What to expect
Experience the green gorges, sparkling islands and historic charms of the Northern Dalmatian Coast on this island hopping adventure with added luxury. The cycling can be demanding at times, and after each exciting island tour, you’ll return to your sumptuous motor yacht to unwind on a sun-lounger.
Discovering the pine-cloaked gorges and idyllic islands of Dalmatia’s national parks is an unforgettable experience, and you’ll have plenty of time to stretch out on secluded sands and cool off in freshwater lakes. When you drop anchor near historic harbour towns, look forward to strolling through winding streets, finding UNESCO landmarks and tasting salty prosciutto or fresh figs while watching one of Dalmatia’s crimson sunsets.
Read travel writer Adam Ruck's report on his Croatia cycling holiday with Freedom Treks in The Telegraph - August 2016
At a glance
- Deep green gorges and glittering islets
- Hidden coves, cool lakes and rare corals
- UNESCO landmarks, Romanesque churches and winding alleyways
- Luxury cabins and deck-top Jacuzzi
Day 1 (Sat):
Trogir - Rogoznica
Arrive at Trogir (just 3 miles/5km from Split airport) to meet your crew and tour guides. Check-in between 2-2.30pm. Set sail across the Adriatic Sea for the peninsula village of Rogoznia.
Day 2 (Sun):
Rogoznica - Telašcica Nature Park
15 miles (23 km)
Cruise to the former fishing village of Vodice and cycle around the peaceful island of Murter. Marvel at the pristine beauty of Kornati National Park and cycle to the stunning salt lake at Telašcica Bay.
Day 3 (Mon):
Dugi Otok - Molat
23 and 11 miles (38 and 18 km)
Enjoy traffic-free cycling on the alluring shores of Dugi Otok and relax on the forest-fringed bay at Božava village. Find hidden coves and secluded swimming spots on the tranquil island of Molat.
Day 4 (Tue):
Uglian and Pašman Islands - Zadar
13/25 miles (20/40 km)
Cycle around the connecting islands of Ugljan and Pasman and pedal through their green interiors, stop off by alluring beaches, and take in the panoramic sea views. A short crossing takes you to the historic town of Zadar and wander through its 3000-year old streets.
Day 5 (Wed):
Biograd - Vodice - Skradin
34 miles (55 km)
Discover the tiny town of Biograd and spot thousands of migratory birds as you pedal around Dalmatia's largest freshwater lake. Step inside the UNESCO cathedral in Sibenik before anchoring at the entrance to Krka National Park with its wonderful waterfalls.
Day 6 (Thu):
Krka-Waterfalls – Šibenik – Zlarin Island
Enter the emerald gorges of Krka National Park, feel the spray of rushing waterfalls and take a refreshing dip in the crystal waters of Lake Visovac. Cruise to Sibenik with its impressive St Jacob Cathedral before crossing to Zlarin island to hunt for rare red corals. The old town of Šibenik is also worth a visit before you cross over to the coral island of Zlarin in the afternoon.
Day 7 (Fri):
Primosten - Trogir
28 miles (45 km)
Explore the rural town of Primosten and cycle through enchanting coastal countryside, stopping off to appreciate stunning views of the Adriatic. Arrive back in Trogir to explore its narrow alleys and Romanesque churches. Round off your trip with a memorable meal.
Day 8 (Sat):
Disembark at Trogir
Check out by 9am and disembark after a final breakfast with your crew and fellow guests.
Please note: The captain reserves the right to make itinerary changes if required due to changes in weather or other conditions.
The Princeza Diana
Launched in June 2011, the elegant Princeza Diana is a three-masted motor yacht of the deluxe category. 131 feet long and 28 feet wide, her beautiful lines ensure she turns heads wherever she goes and her sumptuous cabins and public areas do not disappoint once you step aboard. There are 16 air-conditioned guest cabins, accommodating between 2 and 4 people. All have private shower and wc plus hairdryer. A bathing platform is available at the stern, offering easy access to the sea. The saloon is a comfortable, relaxing place to sit and enjoy a drink with large windows to enjoy the scenery. Outside there is a covered seating area, a large comfortable sun deck and a bathing platform for easy access in to the sea. The on-board cook prepares all the meals using fresh, locally sourced produce and the food is tasty and plentiful. The Princeza Diana is well suited for e-bikes, with space to store the power sockets and battery stations.
Built in 2015, the elegant Melody is a 'First Class' ship with exquisite décor. The luxurious 42 m long and 8.30 m wide Melody will be your floating retreat whilst you experience the picturesque harbour towns of Croatia in first class surroundings. There are 14 spacious air-conditioned cabins sleeping 28 people. All have private shower and wc plus hairdryer and come in either a twin or double bed. Enjoy relaxing on board the upper deck in the comfortable lounge or recline on the top deck and soak up the warmth of the sun. Collect your beverage of choice from the bar or enjoy a 360° ocean view from the bubbling comfort of the Whirlpool. The kitchen on board offers superb Mediterranean cuisine. Choose between vegetarian, meat and seafood dishes, all prepared skilfully on board the boat using fresh regional ingredients.
Dates & Prices
Please choose your boat, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance
- 7 nights accommodation aboard the deluxe class Princeza Diana or Melody
- 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
- Local contact number for assistance
- Daily cabin cleaning
- Entry to National Parks
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- €20 per person visitors tax/port fees & €20 per person unlimited still bottled water, paid locally
- Tips and drinks on board
- 3rd & 4th person sharing (Princeza Diana) cabin with 2 full paying guests - 50% (triple & quad cabin price shown on calendar already includes reduction)
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier is included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
Hybrid 21 gears
9-gear Cube Cross Hybrid Pro Allroad 500 (28")
You can add these when you price your trip
How to Get There
Fly to Split
Split airport is approx. 6 km / 4 miles from Trogir. The harbour can easily be reached by taxi (ca. 20 Euro per way).
Split airport is approx. 6 km / 4 miles from Trogir. The airport can easily be reached by taxi (ca. 20 Euro per way).
Fly from Split
News, Reviews & 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?
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.
What other customers have said
Been on this tour? Add your review!
We had a truly superb week on the MV Melody. The guides were excellent, as was the vessel, crew, meals, bikes, town guides, weather and fellow travellers. Handy tips: 1. Taxi from airport to Trogir bus station was 150 kuna for two inbound or 200 kuna for four outbound! 2. Beer was about 25 kuna per 500ml on board (about £3 pint). You could also have wines and cocktails, but I didn't. 3. Take a stretchy, pegless, camping washing line for drying kit and swimming togs. 4. Cycling was pretty easy for a regular cyclist. The biggest day of climbing was the last day with about 2000' (620 m). The only challenging bit for me was the heat at 30 to 35c; Being a 'fat lad' didn't help! If you're not a cyclist, consider hiring an E-bike! Would I go back for another trip? Most definitely!Tony Houlihan, Windermere, July 2017
Absolutely fabulous holiday - so nice to have a base for the week on the luxurious ship, Melody, to unpack and feel at home, while still having a different view each morning, as well as getting to explore different parts of Croatia. The rides were amazing with stunning views that I will never forget, but some were quite challenging, and we were very happy to be on e-bikes, expecially on those long uphills and in the baking heat. Our guides, Toni and Josh were brilliant and so patient and supportive to everyone. The Melody staff were brilliant, great food and service. Fabulous atmosphere and we made a lot of new friends. Looking forward to choosing our next sail/cycle holiday.Dianne Pegler, June 2017