Our cycle-tours in Southern Dalmatia, which is the smallest and most sparsely populated region of Croatia, will take us past unique little towns and the beautiful island countryside. These tours will let us experience the beautiful island of Korčula with its picturesquely situated old township, the island Vis- situated far outside at the sea- and the beautiful lavender island of Hvar. Stroll around Hvar town with its mighty fortress and enjoy the calmness of the artist’s town Stari Grad. Our tour guide explains to us the towns of Trogir, Hvar, Stari Grad and Korčula, which are almost all protected under UNESCO‘s World Heritage list. This tour is often 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.
Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements the tour could be conducted in reverse order.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Individual arrival by plane to Split airport, which is about 3mi./ 5 km away from the harbor of Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm the first cruise starts about 3 pm from Trogir to Solta Island. Overnight stay in the sedate harbour of Stomorska.
On the island of Šolta we commence our first tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herbal scent of lavender and rosemary accompanies us along our tour across the island. Our visit to a local beekeeper offers an interesting impression into the production of local honey. After cycling around the island we return to our ship in Stomorska. Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar leads us through the quaint harbors of Jelsa and Vrboska. Afterwards we return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years.
Today’s tour leads us along the almost traffic free pass road through nicely set small villages to the islands capital, Hvar, where we visit 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.
Today we discover the island of Korčula by bicycle and enjoy our lunch break in one of the local restaurants. The calmness and remoteness of the vast vegetation and cypress gardens have given the shape to the probably most beautiful Dalmatian island. Our cycle tour leads us via the village of Blato, like Rome build on seven hills, along a pass road across Pupnat bay and finally to Korčula town, where we have time to take a walk through the wonderful old town with its narrow “fishbone like” alleys. We stay overnight in Korčula town.
Today we cruise to the island of Brac, which is famous for its radiant marble that was, among others, used for the White House in Washington or the Reichstag building in Berlin. After an extended swim break followed by lunch, we start our cycling trip in Sumartin, leading us to Selca and on to the picturesque harbour town Pučišća. The picturesque harbor is home to one of the most famous masonry schools in Croatia. The creations of the students decorate the harbor village. Overnight stay Pučišća.
After a morning crossing to Omiš we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which is surrounded by steep rocks. After 12.5 mi./20 km we have the choice to take part on a four hours rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included in the tour price) and afterwards a small cycle tour of about 6.2 mi./ 10 km back to the boat – or to expand the cycling tour (no rafting) to 27 mi./43 km along small side roads and versatile landscapes until reaching Omiš and its pirate castles. In the afternoon our ship takes us to Split. The old town of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a world heritage site. Overnight stay in Split.
In the morning we prepare for our last bike ride to Mount Marjan. A popular recreational site for the residents of Split, which offers fantastic views of the city and the surrounding islands. Afterwards we board the ship and enjoy the last crossing to Trogir. There is still plenty of time to visit the Old Town, listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. The last evening aboard our ship is celebrated in traditional fashion. While enjoying the communal dinner in a celebrative atmosphere we will have the chance for a last get-together with our crew and tour guides.
Departure by 9.00am
A good level of fitness is required. The daily routes of 30-60 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 sunbathing on 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.
The nearest airport is Split, 10 minutes by taxi from the dock in Trogir (approx. $25)
KAPETAN JURE (comfort ship)
MV ‘Kapetan Jure’ is a 27-metre-long and 7-metre wide comfortable and spacious wooden motor yacht that was built in 2000. 11 of the 15 cabins are on deck. 10 of these are furnished with two beds, arranged side by side, while one cabin has bunk beds. The remaining 4 cabins are below deck, and are furnished with a French bed (140 cm wide) and a porthole.
The spacious saloon offers enough place for having the meals and spending some time with new friends. The large sundeck is big enough for extensive sunbathing. Captain Anton and his crew form an experienced team.
ROMANTICA (premium ship)
The M/S Romantica is a brand-new motor yacht, which sails for us in the Croatian Adriatic especially for group charter and special tours. The Romantica from captain Jure was launched in May 2007. It possesses solid structural steelwork, which, as the name says, connects romance with modern trends and functionality .
17 comfortably equipped double cabins with a size of 9-10 square meters also offer sufficient area to larger groups to accommodation. The generous cabins feature elevated equipment.
The far sun deck offers couch mats for sunbathing and relaxing. A characteristic of the ship is a platform at the tail of the ship, from which you can swim in the sea very comfortably.
Premium Ship SAN SNOVA (all cabins with shower/toilet)
The wooden motor cruiser San Snova, 31 x 8 m in size, took to the water in 2009 and has worked exclusively with Islandhopping ever since. This magnificent construction took shape over the course of three years and sets a milestone in the boat building scene in Croatia as it is the last wooden boat of its kind to be built.
The 14 guest’s cabins are welcoming and equipped with air conditioning and a private shower/WC. The salon and its wooden finish provides a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, supported by the many seating arrangements on deck as well as the possibility to lie comfortably on the sun deck. The crew on board pay special attention to cleanliness and maintenance on board and radiate a friendly and inviting atmosphere to the guests on board.
Departure Dates 2018:
Comfort boats: Sep. 8, 22 Oct. 6, 20
Premium boats: Sep. 1, 8, 15, 29 Oct. 6, 13
Departure Dates 2019:
Comfort ship Kapetan Jure: Apr. 27 May 11, 25 Jun.8 Aug. 24 Sep. 7, 21 Oct. 5, 19
Premium ship San Snova OR Romantica: Apr. 20, 27 May 4, 18, 25 Jun. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jul. 13, 27 Aug 17, 24, 31 Sep. 7, 14, 21, 28 Oct. 5, 12
Per person, double occupancy – comfort ship
|Single supplement (below deck)||$650|
|Electric bike upgrade||$150|
|Supplement for above deck level Cabin
|Per person, double occupancy – premium ship||CAD||$2245|
Single supplement (below deck)
|Reduction for Low Season dates: April, May 4 and all October dates||$150|
|Supplement for above deck level Cabin||$250|
|Electric bike upgrade||$150|
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment