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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights boat
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

Adult$2199USD

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Overview

Trip Code: UDS

Trip highlights


  • Cycling in the Southern Dalmatian islands with dramatic scenery
  • Exploring the small towns and villages en route
  • Wandering through the alleyways of the UNESCO listed cities of Dubrovnik and Split
  • The island of Mljet with its impressive national park
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable motor yacht

George Bernard Shaw famously said that 'those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik', also describing it as 'the pearl of the Adriatic'. With its impressive old town and dominating position on the Adriatic coast, the city is visually stunning and deserving of both Shaw's remarks and its UNESCO World Heritage status. The trip begins in either Dubrovnik or Split on alternative weeks through the season. In Dubrovnik there is time set aside to explore the narrow streets and lively town by foot, while the islands of southern Dalmatia, extending westerly into the Mediterranean, are best explored by bike and boat. Highlights include visiting the islands of Korcula and Mljet, swimming in secluded coves, discovering the UNESCO listed historic centre of Split and pedalling past small villages amongst lavender fields in Hvar. With a deluxe motor yacht as your base, you will enjoy good food in the company of your fellow cyclists and experienced crew, with ample space on board to relax and absorb the views after each cycling day.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Individual arrival in Split and check-in from 2:00-2:30pm at Split harbour. A taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from Split airport or hotel to the harbour on request. Around 4:30pm a guided walking tour offers us a chance to see inside the former Palace of Emperor Diocletian and to learn about Split's history. The boat will spend the night in Split, offering you an opportunity to experience the local nightlife.

Meals:  D

This morning the boat takes us to the island of Brac, famous for its radiant marble that was used for the construction of the White House in Washington and the Reichstag in Berlin, amongst others. On arrival on Brac we cycle from the picturesque harbor town of Pucišca, known 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. You can take a swim here before continuing on by boat to Jelsa on the island of Hvar.

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast, we'll cycle to Stari Grad and later to the opposite side of the island of Hvar. After a short break we'll continue through lavender fields and small villages to the island's capital. Here there's free time to take a little stroll through the city of Hvar before boarding the boat. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance Square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. Dinner on board and overnight in the sheltered bay of Vela Luka on the island of Korcula, one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia.

Meals:  B,D

Our cycling continues across the charming island of Korcula all the way to Korcula town. A mild Mediterranean climate and a variety of landscapes await us. Take your time, and remember to take a break to enjoy the view over the deep blue sea and neighboring islands. The picturesque town of Korcula competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. In the evening you can wander through the alleyways and soak up the vibes of this stylish town. A guided city tour will give you an overview of the city and its sights.

Meals:  B,D

A morning crossing 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 named “Augusta Insula” after him. Its 800 or so inhabitants continue to make a livelihood from fishing the rich waters, agriculture and viticulture. Today’s cycle route takes us on a wide loop around the beautiful island. The gold-coloured white wine grape “Marastina” is grown here. We enjoy a late lunch on board while cruising towards our destination of Pomena on the island of Mljet.

Meals:  B,D

From Pomena on Mljet we'll cycle across the 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 Mljet in his epic poem “Odyssey”. It was a home for the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek King Odysseus, who could not resist Calypso and stayed here for seven years. The boat will wait for us in Sobra from where we will cruise to the island of Šipan in the afternoon.

Meals:  B,D

Šipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. We'll enjoy a pleasant cycle trip past villas with exotic gardens and through a fertile valley framed by a range of limestone hills. Returning to the boat we enjoy our last crossing after an adventurous week. On arrival in Dubrovnik there is plenty of time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage city and to take part on a guided city tour. A cheerful evening meal is served on board as we celebrate the success of the week with fellow travelers and tour guides.

Meals:  B,D

Disembark after breakfast by 9am and individual departure, or a taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from the boat to Dubrovnik airport or hotel.

Meals:  B

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Individual arrival in Dubrovnik and check-in from 2:00 to 2:30pm in the port of Gruz. A taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from Dubrovnik airport or your hotel to the boat in Gruz. At around 4:30pm there will be a guided walking tour within the impressive city walls of the old town. As the boat stays tonight in Gruz you can experience Dubrovnik at night.

Meals:  D

In the morning we cross over to the green and forested island Mljet, 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 Mljet in his epic poem “Odyssey”: it was home for the Nymph Calypso. Odysseus, who could not resist Calypso, a stayed on Mljet for seven years. We cycle from Sobra to Pomena where our sboat awaits us for dinner. Overnight in Pomena.

Meals:  B,D

Today we cruise to the island of Lastovo, one of the smaller inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The Emperor Augustus appreciated its mild climate, and in Roman times it was even named “Augusta Insula” after him. Today’s cycle tour takes us across this beautiful island. The gold-coloured wine grape “Marastina” is grown here. Back at the boat it’s time to cast off! A crossing takes us over to Korcula Island, one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia. The picturesque town of Korcula competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Enjoy the evening wandering through the alleyways and soaking up the vibes of this stylish town. A guided city tour will give you an overview of the town and its sights.

Meals:  B,D

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 on board we continue cycling to Jelsa, where we will spend the night.

Meals:  B,D

This morning we cycle across the charming island of Korcula. A mild Mediterranean climate and a broad variety of different landscapes accompany us on the way. Take your time and remember to have a break to enjoy the views over the deep blue sea and neighboring islands. Dinner is served on board to replenish our strength after an active day. Overnight stay in the sheltered bay of Vela Luka.

Meals:  B,D

We cruise to the island of Brac, 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. On arrival at Brac, we start our bike tour, from Bol to the picturesque harbor town of Pucišca. We will spend the afternoon and evening here. Enjoy the serenity of the town, famous internationally for its stone masonry college.

Meals:  B,L

Our last bike tour leads us along the northern coastline of Brac, from Pucišca to Supetar. Then, for the last time in an eventful week, we enjoy a cruise back to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Split. A guided city tour offers us the chance to see inside the former Palace of Emperor Diocletian and to learn about Split's history and transformation. A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travelers and tour guides.

Meals:  B,D

Disembark after breakfast by 9am. A taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from the boat to Split airport or hotel.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks)*
  • *the included lunches and dinners may be swapped as they depend on sailing conditions on the day, your tour guide will inform you locally when these will be included.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a double cabin below deck with ensuite facilities on board a deluxe boat (supplement applies for above deck or single cabin). If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. The compact cabins are configured with double beds, two lower beds, a double bed with a single bunk, or bunk beds and a single bed. Excellent discounts apply to a third person sharing a triple cabin, with a configuration of a French bed (quite cosy for two people as it is a little smaller than a double) and a single bunk bed above, or two lower beds + single bunk bed. Note that the lower deck cabins by their very nature will be marginally noisier and less ventilated due to their proximity to the engine and working part of the boat.
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental with pannier (electric bikes available on request - supplement applies). The guides will carry bike locks for the group when cycling, or individual locks can be provided on request if you decide to cycle alone (limited supply).
  • Experienced crew including English speaking cycle guide
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Information pack including overview maps per cabin
  • City tour in Dubrovnik, Korcula and Split

  • Travel to and from Dubrovnik (Gruz) / Split
  • Upgrade to a cabin on deck or single cabin - supplements apply
  • Drinks on board and meals not included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water flat rate, visitors tax and local charges EUR50pp (adult) and EUR25pp (child up to 16) to be paid to the captain
  • Tips for crew and tour guides (see pre departure information provided on booking)
  • Any additional taxi or bus transfers taken during the trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer
  • Entrance fees
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation essential), however we cannot guarantee their suitability.
  • Optional Bicyle insurance - payable in cash locally. EUR10 per person for hybrid bike, EUR20 per person for electric bike. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. If you do not take out bike insurance you will need to pay for the cost of the bike or repair of damages.
  • Taxi transfer from the airport or your hotel to the boat (allow approx EUR40) - or reservation on request for an additional cost on embarkation and disembarkation days only, please ask our office for details

Cabins


Bike information


Grading

moderate  

This cycle tour is designed for hybrid and e-bikers. E-bikes, if required, must be booked in advance. The trip requires a good level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of between 200 and 500m/656 to 1640ft above sea-level. The day-tours up to 45km 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 you may need to push the bike. If you are unsure of your fitness for this trip we recommend you consider an E-Bike - available for a supplement. 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. It is considered suitable for fit beginners and active children (minimum 10 years, height minimum is 1.2m/4ft for hybrid bike and 1.5m/4.9ft for e-bike). *For safety reasons, cycle helmets are compulsory during the cycle stages.


Departure dates


Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
IT1
Trip begins in Split.
IT2
Trip begins in Dubrovnik - refer to itinerary 2 in trip notes.
DN3
High season supplement applies for departures from 27 May to 30 Jun and 19 Aug to 29 Sep. Mid season supplement applies for departures on 20 May and 30 Sep and for departures from 1 Jul to 18 Aug. Itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions. Drinking water, visitors taxes and local charges are extra - allow EUR50pp (adult), EUR25pp (child up to 16).
DN4
Refer to the trip notes for the boat Vaccination Policy On this tour the cycling pace is determined by the e-bike riders who tend to take half the time to ascend hills with a limited amount of recovery time at the top. For cyclists using regular bikes, we recommend that you are fit and comfortably able to cycle around 20kmph on the flat and 10kmph on the ascents. If you are unsure, we recommend you book an e-bike.

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Total Priceper person from

Adult from$2199USD

Child from$1370USD** See below for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • Bicycle insurance - standard bike (pp)USD$14
  • Bicycle insurance - electric or mountain bike (pp)USD$28
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$140
  • deck level twin cabin supplementUSD$190
  • single cabin supplement below deckUSD$780
  • deck level single cabin supplementUSD$1090
  • Child under 16 sharing a twinshare cabin - season and cabin supplements extraUSD$1500
*Prices listed are per person

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