Croatia Scooter Tour
Explore some of Croatia’s most beautiful islands by scooter. Follow your guide through quaint villages, past lavender fields and vineyards, and along isolated roads with dramatic views onto the glittering Mediterranean. We will explore the islands of Brač, Hvar (rated by Condé Nast magazine as one of the “Ten most beautiful islands in the world”) and lovely Vis. After the ride, relax in charming, historic villages and enjoy the fresh cuisine and excellent local wines. Traveling by scooter allows us to discover the hidden interiors of these gorgeous islands. Our hotels are specially chosen to be comfortable and reflect the beauty of their surroundings.
Scooterbella in the news: our tours have been featured in the travel section of The Guardian(UK), Jan 20th, 2007. Another article was published by The Observer on April 23rd, 2006. Our Tuscany scooter trip was also featured in a 3-page full-color article in the London Telegraph, and in London’s The Times.
NOTE: You must arrive at the start of the tour already a safe, competent rider. We are not a motorbike school. A motorcycle license is NOT required to drive a scooter a 50cc scooter in Croatia. A valid car license is required.
The Scooters – Traveling by scooter is fun and easy. We have a local scooter provider who supplies us with modern 50cc scooters (125cc scooters are sometimes available but you need a motorcycle license in Croatia). They are not “Vespa” brand but are very similar, with an electric start and automatic transmission. The brakes are on the handlebars, like a bicycle. We provide you with helmets. It’s the best way to get off the beaten track without working up a sweat!
IMPORTANT | QUALIFICATIONS
You must be over 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license. Of course anyone can be a passenger. To drive a scooter, previous experience on a scooter or motorbike is advantageous and highly advised. If you have not ridden or scooter or motorbike before then you should do so before you do this trip. Rent a scooter locally, and learn how to ride it before coming on the trip.
WE ARE NOT HERE TO TEACH YOU HOW TO DRIVE A SCOOTER. YOU MUST ARRIVE AT THE START OF THE TRIP ALREADY A COMPETENT RIDER.
In the last three years we have been amazed by people who arrive to drive a scooter on public roads who have never ridden a scooter before and who are clearly uncoordinated, unathletic, and who will clearly never, ever be able to drive a scooter safely. Please do not be one of these people. It would be funny if they were not endangering themselves and the lives of others. The scooters are easy to ride, but a good sense of balance and coordination is required.
You will be driving a motor vehicle on public roads. You are responsible for your safety but also for the safety of other motorists, bikers and pedestrians. You must be able to control the scooter and drive it competently. If we feel your driving skills put you and others at risk we reserve the right to take the scooter away from you. In the event that you cannot ride as a passenger on one of the scooters, then we will help to arrange an alternative mode of transport, either taxi, or rental car, but at your expense.
The bottom line is that we just want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday!
Croatia Scooter Tour itinerary
Independent arrival in Split, which is easily reached by air from most European hubs, or by ferry from Ancona (Italy). Meet your guide at 3 p.m. at the hotel Peristil and then board the 4:00 catamaran to Bol, on the island of Brač. Check into your hotel and then head out to explore this charming waterfront town on foot. If timing permits we can also pick up our scooters this evening so we’re ready to go tomorrow morning. Meet again at 7 for drinks and then dinner at 8. Overnight Bol at the Hotel Kaštil. Dinner and hotel included.
Pick up your scooters and head off to explore Brač, the largest island in the Adriatic. We ride up and over the limestone bulk of the island before stopping for a coffee break at the marina town of Puciša, famous for its limestone works (the island has been famous for its limestone since the times of the ancient Greeks, and the Romans used it to build Diocletian’s palace in Split). We ride up to Skrip to visit the small archaeological museum, then head down for lunch at a traditional Croatian konoba (trattoria). Afterwards, ride over to Sutivan for a swim and a short break and then to the medieval port of Milna, once the Roman naval base of Emperor Diocletian. We ride back through dramatic landscapes to Bol, stopping for a breathtaking vista from Vidova Gora, the highest point in the Adriatic. Overnight Bol. Breakfast, dinner and hotel included.
Hop on a small day-ferry this morning for Hvar Island (Jelsa or Hvar town, depending on departure). Rent scooters and set off to visit this island, which features annually among “The world’s most beautiful islands” lists. We first explore the “wine route” inland, with hilltop villages set amidst the verdant green of lush vineyards and olive groves. After a stop for lunch at another local “konoba” we make our way to Hvar town via the lavender-covered hills (they bloom in June, but they’re still lovely the rest of the year!). Enjoy a cocktail in the elegant waterfront area of Hvar town, and then meet up again for dinner. Overnight Hvar at the Villa Nora. Breakfast, dinner and hotel included.
Take some time this morning to visit Hvar town, then depart via the high Brusje road for Starigrad, the historic old port of Hvar Island. We wander the town’s narrow limestone alleyways and then visit the 15th century castle belonging to the island’s most famous poet/son, Petar Hektorović. Then we ride over to Vrboska for a visit of the island’s only remaining traditional net maker. Your guide may also surprise you with a visit to his friend’s winery for snacks, a tasting and possibly lunch. After lunch return via the south coast and stop in Milna for a swim before returning to Hvar town. Overnight Hvar town. Breakfast, dinner and hotel included.
We take an early catamaran this morning back to Split and then catch a ferry to the farthest of the Dalmatian Islands, lovely Vis. We check into our hotel and then pick up our scooters for a relaxing afternoon ride. Ride along north coast to Rukavać, where you can stop for coffee and a swim, and then head over to Komiža, which many locals say is their favorite town in the whole island chain. We ride back to Vis town for dinner in one of the town’s great restaurants. Overnight in Vis at the Hotel Tammaris along the waterfront. Breakfast, dinner and hotel included.
Our last day of scooting takes you into the interior of the island to explore the series of caves and bunkers that the Yugoslav army built during WWII and into the Cold War. You can even see the air-strip that helped save many lives during wartime. Another lunch and winery visit will tide you over until your ferry back to Split at 3 p.m., arriving at 6 p.m. The trip ends back in Split so you are free to make your own plans after that. You might want to extend your trip to include beautiful Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site just 4 hours south of Split. Let us know and we’ll set something up for you! Breakfast, lunch and ferry included.
Note on Itinerary: Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, such as the weather
Trip cost includes: 5 nights accommodations (2 nights Brač and 2 nights Hvar town, 1 night Vis); 5 breakfasts and dinners; one 50cc scooter; third party liability insurance as required by Croatian law, but not damage insurance (if you damage the scooter you will need to pay the scooter rental company for the repairs) and petrol/gas; bilingual guide; all van transfers and luggage transfers from pick-up in Split to drop-off in Split as per itinerary. Note: a 125 cc scooter may available for a supplement of €120 Euro but you must have a motorbike license.
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We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime!
Getting There: the trip begins and ends in Split. You may choose to do an extension to Dubrovnik (which is accessible via 4-hour bus ride from Split), or you can also fly into one city and out of the other. We meet at 3 p.m. in downtown Split and then walk to the port to catch the 4 p.m. catamaran to the island of Brac.
Air: Most international flights arrive in Zagreb, but it is much simpler to fly directly into Split (or Dubrovnik) from London, Frankfurt, Vienna, or Rome – the four cities that have direct flights into Split with Croatia Airlines. EasyJet also has cheap flights in and out of both cities. See the Split Airport and Dubrovnik Airport for more details.
Rail: Croatia’s mountainous coastline makes it unsuitable for easy rail access to Split and Dubrovnik. There are trains, but many of them link through Zagreb, inland, so unless you are planning on arriving overland from Budapest this is not the option for you. Trains from Italy fare no better: you can get to the border at Trieste, just past Venice, but then the trains move into the interior and the only option for traveling south is by bus. Ten hour bus. There are also ferries which hop down the coast, which would be nice option for those with time on their hands and a smattering of Croatian.
Sea: Arriving by ferry from Italy is yet another option for those who wish to dip into Italy before beginning their Croatian odyssey. There are overnight ferries from Venice, Ancona, and Bari to both Split and Dubrovnik, and there are even hydrofoils from Ancona, ferrying you across the Adriatic in just a few hours. See the SNAV ferry website for more information, or Adriatica Navigazione or the Croatian Jadrolinija lines.
Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip concludes Thursday at 6 p.m. in Split, so your departure arrangements after that are up to you. We can book you transport to the airport if you like, or recommend some hotels in Split.
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