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|Croatia: by bike and boat|
Island-hopping in Croatia
The islands of Croatia has been a well known holiday paradise for many years, especially for water sport lovers. Discover the charm of the islands of Krk, Cres and Rab by bike and boat. The simple but warm family atmosphere of the sailing motor glider MS Kalipsa promises a holiday of the special kind. During the day a German-speaking tour guide shows you the most beautiful islands and deserted coves, at night the ship lies quiet in the habour. If you have a certain level of fitness you can get your money worth by hiking and climbing in the mountainous interior of the island. At lunch time you go back to the boat, later in the afternoon you can choose whether you like to go biking or exploring the harbour town on foot.
The MS Kalipsa (completely renovated in 2004) is a classic motor sailor. It provides a generous sun deck with lounge chairs and seating at bow and stern (outdoors) and even features a dining room on deck! The 11 outer cabins on the upper deck and the one cabin on the lower deck are all equipped simple but useful with bunk beds, shower and toilet.
Plan a timely arrival at the port of Opatija to check in your cabin before 12.00 am. You'll be spoiled with a relaxed lunch. Two hours later you'll reach Krk, the largest of the Kvarner islands. Today you'll start with a quick exploration tour on mostly new paved bike paths.
The diverse bike trail leads you through chestnut and fig woods and you cycle over the ridge of the island. In the north-east of the sunny island the delicious Zlahtina wine grows. Take a break in the the pretty museum town Vrbnik before you continue to cycle to the natural harbor Punat where you drop anchor in an idyllic location.
During breakfast you sail to the island of Rab. From there you cycle on a beautiful bike trail till you reach the bay with sandy beaches. For lunch you'll be back on the boat in port of Rab. You'll be spoild for choice: a cycling trip through the "Dundo forest" or would you prefer to discover the old town by food?
A short crossing brings you to the island of Pag. Here your bike ride begins along many old stone walls and ancient olive trees. After 22 km you reach the port of Novalja, here you can go back on board or continue your bike ride till you reach the picturesque bay of Mandre (35 km). However, prior to the crossing in the afternoon to the island of Molat, you should sample the famous Pag cheese in one of the traditional tavernas.
On wonderful round trip (19 miles) to the smallest and certainly most romantic island. This trip features lonely bays and beautiful nature. During lunch you already ship to the next island. In the afternoon you might enjoy a round trip to the idyllic fishing village eli Losinj or you like to explore the port town of Mali Losinj, where the MS Kalipsa lies at anchor.
Today you'll cycle to the artists' village of Cres (20 km) located in the northern tip of the island. The swing bridge channel connects the islands of Losinj and Cres. A new island, a new tour? However, for the hills of the sunny island of Losinj you need a certain level of fitness. No matter how you decide, in the afternoon everybody sails to the historic town of Cres, where the ship anchored in the harbor.
During breakfast, crossing to the mainland of Istria. The beautiful coastal road takes you up to Brsec. Enjoy the view and stroll through the center before you get back to the back to MS Kalipsa. After lunch on board you sail to Opatija, the popular coastal town with its 12 km beautiful waterfront!
After breakfast, disembarkation and individual journey home.