Balearic Islands
From £1490.00 on set dates
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Easy Moderate Trip code - SBI13

Travel to the best-known and most popular group of islands in Europe! On the two-masted clipper Sir Robert Baden Powell and with her friendly crew you will get to know the Balearic Islands by way of the sea. The bike trips take you to the most beautiful locations and the most impressive sites. Passing medieval fortresses, secluded villages and white windmills, you bicycle through the varied scenery of the archipelagos and make frequent stops at inviting beaches with crystal-clear water or in cozy tapas bars with a wide selection of Spanish specialties.

The nights are spent anchored out at sea near the towns or in secluded bays. On board, you can help the crew to set sail or just sit back, relax and – under full sails – get a nose full of wind. This tour is very exclusive, being conceived and organised for a maximum of 14 persons under professional guidance.

  • Exploring Palma - the capital of Mallorca
  • Swimming at St.Elm
  • Strolling through Portinatx in the evening
  • Dinner in the exuberant Ibiza's old town
  • Looking out to Africa at La Mola lighthouse in Formentera
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 27 August 2017 to 3 September 2017
Mallorca to Ibiza
£1490.00
From 3 September 2017 to 10 September 2017
Ibiza to Mallorca
£1490.00
From 17 September 2017 to 24 September 2017
Ibiza to Mallorca
£1490.00
From 24 September 2017 to 1 October 2017
Mallorca to Ibiza
£1490.00
From 1 October 2017 to 8 October 2017
Ibiza to Mallorca
£1490.00

Accommodation:

Two-masted clipper “Sir Robert Baden Powell” (4 cabins with shower/WC – 2 cabins with wash basin and shared shower/WC)

The “Sir Baden Powell” (named, by the way, after the founder of the worldwide scout movement) is this year‘s addition to the fleet of Island Hopping sailing ships. The “Sir Baden Powell” was built in Magdeburgin 1957 as the tugboat “Robert.” Captain Karsten Boerner recognized that the solid hull and advantageous lines predestined the tugboat for a conversion into a sailing ship.

With a length of 42 meters and a width of 6.50 meters, she has room for seven comfortable cabins with active ventilation and air conditioning and can accommodate up to 14 people. Each cabin has an on the ground double bed. The Baden Powell owes her special charm to her lovingly cared for equipment as well as her helpful and extremely experienced crew, who travel with this ship in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. It is always an adventure when the crew set sails with the help of some guests and get this proud ship going. This is what makes this tour different from all our other programmed tours with motor ships.

Supplements:

½ a double cabin can only be booked on the Atlantis
Surcharge for a single cabin: £500.00
e-bike (i:SY Flyer Eco) 8-hub gear with Ortlieb pannier (max. 2 per tour/boat): £140.00 (booking in advance or £25 per day with booking on-site (limited; on request)
Insurance against theft and damage of the 21-gear rental bicycle: £10 per week or of the e-bike: £20 per week (not insured: gross negligence damage)
Group transfer between Airport Palma and Port de Soller (on day of embarkation only): £30 per person/way, if transfer is booked 14 days due to arrival; £60 per person/way, if transfer is booked 13 days and less due to arrival.

Reductions:

Cabin with shared WC/shower: £270 reduction

Other Notes:

  • Children in a good physical condition and of a minimum age of 10 can participate on this trip. Please note that the minimum height for the bikes we provide is 4.6 ft. (1,50 m)
  • The tour is conducted in English and German
  • We reserve the right to make alterations to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements.
  • This tour needs a min of 10 participants to operate

Upgrades

It is possible to hire a private yacht for your group on the same route. Please call for prices and availability.

What's included

  • 21-gear hybrid bike included with Ortlieb pannier
  • 5 guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
  • 7 nights Half Board in a double cabin
  • 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with a crew
  • Bed linen and towels; one change of towels

What's not included

  • Airport Transfers (see supplements)
  • Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Insurance
  • Meals and drinks ashore
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Day 1: Mallorca Island: Arrival Port de Soller

Individual arrival and group transfer from airport to the port of Soller. Your proud ship is ready for boarding at 6 pm. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage on board after 2 pm and spend the afternoon as you wish. Take a walk along the bay of Port de Soller or let the ancient tram swing you through orange groves to the town centre. Here, you can watch the lively scene while drinking a cup of coffee in the Placa de Constitucio before the first communal meal lures you back on board. During a welcome drink on deck, you receive a brief introduction to life on board and get to know the crew. Overnight stay in the harbor of Soller.

Day 2: Mallorca Island: Soller – Valdemossa – Port d’es Canonge – Port Andratx

The first stretch of cycling takes you from Soller along a curving coastal road to Valdemossa, a small town at an elevation of 400 m with its famous Carthusian monastery. The route is lined with highlights, such as the picturesque artists village of Deya and the former Son Marroig Estate. After an extensive lunch break you continue biking along an enchanting mountain road all the way arcoss the pass de Claret. Many beautiful vistas high above the sea will soon make you forget all the exertion. A fast descent takes you to the harbour of Port d’es Canonge. It's time to: Cast off! You cruise along the impressive cliff coast of the Tramuntana Mountains on your way to Port Andratx. Noble yachts and original fishing boats lying closely side by side lend a very special charm to this harbor.

Day 3: Mallorca Island: Port d' Andratx – Peguera – Andratx – Sant Elm

Todays cycling tour leads you along the coastline till you reach the holiday resort Peguera. You continue cycling on calm roads across a 240 m-high pass until Andratx, a community that managed to preserve its original charm. You are heading to the likeable and quiet resort of Sant Elm, where you spent the afternoon as you like. Go for a swim at the beautiful local beach or join a walk to the old watchtower. Also possible is a boat trip to the offshore island „Dragonera“, which has been a nature and bird sanctuary since 1995. You spend the night on anchor between the coast and the offshore island of Dragonera. Whoever feels like it can use the time until dinner for a refreshing dip in the sea.

Day 4: Mallorca Island – Ibiza Island (sailing day)

You lift anchor early in the morning and head towards Ibiza. After an extensive breakfast, the helmsman gives you an introduction to the art of sailing and explains the most important functions of the rigging. Now sailing enthusiasts can take an active part in the sailing of the ship. For those who would rather watch, it's enough to enjoy the fresh sea breeze or to settle down with a book they have always wanted to read. After arriving Ibiza, there is time for a refreshing swim in the sea or a walk along the untouched, rugged north coast of the island. Framed by steep rocks you stay on your proud ship anchoring overnight in the bay of Benirras.

Day 5: Ibiza Island: Benirras – Es Canar - Insel Formentera

Today's cycle tour takes you at first along a wooded mountainous stretch at an elevation of 300 m to the beautiful beach of Sant Vincente, where you take a short swim and coffee break. You continue first along the coastline and later on through the agricultural centre of the island. We stop for lunch in a little village called Sant Carlos coming up with a large amount of Ibizan specialities. Afterwards you cycle some more km to your ship which takes you to the next island: Formentera. It is the smallest inhabited island of the Balearic Islands and often quite justly called the Carribean of the Mediterranean. You also should not miss ending the day with a relaxing cocktail at the beach bar in the bay of Es Calo to let the day fade away.

Day 6: Formentera Island: Es Calo – La Savina – Insel Ibiza: Cala d´Hort

In the morning, you make a side trip by bicycle to the lighthouse La Mola, which Jules Verne mentions in one of his novels as „the lighthouse at the end of the world.“ The cliffs behind the lighthouse fall off steeply for 140 m, and it is said that in good weather conditions one can see all the way to Africa. You continue cycling to the dreamily island capital Sant Francesc passing cubic houses and wheat fields already recaptured by wild flowers. You meet your ship at the northernmost point of the island to sail to your overnight stay at the marvellous bay of Cala d’Hort on Ibiza. Take the chance to go ashore for a swim or simply to enjoy the view at the myth-enshrouded rocky island of Es Vedra.

Day 7: Cala d’ Hort - Es Jondal - Ibiza Stadt

The last cycle trip of the tour starts with a short but severe uphill climb out of the bay of Cala d’Hort till you reach the cliff coast. A breathtaking view onto the bay and at the rocky island as well as onto the ship passing by will make you dream. Afterwards you cycle tour leads you into the interior of the Island. Fennel-lined streets take you around the highest point of the Island. Your cycling tour leads you along fennel-lined streets, around the highest point of the Island towards the sea passing vineyards and white-washed fincas as well as the lovely little town of St. Josef. After lunch and a stop for swimming, you sail to Ibiza Town, where you go on a sight-seeing tour of the UNESCO-protected Old Town. Among the walls of the mighty fortification system, the grand past of the island metropolis becomes alive. The last evening is traditionally spent in a cosy get-together of guests, crew and tour guides. You spend the night in the harbour of Ibiza Town.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, check-out until 9.00 am and individual journey home.
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Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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