A journey that combines a relaxing cruise amongst Croatia’s stunning islands and coast with daily guided cycling tours exploring amazing coastlines, medieval towns, old villages and picturesque bays. Highlights include visiting great beaches, vineyards, pine woods, cycling on the historic islands and exploring Mljet National Park. Croatia is a land of picturesque islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate and the best way to explore it is, without doubt, by bike.
Day 1 Split – Brac
Depart Split harbour at 13.00hrs, the two hour journey to the island of Brač is the best time to meet your fellow passengers and the crew. Upon arrival in Milna you will cycle to Bobovišća for a swim or a coffee break. On returning to Milna we suggest a cycle ride along the coast. Overnight in the harbour of Milna. (L)
Day 2 Brac
After breakfast your adventure will start with a long, but even climb to the crest of a hill, past mulberry and fig trees, pine forests, olive groves and vineyards. The white marble visible here was used for, among other things, the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. After 35 kilometers cycling you will have an opportunity to try domestic food and wine at a little shepherd’s village called Gažul with stone houses situated in authentic Brač platform. After a break you have another 10 km to get to Bol, the breathtaking panoramic views of the neighbouring island of Hvar on the descent to the beach at Bol are well worth the effort of the ascent. In Bol you can see the Golden Horn beach. Overnight in Bol. (B, D)
Day 3 Hvar
The island of Hvar is above all famous for its multicolored rosemary and lavender fields. The biking tour takes you through small island settlements, fields and vineyards from Jelsa towards Vrboska and then descend on an old road towards Stari Grad where you have a refreshing stop. On the way to Hvar pass through the villages of Grablje and Brusje. The tour ends at the historical city of Hvar where you can climb up to the Španjol, a citadel built on the site of a medieval castle to defend the town from the Turks. Overnight in Hvar. (B, L)
Day 4 Korcula
After breakfast, depart for Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo featuring historic medieval architecture. The medieval town of Korčula is constructed like a fishbone, main “bone” (street) going from main gate to the peak of the old town. Overnight in Korčula. (B, L)
Day 5 Mljet
While enjoying breakfast, cruise towards the lush green island of Mljet also known as Honey-Island. Mljet National Park is a beautiful area of unique charm featuring two connected salty lakes. Cycle around the saltwater lake, in which there is actually another island where in the twelfth century Benedictines created a monastery, beautifully secluded, and surrounded by pine and oak forests. After lunch take a swim in the Small Lake or take another ride around the lakes. Overnight in Pomena (Mljet). (B, L)
Day 6 Makarska
After breakfast enjoy the sail towards Pelješac peninsula, the climb ahead is not an easy one but you will enjoy the landscape, which will help you get through the difficult part. Once you reach a viewpoint, an extraordinary sight over Korčula’s old town opens. Those who feel tired can join the ship in Orebić. The rest of the group can continue the 18 km long road towards Lovište where lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon your cruise brings you to the popular holiday resort on Makarska Riviera at the base of the 5,500 ft high Biokovo mountain range. Overnight in Baška voda or Makarska. (B, L)
Day 7 Omis - Split
After breakfast take the last ride of your Dalmatian adventure, this time to Radman’s Mills, a popular resort, to enjoy the beauty of a natural park and canyon of the Cetina river. On return to Omiš visit the Mirabella fortress which provided safety from the enemy to the local inhabitants during the period of the infamous pirates of Omiš. After lunch the ship leads you back to the monumental city of Split which is under UNESCO protection. Here you will find an abundance of Roman architecture - of special interest is the Diocletian palace. Overnight in Split. (B, L)
Day 8 Split
Farewell your fellow passengers as you disembark after breakfast. (B)
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Boats are smaller and generally of an older-style with a wooden hull and air-conditioning in the common areas only. All cabins have private shower/ toilet and these cruises offer a great value option for those on a budget.