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Island hopping and bike cruise in Dalmatia

8 days / 7 nights
Croatia - Seas and rivers - Multi-activities - Leisure cycling - E-bike tours
With a guide - Families

price from
~372 £ [425 €]

This guided cycling tour in Dalmatia starts on the Island of Brač and ends in Omiš. During your tour, you will explore amazing coastlines, medieval towns, old villages and picturesque bays. Highlights include visiting nice beaches, vineyards, pine woods, cycling on historic islands and exploring Mljet National Park. Croatia is a land of picturesque islands rich in history, Mediterranean vegetation with a mild climate; and the best way to explore the most beautiful sites in Croatia is, without doubt, by bike.

The captain reserves the right to alter the route in case of bad weather conditions. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks onboard. In case of bad behavior, the captain or your cycling guide reserves the right to ask clients to disembark.

Your day by day program

1
Arriving in Split

Departure at 1pm. Lunch aboard the ship. During your two-hour journey to the island of Brač, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow passengers and the crew. Upon arrival in Milna, you will cycle along the beach in the direction of Bobovišća. Set on the western side of the island of Brač, this little hamlet lies on the sunny slope of a hill, overlooking the sea. Once there, you will be able to go for a swim or to drink coffee in one of the local cafés. Once you have returned to Milna, we suggest that you take a ride along the coast.

Night in the harbour of Milna.

2
The Island of Brač

After breakfast, your adventure will start with a long, but even climb to the crest of a hill, past mulberry and fig trees, pine forests, olive groves and vineyards. The white marble that you will see there was used to build the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. After a 35km long drive, you will have opportunity to try local culinary delicacies and wine at a little shepherd village called Gažul, which is characterized by beautiful stone houses (lunch is optional, cost: 13€). After a nice long break, you will cycle for 10km to get to Bol. The breathtaking panoramic views of the neighbouring island of Hvar, which you will get on the descent to the beach at Bol, are well worth the effort! In Bol, you will see the Golden Horn Beach (approximately 2,5km away from the port - you will need a bike to get there) and will have the opportunity to go for a swim or to stroll down the town's enchanting little streets.

Night in Bol.

3
Hvar Island

The island of Hvar is above all famous for its multicolored rosemary and lavender fields. Today's bike tour will take you through fields, vineyards and small island settlements. You will ride along a coastal gravel road, from Jelsa to Vrboska, before descending to Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Croatia. Dating back to the year 385BC, Stari Grad used to be a Greek colony named Faros.
On the way to Hvar, you will ride through the villages of Grablje, a wealthy region known for its hardworking villagers, its high quality wine, honey, olive oil, and lavender. You will also ride through Brusje, a village located inland, behind Hvar. The tour ends at the historical city of Hvar where you will be able to climb up to the Španjol, a citadel built on the site of a medieval castle to defend the town from the Turks.

Night in Hvar.

4
Korčula Island

Korčula is the island with the most abundant vegetation on the Adriatic Coast. Its old Greek name Korkyra Melaina comes from the vast number of pine wood forests. The peaceful and secluded gardens of Cypress trees also make Korčula perhaps the most beautiful of the Adriatic islands. Korčula, along with Venice and Calvi, declares itself to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, a name which appears everywhere on Korčula Island. Today's destination point is the medieval town of Korčula, built in such a way that it looks like a fishbone, the main 'bone' being the street which goes from the main gate to the top of the old part of town.

Night in Korčula.

5
Mljet Island National Park

While you enjoy your breakfast, the boat will drive you to the lush green island of Mljet, also known as Honey Island. Mljet National Park is a beautiful area of unique charm featuring two connected salty lakes: Great Lake, covering an area of 145ha and with a depth of 46m, and Small Lake with an area of 24ha and a maximum depth of 29m. Cycle around these two enchanting lakes and their little island where Benedictine monks built a monastery during the twelfth century. After lunch, you will be able to go for a swim in Small Lake or to go for another ride.

Night in Pomena (Mljet).

6
Pelješac Peninsula & Makarska Riviera

After breakfast, enjoy sailing towards the Pelješac Peninsula. The climb ahead of you is not an easy one, but you will enjoy the landscape, which will help you get through the difficult parts of today's ride. Today's bike tour will lead you to ride through countryside landscapes and past the most famous vineyards in the country. Once you will have reached one of the peninsula's viewpoints, you will get extraordinary views over Korčula's old town. The difficulty of this particular ride will depend on how fit you are. Those who feel tired will have the possibility to go back to the ship in Orebić, a picturesque little town of sea captains and sailors. The rest of the group will continue the 18km long ride to Lovište, where lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon, the boat will bring you to one of the most popular holiday resorts on the Makarska Riviera, next to the 5,500ft high Biokovo mountain range.

Night in Baška voda or Makarska.

7
Omis and Split

After breakfast, you will start your last ride of this Dalmatian adventure. You will head to Radman’s Millis, a popular resort where you will be able to enjoy the beauty of a natural park and the canyon of the Cetina River, which served as a backdrop for the famous film Winetou. You will also be able to see stone mill wheels dating back to the 17th century. Once you have returned to Omiš, you will have the chance to visit the fortress of Mirabella, which provided shelter from enemies to the local inhabitants during the period of the infamous pirates of Omiš. The view from the fortress of Mirabella stretches over the entire old part of the Channel of the Island of Brač. After lunch, the ship will take you back to the monumental city of Split, which has been inscribed on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. There, you will find numerous monuments with roman architectural influences such as the noteworthy Diocletian Palace.

Night in Split.

8
Your trip ends here

Your trip ends here, after breakfast.

Departure board

Departure Return Price Guaranteed departure
09 September 2017 16 September 2017 ~538 £ [615 €] Guaranteed departure Book
16 September 2017 23 September 2017 ~446 £ [510 €] Guaranteed departure Book
23 September 2017 30 September 2017 ~446 £ [510 €] Guaranteed departure Book
30 September 2017 07 October 2017 ~372 £ [425 €] Guaranteed departure Book
07 October 2017 14 October 2017 ~372 £ [425 €] Guaranteed departure Book

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Split.
End
  • Split.
Accommodation
  • Nights in cabins (for two people - bunk beds with private bathroom). No air conditioning.
Level of difficulty
  • Easy. Accessible to everyone. Distances: from 20 and up to 45km a day. Road surface: hillside roads with very few height gains.
Options
  • Renting a bike : 120€
  • Transfer from Split airport (3 people max.) : 50€
  • Cabin on deck : 70€
  • Renting an electric bike (weekly rent) : 170€
Included
  • 7 nights on the ship, breakfasts, meals which are included in the tour, local Anglophone guide.
Not included
  • Transfer to the meeting point and from the point of dispersal, transfers which are not included in the tour, meals which are not mentioned in the description, port fees (20€/pers.), visits of tourist sites, bike rental, optional activities which are not included in the tour, personal expenses, drinking water.

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