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Dubrovnik and the Islands of Dalmatia by Bike and Boat

Adventure, history and culture for high school students and their parents.

Adventure, history and culture for high school students and their parents.

Adventure, history and culture for high school students and their parents.

Adventure, history and culture for high school students and their parents.

Adventure, history and culture for high school students and their parents.

Adventure, history and culture for high school students and their parents.

Adventure, history and culture for high school students and their parents.
  • 8 nights | 21 miles/day
  • Guided from: €2161
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  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 Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This multi-adventure bike and boat tour is designed especially for high school students and their parents and features some of Europe’s most scenic cycling--all from the “home base” of our private “floating hotel,” the 98-foot two-masted motor yacht, the Pape Prvi.

Most days feature a morning ride with a return for lunch on board. Then it’s off for more cycling or a cruise to the next island or coastal post for riding, hiking or other activities (including some exciting white water rafting in a crystal-clear river!).

You can also stay on board. After all, the swimming platform at the stern offers you effortless access to the Adriatic sea for refreshing swim breaks.

We start in Dubrovnik, where you can walk in the footsteps of Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik played a starring role as “King’s Landing,” and some of its most memorable scenes were filmed there (yes, you can even walk the steps of the “Walk of Shame”!). It’s also one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, especially its Old Town, encircled by walls dating back to the 16th century and with views of the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.

And it’s in Dubrovnik that we’ll board our deluxe motor yacht for a one-week cruise up Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. From the deck of the Pape Prvi or from our bike saddle, we get to know this sparsely populated part of Croatia. Breathtaking scenic experiences and cultural highlights await you. The highlights of the trip are the town centers of Split and Dubrovnik, which are listed as UNESCO’s world heritage sites. We cycle the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet, and Šipan, and experience the interaction of sea and land, culture and nature close up and personally.

Note: The cycling can be strenuous at times, but we’ll go at a slow pace with guides at the front and back. Electric-assist bicycles will also be available. Our guides will also give us details of each ride, and we always have the option to stay on board and experience the Adriatic coastline and islands from the deck of our private yacht!

This tour is being organized by Jenni Veal who welcomes high school kids and their parents to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience with her and her daughters, Emma and Lucy.

The tour is open to kids ages 13 and older traveling with a parent and 15 or older without a parent. (Booking forms must be submitted by a parent, who must also submit an in loco parentis form Jenni will provide in the case of kids traveling alone.)

The program is offered through BikeTours.com, a Chattanooga-based bicycle tour company that partners with local bike tour operators across Europe to provide authentic “slow-travel” experiences. BikeTours.com’s local staff will handle your bookings and payments, and company founder and president Jim Johnson will join us for the week.

Contact Jenni with any questions at [email protected].

Daily program

Day 1: Arrive to Dubrovnik
Individual arrival to Dubrovnik. Optional afternoon activities depending on arrival time. Dinner and exploration on your own.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 2: Embarkation on Pape Prvi
Enjoy this morning on your own. Check-in on board the Pape Prvi starts between 2-2:30pm at Gruž, the town port. At about 4:30 pm, we'll take a guided “Game of Thrones” walking tour through Dubrovnik, where we hear some interesting details of the town’s history and visit the most impressive sites. The boat will spend the night in Gruž offering us an opportunity to experience Dubrovnik further.
Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 3: Dubrovnik – Mljet Island (18 miles/28 km)
In the morning we cross over to the green island of Mljet, known as the honey island. With 70% of its landmass covered by woodland, it is the most forested island in the Mediterranean region. 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. We cycle from Sobra to Pomena where our ship awaits us for dinner.
Overnight in Pomena.

Day 4: Lastovo Island and Korčula Island, including Korčula town (18 miles/28 km)
Today our ship takes us to the Island of Lastovo. The island is one of the smaller inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate, and in Roman times it was even named “Augusta Insula” after him. Today’s cycle tour takes us across this beautiful island. The gold-colored white wine Marastina grapes, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, are grown here. Back at the boat it’s time to cast off! A crossing takes us to Korčula Island, regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia. The picturesque town of Korčula with its fishbone alleyways competes with Venice for the honor of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo.
Overnight in Korčula.

Day 5: Korčula Island – Vela Luka (38 miles/60 km)
Today’s cycle tour leads us across the charming island of Korčula. A mild Mediterranean climate and a broad variety of landscapes accompany us on the tour today. Take your time, and remember to take a break to enjoy the view over the deep blue sea and neighboring islands. Dinner is served on board to replenish our strength after an active day.
Overnight stay in the sheltered bay of Vela Luka.

Day 6: Hvar Island: Hvar Town – Stari Grad – Jelsa (22 miles/35 km)
The day starts with a relaxing cruise to Hvar town on Hvar Island. Make use of the time before the cycle tour starts and go for a little stroll through the city. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance Square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. Today’s bike tour takes us from the city of Hvar through small villages and lavender fields to Stari Grad on the opposite side of the island. The descent to Stari Grad offers breathtaking views. After a lunch break on board we continue cycling to Jelsa.
Overnight in Jelsa.

Day 7: Brač Island: Bol – Pučišća (14 miles/23 km)
We cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was used in the construction of the White House in Washington D.C. and in the construction of the German Reichstag building in Berlin. Once we arrive on Brač, we start our bike tour from Bol to the picturesque harbor town of Pučišća. We will spend the afternoon and evening here. Enjoy the serenity of the town, famous internationally for its stone masonry college.
Overnight in Pučišća.

Day 8: Brač Island: Pučišća – Split (16 miles/25 km)
Today’s bike tour leads us along the northern coastline of Brač from Pučišća to Supetar. Then we enjoy a cruise to the UNESCO world heritage city of Split. A guided city tour offers us the chance to see inside the former Palace of Emperor Diocletian and to learn about its transformation into the city it has become. An evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travelers and tour guides.
Overnight in Split.

Day 9: Split (Disembarkation)
After breakfast, disembarkation by 9:00am.

Route map

Maps reflect your approximate overnight locations and do not reflect your actual cycling route.

Dates

Jul 18, 2020

Prices

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package

A deposit of $700 and booking fee of $30 per person is taken upon confirmation.

Per person, double occupancy
€ 2161
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed
€ 90
Electrically assisted bike
€ 200
Discounts
Third person in cabin (two triple cabins available)
50%
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: €100 per person
  • 59 – 31 days before the trip begins: 40% of the trip price
  • 30 – 21 days before the trip begins: 70% of the trip price
  • 20 – 11 days before the trip begins: 80% of the trip price
  • 10 – 1 days before the trip begins: 90% of the trip price
  • On day of departure: 100% of the trip price

Large Group cancellation fees:
If a group fills more than 70% of the boat, the charter downpayment and cancelation policy will apply. (Large group downpayment schedule: 30% of total with booking confirmation; 30% 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 following cancellation charges apply:

  • Between December 01, 2018 up to 120 days prior to tour begin 30% of the charter price
  • 119 – 90 days prior 60% of charter price
  • 89 – 30 days prior 75% of invoice total
  • as of 29 days prior 100% of the invoice total

BikeTours.com 15th Anniversary Cruise special conditions:

  • A deposit of $500 per person is taken upon confirmation.
  • A second payment of $500 per person is due by March 15, 2019.
  • Balance payment is due July 15, 2019. Amount of balance payment in U.S. dollars will be based on the value of the euro when the balance payment is made, minus previous payments.

All payments are non‐refundable unless a replacement is found. Due to government regulations, name changes are not permitted fewer than two weeks before departure.

We will send formal confirmation when we have reached the tour minimum of 22 participants. We reserve the right to cancel the tour should the minimum not be met prior to December 1, 2018.


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

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