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Kvarner Bay by Bike/E-bike and Boat

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  • 7 nights | 20 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 4
  • Guided from: €1190
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

Guarded by the towering Velebit mountain range in the east and hugged by the Istria Peninsula in the northwest lie the Kvarner bay islands. Quiet coves of crystal clear water surround the dramatic landscapes of the Kvaner bay islands; green hills and rocky moon landscapes give way to small harbor towns rich in history and culture.

Discover the charm of the Adriatic Sea for yourself by bike and boat on board one of our romantic motor yachts. The day begins with a well-rounded breakfast leaving you fit to explore the diversity of the Kvarner bay islands on a guided bike tour. Be it the medieval city of Rab, the car-free road in the sky on Dugi Otok or the contemplative life of the dwellers on the flower island of Molat, each day brings with it new discoveries. Evenings are mostly spent in picturesque harbor towns with winding alleyways where a great range of bars and cafes stand host for a relaxing evening.

A mountain bike tour runs parallel to the bike tour on certain dates. Please inquire for specifics on the mountain bike itinerary.

Daily program

Day 1: Omišalj – Cres
Individual arrival in Omišalj, a nice little harbor village on the island of Krk. If you're planning to arrive by car, we will organize a safe parking space for you. Check-in on the motor yacht between 2:00-2:30pm. At approximately 3:00pm the ship takes us to the island of Cres in about four hours. On Cres we take a walk through the Venetian old town in the evening.

Day 2: Islands of Cres and Losinj (14 miles/23 km)
In the morning our ship takes us to Martinšćica. From there we cycle on the east side of the island among pine, fig and laurel trees to Osor, an artist town, where we have lunch on the ship. There is time for a swim in the bay with its crystal clear water.

In the afternoon we leave Osor on board the boat and navigate our way to the island of Lošinj. After a comfortable cruise and a refreshing swim stop the ship brings us safely into the large harbor of Mali Lošinj. The clear climate of this wellness retreat with its colorful captain’s houses and an abundance of cafes welcomes us for a relaxing evening, enabling us to unwind and recuperate.

Day 3: Island of Losinj and Molat (12+6 miles/20+10 km)
We cycle along the seaside promenade to the south of Lošinj and visit the picturesque small harbor town of Veli Lošinj before we meet the ship for lunch. In the afternoon we cross over to the island of Molat where we can do another short cycling tour. Finally we stay overnight in a quiet harbor of Molat Island.

Day 4: Island of Dugi Otok (26 miles/42 km)
During breakfast the ship leaves Molat and 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 pine woods, agaves and tamarisk trees. We ride on a road almost free of traffic. Our ride along the islands "Road in the Sky" takes us to Sali, where the boat awaits us for a sail to Zadar, which, for centuries, was the political, cultural and spiritual centre of Dalmatia. With 3000 years of history have left their imprint on the character of this town, there are many things to be admired: the mighty fortified walls with their bastions, the loggia but also the early Romanesque St. Donatus Basilica. In the evening our tour guide takes us on an extensive walk through the lively city center.
Overnight stay in a calm bay.

Day 5: Islands of Pag – Rab (12 miles/20 km)
After a crossing in the morning, we reach the island of Pag. In the harsh but delightful landscape of the island, we come across many fig and olive trees. Over the centuries the inhabitants have built numerous stone walls for protection against the wind. Starting from Novalja we cycle on the narrow peninsula until we reach the sea from where the ship takes us to Rab.

The island of Rab is one of the sunniest places in Europe. The town of Rab, the fortified capital of the island, was built in the Middle Ages on a wedge-shaped headland and marks one of the highlights of the trip. The four famous bell towers are the symbol of the adorned beauty of the town. After dinner, we can explore the narrow alleys with numerous cozy cafés.

Day 6: Island of Rab (15 miles/25 km)
Get to know the charming island of Rab on a lovely ride around the island. At lunchtime, the ship awaits us in the harbor directly in front of the old town of Rab. We cruise to Jablanac near the picturesque Zavratnica fjord. Later on, the ship takes us over to the neighboring island of Krk where we spend the evening in the historical town of Krk.

Day 7: Island of Krk (28 miles/45 km)
We cycle 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 second narrowest alley in the world. The way 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 takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

Day 8: Departure from Omišalj
After breakfast disembarkation by 9:00am, and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

The tour operator reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour could be conducted in reverse order.

Dates

Apr 22; May 13, 27; Jun 10, 17, 24*; Jul 8; Aug 26; Sep 9*, 16, 23; Oct 7, 14*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)
Low season: Apr 22, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018, Oct 01, 2018 - Oct 18, 2018
High season: May 01, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018

Prices

Andela Lora
Per person, double occupancy
€1190
High season surcharge
€100
Single cabin surcharge, lower deck (1 person/ 1 cabin)
€500
Main (upper) deck cabin surcharge
€150
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€160
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€10
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€20
Transfer
Per person/per direction from/to Rijeka (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days)
€15
Per person/per direction from/to Zagreb (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days)
€20
Discounts
Third person, sharing cabin with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Children, ages 0-16 (on base package price) (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies)
25%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Island Hopping Terms and Conditions

Individual Cancellation and Changes in Reservations by Customers
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.

Individual cancellation fees are:

  • 60 days or more before the beginning of the trip: no fees
  • 59 – 31 days before the trip begins: 30% of the trip price
  • 30 – 21 days before the trip begins: 50% of the trip price
  • 20 – 11 days before the trip begins: 70% of the trip price
  • 10 – 1 days before the trip begins: 90% of the trip price

Large Group cancellation fees:
If a group fills more than 70% of the boat, the charter down payment and cancelation policy will apply. (Large group downpayment schedule: €5,000 with booking confirmation; €5,000 second installment 4 months before tour begins.) If individual group members cancel, the individual cancellation policy and rates apply. However, if the whole group cancels, the down payments will be non-refundable.

Further cancellation details:

If you cancel on the day of the trip or if you do not appear for the start of the trip, we charge the full trip price.

If you miss the start of the trip or are prevented from traveling due to incomplete travel documents, this will be considered as a cancellation.

Reservation changes are handled the same way as cancellations.  For changing your reservation, we will charge 50 € changing fee for changes made 28 days or more before the beginning of the trip.  Any later changes (if possible) will need to be handled as a cancellation and new registration. Cancellation and reservation change fees are due immediately.

These terms and conditions, which you agree to by booking your trip, govern the contractual relationship between you as traveler and us as tour operator.  The terms and conditions supplement Paragraph 651 and those following in the German BGB (Buergerliches Gesetzbuch) that govern travel contract law. Please read all the following terms and conditions carefully.

Trip Cancellation
If the minimum number of participants required for a trip is not met (18 participants for bus and boat trips, unless otherwise noted), we reserve the right to cancel it. The decision about whether the trip will take place or not will be made as early as possible, three weeks before the beginning of the trip at the latest. In case of trip cancellation, all payments you have made will be fully refunded. There can be no additional claims made against us.  As the tour operator, we have the right to cancel the tour if the trip is jeopardized, made difficult, or impaired due to an act of God.

Services
The foundation upon which the trip is organized is the description of the services, which is available in the brochure, in official pamphlets and on our website, and confirmed in your travel contract. Alterations that become necessary after the finalization of the contract and that are made in good faith are permitted if they are not substantial, and do not change the overall character of the trip.  We assume no liability for information in the brochures of our partners or in our own brochure, even if we issued them.

Liability
We are liable within the scope of a merchant’s duty of care for diligent trip preparation, careful selection and supervision of participating agencies, accuracy of service and activity descriptions, and standard provision of the services agreed upon. Our liability for damages other than personal injury is limited to three times the cost of the trip, provided the damages are neither intentional nor due to gross negligence. This limitation is still in effect if we are responsible for the damage due to the fault of a service provider.  If we are solely procurers of foreign services, we are liable only for proper procurement, not for the services. We are liable for damage or loss of luggage up to the amount of 250 € only if the damage was caused by us and was indicated to us immediately.  Scratches on luggage, torn luggage handles, and damaged wheels are excluded from any liability.  Upon delivery of luggage at the accommodation facilities, the liability is transferred according to § 701 BGB to the officer of the accommodations.  Services that were not made use of will not be reimbursed.

Participation
A vacation that involves exercise and physical activity requires greater commitment than a conventional package tour. It is your duty to make certain that you are up to the physical challenges of such a trip.  The pre-condition for a bike-tour is that you are able to handle a bicycle in street traffic and on unpaved paths under any weather conditions.  If you rent a bike, it is your responsibility to check the condition of the bike, particularly the brakes.  You bear sole responsibility for adhering to all legal regulations at home and abroad, particularly regulations about travel documents and cross-border trade.  When traveling across the exterior borders of the EU, your luggage must remain unlocked, to facilitate passage through customs.  If your baggage is searched, you will be notified about it upon arrival at the destination.  If problems with the procurement of the services occur, you are required to help within the scope of legal regulations, in order to avoid potential damages or keep them at a minimum and report any complaints to us immediately.

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.

Warranty
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.

Limitation of claim
Claims must be made in writing within one month of the contractual end of the trip. The statute of limitation for claims based on the contract expires six months after the contractual end of the trip.  The statute of limitations for all claims of civil offence expires three years after the end of the trip.

Privacy of Personal InformationAll personal information that you give us for the processing of the trip is protected against misuse under German personal data protection law.

Travel ProtectionWe urge you to consider effecting a travel cancellation cost insurance.  Before the trip, please also find out about your medical and accident insurance and about luggage insurance or travel liability insurance, if necessary.

Severability Clause
The nullification of individual clauses in the travel contract or the travel terms does not result in the nullification of the entire contract or the travel terms.

Court of Jurisdiction
The court of jurisdiction is Konstanz, Germany

All photos used by permission. ©Island Hopping

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 2
  • 4 Star 0
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 5
  • Included meals 5
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 4.5
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 4.5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Jill July 3, 2016

Perfect vacation!

Kvarner Bay by Bike and Boat was a perfect way to cycle through beautiful Croatia and relax while cruising from island to island. My friend and I chose to use e-bikes, making the cycling challenging when wanted and comfortable when necessary. The cabins, which are air-conditioned, are comfortable and spacious. The crew was friendly, warm and professional. The food was fabulous!

jenny October 31, 2015

Highlight of Europe

We enjoyed everything about this trip and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Europe. It was an excellent way to see the Croatian islands. We chose it as the ascents were less than the Islands of southern Croatia. There were a great variety of islands with plenty of time to explore and wander around the towns. Our guide was knowledgable, the boat, staff and food were excellent. Enjoyed the communal dinners and even though we were the only native English speakers on board everyone (to our shame) spoke English! Unless you have an e bike I would recommend a reasonable level of fitness.