Kvarner Bay

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Visiting: Croatia

Boat & Bike

7 nights from £780 to £1388pp
Guiding Guided i
Level Moderate to Challenging i
Standard Comfort i
Code CR003
Good For Coasts and Islands, Solo
Distance 109mi/175km
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 and, at around 3pm, set sail for 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): 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): Pag - Rab 12 miles (20 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, one of Croatia's smallest islands. Explore the narrow streets and cosy cafes of the medieval capital, where four famous bell towers symbolise the town’s beauty.

  • Day 6 (Fri): Rab - Krk 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): Krk 28 miles (45 km)

    Cycle over Krk’s shrub covered ridge 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.

  • 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  - 2018 dates 

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)
  • €20 per person visitors tax/port fees & €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 that on the following 2018 dates there will be a guided mountian bike tour with a seperate guide operated on the same boat: 22nd April, 24th June, 8th July, 16th & 23rd September, 7th & 14th October. 

Which boat?

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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
£84

21-gear hybrid bicycle

E-Bike
E-bike hire
£168

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

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Airport transfers

Group transfer from Rijeka airport or train station to Omišalj on embarkation day
£16pp
Group transfer from Omišalj to Rijeka airport or train station on disembarkation day
£16pp

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 is 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 is 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 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
4
out of 5

The crew was outstanding. I felt safe and cared for. I think the tour guides could have stopped a little more frequently--after a long climb for example--just for a few minutes. It would have been nice to stop at a winery or something like that. But overall it was a great trip.

Wallace Rowe, June 2015

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