ISLANDS OF KVARNER BAY

8 day Escorted Tour Countless islands in crystal clear water, deeply fissured cliffs, picturesque beaches and numerous small bays – that is the Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic. Every island is different. Each has its own history. You can spend a week discovering the landscape and people of this unique island-world by bike – […]

8 day Escorted Tour

Countless islands in crystal clear water, deeply fissured cliffs, picturesque beaches and numerous small bays – that is the Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic. Every island is different. Each has its own history. You can spend a week discovering the landscape and people of this unique island-world by bike – independently and with the aid of knowledgeable tour guides.
On a romantic motor yacht – your floating accomodation – discover the charm of the Adriatic in your own special way. You cycle off after a hearty breakfast. At midday meet the ship at a harbour for lunch. In the evening the ship will be waiting in the next harbour, so that you can enjoy fantastic cuisine as the sun sets, followed by a stroll through the historic harbour town. Finally, settle down in your cabin to sleep – or stay on deck under a thousand stars…

Tour Rating –

Moderate to hilly in some areas. A good level of fitness is required.
You will also come across some longer and rather steep climbs, where you might have to push your bike. You can skip a bike-tour and spend a day sunbathing on the ship if you wish. You can decide every day for yourself whether you would like to cycle individually using the maps provided, or join one of the tour guides.

 

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Day to Day Itinerary

 

Day 1

Omišalj – Cres (approx. 15 km by bicycle)

Individual arrival in Omišalj, a nice little harbour village on the island of Krk. The cabins on the motor yacht will be ready for you from 11 am. At 1 pm the ship will depart and take you to the island of Cres in about four hours. From the town of Cres you have the possibility either to cycle to the village of Predoscica or to join a little guided tour along the ample harbour bay. In the evening you can take part in a tour through the old town of Cres. 

Day 2

Monday: The islands of Cres and Lošinj (approx. 45 km by bicycle)

Your ship will bring you in the morning to Martinscica. From there you will cycle on the east side of the island among pine, fig and laurel trees to Osor, the artists town, where you will have lunch on the ship.
Afterwards there will be time for a swim in the bay with its crystal clear water. In the afternoon you will leave Osor, crossing over a swing bridge to reach the island of Lošinj. You will cycle along the panorama-route to Mali Lošinj, an old seafaring and health resort. The ship will be waiting for you in the large harbour with its numerous cafés and colourful houses. You will spend the night in the harbour of Mali Lošinj. 

Day 3

Tuesday: The islands of Lošinj and Molat (approx. 20 + 10 km by bicycle)

Along the seaside walk you cycle to the south of Lošinj and visit the picturesque small harbour of Veli Lošinj before you will meet the ship for lunch. In the afternoon you cross over to the island of Molat, where you will do one more short cycling tour. Overnight stay in the quiet harbour of Molat.

Day 4

Wednesday: The island of Dugi Otok (approx. 45 km by bicycle)

While you have breakfast, the ship will take off and take you past many small islands to the “spice island” of Dugi Otok. Your bike-tour will start in the bay of Bozava, which is surrounded by woods of pine, agave and tamarisk trees, and you will ride on a road nearly free of traffic. In the harbour of Savar you will meet the boat for lunch. While cycling in the afternoon to the fishermen village of Sali you will be impressed by the terrific views on the deep-blue sea and the surrounding islands.

Day 5

Thursday: The island of Pag (approx. 20 km by bicycle)

After a cruise until lunchtime, you will reach the island of Pag. In the harsh but delightful landscape of the island you will come across many fig and olive trees. Over the centuries the inhabitants have built numerous stonewalls for protection against the wind. You will bike on the narrow peninsula until you reach the sea, where the ship will be waiting to take you to Rab. The island of Rab is one of the sunniest places in Europe. The town of Rab, the fortified capital of the island, was built in the middle ages on a wedge-shaped headland, and marks one of the highlights of the trip. The four famous bell towers are the symbol of the adorned beauty of the town. After dinner you can explore the narrow alleys with numerous cosy cafés. 

Day 6

Friday: The island of Rab (approx. 25 km by bicycle)

You will bike along the coast to the east side of the island, an area with virtually no vegetation, whose rough and cliffy rocks remind you of a lunar landscape. The road will lead you on to a bay with a sandy beach, which is rather atypical for the Kvarner islands. At lunchtime the ship will be waiting for you in the harbour directly in front of the old town of Rab. After a swim-break the ship will take you over to the neighbouring island of Krk, where you will spend the evening in the historical town of Krk. 

Day 7

Saturday: The island of Krk (approx. 45 km by bicycle)

You will cycle over the ridge of the island, which is covered by fragrant macchia, to a valley of vineyards, and then onwards to the small museum town of Vrbnik in the northeast. The town, built on a 50-metre-high cliff and surrounded by vineyards, is the home of the famous white wine, Zlahtina. Another peculiarity that Vrbnik has to offer is the second narrowest alley in the world. The way will lead you on across the island through old villages and rich vegetation to Omišalj, from where Rijeka will be within sight. On the way, you will have a chance to swim in the bay of Soline. You will spend the last night in Omišalj. 

Day 8

Sunday: Omisalj (departure)

After breakfast you say good bye to the crew and the tour leader and disembark by 9am.

 

 

Your Motor YachtComfort 4 star boat – Linda

Captain Damir’s Linda is a spacious wooden motor yacht. She was built in 1955 and renovated in 2004/2005 to meet our requirements. 102 ft./ 31 meters long and 19,5 ft./ 6 meters wide the Linda is among the bigger ships in our Croatian fleet. The spacious saloon can accommodate 32 guests, and the middle sundeck is constructed in a way that meals can also be served outside. The upper deck measures 131 sq ft./ 40 square meters and is big enough for sunbathing.
Three cozy cabins below deck are equipped with separate beds and two portholes each. Another one has got a double bed with an additional bunk bed above the large bed, so that they can also be booked by three persons. On deck there are ten double cabins. Six of those have a double bed and four double cabins are equipped with separate beds. Captain Damir and his crew look forward to welcome our guests on board of their Linda. All cabins have air conditioning.

 

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Schedule & Price

Departs every Sunday from April 6th to October 19th

Per person, double occupancy, Comfort boat CAD $1300
Single cabin below deck supplement: $475
Supplement for above deck level Cabin $115
Electrobike option $130
Surcharge for dates: May 18th to Sep 28th $150
Surcharge for dates: October 5th and 12th $75

 

This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double cabin with private facilities
• 3 meals per day, starting with 3-course dinner on Sat. and ending with breakfast on the day of departure. Packed lunches included daily.
• 21 speed trekking bicycle with pannier
• insurance against theft or damage of your rental bike
• maps & road guide book
• multilingual German / English speaking guide
• 6 days of escorted cycling
• transfers to/from Rijeka Airport on embarkation & disembarkation days 

 

Airport / transfers

Four our journeys in the Kvarner Bay it is possible to fly to the airport of Rijeka which is near your port of embarkation Omisalj, on the island of Krk. From the airport you can take a taxi to the ship (Marina Omisalj, approx. 5km/20 euro), however transfers to/from Rijeka Airport on embarkation & disembarkation days are included.

Transfers are possible from the following nearby airports for 50 euro per person/way on embarkation/ disembarkation day only (reservation required):

– Pula (distance to Omisalj: 2 hours)
– Triest (distance to Omisalj: 3 hours)
– Ljubljana (distance to Omisalj: 3 hours)
– Zagreb (distance to Omisalj: 3 hours)

 

 

 

Optional Services:
• Additional night (B&B): from $65 CAD /Person in double room and $80 CAD in single room

 

 

This tour includes:

Excluded are:
• alcoholic & soda drinks and aboard the boat (tally system)
• local harbour taxes of 40 Euro (paid to captain)
• gratuities to guides and crew
• Helmets. These are mandatory and may be rented for free aboard ship, however we recommend you bring your own.