Bike and Cruise Croatia
This guided cycling tour in Dalmatia starts on Brac Island and ends in Split 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 beautiful islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate and the best way to explore it is, without doubt, by bike.
Day 1: Split > Brac (Milna) (L) Join your ship in Split and set sail in the early afternoon. The two-hour journey to the island of Brac is the best time to meet your fellow passengers and the crew. Upon arrival in Milna you will cycle to Bobovisca. This little hamlet, set on the western side of island Brac 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.
Bike Course: Milna > Bobovisca NM > Milna (approx 17 km); Difficulty level 3: Paved, gravel; Inclination: Partly hilly, partly flat; Highest point at: 175 m
Day 2: Brac Island (B,D) 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 you will have an opportunity to try local food and wine at little shepherd's village called Gazul with stone houses situated in authentic Brac platform (lunch is optional and cost approx 16 EUR paid locally). After a good 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.
Bike Course: Milna > Bol (approx 43km); Difficulty level 5; Paved, short part to Gazul village is gravel; Inclination: Very hilly, partly flat, last 8 km downhill; Highest point at: 570 m
Day 3: Hvar Island (B,L) The island of Hvar is, above all, famous for its multicoloured 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 Spanjol, a citadel built on the site of a medieval castle to defend the town from the Turks. Overnight in Hvar.
Bike Course: Jelsa > Stari Grad > Hvar (approx 33 km); Difficulty level 4; Paved, gravel; Inclination: Flat on the way to Starigrad, hilly from Stari Grad; Highest point at: 415 m
Day 4: Korcula Island (B,D/L) Korcula 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 Korcula perhaps the most beautiful of the Adriatic islands. Korcula, along with Venice, proclaims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo so you will see the name Marco Polo everywhere. The medieval town is constructed like a fishbone with a main "bone" (street) going from main gate to the peak of the old town.
Bike Course: Vela Luka > Korcula (approx 44 km) or Racisce > Lumbarda > Korcula (approx 24 km), to be confirmed on the spot as Vela Luka. Korcula is very demanding trail and not suitable for less fit groups; Difficulty level 4/3; Paved; Inclination: Partly flat, partly hilly, last 5 km downhill; Highest point at: 500 m
Day 5: Mljet Island National Park (B,L) 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 29 m. We cycle around the saltwater lake, in which there is actually another island where in the twelfth century Benedictines 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).
Bike Course: National Park Mljet (approx. 15 km); Difficulty level 1; Paved, gravel; Inclination: Flat; Highest point at: 65 m
Day 6: Peljesac Peninsula & Makarska Riviera (B,L) After breakfast enjoy the sail towards Peljesac 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 back country and past the most famous wine growing area. Once we reach a viewpoint an extraordinary sight over Korcula's old town on the other side opens. Those who feel tired can join the ship in Orebic, the town of sea captains and sailors. the rest of the group can continue the 18 km long road towards Loviste 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 Baska voda or Makarska.
Bike Course: Kuciste > Orebic > Loviste (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
Day 7: Omis & Split (B,L) 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 Omis visit the Mirabella fortress which provided safety from the enemy to the local inhabitants during the period of the infamous pirates of Omis. The view from the fortress of Mirabella stretches over the entire Channel of Brac 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.
Bike Course: Omis > Radmanove Mlinice > Omis (approx 12 km); Difficulty level 1; Surface: Paved; Inclination: Partly flat, partly hilly; Highest point at: 160 m
Day 8: Disembarkation Split (B) Disembark after breakfast at 9:00 am.
Cabins: All deck cabins are situated on the main and top deck. Under deck cabins are in the hull of the ship below the main deck.
Cycling Route: The length of the daily cycling routes is estimated and informative and depends on 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.
Bicycles: Bike rental is not included; the cruise line and World Journeys are not responsible for any damage which may occur on personal bicycles during bike tours and transportation from land to the ship and vice versa. Rental bikes are Trek men and women cycles or similar. Aluminium frame with semi-integrated head tube, bi-oval downtube with integrated gusset, rack and fender mount, disc compatible dropouts, replaceable derailleur hanger. Includes bikes equipped with bottle holder, bag carrier, small bag and helmet.
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 but are paid locally by each traveller.
• Cruise accommodation for 7 nights (Category A Ship) • Cabins have private shower and toilet but are mostly bunk style beds • Breakfast and dinner (or lunch) included daily • 1 litre of water daily
Pricing (per person) $NZD
May to October
2018 May to October
Not included • Visitors tax and port fees payable locally EUR 25 per person per week
• Crew gratuities
• Transfers or any additional accommodation are not included
• Bike Rental
• Visitors tax and port fees payable locally EUR 25 per person per week • Crew gratuities • Drinks • Transfers or any additional accommodation are not included • Bike Rental