Croatia – Highlights of Dalmatia : Dubrovnik ~ Split
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Popular with sailors from all over the world, Croatia boosts over 1000 islands dotted in a spectacular turquoise sea lapping along a breathtaking landscape of mostly untouched coastline. Our tour by bike and boat with the motor yard Harmonia is the perfect way to experience the numerous inlets, bays and medieval towns set against a magnificent mountain backdrop. Tenderly decorated roomy cabins, bathrooms with separate shower, a comfortable sundeck as well as a stylish salon await your visit.
This tour travels the islands between Dubrovnik and Split, with an option of starting in either location.
If you would like to experience the region of South Dalmatia thoroughly, not wanting to do without Dubrovnik and its amazing city walls, this sail and cycle trip is an excellent choice. Accompanied by our charming motor yacht, we get to know this sparsely populated part of Croatia. Breathtaking scenic experiences and cultural highlights await you. The highlights of the trip are the town centre of Dubrovnik and Split which are listed as UNESCO’s world heritage sites. We cycle the islands of Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula, Hvar and Brač and experience the interaction of sea and land, culture and nature close up and personally.
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The tour starts on a Friday in Dubrovnik. Check-in on board starts between 2 and 2.30 pm at Gruž, the town port. At about 4.30 pm, a guided tour through Dubrovnik is offered, where you learn about the town’s history and visit the most impressive sites. The boat will spend the night in Gruž offering an opportunity to experience Dubrovnik’s nightlife.
Dubrovnik ~ Mljet Island (28 km)
In the morning we cross over to the green, forested island Mljet - known as the honey island. With 70% of its landmass being covered by woodland it is the most forested island in the Mediterranean region. Homer mentioned this lovely island in his epic poem the “Odyssey”, making it the home of the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek king Odysseus, who, unable to resist Calypso, stayed on Mljet for seven years. Our cycle tour on the island takes us from Sobra to Pomena where our ship awaits us for dinner. Overnight stay in Pomena.
Islands Lastovo and Korčula: Korčula town (28 km)
On the third day, our ship takes us to the Island of Lastovo. The island is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate on the island, and in Roman times it was even named “Augusta Insula” after him. Today’s cycle tour takes us across this beautiful island. The gold-coloured white wine “Marastina”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is grown here. Back at the boat it’s time to cast off! A crossing takes us over to Korčula Island, regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia. The picturesque town of Korčula competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Spend the evening wandering through the fishbone alleyways and soak up the atmosphere of this stylish town. A guided city tour will give you an overview of the city and its history.
Korčula Island: Korčula town - Vela Luka (60 km)
Today’s cycling tour leads us across the charming island of Korčula. A mild Mediterranean climate and a vast variety of different landscapes accompany us along the tour. Take your time and don’t forget to take a break to enjoy the view over the deep blue sea and neighbouring islands. Dinner is served on board to recharge after a day full of activity. Overnight stay in the sheltered bay of Vela Luka.
Island Hvar: Hvar Town – Stari Grad – Jelsa (35 km)
The day starts with a relaxing cruise to Hvar town on the island of the same name. Make use of the time before the bike tour begins to go for a little stroll through the city. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance Square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish Fortress towering high above the city. Today's bike tour takes us from the Hvar town through small villages and lavender fields to Stari Grad on the opposite side of the island. After a steady climb, the descent back down to Stari Grad offers breath-taking views. After a lunch break on board we continue cycling to Jelsa, where we spend the night.
Brač Island: Bol – Pučišća (23 km)
In the morning we cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was used in part for the White House in Washington as well as for the construction of the German Reichstag building in Berlin. Once on Brač, we start our bike tour from Bol to the picturesque harbour town of Pučišća, where we spend the afternoon and evening. Enjoy the serenity of the town, famous internationally for its stone masonry college.
Brač Island: Pučišća – Split (25 km)
Our last bike tour leads us along the northern coastline of Brač from Pučišća to Postira. Then we enjoy our last cruise back to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Split. On a guided city tour, we get the opportunity to see inside the former Palace of Emperor Diocletian and learn about its transformation into the city it is today. A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives us plenty of time to celebrate the wonderful week with fellow travellers and tour guides.
- 7 nights on the ship with crew
- accommodation in a twin cabin with bathroom
- lunches each day ( option of picnic lunches )
- 2x full board and 5x half board (full board - breakfast, lunch & dinner on board or ashore)
- Guide cycling with the group
- Maps of the daily tours on board
- entrances and visits as per itineraries, guided tour of Dubrovnik
Bike rental is not included in our 2023 tour price. This is an additional:
€80.00 Hybrid Bike (option for bike insurance +€10)
€180.00 Electric Bike (option for bike insurance +€20)
Bottled water rate €25 per adult / €15 per child, payable on board
Taxi ride from Split airport to the ship approx €20 per journey
Taxi ride from ship to Dubrovnik airport approx €40 per journey
On this tour, you will be staying on a boat for the full duration of the trip. There is a crew consisting of the captain, cabin crew, the cook and tour guides who will make sure everything on the tour goes smoothly. Every morning after breakfast, your guide will go through the route with the group.
On each tour, there are 2 tour guides on the boat.
Normally the group cycles together but this doesn’t mean that the group will always be one after the other with no space in between. Often the group stretches long and everyone can cycle in his/her own pace.
If a guest really wants to cycle individually he/she has to be very punctual and has to have some skills in repairing a bike, since the tour guides will always be with the group.
Bike rental is not included in the basic tour cost:
However bike rental is of course possible to arrange!
Rental bikes cost €80
Frames - Bicycles are available in four different frame sizes; 2 ladies (for up to 160cms (5 ft. 3 in.), and above that) and 2 men's (up to 6 ft., and above) to cater for all body heights.
• Wheels - Very stable 28 inch hollow chamber rims with Top Touring tyre (easy turning and solid).
• Gear change - 27-gear derailleur, Shimano
• Further Equipment - Tektro alloy brakes with strong "bite", partly inclination-adjustable stern, carrier, comfortable touring saddle of Bontrager H1, and safety mudguards with releasing mechanism. Rear Ortlieb pannier bag rear rack, kickstand, and water bottle cage.
• Please Note: You can bring your own saddle (without the post) or your own click pedals, and the tour guide will attach them to your rental bicycle.
It is also possible to rent an E-Bike for €180
The cycle tours require at least basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of 200 to 650 m above sea-level. The day tours from 12 mi. to 37.5 mi. (20 to 60 km) will take us through hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which they are, however, also permitted to push their bicycles. We traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled on outside the holiday seasons. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.
Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours in Croatia. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well fitted) helmet. Rental Helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).
On a scale from 1 - 10 (1 being the easiest and 10 being the hardest) we are giving this tour 6 points
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous cycling tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1,20 m (4 ft). There is a helmet duty for all children up to age 16 in Croatia.
The cycle tours require an advanced level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of 200 to 500 m above sea-level. The day tours from 28 mi. / 45 km and will take us through hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which they are, however, also permitted to push their bicycles. We traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled on outside the holiday seasons. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.
The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals per day. The catering consists of 4x full board and 3x half board. It starts with dinner on the arrival day and ends with breakfast on the departure day.
Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the
• shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ leggings
• shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
• good shoes plus shoes for use on deck only
• sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
• extra towel for swimming
• soap/ insect repellent
• own helmet
This was our third cycling holiday with cycling safaris and this bike and boat option was the best by far. The boat was extremely comfortable with air conditioning in our cabin. The food was delicious with all allergies/ food preferences catered for. The only buffet meal was the breakfast- the other meals were plated and served to us - we were very well looked after. The boat sailed only during the day, so no motor noise to keep us awake. The cycling was the highlight with fantastic scenery on mostly quiet roads on each of the islands we visited. The guides were both with us every pedal-push of the way, attending immediately to any issues that arose. At the beginning and end of each outing, we just left our bikes on the quay and our wonderful guides did all the hauling of the bikes on and off the boat.
The other great advantage of a boat trip is only one unpacking!
To me, this boat and bike island hopping trip is the best way to appreciate some of the scenic islands of Croatia. Anyone who is unable for the combination of hills and heat can try the e-bike and not miss out on this great holiday.
Marie & Tom (Dalmatian Islands plus August 2018)
My trip was excellent. The ship Harmonia was in very good condition and clean. The crew was amazing. The food was incredibly delicious. Our tour guides Lucija and Benjamin were outstanding, and the bikes were high quality and in excellent condition. Only 2 of us (myself and a woman from Austria) rode a regular bike; the others rode an e-bike. I tried out one of the Cube e-bikes for a few minutes and I was very impressed. The itinerary was very interesting and of course, the scenery was gorgeous. It didn’t hurt that the weather was spectacular... I enjoyed the day trip (by bus) to Mostar, but if I had a choice I would have preferred cycling that day instead.
Tom Haser Dalmatian Islands Plus May 2018
My wife and enjoyed all aspects of the trip. The accommodations were great. It was a treat not having to pack/unpack each day. The ship was clean and comfortable and the crew was friendly and attentive. Meals were different and tasty. The bike trips were fun and the guides kept everyone informed and together in one group. Nikes were fine, my wife had an e-bike for the first time and felt she could really enjoy the ride without worrying about keeping up or being too tired after the ride. It will be the only bike for her in the future.
Ric and Pat McCormick (Dalmatian Islands Plus 2018)
We had an amazing time - we loved the boat experience. There were 30 in the group and everybody was very friendly and we had great fun. I was glad to have an electric bike as the terrain was very hilly.
It was our first experience of this type of holiday and definitely one we would like to repeat.
Anne O'Gorman (Dalmatian Islands from Dubrov, June 2018)
Ric and I had a truly fabulous time on the trip. Thank you for your efficient organisation.
The San Snova is such a well maintained, clean and great looking boat with a fantastic young crew who took obvious pride in the boat. I can't speak highly enough of their professionalism.
Ric & Jeanne Ainley (Dalmatian Islands 2012)
We can't say enough about the crew, the boat, the tour guides, the passengers on the trip and the experience all together!
As for the boat, the San Snova was beautiful. The food was superb!
Nicole Bianco (Dalmatian Islands, Dubrovnik 2012)
The trip was great!! The guides, boat and crew were amazing and a lot of fun, very knowledgeable of Croatia and the history of the region and shared it with us. Also, the ship that we were on, the San Snova, was actually built by the family of the captain. Our fellow passengers were a lot of fun, we had a really good group on the ship with us. It made for a wonderful holiday!
Kristine Derkovich (Dalmatian Islands Dubrovnik 2012)
It was a fantastic holiday, perfect in all ways. The boat was just lovely, and cabins were spotlessly clean as well as the rest of the boat, very well kept. The crew were so pleasant, the captain gracious and our tour guides were wonderful. The two chefs did a great job, not easy to get such great meals on board usually but they did it. The captain's dinner was a night to remember!
We enjoyed the routes taken from easy to extremely difficult; magnificent mountaintop views, beautiful harbours and cycling around the lakes - wonderful variety.
RW (Dalmatian Islands tour Jul 2016)
2023 Deluxe Boat Harmonia
From Dubrovnik to Split
April 28, May 12, 26, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, Sept 1, 15, 29, October 13
From Split to Dubrovnik
April 21, May 5, 19, June 2, 16, 30 July 14, 28 August 11, 25, Sept 8, 22, October 6
€1490 per person sharing below deck cabin low season 1
€1590 per person sharing below deck cabin low seaon 2
€1690 per person sharing below deck cabin mid season
€1790 per person sharing below deck cabin high season
+ €250 per person sharing above deck cabin on all seasons
+ €600 single supplement below deck cabin on all seasons
+ €800 single supplement above deck cabin on all seasons
Self Guided Tour Information
This trip is not available on a self guided basis.
How to get to the start point:
It is possible to fly to Dubrovnik Airport, which is about 15 km from your port of embarkation. From the airport you can take a taxi to the ship (Harbour Dubrovnik, approx. 15 km/40 euro).
Other possible airport is Split (distance to Dubrovnik: 4,5 hours)
Dubrovnik airport is easy accessible from Dublin Airport and London. Aer Lingus fly direct from Dublin and British Airways provide a direct service from London Gatwick Airport.
When arriving to Dubrovnik Airport you can take a bus all the way to Gruž Harbour where the ship is docked. Bus journey time is approx. 30 minutes. The ship is situated close to the central bus station of Dubrovnik and only 3 km away from the historical Old town.
For more details please have a look at the tour dossier at the bottom of our itineraries page. As always please contact us in the office for more information (email@example.com).
At 31 x 6 m, the Linda is a sleek wooden motor yacht rebuilt as an Islandhopping passenger ship in 2006. There are 14 friendly guest cabins each with a private shower and WC. The spacious and tastefully fuished salon with its wooden tables and upholstered benches provides a welcoming atmosphere. The large sundeck and the two shaded decks at the ste are fuished with sun mats and comfortable lounge fuiture. Perfect to unwind for a relaxing cruise.
Deluxe Ship ANDELA LORA (all cabins with shower/toilet)
At 40 x 8.5 m the Andela Lora is an extraordinary, elegant steel ship, built in 2012. With its impressive length it is one of the largest ships in our Croatian fleet. The 17 spacious guest cabins are air-conditioned and include a shower and WC. The Andela Lora also offers a cozy salon on the top deck and numerous comfortable spaces on deck to relax. At the ste of the ship, a swimming platform provides effortless access to the sea.
HIGHLIGHTS OF DALMATIA FROM DUBROVNIK TO SPLIT, TOUR DOSSIER 2023
HIGHLIGHTS OF DALMATIA FROM SPLIT TO DUBROVNIK, TOUR DOSSIER 2023