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MTB cruise south Dalmatia Special

How does a holiday in which a thoroughbred biker can discover new horizons sound? Our south Dalmatia MTB Special cruise provides an exceptional holiday, and is perfectly suited for mountain bikers.
Embark on board one of our charming motor yachts for a week of adrenaline and set sail to the most beautiful islands of Southern Dalmatia. Šolta, Brač, Hvar, Vis and Korčula have everything to get your kick – ranging from flow trails to technically challenging trails; the islands offer something for every biker.
This tour is offered exclusively as a mountain bike tour, meaning it’s optimised for the athletic requirements of a mountain biker.
Two MTB guides will guide you, and will give their best effort to provide tours at varying levels of difficulty. The tours differ according to altitude, kilometres and difficulty of the trails.
Level A: aprx. 143 mi./230 km, aprx. 14,764 ft/4,500 m of elevation by mountain bike, S1 – S3
Level B: aprx. 112 mi./180 km, aprx. 11,155 ft/3,400 m of elevation by mountain bike, S0 – S2, few parts S3

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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: the vast lavender fields of Hvar in the months of June and July
Activity: epic downhill ride from Vidova Gora to the Golden Horn beach on the island of Brač
Gastronomy: Komiška pogača- traditional pie from the island of Vis

1st Day (Sat) Trogir – Island Šolta (A & B: aprx. 4 mi./6 km; aprx. 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: aprx. 23 mi./37 km, aprx. 2,790 ft/850 m of elevation; B: aprx. 9 mi./15 km, aprx. 656 ft/200 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. Those who are interested can visit the former monastery, Blaža with its numerous relics. On the descent to Postira we take an impressive descent along technically demanding trails. The sound screams broken porcelain. Alternatively a rapid descent with beautiful views of the mountainous mainland coast and the Cetina Canyon leads us down 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, aprx. 2,953 ft/900 m of elevation; B: aprx. 19 mi./30 km, aprx. 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 is either via a technically demanding single trail or down to Bol on wide paths with wide sweeping and stunning views. 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, aprx. 2,953 ft/900 m of elevation, B: aprx. 17 mi./27 km, aprx. 1,968 ft/600 m of elevation)
Vis is the farthest most island from the Croatian mainland. Numerous gravel roads and hiking trails offer us mountain bikers fantastic opportunities to explore this treasurable island. 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, aprx. 3,280 ft/1,000 m of elevation, B: aprx. 24 mi./38 km, aprx. 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, aprx. 3,280 ft/1,000 m of elevation; B: aprx. 18 mi./29 km, aprx. 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 – Trogir (A & B: aprx. 9 – 12 mi./15 – 20 km, aprx. 656 – 1,312 ft./200 – 400 m of elevation)
We spend today’s morning in Split. On a whim we can either stroll through the alleys of Split or rock the diversified trails of the Marijan; the local mountain of Split. The last crossing takes us past the cliffs of the Čiovo peninsula, where we, if the weather conditions permit, anchor with the ship and take a swimming break. Then we will have plenty of time to enjoy the World Heritage town of Trogir and its many streets and cafes.

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).

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 double cabin below deck)

San Snova (Premium)
– from 1.190 Euro (SEASON A: from 30.03. to 06.04.19 // from 12.10. to 02.11.19)
– from 1.290 Euro (SEASON B: from 11.05. to 05.10.19)

Included services

• 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a double 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)

• ½ a double 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)
• 3-day extension module Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb (only as POST-Islandhopping tour bookable) incl. transfer boat in Trogir – Plitvice Lakes // Plitvice Lakes – hotel in Zagreb // hotel in Zagreb airport Zagreb ; 2 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel; entry fee Plitvice lakes National Park, guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included), dinner in a local restaurant; price per person: 3 star hotel in a double room: 750 euro/single room: 850 euro; 4 star hotel in a double room: 790 euro/single room: 890 euro (People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 380 € off all prices mentioned)
• 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 40 euro or 20 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