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Dalmatia Pearls 8-day Bike and Boat Tour Dubrovnik/Split
If you would like to experience the region of South Dalmatia thoroughly, not wanting to do without Dubrovnik and its amazing city walls, this sail and cycle trip is an excellent choice. Accompanied by our charming motor yacht, we get to know this sparsely populated part of Croatia. Breathtaking scenic experiences and cultural highlights await you. The highlights of the trip are the town centre of Dubrovnik and Split which are listed as UNESCO’s world heritage sites. We cycle the islands of Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula, Hvar and Brač and experience the interaction of sea and land, culture and nature close up and personally.
Premium Ship (all cabins with shower/toilet): the ship was built in 2008., an elegant two mast motor yacht is 29 m long and 7 m wide. It has 14 comfortable guest cabins with shower/WC and air conditioning as well as a spacious salon and a comfortable sun deck. Access to the sea is uncomplicated via a bathing platform at the stern of the ship and guarantees unlimited bathing pleasure.
The cycle tours require an advanced level of fitness. The tours will take us up to a height of 200 - 500 m above sea-level. The day-tours up to 37 mi./60 km will take us through hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle-tour. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation requested).
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.20 m (4 ft.) for hybrid bicycles and 1.50 m (4.5 ft.) for e-bikes. Helmets must be worn by all children up to age 16 in Croatia
The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 4 x full board and 3 x half board. It starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day
This tour is conducted bilingually, in English and German
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Individual journey to Dubrovnik. Check-in on board starts between 2 and 2.30 pm at Gruž, the town port. At about 4.30 pm, a guided tour through Dubrovnik is offered, where we hear some interesting details of the town’s history and visit the most impressive sites. The boat will spend the night in Gruž offering the guests an opportunity to experience Dubrovnik’s nightlife.
Dubrovnik – Mljet Island (aprx. 17.5 mi./28 km)
In the morning we cross over to the green and forested island Mljet - known as the honey island. With 70 % of its landmass covered by woodland it is the most forested island in the Mediterranean region. Homer mentioned this lovely island in his epic poem “Odyssey”. He made it a home for the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek king Odysseus, who could not resist Calypso and stayed on Mljet for seven years. We cycle from Sobra to Pomena where our ship awaits us for dinner. Overnight stay in Pomena.
Islands Lastovo and Korčula: Korčula town (aprx. 17.5 mi./28 km)
Today our ship takes us to the Island of Lastovo. The island is one of the smaller inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate, and in Roman times it was even named “Augusta Insula” after him. Today’s cycle tour takes us across this beautiful island. The gold-coloured white wine “Marastina”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is grown here. Back at the boat it’s time to cast off! A crossing takes us over to Korčula Island, regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia. The Picturesque town of Korčula with it’s fishbone alleyways competes with Venice for the honor of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo.
Korčula Island: Korčula town - Vela Luka (aprx. 37.5 mi./60 km)
Today’s cycle tour leads us across the charming island of Korčula. A mild Mediterranean climate and a broad variety of different landscapes accompany us on the tour today. Take your time, and remember to take a break to enjoy the view over the deep blue sea and neighboring islands. Dinner is served on board to replenish our strength after an active day. Overnight stay in the sheltered by of Vela Luka.
Island Hvar: Hvar Town – Stari Grad – Jelsa (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)
The day starts with a relaxing cruise to Hvar town on Hvar Island. Make use of the time before the cycle tour starts and go for a little stroll through the city. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance Square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. Today's bike tour takes us from the city of Hvar through small villages and lavender fields to Stari Grad on the opposite side of the island. The descent to Stari Grad offers breathtaking views. After a lunch break on board we continue cycling to Jelsa, where we will also spend the night.
Brač Island: Bol – Pučišća (aprx. 14 mi./23 km)
We cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was, among others, used for the White House in Washington and in the construction of the German Reichstag building in Berlin. Once we have arrive on Brač, we start our bike tour from Bol to the picturesque harbor town of Pučišća. We will spend the afternoon and evening here. Enjoy the serenity of the town, famous internationally for its stone masonry college.
Brač Island: Pučišća – Split (aprx. 16 mi./25 km)
Today's bike tour leads us along the northern coastline of Brač from Pučišća to Supetar. Then, for the last time in an eventful week, we enjoy a cruise back to the UNESCO world heritage city of Split. A guided city tour offers us the chance to see inside the former Palace of Emperor Diocletian and to learn about its transformation into the city which it has become. A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travelers and tour guides.
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.
Itinerary changes: We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.
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