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

Kvarner Bay is made up of countless islands in crystal clear water with deeply fissured cliffs, picturesque beaches, and numerous small bays. Every island is different and each has its own history. You will spend a week biking in the Kvarner Bay and enjoying the landscape and people of this unique island world. Discover the charm of the Adriatic Sea on a romantic motor yacht. Each morning after a hearty breakfast, you will begin your day of cycling. At midday you meet the ship at a harbor for lunch. In the evening, the ship awaits in the next harbor so that you can enjoy fantastic cuisine as the sun sets. On most nights dinner is followed by a stroll through a historic harbor town. End each day, relaxing on deck under a thousand stars.

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Tour Dates

On the Comfort Plus Class boat the Andela Lora: October 9, October 16, and October 23*, 2016

On the Comfort Class boat the Linda: July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 21, September 18, September 25*, and October 2*, 2016

*THESE DATES CAN ALSO BE TAKEN AS A MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR!

2017 DATES

On the Comfort Plus Class boat the Andela Lora: April 23**, April 30**, October 22, 2017

On the Comfort Class boat the Linda: May 7, May 14,  May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, 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 , 2017

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

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 about the course of the tour in due time. You can also choose to skip a bike tour and spend a day sunbathing on the ship instead. The roads are mostly asphalted and there is little traffic outside of holiday periods. You can decide every day for yourself, whether you would like to cycle individually using the maps provided, or join one of the tour guides.

Where You’ll Stay

On the Comfort Class ship, the Linda.

What’s Included

  • 8-day trip on a motor yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a double cabin with all-in-one bathroom (toilet & sink with hand-held shower)
  • 4 x full board (all meals included) and 3 x half board (breakfast and one other hot meal either at lunch or dinner)
  • English & German speaking tour guide
  • 21-speed hybrid bike with bicycle bag
  • 7 guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Maps for the daily tours, on board
  • Collective transfer from/to Zagreb on day of embarkation/disembarkation (11:30 am from Zagreb Center / 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport only / return transfer from Omisalj to Zagreb Airport starts at 8 am (reservation required (booking incl. the complete transmission of flight details)
  • Two kayaks and on stand up paddle board available for use

What’s Not Included

  • Transfers to/from airport to the ship different from the group transfer cited in what is inclued
  • 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
  • Drinks on board (tally sheet)
  • Tips for crew & tour-guide (optional)
  • Any meals ashore
  • Bicycle Protection (€10 to €20/bike)
  • 3-day extension module Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes or 2-day Zagreb (contact us for more details)
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From1040 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Kvarner Bay Map

Day 1: Arrival in Omišalj. Sailing Omišalj - Cres.
Day 2: Islands of Cres and Lošinj, 14 mi. (23 km)
Day 3: Islands of Lošinj and Molat,  18 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Island of Dugi Otok, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 5: Island of Pag, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 6: Island of Rab, 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, we will organize a safe parking space for you. Check-in on the boat is between 2pm - 2:30pm. At approximately 3pm 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, 14 mi. (23 km)
In the morning the ship sets off to Martinscica. From there you will cycle Croatia on the east side of the island among pine, fig and laurel trees to Osor, the artist town. Here you will meet up with the ship for lunch.  Afterward there will be time for a swim in the crystal clear bay. In the afternoon you will leave Osor, crossing over a swing bridge to reach the island of Lošinj. Here the bike path is a  panoramic route to Mali Lošinj, an old seafaring and health resort. The ship will be waiting  in the large harbor with its numerous cafés and colorful houses. The night will be spent in the harbor of Mali Lošinj.

Day 3: The islands of Lošinj and Molat, 18 mi. (30 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, 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 northern most 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. Overnight stay in a calm bay.

Day 5: The island of Pag, 12 mi. (20 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. 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, 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.

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

*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 necesitate the tour being conducted in reverse order.

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Customer Feedback

  • Hilary Sangster 10 months ago

    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 4 years ago

    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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