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Island Hopping By Mountain Bike & Boat Southern Dalmatia MTB Standard 2022

Trogir - Split - Stari Grad - Jelsa - Vrboska - Stari Grad - Hvar - Vela Luka - Prigradica - Makarska - Omiš - Cetina River Canyon - Omiš - Pučišća - Postira - Šolta - Trogir

The combination of MTB & cruise in Southern Dalmatia fulfils a biker’s wildest dreams from trails to tranquil swim stops. A charming small ship with comfortable cabins and a traditional selection of cuisine is your floating home for the week. Packing your bags and worrying about making your next ferry connection are a thing of the past. Explore the islands on your mountain bikes, and the tour guides can all tell plenty of interesting stories along the way - a great way of getting to know the country and its people. Honey and wine tastings along the way will give insight to the everyday life of the locals. The aim is to stay off road. To save time and energy some ascends will take place on tar-sealed roads, which lead to rewarding trails, riddled with technical sections down to the sea. Descents can be technical and require experience but will spread a smile across the faces of the participants. After a thorough ride there is no better reward than to unwind in a rustic cafe before the ship collects you and brings you to the next picturesque setting. Picture perfect harbour towns invite you to enjoy an evening strolling through the winding streets or to sip an aperitif in the atmosphere of a local bar. The ship is always open and welcomes you to enjoy the ambiance of a Mediterranean evening. MTB and hybrid bike cruises often operate parallel to each other in South Dalmatia with the experience and service of one guide per group. If your partner or friend prefers the hybrid bike, there is of course the possibility to experience the journey together with only the cycling taking place in different groups. If you prefer to bike with a higher technical demand, Southern Dalmatia MTB Special Cruise, where you will only find mountain bikers on the ship and where different difficulty levels are offered wherever possible, is probably the right choice for you.

Approx 175km; 3,150m elevation by MTB or e-MTB, MTB Level 2-3, S0-S3

Check in TROGIR on FRIDAYS from 1400-1430HRS, departs Trogir Port at 1500HRS
Check out TROGIR on FRIDAYS by 0900HRS

Code: I2

MS San Snova

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Trogir - Split

Individual arrival to Trogir. After checking in on the ship between 1400-1430HRS, the first short cruise starts at 1500HRS from Trogir to Split. The Old Town of Split, built in and around the famous palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Split.

Day 2
Split - Stari Grad - Jelsa - Vrboska - Stari Grad

In the morning, we cross over to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad on the Island of Hvar. In the afternoon, we bike through small villages and take a short trail to the idyllic harbour of Jelsa, which invites for an extended ice cream break. On our way back, we will pass through the picturesque village of Vrboska with its ancient stone bridges and the ancient Greek vineyards. Also a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards we return to Stari Grad where the ship awaits us.

Bike route approx 29km; 400m elevation

Day 3
Stari Grad - Hvar - Vela Luka

Our tour takes us on natural paths with amazing views from Stari Grad to Hvar Town, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress, situated high above the town. After today’s tour, the ship takes us to Vela Luka on Korčula Island, where we will stay overnight.

Bike route approx 25km; 600m elevation

Day 4
Vela Luka - Prigradica - Makarska

After a rounded breakfast we start today’s bike tour, which leads us along exceptional trails and unpaved scenic routes from Vela Luka, mainly following the coastline, all the way to Prigradica. The ship awaits our arrival at lunch, and we set off for Makarska. If the weather permits, we will organise a swim stop in a nice bay. The evening can be enjoyed along the famous Makarska Riviera.

Bike route approx 37km; 600m elevation

Day 5
Makarska - Omiš - Cetina River Canyon - Omiš

A short cruise during breakfast brings us to Omiš. Today you have the choice between taking part on a bike tour around the Cetina River Canyon or participating on a rafting excursion down the Cetina River (not included in the cruise price). The bike tour takes us once around the outskirts of the canyon with great views over the river and back down towards the sea. Those who chose rafting will be picked up from the ship by a bus and taken upriver to the starting point. From here, we follow the river downstream in the rafts gaining a unique perspective of the canyon and its flora and fauna. Participants of the rafting trip are brought back to the ship in the bus after the activity. In the afternoon, we have time to explore Omiš or to go for a swim at the nearby beach. The night is spent in Omiš.

Bike route approx 44km; 800m elevation

Day 6
Omiš - Pučišća - Postira - Šolta

The ship takes us to the Island of Brač, which is well known for its radiant, precious limestone used among other things for the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. From Pučišća we bike on varying paths across wine and sage sown fields overlooking the numerous quarries. Our destination is the harbour of Postira where the ship awaits our arrival and takes us to the Island of Šolta. Here we can take part on a 4.5km hike with a visit to the local beekeeper Goran along the way. Goran has worked with bees his whole life and they are his true passion. He teaches of their importance in the world and allows all of his guests to try the delicious bee products that he makes. We spend the night in the harbour of Rogač on Šolta.

Bike route approx 20km; 450m elevation

Day 7
Šolta - Trogir

After breakfast, we set out on our last bike tour on the Island of Šolta. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the trails. The herbal scent of rosemary accompanies us along our tour across the island. We return to our ship in Rogač and enjoy the last crossing past the cliffs of the Island of Čiovo. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage town of Trogir and its bustling streets and cafes. The last evening aboard our ship is celebrated in traditional fashion together with our fellow travellers and guides.

Bike route approx 16km; 300m elevation

Day 8
Trogir

After breakfast disembarkation by 0900HRS, followed by journey home or 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

Optional Excursion (booked & paid direct)

  • Cetina River Rafting

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 03 Jun 22Fri 10 Jun 22
$3,270$4,615$2,995$4,150
Fri 17 Jun 22Fri 24 Jun 22
$3,270$4,615$2,995$4,150
Fri 19 Aug 22Fri 26 Aug 22
$3,455$4,800$3,180$4,335
Fri 02 Sep 22Fri 09 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
Fri 21 Oct 22Fri 28 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 2-3
Daily tours in hilly terrain at distances of 28-63km and 400-1,200m of elevation. 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 points. Various sections in the tour are offered at a higher or lower technical degree, leaving you to make the final decision.

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 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.

Children/Teenagers
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 14, with previous mountain bike riding experience are able to master the demands of this mountain bike cruise. In addition, they should have prior experience with riding techniques needed for descending on narrow trails and technical terrain. Please be aware, that smallest rental mountain bikes are suited to a body height of 1.50m and above (XS frame). Croatian law requires children under the age of 16 to wear a helmet when riding a bike.

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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