Here are the answers to the most popular questions from our guests.
What level of fitness is required for the bike tours?
As maritime harbours are located at sea level, a climb is to be expected at the start of every trip. However, we are pacing our tours leisurely so that there is no rush even if you push your bicycle uphill. Once you are on top, the route mostly ondulates along the ridge before you are rewarded with a long and often spectacular descent to the next harbour where you meet the ship. Generally we recommend our tours to everyone who has acquired a basic stamina either through using their bike as an everyday vehicle or as a leisure activity, or through other sports.
Our tour guides will inform you beforehand of the nature and difficulty of the tour so you have are able to decide if you want to cycle with or rather relax on board.
Are the bike tours suitable for children?
Basically, we have found that only children with a lot of cycling experience and good stamina should take part in these trips. The earliest recommended age is 10, but we would like to ask you in any case to contact us beforehand to discuss the suitability of the trip for your child.
Furthermore, we offer bicycles for rental only for people with a height of 4,5 ft/ 1,40 m or more. On some of our ships (Linda/Romantica/Adonis/Tarin/Panagiota) there are cabins for three people available, where the third person pays a reduced fee of 50% of the basic fare. The cabins are equipped with a double bed and a single bunk bed above it.
Can I transport my own bicycle in the plane?
What is the difference between cabins above/below deck?
Part of our Croatian fleet has cabins above and below deck (e.g. Adonis/Kapetan Jure/Romantica/Linda). Also the Panagiota in Greece has cabins above and below deck. The other ships in Croatia, Greece and Turkey are of a different build and therefore have all cabins on the same level.
Whether you decide on one or the other is subject to your personal priorities. In general, our guests consider the cabins below deck as the quieter and cooler sleeping places, because in order to make up for the small portholes they can be climatized.
Above deck the cabins can be aired through the doors and of course their larger windows offer more light in the cabins.
What kind of food can I expect?
The meals represent southern european standard, but taking into account the requirements of active cyclists. The ample breakfast comprises bread, butter, jam, cheese, sausage, coffee, and tea as well as some extras.
Why is there full board with nearly every trip?
Full board has several advantages for you our passengers:
May I bring drinks on board?
The saloon of the ship is a restaurant, lounge and bar likewise, where you can order cool alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at any time of the day. Your orders will be listed and the amount due will be paid directly to the captain on the last evening of the trip, together with the harbour fees. While the drinks on board are somewhat higher in price than in a supermarket, please understand that the ship is a floating hotel, and therefore, as in every other bar or restaurant, it is not allowed to consume your own drinks on the premises.
What about electricity, water and telephone on the ships?
Is it possible to sleep on deck?
Many of our guests gladly take the opportunity to sleep under the stars on one of the decks. Please bring your own sleeping bags and mattresses for this, as for hygienic reasons the captain cannot allow mattresses and blankets outside of the cabins.
How many tour guides will be on board?
From a group size of 20 or more we will provide two tourguides whom you can join for the bicycle tours. One of them will ride at the end of the group in order to provide quick help if there is any breakdown. However, please feel free to spend the day at your own leisure if you prefer to do so. If you would like to take a break for taking photos, for swimming or to enjoy fresh fruit from the trees, you are welcome. Also, if you would like to cycle on your own, we can provide you with maps and tips for routes.
Recommendation for tipping
As you will see, there are a lot of people who are looking after your well-being during your trip, be it on board of the ship or on your way across the islands. If you are satisfied with the services rendered, the ship’s crew and the tour guides will appreciate your generous donation as a sign of your contentment. You can either hand out the tips personally or contribute to the collective "tipping hats".
What requirements are there for travelling into my destination country?
There are different requirements for residents of different countries for entry into our travel countries. Please find out what preliminaries apply for you from your country’s Foreign Ministry. Comprehensive information is generally provided via the internet.
What about the weather and climatic conditions?
The following link can give you an approximate overview of what to expect in your destination country.
What kind of clothing do I need for the trip?
Evening dress and suit can safely be left at home. You’ll find relaxed leisure dress like t-shirts and shorts and swimming gear sufficient for all occasions. For the sometimes cool evenings, have a long-sleeved jumper or sweatshirt in your luggage, and a wind- and waterproof jacket may be of use from time to time. Special bicycle gear is not compulsory but may be an advantage for comfortable riding.
As cabin space is limited, we recommend you pack your clothing in a duffle bag rather than a hard-shell suitcase which may be hard to stow. Please take care of your valuables during the trip. One member of the crew will always be on duty on board, but we advise you to leave your valuables at home.
The Croatian Adriatic is spectacular snorkeling ground. You will have many opportunities to use your gear during the trip, so absolutely bring it along.
What else can I book through Zeitreisen?
If you have more time on your hands and want to make the most of your travel to the country of your choice, we can book additional nights at your boarding harbour before or after your sail-and-bike trip.