Dalmatia - Dubrovnik to Split Bike and Boat

Cruise and cycle the gorgeous Dalmatian Islands between Dubrovnik and Split. On this holiday you’ll enjoy scenic bike rides on the islands of Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula and Brač. You’ll also be able to swim from the boat in the warm Adriatic waters and spend your evenings exploring charming old port towns.

The two masted motor yacht Romantica makes a comfortable base for your holiday as she picks her way through the Dalmatia archipelago, delivering you to picturesque little ports for scenic rides each day. The guided rides introduce you to each island in turn, unveiling quaint villages, panoramic sea-views and bustling ports.

Romantica, your home for the week

On this ride you’ll get to know Mljet, Dalmatia’s greenest isle, and the remote and serene island of Lastovo. You’ll also explore Korčula, the island considered by many to be Dalmatia’s most beautiful, and Hvar with its beautiful capital and the quaint artists’ village of Stari Grad. You traverse Brač, the largest island, and visit the stunningly beautiful port of Pučišća before finishing your holiday in historic Split with its atmospheric old town.

The daily rides cover between 23 and 60 kms each day and invariably include some climbs of one kind or another. The bikes used used on this tour are comfortable hybrid models although e-bikes are also available albeit in limited numbers.

Dalmatia - Dubrovnik to Split Bike and Boat

Cruise and cycle the gorgeous Dalmatian Islands between Dubrovnik and Split. On this holiday you’ll enjoy scenic bike rides on the islands of Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula and Brač. You’ll also be able to swim from the boat in the warm Adriatic waters and spend your evenings exploring charming old port towns.

The two masted motor yacht Romantica makes a comfortable base for your holiday as she picks her way through the Dalmatia archipelago, delivering you to picturesque little ports for scenic rides each day. The guided rides introduce you to each island in turn, unveiling quaint villages, panoramic sea-views and bustling ports.

Romantica, your home for the week

On this ride you’ll get to know Mljet, Dalmatia’s greenest isle, and the remote and serene island of Lastovo. You’ll also explore Korčula, the island considered by many to be Dalmatia’s most beautiful, and Hvar with its beautiful capital and the quaint artists’ village of Stari Grad. You traverse Brač, the largest island, and visit the stunningly beautiful port of Pučišća before finishing your holiday in historic Split with its atmospheric old town.

The daily rides cover between 23 and 60 kms each day and invariably include some climbs of one kind or another. The bikes used used on this tour are comfortable hybrid models although e-bikes are also available albeit in limited numbers.

Itinerary

This holiday also operates in reverse, see the Split to Dubrovnik route.

The daily rides cover between 23 and 60 kms each day and invariably include some climbs of one kind or another. The bikes used used on this tour are comfortable hybrid models although e-bikes are also available albeit in limited numbers.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Day 1 : Arrive Dubrovnik

On arrival in Dubrovnik make your way Gruž, Dubrovnik’s town port where the Romantica is moored. Check-in is between 2 and 2.30pm and at 4.30pm you are invited to join a guided walking tour of the old town. The Romantica remains moored in Gruž for the night and we highly recommend a post- dinner stroll through the atmospheric old town before retiring to your comfy, air conditioned cabin for the night.

Day 2 : Šipan Island and Mljet Island
7 and 18 miles/11 and 30 kms

During breakfast we slip our moorings and cruise across to the island of Sipan, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. A short ride around the island is perfect for getting used to the bikes and riding as a group. We then re-board the boat for a short hop across to Mljet Island. This beautiful, verdant isle is thought by many to have been the mystical island on which the Nymph Calypso kept Odysseus captive for 7 years in Homer’s “Odyssey”. Our first ride leads us from the peaceful little harbour of Pomena on a circular route around the island. Along the way we will pass through the heavily forested National Park Of Mljet with its stunning coastline. The Romantica remains moored in the charming port of Pomena overnight.

Day 3 : Lastovo Island and Korčula Island
17.5 miles/28 kms

Today we visit two islands, the first is Lastovo which we will reach after a short breakfast cruise from Pomena. Lastovo sits further out to sea than most of the other Dalmatian islands and has an isolated serene charm all of its own. Our guides lead us on a very enjoyable and scenic ride to the charming old town of Lastovo with its amphitheater setting and ornate chimneys.

Back on board the Romantica we enjoy a fortifying lunch before casting off for a relaxing afternoon cruise across to the island of Korčula. Time allowing, the captain may well make a stop in a secluded bay for a swim from the boat. The fortified town of Korčula, juts out into the Adriatic as if it is trying to break free from the rest of the island and sail away. Its connection to the sea is further confirmed when one observes that the street layout resembles the skeleton of a fish. We enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the old town and because the Romantica remains moored here for the night an evening stroll around the winding, bustling streets is also recommended.

Top tip – Enjoy sun-downers and the view from Massimo’s Cocktail Bar in the town’s medieval tower.

Day 4 : Korčula Island: Korčula Town – Vela Luka
37.5 miles/60 kms

Today we are in for a real treat as we cycle from one end of Korčula to the other. The island is widely thought to be the jewel in Dalmatia’s crown and today’s ride will qualify you for an opinion. There are some climbs involved but these are invariably rewarded with stunning views across the blue Adriatic to other nearby islands and the mainland. About midway through the ride you will be rewarded with some particularly jaw-dropping views out to sea and nearby you’ll also be able to stop for a refreshing swim if the mood takes you. Our destination is the pleasant port of Vela Luka, located in its own natural harbour. It’s always nice to climb aboard the Romantica after a long ride and enjoy the simple bliss of a cold drink and some air conditioning! The Romantica remains moored in Vela Luka overnight.

Day 5 : Hvar Island: Hvar – Stari Grad – Jelsa
14 and 12 miles/22 and 20 kms

Another breakfast cruise delivers us to the island of Hvar and we moor in the island’s beautiful capital, Hvar Town. The Renaissance Square is magnificent and the view from the Spanish fortress above the town is stunning but be warned, to see the latter you must be prepared to invest in quite a climb! Today’s scenic cycle route leads us up out of Hvar Town and into some wild, pristine countryside, covered in wild lavender and rosemary. The views are incredible and butterflies often fill the air, attracted by the fragrant flora. After an exhilarating descent to the pretty artists port of Stari Grad we climb aboard the Romantica for an energising lunch. The afternoon's pleasant and easy ride leads us to the pretty port of Jelsa. Not many visitors to this little town can resist the lovely ice cream cafe in the pretty square but you can of course try! We then return via the pretty fishing village of Vrboska to Stari Grad where the Romantica remains moored for the night.

Day 6 : Brač Island: Milna – Postira
18 miles/29 kms

This morning the Romantica crosses the narrow strait separating Hvar from its neighbour Brač, the largest of the Dalmatian Islands. We moor in Milna, a pretty harbour town and disembark with our bikes. On today’s ride to Postira on the northern coast we’ll enjoy some marvellous panoramic views across the sea and pass the quarries where the island's white marble comes from. This highly prized marble has been used to build some very famous buildings, including 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C!

The Romantica is waiting for us in the pleasant little port of Postira – a lovely place to spend the night.

Day 7 : Brač Island: Pučišća – Split
19 miles/31 kms

Our final ride leads us on a winding road along the northern shore of Brač to the gorgeous little port of Pučišća, hidden away in it's own natural harbour. After a look around we return to Postira by a different route, this time along the spine of the island. The Romantica begins her last cruise of the week across the strait to Split.

Once at our mooring we are invited to join a qualified guide on a fascinating walking tour around the beautiful old town, including Roman Emperor Diocletian’s incredible palace. A farewell meal on board is always an event and if you still have the energy we recommend a late night stroll through the atmospheric old town where you will find some lovely bars and cafes.

Day 8 : Split - end of trip

After breakfast it is time to disembark and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21-24 speeds. The bikes come equipped with a pannier.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. A very limited number of helmets are available on board and must be pre-booked at the time of booking. It is mandatory to wear a helmet.

Accommodation

Romantica (superior)

The Romantica is a very elegant 2 masted motor yacht that can accommodate 32 guests.

She has 16 cabins, 9 of which are on the upper deck and 7 cabins are on the lower deck. The upper deck cabins consist of five double cabins with a small double bed and four twin cabins with two single beds. On the the lower deck there are three twin cabins with single beds, two double cabins with a small double bed and 2 triple cabins with small double bed and a single bed. All cabins feature en-suite shower/wc and are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, mirror and hair dryer.

Other facilities on board include a spacious sun-deck and comfortable saloon and bar.

Cabin share option for single travellers, subject to availability.

Meals

A buffet breakfast and one or two warm meals are provided daily. The meals are prepared by the on-board cook who uses locally sourced fresh ingredients. The catering consists of 2 days of full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and 5 days of half board (breakfast and lunch or dinner)

On-board payments: Cash only accepted, no debit/credit cards.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Getting there

The tour starts in Dubrovnik and finishes in Split.

Dubrovnik

Fly to Dubrovnik airport. Research flights here

A regular shuttle bus links Dubrovnik airport with the main bus station in Gruž Port – more details here. The bus station is adjacent to where the Pape Prvi is moored.

Split

Fly home from Split airport. Research flights here

Shuttle busses run to the airport (24 kms from the port) or a taxi will cost around 25 euros.

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