Welcome to our cycling holiday in Croatia offered by Hooked on Cycling Holidays. This bike tour is in Southern Dalmatia, the smallest and most sparsely populated region of Croatia, the route will take us past unique little towns and beautiful island countryside. This bike and boat cycle tour will allow you to experience the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesquely situated old township, the wine-growing peninsula of Pelješac. Our tour guide shows you the fabulous towns of Trogir and Split which are certain highlights of the tour along with the beautiful Islands of Brac, Solta, Hvar and Korcula, which are almost all protected natural landscapes.
1/5, 15/5, 29/5, 12/6, 26/6, 10/7, 24/7, 31/7, 14/8, 28/8, 11/9, 25/9, 9/10 on Premium Ship Romantica
1/5, 15/5, 29/5, 5/6, 19/6, 21/8, 28/8, 19/9, 16/10, 23/10 on Premium Ship San Snova
24/4, 8/5, 22/5, 5/6, 19/6, 21/8, 4/9, 18/9, 2/10 on Kapetan Jure
Minimum number 16 persons, minimum age 10 and height above 140 cm.
The 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 the 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. Captain Anton and his crew form an experienced team, which knows how to pamper their guests with delicious specialities.
The cabins have simple, but functional equipment and are furnished with two beds and a small wardrobe or an open shelf. There is enough space for sleeping and storing a seabag or a travel bag. Due to the shape of the ship’s hull, the size of the cabins may vary. However, price differentiation is made only with respect to cabins “on deck” and “below deck”.
The MS San Snova is a brand-new wooden motor sailer to be launched in spring 2009 and made exclusively for Island hopping cruises. The ship, constructed entirely of oak, was built in three years by the Scherka family in their own carpentry workshop as a family project. The ship, 31 m long and 8 m wide meets the highest expectations in regard to comfort, elegance and style, combining romantic seafaring with modernity and functionalism. Young captain Tonci, his brother Josip and ever-cheerful Jelena pride themselves in the meticulous appearance of the ship and the cordiality on board.
The San Snova has five double cabins (with French beds 200 x 160 cm) and five triple cabins above deck (with French beds 200 x 160 cm and bunk beds 200 x 80 cm) as well as two three-bed-cabins and two four-bed-cabins below deck (all with single beds 200 x 90 cm). The fittings of the cabins as well as the saloon and the outside area are of superior quality with many carefully created details. The roomy sun deck offers comfortable mats for relaxing and lounge chairs are found on the afterdeck. So let yourself be pampered end enjoy the “Dream of Dreams” (San Snova), as the Scherka family named their new ship!
The Romantica of captain Jure was launched only in May 2007. The ship is 32 m long and 7,6 m wide and it possesses a solid structural steelwork, which, as the name says, connects romance with modern trend and functionally. To the elegant appearance of his ship captain Jure pays a lot of attention: 17 comfortably equipped 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 sundeck offers couch mats for sunbathing and relaxing. A characteristic of the ship is a platform at the stern of the boat, from which you can take a bath in the sea in a very comfortable way.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Individual arrival to the harbour of Trogir. After check-in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm the first cruise starts around 3 pm to Split. The old town of Split, built into the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is listed as a world heritage site. Overnight stay in Split.
In the morning we sail over to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar will lead us through the quaint harbour towns of Jelsa and Vrboska. Before then we start off through the vineyards on the famous ‘Stari Grad Plains’ and continue along a picturesque coastal road through the town of Vrboska known locally as ‘small Venice’, we then continue to the harbour town of Jelsa. Afterwards, we return to Stari Grad for our overnight stay.
Today we ride once across the length of the island. Today’s tour leads us along the almost traffic-free road through quaint villages to the island’s capital, Hvar, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress which is situated high above the city. After today’s tour, the boat takes us to the Island of Korčula where we stay overnight stay in Vela Luka.
Today we cycle on the island of Korčula and discover its hidden delights. The calmness and remoteness will be a sense of fascination as you cycle passing vast areas of vegetation and cypress gardens which have given the shape to this most beautiful Dalmatian island. Our cycle tour leads us via the village of Blato which is like Rome built on seven hills. We continue to Prigradica by bike. The boat awaits our arrival and lunch. We then set off for Makarska. If the weather permits, we will organise a swim stop in a nice bay. The evening can be enjoyed along the famous Makarska Riviera.
This morning we have a short boat crossing during breakfast to Omis. Today you have the choice between taking part on a bike tour around the Cetina Canyon or participating on a rafting excursion down the Cetina River (not included in the tour price). The bike tour takes you once around the outskirts of the canyon with great views over the river and backs down towards the sea. The rafting group will be picked up from the boat by a bus and are taken upriver to the starting point. From here we 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 on the bus after the activity. In the afternoon we have time to explore Omis or to go for a swim at the nearby beach. The night is spent in Omis. (rafting trip depends on sufficient numbers).
Today we sail to the island of Brač, which is famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was, among others, used for the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. From the picturesque town of Pučišća which is the home of one of the most famous masonry schools in Croatia, our bike tour takes us to the neighbouring town of Postira. From here, we board the boat and sail to the island of Šolta. Here we can take part on a 4.5km hike with a visit to the local beekeeper Goran along the way. Goran has worked with bees his whole life and they are his true passion. He teaches about their importance in the world and allows all of his guests to try the delicious bee products that he makes. We spend the night in the bay of Rogač on Šolta.
On Šolta we commence our last bike tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the road. The herbal scent of rosemary accompanies us along our tour across the island. After a round tour of the island, we return to the ship. We board and enjoy the last crossing to Trogir, past the cliffs of the Čiovo peninsula. There is still plenty of time to visit the Old Town of Trogir, 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 celebratory atmosphere we will have the chance for a last get together with our crew and tour guides.
After breakfast disembarkation by 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Dalmatia/Croatia.
Plane to Split
Split – distance 15 minutes – individual taxi transfer
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Deposit of 30% per person is required for this tour.