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Croatia

Dalmatian National Parks and Islands Plus

Bike and Boat Tour

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,870 P.P.
Croatia

Dalmatian National Parks and Islands Plus

Bike and Boat Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,870 P.P.
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New for 2019, this Plus version of our popular National Parks and Islands tour, boasts our most luxurious motor yachts yet and unlimited availability on e-bike hire. 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 this trip is an unforgettable experience.
Croatia has a beautiful coastline, with a multitude of picturesque islands. History-filled ruins, rolling hills, and breath-taking natural landscapes are all abundant, and just waiting to be explored. 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 Murtur and Dugi Otok. Having briefly returned to the mainland for a stay in Zadar, you'll pedal and sail your way through more stunning island settings before looping back to Trogir.
Highlights will include UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Primošten, Šibenik and its famous cathedral, Zadar, the Krka waterfalls and sampling the local cuisine. So join us on board your first class floating accommodation, to spend a sun-drenched week discovering the charm of the Adriatic in a unique and special manner! This tour is run in conjunction with a local partner and you will join their guests on the tour. You will spend your evenings sharing experiences of the day with an international group of cyclists.
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Highlights

  • Relaxing aboard your yacht, on crystal clear Adriatic waters
  • Pedaling through the peaceful villages of the Dalmatian hinterland
  • Sampling local specialties of Croatian cuisine
  • Discovering the stunning waterfalls of the Krka Canyon
  • Unlimited availability on E-Bike Hire
  • Visiting a selection of UNESCO World Heritage sites

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Trogir - Sail to Rogoznica
  • Meals: Dinner

Today you will arrive into Trogir, set within rustic medieval walls that capture the feel of this historic town. Make your way to and embark your luxury yacht between 14:00 and 14:30. You will set sail on your journey at 15:00, crossing over to the village of Rogoznica, on the mainland of Dalmatia, where you can see the old stone houses and pine-covered peninsula. Take a moment to enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and these classic sights.

Day 2
Rogoznica to Dugi Otok (Telašcica Nature Park)
16 Miles / 27 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Rise and shine! Time to take in the scenery as our boat takes us to Vodice. Here marks the beginning of our cycling adventure. This morning we will cycle over the bridge that connects the Dalmatian mainland to the island of Murtur, famous for its glorious bays and beaches.

Cycling north, we’ll explore the island until we reach Slanica where the boat awaits us. Once on board we will cross over to the island of Dugi Otok, passing through the National Park of Kornati, an archipelago in crystal clear water known for its rich marine life. We’ll then make our way to the picturesque Telascica Bay where the local nature park (Mir salt lake) is situated.

At the end of the day we have the option to take a short hike to the impressive cliff tops before taking a brief cruise to the small seaside village of Sali where we’ll spend the night.

Day 3
Dugi Otok to Zadar
30 Miles / 48 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we will start our ride from Sali along the peaceful track to Božava, enjoying panoramic views throughout the route affording us the chance to fully appreciate the beautiful island of Dugi Otok.

Pine forests will surround you as you arrive into the quaint village of Božava. Here the boat will meet us as we cast off to Zadar, which, for centuries, was the political, cultural and spiritual centre of Dalmatia. 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 and the early Romanesque St. Donatus Basilica. Tonight we will dock in Zadar and have plenty of time to relax and reflect on the day.

Day 4
Zadar to Vodice
20 Miles / 33 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Whilst enjoying a peaceful morning and taking in the coastal scenery we will make our way by boat to the island of Uglijan. Helmets on and off we go, riding from Preko to Pasman and into the city of Tkon. Be sure to look out for the first glimpse of the Kornati Islands which can be seen whilst crossing the bridge that connects the two islands. Cycling along the east coast of the island we will be treated to endless views of the crystal blue sea and the beautiful Dalmatian mainland.

Upon arrival into Tkon we will hop on the boat and sail onwards to Vodice, a popular Dalmatian holiday destination on the mainland known for its vibrancy, diversity and friendly locals.

Day 5
Vodice to Skradin
22 Miles / 35 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Taking a gentle route through the quiet roads and tranquil villages in the Dalmatian Hinterland we will make our way to the city of Skradin, that lies at the foot of the spectacular Krka Caynon. The canyon is one of the main highlights of the trip, reaching a depth of 200m. In the afternoon your guides will invite you to sample some local cuisine. After a great day’s ride, it’s time once more to relax and unwind back on the yacht.

Day 6
The Krka Waterfalls
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

The magnificent port of Skradin is today’s starting point. After breakfast it is time to discover, by boat and foot, the naturally formed waterfalls and gorges of the Krka National Park. The park is inhabited by otters, 18 endemic fish species, 222 bird species and is an endless mosaic of floral life.

Then we sail onwards to Šibenik from the mouth of the river Krka into the Adriatic. Here the Cathedral of St. James is under UNESCO World Heritage protection and is regarded as the most magnificent sacral buildings on the Adriatic coast. The old town of Šibenik beckons with its charm for an afternoon stroll. Kick back and enjoy the sights as we cast off once more in the late afternoon and cruise to Primošten.

Day 7
Primosten to Trogir via Rogoznica
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

In the morning we’ll prepare for our last bike ride from Primosten, many magical views of the town and the island of Čiovo invite for short breaks and photo stops along the way. Immerse yourself in local culture as you pass through hinterlands and rural communities before finishing our ride in Trogir, where you will have time to explore the streets and sights of this fantastic World Heritage Site.

A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travelers and tour guides, before enjoying your final night on board your yacht.

Day 8
Departure from Trogir
  • Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you’ll disembark (before 09:00) and start your journey home.

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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 656 to 2132 ft / 200 to 650 meters above sea level. The daily routes of 16 to 30 mi / 27 to 48 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 and unlimited availability on electric bikes should help you up those hills if you’ve opted for this!

The roads are mostly asphalted and there is little traffic outside of holiday periods. Due to short stretches of gravel / dirt road on a couple of tracks along the shoreline, we recommend a hybrid bike, rather than a road bike, 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 trips

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

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?

Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 rides. 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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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.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
17/04/2021 Princeza Diana
Return Date
24/04/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$1,870.00
Start Date
24/04/2021 Melody
Return Date
01/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$2,000.00
Start Date
01/05/2021 Princeza Diana
Return Date
08/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$1,870.00
Start Date
08/05/2021 Melody
Return Date
15/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$2,155.00
Start Date
15/05/2021 Princeza Diana
Return Date
22/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$2,155.00
Start Date
22/05/2021 Melody
Return Date
29/05/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$2,295.00
Start Date
29/05/2021 Princeza Diana
Return Date
05/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$2,155.00
Start Date
05/06/2021 Melody
Return Date
12/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$2,295.00
Start Date
12/06/2021 Princeza Diana
Return Date
19/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$2,155.00
Start Date
19/06/2021 Melody
Return Date
26/06/2021
Duration
8 days
Price
$2,295.00

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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 4.3 miles from Trogir. We would then advise taking a taxi from the airport to Trogir harbour, which will cost around $20 / 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.

Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian, Westjet or Aeroflot combining with another airline being a common combination for this trip.

Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days.

As you need to arrive early afternoon, you may want to consider arriving a day early and exploring Trogir or Split.

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

Accommodation

We have two boats available.

First Class Yacht: At 138 ft long and 27.2 ft wide the Melody is a luxurious floating hotel. The 15 spacious guest cabins are characterized by an upscale interior with air conditioning, showers, WC, and a safe, as well as a modern entertainment system. You can also relax on the spacious sun deck, on the aft deck (designed as a lounge), in the wellness room or in the jacuzzi on the upper deck. The bathing platform at the stern provides easy access to the sea.

First Class Yacht: At 131×27.9 ft the Princeza Diana is a 3-mast first class motor yacht. There are 16 spacious guest cabins each with air conditioning, shower and WC. The spacious salon as well as the canopied quarterdeck, with upholstered seating, are situated on the top deck. The jacuzzi on the top deck is a highlight with its 360° panoramic view.

Bike Hire

The cost of bike hire is not included in the cost of the holiday, 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, 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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