You will be transferred from Split 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 Split (D)
Sunday: SPLIT – BRAC (BOL) – HVAR
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. Then 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. Thereafter the cruise continues to the island of Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic and a meeting point for the international jet set. “Croatian Medeira”, as the island is also known, happens to be one of the longest islands to be found along the Croatian coastline. After arriving you will go on a guided tour of Hvar city, discovering highlights like the first public theatre in Europe, pre-dating even Shakespeare’s theatre in the UK, as well as other interesting historical sites.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Hvar (BL)
Monday: HVAR – BISEVO – VIS
Today the vessel will get an early start today cruising 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 Vis a bit sooner. The cruise will then continue to Vis, a former strategic naval Yugoslav base that used to be closed to the public. This 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.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Vis (BL)
Tuesday: VIS – 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.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Korcula (BL)
Wednesday: KORCULA – MLJET
This morning the cruise will leave behind history and civilisation as the boat winds its way southward 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. Tonight there will be a special captain’s dinner onboard.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Mljet (BLD)
Thursday: MLJET – SLANO
Slano, a small peaceful fishermen’s village on the mainland, is where the boat will be cruising to next. On arrival 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.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Slano (BL)
Friday: SLANO – DUBROVNIK
The final day of cruising will being with a cruise the Elphiti islands. The boat will stop in one of the secluded bays and allow cruise participants to swim in Croatia’s calm blue waters. Later in the morning the cruise continues to Dubrovnik where the boat will cruise along the old city walls before mooring at port. During this time lunch will be had onboard. After docking you will go on a guided tour of Dubrovnik’s Old Town which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979, and a panoramic bus overlooking it. Thereafter the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. Renaissance churches and palaces form a backdrop to outdoor cafes and market squares in this stunning city.
Overnight: Cruise vessel anchored at Dubrovnik (BL)
After breakfast you will disembark and be transferred to a Dubrovnik hotel or the Airport. (B)