Bike and Boat: Cycling Croatia’s Islands

The Tajna Mora - our boat while on this bike and boat tour in Croatia.
  • Length 8 days
  • From USD$5350
  • Style/Level Bike and Boat 3.0
  • Countries Croatia
  • Begin/End Split/Split

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and its islands have been a favorite seaside destination among Europeans for over a century. Join us as we explore this spectacular limestone coastline by bicycle AND boat! Arrive early to explore Split, where you’ll see Diocletian’s 3rd century palace (still inhabited by descendants of the Romans who settled this area!). We’ll board our luxury gulet (traditional Mediterranean wooden sailboat) in Split and head off on an aquatic adventure, sleeping on board the ship. On our tour, we pedal three of the Mediterranean’s most picturesque and well-known islands – Bra?, Hvar and Kor?ula – and also visit smaller, more out of the way islands like Vis and Solta. If you decide you want a break from the bike there will be ample opportunities to explore tiny fishing villages, swim in the sea or even stand up paddle boarding from our boat.


  • Sleeping aboard a luxury gullet, Ancient cities of Split, Kor?ula Island and Town, Hvar Town and Island, Dalmatian Islands, Secluded and Scenic Beaches, Swimming in the Adriatic, Paddle boarding off the boat


  • 8 days, 7 nights accommodation on a luxury boat, meals as noted in itinerary, visit to a local honey producer, a stone cutting school visit, pick up from Split

  • All Bike and Boat tour inclusions

Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

In the event of bad weather or rough seas the itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of our boat captain. Cabin space is limited so consider the size of your luggage. WiFi may be sporadic on-board.

For more questions about the boat check out our Bike & Boat FAQ

Date Price Private room fee Note
Oct 6-13, 2024 USD$5350 USD$1100 Will-shares not available. 2 private rooms available.  
DateOct 6-13, 2024
Private room feeUSD$1100
NoteWill-shares not available. 2 private rooms available.  

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  • Total distance 168 – 286 Kms (104 -178 miles)
  • Average daily distance 28 – 48 km (17 – 30 miles)
  • Tour style Bike and Boat
  • Tour level 3.0

Highlights: Medieval center of Split, easy test ride, Marjan peninsula, cruise to Brač island

Arrive in seaside Split early to enjoy the stunning beaches, medieval passageways and Diocletian’s expansive palace (built at the turn of the 3rd century A.D.). Be sure to get an early lunch because your adventure begins at noon with a bike fitting and easy bike ride around the town’s Marjan peninsula (the Central Park of Split) and finish at the dock to board our gullet, the Tajna Mora – our floating home for the next week. Enjoy the scenery as we cruise to the island of Bra? where we will dock for the night.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Tajna Mora Sail Boat

Highlights: Scenic views on the ride to Pucisca, visit the stone cutting school in Pucisca, enjoy the beach at Zlatni Rat

How much island riding would you like? Pedal by the sea from the dock to tiny Pucisca with time for a coffee before visiting the stone cutting school or artisan workshop in Pucisca, which is famous for its white stone (it most famously appears in the White House). Those wanting a small challenge can continue up and over the island to a height of 440 meters above sea level to enjoy a smooth descent into beautiful Bol (others can take a shuttle there). Take time to explore the coast near Bol, especially the famous long white beach at Zlatni Rat. Return to our boat for the night, enjoy the view of the island you’ve pedaled while lounging and enjoying dinner with a view.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Tajna Mora Sail Boat

Highlights: Ride narrow Hvar island, ridge top cycling, evening in medieval Korčula

This morning you’ll pedal a loop amidst the olive groves of Jelsa interior before you gently climb to the central ridge of Hvar island for views over the coast and the open Adriatic sea. Enjoy superb scenery as you descend to Bristova Bay, where you can partake in lunch and perhaps a swim. Back on the boat we’ll cruise to Kor?ula island and its namesake capital. Take time to wander the narrow streets of old town Kor?ula. Founded as a Greek colony in the 4th century and controlled mostly by Venice from 1000 AD until 1797, Kor?ula retains the 14th century fortress style bestowed upon it by Venice.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Tajna Mora Sail Boat

Highlights: Seaside vistas, quaint towns and picturesque wide bay and coves at Vela Luka

If you want an easier day today, depart Kor?ula for a shorter route through pine, olive groves and sandy vineyards to the quaint seaside town of Lumbarda and then back to Kor?ula to continue north to another small town where you can jump back on the boat for a leisurely cruise to the town of Vela Luka. If you crave more time on the bike, summit the island at 500 meters after the town of Pupnat and continue a scenic and quiet ride along Kor?ula Island to the small port town of Vela Luka to meet the boat. Depending on time and weather, we’ll sleep near Vela Luka or continue to the next island, island of Vis.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Tajna Mora Sail Boat

Highlights: Island loop ride on Vis, swimming from the boat, Peka meal

We cruise this morning to the Island of Vis it will be a leisurely morning. In Vis we’ll taking a short loop ride on the rarely visited but exceptionally beautiful small island of Vis. Along the way we’ll enjoy a special peka lunch in a local konoba– fish, meat or a vegetarian meal cooked under a unique iron bell. You can ride the east side for a shorter loop and plenty of time to jump in the sea (even from the boat!, or ride around the whole island for a more challenging ride.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging : Tajna Mora Sail Boat

Highlights: Boat ride to Hvar Island, Hvar Town, UNESCO World Heritage site Stari Grad, oldest town on Hvar

We’re back to Hvar Island today, visiting the capital itself —Hvar Town. Settled by colonists from the Greek island of Paros in the 4th century BC, Hvar Island was dominated for centuries by the Venetians. Those wanting a challenge can cycle up and over the narrow island through cultivated vineyards and abandoned lavender fields surrounded by stone walls and panoramic views of the coastline. Or, you can opt for a shorter loop ride on the north side of the island. Our destination is the town of Stari Grad, the oldest on the island and one of the oldest towns settled on all the Adriatic islands. Enjoy a walk and/or drink around the tiny medieval streets before returning to the boat for a swim and dinner on board.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Tajna Mora Sail Boat

Highlights: Quaint Solta Island, Tvrdic Honey Farm visit, traverse an island, small villages

After breakfast, our boat will take us to the tiny, picturesque island of Solta, whose economy is largely sustained by olives, fruit, fishing and some beach tourism. This small island just off the larger and more well-known island of Bra? boasts rocky beaches, harbors and inlets, and quiet villages. Our ride today includes a stop at the Tvrdic Honey Farm where you can enjoy lunch and a visit to this family hobby turned profession. Continue on across the island to the other towns or return to our boat for a shorter ride. Prepare for a celebratory dinner together!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Tajna Mora Sail Boat

Highlights: Cruise and visit Split

Our tour ends after breakfast this morning and one final boat ride together from Solta to the bustling port in Split. If you didn’t have a chance to explore the fascinating Roman city of Split, take the opportunity now as it has a few incredible sites not to be missed. Or head on to your next adventure. Whatever your travel plans from here, thank you for joining us!

Meals : Breakfast

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