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Croatia National Parks~
Cruise & Cycle Tour

Croatia National Parks ~

Cruise and Cycle Tour

May 9-22, 2023

Space available in one cabin.  Don't miss out!! 

Croatia with the Ski Club of Sarasota!  This trip has it all!!  We fly into Split and board a luxurious motor coach to see the city of Split on our way to our hotel.  We will spend a couple days there and explore before heading to our home for the week on the YOLO, described as a "swimming luxury hotel."  Launched in 2019, this ship ROCKS!  You won't be disappointed ~ Solid LUXURY! 

On this tour we will bike the National Parks of Dalmatia and see its stunning landscape.  We will see fjords, waterfalls, colors you cannot even imagine.  We will see Zadar, with its 3000 year old history; the Koronati National Park, with its crystal-clear waters; take a bath under the Krka waterfalls; taste olive oils and honeys, abundant and popular items of the area.  See cathedrals, old towns, resort areas.  Bike along the Oceanside.  The trip is both relaxing and full of natural beauty.

After we leave the YOLO, we will spend 3 nights in Dubrovnik. Lord Byron baptized Dubrovnik "the pearl of the Adriatic" because of its incomparable architectural heritage. The gleaming marble streets of Dubrovnik are lined with baroque buildings punctuated by beautifully sculpted Renaissance fountains and facades. Dubrovnik's walls are the most intact and impressive in the Adriatic and clearly head the long list of Dubrovnik's essential sights. For fans of “Game of Thrones,” many scenes were filmed in Dubrovnik (i.e. King’s Landing).

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Round-trip air between Tampa and Croatia

  • Transfers between Split Airport and Hotel via private coach with city tour enroute and English speaking assistant

  • 2-night accommodation in Split at the 4-Star Hotel Atrium – (or similar)

  • Breakfast buffet daily in Split

  • Transfer between Split and Trogir Sea Port via private coach with English speaking assistant

  • 7-night cruise on the ship YOLO, including all of the following:

  • Breakfast Daily

  • Lunch and Dinner for 2 nights

  • Lunch OR Dinner for 5 nights

  • Tour guide / on-board manager

  • Visitors tax of $45.00 per person

  • Standard 21-speed Trekking bike (eBikes available for an additional rental fee)

  • Bike insurance

  • Harbor fees

  • Bed linens and final cleaning

  • Daily biking tours with guide

  • Maps and other items necessary

  • Bottled water

  • Transfer between Trogir Sea Port and Dubrovnik Hotel via private coach with English speaking assistant

  • 3-night accommodations at the 4-Star Sheraton Dubrovnik hotel – (Or Similar)

  • Breakfast daily in Dubrovnik

  • City tour of Dubrovnik

  • Transfer between Dubrovnik Hotel and airport via private coach

  • All transfers via luxury private coach with English speaking assistant on all transfers and tours

  • All local taxes and port charges

THE ITINERARY:

The itinerary (may change, but this is the expected itinerary while on the YOLO):

Day 1: Trogir (embarkation) – Rogoznica
Arrival to the boat in Trogir. After the check in, the boat departs Trogir around 3:00pm for Rogoznica. Later in the afternoon, there is time to adjust the bicycles.

Day 2: Rogoznica – Vodice – Slanica – Nature Park Telašcica (16 miles/27 km)
In the morning the boat takes us to Vodice. We start our first bike ride starting at the popular resort and soon we cross the bridge to the island of Murter. In Slanica, in the Northwest of the island we the boat awaits us for the cross over to the island of Dugi Otok.

On our way we pass the National Park Kornati with crystal clear water known for its rich underwater world. Our destination is Telašćica Bay. Toward the end of the day, we take a short hike to the cliffs before taking a short crossing by boat to the small eastside village of Sali for the night.

Day 3: Islands of Dugi Otok and Zadar (30 miles/48 km)
We start our ride from Sali along the island of Dugi Otok. The destination is village of Božava, surrounded by pine forests, Tamarisks and Agaves. In Božava, the boat awaits and we cast off for Zadar which for centuries was the political, cultural and intellectual center of Dalmatia.

The guide takes us on a walk through the city and as we walk, we will learn of the city and its colorful past. Overnight stay in Zadar.

Day 4: Zadar – Island Ugljan and Pašman – Vodice (21 miles/33 km)
During breakfast the boat takes us to Preko on the island of Ugljan from where we will ride to Tkon on the island of Pašman. The two islands are connected by a bridge from which the first of the Kornati Islands can be seen. We cycle along the east coast of the island, in the vicinity of the sea with views of the mainland.

Once we arrive in Tkon, we board the boat and cross over to Vodice, a popular Dalmatian holiday destination on the mainland where we will spend the night.

Day 5: Vodice – Skradin (22 miles/35 km)
A scenic tour leads us from Vodice along quiet roads through villages of the Dalmatian hinterland to the beautiful city of Skradin at the foot of the Krka Canyon. The night is spent in Skradin.

Day 6: Krka Waterfalls – Šibenik Island – Primošten
After breakfast, we will discover the waterfalls of the national park of the Krka-Canyon. Afterwards, the boat will take us to Šibenik out of the Krka river mouth and into the Adriatic. Here the Cathedral of St. Jacob is under UNESCO-World-Heritage protection and is regarded as the most magnificent sacral buildings on the Adriatic coast. In the afternoon we cast off and cruise to Primošten for the night.

Day 7: Primošten – Trogir (28 miles/45 km)
In the morning our last bike tour for the week takes us from Primoošten inland past rural villages to Trogir. Many views of the town and the island of Čiovo invite for short breaks and photo stops. In the afternoon we have the chance to stroll through the UNESCO world heritage city of Trogir.

Day 8: Disembarkation at Trogir
After breakfast, disembarkation by 9:00am

The tour operator reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where necessary. The tour may also be operated in reverse.

Cost:

$5075 +/- per person, double occupancy in cabin and hotel rooms.

Payment Schedule: 

$2000 initial deposit per person submitted with trip reservation form, membership application with dues, and photocopy of picture page of passport with expiration date at least 6 months beyond return date sent to trip leader at the below address. 

Second Payment:  $1500 per person due by November 20, 2022.

Final payment to “Ski Club of Sarasota” due before January 15, 2023.

Trip Leader:

 

                 CRAIG BATCHELOR               

     cell:  727-460-7288    

  email:  PTICB@AOL.COM

address: PO Box 1969, Crested Butte, CO 81224

Please print and fill out Both Forms and mail with your payment to:

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