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MTB & boat south Dalmatia Standard

MTB & boat South Dalmatia Standard
(8 days/7 nights, aprx. 110 mi/175 km (13,335 ft./3,150 m of elevation) by MTB; level 2 – 3; S0 – S3)

A bikers wildest dreams – from exciting trails to tranquil swim stops – are fulfilled by the combination of mountain bike and boat in South Dalmatia. A charming motor yacht with comfortable cabins and a selection of traditional cuisine is your floating home for the week – from now on, packing your bags and worrying about finding your next ferry connection are a thing of the past!

On our mountain bikes we explore the islands, to which the tour guides can all tell plenty of interesting stories about – the best way of getting to know the country and its people. 

Our aim is to stay off road. To save time and energy some ascends will take place on tar sealed roads which lead to rewarding trails, riddled with technical sections which lead down to the sea. Descents can be technical and require experience but will spread a smile across the faces of the participants. After a thorough ride there is no better reward than to unwind in a rustic café before the boat collects you and brings you to the next picturesque setting. Picture perfect harbour towns invite you to enjoy the evening strolling through the winding streets or sipping an aperitif in the atmosphere of a local bar. The boat is always open and welcomes you to enjoy the ambiance of a Mediterranean evening on board.

Mountain bike and trekking tours often operate parallel to each other in South Dalmatia with the experience and service of one guide per group. If your partner or friend prefers travelling by trekking bike, there is of course the possibility to experience the journey together with only the cycling taking place in different groups.

If you prefer to bike with a higher technical demand, our South Dalmatia MTB Special journey, where you will only find mountain bikers on the ship and where different difficulty levels are offered, is probably the right choice for you.

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Culture: Join us on a tour through the old town of Split, built into the famous palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. It is listed as world heritage site.
Nature: Be mesmerized by the vast lavender fields of Hvar in the months of June and July
Activity: Take a rafting tour on the Cetina River which is guaranteed fun for young and old
Gastronomy: Klašuni, Cukarini, Amareti are traditional sweets from Korčula – don’t miss to taste them.

1st Day (Sat) Trogir (Embarkation) – Split
Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 4 mi./6 km away from the 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 Split. The old town of Split, built into the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is listed as a world heritage site. Overnight stay in Split.

2nd Day (Sun) Island Hvar (aprx. 18 mi./29 km, aprx. 1,350 ft./400 m of elevation)
In the morning cross over to the lovely natural harbor of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. 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.

3rd Day (Mon) Islands Hvar and Korčula (aprx. 16 mi./25 km, aprx. 2,000 ft./600 m of elevation)
Our tour brings us on natural paths with amazing views from Stari Grad to Hvar town, 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 Vela Luka on Korčula island, where we will stay overnight.

4th Day (Tue) Island Korčula – Makarska (aprx. 23 mi./37 km, aprx. 2,000 ft./600 m of elevation)
After a rounded breakfast we start today’s bike tour, which leads us along exceptional trails and unpaved scenic routes from Vela Luka mainly following the coastline all the way to Prigradica. The boat awaits our arrival at lunch and we set off for Makarska. If the weather permits, we will organise a swim stop in a nice bay. The evening can be enjoyed along the famous Makarska Riviera.

5th Day (Wed) Makarska – Omiš: Cetina Canyon (aprx. 27.5 mi./44 km, aprx. 2,600 ft./800 m of elevation)
A short boats crossing during breakfast 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 once 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 we follow the river downstream in the rafts 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.

6th Day (Thu) Islands Brač and Šolta (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km, aprx. 1,475 ft./450 m of elevation)
The ship takes us to the island of Brač, which is well known for its radiant, precious limestone and used among other things for the White House in Washington and the Reichstag building in Berlin. From Pučišća we bike on varying paths across wine and sage sown fields overlooking the famous quarries. Our destination is the harbor of Postira where the ship awaits your arrival and takes you on to the island of Šolta. Here we can take part on a 4.5km hike with a visit to the 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 Rogač on Šolta.

7th Day (Fri) Island Šolta – Trogir (aprx. 10 mi./16 km, aprx. 985 ft./300 m of elevation)
After breakfast we set out on our last bike tour on the island of 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 Rogač. The last crossing takes us past the cliffs of the Čiovo peninsula. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the World Heritage town of Trogir and its many streets and cafes. 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.

8th Day (Sat) Trogir (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Dalmatia/Croatia. 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).

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.

MTB

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.

E-MTB

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

San Snova (Premium)
– from 1,090 euro 

Included services

• 8-day trip on a motorized yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a twin cabin 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 (prices on request)

Not included in the 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 for adults 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 are not included in the tour price
• Cetina river rafting (to be paid on site)
• Tips for crew and tour guides

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