MTB & Boat Kvarner Bay Standard

MTB & Boat Kvarner Bay Standard

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 230 km , 3400 hm)


MTB & Boat Kvarner Bay: Spend a week on a charming motorsailer and travel to the islands of Cres, Molat, Dugi Otok, Pag, Rab and Krk. Your guide will accompany you to the hidden corners of the region. The hilly to mountainous landscape with partly challenging slopes requires good physical condition. The islands vary greatly and therefore offer large variety while biking: wide natural paths, small side roads, Roman roads, seafront promenades and narrow paths which will lead you across the islands.

This MTB tour is aimed at off-road fans who enjoy a tour outdoors in nature in varying terrain but is not specifically trail orientated. The dedicated MTB trail percentage is limited to what the islands have to offer. This tour takes place parallel to our Bike & Boat Tour in the Kvarner Bay on the same boat. One tour guide takes care of the mountain bikers whilst the other one accompanies our trekking riders. If you have a partner or a friend, who prefers cycling to biking, don’t hesitate to bring him/her with you. So you can have a common vacation and indulge in your favorite hobbies during the daytime.

If you prefer technically challenging trails or prefer to bike more daily kilometers, our Kvarner Bay MTB Special tour with varying difficulty levels for mountain bikers, would be the right choice for you.

This itinerary has been updated for 2021. The itinerary, prices and services should remain unchanged. All tour dates for 2021 are now online and available to book.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: A guided walk through the Old Town of Rab
Nature: The Dundo forest of Rab
Activity: Mud bath in Soline: healthy and fun
Culinary: Spiced sheep's cheese of Pag
Souvenirs: Cake of Rab and a bottle of Zlahtina wine

Itinerary

1st Day (Sun) Omišalj (Embarkation) – Cres

Individual arrival in Omišalj, a picturesque fishing harbour on the island of Krk. Embarkation takes place between 2 and 2:30 pm. Our 4 hour crossing to Cres starts at 3 pm. Meanwhile we can sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Rijeka and the looming Ucka Mountain. We spend the evening in the Venetian influenced town of Cres.

2nd Day (Mon) Islands of Cres and Lošinj (aprx. 20 mi./32 km, aprx. 1,800 ft./550 m of elevation)

After breakkfast our tour starts from the city of Cres and takes us to the small port of  Martinšćica . After a efficient climb on asphalt roads, the off-road joy ride can begin with incredible views over the bay of Valun. After a nice break in the village of Podol, we will continue on natural paths and goats tracks with at times flowy sections, past the Vraner Lake to our boat in Martinšćica. Enjoy the cruise from here to Mali Lošinj. The port with its colourful facades and numerous cafes offers its visitors a welcoming atmosphere for a relaxed evening.
 

3rd Day (Tu) Islands of Lošinj and Molat (aprx. 15 + 9 mi./aprx. 24 + 15 km, aprx. 1,150 + 650 ft./350 + 200 m of elevation)

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 starts a second bike tour. Although there are no prepaired trails on this island, Molat impresses with its rich vegetation, neat gardens and great views of the neighboring isles.

4th Day (Wed) Islands of Dugi Otok and Olib (aprx. 21 mi./37 km, aprx. 1,970 ft./600 m of elevation)

During breakfast the ship brings us to the island Dugi Otok, where we explore mostly on asphalt roads 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. We continue by boat to the small island of Olib for the night.

5th Day (Thu) Island of Pag (aprx. 21 mi./34 km, aprx. 1,475 ft./450 m of elevation)

After a morning crossing we reach the island of Pag. Today’s bike tour takes us mainly on asphalt roads 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.

6th Day (Fr) Island of Rab (aprx. 22 mi./35 km, 1,800 ft./550 m of elevation)

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 Roman roads, along flowy trail sections in the Dundo Forrest, with constant glimpses of the clear blue sea. 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.

7th Day (Sat) Krk Island (aprx. 31 mi./50 km, aprx. 2,300 ft./700 m of elevation)

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.

8th Day (Sun) Omišalj (Disembarkation)

The guests are asked to check out after breakfast, i. e. around 9 am. Individual trip home or extend your holidays in Croatia.

Ships

Linda (Comfort)

At 31 x 6 m the Linda is a sleek wooden motor sailor built in 1955 and fully refurbished in 2006. She hosts 14 friendly guest cabins each with air conditioning, own shower and WC. The spacious and tastefully furnished salon with its wooden tables and cushioned benches provides a welcoming atmosphere. The large rooftop sundeck is laid out with padded sunning mats off ering you a great space to switch off and relax. The captain and his united crew are eager to welcome you on board for a recuperative vacation.

Andela Lora (Deluxe)

At 40 x 8.5 m the motor yacht Anđela Lora was launched in June 2012 and is an elegant addition to our deluxe category. She is one of the biggest boats of our Croatian fleet with 17 spacious guest cabins – plenty of them available as three or four bed cabins – with air conditioning, shower cabins and WC. A bathing platform is available at the stern off ering easy access into the sea. For a special experience a salt water pool and numerous sun mats are available on the sundeck. The friendly crew will always make sure that you enjoy a recuperative stay on board.

Rental bikes

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

For our mountain bike tours we use only high-quality full suspension rental bikes, with components perfectly suited to the Mediterranean terrain and the technical demands associated with it. In order to conserve energy levels on longer ascends and to maximize stoke on trail descents our lightweight fullys mainly host 27.5 inch rims, 140 – 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and break systems as well as a dropper post.

These high-quality Fullsuspension MTBs are rented for 180 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Mountain Bikes

Those who wish to climb effortlessly and save their strength for the downhill portion of the ride are well catered for with our e-MTB rentals. Our reliable 27.5 inch e-MTBs with wide and robust tires are the ultimate shredding machines. A strong Bosch drive train with extended range, 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano gear and brake systems as well as a dropper post make the e-MTB the trail lover’s best friend on our MTB tours in the Mediterranean.

These high-quality e-mountain bikes are rented for 240 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

Journey

Port of Embarkation Omišalj

The embarkation harbor for our tours in the Kvarner Bay is Omišalj which is situated on the island of Krk.

Embarkation will take place between 2.00 and 2.30 pm. The ship will leave at approx. 3.00 pm.


How to get to Omišalj via Airport of Rijeka (RJK)

To our journeys in the Kvarner Bay it is possible to fly to the airport of Rijeka, which is like your port of embarkation Omišalj, on the island Krk. To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

Please keep in mind, that your ship leaves the port at about 3.00 pm for a first cruise.

We organize (taxi)transfers between Rijeka airport and boat in Omišalj: 15 euro person/bike/way.
(on day of embarkation/disembarkation only, reservation required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details).

For all collecting transfers a reservation with our office team at info@islandhopping.com is requested (including your complete flight details).

How to get to Omisalj via Airport of Zagreb (ZAG)

To fly to Zagreb is another possibility to get to your port of embarkation (transfer time to Omišalj: 2 hours).

On embarkation and disembarkation day we offer collecting transfers from/to Zagreb airport or Zagreb city: 30 euro per person/bike/way
(on day of embarkation/disembarkation only, reservation required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details).

Embarkation day: departure times from Zagreb to Omišalj: 11:30 am from Zagreb main station / 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport

Disembarkation day: return transfer from Omišalj to Zagreb Airport starts at 8 am.

For all collecting transfers a reservation with our office team at info@islandhopping.com is requested (including your complete flight details).

Please make sure, that your return flight does not depart from Zagreb before 12:00 pm.

Extended stay

Additional program Zagreb & extra nights on the Island of Krk

Would you like to see more of Croatia than the Kvarner Bay? Then we recommend our extension program in Zagreb!

Would you like to spend time in Croatia a few days in advance or after your bike & boat journey? We can arrange breakfast and additional nights in Omišalj or Malinska, which are situated around 15 km away of your harbor of embarkation.

Prices mentioned below include VAT and visitor’s tax.

If you want to book an additional program or additional nights, please contact us:

Phone: +49 (0) 7531-361860
E-mail: info@islandhopping.com

2-day Extension Module in Zagreb, 1 night (bookable PRE Islandhopping experience)

Take the time to extend your holiday by a few days in Zagreb with a program, which, on the one hand organizes adequate activities, and on the other hand offers enough leisure time?

Saturday
A private transfer collects you at the Zagreb airport and brings you to the doorstep of your hotel. You will have time to freshen up after your journey. In the late afternoon your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to take you on an interesting and inspiring walk through the Croatian capital. The old town, built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will charm you at every turn. During a guided city tour, our local guide will enlighten you on the city in its current position and its former past. The Kaptol (the center of the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia) and Gradec (the upper old town) are of course included in the program. In the evening you will dine in a specially selected restaurant. The delicious local specialties will be a great way to end the day. Overnight stay in a hotel in the town center of Zagreb.

Sunday
After breakfast transfer to Omišalj for embarkation.

Services included
– 3* hotel at the town center
Sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included)
– Dinner in a local restaurant
– Transfer from Zagreb airport to your hotel
– Transfer from your hotel in Zagreb to Omišalj
– Taxes

Price per person
– 3 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 310 euro
– 3 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 340 euro
– 4 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 360 euro
– 4 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 420 euro

Price reductions
– People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 60 € per person off all prices mentioned.
– Group discount: 5% (min. 20 persons)

Book the additional package
If you want to book this additional tour module, please refer to it in the comments field of your booking request or write to us at info@islandhopping.com (incl. module name):

– Which package would you like to book before your Islandhopping trip?
– For how many people would you like to book?
– Which hotel category would you like to stay at? 3 or 4 star hotel? Single or double room?
– Do you prefer vegetarian food?
– Your flight details

Voucher delivery
After booking the additional program you will receive a basic invoice from Islandhopping. You will get the hotel as well as the activity voucher by e-mail in good time prior to start of your journey.

Villa Isabella in Omišalj

We recommend the hotel Villa Isabella located in Omisalj directly at the Sea.The tiny rooms provide shower/toilet, satellite TV and air conditioning.

Due to the limited capacity a reservation is necessary. Please contact our office. Prices vary according to season:

April, May, June, September and October 2020
– Double room incl. breakfast: 45 euro pro person/night
– Triple room incl. breakfast: 35 euro pro person/night
– Single rooms are not available

July and August 2020
– Double room incl. breakfast: 55 euro person/night
– Triple room incl. breakfast: 45 euro pro person/night
– Single rooms are not available

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a twin cabin below deck)

Season A:
– 990 euro (comfort boat Linda)

Season B:
– 1,090 euro (comfort boat Linda)

Included services

• 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
• 4 x full board and 3 x half board
• guided bike rides and sightseeing as described in itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily tours on board
• Bed linen and towels
• English-speaking tour guide

Additional optional services (on request)

    • Shared twin cabin (on request)
    • Surcharge for a cabin above deck: 100 euro/person
    • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 400 euro (limited, on request)
    • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 600 euro (limited, on request)
    • Rental bike: Full suspension MTB (fully): 180 euro/week; full suspension e-MTB (E-fully): 240 euro/week (limited, on request)
    • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: fully 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
    • A safe parking space: motorcycle: 30 euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week (on request, to be paid on-site to the tourguide)
    • In case of train arrival: Collecting transfer from Rijeka train station to Omišalj: 20 euro person/way (reservation requested) Please note, that it is not possible to take your own bike in trains.
    • Transfer from/to Rijeka airport (on embarkation and disembarkation day day): 15 euro person/way 15 euro bike/way
    • Collective transfer from/to Zagreb on day of embarkation/disembarkation only (11:30 am from Zagreb Center or 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport / return transfer from Omišalj to Zagreb Airport starts at 8 am: 30 euro person/way and 30 euro bike/way (reservation required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details)
    • Customized transfer (on request)
    • 2-day extension module Zagreb (only as PRE-Islandhopping tour bookable) incl. transfer airport – hotel // hotel – boat in Omišalj; 1 night in a 3 or 4 star hotel; guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included), dinner in a local restaurant; price per person: 3 star hotel in a double room: 310 euro/single room: 340 euro; 4 star hotel in a double room: 360 euro/single room: 420 euro (People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 60 € off all prices mentioned)
    • Additional night incl. breakfast in Omišalj (prices on request)

      Not included in the tour price

      • Journey to Omisalj / Krk Island
      • Water flat rate, Visitor’s tax and local charges 50 euro/adult or 25 euro for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
      • Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
      • Meals and drinks ashore
      • Please bring a beach towel, if needed
      • Service charge: 2% of the total invoice value. This service charge is excluded for payments via IBAN bank transfers.
      • Tips for tour guides and crew

      Price reductions

      • With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the third person, regardless of age (only possible below deck/not combinable with other discounts).
      • Children up to age 16 receive a 25 % discount on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 50 % discount).
      If you place your booking for this tour by the 31.01.2021, 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 Islandhopping, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for this tour if you book before the 31.01.2021 (can be used in combination with the Early-Bird discount)

       

      Things to note

      Language aboard

      Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

      Itinerary Changes

      We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour will be conducted in reverse order. You will find further details in your booking information package.

      MTB and hybrid bike tours often offered parallel aboard the same ship

      Mountain bike and trekking tours often operate parallel to each other on the same boat on our Standard MTB trips. One of the tour guides takes care of the hybrid cycle curise while the other guide leads the MTB group. So if you have a friend or partner who prefers to stay on the track, feel free to invite them along.

      Physical Requirements (MTB-Level of difficulty 2)

      Sportive daily tours with partly mountainous stages of about 20 to 34 mi./32 to 55 km and 656 to 2,952 ft./200 to 900 m of elevation. The mountain bike terrain is very diverse as is the landscapes of the different islands. The hilly to mountainous terrain with some steep ascents requires good physical condition. The islands are very different from one another and have a correspondingly large amount of variety while biking: wide natural trails, small side roads, Roman roads, great promenades and narrow paths run across the island.
      Our tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself. 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.

      Single Track Classification

      So that you are well prepared for your bike tour at Islandhopping, and that you know which technicality grade you should await to be confronted by, we have have comprised a classification for all single tracks which you will ride. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Singeltrail-Skala found at (http://www.singletrail-skala.de/).

      Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, small gully erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing, obstacles can be rolled over.

      Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins, permanent braking readiness, displacement of centre of mass to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, permanent body tension.

      Black (heavy, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many large boulders and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70 %, tight hairpins, expert level of bike control/handling.

      Requirement to wear a helmet

      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). Furthermore, we recommend riders to carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.

      Catering

      The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 4 x full board and 3 x half board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

      Bringing private bikes & EXCLUSION of private E-BIKES

      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 or MTB 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 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 logisitical handling thereof. 

      Our ships

      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.

      Dates & Booking

      • = fully booked
      • = 1-4 bookings possible
      • = 5+ bookings posible
      • = departure confirmed
      May 2021
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       02.05-09.05Kvarner Bay MTBLindaOmisaljOmisalj990 book
       09.05-16.05Kvarner Bay MTBLindaOmisaljOmisalj990 book
       16.05-23.05Kvarner Bay MTBLindaOmisaljOmisalj990 book
      June 2021
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       06.06-13.06Kvarner Bay MTBLindaOmisaljOmisalj990 book
       20.06-27.06Kvarner Bay MTBLindaOmisaljOmisalj990
      September 2021
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       05.09-12.09Kvarner Bay MTBLindaOmisaljOmisalj1090 book
       12.09-19.09Kvarner Bay MTBLindaOmisaljOmisalj1090 book
      October 2021
      DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
       10.10-17.10Kvarner Bay MTBLindaOmisaljOmisalj990 book

      Any questions?

      Contact us:

      Monday - Friday
      09:00- 12:30 Hrs
      14:00- 17:00 Hrs

      Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

      info@islandhopping.com