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CRUISE | CYCLE & CRUISE FROM OPATIJA KVARNER BAY

CYCLE & CRUISE FROM OPATIJA KVARNER BAY


This guided cycling tour around Kvarner Bay starts on Krk Island and ends in Cres exploring amazing coastlines, medieval towns, old villages and picturesque bays. Highlights include visiting great beaches, vineyards, pine woods, cycling on the historic islands and exploring historical coastal towns and stunning hilltop views. Croatia is a land of picturesque islands, rich history, Mediterranean vegetation and mild climate and the best way to explore it is, without doubt, by bike.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Highlights: Exploring islands on bike, magnificent views, historical towns


Route: Opatija - Krk - Rab - Pag - Ilovik - Losinj - Cres - Opatija

Guaranteed departures from OPATIJA

Itinerary

 

1. day | ARRIVAL IN OPATIJA – ISLAND KRK

Bike Course: Krk town – Punat – Krk  town (16 km)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2
Ship: Opatija – Krk
Arrival in Opatija. Parking possibilities for those arriving by car. Lunch is served before departure for the two-hour journey to the island of Krk, the largest of the Kvarner islands where we will have an easy start ride from the town of Krk to village Punat and back to the town of Krk. Overnight on board.

2. day | ISLAND KRK

Bike Course: City of Krk – Dobrinj – Vrbnik – Punat or Krk town (approx. 36 km) 
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Ship: Krk
Today you will cycle through Mediterranean scented vegetation, fields of chestnuts and fig trees to the village of Dobrinj. After Dobrinj you will pass through the wine yards valley to reach the north east part of the island and the unique town of Vrbnik, built on 50 meters high rock and a home to the golden Zlahtina wines. After strolling through some of the narrowest streets in the world and sipping wine, we continue to the natural port of Punat where we spend the night on the ship and have our dinner. Other option would be overnight in town of Krk.

3. day | ISLAND OF RAB

Bike Course: Lopar – Barbat – Rab (about 22 km) & Rab – Peninsula Kalifront – Rab (approximately 21 km) 
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Ship: Krk Island – Lopar – Rab
During breakfast the ship cruises to Lopar on the island of Rab from where our biking path will lead us to a sandy beach bay that is very unusual for Kvarner islands. After that we cycle through the interior of the island, past wonderful Supetarska Draga in the direction of the ancient walled city of Rab with its four famous bell towers situated on an arrow shaped spit of land. Around noon our ship will be in the harbour and after lunch one will have opportunity to enjoy the old town atmosphere or to cycle more to the nature reserve of ‘Dundo’ forest on the peninsula Kalifront and back to Rab. Overnight in the port of Rab.

4. day | PAG

Bike Course: Tovarnele – Novalja (22 km) or continue to Mandre 
(about 35 km in total) 
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Ship: Rab – Tovarnele – Novalja – Mandre – Ilovik
After a short crossing to the island of Pag we start a tour along the beautiful landscape of this island. First stop is village of Lun with thousand years old olive tree and many stone walls that were built by the residents as a protection against the wind. Be careful when driving on this island due to many sheep on the road. In Novalja you have the opportunity to go back to ship, or to move on further with the group. We highly recommend a break in a traditional „konoba“ tavern to taste the famous Pag cheese. In the idyllic village of Mandre we return to the ship and cruise to the island Ilovik. Dinner and overnight in Ilovik.

5. day | ILOVIK ISLAND and LOSINJ

Bike Course: Ilovik island & M.Losinj – Cikat – V.Losinj – M.Losinj (approx. 21 km)
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2
Ship: Ilovik – Mali Losinj
Molat is the smallest island of this trip and therefore the most romantic. The village of Molat has only a bakery, a shop and 2 or 3 bars. The journey goes through the inland part of the island to the village of Zapuntel where the ship will wait. On the route you will see many wonderful bays and beaches. Lunch is on board after which we continue to the island of Losinj to cycle to the fishermen’s village of Veli Losinj and visit one of the many bays surrounded by pine trees on Cikat peninsula. Overnight in Mali Losinj, with numerous cafes and many colourfully painted house fronts.

6. day | ISLAND OF LOSINJ and CRES

Bike Course: M. Losinj – Osor (24 km, DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2) or continue to Martinscica (about 45 km in total, DIFICULTY LEVEL 4)
Ship: Mali Losinj – Osor – Martinscica – Cres
After breakfast we cycle through the pine and laurel trees towards Cres island with our first stop in the artistic village of Osor, where you have opportunity to return to your ship and have a relaxing afternoon or take a more strenuous cycling  towards the fishing village Martinscica. Here the ship continues towards the historic town of Cres for dinner and overnight.

7. day | OPATIJA RIVIERA & HINTERLAND

Bike Course: Moscenicka Draga – Brsec – Moscenicka Draga (20 km, DIFICULTY LEVEL 2) or  over the mountain St Jelena (approx. 30 km, DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4)
Ship: Cres – Moscenicka Draga – Opatija
During breakfast the ship takes off for Moscenicka Draga on the Opatija Riviera. From there we cycle along the coastal road with spectacular views of the sea and the islands to town of Brsec, situated above the sea on a rock. After the break you can decide whether to take the same coastal road again cycling back to the ship or select a more difficult version to cycle together with your guide to St Jelena hill and back to Moscenicka Draga. Lunch on the ship and continue to Opatija, where you have a free evening to admire this enchanting city, walk through the parks or along the 12 km long sea promenade. Overnight in Opatija.

8. day | DISEMBARKATION OPATIJA

Early morning breakfast and check out.

SWIMMING BREAKS: In good weather and depending on timing we will have regular swim stops for while the ship anchors in secluded bays or after the cycling before departure to next island.

CYCLING ROUTE: The length of the daily cycling routes is estimated and informative and depends of various detours or short cuts that can be done on route. Sailing and cycling routes may be changed on the spot due to weather conditions and capability of the respective cyclists on board. Departure is during morning hours, mostly after breakfast.

FOOD: Half board is served with continental breakfast and either lunch or dinner. During our cycling routes we recommend stops at local restaurants where you can sample the local specialties. These meals are not included in the price of the trip but are paid by the customers. There is a possibility to book a captain’s dinner, which is paid directly on the spot and is offered by the captain and your tour guide.

BICYCLES: bike rental possible on request; Katarina Line is not responsible for any damage which may occur on personal bicycles during bike tours and transportation from land to the ship and vice versa

CABIN TYPE DESCRIPTIONS:

A CATEGORY: air-conditioned salon, traditional wooden ships, cabins with private shower/toilet (3rd bed possible on request), mostly bunk beds.
ALL DECK CABINS ARE SITUATED ON MAIN AND TOP DECK! Under deck cabins are in the hull of the ship below the main deck.

REDUCTIONS & SUPPLEMENTS:

– adult on 3rd bed in a triple cabin  – 30%

– children under 10 years  – 50%

– single use of cabin +50% (except for departures on April 16, 23, 30; Oct 01, 08, 15 in 2016 – limited number of single cabins without supplement available)

 

PACKAGE PRICE FROM: 425 € per person in double/twin cabin

 

PRICE INCLUDES:

7 night cruise with half board service (breakfast & 3 course lunch or dinner – according to daily activities), 1 L of water daily, professional bike guide.

OBLIGATORY SUPPLEMENT: Visitor’s tax and port fees are not included (to be paid on the spot) EUR 25.- per person per week

Guaranteed departures from Opatija harbour Saturdays at 13.00 h (check in from 11.00 till 12:00h).

Bike cruise with professional guide. Biking recommended equipment biking shoes, backpack, extra clothes, rain/sun protection.
Participant agrees to abide to the decisions and instructions given by the guide who reserves the right in changing the itinerary according to weather conditions.

 

OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS:

Bike rental: EUR 100. – per week netto
Full Board supplement:

EUR 115.- per person/week, min.10 pax required

Drink supplement:

EUR 25.- per week  – incl. choice of 1 drink – glass of wine, 1 beer or 1 soft drink with lunch

English Breakfast supplement:

EUR 40.- per week  – incl. 2 eggs, bacon, tomato and mushrooms, or fruit & yoghurt, or similar (regular continental breakfast included in price of the cruise includes: coffee, tea, milk, glass of juice, cereal, bread, a variety of spreads – butter, honey, jam, soft cheese; daily additions such as ham and cheese or boiled eggs, frankfurters, salami etc.) – hot & cold breakfast included on A+ ships

Captain’s dinner:

EUR 25.-  choice of fish or meat menu – ship’s speciality served

Wedding renewal package:

EUR 100,-  per couple – includes renewal ceremony performed by the captain, certificate, champagne, gift

Extra towels:

On A category ships the guests will be provided with two towels for personal use per week. Extra towels can be rented for EUR 3.- & beach towels EUR 5.- per week/towel. Katarina Line beach towel can be purchased on arrival for EUR 10.-

Daily cabin cleaning: EUR 15.- per person per week – not provided on A category ships but can be ordered in advance
Parking:

Possible  from  EUR 10.- daily

Airport transfers:

various airport possibilities (Zagreb, Trieste, Ljubljana, Venice) – price on request; FREE OF CHARGE local transfers (from Opatija hotels to Opatija port)

Ferry Tickets:

Cabins, seats or deck, available for coastal & international ferry connections

Accommodation:

Hotels, hostels, private accommodation, villas.. available on request

BIKE RENTAL: EUR 100.- per week netto – includes bikes equipped with bottle holder, bag carrier, small bag & helmet. For more information about the bikes, please ask us for details.

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