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National Parks of Dalmatia by Bike/E-bike and Boat

  • 4.6

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  • 7 nights | 23 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • 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
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Tour description

Experience the greenest part of Croatia! The famous national parks of Dalmatia, like Krka and Kornati or the nature park of Telašćica are part of this wonderful tour, and also the medieval old towns of Šibenik, Zadar and Trogir. We also visit Dugi Otok – probably the most beautiful Middle-Dalmatian Island.

This tour is characterized by boats which offer the greatest possible comfort. On this tour, either the Melody or Princeza Diana are your comfortable vacation home. Roomy and elegantly designed cabins include private bathrooms with separate shower cubicles, and a wide sundeck with plenty of space to relax on as well as a spacious, stylish designed salon invite you to enjoy the cruise.

Daily program

Day 1: Trogir (embarkation) – Rogoznica
Individual arrival to the boat in Trogir (Split airport is about 3 miles away from the harbor of Trogir). After the check in on the motor yacht (between 2-2:30pm), the boat departs Trogir around 3:00pm. During the crossing to Rogoznica, the fresh sea breeze can be enjoyed. Later in the afternoon, there is time to adjust the bicycles.

Day 2: Rogoznica – Vodice – Slanica – Nature Park Telašcica (16 miles/27 km)
In the morning the boat takes us to Vodice. We start our first bike ride starting at the popular resort and soon we cross the bridge to the island of Murter. In Slanica, in the Northwest of the island we the boat awaits us for the cross over to the island of Dugi Otok.

On our way we pass the National Park Kornati - an archipelago in crystal clear water which is known for its rich underwater world. Our destination is the deeply incised Telašćica Bay. In the local nature park the Mir salt lake is situated. At the end of the day we take a short hike to the impressive cliffs before taking a short crossing by boat to the small easide village od Sali for the night.

Day 3: Islands of Dugi Otok and Molat (23+13 miles/48+19 km)
From the park we cycle across the almost traffic-free island of Dugi Otok until we finally reach the pine forest, agave, and tamarisk bay of Božava. From there the boat takes us to the flower island of Molat. We explore the island on a short cycle tour. Tonight is spent in the quiet port of the island.

Day 4: The Islands of Ugljan and Pašman – Zadar (12-25 miles/20-40 km)
During breakfast the boat takes you on a crossing to Preko on the island of Ugljan. From here our tour will take us to Tkon on the island of Pasman. There is plenty of time to explore the two islands of Pasman and Ugljan, married recently by a bridge, on your bikes. The tour follows the eastern coastline of the islands giving you a great view across the channel to the mainland.

After a round tour we will meet the ship again in Preko. A short crossing takes us to Zadar, the centuries-old political, cultural and intellectual capital of Dalmatia. Our tour guide will take us for an informative stroll through the bustling streets of the old town center, characterized by 3,000 years of history.

Day 5: Biograd – Vodice – Skradin (35 miles/55 km)
The morning begins with a passage by boat to the city of Biograd followed by a bike tour around the Vraner Lake. Our goal, the swimming destination of Vodice. The Vraner Lake is the largest fresh water reservoir in Dalmatia and offers many migratory birds an opportunity to rest their wings. The ship awaits us in Vodice for lunch. An afternoon crossing by boat brings us closer to the Krka waterfalls, and we will have time to explore the following day in the company of your tour guide.

Day 6: Krka Waterfalls – Šibenik Island Zlarin
After breakfast, it is time to discover the unique naturally formed waterfalls of the national park of the Krka-Canyon. Afterwards, the boat will take us to Šibenik out of the Krka river mouth and into the Adriatic. Here the Cathedral of St. Jacob is under UNESCO-World-Heritage protection and is regarded as the most magnificent sacral buildings on the Adriatic coast. The old town of Šibenik is also worth a visit.

Day 7: Primošten – Trogir (23 miles/37 km)
In the morning, we cruise to Primošten. From here, we cycle through the hinterland passing small villages, all the way to Trogir. Many magical views of the town and the island of Čiovo invite for short breaks and taking pictures. The afternoon offers enough time for a stroll through the world cultural heritage old town of Trogir. After dinner, we round our eventful trip with a cozy get-together with crew and tour guides.

Day 8: Disembarkation at Trogir
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 planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities. The tour may also be operated in reverse.

Dates

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

Prices

MY Melody, upper deck

Apr 28*; May 12*, 26*; Jun 9, 23; Jul 7, 28; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8*, 22*; Oct 6*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€1590
High season surcharge
€100
Single cabin surcharge (1 person/1 cabin)
€650
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 (on base package price) (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies)
25%
Princeza Diana, upper deck

Apr 21; May 19*; Jun 2*, 16, 30; Jul 14; Aug 18; Sep 29; Oct 13, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

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 cabin with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Children up to age of 16 (on base package price) (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies)
25%
MY Melody, lower deck

Apr 28*; May 12*, 26*; Jun 9, 23; Jul 7, 28; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8*, 22*; Oct 6*, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

Per person, double occupancy
€1390
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 (on base package price) (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies)
25%
Princeza Diana, lower deck

Apr 21; May 19*; Jun 2*, 16, 30; Jul 14; Aug 18; Sep 29; Oct 13, 2018 (*indicates fully booked date)

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 cabin with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
50%
Children up to age of 16 (on base package price) (if in their own cabin, single surcharge still applies)
25%
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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 6
  • 4 Star 2
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.6

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.3
  • Value 4.4
  • Included meals 4.4
  • Bikes & equipment 4.9
  • Hotels or boat 4.9
  • Scenery 4.6
  • Ease of navigation 4.4
  • Tour documents 4.2
  • Local tour company services 4.7
  • Route selection 4.6
  • Guides (if applicable) 4.8

Reviews

Matt L October 19, 2017

The Dalmatian life

This is a tour I will continue to dream about for many years to come. The tour was structured in a way that was relaxed but included a taste of Croatia’s culture and nature. 

On the first day, I arrived early to check in and they greeted me professionally and placed my bags in my cabin for me. This allowed me to explore the bustling but gorgeous city of Trogir for the next few hours. 
 While on the boat, the local boat crew was always there willing to help. They were up before I woke up each morning (6:30 am) and did not go to bed until after the last guest was in their cabin (usually around midnight). They were a very well-oiled machine in making our experience a pleasant one. We always felt safe with them. Croatia is a beautiful country with lots of hills. Some days were easier than others, but every day we were all challenged at some point. I rented an e-bike and loved it. I can guarantee I was still getting a serious cardio workout each day even with a little help from the bike. It made the 15%-17% climbs doable (even though they were not every day). I would highly recommend an e-bike if you are someone who is not used to riding on a weekly basis or if you want to save your knees. The rides, for the most part, were on the backroads, but you still need to be careful of cars in some areas. I would not recommend this tour to anyone under the age of 13 and only if they are a very responsible rider due to the cars in some of the areas. 
Climbing to the top of the mountain and seeing our boat huffing along the islands besides us was breathtaking. Each small (and large) town we got to had a bell tower that always reminded us what time it was with a beautiful ring. I would highly recommend doing the second ride (sunset ride) on day 3 on Molat. It is a beautiful ride that allows you to explore a little on your own and maybe invest in some local goat cheese. The food was delicious. The chef never left you hungry. There was enough food each meal. Usually a three-course meal for lunch and dinner that was carefully and deliciously prepared. After each meal, the local tour guides would give us a briefing of the rest of the day or what we would be doing the next day, keeping us informed on what to expect. The guides (Marin and Lucija) in-depth knowledge and energy made this tour even better. They responded accordingly when problems would arise and communicated very well with the guests. They truly made it so you did not have to think about anything except relaxing and enjoying yourself. It was “turnkey” service at its finest. In Zadar, Sibenek, and Trogir, we had informative sunset tours (430/5pm) set up for us explaining the history and culture of the cities from a local tour guide that was from the given area. I loved the boat. The Princeza Diana is a steel hull boat with a wooden trim. This wooden trim gives the boat a homey and comforting feel like a “Woodie”. The cabins were pristine and spacious for a boat. The beds are very comfortable and made for a great rest each night. The public spaces were very eloquent but comfortable allowing everyone to enjoy the remarkable scenery and sunsets from the bow or stern of the boat. Somedays it was great to jump in the hot tub with a glass of wine while taking in the beautiful Kornati Park on the bow of the boat. If you have issues with going up and downstairs on land, I would recommend getting an upper deck cabin since the stairs to the lower deck cabins are a little steep (as is on most boats). One of my favorite aspects of the boat was the swimming platform on the back of the boat. Almost every day after our ride, we had the option to jump in for about 45 minutes to an hour, to cool off. Most people did. It was easy for everyone (25-82 years old) to get in and out of the water safely with a shower head available to rinse off. One last recommendation. If you have room in your luggage, bring a sleeping bag and sleep on the deck out under the stars. The deck beds are very comfortable. I did it the night we were docked in Molat and I am happy I did it.

Patty October 10, 2017

Awesome experience!

I was very impressed with the Princessa Diana, she was a beautiful vessel and commanded a lot of attention when we came into port. The guides were phenomenal. Very informative, friendly and helpful. The itinerary was awesome and presented some challenging rides, but the views made it all worth while.
Food onboard was good and plentiful.
Would like to see the option of included wine and coffee/tea with dinner and coffee/tea for lunch. (Or offered as an optional add on to the base package price).

Bob and son October 9, 2017

Better Than Expected

This tour was more challenging than I expected but the E bikes more than offset the additional challenge. The tour was very well organized but definitely is an adult tour. I would not recommend for children under 15. The boat was well designed and the cabins very comfortable. The food was great, perhaps a little too much in total. The tour guides were excellent and the itineraries were nicely put together. There was very little stopping and exploring any unusual buildings or industry and there was almost no explanations while cycling. On other tours we would stop several times a day and the guides would explain something about the area. We did have several city tours where we walked through a town. Croatia is a beautiful country and the water was wonderfully clear and clean and the towns were spotless. I would strongly recommend this tour to cyclists who have some experience on a bike.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany April 21, 2018
We're glad to hear you enjoyed your cycling vacation and this tour was well organized for you! Thank you very much for your thorough review.
Kelowna123 October 9, 2017

Once in a life time adventure

From the first to the last day we loved every second of our adventure. The Melody is exceptionally clean, comfortable and most of all, a safe boat. Staff were courteous, professional and accommodating. Our tour guides quickly became our friends. There were only 26 people in our group - - most we did not know. The guides went out of their way to advise us of what was ahead and set a comfortable pace. It was advantageous to have a sweep in the back. The "plus" side to this trip were the private tours, eating at local restaurants, karaoke night, and the small but significant personal touches. We should mention the food - - unbelievably good. We had menus and were able to choose our dinners/lunches - - The Melody is the only boat that has this option..
The Northern National Park hills were challenging but so worth it as the views were spectacular. We highly recommend using an ebike. Those that didn't struggled everyday. A few dropped out, some stopped biking on day 3 or 4. At times the 12% inclined hills were 3-5 kilometers long. No joke!! Enjoy the journey.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany April 21, 2018
We're delighted to hear your rave review of this tour! I completely agree that eBikes are perfect for this type of tour to level out some of the climbs.
EDWH August 23, 2017

Fun, but a few qualifications

We had a great time but the parks were not quite as interesting or attractive as we had hoped. And some of the bike rides (the 3rd day in particular) difficult hills with nothing at all to see. Description said a ride around Vraner Lake and we never even saw it. That was coupled with the hottest week in the summer as temps were near or over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Guides showed little flexibility in schedules or changes to accommodate the heat.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson April 21, 2018
Thank you for your feedback, and I'm very sorry you did not enjoy the tour. It's one of our more popular tours, and we've generally received great feedback. I did it a number of years ago and loved it. That said, guides change from year to year (or even more often), and other changes (positive or negative) can come into play. As luck would have it, one of our staff members will be checking out the tour in a couple weeks, and he will pay special attention to the issues you rose. Again, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback!
DickZee August 12, 2017

Dalmatian Coasts up close

This trip met my expectations. Ebike made it easy (I'm 86) Well planned itinerary as trips started easy and progressed in difficulty.

Nicsteiner June 9, 2016

Amazing trip and guides

Everything was great!!! The trip, the guides, the tripulation, the food one of the best trips ever!!

SusieQ October 23, 2015

An Excellent Adventure On Board

We just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our Bike/Boat tour on the Princess Diana.
We had requested an upper cabin and found that all had been filled already. We loved our lower deck cabin. It appeared to be larger with two double berths than the upper cabins.

The crew of 9 with only 22 passengers, made for fabulous service. The two guides, a married couple,were very organized and attentive to any needs or concerns. And the E Bikes were really phenomenal.

We are both in our 70's, and fairly active. We found the terrain to be varied with many hills with grades too steep for us to climb, if we had been on regular bikes. It was so much fun to ride through the wine and olive growing areas on a bike and enjoy sightseeing up close.

Meals were really healthy and elegantly served.