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MTB & Boat south Dalmatia Special

MTB & Boat South Dalmatia Special
(8 days/7 nights, approx. 140 mi./225 km & 17,900 ft./5,450 m of elevation by MTB)

Our south Dalmatia MTB & boat Special tour is perfectly suited to mountain bikers, an exceptional holiday, in which a thoroughbred biker can discover new horizons!

Embark on board one of our charming motor yachts for a week and sail to the most beautiful islands of Southern Dalmatia. Šolta, Čiovo, Brač, Hvar, Vis and Korčula have everything to get your kick. From flow trails to technically challenging trails; the islands offer a rich variety for every biker.


To meet the different requirements, each trip is usually accompanied by two MTB guides who, wherever possible, offer two performance levels. The tours vary in altitude, kilometres and difficulty of the trails. Level A includes trails up to S3 of the German single trail scale; Level B trails S0 to S2, if not otherwise possible short sections at S3 may occur.

A: aprx. 140 mi./225 km, aprx. 17,900 ft./5,450 m of elevation by MTB, S1 – S3
B: aprx. 120 mi./190 km, aprx. 12,500 ft./3,800 m of elevation by MTB, S0 – S2, few parts S3

Tours with less than 10 participants are accompanied by one guide only, in this case only one MTB level can be offered. We ask for your understanding.

For more and updated info please visit www.inselhuepfen.com/en/dms

Culture: A walk to the Spanish Fortress in Hvar is not only a good workout, you will also will be rewarded with stunning view
Nature: Let yourself be mesmerized by the vast lavender fields of Hvar in the months of June and July
Activity: Experience an epic downhill ride from Vidova Gora to the Golden Horn beach on the island of Brač
Gastronomy: A must try: Komiška pogača- traditional pie from the island of Vis

1st Day (Sat) Trogir – Island Šolta (A & B: aprx. 4 mi./6 km & 590 ft./180 m of elevation)
Individual arrival to Trogir. After check in on the motor yacht between 2 and 2:30 pm, the first crossing to the Island of Šolta starts at 3 pm. There we will start off with our first tour, which leads us past kilometers of stone dry stone walls, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees. Sage and rosemary line the hidden paths and are the basis for the honey from the local beekeeper Goran, who, with wit and charm, brings us closer to the importance of bee’s lives. Short trails lead down to the sea and back to the ship, where we spend the evening in a charming harbor town.

2nd Day (Sun) Island Brač (A & B: aprx.  23 mi./37 km & 2,790 ft./850 m of elevation)
Today we will first bike on a wide nature trail along the coast of Brač. We bike past fish farms, old submarine bunkers and secret coves. As we bike up the mountain ridge in the middle of the island, magnificent views of the neighboring islands of Hvar, Vis and Šolta open up. On the descent, you have the choice between a technically challenging single trail or a wide gravel road with beautiful views of the mountainous mainland coast and the Cetina Canyon. Our descent takes us into the small village of Dol. After a cappuccino break we continue in the direction of the charming harbour of Postira. With good weather conditions we will enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets of the tour.

3rd Day (Mon) Island Brač – Vidova Gora (A: aprx. 18 mi./29 km & 2,953 ft/900 m of elevation;
B: aprx. 19 mi./30 km &. 3,280 ft/700 m of elevation)
During breakfast we cross to Pučišća. Here we start the queen’s stage to the highest point of all Adriatic islands. The path leads us past olive trees, herb meadows and typical karstic formations such as sinkholes. The view from the 780 m high Vidova Gora is unique. You can even have a look down on Bol and its landmark Zlatini Rat – the Golden Horn. The descent into the valley starts out technical and becomes more flowy as you near the end. An alternative path with incredible views over the city of Bol can be taken back to the boat. On the subsequent crossing to Vis, we can again look back to the peak and end of the day relaxing on board.

4th Day (Tue) Island Vis (A: aprx. 24 mi./38 km & 2,953 ft/900 m of elevation,
B: aprx. 17 mi./27 km & 1,968 ft/600 m of elevation)
Vis is the furthermost island from the Croatian mainland. Great diversity in the terrain of the island offer us mountain bikers fantastic riding opportunities while exploring this treasurable location. Wonderful views and unique single trails make the island a paradise for biking. The trip to the top/peak of the island is a worthwhile recommendation for advanced bikers as an additional option. Whilst daydreaming of the trails and sharing your impressions, the ship takes us to the next haven on Korčula Island.

5th Day (Wed) Island Korčula (A: aprx. 29 mi./47 km & 3,280 ft/1,000 m of elevation,
B: aprx. 24 mi./38 km & 2,297 ft/700 m of elevation)
We start the day by following narrow paths along the shoreline. Through olive groves and past stone terraces we make our way to Blato. Strengthened from a coffee break we can bike back to Vela Luka on quiet side roads and flowy trails. Those who want to explore more, can bike to the viewpoint Hum. From there we can take a technical trail back to the harbour. Once back on the ship we set sail for Hvar.

6th Day (Thu) Island Hvar – Split (A: aprx. 24 mi./38 km & 3,280 ft/1,000 m of elevation;
B: aprx. 18 mi./29 km & 1,148 ft/350 m of elevation)
After breakfast level A biker start from Stari Grad and bike to the top of the pass on an asphalt ascend to spare our strength. From there we can see Stari Grad and the ancient Greek wine fields of the island. Across gravel paths and trails, we reach the island’s capital of Hvar. Here we have the time to stroll through the streets, visit the Spanish fortress and watch the bustling city life from the comfort of a café. With picturesque views and many old houses, we continue on our bikes to a deserted village, where we wind our way through the town’s narrow alleyways. Whoever decides to bike option B will ride a richly diverse round tour from Stari Grad via Jelsa and Vrboska. The ship awaits us at the end of the tour for a crossover to Split. Enjoy the special atmosphere of the vibrant city with its famous Diocletian’s Palace in the evening.

7th Day (Fri) Split – Čiovo Island – Trogir (A: aprx. 19mi./31 km & 1,970 ft./600 m of elevation;
B: aprx. 15 mi./24 km & 1,475 ft./450 m of elevation)
In the morning, we enjoy our last cruise back to Trogir. From here we take the bikes across the local bridge to the Čiovo Island where we get stuck into our last bike tour. Čiovo is a sea of flowers and the aromatic scent of wild herbs hangs in the air. The easier tour takes us along natural roads with wonderful views over the sea. Those who prefer a challenge can look forward to some great single trails. Afterwards there is enough time in the afternoon to enjoy the world heritage city of Trogir before enjoying a festive last meal on board in the company of your fellow travelers and guides.   

8th Day (Sat) Trogir (Disembarkation)
You are kindly asked to check out after breakfast, i. e. around 9 am. Followed by an individual journey home or an extended stay. Would you like to see more of Croatia than Dalmatia? Then we recommend our extension program at Plitvice Lakes in combination with Zagreb (please see extended stay).

Itinerary changes
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements. Should it be the case, for example, that the harbours on the above mentioned tour sequence are overcrowded, the tour will be operated in reverse.

MTB- Level A: 3; MTB- Level B: 2
Moderate to challenging daily tours in hilly terrain. The terrain in this region is very diverse and changes from island to island: technical and demanding single trails alternate with wide gravel 4×4 roads and in combination with quiet asphalt stretches; there are very few unridable points along the way.

Each day you are able to decide between tour variation A and B:
A: up to aprx. 60 km/37.5 mi. and aprx. 1,000 m/3,280 ft. of elevation
B: up to aprx. 50 km/31 mi. and aprx. 600 m/1,970 ft. of elevation

Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required). Furthermore, we recommend riders to carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours. Our tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain.

Single-Track Classification
So that you are well prepared for your bike tour at Islandhopping, and that you know which technicality grade you should await to be confronted by, we have comprised a classification for all single trails which you will ride. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Singeltrail-Skala found at (http://www.singletrail-skala.de/).

Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, small gully erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing, obstacles can be rolled over.

Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins, permanent braking readiness, displacement of centre of mass to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, and permanent body tension.

Black (heavy, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many large boulders and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70 %, tight hairpins, expert level of bike control/handling.

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. A packed lunch instead of lunch on board is possible as well on our mountain bike tour. The catering consist of 4 x full board and 3 x half board and starts with dinner on embarkation day and ends with breakfast on disembarkation day.

Due to our international audience our tours are often conducted bilingual, in English and German.

Premium Ship San Snova (shower/toilet in each cabin)

The wooden motor sailor San Snova, 31 x 8 m in size, took to the water in 2009. This magnificent construction took shape over the course of three years and sets a milestone in the boat building scene in Croatia as it is the last wooden boat of its kind to be built.

The 14 guest’s cabins are welcoming and equipped with air conditioning and a private shower/WC. The salon and its wooden finish provides a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, supported by the many seating arrangements on deck as well as the possibility to lie comfortably on the sun deck.

The crew on board pay special attention to cleanliness and maintenance on board and radiate a friendly and inviting atmosphere to the guests on board.

For more detailed information about the San Snova please visit: https://www.inselhuepfen.com/en/san-snova/

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

For our mountain bike tours we use only high-quality full suspension rental bikes, with components perfectly suited to the Mediterranean terrain and the technical demands associated with it. In order to conserve energy levels on longer ascends and to maximize stoke on trail descents our lightweight fullys mainly host 27.5 inch rims, 140 – 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and break systems as well as a dropper post. These high-quality Fullsuspension MTBs are rented for 180 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.


E-Mountain Bikes

Those who wish to climb effortlessly and save their strength for the downhill portion of the ride are well catered for with our e-MTB rentals. Our reliable 27.5 inch e-MTBs with wide and robust tires are the ultimate shredding machines. A strong Bosch drive train with extended range, 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano gear and brake systems as well as a dropper post make the e-MTB the trail lover’s best friend on our MTB tours in the Mediterranean. These high-quality e-mountain bikes are rented for 240 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.


Basic tour price per person (in a twin cabin below deck)

San Snova (Premium)
– from 1,190 euro 

Included services

• 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a twincabin below deck with shower/toilet
• 4 x full board and 3 x half board (option to have a picnic for lunch)
• guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
• Bed linen and towels
• English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services (on request)

• Shared twin cabin
• Surcharge for a cabin above deck: 150 euro/person
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 500 euro (limited)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 700 euro (limited)
• Rental bike: Full suspension MTB (fully): 180 euro/week; full suspension e-MTB (E-fully): 240 euro/week (limited)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: fully 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• A safe parking space: motorcycle: 30 euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week (to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
• Customized transfers between Split airport and Trogir harbour: 15 euro per person/way (day of embarkation/disembarkation only)
• Additional night (B&B) near/in Trogir

Not included in the basic tour price

• Journey to Trogir
• Taxi transfer from the airport of Split to the ship in Trogir (one way ca. 20 euro)
• Flat rate for bottled water, Visitor’s tax and local charges 50 euro or 25 euro for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
• Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
• Meals and beverages ashore
• Entrance fee for sights
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Price reductions

  • With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the third person, regardless of age, and do neither charge the above-deck surcharge for the third person. Three-bed-cabins are furnished with one double and a single bed.
  • Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 50 % discount); Surcharge for single cabin use will be added.

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