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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
Premium
Touring Bike
E-bike
Round

8 Days/7 Nights, approx.175 km

Level 2 - 3
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.

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.
Nature: 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!

Travel dates

05.07.2024 - 12.07.2024
23.08.2024 - 30.08.2024
11.10.2024 - 18.10.2024

Itinerary

Day 1 - Trogir (Embarkation) – Island Solta

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split Airport, located about 3.5 mi./6 km away from the harbor of Trogir. After checking in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm, the first cruise from Trogir to the island of Šolta begins at 3 pm. The first night is spent in a quiet harbor on the island of Solta with the opportunity to take a swim after a day of travel.

Day 2 - Island Vis (aprx. 20 mi./31 km)

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 a 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 - Island Korčula (aprx. 18.5 mi./30 km)

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 Luka.

Day 4 - Island Hvar: Hvar Town – Stari Grad – Jelsa – Stari Grad (aprx. 14 mi./22 km + aprx. 12 mi./20 km)

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 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 start 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 - Brač Island: Milna – Postira (aprx. 18 mi./29 km)

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 views 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 - City of Split (Rafting in Omiš) (aprx. 10 mi./17 km)

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 (not 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 one group. Overnight stay in Split.

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

In the morning, we once more 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 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 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, past the cliffs of Čiovo 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 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

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 the deck

Date Basic Price
April:
26.4.-3.5.2024. - 1.390 Eur
May:
10.5.-17.5.2024 - 1.590 Eur
June:
21.6.-28.6.2024 - 1.590 Eur
July:
5.7.-12.7.2024 - 1.490 Eur
August:
23.8.-30.8.2024 - 1.690 Eur
October:
11.10.-18.10.2024 - 1.490 Eur

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
• 2 x full board and 5 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
• Tourist taxes

Not included in the tour price:
• Journey to Trogir
• Flat rate for bottled water and tourist taxes 60 Euro for adults, 30 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 fees for sights are not included in the tour price
• Cetina river rafting (to be paid on-site)
• Tips for crew and tour guides

Optional services (on request)
• Shared twin cabin
• Surcharge per person for a cabin above deck: 200 Euro
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 500 Euro (limited)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 700 Euro (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: 40 Euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 70 Euro/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 120 Euro/week (to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
• Exclusive transfers between Split airport and Trogir harbor: on request (day of embarkation/disembarkation only)
• Additional night (B&B) near/in Trogir

Price reductions
• With three persons sharing a cain, 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 - Diamond Frame

  • Gears: 24
  • Wheels: 28"
  • Brakes: Shimano Alivio
  • Frame: Aluminium
  • Weight: 13,5 kg

Price: 80 Euro/week

For our hybrid bike tours, we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminum frames in various sizes. Twenty years of experience in bike tourism has given us the knowledge and confidence to select the right components for the requirements of an our tour. Our bikes ensure a carefree riding experience for our cycling enthusiasts.

E-Bikes - Orbea Optima Asphalt

  • Gears: 11
  • Wheels: 28"
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-MT210 hydraulic disk brake
  • Frame: Aluminium
  • Weight: 21 kg without the battery

Price: 180 Euro/week (limited)

All our e-bikes are high-quality pedelecs, most of which are fitted with Bosch motors with extra battery range. They are characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. Some of our fleet are equipped with other motor systems. With an e-bike, you will be able to climb almost any hill with ease. They are a true set of wings for anyone who needs a little ‘tail wind’ to make their ride that little bit more enjoyable.

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Good to know

Language
Due to our international audience the tour is 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 2 x full board and 5 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).

Group riding pace:
On our regular cycling tours, the cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

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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