• Activity Level:  4
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: FRIDAYS, April - October
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Highlights

  • UNESCO Heritage Split
  • Hvar Island Cycling Tour
  • Lastovo Island Cycling Tour
  • Cycle the length of Korcula Island
  • Explore Traditional Brac Island by Bicycle
  • Mljet Island National Park Cycling Tour
  • Cycle through villages on Sipan Island
  • Dubrovnik City Tour
  • Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the cook) take care of you
  • During the day you can swim, snorkel (equipment not provided), sunbathe, and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea
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8 days from Split, Brac, Hvar, Stari Grad, Vela Luka, Korcula, Lastovo, Mljet, Sipan, Dubrovnik

Fantastic one-way bicycle island hopping cruise! 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 small cruise ship, we get to know this beautiful part of Croatia.

Premium Ship: MS Romantica

Itinerary


8 days from from Split, Brac, Hvar, Stari Grad, Vela Luka, Korcula, Lastovo, Mljet, Sipan and to Dubrovnik

Open age cruise. Double/twin cabins on Upper, Main and Lower Deck. Most triple cabins are a double bed with a single bunk bed above. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.


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.

E-Bike Level 1 / Hybrid Bike Level 2-3
Our cycle tours fit for both: hybrid and e-bikers. You have to decide beforehand which bicycle you would like to rent. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or to spend time on board the boat, instead of taking the planned cycle tour. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation required at time of booking). Height measurement is required when booking rental all rental bikes. E-bike tours suitable for people with a good basic level of fitness. The tours and the elevation meters are very manageable with an e-bike (30-60km and 400-700 elevation meters per day).


SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/premium/romantica/

CRUISE FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-your-cruise/

Same cruise, opposite direction: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/321/bike-boat-cruise-dubrovnik-split-romantica-7nts/


INCLUDED:
• 7 nights in a cabin with ensuite and air-con
• 2 x full board and 5 x half board meals
• Guided cycling tours as described in the itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily tours (onboard)
• City tour in Split, Korcula, Dubrovnik
• Bed linen and towels
• English speaking Tour Guide
• Port taxes


NOT INCLUDED:
• €25 pp for bottled water - obligatory (to be paid on the ship)
• Entrance fees to museums and churches
• Beverages on board other than water
• Meals and beverages ashore
• Transfers by bus or taxi during the trip
• Tips for crew and tour guides
• Transfers to/from the cruise on start/finish days

#Optional extras:
• Rental bike: Bicycle (hybrid mountain/road bike)
• Rental bike: E-bike (on request)
(Insurance included with bikes is against theft and damage of the rental bike. Negligent damage is NOT insured)
You are strongly encouraged to BYO HELMET. If you can, please bring your own (well-fitted) helmet.
Rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation required at time of booking, you cannot hire one on the day).


ITINERARY:

Embarkation from 14:00hrs. Passengers who arrive earlier can leave their bags on board until their cabin is ready. Overnight in port, late arrivals possible.

Day 1 (Fri) Split (Embarkation)
Individual journey to Split. Check-in on board starts between 2 and 2.30 pm at Split harbour. At about 4.30 pm, a guided city tour offers us the chance to see inside the former Palace of Emperor Diocletian and to learn about its transformation into the city which it has become. The boat will spend the night in Split offering you an opportunity to experience Split’s nightlife.

Day 2 (Sat) Split – Island Brač: Supetar – Milna – Island Hvar: Stari Grad – Jelsa – Stari Grad (aprx. 12 mi./20 km aprx. 12 mi./20 km)
We cruise to the island of Brač, famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was, among others, used for the White House in Washington and in the construction of the German Reichstag building in Berlin. Once we have arrived on Brač we cycle across the width of the island from Supetar to Milna. Before descending to Milna to meet the boat, we can enjoy wonderful views across the Dalmatian islands. We board the boat and enjoy a relaxing cruise and replenishing lunch on our way to the artist’s town of Stari Grad on the Island of Hvar. On arrival we enjoy a second bike ride through the green planes of the island to the seaside town of Jelsa. After a break for coffee and ice cream, we continue the round trip back to Stari Grad where we spend the night.

Day 3 (Sun) Hvar Island: Stari Grad - Hvar – Island Lastovo (aprx. 14 mi./22 km)
Today’s cycling tour leads us from Stari Grad to the capital city of Hvar on the opposite side of the Island. Our cycle tour leads us through the untamed lavender fields of the island and small villages all the while accompanied by incredible views across the Dalmatian coastline. On arrival, make use of the time and go for a little stroll through the city of Hvar before boarding the boat. Standing on the magnificent Renaissance Square you can enjoy a view up to the Spanish fortress towering high above the city. We board the boat for lunch and cruise to the tranquil island of Lastovo for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Day 4 (Mon) Island Lastovo – Island Korcula (aprx. 17 mi./28 km)
The island is one of the smaller inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. The Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate, and in Roman times it was even named “Augusta Insula” after him. The population of just over 800 still lives mainly from fishing in the waters rich in fish, agriculture and viticulture. Today’s cycle tour takes us around the beautiful island. The gold-coloured white wine “Marastina”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is grown here. After returning back to the boat, we cruise to the harbor town of Vela Luka on the Island of Korčula for the night.

Day 5 (Tue) Island Korcula: Vela Luka – Korčula City (aprx. 37.5 mi./60 km)
Today’s cycle tour leads us across the charming island of Korčula all the way to Korčula city. A mild Mediterranean climate and a broad variety of different landscapes await us here. Take your time, and remember to take a break to enjoy the view over the deep blue sea and neighboring islands. The picturesque town of Korčula with its fishbone alleyways competes with Venice for the honor of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. It is here that we spend the night and enjoy a guided city tour packed with fascinating anecdotes concerning the history of the city and the island.

Day 6 (Wed) Mljet Island: Mljet National Park – Island Sipan (aprx. 10 mi./30 km)
In the morning we enjoy breakfast during a cruise to the green island of Mljet. Green because 70 % of its landmass is covered by woodland making it the most forested island in the Mediterranean region. Homer mentioned this lovely island in his epic poem “Odyssey”. He made it a home for the Nymph Calypso and the legendary Greek king Odysseus, who could not resist Calypso and stayed on Mljet for seven years. We arrive in the harbor of Pomena and enjoy a round tour on our bikes through the Mljet National Park. Our boat will wait for us in Pomena from where we will continue by boat in the afternoon to the island of Šipan.

Day 7 (Thu) Šipan Island – Dubrovnik (aprx. 7 mi./11 km)
Šipan is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands. Accompanied by your tour guide a pleasant cycle trip takes us past villas with exotic gardens and through a fertile valley framed by a range of limestone hills. Returning to the boat we enjoy our last crossing after an adventurous week. After arrival in Dubrovnik there is plenty of time to explore the UNESCO world Heritage city and to take part on a guided city tour. A cheerful evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travelers and tour guides.

Day 8 (Fri) Dubrovnik (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am.


Catering (B, L or D):
The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 2 x full board and 5 x half board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. You will be informed in advance on each which meals will be prepared onboard for you.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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BEDS: Many cruise ships have ‘flex-beds’; 2 single beds that can be moved together to form one large bed, leaving a small gap between the mattresses. All combined beds might have separate bedding, such as 2 single duvets.

RESTRICTIONS: Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules, especially with regards to bringing drinks onboard. In case of inappropriate behaviour Captain reserves the right in requesting clients to disembark. Ships are moored side by side with gaps in between ships, making it necessary for clients to jump across the gaps in order to get to the shore. Clients do this at their own risk. Assistance will be given to those needing it, but cruising is not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour - General Info (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions.

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +612-9212-1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Fri) Split (Embarkation)
  • Day 2 (Sat) Split – Island Brač: Supetar – Milna – Island Hvar: Stari Grad – Jelsa – Stari Grad (aprx. 12 mi./20 km aprx. 12 mi./20 km)
  • Day 3 (Sun) Hvar Island: Stari Grad - Hvar – Island Lastovo (aprx. 14 mi./22 km)
  • Day 4 (Mon) Island Lastovo – Island Korcula (aprx. 17 mi./28 km)
  • Day 5 (Tue) Island Korcula: Vela Luka – Korčula City (aprx. 37.5 mi./60 km)
  • Day 6 (Wed) Mljet Island: Mljet National Park – Island Sipan (aprx. 10 mi./30 km)
  • Day 7 (Thu) Šipan Island – Dubrovnik (aprx. 7 mi./11 km)
  • Day 8 (Fri) Dubrovnik (Disembarkation)