Adriatic Explorer Split to Dubrovnik

SUMMARY

This cruise takes you on a stunning journey along the Dalmatian coast, with beautiful views of the islands of Korcula and Vis, as well as the more modern destinations of Hvar and Croatia’s Riviera, Makarska. You’ll also get to explore some of Croatia’s natural beauty, including Mljet National Park, and check out the spectacular Blue…

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 nights aboard a First Class vessel
  • 3 Guided sightseeing tours – Hvar, Korcula and medieval Dubrovnik
  • Explore Croatia’s Riviera town of Makarska
  • Visit the magical Bisevo Blue Cave
  • Spectacular island scenery and crystal blue seas

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 nights aboard a First Class vessel
  • 3 Guided sightseeing tours – Hvar, Korcula and medieval Dubrovnik
  • Explore Croatia’s Riviera town of Makarska
  • Visit the magical Bisevo Blue Cave
  • Spectacular island scenery and crystal blue seas

Inclusions

Cruise Manager
Daily cabin service
Fresh towels and bed linen mid week
Luggage handling
7 Nights in A/C ensuite cabin

Exclusions: Port charges and tourist taxes (approx. EUR 60 per person per week – to be paid locally), Entrances to National Parks (approx. EUR25 per person depending on the season and park visited – to be paid locally) and Blue Cave (approx. EUR18 per person – to be paid locally), gratuities, transfers and any optional excursions – to be paid locally.

Meals

7 buffet breakfasts (B)
7 three course lunches (L)
Captains Dinner (D)
Olive oil and wine tasting on board
Complimentary afternoon tea and coffee
Complimentary water

Sightseeing

Guided sightseeing tours of:
Korcula
Hvar
Dubrovnik

ITINERARY

Departing from the Split harbour at 13.00hrs, enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Dalmatian coastline while enjoying a delicious lunch on board. Take a swim stop before arriving in Makarska – be sure to explore the city’s lovely streets, filled with churches and other cultural sights. The promenade is alive with restaurants, cafes and shops, as well as easy access to beaches – making it the perfect spot to spend an afternoon. If you’re looking for a breathtaking place to catch the sunset, head to St. Peter’s Lighthouse. (L)

Today we will continue cruising to Bol on the island of Brac. Bol is a typical Dalmatian fisherman’s village and is best known for its stunning beach called “Zlatni Rat”, which means “Golden Horn”. After a swim break and lunch, we will continue to the Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Hvar Island is the longest and sunniest of all the Adriatic islands. You’ll have some free time to explore the charming Stari Grad, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B, L)

This morning, we will continue our journey to Hvar Town. This charming seaside town has eight centuries of architecture waiting to be explored. After lunch, we will stop for a swim at Pakleni islands before arriving in Hvar Town. In the afternoon, you can embark on a guided tour of this magnificent town, which offers many cultural and historical sites, including the Renaissance cathedral, Franciscan monastery and Spanjola fortress high above the town. In the evening, you can try out one of the many family-owned restaurants and tavernas. (B, L)

This morning we’ll sail to Bisevo and explore its beautiful Blue Cave. This natural wonder is definitely worth seeing! Continue on to the island of Vis which, because of its unique location, was a strategic stronghold for the navy and was closed to the public until recently. As a result of its isolation from tourism and development, Vis has a special charm as ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’. You can visit the remains of the Thermal Place and City Museum in the town of Vis. This town was once a thriving Roman community, and these remains offer a fascinating glimpse into life in that era. (B, L)

Please note: The Blue Cave can only be visited if the weather is permitting, and it will be up to local operators on the day of your visit to decide whether it is safe to do so. Your Cruise Manager will keep you updated on the situation.

Today we’ll continue to cruise to Korcula, which is the birthplace of Marco Polo. The town is beautiful and surrounded by medieval walls, making it look like a miniature Dubrovnik from the sea. You will have a guided tour of the old town, which was built in the shape of a fishbone. You will also learn about the famous sword dance called Moreska. There is plenty to do in the evening, whether you want to explore the taverns or just relax in your cabin. (B, L)

Today we will sail to the picturesque island of Mljet, which is known for its lush greenery and two idyllic lakes. Here, you can explore the National Park at your leisure—for example, by renting bikes and cycling or hiking along the many paths that wind around the lakes and through the forests. The primary attractions of this nature park are its two saline lakes: Great Lake and Small Lake. Tonight, you will enjoy a Captain’s dinner on board as we cruise towards the small fishermen’s villages of Sipan, part of Elaphite islands near Dubrovnik; or towards Slano on the coastline. (B, L, D)

This morning we will sail to our final destination, Dubrovnik – a stunning city known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. The impressive 13th-century defence walls enclose its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town which centres on its main thoroughfare, the Stradun. After lunch and a swim, we will stop in Dubrovnik and enjoy a guided tour of the old town, followed by an optional cable car ride up to Srd Mountain for a spectacular view of the city and the surrounding coastline. There are no more tours scheduled for today, so feel free to explore the town on your own. (B, L)

As you disembark the cruise ship after breakfast, say goodbye to your fellow passengers and crew. (B)

PRICING (in AU$ per person, twin share)

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