Begin* in Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic, cruise the coastline between the most beautiful Adriatic islands along the Dalmatian coast. Enjoy stunning coastal rides on Mljet, Korcula, Vis, and Hvar by e-bike, road bike or hybrid. End* in Split. (*or in reverse)
First - board our exclusive deluxe 100ft, 8 cabin gulet, with its luxurious deck, 5 man crew, jet ski, 2 kayacks, full bar and wait staff. Indulge in delicious meals prepared on board by our private chef, explore Croatia’s wine scene with the best of the nations produce along with some of our favourites from the Fresh Eire Adventures cellars… this is an all-inclusive offer; all your drinks and all your meals on board are included. By day we ride on some of the most scenic and quietest biking routes in the Adriatic, traversing the stunning islands, joining up with our gulet at the end of each ride.
We start at 2pm in either Split or Dubrovnik on the first day with a brief walking tour before boarding our gulet at 4pm.Our Island hopping starts right away from “the pearl of Adriatic”. Over the following 6 days we’ll work our way along the Peljesac peninsula, Hvar and Korcula before finishing in the ancient towns of either Split or Dubrovnik. Besides great cycling roads you will discover ancient UNESCO sites, charming villages, vineyards and the stunning beautiful Dalmatian coastline. The boat anchors in the most beautiful bays of Brač, Hvar and Vis, Mljet, Sipan, Korčula and Lastovo. Our tour will end the following Friday after breakfast. We’ll disembark and say farewell in either Split or Dubrovnik at 9am and then you’ll be free to explore the old town. We can arrange for transfers back to either Split or Dubrovnik.
From 2018 this will be a 6 night / 7 day tour.
Distances: 0 – 60 km per day with a total of 130-300km including all options, with lots of variety.
This is a moderate tour - generally rolling or hilly terrain; if you are concerned about some of the hills (maximum 500m climbing on a few of the days) consider ordering an e-bike. I rate this as moderate; there are some rolling hills and a few days with good climbing challenges; most of the routes are paved but there are some gravel roads which we can use from time to time for access to the most stunning scenery.
(Please note - there is no support vehicle on this tour)
Built in 2007, our guests can benefit from the panoramic views from the upper deck where you will find sun loungers and extra seating. Alfresco dining is available both in the deck area as well as the spacious saloon. Each room is equipped with either a double bed (Double) or two single
beds (Twin); there are 4 of each and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so please note your preference when registering your interest. Each bedroom comes with its own private en suite bathroom featuring shower, sink & toilet. There is wi-fi internet on board, TV, DVD & CD library, Playstation, iPod docking station, music system. There are two 2-person kayaks, sorkeling gear, Water-skiing, Waverunner, 15ft dinghy with 50hp Yamaha motor, and a BBQ. The fantastic crew members are specially trained to provide discreet and quality service and will take exceelntcare of you. All of them speak English, so you will have no problem with communication. The captain’s knowledge and experience in sailing and navigation will make your voyage not only comfortable, but very secure.
Our fleet of Trek Fx 7.2 hybrids are ideally suited to the terrain. We can also provide fully carbon Trek road bikes (using a compact Ultegra group set) at a surcharge of $300. Kalkhoff or Cube E-bikes are available for a surcharge of $300 and are very highly recommended. These e-bikes open up to the otherwise challenging terrain to even the most inexperienced of cyclists; it's not a free ride however, you'll need to #pedalon.
The Meals, Wines & Beverages:
All meals will be included and are served on board our gulet and are prepared by our Private Chef. All drinks and wines are included. (6 breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 6 Dinners). Our chef will be delighted to prepare dishes to meet guests special wishes and according to dietary requirements. Dishes will be served with, for example, capers, samphire, truffle, motar (Chrithmum maritimum) and small onions pickled in the tavern of the family Antisic, seasoned with the sea salt from Ston and harvested in karst karrens of open sea islands, and white and red wine homemade vinegar. Expect to be invited into the kitchen for a demonstration of how to prepare, for example, the finest gnocchi! Fresh bread and produce is delivered to the boat each morning from local markets and bakeries. We will also dine in one of Padraic's favourite restaurants - Dalmatino on Hvar: his friend Dennis takes excellent care of our guests. We also visit Rocki's agriturismo on Vis for a very authentic lunch in the vineyard and get to sample their fabulous wines.
Expect a variety of local wines, liquors and brandy to enchance a fine dining experience and supplemented by stellar wines from our own Fresh Eire Adventures cellars, picked up from some of our other wonderful tours. Superb attention shall be given to the selection of oil originating from Istria and the Adriatic islands. All soft drinks, beers are also included and we'll be more than happy to share with your our signature cocktail, the Tajna Mora which was developed by Rob and Sharon on our first Bike & Sail Croatia trip in September 2016 -Živjeli (cheers)! Or try Debbie's Prickly Pear martini using locally foraged fruits!
Padraic will be your Tour Manager and despite his best efforts will not be able to pass himself off as a Croatian man. However, our Captain will host a couple of dinners through the week. Your main Guide will be a local Croatian and an experienced bike tour guide fluent in English and Croatian.
How to reserve your place:
Register your interest ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning your room preference (Double, Twin or Single). We’ll then send you an invoice. If you’re a single traveller and willing to be paired with a same sex room mate, we can waive the single supplement if we successfully pair you up with another single. Interest in these tours is exteremely high so we recommend reserving ASAP to avoid disappointment. Pedal on, sail on.
OUR 2018 DATES are:
- June 10 - 16 (Sunday - Saturday)
- June 18 - 24 (Monday - Sunday)
- Sept 9 - 15 (Sunday - Saturday: Split to Split route only - we do not visit Dubrovnik on this sailing)
These trips are especially suited to group of friends who wish to travel together. If you fill all 8 guest cabins with a minimum of 8 participants we can offer some very attractive pricing; please contact us for further information.
Any Start Dates Available upon Special Request (subject to availability)
Luxury - US $5,695 pps. Single Supplement $1,300
Thes etrips fall under our Special Private Departures category. (Please see our T&Cs for further information).
- Use of Trek Hybrid Fx7.2, Bell or Giro Helmet, rear mounted pannier, route notes & maps
- Fresh Eire Adventures water bottle
- All meals & wine
- Admissions to all included attractions & tastings
- Baggage transfers
- Tips for Boat Crew
- Healthy snacks, water, full guiding services
NB - There is no support vehicle on this trip.
* Road Bikes and E-Bikes on this trip are available for a supplement
We have a variety of fun Extras you can choose from to make your stay in Croatia even more memorable. These include:
- Food tours of Split or Dubrovnik
- Walking tour of Split / Dubrovnik
- Game of Thrones tour of Dubrovnik
- Oddities tour of Split
Please email us for more details.
Electric Bike or Road Bike option is $300 (must be reserved in advance)