Bike and Barge: North Dalmatian Coast
Purple sage, deep green pine forests and the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic: these are the dominant colours of the coastal region in the north of Dalmatia. Discover small, hidden bays for bathing and little fishing villages. Jump into crystal clear water and relax on the sun deck. On this cycling holiday in Croatia, you pedal through sweet smelling woods and catch glimpses of the wonderful sea and the numerous small islands.
The route mostly follows paved roads which are quiet if you avoid the busy holiday season. The route does involve some steep inclines, but you can spend half or whole days on the ship and go swimming instead of cycling if you wish.
From £1185.00 P/P
Embarkation between 11.30 and 13.00 in Zadar. You are welcomed on board by the tour guide with drinks and a snack. Your first bike trip is in the afternoon. It takes you through Kožino, Petrčane and Zaton to Nin and over a bridge to Vir, on the island of the same name.
Your cycling will kick off along the Tauber River before crossing a few hills towards Main on the tracks of the Gaubahn railway. From here you will be cycling downhill into the Main Valley. Your stop for the night is Ochsenfurt, here you can find fortifications which are almost completely in their original condition.
First, you go by boat to Božava on the island of Dugi Otok. Today’s cycle ride takes you to the lighthouse of Veli Rat and then on via Verunić, Božava and Dragove to Brbinj. Finally, the boat takes you to the Sali, the main town on Dugi Otok island.
After breakfast, you cycle to Telašćica Nature Park, where you walk to a salt water lake and impressive cliffs. You have lunch on board and the boat takes course for the Kornati Islands National Park. After about 4 to 5 hours you reach Šibenik.
First, the boat takes you along Krka river to Skradin. Today, the short cycle tour begins to the famous Krka waterfalls. The river falls over a distance of 800 m through 17 waterfalls down 46 m into the deep. Back in Skradin you go on board and leave for the harbour of Martinska. From there, you cycle to the place where you stay the night – Vodice.
The day begins with a great cycle tour! You’ll get to know a section of the coast first, with lots of pretty islands. You soon reach a viewing point, known as “Okit”. Via Tribunj and Sovlje you continue on to Tisno. Crossing a bridge you cycle on to the island of Murter and from there via Lovišća, Plitka Vala, Betina and Murter to the bay of Podvrške.
As you have breakfast on board, you are taken to Tkon on the island of Pašman. Here you hop on to your bike and cycle from Tkon via Pašman, Neviđane, Dobropoljana and Ždrelac to the bridge that connects the two islands of Pašman and Ugljan. You continue on via Kali to Preko. In the afternoon the boat takes you back to Zadar. On the way back you stop for a last dip in the sea.
Disembarkation is after breakfast until 9 am
You cycle through fragrant forests and enjoy fantastic views of the open sea. in which small islands and colorful boats frolic on the horizon. The cycling cruise in the national parks of Dalmatia is pure vacation in one of the most beautiful regions of the Mediterranean.
Total distance cycled: 175 km
Starting point of the cycling holiday: Zadar
Route Map (For guidance only):
North Dalmatian coast cycling routes may be subject to change or alteration. All route notes, maps and day-by-day information will be given to you upon arrival at the first hotel or at the welcome meeting. GPS/GPX files are available for most of our Croatia island hopping holidays. Please ask us for details.
MS CARPE DIEM – PREMIUM BOAT
Double cabins: 8 – 10 m²
lower deck: 7 double cabins with French bed, 1 three-bed cabin with French bed and one separate single bed
main deck: 4 double cabins with French bed, 5 double cabins with single beds, 1 single cabin
Individually regulated air conditioning, shower / WC, porthole
Built in 2016
2 passenger decks | 18 cabins
Maximum capacity: 34 passengers
Length: 40 m
width: 8 m
Fittings: Sun deck with deck chairs, bathing platform with shower at the stern, saloon with air conditioning, roofed tables with benches on upper deck, bike hold
Language on board: German, English
• 7 nights on board in double cabins with shower/WC
• 7 x half board (breakfast and, depending on the daily programme, lunch or dinner)
• Captain’s dinner
• Bed linen and towels supplied (2 small towels per person, bath towels are not provided)
• Guided cycling tours according to programme
• Entrance Telašćica Nature Park
• Entrance Kornati Islands National Park
• Entrance Krka Waterfalls National Park
• City walk / guided city tour Šibenik and Zadar
• Pre-travel documents (1 x per cabin)
• Map material for cycling tours on board
• 7 day service hotline
- • Flights
- • Travel Insurance
- • Drinks on board
- • Travel Insurance
- • Visitor’s tax and local charges: EUR 21, to be paid to the captain (children up to and including 11 years: EUR 10)
- • Bike Hire (bike with bottle holders available, water bottles not included)
- • Transfers to/from start/end point
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.