Embark the boat anchored in Split harbour from 14h00 onward. Later there will be a small welcome reception and you will be introduced to the crew and the cruise director. You will also be advised of some rules by the captain as well as safety precautions to observe. In the evening dinner will be on board the boat.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Split (D)
Sunday: SPLIT – HVAR – VELA LUKA
This morning you will have some time at leisure to explore Split, home to the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace, or alternatively the walking tour package includes a guided tour. Later in the morning the actual cruise finally begins and the boat makes its way to Hvar, known as Croatia’s sunniest island. The island is a favourite holiday destination due to its authenticity, preserved nature, peaceful bays, clean sea, great gastronomic offerings and entertainment. On arrival the walking tour package includes a guided city tour of Hvar, or alternatively you will simply have time at leisure to explore sights, such as the fortress or one of the churches, by yourself. Later the cruise will continue to the island of Korcula, with a stop being made along the way to give cruise participants a chance for their first relaxing dip in Croatia’s waters, and then a snack of fried Dalmatian fish will be served. In the late afternoon, the boat will arrive at Vela Luka on the island of Korcula.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Vela Luka (BL)
Monday: VELA LUKA – MLJET – SLANO
The cruise leaves the stunning beauty of Vela Luka and starts heading toward Mljet, but first another stop in a calm bay for a relaxing swim will be made. Later the boat will arrive at Pomena, on Croatia’s greenest island, Mljet. This is where you will find Mljet National Park, famous for its two inland salt-water lakes, The “Great Lake” (Veliko Jezero) and the “Small Lake” (Malo Jezero), and home to many different species of birds living in 5 different types of thick forests. Explore the park by yourself, or book an optional guided tour. Perhaps you could also take a small boat to St Mary’s island which offers amazing views across the lake. In the later afternoon, the boat will then cruise to the day’s final destination at Slano, a small coastal town.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Slano (BL)
Tuesday: SLANO – DUBROVNIK
This morning you have will some more time at leisure in Slano, or you could book an optional guided tour called “Taste of Dalmatia”. On that tour you would visit Ston, a town known for its 5km long city walls, and a local winery. Alternatively, if you are not in the possession of a Schengen Visa, you might have pre-arranged to do this tour tomorrow instead of going to Montenegro. Later, en route to Dubrovnik, the vessel will make a stop at Lopud Island giving cruise participants another chance to go for a relaxing swim in Croatia’s crystal clear sea. Later the cruise will take you past Dubrovnik’s city walls as the boat arrives to dock at Gruz port. Dubrovnik is known as “the Pearl of the Adriatic”, as it is a truly stunning city, especially the Old Town which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Renaissance churches and palaces form a backdrop to outdoor cafes and market squares. Explore the city at your leisure or go on the guided tour of the Old City included in the Walking tour package.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Dubrovnik (BL)
Wednesday: DUBROVNIK – MONTENEGRO – DUBROVNIK
After breakfast, you will depart on your excursion to Montenegro. Located less than an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik; Montenegro offers exceptional natural beauty in combination with a rich history and culture. The innermost bays of the Gulf, Risan, and Kotor, are where you will find evidence of settlement dating back to Illyrian, Roman and early Christian times. Drive around the Bay of Kotor through numerous settlements before arriving at the UNESCO-protected Kotor itself where you will have leisure time to explore. Then continue up into the mountains traveling through Cetinje and visiting the ancient town of Budva. Later return to Dubrovnik.
Alternative day tour “Taste of Dalmatia” if not in possession of a Schengen Visa. Please arrange the change to this tour immediately at the start of the cruise with the guide on the ship if you do not have a Schengen visa:
The tour starts with a pleasant bus ride along the Adriatic coastline, which will first at stop in the small village of Orasac. Here you will see olive oil production done the old-fashioned way as the olive press is powered by a horse. Taste some of the local delicacies such as cheese, smoked ham and wine. The journey continues towards Ston which is Croatia’s “Oyster capital”. The city walls are magnificent and well worth a photo-stop. Construction on these 5km long walls started in 1317 and was only finished in the 16th century. You will also see remnants of the ancient salt pans which actually still produce salt. You can enjoy a walk along the sea in Mali Ston, with views onto the oyster and mussel farms, and you will be given a taste of local seafood in one of the local restaurants (included)
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Dubrovnik (BD)
Thursday: DUBROVNIK – ELAPHITE ISLANDS – KORCULA
Today the cruise starts on the return loop as it departs Dubrovnik and makes a short swim stop at one of the Elaphite islands. Later lunch will be served on board before the boat arrives again at the island of Korcula, this time at a town with the same name. You will have time at leisure to explore this charming little town, which has been nicknamed “Little Dubrovnik” on your own or on the tour included in the walking tour package. Korcula also alleges to be the birthplace of the famous explorer, Marco Polo.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Korcula (BL)
Friday: KORCULA – BRAC – OMIS
The final leg of the cruise begins as the boat makes its way to the island of Brac. Along the way the boat will again drop anchor giving passengers one final chance to go for a swim. Pucicsa, where the boat will dock a little later, is well known for its Limestone and the craft of stonemasonry. You will have some time at leisure here, or on the walking tour package, you will visit a stonemasonry school to learn more about the craft and its history on Brac. Thereafter the boat will cruise to Omis, known for its beautiful river valley and the powerful pirates that made the surrounding waters unsafe. In Omis you will again have time at leisure, or you could book an optional excursion which will take you along the Cetina River Valley in a small boat to Radman Mills and back.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored in Omis (BL)
Saturday: OMIS – SPLIT
In the early morning the cruise will return to the starting point at Split and then after breakfast, the tour ends and you will disembark the vessel. (B)
OPTIONAL GUIDED WALKING TOUR PACKAGE (will replace most or all of the time at leisure in the relevant cities or areas – approx. 70 EUR)
Day 2 – Sunday – Split walking tour
Split boasts a 17-century-long history and on this tour you will discover the city’s most important historic sites. See the Diocletian’s Palace with its cellars from the 3rd century, the Peristyle, the Golden and Silver Gates, the Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple.
Day 2 – Sunday – Hvar walking tour
Hvar is the longest of all the Croatian islands. Hvar town is overlooked by a thick-walled fortress which offers splendid panoramic views of the surrounding area. The center of the town is a pedestrian zone and the streets converge onto an expansive piazza connecting the older part of the town and the newer 15th century southern side. See all this and more on a walking tour of Hvar.
Day 4 – Tuesday – Dubrovnik walking tour
Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of this old walled city. Walk through the narrow streets of the Old Town and learn about the history and culture of this magnificent city.
Day 6 – Thursday – Korcula walking tour
Explore The Old Town of Korcula which is a masterpiece of architecture and urban planning. The rows of gothic and renaissance buildings, palaces, churches, small streets and squares emphasize a harmonious ground-plan (fishbone shape) inside the town walls. And not just the outsides are interesting; you will also find numerous exhibits and collections in various museums and churches.
Day 7 – Friday – Pucisca Stonemasonry School
This excursion is a short visit to a stonemasonry school where you will learn about Brac limestone and their centuries-old tradition of stonemasonry and the unconventional tools used.