cycle cruise holidays

We’ve just returned from a fabulous trip to Europe and one of the things we really enjoyed was a Cycle Cruise with the Katarina Line in Croatia island hopping and cycling.

Island hopping croatia

It was fun and full of excitement. The views were incredible, the food was super and we came back fitter than we left home.

If you’d like to read more about the cycle cruise, and reasons to book one, please pop over to my blog Lifestyle Fifty, and read …

Island Hopping Cycle Cruise

10 Reasons to Book a Cycle Cruise.

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I wish we’d known about them when we were travelling in Croatia.

Split, Croatia

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  1. A truly interesting way to see the islands. How lucky you were to do this cruise. Matching the laid back cruise with the exercise of bike riding would be perfect. Croatia is next on my list 🙂

  2. Hi Jo, so so jealous of this trip of yours. It looks incredibly fun.
    What an amazing way to experience the different beautiful hamlets of Croatia. I like that you can stay fit while enjoying all those delicious food. We don’t normally do cruises but this is they type of cruise I don’t mind doing.

  3. It was Marisol, and it’s a cruise but not a cruise! We loved the diversity. I think you’d love it too 🙂

  4. So you’re off to Croatia next Jan, and I’ll be following your lead (and blog posts) and hoping for Turkey! Although I’d love to go back and see more of Croatia too.

  5. This trip looks divine. I would love to do this and will most definitely be putting it on my bucket list. Wonderful photos.

  6. Glad you like the look of it Kathy and hope to read about it on your blog one day too 🙂

  7. Beautiful views! Cycling is not my idea of fun, but if you like it then a great way to go 🙂

  8. Thanks Nancie! Yes, the views from the bikes were fantastic – but you’re right, you do have to enjoy cycling and a bit of huffing and puffing up hills 😉

  9. What a great overview! I loved Croatia, my only regret was that I wasn’t there long enough. Split had some beautiful old buildings to explore, and the sea water was just amazing to swim in. Such a contrast to the chilly waters of WA!

  10. Thanks Tori! Yes we also wish we’d had longer to spend in Split – so much to do and explore.

  11. Lots of my friends have been to Croatia and they all rave about it. I still haven’t gotten there yet, despite it having been on my bucket list for almost 10 years, haha!

    I’d never thought of it as a cycling destination before and I think that would be great because I love exploring places by bike. From your descriptions it sounds a bit hilly though!

  12. It is quite hilly in places Bonny – but what goes up must come down 😉 and that’s fun. It’s a fabulous country to visit.

  13. What a great cruise and wonderful photos! We just did a small ship cruise and, although we loved it, we were not sorry to leave that tiny cabin behind!

  14. Wow, this looks like so much fun, I would love to cruise Croatia – need to get back during the summer time and enjoy all those islands.

  15. Oh boy, great timing! We are planning travels for this fall throughout the Adriatic/Balkans, and I’ll check into these tours specifically.

  16. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru

    Long on our list has been a visit to lovely Croatia. This great post confirmed we must get there on our next trip to Europe!

  17. Suzanne Fluhr

    Not sure I could handle some of the uphills, but probably in the near future, I should “suck it up” and find a bike/cruise tour for my husband who is 1) very nice to me and 2) enjoys bike riding. This one sounds nice!

  18. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it

    My favorite kind of trip – beautiful views, learning about history and earning a beer at the end of the day. Oh heck, I deserve a beer even if I didn’t earn it. You really had a wonderful trip.

  19. It is a great kind of trip for earning a beer at the end of the day, Neva! But I reckon with all the activity you do in a day, you’ve earnt a beer anyway 😉

  20. Ha Ha Suzanne, If I’m honest, that was one of the main reasons we tried a bike cruise too. Don’t think for one minute that this would-be-lazy-carcass would suggest puffing uphills in favour of a cocktail lying by a pool in a tropical oasis! But go for it, it’s fun, and if you’re like us, create some great memories together.

  21. I’m so glad that this post might have inched you nearer to visiting Croatia Betsy. Thanks for popping by today 🙂

  22. Fabulous Kristin! It’s always so great when we can recommend something that others might enjoy too 🙂

  23. Ha Ha Jan! I know what you mean. We slept well, but when we got back into a hotel room afterwards we didn’t know what to do with ourselves – so much space around our bed it felt like a desert! Small ship cruises are fun though aren’t they, no crowds, no queus to get on and off the boat especially.

  24. I hope everyone who’s looking at doing this trip finds your post as I certainly would want to know the details – How far was I really expected to pedal each day for those (like me) where the mind is willing but the flesh could be a let down!!
    I love cycling and the thought of having an on-board berth awaiting me at the end of each day sounds divine –
    You’re inspiring me you realize?!! 🙂

  25. I’m so glad Linda to be inspiring you! Yes, these were the details that I would really have liked to know before we went because like you the mind is often more willing than the flesh and bones 😉

  26. Donna Janke

    This trip looks fantastic. I’m not a strong enough cyclists to tackle this amount of cycling, but a friend of mine did something very similar and loved it. I love how you’ve done the collages of photos to give us a flavour of the places you visited.

  27. A Taste for Travel

    I’d never heard is a cycle cruise holiday but it sounds like a perfect way to combine two of my fave activities – cycling and eating!

  28. What a wonderful guide for a bike tour of the islands off Croatia. I’ve been crossing my fingers for a chance to visit sometime and would absolutely love to follow in your tire tracks. Had never heard of this cycle cruise before. Very cool!

  29. I felt like I was right with you. Your narrative and photos really bring your adventure to life! Thank you for sharing this beautiful part of the world!!

  30. Absolutely Michele! And because of the exercise not feel guilty about the eating!

  31. Thanks Donna – my hubby does the more beautiful collages on another programme. I generally use PicMonkey because it’s easier. Yes, there is a lot of cycling on this trip, and some big hills, but having said that they do accommodate different abilities.

  32. I love this cruise: it seems like a perfect combination of sailing, cycling and eating (my favorite part!). I’ve been in Croatia for nine years now, and I still haven’t taken any cruise or sailing trip. I will definitely need to do it as it sounds like lots of fun. Glad you enjoyed peka. It’s my favorite Croatian dish. Thanks for sharing, Johanna!

  33. You have a beautiful blog! Your photo collages are amazing! I haven’t ridden a bike in so long, but it would be a great way to see an area. I love the oufit you are wearing at the top of your blog. Safe travels 🙂

  34. So happy to have inspired you to do a cycle cruise Frank! Wow 9 years! Wondering which part of Croatia you live in. We loved the Dalmatian coast and yes Peka!

  35. Hi Jo,
    Logged on, at last ! Clearing out my handbag I found your card, which I thought I’d lost ..
    Lovely to relive our fab holiday cruising and cycling in Croatia, and such good company !
    We’ve still to sort out photos from all 4 cameras, will do when the weather changes, – we’ve had a record breaking warm summer. Glorious !
    Packing for a week in the UK – reunion with the class of ’73 . Should be fun !
    So glad I’ve subscribed to your blog. Photos superb.
    I’m sure Astrid, Marianne and Keth send love too.
    🙂 Faye

  36. Hello lovely Faye! Great to hear from you 🙂 Oh, have a fab week in the UK and the class of ’73! Hope the memories come fast and furious. Can’t wait to see some photos – I know it takes a long time to sort out. I shall send links to everyone to the posts about cruising and Croatia tomorrow – yes, it’s taken me this long. Thanks for getting in touch 🙂 So good to be connected again.

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