Croatia by Private Boat | CycleVentures

Croatia by Private Boat

Island hop the Dalmatian Islands

Unpack your bags and join us on a private motor yacht for a week of island bliss by road bike and boat as we explore Croatia’s Southern Dalmatia islands, one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Sip a beer at a rustic bar, stroll winding streets of historic harbor towns and dive into a private dinner at a small restaurant or enjoy meals on the boat prepared by our onboard chef. You’ll also learn about the deep history of the region by our knowledgeable local guides, anchor in a quiet cove for a swim off the deck, get a massage from our on-board masseuse and sail off to the next island to do it all over again. We’re one of the only companies offering high-performance road bike tours by private boat in this region (e-bikes also available). The road surfaces are excellent and each day features two ride distances. This is a great private trip for families or friends, contact us for more information.

This departure requires 14 riders minimum to proceed, maximum group size is 26 riders. Please email us for more information.

Launched in 2009, the MS San Snova is an entirely oak ship that stands at 101-feet long. All 13 spacious cabins (11 above deck, 2 below deck) feature air conditioning, private bathroom with shower and hair dryer. Cabins are 30 to 45 square feet in size. Two-person beds are 200 X 140 cm (slightly bigger than a double size), single beds are 200 X 80 cm.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, May 18: Welcome to Croatia. Sail to Brac Island. — 16 or 35 km

Arrival to Split airport to transfer five kilometers to the harbor town of Trogir. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trogir’s beautiful preserved old town lies on a small island. After check-in on the motor yacht at 2:00 PM we sail to Brac Island stopping for a swim off the boat along the way. This evening we’ll set out for a warm-up ride and stay in the quiet harbor in the town of Milna. 656 feet (200m) elevation gain.

Day 2: Sunday, May 19: Cycle to Bol, Brac Island. Sail to Vis Island — 56 or 82 km

This morning we set out after breakfast on Brac Island, the third largest island in the Dalmatia. After climbing to the island’s highest peak, Vidova gora (780m), the highest island point in the Adriatic, it’s all downhill to the town of Bol where we’ll have a quick dip at Zlatni Rat beach which is often rated as one of the top beaches in Europe. This afternoon we set sail for the three hour cruise to Vis Island, with a swim and SUP from the boat on route.  3280 ft (1000m) elevation gain.

Day 3: Monday, May 20: Cycle Vis Island. Sail to Korcula Island — 32 or 64 km

Wake up in the beautiful town of Vis. The farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland, we’ll ride a scenic loop on this remote and beautiful island that features views of azure waters, vineyards, great swimming spots and quiet roads. It is said that Napoleon’s eventual demise began on Vis Island as he lost an important battle with the British on its shores. After lunch at a local restaurant we’ll board the ship for the four-hour crossing to Korcula Island. 2188 feet (667m) elevation gain.

Day 4: Tuesday, May 21: Ride Korcula Island — 62 or 100 km

Today we discover the island of Korcula with its nearly perfect asphalt, its fragrant air, vineyards and cypress gardens. The calmness of this remote island has made it as one of the most beautiful in all of the Dalmatia. Our ride takes us to the Blato village, across Pupnat Bay with lunch at a local restaurant and then down to Korcula town where we’ll walk through its narrow alleys. Tonight we sleep at the port in Korcula. 3280 ft (1000m) elevation gain.

Day 5: Wednesday, May 22: Sail to Hvar Island. Cycle to Stari Grad — 50 or 70 km

We’ll enjoy breakfast this morning as we sail to the village of Sucuraj on the southern tip of Hvar Island. Today’s ride is superb with rolling hills and swooping corners through sleepy towns. We’ll cycle to Stari Grad for lunch. UNESCO designated Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe, as Greek settlers arrived in 384 BC. Those looking for a challenge can head over to Hvar town and back for 110 km total. 1624 ft (495m) elevation gain.

Day 6: Thursday, May 23: Cycle Cetina valley. Sail to Split — 46 km

This morning we sail to the mainland and the town of Omis, located on the mainland. Today’s ride takes us up the Cetina river valley through deciduous forests and little villages with an amazing final descent back to the ship. This afternoon we sail to Split with its famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll have time to explore this amazing city this afternoon and enjoy dinner in the old town. 2952 ft (900m) elevation gain.

Day 7: Friday, May 24: Cycle Sholta island. Sail to Trogir. — 22 or 35 km

A short 1.5 hour sail brings us to the village of Rogac on little Sholta Island, known as honey island. We’ll enjoy a short ride to Maslinca for coffee and gelato before meeting the island’s main beekeeper for an informative and entertaining visit to his farm. We’ll enjoy lunch and a swim and SUP while anchored in a perfect bay on the island’s shore before our last sail back to Trogir. This afternoon can be spent doing some last-minute shopping, relaxing and getting ready for tomorrow’s departure. 616 ft (188m) elevation gain.

Day 8: Saturday, May 25: Flights home or travels on own.

After our last breakfast this morning we’ll disembark from the ship at 9:00 AM for flights home, or to continue travels on your own. Bon voyage!

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Details

Dates: Saturday May 18, 2019 to Saturday May 25, 2019
Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
Joining In: Split, Croatia
Skill Level: Intermédiaire
Single Room Suppliment: €800 EURO
Land Cost: €2125 EURO

Ride Map

See the approximate route of the trip on Google maps. Register today!

Skill Levels

Here are descriptions of the skill & fitness levels required for our cycling trips.  Remember, the support van is never far away if you need a lift and on all of our trips you can always ride more if you wish. We’re here for you.

Intermédiaire

Flat and rolling terrain and shorter riding days of approximately 50–70 km. Elevation gains of up to approximately 700 meters daily. Suitable for beginner and intermediate cyclists. Stronger riders looking for more kilometers can extend most days.

Avancé

Rolling terrain with some bigger climbs and averaging approximately 70-100 km daily. Elevation gains of approximately 700 meters and above daily. Suitable for fit beginners, strong intermediate riders and above. A triple crank or compact crank is recommended. Stronger riders looking for more kilometers can extend most days.

Spécialiste

Long riding days over 100 km daily and long climbs with steep sections can be expected. Caters to strong cyclists or riders in good physical condition seeking a mental and physical challenge. Elevation gains of approximately 1000 meters and above daily.