THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURY AND ADVENTURE

Itinerary

Split Southern Route Split Southern Route
SPLIT
DAY 1 | Start

Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses.

Check-in is from 10.30am to 12.00pm (midday). Please note your cabin may not be ready until 12:30pm. Your ship will depart the harbour at 1pm sharp.

Previously known as the Split Southern Route

MILNA
DAY 1 | Overnight Stay

We depart from Split harbour at 13:00, with lunch onboard as you get to know your fellow shipmates. We sail from the mainland and head toward the island of Brac, arriving mid-afternoon. From here, you will start your first ride, cycling to Bobovišça, a small hamlet set on the western side of Brac just under the mountain top, overlooking the sea. You will be able to dive into the turquoise water here or enjoy a coffee. Upon return to Milna, we suggest you take a ride along the stunning coastline. We spend the night in the harbour of Milna, whose picturesque natural stone houses border the deep bay.

Todays Cycle: Milna - Bobovisca

  • Distance: 5.5km
  • Dificulty: 3/5
  • Start/End Altitude: 0m
  • Maximum Altitude: 173m
  • Total Ascent/Descent: 198m
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BOL
DAY 2 | Overnight Stay

This first stage begins with a climb to the crest of a hill, past stunning local flora. The white stone visible here was used to build the White House in Washington and the Reichstag in Berlin. At the 35km mark, you have the opportunity to try traditional food and wine in a local village (please note lunch is optional). The panoramic views of the neighbouring island of Hvar are well worth the ascent! In Bol itself, you can visit the Golden Horn beach (about 2.5km from the port), take a swim, or stroll through the local streets. The ship anchors for the night in Bol, with dinner served onboard.

Todays Cycle: Bobovisca - Bol

  • Distance: 39.2km
  • Dificulty: 5/5
  • Maximum Altitude: 580m
  • Total Ascent/Descent: 1069m
  • Surface: Paved, short part to Gazul village is gravel
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HVAR
DAY 3 | Overnight Stay

The island of Hvar is famous for its multi-coloured fields of rosemary and lavender. On the first cycling stage you'll make your way through the many villages on the island via paved and gravel roads. From Jelsa, we cycle towards Vrboska and then down to Stari Grad, one of Croatia's oldest towns (dating back to 385BC), where we will stop for a break. We continue on towards Hvar Town, passing through the villages of Grablje (known for its wine and olive oil) and Brusje. The day ends at the historical town of Hvar for an opportunity to visit the cathedral and Gothic palaces. We spend the night in Hvar Town harbour, with dinner served onboard.

Todays Cycle: Jelsa - Hvar

  • Distance: 26.4km
  • Dificulty: 4/5
  • Maximum Altitude: 259m
  • Total Ascent/Descent: 642m
  • Surface: Paved / Gravel
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KORCULA
DAY 4 | Overnight Stay

There are two possible routes today, depending on the fitness of the group: Vela Luka - Korcula (a strenuous 44km) or Racìišçe - Lumbarda - Korcula (an easier 24km). The peaceful and secluded gardens of cypress trees here make Korcula one of the most beautiful of the Adriatic islands. Korcula claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo and the name can be seen all over the island. Our final destination is the medieval town of Korcula with its attractive narrow streets. This is where we will spend the night, with dinner being served onboard.

Todays Cycle: Vela-Luka - Korcula

  • Distance: 41.7km
  • Dificulty: 4/5
  • Maximum Altitude: 502m
  • Total Ascent/Descent: 809m
  • Surface: Paved
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MLJET
DAY 5 | Overnight Stay

Breakfast is served onboard, en route to the island of Mjlet, also known as Honey-Island. Mljet two lakes (Great Lake and Small Lake). In the twelfth century, Benedictine built a monastery here in a secluded spot, surrounded by pine and oak forests. Today this area is a National Park and the high point of any tour of Dalmatia. You can cycle around the National Park's salt-water lake, in which there is actually another island (Mljet National Park entry - 70 Kuna October - May and 125 Kuna June - September). ). After lunch, you are free to explore more of the island by bike or perhaps swim or kayak in the Small Lake. The ship will overnight in the port of Pomena on Mljet.

Todays Cycle: Pomena

  • Distance: 7.8km
  • Dificulty: 1/5
  • Maximum Altitude: 69m
  • Total Ascent/Descent: 198m
  • Surface: Paved / Gravel
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MAKARSKA
DAY 6 | Overnight Stay

This morning we sail toward the Peljesac peninsula. Today's cycling begins in Trstenik and takes you through the most famous wine growing area in Dalmatia and on to the town of Orebic. The climb is not easy, but rewards you with a magnificent view of the neighbouring island of Korcula. You can then join the ship in Orebic or for those feeling energetic, continue on for a further 18km to Loviste, where lunch will be served onboard. The ship finally cruises to Makarska, a popular town at the base of the impressive Biokovo mountain range. The ship will overnight in either Baska Voda or Makarska for the night.

Route 1: Trstenik - Orebic

  • Distance: 28.5km
  • Dificulty: 3/5
  • Maximum Altitude: 414m
  • Total Ascent/Descent: 749m
  • Surface: Paved
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Route 2: Trstenik - Loviste

  • Distance: 45.4km
  • Dificulty: 4/5
  • Maximum Altitude: 414m
  • Total Ascent/Descent: 1166m
  • Surface: Paved
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SPLIT

DAY 7 | Overnight Stay

After breakfast onboard, we will take our last bike ride of the week. The route takes us to Radmanove Mlinice, where the "Winnetou" movies were filmed, along the valley of the Cetina river, right underneath the mountains. In Omis, you can visit the Mirabella Fortress, which offers views over the channel towards Brac island. After lunch onboard, the ship will sail back to the city of Split, where you can take a tour of the fascinating Roman Diocletian's Palace. After a relaxed city walk in this unique historic town, you return to your ship in the nearby harbour.

Todays Cycle: Omis - Split

  • Distance: 25.7km
  • Dificulty: 2/5
  • Maximum Altitude: 81m
  • Total Ascent/Descent: 311m
  • Surface: Paved
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DAY 8 | Finish

This morning it's time for an early onboard breakfast, before saying goodbye to the crew and all of your new friends. Please note, it is possible for you to leave the ship as early as needed on Saturday morning to catch flights, as all ships will be in port by Friday night.

Please Note:

All of the activities offered on this itinerary are informative only and are for your planning benefit. These are booked and paid for locally if you wish to participate. There is no obligation to participate in these activites.

2020 PRICING

Olimp
4.8/5 OPEN REVIEWS
Departures Lower Deck Above Deck
19th April £899 £999

*The above is for pricing purposes only, please submit an enquiry for availability.

YOUR SHIP

OLIMP

Olimp Side Plan
Olimp Top Sundeck
Olimp Saloon Deck *Cabin plans are for illustrative purposes only
Olimp Above Deck Cabins *Cabin plans are for illustrative purposes only
Olimp Lower Deck Cabins *Cabin plans are for illustrative purposes only

INCLUSIONS

Inclusions

Our Bikes & Jersey's

STANDARD BIKE

Our high quality bikes are available for rent on all Cycle Croatia Cruises for an additional £90 per person. We use 24 speed, modern hybrid bikes that are all around a year old. Our Standard Cycle is a Cross 28”. Helmets are provided with every bike hire, and all cycles include a water bottle holder and small pouch for carrying money. You’ll be asked for your height prior to your cruise to ensure we can organise the perfect bike for you.

Rent for: £90
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Frame: 700C Alloy
Fork: Suntour matt black NEX P
Chainset: Shimano Acera T3010-8 48-36-26 T
Front/Rear derailleurs: Shimano Alivio T4000/ T4000-TS
Shifters: Shimano Alivio SLM 4000
Cassette: Shimano CS HG 400
Brakes: V Breake BR- T4010
E-BIKE

Our high quality e-bikes are available to rent on all Cycle Croatia Cruises for an additional £160 per person. We use Flyer 20” E-bikes that charge overnight and are perfect for guests who prefer a more relaxed experience on their cruise. Helmets are provided with every e-bike hire, and all include a water bottle holder and small pouch for carrying money. E-bikes can cover approximately 80 - 100 kilometers per charge (depending on the terrain and users riding skills), allowing you to negotiate the challenging terrain featured on our itineraries with ease.

Rent for: £160
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Drive System: Panasonic with 4 levels of support & LCD screen
Engine: Panasonic
Battery: 12Ah/36V Panasonic
Charger: 36V Panasonic
Tires: Schwalbe Big Ben, 55-406
Brakes: Magura HS22 hydraulic system RIM
Brakes: V Breake BR- T4010
BRING YOUR OWN

You have the option to bring your own bike on all Cycle Croatia Cruises at no additional cost. Please note if you're bringing your own bike on the cruise, that you will need to ensure you have a fully stocked repair kit, so that our guides can help you out should you face any technical issues along the way!

CYCLE JERSEY

Our original merchandise, slim fitting Cycle Jersey features a unisex cut and is perfect for comfort and agility whilst cycling. The Jerseys short sleeves, antibacterial R-T ex fabric and front zipper design ensure you're comfortable and dry in the heat, with the 3 part back pocket allowing you to easily carry cash on the go. Order your Cycle Jersey for just £39 and it will be available for you to collect at check-in before your cruise!

Buy for: £39
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Unisex cut
Tight fit
Short sleeve
Fully Concealed zipper
5 size options - 1½'' difference in width
CY-Tex fabric - ultra dry
3 part back pocket

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the departure/arrival times?

Our Olimp Cycle Special departs on Sundays at 13:00 from Split harbour. The ship returns to Split on a Saturday afternoon, with the last night of the cruise spent in Split. You are able to disembark the ship after breakfast between 8am and 9am on Sunday morning.

What are the cabin arrangements?

Cabins onboard Olimp are our most luxurious and spacious cabins across our fleet, consisting of a Twin or Double bed, ensuite and air-conditioning. Twin or Double bed cabins are confirmed during the booking stage, so please let us know your preferences. Triple cabins may also be available. Triple cabins consist of a double bed and a single bunk, and we provide a 10% discount per person. Please check with our Sales Team for Triple Cabin availabilities. Each cabin is approximately 10-12 square meters (including the ensuite).

What is the difference between Above/Lower Deck cabins?

Above Deck cabins are located on the main deck of the ship and may have internal or external access. The Lower Deck cabins are situated in the hull of the ship and are accessed via stairs from the main deck down into the hull. The Lower Deck cabins are slightly more affordable than the Above Deck cabins, however they are usually slightly larger in size as there is no walk-way around the outside. They are also often cooler and quieter in the evenings. The main benefit with the Above Deck cabins is that they are on the main or upper deck, easily accessible without having to use the stairs!

What meals are served on-board?

Each morning, the onboard cook will prepare a buffet breakfast, with hot and cold dishes. A traditional three course lunch (or dinner) is also served daily, prepared by our onboard cook. During lunch/dinner, guests are welcome to a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink. There is a Captain's dinner (complete with entertainment) also included in the Olimp Cycle special cruise. On the other evenings, we encourage you to explore the local towns in the evening and enjoy the local cuisine. We can offer suggestions on the best places to go.

How challenging are the rides?

We recommend you have a reasonable level of fitness to participate in our Olimp Cycle Special Cruises. Each day’s ride brings a different challenge, and your guide will cater the route to your group’s interests and abilities. If you don't feel up to riding, or feel a particular day may be too strenuous for you, you’re welcome to spend the day swimming or relaxing onboard. The average cycling distance is around 20-30 miles per day across varied terrain including light off-road trails, gravel roads and asphalted routes.

What is the cost of the weekly bike hire?

Standard weekly bike hire is £90 per person and includes both the bike and a helmet. We also offer high quality Electric Bikes, allowing you to see more of Croatia with less of a workout (an additional £70 on top of the £90 bike and helmet rental price).

Are the rental bikes good quality & what if i have mechanical issues en route?

Absolutely. We use 24 speed, modern mountain bikes that are all around a year old. Our standard bike type is: Cross and Felt 28”, E-bikes: Flyer 20”. Helmets are also provided and each bike includes a water bottle holder and small pouch for carrying money/sunglasses. Your guide will carry a repair kit to take care of any minor fixes such as a flat tyre or broken chain. We also bring a couple of spare bikes along on every cruise so you always have the option of swapping bikes.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes you can. In some areas (e.g. Mljet National Park), parts of the trail are off-road, so some road cycles may not be appropriate, however your guide can either give you an alternate route or arrange for a day's cycle hire with a thicker-tyre bike.

Can I bring food and drink onboard?

You cannot bring food and drink onboard, except for items that fill specific dietary requirements. Each ship has its own bar and drinks consumed onboard (including bottled water) must be purchased from here. You have unlimited access to the onboard water cooler during the salon opening times. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle with you onboard, and filling this up before the salon closes for the evening.

Are there any extra costs?

A local payment of 30 Euros per person is payable onboard your Sail Croatia Cruise. This payment incorporates port fees and tourist taxes throughout the week and is subject to change. Meals and water purchased on your rides is also an additional expense (unlimited access to the onboard water cooler is available during Salon opening hours. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle).

Am I able to use the jacuzzi onboard 24/7?

You’re welcome to relax in the onboard jacuzzi throughout your cruise. Please note that the jacuzzi may not be available at all times due to conditions such as electricity consumption, fresh water usage onboard and weather conditions.