• Activity Level:  1
  • Comfort:  5
  • Departs From: Dubrovnik
  • Location: Duborvnik, Korcula, Makarska, Split, Hvar, Mljet
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: SATURDAYS, May - October
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Highlights

  • One of the few cruises to visit Makarska
  • 7 nights cruise from Dubrovnik up the coast to Split and back to Dubrovnik
  • Tours included: Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, Hvar
  • Sample delicious local cuisine
  • Enjoy relaxing moments at the sea
  • Experience local hospitality
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8 days from Dubrovnik, Korčula, Makarska, Pučišća, Split, Hvar, Mljet and Dubrovnik

Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of the Ionian and of the Adriatic Sea. Discover the natural and historical treasures of Croatia. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.

Deluxe Ship: MS Equator

New in 2021!

Itinerary


8 days from Dubrovnik, Korčula, Makarska, Pučišća, Split, Hvar, Mljet National Park and Dubrovnik

Open age cruise. Double/twin cabins on Main and Lower Deck. No triple cabins on this ship. Solo travellers must book a double/twin for solo use with a solo use supplement.




SHIP INFO AND PHOTOS:
https://discovercroatia.com.au/ships/deluxe/equator/

MS Equator has double/twin cabins only, no triples.

CRUISE FAQ: https://discovercroatia.com.au/before-your-cruise/


Similar cruise; Sundays: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/53/deluxe-cruise-from-dubrovnik-on-ms-princess-aloha/
Add a 7 night Balkan tour beforehand: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/81/explore-croatia-bosnia-serbia-tour-dbk-dbk-7nts/
Or this tour: https://discovercroatia.com.au/details/11511/88/the-balkans-tour-croatia-montenegro-albania-7nts/

INCLUDED:
• 7 nights cruise in a cabin with private bathroom, air-conditioning & LCD TV
• Arrival / departure shared transfer from airport or hotel to Dubrovnik port and back on the first and last day
• Daily buffet breakfast
• 6 lunches, all with 4 courses
• Captain's Dinner and Welcome Dinner
• Drinking water dispenser
• Complimentary fresh fruits available daily
• Professional Cruise Manager throughout
• Daily cabin servicing, fresh bed linen and towels midweek
• Luggage handling
• Free Wi-Fi on board

Sightseeing Tours included:
City tours of Dubrovnik, Korčula, Hvar and Split
Guided tour and entrance to Mljet National Park
Wine tasting in Korčula


NOT INCLUDED:
• Port tax €35 per person (obligatory) - prepay for 2021
• Drinks on board, extra meals
• Tips / gratuities


ITINERARY:

Day 1 DUBROVNIK ARRIVAL, Saturday (WR, D)
You will be transferred from Dubrovnik’s airport or your Dubrovnik's hotel to harbour, where embarkation begins at 13:00hrs. Get settled in your cabin before attending a Welcome Reception followed by dinner this evening.

Day 2 DUBROVNIK - KORČULA (Wine tasting), Sunday (B, L, T)
Early in the morning we set sail for the island of Korčula, with swimming stop, if weather permits, in one of pristine bays, time to relax and lunch on board. Continue towards Korčula, the most preserved medieval town, thought to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Take a walking tour of Korčula which takes you through its narrow, cobbled streets full of history and enjoy wine tasting in one of the local wine bars. Evening is free to explore the town on your own.

Day 3 KORČULA – MAKARSKA, Monday (B, L, CD)
In the morning we continue our adventure by sailing to the town of Makarska, on the mainland, where we will spend the night. Makarska is one of the most popular tourist resort areas on Adriatic due to its long pebbly beaches and scenic mountains in the background, which creates a specific climate and picturesque views. After lunch on board, you will have free time to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of fresh sea air by walking through the green paths of St. Peter peninsula towards west and then further to the beach for a lovely 2 km long walk along the seaside promenade or to explore the streets and squares of Old Town behind the main promenade, which are abundant with galleries, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s Dinner onboard.

Day 4 MAKARSKA – PUČIŠĆA – SPLIT, Tuesday (B, L)
Our journey then continues towards Pučišća, situated on the island of Brač, village of the stone sculpture, where you can visit amazing stonemason school (optional). After visiting Pučišća set sail to Split, with a stop along the way to swim if weather permits. In the late afternoon we arrive at Split to spend the night. Arriving in Split, join a guided tour of the city, visit the seafront promenade and Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace. The historical center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your evening is free in Split.

Day 5 SPLIT – HVAR, Wednesday (B, L)
In the morning set sail to Hvar, one of the most popular islands in the Adriatic. A sightseeing tour of Hvar town shows you the first public theatre in Europe and many more historical sites. Spend evening and night in Hvar. Note: Due to the limited capacity of the Hvar harbour (during peak season in July and August) port of call can be substituted for Stari Grad/Jelsa. In that case transfer by bus will be organized to and from Hvar.

Day 6 HVAR – MLJET, Thursday (B, L)
In the morning head further south to the Island of Mljet. 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 bicycles, scooters or kayaks to explore the National Park or island on your own.

Day 7 MLJET – DUBROVNIK, Friday (B, L)
In the morning sail to Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival in Dubrovnik, you will enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Old Town with a panoramic bus ride above the Old Town. After the panoramic view, we will arrive at the historical centre of Dubrovnik, walk through STRADUN – both a street and a square, the most famous place inside the town walls, the famous city enlisted as UNESCO’s World Heritage site, where your guide will show you the most interesting sights of Dubrovnik. After city tour, you will be left on your own to explore the city, visit City Walls, the Franciscan Monastery with Europe's second oldest pharmacy, the Rector's Palace and the Cathedral, take a boat ride to Lokrum island or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srđ.

Day 8 DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE, Saturday (B)
After breakfast it’s time to disembark. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik airport or your Dubrovnik hotel.


B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, CD-Captain's Dinner, WR-Welcome Reception, T-Tasting


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RESTRICTIONS: Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules (found in written form on the ship) especially with regards to bringing drinks on board. In case of inappropriate behavior Captain reserves the right in requesting clients to disembark.

DISCLAIMER: Due to specific mooring conditions and requirements in some Croatian ports, ships are moored side by side, making it necessary for the clients to cross from one ship to another with gaps in between ships in order to get to the shore. In such cases clients need to take special care when crossing and do this at their own risk. Crew assistance will be given to those needing and requesting it. Cruise not recommended for clients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

BEDS: Many cruise ships now have ‘flex-beds’, which can be moved together to form a Double/Queen size bed with 2 single mattresses on a combined base, leaving a small separation between the mattresses. Even a traditional double/queen bed mattress might have separate bedding on each side, such as 2 single duvets, rather than one large one. If this is an issue for you, please let us know before booking. Thank you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our specific FAQ pages here:

Before You Go - General Croatia Info (general info for all travellers)

Before Your Cruise - General Cruise Info (for all small ship Croatia cruises)

Before Your Island Hopping Tour - General Info (packages combining hotels, ferries and transfers)

Before Your Private Charter - General Yacht and Gulet Charter Info (private charters)

 

Click here to see how the booking process works: https://www.discovercroatia.com.au/booking-process-how-to-book/

How far in advance do I need to book?

Cruises: For our weekly small ship cruises with guaranteed departures we suggest you book as soon as your plans are in motion. All cruises are extremely popular especially during peak season, which is June, July, August, September and these dates can be booked out up to a year in advance, especially September. One-way cruises are particularly sought-after and tend to sell out first, so please speak to us first to ensure your cruise choice is available before booking any flight arrangements.

Escorted Tours: Escorted Group Tours with guaranteed departures are also best booked as early as possible to ensure your place on the tour, as spaces are limited to a set number of passengers. Once the tour is full that departure is closed for new bookings.

Island Hopping, Self-Drive, Self-Guided Cycling/Hiking and Independent or Private Tours: Independent tours are available most days of the week at any time of year, so if you're booking late these are a great option. They can also start or finish on any day of the week, so can be a great alternative to the cruises (that mostly depart only on Saturdays). You can check out our Island Hopper Tours and our active tours for some examples. If you can't find what you are looking for please make an enquiry on any of our tours and let us know what you need. We love creating custom tours with our clients.

What do the different ship categories mean?

Please see our Ship Descriptions page here, for all the information on Ship Categories, Deck and Cabin Descriptions.

 

What is half-board? What meals are included?

Half-board (HB): This means that 2 meals a day are usually provided, mostly it will be breakfast and lunch on cruises, and breakfast and dinner on escorted tours. Each cruise or tour will have meals listed on the daily itinerary, so that you will know exactly which meals are included. Some lunches or dinners are swapped occasionally, so that you may enjoy a wonderful gourmet experience with your fellow travellers, such as a Captain's Dinner on a cruise, or a wine-tasting and lunch on an escorted tour. For the remainder of your meals you will be able to dine anywhere you choose and you will be responsible for the cost of those meals. Your Cruise or Tour Director will be happy to recommend a good value and trusted eatery nearby at every location, or you can explore on your own.

Bed and Breakfast (BB): This means that only breakfast is included in your holiday. Most of our Independent Tours include breakfast only, so that you are not beholden to going back to your hotel for lunch or dinner as you are going to be exploring on your own. We think that flexibility with lunch and dinner gives you the best option for exploring Croatia and experiencing the local culture and cuisine.

Full-board (FB) is occasionally offered on cruises as an optional extra, but we do not recommend you take the full-board option unless you are really sure about it. A lot of the joy of the cruise and tour experiences is to dine in local restaurants, 'konobas' (traditional pubs) and bars, so that you can meet the people who live and work there. Why come all the way to Croatia only to eat on-board for every meal? There are so many fabulous (and even some famous!) eateries. Get out there and taste them!

 

What type of transport is used on the Island Hopper Tours? Local ferries and vehicle transfers

Local ferries: Local ferries are used between the mainland and the islands where possible. Most of these ferries are fast ferries (high speed catamarans). Our Island Hopper Tours include all ferry tickets, as well as delivery of the ferry tickets to your hotel, when we come to pick you up to take you to the ferry port. In some towns, where some hotels are in the pedestrian zone close to the ferry port (like Hvar), then you will be met at the ferry and directed to your hotel, with luggage assistance if required. If your hotel is outside the pedestrian zone you will be met at the ferry and taken to your transfer vehicle, with luggage assistance if required.

Transfers: Most Island Hoppers have private airport transfers included, and private transfers to/from the ferry ports on the islands. Some transfers will be shared transfers if there are others going to the exact same hotel at the same time and it is a short distance.

How fit do I need to be for my holiday?

Relaxation/cultural cruises and tours: On-board your cruise ship, you will need to be able to negotiate gangways and stairs and be able to step from ship to ship as the cruise ships are moored next to each other sideways and sometimes you need to step across to the next ship. You will be walking mostly on the cobblestone streets through the iconic cities and towns of the region. The excursions are best-suited to those who are capable of walking on uneven surfaces as many old cities and towns have limited totally flat surfaces that can accommodate wheelchairs or walking-frames. Please contact us to ask about your specific circumstances, as we are happy to help plan for your needs as best we can. Assistance will be provided on cruise ships to help you navigate getting on and off, but there are a few limitations. Please ask.

Cycling tours: Although almost completely flat this cycle tour is graded easy to moderate as the daily distance ranges between approximately 15-50 km. You will be biking mostly on the dedicated cycle paths alongside canals, rivers and through the iconic cities and towns of the region. This tour is well-suited to those who have never taken a cycling holiday before as it is flat and predominantly traffic-free and you also have the option of skipping the cycling and relaxing on board.

What happens if I can't attend an excursion?

It is possible to relax at your hotel, on the tour bus or on the boat at any time.

What happens if I can't cycle or hike a stage on an active holiday?

For cycling cruises: If you don't want to cycle it is possible to relax on the boat as it moves to the next port of call.

For cycling and hiking tours: If you don't want to (or can't due to illness or injury) cycle, hike or walk a stage, then we will make arrangements to have you transferred to the next stop on your itinerary so that you can continue with your holiday. Prices for transfers vary widely, so pricing will be provided on an 'as needed' basis only.

What equipment do I need?

Relaxation/excursion cruises and tours: You will need comfortable walking shoes, clothes for relaxing, your swimming costume, and a sunhat. Most cruises are fairly relaxed and casual clothing is fine for all meals, though you may want to take one nice outfit depending on where you wish to dine onshore.

Cycling cruises and tours: You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

If you have any questions, just give us a call or email:

Call us or WhatsApp: +61 2 9212 1507
Email us: [email protected]

 

 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 DUBROVNIK ARRIVAL, Saturday (WR, D)
  • Day 2 DUBROVNIK - KORČULA (Wine tasting), Sunday (B, L, T)
  • Day 3 KORČULA – MAKARSKA, Monday (B, L, CD)
  • Day 4 MAKARSKA – PUČIŠĆA – SPLIT, Tuesday (B, L)
  • Day 5 SPLIT – HVAR, Wednesday (B, L)
  • Day 6 HVAR – MLJET, Thursday (B, L)
  • Day 7 MLJET – DUBROVNIK, Friday (B, L)
  • Day 8 DUBROVNIK DEPARTURE, Saturday (B)