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Island Hopping By Mountain Bike & Boat Kvarner Bay MTB Special 2021 & 2022

Omišalj - Rabac - Labin - Rabac - Cres - Martinšćica - Mali Lošinj - Veli Lošinj - Mali Lošinj - Ilovik - Rab - Lopar - Rab - Baška - Krk - Malinska - Dobrinj - Omišalj

Mountain Bike & Boat Kvarner Bay MTB Special Cruise is perfectly suited for mountain bikers, an exceptional holiday, in which a seasoned biker can find exactly what they are looking for. Take a week onboard one of the charming small ships and sail to the most beautiful islands of the Kvarner Bay. The islands of Cres, Lošinj, Rab and Krk are known for their own special character and diverse landscapes. Therefore the trails are rich in variety. From flow trails to technically challenging trails, the islands offer a rich variety for every biker. To meet the different requirements, each trip is typically accompanied by two MTB guides who, wherever possible, offer two performance levels. The tours vary in altitude, kilometres and difficulty of the trails. Level A includes trails up to S3 of the German Single Trail Scale; Level B trails S0 to S2, if not otherwise possible short sections at S3 may occur. Tour groups with less than 10 participants will be guided by one guide only. In this case, only one guided MTB level can be offered, and the guide will do their best to customise this level to the abilities within the group.

A: Approx 210km; 4,050m elevation by MTB or e-MTB, S1-S3
B: Approx 190km; 3,500m elevation by MTB or e-MTB, S1-S2, rarely S3

Check in OMIŠALJ on SUNDAYS (2021) or FRIDAYS (2022) from 1300-1330HRS, departs Omišalj Port at 1400HRS
Check out OMIŠALJ on SUNDAYS (2021) or FRIDAYS (2022) by 0900HRS

Code: I2

MS Andela Lora

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Omišalj - Rabac

Individual arrival to Omišalj on the Island of Krk. Board the ship between 1300-1330HRS. At 1400HRS we embark on our first cruise to Rabac on the Istrian Peninsula. The coastal town is surrounded by crystal clear blue waters and numerous cafes on the seaside promenade give an inviting impression. It is here that we will do our first small tour to get the bikes set up for the week. This will take place in the local Bike Skills Park. Here you can test your bike and your riding ability on the first ever constructed bike park in Croatia. The night is spent in Rabac.

A & B: Bike route approx 10km; 200m elevation

Day 2
Rabac - Labin - Rabac - Cres

Today’s bike tour starts with a transfer to Labin, a village at 300m above sea level. The descent back down to the sea alternates between asphalt roads, forest tracks, and simple trails. A more technically demanding trail takes you along the coast of the peninsula with fleeting views of Rabac. Once back at the ship we cruise to the Island of Cres to the main town with the same name. A quaint harbour town characterised by its Italian architecture. The night is spent here.

A: Bike route approx 32km; 500m elevation
B: Bike route approx 25km; 500m elevation

Day 3
Cres - Martinšćica - Mali Lošinj

The tour starts with an asphalt climb before turning off onto gravel roads with wonderful views over the bay of Valun steadily making your way inland. In the clifftop town of Podol our efforts are rewarded with a short break. After catching our breath, we continue along natural paths and goat trails with flowy sections past the Lake Vrana in the direction of Lubenice. The final trail to the port of Martinšćica has technically demanding sections. The ship awaits our arrival in Martinšćica and takes us on a cruise to the relaxed harbour town of Mali Lošinj. The various cafes and bars along the seaside promenade offer plenty of choice to enjoy a relaxing sundowner before catching a restful night’s sleep.

A: Bike route approx 30km; 700m elevation
B: Bike route approx 34km; 600m elevation

Day 4
Mali Lošinj - Veli Lošinj - Mali Lošinj - Ilovik

The Island of Lošinj is “sculpted” for mountain bikers. Here we have the tough choice either to bike along the coastline through lush pine forests once around the peninsula, past picturesque bays, or to take a more technically challenging ride to the harbour of Veli Lošinj. Veli Lošinj was originally the capital town of the island before its harbour became too small for modern day boats and Mali Lošinj overtook it in size and popularity. In the afternoon, we cross over to the Island of Ilovik where we can enjoy the afternoon, exploring the island by foot and going for a swim.

A: Bike route approx 30km; 600m elevation
B: Bike route approx 25km; 400m elevation

Day 5
Ilovik - Rab - Lopar - Rab

In the morning we cruise to the Island of Rab. A small island, but great for mountain biking. The tours take place on seaside trails along historic roman roads with exceptional views over the island and on flowy sections through the Dundo Forrest with constant glimpses of the clear blue sea. Those seeking to ride more technically challenging trails will be pleased to know that the island offers many rocky and blocked riding sections. The island offers great variation for all riders. The Old Town of Rab, with its four clock towers, is regarded as one of the most picturesque old towns on the Adriatic coast. A wonderful town to spend the evening in looking back on a day of great riding.

A: Bike route approx 37km; 700m elevation
B: Bike route approx 33km; 550m elevation

Day 6
Rab - Baška - Krk

In the morning we cruise to the port of Baška on the Island of Krk. Today’s bike tour takes us up an initial climb on an asphalt road before taking smaller paths and natural trails as we make our way to the “Moon”. The landscape on the north side of the island is characterised by its moon-like landscape. This side of the island is exposed to the full forces of the regions strongest winds, leaving nothing but rocks in its path. We cycle through this incredible landscape before taking an epic ride along a historic roman road back down to the sea. The flowy ride with breathtaking views over the sea will leave you with a long lasting impression. From Baška we cruise to capital of Krk, with its lovely Old Town. Enjoy an evening exploring the alleyways with your guide and relaxing on one of many beautiful spots near the sea. The night is spent in Krk Town.

A: Bike route approx 31km; 700m elevation
B: Bike route approx 28km; 700m elevation

Day 7
Krk - Malinska - Dobrinj - Omišalj

A short cruise will take us to the seaside town of Malinska, still on the Island of Krk. From here our bike tour leads us along natural paths and side roads to Dobrinj. We will be rewarded with stunning views of the northern part of the Island of Krk. On a clear day, you can see the Učka Mountain. Passing one of the many caves on the island, we bike on a narrow path along the coast back to the ship in Omišalj, where we have enough time to walk through the town, go for a swim or relax onboard before the trip ends with a cosy get-together.

A: Bike route approx 40km; 650m elevation
B: Bike route approx 35km; 550m elevation

Day 8
Omišalj

Breakfast and check out by 0900HRS, followed by journey home or extend stay in Croatia.

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights in A/C ensuite cabin
  • 4 Days Full Board, 3 Days Half Board
    Note: Packed lunch several times
  • Cruise Guide - English, German
  • Guided cycling tours as per itinerary
  • Full Suspension MTB
  • Overview maps for the daily tours (onboard)
  • Bed linen & towels

Exclusions

Supplements Payable Upon Embarkation

  • Tourist Taxes & Port Fees, Bottled Water Flat Rate €50 per person approx

Not Included

  • Arrival/departure transfers

Optional Extras

  • E-MTB Upgrade $140 per person
  • Insurance against theft/damage of the bike $50 per bike

Pricing and Accommodation

Start DateEnd Date
Main DeckTwinSingle Lower DeckTwinSingle
Fri 22 Apr 22Fri 29 Apr 22
$3,085$4,430$2,810$3,965
Fri 13 May 22Fri 20 May 22
$3,270$4,615$2,995$4,150
Fri 27 May 22Fri 03 Jun 22
$3,270$4,615$2,995$4,150
Fri 01 Jul 22Fri 08 Jul 22
$3,270$4,615$2,995$4,150
Fri 23 Sep 22Fri 30 Sep 22
$3,455$4,800$3,180$4,335
Fri 14 Oct 22Fri 21 Oct 22
$3,085$4,430$2,810$3,965
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Important Notes

Main Deck Cabins are on the Main Deck
Lower Deck Cabins are in the hull of the ship, below the 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 10 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. Most arrival times in port are in the late afternoon.

Port taxes, entrance fees, sightseeing and excursions (if not included in the package) must be paid in local currency upon arrival. EUR currency quoted is converted on the spot to the equivalent in Croatian Kuna.

MTB Level A: 2-3; MTB Level B: 2
Moderate to challenging daily tours in hilly terrain. The terrain in this region is very diverse and changes from island to island. Technical and demanding single trails alternate with wide gravel 4x4 roads and sometimes also quiet asphalt stretches, there are very few unrideable sections.

Each day you are able to decide between tour variation A and B
A: up to approx 60km / approx 750m elevation
B: up to approx 50km / approx 600m elevation

Requirement to wear a helmet
Helmets are mandatory on all bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted helmet with you as rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required). Furthermore, we recommend riders to carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.

Single-Trail Classification
To ensure that you are well prepared for your bike cruise and know what technical difficult level to expect, there is a classification for all single trails that could be ridden on this cruise. The difficulty levels included in the classification coincide with the Single Trail Scale which can be found here.

Blue (Easy, S0-S1)
Small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, some erosion, gradients of up to 40%, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, obstacles can be rolled over. Skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing.

Red (Medium, S2)
Loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70%, light hairpins. Constant readiness to brake, shift of centre weight to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, consistent body tension required.

Black (Heavy, S3-S5)
Blocked single trails, many large boulders and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70%, tight hairpins. Expert level of bike control/handling required.

Riding in a group
On a guided MTB tour the speed of the group is determined by the mountain bikers on regular bikes. If you have hired an e-MTB, we ask you to respect those in the group who are riding without electric support. Those on regular bikes require more time and recovery when biking up hill. We thank you for your understanding.

Itinerary Changes
Cruise operator reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organisational requirements. Sometimes the cruise will be operated in reverse order.

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 4 x Full Board and 3 x Half Board. A packed lunch instead of lunch onboard is possible as well on the mountain bike tour. 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 36+

Disclaimer
Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian Ports, 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 vessels and guests do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruises are not recommended for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

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