Wine growing peninsula of Peljesac, Dalmatia, Croatia. Photo via Flickr:Mario Fajt

Sea life of the coast of Mljet Island, Dalmatia. Photo via Flickr:wrda
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Southern Dalmatia

Croatia Bike + Barge Tours

An island hopping Croatia Bike Tour

Dalmatia is a region located along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. It has become the new hot place to travel to. Tourism in Dalmatia has been rising due to its many spectacular beaches, the tempting waters of the Adriatic, the many coves, islands and channels as well as national parks and favorable climate. This great Croatia bike tour, specifically located in Southern Dalmatia, the smallest and most sparsely populated region, will take you past unique little towns and through the beautiful island countryside. This bike tour in Croatia let you experience the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesque old town, the wine growing peninsula of Peljesac and to the south of the peninsula, the island of Mljet with its impressive national park. The tour guide will guide you through the towns of Trogir, Hvar, Stari Grad and Korcula, which are almost all protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Tour Dates

Comfort Plus class boats:
Romantica: July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13, August 20, September 3, September 17, and October 1, 2016 
San Snova: August 27, September 3*, September 10, September 17*, October 8, October 15*, October 22, 2016

Comfort class boat:
Kapetan Jure: August 27, September 10, September 24, and October 8, 2016

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

2017 DATES

Comfort Plus class boats:

Romantica: April 22; May 6; May 20; June 3; June 17; July 1*; July 15*; July 29*; Augost 12*; Augost 19*; September 2; September 16; September 30; October 14, 2017.
San Snova: April 30; May 6*; May 13*; May 27*; June 17*; June 24*; August 26; September 2; September 9; September 16*; October 7*; October 14*; October 21*, 2017.

Comfort class boat:
Kapetan Jure: April 29; May 13; May 27; June 10; August 26; September 9; September 23; October 7, 2017

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

 

Skill Level

This tour is rated moderate to difficult and feedback has indicated mostly difficult! Total distance is 250 km / 155 miles total.This tour in Croatia requires a good level of fitness from participants, ideally acquired from steady, consistent cycling on varied elevation. Route conditions may include variations in height of between 200 and 500 m above sea-level. The day-tours from 30 to 50 km will take you through hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which they are, however, also permitted to push their bikes. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycling day. Roads are mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday seasons. Each day you can either decide to bike alone, using the information and maps provided, or join the tour guide or other participants.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Comfort Class boat, the Kapetan Jure or the Comfort Plus boats, the Romantica, the San Snova.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights on board
  • 4 x full board and 3 x half board
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 21-speed hybrid bike with bicycle bag or 24-speed Hardtail mountain bike with front suspension
  • 7 guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Overview maps for the daily tours on board

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
  • Drinks on board (tally sheet)
  • Tips for crew & tour-guide (optional)
  • Individual arrival to the ship
  • Bicycle Protection (€10 to €20/bike)
  • 3-day or 2-day extension module Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb (contact us for more details)
  • Optional rafting adventure on Day 2 (€30 per person)
TourBike+Boat
TypeBoth
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Southern Dalmatia Map

Day 1: Arrival in Trogir; Trogir – Split, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 2: Cetina Canyon,  19 or 27 mi. (30 or 43 km)
Day 3: Brač Island , 14 mi. (22 km)
Day 4: Korčula Island, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 5: Islands of Vis and Hvar, 19 mi. (32 km)
Day 6: Hvar Island, 5 + 15 mi. (20 + 25 km)
Day 7: Solta Island, 12 mi. (19 km)
Day 8: Disembark in Trogir

Day 1: Trogir – Split,  (Embarkation)
Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 3 miles or 5 km away from the boarding harbor of Trogir. After check in on the ship between 2pm - 2:30pm, the first small cruise begins at 3 pm from Trogir to Split. After dinner, your guide will accompany you on a walk through the old town of Split, which is built into the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian and is a World Heritage Site. 

Day 2: Cetina Canyon,  19 or 27 mi. (30 or 43 km)
After a short crossing to Omis, you will cycle into the valley of the Cetina River, which has buried itself deep into the cliff faces. You will return to Omis with its pirate castles by way of small side roads through a varied landscape. You also have the option of taking part in a 4-hour rafting tour (not included in tour price) on the Cetina River. In the afternoon, you will cross over to Brac Island with a swimming break. The famous white marble of Brac that is visible here has been used for the White House in Washington and in the Reichstag in Berlin.

Day 3: Brač Island,  14 mi. (22 km)
Today's route begins in Pucisca with a long but moderate ascent to the mountain ridge of the island, past mulberry, kiwi and fig trees, olive groves and vineyards. The following descent to Bol rewards you for your steep climb with amazing panoramic views of the neighboring island of Hvar. After lunch, you will cross over to the island of Korcula where you can take a walk through the old town with its 'fishbone' like alleys.  

Day 4: Korčula Island, 30 mi. (48 km)
Today there will be opportunity to explore this wonderful island by bike. The peacefulness and remoteness of luscious gardens with large cypresses dominate the appearance of perhaps the most beautiful Dalmatian island. You will cycle along the 12 km/ 7 mi. long coastal road to Racisce for lunch. After a short period of pushing your bike to Pupnat, you will reach the old 200m/660 ft. high pass road above the magnificent bay of Pupnat and later the village of Blato, which like Rome was also built on 7 hills. The end destination is Prigradica.  

Day 5: Islands of Vis and Hvar, 19 mi. (32 km)
Vis is the island that is located farthest from the mainland. Over 2,000 years ago there was already a Greek colony called Issa on the island. Due to its strategic location, it was a military zone until 1995 and tourism was prohibited. Today, you have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. Lunch is taken at a local wine farm. After the boat cruises to Hvar where you can visit the magnificent Renaissance square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress which is situated high above the city. 

Day 6: Hvar Island, 12, 5 + 15 mi. (20 + 25 km)
After arriving in Hvar, you will take an interesting tour around the town, across the large Renaissance square, which is lined with the great Cathedral and many late-Gothic palaces. Today’s bike route leads you along the almost traffic-free pass road through small villages. After lunch in Stari Grad, you will cycle to the harbors of Jelsa and Vrboska, which invite you to have an extended break there. You will overnight in Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years.

Day 7: Solta Island,  12 mi. (19 km)
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Solta, you will start the last stretch of the bike tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the route. The herby smells of lavender and rosemary will accompany you along your tour of this island. In Maslinica, you can load the bikes onto the ship and enjoy your last crossing back to Trogir, where if time permits, you should take a tour of the old town which is a World Heritage Site.  The last evening aboard the ship is traditionally spent enjoying a communal dinner with the rest of the crew and tour guides.  

Day 8: Departure
Disembark at 9 am and individual departure.

2017 ITINERARY

Day 1: Trogir (Embarkation) – Hvar Island)
Day 2: Islands of Hyar and Vis (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km + 15 mi./22 km)
Day 3: Vis Island (aprx. 20 mi./32 km)
Day 4: Korčula Island (aprx. 30 mi./48 km)
Day 5: Brač Island (aprx. 10 or 22 mi./15 or 35 km)
Day 6: Omiš - Split (aprx. 19 or 27 mi./30 or 43 km)
Day 7: Šolta Island (aprx. 12 mi./19 km)
Day 8: Trogir (Disembarkation)

DAY 1: Trogir (Embarkation) – Hvar Island

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 3 miles or 5 km away from the boarding harbor of Trogir. After check in on the ship between 2pm - 2:30pm, the first small cruise begins at 3 pm from Trogir to Hvar Island. Stari Grad is the second largest settlement on the Island of Hvar and well known for its important harbour. Overnight stay in Stari Grad

DAY 2: Islands of Hyar and Vis (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km + 15 mi./22 km)

Today’s first cycle tour leads us along the almost traffic free pass road through nicely set small villages. After breakfast in Stari Grad we do a second cycle tour to the quaint harbors of Jelsa and Vrboska.Afterwards we return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years. A second cycle tour leads us to the islands capital Hvar, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view at the Spanish Fortress which is situated high above the city. We hop on board again and cross over to Vis Island. Overnight stay on Vis.

DAY 3: Vis Island (aprx. 20 mi./32 km)

Vis is the furthermost island from mainland Croatia. A Greek colony called Issa has been on the island 2,300 years ago. Due to its strategic location it was a military zone until 1995 and prohibited for foreign tourists. Today we have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. After cycling the boat takes us to the Island of Korčula. Overnight stay in Vela Luka.

DAY 4: Korčula Island (aprx. 30 mi./48 km)

Today we discover the island of Korčula by bicycle and enjoy our lunch break in one of the local restaurants. The calmness and remoteness of the vast vegetation and cypress gardens have given the shape to the probably most beautiful Dalmatian island. Our cycle tour leads us via the village of Blato, like Rome build on seven hills, along a pass road across Pupnat bay and finally to Korčula town, where we have time to take a walk through the wonderful old town with its narrow “fishbone like” alleys. We stay overnight in Korčula town.

DAY 5: Brač Island (aprx. 10 or 22 mi./15 or 35 km)

We cruise to the island of Brač, which is famous for its shining white marble which was also used for the White House and the Reichstag in Berlin. After a lunch break we start our bicycle tour from Sumartin to the lovely fishing village Povlja or to the picturesque town Pučišća. Overnight stay in Pučišća

DAY 6: Omiš - Split (aprx. 19 or 27 mi./30 or 43 km)

After a morning crossing to Omiš we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which is surrounded by steep rocks. After 12.5 mi./20 km we have the choice to take part on a four hours rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included in the tour price) and afterwards a small cycle tour of about 6.2 mi./ 10 km back to the boat - or to expand the cycling tour (no rafting) to 27 mi./43 km along small side roads and versatile landscapes until reaching Omiš and its pirate castles. In the afternoon our ship takes us to Split. The old town of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a world heritage site. Overnight stay in Split.

DAY 7: Šolta Island (aprx. 12 mi./19 km)

After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Šolta we commence our last cycle tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herb smells of lavender and rosemary accompanies us along our tour through this island. We load the bikes onto the ship in Maslinica and enjoy our last crossing back to Trogir where, if time permits, we can take a tour of the old town which is a world heritage site. The last evening aboard our ship follows a nice tradition. While enjoying the communal dinner in a cosy atmosphere you will have the chance for a last get-together with your crew and your tour guides.

DAY 8: Trogir (Disembarkation)

After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Dalmatia/Croatia.

*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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Customer Feedback

  • M. McPhee 2 months ago

    A fantastic tour. Really well organised and the guides had great local knowledge. One of our guides even spoke 5 languages so he made everyone feel welcome. The scenery was amazing especially the island of Brac with the most wonderful early morning reflections of the beautiful village in the bay. The food was tasty and plentiful rivaling the odd episode of "Masterchef"
    At the Captains dinner we also learnt that the boat was built by the captains family over 4 years with no design drawings. Amazing. We met some great people on board from Brazil and Germany. A fantastic adventure. We enjoyed the Croatian undulations!!! There are a few hills but it is worth it!!!! Enjoy

    Boat: San Snova

  • Valerie Purcell 10 months ago

    Our only real complaint is with the description of our South Dalmatia Island Tour. It was mentioned that the bike ride was moderate to difficult but we (and I speak for all 28 of us because we all thought the same and there were some riders that were very experienced) that the ride was mostly difficult. There was no mention of this in the description that it would be "mostly"! There were a lot hills with very steep grades that would go on for kilometers, something that I was not prepared for. I don't know if bike tours can be rated (perhaps like white water rafting) so that one can have a better feel of what the ride will be like or perhaps train or prepare for it. It was our first bike tour so we now know more of what questions we can ask so that we can see if the tour is the right one. Overall we really enjoyed ourselves and were proud of what we achieved (what a fantastic feeling!) and the views were awesome! Really appreciated having two guides one at the front guiding our way and one bringing up the rear which always insisted to take our time whether it was for taking photos or for that much needed break! Jesse always said "It's your vacation!"

    Boat: San Snova

  • James Purcell 10 months ago

    It was more challenging than expected, but very rewarding. Great value.

    Boat: San Snova

  • Nell Venir 10 months ago

    Overall we were very happy on this trip, it was a wonderful experience. Two friend have also taken the Croatia trip this year and they too had a great experience. The small boat, efficient staff, and great food made up for the killer hills. My only complaint was the quality of the ebikes, very poor!

    Boat: Kapetan Jure

  • Maureen Ryan 10 months ago

    Scenery was great! A few times the directions could have been more clear.

    Boat: Romantica

  • Margaret Pattison 10 months ago

    My daughter and I had a great time.

    Boat: Romantica

  • Linda Hofer 10 months ago

    The "barge" (more like a schooner) and everything along with it was better than imagined. Thank you for a wonderful biking trip. We are already looking for our next adventure on two wheels.

    Boat: San Snova

  • Frank McDowell 2 years ago

    My wife and I did the So Dalmatia tour aboard the San Snova in Sept '14. Beautiful country, excellent crew and guides and great group of bikers. It was a wonderful experience with good value.

    Boat: San Snova

  • Elize Steyn 4 years ago

    Our extended family of 7 did the cruise/cycle trip on the Romantica for a week in July. We all agreed this was one of the most successful family holidays we have ever enjoyed. Our boat, crew and Captain were wonderful. The guides were entertaining and always helpful and the bikes very well maintained. The food was excellent and much better than we expected. The wine was expensive and the variety limited. Since we sailed in very hot weather I think some salad lunches would be a good idea, instead of hot meals most days. The afternoon snacks were great. We quickly made good friends with other people on board. The cycling was not really tough, but we all cycle regularly. A lot of climbing and descending. We did get frustrated sometimes at the long waits in the middle of nowhere for some slower riders to catch up and our guide requesting us not to go ahead on our own, which we could have done quite easily. The white water rafting was a highlight. The views were amazing and the water clear and perfect for swimming. The little towns were lovely. The Croatian people were friendly. Overall this trip is good value for money and a perfect activity laden family holiday, also good for a group of active friends. We would all ike go again. THANK YOU SO MUCH CAPTAIN JURE and the crew and Elvis and Zlatko.

    Elize Steyn

    Boat: Romantica

  • Joyce Baiardi 5 years ago

    This was definitely a MODERATE trip. Biking was tough.The boat was nice, the food was fair at best, the wine on board ship was very expensive for a local bottle ($30). Croatia is beautiful, pictures of it don't do it justice. The seawater is gorgeous,clear, blue. The people are very friendly and speak excellent english. Overall this is the only way to vacation.

    Boat: Romantica

  • Deborah Conklin 5 years ago

    Very nice trip. The Romantica is a lovely boat with a gracious and accomodating captain and crew. All the cabins are quite nice but the upper deck cabins are worth the extra cost. The cycling was challenging but managable with great scenery , lovely villages and good food and wine as rewards. October weather was perfect. ...a highly recommended trip - for anyone up to a cycling challenge.

    Boat: Romantica

  • Chris Kocher 5 years ago

    Great trip. Wonderful accomodations on the boat, fantactic crew and guides. The Islands, ports and villages were all beautful with friendly people everywhere. Biking routes were well selected with many options for those who wanted to do more, or less. I'd recommend one of these tours to anyone who wants to get out and enjoy a great vacation with a little activity.

    Boat: Romantica

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