With the new deluxe boat Andela Lora and by electric bike or trekking bike we discover the special charm of the Adriatic Sea: Countless islands in crystal clear water, deeply fissured cliffs, picturesque beaches and numerous small bays. That’s the Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic. Every island is different. Each has its own history. We spend a week discovering the landscape and people of this unique island world by bike independently and with the aid of knowledgeable tour guides.
On all our Croatian Deluxe Tours high quality E-bikes of the Swiss brand FLYER can be offered because a specially designed loading ramp makes the embarkation and disembarkation for the bikes less complicated. Electric bikes allow true independence for anybody who enjoys activity. They allow hassle-free cycling as well as climbing mountains without difficulty. But all cycle tours are planned in a way that also enables cyclists to ride a trekking bike – but wanting to spend their vacation on one of the deluxe boats – to join the bike rides trouble-free if they have a basic level of fitness.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
1st day (Sun) Omišalj – Cres
Individual arrival at Omisalj – a quiet port town on the island of Krk. Check-in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm. At approx. 3 pm the ship takes us to the island of Cres in about four hours. On Cres we take a guided walk through the Venetian old town in the evening.
2nd day (Mon) Islands of Cres and Lošinj (approx. 14 mi./23 km by bicycle)
In the morning our ship takes us to Martinšćica. From there we cycle on the east side of the island among pine, fig and laurel trees to Osor, an artist town, where we have lunch on the ship. There is time for a swim in the bay with its crystal clear water. In the afternoon we leave Osor on board the boat and navigate our way to the island of Lošinj. After a comfortable cruise and a refreshing swim stop the ship brings us safely into the large harbor of Mali Lošinj. The clear climate of this wellness retreat with its colorful captain’s houses and an abundance of cafes welcomes us for a relaxing evening, enabling us to unwind and recuperate.
3rd day (Tue) Island of Lošinj and Molat (approx. 12 + 6 mi./20 + 10 km by bicycle)
We cycle along the seaside promenade to the south of Lošinj and visit the picturesque small harbor town of Veli Lošinj before we meet the ship for lunch. In the afternoon we cross over to the island of Molat where we can do another short cycling tour. Finally we stay overnight in a quiet harbor of Molat Island.
4th day (Wed) Islands of Dugi Otok (cycle tour approx. 42 km/ 26 mi.)
During breakfast the ship leaves Molat and takes us past many small islands to the “spice island” of Dugi Otok. Our bike tour starts in the bay of Božava which is surrounded by pine woods, agaves and tamarisk trees. We ride on a road almost free of traffic. Our ride along the islands “Road in the Sky” takes us to Sali, where the boat awaits us for a sail to Zadar, which, for centuries, was the political, cultural and spiritual centre of Dalmatia. 3000 years of history have left their imprint on the character of this town and there are many things to be admired: the mighty fortified walls with their bastions, the loggia but also the early Romanesque St. Donatus Basilica. In the evening our tour guide takes us on an extensive walk through the lively city centre.5th day (Tue) Island of Pag – Rab (approx. 12 mi./20 km by bicycle)
After a long crossing in the morning we reach the island of Pag. In the harsh but delightful landscape of the island we come across many fig and olive trees. Over the centuries the inhabitants have built numerous stone walls for protection against the wind. Starting from Novalja we cycle on the narrow peninsula until we reach the sea from where the ship takes us to Rab. The island of Rab is one of the sunniest places in Europe. The town of Rab, the fortified capital of the island, was built in the Middle Ages on a wedge shaped headland and marks one of the highlights of the trip. The four famous bell towers are the symbol of the adorned beauty of the town. After dinner we can explore the narrow alleys with numerous cosy cafés.
6th day (Fri) Island of Rab (cycle tour approx. 25 km/ 15 mi.)
Get to know the charming island of Rab on a lovely ride around the island. At lunchtime the ship awaits us in the harbor directly in front of the old town of Rab. We cruise to Jablanac near the picturesque Zavratnica fjord. Later on the ship takes us over to the neighboring island of Krk where we spend the evening in the historical town of Krk.
7th day (Sat) Island of Krk (cycle tour approx. 45 km/ 28 mi.)
We cycle over the ridge of the island which is covered by fragrant macchia to a valley of vineyards and then onwards to the small museum town of Vrbnik in the northeast. The town built on a 50-meter-high cliff and surrounded by vineyards is the home of the famous white wine Zlahtina. Another peculiarity that Vrbnik has to offer is the second narrowest alley in the world. The way leads us across the island through old villages and rich vegetation to Omišalj. On our way we have a chance to swim in the bay of Soline. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cosy atmosphere with crew and tour guides..
8th day (Sun) Omišalj (Departure)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.
RATING – Moderate to Hilly
This bike tour requires a basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The daily tours are suitable for cyclists on either trekking bikes or E-bikes.
The tours take you up to a height of between 200 and 500 m above sea-level. The daily tours from 20 to 45 km lead you through hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. Participants also need to master long and steep climbs. Streets are mostly asphalted and less traffic occurs during the off 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 bike-tour.
We will traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday seasons. Each day you can either decide to bike alone, using the information and maps provided, or join the tour guides.
Helmet use is mandatory on all cycling tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
Four our journeys in the Kvarner Bay it is best to fly to the airport of Rijeka which is near your port of embarkation Omisalj, on the island of Krk. From the airport you can take a taxi to the ship (Marina Omisalj, approx. 5km/20 euro).
On embarkation and disembarkation day we offer transfers from/to Zagreb airport or Zagreb city for 40 euro/person/way.
Embarkation day: departure times from Zagreb to Omisalj: 11:30 am from Zagreb Center / 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport
Disembarkation day: return transfer from Omisalj to Zagreb Airport starts at 8 am. Please make sure, that your return flight does not depart from Zagreb before 12:00.
We also organise (taxi)transfers between Rijeka airport and boat in Omišalj: 15 euro person/bike/way.
(on day of embarkation/disembarkation only, reservation required at least two weeks in advance).
YOUR MOTOR YACHT – Andela Lora
The motor yacht Andela Lora, which was only launched in 2012, is a very elegant steel ship of the deluxe category. With a length of 40 m and width of 8,50m it is one of the biggest boats of our Croatian fleet. 18 comfortable and spacious guest cabins with a size of 40-46 sq ft. (12-14 m2) including tiled bathroom with shower cabin are at the guests disposal. A bathing platform is available at the stern – offering an easy access to the sea. For a special experience the saloon and numerous sun mats and beds are available on the sundeck. The friendly crew will always help you to enjoy an easygoing journey in Croatia.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2017: Sep. 24 Oct. 1
Departure Dates 2018: April 22 May 13, 27 June 10, 17, 24 July 8 Aug. 26 Sep. 9, 16, 23 Oct. 7, 14
Per person, double occupancy
|Single supplement (below deck cabin)||$800|
|Supplement for above deck level Cabin||$275|
|Electric bike upgrade||$150|
|Reduction for April and October dates||$150|
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment