Croatia Island Hopping Cruise: Boat 'n' Bike or Just Cruise

GROUP TOUR 8 Days / 7 Nights

Spend one week living aboard a traditional sailing vessel cruising idyllic islands, the dramatic coast of the mainland and exploring ancient towns that have seen the Greeks, Romans and more recently, the Venetians leave their mark. There are romantic ruins, enchanting mountains, innumerable sites of natural beauty and phenomena. Dubrovnik is a highlight – a beautiful walled town centuries old. YOU will have time to wander the narrow streets and paved marble squares of the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town lined with classic examples of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture.


Split and the charming port of Trogir are also UNESCO World Heritage sites. Split has well preserved Roman monuments and among Trogir’s cobbled lanes is the magnificent St. Lawrence cathedral and wonderful Romanesque and Renaissance architecture.

A biking option is offered on the cruise ex Dubrovnik which is shorter kilometres (14 – 26 km per day) than our other Bike & Boat cruises.

All you will need is a few T-shirts and a swimming costume to spend seven unforgettable days cruising on the Adriatic Sea from one idyllic island to the next. Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the cook) take care of you.
 

Your Journey

Days 1–2 Dubrovnik (Cycling (17 km)

Arrive Dubrovnik and spend two nights allowing you plenty of time to explore the Old Town. For those who have chosen the biking option there will be a ride along quiet roads through cypress trees, vineyards, olive groves and delightful villages that reflect the traditional culture of old Dubrovnik.

Day 3 Dubrovnik–Mljet Island (Cycling 14 km)

Cruise to the idyllic island of Mljet (pronounced 'mil-yet'). Covered in olive groves, vineyards and dense forest, Mljet is known as the greenest island of Croatia. Thirty-seven kilometres (23 mi) long, there are several villages, two salt water lakes and a Benedictine Monastery on St Mary Island.

Day 4 Mljet Island–Hvar Island (Cycling 26 km)

Hvar’s gently rolling hills are painted brilliant purple by fields of lavender while lush vineyards nestle at the foot of the island’s ragged mountains. Explore the city of Hvar: the fortress perched on the hill above the old town, the Cathedral, Arsenal and the Franciscan Monastery. For dinner, your are spoilt for choice with lovely waterfront cafes.

Day 5 Hvar–Makarska (Cycling 7+14 km)

Cruise to the Island of Brac and the picturesque town of Bol with its white beaches. Stroll the cobbled streets of the town and swim at Dalmatia’s most famous beach of all – Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn). Cruise to the vibrant town of Makarska on the mainland coast below the towering peaks of Mount Biokovo.

Day 6 Makarska – Korcula (Cycling 25 km)

Supposedly the birthplace of Marco Polo, the medieval walled town of Korčula sits on a small headland. Wander the town’s narrow walkways lined with Venetian architecture and many monuments. Climb to the top of St Mark’s Cathedral for spectacular views of the town, the Peljesac peninsular and the sparkling Adriatic Sea.

Day 7 Korcula – Slano (Cycling 16 km)

Cruise towards the little seaside village of Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula. This area is well known for its excellent red wines. Wander the town and visit Grgish Winery set in a restored fortress on the steep hills of Trstenik. Cruise through the Elaphiti Archipelago, a group of 14 idyllic islands and islets, stopping for lunch and swimming on long sandy beaches. Continue to the deep bay and town of Slano, 37 km north of Dubrovnik.

Day 8 Slano – Dubrovnik

Sail below the mighty city walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and beside magical Lokrum Island to the Port of Gruz where arrangements end at 1pm.

Terrain

There will be some hills but bike tours are kept short, 2 – 4 hours to allow plenty of time to complete them.

Meals

Daily breakfast, 6 lunches

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