Countless islands in crystal clear water, deeply fissured cliffs, picturesque beaches and numerous small bays. That’s the Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic. Every island is different. Each has its own history. You will spend a week discovering the landscape and people of this unique island world by bike, independently and with the aid of knowledgeable tour guides. On a romantic motor yacht, your floating accommodation, you will discover the charm of Croatia and the Adriatic in your own special way. You cycle off after a hearty breakfast. At midday you meet the ship at a harbor for lunch. In the evening the ship will be waiting in the next harbor, so that you can enjoy fantastic cuisine as the sun sets, followed by a stroll through a historic harbor town. Finally, you settle down in your cabin to sleep or you stay on deck under a thousand stars...
Day 1: Omišalj - Cres Island
Today you arrive individually in Omišalj, a nice little harbor village on the island of Krk. The cabins on the motor yacht will be ready for you from 11 am. At about 3 pm the ship will leave the harbor and take you to the island of Cres in about four hours. In the evening you can take part in a short tour through the old town of Cres.
Day 2: Islands of Cres and Lošinj, ~23 km/14 miles
In the morning your ship will take you to Martinscica. From there you will cycle on the east side of the island among pine, fig and laurel trees to Osor, the artist town, where you will have lunch on the ship. Afterwards there will be time for a swim in the bay with crystal clear water. In the afternoon you’ll leave Osor, crossing over a swing bridge to reach the island of Lošinj. You’ll ride along the panoramic route to Mali Lošinj, an old seafaring and health resort. The ship will be waiting for you in the large harbor with its numerous cafés and colorful houses. You’ll spend the night in the harbor of Mali Lošinj.
Day 3: Islands of Losinj and Molat, ~30 km/18 miles
Along the seaside walk you cycle to the south of Losinj, where you will meet the ship for lunch. In the afternoon you cross over to Molat Island, where you will do one more short cycling tour. The overnight stay is in the quiet harbor of Molat.
Day 4: Dugi Otok Island, ~32 km/20 miles
While you have breakfast, the ship will take off and take you past many small islands to the “Spice Island” of Dugi Otok. Your bike-tour will start in the bay of Božava, which is surrounded by woods of pine, agaves and tamarisk trees, and you will ride on a road nearly free of traffic. Along the way you can make a short stop in Brbinj, a village with a thick-towered church, which beckons you with excellent espresso, pancakes and fresh figs. On the way to the fishing town of Sali you will be impressed by the terrific view on the sea and the surrounding islands. The ship will pick you up and take you to the island of Ugljan, where you will spend the night.
Day 5: Pag and Rab Island, ~34 km/20 miles
After a cruise until lunchtime you will reach the island of Pag. In the harsh but delightful landscape of the island you will come across many fig and olive trees. Over the centuries the inhabitants have built numerous stonewalls for protection against the wind. You will cycle on the narrow peninsula until you reach the sea, where the ship will be waiting to take you to Rab. The island of Rab is one of the sunniest places in Europe. The town of Rab, the fortified capital of the island, was built in the Middle Ages on a wedge-shaped headland, and marks one of the highlights of the trip. The four famous bell towers are the symbol of the adorned beauty of the town. After dinner you can explore the narrow alleys with numerous cosy cafés.
Day 6: Rab and Krk Island, ~25 km/15 miles
You will ride along the coast to the east side of the island, an area with virtually no vegetation, whose rough and cliffy rocks remind of lunar landscape. The road will lead you on to a bay with a sandy beach, which is rather atypical for the Kvarner islands. At lunchtime the ship will be waiting for you in the harbor directly in front of the old town of Rab. After a swim-break the ship will take you over to the neighboring island of Krk, where you will spend the evening in the historical town of Krk.
Day 7: Krk Island, ~45 km/28 miles
You will cycle over the ridge of the island, which is covered by fragrant macchia, to a valley of vineyards, and then onwards to the small museum town of Vrbnik in the northeast. The town, built on a 50-metre-high cliff and surrounded by vineyards is the home of the famous white wine Žlahtina. Another peculiarity that Vrbnik has to offer is the narrowest alley in the world. The way will lead you across the island through old villages and rich vegetation to Omišalj, from where Rijeka will be within your sight. On the way, you will have a chance to swim in the bay of Soline. You will spend the last night in Omišalj.
Day 8: Omišalj (Departure)
The guests are asked to check out after breakfast, i.e. by 9 am.
Your ship - LINDA
Captain Damir’s Linda is a spacious wooden motor yacht. It was built in 1955 and renovated in 2004/2005 to meet the requirements of island-hopping. 31 meters long and 6 meters wide the MY Linda is among the bigger ships in our Croatian fleet. The spacious saloon can accommodate 32 guests, and the middle sundeck is constructed in a way that meals can also be served outside. The upper deck measures 40 m² and is big enough for sunbathing. The three cozy cabins below deck are equipped with French beds and two portholes each. On deck there are twelve double cabins. Four of them have a French bed with an additional bunk bed above the large bed, so that they can also be booked by three people. Five double cabins are equipped with separate beds.
7 nights on a motor yacht in double cabin with shower/toilet
4x full board
3x half board
bed linen and towels
transfer between airport Zagreb and Omišalj on the 1st and last day
6 guided cycling tours, or individual tours incl. maps
English-speaking tour guide
guided & self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival on Sundays
route (2)-(3): ~190 km/120 miles
The tour requires a basic level of fitness, which you should have acquired by steady cycling.
how to get there
by car: motorway to Omišalj
by train: night train from Munich to Ljubljana and on to Rijeka
by plane: airport Rijeka or Zagreb
secured parking for 50 €/week, to pay locally
30 €/person/ride from airport Zagreb (+30 €/bike) or 15 €/person/ride from airport Rijeka to the boat (only on standard arriving dates, on request, reservation obligatory)
is not included, 40 €/person, to pay on the ship
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