Explore the Dalmatian coast of Croatia with this combined holiday that includes cycling and sailing in the beautiful Adriatic sea! Beginning with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik, Croatia, this tour will take guests through some of the most unique and scenic locales along southern Croatia.
Starting off from Dubrovnik, your Mediterranean sailing trip will include stops along the Croatian islands of Šipan, Korčula, Hvar, Mljet, Lastovo and Pelješac where you'll disembark to go island exploring with your mountain bikes. You'll ride along coastal roads, winemaking regions, quaint villages and harbors, as well as through a Croatian national park and to the Monastery Island of the Holy Maria.
You'll also cross the Bosnian border by bus, to the medieval town of Počitelj with its cobbled streets and well preserved fortress. In Mostar, you'll pass over the town’s world-famous landmark - a bridge across the River Neretva. Both the bridge and the old town are UNESCO World Heritage sites!
Your bike tour will require a basic fitness level from participants as the tour length averages anywhere from 30 - 70 km a day, through hilly and mountainous terrain, 300-700 meters above sea-level. You can also choose to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend onboard the boat. Full board is also provided, as the onboard cook prepares breakfasts and two warm meals a day,
(Sun) Embarkation at Dubrovnik – Šipan Island
Individual journey to Dubrovnik. Check-in on board starts between 14.00 and 14.30 hrs at Gruž, the town port. At 15.00, a guided tour through Dubrovnik is offered, where we learn interesting details of the town’s history and visit the most important sites, such as the Roland, the city walls or the Franciscan monastery. Around 18.00 hrs, our tour begins with a short crossing to Šipan, the largest of the Elaphite Islands. We spend your fist night in the quiet harbour of Suđurađ.
(Mon) Pelješac Peninsula (approx. 50 km / 31 mi. and 850 m / 2780 ft. of altitude by bicycle)
In the morning the ship takes us to the ferry harbour Prapratno on the Peninsula of Pelješac. Pelješac is already impressive from far away with the 3280 ft./ 1.000m high Sv. Ilja massif. The lovely wines named Plavac and Dingač originate from here and its local winegrowing area. Today's bicycle ride takes us from Prapratno to Trstenik, where the boat will wait for us with a delicious lunch. On unpaved roads we bike uphill to the ridge of the peninsula. After passing a wind park we make our way back to the sea through a canyon. Followed by another uphill and downhill we reach Trstenik. For our overnight stay, we then cross over by boat from Trstenik to Sučuraj at the eastern point of Hvar Island.
(Tue) Ploče – Mostar – Ploče (approx. 25 km / 16 mi. by bicycle)
After a short boat passage to Ploče at the delta of the Neretva River, we continue by transfer bus, which takes us first across the Bosnian border to Počitelj. A guided tour familiarizes us with the location and its well-preserved fortress before continuing our ride to Mostar. The town’s world-famous landmark is the bridge across the River Neretva, which was destroyed in 1993 through heavy shelling and reopened in 2004. The bridge and the Old Town are since 2005 part of the UNESCO World Heritage. In the end of our excursion we are free to bike the last miles along the Neretva river back to the ship.
(Wed) Island of Korčula and Lastovo (approx. 50 km / 31 mi. and 700 m / 2300 ft. of altitude by bicycle)
After the crossing to Korčula Island we disembark at Prigradica and bike to Brna, where we meet up with the ship for lunch. While biking on numerous nature roads we always stay cloase to the coast line which gives us the opportunity for a refreshing swim. After lunch, we proceed by boat to the island of Lastovo. Today too, there is plenty of time to go swimming off the boat. The island of Lastovo is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. Already Emperor Augustus appreciated the mild climate, and in Roman times it was even named “Augusta Insula” after him. The barely more than 1000 inhabitants still live today mainly from fishing the extremely rich waters, agriculture and viticulture. The gold-coloured white wine “Marastina”, known even beyond Croatia’s borders, is grown here.
(Thu) Islands of Lastovo and Korčula (approx. 33 + 40 km / 21 + 25 mi. and 750 + 500 m / 2460 + 1640 ft. of altitude by bicycle)
Among the Islandhopping-tourguides Lastovo is considered as a mountain biker’s paradise. After visiting the island of Lastovo by bike, the ship takes us back to Brna on Korčula Island. In the afternoon we explore the eastern part of Korčula which is said to bet he most beautiful Dalmatian island. In the late afternoon, we reach the island’s capital by the same name, which competes with Venice for the honour of being the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. We have ample time in the evening to wander through the fabulous old town and its narrow lanes laid out in a herringbone pattern.
(Fri) Island of Mljet (approx. 36 km / 22 mi. and 700 m / 2300 ft. of altitude by bicycle)
Early in the morning we cruise to the green and forested island Mljet - known as the honey island. During the 12th Century Benedictines have established a wonderfully situated monastery on this island. The pine forest is known as one of the most impressing of the whole Mediterranean - It is said that Odysseus stayed there for seven years. Today the area is a national park and a highlight of every Dalmatian trip. We have enough time to explore the national park using small trails, as well as to visit the “Monastery Island of the Holy Maria” and finally of course we may take a swim. In the afternoon we cycle through the partly dense forest across the island from Pomena to the ferry harbour of Sobra. Here we will be expected by our ship to take us to the Island of Šipan.
(Sat) Island of Šipan and mainland Slano – Zaton (approx. 17 + 20 km / 6 + 12 mi. and 300 + 450 m / 980 + 1500 ft by bicycle)
A pleasant bike trip takes us after breakfast past the sumptuous villas of Dubrovnik’s rich and noble citizens and on through the verdant forests, fertile valleys and subtropical parks of Šipan Island. We will not miss one singletrail that is offered by the island. Afterwards, we set out on a short crossing to Slano on the mainland. In the afternoon a last MTB ride through the interior takes us to Zaton. The last evening before disembarkation is traditionally spent in a cheerful get-together of passengers, crew and tour guides.
(Sun) Disembarkation at Zaton
Price per person, for basic tour, in a double cabin below deck.
Price for high season 1190 EUR.
- Minimum: 16 participants
- Maximum: 36 participants
- 7-day trip on a motorized yacht with crew
- 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
- 7 x breakfast and dinner 6 x lunch on board
- 6 guided and individual cycling tours
- Bed linen and towels
- Overview maps for the daily tours on board
- Entrance fee to the National park of Mljet
- City tour in Dubrovnik and entrance fees to historical buildings
- English speaking tour guide
Additional optional supplements
- Surcharge for a cabin on deck: 70 euro per person (on request)
- Surcharge for a single cabin (only above deck available): 400 euro (on request, reservation required)
- A ½ double cabin can be booked (only above deck available, on request)
- Rental bike: 24-speed hard tail MTB: 70 euro or 27-speed full suspension MTB: 140 euro
- Insurance against theft and damage of the 24-speed hard tail MTB: 10 euro or of the 27-speed full suspension MTB: 20 euro (not insured: deliberate damages)
- Additional night (B&B) in Dubrovnik: prices on request
- Flight to Dubrovnik
- Taxi transfer from airport to ship in Dubrovnik (one way approx. 40 euro )
- Water flat rate, Visitor’s tax and local charges 40 euro/ children 20 euro (to be paid to the captain)
- Drinks on board (tally sheet, to be paid to the captain)
- International banking fees: 50 euro (bank transfer) or 2% of total amount (credit card payment)
- Tips for crew and tour guides
- You can book a cabin below deck for three or four persons and get a 50 % price discount for the third and fourth person (regardless of age, fourth person with camp-bed). Also you can book a cabin above deck for three persons and get a 50 % price discount for the third person. This person also does not have to pay the on deck charge.
- Children up to age 18 requesting their own cabin receive a 25 % discount on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 50% discount).
- In combination with any other tour of our program in Croatia you get for the second trip a reduction of 50 euro per person.
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.
This tour is guided in German and English.
Requirements (Level 2-3)
The bike tours require a basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of between 300 and 700 m above sea-level. The day tours from 18,5 – 43,5 mi. (30 to 70 km) 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, during which they are, however, also permitted to push their bikes. The down hills are partly challenging and adequate technical skills are required.
You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike tour. We will traverse asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday seasons, as well as unpaved roads and single trails. Each day you can either decide to bike alone, using the information and maps provided, or join the two tour guides or other participants.
Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental bike helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).
The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and two warm meals a day. The full board starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.
Premium Boat SAN SNOVA
- The MS San Snova is a brand new wooden motor sailer to be launched in spring 2009 and made exclusively for Islandhopping cruises.
This ship, constructed entirely of oak, was built over three years by the Scherka familiy in their own carpentry workshop as a family project. The ship, 31 m long and 8 m wide, meets the highest expectations in regard to comfort, elegance and style, combining romantic seafaring with modernity and functionalism. Young captain Tonci, his brother Josip and ever cheerful Jelena pride themselves in the meticulous appearance of the ship and the cordiality on board.
The fittings of the cabins as well as the saloon and the outside areas are of superior quality with many carefully created details. The roomy sun deck offers comfortable mats for relaxing and lounge chairs are found on the afterdeck. Two one-man canoes, launched by the crew for swim stops, are also part of the equipment. The crew speaks fluent German and English.
So let yourself simply be pampered and enjoy the "Dream of Dreams" (San Snova), as the Scherka family named their new ship, and cruise the Dalmatian island world with them.
The Cabins of the San Snova
- The San Snova has six double cabins (with double beds 200 x 160 cm) and five triple cabins above deck (with double beds 200 x 160 cm and bunk beds 200 x 80 cm) as well as three triple cabins with one bunk bed and one separate single bed (200x90cm each).Two of these below-deck-cabins offer space for an extra bed for a child.
- All cabins are spacious and have their own bathroom with shower and WC and are equipped with an individually controlled air-conditioner.
On our mountain bike tours in Dalmatia we offer two different types of rental bikes:
Please Note: Should you not want to be without your own saddle (without the post) or your own click pedals, please bring them with you and let your tour guide attach them to your rental bicycle.
24-Speed Hardtail Mountain Bike of the Brand TREK 4300
Our 24-gear hardtail MTBs of the brand Trek 4300 are equipped with an ergonomic formed aluminum frame (5 different sizes available from 16' to 24' = 155 cm - 210 cm height), front suspension, puncture proof Bontrager LT3 studs, skid proof handlebar, Wellgo-Pedals, precise derailleur of the brand Shimano Alivio/Altus and handy Shimano V-Brakes. Additional basic configurations are a bottle cage and a kickstand of the brand Hebie.
The hardtail MTBs can be rented for 70 euro / week.
27-Speed-Fullsuspension MTB (Fully) Trek Fuel X8 or Cube AMS Comp
We also provide fullsuspension bikes of the Cube AMS Comp brand or Trek Fuel X 8 brand - powerful up the mountain, agile and handy on single tracks and dependable on downhill sections. Hydroforming adds stiffness and less weight to the frame. The bikes are equipped with high-class components: Size tuned kinematic in the back, Rock Shox Reba SL with remote lockout in front, exact 27-gear propulsion of Shimano and disk break.
These high-quality fullsuspension mountain bikes are rented for 140 euro per week. It is not possible to make a reservation for a certain brand in advance.
In Dubrovnik you will find our boat in the city harbour Cruz, which is situated close to the central bus station of Dubrovnik and only 3 km away from the historical Old town.
Embarkation takes place between 2 and 2:30 pm.
How to get to Dubrovnik
In our journeys in Dalmatia it is possible to fly to the airport of Dubrovnik which is about 15 km from your port of embarkation. From the airport you can take a taxi to the boat (city harbour Gruz in Dubrovnik, approx. 16 km/40 euro).
Exclusive transfers from other Croatian airports are possible on request. Please contact our office: Tel. +49-(0)7531-36186-0 or email: info(at)islandhopping.com.
Extend Your Stay
Would you like to be in Dubrovnik already before the start of your bike and boat tour or enjoy Dalmatia a bit longer after the tour ends? Then we recommend that you extend your vacation for one or more days in Dubrovnik, your embarkation and disembarkation port.
The medieval town of Dubrovnik is like one great museum and surely one of the most interesting towns in the whole Mediterranean region. The main reason is the beautifully preserved Old Town, a World Heritage site, built on a peninsula.
Long walks exploring Dubrovik’s centre is certainly most rewarding, and countless cafes and wine bars invite you to relax with a coffee, an ice cream or a glass of Croatian wine.
Hotel Splendid in Dubrovnik
- The ***-hotel Splendid, surrounded by a Mediterranean garden, with a view of the Elafiti Islands, is located directly at the beach. Available are 59 elegant and well-maintained rooms with a view of the park or the sea. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioner, satelite TV, telephone, minibar, hair-dryer and shower/WC.
- The hotel has its own tennis court and offers, among other activities, diving and kayak trips.
In the garden restaurant Glorijet you are served typical Dalmatian cuisine. Here, with a beautiful view of the islands, you can enjoy a lovely dinner.
We offer a double room with breakfast. The price depends on the season, the hotel and the location of the room. Exact prices are on request.
Hotel Komodor in Dubrovnik
- As an alternative, we offer you the Hotel Komodor.
- The Hotel Komodor is one of the oldest establishments on the Lapad peninsula and a typical example of the traditional stonebuilt houses of Dubrovnik.
- The hotel has 63 rooms with view of the park or the sea, air-conditioner, satelite TV, telephone, hair-dryer and shower/WC.
- The in-house restaurant offers on its terrace, among other things, delicious Dalmatian specialities off the grill.
- We offer a double room with breakfast. The price depends on the season, the hotel and the location of the room. Exact prices are on request.