|Departure Date: 14-10-2017||Status: Open for booking||Price: 549 €||Duration: 8 days|
This is an exceptional cycling tour combined with sailing on a yacht around the Dalmatian archipelago. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Solta, Hvar, Korcula, Mijet islands and Peljeseac peninsula riding a bike and lying on the sun chair on the deck of the ship. Most of the islands have been populated from ancient times and altogether with their pristine nature have also rich history and numerous sights from the past to be explored. We go on land with the bikes on different harbors and towns and while we cycle enjoying wonderful views the ship sails to the next harbor. The cycling is organized in a way that in some of the days you can do shorter or longer ride with moderate uphills and downhills as well as mountain biking off the asphalt road. (upon request). You can also skip the cycling and choose to explore the variety and natural world of the islands at your pace. There are a various activities on the islands (boat trips, atv, scooter bikes rental, scuba – diving, etc). It is a holiday full with sunny pleasure perfect for families, friends, couples of all ages and everyone who loves adventure and beautiful nature.
• Split - preserved historic city center with the famous Diocletian's Palace, included in UNESCO World Heritage List
• Hvar Island - 3rd biggest island in The Adriatic Sea filled with herbs aroma
• Korchula Island - The Black Corfu as the Greeks had named; the birth place of the famous traveler Marco Polo
• Mljet Island - a part of it is proclaimed for a national park; famous for the geological phenomena “The salty lakes”
Day 1: Split - Solta
Arrival in Split. Transfer to the ship and accommodation in the cabins. At 13:00 h we sail towards the nearest island Solta famous for its untouched nature, herbs, olives, vineyards and many ancient remains. We go off board in Rogac and start cycling to the most northern town Maslinica and then southwards to the oldest village on the island Stomorska where the ship is anchored for the night.
Cycling distance: 40 km, 4 hours. Uphill/downhill cycling: 470m/480m
Day 2: Solta - Hvar
We sail off early in the morning in direction to the famous and filed with herbs aroma - Hvar Island. From Starigrad we set off cycling in direction to the historic city of Hvar. The route passes through small mountainous villages and towns in the interior of the island with splendid views over the stone walled in fields with lavandula and rosemarine. Free time for exploring the old town and the fortress. In the evening we relax in famous Hvar cafés by the sea.
Cycling distance: 42 km, 5 hours. Uphill/downhill cycling: 690m/620m
Day 3: Hvar - Korcula
We head towards Korcula Island – The Black Corfu as the Greeks had named it because of the thick forests of Mediterranean Fir. The main cycling route starts in Prigradrica, goes uphill in the interior of the island passing by olive trees, forests, vineyards and small villages and towns and ends in the town of Korcula with splendid views towards the mountains of Peljesac peninsula.
Cycling distance: 45 km, 6 hours. Uphill/downhill cycling: 750m/750m
Day 4: Korcula - Mljet (free day)
We sail to Mljet Island ( a part of it proclaimed for National Park). Today you can choose to rest or do a self guided biking on the island roads. The island has a lot to offer: swimming in the clear sea waters, visit of The Big and Small lake Saline (unique salty lakes), guided scuba-diving for search of treasures or exploring the area with on foot. A classic Captian’s dinner on board in the evening.
Day 5: Mljet - Trstenik - Viganj - Sucuraj
From Mljet we sail on towards Peljesac peninsula. We go off board in Trstenik and start cycling to Viganj on a nice panoramic road with view to Korcula Island via the nice harbour town Orebic. The ones who want something shorter can go off board in Orebic and bike for 7 km on a nice coastal road to Viganji where the boat will anchor to wait for the whole group. In the afternoon after lunch we go on board and sail to the eastern parts of Hvar Island - the town of Sucuraj.
Cycling distance: 40 km, 4 hours. Uphill/downhill cycling: 380m/350m
Day 6: Sucuraj - Jelsa
After breakfast and a refreshing swim we start cycling toward the small town of Jelsa. The route climbs up to the village of Ublina and continues on nice winding road through the villages of Jerkovici, Bogomolje, Gdinj, Dugi Dolac, Grudac, Kumac, Humac and end up in Jelsa. After some rest time for exploring the town.
Cycling distance: 52 km, 4 hours. Uphill/downhill cycling: 560m/585m
Day 7: Jelsa - Omis
We sale from Jelsa to the coast town of Omis. From here we start cycling up the gorge of the picturesque rocky Cetina valley, have a rest at the top and go down the same way. After a rest and short walk in Omis we go on the boat and sail in direction to Split. Free time for sightseeing and shopping in Split.
Cycling distance: 24 km, 3 hours. Uphill/downhill cycling: 220m/220m
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.
The price includes: ►Accommodation and boarding in a double cabin below deck with private WC/shower ►halfboard (breakfast and dinner included) ►English-speaking Penguin Travel representative throughout the tour ►technical support ► shared transfer from/to the the airport in Split day 1 + day 8.
The price does not included: ►flight tickets ►entrance fees ►drinks and meals not mentioned ►tips ► personal expenses ►bike rent ►insurance ►local tourist tax 25 EUR per person/week paid on spor upon embarkation
Other expenses: ►Single cabin supplement: +50 % ►supplement for accommodation in a cabin on main deck: 60 EUR per person ►supplement for accommodation in a cabin on upper deck: 120 EUR per person ►rent of a helmet: 5 EUR/week ►rent of a rear saddlebag: 10 EUR/week ►rent of a handle-bar bag: 5 EUR/week.
Good to know:
Bikes: Bike rental: Drag Grand Canyon TE 60 EUR; Cross 40EUR. You can see our bikes here
Road conditions: The cycling is made on lower altitude (490m max) mainly on coastal roads going from time to time inland.Road conditions in the regions of cycling are excellent.
Practical informatiom: There is no supporting vehicle on the cycling routes; all main cycling routes are supported with Penguin Travel representatives and technical support; all bikers are provided with maps pointing the possible route options (including off road biking) and experienced bikers may choose one of them as a self guided option; guided mountain bike trips are upon request (for experienced bikers).
Necessary equipment: We recommend you wearing a helmet during the cycling. You can bring your own helmet or rent one from us. Cycling gloves are also advisable.
Our ship: It is built in 1955 and reconstructed in 2000, perfect for exploring the beauties of The Dalmatian coast. It has 150 sq.m. sun deck with deck chairs, tables with benches. The boat also has common toilettes and 2 showers on the main deck. The ship has an authentic restaurant & bar where the meals will be served, with TV, hi-fi stereo, DVD, CD. All cabins have toilet, shower, sink, power supply, individually controllable air conditioning, wardrobe, bunk beds, pillows, blankets and towels. There are 17 cabins in total, which can accommodate up to 37 passengers: 2 twin and 2 triple cabins below deck; 3 twin, 3 double and 1 triple cabin on main deck; 6 twin cabins on upper deck. Triple cabins have 1 queen size bed and a 3rd bed above
Low cost flights: Easy Jet - http://www.easyjet.com/; Germanwings - http://www.germanwings.com/; Norwegian Air Shuttle - http://www.norwegian.no/, Cimber - http://www.cimber.com/; Airberlin - http://www.airberlin.com; Ryan Air - http://www.ryanair.com/