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The Islands of Southern Dalmatia

  • The Islands of Southern Dalmatia

Island Hopping (from/to Trogir)

Croatia
Medium
Self Guided
Guided Group
Touring Bike
E-bike
Round

8 Days/7 Nights, approx.175 km

This boat & bike tour through Southern Dalmatia will take us past unique little towns and through the beautiful island world. Experience the islands of Brač, Korčula und Šolta as well as the beautiful lavender island of Hvar. Stroll around Hvar town with its mighty fortress and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the artist’s town of Stari Grad. The UNESCO world heritage cities of Trogir and Split will add to the highlights on this tour and inspire with their incredible history. Try a variation of local specialties on your journey, especially the local wines also referred to locally as ‘gods drop’.

This tour is occasionally 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.

Parallel to some of our Southern Dalmatia tour dates we are also offering our Southern Dalmatia PLUS tour with one of our first-class ships Princeza Diana or Melody. On this tour E-bike- and hybrid bike rides are conducted parallel – the itinerary is similar. Therefore the PLUS tours would be the perfect alternative if the desired tour date on the regular tour is already fully booked or if you are looking for a tour on an even more luxury boat. Ask us for details.

Highlights:
Culture: The Palace of Diocletian in Split is an excellently preserved relict from ancient Roman times.
[B]Nature:[B] The wide lavender fields of Hvar are the special experience, in particular in the months of May and June.
Activtity: A rafting tour on the Cetina River guarantees fun for young and old
Culinary: A special pleasure for our sweet friends are the paper-thin Palačinken, mostly served with marmelade or chocolate.
Souvenir: The honey from our beekeeper on Šolta is very tasty and the perfect gift!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Trogir (Embarkation) – Split

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split Airport, located about 3.5 mi./6 km away from the harbour of Trogir. After checking in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm, the first cruise from Trogir to Split begins at about 3 pm. The old town of Split, adjoining the famous palace of
the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Split.

Day 2 - Island Hvar (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km)

In the morning, we cruise to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar leads first through the vineyards on the famous ‘Stari Grad Plain’ before continuing on along a picturesque coastal road through the town of Vrboska, ‘small Venice’, to the charming harbour town of Jelsa. Afterwards we return to Stari Grad for the night.

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

Today’s cycling tour leads us across the island, along an almost traffic free road and through charming villages to the island’s capital, Hvar. Here there will be time to explore 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 - Island Korčula – Makarska (aprx. 23 mi./37 km)

Today we discover the island of Korčula by bicycle. The tranquillity of the island along with its vast vegetation and cypress gardens have given shape to one of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands. Our cycle tour leads us via the village of Blato, situated like Rome on seven hills, and on to the harbour of Prigradica. Here the boat awaits our arrival and we set off for Makarska. If the weather permits, there will be the opportunity for a swim stop in a quiet bay on the way. The evening can be enjoyed strolling along the famous Makarska Riviera.

Day 5 - Makarska – Omiš (aprx. 27 mi.44 km)

The day begins with a short cruise during breakfast to the town of Omiš. Today you may choose between taking part on a bike tour around the Cetina Canyon or participating in a rafting excursion down the Cetina River (not included in the tour price). The bike tour leads around the canyon offering spectacular views over the river and back down towards the sea. The rafting group are picked up by a bus from the boat and taken upriver to the starting point of the rafting tour. Paddling downstream in the rafts gives a totally unique perspective of the canyon and its flora and fauna. Once the rafting trip is over, participants are brought back to the boat by bus. In the afternoon, there is plenty of time to explore Omiš or to go for a swim at the nearby beach. The night is spent in Omiš.

Day 6 - Islands Brač and Šolta (aprx. 20 mi./32 km)

Today we cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was used for sections of the White House in Washington and for the Reichstag building in Berlin. Our cycling tour leads from the picturesque harbour town of Pučišća, home to one of the most famous masonry schools in Croatia, to the neighbouring town of Postira. Here, we board the boat and cruise to the island of Šolta, where there will be the opportunity to take part in a 4.5km hike with a visit to the local beekeeper Goran. Goran has a true passion for bees and has worked with them his whole life. He teaches about the importance of bees allows all his guests to try the delicious bee products. We spend the night in the harbour of Rogač on Šolta.

Day 7 - Šolta Island - Trogir (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km)

In the morning, we enjoy our last bike tour on Šolta. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean, and fig trees 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, past the cliffs of the Čiovo peninsula 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 travellers and guides.

Day 8 - Trogir (Disembarkation)

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

Map

Profile
The cycle tours require a basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from regular cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of 200 to 650 m above sea-level. The day-tours from 12 to 37.5 mi./20 to 60 km will take us through hilly and mountainous terrain and can 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 frequented outside the holiday seasons.

Boat

Ship KAPETAN JURE (all cabins with shower/toilet)
At 27 x 7 m the Kapetan Jure, built in 2000, is one of the smallest ships in our Croatian fleet. The love the captain has for seafaring is evident through the care and love event in the details of the traditional wooden ship. The Kapetan Jure has 15 cosy, air-conditioned guest cabins, each with a shower and WC. A spacious quarterdeck and a sundeck with cushioned sunning mats provide a homely and relaxing atmosphere.

Premium Ship ROMANTICA (all cabins with shower/toilet)
At 32 x 7.6 m the elegant two mast motor yacht Romantica was launched in 2007 and combines seafaring romanticism with modern day amenities. Above all, the captain is proud of keeping his boat looking elegant and smart. Both the salon and outer decks have upscale facilities and have been furnished with great attention to detail. The 16 air-conditioned guest cabins are spacious and include a shower and WC.

Premium Ship SAN SNOVA (all cabins with shower/toilet)
At 31 x 8 m the wooden motor yacht, San Snova, took to the water in 2009 and has worked exclusively with Islandhopping ever since. The construction took shape over the course of three years and set a milestone for the boat-building scene in Croatia, as it is the last wooden boat of its kind to have been built. The 14 guest cabins are air-conditioned with a shower and WC. The crew on board pay special attention to cleanliness and maintenance of the ship and radiate a friendly and inviting atmosphere to the guests.

Dates / Tour Price

  • per person in a twin cabin below deck

Date Boat Basic Price
 22.05-29.05 San Snova 1290
 22.05-29.05 Kapetan Jure 990
 29.05-05.06 Romantica 1290
 29.05-05.06 San Snova 1290
05.06-12.06 Kapetan Jure 990
 12.06-19.06 Romantica 1290
 10.07-17.07 Romantica 1290
 24.07-31.07 Romantica 1290
 31.07-07.08 Romantica 1290
 14.08-21.08 Romantica 1290
 21.08-28.08 San Snova 1390
 28.08-04.09 Romantica 1390
 28.08-04.09 San Snova 1390
 04.09-11.09 Kapetan Jure 1090
 11.09-18.09 Romantica 1390
 18.09-25.09 Kapetan Jure 1090
 25.09-02.10 Romantica 1390
 02.10-09.10 Kapetan Jure 990
 09.10-16.10 Romantica 1190
 16.10-23.10 San Snova 1090
 23.10-30.10 San Snova 1090

Included / Not included

Included in the tour price
• 8-day trip on a motorized yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a twin 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
• English speaking tour guide

Not included in the tour price:
• Journey to Trogir
• Flat rate for bottled water, Visitor’s tax and local charges 50 euro for adults or 25 euro for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
• Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
• Meals and beverages ashore
• Entrance fee for sights are not included in the tour price
• Cetina river rafting (to be paid on site)
• Tips for crew and tour guides

Additional optional services (on request)
• Shared twin cabin
• Surcharge per person for a cabin above deck: 100 euro (Kapetan Jure)/150 euro (Romantica/San Snova)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 400 euro (Kapetan Jure)/500 euro (San Snova/Romantica) (limited)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 600 euro (Kapetan Jure)/700 euro (San Snova/Romantica) (limited)
• Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week; e-bike: 180 euro/week (limited)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week; 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 (to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
• Exclusive transfers between Split airport and Trogir harbour: 15 euro per person/way (day of embarkation/disembarkation only)
• Additional night (B&B) near/in Trogir

Price reductions
• With three persons sharing a cabin (not possible on Kapetan Jure), we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the third person, regardless of age, and do neither charge the above-deck surcharge for the third person. Three-bed-cabins are furnished with one double and a single bed.
• Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 50 % discount); Surcharge for single cabin use will be added.

Bikes

Hybrid Bikes

Those choosing to rent a hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience.These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro pe

E-Bikes
Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push.These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 180 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

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Good to know

Language
Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Catering
The on-board chef 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.

Requirement to wear a helmet
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

Bringing Children
We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bikes. There is a helmet duty for all children up to age 16 in Croatia.

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