Kvarner Bay

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Visiting: Croatia

Boat & Bike

7 nights from £830 to £1822pp
Guiding Guided i
Level Moderate to Challenging i
Standard Comfort i
Code CR003
Good For Coasts and Islands, Solo
Distance 117mi/189km
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Sunday
Fly to Rijeka !
Return from Rijeka !

Overview

What to expect

Discover the alluring islands of Kvarner Bay as you cycle through fragrant landscapes and cruise across the clear waters of the Northern Adriatic – look forward to the romance of staying on a wooden motor yacht, sunbathing on deck and dining under the stars. The cycling can be demanding at times but an electric bike would help on the hills. Each island is unique and you’ll ride past fresh meadows and sweet smelling pine forests to discover hidden coves and lunar landscapes.

Historic harbour towns make relaxing places for an espresso stop or you can cycle to medieval clifftop villages for a glass of local wine. The unspoiled nature on these islands is simply breathtaking, with endangered griffon vultures soaring overhead and water so clear, you can see the pebbles beneath.

  • Green forests and rocky shores, hidden coves and clear waters
  • Historic coastal towns on Cres and the clifftop village of Vrbnik
  • Serene cycling with panoramic views and swim stops in sheltered bays
  • Dine on deck and sleep on a romantic wooden motor yacht

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Sun): Omišalj - Cres

    Make your way to the pretty harbour village of Omišalj, on the island of Krk, to meet your crew and check in to your cabin between 2pm and 2.30pm before cruising around 3pm, to Cres, one of Croatia’s largest islands. After a four-hour crossing, step ashore to explore the island’s Venetian old town.

  • Day 2 (Mon): Cres - Lošinj 14 miles (23 km)

    Cruise to Martinšcica, on the island’s western shore, and cycle past pine, fig and laurel trees to the artists’ town of Osor for a swim in the crystal waters. Enjoy lunch on board as you motor to the island of Lošinj to Mali Lošinj and enjoy an evening in the colourful harbour.

  • Day 3 (Tue): Islands of Losinj & Molat 12 + 6 miles (20 + 10 km)

    Cycle south along the seafront to the picturesque harbour of Veli Losinj to meet the boat for lunch before crossing to Molat for a relaxing bike ride on this peaceful island of hidden coves and secluded swimming spots.

  • Day 4 (Wed): Island of Dugi Otok 20 miles (32km)

    Cruise past many small islands to the island of Dugi Otok to set off on a cycle tour from the Bay of Božava, passing pine forests and tamarisk trees. Cycle to the northern most point of the island where the lighthouse of Veli Rat stands proudly since 1849. Riding along the islands “Road in the Sky” brings you to the peaceful harbor of Savar or Bribinj where there will be plenty of time for swimming and relaxing.

  • Day 5 (Thu): Islands of Pag & Rab 21 miles (34 km)

    Sail to the wild island of Pag, where stonewalls protect fig and olive trees from the wind. Cycle along a narrow peninsula before cruising to the island of Rab. Explore the narrow streets and cosy cafes of the medieval capital, where four famous bell towers symbolise the town’s beauty.

  • Day 6 (Fri): Island of Rab 15 miles (25 km)

    Bike along the coast to Rab’s eastern half, where the rocky terrain resembles a lunar landscape. Relax on one of the Kvarner islands’ few sandy beaches and enjoy a refreshing sea swim. Cruise to the island of Krk to spend an evening beside the ancient walls of its 3000-year-old capital.

  • Day 7 (Sat): Island of Krk 28 miles (45 km)

    Cycle over Krk’s ridge covered by fragrant macchia into a valley of vineyards. Arrive in the town of Vrbnik, perched 50 metres above the Adriatic and home to the world’s second narrowest alley and a famous white wine. Cycle past traditional villages and rich vegetation to the town of Omišalj, stopping off for a dip at Soline Bay. Enjoy a farewell dinner on board.

  • Day 8 (Sun): Depart from Omišalj

    Enjoy a final breakfast and check out by 9am saying farewell to your crew and fellow passengers.

    Please note: The captain reserves the right to make itinerary changes if required due to changes in weather and other conditions.

Accommodation

Linda

Captain Damir’s comfort class Linda is a spacious wooden motor yacht. Built in 1955 and fully renovated in 2004/2005 season, she is 31 metres long and 6 metres wide and among the bigger ships in the Croatian fleet. The spacious saloon can accommodate 29 guests, and the middle sun deck is constructed in such a way that meals can also be served outside. The upper deck measures 40 square metres and is big enough for sunbathing. The Linda has 14 air-conditioned cabins, all with private shower and wc and hairdryer. There are four cosy cabins below deck, three of which are equipped with double beds and two portholes each. The fourth has a double bed with an additional single bunk bed above the double, so is suitable for three people. Above deck there are 10 cabins, six of these have a double beds and four are equipped with separate twin beds.

  • Linda

  • Sun Deck

  • Linda

  • Saloon

  • Double Cabin

  • Twin Cabin

Dates & Prices

Please choose your boat, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance - 2020 departures on sale

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation aboard the comfort class Linda boat
  • Board basis: 4 x full board and 3 x half board
  • English speaking tour guide on board and on bike
  • Overview maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • Welcome meeting

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets (mandatory)
  • €30 per person visitors tax & €20 per person unlimited still bottled water, paid locally
  • Journey to Omisalj/Krk Island
  • Drinks & tips on board

Price reductions

  • 3rd person sharing cabin with 2 full paying guests - 50% (triple cabin price shown on calendar already includes reduction)

Please note

  • Please note that on the following 2019 dates there will be a guided mountain bike tour with a separate guide operated on the same boat: 12th & 19th May, 23rd June, 7th July, 15th September, 6th & 13th October.

Please contact us for 2020 itinerary.

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier is included at no extra cost when you hire a bike

21 Gear Hybrid Bike
Bike hire
£86

21-gear hybrid bicycle

E-Bike
E-bike hire -2019 departures
£171

9-gear Cube Cross Hybrid Pro Allroad 500 (28") 

E-Bike
E-bike hire -2020 departures
£192

9-gear Cube Cross Hybrid Pro Allroad 500 (28") 

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Transfers

Group transfer from Rijeka airport or train station to Omišalj on embarkation day
£18pp
Group transfer from Omišalj to Rijeka airport or train station on disembarkation day
£18pp
Group transfer from Zagreb Centre on embarkation day (11:30 am)
£34pp
Group transfer from Zagreb airport on embarkation day (12:15 pm)
£34pp
Group transfer from Omišalj to Zagreb airport (8 am departure)
£34pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Rijeka (airport on Krk Island close to Omisalj), Trieste, Pula, Zagreb or Ljubljana

A group transfer is available from Zagreb airport (departs at 12.15 pm on the arrival day) Please call for details.

Taxis are available from Rijeka to Omisalj which takes approx. 20min.

Bus (Bus Croatia) is available from all other airports to Omisalj. This takes between 2 and 4 hrs. Alternativley a transfer can be booked through us. Please call us for more details and cost.

Getting back

A group transfer is available to Zagreb airport (departs at 8 am on the departure day) Please call for details. 

Taxis are available to Rijeka from Omisalj which takes approx. 20min. 

Bus (Bus Croatia) is available to all other airports to Omisalj. This takes between 2 and 4 hrs. Alternativley a transfer can be booked through us. Please call us for more details and cost.

Fly from Rijeka (airport on Krk Island close to Omisalj), Trieste, Pula, Zagreb or Ljubljana

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?

Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling. 

Why is this tour good for solo cyclists?

There is the option to book a same sex shared cabin with no supplement.

What is the average temperature on this tour?

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Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?

Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement. 

How much space will I have in my cabin?

There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.

Customer reviews

What other customers have said

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5
out of 5

We had a really wonderful holiday on the Linda, our tour guides were excellent especially Ana who we could not fault. She was attentive, enthusiastic and incredibly engaging without exception. The whole tour was well organised and, even when the wind prevented the boat from docking in the harbour, we were given the option of doing a longer cycle ride or returning to the boat. We took the cycling option and were rewarded at the end with a lovely late lunch on the boat. One suggestion would be that we were given a little more information the night before each ride so we could prepare for what to expect rather than waiting until the morning when we were already in our cycling gear and ready to go, mainly so we would know if there was a swim stop during the ride. But this is only a minor point. The food on board was plentiful, well prepared and presented, how Nemo managed in his tiny galley is a mystery! Having been on more deluxe boats previously we sometimes missed having a choice of main dish but the quantities were fantastic so if there was something we were not so keen on it was not too much of a problem. It would be nice to have known what was being served for each course so that we could have paced ourselves with the starter! The cabins were very comfortable and surprisingly spacious with plenty of storage space. Our bathroom was plenty big enough and I think we were fortunate to have one that the shower was not situated above the toilet as our friends had. There was plenty of space and pegs available for hanging wet towels etc out & everything dried very quickly with the wind and sun. There was not a great number of comfortable chairs or places to relax during cruising as the upper deck has no shade so it can be extremely hot up there when stationary and with the breeze it is deceptively cooler but the risk of getting sunburnt is certainly something to be aware of. It was really nice, and unexpected, to have an interesting city tour in each port, made especially fun by Ana’s infectious enthusiasm, and we were lucky to be there on two occasions during a festival so the atmosphere was buzzing and good fun. We are already looking to book our next tour as these holidays tick every box for us. Thank you, Freedom Treks.

Sally Sandall, UK, July 2019
5
out of 5

We both really enjoyed the holiday. The crew were great and entertaining, we got on very well with the other passengers, the quality of the boat was superb and spacious and the cycling was enjoyable (although I didn't realise there were so may hills in the Croation islands!). I loved swimming off the boat when it anchored in the middle of a bay.

Kate Lambert, July 2014

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