Guarded by the towering Velebit mountain range in the east and hugged by the Istria Peninsula in the northwest lie the Kvarner bay islands. Quiet coves of crystal clear water surround the dramatic landscapes of the Kvaner bay islands; green hills and rocky moon landscapes give way to small harbour towns rich in history and culture. Discover the charm of the Adriatic Sea for yourself by bike and boat on board one of our romantic motor yachts.
The day begins with a well-rounded breakfast leaving you fit to explore the diversity of the Kvarner bay islands on a guided bike tour. Be it the medieval city of Rab, the car-free road in the sky on Dugi Otok or the contemplative life of the dwellers on the flower island of Molat, each day brings with it new discoveries. Evenings are mostly spent in picturesque harbour towns with winding alleyways where a great range of bars and cafes stand host for a relaxing evening.
Often a mountain bike tour will run parallel to this tour on board the same ship, in which case one tour guide will be allocated per group.
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.
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.
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.
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, and we ride on a road almost free of traffic. Our tour leads us at first to the northern most point of the island where the light house of Veli Rat stands proudly since 1849, fulfilling its duty in guiding sailors safely on their way. A ride along the islands “Road in the Sky” brings us to the peaceful harbor of Savar or Bribinj. There will be ample time for a swim break in the afternoon. Overnight stay in a calm bay.
After a 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 Mandre 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 cozy cafés.
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.
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. A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travellers and tour guides.
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.
RATING – Moderate to Hilly
This bike tour requires a good 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 our Croatian 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 30 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.
The Linda was built in 1955 and fully renovated in 2006. 31 meters long and 6 meters wide the Linda is among the bigger ships in our Croatian fleet. The spacious saloon can accommodate 32 guests, and the middle sundeck is constructed in a way that meals can also be served outside. The upper deck is big enough for sunbathing. The Linda has 14 guest cabins equipped with an air-conditioner and shower/toilet. Captain Damir and his crew look forward to welcome our guests on board of their Linda.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2020: Most Sundays from May 3 to October 11.
The following dates will have a Mountain Bike tour operating parallel on the same boat: May 3, 10, 17 June 7, 21 July 5 Sep. 6 Oct. 11
Per person, double occupancy
|Single supplement (below deck cabin)||$650|
|Supplement for above deck level Cabin, based on double occ.||$170|
|Electric bike upgrade||$170|
|“High Season” surcharge for Aug. 30, Sep. 6 and Sep. 20 departures||$160|
This tour includes:
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment