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ISLAND HOPPING – South Dalmatia, Croatia


Snova boat8-days / 7 nights - 7 biking days

Guided group tour

Length: 210 km / 130 miles

Grade of difficulty: Moderate
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. Each day you can either decide to cycle alone, using the information and maps provided, or join one of our tour guides or other participants.

Discover islands in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia. Combinate islands exploring on bicycle with laisure time on boat. During the day you can cycle across islands, swim, snorkel, sunbathe or explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. Spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the northern Adriatic Sea from one island to another. Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the cook) take care of you. The evenings you have free to find a good restaurant or discover old churches or other historical monuments...

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.

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Guided tour:

The tour will generally be guided in German language. One of the guides will translate into English for non-German-speaking participants.

Included:

  • 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 (option to have a picnic for lunch)
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • German and English speaking tour guide

Not included in the tour price: 

  • Journey to Trogir
  • Taxi transfer from the airport of Split to the ship in Trogir (one way ca. 20 euro) or public transport on main road in front of the airport
  • 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 not included in the tour price
  • Cetina-Rafting (paid on site)
  • International banking fees: 2 % of total amount (credit card payment)
  • Tips for crew and tour guides

Additional bookable accomplishments: 

  • ½ a double cabin can be booked
  • Surcharge for a cabin on deck: 100 euro/person on the comfort boat Kapetan Jure (on request)
  • Surcharge for a cabin on deck: 150 euro/person on the premium boats Romantica and San Snova (on request)
  • Surcharge for a single cabin below deck on the comfort boat Kapetan Jure: 300 euro; on the premium boats San Snova  and Romantica: 500 euro (on request, reservation required)
  • Surcharge for a single cabin on deck on the comfort boat Kapetan Jure: 400 euro; on the premium boats San Snova and Romantica: 700 euro (on request, reservation required)
  • Rental bike: 21-speed hybrid bike with Ortlieb pannier: 80 euro or electric bike (Flyer) with 8-gear-hub-shifting and Ortlieb pannier: 140 euro (limited, on request)
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the 21-speed hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the E-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: deliberate damages)
  • A safe parking space: 40 euro (on request, to be paid on-site)
  • Additional night (B&B) near Trogir: can be booked on request
  • Exclusive transfers between Split airport and Trogir harbor: 15 euro/person and way (on request)
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Tour Calendar

Tour type Guided Group Tours
Scheduled Tours

1st day (Sat) Trogir (Embarkation) - Split
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 short cruise starts about 3 pm from Trogir to Split. There we can go on a walk through the old town of Split, which is built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian and is a world heritage site. 

2nd day (Sun) Cetina Canyon (Cycle route approx. 19 mi. / 30 km or 27 mi./43 km)
After breakfast we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which is surrounded by steep rocks. After 12.5 mi./20 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 6.2 mi./ 10 km back to the boat - or to expand the cycling tour to 27 mi./43 km along small side roads and versatile landscapes until reaching Omiš and its pirate castles. In the afternoon cruise to the island of Brač with a bathing stop. Brač is famous for its shining white marble which was also used for the White House and the Reichstag in Berlin.

3rd day (Mon) Brač Island (Cycle route approx. 14 mi. / 22 km)
Today's route starts in Pučišća with a long but moderate ascent to the mountain ridge of the island past mulberry, kiwi and fig trees, olive groves and vineyards. The following descent to Bol rewards us for our earlier climb with an amazing panoramic view of the neighboring island Hvar. In the afternoon the ship awaits us to cruise to Korčula town where we have time to take an exciting walk through the wonderful old town with its narrow "fishbone like" alleys.

4th day (Tues) Korčula Island (Cycle route approx. 30 mi. / 48 km)
Today we discover the island of Korčula by bicycle. The calmness and remoteness of the vast vegetation and cypress gardens have given the shape to the probably most beautiful Dalmatian island. At first we cycle along the coast and close to Pupnat we reach after an accent the pass road over the amazing Pupnat bay. Later we find the village of Blato, like Rome build on seven hills. Today's destination is Prigradica.

5th day (Wed) Islands of Vis and Hvar (cycle route approx. 19 mi. / 32 km)
Vis is the furthermost island from mainland Croatia. A Greek colony called Issa has been on the island 2,300 years ago. Due to its strategic location it was a military zone until 1995 and prohibited for foreign tourists. Today we have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. After cycling the boat takes us to the Island of Hvar where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress which is situated high above the city.

6th day (Thurs) Hvar Island (Cycle route approx. 12, 5 + 15 mi. / 20 + 25 km)
Today's first cycle tour leads us along the almost traffic free pass road through nicely set small villages. After lunch in Stari Grad we do a second cycle tour to the quaint harbors of Jelsa and Vrboska which invite us to an extended break. We return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years, for our overnight stay.

7th day (Fri) Šolta Island (Cycle route approx. 12 mi. / 19 km)
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Šolta we commence our last cycle tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herb smells of lavender and rosemary accompanies us along our tour through this island. We load the bikes onto the ship in Maslinica 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. The last evening aboard our ship follows a nice tradition. While enjoying the communal dinner in a cosy atmosphere you will have the chance for a last get-together with your crew and your tour guides.

8th day (Sat) Trogir (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Dalmatia/Croatia.

AVE reserves the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements. Should it be the case for example that the harbors on the above mentioned tour sequence are overcrowded, the tour will be operated in reverse.

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