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Island Hopping By Mountain Bike & Boat Southern Dalmatia MTB Special 2021 & 2022

Trogir - Šolta - Milna - Postira - Pučišća - Bol - Vis - Vela Luka - Blato - Vela Luka - Stari Grad - Hvar - Stari Grad - Split - Trogir - Čiovo - Trogir

Southern Dalmatia MTB Special Cruise is perfectly suited for mountain bikers, an exceptional holiday, on which keen bikers can discover new horizons. Embark onboard one of the charming small ships for a week and sail to the most beautiful islands of Southern Dalmatia. Šolta, Čiovo, Brač, Hvar, Vis and Korčula offer great perspectives. 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 225km; 5,450m elevation by MTB or e-MTB, S1-S3
B: Approx 190km; 3,800m elevation by MTB or e-MTB, S0-S2, few parts S3

Check in TROGIR on SATURDAYS (2021) or FRIDAYS (2022) from 1400-1430HRS, departs Trogir Port at 1500HRS
Check out TROGIR on SATURDAYS (2021) or FRIDAYS (2022) by 0900HRS

Code: I2

MS San Snova

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Trogir - Šolta

Individual arrival to Trogir. After checking in on the ship between 1400-1430HRS, the first crossing to the Island of Šolta starts at 1500HRS. Here we will start our first tour, which leads us past kilometres of dry stone walls, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees. Sage and rosemary line the hidden paths and are the basis for the honey from the local beekeeper Goran, who, with wit and charm, brings us closer to the importance of bees. Short trails lead down to the sea and back to the ship, where we spend the evening in a charming harbour town.

A & B: Bike route approx 6km; 180m elevation

Day 2
Šolta - Milna - Postira

Today we will first bike on a wide nature trail along the coast of Brač. We bike past fish farms, old submarine bunkers and secret coves. As we bike up the mountain ridge in the middle of the island, magnificent views of the neighbouring Islands of Hvar, Vis and Šolta inspire us. On the descent, we have the choice between a technically challenging single trail or a wide gravel road with beautiful views of the mountainous mainland coast and the Cetina River Canyon. Our descent takes us into the small village of Dol. After a cappuccino break, we continue in the direction of the charming harbour of Postira. With good weather conditions, we can enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets of the cruise.

A & B: Bike route approx 37km; 850m elevation

Day 3
Postira - Pučišća - Bol - Vis

During breakfast, we cross to Pučišća. Here we start the toughest stage to the highest point of all Adriatic islands. The path leads us past olive groves, herb meadows and typical karstic formations such as sinkholes. The view from atop the 780m high Vidova Gora is incredible. You can even have a look down on Bol and the iconic Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn). The descent into the valley starts out technical path and becomes more flowy as we near the end. An alternative, less challenging path with incredible views over the town of Bol can be taken back to the ship also. On the subsequent crossing to Vis, we can again look back to the peak and enjoy the end of the day by relaxing onboard.

A: Bike route approx 29km; 900m elevation
B: Bike route approx 30km; 700m elevation

Day 4
Vis - Vela Luka

Vis is the farthest inhabited island from the Croatian mainland. Great diversity in the terrain of the island offer mountain bikers fantastic riding opportunities while exploring this treasurable location. Wonderful views and unique single trails make the island a paradise for biking. The trip to the top/peak of the island is a worthwhile recommendation for advanced bikers as an additional option. Whilst daydreaming of the trails and sharing your impressions, the ship takes us to the next haven on Korčula Island.

A: Bike route approx 38km; 900m elevation
B: Bike route approx 27km; 600m elevation

Day 5
Vela Luka - Blato - Vela Luka - Stari Grad

We start the day by following narrow paths along the shoreline. Through olive groves and past stone terraces, we make our way to Blato. Strengthened from a coffee break we can bike back to Vela Luka on quiet side roads and flowy trails. Those who want to explore more, can bike to the viewpoint Hum. From there we can take a technical trail back to the harbour. Once back on the ship we set sail for Hvar Island.

A: Bike route approx 47km; 1,000m elevation
B: Bike route approx 38km; 700m elevation

Day 6
Stari Grad - Hvar - Stari Grad - Split

After breakfast, Level A bikers start from Stari Grad and bike to the top of the pass on an asphalt ascend to spare their strength. From there we can see Stari Grad and the ancient Greek wine fields of the island. Across gravel paths and trails, we reach the island’s capital of Hvar Town. Here we have the time to stroll through the streets, visit the Spanish Fortress and watch the bustling town life from the comfort of a cafe. With picturesque views and many old houses, we continue on our bikes to a deserted village, where we wind our way through the town’s narrow alleyways. Whoever decides to bike Level B will ride a richly diverse round tour from Stari Grad via Jelsa and Vrboska. The ship awaits us in Stari Grad at the end of the tour for a cruise to Split. Enjoy the special atmosphere of the vibrant city with the famous Diocletian Palace in the evening.

A: Bike route approx 38km; 1,000m elevation
B: Bike route approx 29km; 350m elevation

Day 7
Split - Trogir - Čiovo - Trogir

In the morning, we enjoy our last cruise back to Trogir. From here, we take the bikes across the local bridge to Čiovo Island where we dig into our last bike tour. Čiovo is a sea of flowers and the aromatic scent of wild herbs hangs in the air. The easier tour takes us along natural roads with wonderful views over the sea. Those who prefer a challenge can look forward to some great single trails. Afterwards there is enough time in the afternoon to enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage town of Trogir before enjoying a festive last meal onboard in the company of your fellow travellers and guides.

A: Bike route approx 31km; 600m elevation
B: Bike route approx 24km; 450m elevation

Day 8
Trogir

Disembarkation after breakfast by 0900HRS, followed by journey home or an extended stay in Croatia.

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights in A/C ensuite cabin
  • 4 Days Full Board, 3 Days Half Board
    Note: option to have a picnic for lunch
  • 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

  • Entrance fees to sights
  • 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 15 Apr 22Fri 22 Apr 22
$2,900$4,245$2,625$3,780
Fri 06 May 22Fri 13 May 22
$2,900$4,245$2,625$3,780
Fri 20 May 22Fri 27 May 22
$3,085$4,430$2,810$3,965
Fri 09 Sep 22Fri 16 Sep 22
$3,270$4,615$2,995$4,150
Fri 16 Sep 22Fri 23 Sep 22
$3,270$4,615$2,995$4,150
Fri 23 Sep 22Fri 30 Sep 22
$3,270$4,615$2,995$4,150
Fri 30 Sep 22Fri 07 Oct 22
$3,270$4,615$2,995$4,150
Fri 07 Oct 22Fri 14 Oct 22
$2,900$4,245$2,625$3,780
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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: 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 quiet asphalt stretches, there are very few unrideable sections along the way.

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.

Each day you are able to decide between tour variation A and B
A: up to approx 60km / approx 1,000m elevation
B: up to approx 50km / approx 600m elevation

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 run in reverse order. Cruises are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time onboard the ship, instead of taking a planned bike tour.

Catering
The onboard chef is a member of the crew and prepares breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. A packed lunch instead of lunch onboard is possible as well on a mountain bike tour. The catering consist of 4 x Full Board and 3 x Half Board and starts with dinner on embarkation day and ends with breakfast on disembarkation 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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