8 days / 7 nights
Split - (Bol) Hvar - Vis - Korčula - Mljet - Slano / Ston - Dubrovnik
o Indulge in the history of Dalmatia's 'capital' SPLIT.
o Swim at Golden Horn beach on BRAČ ISLAND.
o Discover HVAR – the sunniest Adriatic island rich with history and magical nature.
o Swim in the turquoise BLUE CAVE and discover mysteries of VIS island - one of the last unspoiled places in the Adriatic.
o Enjoy the picture-perfect KORČULA town, surrounded by 14th century walls, where great explorer Marco Polo was born.
o Spend your day on the most seductive island in the Adriatic – MLJET, renowned for its deep bays, lush and diverse Mediterranean vegetation and rich cultural heritage.
o Enjoy a unique taste of the STON Oysters and hear how this exquisite delicacy is grown.
o Hop on a cable car to Mt Srđ and admire astonishing views of the Pearl of the Adriatic – DUBROVNIK.
DAY 1, SATURDAY | SPLIT (D) Transfer from Split airport to the Split harbor for check in from 14.00h onwards. After settling, enjoy the guided tour of Split, a historic town under UNESCO protection and part of the world heritage with an abundance of Roman architecture – of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian palace, once inhabited by the Roman emperor. After the tour, return to the ship for a welcome meet & greet cocktail reception on board. Overnight in Split. DAY 2, SUNDAY | SPLIT – (BOL) HVAR (B, L) Morning departure to Brač island where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol – whose gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape. Continue towards the island Hvar with lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar is the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic known for lavish lavender fields and breathtaking beauty. Afternoon arrival followed by a short presentation of lavender products and a tour of the town’s historical landmarks. Overnight in the port. DAY 3, MONDAY | HVAR - VIS (B, L, T) Early morning cruise towards small island Biševo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 7 EUR, entrance depends on weather conditions). Continue to the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Situated on the northern side of the island, Vis has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban center in Croatia. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, City museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Overnight in the port of Vis. DAY 4, TUESDAY | VIS - KORČULA (B, L) Early morning departure towards the Korčula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en route. Afternoon arrival in Korčula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls. Fish bone street pattern was used in Korčula Old Town design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Optional excursion to small village near Korčula for typical Dalmatian dinner and to find out more about the history and traditional way of living. Overnight in Korčula. DAY 5, WEDNESDAY | KORČULA - MLJET (B, L, D) Next morning we head to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy the boat ride to the St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park. Dinner on board and overnight in port Polača or Pomena. DAY 6, THURSDAY | MLJET - SLANO/ STON (B, L, T, D) Departure for a small village called Slano on the mainland, a peaceful fishermen's village and the starting point to Ston, another, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts a short coastal walk leads us to an oyster farm to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Transfer back to the ship for the Captain’s dinner with entertainment and music. DAY 7, FRIDAY | SLANO – DUBROVNIK (B, L) Early morning departure to Dubrovnik - a unique town on the Adriatic. The special charm of this ancient town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. Before we tie the ropes at Gruž harbour cruise alongside the old Dubrovnik city walls while lunch is served on deck. After docking, transfer to the old town for the guided walking tour of this magical town. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Srđ mountain to enjoy scenic views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands. For those with more enthusiasm we recommend a walk on top of the 1940 m long city walls! Time at leisure for dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik. DAY 8, SATURDAY | DUBROVNIK Check out (B) Breakfast and time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends! Check out by 9.00 am and transfer to Dubrovnik airport.
* Legend: B - breakfast; L - lunch; D - dinner; T – tasting
Arrival and departure transfers from Split airport and to Dubrovnik airport; 7 nights cruise in deluxe cabin with en-suite bathroom; Welcome reception & cocktail; Daily buffet breakfast; 9 meals – lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary and including: 1 drink with lunch & 1 l water per person daily, Captain's dinner with live entertainment, Spectacular evening lunch cruise along the old town city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatian wine tasting in Vis, Half day excursion of Ston with Oyster farm visit and tasting including entrance to the walls of Ston and Ston saltworks, Abundant fresh fruit; Professional Tour manager, Guided walking tours of towns: Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korčula, Split; One way bus transfer from Dubrovnik port to Old town Dubrovnik for sightseeing; Dubrovnik cable car fee, Mljet National Park entrance fee, Visitors' taxes & port fees, Luggage handling, Daily cabin service, Free wi-fi onboard.
These excursions can be added to your booking in the final stage of your reservation. If paying on the spot, only KUNA currency and cash is accepted.
Saturday after the cruise; experience Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most beautiful city, view the iconic ‘Stari Most’/Old Bridge, discover Ottoman and Turkish history – bus excursion / passport required / minimum 10 persons.
Friday prior the cruise; Do not hesitate to swim at the wonderful Krka waterfalls and visit the historic town Šibenik. After a guided tour of the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast, excursion continues to Krka waterfalls to explore beautiful natural surroundings. Return to Split in late afternoon hours.
Visit the famous Plitvice Lakes, sixteen turquoise colored lakes with crystal clear water connected by magnificent waterfalls. Pure nature, mountain forests and fresh air. One of the most beautiful national parks in Croatia, and a UNESCO site. A full day tour, starting early in the morning and returning just for your dinner. One-day tour begins in the early morning hours (7:30 am) while the return is scheduled in the evening (approx 7:00 pm, includes coach transfer, guide, entrance to the park).
KORČULA VILLAGE DINNER EXPERIENCE
Try a typical Dalmatian dinner in small village near the town of Korčula and find out more about the history and traditional way of living.
2017 DEPARTURE DATES
JUNE 3, 10, 24
JULY 8, 22
AUGUST 5, 12, 26
Deluxe ships are 40m (131 ft) to 49m (160ft) long and 8m (26 ft) to 9m (29 ft) meters wide luxury vessels, with a cruising speed of nine nautical miles. Built from 2011 with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. Deluxe vessels usually offer maximum capacity of 38 passengers in 19 twin or double cabins, guaranteeing an intimate setting for all guests. There are 5 deluxe ships in total with slight differences, but all with the same level of comfort and luxury.
Cabins built by up-to-date standards, fully equipped with A/C, safe deposit box, fire alarm and audio system for announcements by the captain or Tour Director. In addition, each cabin, depending of the vessel, has life jackets, desk and tabouret, wardrobe, night stand, small sofa and a porthole window. Bathrooms are equipped with toilet, shower, wash basin and hair dryer. Some cabins have indoor passage access to the bar and restaurant area.
A fully air-conditioned dining room can accommodate all passengers at once, yet offer a great degree of privacy for each guest. The restaurant includes bar area with LCD TV, with a corner table for buffet breakfast while each table has an easy-access chair. A portion of the dining area extends outdoors as a lounge area, offering sweeping panoramic views of the surroundings. Free wireless internet access (Wi-Fi).
The kitchens are built up to the latest HACCP standards and the lounging sundecks have average total surface of 200m2 (2152 sq ft), partially offering sun-shade cover and providing deck-beds for all passengers. The vessels have a rear access platform to the sea as well as ladders for easy access to the water. In addition, the vessels offer outdoor showers and deck lavatories.
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