The ideal combination of sailing from island to island and cycling has proven to be very popular.
This guided cycling tour around the stunning Kvarner Bay starts on Krk Island and ends on Cres Island exploring amazing coastlines, medieval towns, old villages and picturesque bays on the route. Highlights include great beaches, vineyards, pine woods, cycling on the historic islands and exploring memorable coastal towns and stunning hilltop views. Croatia is a beautiful country with beautiful islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate. Without a doubt, the best way to explore it is by bike.
As a pre-trip, why not consider our Istrian Coastal tour.
Day 1: OPATIJA - ISLAND KRK (L); KRK – PUNAT - KRK (↔ 18 km, ↑ 120 m, highest point 50 m)
Arrival in Opatija and check-in at the harbour from 11h. Departure at 13h, followed by lunch on board on the way to the Krk island. Upon arrival, an easy ride from Krk town to the Punat village and back to Krk. Time at leisure and overnight.
Day 2: ISLAND KRK (B, D); KRK – DOBRINJ – VRBNIK - BAŠKA (↔ 48 km, ↑ 660 m, highest point 315 m)
After breakfast, cycle through the Mediterranean-scented vegetation, olive groves and fig trees to the village of Dobrinj, a real museum, a synthesis of past and present. Ride through the dry-stone walls and flocks of sheep to the biggest field on the island - Vrbnik's field with its famous golden-yellow wine Žlahtina. Have a rest in Vrbnik with an optional tasting of wine, cheese and prosciutto. Continue to the saddle Treskavac with the wonderful view of Punat valley and the small island of Košljun with a Franciscan monastery dating from the 12th century. Downhill through Bašćanska Draga to Baška, by the sculptures of Glagolitic letters. Dinner on board with an overnight in Baška. Remark: In case of bad weather conditions (bura wind), end of the tour and overnight in Krk.
Day 3: ISLAND RAB (B, L); LOPAR - RAB (↔ 22 km, ↑ 160 m, highest point 90 m)
During breakfast, cruise towards Lopar on Rab island. The bike tour leads to a famous sandy beach bay, followed by a cycle through the interior of the island, past the wonderful Supetarska Draga in the direction of the ancient walled city of Rab with its four famous bell towers situated on an arrow-shaped spit of land. After lunch on board, afternoon cycle to the nature reserve 'Dundo' forest - one of the few surviving forests in the Mediterranean, which extends over the Kalifront peninsula. Swim stop in the picturesque St.Mara bay. Overnight in the port of Rab.
Day 4: RAB - PAG - ILOVIK (B, L); TOVARNELE – NOVALJA – MANDRE (↔ 35 km, ↑ 340 m, highest point 120 m)
After a short crossing to the island of Pag, we start a bike tour along the island's beautiful moon-like landscape. The first stop is the village of Lun with thousand years old olive trees and many stone walls. Be careful when cycling on this island due to the many wandering sheep. The island is famous for its Pag cheese. We highly recommend a break in a traditional 'konoba' tavern to taste the cheese. In the idyllic village of Mandre, we return to the ship and have lunch on board. We continue our cruise to the island of Ilovik, an island full of flowers, where we have the opportunity to walk, swim and relax. Optional Captain's dinner onboard with an overnight in Ilovik.
Day 5: ILOVIK - LOŠINJ (B,L)
Bike Course 1: MALI LOŠINJ – ČIKAT – VELI LOŠINJ (↔ 20 km, ↑ 180 m, highest point 70 m) or
Bike Course 2: MALI LOŠINJ – ST.IVAN / PROVIDENCA (↔ 21 km, ↑ 150 m, highest point 90 m)
After breakfast, departure towards Mali Lošinj. Bike tour through the lovely Čikat peninsula surrounded by pine trees, Mediterranean herbs and beautiful beaches. Continue to the picturesque village of Veli Lošinj and back to the vessel for lunch. Afternoon easy ride to one of the beaches or to the Sveti Ivan hill (250m) or the theme viewpoint Providenca to enjoy a fantastic view of the city and the southern part of the Lošinj archipelago.
Day 6: LOŠINJ - CRES (B, L); MALI LOŠINJ – OSOR - MARTINŠČICA (↔ 46 km, ↑ 500 m, highest point 190 m)
After breakfast, cycle through the pine and laurel trees towards the Cres island (connected to Mali Lošinj by a small bridge). The first stop in the artistic village of Osor. Followed by the strenuous cycling towards the fishing village of Martinšćica where lunch will be served on board. The cruise then continues towards the historic town of Cres for a free evening and overnight.
Day 7: CRES - OPATIJA (B, L); MOŠĆENIŠKA DRAGA – BRSEČ – LOVRAN (↔ 27 km, ↑ 450 m, highest point 325 m)
During breakfast, departure towards Mošćenička Draga, situated on the Opatija riviera. Upon arrival, cycle along the panoramic coastal road with spectacular views of the sea and the islands to the village of Brseč, situated on a rock above the sea. After a break, continue cycling to St Jelena hill with the stunning panorama on Kvarner bay. Descend to Mošćenice - a medieval town situated at the foot of Perun hill and further to Lovran where the vessel is waiting. Lunch on board and cruise to Opatija, for a free evening, to admire the enchanting town, walk through the famous parks or along the 12 km long sea promenade called Lungomare. Overnight in Opatija.
Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM OPATIJA (B)
An early breakfast before the check-out and final goodbyes to the crew.
Legend: B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner
Price per person:
|Price per person in a double cabin||
6.5.,13.5., 20.5., 27.5., 30.9.,7.10., 14.10.2023
|Traditional Ensuite, below deck||700 EUR||750 EUR||900 EUR||1.000 EUR|
|Traditional Ensuite, on deck||800 EUR||850 EUR||1.000 EUR||1.050 EUR|
|Premium, below deck||900 EUR||950 EUR||1.100 EUR||1.150 EUR|
|Premium, on deck||950 EUR||1.050 EUR||1.200 EUR||1.300 EUR|
• accommodation in a double cabin on a selected boat and deck, with WC and shower
• breakfast and either lunch or dinner. During our cycling routes, stops at local restaurants are recommended where you can sample the local specialities. These meals are not included in the price of the trip and are paid for by the customers. There is a possibility to book a captain's dinner, which is paid directly on the spot and is offered by the captain and your tour guide.
• professional English/German speaking bike guide
• complimentary water
• complimentary Wi-Fi
• bike rental 105 EUR, hybrid bikes are equipped with bottle holder, bag carrier, small bag (14x8x8cm) & helmet
• electric bike 165 EUR
• saddlebags rental 14 EUR per week
• english breakfast: 40 EUR (incl. 2 eggs, bacon, tomato and mushrooms, or fruit & yoghurt, or similar; regular continental breakfast included in the price of the cruise includes: coffee, tea, milk, a glass of juice, cereal, bread, a variety of spreads - butter, honey, jam, soft cheese; daily additions such as ham and cheese or boiled eggs, frankfurters, salami etc.)
• captain's dinner 30 EUR (choice of fish or meat menu, ship's speciality served)
• daily cabin cleaning 15 EUR per tour (daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek; to be ordered in advance)
• parking possible from 10 EUR - 15 EUR, daily
• extra towels: guests will be provided with two towels for personal use per week. Extra towels can be rented for 3 EUR & beach towels for 5 EUR per week.Company's beach towel can be purchased on arrival for 10 EUR.
• on request
• visitor's tax and port fees: 60 EUR per person/per week (to be paid on the spot)
• bike handling fee: 10 EUR per person/per week (to be paid on the spot)
Not included: entrance fees to national parks, some lunches & dinners, drinks with meals
Available on request from Zagreb, Rijeka, Pula or Trieste airport
Total Length: 220 km
Terrain: 95% paved, 5% unpaved
Paved roads, some side and unpaved roads, also hilly routes. The length of the daily cycling routes is estimated and depends on local information and various detours or shortcuts that can be done en route. Sailing and cycling routes may be changed on the spot due to weather conditions and the capacity of the respective cyclists on board. Departure is during the morning hours, mostly after breakfast.
Vessels / Cabin types
Steel-hulled vessels with a traditional, yet modern look offer accommodation in air-conditioned, spacious en-suite cabins with double or twin beds, a hairdryer and a safety deposit box. Premium vessels are 29 to 35m in length with cabins 8 to 14m2 in size.
Services included: buffet breakfasts, three-course lunches or dinner, Captain’s dinner, professional English/German speaking bike guide onboard, daily cabin service, a mid-week fresh set of towels and bed linen, luggage handling, olive oil and wine tasting on board, complimentary water, afternoon tea and coffee, complimentary Wi-Fi.
Wooden vessels featuring air-conditioned cabins with private showers/toilets, mostly bunk beds, and an air-conditioned salon.
Services included: Continental breakfasts, three-course lunches or dinner, bike guide, complimentary water, complimentary Wi-Fi.
UPPER/MAIN DECK CABINS ARE ALLOCATED ACCORDING TO AVAILABILITY! Lower deck cabins are in the hull of the ship below the main deck.
Starting point of this trip is Opatija in Kvarner Bay, Croatia.
By plane: closest airport is Rijeka (RJK) on island Krk. some 30 km from Opatija. Other good options are Ljubljana (LJU) and Trieste (TST).
By bus: Flixbus from Munich, Ljubljana and Belgrade stop or have terminals in Opatija.
By train: Rijeka has nearest train station. Many seasonal trains stop or end there.
By car: Croatian Motorway A7 / E61 from Slovene border to Rijeka passes only 5 km from Opatija. Parking is arranged for customers taking this trip in local garages but needs to booked with booking.
.... and away
Just use one of the options above.
Bike rental is possible on request; company is not responsible for any damage which may occur to personal bicycles during bike tours and transportation from land to the vessel and vice versa. A repair kit for personal bikes is obligatory.