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Dalmatia from Dubrovnik Bike/E-bike and Boat

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  • 7 nights | 17 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 4
  • Guided from: €1290
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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

If you would like to experience the region of South Dalmatia and Dubrovnik thoroughly, not wanting to do without Dubrovnik and its amazing city walls, this boat and bike trip is an excellent choice. Aboard your charming, floating accommodation, you'll get to know this sparsely populated part of Croatia.

Breathtaking natural features and cultural highlights lined up close together. The highlights of the trip are the town center of Dubrovnik and Mostar (situated in Bosnia and Herzegovina) which are listed as UNESCO's world heritage sites.

We cycle the islands of Korčula, Mljet, Lastovo, and Šipan, and experience the interaction of sea and land, and culture and nature.

Note: Due to changing wind and weather conditions the tour may also be operated in reverse.

Daily program

Day 1: Dubrovnik
Upon your arrival at the harbor in Dubrovnik, embarkation takes place between 2-2:30pm at Gruž, the town's port. At about 4:30pm, a guided tour through Dubrovnik is offered, during which you'll hear some interesting details about the town's history and visit the most important sites.
Overnight onboard in Gruž, where you may experience Dubrovnik's nightlife

Day 2: Islands of Šipan and Mljet (7+16 miles/11+25 km)
After breakfast a pleasant cycle trip takes us past sumptuous villas and further on past a fertile valley framed by a range of limestone hills.

Afterwards we'll cruise to the green and forested island of Mljet, known as the honey island. With 70% of the island being woodland, it's one of the most forested islands in the Mediterranean area. Homer mentioned this lovely island in his epic poem, "Odyssey." He made it a home for the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek king Odysseus, who could not resist Calypso and stayed on Mljet for seven years. In the afternoon, explore the Mljet national park by bike.
Overnight onboard in the bay of Pomena.

Day 3: Pomena – Lastovo Island (18 miles/27 km)
Our ship takes us to Lastovo Island, one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate, and in Roman times it was even named "Augusta Insula" after him. The inhabitants, barely numbering more than 1,000, still make their living mainly on agriculture, viticulture, and fishing the extremely abundant waters. The gold-colored white wine "Marastina" is grown here.
Overnight onboard near Lastovo Island.

Day 4: Islands of Korčula and Gradac (28 miles/45 km)
After crossing to Korčula Island regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia, we cycle from Vela Luka to Racisce where the boat awaits to take us to the mainland. Today there is enough time to enjoy a lengthy swim stop on anchor. Our destination is the harbor of Gradac, close to the delta of the Neretva River, which is the most important one in the Herzegovina region.
Overnight onboard in the harbor of Gradac.

Day 5: Excursion to Mostar
A short bus transfer takes us across the Bosnian border to Mostar. A guided tour familiarizes us with the location and the town's world-famous landmark, the bridge across the River Neretva, which was destroyed in 1993 due to heavy shelling and was reopened in 2004 with support and protection by UNESCO. Take the opportunity to stroll through the old town of Mostar which is the national heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On our return trip, we stop in Počitelj with its well-preserved fortress (or if the weather is very warm and sunny at the Kravica waterfall) before continuing to Gradac. Back at the ship we can end the spectacular day with a nice glass of wine.
Overnight onboard in Gradac.

Day 6: Pelijesac peninsula and Korčula Island (16 miles/25 km)
Today’s bike tour takes us across the Pelješac peninsula from Trpanj to Vigan. On the descent we will be able to admire beautiful views of the deep blue sea and the neighboring island of Korčula, seemingly only a stone’s throw away. After a lengthy swim stop we will spend the late afternoon in Korčula town, which competes with Venice for the honor of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. We have ample time in the evening to wander through the fabulous old town and its narrow lanes laid out in a fishbone pattern.
Overnight onboard near Korčula

Day 7: Mainland Prapratno – Slano – Dubrovnik (19 miles/30 km)
A longer crossing on board the boat hugs the beautiful coastline of the Pelješac peninsula on our way to the small ferry harbor of Prapratno. The bicycle tour takes us from Prapratno to Ston with its famous city wall, which is the longest, intact, fortification wall in Europe and often compared with the Great Wall of China. The tour takes us further to the small harbor of Slano on the mainland.

The boat awaits us here for our last cruise to the city of Dubrovnik. A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives us time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travelers and tour guides.
Overnight onboard near Dubrovnik.

Day 8: Departure from Dubrovnik
After breakfast, disembarkation by 9:00am, at which time you will need to arrange for a transfer/taxi to begin your return trip home.

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 harbours on the above mentioned tour sequence are overcrowded, the tour will be operated in reverse.

Dates

Apr 22; May 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17; Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19; Sep 2, 30; Oct 7, 14, 2018
Low season: Apr 22, 2018 - May 19, 2018, Oct 07, 2018 - Nov 03, 2018
High season: May 20, 2018 - Oct 06, 2018

Prices

Harmonia, upper deck

When you book, please enter the passport number, name as it appears on the passport, country of citizenship, and date of birth for each person in the "Comments" section of the booking form.

Per person, double occupancy
€1440
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 room with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Children, age 0-16 (on base package price) (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies)
25%
Harmonia, lower deck

When you book, please enter the passport number, name as it appears on the passport, country of citizenship, and date of birth for each person in the "Comments" section of the booking form.

Per person, double occupancy
€1290
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 room with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Children, age 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 14
  • 4 Star 0
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.1
  • Value 4.7
  • Included meals 4.9
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 4.9
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.8
  • Tour documents 4.4
  • Local tour company services 4.9
  • Route selection 4.9
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Wheelgirl53 October 24, 2017

The Time of our Lives !!

This vacation far exceeded our expectation. That’s mainly because of the price. We didn’t expect such a pristine boat, so clean and dry. the Captain, tour guides, and staff were so sincere and accomditating. The meals were ample and delicious. The tours were awesome. We haven’t been to Croatia and the scenery was beautiful. As we were biking, the tour guides kept everyone comfortable, going out of their way to do that. A couble tips, the islands are so historic, their money, kuna, is the easiest way to buy. We did best taking American cash and exchanging at the airport and Dubrovnik, don’t count on your debit and credit card to work anywhere but Dubrovnik; the boat has excellent electrical outlets. If your appliances convert, you just need adaptors. We bought ours for about $2 each from the Rick Steves website. We also bought a USB adaptor from Amazon for our cell phones and iPads.

Rachel October 19, 2017

Perfect Trip

We had a wonderful time on the Harmonia. The staff and tour guides were awesome. The food was very good and the boat was beautiful. It's the perfect way to see Croatia. We rented ebikes and it made it very enjoyable because the climbs were long and steep.

Psychomom715 August 28, 2017

Absolutely Amazing Travel Experience

Just returned from completing amazing trip and would definitely recommend to anyone who loves biking and exploring off the beaten path. The Harmonia is a fabulous ship and is specially constructed for bike/boat touring. The captain is extremely friendly and attentive as were all his staff on board. Meals were absolutely delicious and well varied; unlimited supplies of water was much appreciated as it was extremely hot while we were there! The air conditioned cabins were a pleasant surprise and wonderful for sleeping.

The tour guides were exceptional and far exceeded our expectations. They were fluent in several languages as well as licensed guides in many of the places we visited. The bikes were amazing!! We chose e-bikes, and unless you are an avid cyclist prepared to climb lots of long hills, I recommend booking the e-bike. It is an active vacation, not an athletic contest. I was really concerned how 30 people of varying cycling abilities would be able to stay together but the guides did a fantastic job of organizing the rides. They knew exactly where to stop for breaks with facilities needed (toilet, water, food, sights) and no one was ever left behind. One guide was always in the back and would assist anyone with flat tires or other difficulties.

We only sailed during the day, and often the boat would sail while we were cycling, picking us up at a location other than where we started. The ports were interesting to explore after dinner. There were lots of opportunities for swimming, both at beaches and off the boat at anchor. If someone wasn't up for riding that day, they could stay on board and explore the ports; If someone really wanted a challenging ride, the guides would often point them in a slightly different direction than the group was going.

I heartily recommend this tour and tour company; they were absolutely fabulous!

EDWH August 27, 2017

Terrific scenery and service

Terrific trip in every way. Scenery was fantastic, swimming off the back of the boat in crystal waters--all too good. The tour guides worked well together and boat crew did a super job in all aspects. Food good and hot eggs and rolls at breakfast a real plus. Hills were harder than expected but we were able to switch to E bikes, so no problem..

Ted and Barbara August 18, 2017

Best trip yet!

Great routes, scenery, food company....couldn't find anything that needed improvement. And the E-bikes were awesome!

Ted and Barbara July 14, 2017

Loved the tour!

What a great time we had experiencing the Dalmatia coast and islands. The Harmonia was the most luxurious boat we have been on (out of four bike and boat/barge trips). The food was stupendous, the guides and crew great and the Ebikes we used were the top of the line.

Whereisrick May 31, 2017

Absolutely Outstanding!

What a fantastic tour, boat and guides. To be honest, I didn't even know where Croatia was but have traveled with biketours.com before so what the heck. Another great time on e-bikes. The Croatian coast has crystal clear water and what a history. Our group was from from Brazil, Switzerland, Canada and the US on board. By the end of the week we were all new friends. The biking wasn't too difficult - especially on e-bikes - and the accommodations & meals on the Harmonia were really nice. The Croatian guides were fun to be with and the crew was extremely professional while relaxed at the same time. I cannot give this a higher recommendation.

Carolyn September 14, 2016

Beautiful country and a fabulous trip!

This bike/boat trip in Croatia along the Dalmation Coast really broadened my horizons in a region I had never visited. Our two amazing guides met our every need: on the bikes, aboard the beautiful cruising ship Harmonia, and on city tours in Dubrovnik, Mostar,and Korcula City. We were so fortunate that one of our guides, fluent in three languages, is also a licensed city guide, with in-depth knowledge of Croatia's history. The boat with exceptionally comfortable cabins is well- maintained by the proud captain and crew, and the meals were exceptional, better than any restaurant. The bike rides on small (and hilly!!) coastal islands took us through tiny villages, vineyards, and olive groves. Occasionally, on a cruise to the next port, the captain dropped anchor in a protected harbor so that we could swim, or paddle kayaks, off the stern of the Harmonia.
I recommend this trip to anybody who is looking for an active vacation, enjoys living on a boat for a week, and loves to bike. The Croatian people are friendly and English is spoken almost everywhere we stopped.

Betsy Crawford August 26, 2016

Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik

Our bike/boat experience was wonderful! The guides were very knowledgable and fun; the Harmonia boat was comfortable and the meals were hearty and good. The biking was challenging but well worth the gorgeous scenery and views of the Adriatic!

bikeman1945 August 14, 2016

Outstanding scenery and excellent service

Our first trip to Croatia and this general area. Beautiful scenery, excellent service from a professional staff and a modern ship, the Harmonia. We could not have asked better service from the three tour guides and six crew members.