By James Shillinglaw, Jan 12, 2021
With travelers seeking healthier, more active vacations and a return to the great outdoors after months of staying at home, Katarina Line, Croatia’s premier small ship cruise company, has launched two new “Cycle & Cruise” tours designed especially for e-bikes.
Available out of Opatija and Split, these seven-night round-trip tours combine a cruise along the coastal waters of the Adriatic Sea with daily guided e-bike tours of its islands, picturesque small towns, scenic rural roads and forests, and some of Croatia’s most beautiful parks. Guests also can enjoy opportunities to swim in secluded coves and on some of the world’s best beaches. Participants can rent an e-bike for the tour or bring their own.
Prices for Katarina Line’s e-bike Cycle & Cruise tours start at $759 per person, based on double occupancy, and include daily buffet breakfast, three-course lunch or dinner, and a captain’s dinner, among other amenities. Additional taxes and fees may apply. Round-trip cruises out of Split include visits to the Pelješac peninsula, as well as the islands of BraÄ, Hvar, Mljet, KorÄula and Šolta. Round-trip cruises out of Opatija include cycling on the islands of Cres, Lošinj, Pag, Rab and Krk. For more information, call 800-485-3121 or visit www.katarina-line.com.
“We are seeing very positive booking trends for 2021. People are eager to travel again, get out into the fresh air and ‘stretch their legs’ through more active vacations, following months at home,” said Daniel Hauptfeld, marketing director for Katarina Line. “Our Cycle & Cruise tours offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy Croatia’s historic towns, unspoiled backroads and beautiful parks, as well as the clear blue waters of the stunning Dalmatian coast.”
Highlights of Katarina Line’s Cycle & Cruise tour out of Split include cycling the coastal roads of the island of BraÄ; enjoying dramatic panoramic views of the Pelješac peninsula and the nearby island of KorÄula; and riding through numerous vineyards toward the port city of OrebiÄ‡, home to many legendary sea captains in the 19th century. Guests also will tour the island of Mljet and its national park, a unique natural attraction that features two connected salt water lakes.
Highlights of Katarina Line’s e-bike Cycle & Cruise tour out of Opatija include cycling on the island of Cres, where cyclist will be treated to flocks of sheep grazing in the field. They will also pass the picturesque Vrana Lake and visit Predoscica, as well as the ancient town of Beli. Other highlights include a visit to Mali Losinj on the island of Losinj, known for its mild climate and coastal pine forest. Guest will also cycle through Cikat bay and climb to Sveti Ivan at the stop of the island.
Other itinerary highlights include a visit to the 2,000-year-old salt pans of Pag and a lavish captain’s dinner that features the best of Adriatic cuisine.
Katarina Line observes strict health and safety protocols, with frequent and regular cleaning of all common surfaces, including handrails, doorknobs, and light switches, as well as the use of air purifiers in the restaurant area. Cabins are cleaned on a daily basis, upon request, with all surfaces thoroughly sanitized.
Katarina is a premier small ship cruise company with a fleet of 60 ship and weekly guaranteed departures from the end of April to mid-October. It operates out of the major tourist centers of Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik. With a growing fleet in six different categories, the company serves more than 110,000 clients including 30,000 cruise guests of all ages and budgets.
Katarina Line itineraries give travelers the opportunity to explore the stunning natural environment and picturesque Mediterranean towns of Croatia while hopping from one island to another, offering guests unique opportunity to experience the true Croatia. Travel advisors account for more than 98 percent of the company’s bookings worldwide. For more information, call 800-485-3121 or visit www.katarina-line.com.