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Biking Croatia's National Parks

An 8 day bike tour in central Dalmatia

Croatia’s Trogir – Zadar – Trogir bike tour

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“God, not knowing what to do with the handful of stones that were left over after the world had been created, simply threw them down without caring where or how. When he looked down, for God too is curious, he said to himself that nothing more should be touched.” This was the creation of Croatia, and this legend couldn’t be more true. A tiny boomerang shaped land is home to 8 National parks, 11 Nature parks, protected reserves and so much heritage under UNESCO`s care, that this is a truly magical place to discover with a boat and bike. From the fire sunsets in antique Zadar, sounds of cascading jade green Krka river, vertical limestone cliffs of Telašćica to sailing through the 140 moon-like rocky islands, islets and reefs of Kornati National park!

Day One — Rogoznica and Primošten, 22 km (easy; 1 mile = 1.6 km)

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Arriving early to Trogir will give you time to settle in and be stress free, picking up the last things you might need for your holiday and at the same time slowly immersing yourself into Dalmatian culture, sipping a coffee in the heart of this UNESCO historical city. When the church bells ring from the St.Lawrence cathedral, it is time for you to roll your luggage to check-in and meet&greet your family on board your boat. As we leave the harbour and flash our cameras at the beautiful sight of the Kamerlengo fortress, numerous bell towers, promenade aligned with palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze, our captain will take us on the first little cruise from Trogir to Rogoznica, and it’s here where we go for our first bicycle ride. We cycle past blooming oleanders and bushes of rosemary, climb to a beautiful panoramic road that overlooks the sight of Primošten peninsula, where we come down to and stay the night. Croatian welcome dinner is served on board!

Day Two — Vodice and Murter, Pašman and Ugljan islands, 27 km + 22 km (easy)

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With breakfast we sail towards the town of Vodice. Our first ride of the day will reveal the beauty of the villages in the countryside of Vodice. We will leisurely ride on back roads, passing local farmers working in their fields. Connected with a bridge, we will cross onto the island of Murter and cycle towards a beautiful turquoise bay, where our boat will be docked. This is a perfect spot for a swim before lunch, when our boat departs towards the island of Pašman. Our afternoon bike ride will take us across the island of Pašman and crossing the bridge onto the island of Ugljan, into a beautiful little fishing village where we stay the night.

Day Three — Ugljan island, 32 km (easy)

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Today we ride through the sleepy fishing villages of Ugljan and then return the same way back to our boat where lunch will be served. In the afternoon you have some time for yourself , whether you want to swim, read a book or work on your holiday tan! From there we navigate towards the roman city of Zadar, known to be a place that inspired famous writer Agatha Cristie. Even Alfred Hitchcock claimed this is where he saw the most beautiful sunset in the world. We have a local guide organized to tour us around this UNESCO protected heritage site. Why not end yet another stunning day sitting near the sounds of the sea pipe organs, played by the sea’s rhythmic waves, tasting the local maraschino liqueur while we salute the sun slowly disappearing behind the horizon.

Day Four — Molat and Dugi Otok islands, 18 km + 17-31 km (easy at times moderate)

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Our captain will be up early to sail us towards the tiny island of Molat where we have another gentle ride, mesmerized by all the colours and scents of the blooming wild flowers! An island where time has stopped, very few people inhabit this flower island therefore there is no police, doctors or schools, but there is a library ! After a quick swim and a hearty Croatian lunch served on board, we navigate towards Dugi Otok for our afternoon bike ride. After lunch we sail to Dugi Otok for our second ride of the day, cycling along a high panoramic road , overlooking the neighboring islets.

Day Five: Island Dugi Otok (28km; easy)

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Dugi Otok translates into ” Long island”. A panoramic road crosses it from north to south. It is surrounded with smaller islets and reefs, dipped into the marine blue Adriatic sea. Today’s spectacular ride finishes in the bay Telašćica, home to one of Croatia’s nature parks. We might spot a donkey or two, for this is a place where all the abandoned dalmatian donekys end up in an unusual orphanage. Our captain navigates our boat through Kornati National park. As we meander through a network of more than 150 barren rocky mostly uninhabited islands, islets, reefs and rocks, your breath will be taken away !

Day Six — Vodice and Skradin, 42 km (easy)

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Today you will experience a different Croatia, off the beaten tourist track. A quarter of a century ago, war left many scars on the country. Our bike ride takes us through different landscapes, tiny villages, vineyards as well as through settlements that have been badly damaged in the recent homeland war for independence. We will finish our ride in Skradin, a gate into another stunning National park- Krka. This jade-green river cascades down the travertine barriers and enters the Adriatic. After our visit to the park, we embark the boat and sail towards the UNESCO historic town of Šibenik where we spend the night.

Day Seven — Primošten and Trogir, 45 km (moderate)

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Maybe the most challenging ride of the week but nonetheless scenic! Our captain navigates us back to Primošten from where we head out for our final ride of the week.. We will take back roads, passing through small farming villages. As we approach the Adriatic coast again , just before we come back to Trogir, where the whole journey began, there is a thrilling ride down the mountain rewarding us with an inspiring panoramic view! After lunch you have time to explore the UNESCO protected old town of Trogir or hit the beach! Tonight we pull out the cleanest clothes and celebrate our last dinner in a festive tone with our captain !

Day Eight — Trogir

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After breakfast it is time to say goodbye. Melancholy always gives a touch to that approaching end of the journey and even though it might have been a short-lived bike&boat trip, by staying in your lifelong memories it will prove its success and you will already plan your return! So save the date in your diaries and come relive these moments in another part of Croatian Adriatic with us!

* Details subject to change.

2019 Dates

May 11-18 Boat: Azimut
May 25-June 1 Boat: Magellan
June 29-July 6 Boat: Magellan

Inclusions

7 nights’ accommodation on the boat in a double cabin with private shower
7 nights of full board on the ship (all meals included)
7 days of guided bicycle tours as described
Maps for the daily routing
Guided city tour of Zadar

Prices

All prices in EUR. Click here for a currency converter.
Below-deck cabin: €1.425/person
Above-deck cabin: €1.575/person
Hybrid bicycle rental: €140
Electric bicylce rental: €245
Road bike rental: €210
Port tax + local charges: €20/person
Unlimited drinking water €20/person
Single supplement: €500

For returning customers

Is this your second Cycle and Sea Adventures?
Let us know, and we’ll knock €70 off the price.
If this is your third Cycle and Sea Adventures,
we’ll take €70 off the price and send you a free jersey.
Your fourth Cycle and Sea Adventures tour?
We will take €70 off the price,
send you a free jersey and give you
a complimentary bicycle rental.
To take advantage of these great incentives, please
let our staff know when you book!

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