8D/7N - 2018 Bike & Cruise the South Dalmatian Coast from Split

8D/7N - 2018 Bike & Cruise the South Dalmatian Coast from Split

    Bike & Cruise the South Dalmatian Coast from Split

    This guided cycling tour in Dalmatia starts on Brač Island and ends in Omiš exploring amazing coastlines, medieval towns, old villages and picturesque bays. Highlights include visiting great beaches, vineyards, pine woods, cycling on the historic islands and exploring Mljet National Park. Croatia is a land of picturesque islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate and the best way to explore it is, without doubt, by bike.

    08 days/ 07 nights, Split-Split

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Day 01 Arrival in Split - Island Brač (Milna)

Bike Course: Milna – Bobovišća NM – Milna (approx 17 km) Difficulty Level 3

Surface: Paved, gravel

Inclination: Partly hilly - partly flat

Highest point at: 175 m

Departure at 13:00h with lunch as first service. Two-hour journey to the island of Brač is the best time to meet your fellow passengers and the crew. Upon arrival in Milna you will cycle to Bobovišća. This little hamlet, set on the western side of island Brač just under the top of the mountain, seems somehow squeezed on the sunny slope, overlooking the sea. You will be able to have a swim here or just a coffee break. On returning to Milna we suggest a cycle ride along the coast. Overnight in the harbour of Milna.

Day 02 Brac Island

Bike Course: Milna - Bol (approx. 43km) Difficulty Level 5

Surface: Paved, short part to Gažul village is gravel

Inclination: Very hilly, partly flat, last 8 km downhill

Highest point at: 570 m

After breakfast your adventure will start with a long, but even climb to the crest of a hill, past mulberry and fig trees, pine forests, olive groves and vineyards. The white marble visible here was used for, among other things, the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. After 35 kilometres cycling you will have an opportunity to try domestic food and vine at little shepherd's village called Gažul with stone houses situated in authentic Brač platform (lunch is optional and cost approx 16 eur). After nice and long break you still have another 10 km to get to Bol. The breathtaking panoramic views of the neighbouring island of Hvar on the descent to the beach at Bol are well worth the effort of the ascent. In Bol one can see the Golden Horn beach (approx 2,5 km from the port so take a bike to get there). In Bol you can take a swim or stroll around the village. Overnight in Bol.

Day 03 Hvat Island

Bike Course: Jelsa - Stari Grad - Hvar (approx 33 km) Difficulty Level 4

Surface: Paved, gravel

Inclination: Flat on the way to Starigrad, hilly from Stari Grad

Highest point at: 415 m

The island of Hvar is above all famous for its multi-coloured rosemary and lavender fields. The biking tour takes us through small island settlements, fields and vineyards from Jelsa towards Vrboska and then we descend on an old road towards Stari Grad where we have a refreshing stop. Stari Grad is one of Croatia's oldest towns, dating back to 385BC when it was a Greek colony called Faros. On the way to Hvar we are passing through villages of Grablje, a wealthy place of hardworking people who were known for their high quality wine, honey, olive oil, and lavender, and Brusje, the first village behind Hvar towards the interior of the island. The tour ends at the historical city of Hvar where you can climb up to the Španjol, a citadel built on the site of a medieval castle to defend the town from the Turks. Overnight in Hvar.

Day 04 Korcula Island

Bike Course: Vela Luka - Korčula (approx 44 km) or Račišće - Lumbarda - Korčula (approx 24 km) - to be confirmed on the spot as Vela Luka – Korčula is very demanding trail and not suitable for less fit groups. Difficulty Level 4/3

Surface: Paved

Inclination: Partly flat, partly hilly, last 5 km downhill

Highest point at: 500 m

Korčula is the island with the most abundant vegetation on the Adriatic. Its old Greek name Korkyra Melaina is especially due to the rich cover of pine woods. The peaceful and secluded gardens of Cypress trees here make Korčula perhaps the most beautiful of the Adriatic islands. Korčula, along with Venice, proclaims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo so you will see the name Marco Polo everywhere when you get to Korčula island. The medieval town of Korčula is constructed like a fishbone with a main “bone” (street) going from main gate to the peak of the old town. Overnight in Korčula.

Day 05 Mljet Island National Park

Bike Course: National park Mljet (approx. 15 km) Difficulty Level 1

Surface: Paved, gravel

Inclination: Flat

Highest point at: 65 m

While we enjoy our breakfast the ship will take us to lush green island of Mljet also known as Honey-Island. Mljet National Park is a beautiful area of unique charm featuring two connected salty lakes - Great Lake, covering an area of 145 ha, with a depth up to 46 m and the Small Lake with an area of 24 ha and a maximum depth of 29m. We cycle around the saltwater-lake, in which there is actually another island where in the twelfth century Benedictine created a monastery, beautifully secluded, and surrounded by pine and oak forests. Boat ride to the monastery follows. After lunch take a swim in Small Lake or take another ride around the lakes. Overnight in Pomena (Mljet).

Day 06 Peljesac Peninsula & Makarska Riviera

Bike Course: Kučište - Orebić - Lovište (approx 30 km) Difficulty Level 4

Surface: Paved

Inclination: Partly flat, party hilly to very hilly, last 6 km downhill

Highest point at: 270 m

After breakfast enjoy the sail towards Pelješac Peninsula where life is very much like that on an island. The climb ahead of us is not an easy one, but we will enjoy the landscape, which will help us get through the difficult part. The cycle-tour leads you into the backcountry and past the most famous wine growing area. Once we reach a viewpoint an extraordinary sight over Korčula's old town on the other side opens. Those who feel tired can join the ship in Orebić, the town of sea captains and sailors. Rest of the group can continue the 18 km long road towards Lovište where lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon our boat brings us to the popular holiday resort on Makarska Riviera at the base of the 5,500 ft high Biokovo mountain range. Overnight in Baška Voda or Makarska.

Day 07 Omis & Split

Bike Course: Omiš – Radmanove Mlinice - Omiš (approx 12 km) Difficulty Level 1

Surface: Paved

Inclination: Partly flat, partly hilly

Highest point at: 160 m

After breakfast take the last ride of our Dalmatian adventure, this time to Radman’s Mills, a popular resort, to enjoy the beauty of a natural park and canyon of the Cetina river where you can also see stone mill wheels dating from the 17th century. On return to Omiš visit the Mirabella fortress which provided safety from the enemy to the local inhabitants during the period of the infamous pirates of Omiš. The view from the fortress of Mirabella stretches over the entire Channel of Brač island. After lunch the ship leads us back to the monumental city of Split which is under UNESCO protection and it is a part of the world heritage. Here we find an abundance of Roman architecture - of special interest is the Diocletian palace. Overnight in Split.

Day 08 Disembarkation Split

Enjoy breakfast before disembarking in Split where your tour ends.

ALL DECK CABINS ARE SITUATED ON MAIN AND TOP DECK! Under deck cabins are in the hull of the ship below the main deck.

Inclusions: 7 night cruise with half board service (breakfast & 3 course lunch or dinner – according to daily activities), 1L of water daily, professional bike guide, guaranteed departures from Split harbour Saturdays at 13.00, bike cruise with professional guide, services and charges.

Exclusions: meals not included above, drinks, tips, visitor’s tax, port taxes (25€ pp per week) and bike rental at about EUR 100 per week including bottle holder, bag carrier, small bag & helmet.

Note: Biking recommended equipment biking shoes, backpack, extra clothes, rain/sun protection. Participant agrees to abide to the decisions and instructions given by the guide who reserves the right in changing the itinerary according to weather conditions.

SWIMMING BREAKS: In good weather and depending on timing we will have regular swim stops for while the ship anchors in secluded bays or after the cycling before departure to the next island.

CYCLING ROUTE: The length of the daily cycling routes is only estimated and depends on the various detours or short cuts that can be done on route. Sailing and cycling routes may be changed on the spot due to weather conditions and capability of the respective cyclists on board. Departure is during morning hours, mostly after breakfast.

FOOD: Half board is served with continental breakfast and either lunch or dinner. During our cycling routes we recommend stops at local restaurants where you can sample the local specialties. These meals are not included in the price of the trip. There is a possibility to book a captain's dinner, which is paid directly on the spot and is offered by the captain and your tour guide.

BICYCLES: bike rental possible on request; the tour company is not responsible for any damage which may occur on personal bicycles during bike tours and transportation from land to the ship and vice versa.

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