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Croatia

Dalmatian National Parks and Islands

Bike and Boat Holiday

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

£925 P.P.
Croatia

Dalmatian National Parks and Islands

Bike and Boat Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

£925 P.P.
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Croatia has a beautiful coast-line, with thousands of islands, reefs and bays. History-filled ruins, rolling hills, and breathtaking natural landscapes are all abundant, and just waiting to be explored. On this moderately challenging trip, we invite you to spend a week discovering the Dalmatian mainland and a number of islands by motor yacht and bicycle. Succulent cuisine, a caring crew and knowledgeable tour guides will all be the order of the day to ensure that this bike and boat holiday is an unforgettable experience.
You will visit two National Parks and the islands of Central Dalmatia, starting and finishing in the cultural hotspot of Trogir. The itinerary will take you along the mainland through Šibenik, up the Krka river to Skradin and one of Dalmatia's most beautiful National Parks, before heading back out to Vodice. You then set sail for the islands, exploring Murter and Dugi Otok. Having briefly returned to the mainland for a stay in Zadar, you pedal and sail your way through more stunning island vistas before looping back to Trogir. 
Highlights will include UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Primošten, Šibenik and its famous cathedral, Zadar, the Krka waterfalls and the Kornati islands. So join us on board your floating accommodation, to spend a sun-drenched week discovering the charm of the Adriatic in a unique and special manner!

Holiday Highlights

  • Relaxing aboard the yacht, on crystal-clear Adriatic waters
  • Discovering the captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trogir
  • Exploring the Telašcica National Park, Kornati Islands and Krka Canyon National Parks
  • Enjoying leisurely evening meals with a friendly mix of nationalities
  • Marvelling at the blend of Roman, Venetian, Byzantine and Romanesque architecture
  • Pedalling through beautiful archipelagos and along the Dalmatian coastline

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Superb cycling guides, excellent food, nice choices for cycling routes and a wonderful boat and crew. We were also kept very well informed by the Saddle Skedaddle team!

Michael and Peggy, Canada

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Trogir
  • Meals: Dinner

On the first day you will arrive into the culturally charged town of Trogir, and make your way to the yacht for between 14:00 and 14:30. You will then set sail at 15:00, to enjoy a gentle cruise to Rogoznica on the Dalmatian mainland.

Day 2
Rogoznizca to Skradin
12 Miles / 19 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the morning we’ll cycle from Rogoznica to Primošten. From there the boat will take us to the city of Šibenik to the spot where the Krka River flows into the Adriatic Sea. After visiting the famous cathedral and the lovely old town we’ll set off again. On the cruise we’ll pass the lower course of the river Krka following the river bend until we reach Skradin. We’ll spend the night in the village port.

Day 3
National Park of Krka to Vodice
12 Miles / 19 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

The magnificent port of Skradin is today’s starting point for our excursion by boat and by foot to the most famous part of the Krka National Park with its unique waterfalls. In the early afternoon our boat takes us to the harbour of Vodice, a well-known and lively resort on the Dalmatian mainland. From here we’ll get back on our bikes for a loop ride around Vodice.

Day 4
Vodice to the Telašćica Nature Park (Island of Dugi Otok)
16 Miles / 27 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

In the morning we’ll cycle from Vodice to Murter Island, connected to the mainland by the lift bridge at Tisno. We’ll pass the bridge and cycle along the water front, passing two traditional coastal villages. We’ll be heading towards a small landing place, from where the boat will take us on a cruise through the Kornati National Park; an archipelago in crystal clear water. Our destination is the Telascica Nature Park.

In the evening a walk through the park leads us along the stunning cliffs of the island. The famous Silver Lake – made famous by Winnetou movies – is also located in the Nature Park. We’ll spend the night on the Island of Dugi Otok.

Day 5
Island of Dugi Otok to Zadar
16 Miles / 25 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

After breakfast and a short sail to Sali, today’s cycling tour will lead us along a virtually traffic-free and panoramic road. We’ll ride across the whole island.

During the ride we’ll be treated to countless unforgettable vistas of the islands in the deep blue sea. We’ll meet our ship in order to cross to Zadar, which, for centuries, was the political, cultural and spiritual centre of Dalmatia. A tour guide will take us on an extensive walk through the lanes of the lively old centre. 3,000 years of history have left their imprint on the character of this town and there are many things to be admired: the mighty fortified walls with their bastions, the loggia and the early Romanesque St. Donatus Basilica.

Day 6
Islands of Ugljan and Pašman to the Island of Zlarin
20 Miles / 33 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

During breakfast the boat will cross to the island of Ugljan at the channel of Zadar. Today we’ll have lots of time to explore both of the islands Ugljan and Pašman by bike. (They‘re connected by a bridge). We’ll cycle along the East Coast, always with beautiful views to the mainland and the ocean. Afterwards our boat will cruise to the coral island of Zlarin.

Day 7
Zlarin to Trogir (via the Island of Solta)
9 Miles / 15 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the morning the motor yacht will make its way to the island of Solta, where you will hop into the saddle and let your senses revel at the smell of lavender and rosemary, and peacefully quiet surroundings abundant in olive and fig trees, and picturesque farmland. Upon reaching Grohote village, you re-embark one final time for a relaxing cruise back to Trogir, where you will have time to explore the streets and sights of this fantastic World Heritage Site. After dinner, it will be time to bid a fond farewell to your departing travel guides before enjoying your final night on board the yacht.

Day 8
Departure
  • Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, disembarkation until 9:00 am and your journey home.

Please note: On some dates hybrid-and MTB tours will be operated together on the same boat, one tour guide will lead the hybrid / electric bike group, the other one the mountain bike group. This itinerary is for the hybrid group.

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The Cycling

Terrain

The bike routes require a basic level of fitness, which you should have acquired by occasional or daily cycling leading up to the trip. The route reaches altitudes from 328 to 985 ft / 100 to 300 meters. The daily routes of 9 to 22 mi / 15 to 35 km cover hilly terrain and can be completed without time constraints. You will come across some long climbs, which can be steep in some sections, but walking your bike is of course permitted. Day 6 will pose the biggest challenge with the longest ride, but you’ll be ready to take on the challenge by this point! The roads are mostly asphalted and there is little traffic outside of holiday periods. Due to a 1 Km stretch of gravel / dirt road on day 4 along the shoreline, we recommend a hybrid bike, rather than a road bike, for this tour, however 99% of the route is suitable for road bikes if you‘re happy to push / walk for these short, rougher sections.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 2-3: Gentle/Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Features some modest climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.

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The boat was very comfortable, the food excellent and plentiful, the crew and guides were great fun. There was a good mix of cycling, swimming, cruising, sightseeing and relaxing. A very good holiday, stress free and well organised.

Judy, Hertfordshire

Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

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Price p.p.
Start Date
24/04/2021
Return Date
01/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,250.00
Start Date
01/05/2021
Return Date
08/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£925.00
Start Date
08/05/2021
Return Date
15/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,250.00
Start Date
15/05/2021
Return Date
22/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,030.00
Start Date
22/05/2021
Return Date
29/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,350.00
Start Date
29/05/2021
Return Date
05/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,030.00
Start Date
05/06/2021
Return Date
12/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,350.00
Start Date
12/06/2021
Return Date
19/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,030.00
Start Date
19/06/2021
Return Date
26/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,350.00
Start Date
26/06/2021
Return Date
03/07/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
£1,350.00

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Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation in en suite twin or double, below deck cabins

B) Bed linen and towels

C) 4 x full-board and 3 x half-board

D) Guided cycling tours with an English speaking tour guide

E) Overview maps for the daily tours (provided on board)

F) Entrance fees to the National Parks as per the itinerary (group visits only)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Travel arrangements to / from the boarding point in Trogir

D) Personal clothing and equipment

E) Travel insurance

F) Drinks & bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

G) Any meals taken ashore

H) Entrance fees to museums and attractions not mentioned in itinerary

I) Single supplement (available if required)

J) Water flat rate & visitor’s tax (€50 per adult / €25 per child under 17, payable to yacht captain on arrival – cash only!)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this trip we recommend that you fly into Split (SPU), which is 7km from Trogir. We would then advise taking a taxi from the airport to Trogir harbour, which will cost around £15 / 150 Croatian Kuna. We ask that you arrive at the yacht and be boarded by 14:30 at the latest, to enable a 15:00 departure.

Various airlines offer direct flights from London and regional airports to Split (SPU). As you need to arrive early afternoon, you may want to consider arriving a day early and exploring Trogir or Split, if the timings from regional airports don’t quite tie in.

Please check your travel arrangements with Skedaddle before booking so that we can ensure they fit in with the holiday schedule.

Accommodation

There are three boats to choose from.

Comfort Boat: At 27×7m the Kapetan Jure provides 15 cosy guest cabins (4 below deck and 11 above deck / 7 – 8 sqm / Double beds: 200×140cm / Single beds: 200×80cm), each with air conditioning, a safe, a mirror, shower and WC. All lower deck cabins will have 1 double bed, and all upper deck cabins will have 2 single beds. The boat has a spacious living room suite on the quarterdeck and a sundeck with cushioned sleeping mats.

Premium Boat: At 32×7.6m the Romantica is a two mast motor yacht. Both the salon and the exterior have upscale facilities, and the boat is home to 16 guest cabins (7 below deck and 9 above deck / 9 – 10 sqm / Double beds: 200×160cm / Single beds: 200×80cm), each with air conditioning, shower and WC, hairdryer and mirror. Each deck has a mixture of both double and twin cabins. The boat has sunbeds and mats on the sundeck, big tables and chairs on a shady deck and a bathing platform at the stern.

Premium Boat: At 31×8m the San Snova is a wooden motor sailer, made entirely of oak, taking three years to complete. The boat is home to 14 guest cabins (3 cabins below deck and 11 cabins above deck / 9 – 14 sqm / Double beds: 200×160cm / Single beds: 200×80cm), each with air conditioning, shower and WC, hairdryer and mirror. Each deck has a mixture of both double and twin cabins (please note twin cabins consist of 1 x lower French bed (size: in between single and double) + 1 x single upper bunk). The boat has sunbeds and mats on the sundeck and big tables and chairs on a shady deck.

Bike Hire

The cost of bike hire is not included in the cost of the tour, but bikes are available to hire if required. If you choose to hire you will be provided with a 21-gear trekking/hybrid bike or an electric bike (on request), with pannier rack and bags. Your tour guide will have a repair kit in case of punctures, but if you intend to cycle independently, you may wish to take your own small puncture repair kit, or alternatively let one of the local team know and they will be able to provide you with a repair kit and pump to take with you. You are welcome to bring along your own saddle and/or pedals if preferred.

Helmets are compulsory when riding with Skedaddle. If you would prefer not to bring you own along, please request a helmet when booking and we can provide one for you.

Please note on our plus tours, the riding pace is determined by cyclists on e-bikes, guests who are taking part on these tours on a hybrid bike should have the necessary physical condition to keep up with this pace. Our standard trips are tailored for those riding on hybrid bikes and those riding e-bikes may need to wait for the rest of the group.

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