Cruise and Bicycle Southern Dalmatia (TourzPlus™)
This is not your typical ExperiencePlus! tour or TourzPlus™ offering. We've partnered with a German based operator who offers good quality, high volume trips so prices can be kept low. The majority of your travel companions could be from Germany, France, or Britain. There will always be a leader who speaks English, but German could be the prevalent language. The bikes used on the trip are a European style trekking bike, meaning 21 speed, fenders, and wider tires. Individual rooms on the boats will be simply furnished and small, as they are on most boats, clean and well maintained.This bike and cruise through Southern Dalmatia, the smallest and most sparsely populated region in Croatia, will take us past unique little towns and the beautiful island countryside. Come along and experience the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesquely situated old township, the wine growing peninsula of Peljesac and to the south of the peninsula the island of Mljet, with its impressive national park. We will guide you through the towns of Trogir, Hvar, Stari Grad and Korcula, which are almost all protected by UNESCO's world heritage list.
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Day 1: Arrive in Split and transfer to Trogir
Highlights: Split, Marjan mountain
Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 5 km/3 mi. away from the boarding harbour of Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht the first small cruise begins at 1 pm from Trogir to Split. Here you will undertake your first bicycle ride to the Marjan mountain, a popular relaxation destination for the inhabitants of Split. After dinner your guide will accompany you on a walk through the old town of Split, which is built into the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diokletian and is a world heritage site. Overnight in Split. Daily distance: 20 km, 12 miles
Day 2: Omis, Brac
Highlights: Cetina Canyon, optional raft trip
After a short crossing to Omis you will cycle into the valley of the Cetina River, which has buried itself deep into the cliff faces. You will return to Omis with its pirate castles by way of small side roads through varied landscape. You also have the option of taking part in a 2 hour rafting trip on the Cetina River. In the afternoon we will cross over to Brac Island with a swimming break. The island of Brac is very famous for its white marble which has been used for the White House in Washington and in the Reichstag in Berlin. Daily mileage: Approximately 43 km, 27 miles
Day 3: Brac Island
Highlights: Brac and Korcula Islands
Today's route begins in Povlja with a long but moderate ascent to the mountain ridge of the island, past mulberry, kiwi and fig trees, olive groves and vineyards. The descent to Bol rewards you for your climb with amazing panoramic views of the neighboring island of Hvar. After lunch you will crossover to the island of Korcula whose capital town vies with Venice for the title of the birth place of Marco Polo. Daily mileage: 30 km, 19 miles.
Day 4: Pelješac Peninsula and Mljet
Highlights: Vineyards and forests
Pelješac impresses visitors even from afar with its Sv. Ilja mountain, which rises almost 1000 meters from the sea. After a short cruise in the morning you will take a ride into the inland of the island, past the most famous wine growing region of Dalmatia (the excellent Plavac and Dingac, Mljet, which is also known as the honey island. In the 12th century Benedictine monks founded a beautifully situated monastery, which you will see on your short cycle trip. The local pine forest is one of the most beautiful of its kind in the entire Mediterranean region; Odysseus is said to have spent 7 years here. Today this region is a National park and the highlight of every Dalmatian journey. Daily distance: 12 km, 7 miles.
Day 5: Korcula
Highlights: Explore the coastline and passes of Korcula
Crossover during breakfast to Korcula Island. The peacefulness and remoteness of luscious gardens with large cypresses dominate the appearance of perhaps the most beautiful Dalmatian island. You will cycle along the 12km/7 mi. long coastal road to Racisce for lunch. After a short period of pushing your bike to Pupnat you will reach the old 200m/660 ft. high pass road above the magnificent bay of Pupnat and later the village of Blato, which like Rome, was built on 7 hills. Overnight stay in the harbor Vela Luka. Daily distance: 55 km, 34 miles.
Day 6: Hvar Island
Highlights: Hvar, Star Grad
After arriving in Hvar you will take an interesting tour around the town, across the large Renaissance square, which is lined with the cathedral and many late Gothic palaces. Your first cycle tour for today leads you along the almost traffic free pass road through small villages. After lunch in Stari Grad we will continue our ride to the harbors of Jelsa and Vrboska, which invite you to have an extended break there. You will overnight in Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years. Daily distance: 45 km, 37 miles.
Day 7: Solta Island
Highlights: Solta, Trogir
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Solta you will commence your last cycle tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The smells of lavender and rosemary will accompany you along your tour of this island. In Maslinica you can load the bikes onto the ship and enjoy your last crossing back to Trogir, where if time permits, you can take a tour of the old town which is a world heritage site.
Day 8: Disembark at Trogir
Disembark until 9am and individual departure.
HighlightsTorgir, Omis including the Cetina Canyon and pirate castles, Brac Island, Korčula Island, Solta Island, Cruising through the islands, Hvar Island, Pelješac PeninsulaKeep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.
Includes21 speed trekking bike, 8 days, 7 nights on a motor yacht (double cabin with shower/toilet), all meals on the ship (does not include beverages), bilingual guide, 7 guided cycling routes as described in itinerary, entrance fees for National Park of Mljet
Arrive/DepartAirport Split (SPU)
Total Distance126 miles (204 km)
Daily Distance7 - 35 miles (11 - 56 km)
Rating201-301 Though daily mileages are fairly low there are very steep climbs every day of the tour. We use European style 21-speed hybrid bikes for this trip. If you prefer a trip that focuses more on cycling have a look at our Hopping the Islands of the Dalmatian Coast tour, or our Hopping the Islands of Dalmatia Plus! the South Coast tour.
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* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
We were the only Americans, and so enjoyed meeting people from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and the boat crew from Croatia. We really loved the trip - it was different than any we had ever done before and very enjoyable!Dona J., Charlotte, NC