Croatian flag flying in Trogir, Dalmatia. Photo via Flickr:Jeremy Couture
Under the sea on Mljet Island, Dalmatia, Croatia. Photo via Flickr:wrda

Bike rest in Sibenik, Dalmatia, Croatia. Photo via Flickr:Björn Groß
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Highlights of Dalmatia Plus

Croatia Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and boat through the region of Dalmatia, including Dubrovnik

  • If you want to experience the region of Dalmatia but not miss out on Dubrovnik, this bike and boat tour in Croatia is for you. You will explore the varied region of Southern Dalmatia with its breathtaking natural beauty and cultural highlights, and also include Dubrovnik and Trogir, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. You will visit the islands of Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Dugi Otok as well and experience the culture unique to island landscapes in which life and history is inextrinsically tied to the sea.

    Highlights:

    • Culture: Korčula Town, a showcase of Dalmatian architecture
    • Nature: Krka waterfalls are a real natural wonder.
    • Activity: Boat trip through the Kornati National Park
    • Culinary: Palačinke with fig jam
  • April 21, April 28, May 12, and all October departures
    Twin/double: £ 1276 $ 2,187 1570 NOK 15308 kr 14130 $ 1,837 All other departures
    Twin/double: £ 1357 $ 2,326 1670 NOK 16283 kr 15030 $ 1,954 Surcharge for cabin above deck: £ 122 $ 209 150 NOK 1463 kr 1350 $ 176 Surcharge for double/twin cabin for single use below deck: £ 406 $ 696 500 NOK 4875 kr 4500 $ 585 Surcharge for double/twincabin/single use above deck: £ 569 $ 975 700 NOK 6825 kr 6300 $ 819 (All single bookings on request with limited availability)

    extra options

    Private airport transfers (only on embarkation and disembarkation day):
    Split airport and Split harbor and reverse: £ 20 $ 35 25 NOK 244 kr 225 $ 29 Dubrovnik airport and Gruz port or reverse: £ 20 $ 35 25 NOK 244 kr 225 $ 29  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Please be aware when booking flights that your tour will either start in Dubrovnik and end in Split or vice-versa. Please check your booking confirmation for the harbor relevant to your tour. We recommend booking a multi-stop flight, meaning flying into one city and out of another.

    Tours beginning in Dubrovnik: Nearest airport is Dubrovnik (DBV). It is about 16 km from the port of Gruž. If you wish to take part in the city tour of Dubrovnik scheduled on the first day at 4:30 pm , your flight should not land after 2:30 pm in Dubrovnik. At the end of your tour, Split Airport is 24 km from the city center

    Tours beginning in Split The closest airport is Split (SPU).

    Local Travel

    Airport transfers are available only embarkation/disembarkation day between Split Airport and Split Harbor or DubrovnikAirport and Gruž City Harbor. Please see pricing. You can also utilize public transportation (ask for details) or you can take a taxi. To/from Split harbor to the airport is approx. €20 and from to airport Dubrovnik to port of Gruz, about €40.

    Climate

    The region surrounding Dubrovnik enjoys a mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and calm mild winters. In summer there is little or no rain. However in autumn and spring it rains more regularly. A good website to explore local regional weather averages is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Helmets are mandatory. Please bring your own well fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board but only a limited number are available (reservation required).


Tour Dates

Dubrovnik to Split: Sundays, April 28, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 1, September 15, October 13, and October 27, 2019
Split to Dubrovnik: Sundays, April 21, June 2, June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8, October 6, and October 20, 2019

Where You’ll Stay

2019
You will be accommodated on the comfort plus vessel, Harmonia.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations with breakfast
  • 4 days will include both lunches and dinners
  • 3 days will include lunch or dinner
  • Guided cycling tours as described in the itinerary
  • Overview maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • E-Bike with Ortlieb pannier
  • City tour in Dubrovnik, Korcula and Trogir
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide

What’s Not Included

  • Arrival and departure transportation to the boat
  • Lump sum for local taxes and drinking water on board and on the bike tours, see pricing
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • Taxi ride from/to the airport to the ship
  • Tips for crew and tour guides
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1570 Rates
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Skill Level

The rating of this electric bike tour is easy. The altitudes range between 200 and 300 meters. The daily tours of 20 - 50 km lead through hilly and mountainous terrain and can be cycled without any time pressure. You can opt to spend a half or even full day on board.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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The itinerary for 2019 will begin in Dubrovnik or Split and will NOT include Zadar. Please read carefully. The boat will change as well so please be sure to visit the Harmonia boat page.

Dubronik to Split

Day 1: Embarkation in Dubrovnik
Day 2: Dubrovnik - Šipan Island, 14 mi./22 km
Day 3: Mljet Island - Lastovo Island, 16 mi./25 km
Day 4: Lastovo Island - Korčula Island: Korčula town, 17 mi./7 km
Day 5: Korčula Island: Korčula town - Vela Luka, 28 mi./45 km
Day 6: Vela Luka - Hvar Island:/Hvar - Stari Grad - Jelsa, 22 mi./35 km
Day 7: Jelsa - Brač Island: Bol - Milna, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 8: Disembarkation in Split

*All distances are approximate. We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Day 1: Embarkation in Dubrovnik
Individual journey to Dubrovnik. Check-in on board starts between 2 and 2.30 pm at Gruž, the town port. At about 4.30 pm, a guided tour through Dubrovnik is offered, where we hear some interesting details of the town’s history and visit the most impressive sites. The boat will spend the night in Gruž offering the guests an opportunity to experience Dubrovnik’s nightlife.

Day 2: Dubrovnik - Šipan Island, 14 mi./22 km
Your first crossing takes you to the island of Šipan, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. Accompanied by your tour guide, you will enjoy a pleasant cycle trip leadin pass villas with exotic gardens and through a fertile valley framed by a range of limestone hills. A stop at the harbor town of Suđurađ is on the agenda before returning back to the boat.

Day 3: Mljet Island - Lastovo Island, 16 mi./25 km
Today you cycle across to the green and forested island Mljet, also known as the honey island. With 70 % of its landmass covered by woodland it is the most forested island in the Mediterranean region. 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, who could not resist Calypso and stayed on Mljet for seven years. You cycle from Sobra to Pomena and embark back on the Harmonia, crossing over to the Island of Lastovo. The island is one of the smaller inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The 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 continue to live from fishing the extremely rich waters, agriculture and viticulture.

Day 4: Lastovo Island - Korčula Islnd: Korčula town, 17 mi./7 km
The cycling route today leads in a large circle across the beautiful island of Lastovo. The gold colored white wine “Marastina”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is grown here. Back at the boat its time to cast off! A crossing takes you over to Korčula Island, regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia. The Picturesque town of Korčula competes with Venice for the honor of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Use the evening to wander through the fishbone alleyways and soak up the vibes of this stylish town. A guided city tour will give you an overview of the city and its features.

Day 5: Korčula Island: Korčula town - Vela Luka, 28 mi./45 km
You will explore the charming island of Korčula by bike.  A mild Mediterranean climate and a broad variety of different landscapes accompany you on the tour today. Take your time, and remember to take a break to enjoy the view over the deep blue sea and neighboring islands. Dinner is served on board to replenish your strength after an active day. Overnight stay in the sheltered by of Vela Luka.

Day 6: Vela Luka - Hvar Island:/Hvar - Stari Grad - Jelsa, 22 mi./35 km
The day starts with a relaxing cruise to Hvar town on Hvar Island. Make use of the time before the cycle tour starts and go for a little stroll through the city. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance Square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. Today's bike tour takes us from the city of Hvar through small villages and lavender fields to Stari Grad on the opposite side of the island. The descent to Stari Grad offers breathtaking views. After a lunch break on board we continue to Jelsa.

Day 7: Jelsa - Brač Island: Bol - Milna, 27 mi. (43 km)
You cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its radiant marble that was, among others, used for the White House in Washington and in the construction of the German Reichstag building in Berlin. Today’s cycle tour leads from Bol to the tranquil harbour of Milna. The boat awaits here for a last crossing after an adventurous week. You board the boat and cruise to the UNESCO world heritage city of Split. A guided city tour offers you the chance to see inside the former Palace of Emperor Diocletian and to learn about its transformation into the city which it has become. 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: Disembarkation in Split
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

Split to Dubrovnik

Day 1: Embarkation in Split
Day 2: Split - Insel Brač: Milna - Bol - Hvar Island: Jesa, 27 mi./43 km
Day 3: Hvar Island: Jelsa - Stari Grad - Hvar - Korčula: Vela Luka, 22 mi./35 km
Day 4: Korčula Island: Vela Luka - Korčula town, 28 mi./45 km
Day 5: Korčula Island: Korčula town - Lastovo Island, 16 mi./25 km
Day 6: Lastovo Island - Mljet Island, 16 mi./25 km
Day 7: Šipan Island -Dubrovnik, 14 mi./22 km
Day 8: Disembarkation in Dubrovnik by 9 am 

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Customer Feedback

  • Tami & Hilary 3 months ago

    This is a truly fantastic tour – a trip of a lifetime, which we thoroughly recommend! A luxury experience, on a gorgeous new boat, with fantastic food and incredibly thoughtful and skilled guides and crew…. With daily swimming in glistening, aquamarine seas and beautiful bike rides with stunning views. It was stimulating, energizing, relaxing and peaceful all at the same time. We would score it 12 out of 10!

    The e-bikes are brilliant! We had never used e-bikes before, but they are high quality bikes, very comfortable with comfortable saddles, easy to operate and maneuver, not at all cumbersome, with a quiet engine. You can use the pedal assist as much or as little as you like, so you can get a totally natural, high calorie-burn biking experience, or an almost effortless ‘glide’ up gorgeous hills! The guests on our tour were all different ages and fitness levels, with different biking experience, and we all loved the e-bikes. We were all able to do the rides the way we wanted, at the pace we wanted – it was so flexible and made riding a joy.

    The crew and guides were fantastic! We had a crew of 8 plus 2 guides, for 13 guests. Everyone was friendly and attentive, while also being very sensitive to giving us the space to relax and truly be on holiday. Our rooms were beautifully cared for, so they were calm retreats when we came back from our bike rides. It was inspiring to see the captain and sailors’ skillful work sailing and docking the ship. Theo was always on hand to help us with anything we needed and share insights about local cuisine. We felt so comfortable and cared for.

    A particular highlight was the food. One of us was vegetarian and the other a meat-eater, and we were both incredibly impressed with the food. It was high quality, imaginative, varied and delicious – way better than either of us had hoped – a true highlight.

    Our guides, Ivana and Meine were wonderful people to spend time with, so knowledgeable and confident about every detail of the tour. Everything was very well organized, without feeling regimented. They were excellent at explaining the bikes, the routes, and at flexing around our needs and adjusting to the weather to make sure we had a wonderful experience. They were always there and happy to help and answer questions. One Croatian, one Dutch, both with excellent English and German, they brought a wealth of experience and could connect with everybody.

    The ship, the New Star, was extremely comfortable and well designed. It is brand new, spotless, with a luxury feel. It is really big – especially for the low number of guests we had – so plenty of places to relax – either in groups, or alone / in a couple, as you wish. Cabins were very comfortable - extremely well air-conditioned (a delight after a sunny bike ride), sizeable, with everything you need, including sinks big enough to do quick hand-washing (You can dry things in a couple of hours in the sun, on the clothes lines under the deck railings).

    We’ve never been on a bike trip before, but are very impressed with Island Hopping. The company has been doing this for twenty years and you can tell – they really understand what makes a great experience for guests. All the connections / docking / links to city tours etc were very easy (it’s true the Port in Dubrovnik is a little distance from the old town, but there’s an easy bus connection) and the tour has great variety – different types and lengths of ride, with a rest day in the middle to explore and swim at gorgeous waterfalls!

    Before we arrived, we were a bit worried by the heat in July, but there is often a lovely breeze across the sea, and the speed you can go up hills on the e-bikes meant we were rarely too hot. The tour guest numbers tend to be lower in July and August, so that can actually be a real benefit. We also know this tour is one of the pricier ones, but it includes the bike rental, and felt worth every penny – the boat, food, level of service – everything was top quality.

    We are looking at another trip and will definitely go with Island Hopping again. Thank you for a great experience, Island Hopping!

  • Javier C. 3 months ago

    This is an amazing trip. The ship is brand new. Doesn't feel crowded ever. The places visited are gorgeous. The views are breathtaking. The biking is very doable. No need to be afraid of hills; with these ebikes, most people will be able to do them. Plenty of time to explore ports and villages. It's hard to get lost during bike rides. Not too many bathroom facilities along the route, but every village has a number of cafes and restaurants that will let you use facilities. Bring sunscreen and good sunglasses. Ivana and Matjia, our guides, were fantastic--very accommodating. Be prepared for some improvisation, since wind conditions may force captain to alter route. Dubrovnik is nice, though too crowded, and the ship moors a bit far (30 minute walk). The other cities and towns are more visitable and relaxing, and the ship docks right downtown. Overall, one of the best trips of our lives.

    Boat: New Star

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