|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||30 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Sundays: Mar 29-May 24; Sep 6-Oct 18, 2015|
|Start city:||Omisalj, Croatia|
|End city:||Omisalj, Croatia|
The diversified islands of the Kvarner Bay are situated between the Croatian mainland and the Istrian peninsular. During our one week stay aboard the charming motor sailer, you'll discover the islands of Cres, Lošinj, Molat, Dugi Otok, Pag, Rab and Krk by mountain bike. Our tour guides accompany us along unmarked tracks, only known by insiders, and lead you to the secret spots of this region.
The mountainous area includes some steep ascents which require a good fitness level. The terrain offers everything for the avid mountain biker: relaxing nature routes, wide gravel roads and technical challenging single trails. After each tour, colorful port towns invite for an ample stroll, and the evenings can be spent in cozy cafés or bars along the water fronts.
This tour is often offered parallel to the trekking bike cruise in the Kvarner Bay on the same boat. In this case, one tour guide will cycle with the mountain bikers while the other will accompany the trekking cyclists.
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Day 1: Omišalj – Cres
Individual arrival in Omišalj, a picturesque fishing harbor on the island of Krk. Embarkation takes place from 2-2:30 pm. Use the time until the departure of the boat to take a refreshing swim in the Adria and taste the delicious ice cream in the port. At 3 pm the boat takes off to Cres town/island where we arrive after about 4 hrs. We take a walk through the old town where the architecture is clearly influenced by the Venetians.
Overnight near Cres.
Day 2: Islands of Cres and Lošinj (27 miles/43 km; 2624 feet/800 m altitude difference)
Today’s trip starts in Cres and leads us first to Valun. We bike on small paths while we have a fantastic view over the sea. Later on we bike around Lake Vraner, the natural fresh water reservoir of Cres. Then we’ll reach the small artist’s town of Osor where we meet the ship for lunch. After a long swim stop we can decide either to join an additional bike tour (13 miles/21 km) to Lošinj or to spend the afternoon lounging on board during the sail to Mali Lošinj. We stay overnight in Mali Lošinj with an opportunity to visit the music bar that already became famous among the island hoppers.
Overnight near Mali Lošinj.
Day 3: Islands of Lošinj and Molat (6-13 miles/10-20km; 656-1640 feet/200-500m altitude)
A short bike tour in the morning leads us along the coast of the island of Lošinj from one bay to the next. Our destination is the beautiful harbor of Veli Lošinj with its numerous fishing boats and dominated by the huge church of St. Anthony. After a coffee break we cycle on a single trail back to the ship where we have lunch. In the afternoon we cross over to the small island of Molat. Although this small island does not offer any mountain bike routes it is enchanting with its species-rich vegetation and unique calmness.
Overnight stay on Molat.
Day 4: Island of Dugi Otok (22 miles/35 km; 2296 feet/700 m altitude)
While we have breakfast, the ship takes us past many small islands to the "spice island" of Dugi Otok. Our bike tour starts in the bay of Božava, which is surrounded by woods of pine, agave and tamarisk trees, and we ride on a road nearly free of traffic. First we have the opportunity to cycle to the Lighthouse in the north and back. A ride along the islands “Road in the Sky” brings us to the peaceful harbor of Savar. The will be ample time for a refreshing swim break in the afternoon.
Ovneright stay on Dugi Otok.
Day 5: Island of Pag (26 miles/42km; 2132 feet/650m altitude difference)
In the morning we have a longer cruise to the island of Pag which is well-known for its cheese. In the afternoon we bike to Novalija riding between the ancient stone walls, built by the inhabitants for protection from the wind, and later on we continue along the narrowing peninsula till we reach the harbor of Lun, where the ship is waiting to take us to Rab. The island of Rab is one of the sunniest places in Europe. The fortified town of Rab with its four famous bell towers was built in the middle ages on a wedge-shaped headland. After dinner we can explore the narrow alleys with numerous cosy cafes.
Overnight near Rab.
Day 6: Island of Rab (19 miles/31 km; 2132 feet/650 m altitude difference)
Rab is a relatively small island - nevertheless of all islands of the Kvarner Bay Rab is the island that offers the most beautiful single trails and the best view points. Today the bike tour starts along the water front guiding us to a single trail through the nature protected evergreen oak forest, the Dundo Forest. Back in Rab lunch is served aboard the ship and after a two hours crossing we reach the island capital Krk, where we can join a guided sightseeing tour through the compelling Old Town.
Overnight stay in Krk.
Day 7: Island of Krk (31 miles/50 km; 3280 feet/1000 m altitude difference)
On gravel roads we bike over the ridge of the island, which is covered by fragrant macchia, to a valley of vineyards, and then onwards to the small museum town of Vrbnik in the northeast. The town, built on a 50 meter high cliff and surrounded by vineyards, is the home of the famous white wine, Zlahtina. Another peculiarity that Vrbnik has to offer is the narrowest alley in the world. The road then leads us across the island through old villages and rich vegetation to Omišalj. On our way, we have a chance to swim in the bay of Soline. The last evening aboard traditionally takes place with the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cosy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.
Overnight stay in Krk.
Day 8: Departure from Krk
Check out after breakfast, around 9 am. Individual trip home or extend your holidays in Croatia.
We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour will be run in reverse order.
Sundays: Mar 29-May 24; Sep 6-Oct 18, 2015
|Low season:||Mar 29-May 23; Oct 11-Oct 24, 2015|
|High season:||May 24-Oct 10, 2015|
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Please note: a required visitor's tax is not included in this tour package. The fee is €40 per adult and €20 per child (ages 1-16) , and should be paid directly to the captain upon arrival.
The Linda is a spacious wooden motor yacht. She was built in 1955 and renovated in 2004/2005 to meet the requirements of island-hopping. 102 ft/31 meters long and 19.5 ft/6 meters wide, the Linda is among the bigger ships in our Croatian fleet.
The spacious saloon can accommodate 32 guests, and the middle sundeck is constructed in a way that meals can also be served outside. The upper deck measures 131 sq ft./40 square meters and is big enough for sunbathing.
The Linda has 2 passenger decks with cabins: the upper deck and the lower deck. There are 14 comfortable cabins in total, with 4 on the lower deck and 10 on the upper deck.
Prices are based on whether your cabin is located on the Upper or Lower deck and how many people occupy the cabin. The standard price is based upon a lower deck cabin occupied by 2 persons. Additional surcharges apply for participants who wish to book a cabin on the upper deck or occupy a cabin by him/herself. One cabin on the lower deck is a triple and can be booked by 3 participants at a discount.
Lower deck cabins
Upper deck cabins
All cabins have:
The cabins will be cleaned daily, with a fresh set of towels provided at mid-week.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
Bicycle insurance is available to buy. It costs 10 Euros/week for the 24-speed, and 20 Euros/week for the 27-speed.
The tour companys recommends that you bring both your own pedals/shoes and saddles for these mountain bikes.
It is required to wear helmets on this tour. In order to guarantee optimum protection, we request that you bring your own helmet and - for your own safety - wear it on all bike tours. A limited number of helmets are available on board to rent, at the time of booking, thought it is highly recommended to bring your own helmet.
This tour features moderate to challenging daily tours in hilly terrain at distances of 20-34 miles/32–55 km and 655-2950 ft/200-900 meters of elevation gain.
The terrain in this region is very diverse and changes from island to island: technical and demanding single trails alternate with wide gravel 4x4 roads and sometimes also quiet asphalt stretches; there are very few unrideable points. Various sections in the tour are offered at a higher or lower technical degree, leaving you to make the final decision.
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).
You can always decide to skip a bike tour and spend a day on the ship. The daily program is of course always depending on the weather conditions and the instructions of the captain.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Triesta, Italy; Zagreb, Croatia; Rijeka (on Krk Island), Croatia
Nearest train station: Rijeka, Croatia
A transfer is included with the tour from the Rijeka Airport to the boat in Omisalj. Reservations are required in advance at time of booking (please provide your flight/arrival details).
At an additional cost, you can book an transfer from the Zagreb, Pula, or Trieste Aiports (only on embarkation/ disembarkation days; minimum of 2 persons) at the following prices (per person/way)
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A rich, cultural history and diverse, majestic landscape describes the country of Croatia. Calling their country “Our Beautiful Homeland”, the Croats offer a warm welcome to visitors who want to experience the wonders of Croatia. Flat plains along the Hungarian border, low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coastline and over 1,000 islands explain why Croatia is one of few nations to have three distinct climate zones.
Diversity continues in the Croatian culture with four cultural circles thriving together: Western, Eastern and Central Europe, and Mediterranean. Each culture retains its unique customs, including lace-making in Lepoglava, bell ringers in the Kasta region and Ojkanje singing in the Dalmatia region. Cuisine varies in the coastal region that favors seafood specialties, olive oil and prosciutto compared to the continental region that favors meat products, freshwater fish and vegetables. Other highlights include Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split, a Roman amphitheatre in Pula and the city of Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic."
Island Hopping by bike and boat has been organized by Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH since 1998. Since then we have been expanding our program continuously. In Croatia we are meanwhile organizing tours in Istria, the Kvarner Bay as well as Central and South Dalmatia. Since 2002 tours in Greece and Turkey have also been part of our program.
We look forward to seeing you on our ships!
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(Different conditions apply for flight bookings through Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH)You can withdraw from the travel contract up until the beginning of the trip. Your cancellation is valid when your written notification reaches us. If you cancel before the 60th day before the start of the trip, we will refund the amount paid so far, minus a cancellation handling fee.
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Duty of Care
During the duration of the trip, you are liable for damage to or loss of bicycles and any equipment entrusted to you. For guided tours, this is only valid if you have separated yourself from the group, have disobeyed instructions from the tour guides, or caused the damage or loss intentionally, through negligence or gross negligence.
You can demand redress if the trip services are not rendered according to the contract. This can be solved by us providing compensation of equal or greater value. In the case of disproportionate effort, corrective action can be denied. For the period in which the services that have not been rendered according to contract, you can request a reduction in travel price after your return. The pre-condition for this is the immediate notification of our deficiencies or those of our tour guides, so that we have the opportunity to find a remedy. Tour guides are not authorized to recognize claims. Independent of a reduction in travel price, you can demand compensation due to non-compliance with the travel contract, unless we are not responsible for the defect.
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Court of Jurisdiction
The court of jurisdiction is Konstanz, Germany