You will be transferred from Dubrovnik airport or a hotel to the harbour where embarkation begins at 13h00. In the evening there will be a special welcome reception and dinner on board the boat.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Dubrovnik (D)
Sunday: DUBRONVIK – SLANO
The day will begin with a guided tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, and a panoramic bus ride overlooking it. Renaissance churches and palaces form a backdrop to outdoor cafes and market squares in this stunning city. Then it will be time to re-board as the cruise gets properly underway but before leaving Dubrovnik the boat will still cruise along the city walls giving you stunning views of the city known as “The Pearl of the Adriatic”. From there the boat cruises to the Elaphiti Islands where the boat will stop in a secluded bay to allow cruise participants to go for a swim in Croatia’s calm blue waters. Slano, a small peaceful fishermen’s village on the mainland, is where the boat will be cruising to next. On arrival in the afternoon you will go on an excursion to the village of Ston, a small fortified village know as Croatia’s “Oyster capital”. You will explore some of the 5km long walls still surrounding the town which took around 300 years to construct. Then a walk along the coast will take you to an oyster farm where you will learn a little about oysters and be allowed a small taste of the farm’s wares. Then you will return to Slano and have what remains of the day at leisure. Dinner will onboard tonight.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Slano (BLD)
Monday: SLANO – MLJET
This morning the cruise will leave behind history and civilisation as the boat continues its northward journey to Croatia’s greenest island, Mljet. Mljet National Park features five types of forest, many species of birds and the two lakes it is famous for, The “Great Lake” (Veliko Jezero) and the “Small Lake” (Malo Jezero). The entrance fee of approximately Euro 15 per person for the park has to be paid on the spot. You could follow the cruise manager through the park, or take a boat ride to St Mary Island (not included) or rent bicycles or scooters and explore the park at your leisure.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Mljet (BL)
Tuesday: MLJET – KORCULA
The next leg of the cruise will take you to Korcula but before arriving the boat will stop in a secluded bay to allow lunch to be served. You will arrive at Korcula in the afternoon, home to unspoilt beaches and coves that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. It is thought that this island is the birthplace of the famous explorer, Marco Polo. The Old Town of Korcula features rich medieval architecture with palaces, churches and squares earning it the nickname “Little Dubrovnik”. You will go on a walking tour through the narrow, cobbled streets rich with history of this fascinating little city. Thereafter what remains of the day will be at your leisure.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Korcula (BL)
Wednesday: KORCULA – VIS
Vis is the destination for today’s leg of the cruise where one of Croatia’s earliest settlements, Issa, was founded in 397 BC. More recently it was a strategic naval Yugoslav base that was closed to the public. This fairly recent historic isolation means that for many Vis still counts as a place with special charm as “the Mediterranean as it once was” untouched by touristic development. After arrival the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. You could explore the ruins of a Roman thermal bath installation, and views of the beautiful villas located along the waterfront. Tonight there will be a special captain’s dinner onboard.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Vis (BLD)
Thursday: VIS – BISEVO – HVAR
It will be an early start today as the boat cruises to the small island of Biševo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances fees of approx. Euro 7 to be paid on the spot). However this excursion is highly dependent on good calm weather, so under adverse conditions the visit will be skipped and you will get underway to Hvar a bit sooner. From there the cruise continues to Croatia’s sunniest island, Hvar. Along the way the boat will stop in a secluded bay to allow cruise participants to go for a little swim in the crystal clear waters Croatia is known for and to have lunch. Hvar is a favourite holiday destination for the international jet-set and yachters but retains the same historic charm as one finds all over Croatia. The island is also known as Croatia’s sunniest is also the longest to be found off the Croatian coast. In the afternoon you will arrive and go on a walking tour of the old town and see Renaissance cathedral and catch a glimpse of the older community theatre in Europe as you through the picturesque little streets. Thereafter your time will be at your leisure giving you plenty of time to investigate the craft shops and cafes tucked into old Venetian buildings.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Hvar (BL)
Friday: HVAR – BRAC (BOL) – SPLIT
After another early morning start the boat will cruise to the small town of Bol on the island of Brac. There you can go for a swim at the Golden Horn, a 530m long golden pebble beach said to be the best in Croatia. The beach is unique because it changes shape and positioning depending on the winds. Then the cruise continues to Split. The center of Split was built in and around the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace. You will explore this palace built for the roman emperor Diocletian’s retirement around 295-305 AD on a walking tour. During the tour you will see other examples of its Roman heritage such as Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle as well as other beautiful and notable Renaissance and Gothic buildings. Thereafter you will have time at leisure to perhaps get some final shopping done or just relax in a quaint little café.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Split (BL)
After breakfast, you will disembark and be transferred to a Split hotel or the Airport. (B)