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North Dalmatia by Bike and Boat

North Dalmatia by Bike and Boat

Overview

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.

Highlights

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Itinerary

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 | 14 km

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
  • Included meals: lunch

Day 2: Vodice – Murter – Dugi otok | 26 km

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 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
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 3: Sali – Brbinj – Zadar | 28 km

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
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 4: Zadar – Preko/Ugljan – Tkon/Pašman – Vodice | 31 km

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
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 5: Vodice – Skradin – Šibenik | 25 km

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
  • Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 6: Šibenik – Trogir | 20 km

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
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Trogir – Split | 26 km

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
  • Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 8: Departure

Breakfast and disembarkation by 9 a.m.

  • Included meals: breakfast

What to Expect

Ship

During the trip you will be based on a traditional ship, offering accommodation in simple but comfortable en-suite double or twin cabins.

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Meals

Buffet breakfast and lunch or dinner (as detailed in the itinerary) are included in the package. We recommend stops at local restaurants during the cycling sections 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.

Difficulty & terrain

The cycling sections are quite easy, reaching up to 30 km per day; still, you need to be in a good physical condition to get the most of this holiday. The itinerary is quite flexible as on some of the days you can do only a part of the cycling and enjoy the rest of the day on the boat. There is also an option for renting an E-bike, making 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.

Getting there

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By plane

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 train or bus

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.

Inclusions

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Meals other than the ones stated in the programme
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included
  • Visitor’s tax & port fee to be paid on the spot upon arrival (mandatory): 40 EUR per person per week

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to solo travellers or members of a group who require a single cabin
  • Bike rental
  • E-bike rental

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