Biking along the coast in Kvarner Bay, Croatia.

Nighttime in Cres, Croatia - photo by Mario Fajt via Flickr
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Kvarner Bay

Croatia Bike + Barge Tours

Bike in Croatia and experience the islands of Kvarner Bay

  • A bike and boat tour in and around the Kvarner Bay is pure magic. Made up of countless islands in crystal clear water with deeply fissured cliffs, picturesque beaches, and numerous small bays, Kvarner Bay is still a well-kept secret. But not for long. Every island is different and each has its own history. You will spend a week biking, boating, and enjoying the landscape and people of this unique island world.

    Highlights:

    • Pristine waters
    • Rugged coastal landscape
    • Old port towns
    • Wonderful coves for swimming
    • Town of Rab
    • Unique accommodations
    • Exhilarating biking

    All of our bike boat tours in Croatia can be found here.

  • Double cabin below deck: £ 934 $ 1,883 1090 $ 1657 NOK 10355 kr 9558 $ 1,243

    Surcharge for cabin on or top deck: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    Single supplement for cabin below deck (on request): £ 343 $ 691 400 $ 608 NOK 3800 kr 3508 $ 456

    Single supplement for cabin on or above deck (on request): £ 514 $ 1,036 600 $ 912 NOK 5700 kr 5262 $ 684

    High season

    September 6, September 13, October 4, and October 11, 2020

    Twin/double cabin below deck: £ 1020 $ 2,055 1190 $ 1809 NOK 11305 kr 10435 $ 1,357

    Low season

    All other dates

    Twin/double cabin below deck: £ 934 $ 1,883 1090 $ 1657 NOK 10355 kr 9558 $ 1,243

    All departures

    Surcharge for twin/double cabin above deck: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Surcharge for twin/double cabin for single use below deck: £ 343 $ 691 400 $ 608 NOK 3800 kr 3508 $ 456 Surcharge for twin/double cabin for single use above deck: £ 514 $ 1,036 600 $ 912 NOK 5700 kr 5262 $ 684

     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 69 $ 138 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91

    Hybrid bicycle protection:  £ 9 $ 17 10 $ 15 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11

    Electric bicycle protection:  £ 17 $ 35 20 $ 30 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23

    Individual Transfers (must be booked 2 weeks in advance)

    Zagreb city center/Zagreb airport to boat: £ 26 $ 52 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34

    Boat in Omisalj to Zagreb airport/city center: £ 26 $ 52 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34

    Rijeka group transfer (embarkation/ disembarkation day):  £ 13 $ 26 15 $ 23 NOK 143 kr 132 $ 17

    All other transfers on request.

    3-Day Extension

    3-star double room: £ 591 $ 1,192 690 $ 1049 NOK 6555 kr 6051 $ 787

    Single room: £ 677 $ 1,365 790 $ 1201 NOK 7505 kr 6928 $ 901

    4-star double room: £ 626 $ 1,261 730 $ 1110 NOK 6935 kr 6402 $ 832

    Single room: £ 711 $ 1,434 830 $ 1262 NOK 7885 kr 7278 $ 946

    Discount without the need of transfer: £ 274 $ 553 320 $ 486 NOK 3040 kr 2806 $ 365

    2-Day Extension

    3-star double room: £ 249 $ 501 290 $ 441 NOK 2755 kr 2543 $ 331

    Single room: £ 274 $ 553 320 $ 486 NOK 3040 kr 2806 $ 365

    4-star double room: £ 283 $ 570 330 $ 502 NOK 3135 kr 2894 $ 376

    Single room: £ 334 $ 674 390 $ 593 NOK 3705 kr 3420 $ 445

    Discount without the need of transfer: £ 51 $ 104 60 $ 91 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    Individual Transfers on embarkation and disembarkation days only  (must be booked in advance)

    Zagreb city center/Zagreb airport to boat: £ 26 $ 52 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34

    Boat in Omisalj to Zagreb airport/city center: £ 26 $ 52 30 $ 46 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34

    Rijeka Airport group transfer (embarkation/ disembarkation day):  £ 13 $ 26 15 $ 23 NOK 143 kr 132 $ 17

    Rijeka Train Starion group transfer (embarkation/ disembarkation day): £ 17 $ 35 20 $ 30 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23

    All other transfers on request.

    2-Day Pre-Tour Extension

    3-star double room: £ 266 $ 535 310 $ 471 NOK 2945 kr 2718 $ 353

    Single room: £ 291 $ 587 340 $ 517 NOK 3230 kr 2982 $ 388

    4-star double room: £ 309 $ 622 360 $ 547 NOK 3420 kr 3157 $ 410

    Single room: £ 360 $ 725 420 $ 638 NOK 3990 kr 3683 $ 479

    Discount for no transfers: £ 51 $ 104 60 $ 91 NOK 570 kr 526 $ 68

     

    please note

    Reduction per person in combination with another Island Hopping trip: £ 43 $ 86 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57   Reduction for 3 persons sharing a cabin - only possible in a below deck cabin (from basic tour price): 50%
    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 international airport to your tour start is Rijeka. Collective fee-based transfers are available to and from the airport on embarkation and disembarkation day. See pricing. you can also take a taxi to the ship. All mooring location details will be provided prior to your tour date.
    Another possibility is the Zagreb airport. Collective group transfers are available with advanced reservation. See pricing.

    Local Travel

    It is advised that you book the available collective transfer to/from the port on embarkation and disembarkation day. If flying into Zagreb, transfers on the first day are at 11:30 am from the city center of Zagreb and 12:15 from Zagreb Airport. Transfers on the last day from Omisalj to Zagreb airport start at 8 am. From Rijeka airport, we will provide details once we receive your flight information. All transfers must be reserved in advance. Please contact us to book. Make sure you provide us with your flight schedule and details as well as your cell phone number.

    Climate

    In terms of climate and weather, the Kvarner Bay region offers everything your heart desires. The bay and the Ucka mountain range in the hinterlands protects the region from cold air and weather extremes and plenty of sunshine and warmth can be enjoyed. The swimming season is long, going even into October. Do check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to explore regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is: weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    Though there are limited number of helmets on board, it is STRONGLY advised to bring your own well fitted helmet.

    Remarks

    Electric bikes available (maximum of 3 per ship). Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people. The tour will be guided in German and English.

    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

Sunday departures, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, September 1, September 8, September 15**, September 22, September 29, October 6**, and October 13, 2019

** On these dates, option for mountain bike tour. Information and pricing on request.

Sunday departures, from May 3 up to and including the  last departure on October 11, 2020

On the May 3, May 10, May 17, June 7, June 21, July 5, September 6, September 13, October 4, and October 11 departures a mountain bike itinerary is also offered on the same boat.

One tour guide will be assigned to the regular touring bike cyclists while the other one will guide the mountain bike group. The detailed itinerary of the Kvarner Bay MTB trip will be sent to you on request.

Also, check out the Kvarner Bay E-Bike and Boat tour!  You can effortlessly scale every climb on an electric bike. You can also request an electric bike for this tour but there are only a limited number onboard. We will do our best to accommodate you.

 

Skill Level

Moderate to difficult guided bike and boat tour. The bike routes require a considerable level of fitness, ideally acquired by steady cycling. The routes can reach an altitude of 200 to 500 meters. The daily routes of 20-45 km (19 to 28 mi.) cover hilly and mountainous terrain but can be completed without time restraints. You will also come across some longer and rather steep climbs, where walking your bike is of course permitted. The tour guides will inform you in advance what to expect on each day’s cycling itinerary. You can also choose to skip a bike tour and spend a day sunbathing on the ship instead. The roads are mostly asphalted with light traffic. During the peak season, more traffic can be expected as well as when entering or exiting towns.

Where You’ll Stay

On the Comfort Class ship, the Linda

What’s Included

  • 7 nights in a double/twin cabin with all-in-one bathroom (toilet & sink with hand-held shower)
  • 4 days of all meal included and 3 days with breakfast and one other hot meal either at lunch or dinner
  • English and German speaking cycling tour guide
  • 21-24 speed hybrid touring bike with pannier
  • 7 guided cycling tours as described in the itinerary
  • Overview maps for the daily tours, on board

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to/from airport to the ship (see pricing)
  • Visitor’s tax, local charges, and unlimited water on board and during cycling
  • 2019: €40 (€20 for children 16 and under) to be paid on board)
  • 2020: €50 (€25 for children 16 and under) to be paid on board)
    • Drinks on board (tally sheet)
    • Tips for crew & tour-guide (optional)
    • Any meals ashore
    • 2 or 3-Day Pre-Tour Extension (see Extra Stay below, pricing listed on the right under extra options)
    • Bicycle Protection
    • Travel Insurance

    Extra Stay

    Pre-tour extensions

    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 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:

    • Transfer from Zagreb airport to the hotel
    • 3 star hotel at/near town center
    • Sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entrance fees not included)
    • Dinner in a local restaurant
    • Transfer from your hotel in Zagreb to Omišalj
    • Local taxes

    3-DAY PRE-TOUR EXTENSION in Zagreb
    Friday
    A private transfer collects you at the Zagreb airport and brings you to the doorstep of your hotel. Spend a marvelous day in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. The old town, built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will charm you at every turn. During a 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.
    Saturday
    After breakfast check out and transfer to Plitvice. Today you are able to explore the most famous of the Croatian National Parks, the Plitvice Lakes. The natural beauty of this place is the reason why so many tourists come to visit the lakes from all around the world. The impressions which you take with you from this visit are unique. On arrival you will have enough time to enjoy an individual lunch, followed by a visitation of the National Park. In the evening you can enjoy a peaceful evening stroll before heading back to the comfort of your hotel.
    Sunday
    After breakfast transfer to Omišalj for embarkation.

    Extension Package Includes:

    • 3 star hotel at the town center
    • 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
    • 3 hour transfer from Plitvice to Omišalj
    • Local taxes

    Pre-tour extension

    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 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:

    • Transfer from Zagreb airport to the hotel
    • 3 star hotel at/near town center
    • Sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entrance fees not included)
    • Dinner in a local restaurant
    • Transfer from your hotel in Zagreb to Omišalj
    • Local taxes
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    TypeGuided
    SkillModerate–Difficult
    Length8 days
    From1090 Rates
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    Day-To-Day Itinerary

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    Please note that the itinerary has already been updated for 2020 which reflects slight changes from 2019. If you are interested in booking this tour for 2019, we will provide you with the itinerary.

    Day 1: Arrival in Omišalj. Sailing Omišalj - Cres.
    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: Island of Dugi Otok and Olib, 20 mi. (32 km)
    Day 5: Island of Pag - Rab, 21 mi. (34 km)
    Day 6: Island of Rab and Krk, 15 mi. (25 km)
    Day 7: Island of Krk, 28 mi. (45 km)
    Day 8: Departure from Omišalj.

    This tour is also available in a road bike version and a mountain bike version. Please contact us for details!

    Day 1: Arrival in Omišalj. Sailing Omišalj - Cres.
    Individual arrival in Omišalj, a nice little harbor village on the island of Krk. If you’re planning to arrive by car, please request parking details. Check-in on the boat is between 2 pm - 2:30 pm. At approximately 3 pm the ship will undergo a 4-hour sail to the island of Cres. In the evening you can take part in a short tour through the old town of Cres.

    Day 2: The islands of Cres and Lošinj, 18 mi. (28 km)
    After breakfast, you start the 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: The islands of Lošinj and Molat, 12 + 6 mi. (20 + 10 km)
    Along the seaside walk you will cycle to the south of Lošinj and visit the picturesque small harbor of Veli Lošinj before meeting up with the boat for lunch. In the afternoon, there is a cross over to the island of Molat and one more short ride. Overnight stay in the quiet harbor of Molat.

    Day 4: The island of Dugi Otok and Olib, 20 mi. (32 km)
    During breakfast, the ship leaves Molat and takes you past many small islands to the "spice island" of Dugi Otok. Your bike tour starts in the bay of Božava which is surrounded by pine woods, agaves, and tamarisk trees, and you ride on a road almost free of traffic. Your tour leads at first to the northernmost point of the island where the light house of Veli Rat stands proudly since 1849 fulfilling its duty in guiding sailors safely on their way. A ride along the islands “Road in the Sky” brings you to the peaceful harbor of Savar or Bribinj. There will be ample time for a swim break in the afternoon before continuing to the small island of Olib for the night.

    Day 5: The island of Pag - Rab, 21 mi. (34 km)
    After sailing in the morning, you will reach the island of Pag. In the harsh but delightful landscape of the island you will come across many fig and olive trees. Over the centuries the inhabitants have built numerous stone walls for protection against the wind. Starting in mandre, you will bike on the narrow peninsula until the sea where the ship awaits to sail 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 you can explore the narrow alleys with numerous cozy cafes.

    Day 6: The island of Rab and Krk, 15 mi. (25 km)
    You cycle along the coast to the east side of the island, an area with virtually no vegetation, whose rough and cliff rocks is like a  lunar landscape. The road will lead  to the bay with a sandy beach, which is rather atypical for the Kvarner islands. At lunchtime the ship will be waiting in the harbor directly in front of the old town of Rab. After a swim break the ship sails to the neighboring island of Krk, where  the evening will be spent in the historical town of Krk.

    Day 7: The island of Krk, 28 mi. (45 km)
     Cycling 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, today is a tour for the senses.  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 way will lead across the island through old villages and rich vegetation to Omišalj, from where Rijeka will be within sight. On the way, there is opportunity to swim in the bay of Soline. The night is spent in Omišalj. The last evening on board includes a communal dinner. 

    Day 8: Departure from Omišalj.
    Check-out after breakfast, by 9 am/

    *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. 

    **There are times depending on weather conditions and organizational requirements that will necessitate the tour being conducted in reverse order.

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    Tour Reviews

    • Bob K. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      My wife and I have used tripsite.com as a vacation organizer before and fully trusted them to plan an excursion for us that was going to be memorable, affordable and exciting. Tripsite scored top marks on all 3 points. Our trip was handled exceptionally well included a number of special requests for accommodations and transportation pick ups that where flawless.
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      Boat: Linda

    • Dennis B. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      The guides were great. The islands were very fun to visit.

      Boat: Andela Lora

    • Hilary Sangster 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We arrived but the BORA sadly arrived at the same time. The crew prioritised our safety and kept us informed of change to itinerary and why. In respect of the Bora humbled by the storm we left feeling we had had a taste of Croatia and the Islands

      Boat: Linda

    • Joyce and Denis Smith 6 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      We did south Dalmatia aboard Adonis. The island hopping was strenuous but the scenery grand. Great young guides and great food.

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    Linda Croatia Comfort Class Boat The ship is a spacious wooden motor yacht. At 31 meters long and 6 meters wide, the MS Linda is among the bigger ships in the Croatian fleet. The large common area can accommodate 32 guests and the middle sundeck is constructed in a way that allows for outdoor dining.

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