Split to Dubrovnik sailing and cycling holiday in Croatia. Experience the best of the Croatian coast and islands, explore by bike and sleep and travel by yacht
Explore Croatia’s islands on two wheels while cruising on a yacht. You’ll tackle varied and interesting terrain on this sailing and cycling holiday in Croatia.
Whether you want to relax and unwind, or experience varied and gratifying rides, a Cycle Croatia Cruise caters to every type of cyclist! Led by a professional cycling guide, these cruises feature a hearty breakfast and lunch (or dinner) daily, large sundecks to relax and unwind in the evenings, and a challenging, yet rewarding cycling itinerary.
Experience the best of Croatia from your bike as you cycle from the stunning island of Brac to the paths around the shimmering lakes of Mljet National Park.
No bike? No problem. We offer weekly bike & helmet rental for £90 and for an additional £70 you can upgrade to a high quality Electric Bike.
The plan for this Split to Dubrovnik sailing and cycling holiday in Croatia:
Day 1 (Check-in):
Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.
Check-in is from 10.30am to 12.00pm (midday). Please note your cabin may not be ready until 12:30pm. Your ship will depart the harbour at 1pm sharp.
Our very first day starts with a 1pm departure from Split, lunch on the boat and arrival to Stomorska on the island of Šolta. The village of Stomorska is named after Our Lady Mary and it is located under the shrine of Our Lady of Stormorska. On the island of Šolta and in Stomorska itself you will have the opportunity to absorb an authentic culture and tranquil way of life, taking in the natural beauty and surroundings. Soon after our arrival, we will get started with a short ride to get to Grohote to familiarise ourselves with the bikes and our surroundings! Tonight we'll relax and enjoy this beautiful village and its exceptional local food and wine.
Early this morning we'll begin our sail to the largest town on the island of Brac, Supetar. Shortly after breakfast onboard, we'll commence our ride to what has been described as one of the prettiest villages in Europe. The town of Pučišća lies on the northern side of the island and is home to the only stonemason school in Croatia, thanks to an abundance of unique marble that resembles white limestone. Historically famous buildings have been constructed with stone from Brac, such as Diocletian's Palace, the White House in Washington and Parliament House in Vienna. During your stay in Pučišća you can enjoy impressive stone architecture made by local artisans from the village. The island of Brac is also well known for its delicious local cuisine and excellent wine. Upon arrival to Pučišća, lunch will be served onboard.
Day 3 of sailing and cycling holiday in Croatia:
The island of Hvar, apart from being the longest in the Adriatic, is famous for its multi-coloured fields of rosemary and lavender. Hvar also receives more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the Adriatic (2,718 hrs a year!). This morning we sail into Jelsa and begin our cycle through Vrboska and onto Stari Grad, one of Croatia’s oldest towns (dating back to 385BC), where we will stop for a break. We then continue on towards Hvar Town, passing through the villages of Grablje (known for its wine and olive oil) and Brusje. The day ends at the historical town of Hvar, where you'll have an opportunity to visit its cathedral and Gothic palaces. You can also climb the Spanjol Fortress, the site of a medieval castle that overlooks the harbour. We spend the night in Hvar Town harbour, with dinner served onboard.
This morning we set sail towards the island of Vis. This is the most remote inhabited island and it is blessed with a more temperate climate than the mainland (warmer in winter, cooler in summer). It has a deserved reputation for producing extremely good food and wine, and the restaurants offer the freshest fish in the Adriatic. Vis has been used over the centuries as a strategic military port and saw action by the Allied military through WWII against Italy and the Germans. Today it is an idyllic island, famous for the outlying Blue Cave*, an island cave system accessible only by boat. The blue turquoise water and refracted light into the cave make for exciting and amazing photo opportunities.
Todays cycle is just under 20 kilometres long and depending on the level of fitness of the group we will decide to have lunch on the way or back onboard after the mornings ride. Either way, you will have a free afternoon to explore and enjoy this beautiful town. The peaceful and secluded gardens of cypress trees here make Korčula one of the most beautiful of the Adriatic islands. Korčula claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo and the name can be seen all over the island. The final destination is the medieval town of Korčula with its attractive narrow streets and this is where we spend the night onboard the ship.
While breakfast is served onboard, the boat will sail across to the island of Mjlet, also known as Honey-Island. Mljet is a beautiful island, featuring two lakes (Great Lake and Small Lake). In the 12th century, Benedictine built a monastery here in a secluded spot, surrounded by pine and oak forests. Today this area is a National Park and the high point of any tour of Dalmatia. You can cycle around the National Park’s salt-water lake, in which there is actually another island. After lunch, you are free to explore more of the island by bike or perhaps swim or kayak in the Small Lake. The boat will overnight in the port of Pomena on Mljet.
The final day in the saddle of this sailing and cycling holiday in Croatia. Today we will ride from one end of Sipan to the other, covering 10 kilometers. Sipan is an ancient coastal village situated 8 kilometers northwest of the town of Dubrovnik. Once we've finished our ride, we'll meet back on the boat and enjoy lunch onboard before continuing to Dubrovnik. Enjoy your afternoon walking the Dubrovnik walls and the Old town, visiting Srd hill, the islet of Lokrum or just absorbing the impressive and unique scenery.
Day 8 (Check-out):
This morning it's time for an early onboard breakfast, before saying goodbye to the crew and all of your new friends. Please note, it is possible for you to leave the ship as early as needed on Saturday morning to catch flights, as all ships will be in port by Friday night.