Croatia: Bike and Boat
8 Day Boat Tour
If you love the ocean, then you’ll surely love this Bike and Boat trip in the sparkling Adriatic Sea through the Dalmatian Islands off the coast of Croatia. If you live for mountains, you’ll certainly enjoy the cycling with the beautiful views. If you prefer flat rides, rent an e-bike and feel all the hills disappear! It’s been said that there are two kinds of people – those who love mountains and those who prefer water. This tour is for everyone!
The tour still has space. Make your travel arrangements.
Since we start cycling at sea level, most of the bike rides start with a climb, level off at the top as we cycle on the plateau and then end with a descent back down to our boat. Moderate to advanced cycling level. Leisurely to moderate cycling level with an e-bike.
7 nights lodging on the premium motorized boat -- MS President, 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners, two guided walking tours, unlimited drinking water, port fees, rental hybrid bicycle and trained bilingual guides.
Hybrid bicycle is included in the tour price.
Electric-assist bicycles are available for an additional $350. E-bikes add power to your pedaling, flattening out the hills and increasing your speed. They make it easier to climb the hills on this tour.
The President has 18 cabins each with air-conditioning and its own bathroom. The upper-deck rooms have a door that opens to the outside. Most of the rooms with one bed are on the upper deck. The below-deck rooms have a door that opens into a center hallway and a small porthole to the outside. Most of the below-deck rooms have two twin beds. These rooms are quieter, darker, and tend to sway less, even though our boat generally experiences minimal rocking.
Fly in and out of the Split, Croatia airport (SPU), and take a 10-minute bus or taxi to our boat in Trogir for the start of the tour.
"We had so much fun & learned a lot about Croatia & its people. This trip was a god send to me. This group of women restored my faith in the kindness of womankind. What a great group of women!"
DAY 1: We meet at noon onboard our boat docked in the small town of Trogir, Croatia. If you arrive early, take some time to explore this charming historic town. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trogir is easily visited on foot. You can discover the ninth century church or the 13th century fortress, or purchase anything you’ve forgotten in the open-air market.
Our home for the week, the MS President, has 18 cabins each with its own bathroom and air conditioning. Some of the rooms are above-deck and have a door that opens to the outside. Other rooms are below-deck with a door that opens into a center hallway and a small porthole to the outside. These rooms are quieter, darker, and tend to sway less, even though our boat generally experiences minimal rocking.
We’ll have a short orientation and introductions and then enjoy our first lunch together as we cruise to the island of Šolta. Once on the island, we’ll be fitted to our rental bikes and then begin our first bike ride. If the timing works out, we'll stop along the way at a beekeeper’s house to learn about queen bees and drones and taste the local honey. After our ride, we’ll enjoy our first dinner together on our boat. 12 miles ±688'.
DAY 2: In the morning, we’ll enjoy breakfast on the boat and sail to the island of Hvar. We’ll dock in the town of Stari Grad which means “old town.” It is one of the oldest cities in Croatia, first named by Greek settlers in 384 BC. We’ll cycle through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Stari Grad Plain. These plots of land are still farmed with olives and grapes as they were 2400 years ago, and their centuries-old dry stone walls still remain.
After lunch on the boat and our first swim of the week, we’ll get back on our bikes to head to the town of Hvar. Once an important seaport, today Hvar is a popular stop for the rich and famous. You can’t miss the site of the huge yachts docked nearby. If you have the energy, climb to the top of the largest hill in town to explore the 16th century fortress and enjoy a stunning view of the bustling town below with the glistening blue water beyond. You can try one of the many cute restaurants tonight, as dinner is on your own. 30 miles ±1935'.
DAY 3: As we enjoy breakfast, we’ll head toward the island of Vis. It is the furthest island from the mainland and its surrounding sea is rich with fish. The island’s inhabitants consider themselves to be the best fishermen in the world. After our bike ride, we’ll have both lunch and dinner on the boat as we cruise to the island of Korčula where we’ll dock for the night. 20 miles ±2099’.
DAY 4: We spend the day exploring Korčula, considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Croatian islands. We’ll cross the entire island on our bicycles and be treated to gorgeous views of the coast as we ride through lavender fields and cypress trees. Once in the town of Korčula, we’ll have a guided walking tour and learn that it is the birthplace of Marco Polo. Its streets were built more than 1000 years ago to maximize the cool breezes coming off the ocean. Dinner is on your own tonight, so you can enjoy a little shopping or dining al fresco. 36 miles ±2427'.
DAY 5: We return to the island of Hvar this morning for a bike ride on the quieter side of the island. We’ll cycle along the island’s backbone with views of the sea on both sides of us. There is little traffic, so you can enjoy the sound of birds singing and the sweet scent of oleander and jasmine.
After our ride, we’ll motor to the island of Brač. Along the way, you’ll see one of the island’s limestone quarries and learn where much of the stone that built these beautiful Croatian towns has come from. We’ll dock in the village of Bol where you can make your own picnic on the Zlatni rat beach if you'd like. 32 miles ±1837’.
DAY 6: We cross the island of Brač by bike this morning, meeting our boat at the end of our ride. Then we’ll enjoy lunch as we sail to Split, the largest city on the Croatian coast. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to raft Class II rapids on the Cetina River. Your expert guides will be national rafting team veterans. If rafting is not a favorite activity, then you can hike with us through Marjan Hill, a rare expanse of green forest with stunning viewpoints of the sea and town below. Or you can wander through Split on your own. Dinner is on your own. 14 miles ±1574'.
DAY 7: After breakfast, we’ll have a guided walking tour of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace in the center of town. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was first constructed in the 3rd century and has been transformed over the centuries to accommodate the needs of the time. It is still being used today and is a beautiful and captivating place.
During our sail back to Trogir, we’ll anchor for a couple hours for one last open water swim in the Adriatic Sea. Then we’ll celebrate the end of our wonderful week together with a Captain’s Dinner in the evening. 0 miles.
DAY 8: We’ll say our good-byes after breakfast this morning. You are free to travel to the Split airport on your own for your return home. 0 miles.