Dalmatia – Dubrovnik to Split Bike and Boat

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely to Moderate
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Dubrovnik / Split
  • Distance

    115 miles/185 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    024-121CHRA
Price From £973

Overview

This holiday also operates in reverse, click here for the Split to Dubrovnik route.

Cruise and cycle the gorgeous Dalmatian Islands between Dubrovnik and Split. On this holiday you’ll enjoy scenic bike rides on the islands of Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula and Brač. You’ll also be able to swim from the boat in the warm Adriatic waters and spend your evenings exploring charming old port towns.

The two masted motor yacht Pape Prvi makes a comfortable base for your holiday as she picks her way through the Dalmatia archipelago, delivering you to picturesque little ports for scenic rides each day. The guided rides introduce you to each island in turn, unveiling quaint villages, panoramic sea-views and bustling ports.

Hvar - Croatia

Hvar Town

On this ride you’ll get to know Mljet, Dalmatia’s greenest isle, and the remote and serene island of Lastovo. You’ll also explore Korčula, the island considered by many to be Dalmatia’s most beautiful, and Hvar with its beautiful capital and the quaint artists’ village of Stari Grad. You traverse Brač, the largest island, spending a night in the stunningly beautiful port of Pučišća before finishing your holiday in historic Split with its atmospheric old town.

The daily rides cover between 23 and 60 kms each day and invariably include some climbs of one kind or another. The bikes used used on this tour are comfortable hybrid models although e-bikes are also available albeit in limited numbers.

Itinerary & Map

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

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Day 1: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

On arrival in Dubrovnik make your way Gruž, Dubrovnik’s town port where the Pape Prvi is moored. Check-in is between 2 & 2.30pm and at 4.30pm you are invited to join a guided walking tour of the old town. The Pape Prvi remains moored in Gruž for the night and we highly recommend a post- dinner stroll through the atmospheric old town before retiring to your comfy, air conditioned cabin for the night.

Day 2: Mljet Island, 17.5 miles/28kms

Mljet

Mljet (Pomena in the distance)

During breakfast we slip our moorings and cruise across to the island of Mljet. This beautiful, verdant isle is thought by many to have been the mystical island on which the Nymph Calypso kept Odysseus captive for 7 years in Homer’s “Odyssey”. Our first ride leads us from the peaceful little harbour of Sobra, westwards to the picturesque port of Pomena. Along the way we will pass through the heavily forested National Park Of Mljet with its stunning coastline. The Pape Prvi uis waiting for us in the charming port of Pomena where she remains moored for the night

Day 3: Lastovo Island and Korčula Island, 17.5 miles/28 kms

Korcula Town

Korcula Town

Today we visit two islands, the first is Lastovo which we will reach after a short breakfast cruise from Pomena. Lastovo sits further out to sea than most of the other Dalmatian islands and has an isolated serene charm all of its own. Our guides lead us on a very enjoyable and scenic ride to the charming old town of Lastovo with its amphitheater setting and ornate chimneys.

Back on board the Pape Prvi we enjoy a fortifying lunch before casting off for a relaxing afternoon cruise across to the island of Korčula. Time allowing, the captain may well make a stop in a secluded bay for a swim from the boat. The fortified town of Korčula, juts out into the Adriatic as if it is trying to break free from the rest of the island and sail away. Its connection to the sea is further confirmed when one observes that the street layout resembles the skeleton of a fish. We highly recommend an after-dinner stroll around this incredibly picturesque and atmospheric town.

Top tip – Enjoy sun-downers and the view from Massimo’s Cocktail Bar in the town’s medieval tower.

Day 4: Korčula Island: Korčula Town – Vela Luka, 37.5 miles/60 kms

Looking down at Kneza

Looking down at Kneza

Today we are in for a real treat as cycle from one end of Korčula to the other. The island is widely thought to be the jewel in Dalmatia’s crown and today’s ride will qualify you for an opinion. There are some climbs involved but these are invariably rewarded with stunning views across the blue Adriatic to other nearby islands and the mainland. About midway through the ride you will be rewarded with some particularly jaw-dropping views out to sea and nearby you’ll also be able to stop for a refreshing swim if the mood takes you. Our destination is the pleasant port of Vela Luka, located in its own natural harbour. It’s always nice to climb aboard the Pape Prvi after a long ride and enjoy the simple bliss of a cold drink and some air conditioning! The Pape Prvi remains moored in Vela Luka overnight.

Day 5: Hvar Island: Hvar – Stari Grad – Jelsa, 22 miles/35 kms

Hvar

Another breakfast cruise delivers us to the island of Hvar and we moor in the island’s beautiful capital, Hvar Town. The Renaissance Square is magnificent and the view from the Spanish fortress above the town is stunning but be warned, to see the latter  you must be prepared to invest in quite a climb! Today’s scenic cycle route leads us up out of Hvar Town and into some wild, pristine countryside, covered in wild lavender and rosemary. The views are incredible and butterflies often fill the air, attracted by the fragrant flora. After an exhilarating descent to the pretty artists port of Stari Grad we climb aboard the Pape Prvi for an energising lunch. In the afternoon we can choose between a gentle afternoon cruise along the coast or a pleasant ride  to the pretty port of Jelsa. Not many visitors to this little town can resist the lovely ice cream cafe in the pretty square but you can of course try! The Pape Prvi remains moored in Jelsa for the evening.

Day 6: Brač Island: Bol – Pučišća, 14 miles/23 kms

Pucisca

Pučišća

This morning the Pape Prvi crosses the narrow strait separating Hvar from  its neighbour Brač, the largest of the Dalmatian Islands. We moor in Bol, home to the rather famous (and therefore usually very busy) Golden Horn beach. As well as being the largest island, Brač also boasts the most elevation so to get to Pučišća on the other side of the island there is inevitably some climbing involved. On today’s ride we’ll enjoy some marvelous panoramic views across the sea and see the locally quarried white marble which has been used on some very famous buildings, including 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C!

The Pape Prvi awaits us in the picturesque port of Pučišća – a lovely place to spend the night. We highly recommend a post dinner stroll around the quayside to the church and back.

Day 7: Brač Island: Pučišća – Supetar – Split, 16 miles/25 kms

Split

Split

Our final ride leads us on a winding road along the northern shore of Brač.  Across the strait we can see the towering Mount Mosor on the mainland. The Pape Prvi is waiting for us in the bustling little port of Supetar and from here she begins her last cruise of the week across the strait to Split.

Once at our mooring we are invited to join a qualified guide on a fascinating walking tour around the beautiful old town, including Roman Emperor Diocletian’s incredible palace. A farewell meal on board is always a event and if you still have the energy we recommend a late night stroll through the atmospheric old town where you will find some lovely bars and cafes.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast it is time to disembark and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

This holiday also operates in reverse, click here form the Split to Dubrovnik route.

2020 Arrival Dates
April26
May1024
June721
July519
August21630
September1327
October11

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2020 Prices
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Pape Prvi - Superior
Lower Deck
Double/twin £1168 £1266 £1364 £1266 £1364 £1168        
Single £1781 £1879 £1977 £1879 £1977 £1781        
Triple £973 £1055 £1137 £1055 £1137 £973        
Upper Deck
Double/twin £1315 £1413 £1511 £1413 £1511 £1315        
Single £2027 £2125 £2223 £2125 £2223 £2027        
Triple £1072 £1153 £1235 £1153 £1235 £1072        
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Deposit per person £175

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the Pape Prvi. See practical information
4 x full board and 3 x half board
Maps & route information
City tours in Dubrovnik and Split
Tour guide
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Drinks on-board
Visitors tax & unlimited bottled water, €50 per adult/€25 per child, payable locally
Gratuities/tips

Supplements

Transfers from Dubrovnik Airport to boat on embarkation day. (£27)
Transfers from boat to Split Airport on disembarkation day. (£27)
Regular bike with pannier. See practical information (£84)
Electric bike with pannier (£189)
Bike Insurance for regular bike (£11)
Bike Insurance for electric bike (£21)

Reductions

25% for children up to 16 years, sharing cabin, lower deck
15% for children up to 16 years, sharing cabin, upper deck

Practical Information

Bikes

Womens' hybrid

Example of female bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, aluminium framed models with comfortable saddle. They come in a variety of male and female frame sizes and are equipped with a pannier.

E-bikes are also available to rent, a popular option on this tour.

A very limited number of helmets are available on board and must be pre-booked at the time of booking. We strongly recommend bringing your own for safety and hygiene reason. It is mandatory to wear a helmet.

Accommodation

On-board payments: Cash only accepted, no debit/credit cards.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Pape Prvi

Pape Prvi

Pape Prvi

The elegant, two masted Pape Prvi was launched in 2008 and offers guests a good standard of comfort and facilities. She has 14 comfortable guest cabins each measuring 9 – 10m² and all feature en-suite shower/wc and air conditioning.

Five of the cabins are located on the lower deck and four of these feature twin beds while one features a double bed with a single bunk above.

Pape Prvi - Upper deck twin cabin

Pape Prvi – Upper deck twin cabin

The remaining 9 cabins are located on the upper deck and seven of these feature twin beds while 2 feature a double bed with a bunk bed above.

The Pape Prvi  also features a spacious salon and expansive sun-deck. At the stern there is also a bathing platform making swimming in the sea easy and uncomplicated.

Meals

A buffet breakfast and one or two warm meals are provided daily. The meals are prepared by the on-board cook who uses locally sourced fresh ingredients. The catering consists of 4 days of full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and 3 days of half board (breakfast and lunch or dinner).

Getting There

The tour starts in Dubrovnik and finishes in Split.

Dubrovnik
Fly to Dubrovnik airport. Research flights here

A regular shuttle bus links Dubrovnik airport with the main bus station in Gruž Port – more details here. The bus station is adjacent to where the Pape Prvi is moored.

Split
Fly home from Split airport. Research flights here

Shuttle busses run to the airport (24 kms from the port) or a taxi will cost around 25 euros.

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