Depart from Dubrovnik to explore the South Dalmatian Islands; a bus excursion to Mostar is also included on this bike and boat tour aboard a premium ship.
This sparsely populated part of Croatia has breathtaking natural features and cultural highlights lined up close together. The highlights of the trip are a guided tour to the old city of Dubrovnik which is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site with its imposing city wall and narrow alleys, and a bus excursion to Mostar, with its the famous bridge.
Day 1 (Sunday) Dubrovnik:
Board in Dubrovnik between 2.00 and 2.30 pm at Gruž, the town port, just 3kms from the Old Town. At around 4.30 pm, there is a guided walking tour through Dubrovnik. The boat will stay the night in Dubrovnik.
Day 2 (Monday) Islands of Šipan and Mljet (Cycle 11km + 25km):
This morning we head for Šipan, the largest of the Elaphite Islands. Todays cycle trip takes us after breakfast past the sumptuous villas and through the verdant forests, fertile valleys and subtropical parks of Šipan Island. We then cruise to the forested island of Mljet – where we take an afternoon cycle across the island from Sobra to Pomena, where we spent the night aboard in the quiet bay of Pomena.
Day 3 (Tuesday) Lastovo Island (Cycle 27km):
Cruise in the morning to Lastovo Island - one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Adriatic, famous for growing the white wine “Marastina”. Today’s cycle tour takes us in a large circle across the beautiful island.
Day 4 (Wednesday) Islands of Korčula and Gradac (Cycle 45km):
After crossing over to Korčula, regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Dalmatia, we bike from Vela Luka to Racisce, where we meet our ship. We lift the anchor and make our way to Gradac on the mainland. There is enough time to enjoy a lengthy swim stop on anchor.
Day 5 (Thursday) Excursion to Mostar (bus):
From Ploče at the delta of the Neretva River, we take an excursion by bus across the Bosnian border to Počitelj, for a guided tour of the well-preserved fortress before continuing to Mostar - The town’s world-famous landmark is the bridge across the River Neretva, which was destroyed in 1993 through heavy shelling and rebuilt in 2004. Back at the ship we end the spectacular day relaxing by having a nice glass of wine.
Day 6 (Friday) Peljesac peninsula and Korčula Island (Cycle 25km):
Today’s bike tour takes us across to Paljesac peninsula from Trpanj to Vigan. On the descent admire beautiful views of the blue sea and neighbouring island of Korcula. After a lengthy swim stop reach the island’s capital, Korčula town. Time in the evening to wander through the fabulous old town and its narrow lanes laid out in a herringbone pattern.
Day 7 (Saturday) Mainland Prapratno – Slano – Dubrovnik (Cycle 30km):
Cruise the beautiful coastline of the Pelješac peninsula to the small ferry harbour of Prapratno. Cycle from Prapratno to Ston with its famous city wall, the longest, intact, fortification wall in Europe. Continue to the small harbour of Slano on the mainland where the boat awaits you to take you to the city of Dubrovnik. A final evening meal on board the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travellers and tour guides.
Day 8 (Sunday) Dubrovnik:
After breakfast disembark at the port of Gruz by 9am.
The cycle tours require an advanced level of fitness – Electric bikes can also be requested. The cycle tours from 20 to 40 km per day will take you through hilly/mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. There will be some 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.