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Croatia Bike & Sail

Croatia Bike & Sail

Trip Highlights

  • Cycling in the Southern Dalmatian islands with dramatic scenery
  • Exploring the small towns and villages en route
  • Korcula with its beautiful old township
  • The island of Vis, situated far out at sea

Trip Summary

Southern Dalmatia encompasses a stunning chain of islands stretching from Solta to Mljet, and this unique cycling trip captures the highlights with an ideal balance of activity, culture and relaxation. Experience the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesque old town, the untouched beauty of Vis, and trendy Hvar with its Venetian architecture. In the company of a cycling guide, this stimulating journey explores towns and landscapes, many of which are on UNESCO's world heritage list. Aboard the comfortably appointed wooden motor yacht, there is ample time between cycles to swim in the azure waters and soak up the ambience of seaside towns.

Trip Grading

The trip requires a reasonable level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of between 200 and 500m above sea-level. The day-tours from 15 to 48km / 9.5 to 30mi will take us 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 you may need to push the bike. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike-tour. We will traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled on outside of the holiday seasons. Each day you can either decide to bike alone, using the information and maps provided, or join the two tour guides or other participants. It is considered suitable for fit beginners and active children (minimum 10 years, height minimum is 1.2m/4ft for hybrid bike or 1.5m/4.9ft for e-bike). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

Itinerary

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 5km / 3mi away from the boarding harbour of Trogir. Taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from Split airport or hotel to the boat in Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht from 2:00pm, the first small cruise begins at about 3:00pm from Trogir to Hvar Island. Tonight will be spent in Stari Grad, the second largest settlement of the island and a former Greek colony.

Meals:  D

After breakfast in Stari Grad we do our first 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. In the afternoon, a second cycle tour leads us along almost traffic free pass roads through small villages to the island's capital Hvar town, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress high above the city. This evening we board the boat again and cross over to Vis Island where we overnight.

Meals:  B,D

Vis is the island furthest from the mainland. 2,300 years ago there was a Greek colony called Issa on the island, and more recently, due to its strategic position it was a military zone prohibited for foreign tourists until 1995. Today we have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. After cycling the boat takes us to Vela Luka on the island of Korcula.

Meals:  B,D

Today we will explore the island of Korcula by bicycle and take a lunch break in one of the local restaurants. The peacefulness and remoteness of luscious gardens with large cypresses dominate the appearance of perhaps the most beautiful Dalmatian island. Our cycle tour will lead us to the village of Blato which, like Rome, was built on 7 hills. We continue along a pass road across Pupnat bay and finally to Korcula town, which vies with Venice for the title of the birth place of Marco Polo. In the evening we have time for a stroll through the alleys of this fantastic old town laid out in a herringbone pattern. Overnight stay in Korcula town.

Meals:  B,D

This morning we cruise to the island of Brac, famous for its its lustrous white marble which has been used for the White House in Washington 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 Pucišca. Overnight stay in Pucišca.

Meals:  B,D

After a morning crossing to Omiš, we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River, buried deep between the cliff faces. After 20km / 12.5mi you have the option of taking part in a 4 hour rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included) and afterwards a small cycle tour of about 10km / 6mi back to the boat - or to expand the cycling tour (no rafting) to 43km / 26.5mi along small side roads and versatile landscapes until reaching Omiš with its pirate fortresses. In the afternoon our boat takes us to Split. The old town of Split, built into the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a World Heritage site. Overnight stay in Split.

Meals:  B,D

After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Solta you will commence your last cycle tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herby smells of lavender and rosemary will accompany you along your tour of this island. In Maslinica we load the bikes onto the boat and enjoy our last crossing back to Trogir where, if time permits, you can take a tour of the old town which is a World Heritage site.

Meals:  B,D

Disembark after breakfast around 9am and individual departure, or taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from the boat to Split airport or hotel.

Meals:  B

Mountain Bike Option

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 5km / 3mi away from the boarding harbour of Trogir. Taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from Split airport or hotel to the boat in Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht from 2:00pm, the first small cruise begins at about 3:00pm from Trogir to Hvar Island. Tonight will be spent in Stari Grad, the second largest settlement of the island and a former Greek colony.

Meals:  D

After breakfast in Stari Grad we do our first cycle tour to the quaint harbour of Jelsa, where we have time for an ice cream break. On our way back we cycle past the picturesque village Vrboska with its ancient stone bridges and through the ancient Greek vineyards, which are a World Heritage site. The afternoon cycle leads us from Stari Grad along natural paths with captivating views to Hvar town, where you can visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and take a stroll through the streets on arrival. Weather permitting, we make the crossing to Vis Island this evening for overnight or instead stay in Hvar town and make the crossing on the morning of day 3. Cycle 1: 30km / 18.5mi, elevation 400m / 1312ft. Cycle 2: 24km / 15mi, elevation 700m / 2297ft.

Meals:  B,D

Vis is the island furthest from the mainland. 2,300 years ago there was a Greek colony called Issa on the island, and more recently, due to its strategic position it was a military zone prohibited for foreign tourists until 1995. Today we have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by mountain bike. Vis is the most loved one of the islands within the mountain biking community. It offers a wide variety of trails - very unique single trails with some stages requiring you to push your bike and unforgettable views. After cycling the boat takes us to Vela Luka on the island of Korcula where we overnight. Elevation: 900m / 2953ft.

Meals:  B,D

After a morning crossing to Prigradica we start the day's cycle tour, which leads us along a paved and partly unpaved scenic route on the coast to the island's capital Korcula town. Here you have plenty of time in the afternoon and evening for a stroll through the alleys of this fantastic old town laid out in a herringbone pattern. Overnight in Korcula town. Elevation: 600m / 1969ft.

Meals:  B,D

This morning we cruise to Sumartin on the island of Brac, famous for its its lustrous white marble which has been used for the White House in Washington and the Reichstag in Berlin. On varying paths we bike across wine and sage sown fields overlooking the famous quarries. On the final descent to the picturesque town of Pucišca we will be rewarded with fantastic views of Cetina Canyon on the mainland. Overnight stay in Pucišca. Elevation: 700m / 2297ft.

Meals:  B,D

After a morning crossing to Omiš, we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River, buried deep between the cliff faces. After 20km / 12.5mi you have the option of taking part in a 4 hour rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included) and afterwards a small cycle tour of about 10km / 6mi back to the boat - or to expand the cycling tour (no rafting) to 45km / 28mi along versatile landscapes until reaching Omiš with its pirate fortresses. In the afternoon our boat takes us to Split. The old town of Split, built into the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a World Heritage site. Overnight stay in Split. Elevation: 950m / 3117ft.

Meals:  B,D

After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Šolta we commence our last bike tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line nature paths. The scents of lavender and rosemary accompany us along our tour through this island. Along the way, you have the opportunity to learn indepth about bees and their various produce from beekeeper Goran. In Maslinica we load the bikes onto the boat 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. Overnight Trogir. Elevation: 320m / 1050ft.

Meals:  B,D

Disembark after breakfast around 9am and individual departure, or taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from the boat to Split airport or hotel.

Meals:  B

Extension in Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes - post tour

Your tour guide will handover your hotel and activity vouchers. After disembarking from the boat in the port of Trogir (near Split), you will be transferred to your hotel near Plitvice Lakes National Park. You will need to advise your consultant or travel agent your rooming requirements and hotel category on booking. 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 a lunch at your own expense, followed by a visitation of the National Park (entrance fee included). In the evening you can enjoy a peaceful evening stroll before heading back to the comfort of your hotel.

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast a transfer will bring you to Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb. Spend the day exploring this bustling city. 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.

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast you will be transferred to Zagreb airport for your onward flight. You will need to advise your consultant or travel agent of your detailed flight information in advance.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks)* - the cook on board is a member of the crew. The meals begin with dinner on day 1 and ends with breakfast on day 8. *Note that the included lunches and dinners are not clearly labelled on the daily itinerary as they depend on sailing conditions on the day and from time to time we may substitute one of the lunches for a dinner or vice versa, your tour guide will inform you locally when these will be included.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a double cabin below deck with ensuite facilities on board a standard boat (supplement applies for above deck or single cabin, surcharge applies for premium boat departures). If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. The compact cabins are configured with a combination of bunk beds (upper and lower, or split-level), a double bed or two lower beds. Excellent discounts apply to a third person sharing a triple cabin, with a configuration of a French bed (quite cosy for two people as it is a little smaller than a double) and a single bunk bed above. Note that the lower deck cabins by their very nature will be marginally noisier and less ventilated due to their proximity to the engine and working part of the boat.
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental with pannier (mountain bike option available on select departures running parallel with standard itinerary, distances vary; 8-speed electric bikes available on most trips, limited supplies; - supplements apply)
  • Experienced crew including English speaking cycle guide
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Information pack including overview maps per cabin

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Split (Trogir)
  • Upgrade to a cabin on deck or single cabin, or premium boat – supplement applies
  • Drinks on board and meals not included
  • Water flat rate, visitors tax and local charges EUR40pp (adult) or EUR20pp (child up to 16) to be paid to the captain
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for crew and tour guides (see pre departure information provided on booking)
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Optional Cetina rafting - booked and paid locally
  • Entrance fees
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation essential), however we cannot guarantee their suitability.
  • Optional Bicycle insurance - can be booked on arrival and paid in cash locally. EUR10 per person for hybrid bike, EUR20 per person for mountain bike or electric bike. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. If you do not take out bike insurance you will need to pay for the cost of the bike or repair of damages.
  • Taxi transfer from the airport or your hotel to the boat (allow approx EUR20) - or reservation on request for an additional cost on embarkation and disembarkation days only, please ask our office for details
  • Secure parking space in Trogir - reservation essential, paid in cash locally to the tour guide. EUR30/week for a car up to 6m in length, EUR50/week for a car longer than 6m.

BIKES

During the trip you will be provided with a 21 speed bike with hand brakes. You will be provided with a pannier to carry your gear during the day. The bikes do not have water bottle holders. Helmets are not supplied but are mandatory on all bike tours - you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation essential), however we cannot guarantee their suitability. Electric bikes, 8-speed, are available on most tours for an additional cost (limited supplies - must be pre-booked). A mountain bike (MTB) option is available on select departures running parallel with the standard itinerary, refer to the mountain bike itinerary - a supplement applies. It is not possible to carry a pannier on the MTB rentals, you will need to bring your own hydration pack or water bladder to store drinking water needed during the cycling.

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Starting Point:Split
Activities:GUIDED CYCLING
CRUISING
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CBS
Prices From:NZD$1890
Discount for third person sharing a cabin (premium boat only):NZD$-547 
high season surcharge - standard boat:NZD$80 
Electric Bike Supplement:NZD$120 
high season surcharge - premium boat:NZD$170 
premium boat supplement:NZD$170 
deck level twin cabin supplement - standard boat:NZD$170 
Supplement for mountain bike hire (applies for MTB departures):NZD$210 
deck level twin cabin supplement - premium boat:NZD$250 
below deck level single cabin supplement - standard boat:NZD$540 
deck level single cabin supplement - standard boat:NZD$720 
below deck level Single Cabin Supplement - premium boat:NZD$850 
deck level Single Cabin Supplement - premium boat:NZD$1190 

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