If you would like to experience the region of Dalmatia thoroughly, yet not want to miss Dubrovnik itself, this cycle and sail trip is an excellent choice. Spend a week aboard our deluxe motor-yacht Harmonia, and get to know this sparsely populated part of Croatia, including the islands of Sipan, Korcula, Mljet, and Lastovo. The highlight of the trip is the town centre of Dubrovnik that is listed on UNESCO’s world heritage list, with its imposing city wall and its narrow alleys.
Another special highlight is the excursion to Mostar, widely known by the bridge that was destroyed during the Balkan war, which has now been restored and is today the symbol of peaceful coexistence different ethnic groups.
This cycling cruise is sometimes offered parallel to our mountain bike tour “Dalmatia from Dubrovnik“ on the same boat. One tour guide leads the trekking bike group while the other one takes care of the mountain bikers.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 (Sun) Embarkation at Dubrovnik
Individual arrival at Dubrovnik. Check-in on board starts between 2 and 2.30 pm at Gruž, the town port. At 3 pm, a guided tour through Dubrovnik is offered, where we hear some interesting details of the town’s history and visit the most important sites, such as the Roland, the city walls or the Franciscan monastery. We spend our fist night moored in Dubrovnik.
Day 2 (Mon) Islands of Sipan and Mljet (Cycle route approx. 11 km + 25 km)
A pleasant cycle trip takes us after breakfast past the sumptuous villas of Dubrovnik’s rich and noble citizens and further on through the verdant forests, fertile valleys and subtropical parks of Sipan Island. Afterwards we cruise to the green and forested island of Mljet – known as the honey island. With over 90 % woodland it is one of the most forested islands in the Mediterranean. Homer mentioned this lovely island in his epic poem “Odyssey”. He made it a home for the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek king Odysseus, who could not resist Calypso and stayed on Mljet for seven years.
In the afternoon we cycle across the island from the ferry harbor Sobra to Pomena. We spend a peaceful night on board our ship in the quiet bay of Pomena.
3rd day (Tue) Lastovo Island (Cycle route approx. 28 km)
Our ship takes us early this morning to Lastovo Island. The island of Lastovo is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. Even Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate, and in Roman times it was named “Augusta Insula” after him. The barely more than 1,000 inhabitants still live today mainly from fishing the extremely rich waters, agriculture and viticulture. The gold-coloured white wine “Marastina”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is made here. Today’s cycle tour takes us in a large circle across this beautiful island.
4th day (Wed) Islands of Korcula and Gradac (Cycle route approx. 20km km + optional extra 25)
After the days first crossing over to Korčula Island we bike from Vela Luka to Prigradica, where we meet our ship. We lift the anchor and make our way to the mainland. There is enough time to enjoy a lengthy swim stop on anchor. Our destination is the harbor of Gradac quiet close to the delta of the Neretva River, which is the most important one in the Herzegovina region.
5th day (Thurs) Excursion to Mostar
In the morning a transfer bus takes us across the Bosnian border to Mostar. A guided tour familiarizes us with the location and the town’s world-famous landmark, the bridge across the River Neretva, which was destroyed in 1993 through heavy shelling and reopened in 2004 and is UNESCO protected since. Grab the chance to stroll through the old town of Mostar which is an important part of the national heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On our return trip we stop in Počitelj with its well-preserved fortress (or if the weather is very warm and sunny at the Kravica waterfall) before continuing to Gradac. Back at the ship we end the spectacular day relaxing by having a nice glass of wine.
6th day (Fri) Korcula Island (Cycle route approx. 50 km)
A nice morning cruise takes us to Brna at Korcula Island, which is said to be the most beautiful Dalmatian island. We explore the eastern part of the island by bicycle. Our cycle tour takes us from Prigradica to Korcula town. We enjoy the views over the deep-blue water of Pupnat bay on our ride. This beautiful bay is the favorite scene for photographers on this tour. In the late afternoon, we reach the island’s capital Korcula town, which competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. We have ample time in the evening to wander through the fabulous old town and its narrow lanes laid out in a herringbone pattern.
7th day (Sat) Mainland Slano – Zaton (approx. 20 km by bicycle)
A longer crossing on board the boat hugs the beautiful coastline of the Pelješac peninsula on your way to the small ferry harbour of Prapratno. The tour takes you from Prapratno to Ston with its famous city wall, which is the longest, intact, fortification wall in Europe and often compared with the Great Wall of China. The tour takes you further to the small harbour of Slano on the mainland. The boat awaits you here for your last boat cruise to the city of Dubrovnik. A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travellers and tour guides.
8th day (Sun) Disembarkation
The boat will take you back to Dubrovnik early in the morning, with breakfast before disembarkation at 9 am. Individual trip home or extend your stay in Croatia.
RATING – Moderate to Hilly
A good level of fitness is required. The daily routes of 20-50 km cover hilly terrain but can be completed without any time constraints. You will also come across some longer and rather steep climbs, where you might have to push your bike. You can skip a bike tour and spend a day swimming and sunbathing from the ship if you wish.
You can decide every day for yourself whether you would like to cycle individually, using the maps provided, or join one of the tour guides.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest airport is Dubrovnik, 30 minutes by taxi from the dock (approx. $50)
YOUR MOTOR YACHT – Deluxe ship Harmonia
At 38 x 8.3 m the MY Harmonia is an elegant, pearly-white motor yacht. This two masted beauty meets the highest expectations with her 16 luxurious guest cabins including tiled bathrooms with shower cabins/WC. The salon and numerous sun mats and beds on deck are at the guest’s disposal. With the bathing platform at the stern, taking a dip in the sea is uncomplicated – unrestricted bathing fun is guaranteed. The Harmonia is the second boat of the Serka family that enriches our deluxe fleet. The experienced crew and the captain offer a warm-hearted and considerate service, leaving no wish unattended.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2017: Sep. 3 Oct. 1, 8
Departure Dates 2018: Most Sundays from May 6 to October 28
|Per person, double occupancy||CAD||$2155|
|Single supplement (below deck)||$800|
|Single share cabins may be available at no extra charge|
|Supplement for above deck cabin||$250|
|High Season supplement for departures between: May 20 & Sep 30||$155|
This tour includes:
Additional night (B&B) near Dubrovnik: from $65 CAD /person in double room and $80 CAD in single room
This tour may be booked with Mountain Bike rental instead, on certain dates only.
A Multi-Adventure version of this tour is also available. Ideal for those that do not wish to cycle every day yet still explore. Contact us for details and price.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment