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 is a classic powerd sailing boat. It provides a spacious deck with sunloungers in the open air and a dining saloon as well. The simple but heartly and familiar flair promises some special holidays. 11 outer cabins on the upper deck and 1 cabin on the lower deck are equipped simple but suitable, with bunk beds, shower and a toilet.
1. day Opatija Arrival / Island of Krk 18 km
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 from the capitol Krk to Punat and back.
2. day Island of Krk 48 km
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 back to Krk (42 km), where your ship drops anchor. Alternatively bike trip to Punat (38 km). Dinner on board.
3. day Island of Rab 22-43 km
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 foot?
4. day Island of Pag 35 km
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). Definitely you should stop in one of the traditional taverns and taste the famous Pag cheese before sailing to the island of Ilovik in the afternoon.
5. day Islands Losinj 20/42 km
After breakfast crossing to Losinj. Enjoy Mali Losinj with its colorfully painted houses and numerous cafés. After lunch you will make a beautiful bike trip on riverside paths, along numerous bays to the idyllic fishing village of Veli Losinj, which is located on the pine-covered peninsula Cikat. Overnight stay in Mali Losinj.
6. day Islands Losinj and Cres 46 km
A fantastic panoramic route awaits you today. You'll cycle to the northern tip of the island, to the artists village Osor (20 km). The swing bridge connects the islands of Losinj and Cres. In Osor you can go aboard again or you can continue cycling. For cycling you have to be in good shape, as it goes to the fishing village Martinscica. Afterwards MS Kalipsa will bring you to the historic city of Cres, where the ship anchors for tonight.
7. day Istria and Opatija 27 km
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. Enjoy the flair of this coast town and stroll along the beautiful waterfront (12km)!
8. day Departure Opatija
After breakfast, disembarkation and individual journey home.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
02.05. – 23.05.2020
30.05. – 06.06.2020
29.08. – 12.09.2020
- 7 nights in double cabin (upper deck) with shower / WC
- Half-board (breakfast and lunch OR dinner)
- Two towels per person/per week (further to rent locally)
- Fenced and guarded parking in Opatija (registration required!)
- German & English speaking guide
- Travel documents including brochures
- limited number of single cabins bookable on request (surcharge: 50% of the travel price)
- Tourist tax and port fee (approx. 40,- € per person) as well as entrances are not included and must be paid on site
Worth knowing about the Croatia bike & boat tour
Please find more information about the Croatia bike & boat tour below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
Arrival by plane
Individual arrival to the airport Rijeka. From here it is about 50 minutes to Opatija. Transfer from airport to ship (round trip) is bookable on request. A later arrival and embarkation on Saturday evening in Krk possible (price on request).
Arrival by train
There are connections from Munich to Opatija. Transfer from the train station to the pier (4 km) on request.
Arrival at the port in Opatija until 11am latest.
Boarding & cabin move in takes place until 12 pm. Afterwards departure.
Condition of cycle paths
The bike route runs mostly on coastal and country roads. A certain level of fitness is recommended for this tour! The daily stages (individually between 20 and 45 km selectable) lead through partly hilly terrain on the respective islands. You will cycle without time constraints and pushing is allowed!
Available rental bikes
Trekking bikes for men and ladies available. Electric bikes are available on request.
A pannier can be provided for 15,00 €, payable on site. Please let us know with your booking, if desired.
Helmets (mandatory in Croatia) are available free of charge. If desired, please let us know with your booking.
Extra costs which are not inculded in the price
Tourist tax and port fee are not included and have to be paid on site (40,- EUR per person).
7 days hotline service
Just in case the bike chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: you can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Opatija is a seaside resort on the Kvarner Bay and is one of the oldest tourist resorts in Croatia. The promenade, the Lungomare of Opatija, leads over 12 kilometers from Volosko (Lovos) to Lovran (Lovrana). It was completed in 1911. Thanks to the extensive parks, which are situated directly beside the sea, as well as numerous elegant villas and hotels dating from the imperial period, Opatija and its surroundings are well visited all year round.
Island of Krk
Krk is the largest island in the Adriatic. It is also called Insula Aurea, meaning the Golden Island. Krk is known for its beautiful beaches and clear water, but also for its karst landscapes and lush forests. The wine region of Krk is famous for the white wine Zlahtina, traditionally cultivated in the village of Vrbnik.
Island of Rab
The island of Rab is one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations of Germans and Austrians and offers an astonishing variety of landscapes, beautiful estates, cultural monuments from pre-Roman times and much more..
Island of Pag
The island of Pag is probably the most contrasting island in Croatia. A place that polarizes people. It can be seen as the Croatian adäquat to Lanzarotes. As you approach the island from the mainland, you are inevitably reminded of a lunar landscape. Scarcely a shrub can be seen. Nothing but naked sand-colored rocks. However, if you have entered the island and crossed the first mountain, you can see many smaller and larger villages, meadows, reeds, fields and olive groves. The city of Pag is mainly known for its sheep cheese, the Paski Sir and its lace sewings.
Island of Losinj
On the island you will find subtropical vegetation with palm trees, pine trees, agaves, oleanders, citrus trees, sage and lavender. Losinj is one of the sunniest places in Europe, with more than 2,500 hours of sunshine a year, equivalent to about 300 cloudless days.