Dalmatia - Split to Dubrovnik Bike and Boat

Explore the serene and charming Dalmatian islands between Split and Dubrovnik by bike and boat. Enjoy daily bike rides on 6 different islands each with its own unique flavour and appeal. Stay aboard a comfortable motor yacht, mooring in a different, charming little port each evening.

From the historic port of Split, the comfortable motor yacht Romantica wends its way through the Dalmatian archipelago, stopping at the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet and Sipan, before finishing off in the medieval port of Dubrovnik. Each day you'll moor somewhere new and join the on-board bike guides for scenic cycling forays that reveal the highlights of each island.

Romantica - your home for the week

On Hvar An exhilarating descent, past wild rosemary and lavender delivers you to the beautiful and picturesque port of Hvar Town on Hvar. The island of Korčula will mesmerize you with her beauty and an overnight stay, moored in her fortified capital is a fitting finale to your time on this very special island. The serenity of wild and remote Lastovo makes a lasting impression as does the stunning, verdant beauty of the national park on the island of Mljet.

Along the way the Romantica will stop in secluded bays for swimming breaks and her dedicated swim platform at her stern makes entering and leaving the water easy for all

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 - Split to Dubrovnik Bike and Boat

Explore the serene and charming Dalmatian islands between Split and Dubrovnik by bike and boat. Enjoy daily bike rides on 6 different islands each with its own unique flavour and appeal. Stay aboard a comfortable motor yacht, mooring in a different, charming little port each evening.

From the historic port of Split, the comfortable motor yacht Romantica wends its way through the Dalmatian archipelago, stopping at the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet and Sipan, before finishing off in the medieval port of Dubrovnik. Each day you'll moor somewhere new and join the on-board bike guides for scenic cycling forays that reveal the highlights of each island.

Romantica - your home for the week

On Hvar An exhilarating descent, past wild rosemary and lavender delivers you to the beautiful and picturesque port of Hvar Town on Hvar. The island of Korčula will mesmerize you with her beauty and an overnight stay, moored in her fortified capital is a fitting finale to your time on this very special island. The serenity of wild and remote Lastovo makes a lasting impression as does the stunning, verdant beauty of the national park on the island of Mljet.

Along the way the Romantica will stop in secluded bays for swimming breaks and her dedicated swim platform at her stern makes entering and leaving the water easy for all

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 Dubrovnik to Split 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 Split

On arrival in Split, make your way to the harbour where the Romantica is moored. Check-in is between 2pm to 2.30pm and at 4.30pm you are invited to join a guided walking tour of the Split’s historic old town, half of which is actually the impressive former palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The Romantica remains at her mooring overnight and we therefore highly recommend returning to the old town for an evening stroll when all the cosy pubs are bars have come to life.

Day 2 : Split – Brač Island: Supetar - Milna. Hvar island: Jelsa rountrip
12 and 12 miles/20 and 20 kms

Whilst we are enjoying our first breakfast, the crew cast off and the Romantica cruises across the strait to Brač, the largest of the Dalmatian islands. We moor in the picturesque little port of Supetar and disembark with our bikes for the first ride of the holiday. Today’s route traverses the western end of the island and concludes with an exhilarating and scenic descent to the pretty little harbour town of Milna. We re-board the Romantica and embark on an afternoon cruise across to the neighbouring island of Hvar. We disembark for the second ride of the day in Stari Grad. It's an easy and pleasant ride to the tiny port of Jelsa where there is a hard-to-resist ice-crram parlour in the main square. We return by a peaceful coastal path to Stari Grad and spend the night moored in this idyllic littler place.

Day 3 : Hvar Island: Stari grad – Hvar Town - Lastovo Island
14 miles/22 kms

After breakfast we disembark with the bikes for our second ride on Hvar. The scenery is fabulous as we follow a quiet road that winds its way inland and uphill. The views become ever more impressive and eventually we reach the summit where a small cafe/restaurant is a welcome sight. Wild lavender and rosemary grow in abundance up here and it’s not uncommon to see clouds of colourfull butterflies flitting between the plants. Our uphill efforts are now rewarded with a long and scenic descent to the town of Hvar. If you can summon the energy we recommend investing in a short additional climb up to the Spanish Fortress that offers stunning views over the town. The 13th century town is stunning and be sure to take in the beautiful Renaissance square before pedalling along the bustling quayside to the Romantica. Once we’re all aboard the crew cast off and we embark on an afternoon cruise across to the island of Lastovo where we moor for the night in the tiny port.

Day 4 : Lastovo Island - Korčula Island
17.5 miles/28 kms

While we are enjoying breakfast the Romantica cruises south to the Island of Lastovo. One of the outermost islands, Lastovo has a remote and wild air about it and the inhabitants still make their living from fishing, agriculture and wine (the famous Maraština grape is cultivated here). Our ride from Uble to the town of Lastovo follows a winding road that leads us past vineyards and through shady forests. Lastovo Town is set on a hillside and the houses, many with ornate chimneys, create an amphitheater effect.

Back on the Romantica we head north again to the beautiful island of Korčula, we moor for the night in the bustling little port of Vela Luka on the island's western shore.

Day 5 : Korčula Island: Vela Luka - Korčula Town
37.5 miles/60 kms

Every day is a good day on this trip but today is something very special indeed. It’s the longest ride of the week but we’re sure you will agree that it was more than worth it.

Korčula is widely considered to be the most beautiful island in the Dalmatian archipelago and today’s route traverses the length of this little paradise. Along the winding lanes we are treated to some amazing sea views and pedal through some charming little villages. Time and weather allowing, we may stop for a swim on the south shore. The route then leads up onto the spine of the island and after a while we say goodbye to the heavenly views over the south shore and descend to the stunning blue waters of the north shore near Kneza. We then follow a road along the undulating coastline to the fortified medieval town of Korčula. After relaxing on board following our ride we are invited to join a fascinating guided walking tour of the old town. The Romantica remains moored here for the night so there's plenty of time to explore the atmospheric winding streets at your leisure.

Day 6 : Mljet Island - Šipan Island
10 miles/16 kms

A morning breakfast cruise delivers us to theport of Pomena on the island of Mljet. Covered in woodland the western end of the island is a protected national park where the blue waters of picturesque inlets meet the verdant green of the aromatic pine forests. It is rumoured that this is the island on which Odysseus was enchanted and held captive by the Nymph Calypso in Homer’s “Odyssey”. Our scenic ride leads us through this little paradise and along a route that provides a wonderful combination of sea and forest views. We then re-board the Romantica and cruise to the island of Šipan where we moor for the night.

Day 7 : Sipan Island – Dubrovnik
7 miles/11 kms

Our final ride is short but enjoyable loop ride of Sipan island. The route leads us past some grand villas with exotic gardens, erstwhile holiday getaways of rich Dubrovnik merchants.

We then enjoy our final cruise on the Romantica across to the historic port of Dubrovnik. In the afternoon we are invited to join a guided walking tour of the old town where we will learn more about this city’s eventful history. A final farewell dinner aboard the Romantica is always an enjoyable affair and afterwards you may be tempted to step ashore for a nightcap in one of the atmospheric bars in the old port to reflect on your cycling adventure in the Dalmatian islands.

Day 8 : Dubrovnik - 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 Split and finishes in Dubrovnik.

Split

Fly to Split airport. Research flights here

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

Dubrovnik

Fly home from 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.

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