The harbor of Hvar, Croatia - photo by Hubert Schledt
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Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus

Croatia Bike + Barge Tours

Bike Croatia and see the Dalmatian islands….

If you would like to experience a bike tour in Croatia like no other, the region of South Dalmatia is not to be missed. Accompanied by your floating accommodations, you get to know this sparsely populated part of Croatia including the islands of Šipan, Korčula, Hvar, Mljet, Lastovo, and Pelješac. The highlight of the trip is the town center of Dubrovnik that is listed on UNESCO’s world heritage list with its imposing city wall and its narrow alleys. Biking in Dubrovnik will make for an absolutely unforgetting experience. Another special highlight is the excursion to Mostar, widely known by the bridge that was destroyed during the Balkan war, which has since been restored and is today the symbol of peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups.

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Tour Dates

Weekly Sunday departures:

 August 21, August 28, Septebmer 4, September 11, September 18, September 25, October 2 and October 9, 2016.

2017 DATES

April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27, September 3, September 10, September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29 2017

Skill Level

This tour requires an advanced level of fitness. Climbs ascend to 200 - 500 m above sea-level. The tour traverses asphalted roads with very little traffic as well as pathways, unpaved or gravel roads. Daily itinerary is from 12 mi. to 25 mi. (20 to 40 km) and will lead through hilly and mountainous terrain. Route can be completed without any time-constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs.You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle-tour. Please note that the use of the electric bike greatly assists and changes the difficulty level.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Comfort Plus class ship, the Harmonia

What’s Included

  • 8 day trip on a motor yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a double cabin with private shower & toilet
  • 3 x half board, 4 x full board
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Electric bicycle with 8 gear hub shifting equipped with pannier
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle also available (discount available, see pricing) equipped with pannier
  • 7 guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Overview maps for the daily tours, onboard
  • City tour in Dubrovnik and entrance charges to historical buildings
  • Excursion to Mostar (as the case may be Počitelj): lunch NOT included!
  • PLUS-tour specials

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
  • Tip for the crew
  • Drinks on board (tally sheet)
  • Bicycle Protection: €10 (hybrid bike) to €20 (e bike)
  • Meals ashore
  • Exclusive airport transfer between Dubrovnik airport and Gruz harbor (on request)
  • Additional night (B&B) in Dubrovnik: prices on request
  • Lunch during excursion to Mostar
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • Taxi ride from the airport to the ship (aprx. 40 euro/ride)
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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ITINERARY 2016 & 2017

Day 1: Dubrovnik (Embarkation) - Šipan Island 
Day 2: Islands of Šipan and Mljet (Cycle route approx. 7 + 16 mi./11 km + 25 km)
Day 3: Lastovo Island (Cycle route approx. 19 mi./30 km)
Day 4: Islands of Korčula and Gradac (Cycle route 14 mi./23 km) (2017: 12.5 mi./20 km + optional 16 mi./25 km km)
Day 5: Excursion to Mostar
Day 6: Korčula Island (Cycle route approx. 31 mi./50 km)
Day 7: Mainland Prapratno - Slano - Dubrovnik (Cycle route approx. 19 mi./30 km)
Day 8: Dubrovnik (Disembarkation)

*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: Dubrovnik (Embarkation) - Šipan Island
Individual journey to Dubrovnik. Check-in on board starts between 2 and 2.30 pm at Gruž, the town port.
At 3 pm, a guided tour through Dubrovnik is offered, where we hear some interesting details of the town’s history and visit the most important sites, such as the Roland, the city walls or the Franciscan monastery. We go on a short cruise to Šipan, the largest of the Elaphite Islands, at around 6 pm. We spend our fist night in the quiet harbor of Šipanska Luka.
 
Day 2: Islands of Šipan and Mljet (Cycle route approx. 6 + 9 mi./10 km + 15 km)
A pleasant cycle trip takes us after breakfast past the sumptuous villas of Dubrovnik’s rich and noble citizens and further on through the verdant forests, fertile valleys and subtropical parks of Šipan Island. Afterwards we cruise to the green and forested island Mljet - known as the honey island. It is with 90 % of woodland one of the best wooded islands in the Mediterranean area. Homer mentioned this lovely island in his epic poem “Odyssey”. He made it a home for the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek king Odysseus, whom could not resist Calypso and stayed on Mljet for seven years. In the afternoon, explore Mljet national park by bicycle and spend a peaceful night on board in the quiet bay of Pomena.
 
Day 3: Lastovo Island (Cycle route approx. 19 mi./30 km)
Our ship takes us early in the morning to Lastovo Island. The island of Lastovo is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. Already Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate, and in Roman times it was even named “Augusta Insula” after him. The barely more than 1,000 inhabitants still live today mainly from fishing the extremely rich waters, agriculture and viticulture. The gold-coloured white wine “Marastina”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is grown here. Our today’s cycle tour takes us in a large circle across the beautiful island.
 
Day 4: Islands of Korčula and Gradac (Cycle route approx. 14 mi./23 km)
After crossing over to Korčula Island we cycle from Vela Luka to Prigradica (2016 itinerary is from Brna to Vela Luka), where we meet our ship. After the break we hoist the anchor and cruise. We will have time for a swim break in the afternoon. Our destination is the harbor of Gradac close to the delta of the Neretva River which is the most important one in the Herzegovina region.


Day 5: Excursion to Mostar
After a short boat passage to Ploče at the delta of the Neretva River, we continue by transfer bus, which takes us at first across the Bosnian border to Počitelj. A guided tour familiarizes us with the location and its well-preserved fortress before continuing to Mostar. The town’s world-famous landmark is the bridge across the River Neretva, which was destroyed in 1993 through heavy shelling and reopened in 2004. The bridge and the Old Town are since 2005 part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Back at the ship we end the spectacular day relaxing by having a nice glass of wine...
 
Day 6: Korčula Island (Cycle route approx. 31 mi./50 km)
A nice morning cruise takes us to Brna at Korčula Island, which is said to be the most beautiful Dalmatian island. We explore the east part of the island by bicycle. Our cycle tour takes us from Prigradica to Korčula town. We enjoy the view into the deep-blue water of Pupnat bay on our ride. This beautiful bay is the favorite scene for photographers on this tour. In the late afternoon, we reach the island’s capital Korčula town, which competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. We have ample time in the evening to wander through the fabulous old town and its narrow lanes laid out in a herringbone pattern.
 
Day 7: Mainland Prapratno - Slano - Dubrovnik (Cycle route approx. 19 mi./30 km)
A longer crossing on board the boat hugs the beautiful coastline of the Pelješac peninsula on your way to the small ferry harbour of Prapratno. The tour takes you from Prapratno to Ston where there is enough time to take a walk along the famous city wall. This is the longest, intact, fortification wall in Europe and is often compared with the Great Wall of China. The tour takes you further to the small harbor of Slano on the mainland. The boat awaits you here for your last boats cruise to the city of Dubrovnik. A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travellers and tour guides.

Day 8: Dubrovnik (Disembarkation)
Disembarkation at 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Dalmatia/Croatia.

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Customer Feedback

  • M. Watjen 4 months ago

    We loved our trip! Everything about it brought us delight. Southern Croatia is simply beautiful, the bike riding was perfect for us (we live in western North Carolina which is mountainous), we enjoyed our guides very much, & were taken care of extremely well by the crew on the boat. Look forward to the next bike trip!

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Penny Keys 10 months ago

    Wonderful trip to Croatia and the guides were top notch...the best! Thank you

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Lois Walker 10 months ago

    I had an amazing holiday and experience. The crew and staff and guides were outstanding. The boat was beautiful and well managed. I lucked out with interesting and friendly and delightful cycling companions. I have told everyone I can how wonderful this trip was in every way.

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Brett Applebaum 10 months ago

    Food just okay. plenty of it but several of the dishes were not very good. company was great so not a big deal. our guides were sensational. needed to have towels changed everyday or every other day. twice on the trip not enough. otherwise had a wonderful time. pretty challenging bike trips but we were all in it together. I think everyone had a great time.

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Dean Boyce 10 months ago

    Best holiday ever. Great staff.

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Vincent Zuellig 10 months ago

    The whole trip was fantastic. The boat, crew, country, everything was great. This was our second Croatia bike trip. And by far our favorite. I would do it all over again. One suggestion. One less night in Dubrovnik. We would have loved to check in and set sail.

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Pamela Broz 11 months ago

    This tour delivers excellent value, service and amenities. In addition to excellent cycling, we were treated to three guided historic city tours, a 5-Star picnic in a historic, rural pavilion, and refreshing swim stops in the Adriatic. Every meal featured a unique salad and entree made with fresh ingredients. The staff are professional, accommodating and the service superb.

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Lois Walker 11 months ago

    I loved every moment. The guides and crew were outstanding. My fellow cyclists a delight. A top drawer experience. Can't say enough positive.

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Babara Mack 11 months ago

    It's not that I don't recommend this trip, it's that I would recommend it with caveats. The guides were great, the cycling adequate. By this I mean, I found that on some days we started out and then, 25 minutes later, stopped in a city center for maybe 20 minutes. Why? To experience what, in 20 minutes? It would have been better to simply keep cycling. The first day of cycling I found, in particular, to be needlessly short. The barge in general was OK. The seats on the lounge chairs became uncomfortable after a while. Too thin.

    The least satisfactory part of this trip was the food - I thought there would be more fish options, considering we were on the sea. The 2 fish dishes that were served were not good - one was very dry, and the other was smothered in a too-salty sauce. The desserts were memorable - for their lack of taste. The breakfasts were fine. The salads that preceded each main course were also fine. Someone mentioned that it might be worth your charging a bit more and offering better quality food. I was not the only one disappointed in the food offerings. More opportunities to swim would also have been appreciated, at least by me.
    Actually, upon thinking about this, I probably wouldn't recommend this program, and would encourage others to look for better options.

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Beth Perry 1 year ago

    To say the Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Plus bike and boat tour was most excellent would be a gross understatement of fact! The Harmonia ship was a dream boat - roomy cabins with large baths, a chef that really should get a Michelin star or two and staff that were friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. We biked up long mountainous terrain and were rewarded with views that were breath taking (we were also rewarded with a nice long downhill ride). After our rides, we would tuck into a cove and swim in the beautiful, blue, clear, Adriatic Sea. It just doesn't get better than this! Bonus - a day trip to Mostar to see the famous bridge. The eight days were over in a heartbeat - I will certainly take another trip like this though how it can be topped is beyond my comprehension. Tripsite has many options so I feel confident that I will find another biking trip that will be equally enjoyable.

    Boat: Harmonia

    • Lindsay 9 months ago

      We did the Tyrrhenian Sea tour of southern Italy in May 2014. This was also an amazing trip - I highly recommend it!!

      Boat: Harmonia

  • Donna Flotron 2 years ago

    This is a well run tour with some minor irritations.The ebikes are not very safe as they have very small wheels with a high seat and handle bars.Only 8 ebikes were used but there were 3 accidents due to the balance issue.

    Crew and guides were very good and very hospitable.

    Boat: Harmonia

  • Cynthia Adams 4 years ago

    My husband, I and two friends did the island hopping tour along the southern coast of Croatia in Sept 2012. The San Snova is a beautiful boat with a friendly very helpful crew. Sailing between islands was lovely. Our guides were always encouraging even on the steeper hills. Never have I seen such a beautiful country and crystal clear water as in Croatia. Each island was unique, the people friendly, the small towns charming and Dubrovnik a gem.

  • Vivian and Dennis Williams 5 years ago

    This was such an amazing adventure. We have done several bike and barge tours down rivers and canals but this is the first ocean island hopping trip and won't be the last. Everything about it was perfect: the beautiful scenery, the San Snova and it's crew, the bike riding and the food and great hospitality. Highly recommend it! Thanks Pack and Pedal for organizing it. Croatia: Southern Dalmation coast and the old walled city of Dubrovnik is a must. Dennis rode each day but I chose not too and the guides were so helpful to me in arranging things I could see and do as a non-rider. Loved it all!!!!

  • Jan VandenHengel 6 years ago

    I just completed this tour and can't say enough good things about it. Cycling the Dalmatians and boating through the Adriatic is simply stunning. The crew and guides on our boat--the San Snova--were fantastic! Having personally travelled the world wide and far, I can say you won't regret this adventure.

    Cheers,

    Jan

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