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The Islands of Southern Dalmatia

The Islands of Southern Dalmatia

Island Hopping (from/to Trogir)

Croatia

Our cycle-tours in Southern Dalmatia, which is the smallest and most sparsely populated region of Croatia, will take us past unique little towns and the beautiful island countryside. These tours will let us experience the beautiful island of Korčula with its picturesquely situated old township, the island Vis- situated far outside at the sea- and the beautiful lavender island of Hvar. Stroll around Hvar town with its mighty fortress and enjoy the calmness of the artist’s town Stari Grad. Our tour guide explains us the towns of Trogir, Hvar, Stari Grad and Korčula, which are almost all protected under UNESCO‘s World Heritage list. This tour is often offered parallel to the mountain bike cruise in Southern Dalmatia on the same boat. In this case one tour guide will cycle with the mountain bikers while the other will accompany the hybrid
cyclists. Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements the tour could be conducted in reverse order.

Bike and Boat

Bike and BoatYou cycle during the day and stay on the same boat over night. You do not need to pack every day your belongings as your "hotel" is travelling with you.

Medium

Medium- combination of flats and rolling hills sections

Guided Group

Guided GroupTours are led by experienced and qualified bilingual tour leaders who ride with the group throughout the tour and are backed up by the supporting vehicle.

Standard

StandardYou can rent a standard bike.

E-bike

E-bikeE-bike (electrobicycle) for rent available

No

NoYou can use your own bike

Half-board

Half-boardHalf-board available

Round

Round

Itinerary

Day 1 - Trogir (Embarkation) – Island Brač

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 3mi./ 5 km away from the harbor of Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm the first cruise starts about 3 pm from Trogir to Brač Island. Overnight stay in the sedate harbor of Milna.

Day 2 - Islands of Solta and Hvar (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km + 12.5 mi./20 km)

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. Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar leads us through 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.

Day 3 - Islands Hvar and Korčula (aprx. 14 mi./22 km)

Today’s tour leads us along the almost traffic free pass road through nicely set small villages to the islands 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 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. 16 or 27 mi./15 or 44 km)

After a morning crossing to Omiš we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which is surrounded by steep rocks. After 11 mi./18 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 4 mi./7 km back to the boat – or to expand the cycling tour (no rafting) to 27 mi./44 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.lit.

Day 7 - Split Marjan (aprx. 9 mi./15 km)

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. There is still plenty of time to visit the Old Town, 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.

Day 8 - Trogir (Disembarkation)

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

Profile / Map

Profile
The cycle tours require a basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of 200 to 500 m above sea-level. The day-tours from 12 mi. to 31 mi. (20 to 50 km) 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).

Children:
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.

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Boat - accommodation

Comfort Boat KAPETAN JURE (all cabins with shower/toilet)
At 27 x 7 m the Kapetan Jure built in 2000, counts as one of the smallest ships of our Croatian fleet. With an impressive 100 navigated tours she entered the Islandhopping history book. The fine detail etched into the wooden ship mirrors the seafaring affection of its captain. The spacious salon is decorated with shells, amphorae and showcases full of sailor’s knots. At the bow a mermaid keeps watch for the safe navigation of the ship. The Kapetan Jure provides 15 cosy guest cabins each with air conditioning, shower and WC. A spacious living room suite on the quarterdeck and a sundeck with cushioned sleeping mats play a part in contributing to the welcoming atmosphere.

Premium Boat ROMANTICA (all cabins with shower/toilet)
At 32 x 7.6 m the Romantica was launched in 2007 and is a shapely two mast motor yacht which combines seafaring romance with the spirit of the age, style and comfort. One of the most important things for the captain is the smart appearance of his ship. Both salon and exterior have upscale facilities with a lot of fine details: the salon tables are decorated with noble intarsia, the corresponding benches are covered with precious, sun yellow leather. The large sundeck on the Romantica offers plenty of space to settle back and enjoy the sun.

Premium Boat SAN SNOVA (all cabins with shower/toilet)
At 31 x 8 m the MS San Snova is our most modern wooden motor yacht launched in 2009 and was made exclusively for Islandhopping cruises. This ship, constructed entirely of oak, was built by the Serka family over three years in their own carpentry as a family project. The wooden boarded salon spreads a cosy atmosphere accentuated by the various outdoor lounging areas and the meadow of sunning mats on the top deck. The 14 spacious guest cabins are air conditioned and fitted with shower and toilet. The crew and the captain care for an immaculate appearance and a fun loving atmosphere on board the ship.

Included / Not included

Included in the tour price
• 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
• 4 x full board and 3 x half board
• Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
• Bed linen and towels
• English speaking tour guide

Not included in the tour price:
• Journey to Trogir
• Water flat rate, Visitor’s tax and local charges 40 euro for adults or 20 euro for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
• Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
• Meals ashore
• Entrance fee for sights are not included in the tour price
• Service charge: 2 % of the total invoice value. This service charge is excluded for payments via IBAN bank transfers
• Tips for crew and tour guides

Catering:
The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and and or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 4 x full board and 3 x half board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Optional services

• ½ a double cabin can be booked (on request)
• Surcharge per person for a cabin above deck: 100 euro (comfort boat Kapetan Jure)/150 euro (premium boats Romantica/San Snova); (on request)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 300 euro (comfort boat Kapetan Jure)/500 euro (premium boats San Snova/Romantica); (on request)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 400 euro (comfort boat Kapetan Jure)/700 euro (premium boats San Snova/Romantica); (on request)
• Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week or E-Bike: 160 euro/week (limited, on request)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the E-Bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• A safe parking space: motorcycle: 30 euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week (on request, to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
• 3-day extension module Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb (only as POSTtour bookable) incl. transfer boat in Trogir – Plitvice Lakes // Plitvice Lakes – hotel in Zagreb // hotel in Zagreb airport Zagreb ; 2 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel; entry fee Plitvice lakes National Park, guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included), dinner in a local restaurant; price per person: 3 star hotel in a double room: 590 euro or in a single room: 690 euro; 4 star hotel in a double room: 690 euro or in a single room: 830 euro (price without transfer in a double room 3* hotel: 290 euro)
• Additional night (B&B) near/in Trogir: prices on request

Bikes

E-bikes are a available to people of 150cm+ (in cases of bookings for people smaller than 150cm, please let us know).

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