The cycling on this island-hopping cruise adventure is classed as Moderate level of activity
The group size may vary from 2 to 10 guests on average during the biking tours
The bicycles used are a mix of Hybrid and Mountain bikes, and have 10+ speeds
The average daily duration of cycling is approx. 2-4 hrs
The average daily cycling distance is approximately 20km/12miles
The longest 1 day distance is 26km/15 miles.
The shortest 1 day distance is 14km/8.5 miles
The terrain you will be cycling on is a mix of asphalt and gravel.
Elevation gains are modest and manageable.
All cycling is optional and if you don't feel like cycling on a particular day you don't have to.
SATURDAY: DUBROVNIK (-/-/D)
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to the city of Dubrovnik to board your vessel. Overnight and dinner (or cold plater) on board.
SUNDAY: BIKING IN KONAVLE (B/L/-)
Experience the unique natural beauty of the Konavle region. Throughout centuries region of Konavle has managed to maintain a traditional country-type of living along with many chapels, cloisters, and summer houses that once hosted the Dubrovnik's highclass lords. This bike-tour excursion will lead you through an oasis of vineyards and olive groves, as well as villages that still reflect the traditional culture of old Dubrovnik. Our adventure biking program will start from village of Zvekovica with macadam road towards crossroad to the village of Cilipi. Forrest of cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves decorate the paths overlooked by the magnificent mountain of Snijeznica, and fortress Soko, dating from the medevial Dubrovnik Republic. After short break and enjoyable view from tree hut on fertile Konavle valley we will cycle towards village of Ljuta. You will have the opportunity of discovering old watermill where a local inhabitant will explain a traditional way of flour making. Enjoy a welcome with local brandy in front of the mill and snack of local delicacies. After short brake you will return to the ship to enjoy lunch on board. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Total travel distance: 17 km.
MONDAY: BIKING ON NATIONAL PARK MLJET (B/L/-)
Today, discover the hidden island of “Honey”. Island of Mljet is located on the south of the Adriatic coast in Croatia. This beautiful island is situated south of the Pelješac peninsula from which it is divided by the Mljet channel. It was discovered by ancient Greco-Roman geographers, who wrote the first records and descriptions around 6th century BC. Today, portions of the island are considered a National Park, including the western part of the island, the Big Lake, the Small Lake and Soline Bay.In the morning, we will sail out on a cruise from Dubrovnik to Pomena, a hidden port on the idyllic island of Mljet. For many, Mljet retains its legend from the Odyssey and other tales as one of the islands "lost“ at sea, not easily reached alone. You will have the opportunity to explore this famous historical spot. In the afternoon our biking exploration tour will begin from port of Pomena towards entrance of the National Park Mljet. You will explore interesting deep pine forests and untouched nature with hidden paths of National park Mljet while cycling by two saltwater lakes, the most visited attractions on the island. Overnight stay in the port of Pomena.
Total travel distance: 16 km.
Optional activity: Barbeque Dinner supplement on board ship for 13€ per person (to be requested and paid on ship).
NOTE: Entrance to the national park (cca 12€ (90 kn) pp+ cca 2€ (15 kn) pp for the boat across the lake to be paid on spot.
TUESDAY: BIKING ON THE ISLAND OF HVAR (B/L/-)
Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches and many sunshine hours on the island. Hvar is a Croatian island located on Dalmatian coast at the Adriatic. This beautiful island lies between the islands of Brac and Korcula. Hvar’s location at the center of the Adriatic sailing routes had made this island an important base for trade throughout the wider Mediterranean in the past. During the middle ages when the Venetians ruled over most of the Adriatic, Hvar was a very important harbor to them. Today's journey takes you to the small island settlements, fields and vinyards. We will ride along coastal gravel road from Jelsa towards Vrboska and than on an
old road towards Stari Grad. Stari Grad is one of Croatia's oldest towns dating back to 384BC when it was a Greek colony called Faros. Riding bicycle around the Stari Grad will offer you the chance to learn about long and turbulent history of this area. After exploring town, return back to Jelsa. Overnight stay in Jelsa.
Total travel distance: 26 km.
WEDNESDAY: BIKING IN BOL AND MAKARSKA (B/L/-)
Discover narrow stone paved streets and mountain paths carved in Dalmatian karst. Makarska is a small town situated on the Adratic coastline at the south of Cratia, about 60 km southeast of Split, a picturesque gem nestled between the mountain of Biokovo and the Adriatic Sea. In the morning, we set sail from Hvar to the island of Brac, to a place called Bol. The town is famous for its beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn), a natural phenomenon on the southern coast of the island. Another sandy beach, Bol, is situated one mile away from the village of Bol with a view of the highest mountain on any of the Adriatic islands, Vidova Gora (780 meters above the sea level). You will have the opportunity to bike along coast from village of Bol towards the Golden Horn beach. In the afternoon the ship continues to the Makarska Riviera, to its centre, the city of Makarska Overnight stay in Makarska.
Total travel distance: 14 km.
THURSDAY: BIKING ON ISLAND OF KORCULA (B/L/-)
Discover the ancient Greek colony “Melaina Corcyra”. Island of Korcula is one of the most inhabited islands in the Adriatic Sea. Situated in central Dalmatian archipelago it is separated from the Pelješac peninsula by a narrow strait. According to the legend this beautiful island was founded by Trojan hero Antenor in the 12th century BC. After breakfast the ship will sail out east, around the island of Hvar (its east end) and in the afternoon you’ll reach the straight of Pelješac and the town of Korcula, supposedly the birthplace of Marco Polo. Located on a small headland with Venetian architecture, defensive walls and attractive pan tiled roofs, Korcula often evokes memories of Dubrovnik. After the lunch our biking tour starts from the village of Racišce towards small village of Medvidnjak . Afterwards your bike trail will lead you towards the small village of Lumbarda. Along your route you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of old stone houses and rich vegetation.With Korcula's dense woodland and aromatic Mediterranean plants, it’s hard not to imagine you are in some latter-day Garden of Eden. Lumbarda is small fishermen's village of around 1200 inhabitants. It is situated at the eastern part of Island of Korcula. The village is built around small bay and on the hills behind it, and is surrounded by large sandy vineyards. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the area or take a dip in the refreshing Adriatic Sea. We will cycle through numerous picturesque parts of Korcula island and then return to the port. Overnight stay on board in Korcula.
NOTE: Wine tasting optional to be organized.
Total travel distance: 25 km.
FRIDAY: BIKING ON PELJEŠAC PENINSULA (B/L/-)
The Pelješac peninsula is the old Roman province of Dalmatia and is situated in southern Dalmatia between the Bay of Neretva to the north, the Bay of Mali Ston to the east, the Mljet channel to the south and the Peljesac channel to the west. Pelješac is the second largest peninsula in Croatia spanning from the east side and the city of Ston to the top of the Lovište cap. The peninsula is famous for its vineyards and cellars, and especially for its red wines Dingac and Postup (named after the slopes on the southern side of the peninsula). In the morning with narrow asphalt road our biking tour will start from the small beautiful village of Trstenik and continue towards picturesque village of Žuljana. Along with scenic road loacated by the seaside you will pass by old vineyards and cute bays. After arriving in bay of Žuljana with macadam roads the bicycle tour will continue to the beautiful bay of Vucine and pebbly beach, where you can swim and enjoy in the clear blue sea. Through hidden uninhabited villages of Racici, Pivcici and Jeici we will return back to the port of Trstenik. In the late afternoon we will continue to the port of Slano. Overnight stay.
Total travel distance: 17 km.
Optional activity: Elegant Dinner supplement on board ship for 15€ per person (to be requested and paid on ship).
SATURDAY: DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
After breakfast departure from Slano for all clients with morning flights. Then, the boat sails from Slano to below the mighty city walls of the Old Town and by the magical Lokrum Island to the Port of Gruz for other individual departures.
International or domestic air fares
Tourist and harbour taxes (3 Euro /pp/day to be paid on board)
Meals not mentioned as being included
Tipping, personal expenses, personal gear
Entrance fee NP Mljet and transfer within Mljet NP
Optional excursions, tours and activities
Items of personal nature
Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis
Accommodation Type - Standard
Otac Nikola (Dubrovnik)
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Motor boat Otac Nikola was build in 2006. as a luxury class ship for cruises along the Croatian Adriatic coast with 14 cabins. Tradition of taking out sand from the bottom of the sea, they turn into a cruising along the Adria. Intimacy, privacy, relaxation, and Mediterranean style.
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MY Mali Ante (Dubrovnik)
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With its perfect size, maneuvering abilities, fine amenities and its elegant 19 - double/twin cabins the M/V Mali Ante will satisfy your refined expectations for a comfortable cruise along the Adriatic Coast.
All cabins are fully air conditioned and conveniently designed with modern private ensuites. Delicious meals are freshly prepared by our experienced chefs and served in a restaurant accommodating 42 guests. With the M/V Mali Ante in mind we look forward to planning your special itinerary which will include the best kept secrets of the Adriatic Coast.