TaG Cycling & Cycleventures 2019.
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Croatia’s Southern Dalmatian islands by private boat
Unpack your bags and join us on a private motor yacht for a week of island bliss by road bike and boat as we explore Croatia’s Southern Dalmatia islands, one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Sip a beer at a rustic bar, stroll winding streets of historic harbor towns and dive into a private dinner at a small restaurant or enjoy meals on the boat prepared by our onboard chef. You’ll also learn about the deep history of the region by our knowledgeable local guides, anchor in a quiet cove for a swim off the deck, get a massage from our on-board masseuse and sail off to the next island to do it all over again. The road surfaces are excellent and each day features two ride distances.
This departure requires 14 riders minimum to proceed, maximum group size is 26 riders.
Launched in 2009, the MS San Snova is an entirely oak ship that stands at 101-feet long. All 13 spacious cabins (11 above deck, 2 below deck) feature air conditioning, private bathroom with shower and hair dryer. Cabins are 30 to 45 square feet in size. Two-person beds are 200 X 140 cm (slightly bigger than a double size), single beds are 200 X 80 cm.
Day 1, Saturday, May18 : Welcome to Trogir, Croatia. Sail to Brac Island. Warm-up ride. 16 or 35 km
- Arrival to Split airport to transfer five kilometers to the harbor town of Trogir. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trogir’s beautiful preserved old town lies on a small island. After check-in on the motor yacht at 2:00 PM we sail to Brac Island stopping for a swim off the boat along the way. This evening we’ll set out for a warm-up ride and stay in the quiet harbor in the town of Milna. 656 feet (200m) elevation gain.
Day 2, Sunday, May 19: Cycle to Bol, Brac Island. Sail to Vis Island. 56 or 82 km
- This morning we set out after breakfast on Brac Island, the third largest island in the Dalmatia. After climbing to the island’s highest peak, Vidova gora (780m), the highest island point in the Adriatic, it’s all downhill to the town of Bol where we’ll have a quick dip at Zlatni Rat beach which is often rated as one of the top beaches in Europe. This afternoon we set sail for the three hour cruise to Vis Island, with a swim and SUP from the boat on route. 3280 ft (1000m) elevation gain.
Day 3, Monday, May 20 : Cycle Vis Island. Sail to Korcula Island. 32 or 64 km.
- Wake up in the beautiful town of Vis. The farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland, we’ll ride a scenic loop on this remote and beautiful island that features views of azure waters, vineyards, great swimming spots and quiet roads. It is said that Napoleon’s eventual demise began on Vis Island as he lost an important battle with the British on its shores. After lunch at a local restaurant we’ll board the ship for the four-hour crossing to Korcula Island. 2188 feet (667m) elevation gain.
Day 4, Tuesday, May 21 : Ride Korcula Island. 62 or 100 km.
- Today we discover the island of Korcula with its nearly perfect asphalt, its fragrant air, vineyards and cypress gardens. The calmness of this remote island has made it as one of the most beautiful in all of the Dalmatia. Our ride takes us to the Blato village, across Pupnat Bay with lunch at a local restaurant and then down to Korcula town where we’ll walk through its narrow alleys. Tonight we sleep at the port in Korcula. 3280 ft (1000m) elevation gain.
Day 5, Wednesday, May 22: Sail to Hvar Island. Cycle to Stari Grad & Jesla. 50 or 70 km
- We’ll enjoy breakfast this morning as we sail to the village of Sucuraj on the southern tip of Hvar Island. Today’s ride is superb with rolling hills and swooping corners through sleepy towns. We’ll cycle to Stari Grad for lunch. UNESCO designated Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe, as Greek settlers arrived in 384 BC. Those looking for a challenge can head over to Hvar town and back for 110 km total. 1624 ft (495m) elevation gain.
Day 6, Thursday, May 23 : Sail to Omis. Cycle Cetina river valley. Sail to Split. 46 km.
- This morning we sail to the mainland and the town of Omis, located on the mainland. Today’s ride takes us up the Cetina river valley through deciduous forests and little villages with an amazing final descent back to the ship. This afternoon we sail to Split with its famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll have time to explore this amazing city this afternoon and enjoy dinner in the old town. 2952 ft (900m) elevation gain.
Day 7, Friday, May 24: Sail to Sholta Island. Cycle Sholta. Sail to Trogir. 22 or 35 km.
- A short 1.5 hour sail brings us to the village of Rogac on little Sholta Island, known as honey island. We’ll enjoy a short ride to Maslinca for coffee and gelato before meeting the island’s main beekeeper for an informative and entertaining visit to his farm. We’ll enjoy lunch and a swim and SUP while anchored in a perfect bay on the island’s shore before our last sail back to Trogir. This afternoon can be spent doing some last-minute shopping, relaxing and getting ready for tomorrow’s departure. 616 ft (188m) elevation gain.
Day 8, Saturday, May 25 : Flights home or travels on own.
- After our last breakfast this morning we’ll disembark from the ship at 9:00 AM for flights home, or to continue travels on your own. Bon voyage!
- Expert Cycleventures leader, TaG coach & two local leaders.
- Two daily guided rides & distances, daily ride briefing with maps provided, GPS routes to be transfered to rider’s Garmins.
- Meals included: all breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners (starts with dinner on Day 1, ends with breakfast on final day). Snacks for riding & all drinking water.
- On-board masseuse (massages are an additional cost).
- Two guided walking tours & one wine tasting.
- Two stand up paddle boards for shared use. More available at additional cost.
- Basic tool kit & floor pump.
- Bike case storage during trip.
- Detailed pre-departure information, trip extention assistance.
- Crew (captain, several deck hands, cook, maintainance). Linens and towels and daily cabin cleaning service. Fuel for up to five hours of sailing per day and harbour taxes.
Does not include.
- Your bike & related equipment to ride. High-performance road bike rentals available €245 (limited sizing, available on a first come basis).
- Four lunches, three dinners. (expect to pay €15-20 for lunch, €30 for dinner. Drinks on board (cold beer & wine available on an honor system, to be paid to captain at end of trip).
- Entrance fees to sights not included with the trip.
- Flight to/from Split, Croatia, airport taxes and excess baggage charges (if any).
- Return taxi from Split Airport to port (approx.€20 one way).
Optional tipping to leaders and boat crew.
- Energy supplements; gels, powders & bars.
- Personal travel & medical insurance.
Dates: Saturday, May18 to Saturday May 25 , 2019
Duration: 7 nights, 8 days. Joining In: Split, Croatia
Land cost per person: €2125 (lower deck cabin €1695 per person)
Single room supplement: : €800