Croatia Bike & Sail

Croatia Bike & Sail

Trip Highlights

  • Cycling in the Southern Dalmatian islands with dramatic scenery
  • Exploring the small towns and villages en route
  • Korcula with its beautiful old township
  • Enjoying the stunning views after each rewarding cycle

Trip Summary

Southern Dalmatia encompasses a stunning chain of islands stretching from Solta to Mljet, and this unique cycling trip captures the highlights with an ideal balance of activity, culture and relaxation. Experience the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesque old town and the lavender island of Hvar with its Venetian architecture. Experience the exhilaration of rafting the Cetina River (optional activity) and cycle through Brac, famous for its radiant limestone. In the company of a cycling guide, this stimulating journey explores towns and landscapes, many of which are on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Aboard the comfortably appointed motor yacht, there is ample time between cycles to swim in the azure waters and soak up the ambience of seaside towns.

Suitability

The trip requires a good level of fitness to fully participate in the cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of between 200 and 500m above sea-level. The day-tours from 15 to 62km/9.5 to 38mi are through hilly and mountainous terrain and can be completed without any time constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which you may need to push the bike. 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 mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled on outside of the holiday seasons. Each day you can either decide to bike alone, using the information and maps provided, or join the two tour guides or other participants. It is considered suitable for active children (minimum 10 years, height minimum is 1.2m/4ft for hybrid bike or 1.5m/4.9ft for e-bike). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

Itinerary

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 5km/3mi away from the boarding harbour of Trogir. Taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from Split airport or hotel to the boat in Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht from 2:00pm, the first small cruise begins at about 3:00pm from Trogir to Solta Island. Tonight will be spent overnight in the quiet harbour of Stomorska.

Meals:  D

On Šolta we commence our first cycle tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herbal scent of lavender and rosemary accompanies us along our tour across the island. After cycling around the island we return to our ship in Stomorska and cross over to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad. Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar leads us through the quaint harbours of Jelsa and Vrboska. Afterwards we return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years. Overnight stay at Stari Grad.

Meals:  B,D

Today’s tour leads us along an almost traffic-free road and through nicely set small villages to the island's capital, Hvar, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress, situated high above the city. After today’s tour the boat takes us to the Island of Korcula. Overnight stay in Vela Luka.

Meals:  B,D

Today we discover the island of Korcula by bike and enjoy our lunch break in one of the local restaurants. The calmness and remoteness of the vast vegetation and cypress gardens here have given shape to what is possibly the most beautiful Dalmatian island. Our cycle tour leads us via the village of Blato, like Rome built on seven hills, along a pass across to Pupnat bay and finally to Korcula town, where we have time to take a walk through the wonderful old town with its narrow “fishbone like” alleys. We stay overnight in Korcula town.

Meals:  B,D

This morning we cruise to the island of Brac, famous for its its lustrous white marble which has been used for the White House in Washington and the Reichstag in Berlin. After a swim and some lunch we start our bicycle tour from Sumartin, via Selca and on to the picturesque harbour town Pucišca. Home to one of the most famous masonry schools in Croatia, the students' creations decorate the town. Overnight stay in Pucišca.

Meals:  B,D

After a morning crossing to Omiš we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which is surrounded by steep rocks. After 18km/11mi we have the choice to take part on a four hour rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included in the tour price) and afterwards a small cycle tour of about 7km/4mi back to the boat - or option to extend the cycling tour (no rafting) to 44km/27mi along small side roads and varying landscapes to Omiš and its pirate castles. In the afternoon our ship takes us to Split. The old town of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a world heritage site. Overnight stay in Split.

Meals:  B,D

In the morning we take our last bike ride, to Mount Marjan. A popular recreational site for the residents of Split, it offers fantastic views of the city and the surrounding islands. Afterwards we board the ship and cross to Trogir, cruising past the cliffs of the Ciovo peninsula. There is still plenty of time to visit the Old Town of Trogir, listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. On our last evening aboard, we celebrate in traditional fashion, enjoying a communal dinner with the crew and cycle guides.

Meals:  B,D

Disembark after breakfast around 9am and individual departure, or a taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from the boat to Split airport or hotel.

Meals:  B

Mountain Bike Option

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 3 mi./5 km away from the boarding harbour of Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm, the first short cruise starts at 3 pm from Trogir to the island of Šolta. Overnight stay in the quiet harbour of Stomorska.

Meals:  D

In the morning we set out on our first bike tour from Stomorska on Šolta. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line nature paths. The herbal scent of rosemary accompanies us along our tour across the island. After biking the island we return to our ship in Stomorska and cross over to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad. In the afternoon we bike through small villages and take a short trail to idyllic harbour of Jelsa, which invites for an extended ice cream break. On our way back we will pass the picturesque village Vrboska with its ancient stone bridges and through the ancient Greek vineyards, which are a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards we return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years. Cycle 1: 16km/10mi elevation 300m/990 ft. Cycle 2: 29km/18 mi, elevation 400m/1,350 f

Meals:  B,D

Our cycle tour today takes us along natural paths with amazing views from Stari Grad to Hvar town, where we'll visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress, situated high above the city. After today’s tour we'll cross to Vela Luka on Korcula island, where we will stay overnight. Elevation: 600m/2,000 ft

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast we start today’s full-day bike tour, which will lead us along exceptional paved and unpaved scenic routes from Vela Luka following the coastline all the way to the island’s capital city, Korcula Town. You will have plenty of time in the afternoon and evening to roam the beautiful old town with its fishbone-like alleys. Overnight stay in Korcula Town. Elevation: 600m/2,000ft

Meals:  B,D

The boat will take us to Sumartin on the Island of Brac, which is well known for its white marble, used among other things for the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. On varying paths we'll bike across wine and sage sown fields overlooking the famous quarries. On the final descent to Pucišca we will be rewarded with fantastic views of Cetina-Canyon on the mainland. Overnight stay in Pucišca. Elevation: 600m/2,000ft

Meals:  B,D

This morning we'll cross to Omiš. After 18km/11.5mi biking on a paved road you have the choice to take part on either a four hour rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included in the tour price) followed by a small bike tour of about 7km/4.5 mito take you back to the boat – or you can expand the bike tour along along the impressive Cetina valley through versatile landscapes until reaching Omiš and its pirate castles. In the afternoon we cross to Split, where a guided walk is available through the old town, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian which is a World heritage site. Overnight stay in Split. Elevation: 800m/ 2,600ft

Meals:  B,D

We spend the morning in Split, where you can either stroll through the city's alleys or rock the trails of the Marjan, the local mountain of Split. The last crossing takes us past the cliffs of the Ciovo peninsula. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the World Heritage town of Trogir and its many streets and cafes. On our last evening aboard, we celebrate in traditional fashion, enjoying a communal dinner with the crew and cycle guides. Elevation: 250m/820ft

Meals:  B,D

Disembark after breakfast around 9am and individual departure, or taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from the boat to Split airport or hotel.

Meals:  B

2020 Itinerary

Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 3mi./5 km away from the harbor of Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm the first cruise starts about 3 pm from Trogir to Split. The old town of Split, built into the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is listed as a world heritage site. Overnight will be in Split.

Meals:  D

In the morning we cross over to the lovely natural harbour of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Our afternoon cycling tour on the Island of Hvar leads us through the quaint harbor towns of Jelsa and Vrboska. We start off through the vinyards on the famous ‘Stari Grad Plains’ and continue along a picturesque coastal road through the town of Vrboska, a.k.a. ‘small Venice’ to the harbor town of Jelsa. Overnight stay at Stari Grad.

Meals:  B,D

Today’s tour leads us along an almost traffic-free road and through nicely set small villages to the island's capital, Hvar, where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish Fortress, situated high above the city. After today’s tour the boat takes us to the Island of Korcula. Overnight stay in Vela Luka.

Meals:  B,D

Today we discover the island of Korcula by bicycle. The calmness and remoteness of the landscape including cypress gardens has given shape to the arguably most beautiful Dalmatian island. Our cycle tour leads us via the village of Blato, like Rome built on seven hills, and on to the harbour of Prigradica. The boat will be waiting for us in time for lunch and later we set off for Makarska. If weather permits we will have a swim stop in a nice bay. The evening can be enjoyed along the famous Makarska Riviera.

Meals:  B,L

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

Meals:  B,D

Today we cruise to the island of Brac, which is famous for its radiant, precious limestone that was used for the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. From the picturesque harbor town of Pucišca, home to one of the most famous masonry schools in Croatia, our bike tour takes us to the neighboring town of Postira. From here, we board the boat and cruise to the island of Šolta. Here we can join a 4.5km hike to visit a 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 harbor of Rogac on Šolta.

Meals:  B,D

On Šolta we enjoy our last bike tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads. The herbal scent of rosemary accompanies us along our tour across the island. After a round tour of the island, we return to the boat. We board and enjoy the last crossing to Trogir past the cliffs of the Ciovo peninsula. There is still plenty of time to visit the Old Town of Trogir, listed as a World Cultural Heritage site. The last evening aboard our ship is celebrated in traditional fashion. While enjoying the communal dinner in a celebrative atmosphere we will have the chance for a last get-together with our crew and tour guides.

Meals:  B,D

Disembark after breakfast around 9am and individual departure, or a taxi transfer can be booked on request for an additional cost from the boat to Split airport or hotel.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners (does not include drinks)* - the cook on board is a member of the crew. The meals begin with dinner on day 1 and ends with breakfast on day 8. *Note that the included lunches and dinners are not clearly labelled on the daily itinerary as they depend on sailing conditions on the day and from time to time we may substitute one of the lunches for a dinner or vice versa, your tour guide will inform you locally when these will be included.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a double cabin below deck with ensuite facilities on board a standard boat (supplement applies for above deck or single cabin, surcharge applies for premium boat departures). If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. The compact cabins are configured with a combination of bunk beds (upper and lower, or split-level), a double bed or two lower beds. Excellent discounts apply to a third person sharing a triple cabin, with a configuration of a French bed (quite cosy for two people as it is a little smaller than a double) and a single bunk bed above. Note that the lower deck cabins by their very nature will be marginally noisier and less ventilated due to their proximity to the engine and working part of the boat.
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental with pannier (mountain bike option available on select departures running parallel with standard itinerary, distances vary; 8-speed electric bikes available on most trips, limited supplies; - supplements apply). The guides will carry bike locks for the group when cycling, or individual locks can be provided on request if you decide to bike alone (limited supply).
  • Experienced crew including English speaking cycle guide
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Information pack including overview maps per cabin

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Split (Trogir)
  • Upgrade to a cabin on deck or single cabin, or premium boat – supplement applies
  • Drinks on board and meals not included
  • Water flat rate, visitors tax and local charges EUR40pp (adult) or EUR20pp (child up to 16) to be paid to the captain. Note in 2020 the rate is EUR50pp (adult) or EUR25pp (child up to 16).
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for crew and tour guides (see pre departure information provided on booking)
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Optional Cetina rafting - booked and paid locally
  • Entrance fees
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation essential), however we cannot guarantee their suitability.
  • Optional Bicycle insurance - can be booked on arrival and paid in cash locally. EUR10 per person for hybrid bike, EUR20 per person for mountain bike or electric bike. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. If you do not take out bike insurance you will need to pay for the cost of the bike or repair of damages.
  • Taxi transfer from the airport or your hotel to the boat (allow approx EUR20) - or reservation on request for an additional cost on embarkation and disembarkation days only, please ask our office for details
  • Secure parking space in Trogir - reservation essential, paid in cash locally to the tour guide. EUR30/week for a car up to 6m in length, EUR50/week for a car longer than 6m.

Upcoming Travel Dates

Reviews

Think the trip could have been a bit longer. Say 10 days. We were really getting into it and it was over too soon.

M and N Frisch, Barwon Heads, VIC


Fabulous scenery, challenging cycling and really enjoyed swimming off the back of the boat between islands. The food was excellent, the accommodation was very comfortable, which made for an excellent vacation.

M. Philip, Botson, MA, USA, 05 Jul 2019


An amazing and well organised trip. The crew were amazing, as were our tour guides. Would do a similar trip in a heartbeat.

C. Cockayne, Northern Territory, 30 Jul 2019


The Dalmation coast and the islands we visited were stunning. The weather was perfect in mid to late May. The cycling was challenging and we were glad we had incorporated a lot of hill climbing into our training before the trip. It definitely is up there with one of our best holidays ever and much of the credit goes to the professionalism of the crew and cycling guides and the camaraderie we felt with our new friends/fellow passengers.

K. Fitzpatrick, QLD, Australia, 09 Jun 2018


We traveled on the "Kapetan Jure" on our Croatian island bike and sail trip and the guides and crew on the trip were excellent, especially the lead guide Ana Pucic who was absolutely fabulous and made our fantastic experience even more fantastic, she was such a delight and always had a big smile on her face. Ana was so helpful with those who were a little less sure of themselves on the bike. I'm sure that anyone who is fortunate enough to have Ana as a guide would be singing her talents as a wonderful guide and leader.

W. Smart, NSW, 25 Jun 2018


Great friendly and focused crew, great boat, accommodation and food. Scenery cycling and weather was fantastic.

S. Keenan, Tawonga South, VIC, 03 Aug 2018


Great trip, very enjoyable experience. There was no sailing, more cruise and bike. Sailing would not be ideal for this program, as meals were taken during boat travel several times. The boat was very well appointed and comfortable, with great meals and service. The rides were quite manageable for all, but could provide a more detailed account of distances and elevations so you were well prepared. Beautiful scenery, coves for swimming and harbours to visit. Optional rafting trip was actually a lot of fun. Great all round way to see Croatia.

P. Thornton, Highgate, SA, 05 Aug 2018


The bikes were in excellent condition and the extra gel seats were not required. The San Snova local boat was snug while still providing plenty of areas for company or solo relaxation time. Captain Juti and his crew were considerate, good company and helpful at all hours. There was often a chance for a swim in the blue Adriatic. Ana, Magdalene and Meina were patient and good humoured bike guides who encouraged us all to exceed our own and their expectations.

H. Carey, Cryodon, NSW, Australia, 12 Aug 2018


Croatia bike and sail was so good. Previously we had done bike and barge trips which are great too. There's more expense in bike n sail as there’s a lot more involved than barges. We used Ebikes for the 1st time because we knew there was going to be a lot of hills. So so glad we did and worth the extra fee. We are middle aged and pretty fit, but heat and hills are a challenge to any age. It made the experience even more pleasurable and we could easily stop when we wanted to take pics and catch up quickly. We have experienced heat and hills in Spain. We gave the other guests a go of the Ebikes on the last day and some wished they’d had them. The boat, crew and guides were great. Croatia is so beautiful and it was a great way to see the islands, and swim everyday in that amazing water. We have used UTracks 4 times and find their info consistently accurate.

M. Coppo, Newmarket, QLD, 11 Sep 2018


The bike and sail Croatia trip with UTracks is everything they say and more. The guides and staff are extremely wonderful, knowledgeable, and work hard to cater your needs. The sights, food, activities, and people are all worth taking the time to enjoy. Our group had the best time and we made many new friends from other countries. We highly recommend this trip through UTracks.

P. Minardi, Park City, Utah


Overall we were extremely happy with our bike and barge experience. The guides were exceptional. The emphasis was on safety and enjoyment. The camaraderie between the riders, staff and guides was terrific. We felt it was an amazing way to see the country. Food on board was top notch and plentiful. Although we could purchase our own espresso as the morning coffee provided was not great (overall, a small issue).

D & R Clevette, BC, Canada, 19 Oct 2018


We loved the Bike and Sail tour in Croatia. What a fabulous way to discover the country and it’s culture. Although we weren’t expert bikers, we were able to keep up with the group thanks to our ebikes. I would recommend an ebike if you are not an inclined biker. The guides were the BEST the food AMAZING. Our Captain was a knowledgeable sailer and guided us through some rough weather. We would recommend this trip to anyone with a desire for something different but so enjoyable!!

B. Watchorn, Kelowna, BC Canada, 19 Oct 2018


I was glad that we paid the cabin upgrade as a number of people said those below deck were a bit small. All the staff, guides and on the ship were excellent and very helpful. They responded well to the changes caused by the weather. I also enjoyed the guided tours that we were given around the towns. The cycling was probably a bit tougher than some of the people were expecting.

T. Ballard, Tewkesbury, UK, 18 Oct 2018


Overall, a wonderful experience. Great way to see the country. Fantastic camaraderie between guests. The food was abundant and very good. Our guides were exceptional! Our only complaint was coffee in the morning (although there was option to purchase espresso etc.).

D. Clevette, BC, Canada, 24 Oct 2018


Guides very knowledgeable and friendly, food excellent, crew very helpful. Wonderful experience.

K. Fuller, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 29 May 2019


Great trip, well organised from start to finish. Great guides and accompanying staff

P. Coward, Hillarys, Western Australia, 18 Jun 2019


Croatia Bike & Sail was the perfect active holiday! For people who enjoy being on the sea and for fit people who enjoy cycling it’s a cool way to explore this idyllic coastline. The vibe on the boat, in the villages and cycling through these sunny islands is very chilled, there is an air of taking things at a more relaxed pace.

Scott K., NSW, Australia


This was a fantastic bike riding trip. Everything was excellent. This trip is challenging riding but everyday was wonderful. Not for the novice rider. Minimum of 2 months hill riding training would be an advantageous to fully enjoy this trip. Fantastic bike riding holiday/trip - highly recommended.

L & A Wright., Pelican Waters, QLD. Aust


The Croatia Bike and Sail trip was amazing and UTracks organised everything perfectly. Sailing is the best way to see the beautiful coastline and cycling is the perfect way to explore the islands. We had great food and a fantastic group of people. I would thoroughly recommend it.

Julie Schoneveld., Sydney, AUST


The destination was fabulous and we were fortunate to have magnificent weather but the role of the tour guides in keeping the tour together and fun cannot be understated. Mario and Bruno were outstanding. This is the most fun we have ever had on an overseas holiday.

J & C Miller, Campbell, ACT


I highly commend the crew, guides & all we came in contact with to make our holiday so special.

J.Millear, VIC, Australia


Loved it all, Harmonia is a great ship!Petra and Piera the guides were wonderful.Fantastic holiday, would do it again.

C McCloy, Berkeley Vale, NSW


Loved the trip and would recommend!Need to inform patrons that goods/drinks bought on the boat need to be paid in cash.

F. Baines, Bathurst, NSW


Our trip was fantastic, accommodation meals & guides, nationality & age mix.

C. Worsley., Beacon Hill, NSW, Australia.


One of the best holidays we have had. Great combination of cycling, swimming, eating & entertainment on some idyllic islands.

P. Pengilly., Chapel Hill, QLD. Australia


We had an extremely enjoyable experience on this tour. Not only did we challenge ourselves physically but we met some amazing people who also enriched our experience. The cuisine on the ship was beyond our expectations and the crew and guides were both helpful and accommodating.

J. Wallace., Tanawha, QLD. Australia


Just great.

Norm Kaye, Dromana, Australia, 03 Dec 2016


Charlotte Luetkehoelter, Kamloops, CA, 04 Nov 2016


This was an excellent trip, can highly recommend it, it caters for all levels of cycling fitness, an interesting variety of routes, the rafting extra trip was excellent and well worth the additional cost. Recommend the extra cost for a deck cabin, the best ventilation, but check out the bed configurations as they are all different but cost the same.

G. Lansbury, Clareville, NSW Australia, 12 Oct 2016


Our trip was great. The crew and guides were fantastic. The food was very good. The guides were very knowledgeable about the country and history it was very interesting. Thanks for everything.

V & S Culos, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Sep 2017


This was an amazing way to see a beautiful place whilst enjoying great company, great food and keeping fit.

F. Raven, New Zealand, 15 Sep 2017

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Croatia
Starting Point:Trogir
Finishing Point:Trogir
Activities:GUIDED CYCLING
CRUISING
Grade:moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CBS
Prices From:GBP£1110 Per Person
Bicycle insurance - standard bike (pp):GBP£11  Click for more information
Bicycle insurance - electric or mountain bike (pp):GBP£21  Click for more information
below deck level single cabin supplement - standard boat:GBP£510  Click for more information
below deck level Single Cabin Supplement - premium boat:GBP£560  Click for more information
deck level single cabin supplement - standard boat:GBP£650  Click for more information
deck level Single Cabin Supplement - premium boat:GBP£760  Click for more information
Please do not book any flights or extra arrangements until such time that your booking is confirmed by Sherpa Expeditions by phone or email.