BICYCLE TOUR AROUND CROATIA’S ISLANDS OF SOUTH DALMATIAN

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  • Type: Croatia cruises
  • Duration: 8 days
    7 nights
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURES DATES

Take part on a cruise along the Croatian coast starting from Dubrovnik and enjoy a perfect combination of swimming, sunbathing, short cycling tours and cultural sightseeing. If you are one of those who do not want to spend your vacation sunbathing, then this program is perfect for you.

An active cruise along the southern Croatian coast starts from Dubrovnik. The ideal starting port for all lovers of history and tradition and natural beauty of the surroundings. Bike routes take you through the vineyards and olive groves of Konavle that still maintain the traditional culture of old Dubrovnik. With a pleasant sailing along the Dalmatian coast, we will reach the most southern national park in Croatia, the island of Mljet. Enjoy a light cycling tour on the trails of Malo jezero and Veliko jezero of the island of Mljet, as well as around the villages of Hvar and Brač. After sailing to Makarska in the afternoon you can join a half day trip to Split, one of the oldest cities in the region. On the way back to Dubrovnik, which is also the end of the cruise, we will make a stop on the island of Korčula and the small fishing village of Račišće for a cycling tour. The last cycling tour of this trip is on the peninsula of Pelješac, known for its beautiful vineyards, hidden coves and clear waters. Cruising along the southern Croatian coast will fulfil all your expectations. Unusual and beautiful island beaches, crystal clear sea, historic ports such as Dubrovnik and old fishing villages, the island of Hvar and Brač will not leave you indifferent.
 

sALES TIPS

  • Departure from Dubrovnik
  • Half day trip to Split included in the price
  • Airport transfer included in the price
     

INCLUDED IN PRICE

Accommodation and meals

  • 7 day cruise on board MB Mali Ante or MB Otac Nikola with departure from Dubrovnik as per the itinerary outlined
  • 7 nights accommodation based on twin or double share cabins
  • Tour leader
  • Arrival transfer from airport Dubrovnik to Dubrovnik port included for all bookings made after 1st of March 2017
  • Towel replacement once a week
  • Breakfast & lunch on board except arrival day and departure day (see program for detailes)
  • A trip to Split will be organised in the afternoon of the fifth day after arriving in Makarska
  • Visit  and snack at Konavle
  • Water on board

Equipment, logistics and personnel details

  • All transfers as stated in the itinerary
  • Bicycles equipped with helmets
  • Transfer to and from Konavle
     

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • Insurance, tipping, personal expenses, personal gear, …
  • Entrance fee NP Mljet and transfer within Mljet NP
  • Wine tastings
     

OPTIONAL

  • Barbeque Dinner (20 € per pax)
  • Elegant Dinner (33 € per pax)
  • Towel replacement cca 3 € (23 kn)
  • Sheets replacement cca 12,5 € (95 kn)
  • Excursions
     

ADDITIONAL SERVICES ON REQUEST (ON SHIP)

  • Pre & post cruise accommodation
  • Transfers in any of the ports
     

NOTES

Due to specific requirements in some of the harbours, it is possible that ships will be tied sideways to each other and that passengers will need to transfer from one ship to another in order to get to the coast. Please be careful when transfering from ship to ship, and should you need assistance the crew members will be glad to provide assistance. All boat routes are dependent on the weather and therefore may be changed by the captain.
 

Suggestions what to bring on sailing (tip: use sport bags rather than in hard case suitcase)

Sneakers with soft sole, Slip on shoes, Swim suit, Short pant, Long pants, Several short sleeves T shirts, long sleeve shirts, Wind proof jacket ( with the hood) or sailing jacket, Underwear, Beach towel, Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock, Personal hygiene accessories, Medicine you normally use, Biking recommended equipment such as biking shoes, backpack, extra clothes, rain/sun protection.

D1 Saturday / Arrival
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to the city of Dubrovnik.

D2 Sunday / Biking in Konavle - Experience the unique natural beauty of the Konavle region
Throughout centuries region of Konavle has managed to maintain a traditional country-type of living along with many chapels, cloisters, and summer houses that once hosted the Dubrovnik's highclass lords. Bike-tour excursion will lead you through an oasis of vineyards and olive groves, as well as villages that still reflect the traditional culture of old Dubrovnik. Our adventure biking program will start from village of Zvekovica with macadam road towards crossroad to the village of Čilipi. Forrest of cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves decorate the paths overlooked by the magnificent mountain of Snijeznica, and fortress Soko, dating from the medevial Dubrovnik Republic. After short break and enjoyable view from tree hut on fertile Konavle valley we will cycle towards village of Ljuta. You will have the opportunity of discovering old watermill where a local inhabitant will explain a traditional way of flour making. Enjoy a welcome with local brandy in front of the mill and snack of local delicacies . After short brake we will return to the ship. Lunch on board. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

D3 Monday / Biking on National Park Mljet - Discover the hidden island of “Honey”
Island of Mljet is located on the south of the Adriatic  coast in Croatia. This beautiful island is situated  south of the Pelješac peninsula from which it is divided by the Mljet channel. It was discovered by ancient Greco-Roman geographers, who wrote the first records and descriptions around 6th century BC. Today, portions of the island are considered a National Park, including the western part of the island, the Big Lake, the Small Lake and Soline Bay.In the morning, we will sail out on a cruise from Dubrovnik to Pomena, a hidden port on the idyllic island of Mljet. For many, Mljet retains its legend from the Odyssey and other tales as one of the islands "lost“ at sea, not easily reached alone. You will have the opportunity to explore this famous historical spot. In the afternoon our biking exploration tour will begin from port of Pomena towards entrance of the National Park Mljet. You will explore interesting deep pine forests and untouched nature with hidden paths of National park Mljet while cycling by two saltwater lakes, the most visited attractions on the island. Overnight stay in the port of Pomena.
NOTE: Entrance to the national park (cca 12€  (90 kn)  pp+ cca 2€ (15 kn) pp for the boat across the lake to be paid on spot.
*Barbeque Dinner – supplement  on board ship

D4 Tuesday / Biking on the island of Hvar - Enjoy in beautiful sandy beaches and many sunshine hours on the island
Hvar is a Croatian island located on Dalmatian coast at the Adriatic. This beautiful island lies between the islands of Brač and Korčula. Hvar’s location at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes had made this island an important base for trade throughout the wider Mediterranean in the past.  During the middle ages when the Venetians ruled over most of the Adriatic, Hvar was a very important harbor to them. Today's journey takes you to the small island settlements, fields and vinyards.  We will ride along coastal gravel road from Jelsa towards Vrboska and than on an old road towards Stari Grad.  Stari Grad is one of Croatia's oldest towns dating back to 384BC when it was a Greek colony called Faros.  Riding bicycle around the Stari Grad will offer you the chance to learn about long and turbulent history of this area. After exploring town, return back to Jelsa. Overnight stay in Jelsa.

D5 Wednesday / Biking in Bol - Discover narrow stone paved streets and mountain paths carved in Dalmatian karst
Makarska is a small town situated on the Adratic coastline at the south of Croatia, about 60 km southeast of Split, a picturesque gem nestled between the mountain of Biokovo and the Adriatic Sea. In the morning, we set sail from Hvar to the island of Brač, to a place called Bol. The town is famous for its beach ZLATNI RAT (GOLDEN HORN), a natural phenomenon on the southern coast of the island. Another sandy beach, Bol, is situated one mile away from the village of Bol with a view of the highest mountain on any of the Adriatic islands, Vidova Gora (780 meters above the sea level). We will have the opportunity to bike along coast from village of Bol towards  the Golden Horn beach. In the afternoon the ship continues to the Makarska Riviera, to its centre, the city of Makarska. A trip to Split will be organised in the afternoon of the fifth day after arriving in Makarska. Overnight stay in Makarska.

D6 Thursday / Biking on island of Korčula - Discover the ancient Greek colony “Melaina Corcyra”
Island of Korčula is one of the most inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. Situated in central Dalmatian archipelago it is separated from the Pelješac  peninsula by a narrow strait. According to the legend this beautiful island was founded by Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC. After breakfast the ship will sail out east, around the island of Hvar (its east end) and in the afternoon you’ll reach the straight of Pelješac and the town of Korčula, supposedly the birthplace of Marco Polo. Located on a small headland with Venetian architecture, defensive walls and attractive pan tiled roofs, Korčula often evokes memories of Dubrovnik. After the lunch our biking tour starts from the village of Raćišće towards small village of Medvidnjak . Afterwards your bike trail will lead you towards s small village of Lumbarda. Along your route you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of old stone houses and rich vegetation.With Korcula's dense woodland and aromatic Mediterranean plants, it’s hard not to imagine you are in some latter-day Garden of Eden. Lumbarda is small fishermen's village of around 1200 inhabitants. It is situated at the eastern part of Island of Korcula. The village is built around small bay and on the hills behind it, and is surrounded by large sandy vineyards. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the area or take a dip in the refreshing Adriatic Sea. We will cycle through numerous picturesque parts of Korčula island and then return to the port. Overnight stay in Korčula.
NOTE:  Wine tasting optional to be organized.


D7 Friday / Biking on Pelješac Peninsula - Old Roman province of Dalmatia
The Pelješac peninsula is situated in southern Dalmatia between the Bay of Neretva to the north, the Bay of Mali Ston to the east, the Mljet channel to the south and the Peljesac channel to the west. Pelješac is the second largest peninsula in Croatia spanning from the east side and the city of Ston to the top of the Lovište cap. The peninsula is famous for its vineyards and cellars, and especially for its red wines Dingač and Postup (named after the slopes on the southern side of the peninsula). In the morning with narrow asphalt road our biking tour will start from the small beautiful village of Trstenik and continue towards picturesque village of Žuljana. Along with scenic road loacated by the seaside you will pass by old vineyards and cute bays. After arriving in bay of Žuljana with macadam roads the bicycle tour will continue to the beautiful bay of Vučine and pebbly beach, where you can swim and enjoy in the clear blue sea. Through hidden uninhabited villages of Račići, Pivćići and Jeići we will return back to the port of Trstenik. In the late afternoon we will continue to the port of SLANO. Overnight stay.
*Elegant Dinner – supplement  on board ship

D8 Saturday / Departure
After breakfast departure from Slano for all clients with morning flights. Than the boat sails from Slano to below the mighty city walls of the Old Town and by the magical Lokrum Island to the Port of Gruz for other individual departures.
Have a pleasant journey!

Gulliver reserves the right to amend or cancel any trip without prior notice

MB MALI ANTE

Built in Turkey in 1988 as a cruising ship for sailing from Greece to North Africa, Malta and along the entire Mediterranean Sea. In 2003 it was bought and delivered from its previous owner and was used for cruises along the Croatian Adriatic coast. In March 2012, the present owner took over this 19 cabins vessel and started working on its conversion from a motor sailing vessel to a motor yacht. The boat is owned by the Jurin family who come from the well-known village named Krilo Jasenica, located near Split.

CAPACITY: 38 – 42 pax

  • LOA - 35,00 m
  • width - 7,80 m
  • depth - 2,35 m
  • sun deck's: 162 m2 with sun chairs
  • propulsion: „Caterpillar“ 2*209 KW, 418 KW
  • speed: 8-10 knots
  • voltage: 220 V
  • ship saloon with air condition and separate bar for drinks and coffee
  • easy access into the sea from the stern platform which is equipped with two showers


Lower deck: 4 double cabins with queen-size bed (2 of them can have extra bed), 6 twin cabins with separate beds. Upper deck: 4 double cabins with queen-size bed (2 of them can have extra bed), 5 twin cabins with separate beds.

ALL CABINS ARE WITH A/C AND OWN TOILET AND SHOWER!

MB OTAC NIKOLA

Build in 2006 as a ship for cruises along the Croatian Adriatic coast with 14 cabins, owned by the Ercegovic family from the well-known village near Split, Krilo Jesenica. Tradition of taking out sand from the bottom of the sea, they turn into a cruising along the Adria.

CAPACITY: 28 – 32 pax

  • LOA - 26,00 m
  • width - 7,00 m
  • depth - 2,40 m
  • two masts
  • sun deck's: 150 m2 with sun chairs
  • propulsion: FIAT 400KS
  • speed: 9-10 knots
  • voltage: 220 V
  • ship saloon with a bar for drinks and coffee
  • easy access into the sea from a stern platform which is supplied with a shower


Lower deck: 3 double cabins with queen-size bed, 3 twin cabins with separate beds. Main deck: 4 double cabins with queen-size bed (all 4 of them can have extra bed), Upper deck: 4 double cabins with queen-size bed.

ALL CABINS ARE WITH A/C AND OWN TOILET AND SHOWER!

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