Old town of Rab, Kvarner Bay, Croatia. Photo via Flickr:the sea by the sea

A break from the bicycle to admire the view of Kvarner Bay. Photo by Eveline & Gunter Jendretzke
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Kvarner Bay E-Bike and Boat

Croatia Bike + Barge Tours

Explore Croatia & the Adriatic Sea on this electric bike tour

  • Discover the charm of Kvarner Bay on this electric bike tour in the northern Adriatic Sea on this amazing journey amid the islands. Guarded by the towering Velebit mountain range in the east and hugged by the Istria Peninsula in the northwest, the Kvarner Islands offer quiet coves of crystal clear water and dramatic landscapes. Green hills and rocky moon landscapes give way to small harbor towns rich in history and culture.

    Highlights:

    • Unique accommodation on board a deluxe ship
    • The picturesque small harbor town of Veli Lošinj
    • Spice island of Dugi Otok
    • Zadar
    • Sunny island of Rab
    • Island of Krk

    If you prefer a challenge, you can request a touring bike instead of an electric bike. Please read the Difficulty Details section carefully. We also offer Kvarner Bay on which most participants will be riding regular touring bikes.

    Be sure to check out our full list of bike and boat tours in Croatia.

  • 2020

    Season 1:
    April 12: £ 1181 $ 2,618 1390 $ 2094 NOK 13089 kr 12082 $ 1,571 Season 2:
    May 3, May 10, and October 11: £ 1266 $ 2,806 1490 $ 2245 NOK 14031 kr 12952 $ 1,684 Season 3:
    May 17, May 24, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23,  and October 4: £ 1351 $ 2,995 1590 $ 2396 NOK 14973 kr 13821 $ 1,797 Season 4:
    August 30, September 6, September 13, and September 27: £ 1436 $ 3,183 1690 $ 2546 NOK 15914 kr 14690 $ 1,910 All Seasons:
    Surcharge for main/upper deck: £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170 Single supplement for cabin below deck (on request): £ 425 $ 942 500 $ 753 NOK 4708 kr 4346 $ 565 Single supplement for main/upper deck cabin (on request): £ 595 $ 1,318 700 $ 1055 NOK 6592 kr 6085 $ 791


     

    extra options

    2020

    Discount for 21-gear Hybrid Bike: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113

    Individual Transfers (advanced reservation required):

    Zagreb city center/airport to boat in Omisalj: £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 (11:30 am from Zagreb Center or 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport )

    Boat in Omisalj to Zagreb airport/city center: £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 Transfers start  at 8 am

    Rijeka train station transfer (embarkation/ disembarkation day) each way:  £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23

    Rijeka airport  transfer (embarkation/ disembarkation day) each way:  £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17

    All other transfers on request.

    2-Day pre-tour extension module, Zagreb

    3-star double room: £ 263 $ 584 310 $ 467 NOK 2919 kr 2695 $ 350

    Single room: £ 289 $ 640 340 $ 512 NOK 3202 kr 2955 $ 384

    4-star double room: £ 306 $ 678 360 $ 542 NOK 3390 kr 3129 $ 407

    Single room: £ 357 $ 791 420 $ 633 NOK 3955 kr 3651 $ 475


     

    please note

    Reduction per person in combination with another Island Hopping trip: £ 42 $ 94 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57   Reduction for 3rd person sharing a triple cabin, regardless of age (from basic tour price): 50%
    (Above deck surcharge will not apply to third person. Triple cabins consist of one double and one single bed.)
    Reduction for children up to age 16 (from basic tour price): 25%*
    *not combinable with the 50% discount

    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

    The closest airport to mooring location is Rijeka, on the Island of Krk, the same island as embarkation. However, as the flight connections to Rijeka are limited, we recommend that you book flights to Zagreb Airport and take part in the group transfers to Omisalj, point of embarkation. See below for more details and pricing section for prices.

    Local Travel

    Zagreb
    If arriving to Zagreb airport, It is advised that you book the available collective group transfer to/from the port, available on embarkation and disembarkation day only. Transfers from the airport are at 12:15 pm. Transfers on the last day from Omisalj back to Zagreb airport start at 8 am. Do not book your return flight before 12 noon!
    You may also request this transfer from Zagreb main station if you have arrived earlier and are already in Zagreb. This will be at 11:30 am. Transfers take approx. 2 hours. To be confirmed for these transfers, flight details are needed.

    Rijeka
    From the Rijeka airport, it is a short taxi ride to the ship or you take advantage of the transfer that is offered, on the day of embarkation and disembarkation. See pricing.

    Climate

    Croatia’s coast and islands from Istria and Kvarner in the north through Dalmatia are governed by a Mediterranean climate. Check local conditions prior to departure. A good website to explore regional weather, including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested). First come, first served.

    Remarks

    We believe that only children in a good physical condition and of a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the bike tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1,20 m (4 ft.). In Croatia there is a obligatory helmet use for all children and adults.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

2020

Sunday departures: April 12, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13, September 27, October 4, and October 11, 2020

On many dates the bike and boat tour Kvarner Bay is operated parallel on the ship Linda. Offered as well is a mountain bike itinerary. Check it out and we will be happy to send you the mountain bike itinerary on request.


 

Skill Level

This is always the most difficult thing to do, rate a tour. This electric bike tour is offered on one of the ships in the Croatian fleet designed to accommodate as many electric bikes as passenger capacity. The majority of participants will be using an e-bike. For them, this tour could be easy, moderate, or difficult, depending on level of assistance they utilize! For those who will be riding a hybrid touring bike, you will work harder to keep up with the group on electric bikes. You will most likely find this tour moderate to difficult depending on your fitness level. Do note for every participant, this tour assumes that you are a cyclist and that you ride often. You will traverse heights of between 200 and 500 m with daily distances ranging between 20 to 45 km through mountainous terrain. Tours can be completed without any time constraints. Participants will need to master long and steep climbs which present little to no problem with the use of electric bikes. Streets are mostly asphalted with little traffic. At times, with your guides approval, you may be able to ride self-guided but there are no guarantees.

Where You’ll Stay

On the deluxe boat, the Andela Lora

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • On four days you will receive all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. On three days you will receive breakfast and one hot meal, which may be served mid-day or in the evening
  • English speaking tour guide (on most tour dates, tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German
  • Guided cycling tours as described in the itinerary
  • Electric bicycle with 8 gear hub shifting equipped with pannier
  • 21-24- speed hybrid bicycle also available for this tour (discount available, see pricing) equipped with pannier

What’s Not Included

  • Entrance fees to museums and National Parks
  • Drinks on board
  • Gratuities for crew and tour guide
  • Transfers
  • Visitor’s tax, local charges, and unlimited water on board and during cycling: 2019: €40 (€20 for children 16 and under). 2020 €50 (€25 for children 16 and under) to be paid on board
  • 2 or 3-Day Pre-Tour Extension (see Extra Stay below, see pricing)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

2-DAY PRE-TOUR EXTENSION in Zagreb
Saturday
A private transfer collects you at the Zagreb airport and brings you to the doorstep of your hotel. You will have time to freshen up after your journey. In the late afternoon your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to take you on an interesting and inspiring walk through the Croatian capital. The old town, built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will charm you at every turn. During a three hour guided city tour, our local guide will enlighten you on the city in its current position and its former past. The Kaptol (the center of the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia) and Gardec (the upper old town) are of course included in the program. In the evening you will dine in a specially selected restaurant. The delicious local specialties will be a great way to end the day. Overnight stay in a hotel in the town center of Zagreb.
Sunday
After breakfast transfer to Omišalj for embarkation.

Extension Package Includes:

  • 3 or 4 star hotel at the town center
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entrance fees not included)
  • Dinner in a local restaurant
  • Transfer from Zagreb airport to your hotel
  • Transfer from your hotel in Zagreb to Omišalj
  • Local taxes
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1390 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Kvarner Bay E-Bike and Boat Map

Day 1: Arrival in Omišalj, sailing to Cres
Day 2: Islands of Cres and Lošinj, 14 mi. (23 km)
2020: Day 2: Islands of Cres and Lošinj, 18 mi.  (28 km)
Day 3: Islands of Lošinj and Molat, 12 + 6 mi. (20 + 10 km)
Day 4: Islands of Dugi Otok - Zadar 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 5: Island of Pag - Rab, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 6: Island of Rab, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Island of Krk, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Omišalj, end of tour after breakfast

*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: Arrival in Omišalj, embarkation, sailing to Cres
Individual arrival in Omišalj, a nice little harbor village on the island of Krk. Check-in on board is between 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm. It is important to be on time because at 3 pm the ship takes you to the island of Cres, a 4-hour sailing adventure!  On Cres, you can take a walk through the Venetian old town in the evening.

2019: Day 2: Islands of Cres and Lošinj, 14 mi. (23 km)
In the morning, the ship takes us to Martinšćica. From there, cycle on the east side of the island among pine, fig, and laurel trees to Osor, an artist town, where you can enjoy lunch on the ship. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the bay with its crystal clear water. In the afternoon, the boat takes you to the island of Lošinj. After a comfortable cruise and a stop for a refreshing swim, the ship brings you into the large harbor of Mali Lošinj. The clear climate of this wellness retreat with its colorful captain’s houses and an abundance of cafés will welcome you for a relaxing evening.

2020: Day 2: Islands of Cres and Lošinj, 18 mi.  (28 km)
After breakfast, you start your cycling itinerary from the city of Cres to Martinšćica. The boat awaits your arrival and lunch is served during the cruise to the island of Lošinj. If the weather is good, the captain will arrange a swim stop along the way before tying off in the harbor wellness town of Mali Lošinj. The port with its colorful facades and numerous cafes offers its visitors a welcoming atmosphere for a relaxed evening.

Day 3: Islands of Lošinj and Molat, 12 + 6 mi. (20 + 10 km)
Today's route leads along the seaside promenade to the south of Lošinj and you can visit the picturesque small harbor town of Veli Lošinj before meeting the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, cross over to the island of Molat for another short cycling tour. The day ends in a quiet harbor of Molat Island.

Day 4: Islands of Dugi Otok - Zadar 26 mi. (42 km)
During breakfast, the ship leaves Molat passing many small islands to the "spice island" of Dugi Otok. Today's bike tour starts in the bay of Božava, which is surrounded by pine woods, agaves, and tamarisk trees. Enjoy cycling along the island's “Road in the Sky” that leads to Sali, where the boat awaits you to sail to Zadar. For centuries, it was the political, cultural, and spiritual center of Dalmatia. Over 3000 years of history have left an imprint on the character of this town and there are many things to be admired. Among them is the mighty fortified walls with their bastion and the early Romanesque St. Donatus Basilica. In the evening, your tour guide takes you on an extensive walk through the lively city center.

Day 5: Island of Pag - Rab, 12 mi. (20 km)
After a long crossing in the morning, the ship reaches the island of Pag. In the harsh but delightful landscape of the island, you come across many fig and olive trees. Over the centuries the inhabitants have built numerous stone walls for protection against the wind. Starting from Novalja, you cycle on the narrow peninsula until reaching the sea from where the ship sails to Rab. The island of Rab is one of the sunniest places in Europe. The town of Rab, the fortified capital of the island, was built in the Middle Ages on a wedge-shaped headland and marks one of the highlights of the trip. The four famous bell towers are the symbol of the adorned beauty of the town. After dinner explore the narrow alleys with numerous cozy cafés.

Day 6: Island of Rab, 15 mi. (25 km)
Get to know the charming island of Rab on a lovely ride around the island. At lunchtime, the ship waits in the harbor directly in front of the old town of Rab. From here, you cruise to Jablanac near the picturesque Zavratnica fjord. Later on the ship takes us over to the neighboring island of Krk where you spend the evening in the historic town of Krk.

Day 7: Island of Krk, 28 mi. (45 km)
Cycle over the ridge of the island which is covered by fragrant macchia to a valley of vineyards and then onwards to the small museum town of Vrbnik in the northeast. The town built on a 50-meter-high cliff and surrounded by vineyards is the home of the famous white wine, Zlahtina. Another peculiarity that Vrbnik has to offer is the second narrowest alley in the world. The route leads across the island through old villages and rich vegetation to Omišalj. On the way, you will not want to miss the opportunity to swim in the bay of Soline. The last evening onboard includes a communal dinner and a last get-together with the crew and tour guides.

Day 8: Omišalj, end of tour after breakfast
After breakfast disembarkation by 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

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Tour Reviews

  • Joseph S. 1 week ago     Verified Reviewer

    As always, Croatia excels!! The towns, the people and the unbelievably clean, warm waters were great!! Our guides and boat crew were also wonderful. For us, this trip had too much boat time and not enough bike time. For others, they enjoyed the ride and the scenery. We would also recommend stopping at the old penal colony rather than the mile walk into a state park as it was very pretty but no more so than most of the coast lines we had already seen. Thanks for a great trip - we will be back for a different tour next May.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Anne Yael B. 1 month ago     Verified Reviewer

    Beautiful boat, views, trails, staff, guides. Everything was perfect. The food was outstanding. Delicious and varied. Every meal was so good. Especially the vegetarian. Very special attention to every detail. ( never twice the same dish!). The guides were so well informed and specially paying attention to every participant. We lived Croatia, the sea, the landscapes, the cities and villages. Very beautiful. Thank you

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Del P. 2 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Highlight: The cycling and the swimming off the back of the boat.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Nianne F. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    My husband and I really enjoyed our second trip in Croatia with Tripsite (our third trip with them starting with the Rhone River in France three years ago...). The islands are hilly and the e-bikes help with that, the waters of the Adriatic are gorgeous, and the people of the county are very friendly!
    Two notes of concern: the hotel we stayed at in Omisalj before and after our trip in May is run by a couple who are of German origin. Sometimes the husband was around to help with translation but mostly our interactions were with the wife who speaks German and Croatian but little English.
    And on the boat, more attention could be given to providing vegetarians/vegans with eating experiences more in keeping with what is offered to the other guests.

  • Kristy M. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The different landscapes in Croatia were awesome. The guides were amazing and the atmosphere, food and accommodation on the boat were fantastic. Being an avid cyclist, I would still recommend an e bike in Croatia to better enjoy the hilly scenery.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Brian N. 10 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The tour guides are the trip. They are the face of your company. Anna and Gabrielle made the trip awesome despite the setbacks due to the weather, being stuck three days in one port and missing out on seeing some of the islands. Those guides were awesome. Tenna and Laura who served us were also awesome. They made sure we had top service delivering anything we asked when we asked and were always there for us when we needed something. And they were cheerful in meeting all our demands. The crew, cook and the staff were invisible to us but we could see there efforts through the results they delivered. The ship was kept top notch and clean the whole time as were the bikes. My bike was maintained and repaired even though I never asked for any changes. New tires showed up one day for instance, it was time for new tires and I never had to ask, they just appeared. The food was good and I had to teach myself to not eat so much! But I still feel a bit sad that we could not complete Read more… the full agenda of the trip. The weather is the weather but I wonder what I missed out on. It’s a big world and I can’t see myself doing this exact trip again but I will recommend it to others. And I will be doing more boat and bike trips. Maybe even a mountain bike one.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Janice V. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Loved swimming off the back of the boat in the beautiful clear sea after a morning of cycling.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • John C. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The entire trip was wonderful. Our guides, boat staff and captain were very accommodating and went out of their way to make sure this was a memorable experience. The e-bikes were excellent. If an issue was noted, the problem was repaired that night. The tour information provided was great and allowed us to determine what the next day’s ride would be like, and pack accordingly. Options were offered and again descriptions allowed a knowledgeable decision. I would definitely take another trip.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Joseph R. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Kvarner Bay Plus was a great trip. This is our third bike and barge in Europe, this was by far the best for the boat, food and service. Beautiful scenery and great ports of call. The guides were world class.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Karen K. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Loved exploring through the villages. Mali Losinj was one of my favorites as well as the sea organ and the greeting to the sun in Zadar. We had wonderful guides and crew.

  • Robert H. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most Memorable Part: The camaraderie with other guests

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Bet C. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Most memorable part of trip was the beautiful little towns on the Croatian Islands with their medieval streets and the historical aspect of the towns with Roman remains.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Heather & Bob D. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We were totally looked after with no glitches and great service.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Franziska G. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Highlights:
    A walk through the old city of Rab at sunset
    Enjoying the scenery from the upper deck while sailing close to the shore
    A dip into the warm Adriatic after a bike ride

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Patricia T. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our trip to Croatia was wonderful.
    Everything was perfect, from the size of the boat, our room, the food, the ebikes and especially the helpful and friendly staff.
    Our guides were fun, had great knowledge and love for their country.
    And yes, I have recommended this trip to everyone I know.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • Martin Walsh 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was an excellent trip. We have already recommended it to friends.

    Boat: Andela Lora

  • vincent zuellig 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Just returned from a wonderful experience. Kvarner bay was wonderful. Beautiful sites, wonderful people, lovely boat and great challenging rides. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

    Boat: Andela Lora

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Andela Lora Croatia Deluxe Class Boat At 40 x 8.5 m the motor yacht Anđela Lora was launched in June 2012 and is an elegant addition to our comfort plus category. She is one of the biggest boats of the Croatian fleet with 17 spacious guest cabins – plenty of them available as three or four bed cabins – with air conditioning, shower cabins and WC. A bathing platform is available at the stern offering easy access into the sea. For a special experience, a salt water pool and numerous sun mats are available on the sundeck. The friendly crew will always make sure that you enjoy a recuperative stay on board.

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