Overview for North Dalmatia by Bike and Boat
Experience a coastal cycling paradise as you bike and boat Croatia’s Northern Dalmatia archipelago. This guided cycling tour in Dalmatia starts in Rogoznica and ends in Primošten. During the tour, you will explore beautiful coastlines and islands, old villages and picturesque bays, passing by hidden beaches, through vineyards and pine woods.
During this boat and bike guided cycling holiday in Croatia, you will be based and spent each overnight in a traditional steel-hulled vessel, offering accommodation in simple but comfortable en-suite double or twin cabins.
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Note that the sailing and cycling routes may be changed on the spot due to weather conditions and dock availability. Departure is during morning hours, usually after breakfast.
Day 1: Split – Rogoznica
Arrival to Split and check-in till 13:00. Departure from Split towards Rogoznica followed by lunch and meeting fellow passengers. Rogoznica is a small peaceful place with beautiful beaches encircled by karst terrain (limestone) and stone. Cycling on the coast road to Zmajevo oko and further through the olive groves and vineyards towards Šarić Courts. Descend to Primošten and overnight on the ship.
Cycling for the day: 14 km, ↑↓180m, 100% asphalt road
Day 2: Vodice – Murter – Dugi otok
Early morning cruise towards Vodice, a beautiful area full of bike routes. Cycle to Tribunj, a picturesque Dalmatian town. Cycle further to Tisno, a place situated on the island of Murter which is connected with the land by a bridge. Ride along the sea and the pine forests to Murter village. Lunch on board and cruise to Dugi Otok. In the afternoon we will visit the natural park Telašćica, pleasant ride from Sali to Telašćica and back. Optional Captain’s dinner onboard.
Cycling for the day (option 1): 26 km, ↑↓100m, 100% asphalt road
Cycling for the day (option 2): 20 km, ↑↓250m, 100% asphalt road
Meals: breakfast, lunch, optional Captain’s dinner
Day 3: Sali – Brbinj – Zadar
After breakfast, we leave the little fishing village Sali and start cycling on the main island road to the northern part of the island Dugi Otok. Dugi Otok is known for its picturesque villages and secluded beaches colliding with majestic cliffs and lush vegetation, making makes the ride very enjoyable. After arrival to Brbinj, we have lunch on board while cruising to Zadar – the city of 3000 years of rich history and cultural heritage. Free afternoon for exploring the town.
Cycling for the day: 28 km, ↑↓320m, 100% asphalt road
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Day 4: Zadar – Preko/Ugljan – Tkon/Pašman – Vodice
The route today takes in two islands. After breakfast, sail from Zadar to Ugljan – the sunniest island in Zadar archipelago. The route starts in Preko and leads along the coastline to Kali and then to Kukljica. The islands Ugljan and Pašman are connected by a bridge. You arrive at Tkon where the ship will pick you up and sail towards Vodice where you will enjoy the great view of the pearls of Kornati islands.
Cycling for the day: 31 km, ↑↓140m, 100% asphalt road
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Day 5: Vodice – Skradin – Šibenik
Early morning cruise towards Šibenik revealing a panoramic view of the royal town as well as the fortress of St. Nicholas built in the XVI century. The flow of the river provides a unique sail experience towards Skradin, which lies at the point where the Krka river plunges into the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy a cycling tour to National Park Krka (entrance approx. EUR 10 – 20 per person), covering an area of more than 14000 acres on the central and lower part of the Krk river, whose seven waterfalls leave you breathless. Particularly spectacular are Roški slap waterfall and Skradinski Buk. We can also make refreshment in the clear waters. After relaxing, we continue to Šibenik and have a free afternoon for sightseeing the oldest Croatian native city on Adriatic. Dinner on board.
Cycling for the day: 25 km, ↑↓270m, 70% asphalt road/30% macadam
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Day 6: Šibenik – Trogir
After breakfast, bike to towards the Fortress of St. Nicholas located at the entrance of the St. Anthony Channel and built in the middle of the 16th century as defence from Turkish attacks from the sea. Riding along the coast path with the beautiful views of the royal city Šibenik and visiting the Fortress which has recently been listed on UNESCO world heritage list. We continue to two small salty lakes, Vela and Mala Solina used for salt production. Passing by Tourist village Solaris and swimming stop on one of the beaches. Return to Šibenik, lunch on board and cruise towards Trogir, the real Dalmatian pearl with the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic city.
Cycling for the day: 20 km, ↑↓120m, 85% asphalt road/ 15% macadam
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Day 7: Trogir – Split
After breakfast, we start cycling the last island of the tour – Čiovo. First part by the coast until Slatina is flat, followed by ascending to the church of Lady of Prizidnica dating to 1546, situated between the cliffs just above the sea on the south-east side of the island. Descend back to Slatine and ascend to the highest point of the island with the unique view of Split, Kaštela and the neighbouring mountains. Return to Trogir and have lunch on board during a pleasant sail to Split. Free afternoon for enjoying the old town of Split where you will also stay for the overnight.
Cycling for the day: 26 km, ↑↓350m, 100% asphalt road
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast and disembarkation by 9 a.m.
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During the trip you will be based on a traditional ship, offering accommodation in simple but comfortable en-suite double or twin cabins.
Buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner (as detailed in the itinerary) is included in the package. During the cycling legs, we recommend stops at local restaurants where you can taste the local specialities; these meals are not included in the price of the trip. There is a possibility to book a Captain’s Dinner, which is paid directly on the spot and is offered by the captain and your tour guide.
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The most convenient airport for arrival is the one at Split which is well served by air from the UK and some central and northern European countries.
By Bus or Train
Getting to Split by bus is one of the cheapest ways to travel. Split bus station (Autobuski Kolodvor) is conveniently located in Split port area. The city is very well connected with all principal Croatia cities like Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Sibenik and with some international destinations. Travelling to Split by train is cheaper than by bus, but it is slower and not as popular. Train station called Zeljeznicki Kolodvor is practically behind the bus station and very close to the ferry port.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
Croatia is a Central European and Mediterranean country, bordering Slovenia in the west, Hungary to the north, Serbia in the east and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south. The country also has a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. Croatia has an unusual shape (similar to a croissant), which comes as a result of five centuries of expansion by the Ottoman empire towards Central Europe (although Croatia was never conquered by the Ottomans).
Croatia has an incredible 5,800 km of coastline, 4,100 km of which belong to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1,200 islands in the Adriatic, but only about 50 are populated. The largest island is Krk (near Rijeka) which has a land area of 462 sq km, while the country’s other well-known islands include Hvar, Brac, Korcula, and Pag.
The local currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HKR). The best way to carry money is a combination of cash, cash cards and credit/debit cards. ATMs are available all over Croatia and are the safest and easiest way to access cash. Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted and attract high rates of commission. Make sure that you change any money that you will need for the day ahead.
Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas. Cheques can be cashed in banks. Please note that bank hours are very different from bank hours in the EU. Most banks are open only in the morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a couple of hours in the afternoon. If you need to change money during the tour, we recommend that you look for a bank in the morning.
Note, Euros are accepted at some larger shops and hotels and generally taxi shuttles. Credit cards are not widely accepted.
Up-to-date travel advice on Croatia is available here.
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Difficulty Grade: Easy
This trip requires a good physical condition as daily cycling can reach up to 31km. There is also an option for renting an E-bike which makes the trip practically accessible to anyone (read more about difficulty grades).
This is a guided tour so during the cycling you will be accompanied by a guide showing you the way and assisting you with bike maintenance in case of need.
When to Go
This trip is available in May and September (for available departure dates click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above).
Croatia’s coast and islands, from Istria and Kvarner in the north through to Dalmatia in the south are governed by a Mediterranean climate, although it is usually several degrees cooler in the northern Adriatic than in the south. In the summer, the mean temperature is between 24°C and 26°C along the coast.
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- Seven nights accommodation on the ship in en-suite cabins with double or twin beds (bunks)
- Half board meal plan as stated in the itinerary
- Local English-speaking cycling guide on all rides
- Single cabin supplement (subject to availability)
- Bike rental
- E-bike rental
Additional Costs & Extras
- Visitors tax & port fee be paid on the spot upon arrival (mandatory): 40 EUR per person per week
- Captain’s dinner: upon request, payable on the spot
- Flights and connecting land transfers
- Meals other than the ones stated in the programme
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not explicitly mentioned in the programme