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Croatia

Southern Dalmatia Plus

Bike and Boat Tour

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,870 P.P.
Croatia

Southern Dalmatia Plus

Bike and Boat Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

$1,870 P.P.
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Skedaddle invite you to experience the new plus version of our beloved Southern Dalmatia vacation. Unlimited E-Bike hire, luxurious yachts and breath taking scenery, this tour has just the right balance of relaxation and adventure. Southern Dalmatia is a region to be savored by leisure cyclists, wine lovers and history buffs alike.
Being the smallest and most sparsely populated region of Croatia, this tour will take you past unique little towns and through beautiful island landscapes. Experience the enchanting island of Korcula and its picturesquely situated old town, the far-flung island of Vis, and the aromatic lavender island of Hvar. Meander around Hvar town and explore its mighty fortress, relish in the peace and quiet of the artistic paradise that is Stari Grad. You'll be able to explore Trogir, Hvar, Stari Grad and Korcula, most of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Having set sail from the historic center of Trogir, you will cruise along the mainland before bearing south to the islands of Brac, Korcula, Vis, Hvar and Solta, taking time each day to explore these fantastic locations by bicycle.
It isn't all biking and exploration however, we ensure that there are plenty of swimming and relaxation breaks planned as well. Your accommodation for the week will be on a first class boat where you can enjoy a hot tub under the stars, and authentic regional cuisine, cooked and served on board. 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
  • Discovering the captivating UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Trogir and Split
  • Exploring the Cetina gorge, cypress gardens of Korcula, and scented islands of Hvar and Solta
  • Basking in the artistic peacefulness of Stari Grad
  • Pedalling through beautiful archipelagos and along the Dalmatian coastline
  • Unlimited availability on E-Bike Hire

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival into Trogir - Sail to Stari Grad on Hvar Island
  • Meals: Dinner

On the first day you’ll arrive into the historic, coastal town of Trogir. Embarkation time aboard your first class yacht is between 14:00 and 14:30, with 15:00 marking the start of our journey as we set sail to Hvar Island.

One of the oldest towns in Europe, Stari Grad was founded in 384 BC by the ancient Greeks, and is the second largest settlement on the Island of Hvar. Here we have time to soak up the relaxed and cultured atmosphere and enjoy Hvar at a more leisurely pace. Tonight we will stay overnight in Stari Grad.

Day 2
Hvar Island to Vis Island
12.5 Miles / 20 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning we will set off on our first cycling adventure, leading us through practically traffic free roads and idyllically positioned villages. Hvar island is home to beautiful lavender fields so keep your eyes (and nose!) open and be sure to stop and take in the aromas. Afterwards we’ll return to the boat for some lunch, and enjoy a cruise to the other side of the island to Hvar town. Here we’ll visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the sights up to the Spanish Fortress, situated high above the city.

We’ll then hop back on board and cross over to Vis Island where we’ll stay overnight.

Day 3
Vis Island
20 Miles / 32 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We’ll spend today exploring the Island of Vis, the furthermost island from mainland Croatia and the most intriguing. The Greek colony, Issa, arrived on the island 2,300 years ago. Due to its strategic location it was a military zone in WWII and was closed off from foreign tourists during the 1950’s right up until 1989. Today we’ll have the opportunity to explore this extraordinary island by bicycle.

If you are a wine lover you may be interested to know that Vis has its own distinct grape, the Vugava, a white varietal that’s been cultivated here since ancient times. The boat will then take us to the Island of Korcula where we’ll reside in the deep sheltered bay of Vela Luka overnight.

Day 4
Korcula Island
37.5 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we’ll discover the island of Korcula by bike whilst working up an appetite! The rewards for the week’s longest ride will be plentiful as we get to enjoy a well deserved lunch at one of the local restaurants, where we can taste some Dalmatian specialties. The calmness and remoteness of the vast vegetation and cypress gardens have given shape to possibly the most beautiful Dalmatian island.

Enjoy the sights of the vineyards and olive groves as our route leads us past the village of Blato which, like ancient Rome, was built on seven hills. Cycling onwards along a pass road across Pupnat bay, we’ll finally reach Korcula town. We’ll have time here to take a walk through the medieval walled town with its narrow, fish-bone like, alleyways.

There is a local legend that Marco Polo was born in Korcula Town and Marco Polo’s alleged house of birth is worth visiting!

Day 5
Brac Island
17 Miles / 27 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, dinner

We’ll take a gentle cruise to the island of Brac this morning, famous for its white pebble beaches and shining white marble rock (used for the Reichstag in Berlin and some sources even say the White House). After a refreshing dip in the sea, we’ll start our cycle tour from Sumartin; the route leads us through Selca and onto the picturesque harbouring town of Pucisca, which is our haven for the night. The harbour is home to one of the most famous masonry schools in Croatia, and the students’ creations decorate the harbour village.

Day 6
Omis and Split
27 Miles / 44 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We’ll enjoy a relaxing breakfast as we make the short crossing to Omiš. As we cycle from Omiš through the valley of the Cetina River, we’ll take a moment to take in our surroundings of sparkling freshwater rivers and impressive rugged cliffs.

Today you’ll have a choice; either to take part in a rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included in the tour price) or, if you don’t fancy rafting and want to stick with your two wheeled steed, you will cycle the outskirts of the canyon with great views over the river and back down towards the sea.The rafting group will be picked up from the boat by a bus and are taken up river to the starting point. From here we follow the river downstream in the rafts gaining a unique perspective of the canyon and its flora and fauna. Participants of the rafting trip are brought back to the boat in the bus after the activity.

In the afternoon our ship will take us to Split. The old town of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a world heritage site.

Day 7
Solta Island
12 Miles / 20 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After crossing over to Rogac, on the Island of Solta, we’ll start our final ride. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herbal smell of rosemary accompanies us along our tour through this island. Our boat will await us in Rogac and we’ll enjoy our last crossing back to Trogir where, if time permits, we can take a tour of the old town which is a world heritage site.

The last evening aboard our ship, and we’ll continue with our newly found tradition of enjoying a communal dinner in a cosy atmosphere. A final get-together with the crew, tour guides and fellow travelers!

Day 8
Departure from Trogir
  • Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, disembarkation until 09:00am and journey home or onwards.

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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 12 to 37.5 mi / 20 to 60 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, 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 3 : Moderate

Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness

May include some steeper, cheeky 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?

Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 trip to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

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

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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)

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 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, 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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