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 and the lavender island of Hvar with its Venetian architecture. Experience the exhilaration of rafting the Cetina River (optional activity) and cycle through Brac, famous for its radiant marble. 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 motor yacht, there is ample time between cycles to swim in the azure waters and soak up the ambience of seaside towns.
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 62km/9.5 to 38mi 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.
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 Brac Island. Tonight will be spent overnight in the quiet harbour of Milna.
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Šolta we commence our first tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herbal scent of lavender and rosemary accompanies us along our tour across the island. Our visit to a local beekeeper offers an interesting impression into the production of local honey. After cycling around the island we return to our ship in Stomorska and cross over to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad. Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar leads us through the quaint harbours 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.
Today’s tour leads us along the almost traffic free pass road through nicely set small villages to the island's capital, Hvar, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress, situated high above the city. After today’s tour the boat takes us to the Island of Korcula. Overnight stay in Vela Luka.
Today we discover the island of Korcula 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 built on seven hills, along a pass across to Pupnat bay and finally to Korcula town, where we have time to take a walk through the wonderful old town with its narrow “fishbone like” alleys. We stay overnight in Korcula town.
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.
After a morning crossing to Omiš we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which is surrounded by steep rocks. After 18km/11mi 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 7km/4mi back to the boat - or option to extend the cycling tour (no rafting) to 44km/27mi 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.
In the morning we prepare for our last bike ride to Mount Marjan. A popular recreational site for the residents of Split, which offers fantastic views of the city and the surrounding islands. Afterwards we board the ship and enjoy the last crossing to Trogir, cruising past the cliffs of the Ciovo peninsula. There is still plenty of time to visit the Old Town of Trogir, listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. The last evening aboard our ship is celebrated in traditional fashion. While enjoying the communal dinner in a celebrative atmosphere we will have the chance for a last get-together with our crew and tour guides.
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.
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 Brac Island. Tonight will be spent in the quiet harbour of Milna.
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Šolta we commence our first bike tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the paths. Notes of lavender and rosemary accompany us along our trail tour through this island. After cycling on the island we return to our ship in Stomorska and cross over
to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad. In the afternoon we bike through small villages and take a short trail to idyllic harbour of Jelsa, which invites for an extended ice cream break. On our way back we will pass the picturesque village Vrboska with its ancient stone bridges and through the ancient Greek vineyards, which are a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards we return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years.
Cycle 1: 25km/16mi, elevation 300m/990ft. Cycle 2: 30km/19mi, elevation 400m/1350ft.
Our cycle today follows spectacular natural paths with amazing views from Stari Grad to Hvar town, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress, situated high above the city. After today’s tour the boat takes us Vela Luka on Korcula island, where we will stay overnight.
After a rounded breakfast we start today’s full-day cycle tour, which leads us along exceptional paved and unpaved scenic routes from Vela Luka. We will follow the coastline all the way to the island’s capital city, Korcula Town. Here you have plenty of time in the afternoon and evening to roam the beautiful old town with its fishbone-like alleys. Overnight stay in Korcula Town.
The ship takes us to Sumartin on the Island of Brac, which is well known for its white marble and used among other things for the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. On varying paths we bike across wine and sage sown fields overlooking the famous quarries. On the final descent to Pucišca we will be rewarded with fantastic views of Cetina-Canyon on the mainland. Overnight stay in Pucišca.
After a morning crossing to Omiš, we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River, buried deep between the cliff faces. After 18km/11.5mi 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 7km/4.5mi 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.
We spend the morning in Split. You can choose to either stroll through the alleys of Split or cycle the trails of the Marijan; the local mountain of Split. The last crossing takes us past the cliffs of the Ciovo peninsula. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the World Heritage town of Trogir and its many streets and cafes. The last evening aboard our ship is celebrated in traditional fashion. While enjoying the communal dinner in a celebrative atmosphere we will have the chance for a last get-together with our crew and tour guides
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.
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 (entrance fees in Zagreb not included). 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.
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.
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.
Think the trip could have been a bit longer. Say 10 days. We were really getting into it and it was over too soon.
M and N Frisch, Barwon Heads, VIC
Croatia Bike & Sail was the perfect active holiday! For people who enjoy being on the sea and for fit people who enjoy cycling it’s a cool way to explore this idyllic coastline. The vibe on the boat, in the villages and cycling through these sunny islands is very chilled, there is an air of taking things at a more relaxed pace.
Scott K., NSW, Australia
This was a fantastic bike riding trip. Everything was excellent. This trip is challenging riding but everyday was wonderful. Not for the novice rider. Minimum of 2 months hill riding training would be an advantageous to fully enjoy this trip. Fantastic bike riding holiday/trip - highly recommended.
L & A Wright., Pelican Waters, QLD. Aust
The Croatia Bike and Sail trip was amazing and UTracks organised everything perfectly. Sailing is the best way to see the beautiful coastline and cycling is the perfect way to explore the islands. We had great food and a fantastic group of people. I would thoroughly recommend it.
Julie Schoneveld., Sydney, AUST
The destination was fabulous and we were fortunate to have magnificent weather but the role of the tour guides in keeping the tour together and fun cannot be understated. Mario and Bruno were outstanding. This is the most fun we have ever had on an overseas holiday.
J & C Miller, Campbell, ACT
I highly commend the crew, guides & all we came in contact with to make our holiday so special.
J.Millear, VIC, Australia
Loved it all, Harmonia is a great ship!Petra and Piera the guides were wonderful.Fantastic holiday, would do it again.
C McCloy, Berkeley Vale, NSW
Loved the trip and would recommend!Need to inform patrons that goods/drinks bought on the boat need to be paid in cash.
F. Baines, Bathurst, NSW
Our trip was fantastic, accommodation meals & guides, nationality & age mix.
C. Worsley., Beacon Hill, NSW, Australia.
One of the best holidays we have had. Great combination of cycling, swimming, eating & entertainment on some idyllic islands.
P. Pengilly., Chapel Hill, QLD. Australia
We had an extremely enjoyable experience on this tour. Not only did we challenge ourselves physically but we met some amazing people who also enriched our experience. The cuisine on the ship was beyond our expectations and the crew and guides were both helpful and accommodating.
J. Wallace., Tanawha, QLD. Australia
Norm Kaye, Dromana, Australia, 03 Dec 2016
Charlotte Luetkehoelter, Kamloops, CA, 04 Nov 2016
This was an excellent trip, can highly recommend it, it caters for all levels of cycling fitness, an interesting variety of routes, the rafting extra trip was excellent and well worth the additional cost. Recommend the extra cost for a deck cabin, the best ventilation, but check out the bed configurations as they are all different but cost the same.
G. Lansbury, Clareville, NSW Australia, 12 Oct 2016
Our trip was great. The crew and guides were fantastic. The food was very good. The guides were very knowledgeable about the country and history it was very interesting. Thanks for everything.
V & S Culos, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Sep 2017
This was an amazing way to see a beautiful place whilst enjoying great company, great food and keeping fit.
F. Raven, New Zealand, 15 Sep 2017
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