What to expect
Add more luxury to your cycle tour by cruising between islands on a sumptuous motor yacht, dining on deck after each day in the saddle. Pedalling around South Dalmatia’s scattered islands and exploring World Heritage towns on the Croatian mainland, the cycling is moderate to challenging but choose an electric bike if you’d like an extra boost.
Each island holds unique charm so look forward to diverse days, cycling past olive groves, purple lavender fields and fragrant pine forests, with the option of river rafting when you enter the Cetina Valley. The narrow streets of historic harbour towns are a great place to stop for lunch or unwind with a bowl of green olives and glass of local wine. As you cruise from island to island, there are plenty of opportunities for cooling off with a dip in the sea.
From The Times article about this tour: "The scenery is unbeatable. In the space of an hour I’ve pedalled through small vineyards, hamlets and lush green forests. In Jelsa I stumble on the best (and possibly the cheapest) ice cream that I’ve tasted. By the end of the week - having covered 140 miles or so of road - I’m noticeably fitter, and I’ve made a boatload of new friends." Read the full article here (requires a subscription to The Times).
At a glance
- Glittering islands, blue waters, golden beaches and green forests
- Pirate castles, hilltop fortresses and Renaissance architecture
- Luxurious motor-yacht accommodation with deck-top hot tub
- Scenic cycling past purple lavender, olive groves and blue bays
Day 1 (Sat):
Trogir - Hvar Island
Arrive in the picturesque port of Trogir (just 3 miles/5km from Split airport) – the capital of Dalmatia. Check in from 2pm to 2.30pm before setting sail for Hvar Island at 3pm. Stari Grad is the second largest settlement on Hvar and well known for its important harbour. Stay overnight in Stari Grad.
Day 2 (Sun):
Hvar & Vis
16 miles (25 km)
Cycle to the quaint harbours of Jelsa and Vrboska, following an almost traffic free road through nice small villages. Return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and art lovers in the past few years. Cruise to the island's capital Hvar, where you visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view at the Spanish Fortress which stands high above the city. Cross over to Vis Island at about 4 pm. Stay overnight on Vis.
Day 3 (Mon):
20 miles (32 km)
Vis is the furthermost island from mainland Croatia. A Greek colony called Issa was on the island 2,300 years ago. Due to its strategic location it was a military zone until 1995 and foreign tourists were not allowed to visit the island. Today you have the opportunity to explore the lovely island by bike or take a three-hour jeep tour around the island (approx. 35 Euro). After your cycle ride the boat takes you to the Island of Korčula. Stay overnight in Vela Luka.
Day 4 (Tue):
38 miles (60 km)
Today you will discover the island of Korčula by bike and enjoy a lunch break in one of the local restaurants. The backdrop of the cypress trees make this one of the most beautiful Dalmatian islands. The cycle ride leads you via the village of Blato across Pupnat bay and finally to Korčula town, where you will have time to take a walk through the wonderful old town with its narrow alleys. Stay overnight in Korčula town.
Day 5 (Wed):
17 miles (27 km)
Cruise to the island of Brač, which is famous for its shining white marble which was also used for building the White House and the Reichstag in Berlin. After a swim and lunch you start your bike ride from Sumartin to the village of Selca known for its centuries-old tradition of stone masonry and on to the picturesque town Pučišća. Stay overnight in Pučišća.
Day 6 (Thu):
Omiš - Split
16 or 27 miles (25 or 44 km)
Cross to Omiš and cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which is surrounded by steep rocks. Then you have the choice to either take part on a four hours rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included in the tour price) and a small cycle tour back to the boat - or to extend the cycling tour (no rafting) along small side roads and versatile landscapes to Omiš and its pirate castles. In the afternoon the boat takes you to Split. The old town of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a world heritage site. Overnight stay in Split.
Day 7 (Fri):
13 miles (20 km)
Cross to Rogac on the island of Šolta. Explore the quiet island, cycling past walled fields, olive groves and terracotta topped cottages, with the scent of lavender and rosemary filling the air. Cruise back to Trogir to experience the twisting streets of the World Heritage old town. Enjoy your farewell evening meal with your fellow guests, crew and tour guides.
Day 8 (Sat):
Disembark at Trogir
Check out by 9am, after a final breakfast on board.
Please note: The captain reserves the right to make itinerary changes if required due to changes in weather or other conditions.
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 15 spacious air-conditioned cabins sleeping up to 31 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 hot tub. 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.
Launched in June 2011, the elegant Princeza Diana is a three-masted motor yacht of the deluxe category. 40m long and 8.5m wide, her beautiful lines ensure she turns heads wherever she goes. 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. 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 plus a hot tub with panoramic views on the top deck. The bathing platform gives easy access to the sea for swimming. 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.
Dates & Prices
Please choose your boat, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance - please contact us for 2020 prices
- 7 nights accommodation aboard the deluxe class Princeza Diana or First Class 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
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets (mandatory)
- €20 per person visitors tax/port fees & €20 per person unlimited still bottled water, paid locally
- Entrance fees
- Optional rafting tour
- Drinks & tips on board
- 3rd & 4th person sharing cabin with 2 full paying guests - 50% (triple & quad cabin prices shown on calendar already includes reduction)
- Trogir - for extra night prices, please enquire
* 2019 itinerary is slightly different - please contact us for details.
Pannier is included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
21-gear hybrid bicycle
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. 5 km / 3 miles from Trogir. The harbour can easily be reached by taxi (ca. 20 Euro per way) or by local bus (with kuna).
Split airport is approx. 5 km / 3 miles from Trogir. The airport can easily be reached by taxi (ca. 20 Euro per way) or by local bus (with kuna).
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's the etiquette with crew tips?
Tips are at your own discretion, an envelope is always left in the cabins on the last day.
What other customers have said
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I rate tours according to three criteria: quality of destination, quality of accommodation. and quality of tour guides. Everything was excellent. Croatia is an incredibly beautiful country. The places we visited were astounding. The side trips (historical tours, zip lining, beekeeper presentation) were top of the line. Can’t say enough about the Princeza Diana. One lady described it as a floating luxury hotel. That was not an exaggeration. A totally wonderful experience. And the tour guides. Agi and Matija were excellent. They really took care of us. Always there, always helpful, and always flexible. We had a German couple that spoke no English. Agi and Matija made the entire process work seamlessly. We’ll done!! Thoroughly enjoyed the trip and have recommended FT to friends.Bob Holliday, USA, July 2019
This was our third year booking with Freedom Treks and each year has got better and better. We absolutely loved Croatia and the boat "Melody" was superb. We (me, my partner and my 2 grandchildren, ages 12 and 15) decided on e-bikes at the last minute (thank you Catherine for your patience with our last minute changes) and we're so glad that we did, as the temperatures were exceptionally high. My partner and I will go back to Croatia, but will probably visit when the temperatures are a bit lower and try the hybrid bikes. We thoroughly recommend this trip and are already deciding on a family trip for next August. The children love the cycling and mixing with different people and nationalities.Christine Donnelly, UK, August 2018