• Activity Level:  4
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Split
  • Location: Split, Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet, Dubrovnik
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SUNDAYS, 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 Superior Ship: MS Harmonia

Alternating weeks in the opposite direction, see link below

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.


Level 2 – 3
The cycle tours require an advanced level of fitness. The tours will take us up to a height of 200-500m above sea-level. The day-tours up to 28 mi./45 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. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a 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).

Also available in the opposite direction on alternating weeks: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/73/bike-boat-cruise-dubrovnik-split-ms-harmonia-7nt/
Combine with a day tour from Zagreb to Split: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/95/day-tour-plitvice-lakes-with-transfer-zagreb-split/


SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/premium-superior-ships/harmonia/

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



ITINERARY

Day 1 (Sun) 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 (Mon) Split - Insel Brač: Pučišća – Bol – Island Hvar: Jelsa (aprx. 14 mi./23 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 from the picturesque harbor town of Pučišća, known internationally for its stone masonry college, across the island to Bol. Close by lies the famous ‚Golden Horn‘, a popular Croatian beach famous for its unique shape. Keen swimmers can take a swim here before continuing on by boat to Jelsa on the island of Hvar.

Day 3 (Tue) Hvar Island: Jelsa – Stari Grad - Hvar – Korčula Island: Vela Luka (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)
Today’s cycling tour leads us to Stari Grad and later on to the opposite side of the Island of Hvar. After a short break our cycle tour leads us through lavender fields and small villages till we get to the islands capital. 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. Dinner on board and overnight stay in the sheltered bay of Vela Luka on the Island of Korčula, regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia.

Day 4 (Wed) Korčula Island: Vela Luka - Korčula town (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 competes with Venice for the honor of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Use the evening to wander through the fishbone alleyways and soak up the vibes of this stylish town. A guided city tour will give you an overview of the city and its features.

Day 5 (Thu) Lastovo Island – Mljet Island (aprx. 17.5 mi./28 km)
And off we go! A morning crossing takes us to the beautiful Island of Lastovo. 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. We enjoy a late lunch on board while cruising towards our destination of Pomena on the Island of Mljet.

Day 6 (Fri) Mljet Island (aprx. 17.5 mi./28 km)
From Pomena on Mljet we cycle across the green and forested island - known as the honey island. With 70 % of its landmass covered by woodland it is 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. Our boat will wait for us in Sobra from where we will cruise to the island of Šipan in the afternoon.

Day 7 (Sat) 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 (Sun) Dubrovnik (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.



INCLUDED:
• 8-day trip on an airconditioned/ensuite cruise vessel with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet
• 7 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch & Dinner, 3 x Lunch or Dinner
• Guided cycling tours as described in the itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
• City tour in Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik
• Bed linen and towels
• English speaking tour guide



NOT INCLUDED:
• Obligatory: 50 EUR PP Flat rate for bottled water, Visitor’s tax and local charges. 25 euro for children up to age 16
• Journey to Split
• Entrance fees to museums and churches
• Beverages on board
• Meals and beverages ashore
• Transfers by bus or taxi during the trip
• Tips for crew and tour guides


#Optional:
• Rental bike: Bicycle (hybrid)
• 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).


RESTRICTIONS: Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behavior Captain reserves the right in requesting clients to disembark.

DISCLAIMER: Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

BEDS: Many cruise ships now have ‘flex-beds’, which can be moved together to form a Double/Queen size bed with 2 single mattresses on a combined base, leaving a small separation between the mattresses. Even a traditional double/queen bed mattress might have separate bedding on each side, such as 2 single duvets, rather than one large one. If this is an issue for you, please let us know before booking. Thank you.

Accommodations

Luxury accommodations are provided.

Essential Information

Ship Description: All ships have WIFI

https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/premium-superior-ships/harmonia/

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

Inclusions

  • INCLUDED:
  • • 8-day trip on an airconditioned / ensuite cruise vessel with crew
  • • 7 nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet
  • • 7 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch & Dinner, 3 x Lunch or Dinner
  • • Guided cycling tours as described in the itinerary
  • • Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • • City tour in Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik
  • • Bed linen and towels
  • • English speaking tour guide

Exclusions

  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • • Obligatory: 50 EUR PP Flat rate for bottled water, Visitor’s tax and local charges. 25 euro for children up to age 16
  • • Journey to Split
  • • Entrance fees to museums and churches
  • • Beverages on board
  • • Meals and beverages ashore
  • • Transfers by bus or taxi during the trip
  • • Tips for crew and tour guides
  • #Optional:
  • • Rental bike: Bicycle (hybrid)
  • • 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 bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation required at time of booking).

Restrictions

Due specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise is not suitable for persons with restricted mobility.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have loads more specific FAQ answered on our other pages, check them out 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: +61 2 9212 1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Sun) Split (Embarkation)
  • Day 2 (Mon) Split - Insel Brač: Pučišća – Bol – Island Hvar: Jelsa (aprx. 14 mi./23 km)
  • Day 3 (Tue) Hvar Island: Jelsa – Stari Grad - Hvar – Korčula Island: Vela Luka (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)
  • Day 4 (Wed) Korčula Island: Vela Luka - Korčula town (aprx. 37.5 mi./60 km)
  • Day 5 (Thu) Lastovo Island – Mljet Island (aprx. 17.5 mi./28 km)
  • Day 6 (Fri) Mljet Island (aprx. 17.5 mi./28 km)
  • Day 7 (Sat) Šipan Island – Dubrovnik (aprx. 7 mi./11 km)
  • Day 8 (Sun) Dubrovnik (Disembarkation)