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Highlights

  • Cycle & Sail Croatia's Southern Dalamatia Islands.
  • UNESCO ports of Trogir & Stari Grad.
  • Cycle the Islands of Hvar, Korcula & Solta.
  • Pedal through Cetina Canyon.
  • Chilled Korcula wines, Posip & Rukatac.

Bike and Boat Croatia’s Southern Dalmatia archipelago. Sailing across the Adriatic, relax on deck before hopping off to cycle the islands of Hvar, Korcula, Solta and Brac.

Roam the ancient UNESCO harbours and alleyways of Trogir and Stari Grad. Succumb to the pristine beaches of Solta and cycle the dramatic Cetina Gorge. Pedal the lavender scented roads of Hvar and freewheel along some of Croatia’s finest coastline in Brac and Korcula. Return each evening to the comfort of your boat, to rest and unwind ahead of the next day of Dalamatian discovery.

Day 1 Arrive Trogir, Sail Solta

Easily reached from Split Airport, Trogir Harbour is only a 6km taxi journey. After a meeting your crew and fellow cyclists, it’s up anchor for an afternoon sail to the islandwhere you’re free to discover the historic old centre, cafes and popular market.


Boarding is between 2.00pm-2.30pm as the boat sails at 3.00pm. Early luggage drop is available if required.


Overnight: Solta Island


Day 2 Hvar & Solta Islands

Hop into the saddle and cycle along olive and fig tree lined road as you ease yourself into the first day of cycling. Returning to the boat, head across the waters to Hvar. Cycling across Hvar visit the quaint harbours of Jelsa and Vrboska before returning to the local artists hang-out of Stari Grad.


Cycle: 40-45 km


Overnight: Hvar


Day 3 Hvar & Korcula

A morning ride through the sleepy roads of Hvar eventually leads to the grandeur of Hvar‘s Renaissance Square. Here head to the panoramic viewpoint at the Spanish Fortress, high above the city. Later, it’s off the bikes and back to relaxing on deck as the boat sails towards the island of Korcula.


Cycle: 25 km


Overnight: Korcula


Day 4 Korcula Island

Steeped in age-old traditions, sandy coves and dense woodland, today you’ll discover the rich offerings of Korcula. Cycling the coastline to Pupnat, there is time for a quick dip before heading inland pedalling to the hilly village of Blato. The last stop of the day is the narrow, cobbled streets of Korcula Old Town.


Cycle: 60 km


Overnight: Korcula


Day 5 Brac Island

Sailing to Brac, today we stretch the legs a little further today a steady. A simple climb leads across the shimmering island of Brac, known for its white marble. Take in panoramic view points across the Adriatic before enjoying sweeping descents through fig, olive and kiwi groves. After lunch cycle via the traditional fishing village of Povlja and if there is time, Pucisca.


Cycle: 30 km


Overnight: Brac Island


Day 6 Cetina Canyon & Split

After a short morning sail to Omis, hop off the boat and onto the bikes as you pedal through the spectacular limestone Cetina Gorge. Carving through the karst mountains, the River Cetina has produced some outstanding rock formations, most of which you will see at Omis. Later in the afternoon, rejoin the boat and sail to the old town of Split where you can explore the palace of Caesar Diocletian and enjoy relaxing at a pavement café.


Cycle: 25 or 45 km


Overnight: Split 


Day 7 Split – Trogir

The last morning ride ascends the rewarding Mount Marjan above Split. Offering far reaching views across the old town and the rugged Dinaric Alps, the descent back to the boat is an easy freewheel. The it‘s up anchor and an afternoon sail past the cliffs of Ciovo before arriving into Trogir harbour. Here you can further relax on board or head out on foot to explore Trogir.


Cycle: 15 km


Overnight: Trogir Harbour


Day 8 Onward Travel

After a leisurely breakfast, you may have time to explore Trogir some more, or alternatively, the crew are happy to advise on travel arrangements to the airport.

Accommodation

You will spend each night on the boat in your very comfortable cabin. There is also the opportunity to upgrade
to an upper deck cabin. Your boat is always docked at night and only sails during the day.



The Kapetan Jure and Romantica sail alternate weeks. All cabins on the
Kapetan Jure and Romantica are en-suite. Facilities on board each boat do vary
a little, therefore prices differ depending on the sailing date and boat
selected. Detailed descriptions and images of the boats are outlined
below.


Single Cabins & Solo Cyclists

If you require a single cabin or are travelling solo we are happy to
arrange a single cabin, which is subject to a supplementary payment.


Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. Also included are 4 days at full board and 3 days at half board. Your onboard crew will be able to recommend local places to dine. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.


Kapetan Jure

At 27 x 7m the Kapetan Jure has notched up an impressive 100 Adriatic tours. The spacious salon is decorated with shells, amphorae and showcases of sailor’s knots. At the bow a mermaid keeps watch for the safe navigation of the ship. The Kapetan Jure provides 15 cosy guest cabins each with air conditioning, shower and WC. Due to the shape of the ship's hull the size of the cabins may vary. A spacious living room suite on the quarterdeck and a sundeck with cushioned sleeping mats play a part in contributing to the welcoming atmosphere, inviting you to relax and take in the sun and surrounds.



Kapetan Bike and Boat Croatia


Romantica


At 32 x 7.6 m the Romantica was
launched in 2007 and is a shapely two mast motor sailor which combines seafarer
romance with the spirit of the age, style and comfort. One of the most
important things for the captain is the smart appearance of his ship. The salon
and exterior have upscale facilities with a lot of fine details: the salon
tables are decorated with noble intarsia, the corresponding benches are covered
with precious, sun yellow leather. The large sundeck on the Romantica offers
plenty of space to settle back and enjoy the sun. The 16 guest cabins are
spacious and air-conditioned including shower and WC. The bathing platform at
the stern enables easy admittance for a swim in the Adriatic Sea.



De Holland Bike and Boat

Availability

Croatia Bike & Boat sails on set departures
from May to October. As sailing dates are limited we'd suggest confirming your
plans as soon as possible to secure the sailing date of your choice.


Please note that Croatia Bike & Boat tours require a minimum number of participants for this departure to go ahead. Confirmation happens as soon as the minimum number of participants has been reached. For more information, please speak to one of our team.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

This cycling route follows a combination of quiet country and coastal roads
and some busier routes closer to towns and villages, so please do be mindful of
other roads users. Each day there are guided rides which leaves you to enjoy the ride and absorb Croatian life. Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support
will also be available throughout your trip. 


Important: On certain departures of the San Snova barge there will be both hybrid and mountain bike tours operated parallel to each other on the same boat. Only hybrid tours are bookable through us. There will be two guides on board, one of which will lead the hybrid bike group and the other the mountain bike group. The grading and itinerary remain the same.


This is the case for the following departures of San Snova in 2020: 02/05, 16/05, 30/05, 06/06, 13/06, 20/06, 22/08, 19/09, 26/09, 17/10 and 24/10.


Bikes - Included

21 gear male and female hybrid leisure bikes are included in the price of
this trip. All bikes come equipped with Shimano gear shift, Shimano V-brakes,
safety mudguards and a comfortable Selle Royal touring saddle.


If you would like a little assistance, Ebikes are available for a supplementary
payment.


Please do supply us with your height when selecting your bike.



Hire Bike in Croatia


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have
suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation
and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and sailing schedules are approximations of the recommended
routes. We reserve the right to make appropriate changes to the route and
sailings depending on local weather conditions. 


Getting to
and from Trogir.

By Air: Split Airport is only 6km from Trogir Harbour. It’s easy
to get a taxi on arrival which should cost around €20. Should you prefer we can
arrange transfers on arrival. Split Airport is served by most European and low-cost carriers.


Dubrovnik is 3 to 4-hour drive from Trogir. A private transfer can be booked
or alternatively it is possible to take the bus. Tickets can be purchased from
the Dubrovnik bus station, details can be accessed here. Please
be aware that travel times can vary as the road from Dubrovnik to Spilt passes
through the Neum Corridor (a 22 km stretch of road Bosnian coastal territory).
We strongly advise allowing for extra travel time as there are often lengthy delays when passing through the Neum Corridor.


Included

  • Bike Hire
  • 7 night en-suite cabin
  • 4 days full board, 3 days half board
  • Detailed route notes with maps
  • Optional guided rides
  • 24/7 local partner and UK telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel to/from Trogir
  • 2 meals
  • Bike helmet
  • Drinks, snacks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Local port fees (€40)

Extras

  • E-bike Upgrade
  • Additional hotel nights, Trogir
  • Upper deck upgrade cabin

We are often asked the following questions, so hope that you will find the answers useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions or for more advice from our team.

How far in advance do I need to book?

Due to the limited number of sailings, we suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised to secure your cabin.

How fit do I need to be?

This cycle tour is graded moderate. Most days you will still from sea level and begin with a steady climb up the villages and town of each island. There is always more than enough time to take plenty of breaks and pedal at your own pace and the guide is always on hand if you have any questions. This tour is well-suited to weekend leisure cyclists that enjoy pedalling to discover new places. You also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board. 

When is the best time of year?

Croatia boasts a sunny climate from April through to October. June to September are the hottest and busiest months and brim with life and festivals. If you’re after cooler temperatures we’d suggest travelling in April, May or October. Regardless of the time of year, due to the nature of this trip, you’ll never have to stray far to find a quiet cove or picnic spot. 

What personal equipment do I need?

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. You’ll need to wear a helmet, which are not supplied so please bring your own. If you have any questions about what to take then we’d be happy to share our own top tips and advice.

What happens if I want a day off the bike?

You’re more than welcome to relax on deck as the ship sails to the next meeting point. Depending on the daily scheduled there should also be enough time to get out and explore on foot.


Great way to explore beautiful area.

4

Exhilarating week of stiff cycling, swimming in the Adriatic, making new friends and exploring ancient cities. Food on board was very good. Canyon rafting trip great adventure too.

GrannyB

Midlands

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Active and relaxing...the perfect break

5

This was a great trip combining activity, relaxation and great social. Worth considering: The trip says cycling is moderate. As fit and regular cyclists we certainly found some days demanding in intense mid 30s heat. There are long steady climbs combined with lengthy journeys at times. The cycling is entirely guided with defined routes between front and rear local guides. There is however no rush to complete at any given speed with the distance between front e-cyclists and rear traditional bikes often measured in Kms. Our boat, Romantica felt comfortable with the food on board exceptional. Likewise, our guides and boat crew were great fun and helped to make the vacation memorable. The Croatia southern islands offer demanding cycling, great views and some wonderful coastal ports for evening exploration. Daily swims off the boat in semi secluded bays and crystal clear waters provided feelings of exclusivity and great enjoyment. On our trip, clientele were mixed nationalities with a shared travel, activity and cycling culture. For us all the components worked to make this a highly enjoyable and memorable holiday.

Greb

Lancashire UK

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Fantastic Trip

5

Fantastic scenery and great opportunity to jump from the boat into the warm sea. Food good standard and more meals provided than advertised. Captain and crew great, wanted to ensure we had a good time. Good guides. This is not a holiday for those who don't cycle much, the hills are very steep! Next time I will hire an ebike!

Ali

Durham UK

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Wonderful experience

5

Great experience in wonderful surroundings. Local Guides very knowledgeable about the areas visited. Lovely quite challenging cycling but no pressure to be fast. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Great food. New experience of living on a boat.

Judith

Coventry

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Beauttiful Croatia

5

Biking through island vineyards and olive groves over mountains and through remote towns with red tiled rooves and medieval history is profoundly beautiful. Being able to stop and take it in at any time is the advantage of cycling as well as the feeling of vacation as a healthy and energizing experience. Wandering these ancient walled cities and narrow stone streets in the evenings and living aboard a beautiful boat where our meals were prepared is magical. The guides and the boat captain did a great job accounting for weather and keeping the group on schedule which made it easy for all of us to bond as we did not have to spend time planning. Croatia is a beautiful country with a rich history and it is amazing to see so much of it so thoroughly and in such a relaxed manner over the course of one week. Thank you for creating this experience with such joyful and experienced guides.

Darcy the Parsley

London

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Wonderful trip, exceeded expectations

5

A wonderful week of quaint harbour towns, low traffic roads, beautiful views of the Adriatic, terrific cycling guides and crew.

Bob Berger

Indianapolis, IN

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Great experience; really hated for it to end

5

We loved the entire experience, and hated to get off the bike on the last day, and hated to leave the next morning. The guides (Dora and Marko) were very well-organized, and communicated extremely well as to what the plans for the day/week were. The e-bikes took away the apprehension of not being able to do the climbs (for people who are not regular, avid cyclists). And Marko's discussion of Croatian history was very informative.

Doug

Indianapolis IN

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My wife and I agree that this was the best/greatest vacation

5

Greatest vacation of our lives. Wonderful hosts, great scenery, good food, good friends. Thanks for the memories

Mike Feeney

Indianapolis IN

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This was a Once in a Lifetime Trip!

5

This was a fabulous trip, very organized, very responsible and knowledgable guides, awesome food, awesome weather, great boat captain, and a good variety of activities. Our only negative was that Mac's Adventure's description of the trip was misleading. Your website described it as a good option for the weekend recreational biker with daily climbs of a few kilometers. In actuality, it was a difficult ride each day with climbs of 5 - 10 kilometers and some steep grades. Island Hopping confirmed that it was a strenuous itinerary. We absolutely loved the trip, but had we known the difficulty, we would have rented E-bikes. Other than that, we appreciated all of the timely communication with Mac's Adventures.

SBDC

Michigan

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Island hopping is the only way to see Croatia!

4

This was a fun and well managed tour. It was much more strenuous than we expected, however, the e-bikes were a life saver! I'd highly recommend them if you are a weekend flatland biker as we were. The crew of the Kapetan Jute and our Islandhopping.com guides Mirna and Fran were the BEST!!

Michigan Flatlander Chris

Zeeland MI, USA

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Croatia Bike & Boat: Southern Island Hopping

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