Dalmatia - South Bike and Boat

This bike and boat holiday leads you around the serene and beautiful islands of South Dalmatia. Starting from the picturesque port of Trogir, this cycle cruise explores the islands of Solta, Hvar and Korčula. Each has it’s own unique character and flavour, providing a completely new cycling experience each day.

The islands of South Dalmatia are quiet, sparsely populated and achingly beautiful, the perfect arena for a relaxing bike and boat cycling holiday. There’s little or no traffic on the peaceful, rural lanes that lead you around each island revealing stunning sea views and picture perfect medieval villages seemingly after each bend in the road.

San Snova moored in a secluded bay

Typically, the boat will drop you off at one island port and then cruise around the island to meet you on the other side after your ride. Fancy a day off? No problem, just stay on board and relax while the boat cruises to the next port. There are also regular swim stops where the boat moors in a quiet bay, affording guests the unique experience of swimming directly from the boat in crystal clear waters.

Highlights of this holiday include serene cycling on the peaceful island of Šolta where the scent of lavender and wild rosemary accompany your ride, the exhilarating descent to the stunningly beautiful port of Hvar Town, exploring Korčula island (considered to be Dalmatia's most beautiful island) and wandering the narrow, winding streets of the historic old town of Split. Besides all this you can also look forward to swimming from the boat in the crystal clear waters of secluded bays and partaking in an optional rafting adventure through the awe-inspiring Cetina Canyon.

Cycle guides lead the rides each day allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The rides cover between 12 and 30 miles along mostly asphalted quiet lanes and minor roads. The terrain is always undulating and you will have climbs to contend with each day. Good quality e-bikes are available and a popular option on this wonderful cycling holiday.

Dalmatia - South Bike and Boat

This bike and boat holiday leads you around the serene and beautiful islands of South Dalmatia. Starting from the picturesque port of Trogir, this cycle cruise explores the islands of Solta, Hvar and Korčula. Each has it’s own unique character and flavour, providing a completely new cycling experience each day.

The islands of South Dalmatia are quiet, sparsely populated and achingly beautiful, the perfect arena for a relaxing bike and boat cycling holiday. There’s little or no traffic on the peaceful, rural lanes that lead you around each island revealing stunning sea views and picture perfect medieval villages seemingly after each bend in the road.

San Snova moored in a secluded bay

Typically, the boat will drop you off at one island port and then cruise around the island to meet you on the other side after your ride. Fancy a day off? No problem, just stay on board and relax while the boat cruises to the next port. There are also regular swim stops where the boat moors in a quiet bay, affording guests the unique experience of swimming directly from the boat in crystal clear waters.

Highlights of this holiday include serene cycling on the peaceful island of Šolta where the scent of lavender and wild rosemary accompany your ride, the exhilarating descent to the stunningly beautiful port of Hvar Town, exploring Korčula island (considered to be Dalmatia's most beautiful island) and wandering the narrow, winding streets of the historic old town of Split. Besides all this you can also look forward to swimming from the boat in the crystal clear waters of secluded bays and partaking in an optional rafting adventure through the awe-inspiring Cetina Canyon.

Cycle guides lead the rides each day allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The rides cover between 12 and 30 miles along mostly asphalted quiet lanes and minor roads. The terrain is always undulating and you will have climbs to contend with each day. Good quality e-bikes are available and a popular option on this wonderful cycling holiday.

Itinerary

The daily rides cover between 12 and 30 miles along asphalted quiet lanes and minor roads. The terrain is always undulating and you will have climbs to contend with each day. E-bikes are a popular pre-bookable option on this fantastic cycling holiday.

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 : Trogir – Island of Solta

Fly to Split airport and then take a short taxi ride or public bus the 3 miles to Trogir. Check in is from 2pm to 2.30pm and at 3pm the crew cast off and we enjoy an afternoon cruise to the island of Solta. After mooring in the tiny and serene port of Stomorska you are welcome to take a refreshing swim after your day of travelling. The San Snova remains moored in Stomorska overnight.

Day 2 : Island of Vis – 20 miles/31 kms

An early morning breakfast cruise delivers us to the island of Vis, the outermost of the Dalmatian islands. Our first ride explores this tranquil and beautiful place leading us on a circular route from the town of Vis across the island to picturesque town of Komiža and back .

The views of the island's beautiful west coast as we enjoy an exhilarating descent to Komiža are stunning. After exploring the village and enjoying a refreshment at one of the relaxed quayside bars we mount up and leave the village, this time following a quiet coastal road with jaw-dropping sea views off to the right. The road then winds inland through a peaceful fertile valley covered in vineyards before descending back down to Vis.

The San Snova remains moored in the pretty little port of Vis for the night so there is plenty of time for swimming and exploring the little town.

Day 3 : Island of Korčula
18.5 miles/30 kms

In the morning we enjoy a breakfast cruise to the port of Vela Luka on the island of Korčula. Along the way we will weigh anchor in a secluded bay for a refreshing swim from the boat. Today's scenic ride leads us long the south coast, enjoying splendid views of other smaller islands just off-shore, and through aromatic pine forests to the small village of Blato. After stopping for a stroll around we return to Vela Luka via a pretty inland route The San Snova remains moored in Vela Luka for the night.

Day 4 : Island of Hvar
14 and 12 miles

Today starts with a relaxing cruise to the bustling and picturesque port of Hvar Town on the island of Hvar. Take the time to explore this beautiful little place on foot before mounting up for today's ride. A steady climb leads us out of the town and up onto a ridge running the length of the island. The views get progressively more spectacular and aromatic lavender fields line the route attracting flights of brightly coloured butterflies. There is a small bar/restaurant at the summit to collect ourselves before enjoying an exhilarating descent to the picturesque artist's village of Stari Grad nestled in its own natural harbour. The San Snova is waiting for us and will remain moored here for the night - so if you want to skip the afternoon ride and relax that is not a problem. The second of today's rides is much easier and leads us through gorgeous countryside to the tiny port of Jelsa. We traditionally stop in the little square as there is a rather good ice cream parlour which is very hard to resist before heading back to the boat along a serene coastal path.

Day 5 : Island of Brač
18 mile/29 kms

This morning the San Snova 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 to the mainland, we'll also pass the quarries where the island's famous 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 San Snova is waiting for us in the pleasant little port of Postira – a lovely place to spend the night.

Day 6 : City of Split (rafting option in Omiš)
10 miles/17 kms

A morning cruise takes us across the strait to the city of Split on the mainland. We have a choice today of either biking around the Marjan forest and peninsula adjacent to the city, (stopping at a lovely beach for a dip along the way), or opting for a 4 hour rafting excursion on the Cetina river (not included and payable locally). If you opt for the rafting you’ll be picked up from the boat by a bus and driven down the coast to the town of Omis, the starting point. The rafting is great fun and each raft has a well trained instructor who ensures the trip is exhilarating but safe. The river and canyon are protected and the scenery and water clarity are amazing. The bus is waiting for you at the end of the rafting experience to take you back to Split

In the afternoon there is time to explore the fascinating and bustling old port town of Split. We highly recommend a tour of the famous palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian. The adjoining maze of streets that make up Split’s old town are also inviting, never more so than after dark when all the cool little bars, clubs and restaurants come alive.

The boat remains moored in Split overnight.

Day 7 : Šolta Island – Trogir
13 miles/20 kms

This morning's breakfast cruise delivers us to the serene and beautiful island of Šolta where we disembark with the bikes for the final ride of the holiday. Ancient dry-stone walls line the lanes that lead us around Šolta to small ports and tiny hamlets. The scent of wild roesemary fills the air as we pass olive groves and fig trees on this most serene of islands.

Afterwards we enjoy a cruise back to the boat’s home port of Trogir. Lose yourself in the maze-like alleys of the ancient port and enjoy an ice cream or cold drink at one of the many open air cafes. The Captains’s farewell dinner is always an enjoyable affair, moored up on the bustling quayside adjacent to the lovely old town.

Day 8 : Trogir - end of trip

After breakfast its time to disembark, by 9am, 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

San Snova (superior)

The San Snova is a gorgeous motor yacht built in 2009. Constructed entirely of oak she exudes comfort, elegance and style attracting many repeat customers each year.

She has 14 cabins, 11 of which are on the upper deck and 3 cabins are on the lower deck. The upper deck cabins consist of six double cabins with a small double bed and five triple cabins with a small double bed and a single bunk bed. On the the lower deck there are three triple cabins with single beds. All cabins feature en-suite shower/wc and are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, mirror and hair dryer.

A cosy saloon, covered deck and large sun-deck are also features aboard this impressive boat.

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 4 days of full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and 3 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

Fly to Split airport and then transfer by taxi or public bus to Trogir, 3kms away.

Research flights from the UK here.

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