Cruising and Cycling in Kvarner Bay (Croatia)

Cruising and Cycling in Kvarner Bay (Croatia) 455 , 8 Days

Discover more of Croatia by bike in the Northern region of the country with a start in Opatija

Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Krk, Rab and Cres islands on the bike and lying on the sun chair on the deck of the ship. We go on land with the bikes on different harbors and towns and while we cycle enjoying wonderful views the ship sails to the next harbor. After the cycling we go on pleasant walks in the towns and visit restaurants with local traditional Mediterranean cuisine. You can skip the cycling and choose to explore the variety and natural world of the islands at your pace.

Highlights:

♦ Opatija – a popular summer and winter resort, surrounded by beautiful woods, known for its symbol - the statue Maiden with seagull
♦ Krk Island – the largest island in The Adriatic sea and the most populous, popular destination due to its proximity to Slovenia
♦ Cres Town – a town with narrow streets, where cars are not allowed and where one can buy homemade olive oil and wine


Itinerary:

Day 1: Opatija - Krk Island   
Arrival in Opatija and check-in on the ship after 11:00 h. Lunch before the departure at 13:00 h. Two-hour journey to the island of Krk is the best time to meet your fellow passengers and the crew. Krk is the largest of the Kvarner islands where we will have an easy start ride from the former fisherman village Malinska to the town of Krk. The most of the track is a newly paved bike path made between Malinska and Krk. Overnight on board.
Cycling: 16 km

Day 2: Krk Island
Today you will bike surrounded by Mediterranean scented vegetation, through fields of chestnuts and fig trees to the village of Dobrinj. After Dobrinj you will pass through the valley of vineyards and reach the north east part of the island and unique town of Vrbnik. Town of Vrbnik knows also as a museum town is built on 50 meters high rock and is home to the golden Zlahtina wines. After strolling through some of the narrowest streets in the world and sipping some wine, we go back to the town of Krk, where we spend the night and have our dinner. Another option will be overnight in the town of Punat.
Cycling: approx. 38 km

Day 3: Rab Island
While we eat our breakfast the boat will take us to Lopar on the island of Rab. From there our biking path will lead us to a sandy beach bay which is very unusual for Kvarner islands. After that we cycle through the interior of the island, past the beautiful bay Supetarska Draga and direction the ancient walled city of Rab with its four famous bell towers situated on an arrow shaped spit of land. Around noon our boat will be just outside the old town of Rab in the harbour and after lunch one will have opportunity to enjoy the old town atmosphere or to cycle more to the nature reserve of 'Dundo' forest on the peninsula Kalifront and back to Rab. Overnight in the port of Rab.
Cycling: approx. 22 km / second part: approx. 21 km

Day 4: Pag Island
After a short crossing to the island of Pag we start a tour along the beautiful landscape of the island. Our first stop is village of Lun with the thousand years old olive tree and the many stone walls that were built by the residents as a protection against the wind. Please, be careful when cycling on the island because there are many sheep on the road. In Novalja you have the opportunity to go back to ship, or to move on further with the group. We definitely recommend a break in a traditional tavern to taste the famous Pag cheese. In the idyllic village of Mandre we go back to ship and have lunch on board. We continue our cruise to the island Ilovik where you will have opportunity to enjoy the optional captains dinner. Overnight in Ilovik.
Cycling: approx. 20 km to Novalja / approx. 35 km to Mandre 

Day 5: llovik Island - Losinj Island
Ilovik is the smallest island of this trip and therefore also the most romantic one. After breakfast we leave for Mali Losinj. On the route you will see many wonderful bays and beaches. Lunch is on board after which we continue to the island of Lošinj to cycle to the fishermen's village of Veli Lošinj and visit one of the many bays surrounded by pine trees on Čikat peninsula. Overnight in Mali Lošinj, with numerous cafes and many colourfully painted house fronts.
Cycling: approx. 21 km

Day 6: Losinj Island - Cres Island
After breakfast we cycle through the pine and laurel trees on the panorama route direction island of Cres. Our first stop is the artistic village of Osor, where you have the chance to go back to your boat and have relaxing afternoon or to take another more strenuous part of the cycling towards the fishing village Martinscica, where lunch will be served on board. The ship continues to the historic town of Cres for free evening and overnight.
Cycling: approx. 24 km to Cres / approx. 45 km to Martinscica  

Day 7: Opatija and Hinterland
During breakfast the ship takes us to Moscenicka Draga on the Opatija Riviera. From there we go along the coastal road with spectacular views of the sea and the islands to town of Brsec, situated above the sea on a rock. We take a coffee break here and a walk through the small village with two churches. After the break you can decide whether to take the same coastal road again biking alone back to the ship or select the more difficult version to cycle together with your guide to St. Jelena hill and further to Lovran. Lunch on the ship and continue to Opatija, where you have free evening to admire this beautiful city, walk through the parks or along the 12 km long sea promenade. Overnight in Opatija.
Cycling: approx. 27 km / to St. Jelena - approx. 27 km

Day 8: Departure
Early morning breakfast and disembarkation


How to get there: Opatija is close to Pula, Rijeka, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Trieste airport. From any of these airports private transfer can be arranged to Opatija. From Zagreb to Opatija, you can take a bus all year round. The travel time is between 3 and 4 hours, and all bus departures are from the bus station in Zagreb. You can read more and check bus chedules online here.

Important to know: The length of the daily cycling routes is estimated and informative and depends of various detours or short cuts that can be done on route. All boat routes and cycle routes are weather dependent and therefore may be locally changed by decision of your captain and tour guide. At almost all days it is possible to have half day or full day cycling. 


Price Includes:
7 nights accommodation on the ship in twin-bedded cabins on deck with private WC and shower
half board (breakfast and lunch most days; sometimes breakfast and dinner depending on the cycling route for the day. Except lunch only on day 1 and breakfast only on day 8)
local English-speaking bike guide

Not Included:
International flight tickets
transport airport-ship-airport
tourist tax 40 Eur per person/per week paid on spot upon embarkation
entrance fees for parks and sights
tips
insurances
drinks and meals not mentioned above
personal expenses

Additional Services:
Single cabin: + 50% of the price
bike rental: 115 EUR per person/week (bikes are equipped with helmet; bottle holder and small bag)
e-bikes: 170 EUR (limited availability)
Cabins below deck at lower price are available: price on request
Cabins in Premium ships are available: price on request


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Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

These tours include trekking which is a little harder, normally on a challenging terrain. We take it for granted that you are in good condition and fit. You should be physically prepared at home to get the maximum of the tour. Most of the trekking is done at a greater height (max 3000m).

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