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This guided cycling tour in Dalmatia starts and ends in Split exploring amazing coastlines, medieval towns, old villages and picturesque bays. Highlights include great beaches, vineyards, pine woods, cycling across the historic islands and exploring Mljet National Park. Croatia is a land of stunning islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and a mild climate. Without doubt, the best way to explore it is by bike.
Your accommodation for this cycling holiday is a premium steel hulled vessel with modern traditional look offer accommodation in air-conditioned, spacious en-suite cabins with double or twin beds, hairdryer, and safety deposit box.
Ships are from 29 to 35 meters in length with cabins 8 to 14 square meters in size. During your stay, you will get daily cabin service, mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen, luggage handling, liter of water per person daily, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Cabins offer enough places to sleep and the place for traveling bag. They're functional and mostly equipped with two beds, little wardrobe or open shelf. Premium cabins have own bathrooms with shower and toilet.
Cabins are situated on deck and on lower deck. Main deck is the deck on which you step on as you embark the ship and upper deck is the deck on top of the main deck. Cabins on lower deck are actually in the hull of the ship. Advantage of cabins situated on deck is the direct exit on sea and more fresh air, while cabins on lower deck are sometimes quieter (only fellow passengers who booked lower deck cabins will pass by and not all passengers from your ship as well as other ships when docked) and comfortable because they're situated in a sea level that chills cabins and hallways below deck are often air-conditioned which effects on a temperature in cabins. Cabins on lower deck mostly have little portholes.
All Katarina Line cruise departures are guaranteed, however if less than 10 participants are booked, Katarina line reserves the right in cancelling the departure and changing the ship name if the need arises. Guests are obliged to follow the ship rules and regulations found in written form onboard especially in regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behavior Katarina Line or the captain reserves the right in asking clients to disembark.
Bike course: Supetar - Pučišća
Length: 25 kilometers
Total ascend: 380 meters
Highest point: 90 meters
Surface: 100% paved road
Difficulty level: 2/5
Arrival in split and check in till 13:00. Departure with lunch and meet your fellow passengers and the crew. Upon arrival in Supetar, you will cycle the coastal road to the northern part of the island of Brač. You will be passing the fishing villages Splitska and Postira and arrive in one of the most beautiful small settlements in Europe - Pučišća.
Free afternoon for sightseeing this charming place well known for its long stonemason tradition. Overnight in Pučišća.
Breakfast and morning sail towards the longest Croatian island - Hvar, with the view on Biokovo mountain. Your starting point is a small picturesque bay Pokrivenik. Starting with ascend to the highest point of the route and descend to the eastern point of Hvar island - Sućuraj, where the boat is waiting.
After lunch on board, sail towards the second biggest Croatian peninsula Pelješac and a charming settlement Lovište. Optional captain's dinner on board. Overnight in Lovište.
The third-day ride, you can call the wine-panoramic route. After breakfast, you will start riding towards Orebić, the city of seafarers and captains. First few kilometers of ascending and then descending with the unique viewpoints on Korčula archipelago.
After Orebić ascend to the area where the most famous varieties of Croatian wine succeed. You will cross the tunnel Dingač to the south side of Pelješac and continue riding through vineyards to Trstenik. Overnight in Trstenik.
Cruise during breakfast from Trstenik to Mljet island. The lush green island also known as honey-island. Mljet National Park is a beautiful area of unique charm featuring two connected salt water lakes, a lush flora, a unique appearance of indented coastline, cliffs and numerous islets, as well as always green plants of the surrounding hills.
You will cycle around the saltwater-lake inside where there is another island with the benedictine monastery from the 12th century. Refreshment in saltwater lakes and return to lunch on board. Sail to Korčula. Free afternoon for exploring the town of Marco Polo. Overnight in Korčula.
After breakfast, you start with the longest route of the week in which you will cycle the whole island of Korčula. Ascend to Zrnovo village and then to the oldest settlement on the island - Pupnat, where is the highest point of the route. Descend to the south side of Korčula and road ride between one of the most beautiful bay on the island and the steep cliffs above it.
You will continue the ride through numerous olive groves and vineyards, one of the most famous grape variety pošip. Short break in the charming place Smokvica on half the way. Descend to the sea and refreshment in one of the numerous pebble hidden beaches. Ascend towards the viewpoint above town Blato and final descend towards the goal - Vela Luka. Dinner on board and overnight in Vela Luka.
Early morning sail from Vela Luka to the town of Hvar, breakfast. Short sightseeing of Hvar, a fairy tale city with its architecture, beautiful nature and mild climate. Cycle from Hvar to the other side of the island - Stari Grad. You will pass through numerous lavender plants and enjoy the view towards the neighboring islands and mainland. Lunch on board in stari grad.
Easy afternoon ride up to two Hvar's pearls - Jelsa and Vrboska and through Stari Grad plain where the ancient greek land division has been preserved to these days like the system of road and plots. Overnight in Stari Grad.
Bike course: Stomorska - Maslinica
Length: 36 kilometers
Total ascend: 450 meters
Highest point: 135 meters
Surface: 100 % paved
Difficulty level: 2/5
The last day, you start with cruise from Stari Grad to the island of Šolta. After breakfast, you start cycling from Stomorska to the highest point of the island - Gornje Selo, enjoying the views on both sides of the island and the scents of Mediterranean plants. Continue to Maslinica on the west part of the island. Short break and return to Stomorska. Lunch on board and sail to Split. Free afternoon for sightseeing the Diocletian's city. Overnight in Split.
Breakfast followed by check out at 9:00 am.
Please note: Participant agrees to abide to the decisions and instructions given by the guide who reserves the right in changing the itinerary according to weather conditions.
The length of the daily cycling routes is estimated and is based on local information and depends of various detours or short cuts that can be done en route. Sailing and cycling routes may be changed on the spot due to weather conditions and ability of the respective cyclists on board. Departure is during morning hours, mostly after breakfast.
Bike rental is possible on request; Katarina Line is not responsible for any damage which may occur on personal bicycles during bike tours and transportation from land to the ship and vice versa; Repair kit for personal bikes obligatory. Bike rental includes bikes equipped with bottle holder, bag carrier, small bag, and helmet.
This cycling tour will take place in various places in Croatia.
Croatia is a land whose rich cultural heritage is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Hundreds of charming islands and islets with sparse traffic, fascinating beauty and natural phenomenons are a guarantee for a completely different vacation experience on the Mediterranean. And you needn’t choose between the mountains and the seaside, the cityscape and the countryside - everything is within reach and just a drive away. When you choose Croatia, you choose diversity of experiences, pristine nature, authentic attractions, rich and varied culinary traditions, and a dedication to the simple life that celebrates freedom.
Paradise beaches for families, remote locations for the bold and adventurous, seaside activities for those who don’t want to stay put, private destinations for relaxation and meditation. With 1244 islands, Croatia has the most intricately indented coastline on the Mediterranean, with the right type of beach to fit the demands of each guest. Also, with eight national parks and nearly 100 nature parks and reserves, the protected areas of Croatia encompass 9% of the country!
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and capital of Dalmatia, world known for its 1700 years old Diocletian's palace, the best preserved monument of late antiquity in the whole world. This 1700-year-old city will fascinate you with its history, culture, and lifestyle. The layout of the Roman Palace now outlines the core of the city, and today this is the place where people live, socialize, and do business
The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island. During his travels, he was captured by the nymph Calypso and spent years with her in the cave right here, on Mljet. Enjoy one of the greenest islands of Adriatic and beware of the nymphs.
Within the national park zone, there are two connected salt water lakes (The Big Lake and The Small Lake) and within the Big Lake there is a small island called St. Mary’s Island, with a 12th century Benedictine Monastery on it. You can walk around the lakes and visit the island by a local boat.
Mljet is a quiet and protected area where you can enjoy the serenity, the nature and relax your senses. It is a home to many endemic plant species and rich historical heritage. However, there are a lot of options for different activities here as well.
You are allowed to swim in the lakes so bring your swim suits and if you wish to do more exercise you can rent a kayak or a canoe and row along the lakes. Information can be found at national Ppark information desk.
Korčula is the birthplace of Marko Polo and one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean, often called “miniature Dubrovnik”. It is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea, with abundant vineyards and olive groves. Its southern coast is formed by small beaches and quiet coves. The Greeks, called the island Korkyra, Melaina or black Corfu, all adjectives to define the wooded area.
While strolling through the old town, you might recognize a fish bone pattern of its streets, a very smart urbanist achievement. The streets running west are straight to let the cool western breeze in summer, those at east are curved to protect it from chilly winter Bura wind, while the street facing north allowed locals to rush and quickly defend town from attacks from the sea, from Pelješac channel.
Trstenik is a small fisherman village set tight amongst the hills of Pelješac peninsula. This is one of the most famous areas for vineyards and wineries in Croatia, and some of Croatia’s most renowned top quality wines are produced here. Pelješac is also a home of the famous Zinfandel sort taken from this area to Napa Valley.
One of the most famous Californian winemakers Grgich was born in this village. When his daughter returned from the USA she started running a winery in his home village. Follow the road up the hill to visit it and taste some marvelous wines from this area (open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only in high season).
There is another small wine cellar in the village owned by Family Živkušić, who will be happy to welcome you and show you their products like local wine “Plavac mali”. Note that the wineries might be closed in the afternoon hours in pre and post season.
In this wonderful wine region, it is almost impossible to stumble upon a bad bottle of wine. Some of the most renowned wine producers are Grgich, Matuško, Miličić, Vukas, Madirazza, Korta Katarina, Antunović and others, but even the smallest producers make good wines. Most famous grape sort is Plavac Mali and most famous wines produced from this sort are Dingač and Postup.
Hvar is the sunniest Adriatic island and a fashionable destination - if it is good enough for Beyonce, Prince Harry or the president of Croatia, it is good enough for you! But it’s not all about sun and party; Hvar has rich history and tradition and beautiful nature; the island is the only destination in Croatia with three sites listed on UNESCO list of protected natural and cultural heritage.
The island of Hvar is famous for its lavender fields and lavender oils or scent bags are very typical souvenirs, as well as agave lace handmade by nuns from the Benedictine convent or local honey with special taste.
This beautiful place arose from stone in a deep cove on the north of Brač. Nicely built stone houses with paved white roofs give the place its charm. Pučišća has always been known for its culture of stone masonry. The harmony and homogeneousness of the plebeian houses, the Renaissance palaces and Baroque buildings made from the white stone of Brač leave every visitor breathless.
With its 1700 inhabitants, it is one of the greatest places on the island. The town is located on the inner part of the deep retracted bay on the northern side of the island. Connections are with the mainland by catamaran and ferry (Supetar to Split and Makarska-Sumartin). Pučišća is connected with other villages on the island by very good roads passing through Postira or Praznica.
Besides stone cutting and processing, the population is engaged in agriculture: production of olive oil and wine, livestock, cheese and lamb. In recent years, tourism in Pučišća has increased significantly. Pučišća are especially suitable for nautical tourism as it has a calm and secure bay, with modern moorings equipped with electricity and fresh water.
Stari Grad (literal translation of the name is the old town) is the oldest town in Croatia. First settlers were the Greeks from the island Paros in the Aegean sea, who established the colony in the year 384 BC and named the town Pharos.
The large plain that occupies the island’s central area is in fact a cultured landscape, formed by thousands of years of human labor. The name changed throughout the centuries, since its foundation by the Greeks that called it Chora Pharu, Roman Ager Pharensis, medieval Campus Sancti Stephani till today’s Stari Grad plain. The Stari Grad Plain and the old town centre of Stari Grad have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2008.
You can visit the nearby beaches, picturesque landscapes of nearby coves, and numerous restaurants serving traditional Dalmatian food, especially lamb specialties. Sports enthusiasts can go cycling, scuba diving or water-skiing.
During this tour, you will have daily buffet breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Regular continental breakfast included in price of the cruise includes: coffee, tea, milk, glass of juice, cereal, bread, a variety of spreads - butter, honey, jam, soft cheese; daily additions such as ham and cheese or boiled eggs, frankfurters, salami etc.
During the cycling routes, Katarina Line recommends stops at local restaurants where you can sample the local specialties. These meals are not included in the price of the trip and are paid by the customers. A captain's dinner is included.
You may also request for and English breakfast for an additional price of 40 EUR per week. This includes two eggs, bacon, tomato and mushrooms, or fruit and yoghurt, or similar.
Dinner supplement is also available for 115 EUR per person per week with a minimum of 10 pax required.
Unfortunately, Katarina Line is limited to small kitchens when preparing special food for vegetarians and people with special diet demands. Please make sure to advise of any dietary needs at the time of your booking and the on board chef will do their best to accommodate.
Visit the famous Plitvice Lakes, sixteen lakes with crystal clear water connected by magnificent waterfalls. Pure nature, mountain forests and fresh air. One of the most beautiful national parks in Croatia, and a UNESCO site. A full day tour, starting early in the morning and returning just in time for dinner. Included in this tour are coach transfer, guide, entrance to the park with boat and train ride in the park. It is recommended that you bring/wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. It costs 95 EUR from Split.
The only way to experience Split as a whole, beyond the walls of Diocletian’s Palace, is on open-top live-guided sightseeing bus. On this tour you can see the places that ordinary tours would never show you. Included in this tour is an open top bus tour and a local English speaking guide. The tour departs daily at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. It costs 20 EUR.
Feel the adrenalin rush on 8 zip lines while sliding 150m above the ground in the magnificent canyon. Return transfer, zip line experience, equipment are included. It is recommended that you bring/wear comfortable walking shoes. The excursion departs at around 2:00 p.m. and returns at 6:00 p.m. It costs 60 EUR.
Experience the refreshing clear water, heart pumping rapids combined with gentle streams through breathtaking scenery of Cetina Canyon. Return transfer, rafting experience, guide instructor, and equipment are included. It is recommended that you have a bathing suit. The excursion departs at around 2:00 p.m. and returns at 6:00 p.m. It costs 34 EUR.
Experience Bosnia and Herzegovina's most beautiful town, view the iconic 'Stari Most'/Old Bridge, discover Ottoman and Turkish history. Coach transfer with a tour leader and guided tour are included. Your passport is also required. This tour departs from Split at 7:00 a.m. and returns at 8:00 p.m. The minimum number of people for this tour is 10 and it costs 68 EUR.
Paddle in your kayak from one inlet to another, from one island to another in less than ten minutes and explore the beauty of nature and its creations. Pakleni islands is a group of 14 islets and rocks dispersed in front of the town of Hvar, who got their name by the tar used to preserve wooden boats. You'll have group kayaking tour, guide, and equipment included. The minimum number of people for this tour is 10 and it costs 35 EUR. This excursion is available anytime.
Enjoy stunning views driving around Korčula in buggies. Admire old forts, historical villages, numerous vineyards, swim on the sandy beach of Pržina, and taste traditional wine and grappa. Transfer, guides and fuel, safety goggles, snorkeling equipment, water, wine and grappa tasting, and visit to hunter's room are all included in this tour. t is recommended that you have a bathing suit. The tour departs at anytime after 6:00 p.m. The minimum number of people for this tour is six and it costs 50 EUR.
Try typical Dalmatian dinner in small village near Korčula and learn about the history and traditional way of living. Included in this experience are return transfer to village, walking tour, demonstration of traditional pasta making, welcome drink, and dinner. The tour departs at anytime after 6:00 p.m. The minimum number of people for this tour is five and it costs 35 EUR.
This sightseeing costs 10 EUR per person per tour and it requires a minimum of 10 participants. You may also request for headphones for the walking tour priced at 10 EUR per week.
Transfer available for additional US$56 per person
Franjo Tuđman Airport
Transfer not provided
You may book your flight to arrive at Split Airport (SPU), Zagreb Airport (ZAG), Trieste - Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS), Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU), or Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). Transfers from and to Split Airport (SPU) to Split port is available for an additional cost of 50 EUR.
Airport transfers from Trieste - Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS), Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU), or Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) are available upon request.
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