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Island Hopping by Hybrid or E-Bike & Boat Pearls of Dalmatia 2024

Split - Postira - Milna - Stari Grad - Jelsa - Stari Grad - Hvar - Vela Luka - Korčula - Lastovo - Pomena - Mljet NP - Pomena - Sobra - Dubrovnik

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 a charming small ship, we get to know this part of Croatia. Breathtaking scenic experiences and cultural highlights await. The highlights of the trip are the town centre of Dubrovnik and Split which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We cycle the islands of Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula, Hvar and Brač and experience the interaction of sea and land, culture and nature close up and personal. Proud small ship Romantica is your home for an amazing week. The direction of this cruise alternates each week.

Approx 222km by hybrid or e-bike, Fitness Level 2-3

Check in SPLIT on FRIDAYS from 1400-1430HRS, first night in Split Port
Check out DUBROVNIK on FRIDAYS by 0900HRS

Code: I2 SDU

MS Romantica

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Split

Individual arrival to Split. Embarkation onboard starts between 1400-1430HRS at Split Port. At approx 1630HRS, a guided city tour offers us the chance to see inside the 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 the city by night.

Day 2
Split - Postira - Milna - Stari Grad - Jelsa - Stari Grad

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 along the picturesque northern coastline of the island from Postira to Milna. Before descending to Milna to meet the boat, we can enjoy wonderful views across the Dalmatian islands. We board the boat and enjoy a relaxing cruise and replenishing lunch on our way to the artist’s town of Stari Grad on the Island of Hvar. On arrival we can participate in a second bike ride through the green planes of the island to the seaside town of Jelsa. After a break for coffee and ice cream, we continue the round trip back to Stari Grad where we spend the night.

Cycle route approx 29km + 20km

Day 3
Stari Grad - Hvar - Vela Luka

Today’s cycling tour leads us from Stari Grad to the island’s capital, town of Hvar on the opposite side of the island. Our cycle tour leads us through the untamed lavender fields of the island and small villages all the while accompanied by incredible views across the Dalmatian coastline. On arrival, make use of the time and go for a little stroll through the town 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 town. We board the boat for lunch and cruise to the harbour town of Vela Luka on the Island of Korčula for the night.

Cycle route approx 22km

Day 4
Vela Luka - Korčula

Today’s cycle tour leads us across the charming Island of Korčula all the way to Korčula Town. 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 neighbouring islands. The picturesque town of Korčula with its fishbone alleyways competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. It is here that we spend the night and enjoy a guided tour packed with fascinating anecdotes concerning the history of the town and the island.

Cycle route approx 60km

Day 5
Korčula - Lastovo

In the morning we depart the bustling town of Korčula and make our way to the tranquil Island of Lastovo. On our way we enjoy a swim stop directly from the boat and a delicious lunch before we set off to explore the island on our bikes. 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. The gold-coloured white wine ‘Maraština’, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is grown here. A peaceful night in a secluded natural harbour is spent under a starry night sky.

Cycle route approx 28km

Day 6
Lastovo - Pomena - Mljet NP - Pomena

In the morning we enjoy breakfast during a cruise to the green Island of Mljet. Green because 70% of its landmass is covered by woodland making it 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. After a refreshing swim stop from the boat and lunch onboard, we arrive in the harbour of Pomena and enjoy a round tour on our bikes through the Mljet National Park in the afternoon. The night is spent in the harbour or Pomena.

Cycle route approx 30km

Day 7
Pomena - Sobra - Dubrovnik

From Pomena, we cycle the length of this wonderful island, enjoying the shade of the trees along the way. Our boat waits for us in the harbour of Sobra where we embark and enjoy the last cruise of the week with our destination being the grand city of Dubrovnik. 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 onboard the boat gives you time to celebrate the success of the week with fellow travellers and tour guides.

Cycle route approx 33km

Day 8
Dubrovnik

After breakfast disembarkation by 0900HRS and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights in A/C ensuite cabin
  • 2 Days Full Board, 5 Days Half Board
  • Cruise Guide - English, German
  • Guided cycling tours as per itinerary
  • Hybrid Bike with Ortlieb Pannier (if bike has a rack)
  • Overview maps for the daily tours (onboard)
  • Bed linen & towels

Sightseeing

  • Split
  • Dubrovnik​

Exclusions

Supplements Payable Upon Embarkation

  • Tourist Taxes, Port Fees & Bottled Water Flat Rate €60 per person approx

Optional

  • E-Bike Upgrade $350 per person
  • Insurance against theft/damage of the hybrid bike $25 per bike
  • Insurance against theft/damage of the e-bike $65 per bike

Not Included

  • Entrances for sites
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Drinks onboard and meals & drinks ashore
  • Tips for the guides & crew
  • Anything not specified in Inclusions

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
Upper/Main DeckTwinSingle Lower DeckTwinSingle
Fri 24 May 24Fri 31 May 24
$3,830$5,125$3,445$4,645
Fri 21 Jun 24Fri 28 Jun 24
$3,830$5,125$3,445$4,645
Fri 05 Jul 24Fri 12 Jul 24
$3,635$4,935$3,250$4,455
Fri 19 Jul 24Fri 26 Jul 24
$3,635$4,935$3,250$4,455
Fri 02 Aug 24Fri 09 Aug 24
$3,635$4,935$3,250$4,455
Fri 16 Aug 24Fri 23 Aug 24
$4,020$5,320$3,635$4,840
Fri 30 Aug 24Fri 06 Sep 24
$4,020$5,320$3,635$4,840
Fri 13 Sep 24Fri 20 Sep 24
$4,020$5,320$3,635$4,840
Fri 11 Oct 24Fri 18 Oct 24
$3,635$4,935$3,250$4,455
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Important Notes

Upper Deck Cabins are above the Main Deck
​Main Deck Cabins are on the Main Deck
Lower Deck Cabins are in the hull of the ship, below the Main Deck
Upper & Main Deck Cabins are allocated according to availability

Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions, crowding or other circumstances out of his control. Departures are guaranteed for minimum 14 participants. Cruise Operator reserves the right to cancel or change the ship name if necessary. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form onboard). Guests are not permitted to bring beverages onboard the vessel that have been purchased onshore. All drinks must be purchased onboard. In the event of inappropriate behaviour the Cruise Operator and Captain reserves the right to disembark guests.

Port taxes, entrance fees, sightseeing and excursions (if not included in the package) must be paid in local currency upon arrival.

Disclaimer
Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian Ports, multiple ships are moored side by side. This makes it necessary to cross from one ship to the other where there are gaps in between each ship. Special care must be taken at all times when crossing between the ships, and guests do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. View from cabin windows and balconies may be obstructed when moored in port and alongside other ships. Cruises are not recommended for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

Itinerary Changes
Cruise Operator reserves the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organisational requirements.

Bike 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 daily tours up to 60km 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 onboard 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).

Group Riding Pace
On regular cycling tours, the cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Children
We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental e-bike is 1.20m for hybrid bikes and 1.50m for e-bikes. It is mandatory for all participants on tours to wear a bicycle helmet.

Catering
The onboard chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 2 x Full Board and 5 x Half Board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Language
Cruise and cycle tours are conducted bilingually (English, German).

Participants
Minimum 14 / Maximum 28+

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