South Dalamatia: Islandhopping with bike and boat
8 days / 7 nights | from / to Trogir | Guided bike tours
This Bike & Boat tour in Southern Dalmatia leads through unique, small towns and beautiful island landscapes. 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 relaxed atmosphere in the artist town of Stari Grad. The UNESCO World Heritage cities of Trogir and Split are two more highlights this tour has to offer and will inspire with their beauty and incredible history. Be sure to taste a variety of the Dalmatian specialties, especially the regional wines, referred to locally as ‘gods droplet’.
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 hybrid cyclists. Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements the tour could be conducted in reverse order.
Day 1 (Fri): Trogir (Embarkation) – Split
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 Split begins at about 3 pm. The old town of Split, adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Split.
Day 2 (Sat): Island Hvar (Cycling 20 km / 13 miles)
In the morning, we cruise to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar leads first through the vineyards on the famous ‘Stari Grad Plain’ before continuing on along a picturesque coastal road through the town of Vrboska, ‘small Venice’, to the charming harbour town of Jelsa. Afterwards we return to Stari Grad for the night.
Day 3 (Sun): Islands Hvar and Korčula (Cycling 22 km / 14 miles)
Today’s cycling tour leads us across the island, along an almost traffic free road and through charming villages to the island’s capital, Hvar. Here there will be time to explore 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.
Day 4 (Mon): Korčula Island – Makarska (Cycling 37 km / 23 miles)
Today we discover the island of Korčula by bicycle. The tranquillity of the island along with its vast vegetation and cypress gardens have given shape to one of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands. Our cycle tour leads us via the village of Blato, situated like Rome on seven hills, and on to the harbour of Prigradica. Here the boat awaits our arrival and we set off for Makarska. If the weather permits, there will be the opportunity for a swim stop in a quiet bay on the way. The evening can be enjoyed strolling along the famous Makarska Riviera. .
Day 5 (Tue): Makarska – Omiš (cycling 44 km / 27 miles)
The day begins with a short cruise during breakfast to the town of Omiš. Today you may choose between taking part on a bike tour around the Cetina Canyon or participating in a rafting excursion down the Cetina River (not included in the tour price). The bike tour leads around the canyon offering spectacular views over the river and back down towards the sea. The rafting group are picked up by a bus from the boat and taken upriver to the starting point of the rafting tour. Paddling downstream in the rafts gives a totally unique perspective of the canyon and its flora and fauna. Once the rafting trip is over, participants are brought back to the boat by bus. In the afternoon, there is plenty of time to explore Omiš or to go for a swim at the nearby beach. The night is spent in Omiš.
Day 6 (Wed): Islands Brač and Šolta (Cycling 32 km / 20 miles)
Today we cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was used for sections of the White House in Washington and for the Reichstag building in Berlin. Our cycling tour leads from the picturesque harbour town of Pučišća, home to one of the most famous masonry schools in Croatia, to the neighbouring town of Postira. Here, we board the boat and cruise to the island of Šolta, where there will be the opportunity to take part in a 4.5km hike with a visit 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 spend the night in the harbour of Rogač on Šolta.
Day 7 (Thu): Šolta Island - Trogir (Cycling 20 km / 12,5 miles)
In the morning, we enjoy our last bike tour on Šolta. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean, and fig trees 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 the Čiovo peninsula 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 (Fri): Trogir (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Dalmatia/Croatia.
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.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.