Cycling Cruise: Bike Split North
Island hop and cycle your way around hidden gems of Croatia’s islands. Pedal past undiscovered coves, fragrant pine forests and colorful fishing towns before boarding your traditional wooden ship and casting off to reach the next island.
Discover fascinating history with the help of the on-board cruise director.
Bring your own bike, or rent one whilst there.
At a Glance
- Start and finish in the ancient city of Split, a Roman palace which today is the bustling Old Town
- Visit many islands which are off the tourist trail, like Ugljan, the Zadar archipelago’s sunniest island
- Enjoy varied levels of cycling at your own pace
- Visit UNESCO-listed Sibenik with its famous cathedral and explore the walled city of Zadar
- Enjoy swimstops from the ship when you moor in secluded bays
Day by Day Itinerary
Your Croatia cycling cruise begins in Split. Be sure to allow for plenty of time to arrive, with check-in available through 1 p.m.
After we make our departure, you’ll enjoy lunch while meeting and mingling with your fellow passengers. Our route brings us north with the first spot Rogoznica, set within a deep, protected bay known as one of the loveliest spots in the Adriatic, complete with secluded coves and hidden beaches.
From here, you’ll enjoy your first ride, an easy one, covering about 8.7 miles. Cycle the coast road to Zmajevo Oko and then continue through vineyards and olive groves toward Saric Courts before descending to Primosten where we’ll anchor overnight.
Sali (B, L, CD)
Early in the morning we’ll cruise to Vodice, known for its many scenic bike routes. The day includes 28.5 miles of cycling, split into two parts, with the first stretch traveling to the picturesque village of Tribunj, known for its donkey racing and waterfront cafes.
Crossing to the island of Murter by bridge, we’ll ride to Murter village passing the sea and pine forests. Back on the ship, enjoy lunch while cruising to Dugi Otok. Your next ride travels to Telascica Nature Park, home to 15 species of raptors and the rare and endangered peregrine falcon.
After our return to Sali, you’ll be able to join the optional captain’s dinner on board.
Monday: Zadar (B, D)
Our final destination today is Zadar, but you’ll experience plenty of delights before reaching the 3,000-year-old walled city.
After breakfast, we’ll pedal the main island road to the northern part of Dugi Otok for an in-depth look at a fine example of a place where opposites contrast. Here, soaring cliffs and lush vegetation collide with secluded beaches and charming villages, providing a uniquely unforgettable 17.4-mile ride to Brbinj.
Afterwards, we cruise to Zadar where you’ll have the afternoon to enjoy it at your leisure. Stroll the cobbled streets for a walk through some of Croatia’s most impressive history and architecture, with its blend of classical Viennese secessionist architecture and Austro-Hungarian heritage.
Vodice (B, L)
This morning we’ll depart Zadar, sailing to Ugljan, known as the Zadar archipelago’s sunniest island. An easy 19.25-mile ride will be enjoyed on your Croatia biking tour today, starting from Preko village, traveling along the east coast to Kali and Kukljica, continuing south across the bridge to Pasman Island, known as the island of “little people with big hearts,” and the island of “joy and happiness.”
Its surrounded by stunning blue waters kept crystal-clear and pristine thanks to the sea currents, bringing lots of bottlenose dolphins that can often be spotted.
The ship awaits in Tkon, known for its delicious native clam. Hop back onboard and we’ll sail to Vodice, enjoying beautiful views of the gem-like Kornati Islands.
Sibenik (B, D)
Cruising early to medieval Sibenik, as we pull into port, you’ll get a fantastic view of this 1,000-year-old UNESCO-listed city and its 16th-century fortress.
Our Croatia biking tour will cover 15.5 miles today, including Krka National Park, renowned for its magnificent waterfalls like Skradinski Buk and Roski slap. You’ll even the opportunity to enjoy a swim in the tranquil waters that lie beneath.
Enjoy relaxing while surrounded by the awe-inspiring natural beauty before returning to Sibenik. You’ll have the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure – don’t the majestic stone palaces and St. James Cathedral, the most important Renaissance monument in the country.
Trogir (B, L)
An easy 12.4-mile cycle today begins after breakfast with our first stop the Fortress of St. Nicholas. It was built nearly 500 years ago to protect Sibenik from Turkish invaders arriving from the sea.
After visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site, we’ll continue to the saltwater lakes of Vela and Mala Solina and then pass the popular tourist village of Solaris, stopping for a swim off the shores of one of the idyllic beaches along the way.
After returning to the ship in Sibenik, enjoy lunch as we cruise to the ancient walled city of Trogir. Founded in the 3rd century BC, it’s home to some of the most well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic architecture in Central Europe.
Split (B, L)
The last leg of your Croatia cycling holiday brings us to the island of Ciovo. We’ll ride 16 miles today, first along the coast, followed by an ascent to the mid-16th century Church of our Lady of Prizidnica, tucked between precipitous cliffs overlooking the sea.
It’s downhill to Slatine and then another ascent to the island’s highest point which provides a view of Kastela, Split and the mountains.
After returning to Trogir we’ll sail back to Split where you’ll have the afternoon free, perfect for a highly recommended walking tour through the over 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace.
The most difficult day of your cycling cruise in Croatia has arrived, disembarkation day. Enjoy breakfast and time for goodbyes to new friends made, with checkout at 9 a.m.
Of course, you’ll have plenty of memories to take home with you and we hope that you’ll join us on another memorable excursion again.
Cycling Route: Be aware that all mileage for cycling routes as estimated and can change if detours or shortcuts are taken. The specific cycling and cruising routes may also be changed due to weather or to suit the cycling capabilities of participants. The daily cycling tours usually start after breakfast.
Bicycles: Bicycles are available for rent or you can bring your own. Either way, the repair kits are mandatory. You’ll also want to keep in mind that we’re unable to cover any damage that might occur to personal bicycles, whether on a cycling tour or when transported between land and the ship.
Swim stops: One of the highlights of a cycling cruise is the opportunity to take advantage of the crystal-clear blue waters the Adriatic is renowned for. Provided weather allows, we’ll make regular swim stops, typically while the ship is anchored in a secluded bay or following the day’s cycling tour before we cruise to the next island.
Food: Continental breakfast plus either lunch or dinner are included daily. During our cycling tours, we’ll give you recommendations for enjoying specialties at the local restaurants independently; these meals aren’t included. There will also be an optional captain’s dinner hosted onboard for an additional charge, paid on the spot.
- Accommodation on a traditional wooden ship in a cabin with private toilet & shower ensuite. Cabins are mostly bunk beds.
- Daily continental breakfast
- Three-course lunch or dinner every day
- Professional cruise guide
- Unlimited water from a dispenser
- Free wifi
- Towels for the week
What's Not Included
- Return flights to Croatia. (Please speak to us about including flights in your package)
- Single person supplement is 70 percent; prices based on double occupancy in double or twin rooms
- Bike rental. This is available, please call for details. You may also bring your own bike.
- Repair kits for personal bikes
- Insurance for bikes
- Tastings and extra meals
- Port fees and visitor taxes.
- Cabin cleaning service (available upon request)