Dalmatia South Bike and Boat

  • 4.4
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Guided
  • Grade

    Moderate
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Trogir / Trogir
  • Distance

    109 miles/175 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    024-105CHR
Price From £863

Overview

This bike and boat holiday leads you around the serene and beautiful islands of South Dalmatia. Starting from the picturesque port of Trogir, this cycle cruise explores the islands of Solta, Hvar and Korčula. Each has it’s own unique character and flavour, providing a completely new cycling experience each day.

The islands of South Dalmatia are quiet, sparsely populated and achingly beautiful, the perfect arena for a relaxing bike and boat cycling holiday. There’s little or no traffic on the peaceful, rural lanes that lead you around each island revealing stunning sea views and picture perfect medieval villages seemingly after each bend in the road.

Typically, the boat will drop you off at one island port and then cruise around the island to meet you on the other side after your ride. Fancy a day off? No problem, just stay on board and relax while the boat cruises to the next port. There are also regular swim stops where the boat moors in a quiet bay, affording guests the unique experience of swimming directly from the boat in crystal clear waters.

Hvar - Croatia

Hvar

Highlights of this holiday include serene cycling on the peaceful island of Šolta where the scent of lavender and wild rosemary accompany your ride, the exhilarating descent to the stunningly beautiful port of Hvar Town, exploring Korčula island (considered to be dalmatia’s most beautiful island) and wandering the narrow, winding  streets of the historic old town of Split. Besides all this you can also look forward to swimming from the boat in the crystal clear waters of secluded bays and partaking in an optional rafting adventure through the awe-inspiring Cetina Canyon.

Cycle guides lead the rides each day allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The rides cover between 12 and 30 miles along mostly asphalted quiet lanes and minor roads. The terrain is always undulating and you will have climbs to contend with each day. Good quality e-bikes are available and a popular option on this wonderful cycling holiday.

Itinerary & Map

The daily rides cover between 12 and 30 miles along asphalted quiet lanes and minor roads. The terrain is always undulating and you will have climbs to contend with each day. E-bikes are a popular pre-bookable option on this fantastic cycling holiday.

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: Trogir – Split

Trogir - Croatia

Trogir

Fly to Split airport and then take a short taxi ride or public bus the 3 miles to Trogir. Check in is from 2pm to 2.30pm and at 3pm the crew cast off and we enjoy an afternoon cruise to the historic port of Split. After dinner we highly recommend stepping ashore for a stroll around the narrow winding streets of the atmospheric town.

Day 2: Island of Hvar – 13 miles/ 20 kms

Stari Grad

During the morning we enjoy a cruise to the charming port of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, where we disembark in the afternoon with the bikes for our first ride of the holiday. It’s a pretty easy route, leading us along quiet roads to the small port of Jelsa. Can you resist succumbing to the fabulous ice cream parlor in the pretty town square? The return route leads us first through vineyards and then following a scenic coastal path to the quaint little port of Vrboska and then back to Stari Grad where our boat remains moored for the night.

 

Day 3: Islands of Hvar and Korčula, 14 miles/22 kms

Hvar - Croatia

Hvar town

Today’s ride is a step up from yesterday’s introductory rides and will definitely get the blood pumping a little more. Immediately after leaving the boat we begin to climb up a winding road that leads us up onto a ridge running the length of the island. The views get progressively more spectacular and aromatic lavender fields line the route attracting flights of brightly coloured butterflies. The winding descent to Hvar town on the other-side of the ridge is long and exhilarating. Hvar town is a vibrant place, with bustling quayside bars and a picturesque Spanish fortress standing guard above.

Enjoy a drink or snack in one of the fashionable quayside bars until our boat arrives. In the afternoon we enjoy a cruise across to the island of Korčula. We moor for the night in the pleasant port of Vela Luka.

Day 4: Korčula Island – Makarska, 23 miles/37 kms

Makarska

Makarska

Today’s ride is a treat as we explore Korčula, an island considered by many to be the jewel in Dalmatia’s crown. We cycle along the south coast, enjoying splendid views of other smaller islands just off-shore, and through aromatic pine forests to the small village of Blato.

We then descend to the tiny port of Prigradica where we board the boat for an afternoon cruise to Makarska on the Croatian mainland. Time allowing, we’ll drop anchor somewhere en-route for a refreshing swim-stop which is one of the great pleasures of this type of holiday. An evening a stroll along the palm-tree lined quayside of Makarska with its bustling bars and restaurants is a pleasant way to end the day.

Day 5: Makarskka – Omiš 15 or 27 miles/44 kms

Rafting the Cetina Canyon

Rafting the Cetina Canyon

During breakfast we leave Makarska and cruise along the coast to the port of Omiš. We then have to choose between two options. The first is to enjoy a scenic circular cycling route around the stunning Cetina Canyon which will conclude with an exhilarating descent offering breathtaking views of the coast and surrounding islands. The second is to opt for an exciting 4 hour rafting excursion on the Cetina river itself (not included and payable locally). The rafting is great fun and each raft has a well trained instructor who ensures the trip is exhilarating but safe. The river and canyon are protected and the scenery and water clarity are amazing.

We then return to boat for a pleasant evening at our mooring in the port of Omiš.

Day 6: Islands of Brač and Šolta, 20 miles/32 kms

Pucisca

Pucisca

Our day starts with a morning cruise to the island of Brač where we moor in the stunning little port town of Pučišća on the island’s northern shore. Today’s ride leads us along the spine of the biggest Dalmatian island and provides some great views across the strait to the mainland and Mount Mosor. An exhilarating descent delivers us to the pleasant little harbour of Postira where we re-board the boat for an afternoon cruise to the tiny port of Rogač on the island of Šolta.

Day 7: Šolta Island – Trogir, 13 miles/20 kms

Solta

After breakfast we disembark with the bikes for the final ride of the holiday. Ancient dry-stone walls line the lanes that lead us around Šolta to small ports and tiny hamlets. The scent of wild roesemary fills the air as we pass olive groves and fig trees on this most serene of islands.

Afterwards we enjoy a cruise back to the boat’s home port of Trogir. Lose yourself in the maze-like alleys of the ancient port and enjoy an ice cream or cold drink at one of the many open air cafes. The Captains’s farewell dinner is always an enjoyable affair, moored up on the bustling quayside adjacent to the lovely old town.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast its time to disembark, by 9am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates
More information on the 2 boats that operate this route can be found under Practical Information.
Romantica - Superior
April18
May21630
June1327
July1125
August11529
September1226
October10
San Snova - Superior
May21630
June61320
July
August2229
September1926
October1724

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2020 Prices
024-105CHR
Per person
18 Apr
02 May
03 May
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22 Aug
23 Aug
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26 Sep
10 Oct
17 Oct
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24 Oct
Romantica - Superior
Lower Deck
Double/twin £1036 £1131 £1226 £1321 £1131            
Single £1629 £1724 £1819 £1914 £1724          
Triple £863 £942 £1022 £1101 £942            
Upper Deck
Double/twin £1178 £1273 £1368 £1463 £1273            
Single £1867 £1962 £2057 £2152 £1962            
Triple £958 £1037 £1116 £1196 £1037            
San Snova - Superior
Lower Deck
Double/twin   £1131 £1226 £1321   £1036          
Single   £1724 £1819 £1914   £1629          
Triple   £942 £1022 £1101   £863          
Upper Deck
Double/twin   £1273 £1368 £1463   £1178          
Single   £1962 £2057 £2152   £1867          
Triple   £1037 £1116 £1196   £958          
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Deposit per person £200

Price Includes

7 nights aboard your chosen ship. See practical information
4 x full board and 3 x half board
Maps & route information
Tour guide
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Visitors tax & unlimited bottled water, €50 per person, payable locally
Drinks on-board, gratuities/tips
Cetina river rafting, payable locally
Secure parking (cars under 6m in length €50/week, pre-book, payable locally)

Supplements

Transfer Split Airport to Trogir embarkation day (£16)
Transfer to Split Airport dismbarkation day (£16)
Regular bike with pannier. See practical information (£82)
Electric bike with pannier (£183)
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

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21-24 speeds. The bikes come equipped with a pannier.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. A very limited number of helmets are available on board and must be pre-booked at the time of booking. 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.

We offer accommodation aboard two different vessels on this tour. Choose between the modern, well appointed Romantica or the traditional, equally well-appointed San Snova. The boats operate on different weeks during the season so please check the Dates & Prices page to see which boat is operating on your preferred departure date. More images of the boats and cabins are available on the gallery page.

Romantica (superior)

Romantica

Romantica

The Romantica is a very elegant 2 masted motor yacht that can accommodate 32 guests.

She has 16 cabins, 9 of which are on the upper deck and 7 cabins are on the lower deck. The upper deck cabins consist of five double cabins with a small double bed and four twin cabins with two single beds. On the the lower deck there are three twin cabins with single beds, two double cabins with a small double bed and 2 triple cabins with small double bed and a single bed. All cabins feature en-suite shower/wc and are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, mirror and hair dryer.

Other facilities on board include a spacious sun deck and comfortable saloon and bar.

Cabin share option for single travellers, subject to availability.

San Snova

San Snova

San Snova (superior)
The San Snova is a gorgeous motor yacht built in 2009. Constructed entirely of oak she exudes comfort, elegance and style attracting many repeat customers each year.

She has 14 cabins, 11 of which are on the upper deck and 3 cabins are on the lower deck. The upper deck cabins consist of six double cabins with a small double bed and five triple cabins with a small double bed and a single bunk bed. On the the lower deck there are three triple cabins with single beds. All cabins feature en-suite shower/wc and are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, mirror and hair dryer.

A cosy saloon, covered deck and large sun deck are also features aboard this impressive boat.

Cabin share option for single travellers, subject to availability.

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

Fly to Split airport and then transfer by taxi or public bus to Trogir, 3kms away.

Research flights from the UK here.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 3 reviews 4.4
  • Date - 12/06/2017
  • Name - Anette Martin
  • Service rating -
    3.0
  • Service comment - We did not get information on the elevation on the cycle route we were not prepared for the steep climbs. Some people booking with other agencies received this information.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Good food, pretty country, great guides nice boat
  • Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the feedback Anette and we're sorry that you found it a little harder than expected. We do believe that our 'moderate' rating for this tour is accurate given that we describe our moderate tours as follows: 

    'Suitable for regular cyclists, who are used to longer rides with regular climbs.'

    That said we agree that elevation charts are also helpful and will ensure these are made available to future customers.
  • Date - 22/05/2017
  • Name - Fiona Brassett
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Ali was brilliant at advise and knowledge of all the destinations and routes, and very patient!
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Excellent boat, San snova. The staff were a credit to the very lovely captain and owner of the boat. The food was awesome as well as the cleanliness,nothing was too much trouble. The cycle routes were more challenging than the north islands but having an e-bike was an excellent choice,what fun they are,highly recommend them. Love Croatia and the islands,a superb way to see them by bike. We were blessed with good weather too.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the lovely review Fiona. We're also big fans of the San Snova - her crew and captain are wonderful and really add something to the holiday.
  • Date - 05/06/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very helpful. Kept us informed and made sure everything was ok for our trip
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Cycling was tough in places and there didn't seem to be many opportunities to self guide and take it easy. More main roads than I expected. The places we visited were lovely and cycling was a great way to see the islands - it would have been nice to take more time, particularly as the distances weren't too challenging. The boat was great and the food fantastic. Will definitely go again but will look carefully at the itinerary. One small point - it would have been nice to have some tea and coffee available after the rides.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the review. Yes, this is a moderate tour and some of the rides are quite tough. Glad you enjoyed it overall though and rest assured we'll raise the issue of post-ride tea and coffee for next year's programme.