May 31, 2024 - June 7, 2024
Join Sweet Skills and Big Mountain Bike Adventures for a dream trip to Europe!
Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime? One of the most incredible European destinations with all the makers of the best vacation you could imagine! Sweet Skills and Big Mountain Bike Adventures are excited to offer this popular trip again in 2024 for our 4th year.
Join us on a private motor yacht as we sail the turquoise Adriatic Sea and explore Croatia’s Southern Dalmatian 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. Wander the historic harbour towns, rustic bars, and sights that 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.
Every day is a new island adventure. We usually depart the boat for a whole day which may include lunch in a small town partway through the ride or at the end, swims in the sea and lots of stops for amazing photos. The riding starts each day with a climb as we leave the boat at the doc. There will be quite a few miles on quiet paved roads, gravel double track, then finishing with rocky descents including some switchbacks. Riding along the shoreline, stopping for gelato and a swim and enjoying some history along the way are some of the daily highlights.
Skill Level: I-A Fitness Level 4+ *Ebikes available. If you’re fitness level is not high you should rent an ebike for the ultimate best time! Unsure if you’re fitness level and ability match this camp? Call Sylvie to discuss: 604-966-8330. See itinerary link below for details.
$2895 USD (land/boat costs/most meals) 25% deposit to book, payment will be with Big Mountain Bike Adventures. We are currently FULL! Sign up on waitlist or check out our September option.
Fill in the registration form below then we will contact you to finish the registration and deposit process with Big Mountain.
Article on 2019 trip by Elladee Brown HERE
8 days (7 days of riding), 7 nights on the boat
Welcome 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
High-performance rental bikes and eMTB’s are available on this trip. As it is on most of our trips it is recommended that riders bring their own bikes. A current lightweight full-suspension trail bike with 130-140mm travel that climbs and descends capably is best for this adventure. As the terrain is rocky tires should be tubeless, 2.30” or above, aggressive tread, one to two-ply casing for durability, puncture resistance and added control. Eye protection and knee pads that you can comfortably pedal in are highly recommended. Helmets are mandatory when on your bike. A 16L backpack is recommended.
THE BOAT CABINS:
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. Click here to view and fill in the online waiver at time of booking. Participants are required to inform 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