September 6, 2024 - September 13, 2024
Join Sweet Skills and Big Mountain Bike Adventures for a dream trip to Europe!
Get ready for an extraordinary experience in one of the most enchanting European destinations as we explore the Dalmatian Islands in the Adriatic Sea by bike and boat. In 2024, we’re thrilled to introduce our new Co-Ed E-mtb program for this Croatia trip.
During this adventure, we’ll have two distinct group rides. The first group is tailored for beginners, focusing mostly on gravel roads and inviting those who prefer a less technical experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking sights and scenery while riding E-mountain bikes. While we may explore some gravel double tracks and easier single tracks as options, the primary focus will be on cruising along paved and gravel roads, making it a stress-free journey. The second group is designed for those with intermediate skills and will offer technical singletrack descents. Each day begins with paved and gravel roads, with the second group venturing onto more challenging trails. E-mtb’s are a part of the package for every rider on this trip.
Our private motor yacht serves as our home base, allowing you to unpack once and enjoy the turquoise sea as we move from one enchanting island to another. This is one of the most stunning European destinations accessible by boat, with serene island roads and breathtaking scenery that’s hard to surpass. Sweet Skills coaches will be by your side to provide coaching and support, ensuring you have the time of your life.
Our time on the boat is not merely about transit; we’ll savor gourmet meals on board, soak in the views from the deck, jump off the deck for swims in secluded coves, and even have the chance to try some paddleboarding.
Each day brings a new island adventure. We typically leave the boat in the morning for a full day of exploration, which may include lunch in a charming town midway through the ride or at the end. Enjoy swims in the crystal-clear sea and numerous stops for breathtaking photos. Each day’s ride begins with a climb as we depart from the dock, covering a considerable distance on quiet paved roads and gravel double tracks, before concluding with a descent on the opposite side of the island. Riding along the shoreline, pausing for gelato and a dip in the sea, and immersing in the local history are some of the daily highlights.
Skill Level: B-I Fitness Level 3+ *Ebikes included. Even though we are E-powered for all rides, the days are long and the mileage adds up so this trip still requires fitness and being used to riding for long hours. Unsure if you’re fitness level and ability match this camp? Call Sylvie to discuss: 604-966-8330. See itinerary link below for details.
$3345 USD (land/boat costs) *includes E-bike rental and most meals. 25% deposit to book, payment will be with Big Mountain Bikes. Single supplements extra fee, please inquire.
Fill in the registration form below then we will contact you to finish the registration and deposit process with Big Mountain.
Welcome to Split, Croatia! Board the boat at 2pm and set sail to Solta Island for a nice warm-up ride. Sweet Skills coaches will review how to operate and safely ride your ebike and go over some basic riding position. There will be some time set aside to size up your bike just for you. 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
Ride a gravel road along secret coves on Brac Island and climb up to a high mountain ridge with magnificent views of the neighboring islands. A nice road descent (or optional singletrack) 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
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. Another sweet road descent all the way to the ‘Golden Horn’ dropping down to the famous Zlatini Rat beach. Or for the more adventurous, there’s always more rocky singletrack to test out your skills.
30km, 3000ft gain
Ride a combination of paved 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
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 to have another stunning. 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
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, and narrow alleyways through the towns. Sail overnight to Split.
29 or 38km, 1148 or 3280ft gain
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
Leave the boat in the morning and transfer to Split airport or stay on your own agenda.
*Trip itinerary may change at any time due to weather changes, boat logistics, or any other unexpected circumstance*
Within 1 week of registering, you’ll be emailed a ton of information including details on pack list, bike prep, directions, and FAQ sheet.
Airfare, airport transfers and tax is not included in the price. Arrival and departure from Split, Croatia airport. Stay your first pre-trip night in Trogir as you are just steps away from the harbour.
High-performance eMTB’s will be provided for everyone and you’ll be asked your size upon registration from Big Mountain Bike Adventures. Sunglasses are mandatory as we’ll be riding in very exposed terrain every day. Helmets are mandatory when on your bike, you will need to bring your own. A 16L backpack is recommended as you’ll need to bring lots of water and lunch/snacks. Please bring appropriate riding gear for long days – a full list will be emailed upon registration.
The MS San Snova is an entirely oak ship that stands at 101- feet long. All 13 spacious cabins (eleven above deck, three below deck) feature air conditioning, private bathroom with shower and hair dryer. Cabins are 30 to 45 square feet in size. Two-person beds are 200 X 140 cm (slightly bigger than a double size), single beds are 200 X 80 cm.
Each guest will be required to sign a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement at time of registration, prior to start of trip from both Big Mountain Bike Adventures and Sweet Skills. Participants are required to inform Big Mountain and Sweet Skills of any allergies, medical conditions or injuries that might affect their riding or health and any medications taken.
Minimum required age is 18 for our camps and clinics. Requests can be made on a case-by-case basis. It’s recommended for youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
This trip is run in partnership with Big Mountain Bike Adventures. As they are taking payment, cancellation policy will be with Big Mountain. Please read their Cancellation Policy HERE