Bike and ship 2024: Istrian islands of Croatia

9 Days

Your trip

Two dreams in one package

> Your ship, MS KALIPSA, will take you from port to port.

> By bike you will climb the panoramic heights of the Istrian islands in the north of Croatia.

You will not forget this trip so quickly:

> You can enjoy the cycling tours as ‘classic cycling tours’ on country roads and country lanes.

> But you can also look forward to exciting sporty, steep mountain bike trails.

And the best: You can combine everything spontaneously and flexibly as you wish – and let yourself be spoiled by the Croatian hospitality on the ship and the many beautiful ports.

The nice and experienced crew knows how to guide you into each day with stories and tips. A local tour guide accompanies you with fun and good tips on bathing bays, excursion destinations and cycle routes.

Their ship is MS KALIPSA, a converted former motor sailer. The cabins were freshly renovated in 2023 and the sail rigging was dismantled. Please also take a look at the tour 232,“Istrian Islands of Croatia de luxe“, which has the same route. It offers other dates on two slightly more comfortably equipped ships, MS Antonella and MS Meridijan.

Rental bikes

We recommend that you book the on-board bikes for this tour.

Robust touring – mountain bikes m and w: The wheels are designed for driving on paved roads so also on stone / gravel roads and has a Shimano gears with freewheel and V-brake from Shimano. The wheel size of this bike is 28 inches and is suitable for a height between 1.61 – 1.94 m. The frame shape of this rental bike offers comfort in the first place. The bike has a comfortable gel saddle. This rental bike is equipped with Salvo High Protection tires….

If you are taller than 1.90 m or smaller than 1.60 m, we will ask for wheels with a 66 frame or 26 inch wheels for you. Please note: The pictures are for reference only, the actual rental bike may differ.

Electric bikes: This e-bike brand Flyer or a similar brand has a range of up to 150 km. The bike is designed for riding on paved roads so also on stone / gravel roads. The bike has Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub gears WITHOUT coaster. The bike has hand brakes brand Magura Hs22 Hydraulic End V-Brake; hand brakes. The drive from Panasonic has a pedal assistance up to 25 km/h at 4 levels. The display and the lander are also Panasonic brand. Battery: 540wh/15ah/36v.

The tire size is between tire size: 20″ and 26″; Schwalbe Maraton Plus and is suitable for a height between 1.60 – 1.90 m.

Important notes

We recommend that you take out international health insurance with repatriation, accident insurance, baggage insurance and travel cancellation insurance.

Please note: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Please refer to the country information and entry information to Croatia on the Country Information page. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Day by day

Arrival to Opatija, check-in :
Day 1, Saturday

Day 2, Saturday: Arrival to Opatija

Opatija CroatiaPlease look to be on site by approximately 11:00 am. Park as indicated in the travel documents. Please reserve a pitch when booking.

Do you have a little more time? Treat yourself to breakfast in the Mediterranean harbor of the old Habsburg spa town on the Adriatic Sea.

Hire

Embarkation as described in the travel documents. Please be at the quay on time.
At 13:00 the ship departs, course: south-southeast, towards the island of Krk.

Once you arrive in Malinska on Krk, get on your bike at your leisure for a first short tour of the island. Suggested tour: approx. 18 km.

Dinner
Other accommodation
Round tour of the island of Krk :
Day 2, Sunday

Day 3, Sunday: round trip over the island of Krk, ~ 50 km

We start and end the tour in the port of Krsk, capital and namesake of the island. We quickly leave the city and drive up the hills towards Lakmartin, pass the only inland lake on the island, Jezero Ponikve, and approach the mountain town of Kars, situated in the karstic rocks. We cycle through rustic chestnut and fig forests and enjoy again and again the wonderful view of the island and the sea.

From Kars we turn southeast towards the east coast and cycle on to our second stopover, the east coast town of Vrbnik. We pass the abandoned ‘ghost town’ Dovolo and admire again and again the fantastic view of the island, the sea and the Slovenian-Croatian mountainous region of Gorski Kotar.

Punat Krk CroatiaFrom Vrbnik the way goes once more over the island heights to the west coast via Punat around the Punat bay with the small monastery island Kosljun to the island capital and old seafaring town Krk.

Depending on the route, you will ride another quite strenuous climb and finally take a downhill trail that plunges wildly and steeply down into the valley – or you can shorten the route via little-traveled island paths over the island ridge. The destination is the port of Krk.

The proposed tour is a quite demanding mountain bike day tour with some steep downhill sections at the end. It is just under 50 km long and takes you up almost 1,000 meters in altitude and steeply back down to Krk. You can shorten the tour at will and make it easier. For a suggested route, visit: https://www.komoot.de/tour/932381269.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Island Rab: From Lopar to Rab :
Day 3, Monday

Day 4, Monday: Island of Rab – From Lopar to Rab, ~ 25 to ~ 40 km

Today we are heading south by boat and by bike. The boat will take you to the port of Lopar. By bike you will follow the sun rising in the south in a relaxed way and cycle through stony forest and field paths along the coast over the northern ridge of the island to the capital of the same name, Rab. There in the port the ship is waiting for you with lunch. Island and town Rab Croatia

In the afternoon, take a look around the picturesque old town of Rab with its four bell towers, the harbor and the former monastery of St. Justine.

Alternatively, get on your bike again and follow our tour suggestion through the nature reserve of the west coast with its beautiful bays, olive and fig forests. You will pass the North Cape and the Kalifront lighthouse and follow the west coast line back to Rab from one bathing bay to the next. Wonderful.

You can also shorten or change the tours on this day almost at will. You can find a suggestion on komoot. However, you can also get detailed information on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Island of Pag: Towards the south is the sense :
Day 4, Tuesday

Day 5, Tuesday: Island of Pag – Towards the south, ~ 40 km

Novalja Island Pag CroatiaFrom Rab, the boat will take you to the northern tip of the island of Pag, to the port of Tovarnele.

The long northern arm of the island leaves you little opportunity to get lost. And so you cycle along the famous olive gardens of Lun always straight towards the port town of Novalja.

Allow yourself a detour or two from the highway to the west or east coast. You will find beautiful and often downright deserted beaches and small village harbors.

From Novalja it is not far to the destination Mandre. You just follow the coast and reach your southernmost point today.

Like all other tours, this one can be varied spontaneously according to your mood. You can find a suggestion of just under 40 km and 450 meters of altitude on komoot.

The ship will then take you to the “flower island” Ilovik.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
The two-island day: Ilovik and Lošinj (~30 km) :
Day 5, Wednesday

Day 6, Wednesday: The Two Islands Day: Ilovik and Lošinj, ~30 km

Losinj CroatiaWe start in the port of Mali Losinj and cycle through the largely natural south of the island with a view of the flower island Ilovik via Veli Losinj back to the ship in Mali Losinj.

You can ride this beautiful southern trail across the island as a mountain bike trail or as a country road bike ride. You can find a suggestion on komoot. Information is of course, as always, also available on board.

Breakfast, Dinner
The second two-island day: Lošinj and Cres (~ 45 km) :
Day 6, Thursday

Day 7, Thursday: The second two-island day – Lošinj and Cres, ~ 45 km

Today the way back north leads along the beautiful panoramic route in slightly hilly terrain along the west coast of the islands of Lošinj and Cres .

Due to the narrowness of the islands, you can vary little – but photograph and enjoy all the more. A beautiful day awaits you on the way from the port of Mali Lošinj via Osor to the picturesque fishing village of Martinšćica.

There the boat is waiting to continue to Mošćenička Draga.

You can find a suggested route on komoot.

Breakfast, Dinner
Istria and Opatija (~ 30 km) :
Day 7, Friday

Day 8, Friday: Istria and Opatija, ~ 20 km

A last longing look at the Adriatic Sea. Finally, we recommend a nice round trip along the cliffs with a view of the islands. As always, you can find a tour suggestion on komoot.

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Journey home :
Day 8, Saturday

Day 9, Saturday: Individual journey home

Disembarkation around 9:00 am.

Stay one more day or head for home. We wish you a good trip – enjoy the long drive and treat yourself to a break in Slovenia or Austria.

Breakfast
Ship

Services

contain

  • 7 x overnight stay with half board on the ship
  • 2 x towels per person, changed once during the week
  • unlimited drinking water on board from the water dispenser (refill possibility)
  • German speaking tour guide, information package and tour map
  • 1 x captain's dinner, if booked
  • Parking lot in Opatija
  • Service telephone

not included

  • Spa and port taxes, payable in cash on the spot. Please calculate with approx. € 60,- per person and week.
  • Entrance fee to the national park, payable in cash on site. Please calculate with approx. € 15,- per person and week.
  • Bike service fee for the crew, payable in cash on site. Please calculate with approx. € 15,- per person and week.
  • Cabin cleaning: Please calculate about 15 € / week and cabin, payable directly to the crew on site.
  • On request additionally bookable: 1 x captain's dinner, ca. 30 €
  • saddlebag if necessary, payable in cash on the spot. Please calculate with approx. € 15,-.

Dates and prices

Dates and prices 2024

Travel start: Saturdays only in …
Season 1 27.04. – 10.05.
04.05.: fully booked – only on request
Season 2 11.05. – 24.05. and 28.09. – 05.10.
Season 3 25.05. – 14.06. and 14.09. – 27.09.;
04.06.: fully booked – only on request
Season 4 15.06. – 20.06.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Single cabin (limited availability) 1.170 € 1.260 € 1.410 € 1.500 €
2 bed cabin 780 € 840 € 940 € 1.000 €
3rd person in double cabin (2 x full payer) 546 € 588 € 658 € 700 €
Additional offers
Rental bike e-bike 185 €
Rental bike Mountain 110 €
Saddle bag for rental bike 15 €
1 x captain dinner on board 30 €

Questions

What can I expect from the ship?

MS KALIPSA is a former motor sailer. Built in 1952, it was last overhauled in 2005. In 2023, all cabins were thoroughly renovated and the former sail rigging was dismantled. The ship is 25 m long, about 6 m wide and has 3 decks. The on-board language is mostly German.

The ship has 12 cabins, including a single berth. All canoes are on the outside and above the waterline.
The cabins are narrow with just under 8 square meters and functionally equipped with bunk beds. There is little storage space for luggage. Therefore, you travel better with a bag or duffel bag than with suitcases.
Each cabin has its own shower & WC and air conditioning.

The heart and soul of the ship is the open deck with deck chairs under the Croatian sun.

What are the bike lanes like?

Quite simply, you have the choice!

The islands offer great mountain bike trails over the most beautiful dirt and forest roads with some steep, exposed, karstic rocky areas. If you want to do some real mountain biking, this is the place to be – and always in front of stunningly beautiful scenery. If it gets too bad once in a while – just descend and enjoy the slowness and tranquility of a foot descent to the sea.

If you want ‘civilized’ cycling, then you are just as right here in this great island world.
The cycling tours on the islands are mainly on paved country roads through the hilly landscape with from port to port. To a small extent (< 10 %), you will be traveling on stony terrain or gravel paths. The bike routes are suitable for families and children only to a limited extent, as the routes often run along public roads. The total length of the proposed routes in the week is about 250 km. The climbs are mostly pleasant and easy to cycle, but some can be longer or steeper. All in all: have a good trip!

Helmet obligation?

Helmet duty! You are on the road with your mountain bike – mostly on good trails. But you can also take trails in rough terrain and with steep descents. A helmet goes without saying here. In Croatia, children and young people up to the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet. For adults, wearing a bicycle helmet is not mandatory, but recommended. If you book a rental bike, you will receive a helmet at no extra charge.

Cycles?

Please book bicycles for this trip right away. You get a mountain touring trekking bike ladies or men with 24 speeds, designed for roads as for rough terrain. E-bikes are available on request in limited numbers.

Can we also occupy cabins with 3 people?

Yes, in principle this is possible. It’s getting tight. For this we can offer you a credit of up to 30%. Please ask at the time of booking. We investigate the possibility in each individual case.

Map

Please note: The cycling routes may differ from those listed here depending on nautical conditions. In addition, you are free to take other paths. The route listed here is only to be seen as an inspiration. Please refer to the on-board information for current plans. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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