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Dalmatia Pearls 8-day Bike and Boat Tour Split/Dubrovnik
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.
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 2 x full board and 5 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
Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week; e-bike: 180 EUR/week (limited). Helmets are required: advised to BYO or limited available upon requet. Please email [email protected]
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Individual journey to Split. Check-in on board starts between 2 and 2.30 pm at Split harbour. At about 4.30 pm, 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. The boat will spend the night in Split offering you an opportunity to experience Split’s nightlife.
Split – Island Brač: Supetar – Milna – Island Hvar: Stari Grad – Jelsa – Stari Grad (aprx. 12 mi./20 km + aprx. 12 mi./20 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 arrived on Brač we cycle across the width of the island from Supetar to Milna. Before descending to Milna to meet the boat, we can enjoy wonderful views across the Dalmatian islands. We board the boat and enjoy a relaxing cruise and replenishing lunch on our way to the artist’s town of Stari Grad on the Island of Hvar. On arrival we enjoy a second bike ride through the green planes of the island to the seaside town of Jelsa. After a break for coffee and ice cream, we continue the round trip back to Stari Grad where we spend the night.
Hvar Island: Stari Grad - Hvar – Island Lastovo (aprx. 14 mi./22 km)
Today’s cycling tour leads us from Stari Grad to the capital city of Hvar on the opposite side of the Island. Our cycle tour leads us through the untamed lavender fields of the island and small villages all the while accompanied by incredible views across the Dalmatian coastline. On arrival, make use of the time and go for a little stroll through the city of Hvar before boarding the boat. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance Square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. We board the boat for lunch and cruise to the tranquil island of Lastovo for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Island Lastovo – Island Korcula (aprx. 17 mi./28 km) 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. The population of just over 800 still lives mainly from fishing in the waters rich in fish, agriculture and viticulture. Today’s cycle tour takes us around the beautiful island. The gold-coloured white wine “Marastina”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is grown here. After returning back to the boat, we cruise to the harbor town of Vela Luka on the Island of Korčula for the night.
Island Korcula: Vela Luka – Korčula City (aprx. 37.5 mi./60 km) Today’s cycle tour leads us across the charming island of Korčula all the way to Korčula city. A mild Mediterranean climate and a broad variety of different landscapes await us here. Take your time, and remember to take a break to enjoy the view over the deep blue sea and neighboring islands. The picturesque town of Korčula with its fishbone alleyways competes with Venice for the honor of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. It is here that we spend the night and enjoy a guided city tour packed with fascinating anecdotes concerning the history of the city and the island.
Mljet Island: Mljet National Park – Island Sipan (aprx. 10 mi./30 km) In the morning we enjoy breakfast during a cruise to the green island of Mljet. Green because 70 % of its landmass is covered by woodland making it 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 arrive in the harbor of Pomena and enjoy a round tour on our bikes through the Mljet National Park. Our boat will wait for us in Pomena from where we will continue by boat in the afternoon to the island of Šipan.
Šipan Island – Dubrovnik (aprx. 7 mi./11 km) Šipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. Accompanied by your tour guide a pleasant cycle trip takes us past villas with exotic gardens and through a fertile valley framed by a range of limestone hills. Returning to the boat we enjoy our last crossing after an adventurous week. After arrival in Dubrovnik there is plenty of time to explore the UNESCO world Heritage city and to take part on a guided city tour. A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travelers and tour guides.
Dubrovnik (Disembarkation) 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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|Apr 21 2023||Apr 28 2023||28||Single rooms||1,790€|
|May 05 2023||May 12 2023||28||Single rooms||1,890€|
|May 19 2023||May 26 2023||28||Single rooms||1,990€|
|Jun 02 2023||Jun 09 2023||28||Single rooms||2,090€|
|Jun 16 2023||Jun 23 2023||28||Single rooms||2,090€|
|Jun 30 2023||Jul 07 2023||28||Single rooms||1,990€|
|Jul 14 2023||Jul 21 2023||28||Single rooms||1,990€|
|Jul 28 2023||Aug 04 2023||28||Single rooms||1,990€|
|Aug 11 2023||Aug 18 2023||28||Single rooms||1,990€|
|Aug 25 2023||Sep 01 2023||28||Single rooms||2,090€|
|Sep 22 2023||Sep 29 2023||28||Single rooms||2,090€|
|Oct 06 2023||Oct 13 2023||28||Single rooms||1,890€|
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