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Island Hopping By Mountain Bike & Boat 
Kvarner Bay 2017

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Omišalj (Krk) – Cres – Martinšćica (Cres) – Osor (Cres) – Mali Lošinj – Veli Lošinj  – Molat – Božava (Dugi Otok) – Savar (Dugi Otok) – Novalja (Pag) – Lun (Pag) – Rab – Krk – Vrbnik (Krk) – Omišalj (Krk)

Participants:

Minimum 14 / Maximum 38

 

 

Includes

• 7 nights in a cabin with ensuite
• Shared airport transfers at start & end
• Bed linen & towels
• 4 x full board & 3 x half board
• Guided bike tours & sightseeing as per itinerary
• Tour Guide – English & German Speaking
• Full Suspension Mountain Bike (Fully)
• Overview maps for the daily tours (on board)

Optional Extras

• E-MTB available on request (limited)
• Bike Insurance from NZ$44 surcharge
• Helmets – these are compulsory. Pre booking required

Not Included

• Journey to Omišalj/Krk Island
• Tips for crew & tour guides
• Drinks on board (Tally sheet, to be paid to the captain)
• Meals & drinks ashore
• Safe parking space (€40 per week approx)

Discover the diversity of the Kvarner bay islands by boat and bike and let your biker heart sing! Take a week on board one of our charming motor boats and sail to the islands of Cres, Lošinj, Molat, Dugi Otok, Pag, Rab und Krk. Explore the islands by mountain bike during the day. Your tour guide will take you off the beaten track and will show you the hidden gems of the island while enlightening you with stories of the everyday life of the island dwellers. The hilly to mountainous landscape requires endurance and will see you scaling some demanding ascends. Our aim is to ride off road with the inclusion of some technical single trails which will set rhythm to your heartbeat. To save time and energy some ascends will take place on tar sealed roads which lead to rewarding trails down to the sea. After a thorough ride there is no better reward than to unwind in a rustic café or bar while enjoying the ambiance of the harbour towns. The boat is always open and welcomes you to enjoy the atmosphere of a Mediterranean evening on board. Mountain bike and trekking tours often operate parallel to each other in the Kvarner Bay with the experience and service of one guide per group. This gives groups the flexibility to be together on board the same cruise whilst enjoying their favourable activity during the day. If you’d like to put more emphasis on sport then our Kvarner Bay MTB Special, exclusively for mountain bikers with tours at varying levels of difficulty, could be exactly what you’re after.

Approx 225 km by Mountain Bike. Level 2-3

Download Vessel & General Information

COMFORT VESSEL – MS LINDA

Vessel Features: Constructed from wood in 1955 and renovated in 2006. Length 31m, Width 6m
Cabins: 14 A/C Cabins with ensuites, including a mirror & hairdryer
Main Deck: 6 Doubles, 4 Twins
Lower Deck: 3 Twins, 1 Triple (Double + bunk bed)

MS LINDA
2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Cruise Code: 2017-ISH-KVM
Lower Deck Main Deck
Jul 09, 16, 23
Aug 20, 27
Sep 17, 24
Oct 01
2,0952,268
Single supplement available on request

Supplements Payable Upon Embarkation
Flat water rate, Taxes & Fees: Adult €40pp approx / Child (up to 16 years) €20pp approx

DELUXE VESSEL – MS ANDELA LORA 

Vessel Features: Constructed from steel in 2012. Length 40m, Width 8.5m
Cabins: 17 A/C Cabins with ensuites
Main Deck: 2 Doubles, 5 Twins, 3 Triples (double + single)
Lower Deck: 3 Doubles, 2 Triples (double + single), 2 Quads (double + bunk)

MS ANDELA LORA
2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Cruise Code: 2017-ISH-KVM
Lower DeckMain Deck
Apr 23, 30
May 01
2,0952,354
Single supplement available on request

Supplements Payable Upon Embarkation
Flat water rate, Taxes & Fees: Adult €40pp approx / Child (up to 16 years) €20pp approx

CRUISE ITINERARY

Day 1, Sunday: Omišalj – Cres

Individual arrival in Omišalj, a picturesque fishing harbor on the island of Krk. Embarkation takes place from 2 to 2:30 pm. Use the time until the departure of the boat to take a refreshing swim in the Adria and taste the delicious ice cream in the port. At 3 pm the boat takes off to Cres town/island where we arrive after about 4 hrs. We take a walk through the old town where the architecture is clearly influenced by the Venetians.

Day 2, Monday: Cres – Martinšćica – Osor – Lošinj

After breakfast on board we start off on our bikes along the shoreline and through olive groves. Later we switch to broader trails with varying elevation profiles with wonderful views of the Bay of Valun and the coastal mainland. In Podol we have the possibility to try the home made sweets and connect with this little town in a very unique way. We continue on paved roads, gravel roads and narrow paths to Martinšćica. From here the ship brings us to Osor. Today the small artist’s town, Osor looks back on a rich history as a cultural and political center of the islands of Cres and Lošinj. The subsequent crossing by boat ends with an impressive entrance into the deeply incised Augustus Bay and the picturesque harbor of Mali Lošinj.
Cycle route approx 35 km; altitude approx 500m; Level easy/medium

Day 3, Tuesday: Mali Lošinj – Veli Lošinj – Molat

In the morning a short tour leads us across the island of Lošinj, which is literally made for mountain biking. We bike through pine forests past palm trees and agaves along a promenade to mirrored city of Veli Lošinj, the former capital of the island. It invites us for a break with ice cream parlors and cafés. Back on the ship one of the most beautiful crossovers awaits us. Arriving on the flower island of Molat we start a second bike tour. Molat impresses with its rich vegetation, neat gardens and great views of the neighboring isles.
Cycle route approx 20 + 10km; altitude approx 500 + 200m; Level easy/medium

Day 4, Wednesday: Molat – Savar (Dugi Otok)

During breakfast the ship brings us to the island Dugi Otok, where we explore the northern, elongated part of the narrow island by bike. The scenic road opens to magnificent views of bays, islands and the mainland frequently. Many spots offer a view of the sea on both sides of the island. Our ship can be seen navigating to the next harbor where it awaits our arrival in Savar or Brbinj. On arrival we can cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea.
Cycle route approx 20 – 30km; altitude approx 300 – 500m; Level easy/medium

Day 5, Thursday: Dugi Otok – Novalja – Lun – Rab  

After a morning crossing we reach the island of Pag. Today’s bike tour takes us past stone walls and a sheep’s pastures to Novalja. After a short coffee break we continue to the northernmost part of the island Pag. The rugged, karstic island, which is covered with herbs, offers the ideal basis for the famous spicy cheese of Pag. Also well-known are the olives from the ancient olive groves of Lun, through which we descend just before the end of the tour. The short crossover to Rab offers one of the most marvelous view of the medieval city walls of the city of Rab. After landing we can explore the numerous alleys on a leisurely walk through the lovely old town, which emerges out of a wedge-shaped peninsula.
Cycle route approx 40km; altitude approx 550m; Level easy

Day 6, Friday: Rab – Krk 

Rab is small island, but excellent for mountain biking. It offers plenty of opportunities and differing bike terrain. Today’s tour takes us along narrow promenades and flowing Roman roads, winding through the Dundo forest and offering great views of the sea and the town of Rab. After the bike tour the ship takes us on a two and a half hour crossing to the historic island capital of Krk, which invites for a stroll in the evening.
Cycle route approx 35km; altitude approx 750m; Level medium/heavy

Day 7, Saturday: Krk – Vrbnik – Omišalj

Our last bike tour leads us across the so called “golden island” of Krk. The famous Zlahtin grape vines thrive here, grown mainly around the town of Vrbnik. We bike past expansive vineyards, olive groves and long stone walls. After a coffee break we follow the wide coastal paths back to the muddy bay, Soline. The final stretch takes us along narrow paths and through peaceful villages to Omišalj, where we can enjoy the end of our trip with a cozy evening on board.
Cycle route approx 55 km; altitude approx 1,000m; Level easy/medium

Day 8, Sunday: Omišalj

After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am.

 

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