South Dalmatia Boat & Bike Tour - HYBRID BIKE
- Duration: 8 Days (approx.)
- Location: Trogir, Croatia
- Product code: DAS001 Hybrid
- Visit the UNESCO listed Trogir and explore the ancient alleys and old fort
- Cultural heritage at The Diocletian Palace in Split.
- Cycle across beautiful, less frequented Croatian Islands, sampling food, wine and culture
- Take in the vast lavender fields of Hvar
- Swim (daily) from the back of your ship in the temperate, crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic
- Meeting new friends and socialising whilst enjoying the daily freedom of the cycling tours and the sanctuary of your spacious cabin.
Day 1: Saturday: Arrival Trogir (Embarkation) – Island Šolta
Individual arrival to Trogir (easy access from Split airport. Check into your ship cabin, briefly meet your crew with the first cruise starting about 3pm from Trogir to the island of Šolta. The first night is spent in a quiet harbour on the island with the opportunity to take a swim after a day of travel
Day 2: Sunday: Island Vis
This morning we enjoy a cruise during breakfast to the island of Vis. Vis is the furthermost inhabited island from mainland Croatia. A Greek colony called Issa inhabited the island 2,300 years ago. Due to its strategic location, it was military zone until 1995 and prohibited for foreign tourists. Today we have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. We have plenty of time to enjoy the island and spend the night here.
Day 3: Monday: Island Korčula
In the morning we leave the island of Vis by boat and navigate to the harbor town of Vela Luka on the island of Korčula. Along the way we throw the anchor for a refreshing swim stop. Korčula is regarded as one of the most scenic islands in the Adriatic, abundant in scenic impressions and quaint villages nestled in the green. Once we arrive in Vela Luka we can enjoy a round tour from Vela Luka to the village of Blato and back again. The night is spent in Vela Lake.
Day 4: Tuesday: Hvar Town – Stari Grad – Jelsa – Stari Grad
The day starts with a relaxing cruise to Hvar town on Hvar Island. Make use of the time before the cycle tour starts and go for a little stroll through the city. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance Square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. Today’s bike tour takes us from the city of Hvar through small villages and the lavender fields to Stari Grad on the opposite side of the island. The descent to Stari Grad offers breathtaking views. After a lunch break we continue starting off on a second cycling tour through the green planes of the island to the seaside town of Jelsa. After a break for coffee and ice cream, we continue the round trip back to Stari Grad where we spend the night.
Day 5: Wednesday: Brač Island: Milna – Postira
In the morning we cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was, among others, used for the White House in Washington and in the construction of the German Reichstag building in Berlin. Once we have arrived on Brač, we start our bike tour from Milna to the picturesque harbor town of Postira. At first we cycle inland through small villages and past local architectural relics before hugging the coast with spectacular view across the channel to the mainland. On arrival in Postira there are many ways in which to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. The night is spent in the quiet harbor of Postira.
Day 6: Thursday: City of Split (Rafting in Omiš)
During breakfast the boat brings us to the city of Split. The old town of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a UNESCO world heritage site. Today we have the choice either to take a bus transfer to go rafting through the Cetina Canyon (no included in the tour price) or to explore the wonderful Marjan forest Park in Split by bike. The rafting group will be picked up from the boat by a bus and are taken to Omiš for the excursion. From here they will follow the river downstream in the rafts gaining a unique perspective of the canyon and its flora and fauna. Participants of the rafting trip are brought back to the boat in the bus after the activity. Cyclist will enjoy a short but scenic bike tour through the green heart of Splits accompanied by an extensive swim break at a local beach. In the afternoon we can explore the bustling city of Split again together as a group. Overnight stay in Split.
Day 7: Friday: Šolta Island – Trogir
In the morning we once again cruise to the island of Šolta, where there will be the opportunity to take part in a bike ride to the local beekeeper Goran. Goran has a true passion for bees and as worked with them his whole life. He teaches about the importance of bees allows all his guests to try the delicious bee products. We cycle past walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean, and fig trees which line the roads. The scent of rosemary accompanies us along our tour around the island. After our bike ride, we return to the ship to enjoy our last crossing, pas the cliffs of Ciovo Island and back to Trogir. Once we arrive, there will be plenty of time to visit the Old Town of Trogir, listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The last evening aboard is celebrated in traditional fashion in the company of our fellow travelers and guides.
Day 8: Saturday: Togir (Disembarkation)
Afternoon breakfast disembarkation until 9am followed by individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.
Please note eBike departures: Most participants ride e-bikes. However, if you are in good shape and feel ready to ride the tour on a hybrid bike, it would be possible. Please be aware that the pace will be a bit faster due to the e-bike riders.
The San Snova (or equivalent). The San Snova took its maiden voyage in 2009 and was constructed exclusively for Island-hopping. Built by hand over the course of three years,
this was the last wooden passenger ship of its kind to be built in Croatia. The cabins are spacious and comfortable and furnished functionally. They are all
air conditioned and include a private bathroom with a shower and WC.
This cycle tour requires at least basic level of fitness, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of 650 m above sea-level with some long but not particular steep climbs. Distances vary from 20 to 60 km and 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 they are, however, also permitted to push their bicycles. We traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday seasons. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation requested).
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.20 m (4 ft.). There is a helmet duty for all children up to age 16 in Croatia.