Highlights of Dalmatia

Split to Dubrovnik or vv from $2349 NZD
8 Days

If you wish to experience the beautiful region of South Dalmatia and do not want to miss Dubrovnik with its amazing city walls, this bike & sail trip is an excellent choice.

While sailing between Split and Dubrovnik, explore the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet, and Šipan by bike.  As you soak up the scenic landscapes and cultural highlights, you will notice how each sparsely populated island has its own history and charm.

Your accommodation each night is on board a (deluxe or premium) motor yacht which has plenty of spaces for relaxation including a comfortable sundeck and a stylish salon. Each cabin is roomy and has an ensuite and air conditioning.

The daily cycling distances are approximately 11 – 60km through hilly and mountainous terrain. Both hybrid and e-bikes are available for hire.

NOTE: The tour direction is either Dubrovnik to Split or Split to Dubrovnik. Website photos show the DELUXE boat. Dates & prices are also listed for both boat types (premium boat is €200pp cheaper than the deluxe boat).

 

Split to Dubrovnik

Split Airport
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • Group size is 14 to approx 36
  • Tour prices are for a below deck cabin
  • EUR150pp upper deck surcharge
  • Single cabin surcharge (limited cabins): EUR500 below deck / EUR700 upper deck
  • EUR80 Hybrid bike hire
  • EUR180 e-bike hire
  • This tour is invoiced in EUR
  • Tour direction is EITHER Dubrovnik to Split OR Split to Dubrovnik
  • Tour operated with a DELUXE boat and a PREMIUM boat (slightly cheaper)
After a hearty breakfast we'll either start cycling directly from the harbour or we may first cruise to a different island before beginning our day's ride. In the evenings, stroll through historic harbour towns before settling into your spacious cabin to sleep. Or stay longer on deck under a thousand stars. The tour offers a moderate cycling challenge as the islands are hilly (with some steep sections). From each harbour you climb to approximately 200-500m above sea level and then continue on rolling terrain along the island. Daily distances range from 11–60 km. If you are not used to cycling up hills we strongly recommend you hire an e-bike. The tour is conducted in both English & German due to the mix of nationalities usually on board.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival in Split

No cycling

Welcome to Split, Croatia’s second largest city, with its old town built next to the famous Palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian (a world heritage site). Please make your own way to Split harbour where check-in to your motor yacht will be between 2pm-2.30pm. A guided city tour is on offer at around 4.30pm, then get to know your fellow travellers during dinner on board. As we stay in this harbour tonight you will have plenty of time this evening to explore the town and maybe sample its nightlife!

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2

Islands of Brač and Hvar

Cycling: 23km

We cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its limestone which was used in buildings such as the White House in Washington and the Riechstag building in Berlin. Now on our bikes we cycle from the picturesque harbour town of Pučišća, known internationally for its stone masonry college, across the island to Bol. Close by lies the famous 'Golden Horn‘, a popular Croatian beach famous for its unique shape. Keen swimmers can take a dip here before we cruise to Jelsa on the island of Hvar.

Meals: Refer to inclusions

DAY 3

Islands of Hvar and Korčula

Cycling: 35km

Today’s bike ride first leads us to the town of Stari Grad. After a short break we continue through lavender fields and small villages to the island’s capital of Hvar. There should be time for a stroll to the magnificent Renaissance Square from where you can see the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. Dinner tonight will be on board and we’ll stay in the sheltered bay of Vela Luka on the Island of Korčula, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia.

Meals: Refer to inclusions

DAY 4

Island of Korčula

Cycling: 60km

From Vela Luka we’ll cycle right across the charming island of Korčula to Korčula city. This island has a mild Mediterranean climate and a variety of different landscapes, so take your time and enjoy the views down to the deep blue sea and across to neighbouring islands. The Picturesque town of Korčula competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Use the evening to wander through the fishbone alleyways and soak up the vibes of this stylish town during a guided city tour.

Meals: Refer to inclusions

DAY 5

Islands of Lastovo and Mljet

Cycling: 28km

A morning cruise takes us to the beautiful Island of Lastovo, one of the smaller inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate and in Roman times it was even named “Augusta Insula” after him. With barely more than 800 inhabitants, the people continue to earn a living from fishing, agriculture and viticulture. Today’s ride takes us around this beautiful island. The grapes for the gold-coloured white wine “Marastina”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, are grown here. We'll have a late lunch on board as we cruise to today's destination of Pomena on the Island of Mljet.

Meals: Refer to inclusions

DAY 6

Island of Mljet

Cycling: 28km

From Pomena we cycle from the town of Pomena across this green and forested island – known as the ‘honey island’.  With 70 % of its landmass covered by woodland it is the most forested island in the Mediterranean region. Homer mentioned it in his epic poem “Odyssey” where he made it a home for the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek King Odysseus, who could not resist Calypso and stayed on Mljet for seven years. Our boat will wait for us in Sobra from where we'll cruise to the island of Šipan in the afternoon.

Meals: Refer to inclusions

DAY 7

Island of Šipan to Dubrovnik

Cycling: 11km

Šipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. Your guide will lead you on a pleasant ride past villas with exotic gardens and through a fertile valley framed on either side by limestone hills. Returning to the boat we sail to Dubrovnik where there is time to explore this UNESCO world Heritage city during a guided tour. A final evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with your fellow travelers and crew.

Meals: Refer to inclusions

DAY 8

Departure from Dubrovnik

No cycling

After breakfast please disembark by 9am. You may like to extend your stay in other parts of Croatia.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • 7 nights on a premium or deluxe motor yacht (cabins with ensuite & air conditioning)
  • Meals: 4 x full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) & 3 x half board (breakfast & either lunch or dinner)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking cycling guide(s)
  • City tour in Dubrovnik, Korcula & Split
  • Daily cycling maps provided on board

Tour Excludes:

  • Flights, travel visas, Travel Insurance
  • Surcharge for above deck or single cabin
  • Meals ashore (3 lunches OR dinners)
  • Bike hire (& optional insurance)
  • Transfers to and from harbours (days 1 & 8)
  • Visitor’s tax & bottled water (€50pp) payable on board
  • Entrance fee for any sights visited
  • Drinks (apart from water) on board
  • Car parking (available at extra cost)
  • Tips for the tour guides and crew