DamselTours Sail Croatia Women’s Tour August 15-21, 2020

DamselTours Sail Croatia Women’s Tour August 15-21, 2020

DAY 1 | Start

Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, bars, cafes, cathedrals, hotels and several houses. The included Split Walking Tour is a great way to learn about this wonderful city.

Check-in is from 10.30am to 12.00pm (midday). Please note your cabin may not be ready until 12:30pm. Your ship will depart the harbour at 1pm sharp.

 DAY 1 | Overnight Stay

We depart from Split harbour at 13:00, with lunch onboard as you get to know your fellow shipmates. We sail from the mainland and head toward the island of Brac, arriving mid-afternoon. From here, you will start your first ride, cycling to Bobovišça, a small hamlet set on the western side of Brac just under the mountain top, overlooking the sea. You will be able to dive into the turquoise water here or enjoy a coffee. Upon return to Milna, we suggest you take a ride along the stunning coastline. We spend the night in the harbour of Milna, where picturesque natural stone houses border the deep bay.

Todays Cycle: Milna - Bobovisca

  • Distance: 5.5km

  • Difficulty: 3/5

  • Start/End Altitude: 0m

  • Maximum Altitude: 173m

  • Total Ascent/Descent: 198m

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DAY 2 | Overnight Stay

This first stage begins with a climb to the crest of a hill, past stunning local flora. The white stone visible here was used to build the White House in Washington and the Reichstag in Berlin. At the 35km mark, you have the opportunity to try traditional food and wine in a local village (please note lunch is optional). The panoramic views of the neighbouring island of Hvar are well worth the ascent! In Bol itself, you can visit the Golden Horn beach (about 2.5km from the port), take a swim, or stroll through the local streets. The ship anchors for the night in Bol, with dinner served onboard.

Todays Cycle: Bobovisca - Bol

  • Distance: 39.2km

  • Difficulty: 5/5

  • Maximum Altitude: 580m

  • Total Ascent/Descent: 1069m

  • Surface: Paved, short part to Gazul village is gravel

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DAY 3 | Overnight Stay

The island of Hvar is famous for its multi-coloured fields of rosemary and lavender. On the first cycling stage you'll make your way through the many villages on the island via paved and gravel roads. From Jelsa, we cycle towards Vrboska and then down to Stari Grad, one of Croatia's oldest towns (dating back to 385BC), where we will stop for a break. We continue on towards Hvar Town, passing through the villages of Grablje (known for its wine and olive oil) and Brusje. The day ends at the historical town of Hvar for an opportunity to visit the cathedral and Gothic palaces. We spend the night in Hvar Town harbour, with dinner served onboard.

Todays Cycle: Jelsa - Hvar

  • Distance: 26.4km

  • Difficulty: 4/5

  • Maximum Altitude: 259m

  • Total Ascent/Descent: 642m

  • Surface: Paved / Gravel

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DAY 5 | Overnight Stay

Breakfast is served onboard, en route to the island of Mjlet, also known as Honey-Island. Mljet two lakes (Great Lake and Small Lake). In the twelfth century, Benedictine built a monastery here in a secluded spot, surrounded by pine and oak forests. Today this area is a National Park and the high point of any tour of Dalmatia. You can cycle around the National Park's salt-water lake, in which there is actually another island (Mljet national park entry - 70 kuna). After lunch, you are free to explore more of the island by bike or perhaps swim or kayak in the Small Lake. The ship will overnight in the port of Pomena on Mljet.

Todays Cycle: Pomena

  • Distance: 7.8km

  • Difficulty: 1/5

  • Maximum Altitude: 69m

  • Total Ascent/Descent: 198m

  • Surface: Paved / Gravel

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DAY 7 | Overnight Stay

After breakfast onboard, we will take our last bike ride of the week. The route takes us to Radmanove Mlinice, where the "Winnetou" movies were filmed, along the valley of the Cetina river, right underneath the mountains. In Omis, you can visit the Mirabella Fortress, which offers views over the channel towards Brac island. After lunch onboard, the ship will sail back to the city of Split, where you can take a tour of the fascinating Roman Diocletian's Palace. After a relaxed city walk in this unique historic town, you return to your ship in the nearby harbour.

Todays Cycle: Omis - Split

  • Distance: 25.7km

  • Difficulty: 2/5

  • Maximum Altitude: 81m

  • Total Ascent/Descent: 311m

  • Surface: Paved

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DAY 8 | Finish

Cabins are based on twin share and are mostly bunk beds. Ensuite cabins are quite small, however have enough space to sleep, shower and change comfortably. All bedding is provided as well as a cabin towel for personal use. We recommend you bring a beach towel for use on the decks or beaches.

Contact Ruth Miller ruth@damseltours.com for more information and to signup for this tour. Damseltours accepts Venmo, PayPal and personal checks.


DAY 4 | Overnight Stay

There are two possible routes today, depending on the fitness of the group: Vela Luka - Korcula (a strenuous 44km) or Racìišçe - Lumbarda - Korcula (an easier 24km). The peaceful and secluded gardens of cypress trees here make Korcula one of the most beautiful of the Adriatic islands. Korcula claims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo and the name can be seen all over the island. Our final destination is the medieval town of Korcula with its attractive narrow streets. This is where we will spend the night, with dinner being served onboard.

Todays Cycle: Vela-Luka - Korcula

  • Distance: 41.7km

  • Difficulty: 4/5

  • Maximum Altitude: 502m

  • Total Ascent/Descent: 809m

  • Surface: Paved

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DAY 6 | Overnight Stay

This morning we sail toward the Peljesac peninsula. Today's cycling begins in Trstenik and takes you through the most famous wine growing area in Dalmatia and on to the town of Orebic. The climb is not easy, but rewards you with a magnificent view of the neighbouring island of Korcula. You can then join the ship in Orebic or for those feeling energetic, continue on for a further 18km to Loviste, where lunch will be served onboard. The ship finally cruises to Makarska, a popular town at the base of the impressive Biokovo mountain range. The ship will overnight in either Baska Voda or Makarska for the night.

Route 1: Trstenik - Orebic

  • Distance: 28.5km

  • Difficulty: 3/5

  • Maximum Altitude: 414m

  • Total Ascent/Descent: 749m

  • Surface: Paved

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Route 2: Trstenik - Loviste

  • Distance: 45.4km

  • Difficulty: 4/5

  • Maximum Altitude: 414m

  • Total Ascent/Descent: 1166m

  • Surface: Paved

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