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Island Hopping – Dalmatia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 15 - 30 people
Destination(s): Croatia  
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing   Bicycle Touring  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 425 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 580 Euro (EUR)

Starting dates:
April: 6th; 13th; 20th and 27th
May 4th; 11th; 18th and 25th
June 1st and 8th,
September 14th; 21st and 28th
October 5th and 12th

During the day you can cycle across islands, swim, snorkel, sunbathe or explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. Spend seven unforgettable days sailing on the northern Adriatic Sea from one island to another. Relax and let the captain and his crew (especially the cook) take care of you. The evenings you have free to find a good restaurant or discover old churches or other historical monuments.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, Saturday: Split - Solta Island (approx. 25 km/15 miles of cycling). Check in up until 13:00 h in Split harbour. Departure at 1pm with lunch as first service. Two-hour journey to the island of Brač is the best time to meet your fellow passengers and the crew. Up on arrival in Milna you will cycle to Bobovišća on the sea. This little hamlet, set on the western side of island Brač just under the top of the mountain, seems somehow squeezed on the sunny slope, overlooking the sea. You will be able to have a swim here or just a coffee. Up on return to Milna we suggest you to take a ride along the coast. Overnight in the harbor of Milna.

Day 2, Sunday: Brac Island (approx. 45 km/28 miles of cycling). This first stage begins with a long, but interesting uphill to the crest of a hill, past mulberry and fig trees, pine forests, olive groves and vineyards. The famous Vugaca wine (white) and Murvica wine (red) come from this island. The white marble visible here was used for, among other things, the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. The breathtaking panoramic views of the neighbouring island of Hvar on the descent to the beach at Bol are well worth the effort of the ascent. In Bol one can see the Golden Horn, a sand spit whose point turns from one side to the other with the wind. After a break for swimming and a stroll through Bol, the ship heads for Hvar, the longest Adriatic island. It anchors for the night in Jelsa harbour.

Day 3, Monday: Hvar Island (Jelsa - Hvar, approx. 25 km). The island of Hvar is above all famous for its multicoloured fields of rosemary and lavender. It is sometimes called the lavender island. Olives hang on the trees, and in Autumn the oranges shine in the sun. The clear blue sea contrasts beautifully with the ancient cities of Hvar. Hvar also receives more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the Adriatic (2718 hours a year). This stage makes its way through the many small villages of the island with their picturesque stone houses. The tour stops at the historical city of Hvar. As well as the Cathedral the city contains many late Gothic palaces. There is an opportunity to visit the cathedral and the historical Theatre. In the evening the ships moves to the island of Korcula.

Day 4, Tuesday: Korcula Island (approx. 45 km/28 miles of cycling). The peaceful and secluded gardens of Cypress trees here make Korcula perhaps the most beautiful of the Adriatic islands. The tour travels to Blato, a city which like Rome was built on seven hills. We continue through inland village of Smokvica and over 300 m/980 ft high road to medieval town of Korcula with its narrow winding streets. This town, along with Venice, proclaims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. In this town, know also as "a little Dubrovnik", we spend the night on the boat.

Day 5, Wednesday: Mljet island National Park (approx. 20 km/12 miles). The island of Mljet is also known as Honey-Island. In the twelfth century Benedictine created a monastery here, beautifully secluded, and surrounded by pine and oak forests. Today this area is a National Park and the highpoint of any tour of Dalmatian. The pine forest here is one of the most spectacular in the Mediterranean region. On the bikes we tour around the saltwater-lake, in which there is actually another island. The ship brings you that evening to the Peljesac peninsula.

Day 6, Thursday: Peljesac Peninsula - Makarska (approx. 30 km/18 miles). Peljesac is certainly a peninsula, strictly speaking, but life here is very much like that on an island. In the morning the cycle-tour leads you into the backcountry and past the most famous wine growing area in Dalmatian (the delightful Dingac comes from here) and on to Orebic. On an idyllic day we cycle on until we get to a climb that brings us up to almost 1,000 ft above sea-level. From here you will enjoy a magnificent view to the neighbouring island Korcula. A downhill of almost 4 miles leads to Loviste, a small town in the north of the island, where lunch will be served on the ship. Our boat brings us to popular holiday resort Makarska on the base of the 5,500 ft high Biokovo mountain range. The rocks of that impressive mountain make the Makarska coast so impressive, since they reach right to the waterline.

Day 7, Friday: Omis - Split Trogir (ca. 58 km/36 miles). Another bike tour on the mainland leads us from Omis along the valley of the Cetina river right underneath the Mosor mountains. We will pedal in landscapes with quickly changing characters while small and quiet roads lead us back to the important city of Split, where you can make a tour of the important Roman Diocletian-Palace. After a relaxed city walk in this world-wide unique historic town return on our boat.

Day 8, Saturday: After breakfast disembarkment.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Price per person in double room.

Price Excludes:
- Visitor's taxes and port fees (to be paid on the spot) - EUR 20 - per person per week.