Croatia: Boating & electric bike cycling the Dalmatian coast

8 days  |  An active photographic extravaganza with boating & electric bike cycling
    This is a ‘boating & electric bike cycling photography tour’ in the truest sense of the word . We control the agenda, the pace, the itinerary - to seek out the hidden gems or catch the perfect light aboard our boat which allows us to pull into hidden coves. There is something for everyone on this tour....people, seascapes, landscapes, architecture, cities, food and wine, lifestyle & drone photography.

tour dates:   07 July 2018

Southern Dalmatia encompasses a stunning chain of islands stretching from Solta to Mljet, and this
unique electric bike cycling trip captures the highlights with an ideal balance of activity, culture and relaxation.
Experience the beautiful island of Korcula with its picturesque old town, the untouched beauty of Vis,
and trendy Hvar with its Venetian architecture. In the company of a cycling guide, this stimulating
journey explores towns and landscapes, many of which are on UNESCO’s world heritage list. Aboard
a comfortably appointed deluxe wooden motor yacht, there is ample time between cycles to swim
in the azure waters and soak up the ambience of seaside towns.


Trip Highlights

■ 8 unforgettable days of fun, adventure and superlative photography
■ Sailing & boating on flat water, swim, sunbathe
■ Electric bike cycling in the Southern Dalmatian islands with dramatic scenery
■ Exploring the small towns and villages en route
■ Korcula with its beautiful old township
■ The island of Vis, situated far out at sea
■ Photographic workshops on camera handling, architecture, portraits, lighting, seascapes & aerial using drones
■ Split with its abundance of Roman architecture particularly the Diocletian Palace
■ Capturing the action – swimming, cycling, snorkelling, diving, watersports & aerial photography

Photographic outcomes:
■ Complete understanding of your DLSR, mirrorless, compact, smartphone & drone camera functions
■ Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective. Street photography
■ Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation
■ Wildlife, portraiture, landscapes, macro, reportage, still life, action, motion, architecture, nature, flowers
■ Use of polarizing and ND filters
■ Architecture photography techniques - focus on Split and Korula
■ Understanding exposure options and shutter speeds shooting from moving boats and cycles
■ Editing software and knowledge of the digital workflow
■ Lessons on Lightroom 6 post production techniques
■ An insight into photographing for personal, stock, editorial and commercial use
■ Increased confidence and creative vision


itinerary at a glance
Day 1 Arrive Split, and board the boat at Trogir (2pm), cruise to Hvar
Day 2 Two cycle trips on Hvar Island, overnight Vis (20 & 22km/12.5 & 13.5mi)
Day 3 Cycle on Vis Island, cruise to Korcula (32km/20mi)
Day 4 Cycle Korcula Island (62km/39mi)
Day 5 Cycle on Brac Island (27km/17mi)
Day 6 Cycle from Omis to Cetina Canyon, cruise to Split (25-44km/16-27mi)
Day 7 Cycle from Stormorska to Maslinica on the island of Solta, return to Trogir
Day 8 Trip concludes in Trogir (close to Split)

Note: We reserve the right to make alterations to the planned route due to changing wind and weather
conditions, and where required by organizational necessities. Sails may not be present on all boats. Where
they are present, the sails will only be hoisted at the Captain’s discretion.
DAY 1 Arrive Split, and board the boat at Trogir (2pm), cruise to Hvar
Individual arrival by car to Trogir or by plane to Split airport, which is about 5km away
from the boarding harbour of Trogir. Taxi transfer can be booked on request for an
additional cost from Split airport or hotel to the boat in Trogir. After check in on the motor
yacht from 2:00pm, the first small cruise begins at about 3:00pm from Trogir to Hvar
Island. Tonight will be spent in Stari Grad, the second largest settlement of the island
and a former Greek colony.
meals: D
DAY 2 Two cycle trips on Hvar Island, overnight Vis (20 & 22km/12.5 & 13.5mi)
After breakfast in Stari Grad we do our first cycle tour to the quaint harbors of Jelsa and
Vrboska. Afterwards we return to Stari Grad, which has become a Mecca for artists and
art lovers in the past few years. In the afternoon, a second cycle tour leads us along
almost traffic free pass roads through small villages to the island’s capital Hvar town,
where we visit the magnificent Renaissance Square and enjoy the view from the Spanish
Fortress high above the city. This evening we board the boat again and cross over to
Vis Island where we overnight.
meals: B,D
DAY 3 Cycle on Vis Island, cruise to Korcula (32km/20mi)
Vis is the island furthest from the mainland. 2,300 years ago there was a Greek colony
called Issa on the island, and more recently, due to its strategic position it was a military
zone prohibited for foreign tourists until 1995. Today we have the opportunity to explore
the lovely island by bicycle. Alternatively there is a possibility to participate in a threehour
jeep tour around the island (about 35 Euro, paid locally). After cycling the boat
takes us to Vela Luka on the island of Korcula.
meals: B,D
DAY 4 Cycle Korcula Island (62km/39mi)
Today we will explore the island of Korcula by bicycle and take a lunch break in one of
the local restaurants. The peacefulness and remoteness of luscious gardens with large
cypresses dominate the appearance of perhaps the most beautiful Dalmatian island.
Our cycle tour will lead us to the village of Blato which, like Rome, was built on 7 hills.
We continue along a pass road across Pupnat Bay and finally to Korcula town, which
vies with Venice for the title of the birth place of Marco Polo. In the evening we have time
for a stroll through the alleys of this fantastic old town laid out in a herringbone pattern.
Overnight stay in Korcula town.
meals: B,D
DAY 5 Cycle on Brac Island (27km/17mi)
Today we cruise to the island of Brac, which is famous for its radiant marble that was,
among others, used for the White House in Washington or the Reichstag building in
Berlin. After an extended swim break followed by lunch, we start our cycling trip in
Sumartin, leading us to Selca and on to the picturesque harbour town Pucišca.
meals: B,D
DAY 6 Cycle from Omis to Cetina Canyon, cruise to Split (25-44km/16-27mi)
After a morning crossing to Omiš we cycle through the valley of the Cetina River which
is surrounded by steep rocks. After 18km/11mi we have the choice to take part on a four
hours rafting tour on the Cetina River (not included in the tour price) and afterwards a
small cycle tour of about 7km/4mi back to the boat - or to expand the cycling tour (no
rafting) to 44km/27mi along small side roads and versatile landscapes until reaching
Omiš and its pirate castles. In the afternoon our ship takes us to Split. The old town
of Split, built adjoining the famous palace of the Roman Caesar Diocletian, is a world
heritage site. Overnight stay in Split.
meals: B,D
DAY 7 Cycle from Stormorska to Maslinica on the island of Solta, return to Trogir (19km/12mi)
After crossing over to Stomorska on the island of Solta you will commence your last
cycle tour. Walled fields, numerous olive groves, locust bean and fig trees line the roads.
The herby smells of lavender and rosemary will accompany you along your tour of this
island. In Maslinica we load the bikes onto the boat and enjoy our last crossing back
to Trogir where, if time permits, you can take a tour of the old town which is a World
Heritage site.
meals: B,D
DAY 8 Trip concludes in Trogir (close to Split)
Disembark after breakfast around 9am and individual departure, or taxi transfer can be
booked on request for an additional cost from the boat to Split airport or hotel.
meals: B


Full photographic instruction form the professional photographer Andrew Thomasson
7 breakfasts, 4 lunches*, 7 dinners (does not include drinks).
The cook on board is a member of the crew. The meals begin with dinner on day 1 and end with
breakfast on day 8. *Note that the included lunches and dinners are not clearly labelled on the daily
itinerary as they depend on sailing conditions on the day and from time to time we may substitute
one of the lunches for a dinner or vice versa, your tour guide will inform you locally when these will
be included.
7 nights accommodation in a double cabin below deck with ensuite facilities on board a deluxe
boat (supplement applies for above deck or single cabin, surcharge applies for deluxe plus boat
departures). If you are travelling by yourself you will be matched with another passenger. The
compact cabins on the deluxe boat are configured with a combination of bunk beds (upper
and lower), a double bed or two lower beds; on the deluxe plus boat with twin or double beds.
Excellent discounts apply to a third person sharing a triple cabin, with a configuration of a double
bed + bunk beds (single or twin) or double + double bed for quad share. Note that the lower deck
cabins by their very nature will be marginally noisier and less ventilated due to their proximity to
the engine and working part of the boat.
8 speed hybrid electric bike rental with pannier
Experienced crew including English speaking cycle guide
Bed linen and towels
Information pack including overview maps per cabin

Not Included:
Discount for 3rd
person sharing a
triple cabin: $-671
Electric Bike
Supplement: $160
H - high season
surcharge: $180
Deluxe Plus Boat
Supplement: $180
deck level twin
cabin supplement -
deluxe boat: $260
deck level twin
cabin supplement -
deluxe plus boat: $350
below deck level
single cabin
supplement - deluxe
& deluxe plus boat: $1100
deck level single
cabin supplement -
deluxe boat: $1540
deck level single
cabin supplement -
deluxe plus boat: $1750
child under 15 (twin
share) deluxe boat,
below deck - low
season: $1870
■ Items of a personal nature
■ Travel insurance
■ Travel to and from Split (Trogir)
Upgrade to a cabin on deck or single cabin, or deluxe plus boat – supplement applies
As the trip price is based on twinshare,
a single supplement is payable if
a single cabin is required. Please
refer to the price options for costs
or ask our office for details. Note
regarding single cabins – some boats
do not have single cabins available
in which case you will be matched
with another person of the same
sex. Other boats only have a limited
availability of single cabins. Single
cabins are always on a request basis.
H - High Season
DN1 - High season supplement applies for
departures from 19 May to 29 Sep and
a supplement applies. On departures
denoted with (K) a deluxe boat plus
operates and a surcharge applies.
NB: - Itinerary subject to change according
to weather conditions. Drinking water,
visitors taxes and local charges are
extra - allow EUR40pp (adult) or
EUR20pp (child up to 16). Sails may
not be present on all boats. Where
they are present, the sails will only
be hoisted at the Captains discretion.
Option to add 3-day post tour extension
in Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes for a
supplement (or pre tour - price on
request) - see trip notes for details

dates & prices

Tour Dates: 07 July 2018

Tour Cost: Joining Split deluxe boat below deck (ex Split)
AUD $2550

Tour Style: Sailing, walking, option of cycling. This is one of those unique tours where we visit regions inaccessible from the land and where life is relatively unspoilt by motorized transport. A boat allows us to pull into those hidden coves and cays. We sleep onboard to the gentle sounds of lapping waves, we totally relax without the stresses of packing up, every day. All Focus 10 and Utracks sailing safaris are in areas where the seas are not known to be rough and where there is little rolling swell to induce seasickness. We also cruise in areas famed for their culture, antiquities, history, art, architecture and in areas of outstanding natural beauty. During the day you can photograph, swim, snorkel, sunbathe and explore the underworld of the Adriatic Sea. The evenings you have free to find a good restaurant or discover old churches or other historical monuments on the islands.

Tour Host: Andrew Thomasson

Operator: Utracks


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