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115

    Discount for no bike rental: £ 36 $ 62 45 NOK 431 kr 398 $ 52

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Zadar.

    Local Travel

    Transfers are included on arrival and departure days.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the standard plus class boat, the Odisej

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches, and dinners
  • (There is opportunity to stop for a midday meal at your own expense)
  • Unlimited water, tea, milk, and coffee
  • 21 gear all terrain bicycle with front suspension and bike bag
  • English, German and Italian, speaking tour guide
  • Maps and route descriptions for those who wish to cycle individually
  • Transfer to and from the airport of Zadar
  • The use of onboard equipment such as canoes, fishing rods, and snorkeling gear

What’s Not Included

Length8 days
From815 Rates
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Tour Dates

Departures every Saturday from April 1  to October 29, 2017.

This tour will not be offered in 2018.

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate guided or self-guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances ranging between 20 and 55 km. The route is mostly flat with some hills on mostly paved roads and gravel paths.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Along the Dalmatian Coast Map

Day 1: Arrival in Zadar
Day 2: Kuclica - Muline, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Muline - Molat - Silba, 16 mi. (25 km) 
Day 4: Silba - Veli Losjinj - Cres, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Cres - Lopar - Rab, 22 mi. (36 km)
Day 6: Rab - Privlaka, 25/38 mi. (40/60 km)
Day 7: Privlaka - Zadar, 20 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Departure

*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: Arrival in Zadar 
Upon arrival to the airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to the medieval city of Zadar. Once on board, you can become acquainted with the crew and fellow passengers. In the afternoon, there is the opportunity to explore the blossoming old city of Zadar. The first night  is spent on board the boat in the port of Zadar or possibly at anchor if the weather permits.

Day 2: Kuclica - Muline, 25 mi. (40 km)
In Kukljica, your cycling trip will take you towards Muline, leading mostly along remote paths with breathtaking views. In the distance, the island of Pasman is visible with its bridge over the Strait of Zdrelac. The trip will take us along the Gospa Snejzna, which is the chapel of the Lady of the Snows. Also, in the southwest the Island Dugi Otok interferes the horizon, the north parts of this Island contains some very deep caves man dug into the mountainside. Accessible from the sea the caves were created to hide submarines and other naval warfare ships during the cold war.

Day 3: Muline - Molat - Silba, 16 mi. (25 km) 
After a three hour trip by boat, the first destination is Molat, after which you will enjoy a 16-mile bike loop, exploring this island covered with maquis and pine forests. Molat has one of the most beautiful bays of Croatia and is far removed from usual tourism. Along the route, the former Italian concentration camp Logor is situated. During the WWII nearly 20.000 prisoners were held in captivity, 5% of those lost their lives in Logor. Some ruins and watchtowers are all that remains of this tragedy nowadays.

Second on the agenda is Silba. Cars are not permitted here and during the summer months, even cycling is prohibited, so a hiking itinerary is planned. It is best explored by foot! The island is only 8 km long and on its narrowest part is located the sole settlement of the island: Silba. With as its front garden one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Numerous footpaths lead to other beaches and tranquil bays, there is also the Toreta to visit, an impressive tower with a stunning view of the surroundings. In the evening, there is the opportunity to go ashore and enjoy the tranquil ambiance. Depending on the weather, the night will be spent here or at another location. 

Day 4: Silba - Veli Losjinj - Cres, 28 mi. (45 km)
From Silba, the boat sets off for Veli Losjinj, from where the cycling begins, leading around the island Losjinj to the southernmost point of the island of Cres. You will cycle along the coast and through rustic villages, including Osor where a swing bridge connects Losjinj and the island of Cres with its beautiful pine forests. After the ride, there is enough time to enjoy various water activities in the bay. 

Day 5: Cres - Lopar - Rab, 22 mi. (36 km)
This morning, the boat departs from Cres and heads to Lopar on Rab Island (approximately 3 hours of sailing). The distance ranges from 20 to 60 km, leaving you the ability to choose how ambitious you want to be! The possible routes include Supetarska, Draga, Kampor, Barbat, and Pudarica and then back to Rab. The ship will be moored here. In the evening, there is the opportunity to explore the old walled town of Rab. This captivating, ancient Mediterranean town is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the entire Adriatic, with its the numerous Gothic and renaissance palaces and churches. Overnight will be spent in the harbor.

Day 6: Rab - Privlaka, 25/38 mi. (40/60 km)
The boat crosses the Adriatic from Rab to Novalja on Pag Island.  In the morning, your bike tour begins towards Mandre. The island of Pag is like two separate islands.  One-half is barren and dry because of the mountain wind (Bora). The other side has a lush vegetation where the sheep graze and produce the world famous cheese of Pag. After lunch, the cycling continues towards Mandre where the boat awaits to set sail towards Privlaka for the night.

Day 7: Privlaka - Zadar, 20 mi. (35 km)
The tour d'Croatia will take you from Privlaka through Zaton and along the coast to Zadar where the boat will be waiting. In the evening, enjoy a farewell "Captain's dinner" on board. Following dinner is the opportunity to enjoy the romantic nightlife of Zadar.

Day 8: Departure
Disembark after pastries and coffee. Transfer to airport included, including for early morning flights.

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Customer Feedback

  • Valentina L. 1 year ago

    I loved cycling along the paths that hugged the ocean. So scenic and beautiful.

    Boat: Odisej

  • Barry D. 1 year ago

    Catching bronchitis in our rain sodden cabin as it leaked all night.

  • Rudy R. 1 year ago

    Most of the boat staff were great, personable and added to the quality of the trip. The food was DELICIOUS! The boat captain was generally ok but he had moments when he his language was offensive. There was a bit of conflict between our biking guide(s). I enjoyed our time on the boat. The biking was mixed. Some routes were in beautiful settings but along narrow and sometimes sidewalks shared by oncoming people walking, laying or oncoming bikes. I much more preferred the open roads, come cars but more enjoyable. Overall, I enjoyed the trip but the itinerary could use some tweaking.

    Boat: Odisej

  • Laurie F. 1 year ago

    The scenery along the Dalmatian Coast was spectacular. A young Croatian guide (Ben) was hired to replace the usual Dutch guide (Bernard) who had broken his hip seven weeks before in a bike accident. Ben was kind, knowledgeable and fun. Bernard and his girlfriend were along on the tour as we only had six members in our group and a cabin was available. Apparently Bernard has some "financial interest" in the boat as well as being the usual tour guide. Bernard seemed to have something to prove from the first day. He had a problem letting go of control and letting Ben do the job he was hired for. When Bernard was along on the days' excursions he was overbearing and sometimes suggested unsafe maneuvers on the bike. I overheard him say American women were wimps. His girlfriend suggested that it was not just American women but men as well who might not be comfortable with a particularly dangerous turn off a road and onto a bath along the sea. By the end of the Read more… week he had mellowed somewhat. I suspect mostly due to his American girlfriend.

    The captain was loud, drank too much and changed the itinerary to suit his needs. Yes, some of it was weather related. But, we were told the first day by other staff that the captain had a woman at every stop and expect our schedule to reflect it.

    The food was awesome!! The gals doing the cooking, Ivana and Antonia were fun, very smart about Croatian history and funny. Without the Croatian staff the trip would have been a bust.

    Boat: Odisej

  • Onja B. 1 year ago

    Croatia is gorgeous and the food was great. The cook, ivanna, and the guide, ben, were amazing with understanding the participants skill level and dietary needs. The cycling was not as described or the descriptions could have been better. One full day we were on a pedestrian path with many people to dodge- not fun and not real cycling. Molat was the best route!
    The captain was difficult, drunkenly, egotistical, chauvinist and making lewd comments whenever addressing women.

    Boat: Odisej

  • Monika M. 1 year ago

    It was 38 degrees in Croatia with very little shade to be found on the biking route. Tip: Recommend an Ebike.

    Boat: Odisej

  • Catharine B. 1 year ago

    The bike riding and the scenery in Croatia were stunning. Many interesting things to see and the beaches are beautiful and refreshing after a hot day of bike riding.

    Boat: Odisej

    • nancy busboom 1 year ago

      We are interested in this trip for our 50th anniversary. Why did you only give it 3 stars. How were the cabins on the ship

      • Cathy Butler 1 year ago

        I had no idea that this was posted on their site. But since you have asked, I will briefly reply. We had many issues but I would say the biggest one would be smoking on the ship. It was allowed anywhere, even at dinner table. We had to have a discussion about this when we got on board and that didn't make us very popular. Spent a lot of time avoiding the smokers. Also, lunch is to be included but tour guide preferred to stop at a restaurant for over an hour and buy lunch. We still packed a basic lunch, and always ended up waiting for the others in the restaurant. We had other issues as well but the scenery was stunning and it was a beautiful place to ride. I would not say no to this trip, but it depends on your expectations.

  • Jenny M. 1 year ago

    The most memorable part were the people we met, both crew and guests. The route had been well chosen to let us experience the beauty of the area. I would have rated the guide and food higher except for the following reasons: although the guide was very personable and knowledgable he did not carry a first aid kit or tools to deal with emergencies. I think this could be easily remedied. Although the food was well prepared the captain could have spent a little more money on his selection of meats, cheese, and wine.

    Boat: Odisej

  • Ailsa W. 2 years ago

    Our trip was limited due to strong winds that had us harbour bound for a few days, but this is part of the adventure. Therefore we did not get to all the islands as planned. But the scenery and experience were all good.
    We were the first trip of the season and our bikes were not in top notch condition. They should have been ready to go. I had to use an electric bike the first day due to my assigned bike skipping gears.
    The crew were super - good natured, helpful and loads of laughs. It was a delightful tour.

  • Brian Breneman 3 years ago

    beautiful scenery, great food. great biking mates. captain hilarious.
    Osisej needs work. No AC, bathroom has black mold, shower is a low pressure hand held sprayer, guide reluctant to give info re how far/steepness. did give generic overview.
    stops indiscriminately, then mid/late PM lunch. From previous trips self guided more enjoyable for us. european group had a detailed summary with kilometers etc. not available in English???
    Docking inadequate steps or plank for getting on or off Bikes Okay needed a proper stem to stern maintenance.

    Boat: Odisej

  • Don Lubach 4 years ago

    Our family would set sail on this trip again. It is overreaching to describe the accommodations as luxurious in any way. But the skill and friendliness of the crew is all the luxury anyone needs. The owner has carefully mapped out the most charming bicycle routes with great care. Our 13 and 15-year-old daughters were never bored -- and that means a lot. I liked that there were no hidden costs and even extra beer/wine was a great price (not like evil cruise ship prices.) This group took care of unexpected extras, like helping us with our phone cards and finding us at the airport. Thank You.

    Boat: Odisej

  • Dave Wallace 4 years ago

    Inga and I enjoyed our boat and bike trip on the northern Dalmatian Islands very much. We will do it again! The boat, accommodations, meals bicycling and hosts were all we expected. And scenery on the islands and sea are breath-taking.

    Boat: Odisej

  • B and E Cooper 4 years ago

    We have just returned from this boat and bike tour. It was absolutely wonderful ! The hosts were very friendly & accommodating, the food was excellent, the bikes and saddles were very good, the riding was mainly easy, the scenery was spectacular and finally, it was a very relaxing holiday !!!

    Boat: Odisej

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Odisej Croatia Standard Plus Class Boat The Odisej has six double cabins, five cabins are approximately 4 x 3 meters and one cabin is smaller than the other and approximately 3 x 3 meters. Each cabin has a double bed, a window, storage cabinets, bathroom, and air conditioning. Below deck there is a salon with a bar and dining table. On deck you'll find a dining table, lounge chairs, and 12 sunbeds with towels and pillows.