Kvarner Bay
From £990.00 Apr to Oct
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Easy Trip code - CMKB13

Guarded by the towering Velebit mountain range in the east and hugged by the Istria Peninsula in the northwest lie the Kvarner bay islands. Quiet coves of crystal clear water surround the dramatic landscapes of the Kvaner bay islands; green hills and rocky moon landscapes give way to small harbour towns rich in history and culture. Discover the charm of the Adriatic Sea for yourself by bike and boat on board one of our romantic motor yachts.

The day begins with a well-rounded breakfast leaving you fit to explore the diversity of the Kvarner bay islands on a guided bike tour. Be it the medieval city of Rab, the car-free road in the sky on Dugi Otok or the contemplative life of the dwellers on the flower island of Molat, each day brings with it new discoveries. Evenings are mostly spent in picturesque harbour towns with winding alleyways where a great range of bars and cafes stand host for a relaxing evening.

Often a mountain bike tour will run parallel to this tour on board the same ship in which case one tour guide will be allocated per group.

  • Diving off the boat into the Adriatic sea
  • The Francopan Castle in Krk
  • Cycling across Islands
  • Walks through centuries-old olive groves
  • The famous and delicios Pag cheese
  • Nights on the boat under the stars
  • Ice-cream parlours in the harbours
  • The chic seaside resort of Opatija
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 30 April 2017 to 7 May 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 7 May 2017 to 14 May 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 14 May 2017 to 21 May 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 21 May 2017 to 28 May 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 28 May 2017 to 4 June 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 4 June 2017 to 11 June 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 25 June 2017 to 2 July 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 2 July 2017 to 9 July 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 9 July 2017 to 16 July 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 16 July 2017 to 23 July 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 23 July 2017 to 30 July 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 20 August 2017 to 27 August 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 27 August 2017 to 3 September 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 3 September 2017 to 10 September 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 10 September 2017 to 17 September 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 17 September 2017 to 24 September 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 24 September 2017 to 1 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 1 October 2017 to 8 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 8 October 2017 to 15 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 15 October 2017 to 22 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00
From 22 October 2017 to 29 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£990.00

Supplements:

This tour is based on 7 nights in double cabins on a motorised yacht with crew. The tour is based on 2 people sharing a double cabin. Applicable supplements to this tour are as follows on a per person basis:

  • Upgrade to cabin above deck £60
  • Charge for a single cabin : £270 below deck, £360 upper deck (on request)
  • Bike hire: 21-gear road bike £55 ( includes insurance against theft and damage)
  • Bike hire: electric £110 ( includes insurance against theft and damage)
  • A safe parking space: 40 euro (to be paid to on-site)
  • Private transfer from Pula, Trieste or Ljubljana airport £40pp each way

 

Reductions:

  • You can book a cabin for three persons and receive a 50% discount for the third person on the basic tour price (regardless of age) on some of our ships. Further the third person doesn’t have to pay the on deck charge.
  • Children up to age 18 receive a discount of 25% on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 50% discount).

Accommodation:

The Andela Lora is a very elegant boat. The boat was only launched in spring 2012. This yacht is really an elegant steel
construction of the "deluxe category". With its imposing length of more than 40 yards und a breadth of more than 9 yards it is one of the biggest boats of our Croatian fleet. It has got 18 roomy cabins available for our guests (14-16² yards) – many of them are three- or four-bed cabins with tiled bathrooms and separate showers. Astern the boat has a bathing platform which facilitates the access to the open sea. A nice salon on the upper deck of the boat and many deck chairs for sunbathing on each platform make the voyage on the Andela Lora a very special one. The attentive and helpful crew is ready to do anything for a light-hearted journey into the past and presence of this wonderful island world.

Other Information:

Please note only children with sufficient stamina and a minimum age of 10 are capable of tackling the bike tours. The minimum height for rental bikes is 4 ft./ 1.20 m.

You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental bike helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).

 

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

  • 7 nights on a motor yacht with crew
  • Bed linen and towels
  • children seats (in limited number)
  • English speaking guide
  • Free: trailer bikes
  • Full board
  • Guided sightseeing tours according to our program

What's not included

  • Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Journey to Omisalj
  • Taxi from Omisalj airport to ship (ca. 20 euro)
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
  • Visitor’s tax and local charges 20 euro (to be paid to the captain)
  • Water flat rate charges for the week: 20 euro per person or 10 euro per child up to age 18
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Day 1:Krk Island to Peninsular of Istria approx 30 mins of walking

Private journey to the starting point Omišalj, a nice, quiet seaport on the isle of Krk. Enjoy the time till boarding and bathe in the Adriatic Sea or have an ice-cream in the nearby ice-cream parlour right at the harbour. Between 2 and 2:30 pm check-in on the motor yacht. At 3 pm the ship casts off taking us to Opatija in the Istrian Riviera. On our way the boat stops so that we may dive from the boat to have a swim in the open sea. After our arrival in Opatija our tour guide takes us for an interesting tour through the old town and the glamorous bathing resort.

Day 2: Goli Otok – Island of Rab- approx 3 hour walking and 7km cycling

In the morning a 3 hours walk is leading us along the water front of the famous Opatija-Riviera to Lovran where our boat is awaiting us. We cruise over to the island of Cres. Of course we have the opportunity to make a bathing stop. In the afternoon a small cycle tour around the city and along the water front takes place. Afterwards our tour guide invites us to take a walk through the Venetian old town of the Cres.

Day 3: Islands of Cres & Susak -approx 2 hours of walking

After breakfast we cruise to the artists’ village of Osor. The village is situated at a channel which was built during the roman period and separates the islands Cres and Lošinj. On a guided tour we learn about the connection between Cres and the Argonauts of the Greek mythology, why there are no snakes on the island and why the marten is still a popular currency in Croatia. The bay of Osor is very appealing with its crystal clear waters. We may take a bath until we return to the boat and move on to the small island of Susak. Here we can swim or take a hike with our guide.

ay 4: Islands of Lošinj & Molat approx 2 hours of walking and 9 km of cycling

In the morning we start a hike from the seafaring and health resort Mali Losinj with its large harbour, numerous cafes and brightly painted facades. The hike leads us along the water front and picturesque bays to Veli Losinj. The picturesque little port with its numerous fishing boats is dominated by the imposing church of St. Anton and we should not miss the opportunity to visit one of the fantastic ice cream cafes. Afterwards we cruise over to the flower island of Molat where we may cycle across the entire island.

Day 5: Islands of Pag & Rab approx 3 hours walking and 2-25km cycling

We sail to Lun on the island of Pag. From there we start our morning hike through the centuries-old olive groves and taste the famous cheese of Pag on our way. Then our boat takes us to the island of Rab which 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. In the afternoon we can go on a cycle tour along the water front which includes the opportunity of olive oil tasting. A guided tour through the old town of Rab rounds this exciting day off.

Day 6: Jablanac - Island of Goli Otok approx 2.5 hours of walking

After breakfast the boat brings us to Jablanac, a small fishing village on the Croatian mainland. We take a walk along the fjord-like bay Zavratnica, one of the most beautiful places of the Velebit mountain range. The crystal clear water invites for a swim. Then we cross over to Goli Otok (Croatian: naked island), a tiny island on which “Titos Hawai” the Yugoslavian high-security prison was situated from 1949-1988. Today the island is uninhabited but may be visited. The guided tour on Goli Otok is a very special experience.

Day 7: day (Mi) Island of Krk approx 15km

After a longer passage we reach Krk town. From here we start our bike tour to Punat and visit the monastery island Košljun. Back in Krk town we have enough time to take a stroll through the picturesque and historic old town. Then our boat cruises back to Omišalj where we end our exciting journey with a delicious meal on board in the evening.

Day 8: Disembarkation in Omišalj

After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.
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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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