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Oban is the start and end point of this tour through the Inner Hebrides and Highlands. Onboard the magnificent Flying Dutchman, we visit the Isle of Mull and the Kintyre Peninsula, still largely untouched by mass tourism and home to the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. The isle of Jura, known for its large number of red deer and world-famous whisky distillery, is new to our program. Enjoy the wild scenery of Scotland, its colour contrasts, and great biodiversity. Once evening falls, treat yourself to a glass of whisky in one of the pubs while listening to foot-tapping Scottish music. During our crossings on the Flying Dutchman, be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins and seals while enjoying views of the magnificent landscape as we pass by. On our cycle tours, we may see eagles, red deer, and otters alongside the incredible views of the sea we get to enjoy from the most beautiful lookout points.
TO NOTE: This trip is already updated for the 2024 season. Itinerary, prices and services may vary compared to 2023.
The Flying Dutchman was originally built as a herring fisher and was later reconstructed into the impressive passenger ship which it is today. Furnishings on board are simple yet functional. The saloon is comfortable and is the heart and soul of the Flying Dutchman.
Outside the decks offer plenty of open space, necessary for setting the sails. In good weather, the crew like to serve mealtimes at the three tables on the main deck. Adventure hungry enthusiast can climb into the bowsprit net and feel the true speed of the ship and the force of the wind. The impressive 480 m² sail surface make…
All our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, most of which are fitted with Bosch motors with extra battery range. They are characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. Some of our fleet are equipped with other motor systems. With an Islandhopping e-bike, you will be able to climb almost any hill with ease. They are a true set of wings for anyone who needs a little ‘tail wind’ to make their ride that little bit more enjoyable. …
For our hybrid bike tours, we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminum frames in various sizes. Twenty years of experience in bike tourism has given us the knowledge and confidence to select the right components for the requirements of an Islandhopping tour. Our bikes ensure a carefree riding experience for our cycling enthusiasts.…
For the duration of the tour we supply you with a waterproof pannier by Ortlieb, a practical way of carrying drinks, bathing gear, camera etc. To ensure that bike panniers remain water proof they have to be closed tight.
Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings.
The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.
The below calendar lists the basic cruise price per person. The final cruise price depends on cabin type, cabin occupancy and any additional optional services. The prices for additional optional services are listed below the travel calendar. The green checkmark indicates that the trip is secured.
8-day cruise on a tall ship with crew
7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
7 x half board
Guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
Bed linen and towels
English speaking tour guide
Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount / does not apply for single occupancies).
If you place your booking for a tour in 2024 by the 31.12.2023 you will receive a 5% Early-Bird discount on the tour base price (can be used in combination with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount).
If this is your third or more Islandhopping tour booked directly with us, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for a tour in 2024 if you book it before the 31.12.2023 (can be used in combination with the Early-Bird discount).
This trip begins in the port of Oban. You will find the Flying Dutchman in Oban at the North Pier.
You can check in on the ship from 3 pm onwards. The cabins will be ready at 6 pm.
The trip officially begins with dinner at 9 pm, as soon as the guests travelling with the transfer from Edinburgh have arrived.
London (Gatwick, Heathrow, and Stansted), Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris have the best international flight connections to Edinburgh. There are also regularly scheduled flights directly to Edinburgh from the USA and Canada. Most UK airports have regular connections to Edinburgh, in particular Birmingham and Manchester. Other domestic connections can be found from smaller regional airports such as Cardiff, Bristol, and Belfast.
Your flight can be organized as soon as we have confirmed that your tour is taking place.
We organize fee-based collective transfers between Edinburgh Airport and the ship (only on embarkation and disembarkation days).
For airport pick up, please wait in the arrivals area. The transfer to Oban takes about 3 hours. To allow us to organise an exclusive transfer for you please indicate your exact flight details as well as your requested pick up location: Edinburgh city centre or Edinburgh Airport.
Address for Navigation System:
Oban North Pier Terminal, Oban PA34 5QD, GB
Please note both while driving that in Scotland you must drive on the left-hand side of the road. For those driving to Oban from outside of the UK, please note that it is mandatory to use beam deflector stickers or to adjust the headlights of your vehicle if it is a left-hand drive. It is also mandatory to carry the Green Card insurance (International Motor Insurance Certificate). If you do not yet have a new EU license plate, a nationality decal (nationality sticker) must be attached to the car.
Oban has plenty of places to park cars, however, there is no FREE long-term parking. However, the council does allow overpayment at Longsdale Rd. and Lochavullin Rd. We strongly recommend dropping off your luggage at the ship first before parking your vehicle at either of these locations. The parking places are about 0.93 mi (1.5 km) away from the ship.
You can also make alternative arrangements such as parking outside of the town centre or using a private parking service such as Stoddarts or MacQueens who both offer secure long-term parking. Please call the services directly to make private arrangements:
JUST PARK+44 (0)1631 564176 (Stoddarts)+44-(0)1631 56484 (MacQueens)www.justpark.com
Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.
We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour will be run in reverse order. Our tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike-tour.
Hybrid Bike Level 2
Moderately difficult tours of 12 – 41 mi./20 – 65 km in length with mostly hilly stages on typically quiet asphalt roads. In some instances, paths through fields will also be cycled. Main roads without separate bike paths are used only in rare instances and only for brief stretches. This tour includes some longer and steeper ascents where breaks can be taken, and bicycles may be pushed at any time. Strong headwinds may also be encountered. Our tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike tour.
Requirements for Embarkation
Due to the necessity to embark/disembark the ship by dinghy, balance and surefootedness are essential. Because of the change in tides, ladders may need to be used to access the boat/land at times, covering height differences of up to 3 m.
On most of our Bike & Boat tours you can choose between a hybrid bike and an e-bike. However, the guided group pace is based on the speed of the hybrid bike cyclists. Those who rent an e-bike on a hybrid bike tour are asked to show consideration for those who ride without electronic assistance. Hybrid bike cyclists need more breaks and more time to cycle the hills. We thank you for your understanding.
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).
The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one warm meal a day. The full catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). The meals are adapted to the travel conditions. This means no warm meal on board on the sixth day, but two warm meals on board on the fourth travel day.
We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bikes.
For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure tours in Croatia or Greece. We are convinced that these itineraries provide the best all-round experience for each individual family member when travelling as a family.
The tour which you have booked requires a bike with a fully functional set of gears. Islandhopping can offer you high quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour.
Should you however wish to bring your own hybrid bicycle with you, please make sure to check the condition of your breaks, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and spare tubes). Your bike should be in prefect mechanical working order.
We do not allow private e-bikes on board of our boats. This decision has been made due to health and safety regulations. If you wish to ride an e-bike for the duration of your tour, please get in touch with us about the rental options.
We do not recommend bringing along private road bikes, as the thin tires are not suitable for some of the road surfaces encountered on the tours.
Liability disclaimer: Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH. Will not be held liable for any damages caused to private bikes during loading, unloading or other logistical handling thereof.
Please bring your personal belongings in foldable travel bags. Please avoid hard protective cases. They will be too heavy to store within your cabin.
Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.