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South Dalmatia by Bike and Boat

  • 4.8

    (5)

  • 7 nights | 21 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 4
  • Guided from: €990
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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

This bike tour in Southern Dalmatia, the smallest and most sparsely populated region of Croatia, will take you past unique little towns and the beautiful island countryside. You will experience the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesquely situated old township, the island of Mljet, with its impressive national park and the beautiful lavender island of Hvar.

Your tour guide explains the towns of Trogir, Hvar, Stari Grad and Korcula, which are almost all protected under UNESCO's World Heritage list.

A mountain bike tour is also available on Apr 21, 28; May 5, 12; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23; Sep 29; Oct 6, 2018 on the San Snova (boat). Please inquire for more details.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Trogir – Island Brac
Individual arrival to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 3 miles (5 km) away from the harbor of Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht between 2-2:30pm, the first short cruise starts at 3:00pm from Trogir to Brac Island.
Overnight in Milna harbor.

Day 2: Islands of Solta and Hvar (13 miles/20 km + 13 miles/20 km)
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Šolta we commence our first tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herbal scent of lavender and rosemary accompanies us along our tour across the island. Our visit to a local beekeeper offers an interesting impression into the production of local honey. After cycling around the island we return to our ship in Stomorska.

Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar leads us through the quaint harbors of Jelsa and Vrboska. Afterwards we return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years.
Overnight in Stari Grad.

Day 3: Islandz Hvar and Korčula (14 miles/22 km)
Today’s tour leads us along the almost traffic free pass road through nicely set small villages to the islands capital, Hvar, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress, situated high above the city. After today’s tour the boat takes us to the Island of Korčula.
Overnight in Vela Luka.

Day 4: Korčula Island (38 miles/62 km)
Today we discover the island of Korčula by bicycle and enjoy our lunch break in one of the local restaurants. The calmness and remoteness of the vast vegetation and cypress gardens have given the shape to the probably most beautiful Dalmatian island.

Our cycle tour leads us via the village of Blato, like Rome build on seven hills, along a pass road across Pupnat bay and finally to Korčula town, where we have time to take a walk through the wonderful old town with its narrow fishbone-like alleys.
Overnight in Korčula town.

Day 5: Brač Island (22 miles/35 km)
We cruise to the island of Brač, which is famous for its shining white marble which was also used for the White House and the Reichstag in Berlin. After a lunch break, we start our bicycle tour from Sumartin to the lovely fishing village Povlja or to the picturesque town Pučišća.
Overnight in Pučišća.

Day 6: Omiš – Split (16 or 27 miles/15 or 43 km)
After a morning crossing to Omiš we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which is surrounded by steep rocks. After 11 miles/18 km we have the choice to take part in a four hours rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included in the tour price) and afterwards a small cycle tour of about 4 miles/7 km back to the boat - or to expand the cycling tour (no rafting) to 27 miles/44 km along small side roads and versatile landscapes until reaching Omiš and its pirate castles. In the afternoon our ship takes us to Split. The old town of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a world heritage site.
Overnight in Split.

Day 7: Spilt Marjan (9 miles/15 km)
In the morning we prepare for our last bike ride to Mount Marjan. A popular recreational site for the residents of Split, which offers fantastic views of the city and the surrounding islands.

Afterwards we board the ship and enjoy the last crossing to Trogir. There is still plenty of time to visit the Old Town, listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. The last evening aboard our ship is celebrated in traditional fashion. While enjoying the communal dinner in a celebrative atmosphere we will have the chance for a last get-together with our crew and tour guides.
Overnight in Trogir.

Day 8: Disembarkation at Trogir
After breakfast, disembarkation by 9:00am; individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

The tour operator reserves the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements. Should it be the case, for example, that the harbors on the above-mentioned tour sequence are overcrowded, the tour will be operated in reverse.

Dates

Mar 31*; Apr 7*, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26*; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23*, 30; Jul 14, 28; Aug 11, 18, 25; Sep 1*, 8, 15*, 22*, 29; Oct 6, 13*, 20*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)
Low season: Mar 31, 2018 - May 18, 2018, Oct 06, 2018 - Oct 26, 2018
High season: May 19, 2018 - Oct 05, 2018

Prices

Romantica, upper deck

Mar 31*; Apr 7*, 21*; May 5, 19; Jun 2*, 9, 16, 30; Jul 14*, 28; Aug 18; Sep 1*, 15*, 29; Oct 13*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€1240
High season surcharge
€100
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€550
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€160
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€10
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€20
Discounts
Third person, sharing cabin with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Children up to age of 16 (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies) (on base package price)
25%
San Snova, upper deck

Apr 21, 28; May 5, 12*; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23*; Jul 14; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8*, 29; Oct 6*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€1240
High season surcharge
€100
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€550
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€160
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€10
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€20
Discounts
Third person sharing cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Children up to age of 16 (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies) (on base package price)
25%
Kapetan Jure, upper deck

Apr 28*; May 12, 26*; Jun 9*; Aug 25*; Sep 8, 22*; Oct 6, 20*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€1090
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€300
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€160
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€10
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€20
Discounts
Children up to age of 16 (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies) (on base package price)
25%
Romantica, lower deck

Mar 31*; Apr 7*, 21*; May 5, 19; Jun 2*, 9, 16, 30; Jul 14*, 28; Aug 18; Sep 1*, 15*, 29; Oct 13*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€1090
High season surcharge
€100
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€500
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€160
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€10
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€20
Discounts
Third person, sharing cabin with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Children up to age of 16 (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies) (on base package price)
25%
San Snova, lower deck

Apr 21, 28; May 5, 12*; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23*; Jul 14; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8*, 29; Oct 6*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€1090
High season surcharge
€100
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€500
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€160
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€10
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€20
Discounts
Third person sharing cabin with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Children up to age of 16 (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies) (on base package price)
25%
Kapetan Jure, lower deck

Apr 28*; May 12, 26*; Jun 9*; Aug 25*; Sep 8, 22*; Oct 6, 20*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€990
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€300
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€80
Electrically assisted bike
€160
Bike insurance, hybrid touring bike
€10
Bike insurance, electrically assisted bike
€20
Discounts
Children up to age of 16 (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies) (on base package price)
25%
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  • 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 4
  • 4 Star 1
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 4
  • Value 4.8
  • Included meals 4.8
  • Bikes & equipment 4.4
  • Hotels or boat 4.6
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 5
  • Local tour company services 4.8
  • Route selection 5
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

pomm September 28, 2017

BEST TRIP EVER!!!!

It was the most amazing adventure! The guides were incredible - so willing to help in whatever way they could. Toni and Marko were informative and inspiring. the boat so obviously cared for and the crew attended to our every need. The food was wonderful. Just wish we had gone for the ebikes - eish

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president April 24, 2018
Thanks for the great feedback! We love it when clients tell us "best trip ever," and that happens a lot! I'm glad you had a great time!
bk6550 September 5, 2017

Trip beyond expectations!

This was my first time going on island-hopping bike tour. Overall, the experience was beyond my expectations. The scheduling and payment for the trip was seamless and the cost was nominal considering all that was included (room, gourmet food, guided tours, touring of schooner throughout seven Croatian islands. The food was excellent and if you had allergies or did not like a particular food, the chef was more than happy to cook a dish specifically for you. The amount of food was more than I would eat at home. The cabin was clean and the mattress was very comfortable. The schedule of activities throughout the day and week were done in a fashion that you did not feel rushed and that you had time to alternate strenuous exercise and relaxation. This tour offers biking up 1450 foot hills/mountains, requiring prior cycling experience; however, for those that do not have such, an electric bike is available and offers an alternative from manual power. Visiting numerous islands as well as ports in Croatia provided us time to see interior parts of the island as well as the tourist areas. The guides were knowledgeable, patient, and engaging! There are only a few "cons." I found smoking by the crew in the presence of the customers inconsiderate as none of us were smokers and all were athletes. I believe I ordered an above deck cabin, but arrived to find that I had a below-deck cabin which was better as this location kept out the noise on the deck and on the dock during the night. However, if you really want to have an above deck cabin make sure that your contract states the type of cabin as the contract appears very general. Bring facecloths and soap as none are provided. If you are a woman of 5'2" or less and order a Cuban SL lightweight bike, it will be large a frame for you. While the regular touring bikes were nice, if you are cyclist and own a carbon bike, you may want to bring your own as the touring bike are awkward for the "roadie" and are much heavier. Plus, as a road cyclist, I've tailored my bike which I forgot about and the lack of those tweaks on the rental bike do make a difference. You will be offered the opportunity to provide a tip. Depending upon your country of origin, you may find this offensive; however, the mean pay for the average crew member and guide is equal to approximately $200/month. Hence, I felt that the supreme service they gave and the present economic plight of the country warranted a tip. All in all, I loved this trip and felt pampered, yet had fun pushing my limits biking (I bike 180-220 miles/week usually).

Pedaler Mary May 30, 2017

Fabulous week of sailing and biking

The guides were great in helping with any problem and were knowledge about the area. You were made to feel special everyday. The San Snova was a beautiful boat with hotel-like accommodations. Hope to book another trip.

Leo59 May 9, 2017

South Dalmatian Trip

Overall a very fantastic trip with a great variety of "island hopping" as the tour company is aptly named. The bicycling was listed as moderate but parts were very challenging uphill for lowlanders like my wife and I from flat Florida. I suggest you send better elevation change info than presently as only one member in the entire group had accessed some web site...not sure if from you or the original German based outfitter...that had detailed elevation changes.
The guides were superb and attentive to all our needs. There was a "water and docking" surcharge at the end of about $45 pp that I felt should have just been added to the original price as it had to be paid in cash with local currency or euros only. We have gone in a Dutch bike & barge trip two years ago and this was not done.
The coffee was a horrible tasting "Turkish style" even though excellent Italian roast coffee is served everywhere else in Croatia ( it was a Venetian colony for > 300 years) so I strongly suggest that they switch to a better style of coffee.
On the positive the scenery is breath-taking, the weather was cool and sunny, the Mediterranean waters hypnotizing, the layers of history so rich and varied. The guides and service was top notch for the price.A must see place for anyone who loves history and biking and the sea...strongly recommend this trip.

Jamie November 19, 2016

Way Beyond Expectations

Our Bike and Boat Trip in Croatia Oct 19-28 was outstanding. The guides, Tony and Marko, were the best! They kept us laughing with their congenial and relaxed manner, but included many extra details about the country, customs, and culture. They went over the top to make sure we were having a good time. The food on the boat was also way beyond what I expected. The chef and staff were terrific. Each of the islands had a different flare and so I felt the variety of what we saw was very good. I loved the time with the bee keeper also. There is not one criticism I could make.