Croatia Treasure Island Ladies Only Retreat

Join Sweet Skills and Big Mountain Bike Adventures for a dream trip to Europe! Book for our 2020 trip.. it's filling up!

June 6 - 13, 2020

Are you ready for a vacation of a lifetime? One of the most incredible European destinations with all the markers of the best vacation you could imagine!

Join us on a private motor yacht as we sail the turquoise Adriatic Sea and explore Croatia’s Southern Dalmatia islands by bike. It's one of the most beautiful destinations you can boat to in Europe - bonus we get to ride our bikes along the way and hang out with a super fun crew of women!

Ride fun and scenic trails with local guides and Sweet Skills coaches and wander the historic harbour towns, rustic bars, and sights as we dock in. Time on the boat isn't just about getting to our next amazing destination, we'll enjoy the on-board gourmet meals, drinks on the deck, views, and swims in quiet coves.

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THE BOAT & CABINS: The gorgeous MS San Snova is a 101-feet long entirely oak ship that will sail us around. Spacious above deck cabins feature air conditioning with private bathroom and shower. Enjoy gourmet meals prepped for us as we sail to our next destination with a glass of wine in our hands!

THE RIDING: Most days will feature two different guided ride distances so you can choose how hard you want to ride. It's an amazing experience and a fabulous way to see the country. In some of the more remote places the roads will probably be more rustic with some singletrack sections and fun double track. The riding on the Dalmatian Islands is generally rocky technical but there will be some buffed sections also. Great for intermediate level of rider and above. Sylvie and Emily will be there to coach along the way and give pre-trip fitness training plans.

PRICE
1995 Euros (land/boat costs) *includes most meals, save $ and book a lower deck cabin

BOOK with Big Mountain Bike Adventures. Detailed trip information HERE

Check out the 2019 Slideshow. Recent article on 2019 trip by Elladee Brown HERE

ITINERARY 
8 days (7 days of riding), 7 nights on the boat

Day 1b0a704f2 997b 41ac 9d58 03860c40fb68Welcome to Split, Croatia! Board the boat at 2pm and set sail to Solta Island for a nice warm-up ride. We’ll ride alongside dry stone walls, olive groves, fig trees with sage and rosemary lining the paths. We’ll have a tour at a local honey operation then enjoy a descent on short trails back to the ship where we’ll enjoy our first night docked in a charming harbor town.
6km 590ft gain

Day 2
Ride along secret coves on Brac Island and climb up to a high mountain ridge with magnificent views of the neighboring islands. A fun technical descent takes us all the way to the small village of Dol where we'll chill out with a cappucinno before biking to our ship. Watch one of the most amazing sunsets from the harbour of Postira after a well-deserved dip and cool drink!
15 or 37km, 656 or 2790 ft gain

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Enjoy breakfast as we sail down the coast to Pucisca, one of the prettiest villages in Europe. Climb past olive trees and herb meadows to the 780m high Vidova Gora which is the highest peak of all the Adriatic Islands. Rip down a technical descent all the way to the ‘Golden Horn’ dropping down to the famous Zlatini Rat beach. (optional easy way down via a wider path with sweeping corners and stunning views)
30km, 3000ft gain

Day 4
Ride a combination of fun singletrack and dirt roads on the remote Vis Island and learn about its interesting history, good wines, and excellent seafood. Board the boat and enjoy life on the deck as we sail to the beautiful town of Vela Luca on Korcula Island.
27 or 38km, 1968 or 2953ft gain

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Korcula is an Island paradise offering singletrack along the seashore through olive groves to the village of Blato. Relax by a café and then choose your afternoon adventure. Climb up to the viewpoint then ride technical trails back to the harbour, or get the harbour through quiet side roads and flowy trails. Sail to the village of Stari Grad on Hvar Island. This island is one of the oldest in Europe and a Unesco World Heritage Site.
38 or 47km, 2297 or 3280 ft gain

Day 6
Ride through the Greek settlement of Pharos from 385 BC, then ride to the top of a pass up and over to the glitzy Hvar town. Here we’ll wander the streets and visit a Spanish fortress. Or you can opt out of the uphill climb and choose a mellower loop to the villages of Jelsa and Vrboska. The riding will offer mostly asphalt roads, gravel paths, trails, and narrow alleyways through the towns. Sail overnight to Split.
29 or 38km, 1148 or 3280ft gain

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Wake up anchored in vibrant Split. Step off the boat to explore its fascinating historical sights including the Diocletian’s Palace. Then back on the bikes for our last ride in the hills just outside the city. Sail back to the World Heritage town of Trogir with some amazing swimming breaks and celebrations of an amazing week!
15 or 20km, 656 or 1312ft gain

Day 8
Leave the boat in the morning and transfer to Split airport or stay on your own agenda.

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Highlights:

• Beautiful oak yacht with on board chef and spacious above deck cabins. Lots of space to lounge around, enjoy the scenery, a drink, and a dip in the turquoise ocean!
• Have time to not only bike a lot of amazing trails on remote islands, but walk around and explore historic towns like Stari Grad, Europe’s oldest town dating back to 385BC. And the captivating Diocletian’s Palace in Split
• Enjoy the local cuisine and its fresh seafood, rustic bars, and courtyard cafés
• Conquer the Vidova Gora climb on Brac Island then descend to one of Europe’s top beaches Zlatini Rat.

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