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Croatia: Southern Dalmatia and islands

Through small towns and countryside
Trogir Round tour.
From €1390 p.p.

Highlights of this tour

This boat & bike tour through Southern Dalmatia will take you past unique little towns and through the beautiful island world. Experience the islands of Brač, Korčula und Šolta as well as the beautiful lavender island of Hvar. Stroll around Hvar town with its mighty fortress and enjoy the calmness of the artists town Stari Grad. The UNESCO world heritage cities of Trogir and Split will add to the highlights on this tour and inspire with their incredible history. Try a variation of local specialties on your journey, especially the […]

UNESCO Trogir, Hvar, Stari Grad, Korčula

The islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula

175 km / 110 miles

Motoryachts with 34 to max. 36 passengers

Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Guided cycling
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 3 Difficulty level 3
Duration of the tour.
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8 days

About this tour

This boat & bike tour through Southern Dalmatia will take you past unique little towns and through the beautiful island world. Experience the islands of Brač, Korčula und Šolta as well as the beautiful lavender island of Hvar. Stroll around Hvar town with its mighty fortress and enjoy the calmness of the artists town Stari Grad. The UNESCO world heritage cities of Trogir and Split will add to the highlights on this tour and inspire with their incredible history. Try a variation of local specialties on your journey, especially the local wines also referred to locally as ‘gods drop’.

This tour is occasionally 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 trekking cyclists. Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements the tour could be conducted in reverse order.

Parallel to some of the Southern Dalmatia tour dates we are also offering the Southern Dalmatia PLUS tour with one of the first class ships. On this tour E-bike- and hybrid bike rides are conducted parallel – the itinerary is similar. Therefore the PLUS tours would be the perfect alternative if the desired tour date on the regular tour is already fully booked or if you are looking for a tour on an even more luxury boat.

The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day, and you can usually choose between a longer or shorter bike ride. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.

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Day to day program

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons. We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements. If necessary the tour will be operated in reverse.

Day 1: Trogir (Embarkation) – Island Solta

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split Airport, located about 3.5 mi./6 km away from the harbour of Trogir. After checking in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm, the first cruise from Trogir to the island of Šolta begins at 3 pm. The first night is spent in a quiet harbour on the island of Solta with the opportunity to take a swim after a day of travel.

Day 2: Island Vis (aprx. 20 mi./31 km)

This morning we enjoy a cruise during breakfast to the Island of Vis. Vis is the furthermost inhabited island from mainland Croatia. A Greek colony called Issa inhabited the island 2,300 years ago. Due to its strategic location it was a military zone until 1995 and prohibited for foreign tourists. Today we have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bicycle. We have plenty of time to enjoy the island and spend the night here.

Day 3: Island Korčula (aprx. 18.5 mi./30 km)

In the morning we leave the island of Vis by boat and navigate to the harbor town of Vela Luka on the Island of Korčula. Along the way we throw the anchor for a refreshing swim stop. Korčula is regarded as one of the most scenic islands in the Adriatic, abundant in scenic impressions and quaint villages nestled in the green. Once we arrive in Vela Luka we can enjoy a round tour from Vela Luka to the village of Blato and back again. The night is spent in Vela Luka.

Day 4: Island Hvar: Hvar Town – Stari Grad – Jelsa – Stari Grad (aprx. 14 mi./22 km + aprx. 12 mi./20 km)

The day starts with a relaxing cruise to Hvar town on Hvar Island. Make use of the time before the cycle tour starts and go for a little stroll through the city. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance Square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. Today’s bike tour takes us from the city of Hvar through small villages and lavender fields to Stari Grad on the opposite side of the island. The descent to Stari Grad offers breathtaking views. After a lunch break we continue start off on a second cycling tour through the green planes of the island to the seaside town of Jelsa. After a break for coffee and ice cream, we continue the round trip back to Stari Grad where we spend the night.

Day 5: Brač Island: Milna – Postira (aprx. 18 mi./29 km)

In the morning we cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was, among others, used for the White House in Washington and in the construction of the German Reichstag building in Berlin. Once we have arrived on Brač, we start our bike tour from Milna to the picturesque harbor town of Postira. At first we cycle inland through small villages and past local architectural relics before hugging the coast with spectacular views across the channel to the mainland. On arrival in Postira there are many ways in which to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. The night is spent in the quiet harbor of Postira.

Day 6: City of Split (Rafting in Omiš) (aprx. 10 mi./17 km)

During breakfast the boat brings us to the city of Split. The old town of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a UNESCO world heritage site.  Today we have the choice either to take a bus transfer to go rafting through the Cetina Canyon (not included in the tour price) or to explore the wonderful Marjan forest Park in Split by bike. The rafting group will be picked up from the boat by a bus and are taken to Omiš for the excursion. From here they will 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 in the bus after the activity. Cyclist will enjoy a short but scenic bike tour through the green heart of Splits accompanied by an extensive swim break at a local beach. In the afternoon we can explore the bustling city of Split again together as one group. Overnight stay in Split.

Day 7: Šolta Island – Trogir (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km)

In the morning, we once more cruise to the island of Šolta, where there will be the opportunity to take part in a bike ride to the local beekeeper Goran. Goran has a true passion for bees and has worked with them his whole life. He teaches about the importance of bees allows all his guests to try the delicious bee products. We cycle past walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean, and fig trees which line the roads. The scent of rosemary accompanies us along our tour around the island. After our bike ride, we return to the ship to enjoy our last crossing, past the cliffs of Čiovo Island and back to Trogir. Once we arrive, there will be plenty of time to visit the Old Town of Trogir, listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The last evening aboard is celebrated in traditional fashion in the company of our fellow travellers and guides.

Day 8: Disembarkation: Trogir

After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual departure.

Good to know
  • Language aboard Due to our international audience all tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.
  • Itinerary changes We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements. Our tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike-tour.
  • Level 2 – 3 The cycle tours require at least basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of 200 to 650 m above sea-level. The day-tours from 12 mi. to 37.5 mi. (20 to 60 km) will take us through hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which they are, however, also permitted to push their bicycles. We traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday 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 cycle tour. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation requested).
  • Group riding pace On our regular cycling tours, the cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.
  • Children We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.). There is a helmet duty for all children up to age 16 in Croatia.
  • Catering The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and and or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 2 x full board and 5 x half board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.
  • Our ships Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

Prices & availability

To view the availability of this tour and/or book online please click on the button below. A new screen will open.

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Prices & information

Pricing overview - 2023
Cabin type For Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Twin cabin below deck 2 pers. € 1390 € 1490 € 1590
Included in this tour
  • 8-day-trip on a motorized yacht with a crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin with shower/toilet
  • 2x full board and 5x half board (option to have a picnic for lunch)
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
  • Bed linen and towels; fresh towels at mid-week
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours on board
  • Tourist taxes
Excluded in this tour
  • Transfer to Trogir
  • Taxi transfer from the airport of Split to the ship in Trogir (one way approx. €25) or public transport on main road in front of the airport
  • Flat rate for bottled water €25 for adults or €15 for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain);
  • Rental bicycle or E-Bike (optional)
  • Rental bicycle helmet (optional)
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Parking fee
  • Other transfers
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Cetina Rafting (to be paid on site)
  • Personal (travel) insurances
  • Tips for tour-guides and crew (at your discretion)
  • SGR Insolvency protection
Bicycles/E-Bikes

All hybrid bicycles are reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. The hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack.
Please be aware that these rental bikes are only available for participants that are taller than 1.50 m.

E-Bikes: high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used.
Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. We offer a trapeze frame for all guests up to 179 cm, and a diamond frame for people 180cm+.

Requirement to wear a helmet: Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

Weight Limit of Clients Bicycles Brought on Board Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board. It is not possible to bring your own E-Bike on board.

Additional options & information - 2023
  • Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: € 80 per week
  • E-Bike with Ortlieb pannier: € 180 per week (limited, on request)
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the hybrid bicycle: €10/week or of the E-Bike: €20 /week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • shared twin cabin (on request)
  • Charge for a cabin above deck: €200 p.p. (limited, on request, reservation required);
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck:  €500 (on request, reservation required);
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use on deck: €700 (on request, reservation required);
  • A safe parking space: motorcycle: €40 /week; car up to 6 m in length: €60 /week, vehicle longer than 6 m: €120 /week (on request, to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
  • Exclusive transfers between Split airport and Trogir harbour: on request (day of embarkation/disembarkation only)

 

Requirement to wear a helmet
Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle routes. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).

Weight Limit of Bicycles Brought on Board Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board. It is not possible to bring your own E-Bike on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board.

Minimum: 14
Maximum: 30+

Legal notice:
Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Inselhuepfen/Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH, Constance, Germany. Other conditions may apply to this tour: further details on request.



Reviews

based on 10 reviews on

We had a marvelous time on our Boat Bike Tour of Southern Dalmatia! Our guides, Anna, Marko, and Luko, were just wonderful–full of energy, laughter, knowledge, and kindness. They and the entire crew made us feel welcome and at home. The food was excellent (maybe a bit too much of it) and the service was outstanding. The San Snova was comfortable and spotlessly clean. We highly recommend this adventure even for 70 year-olds (you may want to get an e-bike, though).

Candy and Dan Forrester

Trip of a lifetime! We had the boat fully book with a total of 28 friends. The boat was Pape Prvi. The family & crew were outstanding. We were treated like family all week. Our two guides Mihael & Lucija were awesome! They prepared us extremely well for each days activities of breathtaking views, historical sites, towns & harbors along our routes. Safety was always first & foremost to ensure we all had a great experience…and we did! They also took the time to teach us each day about the Croatian language, flag, history & culture. What a beautiful county, people & culture to experience!!

Marty & Donna Godin

My wife and I participated in the boat/bike tour Pearls of Dalmatia: Dubrovnik to Split on the boat Pape Prvi. We had a great time! The scenery was absolutely beautiful. The route taken was challenging, but well worth the effort. Our boat staff was great. They were friendly and attentive to all our needs. Our guides, Mihael and Lucia were tremendous. They were entertaining, supportive of our efforts and a font of information about the area we traveled. And, finally, Paula, our agent was understanding and patient answering all our questions of which we had many traveling in this time of COVID. Overall it was an A+ vacation which I would highly recommend to anybody. Chuck Falahee

Chuck Falahee Jr.

This boat/bike tour was more than I ever could have imagined. My wife and I were entirely happy with every aspect of it from beginning to end. The guides and crew were complete professionals and tons of fun. The boat, the routes, the programming, the ports, the equipment, the food, …. you get the idea. If you are looking at reviews to determine if you should do this trip, just stop now and book it!

Joe U


Available ships for this tour

Motor ship San Snova Croatia

Cosy lounge area

Deck chairs

Oakwood panelling

Air conditioned cabins

max. 36 passengers
14 cabins
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